Friday, January 22, 2016


This morning I woke up to find a missed call, a text, and several e-mails from my publishing team. I quickly opened the first thing I could... and any sleepiness I was still feeling immediately diminished when I saw the words, "The Lonely Ones Review" in the subject line. Thank you for making my entire day, week, month Kirkus! And thank you to my team and my readers. I've said it many times before and I'll keep saying it; none of this would be happening without you. 
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Review Issue Date: February 1, 2016
Online Publish Date: January 20, 2016
Pages: 240
Price ( Hardcover ): $16.99
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-399-17289-2
Category: Fiction
Still reeling from the effects of the recession that has thrown her family into financial turmoil and the loss of her best friend, who moved away, high school student Fain Frederick seeks solace in the only place she can find it: her own imagination. Whether she is writing or embarking on nightly adventures with magical creatures, Fain's rich imaginary life, much like Max's in Where the Wild Things Are, provides the elusive comfort she craves but cannot find in reality. It's only when the unexpected possibility of a new friendship (or perhaps even love) presents itself that Fain dares to consider abandoning her imaginary life for one in the here and now. Spare and poignant, every word of this haunting and elegant novel in verse feels painstakingly selected. It is the perfect medium for Fain to share her story. Readers will hold their breath as the vulnerable and endearing Fain navigates the treacherous minefields of both teen relationships and familial bonds in search of love and a sense of belonging. Like footprints, each poem reflects a step along Fain's journey. There is no excess here. There are no distractions. Fain's story is simply a brilliantly crafted coming-of-age novel that will appeal to the hearts and minds of all readers who have ever felt alone. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

First Foreign Rights Sale

This week was particularly exciting, because not only did I finish my first semester of grad school and survive it, but I also accepted an offer from Ravensburger to publish SOME QUIET PLACE in Germany!

It's set to be a lead title in their spring 2017 lineup. I'm ridiculously ecstatic about meeting new readers and eternally thankful that my writing journey continues in such an exciting and humbling way.

Looks like I'll have to brush up on - or, you know, actually learn - some German...

Danke, my amazing friends and readers. 

Monday, August 3, 2015


It's the big day! I'm finally able to the reveal cover of THE LONELY ONES. Coming out April 26th, 2016 from Philomel Books. I can't wait to share this story with you guys. Enter the giveaway to win a signed ARC!
Fain hasn’t always been lonely. Her family used to be close; she used to have good friends. But as circumstances—and people—changed, Fain was left behind. That’s when the monsters appeared. 
While her parents argue and her peers and siblings either pick on or simply ignore her, Fain spends time in a world of her own making. During the day, she crafts stories of fantastical adventures, but in the darkness of night, these adventures come to life alongside a legion of imaginary creatures, with Fain as their queen. 
In time, Fain begins to see possibilities and friendships emerge in her day-to-day, but when she is let down by the one relationship she thought she could trust, Fain must decide: remain queen of the imaginary creatures, or risk opening herself up to the fragile connections that can only be formed in the real world? 
Told in lyrical free verse, The Lonely Ones reminds us of the need for imaginative play and the power of true friendship.

So what do you think? Also, don't forget to add it to your Goodreads shelves. It's also available for pre-order, and there may or may not be an except on the Amazon page... Happy Monday, everyone! 
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