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Always, Abigail by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
From the Editors
Because of the holiday next Monday, and the BookExpo America convention later in the week, we will have only one issue of Children's Bookshelf next week, and it will come out on Wednesday. So please look for us then, and watch for our children's book news and coverage live from the Javits Center. Happy Memorial Day!
In the News
Children's Book Week 2014 in Photos
The 95th annual Children's Book Week took place May 12–18, with booksellers, librarians, authors, and, of course, children, celebrating books and reading at venues across the country. For the first time in the initiative's history, Children's Book Week events were hosted in all 50 states. Click through for a sampling of the festivities. more
New Owners for Eight Cousins
After 28 years, Carol B. Chittenden is selling Eight Cousins Bookstore in Falmouth, Mass., to two of its current employees and a businesswoman. The change in ownership will take place in January 2015. more
HarperCollins Offers Kids' E-books via Epic!
HarperCollins continues its support for subscription e-book services in a deal with Epic!, a children's subscription service, adding 1,000 backlist kids' e-book titles to the company's library. more
The Freedom Summer Murders
Book News
Buzz Builds for Mortal Instruments Finale
After revealing the cover of City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare's conclusion to her bestselling Mortal Instruments series, in January, S&S launched a social media campaign on April 2, branded “TMI Tuesday.” This countdown-to-pub-date promotion involved releasing new content every Tuesday on a website for fans to share through social media. more
Common Core
Librarians Grapple with Common Core Perceptions and Realities
It seems the Common Core evokes some sort of reaction, good or bad, in everyone these days. Even comedian Louis C.K. has gotten in on the act, slamming the standards on late-night TV and tweeting complaints about his daughter’s math homework recently. With the Common Core rollout under increasing pressure, we wondered what public librarians would have to say. Are they feeling the impact of the standards, as parents and students in their communities seek support in navigating this new educational reform? more
Q & A
Q & A with Valorie Fisher
To create her educational picture books, Valorie Fisher photographs toy dioramas and creates step-by-step diagrams. Fisher's Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five includes the alphabet, counting exercises, and images of weather events and annual seasons. Her new book, I Can Do It Myself, shows tiny toys tracing letters, setting the table, and making the bed, and pictures actual children mastering tasks like tying their shoes, using safety scissors, and pouring lemonade. She spoke to PW from her home in Cornwall, Conn.

Q: In all of your books, you see tiny items from a child’s-eye perspective. How did you arrive at this up-close and almost magnified point of view?

A: I started with my demographic [as a parent]. My Big Brother was my first book, and my two children were the inspiration. more

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In Brief
In Brief: May 22
This week, an indie bookstore goes bovine; a bus tour takes a dramatic turn; authors are honored for raising awareness of stuttering; an "infectious" book launch draws a crowd; readers get crafty during an interactive bookstore event; and kids step up to read donated books in Tennessee. more
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  • Rights Report
    Cindy Loh at Bloomsbury has acquired The Mercy Rule, a debut YA novel by Jeff Giles, former deputy managing editor at Entertainment Weekly, as well as an untitled sequel, at auction. In his story, a teenager tries to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance and meets a bounty hunter trying to escape the Lowlands (aka Hell), resulting in a star-crossed romance. It's scheduled for early 2016; Jodi Reamer at Writers House brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.
    Wendy Loggia at Delacorte and Annie Eaton and Ruth Knowles at Random House U.K. have jointly acquired Paranormalcy and Mind Games author Kiersten White's Daughter of the Dragon, in a three-book pre-empt. It’s the first in the Conquerors saga, a teenage Game of Thrones set in the Ottoman Empire. Book one will publish in 2016. Michelle Wolfson at Wolfson Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights; translation rights are handled by the Taryn Fagerness Agency.
    Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends took U.S. and Canadian rights for the Summoner trilogy, a debut by Wattpad sensation Taran Matharu, at auction. The first installment, Summoner: The Novice, which has had more than three million reads on Wattpad, tells the story of Fletcher Wulf, a blacksmith's apprentice who discovers he has the power to summon demons from another world. Publication is scheduled for spring 2015; Sasha Raskin of the Agency Group represents the author in the U.S.; Juliet Mushens of TAG represents him in the U.K.
    Karen Grove at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has bought a YA standalone novel from Light Key trilogy author Tracy Clark. Mirage is a YA thriller about a daring girl who nearly kills herself skydiving and has an out-of-body experience that leaves her afraid of everything, and must go to great lengths to win her life back. It's due out in spring 2016; Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management negotiated the deal for world rights.
    Kathy Dawson at Penguin's Kathy Dawson Books has acquired two middle-grade books by debut author Gail Shepherd. The first of the two, South by Southeast, is a coming-of-age story set in Tennessee, post-Vietnam War; it follows Lyndie, who as the daughter of a Vietnamese woman and an American soldier feels she doesn't really belong, either in her town or in her family. Publication is set for winter 2016; Kristin Vincent at D4EO Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.
    Karen Chaplin at HarperCollins has acquired two YA romantic comedies from The Art of Lainey author Paula Stokes. Bad Luck Charm focuses on a girl who is convinced that she is cursed and anyone who gets close to her will be hurt, and her romance with a boy who doesn't believe in bad luck. Jack of Hearts is about an American girl whose life changes when she moves to Copenhagen. Publication is tentatively slated for summer 2016 and summer 2017. Jennifer Laughran from the Andrea Brown Literary Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.
    Cheryl Klein at Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine Books has acquired Daniel José Older's YA debut Shadowshaper, on exclusive submission. In the novel, which is steeped in Afro-Caribbean mythology and Brooklyn street life, 15-year-old Sierra Santiago discovers a mystical world in her neighborhood of Bed-Stuy that she can commune with through the murals she paints. She claims her familial legacy as a shadowshaper, and battles an evil anthropologist for the supernatural heart of Brooklyn. It's slated for publication in summer 2015; Eddie Schneider of JABberwocky Literary Agency did the deal for North American rights.
    Andrea Cascardi at Egmont has acquired the sequel to Len Vlahos's The Scar Boys. Scar Girl will pick up just where The Scar Boys left off, and will revolve largely around the character of Cheyenne Belle. It's the second YA novel from Vlahos, the executive director of BISG. Publication is planned for spring 2016; Sandra Bond at Bond Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.
    Rotem Moscovich at Disney-Hyperion has acquired Hook's Revenge: The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz, sequel to her September 2014 middle-grade adventure Hook's Revenge. The book continues the Neverland adventures of Captain Hook's daughter, Jocelyn, as she competes with a malevolent pirate captain to find her deceased father's treasure. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; Brooks Sherman from the Bent Agency did the deal for world English rights.
    Perrin Chiles at Adaptive Books has signed E.C. Myers (Fair Coin and Quantum Coin) to write the YA thriller The Silence of Six, about a high school hacker who gets tangled up in a web of secrets, involving big data espionage and underground hacktivist networks, after he witnesses his best friend's suicide. It's scheduled for publication in November 2014. Eddie Schneider at JABberwocky brokered the deal.
    Nancy Inteli at HarperCollins has signed 2014 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winner Christian Robinson to illustrate The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown. In the story, a group of children gives a dead bird a proper burial and then comes to the woods every day, until they forget, to sing to it and place fresh flowers on its grave. Publication is slated for 2016; Steven Malk at Writers House sold world rights.
    Harriet Ziefert at Blue Apple Books has bought author-illustrator E.B. Goodale's first book, tentatively titled Bella's Big Band. The picture book features a family that finds itself performing in full harmony. It’s scheduled for spring 2015; Kirsten Hall at Catbird Productions did the deal for world rights.
    Celia Lee of Scholastic has acquired world rights to Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt's Believe It Or Not: My Brother Has a Monster! in which a boy's brother sneaks home monster after monster until his parents show up. David Slonim will illustrate. It will be published in 2015; Jill Corcoran of the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency represented the author; the illustrator represented himself.

    IN THE MEDIA
    From Rolling Stone:
    When Holden met Katniss: the 40 best YA novels. Click here
    From Fast Company:
    Anatomy of a trending hashtag: #WeNeedDiverseBooks as a case study of hashtag activism. Click here
    From the Public Domain Review:
    A look at what may have been the first children's book, Orbis Sensualium Pictus, published in 1658. Click here
    From BuzzFeed:
    See photos from an elaborate Harry Potter-themed wedding. Click here
    From Mental Floss:
    "She'd write and bake simultaneously" – and 11 more charming tidbits about Beverly Cleary. Click here
    From the Huffington Post:
    Lessons on leadership from Beautiful Oops!, The Giving Tree, and seven other children's books. Click here
    From the Guardian:
    David McKee's Elmer – celebrating difference for 25 years. Click here
    From Bustle:
    Six reasons you'll always read – and love – YA. Click here
    From the Huffington Post:
    First Book's Kyle Zimmer on diversity in children's books: moving from outcry to market-driven solutions. Click here
    From the Halifax Herald:
    Remembering Brian Crocker, co-founder of Woozles, Canada's oldest children's bookstore, who has died at age 71. Click here
    From Entertainment Weekly:
    A first look at actor Jason Segel's first novel, Nightmares! Click here
    From NPR:
    Lauren Oliver on her novel Panic, which she says was inspired by a Grimm fairy tale. Click here
    Also from the Huffington Post:
    Eight life lessons every adult can learn from famous author commencement speeches. Click here
    From BuzzFeed:
    Literary bibs, onesies, teethers, and more: 33 gifts for book-loving babies. Click here
    SHELFTALKER
    ShelfTalker
    Kenny Brechner
    The Reading Habits of Mrs. Cook’s Class
    Mrs. Cook's fourth grade class talks with Kenny about some of their fave and not-so-fave reads. more »

    Josie Leavitt
    Embracing the On-Sale Date
    We take on-sale dates seriously at the Flying Pig. more »

    Kenny Brechner
    “The Constant Thirst”: An Interview with S.E. Grove
    The author of 'The Glass Sentence' answers a few about her new debut book, and gives some hints about the sequel. more »

    Kenny Brechner
    When Sleepers Awake
    Of surprise, serendipity, and sales: top sleeper hits at DDG Booksellers. more »
    FEATURED REVIEWS

    From There to Here
    Laurel Croza, illus. by Matt James. Groundwood (PGW, dist.), $18.95 (36p) ISBN 978-1-55498-365-0

    In a lovely companion story to 2010's I Know Here, Croza's heroine and her family have settled in Toronto. While the girl's references to "here" meant their rural Saskatchewan dwelling in the previous book, Toronto is "here" for her family now, and their former home has become "there." Both locations bleed together in some of James's thickly painted images, emphasizing the central role they hold in the girl's mind and heart. more

    Give and Take
    Chris Raschka. S&S/Atheneum/Jackson, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4424-1655-0

    Two strong-willed elves harry a farmer in this pitch-perfect folktale by Caldecott Medalist Raschka. While harvesting apples, the farmer meets Take, "a tiny little man" dressed in black. The farmer heeds Take's advice to "take as much as we can," trades all his apples for pumpkins, and ends up with "gallons of pumpkin soup." more

    The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume I
    Neil Gaiman, adapted by P. Craig Russell, illus. by Scott Hampton, Tony Harris, et al. Harper, $17.99 (192p) ISBN 978-0-06-219481-7

    As he did with Coraline, Russell makes the recasting of Gaiman's Newbery-winning novel into graphic form look easy with this vastly entertaining adaptation, first in a two-book set. Russell conceives the look and layout of the graveyard world inhabited by Bod (short for "Nobody"), the infant who has escaped his family's murderer; six artists contribute a chapter apiece. more

    Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey
    Nick Bertozzi. First Second, $16.99 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-1-59643-451-6

    Translating historical accounts into the graphic novel format can be an iffy proposal, often reducing the subject to illustrated factual regurgitation, but Bertozzi (Lewis and Clark) compellingly brings readers along for Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914–1915 conquest of the South Pole, just in time for the centennial anniversary of the expedition. more

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