"Starfish is a stunningly beautiful, highly nuanced debut."
Booklist, starred review
Penny Moore represents standout authors such as Morris Award Finalist, Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of titles such as Starfish and Summer Bird Blue; Beth Evans, author/illustrator of I Really Didn’t Think This Through; Nicki Pau Preto, author of Crown of Feathers; Lyla Lee, author of The Mindy Kim Series; and Katie Zhao, author of The Dragon Warrior.
Moore graduated from the University of Georgia with a double degree in Linguistics and Japanese Language & Literature. During her time as an undergraduate, she also studied comparative literature at top universities in Japan and South Korea. Penny joined Aevitas in 2018, starting in the industry as an assistant/associate agent at FinePrint Literary Management in 2014, then joining Empire Literary as an agent two years later, where she built out the children’s portion of the agency’s list.
Moore mainly represents children’s literature, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult. She also has an interest in select platform nonfiction projects that speak to younger audiences. Though she’s interested in all genres, she’s specifically seeking inventive works featuring breakout voices and compelling plot lines that will make young readers feel seen and heard for the first time.
Praise for Akemi Dawn Bowman's Starfish:
A 2018 William C. Morris Award Finalist
A New York Public Library 2017 Best Book for Teens
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Paste Magazine's Best YA Debut of 2017
Bustle’s New YA Novels from First Time Authors You Need to Read in the Second Half of 2017
B&N Teen Blog’s Most Anticipated Debut Novels of the Second Half of 2017
"In an empowering novel that will speak to many mixed-race teens, debut author Bowman has created a cast of realistically complex and conflicted characters. . . . Through art, Kiko gains a voice and finally understands that she is worthy, desirable, and talented." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Bowman evokes Kiko’s quiet hurt, pain, and frustration with breathtaking clarity, all the while reinforcing the narrative with love and hope. The story will resonate deeply with readers who have experienced abuse of any kind, or who have been held back by social anxiety. Starfish is a stunningly beautiful, highly nuanced debut." —Booklist, starred review
"Moving." —Kirkus Reviews
"This book is a gem." —BookRiot
"A vibrant, complex and heartfelt story about finding your place in a sharp-edged world that never makes it easy." —Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Conviction
"Akemi Dawn Bowman’s quietly dazzling debut novel gave me the sensation of looking into a mirror. This story is a knockout, at once an incisive portrait of family dysfunction, a nuanced depiction of Asian-American adolescence, and an artist's vibrant coming-of-age—a story so specific as to be universal. Brimming with confessional intimacy and the furious strength of empowerment, Starfish feels like the ache of being lost and the relief of finding home." —Riley Redgate, author of Seven Ways We Lie and Noteworthy
Praise for Caroline Kaufman's Light Filters In:
"A young woman dips into the ink of her experience and writes her own light into existence."
-Laurie Halse Anderson, acclaimed author of Speak
"Debut author Kaufman’s voice is authentic, and her experiences, feelings, and journey toward healing are convincing…. This book could be a lifeline for survivors and provide insight for others." - Kirkus
Praise for Akemi Dawn Bowman's Summer Bird Blue:
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"A strikingly moving book about teenage grief." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A stunning story filled with the healing power of friendship, family, and music. . . . The language is extraordinary." - School Library Journal, starred review
"Bowman, whose Starfish (2017) was a Morris Award Finalist, proves again that she isn't afraid to dive headlong into challenging issues, such as asexuality, grief, resentment, and forgiveness. This beautiful story sparkles as its complex characters dare to find footholds in the seemingly inescapable dark." - Booklist, starred review
"Achingly beautiful and exquisitely crafted, Summer Bird Blue is an emotionally raw and utterly honest story about loss, about hope, and about finding the courage to sing your own song. Akemi Dawn Bowman's writing is lyrical and full of life. I was riveted from the first page." —Samira Ahmed, New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other Filters
"Summer Bird Blue is a quiet but powerful exploration of music and love, and their ability to heal grief over time. Like my favorite sad songs, this book settled deep into my heart and refused to let go." —Brandy Colbert, author of Little & Lion and Finding Yvonne
"Summer Bird Blue brings us the gift of Rumi, unflinchingly honest in herself, her music and the ways she loves and doesn’t. I got (sobbingly) lost in the rhythms of this beautiful exploration of what it means to grieve when you haven’t figured out who you are or your place in the world. With a Hawaiian setting so vividly alive that it becomes essential to Rumi’s healing, this is a gut-wrenching, must-read novel." —S.K. Ali, award-winning author of Saints and Misfits
"A beautifully complex exploration of grief, guilt, and the healing power of art and friendship. Akemi Dawn Bowman’s Summer Bird Blue will make your heart ache and leave your soul hopeful." —Ashley Herring Blake, author of Suffer Love and Girl Made of Stars