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Anyone who has picked up a book by Safia Elhillo knows that they are in for something special. Case in point: her gorgeous and moving book of poetry, GIRLS THAT NEVER DIE, is newly out this month—don’t miss it! And how about her brilliant and award-winning HOME IS NOT A COUNTRY? Recipient of 4 starred reviews, a Coretta Scott King honor book, and winner of the Children’s Africana Book Award for Older Readers. Suffice it to say, if Safia is writing it, we are reading it!

So it’s a particular delight to share with you this very exciting new-book news . . . here is the recent deal listing from Publishers Weekly:

<< Michelle Frey at Make Me a World has acquired North American rights to Home Is Not a Country author Safia Elhillo’s second YA novel in verse, in an exclusive submission. Bright Red Fruit tells the story of a young poet, feeling trapped within the confines of her loving but strict family, who begins a relationship with a charismatic older poet which gives her everything she thought she wanted—but at what cost? —in a story about young talent, predatory grooming, and the often-fraught journey to finding your voice. The deal was managed by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency, for publication in Fall 2023. >>

The main problem, as I see it, is how are we going to wait until then? Keep your eyes peeled for this wonderful book soon to come. And huge congratulations, Safia!

 --Joan