Janet Fox certainly isn't new to publishing for kids, as she's got several books under her belt and an MFA from Vermont College, among many other accomplishments--but she IS new to publishing middle grade fiction and new to publishing fantasy (and fairly new to EMLA, to boot!). So it is with a particular thrill that I tell you that, having paid her dues for many years in many ways (including revising more than once for me), Janet saw her novel CHATELAINE find a publishing home in a relatively lickety-split process.
All it takes is one passionate editor, and in this case, we had one who was so passionate that she made what we in the biz call a preemptive offer. Her vision for the book matches Janet's. And they hit it off beautifully on the phone. What's better than that? Nothing, I tell you.
Kendra Levin at Viking is that editor, and today the news goes out that she will be publishing Janet's CHATELAINE: THE THIRTEENTH CHARM in winter 2016. We could not be more thrilled!
CHATELAINE is a middle-grade novel set in a rundown Scottish castle during WWII. The lady of the manor has set it up as a temporary boarding school for children escaping the Blitz. But something is not right with that castle or that lady, and the children begin disappearing one by one. There are clues that hint that a spy is in the house; there are signs that can't be denied that there is a sinister magic. It's a race against the clock for one girl, her two younger siblings, and her new best friend to get to the bottom of things.
I can't wait for this book to be in readers' hands! Congratulations, Janet!