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Varian Johnson announces deals for two new books

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Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Varian Johnson, who just signed deals for two new books—a middle-grade novel and a biography—with Scholastic!

The middle-grade novel, Playing the Cards You’re Dealt, “explores themes of toxic masculinity as a 10-year-old card shark struggles to keep his family together while preparing for the big community spades tournament,” according to the Publishers Weekly announcement.

The second book, American Giant, whose form is inspired by Hamilton and Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover, is a “fictional biography in raps” about the life of Rube Foster, “the ‘father’ of Negro League Baseball.”

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt is expected to launch in Fall, 2021, with American Giant planned for a Fall, 2023 release.  Both deals were negotiated by agent Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties.

Congratulations, Varian!