Monday, January 6, 2014


It's January 6th! Whoop! I've been so excited for this day to come because my MLLA agent-mate, the charming Jess Keating, is having a cover release today for her middle-grade debut, HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED.  And you must see it.  

Seriously.  It's adorable.

But first, here's a book summary:

What would middle school be like if you lived in a zoo?

Ana didn't ask to be named after an anaconda. She didn't ask for zoologist parents who look like safari guides. And she definitely didn't ask for a twin brother whose life goal seems to be terrorizing her with his pet reptiles. Now, to make matters worse, her parents have decided to move the whole family INTO the zoo! All of which gives the Sneerers (the clan of carnivorous female predators in her class) more ammunition to make her life miserable-and squash any hope of class tennis stud, Zack, falling in love with her. Ana tries to channel her inner chameleon and fade into the background, but things are changing too quickly for her to keep up.

Sound interesting?  So is Jess!  Here's a little more about her:

As a middle grade author and zoologist, Jess Keating has been sprayed by skunks, bitten by crocodiles, and been a victim to the dreaded paper cut. Her debut How To Outrun A Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied is coming in Summer 2014 from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, with a sequel to follow. She has a Masters degree in Animal Science and a growing collection of books that are threatening to take over her house. She lives in Ontario, Canada, where she loves hiking, playing ukulele, and writing books for adventurous and funny kids.

And now...

For the cover...

Put on your sunglasses because it's bright...

And a smile because it's fun...

Adorable, right??  Makes the animal-hugger in me want to cuddle up with a crocodile.  Okay, a stuffed crocodile, maybe, but still.

If you are feeling linky, you can find Jess all over the place!

*HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE on Goodreads:  How to Outrun a Crocodile
*Jess on Twitter: Jess Keating on Twitter
*Jess's website:

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