“A heartfelt novel with complex characterswho realize that to promote change in the world, they first have to change how they see each other.”
John David Anderson, author of MS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY
Perfect for fans of Andrew Clements, Rob Buyea and Sarah Weeks …
“… Scheerger does an expert job throughout of keeping multiple subplots untangled and the voices of her narrators distinct … the author infuses her story in nonpreachy ways with themes of kindness, respect for others, and the importance of acting responsibly, capped by a list of helpful web resources.” —BOOKLIST
“In Scheerger’s middle-grade debut, she tackles issues of friendship, bullying, immigration, women’s rights, access to education, and homelessness/poverty. Speaking in a series of notes, letters, journal entries, and comics, eight diverse voices lead the storytelling as readers follow the fifth-grade year of Ms. Graham’s class (and their class frog, Kermit!). Her characters are genuine and complex as they grow and change… A thoughtful exploration of the power of the collective voice—growing up is owning up and speaking up.” —KIRKUS
“Compelling…teachable moments aplenty in the kids’ experiences and camaraderie…enticingly readable…offers multiple discussion possibilities for classes seeking to expand from Andrew Clements.” BULLETIN
From MCBookVillage / “Weaving a Graphic Novel Into a Traditional Text”:
I’m a huge fan of illustrations and their power on the reader. I sit in awe and wonder, because my pencil doesn’t do that. I’m indebted to the skill, time and heart that illustrator Gina Perry put into her work for this project. It’s . . . Frog-tastic! And she’s pretty Frog-tastic too!
Beautiful passage from the book that I wish every child & adult could realize! This struck home for me! Thanks for sharing with#BookPosseRating of
Did you love Because of Mr. Terupt? What about Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary School? It’s almost like Operation Frog Effect completes the trilogy (with Mrs. Bixby’s Last Day as an add on). Diverse fifth graders each sharing their own point of view. There’s even a poet and screenwriter. A classroom teacher we love who pushes the envelope. Kids standing up for what they believe in…This book is “frogtastic”, “frogerful” and “frog-alicious.”
“Of course I loved finding this [reference to THE CROSSOVER]
in the book!” — Librarian Leaps
“This book is wonderful and important on so many levels! So happy to be a part of this SUPER creative team bringing the words of Sarah Scheerger to life!” Veronica Taylor
“This book is so amazing! … Ms. Graham is an inspirational teacher and the effect she has on her students makes me want to be a better teacher. Do not miss this story of friendship, coming of age, and how powerful student voices truly can be.” —Laurie’s Library Place
“While the initial drafts of a writing project are often solitary, I love the collaboration that occurs when an editor jumps on board. (Thank you, Shana Corey!) With OPERATION FROG EFFECT, I also loved working with my fabulous illustrator GinaMarie Perry. Isn’t she amazing?”
Deutsch’s fifth SPIRIT RIDING FREE
companion volume — a
tie-in to the Netflix show by DreamWorks Animation — written in letter format, featuring the innermost thoughts of all of Miradero’s best pals–Pru, Abigail, and Lucky.
“… a beautifully illustrated picture book about friendship and tolerance.”
Gayle E. Pitman’s
SEWING THE RAINBOW (Magination Press; Clifton/Brown)
is a finalist in the 12th annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, sponsored by the
Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader.
Sarah & Ian Hoffman’s
JACOB’S ROOM TO CHOOSE
(Magination Press /
Illus. Chris Case)
Why the buzz: “Jacob’s Room to Choose is about a kid who gets chased out of the boys’ bathroom because other kids think he doesn’t belong there. I’m excited about this book because it follows Jacob’s New Dress, which made national headlines by being banned across the country. We expect challenges here too, but I am hoping we change some minds and open some (bathroom) doors for gender nonconforming kids and let them know that we got their back!”
As Jim Averbeck states, when B&N compares your book – TREVOR (illu. Amy Hevron/Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan) – to William Steig’s, you blush profusely!
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DON’T LET THEM DISAPPEAR by Chelsea Clinton, illus. by Gianna Marino Coming April 2nd from Philomel
“An appeal to share concern for 12 familiar but threatened, endangered, or critically endangered animal species. The subjects of Marino’s intimate, close-up portraits…steal the show. Still, Clinton’s accompanying tally of facts about each one’s habitat and daily routines, to which the title serves as an ongoing refrain, adds refreshingly unsentimental notes…A winning heads upfor younger readers just becoming aware of the wider natural world.” —KIRKUS
JUST LIKE MY BROTHER (upcoming from Viking) by Gianna Marino
The author/illustrator has created another excellent picture book, beginning with the winsome cover art and its clearly expressed sibling affection … The ending is a humorous, satisfying surprise. Magical, aesthetically appealing watercolor art ensures that each type of gently anthropomorphized animal is clearly defined species wise. Brilliant fun.”
HEY, WATER! by Antoinette Portis Coming in March from Neal Porter Books / Holiday House
*”Portis’s main text is spare and accessible, with occasional, effective use of figurative language . . . The many permutations of water…are the focus of the crisp, uncluttered, primarily aqua-colored illustrations; when we do see Zoe, she’s delighting in water. ‘Hey, water, thank you!’ she says on the final page while playing in the bathtub. The story’s ending segues easily to back matter that includes a note on conserving water as well as a note on water forms and a simple diagram of the water cycle.” —The Horn Book Magazine, starred
“…a lively celebration with enough factuality to be thought-provoking for youngsters just learning about earth science and conservation. A closing page summarizes the three different forms of water, and a diagram illustrates the water cycle; additional end matter advocates for the conservation of water and provides a bibliography for additional research.” –Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books
Check out the inspirational interview on Antoinette’s path to publishing featured on the blog at ONLY PICTURE BOOKS:
“A good picture book is a spy. It’s sneaking meaning into your life without you noticing.
RVC: Three words that sum up what a great picture is/does.
AP: Says something true about being a human being.
I’m going past three words here, but it’s important–a picture book isn’t didactic but rather something that tick‐tick‐ticks in the back of your mind like a time‐release capsule. It unfolds in your thought and moves you in some way. It makes you feel connected to your own humanity, and maybe makes you able to see your own behavior in a way that resonates for you. And maybe even changes you a tiny bit.”
— A Portis
Kwame Alexander’s HOW TO READ A BOOK (Harper Collins / illus. Melissa Sweet) is included in
Cover reveal of Ta-Nehishi Coates forthcoming novel, THE WATER DANCER (Sept. 2019 / One World) painted by Calida Garcia Rawles
—featured in the NYT:
“In late 2017, during a visit to Rawles’s studio in Los Angeles, Coates saw some of her recent work: photo-like paintings of black women, men and children floating or swimming in a pool. He had not yet finished his novel, but he knew it would deal with water as a central theme, so he asked Rawles — somewhat shyly, in her telling — whether she might be interested in trying her hand at the cover art…
Coates was touched when he first saw the cover illustration…
‘I wanted to cry,’ he said.” —NYT
Cover Reveal —Illustrated by Luciana Navarro Powell–
of TINY MONKEY ON THE BIG BLUE EARTH
(Amicus / Christie) coming Sept. 2019.
Speaking of Coming Attractions…
PINKY GOT OUT! (Crown) by Michael Portis:
“(In) Michael Portis’ debut picture book … children on a field trip to the zoo follow the antics of Pinky the escapee flamingo … young children will enjoy spotting the titular flamingo.” KIRKUS
Michael Paul’s CHOMP (upcoming from Crown) … a companion volume to ROAR
“A gallery of shark shapes and sizes, attitudes and appetites. Bright … visually striking … colorful and inviting illustrations.”
THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN debut picture book by Eileen R. Meyer / Illus. by David Szalay,
with poems expressing the exceptional nature of the 16th president. (Charlesbridge)
UNDER THE BROKEN SKY, a middle grade novel-in-verse
by award-winning Mariko Nagai,
about a Japanese orphan’s time in Soviet-occupied rural Manchuria during WWII.
(Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt / Macmillan)
THE CROSSOVER Graphic Novel by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile, adapting Alexander’s Newbery-winning novel (HMH)
“I’m not surprised to see you [Sarah Scheerger and Laurie Halse Anderson] sharing the same space. You are both kind, talented writers who care passionately about speaking your truth and creating spaces for compassionate discussion,” —Hillary Homzie
*CONGRATULATIONS ONE AND ALL*
We are thrilled and thankful to represent such amazing talent.