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Algonquin Books Launches Algonquin Young Readers in Fall 2013


January 23, 2013

Algonquin Books Launches Algonquin Young Readers in Fall 2013

New York City, January 23, 2013—Algonquin Books announces the launch of Algonquin Young Readers, a new imprint featuring books for readers from seven to seventeen.

“We are excited to bring to young readers books of the same literary merit and enduring qualities that are hallmarks of the Algonquin tradition,” said Elise Howard, Editor and Publisher of Algonquin Books for Young Readers. Howard said that the plan is to build this list to fifteen titles a year, featuring primarily fiction, and also to include a few select narrative non-fiction titles. Elisabeth Scharlatt, Publisher for Algonquin Books, also commented: “This is an exciting step toward Algonquin’s future, a logical way for us to grow while still keeping our adult list small. We’ve been thinking about attracting younger readers for a long time and now the time is clearly right. More thrilling, though, the books themselves are extraordinary, just dazzling.”

From short illustrated novels for the youngest independent readers to timely and topical crossover young adult works, this new imprint will introduce young readers to unforgettable characters, absorbing stories, and superior writing. The first list, launching in Fall 2013, includes five exceptional novels, two for young adults and three for middle-grade readers:

  • The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick (middle-grade hardcover fiction)
  • Three Ring Rascals Book One: The Show Must Go On by Kate and M. Sarah Klise (middle-grade hardcover fiction)
  • Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea by Lisa and Valerie Martin (middle-grade hardcover fiction)
  • If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (young adult hardcover fiction)
  • Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon (young adult hardcover fiction)

The Algonquin Young Readers imprint will be introduced to librarians, booksellers, and media this spring with appearances at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference, the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute, and BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s annual national trade show, leading up to the official launch to consumers in the fall.

Elise Howard joined Algonquin Books as Editor and Publisher of Algonquin Young Readers in November 2011. She was previously Senior VP and Associate Publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she provided editorial oversight for the HarperTeen and Harper imprint fiction programs. Before joining Harper, Elise headed the Avon Books for Young Readers program, where she launched the first trade paperback imprint exclusively for teen readers, Avon Tempest.

Algonquin Young Readers is an imprint of Algonquin Books, a division of Workman Publishing. For more information, visit www.AlgonquinYoungReaders.com and follow us at Facebook.com/AlgonquinYoungReaders and Twitter.com/AlgonquinYR.

Contact: Kelly Bowen, Publicity Director: 919-913-3865kelly@algonquin.com

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