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Dear Friends,

For those friends and colleagues who attended the Bologna Book Fair, we were thrilled to get an early taste of spring in La Dotta. We were also delighted to be able to celebrate the success of Vicki Grant's 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU with members of the "Vicki Squad" at Da Nello - Vicki's publishers and co-agents from Brazil, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Hungary and Poland. The whole evening was great fun and an opportunity to exchange creative ideas about our new titles.

For those who were unable to attend the fair, please check our spring catalogue for up-to-date rights information on these new offerings. With summer already here, we're expecting a bumper crop of new work from our hard-working authors and illustrators-so please stay tuned!

As always, contact information is listed with each of the titles featured below. Please feel free to contact the corresponding agent if you have questions regarding specific titles.

Wishing you all the very best,

North American

World rights to author-illustrator Liza Woodruff's picture book, A QUIETER STORY , to Margaret Ferguson at Holiday House Books. A young artist tries to create a story but being true to her own voice becomes difficult when she is continually interrupted by her kitten who has definite ideas about the direction the story should take. Contact: Andrea Cascardi,

North American rights to ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL a graphic memoir by Robin Ha , sold at auction to Alessandra Balzer of Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins, in a good deal for publication in Winter 2020. When Korean born, non-English speaking, 14-year old, Robin Ha is abruptly transplanted from Seoul, Korean to Huntsville, Alabama with her single mom, she must grapple with culture shock, learning English, and her new Korean stepfamily. In the tradition of graphic memoirs such as American Born Chinese by Gene Yang, ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL is a deeply moving, funny, and insightful story about how art can save a life. Contact: Samantha Haywood,

World rights to the next two books in cartoonist and author Cinders McLeod 's MONEYBUNNIES picture books series, titled GIVE IT! and SAVE IT! , which playfully teach young children how money works to Nancy Paulsen at Nancy Paulsen books/Penguin. Publication is slated for 2019 and 2020. Contact: Samantha Haywood,

English rights in North America to Natasha Deen's YA novel NIRA PAINTS THE SKY IN B-FLAT to Julie Matysik at Running Press Kids for publication in 2019. Contact: Amy Tompkins,

World rights to 3 x Creeper Diaries and 3 x titles in a new series featuring Animal Warrior characters from the Minecraft world by Erin Falligant, to Monica Sweeney at Hollan Publishing. Contact: Fiona Kenshole,

World rights to SNOOZEFEST: The Science of Sleep, a middle grade nonfiction book by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, to Jennifer Stokes at Kids Can Press for publication in fall 2021. Contact: Amy Tompkins,

World rights to WHIZ MOB by Ted Staunton and Josh Rogan, a middle grade graphic novel about pickpockets and prejudice, set in the tense, turbulent summer of 1933 to Anne Shone at Scholastic Canada for publication 2020. Contact:  David Bennett and Amy Tompkins, 

World rights to Hackmatack and Red Cedar-nominated author Kate Inglis's picture book A GREAT BIG NIGHT, a rhythmic playful story about three frogs who ride bicycles through the woods, singing and playing instruments for the other animals, until a huge storm wins them an unexpected fan, have been acquired by Whitney Moran at Nimbus Publishing for publication in Fall 2020. The book will be illustrated by Marilyn Baillie-Award-winning artist Josée Bisaillon. Amy Tompkins handled the deal for the author. Contact: Amy Tompkins,

Michael Betcherman World rights to Michael Betcherman's THE JUSTICE PROJECT, a YA novel pitched as Friday Night Lights meets Cold Case, to Ruth Linka at Orca Books for publication in 2019. Contact: Amy Tompkins,

World rights to Monique Polak's middle grade novel TOO FULL BY FAR to Joni Sussman at Kar-ben/Lerner. Set in 1942, fifteen-year-old Rosetta gets an instant brother when her family takes in a young refugee. Contact: Amy Tompkins,

World rights to Sarah Mirk's nonfiction title on SEX AND DATING to Domenica DiPiazza at Twenty First Century Books/Lerner. An approachable guide to everything a teen needs to know from the author of Sex from Scratch. 

Foreign Rights  

French rights to HONOR CODE by Kiersi Burkhart sold to Fleurus by Lora Fountain on behalf of Fiona Kenshole. Contact: Fiona Kenshole,

Italian rights to MYA'S STRATEGY TO SAVE THE WORLD by Tanya Lloyd Kyi sold to Rizzoli. Contact: Amy Tompkins,
For Orca
Represented by Amy Tompkins,

Korean rights to GOING WILD: Helping Nature Thrive in Cities by Michelle Mulder (nonfiction 9-12) to Green Frog.

Korean rights to RUNNING BEHIND by Sylvia Taekema (Orca Currents 10-14) to Beautiful People Publishing.

Korean rights to YOU CAN READ by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Mark Hoffmann (picture book 4-8) to Thunderbird.

Simplified Chinese rights to the four books in the Just Enough Series by Dr. Jillian Roberts and illustrated by Cindy Revell (picture book 3-6) to Beijing Babycube.

Russian rights to PIERRE LE POOF! and PIERRE'S FRIENDS, written and illustrated by Andrea Beck (picture book 4-8) to Edlibrum.

Accolades, Awards and Notable Appearances
THE AGONY OF BUN O'KEEFE by Heather Smith is the winner of the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award in the Young Adult/Middle Reader category. The awards are presented annually to recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children's literature.

WHEN THE MOON COMES by Paul Harbridge, CAMPED OUT by Daphne Greer, 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU by Vicki Grant, THE AGONY OF BUN O'KEEFE by Heather Smith, THE MOSAIC by Nina Berkhout, PRINCE OF POT by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, and TRACKER'S CANYON by Pam Withers are Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books Starred selections.

THE V WORD by Amber Keyser, and featuring Kiersi Burkhart and Sarah Mirk, has been selected for the New York Public Library Summer Reading List.

Tanya Lloyd Kyi has received the Montaigne Medal Award for EYES AND SPIES: How You're Tracked and Why You Should Know (Annick Press).

The Ontario Library Association 2018 Teen Committee Summer Reading List picked 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU (Running Press Kids) by Vicki Grant, 90 DAYS OF DIFFERENT (Orca Book Publishers) by Eric Walters, THE AGONY OF BUN O'KEEFE (Razorbill Canada) by Heather Smith, and PRINCE OF POT (Groundwood Books)by Tanya Lloyd Kyi in their list of the outstanding books of the summer. The programme is part of the Forest of Reading.

The Ontario Library Association's 2018 Kid Committee Summer Reading List picked Anna Humphrey's CLARA HUMBLE AND THE NOT-SO-SUPER POWERS (Owlkids Books), Andrew Larsen's DINGUS (Kid Can Press), Norah McClintock's TRIAL BY FIRE: A Riley Donovan Mystery (Orca Books) and Eric Walters' 90 DAYS OF DIFFERENT (Orca Books) and SAY YOU WILL (Doubleday Canada)! This programme selects "books that you should be reading over the summer" and is part of the Forest of Reading.

36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU by Vicki Grant , THE AGONY OF BUN O'KEEFE by Heather Smith , and BLOOD ON THE BEACH by Sarah N. Harvey & Robin Stevenson were chosen by Toronto Public Libraries as their top 100 YA titles.

Vicki Grant's SHORT FOR CHAMELEON is a finalist in the Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Award and the Snow Willow award.

For its very first Twitter live post, The New York Times Children's Book Review editor Maria Russo joined the NYTBR editor Rumaan Allam with their picks for books for Father's Day. Maureen Fergus's picture book THE DAY DAD JOINED THE SOCCER TEAM (Kids Can Press) was their final selection! 

Two books by Robin Stevenson made the 2017 Rainbow List: PRIDE: Celebrating Community and Diversity, and UNDER THREAT.


The TD Summer Reading Club has announced its top picks for children's summer reading. Among them: THE MAN WHO LOVED LIBRARIES by Andrew Larsen , HE WHO DREAMS by Melanie Florence , SHADOW WARRIOR by Tanya Lloyd Kyi , CLARA HUMBLE: Quiz Whiz  by Anna Humphrey , LET'S EAT: Sustainable Food for a Hungry Planet  by Kimberley Veness , ONE RED BUTTON by Marthe Jocelyn , ONE PIECE OF STRING by Marthe Jocelyn , and CAN YOUR SMARTPHONE CHANGE THE WORLD? by Erinne Paisley .

Congratulations to the authors and illustrators who have been nominated for Red Cedar Awards! The fiction category includes: DOMINION by Shane Arbuthnott, CLARA HUMBLE: Quiz Whiz by Anna Humphrey, and INNOCENT HEROES by Sigmund Brouwer. The information book category includes: FAULT LINES: Understanding the Power of Earthquakes by Johanna Wagstaffe, SPEAKING OUR TRUTH: A Journey of Reconciliation by Monique Gray Smith, and A FAIR DEAL: Shopping for Social Justice by Kari Jones.

THE BONAVENTURE ADVENTURES by Rachelle Delaney, and BLACK GOLD by Sara Cassidy have both been shortlisted for the 2019 Chocolate Lily Awards!

HE WHO DREAMS by Melanie Florence and MY HEART FILLS WITH HAPPINESS by Monique Gray Smith have both been shortlisted for First Nations Communities READ Indigenous Literature Awards!

EVERYDAY HERO by Kathleen Cherry won the 2018 Chocolate Lily Award in the Novel Category.

DOMINION by Shane Arbuthnott was been shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Literary Fiction category.

New Publications

CASTING LILY by Holly Bennett, published by Orca Books (Orca Limelights 10-14).

TOURNAMENT TROUBLE by Sylv Chiang, illustrated by Connie Choi, published by Annick Press (9-12). TOURNAMENT TROUBLE is the first book in the Cross Ups series.

CLARA VOYANT by Rachelle Delaney, published by Puffin Canada (9-12).

KASEY & IVY by Alison Hughes, just out from Orca Books (9-12).

WHAT THE WIND CAN TELL YOU by Sarah Marie A. Jette, published by Islandport Press (9-12).

I AM BIRCH, written and illustrated by Scott Kelley, Islandport Press (picture book 4-8).

THE BAGEL KING by Andrew Larsen , Kids Can Press (picture book 4-8). 

HARRY'S HICCUPS by Jean Little, illustrated by Joe Weissman, Orca Books (picture book 4-8).

BLACK CHUCK by Regan McDonell published by Orca Books (YA 12+).

CAN YOUR OUTFIT CHANGE THE WORLD? by Erinne Paisley, published by Orca (YA nonfiction). The second title in the popactivism series.

THE KEY TO EVERY THING, published by Candlewick Press. Pat Schmatz introduces readers to a tenacious, fiercely loyal girl struggling to let go of the fantasies and fears of her childhood . . . and say yes to everything that lies ahead. This middle grade novel is emotionally true, incredibly moving and a literary tour de force. Pat Schmatz is the author of the critically acclaimed Bluefish as well as Lizard Radio, which won the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award for exploring and expanding the understanding of gender. Pat Schmatz lives in Minneapolis. Get a free preview of the book here:

EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith, published by Kids Can Press (9-12).

NOT 'TIL TOMORROW, PHOEBE by Julie Zwillich, illustrated by Denise Holmes, published by Owlkids (picture book 4-8).

THE DAY DAD JOINED MY SOCCER TEAM by Maureen Fergus, Kids Can Press (picture book 4-8).

HONOR CODE by Kiersi Burkhart (14-18) is a debut novel published this spring by Carolrhoda in the North America. It's a searing angry novel about a girl confronting the institutional cover up of a private school rape. Told in a compelling two person narrative, the story is angry and unputdownable.

"Burkhart nails all of the tense, ugly elements of sexual assault and its aftermath, from slut shaming to victim blaming. An intense look at rape on campus, this social media-savvy novel is a must-read." -Booklist 

UNDERNEATH IT ALL: A history of Women's Underwear by Amber J. Keyser (Twenty Frist Century Books) (14-18).

From the beginning of time, it seems men wore some sort of underwear, but what women wore is much more elusive.  This short history includes pictures from a Roman floor mosaic  where the women wore outfits similar to bikinis, to the middle ages and up to current day.  Women's undergarments were more form than function, and often someone else's idea of what beauty should be. We learn about the effect of the clothing industry on the environment, the real cost of cheap labor, and some modern entrepreneurs who are changing the status quo.  The concluding chapters on body image were the perfect connection for modern teens. 

"I learned a lot, this was a very interesting read. Well illustrated with captioned photographs, art, and media;  the side bars are informative and short. Keyser stays age appropriate in both the text complexity and illustrations for a middle school audience, however, the subject matter may be too delicate for some libraries." -Kiss the Book blog

Rave Reviews
Praise for BLACK CHUCK by Regan McDonell (World Rights Available Ex: English in North America, Orca Books). Contact

"Dynamically complex characterization and storytelling...brooding and absorbing."
-Kirkus Reviews

"McDonell provides a strong sense of character for each of her players, drawing them to a crashing conclusion through a series of impactful events. The author also displays an adeptness in handling themes such as inevitability, loyalty, and guilt, making this a read that sticks in the gut...This book delivers on a stirring psychological drama fans of Carol Plum-Ucci's The Body of Christopher Creed and of the CW's Riverdale will tear through." 
-School Library Journal

Praise for CLARA VOYANT by Rachelle Delaney (World Rights, Puffin Canada). Contact

"Delaney's book has multiple fun-to-follow storylines, from the mystery surrounding the Miss Trunchbull-like janitor to the romance between Kensington's taco slinger, Paquito, and ice cream scooper, Sophie. But it's the loving way in which all these characters are drawn and the intimate scenes between a mystic mother and a skeptic daughter that makes this novel so affecting." -Quill & Quire

Praise for EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith (World Rights, Kids Can Press). Contact

"... a powerful and poetic story of emotional endurance." 
-School Library Journal, starred review

"... one of the year's best books." -Quill & Quire, starred review

Praise for ELEPHANT SECRET by Eric Walters (Canada English: Penguin; World Ex. Canada English: Clarion.) Contact

"Walters' depiction of the bond that exists between Sam and her elephants is captivating. The elephants, who are presented as majestic and intelligent creatures with humanlike characteristics and rich emotional lives, will leave readers awestruck."
-School Library Journal

Praise for FOREST BABY by Laurie Elmquist & illustrated by Shantala Robinson (World Rights Available Ex: English in North America, Orca Books.) Contact

"A magical encounter with nature. A vicarious walk in the woods." -Kirkus Reviews

Praise for HARRY'S HICCUPS by Jean Little & illustrated by Joe Weissmann (World Rights Available Ex: English in North America, Orca Books.) Contact

"Full of colourful illustrations that will delight readers of any age...The repetition of 'hiccup, hiccup,' makes this a great story to be read aloud-it is funny and entertaining." 
-Resource Links

Praise for HOLI COLORS by Rina Singh (World Rights Available Ex: English in North America, Orca Books). Contact

"Communicating the universal concept of color within the specific celebration of Holi, this gem deserves a place in every child's book bag." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Praise for KASEY & IVY by Alison Hughes (World Rights Available Ex: English in North America, Orca Books). Contact

"Kasey's observational humor and snarky attitude will have readers chuckling. Hughes reveals in her acknowledgments that she spent a month in a hospital as a child, and she translates that effortlessly for readers, communicating Kasey's fear and vulnerability as well as that sense that she must put on a brave front for the sake of the adults around her...A surprisingly funny look at a subject readers may think is anything but." 
-Kirkus Reviews

Praise for THE KEY TO EVERY THING by Pat Schmatz (World Rights to Candlewick Press). Contact

"Traumatized by past neglect at the hands of an alcoholic parent, an "almost-sixth-grader" faces her phobia of being alone after her elderly friend is injured...Tash's volatile emotions and Kevin's gentle steadiness ring true, adding dimension to the tear-jerking trope...A bittersweet but hopeful take on loss, trauma, and the many meanings of family"
-Kirkus Reviews

"This novel will take some readers outside their comfort zones, into the sometimes scary arena of health care facilities and the never-easy subject of death. But the strong presentation of Tash's viewpoint is reassuring, and so is the straightforward depiction of her discomfort, anger, jealousy, remorse, reconciliation, and sadness. A simply written, emotionally resonant narrative." -Booklist, starred review

Praise for TERRA NOVA by Shane Arbuthnott (World Rights Available Ex: English in North America, Orca Books). Contact

"In this sequel, Arbuthnott elevates his story by introducing engaging new characters that provide depth to the back story of the British colony of Dominion. Old enemies and lost friends appear as Arbuthnott avoids clichés and plot tricks, allowing this imaginative steampunk fantasy to slowly build as he introduces Molly to the wonders of a spectacular spirit world. This spectacular sequel takes steampunk into new territory." 
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Praise for WHAT THE WIND CAN TELL YOU by Sarah Marie A. Jette (World Rights Available Ex: English in North America, Islandport Press). Contact

"A heartwarming, magical middle-grade novel, Sarah Marie A. Jette's WHAT THE WIND CAN TELL YOU tackles tough issues with sensitivity . . . This is a simultaneously realistic, supernatural, and touching look at the dynamics of families and disabilities. . . . This thoughtful and lively novel will delight middle-grade ages and beyond with its balance of sensory prose and meaningful topics." -Foreword Reviews

Praise for THE BAGEL KING by Andrew Larsen (World rights, Kids Can Press). Contact

"The Bagel King is a sweet story about the bond between generations, about how the younger generation values traditions as much as the older generations and learns valuable life lessons as the traditions are practised." -CM Magazine

This book was selected as a PJ Library Book of the Month. It was featured in the Globe and Mail spring reviews.

"This sweet intergenerational Jewish family story is filled with humor and heart. A warm addition for individual and small group sharing."  -School Library Journal

"Andrew Larsen's The Bagel King is the endearing tale of a zaida and his grandson Eli, and how they bond over a Sunday ritual of eating bagels: 'Warm. Chewy. Salty. Bagels.' Until one day Zaida doesn't show up at Eli's house. 'He had slipped on some schmutz' and fallen on his 'tuches.' Larsen threads the story with familiar Yiddish terms, seamlessly adding a dash of humour...This charming and humorous story is a great family read."
-Quill and Quire

Praise for THE DAY DAD JOINED THE SOCCER TEAM by Maureen Fergus (World rights, Kids Can Press).  Contact

"Complementing The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten (2013), this role-reversal episode likewise offers some indirect instruction in proper attitudes. Misunderstanding a coach's request for a parent volunteer, the young narrator's dad proceeds to charge onto the pitch-where he whines about being on defense rather than offense, hogs the ball, acts up on the sidelines, throws a fit when an opposing player isn't penalized for tripping, and loudly declares that playing soccer is all about 'WINNING!' The coach counsels the mortified lad to be patient and to keep demonstrating that being a Good Sport involves playing fair, showing respect to all, supporting teammates, and having fun. In the game's second half, Dad comes around handsomely. Unshaven and, thanks to a jersey that's far too small, bare of belly in Lowery's cartoon illustrations, the offending parent cuts a thoroughly ridiculous figure that young readers will mock with gusto even as they absorb these guidelines to civil, responsible behavior."  -Booklist

Maureen's book was also highlighted by Manda as one of the best books to read during the World Cup: 
New Clients
Tina Athaide 

Tina Athaide lives in California, a long way from her childhood homes in Uganda, London, and Canada, but the experiences of those years are present in her books. She writes beautifully crafted middle grade and picture books that have a commitment to diversity and cultural authenticity. Tina's debut MG novel, ORANGE FOR THE SUNSETS, will be published in Winter 2019 with Katherine Tegen Books. She has written leveled books with Bebop an imprint of Lee and Low and her work has been published in magazines. Now, at a time when there is so much conflict in the world, she hopes her stories will promote cross-cultural understanding and acceptance. Tina is represented by Andrea Cascardi,

Teresa Bonaddio 

Teresa Bonaddio has built her life around books. As a writer, illustrator, and designer, she values curiosity, play, and hard work. Her collaborations with a multitude of creatives in children's book publishing have spanned over 13 years. She grew up in Scranton, PA and earned a BFA in Printmaking/Book Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Post-Baccalaureate Graphic Design certificate from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She resides in Middletown, Delaware, frequents Philadelphia, and you can visit her at and on Twitter @teresabonaddio. Teresa is represented by Andrea Cascardi,

Karen Chow 

Karen S. Chow has enjoyed writing since third grade, when she crafted short stories on her dad's IBM computer. She began writing novels when she was a college sophomore, while earning a degree in Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University.

She wrote MIRACLE based on her experiences with her dad passing away from cancer and intertwined her story with her love for music. She's played piano, xylophone/bells, marched with the flute and piccolo, and dabbled in cello and harp.

Her manuscript was fine-tuned during #PitchWars 2017, a Twitter contest and mentoring program, where published authors help aspiring writers revise their manuscripts. Through Pitch Wars, she became friends with her mentors Cindy Baldwin and Amanda Rawson Hill, and she will be contributing to their MG@Heart newsletter, which highlights up-and-coming middle grade novels. 
Karen is an engineer by day and novelist by night. She lives in Gilbert, Arizona, with her husband and three children.

You can visit her at and on Twitter @KChowrites. Karen is represented by Andrea Cascardi,

Loredana Cunti

One of Loredana Cunti's passions is writing for the kid in all of us by finding stories in fun facts. Her very first book TO BURP OR NOT TO BURP: A GUIDE TO YOUR BODY IN SPACE, co-authored with Dr. Dave Williams (Annick Press) was shortlisted for a Silver Birch Award, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award and 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award and received a starred Kirkus review. The follow up, GO FOR LIFT OFF: HOW TO TRAIN LIKE AN ASTRONAUT has been selected as a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children's Book Centre, an OLA Top Ten Best Bet, and nominated for an American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Prize. MIGHTY MISSION MACHINES and DESTINATION SPACE are out in 2018 with Annick, and Loredana's first picture book, KARATE KAKAPO, is forthcoming in 2019 from Kids Can Press. Loredana Cunti is represented by Amy Tompkins,

Jason Carter Eaton

Jason Carter Eaton is an award-winning author and screenwriter. His children's books have won a host of awards, been translated into numerous languages, and have sold close to a quarter million copies worldwide. His bestselling picture book HOW TO TRAIN A TRAIN (Candlewick Press) was listed as one of the Best Books of 2013 by the NY Public Library. GREAT, NOW WE'VE GOT BARBARIANS! (Candlewick Press) as an SLJ Funniest Books of 2017, and was chosen for the International Literacy Association Children's Choices Reading List 2018. Jason's MG novel THE FACT TRACKER (HarperCollins Children's Books) sold to MGM in a bidding war for $1 million. Jason wrote the story for Fox Animation's biggest box office success to-date, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

Jason has three new picture books coming out in 2018-2019, POP! (First Second Books), FRO (Macmillan Children's) and BAD BROWS (Abrams Books). He is represented by Fiona Kenshole,

Judith Henderson

Judith Henderson is a composer, writer and producer. As a composer, she did the theme song for the Emmy Award winning show Arthur, as well as Mona The Vampire, City Mouse Country Mouse, Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings, Sea Dogs, Groundling Marsh, Kit N Caboodle, Amy Tan's Sagwa, Smoggies and Caillou. She executive produced, wrote the theme song, and scored the children's program Gofrette, which aired on CBC in Canada and Qubo in the United States. Her first children's book, THE MISSING DONUT (early reader, first of a three-book series called BIG WORDS SMALL STORIES) publishes with Kids Can Press in fall 2018. She also has a picture book forthcoming with Kids Can in the fall of 2020 titled AAAAA-LLIGATOR! Judith Henderson is represented by Amy Tompkins,

Lillian Karabaic

As the host of Oh My Dollar!, a weekly financial advice radio show, and as an international public speaker, Lillian has built a reputation for talking money without being boring - covering the kinds of modern money issues that millennials face (sometimes in costume.) Her work has been featured on CBS, NPR, Vox Media, the Portland Mercury, the Oregonian, the Journal of Higher Education, Portland Monthly, and in dozens of personal finance blogs and podcasts. A repeat speaker at community events, she has given fun money management talks at over 30 colleges including Wells College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Reed College, and Portland State University. Her cat-filled purrsonal finance illustrated workbook, Get Your Money Together, was 225% funded on Kickstarter. She is represented by Fiona Kenshole,

Jody Jensen Shaffer

Jody Jensen Shaffer is an award-winning poet and the author of more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction for children, including PRUDENCE THE PART-TIME COW, Missouri's pick for the 2017 National Book Festival in Washington DC, A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, IT'S YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, BUSY BUS!, and THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLED. Jody's poetry has been published in great children's magazines like Highlights, Ladybug, and Clubhouse Jr. She lives with her husband and kids in Liberty, Missouri, and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Visit Jody at or on Twitter @jodywrites4kids. Jody is represented by Andrea Cascardi,

Cats of Transatlantic Agency (Part 1)
Why should dogs have all the fun? The next few Transatlantic newsletters will star the moggies, rogues and fluffballs that share desks with the agents here.

Rupert decided to move in with Fiona five years ago. He wandered the streets of LA as a kitten, so he thinks he is quite tough, although he can mostly be found lying on his back waving his paws in the air. Rupert's special interests are chasing packing peanuts when a new delivery of American Girl books arrives, and locking down the Caps Lock key on Fiona's keyboard. Rupert takes a keen interest in new clients and submissions and he's particularly excited by Lillian Karabaic's GET YOUR MONEY TOGETHER, which teaches finance and features fiscally responsible kittens. Especially as it's endorsed by Lil Bub!

Here he is reviewing his retirement planning.

And AFTER reading the book...

Welcoming Stuti Telidevara
Stuti Telidevara has been interning with Senior Literary Agent Andrea Cascardi since January. Stuti is now a rising junior studying English at Harvard College, and calls Bangalore, India home. She's passionate about all children's books, but has a soft spot for young adult and any speculative fiction. "I'm so excited to be learning what it's like to be an agent with the fantastic people at Transatlantic!" We're excited to have Stuti on board, reading manuscripts, doing research, and updating our databases.

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