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Congratulations and hooray to Sue Soltis, whose picture book text, THE MOON MOVED IN, has sold to Melissa Manlove at Chronicle Books for Children and will be illustrated by Sonia Sánchez. I can’t wait to hold this beautiful story in my hands!

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Happiest of publications days to Patricia Pearson on the publication of her newest work of non-fiction for older readers, Conspiracy: Nixon, Watergate, and Democracy’s Defenders!

The story of President Richard Nixon and those who fought against him comes to life in this insightful and accessible book.

PRAISE FOR CONSPIRACY!

“What can American citizens do about a president who thinks he’s above the rule of law? A lot, actually, as Pearson shows in this skillful and meticulous telling of the Watergate drama.”—Steve Sheinkin, National Book Award finalist & Newbery Honor author of Bomb and Most Dangerous

“Pearson agilely walks the line between textbook history and popular true crime…” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Smooth, clear writing makes this an appealing and accessible read. A cautionary episode from a half-century ago that ends … [more]

I’m happy to say that I’m opening to queries today! It’s been awhile since I’ve been open and I’m hungry for new things. What kind of new things, you ask? Please take a look at my updated wishlist, below:

Starting with the big picture: I represent work for children and teens only—picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult, along with some non-fiction for young readers. I don’t represent adult projects.

I believe books can change lives — inspire a passion for reading and story; unlock imagination and empathy; move readers to feel, think, wonder, examine, explore, to laugh really hard. Books invite joy. This belief underscores my work as an agent, and especially influences which books I offer rep on.

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We are over the moon for Upstart Crow client Deesha Philyaw, whose stunning debut short story collection, THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES, was longlisted for the 2020 National Book Awards for fiction. Congratulations to Deesha and to all of the amazing writers on this list!

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HOORAY and happiest of publications days to Ruth Spiro on the publication of her newest BABY LOVES book – the 16th! – POLI SCI: JUSTICE!

From the duo behind the wildly popular Baby Loves Science series comes a spinoff perfect for little citizens: Baby Loves Political Science!

Accurate enough for an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this brainy book explores our justice system. Uh-oh! Baby’s family has rules. If he breaks a rule, there might be consequences. Grown-ups have rules to follow too; these are called laws. This warm, inclusive primer demystifies the judiciary and emphasizes the importance of fairness in our society. Ruth Spiro’s toddler-friendly, scrupulously accurate text and Greg Paprocki’s bright, cheerful illustrations are sure to please and amaze the littlest activists among us.

To purchase copies of BABY LOVES JUSTICE!, please … [more]

Upstart Crow is excited to welcome new client  Kirbi Fagan.
Kirbi is a Metro Detroit-based author and illustrator recognized for her cover art in Adult, YA, and Middle Grade fiction as well as her numerous covers for comic books on projects such as Black Panther/Shuri and Firefly. Her debut as a picture book illustrator is slated for 2021 with SUMMER OF THE TREE ARMY: A Civilian Conservation Corps Story (Sleeping Bear Press). She is currently working on her own nonfiction picture book about wild alpha mares and a middle grade graphic novel memoir.

Her illustrations are known for their magical themes, nostalgic mood and feminine heroines. Kirbi was traditionally trained as an oil painter but now works in mixed media techniques including digital drawing tools. She received her bachelor’s degree in Illustration from Kendall

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“Tender, fierce, proudly Black and beautiful, these stories will sneak inside you and take root.”

–Kirkus (starred review)

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church’s double standards and their own needs and passions.With their secret longings, new love, and forbidden affairs, these church ladies are as seductive as they want to be, as vulnerable as they need to be, as unfaithful and unrepentant as they care to be, and as free as they deserve to be.

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Daphne Kalmar’s new middle grade novel, Stealing Mt Rushmore:

“Daphne Kalmar has created a wonderfully imperfect cast of characters and gathered them into a story that will break your heart. . . and heal it again. Stealing Mt. Rushmore has it all.” —Marion Dane Bauer, author of the Newbery Honor novel On My Honor

Daphne Kalmar brings to life the social and political upheaval of the 1970s, revealing the heart of a family on the verge of falling apart and the courage of a young girl who does all she can to bring them together.

It’s the summer of 1974. Nellie’s turned thirteen. Her best friend, Maya, has a crush on a boy. President Nixon might get impeached. And her mom’s run off. The money for their family road trip to see Mt. Rushmore is … [more]

Hello! I’m thrilled to join the Upstart Crow Literary family. For my inaugural post, I’d like to introduce myself and discuss a little about what kinds of projects I’m looking for.

I hail from Austin, Texas, and even though I’ve been based on the West Coast for a decade, I stay connected to my southern roots through cooking and wearing cowboy boots. I started my career in children’s books working for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), where I had the privilege of working with numerous award-winning writers and illustrators, before moving on to work with Jennifer Rofé at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

I’m currently representing books for children: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult, along with some nonfiction. … [more]

We are thrilled to share this first look at Adam Smyer’s newest book, YOU CAN KEEP THAT TO YOURSELF: A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF WHAT NOT TO SAY TO BLACK PEOPLE.

Kirkus calls it: “A bitingly humorous compendium of the absurd subtle racism of the American workplace.”

Read. Watch. Laugh. Feel uncomfortable.

Out September 1. Preorder now!

 

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