My Fall ’09 middle grade novel has a title!!

I’m awaiting copy edits right now on my next book, a funny, contemporary middle grade novel about a Vermont girl, her quirky family, and the school leaf collection project that’s ruining her life.  It’s due out with Walker Books for Young Readers in Fall 2009.  The title has changed a few times, as titles sometimes do, and it’s been up in the air for a few months.  Today, my delightful editor emailed to let me know we have a title!

From now on, instead of blogging about "the-novel-that-used-to-be-called-Maple-Girl,"  I’ll be talking about…


Thanks to all the friends who suggested ideas and offered input.  I love the new title, though I also still like my agent’s suggestion… GIANNA AND THE NO-GOOD, HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE, VERY BAD TITLE. 

Maybe that can be the sequel.

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