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Coyote Moon

Coyote Moon
Maria Gianferrari

As a statistically inclined agent, I did some sleuthing recently, and here is what I learned: Of the 10 picture books that Maria Gianferrari has either published or under contract, 7 of them incorporate dogs in some way. Talk about an author specialty!

The deal that's being announced today is one of those 10, and is just as warm and rich and dog-loving as the rest. Here's the deal listing:

COYOTE MOON author Maria Gianferrari's OPERATION RESCUE DOG, a story told from two points of view: that of a girl on her way to meet her new rescue puppy, and the puppy itself as she approaches their meeting place, and with Luisa Uribe signed on to illustrate, to Jenna Pocius at Little Bee, by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author and Alli Brydon at Bright USA for the illustrator (World).

Can I get a woof-woof? Huge congratulations, Maria!

--Joan

Magic for Sale

Magic for Sale
Carrie Clickard

Carrie Clickard's MAGIC FOR SALE received a starred review from Kirkus! Congratulations, Carrie! We're so thrilled.

What would the stock of a magic shop be like? Young Georgie McQuist gets an eyeful one night when he lingers after closing time.

Actually the light-brown–skinned lad sneaks in on a dare, hides out next to the jars of "fresh pickled elf" until the doors are locked, then falls through a trap door to the crowded cellar. There, further eerie treasures from "freeze-dried ghoul and dragon drool" to "a kraken for your swimming pool" are all waiting to be inventoried by a harried ectoplasmic clerk. Undaunted, Georgie offers to help. Written in reasonably tight limerick-style verses that break into couplets for the actual inventory, the episode ambles along amiably until the arrival of the store's cackling proprietor, Miss Pustula Night (a white woman with hooked nose and blonde hair in curlers). Seeing the tally complete, she decides not to eat Georgie but to send him on his way with a souvenir—a hairy pink monster that sends his classmates off screaming at school the next day. Beginning with an outside view of the shop, with its caged skeleton and toothy "Unwelcome Mat," Shelley expands on Clickard's tally of witchly and wizardly stock in trade by further cramming every nook and shelf in sight with precisely detailed arcane items and thrillingly icky specimens.

One-stop shopping for all your elixir, potion, and spellcasting needs. Jinxes 50 percent off! - Kirkus


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