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Jean Reidy’s TRUMAN is the story of a sweet little tortoise whose devotion to his Sarah is never in doubt, even when she leaves one day for much longer than usual. It has been getting a lot of love out there in the world—two starred reviews, the most quotable quotes (my favorite words: enchanting, uplifting, heartwarming), and even a high school teacher’s suggestion of using it to teach kids the hero’s journey (!). 

Of course we love Jean’s perfectly soulful text, but we cannot overstate the importance of Lucy Ruth Cummins’s charming art, either, or the fantastic match these two have made. And so we are very pleased that Jean and Lucy will be working together on another picture book, again at Atheneum! Here’s the full announcement:

Alexa Pastor at Atheneum has acquired world rights to TRUMAN author and illustrator Jean Reidy and Lucy Ruth Cummins’s SYLVIE, about a surreptitious spider who gathers the courage to help the neighbors she has watched over from afar. Publication is planned for Spring 2022. Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author and Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management represented the illustrator.

Huge congratulations to Jean!