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June 2017

Janet Fox is best known for her middle-grade and YA novels with touches of romance, history, and fantasy—so it may (or may not!) surprise you to know that she has an academic background in science. This really shows in her newest book-to-be: VOLCANO DREAMS, which looks at the geology and wildlife of the Yellowstone super volcano in picture book form.

Janet happens to live on the edge of Yellowstone herself, so when the VOLCANO DREAMS illustrator, Marlo Garnsworthy, wanted to visit the area, she had a built-in guide.

All of this is coming together courtesy of relatively new small press Web of Life Children's Books and founder Madeleine Dunphy. Web of Life has an existing relationship with Yellowstone and the National Park Service—so smart, since their books focus on the natural world!—and that couldn't be more perfect here. I "grew up" professionally in small publishing, so it's a pleasure to work with passionate and nimble houses like this one.

Huge congratulations on this newest deal, Janet!


Two Truths and a Lie

Two Truths and a Lie
Ammi-Joan (A.J.) Paquette
Laurie Ann Thompson

We're so thrilled to celebrate the release of SUPER SAURUS SAVES KINDERGARTEN by Deborah Underwood​ and TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE by Ammi-Joan Paquette​ & Laurie Thompson​!

Congratulations to you all on the release of these wonderful new books!

Blue Sky, White Stars

Blue Sky, White Stars
Sarvinder Naberhaus

We're celebrating four wonderful releases today - Melanie Crowder​'s AN UNINTERRUPTED VIEW OF THE SKY, Sarvinder Naberhaus​' BLUE SKY WHITE STARS, Luke Reynolds​' GUM LUCK, and the paperback version of Kersten Hamilton's THE TICK-TOCK MAN! Congratulations to you all!

This Impossible Light

This Impossible Light
Lily Myers

We have three exciting new releases to celebrate today - Lily Myers' THIS IMPOSSIBLE LIGHT, Phil Bildner's TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, and Ammi-Joan Paquette's PRINCESS JUNIPER OF TORR! Congratulations to you all!

Another Way to Climb a Tree

Another Way to Climb a Tree
Liz Garton Scanlon

Kirkus gave ANOTHER WAY TO CLIMB A TREE by Liz Garton Scanlon a starred review - congratulations, Liz!

A young tree lover finds a way to climb into the leafy branches even when she is sick and confined indoors.

In an early double-page spread, Lulu, a small redheaded white girl, can be seen standing in her bare feet on the left-hand page: "When Lulu sees a climbing tree, / she's here" and on the right-hand page, peering out from the leafy branches of a tree: "and then she's gone, just like that." Lulu scrambles up even the tallest trees—she rescues cats and kites, and sometimes she lies along a branch like Philippe Petit on a high wire, leaves in her hair. Hooper's digitally rendered bold lines and warm colors celebrate Lulu's trees: strong twisted trunks, straight trunks, evergreen boughs, broad leaves. Big and little children, mostly white though there are a few children of color, gather under the trees. The houses are spaced generously apart and a Royal typewriter and a camera sit on Lulu's bookcase, giving the setting a timeless feel. Lulu's sadness indoors is conveyed through her separation from the tree by her window, and only the sun and later the moon climb the branches. But the foliage shadow on Lulu's wall is invitingly dense, broad-branched, and full of golden light—enticing for a girl whose imagination is as nimble as she is.

Engaging for climbers and dreamers alike.

ANOTHER WAY TO CLIMB A TREE releases in August!