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December 2012

What do you think, publishing world? Do we have time for ONE more book deal before 2012 pulls up its covers and says goodnight? I think SO!

There's been a lot of talk in the news over recent months about the topic of bullying, and that makes K.A. Holt's remarkable new middle-grade novel in verse especially timely and pertinent. POETRY BANDIT tells the story of Kevin, a seventh-grader who starts the year as a troubled bully but finds the tables turned on him when his former victim discovers Kevin's secret weakness—and the bully himself becomes a victim. A gorgeous and moving story of friendship, family, and the power of the written word, this is a beautiful book that you won't want to miss.

I'm delighted to say that POETRY BANDIT has found its perfect home with Chronicle Books and the magnificent Tamra Tuller. Publication is scheduled for Fall 2014.

Congratulations, Kari, and may this good news and more sail us swiftly into 2013!

—Joan

Sometimes deals take an extra-long time to be ready to announce—and such is the case with Deborah Underwood's newest announcement, for a two-picture-book deal done just under a year ago! We were happy to wait until a terrific illustrator was officially on the project. Here's the full deal announcement:

NYT bestselling author of THE QUIET BOOK Deborah Underwood's SUPER SAURUS DOES *NOT* GO TO KINDERGARTEN, to be illustrated by ZOOMER creator Ned Young and published in summer 2015,  and a sequel starring the determined Arnold and his alter-ego, Super Saurus, to Kelsey Skea at Disney-Hyperion, by Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world) for Underwood.

Way to end our year with a bang, Deborah! Congratulations!

—Erin

What could be better to send off the week before holiday break than a delicious deal, many months in the making and now finally able to be shared publicly? For those of you who have read and loved Trent Reedy's middle-grade novels WORDS IN THE DUST (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010) and STEALING AIR (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2012), I am excited to tell you that you will soon be able to take your Reedy reading up to a whole new level, with Trent's first foray into the YA field,

DIVIDED WE FALL is a three-book series set in an eerily near-future America, following a seventeen-year-old army reservist and his friends who become caught up in events beyond their control when internal unrest and government protests go one step too far, with disastrous and cataclysmically far-reaching consequences. This gripping series will begin with INCENDIARY, in spring 2014, and will be published by Arthur A. Levine Books, again with the fabulous Cheryl Klein at the helm.

Believe me when I say that this is a series you will not want to miss.

Huge congratulations, Trent!

—Joan

Not only has Deborah Underwood's THE CHRISTMAS QUIET BOOK been appearing on endless holiday gift lists and book roundups, the Wall Street Journal added her this past weekend to their holiday roundup review edition.

Check out the list (some with URLs for easy clickthrough):

San Francisco Chronicle, 12/1
Scripps Howard News Service, 11/30
Omaha World-Herald, 12/2
Deseret News, 12/1
Toronto Star, 12/3
USA Today, 11/29
Parents magazine, December iPad edition
Huffington Post, 11/19
BookPage, holiday catalog and December issue
Austin American-Statesman, 12/1
Shelf Awareness, 11/14

Such a lovely book! Congratulations, Deborah!

Happy holidays!

—Erin

I love the feeling of sinking into a story, and finding that the characters and worlds which are created there feel just as real and alive as my own. That was undoubtedly the case when I became lost within the pages of Diane C. Mullen's remarkable debut, PIECES OF A WRECK.

This middle-grade novel is written in spare, razor-sharp prose, and tells the story of Liam, a fourteen-year-old graffiti artist and tagger who lives in urban Minneapolis. Afraid that he is beginning to succumb to the lures of a local gang, Liam's mother sends him to spend the summer with a family friend in a tiny town in rural Michigan. What happens to Liam there, who he meets, and what he discovers about himself and his art, makes for a beautiful and moving story that is not easily forgotten.

I'm so pleased and excited to say that PIECES OF A WRECK has found its perfect home at Charlesbridge, with editor Julie Ham at the helm. The book is slated for spring 2015. Huge congratulations, Diane!

—Joan

Congratulations to Cynthia Levinson on WE'VE GOT A JOB being a finalist for the YALSA 2013 Nonfiction Award. The winner will be announced at the big Youth Media Awards announcements at ALA Midwinter on January 28!


—Erin

EMLA clients are representing as 2012 comes to a close!

The New York Public Library Children's Books 2012: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing list is up! Congratulations, Cynthia Levinson, Natalie Lorenzi, Jeannie Mobley, Jennifer A. Nielsen, and Clint Young!


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Guide Book to Gift Books: An Annotated List of Books for Youth 2012 list is also up. Congratulations, Chris Barton, Phil Bildner (twice!), Elizabeth C. Bunce, Clare Dunkle, Deva Fagan, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Robin LaFevers, Jenny Moss, Heather Tomlinson, Deborah Underwood, and Audrey Vernick!


WOOHOO!

—Erin, Joan, and Tricia

And another star for HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUNNY by Liz Garton Scanlon (due out in January 2013) and this time from Kirkus: 

Scanlon delivers a sweet, rhyming text to tell the story of a little bunny's birthday in Graegin's debut picture book.

The succinct phrasing from page to page marks this as a text for very young children just learning about birthdays and birthday parties. The text takes a natural question-and-answer format as the birthday girl asks about each activity, and her mother offers loving replies. Scenes devoted to getting dressed up, greeting guests, celebrating with music and play, blowing out birthday-cake candles, opening gifts, taking pictures and looking back at past years provide an overview of the festivities. Perhaps taking a cue from the closing line's reference to the girl as "sweet honey bun," Graegin casts the unnamed central characters as a family of anthropomorphic bunnies, introducing a veritable peaceable kingdom of relatives and friends who come to celebrate on the special day. Graegin's illustrations employ pencil-and-ink washes that are then digitally assembled and colored, and they mark her as an up-and-coming artist to watch, as they evoke a style akin to that of Peter McCarty, Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Polly Dunbar.

Happy birthday to a splendid book for new birthday boys and girls. (Picture book. 1-4)

Congratulations, Liz!

—Erin