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September 2020

What do you take when you combine a science nerd with a desire to be popular? This is the question posed by the protagonist of Anna Staniszewski’s latest madcap school story. Anna is known for her side-splitting stories of everyday mayhem and misshaps – and this new story is deliciously right on target.

Here are the deal details for your decided delight:

Amanda Maciel at Scholastic has acquired Anna Staniszewski’s next two middle-grade novels: CLIQUE HERE and DOUBLE CLIQUE, following a twelve-year-old girl who decides to try to become popular using the scientific method—with a whole lot of unforeseen, and often hilarious, consequences. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the deal, for North American rights. The first book will publish in summer 2021.

Yes, you read that right – not one but TWO books coming with these fun characters. And not so far off, either. 2021, here we commmme :)

Huge congratulations, Anna!

- Joan

Wichita Nation author Kim Rogers grew up with few books that reflected her own upbringing. As a result, she turned to writing in order to express herself and her identity. I’m so proud to announce her debut picture book for all readers, but particularly for the reader who needs to see themselves in her book. May all their dreams come true!

Cynthia Leitich Smith and Rosemary Brosnan at Heartdrum/HarperCollins have acquired JUST LIKE GRANDMA by debut author Kim Rogers (Wichita), illustrated by Julie Flett (Cree-Métis), a lyrical picture book about a contemporary Wichita girl who wants to be just like her grandma. Publication is slated for Winter 2023. Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary sold North American rights on behalf of the author; Steven Malk at Writers House represented the illustrator. 

Congratulations, Kim, on your debut deal! We’re just getting started! 

—Tricia

Who wants to join the Treasure Troop? This fun and friendly club is all about cracking codes, and the adventures will take the troop on a wacky, wild chase. Dori’s talent at spinning tales for the chapter book audience is renowned and this new series is no different.

Here’s the code in case you want to take a crack at it:

Eve Adler at Penguin Workshop has acquired The Treasure Troop by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Tim Budgen, a chapter book mystery series following the adventures of three code-cracking kids on the hunt for hidden treasure. Nathaniel Tabachnik will edit. Publication is slated for January 2021; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary sold World rights on behalf of the author; the illustrator represented himself. 

With not one, but FOUR BOOKS coming, get ready! 

Congratulations, Dori!

—Tricia

Step right up, graphic novel lovers: There’s a new series in town!—Or there will be soon, anyway. This quirky story comes straight from the pen of the zany and prolific author, Stephen W. Martin, who has teamed up with his illustration dynamo friend, Linh Pham. 

Gotta know more? I KNOW! Here’s the full details, for your delighted anticipation:

Sarah Alpert at Algonquin Young Readers has preempted World rights to a middle-grade graphic novel collaboration written by Stephen W. Martin and illustrated by Linh Pham: NANCY SPECTOR, MONSTER DETECTIVE, about a young detective who takes on the case of an Invisible Man looking for his missing dog—who also happens to be invisible. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency negotiated the two-book deal, and the first book is scheduled for publication in 2022.

Both Stephen and Linh are hard at work creating this fantastic series – so stay tuned and keep your bookshelf dusted and ready. You won’t want to miss it!!

Congratulations, Stephen and Linh!

 --Joan

I am sure I have said this on this page before, but every time, it feels so good when a project that is close to a creator’s heart lands in exactly the right hands.

Such is the case with Liz Garton Scanlon’s second novel, LOLO’S LIGHT, a moving and cathartic story of one girl’s walk through isolating grief in the midst of middle-school normalcy, and the magical thinking that helps her on her journey back to light. Taylor Norman at Chronicle fell hard for this one—and then, gratifyingly, so did the entire Chronicle team! Y’all, the offer letter on this one made me cry! That feeling…not only do they GET it, but they connected with it on a deep, emotional level. For some, they identified with that feeling of grief making you separate. For others, they wished they’d had this book when they were younger, so they might have better understood what a friend had gone through. For all, they know this book will provide readers comfort, and what’s better than that right now, when we’re all going through so much hard stuff?

Watch for this one in fall 2022, folks! It’s going to knock your socks off!

Congratulations, Liz!

—Erin

Don’t you love it when a text makes your breath catch and your heart soar and your soul sing? There are some stories that are so special that you just know they are destined for greatness—and never was that more the case than this gorgeous new text by Karla Valenti.

Here are all the details you are dying to know!

Feather Flores at Chronicle has acquired World rights to Karla Arenas Valenti’s Maria Mariposa, a lyrical, bilingual story about a young girl who receives a gift from her home in Mexico, on her first day of school in the United States—and how she finds a way to share the magic of that gift with all those around her. Ana Ramírez González will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2023. The deal was managed by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and Andrea Morrison at Writers House for the illustrator.

 Karla has already established herself as an author to watch—her debut MG novel, LOTERIA, sold to Knopf in a heated auction and is coming in fall 2021; and the second book in her Super Science Heroes PB series, ALAN TURING AND THE POWER OF CURIOSITY, drops in the spring. So this is just the latest in a string of illustrious offerings, each one better than the last.

Congratulations, Karla! We can’t wait for 2023!!

--Joan 

Folks, I could not be more excited to be finally making this deal announcement that we’ve been sitting on for almost a year and a half! This project and this team make me shiver with excitement. This is going to be an incredible book!

Long-time EMLA client Laura Resau wanted to get Ecuadorian Indigenous activist Patricia Gualinga’s story told for children, and she wanted to do it right. So she reached out to Paty directly, and soon, the two were co-writing a beautiful and lyrical picture book text. 

Karen Boss of Charlesbridge was quickly on board, and they began the process of editing and then translating the final text into Spanish—because it will be simultaneously published in both languages. (Laura and Paty served as translators as well.)

Then came finding the perfect illustrator. We are all thrilled that Vanessa Jaramillo, who is also Ecuadorian, will be doing the art for this book. 

Here’s the full deal announcement:

Karen Boss at Charlesbridge has acquired world rights to STAND AS TALL AS THE TREES: HOW AN AMAZONIAN COMMUNITY PROTECTED THE RAIN FOREST, a picture book autobiography by Patricia Gualinga, environmental and Indigenous-rights defender of the Pueblo Kichwa de Sarayaku, a community in the Ecuadorian Amazon, co-written with award-winning author Laura Resau. Ecuadorian artist Vanessa Jaramillo will illustrate for a Summer 2022 publication. The book will publish simultaneously in English and Spanish. Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency brokered the deal on behalf of Gualinga and Resau, and the illustrator represented herself.

If ever the world needed to hear the story of an Indigenous woman who is fighting for the rights and the homeland of her people, it’s now. I can’t wait for kids to read the story of Paty’s life and accomplishments, and to see the importance of saving the Amazon rain forest—an issue dear to Laura’s heart, as her previous books show. Summer 2022 cannot come quickly enough!

—Erin