Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 7, 2021

Book Giveaway: CHASE THE MOON, TINY TURTLE by Kelly Jordan

Kelly Jordan has written a new non-fiction picture book, CHASE THE MOON, TINY TURTLE illustrated by Sally Walker and published by Page Street Kids. It is available in bookstores, now. PSK has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Kelly and Sally.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Young readers will witness rare and extraordinary natural event as a baby loggerhead hatches from its shell. With nothing but the light of the moon to act as a guide, readers will follow the newborn turtles’ harrowing attempts to outpace a series of predators on their march toward the glistening shore. After only narrowly avoiding hungry crabs, owls, and foxes, the turtle rides ocean waves to a calm clearing. Following a moment of peace in the still ocean water, the turtle joins the rest of its pack on a dive into the moonlit sea to continue the voyage home.

Told with a beautiful, lyrical rhyming sequence, this book introduces readers to the birth cycle of a loggerhead sea turtle. Through the newborn turtle’s eyes, both kids and adults will marvel at the majestic, and sometimes dangerous seaside landscape from a perspective rarely seen before.

BOOK JOURNEY:

About five years ago, I went to Jekyll Island, Georgia, for the first time on a short vacation. I completely fell in love with the area, which is part of Georgia’s Golden Isles. Following the advice of a friend who regularly visits Jekyll Island, I visited the Georgia Sea Turtle Center where I learned about a variety of turtles native to that area (including loggerheads) and visited several of the sick and injured turtles undergoing rehabilitation onsite.

When I returned home, I was so inspired! I wanted to know more! I checked out several books from the library to read about these majestic reptiles and thought their perilous journey from land to sea would make for a beautiful picture book. It was something I had considered before, after another special turtle experience while I was on my honeymoon.

My husband and I visited Akumal, Mexico, in September of 2013 after our wedding. Though we arrived during hurricane season, when the weather was less than spectacular, we came at the perfect time to see turtles on area beaches (Akumal actually means “Place of the Turtle”). On multiple evenings, we saw massive mama turtles laying dozens of eggs, and on one special night, we watched in awe as adorable hatchlings pushed through the sand and ventured toward the sea.

These two combined memories coalesced into Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtle. I don’t think this happens often for authors—it certainly doesn’t for me—but when I finally sat down to write this story, it came out fully formed. From first draft to the final version, there were very few changes, including a line that brought more tension to the story.

Page Street Kids had shown early interest in my first picture book, The Little Blue Cottage, when I wrote a Tweet about Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtle during the #PBPitch Twitter contest back in 2018. Charlotte Wenger, who was an editor at Page Street at the time, emailed me and asked me to send over the turtle story I had just tweeted about. Later that fall, Stephanie Fretwell-Hill became my agent, Page Street Kids decided they did want The Little Blue Cottage, and a few months later in spring 2019, Stephanie resubmitted Chase the Moon to Page Street Kids. They were interested! The rest is history.

I was so thrilled to learn that Sally Walker had signed on for the project and could not be more pleased with the final product. I hope readers enjoy this book and that it inspires people to take action to protect turtles, the environment, and the world around them.

KELLY’S BIO: 

I’m a writer based in Decatur, Georgia, with a love for nature, food, good books, and travel. I earned my bachelor’s in journalism at the University of Georgia in the best college town in the world (go dawgs!). After a year waiting tables and hiking the Appalachian Trail, I settled into a career working in the magazine industry in Atlanta. These days, my day job is to help epidemiologists and public health experts communicate about the amazing things they are doing at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.

I’m also a children’s book author represented by the fabulous Stephanie Fretwell-Hill of Red Fox Literary. I launched my debut picture book, THE LITTLE BLUE COTTAGE, May 12, 2020, with Page Street Kids. It will soon be followed by a lyrical, nonfiction picture book, CHASE THE MOON, TINY TURTLE: A HATCHLING’S DARING RACE TO THE SEA in March 2021 (also published by Page Street Kids).

On this site, you’ll also find several past magazine articles from my days as a freelance writer that range from celebrity profiles to travel articles. In short, I love to write! Feel free to reach out if you’d like to ask me questions about writing, get to know me better, or just to connect.

SALLY’S BIO:

Sally Walker is a Suffolk (UK) based award winning illustrator.

After working as a graphic designer for over 15 years Sally decided she wanted to explore her love of illustration further. She graduated from an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art in 2017, which she thoroughly loved. Not only did it make her start drawing from life again, it took her away from the computer and back into the print room. She really enjoys the experimental process and often ends up using textures from this stage in final artwork, and then using her digital skills to layer and compose.

Awards:

2020 – SCBWI Don Freeman Work in Progress grant –  winner in published category

2019 – Picture This – Winner

2018 – SCBWI Undiscovered Voices – Winning finalist

2017 – Tragaluz International Illustration award – Finalist

2016 – Golden Pinwheels Young Illustrators Award  – Silver Winner

Kelly thank you for sharinf your book and journey with us. This is a gorgeous book and the story of the turtles hatching and making it to the sea is beautiful. Children and adults will love this book. Good luck with the book!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Kathy and Kelly, I love this book! Those tiny turtles sure fun the gauntlet to get to the sea. I’ve shared the post on Twitter & Facebook and I am a subscriber of your newsletter. Thanks for doing a giveaway on this gorgeous book.

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  2. how wonderful and lovely!

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  3. Oh this looks like an amazing story! I took part in a turtle race to the ocean when I was very young and have never forgotten it. I can’t wait to read this book. The illustrations are beautifully done! I loved reading about your journey. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. The illustrations are gorgeous. And the story looks fascinating.

    I subscribe to this blog.

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  5. What a wonderful story with beautiful art! Congratulations, Kelly and Sally!

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  6. Reblogged this on Terry Pierce and commented:
    It’s turtle time over on Writing & Illustrating!

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  7. Congratulations, Kelly (and Sally!)! Such wonderful art! Happy Book Birthday! Kathy – I am a newsletter subscriber.

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  8. very cool!! Congratulations!!

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  9. This book is a unique and beautiful way to tell the sea turtles’ story! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

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  10. I can’t wait to read this book–turtles are amazing animals and I enjoyed reading the backstory and exploring a selection of the glorious art! Kathy, I receive your daily newsletter.

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  11. What an interesting-looking turtle story! Congratulations Kelly and Sally!

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  12. What a fascinating story, Kelly. And the illustrations are just wonderful, Sally. Congratulations!

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  13. The sea turtles in our area have had a great hatching season this year due to people staying off the beaches, so great to see. This looks like a wonderful story, thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/1368620465472765952, and shared an image on Pinterest: as well.
    I also follow your blog daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com.
    Thanks again, stay safe everyone!

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  14. Congrats on making this wonderful book! I can already feel the tension by looking at the images. Will all those little turtles make it??? Inquiring minds want to know!

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  15. Looks like and endearing story. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. So the publisher rejected Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtle when you submitted it yourself, but accepted it when your agent submitted it? I’d love to hear more about that. At any rate, your book looks beautiful. (Kathy, I subscribe to your blog.)

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  17. This looks so fabulous! Congratulations on such a beautiful book! (I tweeted this out too! and subscribe to your blog!)

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  18. Love this! I remember the magic of watching sea turtles on a vacation with my children. We all were in awe of the magic. I’m a subscriber, thank you Kathy for spotlighting so many wonderful books.

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  19. This is a beautiful book and sea turtles are fascinating creatures. Thank you for sharing your book from idea to publication. I’m an email subscriber and also shared this on pinterest, tumblr, twitter, and Facebook:

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  20. This looks like a marvelous book. Thanks for the post.

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  21. This book looks amazing! ❤

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  22. This looks wonderful! I tweeted and subscribe 🙂

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  23. What a gorgeous and informative book with the perfect title. Congratulations! — Kim

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  24. So adorable! I would love to one day go and watch the turtles hatch! Congratulations!

    I follow by email and will tweet this post. 🙂

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  25. This looks fabulous, Kelly. I’ve seen hatchlings in Mexico and snorkled with adults & youth in the Virgin Islands, but I’ve yet to follow the journey from nest to sea. Cannot wait to read this!

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