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September 2011
The False Prince

The False Prince
Jennifer A. Nielsen

It can safely be said that there is a lot going on in the world of Jennifer A. Nielsen. Last month saw the release of the second book in her Underworld Chronicles series, ELLIOT AND THE PIXIE PLOT, which Kirkus called “a quickly addictive page-turner,“ and the third and last installment, ELLIOT AND THE LAST UNDERWORLD WAR, is coming out in February 2012.
Jen is also the author of a brand-new series from Scholastic, which will kick off in April 2012 with THE FALSE PRINCE. This title has been seeing a lot of buzz over the past few months, including this week’s call-out as the Children’s Book Council’s pick of the week. (Now we should all take a moment to pause and admire the gorgeous and newly-unveiled cover. Oooh!)
And there’s more! After much skillful behind-the-scenes negotiations, we are thrilled to announce that the film rights to THE FALSE PRINCE were optioned by Scholastic Entertainment, via Eddie Gamarra at The Gotham Group. Congratulations to Jen, Eddie, and the terrific team at Scholastic Press.—And here’s to many more exciting things up ahead!


When Kersten Hamilton reached out to me about representation, it had a touch of kismet about it, as I was right in the middle of reading her debut novel, TYGER TYGER, and loving it. (It is the first book of the Goblin Wars series—the second, IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT, will be out in November—and her first foray into YA fiction after many successful picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade books.) It also felt like kismet that the project she came to me with, that was ready to go out to editors, was right up my alley: a light steampunk chapter book set on the eve of the (fictional) Great Mesmer War of 1901, featuring a boy inventor, President Teddy Roosevelt, evil hypnotists, robots, a lightning harvester, and a dashingly brave and loyal dachsund named Noodles (who is the anchor and narrator of the whole thing). Exactly the kind of thing reluctant boy readers will gobble up—and girls will love it, too!

So I am very pleased to announce that Kersten's editor for the Goblin Wars books, Lynne Polvino of Clarion, has just acquired THE MESMER MENACE. Kersten and Lynne are a great match, and I am happy to be a part of their work. Congratulations, Kersten!


One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street

One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street
Joanne Rocklin

A star for Joanne Rocklin's ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET (Abrams, 2011) from Library Media Connection:

"This charming story takes places within the course of one day and the following morning. The setting is an empty lot with a beautiful Valencia orange tree in the middle of a Los Angeles neighborhood. We read about the children who come to play in the lot and the treasures buried underneath the tree, and meet the elderly neighbor, Ms. Snoops, who makes it her business to know everyone's business. The characters are brought to life as the author shows us their strengths and weaknesses. There's Bonita, who worries about her mother traveling by airplane; Robert, who desperately wants to be accepted by the neighborhood kids; Leandra, jealous of the new baby her parents are expecting; and Ali, who worries about her baby brother Edgar. As the story unfolds, an orange cone appears on the lot, a mysterious stranger in a green car raises questions, and a beautiful tale starts to emerge told through the eyes of the children, Ms. Snoops, the stranger, and even the tree. Readers will be delighted with the author's talent for showing how everyone is somehow connected."—starred review

Congratulations, Joanne!


Ah fall! School supplies, crisp weather, and the busier season of life, and yet, while you're at the bookstores picking up textbooks, check out the three new books by EMLA clients: 

Water Balloon by Audrey Vernick, a middle grade novel about friendship and the lessons we learn, published by Clarion at HMH. 

Nowhere Girl by A.J. Paquette, a middle grade novel about family ties that stretch over oceans, published by Walker/Bloomsbury. 

Going Underground by Susan Vaught, a young adult novel about regret, starting over, and life, published by Bloomsbury. 

We wish these books into readers' hearts!