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June 2019: Juvenile Fiction

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LUCY MCGEE 2
Sing With Me, Lucy McGee
By (author): Mary Amato Illustrated by: Jessica Meserve
9780823438761 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance Jun 04, 2019
$21.99 CAD
Active 5.68 x 7.52 x 0.77 in 176 pages Holiday House
When a talent show brings out cutthroat tendencies in her classmates, aspiring singer, songwriter, and ukulele player Lucy has to fight for what’s fair and avoid falling for mean girl Scarlett’s ploys yet again in the second book in the generously illustrated Lucy McGee series.

Feisty and gullible, Lucy McGee has a lot to learn, but she has a blast doing it in this fun-filled chapter book with over 100 illustrations. Lucy and Philip are fuming when they find out that Scarlet is trying to exclude them from the songwriting club’s ukulele and singing act at the talent show. Soon Lucy is in the doghouse again after her plan to get back at Scarlet backfires. So, Lucy calls a truce, but Scarlet only pretends to stop her antics. She locks Lucy and her friends in a janitor’s closet during the show. It’s up to Lucy to help the club members escape yet keep her own integrity. Characters dance across the pages in this heavily illustrated book. Backmatter includes lyrics to songs written by the kids of the songwriting group and ukulele chords to encourage readers to play along and improvise.

FUN PACKAGING: Over 100 illustrations means there is art on every page of this chapter book. It also has an unusual, petite trim size to help it stand out.

FEISTY GIRLS: Fans of books about girls with personality such as Junie B. Jones, Clementine, and Ivy & Bean will enjoy this series.

POPULAR AUTHOR: Mary Amato’s books are state award favorites.

HUMOR AND HEART: Although light and funny, these books deal with substantive issues such as how to be fair to others; how to live up to responsibilities and still have fun; and how to treat friends, family, and peers.

UKULELES ARE HOT: Sales of the instruments in the U.S. have jumped from around 500,000 a year in 2010 to 1,750,000 in 2017.

ASPIRING MUSICIANS will love this series and be inspired to write their own songs and get out and perform.

Mary Amato writes fiction for children, such as the hilarious Riot Brothers series, but she is also a singer-songwriter who performs in the Washington D.C. area. Her music can be heard on SoundCloud. In addition, she is a co-founder of Firefly Shadow Theater, a puppet company for which she writes and directs shows. Her novels have appeared on children’s choice state award lists around the country. She lives in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Jessica Meserve has written and illustrated her own picture books, including Small Sister. She illustrated the Daisy Dawson series by Steve Voake as well as other books that have been published in the US and UK. She was born in Maine and lives in England.

Author Residence: Hyattsville, MD

Jessica Meserve has written and illustrated her own picture books, including Small Sister. She illustrated the Daisy Dawson series by Steve Voake as well as other books that have been published in the US and UK. She was born in Maine and lives in England.

Marketing: ONLINE & SOCIAL MEDIA

Extensive Social Media Campaign with Promotions, including Skype visit with Mary Amato and Ukulele/Book Giveaways

MARKETING

ARC and Character Button Distribution at Conferences and Trade Shows

Die-Cut Full-Color Character Bookmark in Children’s ABA White Box Mailing

Trade Advertising

Librarian & Educator Outreach

Lucy McGee Discussion Guide Promoting Series

Feature on HolidayHouse.com



Publicity: PUBLICITY & AUTHOR EVENTS

Prepublication Buzz Campaign

National Review Coverage

Regional Author Tour including Pitch for Library Conferences—Texas and the Southwest

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