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Dark Life by Kat Falls

A thrilling futuristic adventure set deep undersea…
In the near future, global warming forces people to live underwater—and kids develop supernatural powers along the lines of sea creatures.


Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions, Dark Life is the harrowing tale of underwater pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment. The story follows Ty, who has lived his whole life on his family's homestead and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. When a dangerous band of outlaws attack the underwater settlement, Ty finds himself in a fight to stop the outlaws and save the only home he has ever known. Joined by a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her prospector brother, Ty ventures into the frontier's rough underworld and begins to discover some dark secrets to Dark Life.

An evocative fast-paced adventure for fans of Jules Vernes' Twenty Thousand League's Under the Sea.

Licensed in 6 languages worldwide!

Film rights optioned by The Gotham Group (The producers of The Spiderwick Chronicles)!

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  by Matthew Kirby

The Clockwork Three

 A gripping literary adventure that is part Gangs of New York, part E. Nesbit, part Dickens…

 The Clockwork Three is the story of three ordinary children who are brought together by extraordinary circumstances. Giuseppe, an orphaned street musician from Italy, was sold by his uncle to work as a slave, and when a mysterious green violin enters his life he begins to imagine a life of freedom. Add Hannah, a soft-hearted girl from the tenements, and Frederick, a talented and intense clockmaker's apprentice. Together, the three discover they have phenomenal power to overcome even the darkest of fears!

Premptively licensed in five languages; Film rights optioned to Scholastic Entertainment!

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This just in! Matthew J. Kirby has been named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start Author for 2010! 

Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan

 A compulsive thriller around a high stakes premise: How to stage your own kidnapping … That's what Finn and Chloe conspire to do to get the attention of colleges everywhere --until things start going very wrong. Edgy YA thriller Accomplice promises to have every reader hooked until the very end.

 Premptively licensed in the UK to Chicken House and in Germany to Carlsen!

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by Pam Munoz Ryan and illustrated by Peter Sis

A-Conversation-with-Pam-Ryan-and-Peter-Sis_homepage The Dreamer 

An inspired collaboration from Pura Belpre Award winner Pam Munoz Ryan, and MacArthur Fellow and three-time honoree Peter Sis!

This beautiful middle grade illustrated novel combines elements of magical realism with a biography of the world’s most widely read poet, Pablo Neruda, taking readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination.

Preemptively licensed in 4 languages!

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