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While of course everybody knows the Newbery and Caldecott, there are many, many awards that are bestowed on children's books, and every one helps get books into the hands of more children. The accumulation of notices helps each book find its way. Congratulations to our many books and authors whose books have been recognized in many ways!
PALACE BEAUTIFUL, by Sarah Williams, is a nominee for the 2012-2013 Missouri Association of School Librarians Mark Twain Award. The winner won't be announced until 2013, but you can read more about it here.
BLACK RADISHES, by Susan Meyer, is on the 2013 Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award short list. The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools.
STARCROSSED, by Elizabeth Bunce, has been nominated for the South Carolina state Young Adult Book Award for 2012-2013. Plus, her LIAR'S MOON is a 2012 Kansas Notable Book from the Kansas Center for the Book. This is Elizabeth's third Kansas Notable designation, putting her in a very elite league of writers!
STARS, by Mary Lyn Ray:
Chris Barton is one of six authors chosen for the Spirit of Texas Reading Program, Middle School division, by the Texas Library Association.
Jennifer Ziegler is one of six authors chosen for the Spirit of Texas Reading Program, high school division, by the Texas Library Association.
Additionally, EMLA is proud to have multiple titles receive the following recognition:
The Bank Street College of Education's list of 2012 Best Books of the Year included FALLING FOR HAMLET, by Michelle Ray, NOODLE AND LOU, by Liz Garton Scanlon, STARS, by Mary Lyn Ray, TEACH YOUR BUFFALO TO PLAY DRUMS, by Audrey Vernick, THE UNFORGETTABLE SEASON, by Phil Bildner, THE GREAT MIGRATION, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, THE QUEEN OF WATER, by Laura Resau and Maria-Virginia Farinango, WORDS IN THE DUST, by Trent Reedy, and FALLING FOR HAMLET, by Michelle Ray.
The 2011 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Adult Top Forty or so titles list included ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET, by Joanne Rocklin, and CAN I SEE YOUR ID?: TRUE STORIES OF FALSE IDENTITIES, by Chris Barton.
CCBC Choices 2012, the annual best-of-the-year list of the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), included ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING, by Joanne Rocklin, DIEGO RIVERA: HIS WORLD AND OURS, by Duncan Tonatiuh, STARS, by Mary Lyn Ray, and WORDS IN THE DUST, by Trent Reedy. A complete list of the Choices 2012 titles is available here.
The 2012 ABC Best Books for Children catalog included Jean Reidy's TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS; Deborah Underwood's THE CHRISTMAS QUIET BOOK; Robin LaFevers's GRAVE MERCY; Lynda Mullaly Hunt's ONE FOR THE MURPHYS; Jennnifer A. Nielsen's THE FALSE PRINCE; and Mary Lyn Ray's STARS.
The new ALA-Children's Book Council's Summer Reading List published on OPRAH.COM included Mary Lyn Ray's STARS, Deborah Underwood's THE QUIET BOOK, Elizabeth C. Bunce's STARCROSSED, and Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango's THE QUEEN OF WATER.
The influential awards from the Texas Library Association have not yet been announced for 2013, but we're very pleased to have the following books on the following discussion lists:
Congratulations to all!
—Erin and Joan
Today we've got the latest Rights Round-Up for EMLA authors. We are so thankful to our co-agency, Rights People, for all of their hard work on our clients' behalf! With a nod to the responsible individual team member, here are the titles they have placed with foreign publishers since our last round-up.
Russian rights to Robin LaFevers's His Fair Assassin trilogy, to Azbooka-Atticus, by Olga Baykova at The Van Lear Agency and Allison Hellegers at Rights People on behalf of Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
Thanks, too, to the sub rights teams at the following U.S. publishers for placing EMLA books with foreign houses:
NERVE, by Jeanne Ryan, to Verlagsgruppe for German rights; to Walkers Cultural Enterprises, Ltd. in Taiwan for paperback Chinese Complex rights; to AST Release Holdings Ltd. for Russian rights; to Altin, for Turkish rights; to Unieboek, for Dutch rights; and to Editions Robert Laffont, for French rights—a total of 6 territories, all thanks to the subsidiary rights team at Penguin.
SHATTERED SOULS, by Mary Lindsey, to Pegasus Yayincilik Tic. San. Ltd. for Turkish rights, and to Ufuk Press for Indonesian rights, thanks to the terrific subrights team at Penguin—for a total of 6 territories, counting previous translation sales!
A GHOST IN THE HOUSE, by A.J. Paquette, to Walker UK, thanks to the good folks at Candlewick!
Thanks, too, to the sub rights teams at the following U.S. publishers for these additional deals!:
We're always happy to share news of these deals, because they mean more books in the hands of more children. Congratulations, all!
—Erin and Joan
Are you a fan of Erin Moulton's heart-warming, character-rich middle-grade novels? Have you read FLUTTER (Philomel, 2011), and TRACING STARS (Philomel, 2012), and are begging for more? Well, I am here today to tell you: There will be more!
In the style of her first two published novels, Erin has just accepted a publication offer for her latest book, as yet untitled, which involves a young character grappling with her grandmother's failing health, the need to take care of her younger sister, and the overhanging specter of her family's dubious history in her small-town home. Yet another dynamic book in the making, and it will be coming your way from Philomel in 2014.
But that's not all!—In a departure from her usual style, Erin's fourth book will be an action-packed YA adventure, steeped in history but set in the present day, about a seventeen-year-old girl who gets inducted into a secret society dating all the way back to Minoan times, only to become embroiled in something bigger and darker than she could ever have imagined. I've had a peek at this storyline, and it will knock your socks off!
Both books were signed on by Erin's fabulous editor, Jill Santopolo at Philomel, and will be coming soon to a bookshelf near you.
Many congratulations, Erin!
This summer has been a hopping time for Carol Brendler, whose first novel deal was announced just over a month ago. Now it's time for her picture book writing skills to step into the spotlight. NOT VERY SCARY tells the story of young monster Melly, who receives an invitation to her cousin Malberta's house. To get there, however, she has to walk through a forest packed with some very creepy creatures. But it's not a very scary forest... or is it?
Right from the start I fell in love with Carol's wordplay and the way her language zings across the page. This is going to be a terrific read-aloud tale, and I can't wait until everyone can enjoy it as I have.
NOT VERY SCARY was bought by Janine O'Malley at Farrar, Straus & Giroux (who also published Carol's first picture book, WINNIE FINN, WORM FARMER).
Happy August from EMLA! Ready for back to school? Get inspired to learn and have fun with two new books—a chapter book and a debut novel—out this month from two of our fabulous authors.
Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake by Katie Speck (illustrated by Paul Ratz de Tagyos)—Maybelle the cockroach is back with more hinjinks, and this time, an ant with a head cold has decided Maybelle is her queen, published by Henry Holt/Macmillan.
We wish these books into readers' hearts!