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Also Ongoing
The Secret Hum of a Daisy will be a Scholastic Book Fair title beginning September 2015. If you are interested in bringing me to your fair, please contact me at

July 9, 2014
7:00 pm
Anderson’s Bookstore
Author Event
Naperville, Illinois

July 6-7, 2015
Nerd Camp! 
Parma, Michigan

March 27, 2015
Dunsmore Book Fair
La Crescenta, California

March 14, 2015
3:30-10:00 pm
Sacramento Library Foundation
Authors on the Move Literacy Event
Featured Author
Sacramento, California

March 11, 2015
7:00-8:30 pm
SCBWI Westside Schmooze
Fairview Branch
Santa Monica Library
Santa Monica, California

March 5, 2015
Rosemont Middle School Book Fair
La Crescenta, California

March 3, 2015
Glenoaks Elementary School Book Fair
La Crescenta, California

February 7, 2015
San Gabriel SCBWI Schmooze
Pasadena, California
Speaking about Voice

October 25, 2014
9:00-4:00 pm
SCBWI Writer’s Day
Thousand Oaks, California
Spotlight Speaker

October 18, 2014
8:00-10:00 am
2014 SCIBA Book Awards
North Hollywood, California
Finalist for 2014 SCIBA Book Award

October 18 & 19, 2014
Gold Rush Book Tour!
Saturday, October 18
4:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
El Camino North Shopping Center
2615 Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

Sunday, October 19
2:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
5500 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

October 15 & 17
Teen Read Week
Oct. 15 – 4:00
Exposition Park Branch of the LAPL
Middle Grade Panel
Los Angeles, California
Oct. 17 – 4:00
Memorial Branch of the LAPL
Debut Author Panel

September 18, 2014
7:00 pm CT
#ABCT (Adult Book Club on Twitter)
Fall Selection and Chat

August 6, 2014
5:00 pm EST
Penguin Young Readers Author Program
EarlyWord Librarian Chat selection
Archive can be found here

August 1-4, 2014
SCBWI Summer Conference
Los Angeles, California
Panel on Group Marketing Strategies

June 29, 2014
American Library Association Annual Conference
(Vegas baby!)
Debut Panel and Librarian Trivial Pursuit

Signing at Penguin Booth

May 6-14, 2014 
May 6: Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire
May 7: Leandra Wallace
May 8: Heidi Schultz
May 9: AuthorOf
May 10: Read Now, Sleep Later
May 11: Kidlit Frenzy
May 12: Literary Rambles
May 14: Smack Dab in the Middle


Newsy News
The Secret Hum of a Daisy will now be in Scholastic flyers and bookfairs!

Bank Street College of Education chose TSHofaD as a Best Book of 2015!

The Wisconsin State Reading Association chose The Secret Hum of a Daisy for their Just One More Page! Master List for 2015.

TSHofaD is an NCTE Charlotte Huck Recommended Read for 2015.

HUM is an ALAN pick for September, 2014! “Holczer’s beautiful words and insights resonated on each page. The Secret Hum of a Daisy not only takes you on Grace’s journey, but on your own journey through childhood, friendships, and the meaning of home.”

The Secret Hum of a Daisy was selected as an ABC Best Book of 2014!

The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association, SCIBA, announced that The Secret Hum of a Daisy is one of their 2014 Book Award finalists!

Christian Science Monitor names The Secret Hum of a Daisy a top 25 pick for Middle Grade!

Praise from The Horn Book Magazine, “Grace is a multifaceted, relatable protagonist: she’s pensive, stubborn, lonely, and caring–much like Grandma, which is why they are able to help heal each other’s grief. Their relationship evolves in an honest and tender way in this heartfelt debut about loss and love.”

And the news keeps coming. TSHofaD is an Indies Next pick for Summer!

More good news for Grace! School Library Journal gives The Secret Hum of a Daisy a starred review! “More than simply a book about grief and the death of a parent, Grace’s story is about the search for identity. An essential purchase for middle-grade collections.”

Yay for book clubs! The Secret Hum of a Daisy was selected as the Mother/Daughter book club pick for Books, Inc. and got a write up in the San Francisco Chronicle here.

Here’s what Booklist has to say about The Secret Hum of a Daisy: “Readers who appreciate the quiet confidence and maturity of Cynthia Rylant’s, Patricia MacLachlan’s, and Katherine Paterson’s protagonists will find a new author to enjoy.”

Penguin featured Grace’s story as a Mother/Daughter Bookclub pick for May, 2014.

I’m speechless: The Secret Hum of a Daisy is an ABA 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices pick for Summer/Fall! Interview is here.

Kirkus had good things to say about HUM:  “In this debut novel, Holczer presents a tender, transformative exploration of family, loss and reconciliation…Grace’s surprising discoveries about herself, her family, and her friends, and her struggles with sorrow and forgiveness, are engrossing.” —Kirkus Reviews

Holy moly! The Secret Hum of a Daisy got a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly!

Penguin is doing a Goodreads giveaway for The Secret Hum of a Daisy until March 10. Go here to enter.

The TSHofaD is available for pre-order! If you go here, you can get an autographed copy. BUT, you must make sure and write a note in the comments section about the autograph.

They’re giving away copies of DAISY at ALA Midwinter! Grace got a mention in the Midwinter Guide to ARCS and Signings.

Grace and all the lovely folks in Auburn Valley will be published in Germany! Barbara Konig bought the rights, at auction, to Grace and a second book for Konigskinder, a brand spanking new imprint for Carlsen. Wuderbar!

Cover Love!! Thanks to Annie Ericcson, The Secret Hum of a Daisy has a gorgeous cover. Here is the reveal. Don’t you just love the cranes?

HUM is up on Goodreads! Add Grace to your shelves 🙂