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The latest about what’s going on in Heartland Writers for Kids and Teens – including who’s just joined, who’s writing what, and who just got published.

Congratulations to Elizabeth C. Bunce!

Congratulations to Elizabeth C. Bunce!

Elise Howard of Algonquin Young Readers has acquired a middle grade mystery series by Elizabeth C. Bunce, beginning with PREMEDITATED MYRTLE, in a four-book pre-empt. Pitched as Miss Fisher or Flavia de Luce for tweens, the series follows an irrepressible 12-year-old protagonist and her adventures in Victorian criminology, and will launch in Spring 2020. Bunce was the inaugural winner of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award for A CURSE DARK AS GOLD. This is her first foray into middle…

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Congratulations to Sherry Bushue!

Congratulations to Sherry Bushue!

Star Bright Books has purchased world rights to four of Heartlander S. J. Bushue’s bilingual picture book titles. Animal ABC bilingüe bilingual, a unique introduction to the ABCs, features animals whose names share a common beginning letter, regardless of language. Illustrated with the mosaic originality of Juan de Lascurain, this picture book’s planned release date is June, 2018. DINOSAURS COUNT encourages preschoolers to wiggle their toes and flap their arms along with some dinosaur pals. This multilingual picture book has been…

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Congratulations, Sue Lowell Gallion and Ann Ingalls!

Congratulations, Sue Lowell Gallion and Ann Ingalls!

Congratulations to Heartlanders Sue Lowell Gallion and Ann Ingalls! 😊   Barb McNally at Sleeping Bear has bought world rights to Ann Ingalls and Sue Lowell Gallion’s Tip and Tucker early reader series, the story of two very different hamster friends: one bold and adventurous, the other timid and cautious. But everything changes as the two friends venture out into the larger world at Berrybrook School. Andre Ceolin will illustrate. Book one is planned for March 2019, and book two…

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Congratulations to Alastair Heim!

Congratulations to Alastair Heim!

Alastair Heim’s fourth picture book HELLO DOOR made its debut on January 2, 2018. HELLO DOOR is a rhyming book illustrated by Alisa Coburn, who also illustrated Alastair’s LOVE YOU, TOO and is a retelling of Goldilocks and The Three Bears – featuring a sly, sneaky Mr. Fox who meet and greets everything he sees (and steals) with a polite “Hello!” Take a peek at HELLO DOOR here on Alastair’s website:  http://www.alastairheim.com/books/#/hello-door/

Congratulations to Jenn Bailey!

Congratulations to Jenn Bailey!

Ariel Richardson at Chronicle has bought world rights to Heartlander Jenn Bailey‘s A FRIEND FOR HENRY, illustrated by Mika Song. Making friends is daunting for Henry, a boy on the autism spectrum. His best efforts are often misunderstood, but after an art project mix-up, and a Circle Time setback, Henry finds a way to build a friendship. The book is planned for spring 2019; the author was represented by Rosemary Stimola, and the illustrator by Erica Rand Silverman, both of Stimola Literary…

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Congratulations, Traci Sorell!

Congratulations, Traci Sorell!

Karen Boss at Charlesbridge has acquired world rights to We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by debut author, Traci Sorell, an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. The picture book features the universal spirit of gratitude as experienced through modern Cherokee culture across the four seasons. Frané Lessac will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2018. The author represented herself, and Marcia Wernick at Wernick & Pratt represented the artist.

Congratulations to Bridget Heos!

Congratulations to Bridget Heos!

Congratulations to Bridget Heos for her new picture book, QUEEN DOG! Queen Dog has ruled her castle with grace and majesty since she was a pup. Her people adore her. They provide her with delicious meals and shower her with attention. Lately, though, they have been a bit distracted and service has started to slip. Queen Dog tries her best to make do–but then a stranger moves into the castle! Who is this tiny newcomer commanding all the attention? A servant, or…

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