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Some book connections take time to find their perfect home; other ones just seem to jump magically into the outstretched arms of that perfect editorial connection. And never was the latter more the case than with Curtis Manley’s latest picture book deal.

CLIMBING THE VOLCANO is a non-fiction leaning text written entirely in a series of haiku. It tells the story of a family’s hike up the dormant volcano South Sister, as seen through the eyes of a young narrator who is making that trek. Rich with detail and grounded in Curtis’s own experiences hiking this mountain, the result is a delightful and inspiring celebration of poetry and nature and mountainous majesty. 

And great was our delight when this submission found an immediate connection in Neal Porter. Almost before we knew it, the deal had been made, including a pairing with the talented Jennifer K. Mann to illustrate. The resulting picture book is planned for spring 2024, and I for one can’t wait to see the finished product!

Congrats to Curtis and all!

- Joan