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After such a wonderful debut, THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS (Sky Horse, September 2018), Ann Braden fans can look forward to more of her books in the near future. Because everyone needs a puffin, especially when you already have an octopus.

In THE FLIGHT OF THE PUFFIN, via Ann's powerful prose, you'll meet four kids from all over the United States, and each of them learn to stand up for what's right in their own way, in their own strength.

I know we're on the cusp of 2019 right now, but can make it 2021 already? I can't wait!

Nancy Paulsen at Penguin/Paulsen has acquired, in a preempt, two middle grade novels by Ann Braden, whose debut novel was The Benefits of Being an Octopus. The first book, The Flight of the Puffin, follows four kids in different parts of the country and explores political divides, gender boxes, and how one tiny action by a stranger can send out ripples you'd never expect. Publication is set for spring 2021; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.

Congratulations, Ann!