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July 2010

Ooh, look how ethereal and mischievous!

This is the fourth Nathaniel Fludd book by R. L. LaFevers, which will be out in April 2011 from Houghton. Kelly Murphy has outdone herself! Two Nate books are on shelves so far; the book that precedes this one will debut in October:

Such fun!


We're enjoying all the stars sparkling around here lately! The newest: Kirkus puts one on Laura Resau's The Ruby Notebook, which will be out in September, published by Delacorte:

"Thoughtful, intense Zeeta and her free-spirited mother return in this follow-up to The Indigo Notebook (2009). Perennial travelers, the two have now settled in the atmospheric city of Aix-en-Provence. Zeeta eagerly anticipates the arrival of her boyfriend Wendell from Colorado, but when he changes the terms of his visit, Zeeta is hurt and confused. Their relationship is further strained by her involuntary attraction to Jean-Claude, a member of a street dance troupe. At the same time, Zeeta begins to discover strange notes and items left in her bag. Weaving bits of magic, city lore and bittersweet romance into each of the many plot lines, Resau has again crafted a complex and satisfying novel that is both a mystery and a tender, wise meditation on love and self-identity. Characters are rich and vibrant, each of them bringing their own past to bear on the story at hand. Readers will want to read the first before starting this one and will likely be clamoring for the third, the groundwork for which is nicely set up here."

The Indigo Notebook, I neglected to report earlier, was the recent winner of the Colorado Book Award in the Young Adult category! You can read a fun post at Laura's blog about the event here—and while you're browsing, take a look at this post previewing Laura's next book, The Queen of Water! Congratulations, Laura, on so many exciting bits of news!
Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?
Audrey Vernick

A first starred review is out for Audrey Vernick's Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? (illustrated by Daniel Jennewein, published by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins) from Publishers Weekly--and boy, did this reviewer get this book!:

“'Some people say kindergarten is no place for a buffalo. How crazy is that?' So begins this humorous story about standing out in order to fit in. A buffalo doesn’t look, eat, or act like anyone else, but it’s his differences that make him so lovable ('who can resist that furry face?'). This story’s simple lesson about individuality is cleverly expressed through Vernick’s gentle wit and Jennewein’s crayon-outlined kindergartners--most of all, the furry and ungainly reader surrogate with whom kids will readily relate, even if 'he may the only one who eats grass, then throws it up in his mouth and eats it again. Remember: Everyone’s special in his or her own way.'"

Congratulations, Audrey!


Yet another 2011 release, Erin E. Moulton's middle-grade novel Flutter, has recently had its final cover unveiled. And what a glorious cover it is! The vivid colors and ethereal images perfectly match this sweet, quirky, adventurous, and heart-warming story. The cover was done by Theresa Evangelista and makes my heart stop a little every time I see it!

Watch for Flutter, to be published by Philomel/Penguin, in summer 2011.


Over at the PW blog Shelftalker, where EMLA author Elizabeth Bluemle wears her "bookseller extraordinaire" hat with the equally extraordinary Josie Leavitt, there's a fun new post about trends in book covers. Well, I've been noticing our own little mini-trend going on here at EMLA, when I look at new books turned face-out on my bookshelves:

And it doesn't look like this trend is going away anytime soon—here's a spring 2011 sneak peek:

It's looking pinker around here every day!


Here's another peek at a spring 2011 release—a sweet and funny little picture book called Noodle and Lou by the divine Liz Garton Scanlon, to be published by Beach Lane Books at Simon & Schuster. The illustrations are by Arthur Howard, whose work has graced Cynthia Rylant's Mr. Putter and Tabby books, among many others.



Noodle's baseball cap just knocks me over, it's so cute!


Toads and Diamonds

Toads and Diamonds
Heather Tomlinson

The latest issue of School Library Journal includes a terrific review for Heather Tomlinson's Toads and Diamonds that we were happy to read when it was sent to us in advance of the issue's release, last month. We are even happier now that the magazine is out, because there's a happy little star next to it, which we somehow hadn't heard about! Here's the review:

This is an impressive reimagining of Perrault’s classic tale, set in precolonial India. Stepsisters Diribani and Tana are on the edge of poverty when they are blessed and cursed by the goddess Naghali-ji. Diribani, the beautiful and polite one, speaks flowers and jewels every time a sound is uttered from her perfect lips, while Tana, often rude, speaks toads and snakes. Soon Diribani is taken in by a handsome prince who seeks to protect her from those who would use her gift for ill. Tana’s fate is not so comfortable, as she is forced out of the village before she is caught by the authorities. Tomlinson creates a rich story with opulent visuals that make the teens’ world come to life. Readers can feel the hard jewels in Diribani’s mouth, and taste the dirt and dust as Tana flees. Best of all, Tomlinson creates a truly remarkable bond between the girls, obliterating the trite stepsister stereotype. The text may be challenging at times, but this extraordinary entry in the retellings genre is definitely worth its weight in diamonds. Fans of Shannon Hale and Robin McKinley will eat it up.—Lisa Marie Williams, East Gwillimbury Public Library, Holland

Thanks so much, Lisa Marie Williams, and congratulations, Heather!


It's an exciting time of year, when we're seeing covers for 2011, last-minute revisions of fall 2010 covers—a virtual parade of covers coming our way! We thought we'd share some of what's been coming in.

To start, we have Trent Reedy's Words in the Dust, which will debut with Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic in January 2011. (Apologies to those of you who follow EMLA on Facebook, where this was posted a couple of weeks ago; we neglected to cross-post it here!) It's a gorgeous image nicely conveying the Afghan setting, with the military vehicle making it clear it's contemporary.

We look forward to seeing this one on the shelves!


A big "Woohoo!" goes out to associate agent Ammi-Joan Paquette today--this time with her writer hat on, rather than her agent hat: Her picture book manuscript A GHOST IN THE HOUSE, a fun journey through a haunted house full of spooky sounds and creatures, was just signed by Kate Fletcher at Candlewick for World English rights!

In the story, the reader is led from one spooky sound to another, revealing the presence of ghosts, witches, monsters, and the like--until the end, when the creatures are scared away by the spookiest beings of all--two children, ready to be tucked into bed. It hits the perfect notes to give little ones a tiny bit of thrilling scare, but still send them happily on their way to dreamland without any fears or worries.

Congratulations, Joan!


I’m very excited to announce the agency’s latest sale: Anna Staniszewski’s quirky middle-grade series starter, MY UN-FAIRY TALELIFE, follows 12-year-old Jenny, adventurer of some repute who is famed as the one to call when your magical kingdom goes on the blink, fairy tale creatures don’t get along, or things otherwise fall apart. But all this world-saving is starting to get old—even staying in the real world long enough to take a math test would be a dream come true! And when you throw in bloodthirsty unicorns, a psychotic clown, and the most insanely useless gnome sidekick ever, Jenny decides that enough is enough. She’s leaving this adventuring business behind, and she’s not looking back. Or… is she?

This hilarious story puts a cynical spin on the happily-ever-after realm, and introduces a feisty new heroine that young readers are sure to fall in love with. And the falling in love has started big-time over at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, where Rebecca Frazer has just purchased the first book in the series!

MY UN-FAIRY TALE LIFE will be heading out into the world in the Fall of 2011. Congratulations to Anna—and I have a feeling it’s just the start of much terrific good news yet to come!


Welcome to our latest new arrivals from EMLA authors, both hitting shelves July 6:

Dear Anjali, middle-grade novel, by Melissa Glenn Haber

Too Pickley!, picture book companion to Too Purpley!, by Jean Reidy

Too Pickley cover

As always, we wish these books into readers' hearts!