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Nic and Nellie to be published in China


Toronto-based Transatlantic Literary Agency (TLA) represents Islandport titles in Europe and Asia. Amy Tompkins, at TLA, brokered the deal. The Chinese edition of the book is due out later this year.

Nic and Nellie, which won a Moonbeam Award Gold Medal for Best Picture Book, is about a girl and her beloved dog, Nellie. Nic is so excited about spending the entire summer on a small New England island with her grandparents that she counts down the days through winter and spring. But when the grand adventure finally begins, she finds tears and loneliness instead of joy and freedom. She and Nellie learn, over the course of the summer, that new places really aren't so scary, and that often friends can be found around every corner, even in old row boats, tidal ponds, and stinky mud flats.  

Astrid Sheckels, who lives in Greenfield, Mass., says she cannot remember a time when she wasn't listening to, telling or illustrating stories. She grew up in western Massachusetts, in an artistic family.  Homeschooling and private art instruction laid the foundation for her artistic education, which was formalized at Greenfield Community College. Astrid is a member of The Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild and The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Sheckels has also published two other books with Islandport Press: the award-winning The Scallop Christmas (by Jane Freeberg, 2009) and the award-winning The Fish House Door (by Robert Baldwin, 2010). She is also the illustrator of Hope Somewhere in America, Black Cloud, and Tennessee Rose. Hector Fox and the Giant Quest, which is the first book of her original picture book series, Hector Fox and Friends, came out in 2016.