So, for those of you who know us personally, this will not come as a surprise, because you already know that my wife is a hundred times smarter and more talented than I am. But here's the new news. She has just sold her book manuscript, Remarkable, to Dutton publishing as part of a two-book deal. Other authors in their list includes authors ranging from Ken Follett and Eckhart Tolle to John Hodgman and Jenny McCarthy. Their backlist includes, among other classics, the Winnie-the-Pooh books.
Remarkable is a middle-grade reader, which, as I understand it, is the age group just below young adult. I think that this is approximately the same group as the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books. Or, if you're actually familiar with the genre, the Mysterious Benedict Society books.
I don't want to give anything away, other than to say that it is the BEST FREAKING BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ IN YOUR LIFE, EVER. The target age group is, technically, 9-12, so buy it for your kids. But, like all the best children's literature, it has layers of nuance in its themes and characters that will engage adult readers.
Obviously, I'm not an unbiased reviewer here, but this book moved to tears and to laugh out loud – sometimes at the same time – and even after reading multiple previous drafts.
For those in the population genetics community, you can look forward to a cameo appearance by John Novembre.
The editor is hoping to include the book in Dutton's Spring 2012 catalog. When more information becomes available, I'll pass it along.
If you're connected to her on Facebook or Twitter, say hi and congratulations, because she'll no doubt be too modest to adequately blow her own horn (yet another way in which she is a hundred times better than I am). Or, stop by her sadly neglected blog and say hi in the comments.
From me, congratulations Lizzie K. Foley!! You deserve everything good that is coming to you. And congratulations to her agent, Faye Bender, and her brand-new editor, Nancy Conescu!