Thao Le

@ThaoLe8

Literary Agent rep'ing YA, MG, & romantic leaning SFF, and select Picture Books. QueryMe.Online/thaole (no email submissions accepted)

California

Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Thao Le @ThaoLe8 · Mar 26

Yes, we need dark stories in MG/YA because kids need to have their problems/struggles acknowledged. But please remember to infuse hope. I want less focus on the trauma/suffering and more on successes and healing. Marginalized kids need to know they deserve happy endings #MSWL

Thao Le @ThaoLe8 · Mar 12

I'm preparing to reopen to queries next week and wanted to share my current #mswl:

Contemporary Fantasy in the vein of the films About Time and Your Name
Diverse MG like Aru Shah and the End of Time and Amina’s Voice
Foodie Magic like Chocolat and Garden Spells
LGBTQ Retellings

Thao Le @ThaoLe8 · 29 Mar 2018

Super hungry for middle grade in the vein of Peasprout Chen by @HenryLienAuthor and The First Rule of Punk by @CeliaCPerez. POC kids with a passion! #mswl

Thao Le @ThaoLe8 · 26 Feb 2018

Gearing up to reopen to submissions (possibly in the next couple of weeks). I want to see more Middle Grade and Contemporary YA! Especially stories from POC and non-binary voices. Please no issue books. I want fully developed plots, strong hooks, and nuanced characters. #mswl

Thao Le @ThaoLe8 · 2 Aug 2017

Seeking middle grade that is funny in a witty, clever way (I'm not the agent for slapstick, i.e. Captain Underpants, Dork Diaries) #mswl

Thao Le @ThaoLe8 · 28 Jul 2017

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Bonus: check out my updated MSWL page! manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/thao… #mswl

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I'm dying for more contemporary YA and middle grade to add to my list (particularly from marginalized voices) #mswl

Thao Le @ThaoLe8 · 26 Jul 2017

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As a fan of board games and escape rooms I'd love a puzzle-y or geeky mg/ya about them #mswl

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I'm also down for geeky conventions as a setting, role playing, cosplay, and gamer girls in my mg/ya! #mswl

Thao Le @ThaoLe8 · 26 Jul 2017

As a fan of board games and escape rooms I'd love a puzzle-y or geeky mg/ya about them #mswl

Thao Le @ThaoLe8 · 15 Feb 2017

Dying for a middle grade like THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON
By Kelly Barnhill <3 #mswl

Thao Le @ThaoLe8 · 8 Feb 2017

I want to see poignant MG/YA refugee stories. North Korea, Syria, Colombia, etc... #ownvoices highly encouraged #mswl

Thao Le @ThaoLe8 · 8 Feb 2017

This one is oddly specific, but would love a MG/YA about an aspiring beautician dealing with natural hair and embracing it! #mswl

Thao Le @ThaoLe8 · 8 Feb 2017

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More middle grade. Fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi, etc... I want to see them all! #mswl

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In particular, I really want to see a MG about an immigrant family, having come from one myself (my family are Vietnamese boat people) #mswl