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It's always a delight to announce a first book deal for a client, and today's news is no exception. Rebecca Van Slyke is a fabulously talented and prolific author, specializing in picture books which are warm and kid-friendly, voice-driven and often fabulously quirky. And now, you will soon be able to read one of these for yourself!

LEXIE, THE WORD WRANGLER tells the story of a spirited cowgirl who likes to spend her time lassoing stray words on the lone prairie, only to come into some unexpected trouble with a wrangler. This adorable picture book was at the center of much attention this week, catching the eye of not one but two top-notch editors. After an exciting auction, I am thrilled to say that LEXIE THE WORD WRANGLER will be published by Nancy Paulsen of Nancy Paulsen Books, who snagged it in a two-book deal—so there will be even more Lexie adventures up ahead.

Hooray for Rebecca!


—Joan