New Series Reveal! THE SECRETS OF THE PIED PIPER

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 7, 2015 by Matt

“In the year of Our Lord 1284, 130 children were led out of town into a mountain . . . and there they disappeared.”

I’ve been sitting on this news for a while now, but I’ve finally gotten the go-ahead from the good folks at Random House to give you all a sneak peek at the brand new series I’ll be launching next year. THE SECRETS OF THE PIED PIPER will be a fantasy trilogy, and the above cover that you should be drooling over is by the wonderful Craig Phillips, who is also providing interior illustrations.

Here’s a little about Book One: THE PEDDLER’S ROAD —

It is said that in the 13th Century, in a village called Hamelin, a Piper lured all of the children away with his magical flute, and none of them were ever seen again.

Today tough, pink-haired Max and her little brother, Carter, are stuck in modern-day Hamelin, with their father…until they also led away by the Piper to a place called the Summer Isle. There they meet the original stolen children, who haven’t aged a day and who have formed their own village, vigilantly guarded from the many nightmarish beings that roam the land.

No one knows why the Piper stole them, but Max and Carter’s appearance may be the key to returning the lost children of Hamelin—and to going home themselves. But to discover the secrets of the Piper, Max and Carter will have to set out on a mysterious quest down the dangerous Peddler’s Road.

I hope you all will join me in October to begin the adventure!
-Matt

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Very nice award nominations for WILL IN SCARLET!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 7, 2015 by Matt

Six years ago POWERLESS, the little book with the blue cover, was published. Though well-received, it didn’t light up the sales charts. A perfectly respectable opener, but nothing to write about (pun intended)

ENTER THE SCHOOL LIBRARIANS. In the next few years something pretty great started happening, as POWERLESS made its way into the hands of librarians and educators, and they in turn began nominating that little blue book for various state reader awards. For those of you who don’t know, these award lists are compiled by the librarians and voted on by the actual readers themselves, so the books get read by lots and lots of kids.

Suddenly, POWERLESS had a second life. Those award nominations turned my little book into my big book. The blue book that could.

That’s why I am THRILLED that WILL IN SCARLET has started to get some of the same love. So far it has been nominated for the following:

Illinois: THE REBECCA CAUDILL YOUNG READER’S BOOK AWARD (which POWERLESS won back in 2012!)
Missouri: THE MARK TWAIN READER’S AWARD
Mississippi: THE MAGNOLIA AWARD
South Dakota: THE SOUTH DAKOTA TEEN CHOICE AWARD

To the librarians and educators, I say THANK YOU!
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VILLAINOUS Contest Update! (Reading . . . reading . . .)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 2, 2015 by Matt

I wanted to update everyone on the status of the VILLAINOUS contest, and the title of this post pretty much says it all – I’m reading!

Thanks to the holidays and deadlines and such, the final batch of contest entries just arrived, I printed out all the emails and I’m digging in. I can already tell this is going to be a very hard decision – so many wonderful stories about amazing people . . . it’s going to be tough, folks.

And I’m THRILLED to see that several entire classrooms participated! Your classes will be getting some special prizes for that, and I’ll be in touch directly once I make it through everyone’s letters.

Honestly, thank you everyone for sharing these with me. It’s inspiring (if a little hard on the printer ink!)

More soon!

-Matt

Its a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a . . . CONTEST!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 13, 2014 by Matt

Who would you like to see flying through the sky to save the day? In ways big and small we all have someone in our life that is a superhero. To young readers, you yourself may be a hero—a teacher who protects a group of students during a tornado, a librarian who helps you find the perfect book that to turn you a reader…
Have your students and readers tell us about their real-life hero in 500 words or less and they could win a SUPER cool prize: Matthew Cody, the author of Super, Powerless and Villainous will write the winner of this contest into a short story as a SUPER.

Submit real-life superhero stories by December 20th, 2014 to:
Email: STrombetta@penguinrandomhouse.com
Snail Mail: Sadie Trombetta
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Matthew, along with four fantastic ace readers from Knopf Books for Young Readers, will select the winners. The grand prize is the short story and a full set of signed copies of Matthew’s books. Five others will receive signed copies of all of Matthew’s books. As a bonus, any teacher who submits stories from her entire class will be eligible to win a class set of Matt’s books, as well as some select additional titles from Random House. The winner will be selected by January 15th, 2015.

IT’S THE KIDS AUTHOR CARNIVAL!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 6, 2014 by Matt

Anyone in the NYC area, or if you’re in town for Book Expo America, this is your chance to party like it’s 2014! Saturday May 31st I’ll be joining a whole bunch of other authors for an evening of games, signings and general book zaniness. It’s the first ever Kids Author Carnival!

This is a new endeavor, so I hope you all can come out and help us make it a success! And I’ll be giving out free high-fives. Free high fives!!

Hope to see you there!

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Hello 2014! What’s to come . . .

Posted in Uncategorized on January 1, 2014 by Matt

Hello 2014! What's to come . . .

WILL IN SCARLET named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2013!

Posted in Awards, Best Children's Books, Middle Grade Books, Plugs, Robin Hood, Shameless, Will in Scarlet, YA Books on December 2, 2013 by Matt

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I’m late posting this (though I did do a ridiculous victory dance on Twitter when it was first announced. But I’m happy to say that Will in Scarlet is in very good company. Just in time for the holidays, too . . . .

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