“Jackson (Monday’s Not Coming) deftly chronicles the timely story of bold young talent gone too soon and the survivors who struggle to keep it alive. The year is 1998 and aspiring teen rap artist Stephon Davis Jr. is dead in Brooklyn, the victim of an apparent street shooting perpetrated by persons unknown. Determined not to let his musical genius die with him, Steph’s heartbroken best friends, Quadir and Jarrell, and his grief-stricken sister, Jasmine, hatch a plan to pretend that Steph is still alive in order to turn him into a rap superstar like his recently slain idol, Biggie Smalls. As Quadir and Jarrell hawk Steph’s posthumous demos (with lyrics written by Malik-16) and a record label rep shows interest in meeting the young artist, an increasingly haunted Jasmine delves into the suspicious circumstances surrounding her brother’s murder. From obscure rap and hip-hop references to invocations of scalding hot combs, Jackson scores a bull’s-eye with her passionate homage to black city life in the late ’90s, yet it’s her earnest takes on creativity, love, and loss that are timeless. Ages 13–up.”-Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
Juliana Brandt’s THE WOLF OF CAPE FEN, set during the harsh winter in an isolated coastal town, following a girl who must break a magical bargain before an enchanted wolf steals her sister away, only to discover her sister isn’t the only one whose life is in danger, to Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2020, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency (World English).
Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum’s BOATS WILL FLOAT, following every kind of boat imaginable though their busy days and into their nighttime moorings, illustrated by Brett Curzon, moving to Barb McNally at Sleeping Bear Press, for publication in spring 2020, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency for the author, and by Christy Tugeau Ewers at CATugeau for the illustrator (world).
Creator of The Modern Caravan Kate Oliver’s visually-driven DIY design and renovation book featuring diverse mobile living spaces, from Airstreams to buses, throughout the world, to Rachel Hiles at Chronicle, in a very nice deal, by Jennifer Chen Tran at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Soraya M. Lane’s WIVES OF WAR, to Gianni La Corte at La Corte (Italy), by Thesis Contents Agency; also to Alexandra Matyi at Alexandra (Hungary), by Norbert Uzseka at Lex Copyright Office; and to Sarka Kadlecova at Euromedia (Czech Republic), by Tereza Krobotova at Kristin Olson Literary Agency; on behalf of Alexandra Levenberg at Amazon Publishing and Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.
Ann Aguirre’s VANGAURD, to Oceano (Mexico), by Sandra Bruna Literary Agency, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.
Jenn Bennett’s STARRY EYES and SERIOUS MOONLIGHT, to IUVI (Poland), in a two-book deal, by Justyna Pelaska at Graal, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.
Tiffany D. Jackson’s ALLEGEDLY and MONDAY’S NOT COMING, to Festa (Germany), in a two-book deal, by Roswitha Kern at Agence Hoffman, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Natalie Lakosil of Bradford Literary Agency.
The books that make the Wisconsin State Reading List are evaluated based on appeal for students and value for classroom use while also representing high-quality literature with a focus on diversity, authenticity, real-world awareness, thought-provoking response, engaging storytelling, and artistry of writing craft. Congratulations to author Saadia Faruqi for having her debut book make this list!
In honor of Read Across America Day, Ciarra Chavarria gave her top picks for the best children’s books that celebrate diversity. MEET YASMIN ranked #6 on her list, because:
“Yasmin’s religion and culture are woven so seamlessly and thoughtfully into her story that all readers — no matter their background — can learn from and enjoy her adventures. And I love the additional learning material at the back.”
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“Exceptional storytelling, well-crafted, true-to-life dialogue, and the richly drawn Brooklyn landscape will draw readers into this fast-paced blend of mystery, budding romance, and social commentary. Thoroughly engrossing and as infectious as Steph’s lyrics: a testament to the unbreakable bonds of friendship and a love letter to Brooklyn and hip-hop in the late ’90s.” – Kirkus, starred review