A Glimpse at My Agent Spreadsheet: Middle Grade Books I’ve Read

Note: This post was so popular I have since added a post on How to Find Books Agents Represent and a page listing MG/YA Agents and the Books They Represent.

I was surprised when I started researching agents that it was so hard to find a list of their clients. As someone getting ready to query, I wanted to read their clients’ books, both to get a feel for what they liked and to be able to reference them when I queried. So I added a “Books I’ve Read” column to my agent spreadsheet and have been tracking it ever since. It occurred to me that others might benefit from this information, so I’m going to share it today.

A few notes: These are all books I’ve read and could verify the agent at the time. I’ve organized them by agency since some agents work together to represent an author. I can’t guarantee that the agents still represent these authors. There are at least a couple I know have changed agents, so their more recent books might be represented by the new one. If I’ve reviewed the book, there’s a link in case you want to know more about it. I read a number of these before I started reviewing, so if there isn’t a review, it’s not a reflection of how much I enjoyed the book. This also isn’t a complete list of all the MG books I’ve read. Often it’s impossible to figure out who the agent is, and some of my favorites were represented by agents who left the industry :(. Anyway, on to the list …

Adams Literary (Tracey and Josh Adams, Quinlan Lee)

  • MIDNIGHT FOR CHARLIE BONE by Jenny Nimmo
  • AMONG THE HIDDEN by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR’S SON by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
  • CIRCLE OF SECRETS and WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Andrea Brown Literary Agency

  • SUGAR AND ICE by Kate Messner (Jennifer Laughran)
  • THE HARD KIND OF PROMISE by Gina Willner-Pardo (Jennifer Laughran)
  • ADVENTURES OF A CAT-WHISKERED GIRL by Daniel Pinkwater (Jennifer Laughran)
  • KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES by Shannon Messenger (Laura Rennert)
  • THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA by Tom Angleberger (Caryn Wiseman)
  • THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY and DESTINY, REWRITTEN by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (Jennifer Rofe)

Bookstop Literary Agency (Minju Chang)

  • THE SQUIRE’S TALE by Gerald Morris
  • HOME AND OTHER BIG, FAT LIES by Jill Wolfson

Curtis Brown Ltd.

  • THE 39 CLUES: STORM WARNING by Linda Sue Park (Ginger Knowlton)
  • SAMMY KEYES AND THE HOTEL THIEF, SAMMY KEYES AND THE NIGHT OF SKULLS by Wendelin Van Draanen (Ginger Knowlton)
  • JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE by Wendy Mass (Ginger Knowlton)
  • LOVE, AUBREY and EIGHT KEYS by Suzanne LaFleur (Elizabeth Harding)
  • ON THE RUN series by Gordon Korman (Elizabeth Harding)

DeFiore and Company (Meredith Kaffel)

  • EDISON’S GOLD by Geoff Watson
  • DARKWOOD by M.E. Breen
  • FLIRT CLUB by Cathleen Daly

Dunham Literary Inc. (Jennie Dunham)

Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner (Edward Necarsulmer IV)

  • MISSING ON SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN by Elise Broach
  • THE WITCH’S GUIDE TO COOKING WITH CHILDREN by Keith McGowan

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (Michael Bourret)

Eden Street, LLC (Liza Pulitzer-Voges)

  • THE GENIUS FILES by Dan Gutman

Erin Murphy Literary Agency (Ammi-Joan Paquette)

Faye Bender Literary Agency (Faye Bender)

Flannery Literary (Jennifer Flannery)

  • HATCHET by Gary Paulson

Folio Literary Management (Emily Van Beek, although I believe these were at her previous agency)

  • SHUG by Jenny Han
  • THE UNDERNEATH by Kathi Appelt

Foreword Literary (Laurie McLean)

  • UNCLE PIRATE by Douglas Rees

Foundry Literary + Media (Stephen Barbara)

  • THIEF OF DREAMS by Todd Strasser
  • THE BIG SPLASH by Jack D. Ferraiolo
  • LIESL & PO by Lauren Oliver

The Gernert Company (Sarah Burnes)

The Greenhouse Literary Agency (Sarah Davies)

  • JUST ADD MAGIC by Cindy Callaghan (I believe she’s now represented by Mandy Hubbard)
  • PRINCESS FOR HIRE, THE ROYAL TREATMENT and A FAREWELL TO CHARMS by Lindsey Leavitt

Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency (Carrie Hannigan)

  • WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU OJ by Erica S. Perl
  • RASCAL: A DOG AND HIS BOY by Ken Wells

Harvey Klinger Inc. (Sara Crowe)

  • IT’S RAINING CUPCAKES by Lisa Schroeder
  • THE REINVENTION OF BESSICA LEFTER by Kristen Tracy

ICM Partners (Tina Wexler)

  • ANY WHICH WALL By Laurel Snyder
  • HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL by Donna Gephart
  • BREADCRUMBS by Anne Ursu

Inkwell Management (Catherine Drayton)

  • JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW by Nathan Bransford

Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency (Alice Tasman)

  • SLOB by Ellen Potter

Jill Grinberg Literary Management (Cheryl Pientka and Jill Grinberg)

The Knight Agency (Melissa Jeglinski)

KT Literary (Kate Schafer Testerman)

  • POWERLESS and THE DEAD GENTLEMAN by Matthew Cody
  • OPERATION REDWOOD by S. Terrell French
  • THE UNNAMEABLES and SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS by Ellen Booraem

Laura Dail Agency (Laura Dail)

  • DRIZZLE by Kathleen Van Cleve

Laura Langlie Agency (Laura Langlie)

  • THE PRINCESS DIARIES (complete series) by Meg Cabot

Levine Greenberg Literary Agency (Kerry Sparks)

Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency (Caitlin Blasdell)

  • THE MAGIC THIEF by Sarah Prineas
  • KID VS. SQUID by Greg van Eekhout

The McVeigh Agency (Mark McVeigh)

  • THE DRAGONS OF SPRATT, OHIO by Linda Zinnen
  • SIMON BLOOM, THE GRAVITY KEEPER by Michael Reisman (worked as publisher)

Nancy Gallt Literary Agency

  • NIGHTSHADE CITY by Hilary Wagner (Marietta Zacker)
  • CITY OF EMBER by Jeanne DuPrau (Nancy Gallt)

Nelson Literary Agency (Kristin Nelson)

  • SPELLBINDER by Helen Stringer
  • THE SHIFTER series by Janice Hardy

New Leaf Literary and Media Representation (Suzie Townsend)

Pippin Properties (Holly McGhee)

  • SHUG by Jenny Han
  • THE UNDERNEATH by Kathi Appelt

Regal Literary Inc. (Michelle Andelman)

  • PETER NIMBLE & HIS FANTASTIC EYES by Jonathan Auxier
  • RUMP by Liesl Shurtliff

Stimola Literary Studio Inc. (Rosemary Stimola)

The Strothman Agency (Lauren MacLeod)

  • REAL MERMAIDS DON’T WEAR TOE RINGS and REAL MERMAIDS DON’T HOLD THEIR BREATH by Hélène Boudreau

Susan Schulman Literary Agency (Susan Schulman)

  • HOLES by Louis Sachar

Upstart Crow Literary (Ted Malawer)

  • VIOLET RAINES ALMOST GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING by Danette Haworth

Waxman Leavell Literary (Holly Root)

  • THE RISE OF RENEGADE X by Chelsea Campbell

Wolf Literary Services LLC (Kirsten Wolf)

  • THE PRICKER BOY by Rheade Scott Whinnem

Writers House

  • SAVVY by Ingrid Law (Dan Lazar)
  • THE LAST INVISIBLE BOY by Evan Kuhlman (Dan Lazar)
  • BILLY BONES: TALES FROM THE SECRETS CLOSET by Christopher Lincoln (Dan Lazar)
  • ALVIN HO by Lenore Look (Susan Cohen)
  • THE BRIXTON BROTHERS by Mac Barnett (Steven Malk)
  • THE FOURTH STALL & THE FOURTH STALL PART II by Chris Rylander (Steven Malk)
  • VANISHED by Sheela Chari (Steven Malk)
  • THE MELTING OF MAGGIE BEAN by Tricia Rayburn (Rebecca Sherman)
  • SCONES & SENSIBILITY by Lindsay Eland (Rebecca Sherman)

I hope this was helpful! I know I would have appreciated a list like this when I first started out. These days I just pick up books as they catch my interest and add them to my agent list after the fact. Happy reading!

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About Michelle I. Mason

I'm a full-time writer, focusing mainly on middle grade and young adult fiction with some freelance PR writing and editing on the side. I'm also a wife, mom, Christian, violinist, avid reader and St. Louis Cardinals fan. And I watch way too much TV.
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21 Responses to A Glimpse at My Agent Spreadsheet: Middle Grade Books I’ve Read

  1. Here’s an idea, too: to find out what books an agent has represented, go to Google, select “Books” from the drop-down “More” menu at the top of the screen, then search for your agent’s name plus the word ‘agent.’ Google will search the full text of books and return you a list of the ones that mentioned your agent in the acknowledgments. It makes life a whole lot easier if you want to research a specific agent quickly! (I wish I wrote YA, because your list would be super-helpful!)

  2. How nice of you to share this list! Very valuable information!

  3. This is great list. Good luck with your querying, Michelle.

  4. kiperoo says:

    Ooooh, this is great, Michelle! I never kept track of this in my own spreadsheet, but I do track all the books I read, so I could probably pull something like this together for YA agents. *ponders*

  5. Erika David says:

    Holy Cow, Batman, this is a useful list! Thanks for sharing this, Michelle.

  6. gpattridge says:

    Thanks for taking the time to make this list. This saves many of us a lot of extra work.

  7. Joanne Fritz says:

    Wow! What a comprehensive list, Michelle! Great idea. I take notes on each agent I’m querying or plan to query, including who they represent at the time and a couple of titles by that author, along with links to any interviews I’ve read about the agent. That way I can personalize the query letter.

    • I have a column for interviews as well. My spreadsheet’s pretty comprehensive. I actually love tracking things. When I worked in PR, I had so many spreadsheets for my clients they probably thought I was a bit crazy. It’s a great way to organize!

  8. I wonder if I’ve spent more time researching agents than actually writing the books! 🙂 (And I’m always on the lookout for a shortcut, so thanks so much!)

  9. lisenminetti says:

    I’ve never met you, nor been to this blog before – is it too soon to say I love you? Seriously this is a FANTASTIC list. I have slowly started querying for MG (and been rejected by a few on your list) and this is so super helpful. Good luck!

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