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K. A. Holt 

Kari Anne Holt is the author of several middle grade novels in verse including House Arrest, (Chronicle 2015), Rhyme Schemer (Chronicle, 2014), and Brains for Lunch, which was highlighted on the Texas Library Associationís Annotated Lone Star Reading List for 2011. She is also the author of Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel, a nominee for the 2014 Connecticut Library Association Nutmeg Book Award and the 2013 Maud Hart Lovelace Award. Kari has recently contributed to the anthology, Dear Teen Me: authors write letters to their teen selves. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband and three malevolently charming children.

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HOUSE ARREST (Chronicle, 2015)

House Arrest is a middle grade novel in verse about one boyís path to redemption as he navigates a sick brother, a grieving mother, and one tough probation officer. Look for it from Chronicle Books in Fall 2015.


RHYME SCHEMER (Chronicle, 2014)

Kevin has a bad attitude. He's the one who laughs when you trip and fall. In fact, he may have been the one who tripped you in the first place. He has a real knack for rubbing people the wrong way--and he's even figured out a secret way to do it with poems. But what happens when the tables are turned and he is the one getting picked on? Rhyme Schemer is a touching and hilarious middle-grade novel in verse about one seventh grader's journey from bully-er to bully-ee, as he learns about friendship, family, and the influence that words can have on people's lives.



What makes Brains for Lunch different than other zombie books? This middle school novel is written entirely in Haiku! Loeb, its zombie protagonist, has a problem: the object of his affection, Siobhan, is a lifer (i.e. human). What to do? In scenes set around a lunch table (the menu: brains) and around the school, eyes roll and jaws drop (literally). Also featured in the cast of characters is Carl, a chupacabra (bloodsucking critter) and Mrs. Fincher, a sympathetic and seductive librarian.



Things are not so stellar for Mike Stellar. He is stunned when his parents inform him that he has only eight hours to pack before they move to Mars. Despite the fact that he suspects his parents are involved in a major sabotage plot; that the only person who believes him is a girl who wonít shut up; and that his motherís assistant seems to be spying on Mikeís every move, Mike is dealing with the same things that every eleven-year-old deals with: bad cafeteria food, a strict limitation on his electronic use, and a teacher who is so old-fashioned she must be from the year 2099.