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As most folks familiar with the publishing process know, there are a huge number of factors that go into the creation of a book, and each new deal is a minor miracle of converging elements. There are times, though, when those elements come together so perfectly that you just know that you're going to get something extra special.

And that's exactly what has happened in the case of this groundbreaking anthology, BLACK ENOUGH: STORIES OF BLACK TEENHOOD IN AMERICA. The collection of YA stories was conceived and helmed by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and has been signed on for publication in winter 2019 by Alessandra Balzer at Balzer+Bray.

You think you're already excited? Wait till you see the star-studded list of contributors: Rita Williams-Garcia, Coe Booth, Dhonielle Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Renée Watson, Tracey Baptiste, Jason Reynolds, Kekla Magoon, Jay Coles, Nic Stone, Lamar Giles, Leah Henderson, Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Tochi Onyebuchi, Liara Tamani, and Ibi Zoboi.

There's really only one thing left to say... is it 2019 yet?!!

Huge congratulations, Ibi and team!

--Joan

I'm so delighted to be able to share some good news for a great person: super talented and versatile author Anna Redding, whose YA non-fiction book GOOGLE IT is hitting shelves in August (have you preordered your copy yet?).

Today's deal is in a completely different vein, as you will quickly see from reading this exciting deal announcement below:

Chris Hernandez at Harper Collins has acquired World rights to Emmy award-winning journalist Anna Redding's picture book debut, RESCUING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, with critically acclaimed artist Edwin Fotheringham signed on to illustrate. The action-packed true story follows a little-known hero who the historic artifact and many others from being destroyed by the British during the war of 1812. Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author, and Pat Hackett/Artist Representative the illustrator, with publication scheduled for winter 2020.

Zany, fun, and brilliantly factual, this untold story will keep you on the edge of your seats! There's a fair ways to go before we all get to enjoy it – but it will be more than worth the wait.

Congratulations, Anna!

--Joan


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