9780544582620WHEN THE WORLD IS DREAMING, Rita Gray’s latest lyrical and lovely picture book, published with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on September 6th.

Rita is known for her beautiful and critically-acclaimed rhyming picture books, including HAVE YOU HEARD THE NESTING BIRD? and FLOWERS ARE CALLING. Kirkus Reviews writes that the gentle lullaby of WHEN THE WORLD IS DREAMING “stuns in its quiet simplicity.” Congratulations to Rita and happy book birthday!

Rita Gray is represented by Fiona Kenshole.


bk_ice-out_200Happy book birthday to Mary Casanova, whose YA novel Ice-Out publishes today with University of Minnesota Press! The follow-up to 2012’s FrozenIce-Out transports readers to Prohibition-era Minnesota with a captivating (and cold!) coming-of-age story. Congratulations, Mary!

Rave Reviews and Praise

“Nineteen-year-old Owen Jensen dreams of starting a car dealership. But when his father dies suddenly, it falls to him to run the creamery and take care of his family… Unless he can figure out how to navigate the dangerous world of organized crime as well as the brutal winter, he will lose everything. This richly detailed look at the Roaring ’20s is vastly different from the usual cosmopolitan portrayal filled with flappers, jazz, and tommy-gun–toting gangsters…” – From Kirkus Reviews

“Mary Casanova gives us the best of historical fiction: characters you love and love to travel with in a critical time in American history. Following Owen Jensen through his coming-of-age year in northern Minnesota during Prohibition is a rugged joy.” – Chris Crutcher, author of Whale Talk

“A historical novel that makes the past as fresh and compelling as the present, Ice-Out is a story of dreams, determination, loyalty, and the grays that infuse black-and-white issues. Mary Casanova has created a hero we cheer for as he struggles to surmount obstacles placed before him by the times, by the place, and by his choices.” – Lorna Landvik, author Best to Laugh 

“With compelling detail, Mary Casanova weaves true historical characters and events with the fictional story of Owen, a young man determined to fight the odds. In this gripping adventure, Rainy Lake becomes a metaphor for life and possibilities: the deadly risks of the capricious ice in winter, the strength that comes from natural beauty.” – Polly Carlson-Voiles, author of Summer of the Wolves

Rights Sold: University of Minnesota Press, English in North America


51rXkgdeYrL “[The] very best picture books appeal to several audiences at the same time. These include parents, fellow bookmakers, librarians, award givers and, one hopes, even children. Four new books about books manage to thread that needle.” – Frank Viva, The New York Times Book Review.

How delightful that one of these books appealing to multiple audiences happens to be A SQUIGGLY STORY, by our very own Andrew Larsen! The New York Times Book Review calls Larsen’s latest picture book, “… a charming little book that may help first-time storytellers keep trying to write stories, even if they lack the ability to draw proper letterforms….” It’s great to see A SQUIGGLY STORY highlighted in the NYT Review, especially as it celebrates creativity and writing in young kids.

There’s an added bonus to the review: SQUIGGLY illustrator Mike Lowery also created the artwork for THE DAY MY MOM CAME TO KINDERGARTEN by Transatlantic author Maureen Fergus.

Maureen Fergus’s INVISIBILL makes OLA “Best Bets” Top Ten List for Picture Books

mfergusCongratulations to Maureen Fergus for her book INVISIBILL making the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) “Best Bets” top ten list of picture books for 2015. When making their selection, the committee considers the literary and artistic merit of the book along with the book’s appeal to children.

To learn more about the OLA and their picks for 2015, please visit their website:

Transatlantic Attending the 2016 London Book Fair and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

We are looking forward to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, April 4-7, 2016, and the London Book Fair, April 12-14, 2016.

Bologna Children's Book Fair LogoBologna Children’s Book Fair: Fiona Kenshole and Marie Campbell will be representing Transatlantic Agency at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, while Amy Tompkins will be attending on behalf of Orca Book Publishers. Amy Tompkins will be representing Orca’s titles at the Orca table in Hall 29, D7 on April 4-6, 2016. Fiona Kenshole and Marie Campbell will be at the Transatlantic table in the Agents Centre on April 4-7, 2016. For an appointment, please email Marie Campbell at marie@The London Book Fair Logo, Amy Tompkins at, or Fiona Kenshole at

London Book Fair: David Bennett, Stephanie Sinclair, Shaun Bradley, and Fiona Kenshole will be representing Transatlantic Agency at the London Book Fair. Shaun Bradley and Stephanie Sinclair will be presenting titles at table #18F in the International Rights Centre on April 12-14, 2016. For an appointment, please contact Shaun Bradley at Fiona Kenshole will be in attendance at the London Book Fair on April 12 and 13 (contact: and David Bennett will be there from April 12 to 14 (contact:

Stormstruck by John Macfarlane Named a Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Book of 2015!

MJStormstruck72Cov​Huge cheers to John Macfarlane for making the Kirkus Best Books of 2015 list! STORMSTRUCK, published by Holiday House, is ​described by Kirkus as “an exciting adventure with true depth,” STORMSTRUCK tells the tale of 12-year-old Sam who, determined to save his elderly Labrador retriever Pogo, sets sail for an island off the coast of Maine. Congratulations to John and all the other authors whose great books made it on the list!

To view the whole Best Middle-Grade Books of 2015 list, please visit Also don’t miss Kirkus’ wonderful review of STORMSTRUCK:

Japan SCBWI Presentation by Patty Lakin


On April 11, 2015, Patty Lakin gave a seminar on biography writing to the SCBWI Japan members. Transatlantic Agency is very pleased that SCBWI Japan has granted us permission to share an excerpt of the fantastic review that one member wrote about Patty’s presentation.

Wisdom from Patricia Lakin: Making Dead People Come to Life and So Much More

Guest post by Mari Boyle, Tokyo, Japan

To be honest I’ve never thought about writing biographies, so the SCBWI event on April 11, 2015, was the perfect opportunity for me to learn about the subject from veteran expert Patricia Lakin, or Patty, as she prefers. A prolific writer, Patty, at a youthful 71 years, has authored a number of biographies, including Steve Jobs: Thinking Differently, and six books for the noteworthy “Ready-to-Read” series, all published by Simon & Schuster.

Please visit the SCBWI Japan website to read the rest of the post.


Shaun Bradley joins the Association of Authors’ Representatives

Shaun BradleyThe Transatlantic Agency’s Shaun Bradley has been accredited by the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR). The AAR is the professional organization for literary agents in the USA (Canada does not currently possess a similar organization).  Authors can be confident that member agents pledge to follow the highest standards of professional conduct in serving the needs of their clients.    Bradley joins her US-based colleagues, Sandra Bishop and Fiona Kenshole, both of whom are also proud AAR members.

Sandra Bishop and Fiona Kenshole in the Association of Author’s Representatives

Sandra BishopUS-based Transatlantic agents fiona-kensholeSandra Bishop and Fiona Kenshole are proud to now both be accredited by the Association of Authors’ Representatives. This is the professional organization for literary agents in the USA, and members agree to abide by its canon of ethics. Authors can be confident that our agents pledge to follow the highest standards of professional conduct in serving the needs of their clients.