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Christina Uss is the prolific and talented author of a great round of well-loved middle-grade novels, most notably the inimitable and unforgettable THE ADVENTURES OF A GIRL CALLED BICYCLE. And if that weren’t enough, this month finds Christina flexing her writing muscles in an entirely new direction – picture books!

Here is the deal announcement for this fantastic new project to come:

Peter Phillips at Tundra has acquired World rights to THE ISLAND BEFORE NO, a debut picture book by Christina Uss, author of THE ADVENTURES OF A GIRL CALLED BICYCLE, with illustrations by Hudson Christie. The book tells the story of an island of yes- saying walruses who have to contend with the arrival of a rampaging horde of children who can say “no.” The deal was managed by Ammi-Joan Paquette for the author, and the illustrator was unagented, for publication in summer 2023.

With Christina’s signature quirky humor, a meaningful resolution, and tons of heart—this is a book you will not want to miss. Stay tuned and clear a spot on your future bookshelf!

Huge congrats, Christina!!

- Joan