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Some books spring fully-formed from the author's brain into the laps of an eager editor. Others are a labor of love on both sides; and, perhaps, are even the sweeter for that process. This book is a case of the latter—a book which has through a variety of shaping and incarnations over the past several years, until it has become a story that is even sweeter, spicier, and more poignant than you might expect from the ever-talented Curtis Manley. And it's coming once again under the watchful auspices of Emily Feinberg at Roaring Book.

Yep, folks: ROBOT DOG is a treat—the story of about a girl who has wanted a dog forever, and finally decides to take matters into her own very capable hands. A friendship story with just a dash of programming instruction thrown in for good measure. What could be better?

Well, the only thing that could possibly have made it better would be illustrations by LeUyen Pham. And that's what we got! The whole package will be a while longer in the making—not splashing onto a shelf near you until spring 2020—but so very worth waiting for.

Hooray, Curtis!!

--Joan

Eleven and Holding

Eleven and Holding
Mary Penney

"Tender" was a word used by reviewers more than once to describe Mary Penney's ELEVEN AND HOLDING:

"Lively, funny, tender without being syrupy, and full of life."—Kirkus
"Macy's candid narrative voice and expressive observations...bring humor and pathos to Penney's tender, emotionally satisfying story."—PW

And so I am very happy to say that a character I absolutely adore, 12-year-old homeschooled, adopted son-of-a-preacher Ham Hudson, who is himself a bit tender for the meat grinder of public school, is in Mary's hands in GREEN EYES AND HAM. I know he will make some mistakes—some huge mistakes, even—but he'll be treated well and emerge in the end a better human being whom I love even more.

Mary is busy putting words to page so you can meet Ham soon, as her ELEVEN AND HOLDING editor, Kristen Pettit at Harper, plans to publish GREEN EYES AND HAM in winter 2019!

Congratulations, Mary!

—Erin


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