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April 2017
Coyote Moon

Coyote Moon
Maria Gianferrari

As a statistically inclined agent, I did some sleuthing recently, and here is what I learned: Of the 10 picture books that Maria Gianferrari has either published or under contract, 7 of them incorporate dogs in some way. Talk about an author specialty!

The deal that's being announced today is one of those 10, and is just as warm and rich and dog-loving as the rest. Here's the deal listing:

COYOTE MOON author Maria Gianferrari's OPERATION RESCUE DOG, a story told from two points of view: that of a girl on her way to meet her new rescue puppy, and the puppy itself as she approaches their meeting place, and with Luisa Uribe signed on to illustrate, to Jenna Pocius at Little Bee, by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author and Alli Brydon at Bright USA for the illustrator (World).

Can I get a woof-woof? Huge congratulations, Maria!

--Joan

Magic for Sale

Magic for Sale
Carrie Clickard

Carrie Clickard's MAGIC FOR SALE received a starred review from Kirkus! Congratulations, Carrie! We're so thrilled.

What would the stock of a magic shop be like? Young Georgie McQuist gets an eyeful one night when he lingers after closing time.

Actually the light-brown–skinned lad sneaks in on a dare, hides out next to the jars of "fresh pickled elf" until the doors are locked, then falls through a trap door to the crowded cellar. There, further eerie treasures from "freeze-dried ghoul and dragon drool" to "a kraken for your swimming pool" are all waiting to be inventoried by a harried ectoplasmic clerk. Undaunted, Georgie offers to help. Written in reasonably tight limerick-style verses that break into couplets for the actual inventory, the episode ambles along amiably until the arrival of the store's cackling proprietor, Miss Pustula Night (a white woman with hooked nose and blonde hair in curlers). Seeing the tally complete, she decides not to eat Georgie but to send him on his way with a souvenir—a hairy pink monster that sends his classmates off screaming at school the next day. Beginning with an outside view of the shop, with its caged skeleton and toothy "Unwelcome Mat," Shelley expands on Clickard's tally of witchly and wizardly stock in trade by further cramming every nook and shelf in sight with precisely detailed arcane items and thrillingly icky specimens.

One-stop shopping for all your elixir, potion, and spellcasting needs. Jinxes 50 percent off! - Kirkus

Way Past Bedtime

Way Past Bedtime
Tara Lazar

We're celebrating the release of so many wonderful EMLA titles today! Please join us in welcoming DONUT GO BREAKING MY HEART by Suzanne Nelson, REVENGE OF THE HAPPY CAMPERS by Jennifer Ziegler, WAY PAST BEDTIME by Tara Lazar, SHAWN LOVES SHARKS by Curtis Manley, and THE UNBREAKABLE CODE by Jennifer Bertman into the world.

Congratulations to you all!

Get ready, folks! The author of acclaimed titles such as TEENY TINY TOADY and I AM COW, HEAR ME MOO! has her first EMLA-repped sale to announce. It feels like we've been waiting for so long, but it's just because good things take time and this, folks, this book, is a very GOOD THING.

Author of Teeny Tiny Toady, Jill Esbaum's Frankenbunny, illustrated by Alice Brereton, a picture book about Spencer the bunny who recounts how his big brothers made him believe monsters were real—and how he stopped their torturous tales, to Eliza Berkowitz at Sterling. Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author and Emily Coggins at Astound represented the illustrator, for publication in Fall 2017 (World).

And we get to read this soon!

Huge congratulations, Jill!

--Tricia

Alice Faye Duncan brings us back to an important time in history in Memphis. A long-time resident of the city, Alice Faye is a librarian by day and mighty writer by night, basically a love warrior for children and literature. Her love for her community is so strong and her work with this book will give the world a glimpse of life now almost 50 years ago and what Martin Luther King, Jr. meant to a city and a community and to us all.

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968, a picture book about Martin Luther King Jr.'s final days in Memphis during the garbagemen's strike as seen through the eyes of a young girl, written by Honey Baby, Sugar Child author Alice Faye Duncan and illustrated by Caldecott Honor winning Freedom in Congo Square illustrator R. Gregory Christie, to Carolyn Yoder at Calkins Creek, for publication in 2018, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author (World).

I'm so full of emotion waiting for this book to get to readers. It was written by a pro (and also illustrated by another pro) and we are ready with open arms and hearts.

Congratulations, Alice Faye!

--Tricia

Truman is a most ordinary little tortoise, living in an apartment above the street where the number 11 bus heads south, content in his terrarium. His Sarah is enough for him. But one day, Sarah puts on a new sweater and a big new backpack (big enough for 32 little Truman-sized tortoises!) and gets on that number 11 bus, and is gone. Truman knows he has to rise to this occasion and find his most extraordinary self so he can head south to find Sarah, and so, of course, he does. Truman experiences the loss children feel when parents go off to work, only in his case, it's his Sarah going off to school.

This is the story the extraordinary Jean Reidy tells in her newest picture book text. TRUMAN was just signed by the extraordinary Emma Ledbetter of Atheneum and will be illustrated by the extraordinary Lucy Ruth Cummins, both of whom are as enamored of little Truman as I am—and as you will be, too, starting in summer 2019!

Congratulations, Jean!

—Erin

If My Love Were a Fire Truck

If My Love Were a Fire Truck
Luke Reynolds

Luke Reynolds' IF MY LOVE WERE A FIRETRUCK is available today! We're so thrilled this wonderful picture book is out in the world. Congratulations, Luke!

"An opening for parent-child pairs to use their own imaginations to see where love will take them."—Kirkus

This Impossible Light

This Impossible Light
Lily Myers

Lily Myers' THIS IMPOSSIBLE LIGHT received starred review from PW! "In an exceptional novel in verse, slam poet Myers debuts with a powerful commentary on maternal inheritance and eating disorders."


Congratulations, Lily! We cannot wait for the release of THIS IMPOSSIBLE LIGHT in June.

Escargot

Escargot
Dashka Slater

We are so thrilled to welcome Dashka Slater's magnifique little snail, ESCARGOT, into the world today! Trust us - you want to meet ESCARGOT! Congratulations, Dashka!

"Escargot's voice is parfait, an airy blend of ego and need masterfully balanced in witty and well-turned sentences that leave plenty of room for audiences to get the joke..." ―BCCB, STARRED review

Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You

Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You
Luke Reynolds

If there's one word that might be used to describe Luke Reynolds it would be 'versatile.' From picture books (BEDTIME BLAST-OFF) to middle-grade fiction (THE LOONEY EXPERIMENT) to heartfelt how-to (SURVIVING MIDDLE SCHOOL), this is an author with a word for every occasion.

And today is no exception, as Luke's creativity and passion takes him headlong into yet another terrific new project. I'll just put the announcement here for you all to enjoy:

Lindsay Brown at Beyond Words has acquired SURVIVING MIDDLE SCHOOL author Luke Reynolds's new middle-grade non-fiction book. WHOOPS! is a collection of true stories about famous folks, and the not-so-famous failures that got them where they are today. The deal was represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency, for world rights, and is scheduled for a summer 2018 publication.

And that, my friends, is no mistake J
Congratulations, Luke!

--Joan

If I Were A Kangaroo

If I Were A Kangaroo
Mylisa Larsen

Today we're celebrating the release of Mylisa Larsen's IF WERE A KANGAROO and Rebecca Van Slyke's LEXIE THE WORD WRANGLER! We are so happy these two wonderful picture books are out in the world. Congratulations, Mylisa and Rebecca!

The Drawing Lesson

The Drawing Lesson
Mark Crilley

Mark Crilley has made quite a name for himself with his wildly popular MASTERING MANGA series (now up to book #3!), but the past couple of years has seen him expand his art instruction offerings beyond manga to include other art styles, with such titles as THE REALISM CHALLENGE and the graphic-novel-meets-drawing-book, THE DRAWING LESSON. Now fans of his books, and of his YouTube channel (a new drawing lesson is posted every Friday!) will be thrilled to learn there there is still more Mark massing on the horizon!

Here's the newest deal, hot off the press:

MASTERING MANGA and THE REALISM CHALLENGE author Mark Crilley's THE TWO-PENCIL METHOD, featuring a series of lessons and drawing challenges, all created using only two pencils, again to Patrick Barb at Ten Speed Press, by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (World).

Congratulations, Mark!

--Joan