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13-Year-Old Lands Two-Book Deal

13-year-old Jake Marcionette has inked a two-book deal with Penguin Young Readers Group’s Grosset & Dunlap imprint.

The imprint will publish his debut middle grade series, Just Jake, in February. The second book will follow a year later. Writers House agent Dan Lazar negotiated the deal with publisher Francesco Sedita.

The young writer published The Dude Kid on Amazon back in 2010. We also discovered a sample of Marcionette’s work at Big IQ Kids.

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15-Year-Old Lands Book Deal for Memoir

15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen has inked a book deal for a YA memoir called Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek.

Published by Penguin Young Readers Group’s Dutton Children’s Books imprint, the book will chronicle the teenager’s efforts to follow a 1950s self-help book called Betty Cornell’s Teen-age Popularity Guide, “applying the quaint-yet-timeless instructions to her contemporary life and exploring what it truly means to be popular.” Writers House agent Dan Lazar negotiated the two-book deal with publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel. Here’s more from the release:

When she was eleven, her family moved to Brownsville, Texas. The convergence of her awkward adolescence, culture shock, and the violent drug war in this colorful border town inspired Maya to begin a unique social experiment. She spent her eighth grade year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell, to see the effect it would have on her social standing. The results were painful, funny and profound, and included a wonderful and unexpected surprise—befriending and meeting Betty herself.

Stephan Pastis To Publish Second Timmy Failure Book

Author and artist Stephan Pastis has signed a deal with Candlewick Press for the second installment of his bestselling Timmy Failure middle grade series.

Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done will come out on February 25, 2014 with a first printing of 350,000 copies. Writers House literary agent Dan Lazar negotiated the deal. Here’s more from the release:

In this second adventure, the over-confident Timmy is certain that he alone can solve a school-wide competition to find a stolen globe. Is the competition in fact rigged, as Timmy suspects? And will the combined skills of Timmy, his business partner polar bear Total, and a new character on the scene—his eccentric Great-Aunt Colander—suffice to win Timmy the much-needed prize money?