I got an email on Wednesday from my editor at HarperCollins (hi Jess!), that came as such a surprise I literally wrote back asking if there had been some kind of mistake. I was assured there was not. Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War has been given the honor of being a Junior Library Guild selection for Fall 2017! Thank you Junior Library Guild!

To paraphrase Ron Burgandy, this is kind of a big deal. Not just because I get a gold pin and something to hang on my wall, but because of just how rigorous their selection process is. To give you an idea, here is what the JLG says on their website:

The JLG editorial team reviews more than 3,000 new titles each year, in manuscript or prepublication stage. We’ve developed a keen sense for finding the best of the best. Over 95 percent of our selections go on to receive awards and/or favorable reviews. And, according to statistics provided by Collection HQ, from 2013 to 2014 JLG Selections circulated 81% more than other books published for children and teens.


Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War will be released November 7 (you can pre-order it now from just about everywhere). In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the book, visit DanielColdstar.com, and sign up for the mailing list.

We’re also going to be having a competition or two in the coming months for Advanced Reader Copies of the book. One of them will be through Goodreads, so if you want to be notified of when that happens, add Daniel to your to-read list as soon as possible!