"Braden sensitively demonstrates how isolating it can be to live with people who, despite good intentions, force their children to fulfill expectations that run counter to their own senses of self. . . . All the characters find ways to encourage each other, be less alone, and connect.”—Booklist, starred review
"Quigley adeptly creates strong classroom scenes that convey an inclusive student body’s realistic dynamic and an endearing, assured seven-year-old protagonist who appreciates her cultural identity." - PW, starred review
“A touching tale of understanding and friendship . . . The message of education as a vehicle for progress and dismantling hatred is one that will strike a chord with readers.” — Kirkus Reviews
There’s something extra special about announcing an author’s debut sale; I always want to pull out the confetti and party hats, and toss up some streamers. Today I am doing all of that and more for our very own Laurie Boyle Crompton, whose debut YA novel has just sold—in a two-book deal, no less!—to Aubrey Poole at Sourcebooks Fire.
Here’s the Publishers Lunch deal announcement:
Laurie Boyle Crompton’s debut FANGIRL, about a comic-obsessed girl who gets into an online war after her first major crush dumps her supervillain-style, to Aubrey Poole at Sourcebooks Fire, in a two-book deal, by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (World English).
FANGIRL is slated for publication in Fall 2012, and I for one can’t wait to see this breezy, voice-driven project on the shelves. Readers are going to love it! (And I’ve had a sneak peek at the project she’s putting together for the second contracted book… oh, boy! My lips are sealed, but let me just say now that it will knock your socks off.)
Laurie is someone we are definitely going to be hearing great things from going forward. Go, Laurie!