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August 2012

While of course everybody knows the Newbery and Caldecott, there are many, many awards that are bestowed on children's books, and every one helps get books into the hands of more children. The accumulation of notices helps each book find its way. Congratulations to our many books and authors whose books have been recognized in many ways!

PALACE BEAUTIFUL, by Sarah Williams, is a nominee for the 2012-2013 Missouri Association of School Librarians Mark Twain Award. The winner won't be announced until 2013, but you can read more about it here

BLACK RADISHES, by Susan Meyer, is on the 2013 Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award short list. The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools.

CROSSWIRE, by Dotti Enderle, has been nominated to the Young Hoosier Book Award children's choice award list. Selections for the master list will be announced in November.

STAR IN THE FOREST, by Laura Resau, has been added to the 2013 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Master List for grades 3-5.

THE UNFORGETTABLE SEASON, by Phil Bildner, has been nominated for a 2012-2013 Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award in the Grades 3-6 category.

WATER BALLOON, by Audrey Vernick, is on the master list for Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award.

STARCROSSED, by Elizabeth Bunce, has been nominated for the South Carolina state Young Adult Book Award for 2012-2013. Plus, her LIAR'S MOON is a 2012 Kansas Notable Book from the Kansas Center for the Book. This is Elizabeth's third Kansas Notable designation, putting her in a very elite league of writers!

NATHANIEL FLUDD: FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, by R.L. LaFevers, is to be considered for the 2013 Nevada Young Readers' Award in the Young Reader category.

WE'VE GOT A JOB, by Cynthia Levinson, is on the list of nominations-so-far for the ALSC Notables.

FLYING THE DRAGON, by Natalie Dias Lorenzi, is on the summer 2012 Indie Next List.

THE QUEEN OF WATER, by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango, got a Skipping Stones Honor Award (for outstanding multicultural/international books). 

SHARK VS. TRAIN, by Chris Barton:

  • won the Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice award.
  • was selected by the children of Colorado as the outstanding picture book of 2012.

THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS, by Chris Barton:

  • has been nominated for the 2013 Bluestem Award sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association. Illinois students will vote for their favorite in March 2013.
  • won the 2012 Children's Crown Award.

HIDE AND SEEK, by Katy Grant:

  • has been selected for the 2012-2013 Sunshine State Young Readers Award master list for grades 6-8!  This is a great reading list with good participation throughout the state of Florida.
  • is also on the Prairie Pasque master list (although the 2012-2013 list hasn't posted yet).

THE HALLELUJAH FLIGHT, by Phil Bildner:

  • was named to the Arkansas State Reading List -- The Arkansas Diamond Primary Award.
  • has been nominated for the 2012-13 Camellia Award (Alabama's State Reading Award) in the Grades 2-3 Category. The Alabama Camellia Award is given annually by the Alabama State Department of Education. For more information, visit here.

STARS, by Mary Lyn Ray:

  • is on the 2012 Texas 2x2 Reading List (for ages 2 to grade 2). For more information about this reading list and to see the full list of titles announced, visit here.
  • won as Honor Book Recipient for the E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Award at the Indie Choice Awards.

DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, by C. J. Omololu:

  • was nominated for the Arkansas Teen Book Award.
  • has been named to the ELIOT ROSEWATER LIST in Indiana.  Here is a full list of nominees.
  • was selected as one of the books for the Spartenburg Reads program in South Carolina, so 500 kids have been reading it over the summer.
  • has been added to the master list for the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award 2012-2013.

WORDS IN THE DUST, by Trent Reedy:

  • has been named a 2012 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. The Notable Trade Books for Young People list is published each year as an insert to the May/June issue of Social Education.
  • is one of twenty nominees up for the Georgia state Book Award for Middle-Grade. The final list of 20 nominees are selected by a committee of teachers and media specialists. In March 2013, students across the state will vote on which books they think should win for the individual categories. The winners and will be announced in April 2013. 
  • has been named to the Kansas Reading Circle list of the best children's books of last year. Since 1926 KNEA has published a list of books by reading level as a service for school librarians and classroom teachers.
  • has been named a Highly Commended Book in the Southeast Asian Book Awards.
  • has been named the sole Honor Book in the Fiction category for the SCBWI's annual Golden Kite Awards. The winner in the category was Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys.

THE FALSE PRINCE, by Jennifer A. Nielsen:

ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET, by Joanne Rocklin:

  • won the California Book Award in the juvenile categoryis the Mid-Grade Book of the Year for the NCIBA.
  • has been selected by the California Library Association to receive its prestigious Beatty Award. The award will be given during the annual California Library Association conference that will be held in San José, CA, November 2-4, 2012.

Liz Garton Scanlon, author of ALL THE WORLD, NOODLE AND LOU, and THINK BIG, is being honored by the Austin Public Library with an Illumine Award for her contributions to literacy.

Chris Barton is one of six authors chosen for the Spirit of Texas Reading Program, Middle School division, by the Texas Library Association.

Jennifer Ziegler is one of six authors chosen for the Spirit of Texas Reading Program, high school division, by the Texas Library Association.

Additionally, EMLA is proud to have multiple titles receive the following recognition:

The Colorado Book Award for 2012: THE QUEEN OF WATER, by Laura Resau and Maria-Virginia Farinango, was a finalist and LIGHT UP THE NIGHT, by Jean Reidy, won the award for children's literature!

The Bank Street College of Education's list of 2012 Best Books of the Year included FALLING FOR HAMLET, by Michelle Ray, NOODLE AND LOU, by Liz Garton Scanlon, STARS, by Mary Lyn Ray, TEACH YOUR BUFFALO TO PLAY DRUMS, by Audrey Vernick, THE UNFORGETTABLE SEASON, by Phil Bildner, THE GREAT MIGRATION, illustrated by Jan Spivey GilchristTHE QUEEN OF WATER, by Laura Resau and Maria-Virginia Farinango,  WORDS IN THE DUST, by Trent Reedy, and FALLING FOR HAMLET, by Michelle Ray.

The Indie Next picks for spring 2012 included THE FALSE PRINCE, by Jennifer A. Nielsen, and GRAVE MERCY, by Robin L. LaFevers, both in the top ten.

The Indie Next picks for summer 2012 included FLYING THE DRAGON, by Natalie Lorenzi, and THE WICKED AND THE JUST, by J. Anderson Coats.

The 2011 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Adult Top Forty or so titles list included ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET, by Joanne Rocklin, and CAN I SEE YOUR ID?: TRUE STORIES OF FALSE IDENTITIES, by Chris Barton.

Parents' Choice Gold Awards went to THE FIVE LIVES OF OUR CAT ZOOK, by Joanne Rocklin, and WE'VE GOT A JOB, by Cynthia Levinson.

BookPage's top 10 summer reading list included GRAVE MERCY, by Robin L. LaFevers, and THE FALSE PRINCE, by Jennifer A. Nielsen.

The SoCal Independent Booksellers nominated GRAVE MERCY, by Robin L. LaFevers and STARS, by Mary Lyn Ray, for their 2012 Book Awards.

CCBC Choices 2012, the annual best-of-the-year list of the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), included ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING, by Joanne Rocklin, DIEGO RIVERA: HIS WORLD AND OURS, by Duncan Tonatiuh, STARS, by Mary Lyn Ray, and WORDS IN THE DUST, by Trent Reedy. A complete list of the Choices 2012 titles is available here.

YALSA's current nomination list for Best Fiction for Young Adults includes GRAVE MERCY, by Robin L. LaFevers and THE FALSE PRINCE, by Jennifer A. Nielsen.

The 2012 ABC Best Books for Children catalog included Jean Reidy's TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS; Deborah Underwood's THE CHRISTMAS QUIET BOOK; Robin LaFevers's GRAVE MERCY; Lynda Mullaly Hunt's ONE FOR THE MURPHYS; Jennnifer A. Nielsen's THE FALSE PRINCE; and Mary Lyn Ray's STARS.

The new ALA-Children's Book Council's Summer Reading List published on OPRAH.COM included Mary Lyn Ray's STARS, Deborah Underwood's THE QUIET BOOK, Elizabeth C. Bunce's STARCROSSED, and Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango's THE QUEEN OF WATER.

The influential awards from the Texas Library Association have not yet been announced for 2013, but we're very pleased to have the following books on the following discussion lists:

Bluebonnet (3rd through 6th grade)—ONE FOR THE MURPHYS, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, THE FALSE PRINCE, by Jennifer A. Nielsen, and THE FIVE LIVES OF OUR CAT ZOOK, by Joanne Rocklin.

Lone Star (6th through 8th grade)—THE FALSE PRINCE, by Jennifer A. Nielsen and ONE FOR THE MURPHYS by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

TAYSHAS (high school)—GRAVE MERCY, by Robin LaFevers.

Congratulations to all!

—Erin and Joan

Today we've got the latest Rights Round-Up for EMLA authors. We are so thankful to our co-agency, Rights People, for all of their hard work on our clients' behalf! With a nod to the responsible individual team member, here are the titles they have placed with foreign publishers since our last round-up.

C.J. Omololu's TRANSCENDENCE and its sequel to Cecilie Dressler Verlag in Germany, by Alexandra Devlin at Rights People on behalf of Erin Murphy.

Audrey Vernick's WATER BALLOON, to Eli Toresen at Stabenfeldt in Australia, by Alex Webb at Rights People on behalf of Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Russian rights to Robin LaFevers's His Fair Assassin trilogy, to Azbooka-Atticus, by Olga Baykova at The Van Lear Agency and Allison Hellegers at Rights People on behalf of Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Robin LaFevers's His Fair Assassin trilogy, starting with GRAVE MERCY, to Dogan Egmont in Turkey, thanks to Allison Hellegers at Rights People.

EMLA's first deal in Hungary, thanks to Rachel Richardson at Rights People, for Robin LaFevers's His Fair Assassin trilogy, to Maxim.

Thanks, too, to the sub rights teams at the following U.S. publishers for placing EMLA books with foreign houses:

NERVE, by Jeanne Ryan, to Verlagsgruppe for German rights; to Walkers Cultural Enterprises, Ltd. in Taiwan for paperback Chinese Complex rights; to AST Release Holdings Ltd. for Russian rights; to Altin, for Turkish rights; to Unieboek, for Dutch rights; and to Editions Robert Laffont, for French rights—a total of 6 territories, all thanks to the subsidiary rights team at Penguin.

SHATTERED SOULS, by Mary Lindsey, to Pegasus Yayincilik Tic. San. Ltd. for Turkish rights, and to Ufuk Press for Indonesian rights, thanks to the terrific subrights team at Penguin—for a total of 6 territories, counting previous translation sales!

The Nathaniel Fludd series, by R. L. LaFevers, to Exmo for Russian translation rights, thanks to the sub rights team at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

ELLIE MCDOODLE: NEW KID IN SCHOOL, by Ruth McNally Barshaw, to Flammarion (Pere Castor) for French language rights, thanks to the sub rights team at Bloomsbury.

THE FALSE PRINCE, by Jennifer A. Nielsen:

  • to La Galera for Catalan rights,
  • to Bayard for French rights
  • to Egmont for Polish rights
  • to Verus to Portuguese (Brazilian) rights
  • to AST Astrel for Russian rights
  • to Santillana for Spanish rights
  • to Nanmee for Thai rights
  • to Scholastic UK, which also distributes their edition in Australia and New Zealand, all thanks to the Scholastic subsidiary rights team!

A GHOST IN THE HOUSE, by A.J. Paquette, to Walker UK, thanks to the good folks at Candlewick!

Thanks, too, to the sub rights teams at the following U.S. publishers for these additional deals!:

WE'VE GOT A JOB, by Cynthia Levinson, is a Junior Library Guild selection, with extra thanks to the folks at Peachtree.

IF ALL THE ANIMALS CAME INSIDE, by Eric Pinder, to Children's Book-of-the-Month Club as a Main Selection for ages 2-4, thanks to the Little, Brown subrights team.

MAYBELLE AND THE HAUNTED CUPCAKE, by Katie Speck, to Junior Library Guild thanks to the team at Macmillan Children's.

STAR IN THE FOREST, by Laura Resau, to Scholastic Book Clubs and Book Fairs, thanks to the good folks of Random House.

ONE FOR THE MURPHYS, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, to Scholastic Book Clubs, thanks to the Penguin team.

THINK BIG, by Liz Garton Scanlon, to Scholastic Book Clubs, thanks to the sub rights team at Bloomsbury.

TRACING STARS, by Erin E. Moulton, to Scholastic Book Clubs and Book Fairs, thanks to the Penguin team.

We're always happy to share news of these deals, because they mean more books in the hands of more children. Congratulations, all!

—Erin and Joan

Are you a fan of Erin Moulton's heart-warming, character-rich middle-grade novels? Have you read FLUTTER (Philomel, 2011), and TRACING STARS (Philomel, 2012), and are begging for more? Well, I am here today to tell you: There will be more!

In the style of her first two published novels, Erin has just accepted a publication offer for her latest book, as yet untitled, which involves a young character grappling with her grandmother's failing health, the need to take care of her younger sister, and the overhanging specter of her family's dubious history in her small-town home. Yet another dynamic book in the making, and it will be coming your way from Philomel in 2014.

But that's not all!—In a departure from her usual style, Erin's fourth book will be an action-packed YA adventure, steeped in history but set in the present day, about a seventeen-year-old girl who gets inducted into a secret society dating all the way back to Minoan times, only to become embroiled in something bigger and darker than she could ever have imagined. I've had a peek at this storyline, and it will knock your socks off!

Both books were signed on by Erin's fabulous editor, Jill Santopolo at Philomel, and will be coming soon to a bookshelf near you.

Many congratulations, Erin!

—Joan

This summer has been a hopping time for Carol Brendler, whose first novel deal was announced just over a month ago. Now it's time for her picture book writing skills to step into the spotlight. NOT VERY SCARY tells the story of young monster Melly, who receives an invitation to her cousin Malberta's house. To get there, however, she has to walk through a forest packed with some very creepy creatures. But it's not a very scary forest... or is it?

Right from the start I fell in love with Carol's wordplay and the way her language zings across the page. This is going to be a terrific read-aloud tale, and I can't wait until everyone can enjoy it as I have.

NOT VERY SCARY was bought by Janine O'Malley at Farrar, Straus & Giroux (who also published Carol's first picture book, WINNIE FINN, WORM FARMER).


Congratulations, Carol!

—Joan

Happy August from EMLA! Ready for back to school? Get inspired to learn and have fun with two new books—a chapter book and a debut novel—out this month from two of our fabulous authors.

Katerina's Wish by Jeannie Mobley is a warm and gently humorous story of a girl whose determination is as inspiring as her dreams, published by Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake by Katie Speck (illustrated by Paul Ratz de Tagyos)—Maybelle the cockroach is back with more hinjinks, and this time, an ant with a head cold has decided Maybelle is her queen, published by Henry Holt/Macmillan.

We wish these books into readers' hearts!

—Erin