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September 2015
A Lucky Author Has a Dog

A Lucky Author Has a Dog
Mary Lyn Ray

We're celebrating two new releases at EMLA today - Mary Lyn Ray's A LUCKY AUTHOR HAS A DOG and Jenny McKissack's SANCTUARY are available now - please help us welcome them into the world! Huge congratulations, Mary Lyn and Jenny! We're so excited for readers to get their hands on these!

The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition

The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition
Chris Barton

Yep, it's that time again—time to announce a new Chris Barton book deal! This time, the man praised recently for his "evocative turns of phrase" (PW, starred review, THE NUTCRACKER COMES TO AMERICA) has applied his picture book bio expertise to Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan in WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A VOICE LIKE THAT? Editor extraordinaire Andrea Welch of Beach Lane has matched his text with illustrator Ekua Holmes, who is getting tons of buzz for her debut illustrated picture book, VOICE OF FREEDOM: FANNIE LOU HAMER, for which she won a Silver Medal in the 2015 Society of Illustrators Original Art exhibition. (Fun fact: she also created the Google doodle for MLK Day this year!)

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A VOICE LIKE THAT? is scheduled to publish in fall 2018.

Congratulations, Chris!

—Erin

It's that time again—one of our very favorite times at EMLA: Announcing a first book deal for a debut author!

Andrea Wang had a thrill earlier this year when she was announced as one of just two runners-up for Lee & Low's New Visions Award, and since just after that, she's been sitting on another piece of good news: The sale of her picture book text, THE NIAN MONSTER, to Albert Whitman. At last we are able to announce, as an illustrator has been secured—and what an illustrator! We're so thrilled that Andrea's editor, Kristin Zelazko, has signed Alina Chau to do the art. Alina's illustrations for another EMLA author's picture book, Nancy Tupper Ling's DOUBLE HAPPINESS, are glowing.

THE NIAN MONSTER is the retelling of of a Chinese legend, in which a little girl saves Shanghai's New Year's celebration with her culinary skills and wits. Andrea won't have to wait long to hold her book in her hands—it's scheduled to release in just a year, for fall 2016!

Huge, huge congratulations, Andrea!

—Erin

Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat

Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat
Deborah Underwood

That rascally Cat! Deborah Underwood's fictional feline has taken on the Easter Bunny, Santa, and the Tooth Fairy, and even made a new friend for Valentine's Day—and now he's got a whole new challenge ahead of him: The classroom! That's right, Cat is headed for school.

The inimitable Jess Garrison of Dial has just acquired this fifth book of the series, with Claudia Rueda bringing her talents to the illustrations again. What a team!

This series just keeps plowing along, with HERE COMES EASTER CAT having a shiny "New York Times Bestseller" designation and the others garnering love from all corners. Congratulations, Deborah!

—Erin

Sharing the Bread: An Old-fashioned Thanksgiving Story

Sharing the Bread: An Old-fashioned Thanksgiving Story
Pat Zietlow Miller

We're thrilled to celebrate the release of Pat Zietlow Miller's SHARING THE BREAD: AN OLD-FASHIONED THANKSGIVING STORY! Please join us in welcoming this lovely book into the world - congratulations, Pat!

The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition

The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition
Chris Barton

Publishers Weekly gave Chris Barton's THE NUTCRACKER COMES TO AMERICA a starred review! We couldn't agree more about the "evocative turns of phrase" and "year-round appeal" - congratulations, Chris!

Although Donna Janell Bowman has published several books for the institutional market, she's still on the path to being a debut trade children's author—and things are lining up beautifully. Her debut picture book, STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS, will publish with Lee & Low next year—and she even just won the 2015 Book Launch Award from SCBWI to help promote it! Her second picture book deal, EN GARDE! ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S DUELING WORDS, was announced in January of last year, and now we're so pleased to announce that her third picture book deal is done, too! (Three picture books under contract, none published yet: Talk about getting ready to launch big-time!)

Donna's KING OF THE TIGHTROPE: WHEN THE GREAT BLONDIN RULED NIAGARA will be illustrated by SNOW DAY! illustrator Adam Gustavson and published by Kathy Landwehr at Peachtree, who is also publishing EN GARDE.

This story has a small twist: KING OF THE TIGHTROPE is scheduled to publish in spring 2017, whereas EN GARDE, with S. D. Schindler illustrating, will publish a year later.

Congratulations, Donna!

—Erin

The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB

The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB
Adam Shaughnessy

We're celebrating two EMLA releases today! Congratulations to THE ENTIRELY TRUE STORY OF THE UNBELIEVABLE FIB by Adam Shaughnessy and A Nearer Moon by MELANIE CROWDER! Plus - the paperback of e.E. Charlton-Trujillo's FAT ANGIE is out today. Please help us welcome these wonderful books into the world!

The Story I

The Story I'll Tell
Nancy Tupper Ling

Nancy Tupper Ling's THE STORY I'LL TELL received a wonderful starred review from Publishers Weekly! "Laced with Chinese-flavored splendor throughout, Lanan's spreads match Ling's romance with pools of moonlight, banks of clouds, and ghosts of zodiac figures. It's an unabashed love letter, one that many families will treasure."

Goodnight, Good Dog

Goodnight, Good Dog
Mary Lyn Ray

Publishers Weekly has given GOODNIGHT, GOOD DOG by Mary Lyn Ray its second starred review! "Ray, who prose was so captivating in Stars, again proves herself a gifted writer, capable of highly distilled poetic prose that's beautifully accessible and allusive..." Congratulations, Mary Lyn!

House Arrest

House Arrest
K.A. Holt

Kari Anne Holt Has Got a Home for a GNOME!

One thing you can definitely say about superstar author K.A. Holt: She's got versatility! From space-bound chapter books to zombie novels in haiku, to her most recent widely celebrated MG novels in verse, HOUSE ARREST and RHYME SCHEMER, there is always something new and exciting up her sleeve.

Today I'm excited to turn the spotlight in yet another direction, with Kari's newest book sale. Here's the official sale blurb:

Karen Wojtyla at McElderry Books has acquired author of House Arrest and Rhyme Schemer K.A. Holt's middle-grade novel, Gnomeageddon, about a boy who discovers that his favorite book series is not nearly as fictional as he'd imagined—and the heroes and villains don't entirely follow the script, either. Publication is set for fall 2017.

If I may add a further personal note: While Kari and I have sold three other books in the four years we've been working together, an early portion of GNOMEAGEDDON was actually the very first thing of hers that I read, back when she first queried me with her work. This knock-your-socks off premise and larger-than-life characters were a huge win in my book, and I know they're going to take the world by storm, too.

Look out for this one, folks: It's one not to miss!

Huge congrats to Kari!

--Joan

The Lightning Queen

The Lightning Queen
Laura Resau

THE LIGHTNING QUEEN by Laura Resau has received its SECOND starred review - this time from School Library Journal! Congratulations, Laura!

If books were written in black and white, The Lightning Queen would be written in color. Esma, a young Romani girl, meets Teo, a young Mixteco living on the Hill of Dust in the mountains of Mexico, when her traveling caravan makes a stop in Teo's small village. The Romani bring with them the magic of cinema films, and after the loss of Teo's father and sister, Esma gives him a reason to feel alive again. When Esma's grandmother, the Mistress of Destiny, reveals Teo's true fortune—that he and Esma will be lifelong friends and will save each other—Esma and Teo work hard to make sure their fortune comes true. Esma gives Teo the courage to save others and ultimately helps him to save himself. In return, Teo lifts Esma up just when she believes that her own dream is an impossibility. Esma and Teo go their separate ways; she becomes a shining star admired by the world, while he becomes a healer like his grandfather—and it is not until they are both in old age that they meet again. With the help of Teo's grandson Mateo and Esma's granddaughter Ruby, Teo and Esma rekindle their lifelong friendship. Like surviving a lightning strike, this book is rare and incredible. VERDICT The diverse characters, heartbreaking events, and historical and present-day backdrops are excellently executed. Highly recommended.–Selenia Paz, Helen Hall Library, League City, TX

The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition

The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition
Chris Barton

We have three EMLA clients celebrating releases today - Chris Barton's THE NUTCRACKER COMES TO AMERICA, Ruth McNally Barshaw's LEOPOLD THE LION, and Nancy Raines Day WHAT IN THE WORLD? Please join us in congratulating these amazing authors and illustrators!