Great reviews pour in for Pointe, Claw by Amber Keyser

Amber J. Keyser’s hot-off-the press YA novel, POINTE, CLAW (Carolrhoda Lab) has been getting so many good reviews it’s hard to keep track! Here’s a taster from some of the best (click the links for the full review):

“It might just change your life… I can’t choose the best part of this book. This was the best book I have ever read. Truly. It felt like Keyser just reached in and wrote my soul.” – Olivia, School Library Journal, teen reviewer

“Keyser’s writing shimmers with raw emotion and empathy, and her finale, much like in dance, is poetic, bittersweet, and life affirming.” – Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Keyser draws upon her own background in dance and biology to create authentic protagonists, whose complicated family lives add further dimension to the narrative.” – Booklist, starred review

“I was completely immersed in it while I was reading it, and it definitely has a wild, passionate appeal to it.” – Danika, The Lesbrary, queer blog

“This raw, intense novel, reminiscent of those by Sonya Hartnett and Stephanie Kuehn, will leave readers unsettled long after the final page is turned.” – The Horn Book Magazine

“This is absolutely 100% a book about what it means to inhabit a girl’s body. I can’t say enough good things about this strange, disturbing, and extremely compelling look at girlhood, bodies, and identities. Raw, weird, and wonderful.” – Amanda, Teen Library Toolbox, School Library Journal

Thanks to the reviewers and congratulations, Amber!

Amber is represented by Fiona Kenshole.

Deal News: Short for Chameleon by Vicki Grant

French rights to Vicki Grant’s SHORT FOR CHAMELEON have sold to Bayard by Lora Fountain of Lora Fountain & Associates, in a deal arranged by Fiona Kenshole. This YA caper follows a teenaged rent-a-relative, an elderly scam-buster and a beautiful girl with a devastating past as they find the meaning of family.

Deal News: 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant

Italian rights have sold for Vicki Grant’s 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU to Simona Casonata at Mondadori, in a pre-empt, by Vanessa Maus of Berla & Griffini; Indonesian rights, at auction, have been sold by Nawara Hinkaran of Tuttle-Mori; and Korean rights, at auction, have sold to Frombooks by Sungwoo Ahn of EntersKorea Agency, all on behalf of Fiona Kenshole. The YA romance is about two strangers with heart-breaking secrets who answer 36 questions to see if they can fall in love, inspired by a “Modern Love” column in the New York Times.

Starred Publisher’s Weekly Review for Pointe, Claw by Amber Keyser

What awesome news for a Monday morning: Amber Keyser’s forthcoming POINTE, CLAW received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly! Publishing with Carolrhoda Lab in the spring, POINTE, CLAW is Amber’s compelling YA novel blending ballet and biology through the dual perspectives of protagonists Jessie and Dawn. Both women face fears, physical and mental, in a story about identity and the powerful bond between friends.

Publisher’s Weekly writes: “Keyser’s writing shimmers with raw emotion and empathy, and her finale, much like in dance, is poetic, bittersweet, and life affirming.” Here’s to writing that shimmers! Read the full (and great!) review here. 

Congratulations, Amber!

The V-Word Honored by Rainbow Book List

Today we were humbled to learn that THE V-WORD, edited by Amber Keyser, was selected for the Rainbow Book List 2017. The Rainbow Book List honors children and young adult literature with significant LGBTQI content. This year the list also features authors such as Rick Riordan and transgender teen Jazz Jennings. THE V-WORD is a selection of women’s stories about first-time sex and includes pieces by Amber Keyser, Kiersi Burkhart, and Sarah Mirk, among other writers. Read the full Rainbow Book List here. Congratulations to Amber and all of the contributors.

Amber, Kiersi, and Sarah are all represented by Fiona Kenshole. THE V-WORD is published by Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster.

Oregon Book Awards Finalists Include The Way Back From Broken

We’re so pleased to announce that Amber Keyser’s debut YA novel, THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN, has been selected as an Oregon Book Awards finalist. Published to acclaim in 2015 by Carolrhoda Lab, the book is a wilderness adventure in which a young boy faces the elements and confronts his grief about his sister’s death. It has been nominated for the Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature and Amber joins the ranks of fellow OBA nominees including Carrie Brownstein and Walidah Imarisha. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 24 at an awards ceremony in Portland. Congratulations, Amber!

Amber is represented by Fiona Kenshole.

Deal News: The Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series by Kathleen Ernst

World English audio rights to Emmy award-winning author Kathleen Ernst’s OLD WORLD MURDER, THE HEIRLOOM MURDERS, and THE LIGHT KEEPER’S LEGACY, the first three books in the popular CHLOE ELLEFSON MYSTERY SERIES. These cozy mysteries feature an unlikely crime-solving duo, one a curator of Old World Wisconsin, the other a cop, who solve murders and more in their midwestern small town while romantic sparks fly between them. Audio rights sold to Ron Formica at Tantor Audio, for publication in Feb 2017, by Fiona Kenshole and Sarah Binns.