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Posts Tagged ‘John Corey Whaley’

Summit Entertainment Grabs Film Rights for ‘Noggin’

nogginSummit Entertainment has snatched up the film rights to a forthcoming young adult book by award-winning author John Corey Whaley called Noggin.

According to DeadlineDear John screenwriter Jamie Linden has been hired to serve as the director and pen the script. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, will release the book on April 08, 2014.

The story follows “dying young man agrees to be cryogenically frozen, Ted Williams style, for as long as it takes for medical science to be able to cure the disease that is killing him. He wakes up just five years later and finds his head grafted onto the body of someone else. He’s still 16, but discovers life has moved on without him. Seeing that his friends have grown up and his life love is engaged to someone else, he tries to find a way to build a new life, even if new scars are inevitable.”

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Job Moves at Quirk Books, Atavist Books, & Penguin Young Readers Group

Quirk-Books-logoA number of publishing job changes have been announced recently.

Nicole DeJackmo has received a promotion and will henceforth serve as an associate director of publicity and marketing at Quirk Books. She will continue to oversee promotional campaigns and manage a marketing team.

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Revolving Door News at Penguin Books for Young Readers & Zola Books

A number of publishing industry veterans made new career moves this week.

Kenneth Wright will join Penguin Books for Young Readers as vice president and publisher of Viking Children’s Books. Prior to this move, Wright worked as a literary agent at Writers House. Some of the writers and illustrators he has worked with include Caldecott Medalist Allen Say, Where Things Come Back author John Corey Whaley and Charles and Emma YA novelist Deborah Heiligman.

Regina Hayes will step down as president and publisher of the imprint, becoming editor-at-large. Hayes has been in children’s publishing for 30 years. She has worked with New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen, Speak author Laurie Halse Anderson and Max & Ruby series creator Rosemary Wells.

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Jack Gantos Wins the Newbery Medal

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos has won the prestigious John Newbery Medal at the American Library Association’s annual youth media awards.

A Ball for Daisy illustrated and written by Chris Raschka won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. In addition, the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults went to Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.

Finally the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: went to  Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. The rest of the ALA winners follow below…

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