Emilia Rhodes

HarperCollins Children's

My Manuscript Wish List

I acquire young adult and middle grade, ranging from voice-driven to commercial fiction.

I am looking for diverse books, particularly #ownvoices, in both YA and MG in every genre.

In YA, I'm particularly looking for contemporary realistic fiction. Ranging from heartbreaking to feel-good, I'm drawn to layered stories, authentic emotion, and a great voice. I'm always open to other worlds, although the more grounded the better (high fantasy is not my area of expertise). I like weird and surprising stories. I love narratives with a unique structural component, like I'll Give You the Sun or 99 Days. Some favorite YA includes Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Stephen Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Becky Albertalli's Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

In MG, at the top of my wishlist is a classic animal story, like Because of Winn Dixie or Pax. In general, I'm looking for contemporary realistic fiction and magical realism--the more emotional the better. I'd love to acquire more MG that addresses heavier issues that we don't often see depicted for younger readers.  In fantasy, I like dark and twisted stories like Coraline. Some favorite MG includes E.L. Konisburg's The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Cece Bell's El Deafo, and of course, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter. 

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