We kick off our Meet the Imprints feature with Carolrhoda Books (middle grade fiction) and Carolrhoda Lab (young adult fiction). The mission of Carolrhoda Books is to publish distinctive books with heart, including picture books (which we’ll cover later) and middle grade novels that tackle tough and timely subject matter, in stories told with fresh voices and adventurous writing. Carolrhoda Lab YA novels are unflinching, voice-driven narratives that enthrall and challenge readers. Read on to learn more about the books, and the editorial vision behind them.
By Libby Stille, Associate Publicist
The US edition of Catherine Barter’s YA novel Troublemakers launches on April 1! Troublemakers follows 15-year-old Alena as she seeks to find out the truth about what happened to her activist mother. Meanwhile, her brother Danny’s job working for a conservative politician worries his longtime boyfriend Nick, who runs a fair-trade coffee shop.
In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews said of the novel, “Amid a thoroughly contemporary story about terrorism, email leaks, and a divisive political climate, Lena’s coming-of-age is wonderfully individual and heartbreakingly real.”
We asked Catherine to write a note to her US readers ahead of the book’s release. Read More