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January 2020

There is a very cool group of monkeys that live in Manú National Park in Peru and renowned author/illustrator team, Melissa Stewart and Steve Jenkins, will showcase this amazing story for us. If you’ve seen their previous project, CAN AN AARDVARK BARK? (Beach Lane, 2017), you’ll know we’re all in for a treat. 

Andrea Welch at Beach Lane has acquired 14 Monkeys: A Rain Forest Rhyme by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Steve Jenkins. The poetic nonfiction picture book showcases the amazing group of monkeys that inhabit Manú National Park in Peru. Publication is slated for Summer 2021; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary sold World rights on behalf of the author; the illustrator represented himself. 

I can’t wait for this! 

Congratulations, Melissa and Steve!

—Tricia

We all love animals, but sometimes, animals are just a bit too much in what they eat, where they live, and how the defend themselves. Although, I’m sure they think the same about us from time to time.

Melissa has written an amazing text and teamed up with the one and only National Geographic to make this a book for all ages. 

Shelby Lees at National Geographic has acquired Ick! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings, and Defensesby Melissa Stewart, a middle grade nonfiction title that explores the incredibly icky ways animals find food, make their homes, and defend themselves from predators. Publication is slated for June 2020; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary sold World rights on behalf of the author. 

ICK comes your way in June! Get ready!

Congratulations, Melissa! 

—Tricia

We recently had an incredible starred review for Deborah Underwood’s April 2020 picture book, OUTSIDE IN, illustrated by Cindy Derby: Kirkus said, "Lushness without sweetness—wild, darkly romantic, and exquisite.” Isn’t that wonderful?

Shortly on the heels of that came the word that a new Deborah Underwood picture book is underway, this time to be illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier, who, like Cindy Derby, is repped by Jen Laughran of Andrea Brown. Are you sensing a trend?

This time, the story skews younger and more personal, less philosophical. It’s about a young character named Walter who goes through his first-ever friendship breakup and finds his way to wonderful new possibilities. When I sent it to Andrea Welch at Beach Lane, it took her about five minutes to make an offer. Turns out her little one was going through what Walter goes through, so she could see how much this book hits a chord instantly.

WALTER is scheduled to release fall 2022, and we can’t wait! Congratulations, Deborah!

—Erin

A book of predators that will keep adults up at night (the kids will be delighted!) may be the new standard for books about our earth’s past. Think you know everything? You will learn a few new killer animals with this collection!

Vicky Holifield/Kathy Landwehr at Peachtree Publishing has acquired Mega Predators of the Past by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Howard Gray, an entertaining and informative look at some of the prehistoric creatures who have until now not had their day in the spotlight. Instead of featuring the usual suspects like T. rex, this book will introduce readers to some of the lesser-known but equally oversized and ferocious predators from the distant past, such as the griffenfly, the giant ripper lizard, and the terror bird. Publication is scheduled for Spring 2021; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary sold World rights on behalf of the author; Anne Moore Armstrong of the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.

Melissa and I are thrilled to be partnering with Peachtree and Howard Gray for this book and we can’t wait for you all to see what we’ve been up to. But you’ll have to wait until 2021!

Congratulations, Melissa!

- Trish

Well . . . actually it is OUT OF THE BLUE! That is to say: the book is called OUT OF THE BLUE, but the deal itself has been a long time in the making—millennia, in fact!

Have you ever wondered what were the first creatures to come out of the ocean and find their way onto land, all those many years ago? Why did they do it—and how do they relate to the animals we know today? With kid-friendly prose and lively illustrations, OUT OF THE BLUE is a non-fiction picture book that will compare aquatic and land animals that sprang from common ancestors but took on surprisingly different appearances as they evolved and adapted. 

This fantastic and fascinating book is being illustrated by the talented Frann Preston-Gannon, and was preempted for publication by Katie Cunningham at Candlewick Press. Look for this mustn’t-miss gem on shelves everywhere in early 2021. 

Hooray, Elizabeth!

- Joan

Can I see a show of hands: Who here was a rock lover when they were young? … Who still is? I mean, what’s not to love? Rocks are magical, rocks are useful, rocks are inspirational. Rocks are everywhere. Written in the lyrical, down-to-earth prose that has charmed children and adults all over the world, WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A ROCK is an ode to the endless, creative fun one can have with a simple rock.

 Of course, the very best thing one can do with a rock is to share it, because people are like rocks: some look shiny right away, while others have secret treasure deep inside. And we couldn’t more delighted than to share this wonderful book with you!

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A ROCK was sold in a two-book preempt to Molly Cusick at Sourcebooks, and will be illustrated by Katie Kath. Look for this book on shelves everywhere in Fall 2021. And get ready for a book you will treasure, and read over and over again!

Congratulations, Pat!

- Joan

The False Prince

The False Prince
Jennifer A. Nielsen

It’s now been over 6 years since Jennifer A. Nielsen’s THE FALSE PRINCE exploded onto shelves and into our hearts—and onto the New York Times bestseller list—and in those years, our love for the scrappy and irrepressible orphan Sage has only grown. The second two books, THE RUNAWAY KING and THE SHADOW THRONE closed out the series—and for a while, we thought that was all we would be hearing from Sage. (Not gonna lie, there were some tears!)

Luckily for readers everywhere, that plan has changed—in the most exciting of ways. I could go on and on, but luckily, I don’t need to: You can read the whole story in this excellent Publishers Weekly article that posted right before the holidays, including all the juicy details from Jennifer Nielsen herself.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to anticipate this amazing new edge-of-your-seat adventure. October 2020 can’t get here fast enough!

Huge congratulations, Jennifer!

--Joan