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Author: Jilanne Hoffmann
Illustrator: Eugenia Mello
Publisher: Chronicle Children's
Blurb: A celebration of the power and wonder of Earth's ecosystems, following Dust across the globe as it revels in the beauty of its journey and the vital role it plays in nurturing life.
Author: Monica Roe
Publisher: Farrar, Straus Children's
Blurb: A 12-year-old high-octane kid with wheelchair motocross dreams must find her own voice — and the courage to speak up for her right to do things her way — when her well-meaning community takes over her plans to earn the money for a high-end stunt chair.
Author: Tziporah Cohen
Illustrator: Steven Salerno
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Blurb: This nonfiction picture book biography chronicles the trials and tribulations Milton Hershey faced as he attempted to create an affordable milk chocolate that everyone could enjoy.
Author: Lyn Miller-Lachmann & Tanisia "Tee" Moore
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Blurb: This book on women filmmakers profiles 15 contemporary directors who come from different countries, cultures, and perspectives, with an emphasis on using their work to raise social justice issues and underrepresented voices, for the Women of Power series.
Anthology Title: Every Body Shines
Editor: Cassandra Newbould
Work Author: Monique Gray Smith
Illustrator: Hippy Potter
Design: John Candell
Revealed: Jan. 14, 2021
Publication: Spring 2021
RQLA client Monique Gray Smith contributes her short story "Goalie" to Every Body Shines, a YA anthology celebrating body diversity. "Goalie" tells the story of a girl named Jac, who moves to a new town following her father's death. Disguised as a boy, Jac joins the hockey team where, finding acceptance, she begins to rediscover her sense of self.
Title: Soraya and the Mermaid
Author: Salima Alikhan
Illustrators: Atieh Sohrabi & Jennifer Naalchigar
According to Kirkus, "Alikhan pens a sweet story of a forming friendship and how there are positives to being different... Action, sea creatures, and a mermaid make this thoughtful adventure a delight."
Title: Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids
Editor: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Illustrator: Nicole Neidhardt
Revealed: June 8, 2020
An exciting upcoming MG anthology with contributions from clients Monique Gray Smith and Art Coulson.
Other News from the Flock
2/12/2021: Client Tziporah Cohen chats with the Canadian Jewish News about her middle grade novel No Vacancy, recently named a Sydney Taylor honoree and National Jewish Book Award finalist.
2/1/2021: Rural Voices, a YA short story collection featuring client Monica Roe's short story "The Unhealthy Breakfast Club," has been named CountryLiving's February Front Porch Book Club selection. This is the first time the magazine has picked a young adult novel for its book club.
1/27/2021: Client Tziporah Cohen's middle grade novel No Vacancy was named a finalist in the Middle Grade Literature category of the National Jewish Book Award. The awards were established 70 years ago by the Jewish Book Council in order to recognize outstanding works of Jewish literature.
1/25/2021: Client Tziporah Cohen's middle grade novel No Vacancy earned a Sydney Taylor Honor, given by the Association of Jewish Libraries to books for children and teens that exemplify high literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.
1/7/2021: Client Sidura Ludwig's short story collection is a suggested read for the Festival of Literary Diversity's January challenge, "a short story collection by an author from a marginalized community."
1/6/2021: Client Monique Gray Smith's novel Tilly and the Crazy Eights was named to CBC's Canada Reads 2021 Longlist, with panelists to be revealed on Jan. 14.
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Agent Jacqui Lipton's monthly Luna Station Quarterly column explores methods and strategies for writing with other people and organizations - as well as legal considerations to keep in mind. Whether you're co-authoring, writing for hire, or collaborating in another way, navigating partnerships can be a tricky but ultimately creatively rewarding experience!