Kelly Dyksterhouse at Raven Quill Literary Agency

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A quick note about what I am acquiring:
PB's with strong narrative arcs, surprise or subversive endings that make me laugh or lyrical texts that have a classic feel. NF about little known historical figures or that focuses on the natural world.
MG featuring ensemble cases, unlikely heroes, surprise friendships and complicated, yet hopeful family dynamics. High-concept, fast-paced adventure books with a commercial hook, as well as literary works with lush, lyrical writing. And I love all things spooky. I am particularly interested in books written by and featuring underrepresented voices in ways that showcase kids being kids.
YA speculative fiction that is layered, has a distinct voice, and is grounded in a universal emotional desire and theme. Literary works with a commercial hook and genre mash-ups. I'm especially drawn to vivid and immersive settings and would love a smart, funny heist and a moving novel in verse. As with all age groups, representation matters, and I am particularly keen to showcase underrepresented voices.

Thanks for thinking of me for your work! I am looking forward to reading it.

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