A Note to Readers from YA Author Catherine Barter

By Libby Stille, Associate PublicistTroublemakers

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

The Art of Cover Design: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

I asked designer Lindsey Owens if she had things to say about the cover design for our novel The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary that she’d like to discuss on the blog, and yes, yes she did. Today’s Dispatch from the Design Department—and a look into life in publishing—is courtesy of Lindsey. Also, I don’t make a practice of giving people work to do on road trips, I promise!—Danielle Carnito, Trade Art Director Read More