Clarice the Brave is here! And a Story from 4th Grade.

When I was in 4th grade, my teacher, Mr. Avink, announced to the class that we would all write stories. He would choose the student with the best story to attend something called the Young Authors’ Conference—a magical-sounding place.

I was a decent student, but I was never the best at anything. And this writing contest wasn’t a new thing—all my teachers since first grade had done it too, and I had never won.

4th grade Lisa

Still, I put my heart into writing about a young elephant who had some unlikely friends in the jungle. We all turned in our stories and waited.

One day, Mr. Avink called me into the hallway and closed the classroom door. I thought I was in trouble (I was a little bit loud at times, I suppose). But he looked at me and said, “Lisa, I just wanted you to know that I loved your story. And I’m sending you to the Young Authors’ Conference.”

I remember exactly where that classroom was in the hallway of what was then called Southside Christian School on Pine Ave in Holland, Michigan. And I remember exactly where I was standing. An uncontrollable smile spread across my face and excitement welled up inside. I couldn’t believe it.

Mr. Avink grinned back and told me to take a few minutes to walk down to the drinking fountain and collect myself. He was going to announce this to the class the next day and he didn’t want my clearly-not-a-poker-face to give away the secret. He went back into the classroom, and I went floating down the hallway, thinking, “I’m going to be a writer.”

A lot of obstacles got in the way of me accomplishing my 4th grade goal, from people telling teenage me that being a writer wasn’t a real job, to tons of rejection letters that led me to quit writing for ten years. But I couldn’t stay away. My first book came out a week after I turned 40.

Today, my 27th book hits the shelves. And, like in 4th grade, it’s an animal story that I poured my heart into.

Clarice the Brave is about sibling ship mice who get caught up in a mutiny. When the captain is thrown off the ship into a lifeboat, Clarice ends up stuck inside one of the crates that goes with him. Her brother, Charles Sebastian, who was chased out of the crate by a ship cat, remains on the ship. When the two vessels drift apart, the brother and sister call to each other across the waves, vowing against insurmountable odds to find each other again.

In a time when separation from family is all too common, this story brings a ray of hope. These scared yet tenacious mice navigate their worlds alone…at first. But then they build unlikely friendships along the way in their quest to fulfill their promises to each other.

I hope you enjoy this story. It’s a perfect for a read-aloud family book, or would make a great gift for ages 8 and up. You can find it at your local bookstore or online wherever books are sold. It’s available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook—and let me just mention that the audiobook is read by amazingly talented Alexa Magro, who put her heart into the recording…and this is her very first audiobook narration. I’m so proud of her and grateful for her hard work! Her audition sample made me cry, it was so beautiful.

Recently, Daniel Golden from Boswell Books in Milwaukee reviewed Clarice the Brave in the bookstore newsletter, calling it “…an epic tale of adventure and friendship that already feels like a classic! So exciting, so emotional, so many lines I want to quote – Clarice the Brave is a triumph!” I hope you feel the same.

From Boswell Books Newsletter

If you want to help Clarice make a splash (oof, bad joke for a mouse at sea) you can:

–buy the book wherever books are sold, or use my Bookshop

–check out my recent newsletter for info on how to get free Clarice the Brave swag

— watch for my upcoming Clarice podcast with Reading with your Kids

–join me and fellow authors Joanne Levy and Dusti Bowling at our virtual launch event October 14

–watch my Tweens Read Festival panel and so many other great authors October 18-23–there’s something happening every day

–attend a virtual event with Margaret Peterson Haddix and me on October 26

–check out this YouTube interview with Ric’s Book Reviews

–talk about the book on your social media and tag me–I’m @lisa_mcmann on Instagram and Twitter, and /mcmannfan on Facebook

–keep an eye on my Appearances page on my website for new opportunities to connect

Thank you so much for your support over the years! My heart is overflowing with gratitude. I hope reading this book brings you as much joy as it brought me while writing it.

More reviews of Clarice the Brave

The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Fire is coming February 4th!

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.

Preorder prize pack

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!

In other news, book 3, Dragon Ghosts, will be out in paperback format that same day. And the first three books in the Quests series will be available as a paperback box set in April.

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!

The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Ghosts in store Feb 5, 2019!

Sign up for your free pre-order prize pack!

Come to my launch party on Feb 5!

Find me on tour in Tempe, Albuquerque, Frisco, Southern Pines, Miami, and Sacramento!

DRAGON BONES is coming Feb 6!

Pre-order now to get some Unwanteds and Unwanteds Quests goodies! Links below the graphic.

Dragon Bones preorder

Barnes & Noble exclusive edition

Free Character Guide!

Book 1, Dragon Captives, will be out in paperback Feb 6 as well!

Here’s where I’ll be on book tour:

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!

UNWANTEDS QUESTS: Dragon Captives Tour starts Feb 4, 2017!

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 TOURUnwanteds Quests - final

TEMPE, AZ
February 4, 3 pm
CHANGING HANDS
6428 S. McClintock

SALT LAKE CITY, UT
February 6, 6 pm
KING’S ENGLISH BOOKSHOP
1511 S. 1500 E

HOUSTON, TX
February 7, 5 pm
BLUE WILLOW BOOKSHOP
14532 Memorial Dr

CHICAGO, IL
February 8, 7 pm
ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP
123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville

SOUTHERN PINES, NC
February 9, 4 pm
COUNTRY BOOKSHOP
140 NW Broad Street

RALEIGH, NC
February 10, 7 pm
QUAIL RIDGE BOOKSTORE
3522 Wade Ave

CHAPEL HILL, NC
February 11, 2 pm
FLYLEAF BOOKS
752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

BOISE, ID
February 14, 6 pm
BARNES & NOBLE
1315 North Milwaukee

SEATTLE, WA
February 15, 7 pm
THIRD PLACE BOOKS
17171 Bothell Way NE

MESA, AZ
February 16, 6 pm
BARNES & NOBLE
1758 South Val Vista Drive

Unwanteds: Island of Graves tour September 14 – October 3!

Hold onto your hats — this is a long tour!  I’m making stops in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Toronto Ontario, and Arizona. All the details below. Come see me! I might have a tiny gorilla for you.

Appearances Sept 14-18 will be with fellow authors Margaret Peterson Haddix, Kevin Sylvester, and Kevin Sands. It’s going to be a blast!

On sale Sept 15, 2015!

On sale Sept 15, 2015!

NASHVILLE, TN

Monday, September 14

6:30 PM

PARNASSUS BOOKS Off-site event at the University School of Nashville

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MEMPHIS, TN

Tuesday, September 15

6:30 PM

BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD

387 Perkins Road Extended

Memphis, TN 38117

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ATLANTA, GA

Wednesday, September 16

7:00 PM

LITTLE SHOP OF STORIES

133A East Court Square

Decatur, GA 30030

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Pre-order from a participating store to get your prize pack!

Pre-order Island of Graves from a participating store now to get your prize pack!

MIAMI, FL

Thursday, September 17

6:00 PM

BOOKS & BOOKS

265 Aragon Ave

Coral Gables, FL 33134

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JACKSON, MS

Friday, September 18

5:00 PM

LEMURIA BOOKS

4465 I-55 N

Jackson, MS 39206

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OKEMOS, MI

Monday, September 21

6:30 PM

SCHULER BOOKS & MUSIC

1982 Grand River Ave

Okemos, MI 48864

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI

Tuesday, September 22

7:00 PM

BRILLIANT BOOKS

118 E Front Street

Traverse City, MI 49684

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DAYTON, OH

Wednesday, September 23

7:00 PM

BOOKS & CO.

4453 Walnut St.

The Greene

Beavercreek, OH 45440

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ST. PAUL, MN

Thursday, September 24

6:30 PM

RED BALLOON BOOKSHOP

891 Grand Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55105

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CINCINNATI, OH

Friday, September 25

7:00 PM

JOSEPH-BETH BOOKSELLERS

2692 Madison Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45208

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TORONTO, ON, CANADA

Monday, September 28

7:00 PM

Indigo Yonge & Eglinton

2300 Yonge Street

Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E4

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TUCSON, AZ

Wednesday, September 30

4:00 PM

BARNES & NOBLE

5130 E. Broadway

Tucson, AZ 85711

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PHOENIX, AZ

Saturday, October 3

2:00 PM

CHANGING HANDS

6428 So. McClintock

Tempe, AZ 85283

Island of Legends paperback

Greetings!

The Unwanteds: ISLAND OF LEGENDS comes out in paperback this week (July 7, 2015)! That’s book 4 in the Unwanteds series. Book 5 (Island of Shipwrecks) is available in hardcover, and book 6 (Island of Graves) will be out September 15, 2015. The 7th and final book in the series will be coming your way next spring.

Paperback on sale July 7, 2015

Paperback on sale July 7, 2015

I’ll be on tour this September, hitting the east coast. More details when I have ’em! Stay cool out there and keep reading. Hope you’re having an excellent summer!

The Unwanteds: ISLAND OF SHIPWRECKS is in stores this week!

Island of Shipwrecks

The official release day is Tuesday, Feb. 3, but the book is trickling into bookstores already. I just signed a couple copies in the Pittsburgh airport, in fact.

Visit the official Unwanteds website for cool downloadables, games, a book trailer, a map, and an educator’s guide.

And here’s some fun news–B&N choose Island of Shipwrecks as one of February’s Top Picks for Young Readers, yay!

I’ll be signing a lot of books in the coming weeks. My book tour starts on Tuesday, and I’ll be presenting at schools and bookstores all over Arizona, California, and Texas. Check my APPEARANCES page on my website for the most up to date information, or scroll down.

If you want one of the exclusive, collectible prize packs along with an autographed copy of the book, order by Monday, Feb 2nd (that’s tomorrow!) or come to my launch party on Tuesday, Feb 3, at 6pm. They ship worldwide. Here’s what’s in the prize pack:

It's PANTHER!

It’s PANTHER! (she’s tiny)

A collectible postcard? Bookmark, sticker, and even a Find The Differences poster? WOW!

A collectible postcard? Bookmark, sticker, and even a Find The Differences poster? WOW!

I know it’s hard to keep a secret, especially when something major happens in a book. But try to keep in mind when you’re posting on the Internet (to me or to others) that friends, acquaintances, or strangers might not have read the book yet.

nospoilers

Thank you!

Here’s my schedule in case you’d rather scroll than click:

February 3, 2015
THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SHIPWRECKS Launch party and signing 6:00pm
Changing Hands Bookstore Tempe, AZ

February 4, 2015
HICKLEBEES — 3:00pm
1378 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 292-8880

February 5, 2015
THE READING BUG — 5:30pm
785 Laurel Street
San Carlos, CA 94070
650-591-0100

February 6, 2015
KEPLER’S BOOKS — 7:00pm
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 324-4321

February 9, 2015
BARNES & NOBLE Arden Fair — 5:00pm
1725 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
916-565-0644

February 11, 2015
WARWICKS — 4:00pm
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-454-0347

February 12, 2015
BARNES & NOBLE Huntington Beach — 6:30pm
7881 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-897-8781

February 13, 2015
ONCE UPON A TIME — 7:00pm
2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA 91020
818-248-9668

February 20, 2015
BARNES & NOBLE Desert Ridge — 7:00pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85050
480-538-8520

March 5, 2015
BLUE WILLOW BOOKSHOP — 5:00pm
14532 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77079
281-497-8675

March 7, 2015
North Texas Teen Book Festival — 9:00am – 5:00pm
Irving Convention Center
500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039

March 15, 2015
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
University of Arizona campus
Tucson, AZ

10:30-11:00am Signing in the Mostly Books booth

11:30-12:30
What’s Trending in YA Literature
Location: Education Room 333
Panelists: Jenny Han, E. Lockhart, Lisa McMann
Signing area: Signing Area – Children / Teen (following presentation)
Young adult literature is a constantly changing and exciting area of publishing. YA authors will talk about what’s currently trending and their predictions for the next big trends.

1:00-1:30
A Conversation with Lisa McMann
Location: Teen and Author Meeting Place
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Central Mall (following presentation)
Interact with authors as they read aloud from their new books and answer questions

2:30-3:30
Creating Portals to Enter Fantasy Worlds
Location: Education Kiva
Panelists: Alice Hoffman, Maureen Johnson, Lisa McMann, Jennifer A. Nielsen
Signing area: Signing Area – Children / Teen (following presentation)
Authors can create all kinds of fantasy worlds and invite readers to suspend reality and enter their fantasy worlds in different ways.

YOU can get a FREE Unwanteds: Island of Shipwrecks Prize Pack

“How?” you ask. “How, Lisa McMann? And what’s in the prize pack?”

A collectible postcard? Bookmark, sticker, and even a Find The Differences poster? WOW!

A collectible postcard? Bookmark, sticker, and even a Find The Differences poster? WOW!

“BUT WAIT!” you cry. “LAST YEAR WE GOT A KITTEN!”

I know. I know. It’s okay. Because remember Aaron’s friend Panther from the jungle in book 4? Well, wait’ll you see what I found JUST FOR YOU.

It's PANTHER!

It’s a tiny PANTHER!

To get the prize pack, order THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SHIPWRECKS from Changing Hands Bookstore by February 2nd or come to the launch party at the store on February 3rd at 6pm and you will automatically get a prize pack. And either way I’ll autograph your book, too!