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There are some stories that grab you and reel you in, almost from their very first word. And that is exactly what happened with Lori Snyder’s gorgeous, evocative middle-grade adventure, THE CIRCUS AT THE END OF THE SEA: from the very first page, I was hooked. This is a story that lingers, that will settle under your skin and stick with you for a long time.

It’s also got one of the most adorable sidekick characters I have read yet: Ophelia the mimic octopus. You can’t wait to meet her, I promise!

Without further ado, here is the exciting deal announcement:

Tara Weikum at Harper Collins has acquired World rights to Lori Snyder’s debut, THE CIRCUS AT THE END OF THE SEA, a lush middle-grade adventure about a girl looking for somewhere to belong, who discovers a magical circus that’s dying—and she might be the only person who can heal it. The two-book deal was managed by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency, and will begin publication in Fall 2021.

Debut book deals are always special, friends – but this one is absolutely All The Things. Mark your calendars now and don’t miss it!

Congratulations, Lori!!!

--Joan

Ducks!

Ducks!
Deborah Underwood

Not THOSE Wild Things (those belong to Sendak)! If you follow Deborah Underwood on social media at all, you are aware of her love of animals and nature, and of her chronicling of sightings of, and visits by, birds and other wild creatures to the Bay Area gardens and preserves she loves to visit, as well as her apartment in the city.

Deborah has always been one to write from the heart and explore the meaning of her own experiences, so it won’t be a surprise to hear that she’s written a picture book text about befriending wild things, and how difficult it is to walk a line and not pull them away from where they belong—in nature. 

LOVING WILD THINGS has been signed by Laura Godwin at Godwin books (publisher of several of Deborah’s books, including last year’s FINDING KINDNESS and this winter's DUCKS! Deborah has been fortunate to be matched with a lot of incredible illustrators, and this book is no exception. Laura matched the project with illustrator Kenard Pak (another Bay Area person!). Ken is much in demand, so we’re going to have to wait a bit for this one—but spring 2024 will be here before we know it!

Congratulations, Deborah!

—Erin


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