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Elaine Vickers

I mean, I’m not gonna lie. Between you and me and the lamppost, there are times these days in my life—and I bet in yours, too—when thankfulness feels in awful short supply. But I suppose that the times you have to dig most deeply for gratitude are the times when it’s most needed. And we do, truly, have so much to be thankful for.

. . . Not least of which is this *wonderful*, dream-come-true of a picture book debut from Elaine Vickers – author of the delightful (and perfect to read during lockdown) MG novels, LIKE MAGIC and PAPER CHAINS.

Here is the deal announcement with more info for ya:

Sylvie Frank at S&S/Paula Wiseman Books has acquired World rights to LIKE MAGIC author Elaine Vickers’s picture book debut, with Samantha Cotterill signed on to illustrate. THANKFUL is a lyrical and joyous celebration of family, togetherness, and everyday pleasures, based on a tradition from the author’s own family of writing “thankful” moments on slips of paper and linking them to form chains. The deal was managed by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and Kirsten Hall at Catbird Productions for the illustrator. Publication is slated for Fall 2021.

What could be better? A story that draws from family; a story direct from the heart; a story that is exactly what we need right now.

Congratulations, Elaine! This one’s a winner already.

--Joan

Okay, okay – it’s true. The vast majority of us, at the moment, are going exactly NOWHERE.

But doesn’t that make this deal announcement all the more fantastic? In stories—in books—there is no limit to the things we can do and the places we can go. No matter what our outside world looks like.

So let’s all take a moment to seriously bask in this glorious setting: the moon high in the dead black sky . . . a crisp, cold wind out of the north . . . and just there, coming around the bend—a stampede of hoofbeats, eating up the night.

Here’s the deal announcement, folks. It’s gonna be real!!

Reka Simonsen at Atheneum has bought World rights to R IS FOR REBEL and THE GREEN CHILDREN OF WOOLPIT author J. Anderson Coats’s new middle-grade novel. THE NIGHT RIDE tells the story of a girl who is desperate to pursue her dream of working with horses, even though her financial situation makes that nearly impossible—until she becomes embroiled in a dangerous, highly illegal midnight racing club, which might just prove to be her way out . . . if she can survive it. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency did the deal, for publication in Fall 2021.

Congratulations, Jillian! And may Fall 2021 be here as soon as possible :)

--Joan


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