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Recent News

  • SLAY by Brittney Morris is listed on the 2020 ALA Amelia Bomer/Rise: A Feminist Book Project List
  • Sold!! TV rights to Jeff Seymour's NADYA SKYLUNG series, fantasy adventures set in an unforgettable world where orphans take on pirates and ships can fly, to Baby Octopus, by Danielle Burby, and attorney Wayne Alexander.
  • SLAY by Brittney Morris among the 20 titles listed as Best Fiction for Young Adults in 2020 by YALSA!!!
  • Check out the gorgeous cover reveal and excerpt for Roseanne Brown's A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN over at Hypable!!!
  • Congratulations to Kristen Simmons whose YA novel The Deceivers has been nominated for an Edgar Award!
  • First review is in for Ally Carter's debut middle grade novel THE WINTERBORNE HOME FOR VENGEANCE AND VALOR. Publishers Weekly declares that "Carter offers up mystery, intrigue, and swashbuckling action in a rollicking story of long-lost secrets and found family."
  • Celebrating a starred review from School Library Journal for Marie Lu's debut historical THE KINGDOM OF BACK: "Lu brings her talents to historical fiction in this magic-infused telling of the lives of the young Mozart siblings.  Lu strikes a perfect harmony between fantasy and historical fiction that is at once satisfyingly intricate and excitingly paced. A beautifully composed historical fantasy that will enthrall readers, especially those with music in their hearts."
  • Publishers Weekly bestows the coveted star for the review of Sherry Thomas's THE MAGNOLIA SWORD: "Rich cultural references, intricate political machinations, and thrilling Wuxia elements distinguish this deftly woven Mulan retelling by Thomas, who was born and raised in China…Skillful martial arts scenes combine with crucial discourse on power, gender, and the impact of language on history in this gripping, thoughtfully layered reinterpretation.”
  • CrimeReads names The Lady Sherlock Series by Sherry Thomas as a Notable Series of the Decade!
  • In a slew of good news for Stacey Lee,  THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL has been named a 2019 Best Book of the Year from The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The New York Public Library, BookPage, and is also a Booklist Editor's Choice nominee.  Congrats Stacey!
  • Congratulations to John Galligan, Bad Axe County is part of Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2019!
  • SOLD!! NYT bestselling author of BIRD BOX Josh Malerman's SPIN A BLACK YARN, an original short story collection, as well as reprint rights to the novella collection GOBLIN, originally published as a special edition novel ON THIS THE DAY OF THE PIG, and the novella A HOUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF A LAKE (already optioned for major motion picture), to Tricia Narwani at Del Rey Books, in a 4-book good deal by Kristin Nelson. 
  • Congratulations to Kathleen West on her starred Kirkus Review for Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes! "Just as good as Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies"
  • Huge congrats to Brittney Morris! Publishers Weekly named SLAY a 2019 Best Book of the Year!
  • Hugely thrilled to announce that Stacey Lee's THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL is a 2019 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. So well deserved!
  • So hard to earn the coveted star from Publishers Weekly. Huge congrats Sherry Thomas! PW waxes poetic in its review for THE MAGNOLIA SWORD: "Rich cultural references, intricate political machinations, and thrilling Wuxia elements distinguish this deftly woven Mulan retelling by Thomas, who was born and raised in China."
  • Congrats Marie Lu! With the release of REBEL, the Legend Series lands back on the New York Times Series bestseller List at #6. Such a hard list to crack. So well deserved for the stunning conclusion of your debut series.
  • Jillian Boehme's debut novel, STORMRISE, publishes today, September 24th! A huge congratulations to Jill for hitting this incredible and well-deserved milestone!!!
  • Rosaria Munda is going on tour! She will join Tochi Onyebuchi and Natalie C. Parker on the road for Penguin Teen Game Night, an evening filled with prizes, swag, books, trivia, and games. Tickets are available here.
  • SOLD!! Writer and poet Kate Baer's WHAT KIND OF WOMAN?, a debut poetry collection dealing with themes of womanhood, motherhood, and marriage, highlighting the monotony, humor, and depth that comes along with both becoming and becoming undone by these experiences, to Mary Gaule at Harper Perennial, in a very nice deal, in a pre-empt, by Joanna MacKenzie.
  • Congratulations to Ausma Zehanat Khan on receiving a starred review from Booklist for THE BLUE EYE, the third book in her Khorasan Archives series. They called her "a master of the genre" and they couldn't have been more correct!
  • A huge congratulations to Rosaria Munda for receiving FOUR starred reviews for her debut novel, FIREBORNE. Fireborne has received stars from Kirkus, SLJ, PW, and Booklist. Such well-deserved praise!
  • Congratulations to John Galligan on a starred Kirkus review that called BAD AXE COUNTY "a darkly irresistible thriller."
  • Huge congrats to Stacey Lee!! Her August 2019 release THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL has earned the coveted star review from all 5 of the major review outlets: Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. This is a rare, amazing achievement that usually only happens once in an author's career.
  • SLAY by Brittney Morris listed as Our Most Anticipated Debut YAs of 2019: July to December by B&N Teen
  • A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN by Roseanne A. Brown was Listed in Publishers Weekly Spring 2020 Children’s Sneak Previews!
  • SOLD!! Award-winning author Stacey Lee's THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL, about a Chinese teen in 1890s Atlanta who moonlights as Dear Miss Sweetie, a wildly popular newspaper advice columnist that has all of high society in an uproar, to Ellie Russell at Piatkus, for publication in Fall 2019, by Jenny Meyer on behalf of Kristin Nelson.
  • Excitement for Josh Malerman as MALORIE, the sequel to Bird Box, is a Publishers Lunch featured 2019 Fall/Winter Buzz Book.
  • Publishers Weekly lists Rosaria Munda’s FIREBORNE as a 2019 galley to grab at Book Expo.
  • Publishers Weekly lists Brittney Morris's SLAY as a 2019 galley to grab at Book Expo.

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