Archive for March, 2012

POWERLESS wins the 2012 Rebecca Caudill Book Award

Posted in Awards, Middle Grade Books, Powerless, Shameless, Writing, YA Books with tags on March 16, 2012 by Matt

Some terrific news for POWERLESS! My little-book-that-could has won the 2012 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award!

As a Caudill nominee, I’ve spent a lot of time over the last year talking with the teachers, librarians and students who make this award possible and it’s truly an honor to be chosen as this year’s winner, especially measured up against the rest of the awesome nominees!  Check out all of the them here: 2012MasterList

I understand that I’ll get a plaque with my name on it, which I will undoubtedly mount upon a helmet for all to see, but until then this post will serve!

Thanks all! And to Rebecca Caudill, whose memory has inspired such a great tradition!


SUPER arrives on September 25th!

Posted in Middle Grade Books, New Book, Powerless, Super, Writing, YA Books on March 13, 2012 by Matt


The advanced reading copies are out in the world, so it’s time to reveal the cover to the sequel to POWERLESS!

SUPER will hit the bookstores in September, and if you’re curious here’s the back cover copy:

“Daniel Corrigan is as regular as can be, especially when compared to the Supers: kids in his new hometown with actual powers like flight and super strength. But Daniel’s not powerless. Only he was able to stop the Shroud, a supervillian bent on stealing his newfound friends’ powers. And thanks to him, his friends got to keep those powers. 

Now Daniel himself is starting to display powers, while at the same time, his friends are losing theirs. His friend Eric thinks Daniel is just becoming a Super himself, a late-blooming one. But Daniel worries there may be something more sinister at work, since his power-stealing ability is uncomfortably like the Shroud’s. Of course, the Shroud is gone now . . . or is he? And could Daniel himself be his new vessel? “


What do you think?

Things I’m Doing in 2012: Spring Edition (Updated! Improved!)

Posted in Appearances, Middle Grade Books, Powerless, The Dead Gentleman, Writing, YA Books with tags , on March 7, 2012 by Matt

Here’s the updated list of Cool Things I’m Doing Soon. If you happen to be in any of these areas, please come by and say hello!

March 21-15th, Virginia Festival of the Book

Matthew Cody at Charlottesville Day School
Thu. March 22nd, 2012 – 9:00 AM

Matthew Cody visits with CDS elementary and middle school students

Powerless at Albemarle High School
Thu. March 22nd, 2012 – 12:45 PM

Matthew Cody (Powerless and The Dead Gentleman) chats about writing novels and comics with Albemarle High students. Open only to the AHS community.

Matthew Cody at Buford Middle School
Fri. March 23rd, 2012 – 9:00 AM

Matthew Cody discusses writing about books and comics with Buford students. Open only to the Buford school community.

Matthew Cody at Walton School
Fri. March 23rd, 2012 – 12:30 PM

Matthew Cody chats with Walton students about his books and comics. Open only to the Walton school community.

Sweet Reads
Fri. March 23rd, 2012 – 6:00 PM

Meet many of the young adult and children’s authors participating in the Festival. Celebrate literacy and literature at the Charlottesville Catholic School! Enjoy a dessert reception and chat with the authors. Open to the public.

Charlottesville Catholic School
1205 Pen Park Rd
(434) 964-040

Hosted by Charlottesville Catholic School.

Young Adult Fiction: Heroes, Demons & Bad Roommates
Sat. March 24th, 2012 – 2:00 PM

Jenny Hubbard (Paper Covers Rock), Matthew Cody (The Dead Gentleman), Wendy Shang (The Great Wall of Lucy Wu), and Jon Skovron (Misfit). Open to the public.

Matthew Cody, Jenny Hubbard, Wendy Wan-Long Shang, Jon Skovron, Bella Stander (moderator)

Village School
215 E High Street

March 25th-April 1st, 2012 NYC Teen Author Festival

The NYC Big Read (I’ll be joining a whole HOST of great authors reading all over NYC)
Thurs. March 29 10am, High School of Art and Design, at 1075 2nd Avenue

Symposium- The Writer as Time Traveler: Writing the Past While Sitting in the Present
Fri. March 30th, 3:00-3:50 PM

Matthew Cody
Jennifer Donnelly
Leanna Renee Hieber
Suzanne Weyn

moderator: David Levithan

Location: 42nd Street NYPL

April 2-5th, Chicago Schools Tour

These visits are open only to students. Hopefully if you live in the area, I’ll be visiting your school!

April 2nd, A. Vito Martinez Middle School

April 3rd, Jane Adams Middle School

April 4th, Lukancic Middle School

April 5th, Palos Middle School