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Rhyme Schemer

Rhyme Schemer
K.A. Holt

The creation of some books is like a tough mountain climb: rugged and hard fought and something that has to be wrestled from the hands of fate (or so it can seem). Other books . . . aren't.

The exciting new deal I have to share today is one of the latter. You know K.A. Holt as the critically acclaimed author of the powerful and moving novels in verse, RHYME SCHEMER and HOUSE ARREST. She's also got an action-packed science-fiction space adventure coming out from Atheneum in early 2016, RED MOON RISING.

But this new project is entirely different. Here's the deal listing to give you an idea:

Kari Anne Holt's BECAUSE YOU'RE WONDERFUL, illustrated by Kenard Pak, a conversation between a grown-up and an inquisitive and imaginative child, to Maria Modugno at Random House Children's Books, by Ammi-Joan Paquette at EMLA (for author), and Kirsten Hall at Catbird Agency (for illustrator.)

As mentioned above, this picture book has felt like a breath of serendipity all along the steps of its conception, and it found its home through a deliciously fortuitous series of events that results in this perfect match with powerhouse editor Maria Modugno and rising star illustrator Kenard Pak.

I couldn't be happier about the result, and hope you'll join me in a hearty round of congratulations to Kari!


The Looney Experiment

The Looney Experiment
Luke Reynolds

Here are some of the titles on the Luke Reynolds Bibliography listing: THE LOONEY EXPERIMENT, a laugh-out-loud, middle-grade heart-warmer; BREAK THESE RULES, an all-star anthology of true-life essays on non-conformity; and let's not forget the wild and witty picture book, BEDTIME BLAST-OFF, which is hitting the shelves from Scholastic Press in early 2016. And that's not even mentioning all the terrific non-kids anthologies and other great books he's been involved with.

So, you're getting the picture: very wide range!

Today, I'm delighted to expand that range still further. Through a fortuitous association, Luke has been paired up with the talented Rhode Montijo, creator of THE GUMAZING ADVENTURES OF GUM GIRL! The first book in this heavily illustrated chapter book series has captivated young readers all over the country—and now Luke is going to be helping to further the tale.

Beginning with book #2, Luke will join Rhode as the co-author for the next two books in the series. And they're sure to be just as warm and charming as we've come to expect from all his work.

Congratulations, Luke!


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