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August 2019

Congratulations to Terry Pierce on Her New Early Reader, SOCCER TIME!

We’re squeezing in just under the wire here, but we’re so happy for Terry’s new early reader coming in September 2019. 

Terry Pierce's SOCCER TIME, an early reader story about the absolute thrill of scoring a soccer goal, illustrated by Bob McMahon, to Heidi Kilgras at Random House Children's, for publication in fall 2019, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Sean McCarthy at Sean McCarthy Literary Agency for the illustrator (world).

Congratulations, Terry!

-Tricia

Escargot

Escargot
Dashka Slater

What is not to love about Escargot, the adorable French snail whose eponymous picture book was written by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Sydney Hanson, and published by FSG?

Nothing, that’s what!

Escargot’s second book, appropriately called A Book for Escargot, now has a cover and online pre-order listings. (You can get your copy in April!) And now Escargot will get at least two more adventures!

Joy Peskin at FSG has signed Escargot in Love and a 4th book featuring the character. Hooray!

Bien Joué, Dashka!

—Erin

The Youngest Marcher

The Youngest Marcher
Cynthia Levinson

Sure, there are lots of picture book biographies getting attention these days. Some are written by Cynthia Levinson (The Youngest Marcher, the forthcoming The People’s Painter). And now Cynthia is stretching that genre to something new: A “biography” in verse —this time focused on a place rather than an individual.

Highlander Folk School (now called the Highlander Research and Education Center) is a rather remarkable place, and so it is deserving of boundary-stretching! Its actual geographical location has changed over time, and its specific focus has shifted according to urgency, but it has always provided training and education for emerging and existing movement leaders—that is, leaders of movements. Some of those leaders included those who were key to the American Civil Rights Movement, including Rosa Parks and Septima Pointsette Clark. In the spring of this year, fire destroyed one of the school’s buildings, and white supremacist graffiti was found on the site. It is not the first time the school has been the target of backlash and violence.

Kathy Landwehr at Peachtree, who edited three of Cynthia’s three middle-grade nonfiction books (We’ve Got a Job, Watch out for Flying Kids, and Fault Lines in the Constitution) will be working on Cynthia’s first Peachtree picture book as well. This team is dynamite, and I can’t wait to see which illustrator is a part of it, as well.

Congratulations, Cynthia!

—Erin

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen
Debbi Michiko Florence

Good things come to those who work really hard. 

Several years ago, when her chapter book series, JASMINE TOGUCHI, was well underway, Debbi secretly dreamed of publishing a middle grade novel about a girl who loved chocolate, was starting seventh grade, navigating friendships and first crushes, while trying to keep it all together. 

Debbi told me, her agent, about her dream, and then she was kept busy with the chapter book series (four books published over two years), but we kept talking about it and working on it. 

Debbi never gave up on her middle grade novel dream.

And as a result of that . . . 

We’re so happy to finally get to announce to the world that Debbi’s debut middle grade novel will be published by Scholastic in summer 2020. 

Jenne Abramowitz at Scholastic has acquired Jasmine Toguchi author Debbi Michiko Florence's middle grade debut, Keep it Together, Keiko Carter. In the novel, billed as To All The Boys I Loved Before for tweens, Keiko navigates hope and heartache as she chooses between saving a splintering friendship and going after her first real crush. Publication is planned for summer 2020; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency brokered the deal for North American rights. 

We can’t wait for you all to meet Keiko. And in the meantime, let’s break out the chocolate. It’s so good! YUM.

Congratulations, Debbi!

-- Tricia

Macmillan, publisher of Dashka Slater’s THE 57 BUS, keeps a flyer of awards and honors the book has received. As of this moment, that list includes the Stonewall Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, and status as finalist in the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction…and 34 additional items.

Needless to say, the world has been eager to know where Dashka will turn her reporting eye next! And now we know. As reported in PW Children’s Bookshelf: 

Joy Peskin at FSG has acquired, in an exclusive submission, The 57 Bus author Dashka Slater's new work of YA nonfiction. In the as-yet-untitled book, Slater will explore hate crimes and free speech through events that unfolded at one high school (and the community surrounding it) when a group of students created a racist social media account, with lasting repercussions for both the account's followers and its targets. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights. 

Congratulations, Dashka! Can’t wait to see it come together!


—Erin