Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 21, 2013

Free Fall Friday – Kudos

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This fun illustration was sent in by Wendy Wahman. She is the author/illustrator of DON’T LICK THE DOG, A CAT LIKE THAT and illustrator of SNOWBOY 1,2,3. Here is her Website:

katyayKat Yeh’s THE FRIEND SHIP, about a lonely hedgehog who sets off on a voyage to find the wonderful ship where everyone is a friend, only to make an unexpected discovery as she invites more and more lonely animals to join her on their increasingly crowded boat, to Rotem Moscovich at Disney-Hyperion, for publication in Summer 2015, by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (World).

betsycropcropTassy Walden Award: Tassy Walden Awards competition encourages and nurtures the creation of exceptional quality books for children by unpublished Connecticut writers and illustrators in each of five categories: Picture Book (text only), Illustrated Picture Book (art and text), Children’s Book Illustrator Portfolio, Middle Grade Novel, and Young Adult/Teen Novel. Sponsored by Barnes & Noble the Tassy Walden: New Voices in Children’s Literature is a prestigious competition, judged by editors and agents in the field.

New Voices in Children’s Literature 2013 honorees were announced Tuesday night. BETSY DEVANY was a double-honoree this year. She was a middle-grade finalist for FILBERT AND THE GOOBERS,  and won honorable mention for FINDING BEAUTY. This was Betsy’s ninth Tassy.

If you attended the NJSCBWI Conference a few weeks ago, you heard Lauren Oliver (“Delirium series”) read an excerpt from her new YA novel PANIC. HarperCollins imprint Harper Teen will publish the book in spring 2014. Well, I thought you would like to know that Universal Pictures landed the film rights to PANIC in a bidding war. The seven-figure deal closed on Monday night, according to an individual familiar with the negotiations.

Michelle Nagler will join Random House Children’s Books on July 15 as associate publishing director for the Random House/Golden Books group, reporting to Mallory Loehr. Nagler is currently editorial director at Bloomsbury Children’s. Editorial director for Stepping Stones Jennifer Arena; executive editor Shana Corey, and associate editor and Chelsea Eberly will report to Nagler going forward.

Lynda Zuber Sassi will rejoin Chronicle Books as associate director, mass markets. Previously she was director of wholesale at DwellStudio; she was last at Chronicle in 2010. In addition, Erynn Im-Sato has been named associate manager, mass markets.

Lindsey Schwoeri has joined Penguin Books as editor. Previously she was an editor at the Random House Publishing Group.

Christina Quintero has joined Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as art director for licensing. Previously she was associate art director at Grosset & Dunlap/Price Stern Sloan.

Rysa Walker won the overall Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for her YA book Timebound. Walker will receive a $50,000 advance and publishing contract with Amazon Publishing.

The ebook of The Activist’s Daughter, about college life in the South during the civil righs turmoil of the 1960s is available for FREE from Amazon Kindle for 5 days only – June 20 – 24.  Don’t miss out!

Here’s your chance to win advance reader’s copies of FOUR of Greenwillow’s Fall 2013 books! They’ll be giving away one prize pack of all four ARCs. Here’s the link:

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congrats to Kat and Betsy! So nice to hear 🙂


  2. Congratulations to all the winners.
    And seven figures is a lot of figures. 🙂


  3. Thanks, Donna! And thank you, Kathy, for sharing my Tassy news.


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