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Although recipients of my "only once in a while" newsletter have already seen it, I have yet to reveal the cover of my forthcoming novel on my blog. So, here it is:



The incredible news is that illustrator extraordinaire, Brian Floca, did the illustrations. If you're not familiar with Mr. Floca, he is the author/illustrator of two Sibert Award honor books, Lightship and Moonshot. He also took the time to drop a mention of Jeremy Bender vs the Cupcake Cadets on his own blog. If you went to check that out, did you notice that he's also done an Avi book? He is the illustrator for friend and critique partner, Kate Messner's forthcoming release, Marty McGuire, too!

Oh, and here is the flap copy:

When eleven-year-old Jeremy Bender does major damage to his father’s prized boat, he figures he has one way to avoid being grounded for life: Fix it before Dad finds out. But even if Jeremy and his best friend, Slater, combined their allowances for a year, they still wouldn’t have enough money for the cost of repairs. Inspiration strikes when the boys see an ad for the Windjammer Whirl. Sponsored by the Cupcake Cadets, the model sailboat race pays $500 to the winner. There’s just one problem: You must be a Cadet—and a girl—to compete.  Confident that it will be the easiest money they’ve ever made, Jeremy convinces Slater they should dress up like girls and infiltrate the troop. But as the boys proceed to botch everything from camping to field hockey, they realize that being a Cadet is no piece of cupcake.
Can Jeremy and Slater earn their badges and win the money? Or will their Cupcake careers be over faster than you can say "vanilla frosting"?

So there you have it. Jeremy Bender vs the Cupcake Cadets hits shelves on 5/3/2011 with Balzer + Bray, a company I am so stoked to be associated with.

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