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GERTIE'S LEAP TO GREATNESS
Macmillan/FSG BFYR, Fall 2016. North American. Manuscript available.
German: Heyne. Italian: Il Castoro. Japanese: Iwanami Shoten. World Spanish: Urano.
* BEA Buzz Pick 2016.
* US rights sold at auction in a mid-six-figure, two-book deal.
Gertie Reece Foy is a little girl on a mission to be the best fourth grader ever so she can show her abandoning mother that she doesn’t need her a bit. But when Mary Sue Spivey, daughter of a famous movie director moves to town, she puts a hitch in Gertie’s plans that sends her careening into a most delightful and original mess. Zombie frogs, mohawks, and Swiss chocolate meltdowns ensue, among many other adventures. With a lively supporting cast and a charge-forth pace, this is the kind of book that a reader will not only relate to, love, and carry around until the pages are worn and wrinkled; it is one that will become part of a sacred childhood library.
“This story is full of fun surprises: zombie bullfrogs, faithful friends, humor, and hope … and a fabulous narrator. Not only is Gertie brave enough to see the world through hopeful eyes, but she’s bold enough to be her uniquely-wonderful self.”—Natalie Lloyd, author of A Snicker of Magic
Kate Beasley is a recent graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts with a Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and this manuscript is already the winner of two extremely competitive and sought after awards, the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Prize and the Marion Dane Bauer Scholarship.
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