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Gregory Hill & Jill Baguchinsky Win the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Amazon and Penguin have announced the two winners of the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Gregory Hill won the general fiction award for his title East of Denver. Jill Baguchinsky won the YA fiction award for her title Spookygirl.

Here’s more about the contest: “The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award brings together talented writers, reviewers, and publishing experts to find and develop new voices in fiction … Each winner received a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance.”

The judges for the YA fiction category included YA author Gayle Foreman, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers publisher Jennifer Besser, and literary agent Julie Just. The judges for the general fiction category included novelist Lev Grossman, G.P. Putnam’s Sons editorial director Marysue Rucci, and literary agent Jennifer Joel.

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Maile Meloy Sells Cold War Children’s Book

Maile Meloy.pngMaile Meloy –the literary novelist who wrote Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter — has just sold her first children’s book to G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. Publication is set for fall 2011.

ICM agent Amanda Urban negotiated the deal with G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers publisher Jennifer Besser. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein from The Gotham Group will handle film rights for the upcoming book. Meloy was named one of Granta‘s Best Young Novelists, and her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Granta.

Here’s more about the book: “Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and aimed at readers ages 10-14, The Apothecary tells the story of a young girl whose life magically transforms when she moves to London and meets a mysterious apothecary in a race to save the world from nuclear war.”

Jennifer Besser to Helm Putnam

p2323.jpgToday Penguin Young Readers Group named Jennifer Besser as vice president and publisher of G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. Besser comes to the company after serving as executive editor at Disney Book Group.

She will start on April 12th. Over the course of her career, Besser has edited many titles, including: Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan, the Blue Blood novels by Melissa de la Cruz, and Heist Society by Ally Carter.

Penguin Young Readers Group president Don Weisberg had this statement: “I am delighted to welcome Ms. Besser to the Putnam Books for Young Readers family. She is respected in the industry for her strong editorial vision and keen understanding of what attracts today’s young readers. She has the rare ability to find books that balance literary merit and commercial appeal, a quality that make her the ideal person to helm Putnam.”