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Walker Books Announce Major New Novel by Two-Time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and Illustrated by Two-Time Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall

The Beatryce Prophecy
Releasing September 28, 2021

Candlewick Press and the Walker Books Group announce the upcoming publication of The Beatryce Prophecy by two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and two-time Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall, the first collaboration between the two masters. With timeless themes, an unforgettable cast, and a magical medieval setting, DiCamillo’s lyrical text paired with Blackall’s resonant black-and-white illustrations is a luminous tale of fate, love, and the power of words.

World rights to the standalone fantasy novel were acquired by Candlewick Press president and publisher and Walker Books Group managing director Karen Lotz from Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties in a major deal. Blackall was represented by Marietta Zacker at Gallt & Zacker. The novel will be edited by executive editor Andrea Tompa and art directed by creative director at-large Chris Paul.

“In The Beatryce Prophecy, as in all her books, Kate DiCamillo has given us the gift of fully realized, unforgettable characters—not least of which is Answelica the goat, whose fierceness and devotion are unparalleled,” said Candlewick executive editor Andrea Tompa. “The book is a page-turning, heart-tugging read, and it will leave readers inspired to think about how we might reimagine our own world for the better.”

“It has been an extraordinary experience working with Sophie Blackall on The Beatryce Prophecy,” said Paul. “Inspired by Kate’s wonderful story, the characters, and the medieval setting, Sophie has worked her magic bringing the unique cast of characters to life. Together, we considered every aspect of the book’s design and embellishments, striving to echo the past while making the book visually relevant today.”

The Beatryce Prophecy will be supported by a coordinated international marketing campaign and global laydown in September 2021, following back-to-back feature film adaptations of DiCamillo’s previous award-winning novels The Tiger Rising and Flora & Ulysses.

About the Creators
Kate DiCamillo is a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature emerita, has won countless awards for her work, has authored ten New York Times bestsellers, and has over 37 million copies in print in over forty languages worldwide. Her books have been adapted globally into four feature films, numerous plays, an opera, and an animated short. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis.

Sophie Blackall is the acclaimed illustrator of more than forty-five books for young readers and a two-time Caldecott Medalist. Born and raised in Australia, she now lives in Brooklyn.

Last updated on 17/09/20 at 00:25:27
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