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Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen
Debbi Michiko Florence

Good things come to those who work really hard. 

Several years ago, when her chapter book series, JASMINE TOGUCHI, was well underway, Debbi secretly dreamed of publishing a middle grade novel about a girl who loved chocolate, was starting seventh grade, navigating friendships and first crushes, while trying to keep it all together. 

Debbi told me, her agent, about her dream, and then she was kept busy with the chapter book series (four books published over two years), but we kept talking about it and working on it. 

Debbi never gave up on her middle grade novel dream.

And as a result of that . . . 

We’re so happy to finally get to announce to the world that Debbi’s debut middle grade novel will be published by Scholastic in summer 2020. 

Jenne Abramowitz at Scholastic has acquired Jasmine Toguchi author Debbi Michiko Florence's middle grade debut, Keep it Together, Keiko Carter. In the novel, billed as To All The Boys I Loved Before for tweens, Keiko navigates hope and heartache as she chooses between saving a splintering friendship and going after her first real crush. Publication is planned for summer 2020; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency brokered the deal for North American rights. 

We can’t wait for you all to meet Keiko. And in the meantime, let’s break out the chocolate. It’s so good! YUM.

Congratulations, Debbi!

-- Tricia

Macmillan, publisher of Dashka Slater’s THE 57 BUS, keeps a flyer of awards and honors the book has received. As of this moment, that list includes the Stonewall Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, and status as finalist in the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction…and 34 additional items.

Needless to say, the world has been eager to know where Dashka will turn her reporting eye next! And now we know. As reported in PW Children’s Bookshelf: 

Joy Peskin at FSG has acquired, in an exclusive submission, The 57 Bus author Dashka Slater's new work of YA nonfiction. In the as-yet-untitled book, Slater will explore hate crimes and free speech through events that unfolded at one high school (and the community surrounding it) when a group of students created a racist social media account, with lasting repercussions for both the account's followers and its targets. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights. 

Congratulations, Dashka! Can’t wait to see it come together!


—Erin


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