As we here at EMLA are so fond of saying—and you know what? it never gets old!—there is nothing in the world like celebrating a debut author's flying start out of the publishing gate. Jenn Bertman first came on my radar when I read a pitch of her novel-in-progress, which she described as "The Westing Game meets Goonies at a slumber party thrown by Edgar Allan Poe." How could I not be intrigued?
Fast forward a few years, when the finished manuscript landed on my desk. It was every bit as awesome as I'd hoped. A match made in literary heaven!
Today, I'm thrilled to announce that BOOK SCAVENGER has found a publishing home, in a pre-empt offer from Christy Ottaviano for her eponymous imprint at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. This fast-paced middle-grade mystery involves cipher cracking, book hunting, and a madcap search for treasure through the streets of San Francisco. Need I say more?
Well, there is more! BOOK SCAVENGER was bought as the first in a series, with an untitled Book #2 thrown into the deal and another stand-alone MG adventure story as well. Three books you will want to keep a sharp eye out for, beginning in Fall 2015.