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It's another good-news celebration day, this time for the inventive author Gavin Brown. When we signed together last year, the manuscript he sent my way involved a trio of intrepid kids who live in a sort of Pokemon GO type world, where devious and destructive monsters are just an app click away. When the kids decide to sign up as freelance monster hunters, they think at first they're just in it for fun and excitement. Instead, they start to realize that there are much bigger stakes involved—including a sinister evil pulling strings behind the scenes. What happens when the hunters become the hunted?

This, my friends, is MONSTER CLUB: HUNTERS FOR HIRE in a nutshell. I know, right?? J

It's on that note that I am delighted to share that the book was acquired by Orlando Dos Reis at Scholastic, and acquired some time ago, in fact. The book is publishing this summer and will be on a bookshelf near you beginning in July. I for one can't wait.

Huge congratulations, Gavin!

--Joan

Rhyme Schemer

Rhyme Schemer
K.A. Holt

The lovely and versatile K. A. Holt has penned many a wide-ranging book—from haiku to picture books to science fiction—but what she is arguably best known for these days is her heartfelt, accessible, and kid-friendly MG novels in verse. From RHYME SCHEMER to HOUSE ARREST to KNOCKOUT, these books reach kids right where they are at, even the most reluctant of them.

So it's perhaps no surprise that Kari's newest deal continues in this vein—and this time, we are starting a new series with all-new characters! The first book is titled BENBEE, wherein we meet a group of remedial language arts students who make a deal that for every ten minutes spent reading, their teacher will spend equal time playing their favorite online game. But when school administrators find out about the deal, it's up to this unlikely bunch to save their teacher.

The two-book deal was sold to Taylor Norman at Chronicle, and the first title will publish in Fall 2020. Huge congrats, Kari!!

--Joan


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