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Meg's latest book, The Ice Storm, now available

If you missed The Ice Storm's launch reading featuring a conversation between Meg and Cornelius Eady, you can watch it here.

This virtual reading was held on September 17, 2020.
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The Ice StormMeg Kearney writes The Ice Storm with passion and a skill so subtle that sometimes you're not aware you're in the midst of a crown of sonnets—but solely in the tempest of a breakup. This magnificent sequence infuses the end-of-love sonnet tradition with poignancy, anger, and damage. The marriage “starts like a lullaby, innocent as rain,” but when the union implodes, “outside the window is ice.” All the practicalities that rarely make it into poetry, from money to sump-pump batteries, appear in Kearney's verse page-turner. Her sonnets writhe and fracture with emotion that “sweeps in ruin,” making a monument to the swift talent of this splendid poet.

—Molly Peacock, author of The Analyst: Poems

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When You Never Said Goodbye: An Adoptee’s Search for Her Birth Mother

Kirkus raves about When You Never Said Goodbye!

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» Listen to the song, When You Never Say Goodbye

When You Never Said Goodbye"...an all-around sparkling story of self-discovery." Starred Review Booklist, starred review
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From Kirkus Reviews: "Thoughtful and brimming with justified teen angst, Kearney's fast-paced tale offers illuminating insights into the perils and rewards of self-discovery."
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"Meg’s writing takes you into the heart of the story and holds you there. I loved everyone I met on these pages and felt every moment of deep love and deep loss.  When You Never Said Goodbye is a gift to the world, a book you’ll want to read slowly, savoring both the eloquent writing and the brave and beautiful story." —Jacqueline Woodson

Eighteen-year-old adoptee and aspiring poet Liz McLane transfers to NYU for two reasons: New York is THE place to be a writer, and it’s where she last saw her birth mother, when, at five months old, she was given away. “My blood remembers,” she writes in her journal.  “That will help me find her.  It must.”

Song copyright (c) 2016 by Meg Kearney and Chris Little. Recording copyright (c) Colin McCaffrey. All rights reserved. Credits: Meg Kearney, lyrics; Chris Little, melody & guitar; Beth Grosart, vocals; Colin McCaffrey, fiddle & sound production.

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AGNI OnlineHonors for TROUPER:

» Winner of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award! kba.nku.edu  

» First Place, 2015-2016 Show Me Award Winner (Grades 1-3), Missouri's Association of School Librarians.  www.maslonline.org

» A Nominee for the 2014-2015 Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award (Grades 2-3). For more information, visit: alabamacamelliaaward

» Preliminary Nominee for the 2015-2016 Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) Readers Award (Show Me Readers, Grades 1-3): maslonline.org

» 2013 Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California Distinguished Book

» [Trouper has been] Selected as one of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People of 2014!

» Chosen one of the "Diverse and Impressive Picture Books of 2013" by the International Reading Association

» Christian Science Monitor, the Cooperative Children's Book Center, and Bank Street College of Education has named TROUPER one of the season's best picture books!

Trouper

Based on a True Rescue Story

Author: Meg Kearney
Illustrator: E.B. Lewis

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Meg speaks with Gayle C. Heney about Trouper and her writing life on WRITE NOW