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The Adventures of John Blake by Phillip Pullman
Report from BookCon
YA Authors and Fiction
On Center Stage

It was evident even before BookCon kicked off on June 3 in New York City that the consumer show is settling into a celebration of YA literature. More than 100 marquee authors representing almost every kind of genre appeared, autographed, and met with fans. more
BookCon 2017 in Photos
Approximately 20,000 readers of all ages gathered for a weekend of panels, giveaways, and other opportunities to connect with favorite authors. See our roundup of photo highlights here. more
Life by Cynthia Rylant
Obituary
Suzanne Glazer
Suzanne Glazer, a longtime library marketing director at Atheneum and Random House, died on April 22 in New York City at the age of 81. Former Soundprints publisher Elisabeth Prial remembered her as “a pillar of a bygone generation in children’s book publishing." more
News Briefs
Judy Moody Takes the Stage
Seven children’s theaters around the country will bring chapter book star Judy Moody to the stage, Candlewick Press has announced. The precocious third-grader’s theatrical debut will take place this fall, in a play adapted from two Judy Moody books. more
CBC Launches Reading Beyond Book List
The Children’s Book Council has announced the first-ever Reading Beyond book list, an annotated bibliography for parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians, and others seeking book recommendations for children who read above their grade level. more
Q & A
Mackenzi Lee
As an author and as events coordinator at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston, Mackenzi Lee is immersed in the world of books. Her forthcoming novel, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, is a caper through 18th-century Europe, following a young man named Monty on his Grand Tour. Lee spoke with PW about being both an author and a bookseller, the role travel played in bringing her novel to life, and queer characters in historical fiction.

Q: History is clearly an interest of yours. What is your research process like?

A: I generally start by reading other historical fiction set in the period. Then I stop once I start writing, otherwise I tend to compare my writing. Historical fiction has always been my access point for history; it’s what made me interested in history as a kid. more
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Rights Report
Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends has acquired Hamilton actor Leslie Odom Jr.'s debut, Failing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning, a book offering guidance and encouragement for readers of all ages who are on the cusp of something big. Publication is set for March 27, 2018; Creative Artists Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.
John Morgan at Macmillan/Imprint has bought Emmy, Writers Guild, and Peabody award-winner David Kreizman's debut YA novel, The Year They Fell. The novel tells the story of five teenagers who used to be best friends in preschool and are now drawn back together after a tragic accident. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Marietta B. Zacker at the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Aimee Friedman at Scholastic has acquired the middle grade novel City of Ghosts by fantasy author Victoria Schwab. Pitched as Stranger Things meets Ghost Hunters, it's the story of a girl who died, the ghost boy who brought her back, and their adventures in one of the world's most haunted cities. Publication is planned for 2018; Holly Root at Root Literary did the two-book deal for world English rights while at Waxman Leavell Literary.
Joan Powers at Candlewick has bought world English rights to Jo Knowles's Where the Heart Is, a middle grade novel about Rachel, who just turned 13 and finds herself questioning everything—her parents' financial stability, whether her best friend wants to be more than friends, her ability to outsmart the conniving pig she's supposed to care for all summer, and her own identity. Publication is slated for fall 2018; Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary handled the deal.
Tiffany Liao at Holt has acquired a middle grade fantasy series, Peasprout Chen, by Henry Lien, about a girl determined to take the top ranking at Pearl Famous Academy, where she will study Wu Liu, a form that blends figure skating with martial arts. The first book, Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword, will publish in April 2018; Tina Wexler at ICM Partners sold world English rights in a two-book deal.
Alex Ulyett at Viking has bought Lisa Bunker's Zenobia July, a middle grade novel about a transgender girl with a troubled past and advanced coder/hacker skills, who tackles the mystery of anonymously posted hateful memes on her school's website while wrestling with the challenges of a new school, a new family, and coming to grips with presenting her true gender for the first time. Publication is set for spring 2019; Brianne Johnson at Writers House brokered the deal for North American rights.
Sarah Jane Abbott at S&S/Wiseman has acquired Samantha M. Clark's debut, Wake, a middle grade novel about a boy who wakes up alone on a beach and doesn't know who he is or how he got there, and embarks on a quest to find answers. When he uncovers the terrifying truth, he must face his biggest fear: going home. Publication is planned for summer 2018; Rachel Orr at the Prospect Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Kate O'Sullivan at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has bought in a preempt Becoming, the second picture book collaboration from author Julia Denos (l.) and illustrator E.B. Goodale. The book explores the joy of being present, the wonder of our existence, and the marvel of our ever-connected world. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; Lori Kilkelly at Rodeen Literary Management represented both the author and the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Ariel Richardson at Chronicle has acquired world rights to Kristen Fulton's new picture book, Flight for Freedom, the true story of one child, Peter Wetzel, and his family's daring escape from East Berlin to West Berlin via handmade hot air balloon in 1979. Torben Kuhlmann will illustrate. Publication is slated for fall 2019; Kendra Marcus at Bookstop Literary represented the author, and the illustrator was unagented.
Taylor Norman at Chronicle has bought Kate Hoefler's (l.) Rabbit & the Motorbike, a picture book about the relationship between a reserved rabbit and an adventurous dog, and the rewards that lie outside our comfort zones. Sarah Jacoby will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2019. Steven Malk at Writers House represented both the author and the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Kate O'Sullivan at HMH has acquired Geisel Honor author-illustrator Mary Sullivan's new picture book, Up on Bob, which explores the idiosyncrasies of pets and places a spin on the age-old cat and dog rivalry. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; Justin Rucker at Shannon Associates brokered the deal for world rights, all languages.
Emily Easton at Crown has bought Michael Paul's Roar: A Dinosaur Tour, a nonfiction picture book exploring the different types of dinosaurs that once roamed the Earth, and an additional untitled picture book. Publication is planned for spring 2018; Deborah Warren at East-West Literary handled the deal for world rights.
Chris Hernandez at HarperCollins has acquired author-illustrator Cori Doerrfeld's Wild Baby, a picture book about an inquisitive young orangutan who makes a mad dash through the jungle—and the worried mother who must chase after. Publication is slated for winter 2019; Rachel Orr at Prospect Agency sold world rights.
Anna Membrino at Random House has bought Glenn Hernandez's The Tortoise and the Bricklayer and On Our Nice Ice Ship. The first is the story of a pig and the wall he builds to keep out a tortoise neighbor. The second is an adventure celebrating friendship and creative problem-solving. Publication is set for summer 2019 and fall 2019, respectively; the author represented himself in the deal for world rights.
To see all of this week's deals, click here.

IN THE MEDIA
From the Los Angeles Times:
J.K. Rowling lands just behind Beyoncé on Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities. Click here
From BBC News:
Michael Morpurgo wins U.K.'s Children's Book Award for the 4th time. Click here
From USA Today:
Studies say reading the Harry Potter books makes you a better person. Click here
From the Guardian:
Children's laureate Lauren Child on her new role, motherhood and creativity. Click here
From the Bookseller:
Frances Hardinge's The Lie Tree has been optioned for film and TV. Click here
From the Forward:
Maurice Sendak Thought This Work Was His Masterpiece — Not Wild Things. Click here
From the Irish Times:
Harry Potter turns 20: The boy who changed books forever. Click here
From Atlas Obscura:
What Children's Book Do You Remember That No One Else Does? Click here
From NewsWorks:
Report reveals eye-opening data on English learners in Philadelphia schools. Click here
From Lambda Literary:
29th annual Lambda Literary Award winners have been announced. Click here
SHELFTALKER

Elizabeth Bluemle
Hello, England!

Or, how our tote bag ended up in hugging proximity to John C. Reilly and Will Farrell.

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Leslie Hawkins
Very Pinteresting

A look at Pinterest’s usefulness for bookstores.

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Meghan Dietsche Goel
Joining the Resistance!

In which I go undercover, get captured, and have a lot of fun.

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Kenny Brechner
A Window to Change the Amazon Narrative?

As the teeth in the famous Amazon smile begin to show, the opportunity for action is upon us.

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FEATURED REVIEWS

All the Way to Havana
Margarita Engle, illus. by Mike Curato. Holt/Godwin, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-62779-642-2

A bright blue Chevy Delray christened Cara Cara is the star of this contemporary story, taking the young narrator and his family from their rural home to a celebration with relatives in Havana. Engle and Curato chronicle Cara Cara’s journey in loving detail as the family moves along the coast and into bustling city streets, giving readers glimpses into daily Cuban lives. more

This Beautiful Day
Richard Jackson, illus. by Suzy Lee. Atheneum/Dlouhy, $15.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4814-4139-1

Inside on a dreary, rainy day, a boy hears a strain of music from the radio. Playfully, the boy starts to dance, and splashes of bright blue appear. Sprightly wordplay and a dash of humor make Jackson’s high-spirited hymn to childhood an heir to earlier classics. more

Tumble & Blue
Cassie Beasley. Dial, $17.99 (400p) ISBN 978-0-525-42844-2

For generations, members of the Montgomery family have received supernatural “fates” that rule their lives; some are wonderful while others are not. Blue Montgomery fits into the latter category: his fate is that he is cursed to always lose, no matter the situation. After his father leaves him at his grandmother’s house for the summer, Blue is determined to break the curse, even if it means venturing into the Okefenokee Swamp to find a fabled golden alligator. more

Forest World
Margarita Engle. Atheneum, $16.99 (208p) ISBN 978-1-4814-9057-3

Eleven-year-old Edver has lived with his mother, a cryptozoologist, in Miami for most of his life. Luza is the 12-year-old sister Edver is surprised to meet when he arrives, alone, in the remote Cuban village of La Selva, from which he and his mother fled 10 years earlier. more

June 13, 2017

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