Proudly Announcing ... 2013 Books Written By My Facebook Friends

I was looking for new reads, so yesterday I turned to a talented source: my friends on Facebook. "I want to read new books written by you people," I posted. "If you wrote a book published (or forthcoming) in 2013, could you drop the title, publisher, and target audience in the comments?"

Here are the eclectic, inspiring results, sorted by genre (there may be others, but these were submitted by friends who happened to stop by Facebook yesterday):

Picture Book

When You Wander, A Search and Rescue Dog Story | Margarita Engle | Holt

The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge | Alexis O'Neill | Calkins Creek

Ghost in the House | Ammi-Joan Paquette | Candlewick

Bogart and Vinnie: A Completely Made-up Story of True Friendship | Audrey Glassman Vernick | Walker

Children's Fiction

Little Women and Me | Lauren Baratz-Logsted | Bloomsbury

Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom | Tym Byrd | Outlaw Moon Books

Cartwheel: A Sequel to Double Eagle | Sneed Collard | Bucking Horse Books

Emma Emmets. Playground Matchmaker | Julia Rozines DeVillers | Razorbill

Mountain Dog | Margarita Engle | Holt

Seeing Red | Kathy Erskine | Scholastic

4 Zeke Meeks chapter books | Debra Green Garfinkle | Capstone

The Four Seasons of Patrick | Susan Hughes | Red Deer Press

Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War | Helen Frost | Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent | Beth Kephart | New City Community Press

Odette's Secrets | Maryann Macdonald | Bloomsbury

Rules for Ghosting | Ammi-Joan Paquette | Walker

The Nelig Stones | Sharon Skinner | Brick Cave Books

Children's/YA Non-Fiction

When Rivers Burned: The Earth Day Story | Linda Crotta Brennan | Apprentice Shop Books

The Lightning Dreamer, Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist | Margarita Engle | Harcourt

Anne Frank's Chestnut Tree | Jane Kohuth | Random House

Young Adult Fiction and Fantasy

Cameron and the Girls | Edward Averett | Clarion/HMH

No More Goddesses | Kim Baccellia | Zumaya Thresholds

Graffiti Knight | Karen Willsey Bass | Pajama Press (Canada)

Brother, Brother | Clay Carmichael | Roaring Brook

The Gleaning | Heidi R. Kling | Coliloquy

Dream Girl | S.J. Lomas | Scribe

Paradox | Ammi-Joan Paquette | Random House

Dead is a Dream | Marlene Perez | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Faerie After | Janni Lee Simner | Random House

Feral Nights | Cynthia Leitich Smith | Candlewick

The Language Inside | Holly Thompson | Delacorte/Random House

Adult Fiction

Dark Descent | Marlene Perez | Orbit

The Bargain: A Novel (Plain City Peace) | Stephanie Reed | Kregel

Shadows on a Cape Cod Wedding: An Antique Print Mystery | Lea Wait | Perseverance Press

Adult Non-Fiction

The Disrespectful Interviewer: Thirteen Interviews with Authors (e-book) | Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Handling the Truth | Beth Kephart | Gotham

Preaching and Ethnic Diversity (Title to Come) | Lisa Washington Lamb

Making Our Way Through The Traffic: A Christian Response to Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking | Glenn Miles | Regnum

Blindsided: A Game Plan for Grief | Mark Scott | Clements

And Greg Hatcher added, "Probably not your thing, but I wrote a hell-for-leather adventure story starring the Black Bat for one of Airship27's 'New Pulp' anthologies."

Congratulations, one and all. Proud to be in your company, because a book is no easy thing to create. As John Butman notes in "Should You Write a Book?" (published in the Harvard Business Review and well worth a read), "There are many valuable roles a book, and only a book, can play in taking an idea public and gaining respiration for it — that is, making it come to life and breathe on its own."