7/16/15--Foreign Rights Report!
Rights to Things We Know By Heart have sold to Japan!
4/6/15--Audio Sample Available!
The audio version of Things We Know By Heart will be released the same day as the book, but you can listen to the first chapter here.
2/23/15-- Foreign Rights Report!
Rights to Things We Know By Heart have sold to: Germany, Brazil, Italy, French North America, France, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Brazil, Portugal, and Spanish World, for a total of 10 foreign territories!
2/13/15-- First Review--School Library Journal
Kirby, Jessi. Things We Know By Heart. 304p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062299437.
Gr 8 Up–Junior Quinn Sullivan finds it hard to forget the night that her life changed in an instant when her boyfriend, Trent, was killed in a car accident. Healthy and only 17, his organs were donated to five different people. After 282 days and several written letters, Quinn meets the recipients of Trent’s organs—all but one of them. Who received Trent’s heart and why didn’t that person come forward? Quinn needs to know and begins combing websites looking for clues. She eventually finds the receiver, Colton Thomas, and sets out to meet him in person. The love story that follows will hook readers—especially those who enjoyed John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton, 2012). The author has created believable and likable characters who will remind readers to seize the moment and live each day to the fullest. Each chapter is introduced by a fact, quote, or statistic about the heart. The writing is easy to follow yet rhythmic and honest. The one romantic scene is dealt with delicately; sex happens off the page. Kirby brings attention to the importance of organ donation without sounding preachy. VERDICT This memorable romance will ring true with teens, and librarians won’t be able to keep it on the shelf.–Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI