Finalist Spotlight: Martine Leavitt

CALVIN – 2015 Whitney Awards Finalist


 Seventeen-year-old Calvin has always known his fate is linked to the comic book character from Calvin & Hobbes. He was born on the day the last strip was published; his grandpa left a stuffed tiger named Hobbes in his crib; and he even has a best friend named Susie.

As a child Calvin played with the toy Hobbes, controlling his every word and action, until Hobbes was washed to death. But now Calvin is a teenager who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, Hobbes is back―as a delusion―and Calvin can’t control him.

Calvin decides that if he can convince Bill Watterson to draw one final comic strip, showing a normal teenaged Calvin, he will be cured. Calvin and Susie (and Hobbes) set out on a dangerous trek across frozen Lake Erie to track him down.


Leavitt - Calvin



Martine Leavitt

. . . is the author of ten novels for young adults, including My Book of Life by Angel, a novel written in verse and winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year award. Leavitt’s other titles include Keturah and Lord Death, a finalist for the National Book Award, Tom Finder, winner of the Mr. Christie Award, and Heck Superhero, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Her novels have been published in Japan, Korea, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. Currently she teaches creative writing to graduate students at Vermont College of Fine Arts, a short-residency MFA program. She is a mother of seven, grandmother of seventeen, and lives in the beleaguered but beloved town of High River, Alberta.




 You can find Martine’s books HERE.


Finalist Spotlight: Janci Patterson

A THOUSAND FACES – 2015 Whitney Awards Finalist

A Thousand Faces

In her debut YA science fiction novel, Janci Patterson presents a thriller that #1 NYT bestseller James Dashner calls “a fantastic book” and #1 NYT bestseller Brandon Sanderson calls “hands down one of my favorite novels of the year.”

In the world of high-stakes espionage, it pays to be able to change your face. And that’s just what sixteen-year-old Jory and her family of shape-shifting spies can do—alter their faces and bodies to look like anyone. Jory is in training to be a full member of the family business—when she can convince her parents to let her help with their elaborate cons.

But when Jory’s parents go missing on the job, Jory is thrown into a world of secrets, lies, and stolen identities that will put all her training to the test. Jory’s always wanted to be a member of the team—

But saving her family may be the most difficult job of all.

Janci Patterson

. . . writes fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary young adult novels. Her first book, Chasing the Skip, was published by Henry Holt in October, 2012. Janci lives in Orem, Utah, with her husband, Drew Olds. When she’s not writing, she manages Drew’s painting business, and plays geekgames of all kinds.

Janci Patterson

 You can find Janci’s books HERE and HERE,

she tweets HERE,

and has a website HERE.