Sneak Previews
Spring 2013 Sneak Previews
If our Fall 2012 Announcements whet your appetite for upcoming titles, you're in luck. Our exclusive Spring 2013 listings will take you even further into the future, showcasing everything from board books to teen reads. Read on for new titles from Mini Grey, Maureen Johnson, Walter Dean Myers, Matthew Van Fleet, and many others sure to find their way onto your to-be-read pile. more
In the News
Artemis Fowl Takes His Final Bow
Eleven years ago, Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl first introduced readers to the eponymous, 12-year-old criminal mastermind, and to fairy police captain Holly Short. Kids were quick to embrace these and the novel's other characters, and Colfer added seven more books to the series, whose in-print tally in the U.S. alone has swelled to 13 million copies. On July 10, Disney-Hyperion released The Last Guardian, the eighth and final installment of the series, with a million-copy first printing and an eight-city author tour. "I think that I have not yet accepted that I am finished with Artemis," Colfer told Bookshelf. "It is beginning to hit home now that I am traveling and reaching fans who are sad that the series is over. And I must admit I am feeling a little sad myself, but also happy to move on to the next projects." more
Seven Stories Launches Children's Imprint
At BEA in June, New York City's Seven Stories Press offered galleys for several YA books and a middle-grade title. But unlike years past, when the press published one-off books for kids, this fall it is gathering them together under its first children's imprint, Triangle Square Editions. For Seven Stories founder and publisher Dan Simon, it was time. "The few books we’ve done for young adults and children have been well-received," he says. "We know how to speak to young people and retain the complexity of ideas." more
Sourcebooks Launches Hear It Read It E-Books
Sourcebooks has launched e-book editions of eight Hear It Read It Classics, which are abridged versions of stories, including King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and Peter Pan, which Sourcebooks published in 2008 in hardcover with an audio CD. The new e-books, priced at $4.99, feature full-color illustrations, pages that turn automatically, and a toggle on/toggle off function for the audio. more
DreamWorks Animation to Buy Classic Media
DreamWorks Animation, the studio responsible for the Madagascar and Shrek film series, has agreed to acquire Classic Media, owner of vintage and new entertainment properties including Rocky & Bullwinkle, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and VeggieTales. The price of $155 million includes cash, credit, and the retirement of debt. Among the 450 titles and 6,100 episodes in Classic Media’s portfolio are several book-based brands, including Ian Falconer’s Olivia, Martin Handford’s Where’s Waldo?, Enid Blyton’s Noddy, and the classic Golden Books portfolio, co-owned with Random House. more
Cat in the Hat App and E-books Launch
Random House Children's Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises have launched a digital book publishing program based on the PBS Kids show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! The program includes six e-books released on July 24, including frontlist and backlist titles; two of these feature read-along narration, and one interactive book includes songs and video clips from the TV show. more
Book News
New Reinhart Pop-Ups Feature Simpler Designs, Original Characters
One doesn’t usually use the words pop-up book and paperback in the same sentence, but that’s exactly what paper-engineering maestro Matthew Reinhart and Robin Corey are doing. On August 7, Random House’s Robin Corey Books will publish two 8x8 paperback pop-ups – A Princess Like Me: A Royal Pop-Up and Rumble! Roar! Dinosaurs!: A Prehistoric Pop-Up – featuring a variety of pop-ups, pull-tabs, and moving parts, and a $6.99 cover price. The two books follow Reinhart’s Rescue: Pop-Up Emergency Vehicles and Puppies, Kittens, and Other Pop-Up Pets, released last fall. more
Margaret Mahy
Award-winning New Zealand author Margaret Mahy died July 23 in Christchurch following a brief illness. She was 76. Mahy won the Carnegie Medal for her first two novels, The Haunting (1982) and The Changeover (1984), and she was presented the Hans Christian Andersen Award, in recognition of her entire body of work, in 2006. At the time of her death, Mahy had completed a new picture book, The Man from the Land of Fandango, illustrated by Polly Dunbar, which Clarion Books will release on October 23. more
Sally Ride
Sally Ride, the esteemed scientist, professor, and author best known as the first U.S. woman sent into outer space, died of pancreatic cancer on July 23, at age 61. Ride's numerous academic and professional achievements made her a pioneer and a role model for many, but she continually pursued what she referred to in a 1986 PW interview as her "personal crusade" – encouraging young people, especially girls, to study the sciences – and co-authored seven books for children. more
Galley Talk
Galley Talk: 'Safekeeping'
Carolyn Anbar, children's manager at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, N.J., talks up a novel she's especially looking forward to selling in September.

A picture is worth a thousand words, the cliché says, and in Karen Hesse's Safekeeping, it couldn't be more true. This haunting story, illustrated with stark black-and-white photographs taken by Hesse, speaks almost quietly – but oh-so-very disturbingly. The America's People Party has taken over the United States and turned it into a police state. Radley has come back to Vermont from a volunteer trip to Haiti to find her parents missing and the world she knew in chaos. So she starts walking – to Canada. more
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Q & A
Q & A with Phillip Hoose
Phillip Hoose's latest work of nonfiction, Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, follows a red knot shorebird on his annual 18,600-mile roundtrip migration between Tierra del Fuego and the Canadian Arctic.

Q: How did you come to write about this remarkable migrating bird?

A: I've known about shorebirds for a long time, since I'm a birder and have worked for the Nature Conservancy for many years. I knew I wanted to write a book about extinction and to make the point that it is terrible, preventable, and worth everyone's attention. But to do that, I wanted to find a specific creature to write about that commanded that attention. more
In Brief

In Brief: July 26
This week, an author-illustrator shows off her artistic skills; a picture-book hero rounds out his résumé with a stage production; a library in Washington State hosts a prehistoric party; and an author gets a warm welcome to her new hometown. more
Rights Report
Alessandra Balzer at her HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray bought North American rights to three new books by National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick. The first book, A Nice Girl Like You, which features second-person narration, follows a suburban teen who gets hooked on prescription drugs. McCormick has written five novels; her 2006 book Sold, about a 13-year-old Nepalese girl sold into prostitution, earned her an National Book Award nomination. ICM’s Heather Schroder was the agent.
Stacy Whitman at Lee & Low Books has bought world rights to the newest YA by Joseph Bruchac (Wolf Mark), called Killer of Enemies. Slated for publication in fall 2013 under the Tu Books imprint, the novel is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale with a steampunk twist – or “space cowboys in the new Old West.” It retells the story of Lozen, the monster slayer of Apache legend, in a world where space dust has rendered digital technology obsolete. Barbara S. Kouts of the Barbara S. Kouts Agency did the deal.
Kate O'Sullivan of Houghton Mifflin Books for Children has acquired two novels by Vermont College of Fine Arts graduate Amy Rose Capetta. Entangled, Capetta's debut novel, slated for publication in fall 2013, mixes rock music, quantum science, and a ragtag group of smugglers into literary science fiction. It was a two-book deal, with the sequel scheduled for fall 2014. Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger brokered the deal for world English rights.
Ginee Seo at Chronicle Children's Books has acquired world rights to Low Riders in Space, a graphic novel about three unlikely friends (a mosquito, an octopus, and an impala) who work as mechanics but dream of having a flashy custom car of their own. Author Cathy Camper (pictured) is a librarian in Portland, Ore., and illustrator Raúl Gonzalez is a fine artist based in Boston. The two-book deal was brokered by Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Joy Peskin of FSG Books for Young Readers has acquired world English rights to Aaron Starmer's Riverman trilogy, about a girl who claims she is visiting a parallel universe, where a nefarious being called the Riverman is stealing the souls of children. The first book in the trilogy, The Legend of Fiona Loomis, will be published in winter 2014, followed by The Quest of Alistair Cleary in winter 2015 and The Myth of Charlie Dwyer in winter 2016. Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich did the deal.
From Wall Street Daily:
E-book sales for YA fiction have catapulted by 12% in 2011 alone – and plenty of the buyers are not young adults. Click here
From the New York Times:
Catching up with Newbery Medalist Jack Gantos: what he’s reading, watching, and wearing. Click here
From NPR:
Gillian Flynn, author of the current adult bestseller Gone Girl, divulges her teen obsession with the YA gothic guilty pleasure Flowers in the Attic. Click here
From the Guardian:
Which children's book characters should appear in the Olympic opening ceremony? Click here
From the Huffington Post:
"The world of Harry Potter is fictional, but readers would be justified in arguing that Rowling's work has a strong socialist edge and religious overtones." Click here
From USA Today:
On the eve of the opening ceremonies, a list of Olympics-themed books for kids. Click here
From Deadline:
Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart, first in an upcoming YA series set in the near future, has been optioned by FilmEngine. Click here
From Kidscreen:
A new study of kids' app habits shows that boys spend more time gaming, while girls are more interested in social networking. Click here
Also from the Times:
Bestselling adult author Amy Beth Bloom discusses her first book for children, Little Sweet Potato. Click here
Also from NPR:
A poll for readers: what are the best-ever teen novels? Click here
Also from the Guardian:
Even when children's books are set in the real world, many illustrators adopt "timeless" images, which provide a comforting sense of nostalgia. Click here
From School Library Journal:
The Teen Zone staff of the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, Kans., has compiled a "what to read after the Hunger Games" flow chart. Click here
From the Guardian:
Nick Hornby pens a children's tale for the Ministry of Stories: "Mary Poppins and Henry the Eighth." Click here
From the Village Voice:
Neil Gaiman, age seven, was interviewed about Scientology by BBC Radio in 1968. Click here

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Nighttime Ninja
Barbara DaCosta, illus. by Ed Young. Little, Brown, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-316-20384-5

DaCosta builds her debut on the scaffolding of the suspenseful adventure that turns out to be make-believe. Illustrators of stories like these sometimes hint at what’s coming with comic artwork, but Young’s (The House That Baba Built) collages are deadly serious as he enters fully into the boy’s fantasy. His ninja, a black silhouette, breaks into a house and makes his way silently toward some unknown object: “He crept down the twisting moonlit hallway, and knelt in the dark shadows, listening.” more

Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals
Damien Laverdunt, illus. by Hélène Rajcak. Gecko Press USA (Lerner, dist.), $22.95 (80p) ISBN 978-1-877579-06-6

This splendid, oversize encyclopedic study of extinct animals handles a potentially depressing subject without hectoring or mawkishness. Laverdunt strikes a companionable tone (“The passenger pigeons’ migration wasn’t seasonal.... it was all about food”), while the quiet lines and somber palette of Rajcak’s drawings—well over 100—have a classic feel. Multipanel cartoons appear on the left, while full descriptions of each animal appear at right. more

Gods and Warriors
Michelle Paver. Dial, $16.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-8037-3877-5

Paver (the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series) tells the engrossing story of 12-year-old Hylas, a poor goatherd in Bronze Age Greece, who is attacked, along with his fellow outcast Outsiders, by the Crows, black-garbed soldiers led by the warrior Kratos. When Hylas makes a desperate bid to escape by sea, he is saved by “an enormous fish [that] burst from the waves in a rain of blue fire – but it wasn’t a fish, it was a dolphin.” Washing ashore on the mysterious Island of the Goddess, Hylas meets Pirra, the daughter of a high priestess, who is also on the run, in her case from a forced marriage. more

My Book of Life by Angel
Martine Leavitt. FSG/Ferguson, $17.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-374-35123-6

This exquisite novel in verse tells the story of 16-year-old Angel, who has been working as a prostitute in Vancouver for nine months after her father throws her out. After Angel’s friend Serena disappears, Angel decides to give up her pimp Call’s “candy” (the drugs he feeds her) and try to return home. Angel’s withdrawal is severe (“I threw up in Call’s bathroom sink/ so hard I thought bits of stomach/ slid out of my mouth”) but it’s nothing compared to the pain she feels when Call brings home an 11-year-old girl, Melli, to follow in Angel’s footsteps. Angel is determined to keep Melli safe, even while other women continue to disappear. more



July 26, 2012


Nellie Kurtzman will join Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as v-p of marketing on August 13. She was most recently director of digital and trade marketing at Disney-Hyperion; before that she was associate director of marketing at Simon & Schuster.

At Margaret K. McElderry Books, Karen Wojtyla has been promoted to v-p, editorial director; her former title was editorial director. Authors she has worked with include Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Hilary McKay, and Moira Young.

Charlesbridge Publishing has a promotion and a new hire. Julie Ham has been promoted to associate editor; she had been editorial assistant there since 2009. Karen Boss has been hired as editorial assistant.

At Viking Children's Books, Joanna Cardenas has been promoted to assistant editor, from editorial assistant.
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