The Pond News Issue #13 – A Wild Week of Exciting Releases, Covers, and Magic All Around

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Welcome to Issue #13!

Sprout the sparrow, doing a curtsy with their eyes closed and a smile on their face. Their cape swooshes in the wind with their arm extended in their curtsy.The trees are whispering…

Friends, welcome to another exciting week of The Pond Book News! Every Sunday, The Quiet Pond brings you a fresh issue of book news to catch you up on the week’s lineup of diverse book releases, cover reveals, book news, and sometimes more! We also feature three incredible people in the book community every week, to highlight the important work that readers do in celebrating the books they love. Onward to the news!

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The Pond News Issue #12 – Fresh Beginnings, A New Friend, and Reunions with Beloved Stories!

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The Pond is abuzz with excited chatter today! As you grow near, you see Sprout sitting atop a short stump, their eyes closed in concentration, while everyone huddles around them. Xiaolong waves you over.

“Friend! You made it just in time!” Xiaolong whispers, “Sprout is listening to the trees for the latest book news — they told me that the glowing sapling on their head is magical, and lets them communicate with all the plants!”

As you wait along with your friends, a breeze picks up around you, filling your nose with the scent of sunlit fields and freshly-picked apples. In a fraction of a heartbeat, the Pond itself suddenly feels more alive, teeming with light and magic and life. Sprout’s eyes open. Is it you, or is their sapling glowing a little brighter than when you last saw it?An illustration of Sprout the sparrow's head and the green sapling on their head.

“Friends, the trees in the Pond are so wise and kind! They told me stories about the history of the Pond, and how all of you have cultivated it into such a magical place.” Sprout says, their features bright and soft. “But more importantly for now, I also have the news!”

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Meet Sprout, Your Newest & Smallest Pond Friend! [Introducing Our New Co-Blogger]

Text: Meet Your Newest Friend, say hello to the pond's new co-blogger! Image: a silhouette of a pond character, with question marks around them.

Xiaolong the pink axolotl, pointing ahead and gesturing for you to follow.Gentle starlight envelops the world in a soft glow as you make your way over to Xiaolong and your friends tonight. On your way to the Pond though, a soft chirping reaches your ears. You know instinctively that this isn’t a sound that you’ve heard before in your many visits to the Pond. You glance up, and within the blooming shrubbery that extends before you, you notice a faint rustle in one of the nearby bushes.

Xiaolong tugs your hand gently, her head tilting to the side in curiosity, before a moment of realisation dawns on her. “Oh, friend, follow me!” She says, and waddles in the direction of the bushes.

Friends, I have been waiting for this day for weeks and I am so excited that today is finally here! It is with excitement and pleasure that I get to finally announce my newest co-blogger, and I am so thrilled for you to meet her and your newest Pond friend.

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