Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sneak Peek 2015: Cover reveal for LOLA LEVINE IS NOT MEAN!


Very excited to announce Monica Brown's new LOLA LEVINE chapter book series coming from Little, Brown and Company in 2015! The first book  LOLA LEVINE IS NOT MEAN!, illustrated by the amazing Angela Dominguez, will publish in November 2015 with more books to follow in 2016!

See Monica's announcement here. And look for more details coming soon.


Early Praise for LOLA LEVINE: 

“Lola’s boisterous debut is a refreshing snapshot of the modern child, defying gender and cultural stereotypes. Viva Lola Levine!”   
—Jamie Naidoo, Director, National Latino Children’s Literature Conference

“Lola Levine Is Not Mean! is a perfect book for early readers who will delight in Lola’s many humorous conundrums and their peaceful resolutions.”    
—Ruth E. Quiroa, Associate Professor, National Louis University

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sneak Peek 2015: B&N's Cover Reveal for The Weight of Feathers

EXCLUSIVE COVER REVEAL BY B&N TEEN BLOG FOR EXCITING YA DEBUT: 
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

The Weight of Feathers  


The Palomas and the Corbeaus are  traveling circus performers…and major rivals. They’ve been feuding for a generation when a disaster brings Lace Paloma and Cluck Corbeau together, sparking a forbidden romance in a world of magic and danger. Anna-Marie McLemore’s debut, The Weight of Feathers, has been called The Night Circus meets Romeo and Juliet, but it’s definitely got a magic all its own. Here to tell you about how that magic got translated into this beautiful cover is the author herself.

A few years ago, I was in the woods with a photographer friend, wearing wire and fabric wings for a shoot. White and gold, and sheer enough for the sun to come through, they were as beautiful as they were difficult to hold up. As I straightened them on my back, I noticed a little girl watching me with as much wonder as if I was a magical creature who had come out of the trees.

For the next couple of months, remembering that moment kept bringing me back to a story my father had told me, about a mermaid show he saw when he was my age. Those two ideas grew into a story not only of two rival traveling shows, but of two enemy families, and a small-town disaster that brings out the worst in both of them. For those two families, magic is woven into both their most cherished traditions and their deepest fears. It keeps each family together, but also deepens a feud that’s gone on for a generation.

Lisa Pompilio, the cover designer, not only combined the feel of the ethereal with the sense of the realistic, she also incorporated so many details important to the story. I love how she depicts these two characters caught between worlds. They’re balanced in a place that feels precarious because of the feud between their families, but also safe because they’ve made it theirs. They never forget how far they can fall, but for a minute, they don’t care. They just hold onto each other.

I could not be happier with this cover! There were elements I hoped to see on the cover, but I had no idea how they could come together, and this beautiful depiction feels so true to the story and its characters. It captures both a world we know and the magic that haunts both these families. I’m so grateful to Lisa Pompilio and everyone at Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press involved in bringing this book to life. I feel so lucky to get to work with a team who takes such care with this story.

Meet Anna-Marie on her website and learn more.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Monica Brown celebrates unstoppable GIRL POWER!


Thrilled to announce Monica Brown's CHAVELA AND THE MAGIC BUBBLE illustrated by Magaly Morales is included in GIRL POWER: 5-MINUTE STORIES, a new treasury just released from Houghton Miflin Harcourt. Check out this fabulous Treasury collection of 10 stories in one book that celebrates confident, daring, fearless girls!

We spotted GIRL POWER at Barnes and Noble's "Inspiring Stories for Unstoppable Girls" display or find more info here. Meet Monica Brown at the Tucson Book Festival on March 14, 2015!



Thursday, February 19, 2015

FCL Highlights Deals of 2014!

Full Circle is celebrating our 10th Anniversary in 2015---we’re excited about the coming year!

As we head into the new year full speed ahead, we wanted to pause to highlight some of our exciting 2014 deals for our talented writers and illustrators (these are only a few highlights among many others not listed). Here goes:

AWARD-WINNING NONFICTION AUTHOR JOINS NEW SERIES! 
Lois Miner Huey's GOLD & GLORY: THE SEARCH FOR EL DORADO, about the myth of El Dorado, the explorers who trekked across the world to find it, and the truth behind the legends, to Caroline Abbey and Paula Sadler at Random House Children's, by Taylor Martindale at Full Circle Literary.
 
NEW CHAPTER BOOK SERIES IN A FOUR-BOOK PREMPT DEAL! 

Monica Brown's chapter book series starring a bi-racial, bi-cultural second grader who has a love for writing and soccer, starting with LOLA LEVINE IS NOT MEAN! and LOLA LEVINE, DRAMA QUEEN, to Alvina Ling and Nikki Garcia at Little, Brown Children's, in a four-book deal, in a pre-empt, for publication in Spring 2016, by Stefanie Von Borstel at Full Circle Literary.






YA DEBUT DEAL!  Aisha Saeed's debut WRITTEN IN THE STARS, in which a young Pakistani-American girl falls in love with a boy in her community against her parents' wishes, and when they find out, the consequences are greater than anything she could have possibly imagined, to Nancy Paulsen at Nancy Paulsen Books, by Taylor Martindale at Full Circle Literary.

YA TWO-BOOK DEAL! 
Author of OPEN ROAD SUMMER and the forthcoming THE START OF ME & YOU, Emery Lord's WHEN WE COLLIDED, about a boy who is struggling to move on after his father's death and a girl who comes to town hoping for a fresh start, and what happens when their summer love faces the troubles they've each been hiding, again to Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury Children's and Ellen Holgate at Bloomsbury UK Children's, in a two-book deal, by Taylor Martindale at Full Circle Literary.

YA DEBUT TWO-BOOK DEAL! 
Anna-Marie McLemore's THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, in which two teenagers from rival families of traveling performers fall in love despite impossible odds and an animosity deeper than blood, to Kat Brzozowski at Thomas Dunne Books, in a two-book deal, by Taylor Martindale at Full Circle Literary. 

        
TWO-BOOK DEAL + STATIONERY!
Lisa Congdon's FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE, a second volume of inspirational quotations, the follow-up to Whatever You Are Be a Good One, and SWIMMING, an illustrated celebration of everything that makes getting in the water so beloved, to Bridget Watson Payne at Chronicle, for publication in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, by Stefanie Von Borstel at Full Circle Literary. Look for notepads and stationery items from Chronicle Books in 2015.


DEBUT CRAFT/LIFESTYLE BOOK GOES TO AUCTION! 
Creator of the blog Flax and Twine Anne Weil's KNITTING WITHOUT NEEDLES, a collection of wearable projects made with arm-knitting and finger-knitting techniques, to Caitlin Harpin at Potter Craft, at auction, by Stefanie Von Borstel at Full Circle Literary. Publication is scheduled for September 2015!
AWARD-WINNING PICTURE BOOK AUTHOR! 
Jennifer Ward's FEATHERS AND HAIR: WHAT ANIMALS WEAR, exploring wild outerwear and the animals that sport it, to be illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong, to Andrea Welch at Beach Lane Books, for publication in spring 2017, by Stefanie Von Borstel at Full Circle Literary for Ward, and Rubin Pfeffer at Rubin Pfeffer Content for Tsong.

 
DEBUT PICTURE BOOK AUTHOR GOES TO AUCTION! 
Sister of late artist Keith Haring, Kay Haring's untitled biography of her brother, to Lucia Monfried at Dial, at auction, for publication in 2016, by Adriana Dominguez at Full Circle Literary.
 
DEBUT PICTURE BOOK ILLUSTRATOR! 
SCBWI Portfolio Grand Prize Winner Juana Martinez-Neal to illustrate Susan Middleton Elya's LA MADRE GOOSE, a collection of poems with a sprinkling of Spanish, to Susan Kochan at Putnam Children's, for publication in winter 2016, by Stefanie Von Borstelat Full Circle Literary for Martinez-Neal.  View Juana’s Illustrator Portfolio here!

AWARD-WINNING PICTURE BOOK ILLUSTRATOR! 
Rafael Lopez to illustrate Newbery Honor-winner Margarita Engle's BRAVO!, a biographical collection of poems about famous Latinos, to Laura Godwin at Holt Children's, by Stefanie Von Borstel and Adriana Dominguez of Full Circle Literary for the illustrator.  View Rafael’s Illustrator Portfolio here!

ORIGINAL BOARD BOOK SERIES HITS WITH TWO-BOOK DEAL! 
NYT bestselling author Toni Buzzeo's debut into board books and illustrated by artist-designer Jim Datz's WHOSE TOOLS?, a nonfiction interactive guessing book about twenty-four tools and the workers who use them, to Cecily Kaiser at Appleseed, in a two book deal, for publication beginning in spring 2015, by Stefanie Von Borstel at Full Circle Literary for Buzzeo.


And finally a very EXCITING FILM DEAL for YA DEBUT MEMOIR TAKING FLIGHT by Michaela and Elaine DePrince – more details coming soon from Adriana!


 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Announcing GoodReads Pre-Publication Book Giveaway!

Enter the GoodReads Book Giveaway to win a free pre-publication copy from February 10 - March 10, 2015!


From the creators of the bestselling There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog and There Was an Old Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea comes the next “out of this world” picture book in the series. Join the old Martian as he swallows the moon, a comet, a rover, and more! Then he blasts off in his spaceship—beep, beep, ZOOM!

Jennifer Ward’s silly text and Steve Gray’s lively artwork take readers “out of this world” in this fun adaptation of the popular song, There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly. New from Two Lions on March 10, 2015, pre-order here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I DON'T WANT TO BE A FROG picture book debut by Dev Petty

I DON'T WANT TO BE A FROG by debut writer Dev Petty, illustrated by Mike Boldt is out today --- with lots of laughs! --- from Random House Children's Books.

Do YOU want to be a frog? NO?! Well, then what kind of animal do you want to be?





Join the celebration and download a fun free activity kit on Dev Petty's website, here. Watch the hilarious book trailer here!


 

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