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Dungeons & Dragons: Endless Quest
In the Spotlight
56445-1.JPGChildren's Market Spotlight: Japan
Recent years have seen a huge presence of Japanese children’s publishers at international book fairs. For a look at Japan's current children’s book landscape, PW spoke with some of the country's major publishers about efforts to promote homegrown authors and illustrators. more more_arrow.gif
In Conversation
56455-1.JPGJessie Sima and Christian Trimmer
Author-illustrator of Not Quite Narwhal Jessie Sima’s forthcoming picture book, Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies, was written by her editor, Christian Trimmer, editorial director of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. We asked Sima and Trimmer to interview each other about their new collaboration, a playful retelling of “Snow White” that features ponies in all of the major roles. more more_arrow.gif
Bring a New Language to Life
With Lonely Planet Kids!

Young explorers can discover new languages with Lonely Planet Kids’ First Word series and interactive online pronunciation guides. Three languages in the series – Spanish, French and English – will be released as Lonely Planet Kids' first board books in October 2018 ($6.99 each). LISTEN TO THE AUDIO NOW ►
In the News
56490-1.JPGBeijing 2018: Throwing the Spotlight on Children's Books
A hall dedicated to children's content and licensing, and a full-day Children's Publishing Forum during this year's 25th Beijing International Book Fair are testament to the booming—and massive—Chinese children's book market. more more_arrow.gif
56434-4.JPGChronicle, Trustbridge to Launch
Chinese Children’s Books Imprint

Chronicle Books is partnering with Trustbridge Global Media to launch Chronicle Bridge, an imprint that will publish Chinese-language editions of select Chronicle children's books for distribution in China. Ginee Seo of Chronicle (l.), along with many other Chronicle and Trustbridge executives, attended the imprint launch during this week's Beijing International Book Fair. more more_arrow.gif
30530-1.JPGJason Reynolds Returns as Indies First Rep
Author Jason Reynolds has been named spokesperson for the American Booksellers Association's Small Business Saturday campaign, Indies First, for the second year in a row. As part of the program, the ABA and American Express have partnered with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to give away 20,000 copies of Ghost, the first book in Reynolds’s Track series, during the upcoming holiday season. more more_arrow.gif
Lobos A Wolf Family Returns to the Wild by Brenda Peterson
Book News
56460-1.JPGA Bustling Year for Sandra Boynton
Board book virtuoso Sandra Boynton delivers a bounty of her trademark "serious silliness" in 2018, as Little Simon publishes a quartet of titles by the author. We spoke with Boynton about her new projects, including a collaboration with New Yorker cartoonist George Booth; a follow-up to 1982’s But Not the Hippopotamus; and two new capers starring Little Pookie. more more_arrow.gif
56479-2.JPGScholastic Publishes First Lego Picture Book After 15 Years as Lego Licensee
In time for the anniversary of the launch of its licensing relationship with Lego—not to mention the 60th anniversary of the Lego brick and the 40th of the Lego minifigure—Scholastic is publishing the first-ever Lego picture book, I’m Fun, Too!, on August 28. more more_arrow.gif
Houndsley and Catina and Cousin Wagster
On the Scene
56465-1.JPGOn Tour with Dhonielle Clayton and Zoraida Córdova
This summer, YA fantasy authors Dhonielle Clayton (second from l.) and Zoraida Córdova (r.) embarked on a national "Belles & Brujas" tour in celebration of Clayton’s The Belles series, and Córdova’s Brooklyn Brujas series. Click through for a selection of highlights from the events, which featured readings with fellow authors, signings, Q&As, and more. more more_arrow.gif
Celebrate 'The Dot' and Dot Day on Sept. 15th-ish!
It all started 10 years ago, when a teacher in Iowa celebrated the themes of creativity and courage in Peter H. Reynolds’s 'The Dot' on the anniversary of its original publication. Now, every September 15th-ish, more than 10 million teachers, librarians, and children in 170 countries participate in Dot Day. Join the celebration! WATCH NOW ►
Reading Report
56519-1.JPGChildren's Book Reissues: Fall 2018
Fresh takes on familiar stories, new editions of classic novels, and long out-of-print books now hot off the presses greet autumnal readers of all ages. more more_arrow.gif
Let's All Be Kind: Meet Author Marie Unanue
Four Questions
56477-1.JPGMartin Stewart
In Scottish writer Martin Stewart's new book for young readers, The Sacrifice Box, five friends each leave a meaningful belonging inside a strange box, creating three rules: “Never come to the box alone. Never open it after dark. Never take back your sacrifice.” Four years later, the sacrificed items make a terrifying return. Stewart spoke with PW about his inspiration for the book.

Q: Riverkeep was lauded as a sort of macabre fantasy, whereas The Sacrifice Box employs clear horror tropes. If the two exist on a continuum, what was it like to move between them?

A: What I am trying to do with The Sacrifice Box is find a fragile balance between really scary and a kind of beautiful humor. I’m not an instinctive horror person, but I wanted to take things to an extreme that would allow everything to happen against a high pitch. more more_arrow.gif
Out Next Week
56485-1.JPGHot Off the Presses:
Week of August 27, 2018

Among the books hitting shelves next week are a sleepy story from a Caldecott Medalist, a book about the lives of resisters, and a YA novel that returns to the dystopian world of a bestselling series. more more_arrow.gif
YA Onscreen

After a New York City screening last week of the Netflix movie To All the Boys I've Loved Before, based on the YA novel by Jenny Han, a Q&A took place with (from l.) the author; actor Lana Condor, who plays the lead; and director Susan Johnson. Han, who talked about how faithfully her vision for the story had been translated from page to screen, told the audience, “I was hoping that the warmheartedness of the books would come through. I wanted that feel of first love and family to be in the movie.” And what lessons did the film have for viewers? “Really treasure your sisters, because you’ll have them your whole life,” Han said. “And you don’t have to change yourself for someone to like you.” Photo: Monica Schipper.


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Rights Report
30543-1.JPG Anne Heltzel at Abrams/Amulet has acquired at auction world rights to The F Word, an anthology of personal essays, prose, poetry, fashion tips, and art edited by Angie Manfredi. The collection features contributors who identify as fat, and will counter the stereotypical narrative of what it means to be fat in the world. The book is scheduled for publication in fall 2019; Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary negotiated the deal.
30544-1.JPG Melissa Frain at Tor Teen has bought, in a three-book deal, Danielle L. Jensen's Dark Shores, in which a tyrannical ruler forces a feisty pirate and a rigid soldier to work together to expand his kingdom. But the Dark Shores are not so easily conquered, and they will each have to give up parts of themselves in order to survive. Publication is slated for May 2019; Tamar Rydzinski at the Laura Dail Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.
30545-1.JPG Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has acquired Sara Bennett Wealer's Now & When, a romantic dramedy in which a teen girl stumbles upon a website that tells her everything she doesn't want to know about her future, showing her the importance of putting yourself out there, making mistakes—and learning the hard way that life doesn't come with a road map. Publication is planned for summer 2020; Holly Root at Root Literary handled the deal for North American rights.
30546-1.JPG Catherine Wallace at HarperTeen has bought The Last Hour by Diana Urban, a YA locked-room thriller about six teens who arrive at an invite-only dinner and find themselves trapped in a room with a syringe of poison, a bomb, and a note that if they don't choose one person to kill within 60 minutes, they will all die. Publication is set for winter 2020; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret did the deal for world English rights.
30547-1.JPG Anna Roberto at Feiwel and Friends has acquired, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, To Kill a Kingdom author Alexandra Christo's Into the Crooked Place. In a world thriving with black magic, four young crooks embark on a quest to take down their criminal leader after they discover the plot behind his dangerous new magic. The book is scheduled for October 2019; Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong represented the author in the deal for North American rights.
30548-1.JPG Julie Rosenberg at Razorbill has bought Andrea Tang's YA debut, Rebelwing. The story of rebellion and resistance features a scholarship student at a prestigious prep school who smuggles black-market media in a near-future North America divided by culture wars. Her life changes drastically when a sentient cybernetic dragon imprints on her as its pilot, forcing her to the forefront of a revolution. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Thao Le at the Dijkstra Agency negotiated the two-book deal for world rights, excluding the U.K.
30549-1.JPG Sara Bierling at Blink has acquired world English rights to Angelfire author Courtney Allison Moulton's Wardens of Eternity, a YA historical urban fantasy, set in 1933. The book follows a girl whose only wish is to find her identity, and who must outmaneuver the primeval gods of ancient Egypt and resurrect a once revered queen to stop the rising Nazi power from igniting another world war. Publication is set for winter 2020; Allison Remcheck at Stimola Literary Studio brokered the deal.
30550-1.JPG Kate Egan at KCP Loft has bought Throwaway Girls, a #PitchWars debut YA novel by Andrea Contos. Told from two points of view, the story is about a girl whose life is upended by the disappearances of her lover and her best friend, two girls from opposite sides of the tracks, and the discovery that she is the only link between them. Publication is planned for spring 2020; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.
30558-1.JPG Jennifer Greene at Clarion has bought North American rights, at auction, to A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi (l.) and Laura Shovan, a dual narrative contemporary middle-grade novel exploring themes of food, friendship, family, and what it means to truly belong. The novel features Pakistani-American Sara Hameed and half-British Elizabeth Shainmark, who meet in a South Asian cooking club and discover that both their mothers are applying for U.S. citizenship. Publication is scheduled for spring 2020; Kari Sutherland at Bradford Literary represented Faruqi, and Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management represented Shovan.
30551-1.JPG Margaret Ferguson at Holiday House/Margaret Ferguson Books has acquired Never Happened, a middle grade novel by Audrey Vernick, in which 12-year-old Army's parents' business focuses on cleaning up after tragedies. Army is grieving over a recent tragedy of her own, and a new neighbor's escape-artist young daughter seems like a tragedy waiting to happen, especially with a hurricane bearing down on their coastal New Jersey town. The book is scheduled for summer 2020; Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English and mainland China rights.
30552-1.JPG Keith Garton at One Elm/Red Chair Press has bought Second Dad Summer by Benjamin Klas, a middle grade novel about a teen's conflicted feelings toward his father's flamboyant boyfriend and his burgeoning friendship with a teen girl. Publication is slated for May 2020; Stephen Fraser at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency handled the deal for North American rights.
30553-1.JPG Semareh Al-Hillal and Nan Froman at Groundwood have acquired Dasha Tolstikova's The Bad Chair, from the author-illustrator of A Year Without Mom. It's a story about feeling left out, starring a girl, a monkey, and a jealous piece of furniture. Publication is set for fall 2020; Stephen Barr at Writers House brokered the deal for world rights.
30554-1.JPG Neal Porter at Holiday House/Neal Porter Books has bought world rights to The Hospital Book by Lisa Brown. In the book, readers experience what a hospital stay is like when a girl from a diverse family goes in for a minor operation, accompanied by her beloved sock monkey. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Charlotte Sheedy at Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency represented the author.
30556-1.JPG Ellen Cormier at Dial has bought at auction author-illustrator Zara Gonzalez Hoang's picture book, A Piece of Wild, about Ren, who moves from the forest to the city, and Ava, who takes on the challenge of helping him find magic in his new environment. The story was inspired by the author's father and his move from Puerto Rico to New York City. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Andrea Morrison and Steven Malk at Writers House did the deal for world rights.
30557-1.JPG Kristen Mohn at Capstone has acquired world rights to My Footprints, the second picture book by Bao Phi, author of A Different Pond, which won a 2018 Caldecott Honor. The story centers on Thuy, a Vietnamese-American girl with two mothers, who is bullied for being different. On a wintry walk home from school, Thuy imagines how various animals might react to being bullied, gaining comfort and courage as she makes each animal's footprints in the snow. Basia Tran will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2019. The author represented himself, and Breanna Zack at Advocate Art represented the illustrator.
30555-1.JPG Tracy Gates at Viking has acquired world rights to Rebecca Colby's (l.) Crocodiles Need Kisses Too, a rhyming picture book that illustrates the importance of a parent's unconditional love, no matter how grumpy or ferocious their offspring appear. Penelope Dullaghan will illustrate; publication is planned for summer 2020. Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Scott Hull at Scott Hull Associates represented the illustrator.
30559-1.JPG Katherine Jacobs at Roaring Brook Press has acquired world rights to Lauren DeStefano's (l.) A Unicorn Came to Dinner... Again, illustrated by Gaia Cornwall. The picture book follows the chaos created when a unicorn shows up to dinner without an invite—and a surprise reveal as to why. Publication is planned for spring 2020; Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Literary represented the author, and Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management represented the illustrator.
30560-1.JPG Charlie Ilgunas at Little Bee has bought world rights to Grandpa Grumps by Katrina Moore (l.), illustrated by Xindi Yan, a picture book about Daisy and the Chinese grandfather she's meeting for the first time, and how she connects with him across cultures and generations. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Natascha Morris at BookEnds Literary Agency represented the author, and Christy Tugeau Ewers at the CAT Agency represented the illustrator.
30561-1.JPG Tristram Coburn at Tilbury House has acquired world rights to the picture book Is Two a Lot? by Annie Watson (l.), illustrated by Rebecca Evans. A child entertains himself in the car by asking many seemingly simple questions, but his mother demonstrated that not everything has a simple answer. Publication is set for summer 2019; the author represented herself, and Essie White at Storm Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
30562-1.JPG Christina Pulles at Sterling has bought world rights to Like a Girl, a picture book by Lori Degman (l.), illustrated by Mara Penny, that encourages readers to stand up like a girl, create like a girl, change the world like a girl, and more. Publication is planned for fall 2019. The author represented herself, and Susan McCabe at Lilla Rogers Studio represented the illustrator.
30563-1.JPG Nina Gruener at Cameron Kids has acquired world rights to One Whole Bunch by Mary Meyer (l.), illustrated by Sara Gillingham. The picture book is about a boy gathering flowers—from 10 lavender to one sunflower—to give to his mother. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; the author represented herself, and Amy Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
To see all of this week's deals, click here.

From the Washington Post:
Yes, teens are texting and using social media instead of reading books, researchers say. Click here more_arrow.gif
From the New York Times:
'An Asian-American Teen Idol Onscreen, Finally,' by Jenny Han. Click here more_arrow.gif
From NPR:
After 150 Years, Little Women Still Resonates. Click here more_arrow.gif
From the Guardian:
The kids aren't alright: is the YA movie boom over? Click here more_arrow.gif
From the New York Times:
Graphic novelist Victoria Jamieson draws a reflection on the trials of junior high. Click here more_arrow.gif
From the New York Post:
Dylan Farrow's debut YA novel, Hush, has publishers lining up. Click here more_arrow.gif
From the L.A. Review of Books:
'So Many Stories to Tell': A Conversation with Maurene Goo. Click here more_arrow.gif
From Book Riot:
50 Must-Read Middle School Mystery Books. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From CNET:
To All the Boys I've Loved Before is the teen hit Netflix needs right now. Click here more_arrow.gif
From Literary Hub:
10 Little-Known Children's Books by Famous Writers. Click here more_arrow.gif
From Bookish:
Maggie Ann Martin on Why Body Positivity in YA Matters. Click here more_arrow.gif
From Bookish:
All's Fair in Love and Fantasy: YA Recommendations Packed with Magic and Romance. Click here more_arrow.gif
From Book Riot:
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: A Book for the Resistance. Click here more_arrow.gif
From the Union-Tribune:
Artist Kadir Nelson tells memorable stories on a variety of canvases. Click here more_arrow.gif
From Read it Forward:
Six Free-Spirited Literary Fashionistas. Click here more_arrow.gif

Kenny Brechner
Thursday’s Bingo Action

Day Four of our heard-at-the-store Bookstore Bingo posts in ShelfTalker.

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Cynthia Compton
Another Round of Bookseller Bingo

Cynthia at 4Kids Books & Toys takes her turn at Bookstore BINGO.

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Leslie Hawkins
Bookstore Bingo Day Two? Piece of Cake!

Leslie from Spellbound continues this week’s bookstore bingo theme with questions both sour and sweet.

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Elizabeth Bluemle
B-I-N-G-O! The Game of Things Booksellers Hear Daily

Fifty-plus booksellers share the customer comments that make or break our retail days, kicking off a week of Bookstore Bingo for ShelfTalker.

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30500-1.JPGI’m an Immigrant Too!: An Australian Story
Mem Fox, illus. by Ronojoy Ghosh. Beach Lane, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5344-3602-2

This celebration of immigration, offers readers a fresh perspective on both Australia, the home country of Fox, and on timely issues of citizenship and diversity.“I’m Australian! How about you?” asks a child. The answers start with Australian-born parents but soon introduce readers to kids whose parents left countries around the world to find refuge and hope in their adopted home. more more_arrow.gif


30501-1.JPGZola’s Elephant
Randall de Sève, illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. HMH, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-328-88629-3

In this tale by de Sève, a girl named Zola moves in next door to the narrator, a girl about Zola’s age. From the sounds and smells that make their way to her, the narrator imagines a charmed existence for Zola. A huge moving box, she decides, must hold Zola’s pet elephant. Lush, gold-splashed paintings show the improbable hijinks of girl and elephant, while moody blue spreads show what Zola is really doing. more more_arrow.gif


Molly Idle. Little, Brown, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-316-46567-0

Pearl longs to be like the other mermaids, each of whom is assigned something to watch over. When her mother gives her a single grain of sand, she’s heartbroken. But soon she discovers something special about her grain of sand: it glows and grows, and the story soars toward a light-filled, celestial conclusion. more more_arrow.gif


30503-1.JPGThe Third Mushroom
Jennifer L. Holm. Random House, $16.99 (240p) ISBN 978-1-5247-1980-7

In this follow-up to The Fourteenth Goldfish, seventh grader Ellie continues to experiment—socially and scientifically—in middle school. She unsuccessfully tests the dating waters with best friend Raj and rekindles a friendship with pal Brianna. Not unexpectedly, Ellie’s cantankerous but lovable scientist grandfather, Melvin, resurfaces—just in time for the county science fair. more more_arrow.gif


30504-1.JPGA Very Large Expanse of Sea
Tahereh Mafi. HarperTeen, $18.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-0628-6656-1

Hijabi Shirin, 16, starts at a new school in small-town America shortly after 9/11. She rages at those who assume that her religion and headscarf make her a terrorist, but she uses indifference as armor against the hostile stares of her peers. That is, until she meets Ocean James in her biology class and slowly begins to fall for him. more more_arrow.gif


30505-1.JPGstar.gifGirls of Paper and Fire
Natasha Ngan. Little, Brown/Patterson, $18.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-316-56136-5

In this rich fantasy from Ngan, the citizens of Ikhara comprise three castes: the oppressed, fully human “Paper” class; “Steel,” a human-animal mash-up; and the reigning “Moon” caste, made up of anthropomorphic animals. Every year, the Moon caste’s king claims eight “Paper Girls” as concubines. It’s an alleged honor, but when the military collects 17-year-old Lei, she’s devastated. more more_arrow.gif



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August 23, 2018
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To Our Readers
A reminder that Children's Bookshelf is on a summer schedule. For the rest of August, we'll be publishing once a week, on Thursdays. We'll resume our twice-weekly schedule after Labor Day.
Magination Press has two promotions: Kristine Enderle has been named editorial director, and Sarah Fell has been promoted to senior editor.
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group has two promotions and one new hire. Beth Clark has been promoted to creative director for Roaring Brook Press and FSG Books for Young Readers; previously she was art director. Andrew Arnold has been promoted to art director for First Second Books; previously he was associate art director. Jen Keenan has joined Roaring Brook Press and FSG Books for Young Readers as art director; most recently she was associate art director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Penguin Young Readers has three promotions. Lindsay Boggs has been promoted to assistant director of publicity, from publicity manager. Jennifer Dee has been promoted to senior publicist, from publicist. Lizzie Goodell has been promoted to associate publicist, from publicity assistant.
Chelsea Hunter will join Holiday House as designer on September 5; she was previously art studio manager at Little, Brown.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has one promotion and two new hires. Valerie Wong has been promoted to digital marketing associate; previously she was digital marketing assistant. Ruqayyah Daud has joined as editorial assistant. Natali Cavanagh has joined as marketing assistant.
Kate Bouchard has joined Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing as digital and social marketing assistant.
In the Winners' Circle
The World Science Fiction Society announced the winner of the 2018 Award for the Best Young Adult Book, during the 76th World Science Fiction Convention in San Francisco. Nnedi Okorafor has won for Akata Warrior (Viking). For the complete list of this year’s WSFS and Hugo Award winners, click here.
The winners have been announced for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards. The Book of the Year in the Older Readers category is Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell, and Fiona Wood (Pan Macmillan Australia); the Book of the Year in the Younger Readers Category is How to Bee by Bren MacDibble (Allen & Unwin); and the Picture Book of the Year is A Walk in the Bush by Gwyn Perkins (Affirm Press). For the full list of winners and honor books, click here.
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#1 Lost Legends (Gravity Falls #4) by Alex Hirsch. Click here more_arrow.gif
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In Case You Missed It
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