John M. Cusick is a literary agent with S©ott Treimel NY, representing authors of middle grade and young adult fiction. He is the author of Girl Parts (Candlewick Press, 2010), and the forthcoming Cherry Money Baby. He is also a managing editor and co-founder of Armchair/Shotgun, a Brooklyn-based literary magazine. A bon vivant and general ne'er do well.
I’m looking for strong contemporary young adult stories with a romantic twist, middle grade adventure for boys, historicals incorporating sci-fi elements, narrators who aren’t snarky, heroes who aren’t reluctant, parents who aren’t dead or alcoholics, bad decisions with good intentions, villains with vulnerability, boldly imagined worlds, striking imagery, finely composed and choreographed scenes, characters with history, best friends who aren’t destined to fall in love, stories about siblings, stories about middle America, and did I mention middle grade adventure for boys? No angels, devils, Greek or Norse gods, no “Chosen Ones’ or “Dark Lords,” no vampires, premonitions, or ponies.
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