Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 24, 2020

Book Giveaway: WAY PAST WORRIED by Hallee Adelman

Author Hallee Adelman’s next picture book, Way Past Worried, launches OCTOBER 1st! She has agreed to share a giveaway for one lucky winner: a signed copy of the book with superhero swag! All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. If you Re-blog, Tweet, Post on Instagram, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and the hashtag #waypastworried, you will get additional chances to win.  Let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reblogging and writing a review on Goodreads or Amazon, really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping to support children’s books and kind authors like Hallee!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Brock is worried. Way past worried, with his heart thumping and his mind racing. Today is his friend’s superhero party but Brock’s usual sidekick can’t go with him! Oh no! What if nobody plays with Brock? What if everyone laughs at him? Brock doesn’t feel like a superhero, but… what if he can save the day and find a way past worried? This sweet, engaging story speaks to kids’ social & emotional learning and helps them learn to manage worry.

BOOK’S JOURNEY:

After working on Way Past Mad with super editor Wendy McClure at Albert Whitman, I talked to my writing group about visions for other “Way Past” stories. Before I had the chance to share them with Moe Ferrara, agent extraordinaire, she called to say that Wendy was interested in publishing another “Way Past” book together!!

Wendy shared titles that Albert Whitman considered, and I shared some back. Ultimately, we chose Way Past Worried. It seemed perfect. The title reflected my feelings of worry: Could I work to the upcoming deadline? Could I write this book? Could it be as useful as Way Past Mad? I thought back to one NJSCBWI conference (organized by Kathy Temean herself) and channeled Dan Yaccarino’s keynote message: “Just say yes.”

So I said, “Yes,” with a puffed chest and a covert happy dance. I wrote several Way Past Worried manuscripts. My main characters faced different worry-filled scenarios: heading into a new classroom, going to recess, taking a test, attending a party. I shared them with Wendy. Ultimately, we landed on the manuscript where the main character, Brock, was going to a superhero party without his usual sidekick.

As usual, Wendy’s keen editing made this book what it is today. Together, we killed a cat (not literally, but there once was a cat at the party), highlighted Brock’s swirling thoughts, and got him out of hiding a few pages earlier.  Since kids and adults often experience worry in different ways, Wendy shared the book with the AW team to make sure Brock’s emotions felt relatable to many people.

The story blossomed with the sharp eyes of the design team and of course, Sandra de la Prada’s illustrations! I look at the book’s layout and visuals and can’t help but smile!  The pages are filled with love, heart, and ultimately, superhero-like bravery!

With all of the books I write, I want kids to feel cared about, understood, and a little more empowered. I try to do this by creating honest portraits. When Brock acts brave in Way Past Worried, it does not mean that his worry is completely gone.

I can relate. Serving as a #PBChat mentor (thanks to the incredible Justin Colón), I know that fellow writers can relate. I had worried if Wendy and Albert Whitman would want to work with me again after our first book, My Quiet Ship. I had worried if I should show Way Past Mad to anyone beyond my writing group. I had worried if I could write Way Past Worried. Now, I’m trying to worry a little bit less and say yes a whole lot louder. I hope you’ll join me!!

Way Past Worried launches this October 1st as part of the Great Big Feelings Series. Two more titles, Way Past Sad and Way Past Jealous, launch March 2021.

Author’s extra note:

I’m so honored to be sharing on Kathy’s blog. Her work as former Regional Advisor of the NJSCBWI, allowed me and other writers life-changing experiences.  I couldn’t think of a more perfect place or person to blog-launch my book with. I admire her heart and work for others.  LOVE YOU, KATHY!!

HALLEE BIO’S:

Hallee writes small books about big feelings. With a PhD in education she has taught elementary through university students. When not writing for children, Hallee works on documentary films and serves organizations that benefit children, teens, and families. With every project, Hallee strives to spread love, build compassion, and spark conversations. She lives near Philadelphia, PA with her husband, daughters, and dogs. Visit her online at www.halleeadelman.com and www.waypastbooks.com. Insta: @waypastbooks Twitter: @halleeadelman

For more about Hallee and her work visit www.halleeadelman.com

For activities, videos and more visit: www.waypastbooks.com

For more amazing Albert Whitman titles, include Wendy McClure’s and Karen Kronreif’s, It’s a Pumpkin, visit www.albertwhitman.com

SANDRA’S BIO:

I was born in Barcelona and, like everyone else, I loved to draw when I was little. But something made me think that working drawing was an impossible dream and I graduated in Fine Arts, specializing in photography and video. Then I studied some design and worked something as a designer. Until I realized that no, that mine was something else. I studied illustration at the Escola Massana and the Escola de la Dona and, since 2010, my dream became less impossible.

The Asturian publishing house Pintar-Pintar commissioned me to illustrate a book and since then I have not stopped working, mainly in the children’s and youth publishing field, with national and international clients.

Thank you Hallee for sharing your book and journey with us. It’s a great addition to your picture book series of great big feelings. Everyone worries, so I hope this is a big step towards helping young children cope with that feeling and maybe put them on the road to worrying less later in life. I love how Sandra’s illustrations depict the little gestures that ring so true. She did a great job bringing your story to life. Good Luck with the book!

PS: I love you, too, Hallee!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Well this book is certainly needed right now! Perfect for talking about all of those anxious feelings about school (and changing school), viruses, working from home, going back out into the world. Perfect! Thanks for sharing with us and congratulations, Hallee!

    Sharing on Twitter. 🙂

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    • Yes, kids are definitely feeling extra worried these days! I’m so excited you will check out the book! Thank you for commenting and reading, Angie!

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  2. Looks like a great story. Congratulations on your new book!

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    • Thank you, Laura! I’m excited, and also thrilled for people to see Sandra de la Prada’s amazing illustrations. They are so cute!!

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  3. Congratulations to Hallee and Sandy! The book sounds amazing, and it’s also interesting to hear the journey behind it.

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    • Thanks, Yvonne! We are thrilled that this book will be shared with kids and families!! I saw you were participating at Collingswood Book Festival! I’m glad more people will learn about your book, Pandemic!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  4. This sounds like a wonderful book that will help to soothe anxiety for lots of children.

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    • Linda, yes! That is the goal—we definitely want kids to feel understood and empowered. ❤️❤️❤️🌟🌟🌟

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  5. We all worry so we can all relate -great SEL book -congrats!

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    • Thanks, Danielle. So true. I can’t wait for kids and adults to read the book and talk about how they can be brave even if the worry is still there.

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  6. Congratulations Hallee! So happy for you!

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    • Thank you, Anita! Miss you tons! Can’t wait to catch up soon and talk books and art!!! ❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘

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  7. So glad to see another book by Hallee! Congratulations!

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    • Thank you, Darlene! You are the best! I hope you are having fun sharing your amazing book, Wishes, Dares, and How to Stand Up to a Bully with kids! I’m looking forward to sharing WPW! 😘

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  8. Congratulations on your new book! It is going to help a lot of children.

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    • Thank you, Linda. I love writing to lift kids and parents. Here’s to kids who worry but see that they can still be brave! ❤️❤️❤️

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  9. I love that this book is featured here! Hallee is a gifted writer and I look forward to another book from her. Congrats to both Hallee and Sandra. The illustrations are wonderful!

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    • Thank you, Marci. I’m so touched by your comment. Sandra’s illustrations are really fabulous in this story. They make me smile and I know kids will love them!! So happy you will read and share the book!

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  10. Loved getting to know a little more about an illustrator who’s work I really admire too!

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    • Yes. Sandra is really fabulous. If you are on Instagram, it’s a treat to follow her and see her past and present work. She does amazing “big city” spreads that blow me away.

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  11. Love this concept. There are so many things for kids to get worried about these days. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/1309189306997567489, and shared an image on Pinterest with a link as well: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/336573772156640722/.
    Thanks again, stay safe everyone!

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    • Thank you, Carl! So glad you entered and really happy that you read Kathy’s amazing blog. Excited for you to see Way Past Worried! Thanks so much!

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  12. Congratulations, Hallee! Your new book sounds wonderful.

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    • Thank you, Jill. I’m so glad to continue to write for kids and really excited to share this title!

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  13. Congrats, Hallee and Sandy! This sounds very relatable. I tweeted, added on Goodreads, and added to my list of books to request that my library purchase.

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    • That is so nice! Thank you for spreading the word, Susan. I hope you will love Way Past Worried!

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  14. I liked reading how this book is becoming a series. Congrats!

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    • Thank you, Tina. It has been an exciting journey. I’m so happy to share this book and the ones to come.

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  15. Hallee, young readers and their grown- up reading partners, are so lucky to have YOU in their corner with your latest book, Way Past Worried! Looking forward to reading it…as well as your other “Way Past…” titles. Thank you for sharing your book journey!

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    • Thank you, Tina. It has been an exciting journey. I’m so happy to share this book and the ones to come.

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    • That you CSheer! I definitely want them to feel like there is someone in their corner! Thank you for your kind words and for reading Kathy’s blog! So glad you will get the book. 🟣

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  16. Yet aNOTher great one! Congrats, ladies! 😀 😀 😀 ❤

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    • Thank you, Donna! Hope that people take a look at Way Past Worried and also your new Hero Helpers titles! Here’s to spreading love to kids together!

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      • I hope so too, but it’s very obvious my books didn’t have the same appeal, that’s for sure! Mine are meant to help now :-/. Yours are meant to help always 🙂

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      • Thank you, Donna. Now and always are both important. 💙💙💙💙

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  17. I’ve read thi book and I recommend it to parents and teachers. All of Haee’s books deal with everyday feelings in a kid—friendly, respectful manner.

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    • Thank you, Bonnie! I’m so excited to send copies to be book posse when it comes out this week! Grateful for the way you support kids and books for kids!! 💜

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  18. So enjoyed this book. Love the social-emotional about this book. Thank you for a chance. I am going to tweet again about the book.

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    • Jodie,
      Thanks for reading Kathy’s blog and reposting. So happy you will be able to read the book soon. Appreciate your comment!!

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  20. Congratulations, Halee! I’m glad you put on your superhero cape & said “yes” to writing this book. I can’t wait to read it & I’m happy to share the love on twitter and Facebook!

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    • Heather! Yes! I love what you wrote about the cape. I’m so glad, too!! Can’t wait to share this book with kids and families. Thanks for your SUPER support. 💜💜💜

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  21. Love this book! Such a sweet and powerful story. Congratulations Hallee. You are a superhero!

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    • You’re a superhero, too, Eileen!! Thanks for your kind words about the story!!! 💜💜💜

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  22. I can’t wait to read this beautiful story! I’m so excited to know that children will have this as a tool to help them with their worries. I often find that picture books help me, too!
    I RTd to boost 🙂

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    • Blair, thanks so much for reading Kathy’s blog and for your loving words. I’m excited to share the book with kids!! Can’t wait to share your books, too!! ❤️❤️❤️

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