HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY to Marcie Colleen and Alison Oliver – THE BEAR’S GARDEN is available now!

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HOORAY and happiest of publications days to Marcie Colleen and Alison Oliver on the publication of their newest picture book, THE BEAR’S GARDEN!, which Kirkus Reviews calls “a well-illustrated, beautifully written tale of encouragement,” in a starred review.

Inspired by the true story of a community garden in Brooklyn, New York, The Bear’s Garden is a testament to how imagination and dedication can transform communities and create beauty for everyone in unexpected places.

A little girl sees an empty lot in a city and imagines what it can be.

She sees

a place to grow,

a place to play,

and a place to love.

With the help of her stuffed bear, the girl brings her community together to create a beautiful garden.

PRAISE for THE BEAR’S GARDEN:

“A well-illustrated, beautifully written tale … [more]

We’re delighted to announce the sale of Alison Oliver’s next PB illustration project, THE IN-BETWEEN BOOK, to Jennifer Adams at Sounds True!

Congratulations to all!
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Congratulations & HOORAY! to P. O’Connell Pearson on her new deal for CRACKING AN AMERICAN CONSPIRACY: NIXON, WATERGATE, AND DEMOCRACY’S DEFENDERS. This is her third book, after FLY GIRLS: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII and FIGHTING FOR THE FOREST: How FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps Helped Save America.

CRACKING AN AMERICAN CONSPIRACY will be out this fall, and it’s a fabulous read! Make sure you get a copy!… [more]

Big congratulations to Ruth Spiro, on her new books deals to extend the BABY LOVES SCIENCE series! We’re now up to NINETEEN books, with five new titles coming in 2020 and five more in 2021! Of those new titles, we’ll see books about the senses, one for Hanukkah and one for Christmas (still with the everyday science tie-in), and a spin-off group: BABY LOVES POLITICAL SCIENCE that will debut this spring with BABY LOVES DEMOCRACY!

 Alyssa Mito Pusey and Monica Perez at Charlesbridge are editing, and the books will feature the wonderful artwork of Irene Chan and Greg Paprocki.

MAJOR CONGRATS TO EVERYONE!

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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]