Authors, man. Just when you think you know them inside and out—they go and surprise you! Take Megan Wagner Lloyd, for example. She’s known for her fantastically heartwarming picture books, such as FINDING WILD and BUILDING BOOKS.
But, it turns out, there’s a whole other side to the talented Ms. Lloyd.
It all started many, many years ago, when young Megan found herself battling a raft of childhood allergies. Fast forward to the present day, when she decided to write about those struggles—albeit in fictional form—and with a graphic novel twist. A chance of fate partnered us up with the immensely talented debut illustrator Michelle Mee Nutter (and her agent Kelly Sonnack), and the rest is history. When we sent this project out on submission, every single one of our seven readers offered for it, resulting in a heated seven-house auction. The lucky auction winner was Cassandra Pelham Fulton, at Scholastic’s Graphix imprint! And we could not be happier about the match.
Cassandra Pelham Fulton at Scholastic/Graphix has bought, in a seven-house auction, two middle-grade graphic novel collaborations by author Megan WagnerLloyd (l.) and debut illustrator Michelle Mee Nutter. The first book, Allergic, is loosely based on the author's childhood, and tells the story of a girl whose family seeks a long-anticipated pet, only to discover that she is extremely allergic to animals. Publication of the first book is slated for 2021; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author and Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
As we speak Megan and Michelle are hard at work on this graphic novel, which will be out on shelves everywhere in 2021. Stay tuned for it—and huge congrats to all!