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November 2011

Today is our first annual Awards Fall/Winter Round-Up for EMLA authors:

Two major industry publications so far have named three EMLA clients' books as  "best books" of the year:

  • EMLA client Deborah Underwood's THE LOUD BOOK, and THE QUEEN OF WATER by Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango, have been selected as “Best Books” for 2011 by School Library Journal (to be announced in the December 2011 issue)!
  • STARS by Mary Lyn Ray (illustrated by Marla Frazee) is a Booklist Editors' Choice for 2011.  The list will appear in the January 2012 issue.

DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS by C.J. Omololu was nominated for the 2011-2012 GA Peach Book Award for Teen Readers, the 2011-2012 Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award list, the Pennsylvania State Library Association YA Top 40 list, and the 2011-2012 Florida Teens Read list, and made the nominee list for the South Carolina Book Award.

THE QUEEN OF WATER by Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango has also been named to the 2012-2013 Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List. 

SHARK VS. TRAIN by Chris Barton is on the Young Hoosier (Indiana) Book Award nomination list for 2012-2013.

EMLA client Deborah Underwood's THE LOUD BOOK is one of the top ten Great Books for 2012 by the Canadian Toy Testing Council. This book is the companion to last year’s Governor General Literary Award finalist, also by Underwood, THE QUIET BOOK. THE QUIET BOOK was also featured in this fall’s edition of Real Simple Family, a special issue of Real Simple published every September (circ: 2 million) as part of the “Soon-to-Be Classic Kid’s Books” list.

ADIOS, NIRVANA by Conrad Wesselhoeft was nominated for the Pennsylvania State Library Association YA Top 40 list.
BLACK RADISHES by Susan Meyer was nominated for the Pennsylvania State Library Association YA Top 40 list and is on the “highly recommended” category list for young readers in the Boston Authors Club Awards list.

STAR CROSSED by Elizabeth C. Bunce has been selected as a 2011 Kansas Notable Book. The annual selection of 15 books reflecting Kansas cultural heritage features quality titles with wide public appeal that are either written by Kansans or features a Kansas-related topic.

WORDS IN THE DUST by Trent Reedy was named to the 2011 ABC New Voices Project extended list, which highlights new YA and Middle Reader authors.  The full list of 2011 New Voices titles was announced in the August 25th edition of Bookselling This Week.

The following EMLA clients were named to the University of Tennessee Best of the Best So Far 2011 list:

THE LOUD BOOK, Deborah Underwood
ADIOS, NIRVANA, Conrad Wesselhoeft
THE QUEEN OF WATER, Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango
STAR CROSSED, Elizabeth C. Bunce
CAN I SEE YOUR I.D.?, Chris Barton

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN ARIZONA by Jennifer J. Stewart won the Glyph Award given by the Arizona Book Publishing Association in the "best children's fiction" category.

NATHANIEL FLUDD, BEASTOLOGIST: FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX by R. L. LaFevers made the Sunshine State Readers Award list.

The 2012 YALSA BFYA nomination list has closed, and EMLA has three books on it:

LIAR'S MOON, Elizabeth C. Bunce
THE QUEEN OF WATERLaura Resau and María Virginia Farinango 

Congratulations to all!

—Erin and Joan

As we tuck into the U.S. tradition of gathering with loved ones to give thanks and take a long weekend away from work, we at EMLA want to express our gratitude to our clients, our colleagues in the agenting and editing communities, and most of all, the parents and teachers and librarians and booksellers who put books into children’s hands and nurture a passion for reading. And thank you to the children themselves, of course, too; they are the reason we do what we do, and thus the reason we all get to enjoy this wonderful business of ours.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!



Debuting at #10 on the New York Times best sellers list!

STARS, by Mary Lyn Ray. Illustrated by Marla Frazee. (Beach Lane, $16.99.) Here, a star takes many forms — in the night, as a snowflake or in the wilds of a young imagination. (Ages 2 to 6)

Congratulations, Mary Lyn!


Now that we're already into winter (snow here, there, and everywhere!), how about a few long-awaited books to help you (and your favorite kids) stay warm indoors!

Grandma is an Author by Melissa Conroy, a fun picture book about writing at every age, published by Blue Apple Books. 

My Very UnFairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewksi, a fun middle grade about fairy tales coming true and the havoc they cause, published by Jabberywocky/Sourcebooks. 

Liar's Moon by Elizabeth C. Bunce, the sequel to STARCROSSED that we've all been waiting for. Digger's back! Published by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic.

We wish these books into readers' hearts!