My husband, upcoming Putnam (@penguinkids) debut author Matt McMann, and I had been intentionally living without a vehicle for the past four years, opting to experience life without wheels in walkable cities like Sacramento, Calif., and currently in Tempe, Ariz. But the shiny 2007 convertible that my 81-year-old dad had lovingly cared for (and hardly driven—it only had 22,000 miles on it) was too hard to pass up. The only problem was that my parents—and the car—were far away, in Holland, Mich. We could ship the convertible home (boring!) or we could drive it, and turn the trip into a cross-country adventure and see some sights along the way (ding ding ding!).
I have a new book coming out this fall–October 12, 2021. And I can’t wait for you to read it. It’s called Clarice the Brave. Isn’t this cover beautiful? It’s by Antonio Caparo. You can read more about it below. And find out more about the inspiration behind it at Nerdy Book Club.
The only good cat is a fed cat. Clarice, a young ship mouse, knows this to be true.
She and her brother, Charles Sebastian, were taught to be careful—as all mice are—but caution is no match for the sea, which took their mother, and it is certainly no match for Special Lady, the horrid cat who ate their sister. Now the siblings hide in their pantry crate, knowing every move they make could be their last.
When a shocking mutiny forces Clarice onto a small, leaky boat with Special Lady and a dozen hungry sailors with deadly boots, Charles Sebastian is left on the ship to fend off mutineers, a flock of irate chickens, and an inquisitive human prisoner—a mouse’s worst enemy.
Being careful may have saved them in the past, but now Clarice and Charles Sebastian will need to grow bold if they are to survive . . . and keep their promise to find one other again.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds comes an unforgettable adventure filled with perseverance, kindness, and hope.
Can you believe it? The fourteenth and final book, The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Fury, arrives January 26, 2021, and you can join me virtually to celebrate! And cry! And cheer! Or whatever! It’s going to be an amazing hour, courtesy of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ, and you can get your ticket here.
Your ticket gives you:
–An autographed copy of Dragon Fury
–A prize pack with #Unwanteds swag
–An autographed 11×17 poster of Spike Furious
–Access to the 1-hour Zoom event on January 26, 2021, at 6pm MST (8pm EST, 7pm CST, 5pm PST) where I’ll be chatting with my pal Faith about the end of this series. But don’t worry–we won’t spoil the book! I’ve invited a few special guests to share their best #UnwantedsMemory, and you’ll be able to add yours in the comments on the Zoom chat. And I’ll be talking a little bit about what I’m writing next!
It’s going to be an hour (and a series) to remember! Help spread the word using #UnwantedsFinale and #UnwantedsMemory and follow my Instagram feed @lisa_mcmann. I’ll see you on the 26th!
Presenting Florence, everyone’s favorite Magical Warrior Trainer, created by my son, @kilianmcmanndesign. If you want this 11”x17” poster, please follow these simple instructions:
Pre-order your copy of The Unwanteds: Dragon Slayers (hardcover, audio, or ebook) from your favorite book retailer and send a scan of your receipt to my assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org along with your full name and postal address. Use the subject: Florence Poster so my assistant can easily see it. U.S. and Canadian addresses only please. While supplies last. One poster per book. If you buy multiple copies I’ll send you multiple posters (just mention it in your email so we don’t miss it). YES I will be autographing the posters, yay! The poster will be shipped separately from the book, directly from me, so you must email your receipt or I won’t know you preordered.
To get a signed book, pre-order from my local bookstore, Capital Books on K in Sacramento (they ship everywhere). For my Phoenix area friends, I’ll probably be signing books or at least bookplates with Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ, as well—more info on that when I have it.
Isn’t she amazing? Pre-order now and send in your receipt to get your poster!
With everything going on, I’ve been asked a lot if I’ll be doing read-alouds of my books. I am working with my publisher, Simon & Schuster, to put something together, but in the interim, I wanted to update you with some guidelines and resources.
For using my books (or any Simon and Schuster books) please be guided by the following:
You can also find these guidelines on the Simon & Schuster site here.
For my Going Wild books, please use the guidelines from HarperCollins here.
Here are some online resources for you to use with your students:
A video of me reading the first chapter of THE UNWANTEDS: https://youtu.be/xo1nTlJ5mZ4
A book trailer for THE UNWANTEDS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93eUOh3JQ2U
A short interview, including my inspiration for the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-QksUJze2E
THE UNWANTEDS QUESTS: DRAGON CAPTIVES Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD-eyhp9mWA
A Meet The Author interview I did recently for Fairfax Network – Fairfax County Public Schools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2yL8XIEq7c
My author page at Simon & Schuster where you can download my book cover images: https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Lisa-McMann/45103601
The dedicated THE UNWANTEDS website where you can download educator guides, quizzes, and other fun things: http://www.theunwantedsseries.com/Here’s a link about the brand new Unwanteds app—a social gathering place to learn fun facts about the characters, spells, and worlds. You can add details, chat, and meet other fans of the series. https://unwanteds.app/
Here is a mini version of my school presentation suitable for grades 3 and up:
Here is a video that includes me reading the first chapter of The Unwanteds:
Book 5 in the Unwanteds Quests series arrives February 4th. If you pre-order from Changing Hands bookstore in Tempe, AZ, by Feb 1st, you can score a few bonus goodies.
I’ll be doing a signing at that store on Sunday, February 2nd, at 2pm and I’d love to see you if you live in the area!
Find me on Instagram or Twitter to keep up on new releases, cover reveals, and other fun stuff! Like, did you know my daughter Kennedy McMann is the new Nancy Drew on the CW network? (See what you’re missing?)
Hope you enjoy the books!
Pre-order now to get some Unwanteds and Unwanteds Quests goodies! Links below the graphic.
February 3, 2018
DRAGON BONES LAUNCH PARTY! 3:00 p.m.
At the amazing Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock, Tempe, AZ
Get your copy waaaaay before everyone else!
February 5, 2018
Barnes & Noble Clackamas Towne Center, 6:00pm
12000 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR
Get your B&N exclusive edition of DRAGON BONES autographed the night before official release day! (It has two cool extras inside that you won’t want to miss!)
February 6, 2018
The Reading Bug, 4:30 p.m.
785 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
Official release day for Dragon Bones! Hope to see you there.
February 7, 2018
Salt Lake City, I can’t get enough of you. See you at:
The King’s English, 7:00 p.m.
1511 S. 1500 E, SLC, Utah
February 8, 2018
Pages Bookstore, 7:00p.m.
904 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA
There’s no place I’d rather be in February than back in beautiful Manhattan Beach. Hope you can make it!
February 9, 2018
Once Upon a Time Bookstore, 7:00 p.m.
2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA.
A fairytale ending to my week at a fabulous bookshop. Let’s hang out!
I’ll have more info soon about the preorder prize pack and how you can get one. You can preorder the book from any bookstore now!
UNWANTEDS QUESTS: DRAGON CAPTIVES TOUR
February 4, 3 pm
6428 S. McClintock
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
February 6, 6 pm
KING’S ENGLISH BOOKSHOP
1511 S. 1500 E
February 7, 5 pm
BLUE WILLOW BOOKSHOP
14532 Memorial Dr
February 8, 7 pm
123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville
SOUTHERN PINES, NC
February 9, 4 pm
140 NW Broad Street
February 10, 7 pm
QUAIL RIDGE BOOKSTORE
3522 Wade Ave
CHAPEL HILL, NC
February 11, 2 pm
752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
February 14, 6 pm
BARNES & NOBLE
1315 North Milwaukee
February 15, 7 pm
THIRD PLACE BOOKS
17171 Bothell Way NE
February 16, 6 pm
BARNES & NOBLE
1758 South Val Vista Drive