31 Mart 2017 Cuma


Praise for
Rebecca Donnelly’s

Sidney Horatio Camazzola has always been more comfortable in the director’s chair than onstage (he likes being able to see the whole picture). The local children’s theater in his Florida town, the Juicebox, has always been a haven for Sidney (who works in props) and for his money-obsessed best friend, Folly (who works at the concession stand, obviously). It’s even beloved by Sidney’s prickly older sister, May, who, as even Sidney observes, can sing the heck out of anything. But when the theater runs into some financial troubles and is set to close, Sidney takes it upon himself to save it. Assisted by Folly’s business sense (“Folly probably sleeps on balance sheets”), his own organizational skills, and one determined diva in particular, Sidney sets out to direct the scheme of the century and save the theater—and the day. Full of quirky fun, this middle-grade debut is given a three-act structure and peppered with witty asides and comments from Sidney about the process of theater making. An ideal introduction for budding thespians.


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Agent: Molly Ker Hawn
Category: Middle-grade
Capstone, January 2018.  World English.
Manuscript available.

An American Booksellers Association “Indies Introduce” Selection

A modern-day Noel Streatfeild story with the offbeat wit and warmth of a Jack Gantos novel. 

Sidney Camazzola dreams of being a famous director, but for now he’s happy working backstage at the Juicebox Children's Theatre. When the Juicebox is threatened with closure, Sidney and his best friend come up with a brilliant plan to save it…that is, if you can call extortion a brilliant idea. 

With a riotous cast of family, neighbors, and the talented, squabbling Juicebox kids, the boys' crazy scheme is the production Sidney was born to direct. But can they pull it off, save the Juicebox, and give their masterpiece the happy ending it deserves?

“Sid's first-person, fourth-wall-breaking narration, full of amusing similes and asides, carries the day. Conspiratorial theatrics and all-around good fun.” —Kirkus Reviews

More about Rebecca Donnelly:

Rebecca Donnelly is a librarian and writer who lives in upstate New York. HOW TO STAGE A CATASTROPHE is her first book.

Paul Gamble’​ın THE MINISTRY OF S.U.I.T.S

Paul Gamble’s

has been shortlisted for the Teach Primary
2017 New Children’s Fiction Award

*Click here to check it out*

The Ministry of S.U.I.T.S
Agent: Gemma Cooper
Category: Middle-Grade
Feiwel and Friends, July 2016. North American.
UK & Commonwealth: Little Island Books
Finished books available.

For fans of Artemis Fowl and The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
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Something sinister is going on at twelve year old Jack’s school. The oddball kids are going missing, among them, Jack’s best friend, David. Luckily, Jack is the newest recruit to the Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things (M-SUITS) – a top secret government organisation dedicated to keeping under wraps the things that would have everyone else in the world reaching for a straitjacket.

Together with his prickly partner, Trudy, the most dangerous girl in his school, Jack sets out to find the missing children. And if, along the way, he’s forced to tackle rogue pirates, a thuggish tooth fairy and a wild bear who’s a very sore loser when it comes to musical statues, then so be it. But this is one madcap adventure that may change them all forever. Especially poor David, who’s about to be fitted with a peg leg and a hook…

“A zany explosion of hilarity.” —Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl

“Gamble’s debut novel is overflowing with offbeat humor… An entertaining read for fans of humorous adventure, such as Michael Buckley’s NERDS series.” —School Library Journal

Debut author Gamble combines outrageous adventure and a tongue-in-cheek tone to create a novel that’s both thoughtful and filled with laughs… Relatively short, action-filled chapters keep things moving briskly, despite interruptions from frequent (and quite funny) footnotes and excerpts from the Ministry handbook, which cover everything from the role of kangaroos in the manufacturing of duvet covers to why pirates ‘always bury their money rather than making use of more convenient online banking.’” —Publishers Weekly

“Think Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett, set in and around the Ulster Museum. Fans of the weird and the zany will devour this novel.” The Irish Times

THE MINISTRY OF S.U.I.T.S is a wonderful place, and the extracts from their handbook will have young readers giggling helplessly...the whole story romps along at a cracking pace. It's lively, with just the right balance of danger and comedy, and it's chock-a-block with explanations so bizarre you just long for them to be true. Don't miss it.” The Bookbag

“THE MINISTRY OF STRANGE, UNUSUAL, AND IMPOSSIBLE THINGS is a hilarious, madcap adventure. It is as strange as the title suggests - and ridiculously good fun . . . The book is packed full of jokes and the footnotes, and the 'Ministry Handbook' excerpts are genuinely hilarious. Highly recommended for curious children who are always looking for the strange and wonderful.” BookTrust

“THE MINISTRY OF S.U.I.T.S by Paul Gamble is a cavalcade of utter nonsense (much like me). Unlike me, it manages to be clever and funny as well.” Dave Rudden, author of The Borrowed Dark

Paul Gamble’s bio:
Paul Gamble was born and brought up in Belfast. He currently works in the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure which involves working closely with a range of institutions throughout Northern Ireland.

Alongside his job, Paul has also written for television and radio for the last twenty years. He has worked on topical comedy sketch shows with many actors and stand-up comedians. When not writing or reading he can be found at local music venues or watching theatre. THE MINISTRY OF S.U.I.T.S is his debut novel.

30 Mart 2017 Perşembe

WINTER HOUSE by Ben Guterson

Ben Guterson - Christy Ottaviano'nun ,  Macmillan yayınlarının orta sınıflara yönelik en sevilen romanların (örneğin Book Scavenger gibi) bazılarını bizzat kendisinin  edit ettiği biliniyor ve bu yeni üçlememizin de editorluğunu yine kendisinin yapacağını biliyıruz., Christy, bunun üzerinde çalıştığı en iyi romanlardan biri olduğunu söylüyor! Günahkâr bir ailenin laneti ve sırlarla dolu büyülü bir otelde geçmektedir.

WINTERHOUSE by Ben Guterson, illustrated by Chloe Bristol
January 2018; 240 pp.; Ages 9 - 12; B&W Spot Art; Editor: Christy Ottaviano
Henry Holt and Company Books for Young Readers

Orphan Elizabeth Somers’ malevolent guardians ship her away over the holiday break to the extraordinary Winterhouse Hotel, owned by the mysterious Norbridge Falls. Upon arrival, Elizabeth quickly discovers that Winterhouse has many charms—most notably its massive library. It’s not long before she locates a magical book of puzzles that will unlock a mystery involving Norbridge, his sinister family, and a fateful curse. As fate would have it, Elizabeth is the only person who can break the curse. But will it be at the cost of losing the people she has come to care for, and even Winterhouse itself?

Reminiscent of The Greenglass House and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and set against a rich and enchanting backdrop, this smartly written magical adventure is a hugely exciting debut. 

Ben Guterson was born and raised in Seattle. Before working at Microsoft as a Program Manager, Ben spent a decade teaching public school on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and in rural Colorado.  He has written features and book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites, as well as a nature-travel guide to the Southwest.  Winterhouse is his first book.

Book 2 coming in Winter 2019 and Book 3 coming in Winter 2020. 
The early, uncopyedited manuscript is attached, along with a few pieces of sample art.