My cheeky monkeys!

I am so thrilled to report that my incredible agent Kathleen has SOLD MY BOOK!

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The non-teeny tiny version:

Jess Keating’s debut HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED, when a shy 12-year-old girl gets news that her zoologist parents are moving the whole family into a zoo AND they’re all going to be on TV, she tries to channel her inner chameleon and fade into the background, but things are changing too quickly for her to keep up, to Aubrey Poole at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).

You guys, this is so surreal.

I can’t thank you enough for all your support, whether it is online or in person. When I started writing years ago, I had no idea the kidlit community would be such an amazing, generous, and hilarious place. It means so much to me to share this with you!


Sourcebooks Jabberwocky has been behind some of my favorite MG authors, and I’m so thrilled that I get to join in the fun!

And to Kat, my fabulous agent: THANK YOU! Happy Agent’s Day!


13 thoughts on “BOOK DEAL NEWS!”

  1. News this big deserves an actual blog comment. Congratulations! It sounds like a great story, and I can’t wait to see (and purchase) the final product.

  2. Jess!!!
    Congratulations! What fantastic news! 🙂 Thinking of those childhood days long ago with day-long explorations into the woods of Algonquin, rescues of critters and major discussions over feathers, carcasses and tracks… oh wait! that’s now too! Can’t wait to see ‘Ana’ on the shelves! Awesome!

  3. Congratulations Jess! I’m so happy for you.

    Let me know when your book is published. Our library here in Gananoque is very supportive of local authors. We’ll be happy purchase of a copy 🙂

    It’s a treat to hear all about your great work as an author.

  4. Congrats Jess!
    Looking forward to reading this.
    All your hard work and determination has brought you
    the success you truly deserve.


  5. YAY! *FLAILS SO VERY MUCH* I am SO SO SO excited for you! This is incredible news and so very deserved. I’m beyond thrilled and can’t wait for this book! Love ya lady. I’m so happy for you.

  6. Highest of Fives back to you!! Can’t wait to read – sounds like a fabulous story.

  7. Jess! Congratulations. So happy for you. A two-book deal…awesome!

  8. Jess! What wonderful news!!! Your book sounds fantastic–can’t wait to read it! Hooray for you and Kathleen!

  9. I love your woo-hoo clip, LOL and congrats! So exciting. I’m trying to stay ahead of the crocodiles myself, so I will definitely look for your book when it’s out. 🙂 Warmly, Brenda

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