MARIKO NAGAI A beautifully told MG
a Japanese orphan’s experience
in occupied rural Manchuria
during World War II.
Christy Ottaviano Books/ Henry Holt/Macmillan
“Published for middle-grade readers but necessary for all of humankind, Under the Broken Sky is a breathtaking work of literature.”—BOOKLIST starred review
“Echoing the hardships and redemption of many novels about World War II, this well-timed story about a lesser-known group of refugees adds an important chapter to the narrative of human oppression and survival.”
“Told with frank, unsentimental honesty and pain that lives in the space between words as much as in the words themselves. An afterword includes historical context on Manchuria in World War II and a reminder from the author that refugee families to this day leave their homes because they have no choice; this story offers readers a moving way to put themselves in such families’ shoes.” –BULLETIN
Literary and historically insightful, this is one of the great untold stories of WWII. Much like the Newbery Honor book Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, Under the Broken Sky is powerful, poignant, and
An Associate Professor at
Temple University Japan, Mariko Nagai has received the prestigious Pushcart Prize in both poetry and fiction, as well as many other accolades including the 2016 Arnold Adoff New Voice Poetry Honor for her debut MG novel in verse, DUST OF EDEN (Albert Whitman).
Look for COLD SPRINGS in Fall 2020 (Christy Ottaviano Books).
Acquisitions and Licensing
Sigaliot has licensed Hebrew rights to Gianna Marino’s JUST LIKE MY BROTHER (Viking), called out by Kirkus as “magical” and “brilliant.”
Scholastic has licensed paperback book club rights to Michael Paul’s ROAR: A DINOSAUR TOUR (Crown), a Baker’s Dozen Best Book of 2019.
Scholastic has licensed paperback book clubs rights to Lynn Marie’s MOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SCARES: A ZOMBIE TALE (Sterling), a Mighty Girl “hauntingly funny” title.
SECRET SANTA SURPRISE Penguin Young Readers Licenses
LLAMA LLAMAis a TV STAR!
The sixth NETFLIX media tie-in 8×8 based on Anna Dewdney‘s bestselling pre-school brand.
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Here’s to THANKS and GIVING
all year long…
Booktacular #5 on the NYT Bestseller List 32 weeks (10.26.19)
East/West’s236th week! including–
Kimberly and James Dean’s PETE THE CAT AND
Debut Middle Grade author Ernesto Cisneros and Efrén Divided (Harper Collins, March 2020; an Indies Introduce title) Featured in PW:
KIRKUS applauds Eileen R. Meyer’s THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN:
Poems About our 16th President (Charlesbridge / Nov. 2019/ illus. David Szalay) “Telling Abraham Lincoln’s story in poetry is a tall order, but Meyer pulls it off. The portrait orientation of the volume is the right choice for our tall president, and Szalay’s attractive, folksy art manages to capture the homespun spirit of the poems. The collection will make excellent reading aloud in the classroom, a few a day. A tip of the stovepipe hat for making a poetry biography so much fun.“
Eileen recently presented at the Illinois Reading Council and the Association of Illinois School Library Educators Conference. And if are in the Chicago area, don’t miss the opportunity to meet Eileen at the Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grover!
Gianna Marino’s NIGHT ANIMALS NEED SLEEP TOO
(Viking, February 2020)
“In Marino’s follow-up to NIGHT ANIMALS, the search for ‘somewhere dark and quiet’ to sleep doesn’t go easily for Possum. Marino’s illustrations of Possum and company—struggling to stay awake, playing dead, and running for their lives—are hilarious and endearing, as is her dialogue. Beaver: ‘Oh, Possum! I am so sorry you’re dead!’ Bear: ‘He does that sometimes.’ Brief facts on the nocturnal animals depicted appear on the inside of the dust jacket. A midday bedtime book that will keep readers laughing.“
More accolades for Erin Dealey’s lyrical holiday story SNOWGLOBE WISHES: “heartwarming … a winsome, hopeful portrait of family and community bonds” (PW) and “warmhearted … filled with goodwill and hope” (SLJ).
Speaking of the holidays:
WHEN PENCIL MET ERASER
by Karen Kilpatrick & Luis O. Ramos Jr. and German Blanco (Imprint/Macmillan) is featured on Amazon’s Holiday Toy List.
Also named one of the “Best Children’s Books of 2019” by Parents magazine!
“The illustrations shine in this tale of how Pencil and Eraser became unlikely BFFs. Our kid reviewers cracked up at the facial expressions of the characters and realized that the drawings looked better when a bit was erased. Parents appreciated the message that even if someone initially rubs you the wrong way, you can still be friends.”
The influential parenting website Red Tricycle, with a UVPM of 1,572,434, chose Lynn Marie’s MOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SCARES as one of their favorite Halloween Books.
“The classic tale of Goldilocks gets a Halloween-themed twist when Moldilocks winds up in the house of the Scare family.
Fun illustrations and the underlining tale about adoption added to a happily ever after ending make this charming book a perfect Halloween tale.”
“No one knows more about the tantalizing and provocative films of the early 1930s than Mark Vieira, and no one has access to better still photos. His 1999 volume SIN IN SOFT FOCUS covered this territory but as it is out of print, it’s to film buffs’ benefit that TCM has commissioned a new entry in its ongoing series of beautifully packaged books…
With exquisitely showcased illustrations and informative text, this book meets the high standard one would expect from its author and publisher.”
Upcoming next month from Mark A. Vieira, et al: ADRIAN: A LIFETIME OF MOVIE GLAMOUR, ART AND HIGH FASHION (Rizzoli)