Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Editorial

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Megan Tingley
Executive Vice President and Publisher

Megan Tingley serves as Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers at Hachette Book Group USA, Inc. She began her publishing career at Little, Brown as an editorial assistant in the children's book department and celebrated her twenty-fifth anniversary with the company in 2012. Megan was named one of the 50 Top Women in Book Publishing by Book Business magazine and has been on the board of the Children's Book Council since 2008.

As publisher, Ms. Tingley oversees the publication of editorial, design, marketing, and publicity of books for children and young adults, including novelty, picture books, middle reader and young adult fiction and nonfiction, and licensed properties. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is the home of an impressive array of admired and bestselling writers, including Sherman Alexie, Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, Paolo Bacigalupi, Marc Brown, Libba Bray, Cornelia Funke, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Shannon Hale, James Patterson, Jerry Pinkney, and Lemony Snicket. During Megan's tenure as publisher, LBYR has had winners and finalists in all the key awards: Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and the National Book Award, and she acquired Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, one of the most successful and influential series of novels in the past decade.

During her entire editorial career, Megan has been committed to publishing distinguished books that celebrate diverse voices and points of view and that invite young readers to express themselves freely and fight for their beliefs. Some of the notable books she has published include Luna by Julie Anne Peters, the first young adult novel to explore the experience of a transgender teen, and Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance by Laban Carrick Hill, both of which were named National Book Award finalists; It's Okay to be Different by Todd Parr; and the You Read to Me, I'll Read to You series by Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman.

In recognition of Megan's support of humanitarian and literacy efforts, she has received the Time Inc. Andrew Heiskell Award from Time Inc. and the Marjorie Guthrie Leadership Award, and been named a Reach out and Read Literacy Champion.

A graduate of Macalester College, where she studied comparative literature, Megan lives in Westchester, New York, with her husband, writer Dan Zevin, and their two children.

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Alvina Ling
VP, Editor-in-Chief

Alvina Ling oversees LBYR’s Middle Grade and Young Adult lists, and is interested in both genre (including science fiction, fantasy, and mystery), nonfiction, and contemporary fiction. She would love to acquire a commercial “next big thing” series, as well as strong literary fiction with award potential. Alvina edits everything from picture books to young adult, with a particular interest in books with multicultural themes. Some of her recent publications include the New York Times bestselling picture books The Curious Garden and Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown; Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld; Caldecott Honor book Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill and Bryan Collier; Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin; The Candymakers by Wendy Mass; Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney; The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer; North of Beautiful by Justina Chen; Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor; I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga; and The Diviners by Libba Bray. Before starting at LBYR in 1999, Alvina was a bookseller at Barnes & Noble and an intern at The Horn Book, and is a life-long lover of children’s books.

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Andrea Spooner
Editorial Director

Andrea Spooner acquires and edits a wide range of fiction titles for ages 3 through 17, with a special interest in artistically distinctive picture books. She is also seeking middle grade and young adult novels with boy appeal, as well as literary fiction, historical fiction and ambitious, genre-bending narratives (rather than straightforward genre fiction). For picture books, she would like to see substantive stories with strong storytelling, re-readability, and emotional resonance; her dual background in art and creative writing makes her particularly fond of working with author-artists. Some of the projects she acquired include the 2010 Caldecott Medal-winning picture book The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney, the 2011 Caldecott Honor title Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell, and Dinotrux by Chris Gall; some recently edited novels include The Drowned Cities by Printz Medal-winner Paolo Bacigalupi, Ask the Passengers by Printz Honor author A.S. King, and What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by debut novelist Henry Clark. Andrea also oversees the bestselling James Patterson publishing program for young readers, including his Middle School, Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Confessions, and I Funny series. A graduate of the Radcliffe Publishing Course, Andrea joined LBYR in 2003 after having worked at Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, William Morrow & Company, and North-South Books.

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Farrin Jacobs
Editorial Director, Poppy

Farrin Jacobs oversees Poppy, an imprint that focuses on commercial fiction for teen and tween girls. Once known as the home of Gossip Girl and The Clique series, Poppy’s recent titles include The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (a Kirkus Best of 2012 pick), How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston (which inspired the Nickelodeon show How to Rock), and Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (aka The Fug Girls). Upcoming titles include This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, as well as a new series for tween girls by New York Times bestseller Megan McCafferty and a new series for teens by New York Times bestseller Lisi Harrison. Prior to joining LBYR in the fall of 2012, Farrin was an editorial director at HarperCollins Children’s Books, focusing on teen fiction. Her titles included bestsellers such as Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game series by Sara Shepard,;the L.A. Candy and Fame Game series by Lauren Conrad, as well as Lauren Conrad Style and Lauren Conrad Beauty; The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen; and the 2009 Printz winner, Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta. Farrin looks for strong voice and charactters in books of all types that will appeal to readers ages 12 and up. She is a fan of both great commercial fiction and popular literary reads, as well as select non-fiction.

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Pam Gruber
Senior Editor

Pam Gruber is an Associate Editor acquiring for both LBYR and the Poppy imprint. She focuses primarily on young adult novels aimed at girls ages 12 and up, as well as select middle grade projects. She is the editor of acclaimed contemporary YA novels such as What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton and Now Is the Time For Running by Michael Williams, both of which received starred reviews. Forthcoming, she is excited to be working on the sci-fi project Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones, and the budget style book Penny Chic by blogger Shauna Miller. Pam loves alternate histories, off-beat teen romances, witty characters, and losing herself in fully realized worlds—realistic or fantastic. She also has a soft spot for all things Shakespearean. Pam is a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School, where she studied the relationship between art and imagery and folklore — a combination tailor-made for children’s publishing and one that has inspired an affinity for comic books.


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