SALT & STORM Named One of the 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults!

I am THRILLED to announce that YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) has selected Salt & Storm for their 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adult list! I am so stunned and honored at the news--this list has some seriously wonderful books on it, and it is amazing to see Salt & Storm up there with them.

My editor kindly shared some of the comments from the BFYA committee's annual open meeting, where they discuss the books, and this is what people had to say: "rich," "unique" "found the atmosphere so alluring," "embodying the rhythm of the ocean."

They also picked out some of my favorite parts of the book, like the relationship between women of different generations and the idea that there can be power in pain. And the best part: their teen readers love it!

Thank you to YALSA and the BFYA committee for this wonderful honor and to all librarians for your committed and impassioned love of reading!


In case you missed it over on Twitter, my next book (aka "the prequel" aka "island 2" aka "that damn book") officially has a title! I am delighted to announce it here, in all its glory.

Drum roll!


I seem to have a mental block when it comes to titles, so as with the last time, I put my trust in the capable hands of my editor and the fine people at Little, Brown, with the only caveats that I wanted it to be Salt & Storm-ish. And I love it! It captures the feel of the story and the plot, possibly even better than Salt & Storm did.

I cannot wait until Drift & Dagger is out in the world and I can share it all with you!

Today's the Day!

After years of writing and waiting, it's finally here--my book is out in the world! It is SO bizarre and wonderful.

Yesterday, after hearing about some SALT & STORM sightings in the wild from friends, Dave and I headed out to the bookstore, and there, on a shelf in a store where actual people can see it and buy it, was my book. Dave and I cheered while the other people in the aisle gave us weird looks, and I wanted to grab them and say THAT'S ME!!! I'M THIS BOOK!!!!

As we were walking out, Dave asked me how I was feeling and I told him, "Eh, just fulfilled a childhood dream. No bigs." But seriously, I actually have this very weird tendency to downplay good things that happen to me, and so with this book, I've kind of had to sit myself down and explain to myself what a big deal this is.


This is a book that came out of my head two years ago. Went through countless drafts. Found me my agent. Found me a home at the most wonderful publisher I could imagine. Connected me with fellow writers and readers around the world.

I *loved* writing SALT & STORM. This was the first thing I wrote where everything just clicked. It took me on a wonderful journey, and I am so happy that it's *this* book that made it out there.

The last few months have been a whirlwind, and the last few weeks I've been in a post-baby haze that has turned my brain into finely-grated cheese,* but I'm excited, thrilled, grateful that this day is finally here.

And I am *so* happy to finally share this book with the world!


*The baby, by the way, celebrated publication day by peeing all over me and the bed this morning. Keepin' me humble...

After the Launch Comes the Launch PARTY!

Boston-area readers! I'll be celebrating the launch of Salt & Storm this TUESDAY(!!!) at Brookline Public Library! Here are the details of the event (held in conjunction with the *fabulous* Children's Book Shop):


Join us Tuesday, September 23rd to celebrate the release of talented author Kendall Kulper's debut YA novel, Salt & Storm.


Tuesday, September 23rd
7:00 pm

at the Brookline Public Library Teen Room
Main Branch

 Salt & Storm is a sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder--and the one boy who can help change her future.  

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe at sea. But when Avery dreams she's to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself. Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane--a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it requires unimaginable sacrifice.


If you're unable to make it to this event, but would like to have books signed, please contact us in advance and we'll be happy to take care of it for you.

The Children's Book Shop

237 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445


MondaySaturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday - 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm