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January 2019

The Youth Media Awards were announced at ALA Midwinter today and it was a Very Good Day! So many of our clients' books won some fabulous awards - we're so happy for them and all involved. And of course, we've got stickers on all of our clients' books in our hearts.

Huge congratulations to -

THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo for winning the 2019 Michael L. Printz Award, being selected as an Odyssey Honor Audiobook, and being chosen for the Pura Belpré Author Award.

THE ROUGH PATCH by Brian Lies, which has been chosen as a Caldecott Honor Book.

EMLA client Dori Hillestad Butler whose KING & KAYLA AND THE CASE OF THE LOST TOOTH is a Geisel Honor Book.

EMLA client Alice Faye Duncan's MEMPHIS AND THE MOUNTAINTOP and the wonderful illustrator, R. Gregory Christie, which was awarded a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book.

(DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY, an anthology including a story by EMLA author Mike Jung, was selected as a Schneider Family Book Award teen honor title.

Secondhand Wishes

Secondhand Wishes
Anna Staniszewski

Yes, it’s true! We have another deal announcement to share for the ever-versatile and prolific Anna Staniszewski. (Her latest MG novel, SECONDHAND WISHES, is publishing on January 29th, so you should probably go and preorder that right now J)

 And now, for the latest news: Katie Carella at Scholastic has signed on Anna’s brand new early chapter book series, ONCE UPON A FAIRY TALE, to be launched as part of their illustrated early chapter book series, Branches. The four books follow two friends who live in the Enchanted Forest and set about to solve various fairy tale mysteries. Beginning with THE MAGIC MIRROR, this series will delight young readers both new and established.

 The first book is dropping this fall, so stay tuned for more details to come. Hooray, Anna! 


It's another good-news celebration day, this time for the inventive author Gavin Brown. When we signed together last year, the manuscript he sent my way involved a trio of intrepid kids who live in a sort of Pokemon GO type world, where devious and destructive monsters are just an app click away. When the kids decide to sign up as freelance monster hunters, they think at first they're just in it for fun and excitement. Instead, they start to realize that there are much bigger stakes involved—including a sinister evil pulling strings behind the scenes. What happens when the hunters become the hunted?

This, my friends, is MONSTER CLUB: HUNTERS FOR HIRE in a nutshell. I know, right?? J

It's on that note that I am delighted to share that the book was acquired by Orlando Dos Reis at Scholastic, and acquired some time ago, in fact. The book is publishing this summer and will be on a bookshelf near you beginning in July. I for one can't wait.

Huge congratulations, Gavin!


Rhyme Schemer

Rhyme Schemer
K.A. Holt

The lovely and versatile K. A. Holt has penned many a wide-ranging book—from haiku to picture books to science fiction—but what she is arguably best known for these days is her heartfelt, accessible, and kid-friendly MG novels in verse. From RHYME SCHEMER to HOUSE ARREST to KNOCKOUT, these books reach kids right where they are at, even the most reluctant of them.

So it's perhaps no surprise that Kari's newest deal continues in this vein—and this time, we are starting a new series with all-new characters! The first book is titled BENBEE, wherein we meet a group of remedial language arts students who make a deal that for every ten minutes spent reading, their teacher will spend equal time playing their favorite online game. But when school administrators find out about the deal, it's up to this unlikely bunch to save their teacher.

The two-book deal was sold to Taylor Norman at Chronicle, and the first title will publish in Fall 2020. Huge congrats, Kari!!