Stacy Whitman

@stacylwhitman

Founder & publisher of @tubooks , an imprint of Lee & Low Books. leeandlow.com/p/tu.mhtml Diversity in SFF, mystery & more for kids & teens. K-dramas. And cats.

New York

Tu Books

Stacy Whitman @stacylwhitman · Nov 2

Stacy Whitman @stacylwhitman

Rewatching the 90s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and what hits me every time is that I forget that the plot revolves so much around the accusation of Hero not being a virgin. The parts I remember are the running around conspiring to make Benedic and Beatrice fall in love w/ each other.

I've often said I'd LOVE a YA retelling of Much Ado, and I stand by that, but I'd love a feminist reclaiming of it, too. That's a #MSWL, by the way--YA graphic novel retelling of Much Ado about Nothing starring modern-day POC teens. What would such a retelling look like?

Stacy Whitman @stacylwhitman · Sep 12

Honestly, so much is just not being told yet that there's such a wide variety of diverse stories I just can't say I want till it shows up on my door. Best thing of course is a great story, well written. #MSWL

Stacy Whitman @stacylwhitman · Sep 12

Also actively seeking Muslim stories, both contemporary and SFF. In particular, science fiction, as I'd love to see stories of POC we don't normally get to see having adventures in the future. Also goes for SF starring indigenous characters. #MSWL

Stacy Whitman @stacylwhitman · Sep 12

And as far as diversity goes, I am particularly seeking new authors of color and indigenous authors. #MSWL

We are still actively seeking contemporary Native American narratives for MG & YA, novel and graphic novel. I'd also love more books about black girls/by black women.

Stacy Whitman @stacylwhitman · Sep 12

I am particularly looking for MG and young YA that has strong appeal for middle school/junior high students in the school/library market. Literary quality with strong commercial hook to get kids reading. #MSWL

Stacy Whitman @stacylwhitman · Sep 12

So, for example, @ggmccall's SUMMER OF THE MARIPOSAS is a retelling of THE ODYSSEY abt 5 Mexican American girls on a road trip with a dead guy (Weekend at Bernie's meets Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)--more like that, please! #MSWL

Stacy Whitman @stacylwhitman · Sep 12

Exception: I am starting to seek MG & YA nonfiction graphic novels with specific appeal to the school and library market #MSWL

I love SFF with strong curricular connections that would appeal to teachers/librarians incorporating them into curriculum/pairing with classics

Stacy Whitman @stacylwhitman · Sep 12

Just realized it's #MSWL day. I've tweeted occasional MSWLs whenever they've come up, so feel free to search my history, but here's the gist of what I'm looking for:

All books must star IPOC
I only publish MG and YA fiction & graphic novels (see exceptions below)

Stacy Whitman @stacylwhitman · May 15

Okay, so #mswl based on a friend's post about deBeers diamond cartel: Teens from African nations most affected by blood diamond trade, "wherein Our Heroes conspire to rob de Beers--not for the money, just to take down the cartel." Robin Hood meets Oceans Eleven for teens.