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Recent Class of 2k7 releases

Okay, I’m trying to get caught up here in blogland. So, here’s a belated congratulations and mega woo-HOO to my fellow Class of 2k7 members Thatcher Heldring and Heather Tomlinson for their recent releases!

Thatcher is the author of TOBY WHEELER: EIGHT GRADE BENCHWARMER that was released this past August 14th.


Toby Wheeler had a few things in mind when he joined the basketball team at Pilchuck Middle School. Being a benchwarmer was not one of them. How is he supposed to help his team win a league championship sitting on the end of the bench? Even worse, a promise made to an archrival in the heat of the moment means the stakes are even higher. Meanwhile, his best friend doesn’t seem to care about anything but his band, and his Coach already has it out for him—could it have something to do with the new girl in town? For Toby, finding a way to show the world what he can do will require practice, determination, and belief in one important truth: it takes an entire team—even the benchwarmer—to win one game.

“A truly great basketball story. Every hoops fan will love this book.” –Phil Jackson, Member of the NBA Hall of Fame and Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Heather is the author of THE SWAN MAIDEN, that was recently released on August 7th.


In the quiet hour before dawn, anything can happen. A third daughter can dream of being a creature of flight and magic, of wearing a swan-skin like her sisters. But Doucette must run the castle household while her older sisters learn to weave spells. Her dream of flying is exactly that—until the day she discovers her own hidden birthright.

Sudden, soaring freedom—it is a wish come true. Yet it comes with a price. As Doucette struggles to find her own way in the world, she risks losing the one she loves most of all.

An age-old fairy tale told in a refreshingly original voice, Heather Tomlinson’s stunning debut is fantasy at its most eloquent and richly imagined.

Congratulations, Thatcher and Heather, for your fantastic book releases! I wish you both the very best!

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