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Today we are so pleased to send you happy news for two EMLA clients!

First up: Dori Hillestad Butler, the author of more than 50 books for children, including the King & Kayla series, the Haunted Library series and the Buddy Files series. Her King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats was named a 2018 Theodor Geisel Honor book and her Buddy Files #1: The Case of the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery.

Needless to say, she's well-placed to launch a new young chapter book series! And so here comes DEAR BEAST, the story of Simon and Baxter, a dog and a cat learning to share the boy who, due to his parents' custody arrangement, travels back and forth between them every other day. Sally Morgridge of Holiday House signed it up earlier this year.

Next up: Illustrator Kevan Atteberry, who has completed work on his next picture book, GHOST CAT, due out with Neal Porter Books/Holiday House in June 2019. It is DREAMY, as was the process of making it. Publisher and author-illustrator alike were thrilled at the partnership.

Dori and Kevan both live in Seattle. They both are working with Holiday House. And now they're working on DEAR BEAST together! Holiday House committed to the first two books of the series, with the first to debut in summer 2020. Tricia represents Dori and Erin represents Kevan. Double EMLA success! We can't wait!

Huge congratulations, Dori and Kevan!

—Tricia and Erin