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I've been very busy these past few months, finishing up FROZEN PEACHES and also my 2024 novel, JUST KEEP WALKING. Now that my kids are back in school, I'm about to dive into a new project this week (more on that soon...) - let me just say, starting a new book is always terrifying, no matter how many times I've done it before!


Book Trailer & Scholastic Release!

If you've been waiting for this story to come out, I'm happy to share the news that CONTROLLED BURN is now available through Scholastic's Book Clubs and Book Fairs! A hardcover (and paperback) edition of this novel will also be available in book stores on November 1!

I was thrilled to find out that Scholastic Book Fairs produced a BOOK TRAILER for this story that is absolute perfection. Click on the link to check it out! I've also included images of one of the Book Club flyers and a candid shot of the book in an early book fair. Since Scholastic was my NYC home when I first started working in children's books after college, it feels just right to have them launching the story that means more to me than anything else I've ever written. I hope you love Maia, Grandpa Howard, Big Bear, Wilma, and Griffin as much as I do!

CONTROLLED BURN is the story of twelve-year-old Maia, who is battling some huge personal demons and anxieties, but begins to conquer her fears while spending the summer with her grandparents after her younger sister is badly burned in a house fire. More info HERE.
Listen to Erin Reading the First Chapter
My 2024 novel - JUST KEEP WALKING - was inspired by last summer's 100 mile hiking trip along Lake Superior's North Shore with my son Henry.

After that big (and difficult) adventure, I strangely decided I wanted to try to hike the REST of the 300+ mile Superior Hiking Trail - some alone, and some with a collection of various friends.
This summer, I got close to my goal and hiked another 150 miles - including spending my first-ever night alone on the trail! I also lured a few new-to-hiking friends to join me for the 50-mile section that leads up to the Northern Terminus of the trail, where you overlook Canada. It was pretty cool to see both ends of the trail this summer, and I can't wait to knock off the last 50 miles in the middle sometime next year!
Want more info on this book? Lots of pics as well as my backpacking GEAR LIST can be found HERE.

My fall school visit schedule is jam-packed, but I'm still looking to fill a few slots for next spring. THE PEACH PIT will be released in stores in March 2023, FROZEN PEACHES will be in stores in April 2023, and CONTROLLED BURN will be out in paperback and hardcover this fall - so there's lots of new stuff for me to talk about while sharing my writing process with kids. If you'd like to set up a visit for your school to get kids excited about reading and writing, please email me at or reach out via my website HERE.

ERIN SODERBERG DOWNING has written more than fifty books for kids, tweens, and young adults. The first two books in her new middle-grade series - THE GREAT PEACH EXPERIMENT: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Peach Pie (a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection)  & The Peach Pit - are in stores now, and the third Peach adventure (Frozen Peaches) will be out in April 2023. Some of her other popular titles include two other fun series – Puppy Pirates and The Quirks – and the magical middle-grade novel Moon Shadow. UPCOMING: Erin's next standalone middle-grade novel - Controlled Burn (a JLG Gold Standard Selection) - will be published by Scholastic Press in Fall 2022 and Just Keep Walking is slated for spring 2024. Before becoming an author, Erin was a children’s book editor, a cookie inventor, and also worked for Nickelodeon. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, three hilarious kids, a cuddly goldendoodle named Wally (the star of Puppy Pirates!), and Nutmeg the mischievous mini aussiedoodle puppy.

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