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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 up sounding eerily relevant.” — Kirkus Reviews…

Susan Opening to Queries & an Updated Wishlist

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. Books that tell the stories of people, places, and cultures that have been…

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PSA: What NOT to say to Black people

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!  


HOORAY and happiest of publications days to Sue Soltis on the publication of her newest picture books, THE STARS JUST UP THE STREET, with gorgeous illustrations by Christine Davenier! A grandpa’s memories of brilliant night skies inspire a little girl to take action in a tale for budding community organizers and star lovers alike. Mabel loves stars. She counts five from her window and thirty-seven from her backyard. But her grandfather tells her that, as a child, he could see thousands. Could it be true? Mabel climbs a hill looking for more stars — only to discover that the glow from the nearby town makes them hard to see. What would it take for her neighbors to turn off their lights, just for one night, so that everyone could see the starlit sky? Sue Soltis’s…

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