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R.J. Palacio to Publish ‘Wonder’ Companion

rjpalacioRandom House Children’s Books has acquired three new books, along with an eBook original from bestselling author R. J. Palacio.

The publisher will publish 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts, a companion book to support the bestseller Wonder – the story of a fifth grader that goes to school with a facial deformity that  sold more than a million copies over the last year. The guide is slated for release on August 26, 2014. Random House also acquired two untitled novels by Palacio.  Erin Clarke, Executive Editor at Knopf, will edit these books.

Random House Children’s will also publish an eBook original The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story, a guide of principles to live by from the mind of Mr. Browne, the English teacher in Wonder. This is slated for publication on May 13, 2014.

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Debut Middle Grade Novel Sells One Million Copies

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After 18 months on bookshelves, R.J. Palacio has sold one million copies of her debut middle grade novel, Wonder.

Random House’s Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers imprint published the book and executive editor Erin Clarke edited. Here’s more from the release:

The story of a fifth grader born with a facial deformity who attends mainstream school for the first time,WONDER resonated instantly with readers of all ages and has remained at the top of bestseller lists, including 80 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, with 36 weeks in the #No. 1 spot.

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5 Million Copies of ‘Fifty Shades’ Books Sold in First Half of 2013

Fifty Shades of Grey is the publishing gift that keeps on giving. E L James sold five million print and eBook copies of her erotic trilogy around the world during the first six months of 2013 (sales through Random House’s English, German and Spanish-language publishing arms).

Random House CEO Markus Dohle praised the company’s biggest bestsellers in a letter to employees today, marking company’s final financial results before the Penguin Random House merger took effect. We’ve reprinted the complete letter below, but here’s an excerpt:

INFERNO by Dan Brown sold more than four million copies in its first six weeks throughout Random House’s English-language territories. Sheryl Sandberg’s LEAN IN and WONDER by R. J. Palacio sold hundreds of thousands of copies in North America and the UK, while helping set social agendas and spurring cultural dialogues. The FIFTY SHADES trilogy by E L James added another five million print and eBooks to its megamillion-copy English-, German-, and Spanish-language Random House sales to date.

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Raquel Jaramillo Steps Down to Editor-at-Large at Workman

Workman director of children’s publishing Raquel Jaramillo will step down and now serve as editor-at-large.

Publishers Weekly reported that Jaramillo (pictured, via),, made this decision to devote more time to her writing projects– she writes under the pseudonym R.J. Palacio. Her middle-grade novel Wonder has become a New York Times bestseller.

A number of publishers and organizations have also announced changes within their staff this past week.

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Kids Can Vote for Children’s Choice Book Awards

The 2013 finalists for the Children’s Choice Book Awards have been revealed. Kids can vote from March 19th to May 9th.

The winners will be announced live at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala on May 13th. Nominees have been divided into four groups classified by different school grades.

In the Author of the Year category, middle-grade fiction writers and young-adult novelists dominate. The nominees include The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, The Heroes of Olympus 3: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, and Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

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Pete Hamill Wins Best of Brooklyn, Inc. Award

Journalist and author Pete Hamill won the annual Best of Brooklyn, Inc. (BoBi) Award, a prize the recognizing a literary figure whose work embraces  the Brooklyn spirit. In the video embedded above, Hamill spoke about the honor.

This past Sunday, readers from all over New York City headed to the seventh annual Brooklyn Book Festival. Since its inception, the festival has grown dramatically; this year’s event boasted more than 280 author appearances and scheduled more than 104 panels.

Here’s more from the release: “The eldest son of Irish immigrant parents, Pete Hamill was born in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He left school at age 16 to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and attend night classes at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School with the intent of becoming a comic book artist. After service in the U.S. Navy, he began his career as a journalist, and over the ensuing decades covered both domestic and international wars and conflicts. Hamill is the author of 18 books, including the best-selling A Drinking Life, the novels Snow in AugustTabloid City and Forever, and a collection of short stories, The Christmas Kid, to be released in October. He also served as editor-in-chief of the New York Post and the New York Daily News.”

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