Are human beings like separate particles floating through space and time, or are we all connected, revolving around each other, attracting and repelling, coming together to make something bigger? These are the quiet questions underlying the stories of the many characters in PARTICLES, Lindsey Lane's YA novel, told in multiple viewpoints and set in and around a remote pull-out on a rural Texas highway. Before the novel's opening, a high-school boy, a science genius without many friends, disappeared from this very place. He happens to have been obsessed with particle physics.
The story that unfolds is in turns delicate, horrifying, heart-rending, thought-provoking...and altogether gorgeous. It definitely connected with the wonderful Joy Peskin, editorial director of Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers. She made a preemptive offer on PARTICLES just a few days after it went out on submission—and we were very happy to accept! Joy has slated the project for a fall 2014 release. PARTICLES—or whatever it ends up being titled—will be Lindsey's debut YA novel.
Huge congratulations, Lindsey!
Just about three months ago, we were here celebrating a debut, two-book picture book deal for Maria Gianferrari, launching the spectacularly untalented Penelope and her dog, Jelly (forthcoming Fall 2014 from Houghton!). But while Maria's first sale was for fiction, it's only one of her many talents—and another thing at which Maria is spectacularly talented is crafting non-fiction.
Which brings us to COYOTE MOON, a lyrical picture book that follows a suburban coyote's hunting trek across one dark moonlit night. This is gorgeous writing, folks, and a powerful story! And I'm thrilled to say that I was not the only one to think so: this week, COYOTE MOON was acquired by Emily Feinberg at Roaring Brook Press, to be published in 2015.
Warm congratulations, Maria!
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