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October 2015

You may know e.E. Charlton-Trujillo as an indie filmmaker (see AT-RISK SUMMER). You may know her as an activist who empowers kids through the nonprofit organization Never Counted Out. You may know her as the author of three published novels including the Stonewall Award-winning FAT ANGIE. Indeed, she is all of those things and more, including author of WHEN WE WAS FIERCE, a novel that will release from Candlewick in fall 2016—and now, author of a FAT ANGIE sequel, which was just signed by her Candlewick editor Joan Powers!

When last we left Fat Angie, she had found her self-confidence in the love of the gorgeous and damaged KC Romance. The sequel picks up after KC has relocated to Dallas and Angie is left to figure out how to live here, now, and finally for herself. When she and a group of norms and misfits hit the road for an overnight escape in a 1980s Jamboree motor home, it soon becomes a full-fledged BREAKFAST CLUB on wheels, and Angie and her friends could all find the answers they're seeking.

Huge congratulations, e.E.!

—Erin

The Lightning Queen

The Lightning Queen
Laura Resau

EMLA is celebrating four incredible releases this week! A BEAR'S YEAR by Kathy Duval, FROSTED KISSES by Heather Hepler, LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD by Tara Lazar, and THE LIGHTNING QUEEN by Laura Resau are all out in the world now - please help us congratulate Kathy, Heather, Tara, and Laura!

Here Comes Valentine Cat

Here Comes Valentine Cat
Deborah Underwood

We're celebrating a starred review for Cat - Publishers Weekly loved HERE COMES VALENTINE CAT by Deborah Underwood! "Wickedly fun as ever—Underwood and Rueda clearly know how well sweet and salty go together." Congratulations, Deborah!

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch
Chris Barton

We're absolutely thrilled about the inclusion of THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH by Chris Barton on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List! Huge congratulations, Chris!

How to Share with a Bear

How to Share with a Bear
Eric Pinder

Eric Pinder's HOW TO SHARE A BEAR hits bookshelves today - please help us welcome this adorable and incredible book into the world! Congratulations, Eric!

The Gossip File

The Gossip File
Anna Staniszewski

Readers far and wide have fallen in love with Anna Staniszewski's tween characters—THE DIRT DIARY series has been rocking the shelves, with its most recent third installment, THE GOSSIP FILE, pubbing this year; as well as her newest series SWITCHED AT FIRST KISS: I'M WITH CUPID! launching this summer.

Today I'm delighted to announce an entirely new book deal—taking Anna's trademark adorably quirky tween characters out to sea . . . literally! ONCE UPON A CRUISE tells the story of twelve-year-old Aislynn, who gets a job aboard a Fairy Tale cruise ship, but quickly finds that her magical vacation is turning into a titanic mess. Can she pull things together in time to save the day?

ONCE UPON A CRUISE has sold to Erin Black at Scholastic, and I have a feeling this isn't the last we're going to be seeing of Aislynn and her friends! Stay turned for a fall 2016 sail date.

Huge congrats, Anna!

—Joan

Wherever You Go

Wherever You Go
Pat Zietlow Miller

So. Both you and the youngsters in your life have read and loved-to-bits Pat Zietlow Miller's epic debut picture book, SOPHIE'S SQUASH. You've swooned over her gorgeous modern classic, WHEREVER YOU GO. And her newest release, SHARING THE BREAD (just out last month!) already has prize of place on your Best Loved shelf.

What dreams does a picture book lover have yet to dream?

I'm so glad you asked! Because today I am thrilled to announce a brand new deal that will reunite Pat Zietlow Miller with her WHEREVER YOU GO illustrator, NYT bestseller Eliza Wheeler. Here is the deal announcement from Publishers Weekly:

SOPHIE'S SQUASH and WHEREVER YOU GO author Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrator of WHEREVER YOU GO and the bestselling MISS MAPLE'S SEEDS Eliza Wheeler's BRAVE, a celebration of the many steps that lead to courage, in things both great and small, to Leslie Shumate at Little Brown Books for Young Readers for publication in Spring 2019, by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author and Jennifer Rofé at Andrea Brown Literary Agency for the illustrator (World).

Now, I realize I'm asking for a lot of patience, because—yes, the release date release is (gasp) nearly four years away. But need I say that it will be worth waiting for? I do not. Mark your calendars accordingly.

Hooray and huge congrats, Pat!

- Joan

The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition

The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition
Chris Barton

School Library Journal gave THE NUTCRACKER COMES TO AMERICA its third starred review! "A terrific choice for fans of The Nutcracker and all things ballet." Congratulations, Chris Barton!

Fish in a Tree

Fish in a Tree
Lynda Mullaly Hunt

That Lynda Mullaly Hunt is on FIRE, I tell you! You only have to look at the #globalreadaloud tweets to see how excited kids and teachers are about her second novel, FISH IN A TREE, which also goes back onto the NYT Bestseller list this weekend! (Catch Lynda reading chapter one aloud on YouTube!)

Lynda's third book, still untitled, is underway and scheduled to release in 2017—and I'm happy to say that her fourth and fifth books are now on the calendar for 2018 and 2019, so Lynda's fans will have a steady stream of her patented heart-rending, heart-warming stories of everyday kids facing difficult situations with resilience. 2018 will see the release of OUT OF ORDER, Lynda's first YA novel, and 2019 will bring a historical novel-in-verse. And of course, the wonderful Nancy Paulsen of Nancy Paulsen Books will edit them all.

Huge congratulations, Lynda!

—Erin

The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams In A Can

The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams In A Can

We're celebrating three incredible EMLA releases this week! THE GIRL WHO BURIED HER DREAMS IN A CAN written by Dr. Tererai Trent and illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, DREAMSTRIDER by Lindsay Smith, and HOUSE ARREST by K.A. Holt are available now. Please join us in celebrating these new releases!

 

Book Scavenger

Book Scavenger
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

If you haven't yet discovered the joys of BOOK SCAVENGER, you're in for a treat! The book by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is packed with mystery, danger, suspense, puzzles, and of course . . . lots and lots of books. Published this spring by Christy Ottaviano Books, BOOK SCAVENGER has quickly garnered a rush of enthusiastic readers.—Including many folks who have flocked to the website, www.bookscavenger.com, to hide and search for copies of the book in their own area.

Things have been going so well that a sequel is planned for release next year. But is that enough BOOK SCAVENGER? No! There can never be enough BOOK SCAVENGER!

I'm delighted to announce today the signing up of the still-untitled Book #3 in the series, again by Christy Ottaviano Books, featuring even more mystery and mayhem, puzzles and (book) pages to flip. That's all the details I can share for the moment, but trust me, this one's going to be worth looking out for.

Congratulations to Jennifer!

--Joan