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Cover reveal: Original Fake written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills with art by E. Eero Johnson

We are thrilled to host the cover reveal for Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills with art by E. Eero Johnson. Original Fake will be available on 4/19/2016 and is published by G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS.





Description of the book: 

Introvert Frankie Neumann is not exactly the standout in his family. Between his tutu-wearing nightmare of a sister and his parents, Bridget and Brett—Frank Sinatra and Dr. Frank-N-Furter impersonators, respectively—it’s easy for him to fade into the background. He’s just the guy who makes pizza at Pizza Vendetta, the one nobody ever sees. But Frankie has artistic aspirations that are all his own, and he’s about to get swept up in an art adventure of a lifetime.

After his shift at the pizzeria one night, Frankie’s approached by David and Rory, cousins who are errand runners for the notorious and anonymous street artist Uncle Epic—Frankie’s absolute idol. They have an unbelievable offer for Frankie: to join Epic’s crew. It’s not only a chance for Frankie to flourish as an artist but also to get closer to Rory, the hottest girl in school. But best of all, Epic’s art escapades give Frankie a shot at the ultimate revenge against his insufferable sister for a lifetime of torture. But the lines between art and real life are quickly blurred as street art escalates into an all-out war with consequences no one could see coming.

Told partly in graphic panels, Kirstin Cronn-Mills’ and E. Eero Johnson’s YA novel is funny, daring and fiercely original—a tale for anyone who’s ever felt invisible.



A peek at some of the interior pieces of artwork.



Kirstin Cronn-Mills on how the book came to be:

This book was born from a passing comment made 8+ years ago by my then-agent George Nicholson: “I haven’t seen a good brother-sister book for a while.”  Hmm, I thought.  I have brothers.  I’m a sister.  I can write something like that.  But then I ended up on other writing paths and the idea went by the wayside.  Fast forward to thinking about how sometimes the student upstages the teacher (I was watching Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Exit Through The Gift Shop, the documentary about the street artist Banksy and his student Mr. Brainwash) and how gender expression can be flexible (I was watching Rocky Horror Picture Show), and George’s comment came back to me. WHAM! Somehow all of those connections collided to make this wild, fun, illustrated (!) book.  It was a joy to create, and a dream come true to watch E. bring the text to life.  We hope readers will enjoy the story as much as we do.


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