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September 2013
Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself

Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself
Luke Reynolds

Out this month from Chicago Review Press, Luke Reynolds edits this awesome collection of advice from YA authors about living an authentic life as a teen.
Awesome!

We wish this book into readers' hearts!

—Joan

Something you might read a lot on agent wish lists is that they want to be "surprised." That is definitely true in my reading life—I'm quite a predictive reader, and nothing thrills me more than to be caught off-guard by something I read; to fall into a world so unexpected, so inventive and yet fabulously well-rendered that it feels at once fresh and completely familiar.

And this is exactly what happened with a fabulous manuscript by Parker Peevyhouse, FUTURES. Bringing to mind a mash-up of Jennifer Egan's Visit from the Goon Squad and Lev Grossman's The Magicians, this collection of linked short stories begins in our present-day world and spirals out from there into... well, the future. Centered around the premise of overlapping universes, playing with pop culture and media elements, and introducing a string of characters and worlds each more stunning than the next, this is a book like none other I've read.

Can you guess what I'm going to say next? Yes! Reader enthusiasm has been high, and I'm delighted to say that Parker Peevyhouse's FUTURES has just sold—at auction! It has found its perfect home with the illustrious Kathy Dawson, for her new Kathy Dawson Books imprint, with a tentative pub date of fall 2015.

Huge congratulations, Parker!

—Joan

All you avid booklovers might recall Nancy Tupper Ling's name from a deal early this year: THE DOUBLE HAPPINESS BOX, a gorgeous picture book which will be published by Chronicle in 2015. But wait! Now there's more good news to share: Today I'm delighted to announce a brand new book deal for the prolific and talented Nancy.

THE YIN-YANG SISTERS AND THE DRAGON FRIGHTFUL is a charming original fairy tale, told with heart and humor, about twin sisters Mai and Wei whose village has become encumbered by a very problematic dragon. Wei wants nothing more than to send that nasty old dragon packing. Mai... isn't so sure. What are two sisters to do?

This hilarious tale is going to make a stunning illustrated book, that's for sure!—And we couldn't be more thrilled that it has been bought by Susan Kochan at Putnam Books for Young Readers. Keep an eye out for those Yin-Yang Sisters in a bookstore soon!

Congratulations, Nancy!

—Joan

Penny Parker Klostermann's writing caught Erin's eye in 2012 and when Erin referred her on to me, she said, "This gal can write." And when I read Penny's texts, I had to agree! Not only can she write, she can rhyme, and her new editor is over the moon that she can also REVISE quickly, professionally, and the result is polished, polished, polished. (Not only is her editor, Maria Modugno, so excited about this text; she snapped it up almost the next day after I sent it to her. Talk about Penny's work getting results!)

I think that's what impressed me the most about Penny! She's absolutely committed to writing the best manuscripts she can. And when we all at the 2013 Big Sky retreat got to meet her in person (and hear DRAGON), we realized she is also so talented. What a manuscript! (Penny was polishing, changing a word here and there after reading!)

It was so fun to call Penny with the news in July that we had an editor in LOVE, and then to again call in August to deliver official news of a deal! And last week, just before the announcement, they signed an illustrator for DRAGON!

Stay tuned for THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON, on shelves in Fall 2015, illustrated by rising UK artist Ben Mantle!

From PW Children's Bookshelf on Thursday (9/12/11):

Maria Modugno at Random House has acquired world rights to There Was an Old Dragon, a debut picture book by Penny Parker Klostermann, illustrated by Ben Mantle. It's the tale of a ravenous dragon who swallows more than his belly can hold. Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary represented the author; Kirsten Hall at Bright Group International represented the illustrator.

Congratulations, Penny!

—Tricia

Falling for Hamlet

Falling for Hamlet

Yes, folks—the news is out! As you might imagine, this deal has been brewing for a good LONG time, but I am so excited today to be able to whip aside the veil and share the following exciting Publishers Lunch announcement:

Film rights to Michelle Ray's FALLING FOR HAMLET, to Lionsgate TV, for the projected series THE ROYALS, with Mark Schwahn as scriptwriter and Brian Robbins and Joe Davola producing, and with Elizabeth Hurley attached to star in the pilot, by Eddie Gamarra at The Gotham Group on behalf of Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Keep an eye out for THE ROYALS, which we hope will soon be heading to a TV near you.  (And if you haven't yet bought your copy of FALLING FOR HAMLET—what are you waiting for?!)

Congratulations, Michelle!

—Joan