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Big congratulations to Paul Acampora, on his *sixth* book deal, for DANNY CONSTANTINO’S FIRST DATE, and for a second un-named MG novel! Nancy Mercado at Dial Books for Young Readers will publish the books and DANNY will be out this year.

If you know Paul’s writing, you know that this book will be as wise as it is laugh-out-loud funny, and an utter pleasure to read. And if you don’t know Paul’s writing, you should! A bit more about the book:

When Danny Constantino asks his old-friend-turned-Hollywood-movie-star, Natalie Flores Griffin, to his local school dance and homecoming parade, she surprises him . . . by saying yes!

Unfortunately, now everyone in Cuper Cove has something to say about Danny’s love life–especially since Natalie is the hometown hero. Throw in herds of TV reporters and Natalie [more]

Congrats to both Marcie Colleen and Alison Oliver for their first, starred review for their picture book collaboration, THE BEAR’S GARDEN, from Kirkus Reviews:

One little girl understands that urban spaces need tender loving care.

When a little black girl with her hair in two puffballs looks at her city street, she sees people who rarely slow down enough to imagine the possibilities of beauty around them. But she does…Inspired by a true story of a stuffed bear found in what has become the Pacific Street Brooklyn Bear’s Community Garden, this tale of urban renewal shows how one person with an imagination, a little dirt, and a few seeds can transform a concrete village into something beautiful. Oliver’s endpapers depict maps of the garden site—the front endpapers sans garden and the rear ones featuring [more]

Big congratulations to Brian Broome on the sale of his stunning debut memoir, LIKE THIS, to Rakia Clark at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!  LIKE THIS is a poetic, uproarious, and raw coming of age story about Blackness, masculinity, and addiction in America’s Rust Belt.

Brian is a Moth finalist and is currently in the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh. I first heard him perform his work at a reading series in Pittsburgh, and the entire audience just fell in love with him. I know you’ll be just as captivated by him when you read his work!  The book will be out in May 2021.

 

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Congratulations to Upstart Crow client and graphic artist Jenna Luecke!

Jenna’s illustrated humor book, THE BREAKUP HAIR HANDBOOK, will be published by Andrews McMeel publishing in 2020. Part catharsis and part smash-the-patriarchy manifesto, THE BREAKUP HAIR HANDBOOK inspires readers to revolt against societal pressures and take ownership of their hairstyles.

Jenna’s colorful artwork combines old world inspirations with the youthful spirit of punk fashion. Visit her at jennaluecke.com or follow her on Instagram @jennaluecke.

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Big congratulations to Sarah Lariviere, on her next book deal for her second novel, TIME TRAVEL FOR LOVE AND PROFIT! This superb novel will be published by Kelly Delaney at Knopf Books for Young Readers, and comes out next year. I adore this novel. If you like to read books that literary love stories, with a speculative twist, this is for you!

Just a bit more about the book…

Nephele is a whip-smart math prodigy who invents time travel in order to re-do a disastrous first year of high school. Unfortunately, Nephele becomes stuck in a time loop that results in her repeating that year ten times in a row.

Now facing yet another freshman year, Nephele knows what to expect. Or so she thinks. She didn’t anticipate that a new teacher would be a … [more]

Wishing a happy publication day to Jacqueline West and A STORM OF WISHES, the spellbinding conclusion to her series, THE COLLECTORS.

It’s been only a few weeks since Van uncovered a magical secret—that wishes really can come true, and that a mysterious society called the Collectors protects us from the dire consequences even the smallest wish can have. Van knows only too well how wishing can go awry: his mother is recovering from a broken leg, his friend Pebble has been stolen away by the evil wish collector Mr. Falborg, dozens of dangerous creatures called Wish Eaters have escaped into the world, and Van himself has almost died—twice—all because of wishes.

When Van’s mother is offered a position at the renowned Fox Den Opera, located in the quiet, beautiful forest a few hours north of the [more]

Move over, Wonder Woman and Superman–here come Aerospace Engineer and Particle Physicist!

Baby loves to explore the world of science! What’s next for Baby after learning about physics, engineering, computers, and the natural world? Becoming a scientist, of course! In this fun look at scientific careers, parents and children can talk about different science fields and the everyday heroes that work in them. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate text to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. 

To buy, please click here, or visit your local indie bookstore, or online vendors: Amazon, Indie Bound or Barnes + Noble.… [more]

Big congratulations to Rachael Allen, on her next book deal for her fourth novel, THE SUMMER OF IMPOSSIBILITIES! This marvelous novel will be published by Erica Finkel at Abrams, and come out next year — and I love it so much. If you’re a sucker for multi-POV books, this is your jam, my friends!

Just a bit more about the book…

Four girls. One summer. And a pact to do the impossible.

Skyler, Ellie, Scarlett, and Amelia Grace are forced to spend the summer at the lake house where their moms became best friends.

One can’t wait.

One would rather gnaw off her own arm than hang out with a bunch of strangers just so their moms can drink too much wine and sing Journey at two o’clock in the morning.

Two are sisters.

Three [more]

Talk about news that makes your heart happy – my dear client, Rachael Allen, was named Georgia Young Adult Author of the Year for her 2018 novel, A TAXONOMY OF LOVE! Any award and all publicity for books is a good thing. It’s especially so when the writer is as marvelous as the books she writes – and that’s 100% true of Rachael.

Here’s what the judge had to say about it:

A Taxonomy of Love, like the title implies, is indeed a love story, but not just between the two main characters. 

It is a love story to family, and life, and the growth that happens along the way. Over a six-year time span and through a collection of charts, emails, letters, and narrative, Allen carries us along and pulls us deep into [more]

I’m so happy to share that Alison Oliver will be illustrating THE BREATHING BOOK by Christopher Willard and Olivia Weisser, to be published by Sounds True.

This picture book teaches breathing techniques and will delight any child or parent interested in the ways that a mindfulness practice can benefit children.

You’ll find it in bookstores in the summer of 2021 — congratulations to Marcie and everyone involved!

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