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Hooray, it’s debut deal announcement time again! Our favorite!

And another favorite: Tough characters with secret vulnerable hearts. So it is with Breanna, the protagonist of CAMP WHATEVER, Sondra Soderborg’s debut. Breanna hides her unfamiliarity with the nuances of friendship and her fear of heights behind a seemingly unflappable exterior at a middle school team-building camp. I LOVE this character so much—and thankfully, so does Taylor Norman at Chronicle, who will shepherd Breanna and Sondra through to a spring 2023 publication.

It’s such a pleasure to see an author’s first novel find its home, and it’s such a supportive one, too! I feel fortunate to have a front-row seat as it makes its way onto shelves and into readers’ hearts.

Congratulations, Sondra!