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December 2015

Happy holidays to all of our clients and collegues! We hope you all the very best holiday season and a happy New Year! EMLA will be closed until 1/4, but we look forward to seeing you all in 2016!

There's a lot to celebrate this week, including a new deal for Carrie Clickard! Check out the announcement in Publishers Weekly below - doesn't it sound incredible? Look for it in Spring 2017! Congratulations, Carrie!

Sylvie Frank at S&S's Paula Wiseman Books has bought an untitled picture book biography by Carrie Clickard (l.). The story, told in verse, is about a culinary icon who emigrated to the United States and changed the food landscape; debut artist Katy Wu will illustrate. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author and Jennifer Mattson at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.

The Lightning Queen

The Lightning Queen
Laura Resau

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books has given Laura Resau's THE LIGHTNING QUEEN its fourth starred review! "[T]his is a poignant, lovely work that weaves humor, heartbreak, and whimsy into a narrative spell that will surely capture readers' hearts." Huge congratulations, Laura - we couldn't agree more!

Here Comes Valentine Cat

Here Comes Valentine Cat
Deborah Underwood

Today is the day - Cat is back in business. Curious what he's up to now? You can find out in Deborah Underwood's HERE COMES VALENTINE CAT, available today! Please join us in celebrating Deborah and her newest release!

A Night Divided

A Night Divided
Jennifer A. Nielsen

SLJ gave the audiobook of A NIGHT DIVIDED by Jennifer A. Nielsen a starred review! "This excellent work of historical fiction is suspenseful, realistic, and enthralling." Congratulations, Jennifer!

The Story I

The Story I'll Tell
Nancy Tupper Ling

Nancy Tupper Ling's THE STORY I'LL TELL received another starred review! Booklist called it "a comforting resource to parents and children alike." Congratulations, Nancy! We couldn't be more thrilled for you.

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Team

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Team
Audrey Vernick

No, you are not experiencing deja vu: It's two Audrey Vernick book deal announcements in two consecutive weeks! Last week we mentioned that Audrey has twenty books published or under contract, and today we are pleased to share details about one of those, which we couldn't announce until an illustrator was secured.

Those of you who know Audrey and her books know that she has a thing for baseball. Some of her most successful projects are picture book biographies of people associated with the sport. We're so pleased that her latest subject is Max Patkin, a professional ballplayer turned baseball clown (whom I personally remember from BULL DURHAM). Audrey will publish this latest book, A CLOWN WALKED INTO A BALLPARK, with Jennifer Greene at Clarion, who also coached BROTHERS AT BAT and the forthcoming KID FROM DIAMOND STREET to publication (as well as many of Audrey's non-baseball-related books). Jennifer has signed up the wonderful Jenn Bower to illustrate, and her comedic touch should be perfect for this one!

Huge congratulations once again, Audrey!


We're so proud of our EMLA authors and the incredible books they write! Here are a few awards some of our authors have received over the past year:

For Chris Barton:

For Jennifer Chambliss Bertman:

For Elizabeth Bluemle

For Melanie Crowder:

For Tara Dairman:

For Clare Dunkle and Elena Dunkle:

For Corinne Duyvis:

For Jill Esbaum:

For Amy Finnegan:

For K.A. Holt:

For Lynda Mullaly Hunt:

For Penny Parker Klostermann:

For Robin LaFevers:

For Nancy Tupper Ling:

For Susan Lynn Meyer:

For Pat Zietlow Miller:

For Peter Millett:

For Jeannie Mobley:

For Jennifer A. Nielsen:

For A. J. Paquette:

For Trent Reedy:

For Laura Resau:

For Joanne Rocklin

For Adam Shaughnessy:

For Anna Staniszewski:

For Tamara Ellis Smith:

For Laurie Ann Thompson:

For Deborah Underwood:

For Susan Vaught:

For Audrey Vernick:

For Conrad Wesselhoeft:

For Dana Walrath:

We love seeing EMLA books make their way out in the world! Here's some of the sub-rights deals we've been celebrating this year:

Kevan Attebery

We're so thrilled that BUNNIES!!! has been aquired by Polish publisher, Wydawnictwo CzyTam, via Rights People.

Chris Barton

THAT'S NOT BUNNY! is a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection!

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Korean publisher Sang-Sang-Eui-Him Publishing Company has acquired the rights to BOOK SCAVENGER, THE UNBREAKABLE CODE, and an as-of-yet untitled third book in the series, thanks to Macmillan. The trilogy has also sold to German publisher Mixtvision.

BOOK SCAVENGER is also a Junior Library Guild selection!

Phil Bildner

MARVELOUS CORNELIUS will be available in Korea. Sanha Publishing has licensed the rights, via Chronicle.

MARVELOUS CORNELIUS is also a 2015 Junior Library Guild selection!

Mark Crilley

Italian publisher Antonio Vallardi Editore s.u.r.l. acquired the rights to THE REALISM CHALLENGE, via Random House.

Melanie Crowder

Scholastic has licensed AUDACITY for their April Teen Club!

Tara Dairman

Ideal Audio Books has acquired the rights to all three books in the All Four Stars series - ALL FOUR STARS, THE STARS OF SUMMER, and STARS SO SWEET, via Penguin.

Clare Dunkle and Elena Dunkle

ELENA VANISHING is a 2015 Junior Library Guild selection!

Corinne Duyvis

Turkish rights to ON THE EDGE OF GONE have been sold to Yabanchi, via Rights People.

Jill Esbaum

Sub rights to I AM COW, HEAR ME MOO have been sold in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao!

Amy Finnegan

German publisher Ravensberger has acquired the rights to publish NOT IN THE SCRIPT, via Bloomsbury.

Janet Fox

THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE is a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection!

Kersten Hamilton

YELLOW COPTER has been selected by the Scholastic Book Club, via Penguin.

Christine Hayes

MOTHMAN'S CURSE is a 2015 Jutnior Library Guild selection!

Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Beijing Yuanliu Classic Culture has licensed Chinese Simplified rights to FISH IN A TREE, via Nancy Paulsen Books.

Mylisa Larsen

The Korean publisher Neungyule Education Inchas acquired HOW TO PUT YOUR PARENTS TO BED, via Rights People.

Cynthia Levinson

We're thrilled that Japanese publisher Bunkeido Ltd has acquired the rights to WATCH OUT FOR FLYING KIDS, via Peachtree.

Pat Zietlow Miller

Clavis Uitgeverij licensed Dutch rights to WHEREVER YOU GO and Slovakian publisher Verbarium has acquired the rights to SOPHIE'S SQUASH.

Megan Morrison

GROUNDED has been acquired by Italian publisher G. Feltrinelli Editore, via Rights People.

Jennifer A. Nielsen

We're so thrilled that A NIGHT DIVIDED by Jennifer A. Nielsen has been sold to Italian publisher Giunti Editore, via Scholastic. Scholastic has also acquired the audio rights for A NIGHT DIVIDED.

Parker Peevyhouse

Blackstone Audio has purchased the rights to an audiobook of WHERE FUTURES END, which will be released simultaneously with the hardcover in February 2016!

Eric Pinder

HOW TO SHARE WITH A BEAR is a 2015 Junior Library Guild selection!

Trent Reedy

Trent Reedy's THE LAST FULL MEASURE will be available in audio book in summer 2016 from Scholastic Audio.

Laura Resau

Scholastic acquired the audio rights to THE LIGHTNING QUEEN.

Jeanne Ryan

Jeanne Ryan's NERVE is selling all over the place - Hungarian rights were bought by Gabo Kiado, Portuguese rights bought by Editorial Presença, Spanish Language rights by Penguin Random House, Serbian rights sold to Urban Reads, and UK/Australia rights were bought by Simon and Schuster UK!

French publisher Editions Robert Laffont has aquired the rights to Jeanne Ryan's CHARISMA, via Dial.

Liz Garton Scanlon

IN THE CANYON is a 2015 Junior Library Guild selection!

Lindsay Smith

Turkish publisher Pegasus Yayinlari has aquired the rights to publish DREAMSTRIDER, via Rights People.

Katie Speck

The Japanese publisher of MAYBELLE IN THE SOUP and MAYBELLE GOES TO TEA, Fukuikan, is back for the next two books, MAYBELLE AND THE HAUNTED CUPCAKE and MAYBELLE GOES TO SCHOO, via Macmillan.

Anna Staniszewski

EPIC FAIRY TALE FAIL and MY SORT OF FAIRY TALE ENDING have both been licensed by the Scholastic Book Clubs, via Sourcebooks.

Laurie Ann Thompson

EMMANUEL'S DREAM was selected as a FirstBook #StoriesForAll featured title!

Rights to MY DOG IS THE BEST sold in Japan, via Macmillan.

Deborah Underwood

Scholastic Book Club has licensed INTERSTELLAR CINDERELLA. Korean rights have also been sold to Awesome World Co. Ltd. and Spanish paperback rights have been licensed by Scholastic, all via Chronicle.

HERE COMES SANTA CAT is going to France! Editions Circonflexe has licensed the rights, via Dial.

HERE COMES THE TOOTH FAIRY CAT is a 2015 Junior Library Guild selection!

Audrey Vernick

THE KID FROM DIAMOND STREET is a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection - what wonderful news!

French publisher Editions du Genevrier has acquired the rights to publish FIRST GRADE DROPOUT, via Rights People.

FIRST GRADE DROPOUT is also a 2015 Junior Library Guild selection!

Jacob Sager Weinstein

Walker UK has acquired the rights to all three books in the The City of Secret Rivers series, thanks to the Rights People team.

We at EMLA would like to thank all of the sub rights teams involved and our own co-agency, Rights People, for all of their continued effort and support.

First Grade Dropout

First Grade Dropout
Audrey Vernick

Audrey Vernick's FIRST-GRADE DROPOUT, illustrated by the wonderful Matthew Cordell, has gotten some truly lovely attention, including a super-glowy review from The Boston Globe, which called it "a just right book," and lots of love from teachers. So it's no surprise that the protagonist will be promoted to second grade in SECOND GRADE HOLDOUT--or will he? He wanted to quit school altogether in the first book, thanks to an Embarrassing Incident. Now he's not sure he wants to leave the first grade.

SECOND GRADE HOLDOUT was just signed by Jennifer Greene, fantastic editor at Clarion, and is scheduled to release in fall 2017.

Audrey's contracted and published books now total TWENTY. Huge congratulations, Audrey!