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You know Jennifer Chambliss Bertman as the New York Times bestselling author of the BOOK SCAVENGER series, which has captivated readers all over the world. But how exciting is it when a beloved author starts feeling the creative pull in an entirely new story direction . . . and brings us all along for the ride?

Oh, friends—this is a ride you DEFINITELY want to go on! Here is the exciting new story pitch for a thrilling new middle-grade book soon to come:

Christy Ottaviano at Christy Ottaviano Books/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has acquired, in an exclusive submission, World rights to ON THE BRIGHT SIDE by New York Times-bestselling author Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (Book Scavenger). Scheduled for Fall 2023, this 1980s-set middle grade mystery features three young sleuths obsessed with ET and Steven Spielberg, who witness a mysterious flying object in their sleepy California town. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency negotiated the deal.

Even more exciting, this new book will be part of the new list of Christy Ottaviano—Jennifer’s long-time editor, who has newly resettled her illustrious list at Little Brown HQ. We absolutely could not be more delighted with this continued pairing. This book is going to be one to watch for!

Huge congrats, Jennifer!

- Joan