About Wendy Schmalz Agency

In our first fifteen years in operation, Wendy Schmalz Agency is proud to have represented many award-winning authors, including Edgar Award winner Robin MacCready, National Book Award finalist and NEH Medal recipient Albert Marrin, and National Book Award finalist and Lambda Award winner Julie Anne Peters. Our authors have also received many starred reviews for their work as well as many YALSA Best Books and Quick Picks honors. Member of AAR.

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Sometime In Summer

Katrina Leno

“From critically acclaimed author Katrina Leno comes a tender love letter to books and summertime, with a touch of magic.“

—Goodreads
June 2022

Two Truths And A Lie

April Henry

“In a room full of liars and performers, the truth is never quite what it seems.“

—Goodreads
May 2022

Spin With Me

Amy Polonsky

“Hopeful and real, this story is electric.“

—School Library Journal (starred review)

Eyes Of The Forest

April Henry

“April Henry weaves another heart-stopping young adult thriller“

—Goodreads

Violet and Daisy

Sarah Miller

“The absorbing and compulsively readable story of Violet and Daisy Hilton, conjoined twins who were the sensation of the US sideshow circuits in the 1920s and 1930s.”

—Goodreads

Playing With Fire

April Henry

An unrelenting teen-vs-nature YA thriller by New York Times bestselling author April Henry.

All You Knead Is Love

Tanya Guerrero

“From the author of How to Make Friends with the Sea comes a heartfelt story of finding one’s chosen family, healing, and baking.”

—Goodreads

Manipulating The Masses

John Maxwell Hamilton

“An instant Classic.”

—Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, Harvard Kennedy School

Horrid

Katrina Leno

“A haunting contemporary horror novel that explores themes of mental illness, rage, and grief, twisted with spine-chilling elements of Stephen King and Agatha Christie.”

—Goodreads

The Girl In The White Van

April Henry

Another riveting thriller from the master storyteller.

A Time Of Fear

Albert Marrin

A timely book from renowned historian Albert Marrin.

A Light In The Darkness

Albert Marrin

An important book from the NEH Medal-winning historian.

How To Make Friends With The Sea

Tanya Guerrero

“Guerrero touches on many topics—anxiety, fostering, friendship, family, selective mutism, and more—seamlessly weaving them all together to create a strong, moving narrative.”

—Kirkus

The Space Between Before And After

Sue Stauffacher

“Unbearably sad in the best way.”

—Bulletin Of The Center For Children’s Books

Following

Jeffry W. Johnston

“A slow-burn thriller that veers in surprising directions, with a final twist no one will see coming.”

—Booklist

Exoplanets

Seymour Simon

In Exoplanets, Simon examines the planets outside of our solar system and uncovers what makes them habitable, our efforts to discover new life, and more.

Sea Creatures

Seymour Simon

Dive into the wonderful world under the sea with Sea Creatures, a gorgeous informational picture book from award-winning science writer Seymour Simon.

Water

Seymour Simon

Learn all about the water cycle, the effect on our planet of rising ocean temperatures, how essential clean water is around the world, and more.

The Lonely Dead

April Henry

April Henry weaves another edge-of-your-seat murder mystery—this time with a paranormal twist.

The Miracle & Tragedy Of The Dionne Quintuplets

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller’s in-depth look at an intriguing story.

You Must Not Miss

Katrina Leno

You Must Not Miss is an intoxicating tale of magic, menace, and the monsters that live inside us all.

Kirkus Best Books of 2019 list.

Run, Hide, Fight Back

April Henry

The title alone will grab readers, and the content feels chillingly real.

—Booklist

Devil’s Mile: The Rich, Gritty History Of The Bowery

Alice Sparberg Alexiou

I particularly admire the book’s shrewd narrative approach: The street is used to recount much of the history of New York….

—New York Times

Echo’s Sister

Paul Mosier

Mosier’s much-anticipated second novel.

Summer Of Salt

Katrina Leno

A beautiful foray into Magical Realism.

Caroline: Little House Revisited

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller’s adult novel about Caroline Ingalls of the Little House books.

Everything All At Once

Katrina Leno

Part mysterious adventure, part love letter to the power of books, this is a brilliantly woven novel about loving, reading, writing, grieving, and finding the strength to take a leap.

Rocks & Minerals

Seymour Simon

Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon explains to readers the different types of rocks and minerals with fascinating facts and stunning full-color photographs.

Insects

Seymour Simon

Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon explores the wonderful world of insects, with staggering facts and stunning full-color photographs.

Frogs

Seymour Simon

Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon takes readers on a journey through a frog’s life cycle, from egg to tadpole to grown frog.

Count All Her Bones

April Henry

The long-awaited sequel to Girl, Stolen by Edgar nominee April Henry.

Very, Very, Very Dreadful

Albert Marrin

NEH Medal recipient Albert Marrin’s take on the 1918 Flu Epidemic.

Snowbirds

Crissa-Jean Chappell

“Snowbirds is a thoughtful young-adult novel about friendship, rebellion, and the consequences of all the little choices we make.”

—Foreword Reviews

A Lie For A Lie

Robin Merrow MacReady

The second YA novel from the Edgar Award winner.

Uprooted

Albert Marrin

The Japanese-American Experience During WWII.

Booklist (starred review)
Kirkus (starred review)

Train I Ride

Paul Mosier

Paul Mosier’s debut middle grade novel.

Kirkus (starred review)
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Booklist (starred review)

Chicken Story Time

Sandy Asher

Illustrated by Mark Fearing

Sandy Asher’s zany picture book.

FDR And The American Crisis

Albert Marrin

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Kirkus (starred review)

School Library Journal (starred review)

Borb

Jason Little

“It is an early contender for book of the year.”

—mentalfloss.com

Threads

Ami Polonsky

The second novel from the author of Gracefully Grayson.

Indie First Winter 2016–2017 pick

The Girl I Used To Be

April Henry

The latest thriller from the NY Times best-selling author.

Anthony Award winner 2017
2017 Edgar Award nominee
VOYA (starred review)

The Truth

Jeffry W. Johnston

The second novel from the Edgar Award finalist.

The Borden Murders

Sarah Miller

Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century.

School Library Journal (starred review)

The Lost & Found

Katrina Leno

Katrina Leno’s second novel.

Booklist (starred review)

Blood Will Tell

April Henry

The second book in the Point Last Seen series.

The Stellow Project

Shari Becker

“This speculative fiction/thriller is not only an intelligent pulse-racer, it’s also a fun read … a great addition to any dystopian collection that will appeal to fans of adventures and scientific thrillers, as well as reluctant readers.”

—School Library Journal

Diamond Boy

Michael Williams

“A haunting, harrowing tale guaranteed to give ‘bling’ a whole new meaning.”

—Kirkus
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
VOYA (starred review)

Gracefully Grayson

Ami Polonsky

“It will leave you cheering.”—Dean Pitchford,

Award-winning author and Academy Award-winning songwriter
KidsRead Reviewers Choice 2014
Indie First Winter 2014–2015 pick

Disaster Strikes Series—Earthquake Shock

Marlane Kennedy

“First in a new series of disaster stories, this holds strong appeal for both girls and boys and features a diverse cast of characters.”

—Booklist

Disaster Strikes Series—Tornado Alley

Marlane Kennedy

When the old barn is battered by the tornadoes’ ferocious winds, the animals that live inside are in danger.

The Thunder of Giants

Joel Fishbane

“Take equal parts Peter Carey, Michael Chabon and Erin Morgenstern, throw them in a blender, and serve in a glass with a seven-foot, five-and-a-half-inch Krazy Straw. The colossally entertaining result is Joel Fishbane’s The Thunder of Giants.”

—Myla Goldberg

The Half Life of Molly Pierce

Katrina Leno

“Possibly … the most thrilling, suspenseful and mysterious book of 2014.”

—Teenreads

Isabel’s War

Lila Perl

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Body in the Woods

April Henry

“A quick, thrilling read that doesn’t skimp on characterization.”

—Kirkus

The Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown’s War on Slavery

Albert Marrin

“One of the best books of 2014.”

—School Library Journal
Five starred reviews: Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, VOYA, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Booklist’s Editors’ Choice 2014

Thomas Paine, Crusader for Liberty

Albert Marrin

“…celebrates the power of words and how ideas can change the world.”

—Booklist

Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy

Albert Marrin

“Marrin’s message that protecting human dignity is our shared responsibility is vitally resonant.”

—Publishers Weekly
2011 National Book Award finalist

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me

Julie Anne Peters

“Peters has written another insightful, absorbing novel of relationships that is both emotionally and intellectually satisfying.”

—Booklist

The Mirk and Midnight Hour

Jane Nickerson

“Far from the typical Civil War romance … with rich imagery and imaginative subplots driving the storyline.”

—Kirkus

Cassidy’s Guide to Everyday Manners and Obfuscation

Sue Stauffacher

Veteran middle-grade author Sue Stauffacher returns with a cranky, pranky, laugh-out-loud tomboy heroine who might just learn the hard way that manners do matter, and that people can change.

Obi—Gerbil on the Loose!

Michael Delaney

“An entertaining romp.”

—Kirkus
2011 Florida Sunshine State Children’s Choice Award

Obi—Gerbil on a Mission!

Michael Delaney

Obi’s on a mission to go where no gerbil has gone before—outside the house!

Obi—Gerbil on a School Trip

Michael Delaney

Obi the Jedi gerbil’s humorous adventures continue, peppered with the same comical cartoon illustrations that make each page a delight.

2011 Florida Sunshine State Children’s Choice Award

Tales from My Closet

Jennifer Anne Moses

“Reminiscent of Ann Brashares’s The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.”

—School Library Journal

Nickel Bay Nick

Dean Pitchford

“This fast-paced novel will appeal to fans of Holes and Okay for Now.”

—School Library Journal

The Secret of Ferrell Savage

J. Duddy Gill

“Offer this fine first novel to fans of Janet Tashjian’s My Life series or the Big Nate books by Lincoln Peirce.”

—Booklist

The Flatiron

Alice Sparberg Alexiou

“Alexiou … has written an engaging and informative account of the building’s construction and its lasting place in New York’s lore.”

—Washington Post

Captain Nobody

Dean Pitchford

“Captain Nobody is truly somebody you will love spending time with.”

—Henry Winkler

Nominated Book of the Year or Named to Best Books Lists in: Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee.

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

April Henry

A Scholastic Book Club Bestseller.

YALSA Quick Pick

YALSA Top 10 nominee

Lightning

Seymour Simon

With clear, simple text and stunning full-color photographs, readers will learn all about lightning in this informative picture book.

Extreme Earth Records

Seymour Simon

“An artful blend of text and image.”

—Kirkus

Sharks

Seymour Simon

“Combines seamless description with excellent photos to describe creatures that never fail to fascinate.”

—School Library Journal

The Universe

Seymour Simon

Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon brings you deep into the universe to explore this immense topic.

Wickett’s Remedy

Myla Goldberg

“Brilliant.”

—Newsday

“Remarkable.”

—Salon

Motel Art Improvement Service

Jason Little

Sequel to the Ignatz Award–winning Shutterbug Follies.

You Know What You Have to Do

Bonnie Shimko

“I wish—oh, how I wish—that I’d written this myself.”
—Lois Duncan

Now Is the Time for Running

Michael Williams

“This book should be required reading for humanity.”

—Chris Crutcher

Kirkus Best Book of the Year

ALA Best Fiction for the Young Adult

By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead

Julie Anne Peters

YALSA 2011 Quick Pick

Strands of Bronze and Gold

Jane Nickerson

“The writing is excellent, and the setting is very Gothic and dark. Just my style!”

—USA Today

Kids’ Indie Next List

The Big One-Oh

Dean Pitchford

“The book is captivating, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking. What fun!”

—John Lithgow

“Mix some birthday anxiety with a little movie-monster magic and it equals a funny and triumphant journey of self-discovery.”

—Jamie Lee Curtis

Luna

Julie Anne Peters

National Book Award finalist

The Night She Disappeared

April Henry

NY Times Bestselling Author April Henry shows a dark part of the world, but also the lengths to which good people will go to make things right…even if it means risking their own lives.

YALSA Quick Pick

YALSA Teens Top 10 finalist

International Reading Association’s Young Adult Choice’s List

The Lost Crown

Sarah Miller

Kirkus (starred review)

The False Friend

Myla Goldberg

“Goldberg uses beautiful, emotionally descriptive language to keep us with one ear to the ground, listening for the slow, quiet footsteps of creeping tragedy.”

—Booklist

Donuthead

Sue Stauffacher

“Sue Stauffacher has crafted characters full of wit and sensitivity, with a little anti-bacterial soap thrown in for good measure.”

—Goodreads

Buried

Robin Merrow MacCready

Edgar Award winner

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller

Sarah Miller

“Miss Spitfire is everything a historical novel should be—richly imagined, true to its period, and providing an engaging story that will feel completely relevant to modern readers.”

—Teen Reads Too

Between Mom and Jo

Julie Anne Peters

Lambda Award winner

Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave

Leonard Todd

“Todd studied each of Dave’s poems for biographical clues, which he pieced together with local records and family letters to create this moving and dramatic chronicle of Dave’s life—a story of creative triumph in the midst of slavery.”

—Goodreads

Girl Stolen

April Henry

YALSA Quick Pick

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults

Barnes & Noble Top Teen Pick

Journalism’s Roving Eye

John Maxwell Hamilton

“It is rare that a study appears that sets a new standard in its field. Journalism’s Roving Eye is such a book.”

—James D. Startt, Valparaiso University

Harvard Goldsmith Award

Tankard Book Award
American Journalism Historians Association Book of the Year Award

Jane Jacobs, Urban Visionary

Alice Sparberg Alexiou

“Jacobs’s legacy can be seen in the New Urbanism, in the landmark-preservation movement and in the brain cells of architecture and city-planning students everywhere.”

—New York Times

It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It)

Julie Anne Peters

It’s Our Prom shines with National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters’s unmistakable wit and insight

She Loves You, She Loves You Not …

Julie Anne Peters

Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson

Sue Stauffacher

Illustrated by Greg Couch

NAACP Image Award winner

Devoured

Amanda Marrone

“… the book will be devoured by fans of the supernatural.”

—School Library Journal

Tillie the Terrible Swede

Sue Stauffacher

Illustrated by Sarah McMenemy

“Sue Stauffacher’s lively text and Sarah McMenemy’s charming illustrations capture the energy of America’s bicycle craze and tell the story of one woman who wouldn’t let society’s expectations stop her from achieving her dream.”

—Goodreads

Catching the Moon

Myla Goldberg

Pictures by Chris Sheban

“This delightful book is not to be missed.”

—School Library Journal