Oooh, I'm excited about this deal! Our own senior agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette, has just been signed up her SEVENTH published novel. It's been super-fun watching all her know-how and passion come together in the Princess Juniper series, and now she's going to apply all that to a brand-new standalone novel that promises to be full of all the feels: THE TRAIN OF LOST THINGS.
In this novel, Marty, whose father is dying, channels all his sadness into his reaction to the loss of something else—a jacket covered with pins he has collected to represent family memories. The jacket has simply gone missing. Then late one night Marty's father, in his sickbed, tells Marty a story he was told by his mother about a train that collects the things that children lose. A train Marty's father always longed to find. Marty, of course, is determined to find it himself and somehow share it with his father in the time they have left. And so begins an adventure, full of both heartbreak and fun, written in Joan's signature beautiful, imaginative prose.
The divine Jill Santopolo of Philomel just acquired this one, tentatively scheduled for summer 2018.
Huge congratulations, Joan!