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Full of spot-on cultural texture and packing an emotional punch, this is an unusual take on the teen-pregnancy problem novel...Williams presents her experience in a way that demands not pity but respect while also reminding readers of Mari’s heartbreaking youth and innocence at unexpected times.
— Kirkus STARRED review

 

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WATER IN MAY Launch week

Monday, September 11 - Books of Wonder hosted the official launch for WATER IN MAY. It was standing room only - a wonderful way to welcome a book into the world!

The amazing display at Books of Wonder. Most of these are signed so head down to pick up your copy!

The amazing display at Books of Wonder. Most of these are signed so head down to pick up your copy!

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WATER IN MAY, the book journey...

Honored to address the crowd at this fantastic children's book store! Thank you Books of Wonder for hosting such a fabulous event!

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And there were COOKIES!

Because, really, who doesn't like cookies?

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September 12th! Book Birthday!

Look who I found at my local Barnes and Noble...

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Rowan says...

WOOF! Buy the book! Because my humom wrote it. *wags tail in an asymmetric circle*

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Praise

"Every once in a while, I read a story that’s truly special because it exposes the best of humanity in the worst and unfairest situations..." Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2

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"A heartwarming tale about how one life can change and challenge others..."

Four starred review

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Best New Young Adult Books | September 2017

12 New Books for Teens

So honored to be included in this list alongside such notable (and bestselling) authors Marie Lu, Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, Adam Silvera, E. Lockhart and others!

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WATER IN MAY is a September pick

of eye-catching arrivals!

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Book Giveaway!

Want to win a free copy of WATER IN MAY?

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Interview with Ismée

"Ismee, what was your inspiration for writing WATER IN MAY?"

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The insides of my white coat pockets are marked by the crayons I carry around with me.

"My goal as a writer is to create a story that will leave the reader feeling intense emotion."

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Required Reading: 11 Authors Share the Books They Want Taught in Schools

Required Reading: 11 Authors Share the Books They Want Taught in Schools

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  The medical world is both fascinating and high-stakes, which is probably why so many novelists are inspired by it. For Ismée Williams, who has worked as a pediatric cardiologist, writing about the medical world was only natural. In her new novel, Water in May, Williams tells the tale of a teenage girl who learns that her unborn child has a serious heart problem. Here, Williams writes about the challenges of balancing her novelist-self and her physician-self in the writing process. "Years ago, before I became a writer, I explained to a non-medical friend what I did at the hospital. My friend’s eyes grew round and her mouth dropped open as I told her I scanned pregnant bellies to check the fetus’s heart. “That must be so emotional!” she said when she recovered her voice, realizing that sometimes the tiny hearts aren’t normal."

 

The medical world is both fascinating and high-stakes, which is probably why so many novelists are inspired by it. For Ismée Williams, who has worked as a pediatric cardiologist, writing about the medical world was only natural. In her new novel, Water in May, Williams tells the tale of a teenage girl who learns that her unborn child has a serious heart problem. Here, Williams writes about the challenges of balancing her novelist-self and her physician-self in the writing process.

"Years ago, before I became a writer, I explained to a non-medical friend what I did at the hospital. My friend’s eyes grew round and her mouth dropped open as I told her I scanned pregnant bellies to check the fetus’s heart. “That must be so emotional!” she said when she recovered her voice, realizing that sometimes the tiny hearts aren’t normal."