Measuring Up's Lily LaMotte & Ann Xu's Graphic Novel, Unhappy Camper

Unhappy Camper is a new middle-grade graphic novel by Lily LaMotte and Ann Xu, to be published in the summer of 2022. Picked up by Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins, Unhappy Camper follows two sisters who rebuild their bond and learn more about their culture after going to a Taiwanese American summer camp.

Unhappy Camper
Social media image by Ann Xu.

This follows the announcement a month ago that HarperCollins had also picked up Lily LaMotte's debut picture book Chloe's New Lunar Year illustrated by Michelle Lee. She also had her debut graphic novel published by HarperCollins last October, Measuring Up, which was also drawn by Ann Xu.

Ann Xu is an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist and illustrator with a BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is also the artist on the recently published graphic novel Shadow Life from First Second.

Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary represented Lily LaMotte, and Susan Graham at Einstein Literary Management represented Ann Xu.

Andrea Brown Literary is a mid-size literary agency specializing in children's literature since 1981,  headquartered in Northern California with offices in Southern California, Chicago and New York.Einstein Literary Management is a full-service independent literary agency, representing a broad range of literary and commercial fiction, as well as books for children and young adults.

HarperCollins is one of the world's largest publishing companies and is one of the Big Five alongside Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan. The company is headquartered in New York City and is a subsidiary of News Corp. The name is a combination of several publishing firm names: Harper & Row, an American publishing company acquired in 1987—whose own name was the result of an earlier merger of Harper & Brothers and Row, Peterson & Company—together with UK publishing company William Collins, Sons, acquired in 1989. The worldwide CEO of HarperCollins is Brian Murray. The company publishes many different imprints, both former independent publishing houses and new imprints.

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