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June 2016

If you had to pick one word to describe Jennifer Nielsen, an excellent choice would be: Tireless. A multiple New York Times bestseller (both for The False Prince and The Mark of the Thief series), she has published 10 books in the last 6 years, and her books are beloved by legions of readers.

Today, I'm thrilled to announce a brand NEW series, which promises to once again take our reading hearts by storm! Launching in spring 2018 with The Traitor's Game, this YA series follows a privileged girl as she is taken by rebel forces and forced to seek out the one item capable of bringing down her country—only to discover that nothing is quite as it seems and that there is much more at stake than she ever imagined.

The Traitor's Game was once again acquired by Lisa Sandell at Scholastic, and will be absolutely worth the wait. Mark your calendars now!—And meanwhile, stay tuned for Jen's next upcoming stand-alone fantasy-thriller, The Scourge, which will be zooming out to shelves everywhere August 30, 2016.

Huge congrats, Jen!

- Joan

At EMLA, we believe in mentoring and in lifting up our own, and so it is with great pleasure that I announce that Tara Gonzalez has been promoted to associate agent and has begun building her own list of clients! This brings the total number of agents at EMLA to four.

Tara has been working with us for over three years, first as intern and then as assistant to moi, and then she added duties as our social media coordinator and general agency assistant, as well. Before she came to EMLA she had interned with two other agencies, and during her time with us she graduated with her bachelor's degree and completed a master's degree, as well as working a second job as a freelance publicist. She will continue her additional agency duties as she begins her role as agent. (Yes, she's impressive! And also smart! And kind! And enthusiastic! And market-savvy!)

Tara will be following our standard EMLA submission policy, found here, where you also can read more about EMLA's newest agent. Welcome (further) aboard, Tara! Congratulations!



Sophie's Squash Go to School
Pat Zietlow Miller

We're celebrating the release of four wonderful books today - SOPHIE'S SQUASH GO TO SCHOOL by Pat Zietlow Miller​, THE TICK-TOCK MAN by Kersten Hamilton, MACARONS AT MIDNIGHT by Suzanne Nelson​, and the paperback of PRINCESS JUNIPER OF THE HOURGLASS by Ammi-Joan Paquette​! Congratulations to you all!


I mean, when you get right down to it, every one of Pat Zietlow Miller's picture books are remarkable. Am I right?! But this one is truly, exceptionally, undeniably REMARKABLE. As illustrated by the title: REMARKABLY YOU!

In true Pat fashion, this exciting new picture book is a blend of leap-off-the-tongue language, effortless effervescence, and tons of heart. The manuscript is a lyrical celebration of the individual—the special delights of being YOU. What could be better?

REMARKABLY YOU was acquired by Alexandra Cooper at HarperCollins Children's, who has already brought on board an amazing illustrator: the super talented Patrice Barton! Stay tuned for spring 2019, because this is going to be one amazing book.

Hooray and congrats to Pat and all!


Since its first publication four years ago, readers all across the country have been falling in love with J. Anderson Coats's unforgettable characters and the richly rendered world of medieval Wales, in her widely acclaimed YA debut The Wicked and the Just. Next year, she will be shifting her lens slightly with the publication of her MG historical debut The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming.

But J. Anderson Coats is never one for standing still. Now, her lens is shifting yet again, bringing to light another rich historical landscape: Only this time, it is an ever so slightly skewed, alternate history—painting a world that isn't quite real, however much it resembles our own in many ways.

The new MG novel is set in an occupied nation, and follows the daughter of known subversives as she is sent to a re-educational school and must learn how to walk the line between rebellion and survival. UNGOVERNABLE GIRLS was enthusiastically acquired once again by Reka Simonsen at Atheneum, and will be marching onto shelves all across the country in 2018.

Huge congratulations, Jillian!


Finding Wild

Finding Wild
Megan Wagner Lloyd

Megan Wagner Lloyd's FINDING WILD received a starred review from Shelf Awareness! "Sometimes the most striking picture books are the ones that make readers see something in a new way, or that creatively express a concept regularly pondered but rarely put into words." Congratulations on such a wonderful review, Megan!

FINDING WILD is available on shelves now!

Mortal Heart

Mortal Heart

Robin LaFevers is an incredible writer, and incredibly generous, as well. In her work on Writer Unboxed and her own blog, she has discussed the difficulties of writing, the essentials of craft, the process of picking up after failure, and the pitfalls of success. In her most recent blog post, she shares openly about the last eighteen months of ergonimic issues, pain, and re-learning self-care—and having walked those months beside her, I am extra-ecstatic that she's recovering fully enough to share her journey with fans and other writers, and that she now feels confident enough in her health to commit to writing again.

Which means...drum roll, please...

I am THRILLED to announce a huge new book deal for Robin! On the way are two new YA novels and one new middle-grade novel in 2018-2020. The YA novels will continue the story of Sybella and Beast (featured in DARK TRIUMPH, book 2 of what was the His Fair Assassins trilogy) as they travel to the treacherous French Court with the Duchess Anne, where a mysterious mole from the convent may or may not have gone rogue. The middle-grade, WILD DAUGHTERS OF ARES, is about a warrior-in-training among Amazons of ancient Greece. All will publish with Kate O'Sullivan at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Robin's long-time editor, and all play to Robin's strengths in a big way (hello, kick-ass girls and women!). Yes, I'm Robin's agent, but I'm also a fan, and my heart goes pitty-pat just thinking of these stories-to-come!

Huge, huge congratulations, Robin—and may your body continue to recover swiftly!


Penny & Jelly: Slumber Under the Stars

Penny & Jelly: Slumber Under the Stars
Maria Gianferrari

We're celebrating two wonderful new picture books today - Maria Gianferrari's PENNY & JELLY: SLUMBER UNDER THE STARS and Jean Menoni Reidy's BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! are out now! Congratulations to you both!

If you're going to be in publishing, there's one terrific thing that you learn early and often: patience. That certainly was the case for Trent Reedy—author of the beloved and widely acclaimed novel Words in the Dust, as well as the Divided We Fall trilogy, among other titles—who has been sitting on some very good news for quite a while now.

You may ask: What has Trent Reedy been up to over the last, say, eight months? I'm so glad you did. He has been busy writing—but writing what? Here is the news bulletin that will be hitting the airwaves:

Cheryl Klein at Arthur A. Levine Books will publish a new middle-grade novel by Divided We Fall and Words in the Dust author Trent Reedy. Gamer Army tells the story of two friends who sign up for a videogame contest, only to find out the real target is much darker and more dangerous than they could ever have imagined. Publication is scheduled for spring 2018.

This is going to be a dynamite book from a terrific and well-proven author-and-editor team. In short: It's one you won't want to miss. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for blast-off!

Huge congratulations, Trent!

- Joan

There is just absolutely nothing in the world as lovely as Joanne Rocklin's works for young middle graders—they are so honest and full of wisdom and just plain DEAR. When Joanne decided to turn her attention to a girl in a family with two moms, a little shiver went up my spine.

Susan Van Metre at ABRAMS/Amulet agreed, and the book is underway! Susan acquired North American rights to DEAR YOU, in which an Oakland fourth grader who has two moms keeps a diary addressed to her unborn sibling, chronicling the months of her life that happen to coincide with the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage and the Golden State Warriors' victorious season.

Huge congratulations, Joanne! It's going to be hard to wait for spring 2018 for this one.


Star in the Forest

Star in the Forest
Laura Resau

Laura Resau's STAR IN THE FOREST is one of her most beloved titles, one that resonates with so many readers in the schools she visits, especially those for whom Spanish is a first language. So many of Laura's books are set in, or have a connection to, parts of Latin America, and she has long wanted to see them available in Spanish for her Spanish-speaking readers.

And at last, at least with STAR IN THE FOREST, it's happening! In August of this year, Scholastic en español is publishing ESTRELLA EN EL BOSQUE for both the trade market and the amazing Scholastic school and library market!

The story of how this came to be is one of perseverance. Laura just never gave up. When doors closed, she re-opened them. When it seemed we wouldn't be able to make this happen through traditional publishing, she considered the idea of self-publishing and began translating the text. I firmly believe that it was her faith and persistence that brought this into being—along with the fact that there just couldn't be a more perfect middle-grade novel to be available in Spanish.

There's so much more to this, especially involving Laura's co-translator, Gloria García Díaz, and Laura has written about it here. Please go read. I'll wait here.

Isn't that remarkable, how full circle it's been?

Huge congratulations, Laura! (And Gloria!)