Happy Pub Day to Susie Salom and KYLE FINDS HER WAY!

Happy Pub Day to Susie Salom and KYLE FINDS HER WAY! Must be fate that today is also #DayOfTheGirl. I read a sample of KYLE in an online pitch contest a few years back and immediately fell in love with Kyle’s odd-ball, open-hearted voice. I’m so excited y’all can read this now too!

kyle-finds-her-way-_coverOn the first day of sixth grade, Kyle Constantini lands in the principal’s office after standing up against (that is, punching) Ino Nevarez, who was teasing a deaf girl at school. Her punishment? Join the NAVS program, which teaches constructive problem-solving (that is, not punching).

Kyle loves NAVS, where her team competes in a challenge to navigate a maze. But her parents refuse to let her participate… so Kyle may just have to fudge the truth a bit to get around them. Then her best friend starts to crush on a cute new English boy, who seems to be interested in — Kyle? As the NAVS competition approaches, she has to trust her instincts, take some good advice, and figure out her way through the amazing maze of middle school.

Rich characters, a big heart, and a witty, warm voice make Kyle Finds Her Way a debut worth discovering.

What folks are saying:

[Kyle’s] conflicts with her friends and her parents are well-realized and believable, andher voice has a subtle edge of humor and self-deprecation that enlivens the presentation. Amusing, engaging, and honest, Kyle and her strugglesand successes will be familiar to many middle school girls.” – Kirkus

“In the samevein as R.J. Palacio’s breakout hit Wonder, this charming middle grade debut will strike a chord with readers who enjoy realistic fiction with depth.” – School Library Journal

Get KYLE FINDS HER WAY on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indie Bound, and check it out on Goodreads!

You can find Susie online at twitter.com/susie_salom and susiesalom.com.

Congrats to Don Zolidis on his debut deal!

From Publishers Weekly:


Laura Schreiber at Disney-Hyperion has acquired playwright Don Zolidis‘s debut YA novel, The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig (A Love Story) , in a preempt. It’s a coming-of-age story set in 1994 Wisconsin, chronicling the on-again-off-again relationship of Amy and Craig, who come to understand each other better through multiple disastrous breakups. Publication date is projected for fall 2018; John M. Cusick of Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management brokered the six-figure, two-book deal for North American rights.



Not only is Don an incredible playwright (if you were a teen theater-geek in the past ten years, chances are you read one of his monologues), SEVEN TORMENTS is one of the straight up funniest things I’ve read in ages. Congrats Don!

Welcome New Client Virginia Boecker

VIrginia-Boecker-Headshot-1.jpgI’m so excited to announce that the brilliant and wonderful Virginia Boecker is joining the Folio Jr. family! I’ve been a rabid fan of her work for years now, starting with the smart, funny, and action-packed WITCH HUNTER and KING SLAYER (Little, Brown). I’m so excited to be working with Virginia, and I can’t wait to tell you all about her next project. Stay tuned— and welcome Virginia!


the-witchhunter-revised-2-198x300-1You can find Virginia online at http://www.virginiaboecker.com/, and twitter.com/virgboecker. Check out WITCH HUNTER and KING SLAYER on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.

Congrats to Chana Stiefel on her new picture book deal!

From Publishers Weekly:

chanastiefel_color_picKate O’Sullivan at HMH has bought world rights to Wakawakaloch, written by Chana Stiefel (l.) and illustrated by Mary Sullivan. No one can pronounce cave girl Wakawakaloch’s name (why can’t she have something easy to pronounce like her friends Oog and Boog?), in this story with a positive message about family and tradition. The projected pub date is spring 2019; John M. Cusick of Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management represented the author and Justin Rucker at Shannon Associates represented the illustrator.

Chana is the author of DADDY DEPOT (Feiwel & Friends), coming Father’s Day, 2017!

Congrats to Sharon Biggs Waller on her new deal!

Congratulations to Sharon Biggs Waller on her new deal with Simon & Schuster Teen! This is such an important book and I can’t wait for you all to read it.

From Publishers Weekly:

sharonbiggswaller_picChristian Trimmer at Simon & Schuster has bought world English rights to Girls on the Verge, a YA novel by Sharon Biggs Waller. When 17-year-old Camille discovers she can’t obtain an abortion anywhere near her small hometown, she sets off for a Planned Parenthood clinic in the next state. Accompanied by Annabelle, the one-time star of her high school who has wound up stocking shelves, Camille embarks on a road trip of self-discovery in this coming-of-age story pitched as Going Bovine meets Thelma and Louise. Publication is set for spring 2018; John M. Cusick of Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management brokered the deal.

You can order Sharon’s latest historical YA, THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID (Viking Children’s Books) on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, or check it out on Goodreads.

You can also find Sharon at her website, on Facebook, and on twitter.

ENTER TITLE HERE by Rahul Kanakia, New York Times Review

EnterTitleHere_CoverCongrats to Rahul on this New York Times review of ENTER TITLE HERE (Disney-Hyperion, 2016). I DARE you not to have an opinion about this book… 

“It’s meant to make you uncomfortable, and Kanakia made me uncomfortable in so many ways.”

Order ENTER TITLE HERE on Amazon, B&N, and IndieBound.

You can also Rahul on twitter at @rahkan, and check out his amazing and prolific blog on culture, art, and life.

Cover Reveal: THE DOLL’S EYE by Marina Cohen

How cool– and creepy– is the cover for Marina Cohen’s next middle-grade, THE DOLL’S EYE?
“The day Hadley discovers the lone glass eye in the empty attic of her new house is the day her life changes forever.”
Coming February 2017 from Roaring Brook Press!

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You can order Marina’s super spooky THE INN BETWEEN on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.

Check out Marina Cohen online and on twitter.

Congrats Christian!

Congrats to Christian McKay Heidicker on his latest deal with Simon & Schuster! From Publishers Weekly:

unnamed.jpgChristian Trimmer at Simon & Schuster has acquired Christian McKay Heidicker‘s YA novel Throw Your Arm Across Your Eyes and Scream. Pitched as Pleasantville meets Cloverfield, the novel follows 15-year-old Phoebe, daughter of the woman who was carried to the top of the Empire State Building by King Kong, in a world where the horrors of 1940s and 50s sci-fi movies are everyday occurrences. Publication is planned for summer 2018; John M. Cusick of Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management brokered the deal for world rights.

You can find Christian online at http://www.cmheidicker.com/ and https://twitter.com/cmheidicker 

Get his debut CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound, and check it out on Goodreads.

“A plugged-in young adult comedy about the pain of unplugging… perfect for teen gamers and readers who are fans of Jesse Andrews and John Green.” (School Library Journal)

“Heidicker’s debut crackles with twitchy energy… this is a fun, absurdist romp through gaming culture, populated by zany characters and a quest narrative worthy of its own game.” (Booklist)

Congrats to Courtney and Valynne

I’m so excited to finally share this news, and the unique way this novel came to be. Check out Publishers Weekly’s piece on Courtney Alameda and Valynne Maetani tweeting their way to a six-figure deal.


“What began as a casual Twitter conversation between two long-time friends who for years talked about writing a book together – Valynne Maetani and Courtney Alameda – has become a hot property that recently was sold to HarperCollins in a two-book, six-figure deal after an auction earlier this year in which four major publishers participated. The final contract was signed in June.”

Visit Courtney’s website, follow her on Twitter, and like her on Facebook.

Check out Courtney’s debut SHUTTER on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Goodreads.

Check out Valynne Maetani on her website and twitter.
Check out Valynne’s debut INK AND ASHES on Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Amazon.



ENTER TITLE HERE on Most-Anticipated

Very cool to see Rahul Kanakia’s ENTER TITLE HERE on Epic Reads’s…

14 Most Anticipated YA Books to Read in August.


Pre-Order ENTER TITLE HERE on Amazon, B&N, and IndieBound, and check it out on Goodreads.

You can also Rahul on twitter at @rahkan, and check out his amazing and prolific blog on culture, art, and life.