Full Agent Profile: Michael Bourret


Michael Bourret

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

Literary Fiction | Commercial Fiction | Young Adult | Children's | Middle Grade

History | Food & Lifestyle | Politics | Drama/Music | Cookbooks | Art | Pop Culture | Narrative | Health & Fitness | Film & Entertainment | Humor | Juvenile

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    • He specializes in children's books, from picture books through young adult.
    • He is actively seeking children's books of all kinds, but especially commercially-minded (though not necessarily commercial) young adult and books for boys.
    • He also represents a broad range of nonfiction, including practical, narrative, memoir, humor and cookbooks
    • He is also always looking for great pop-science, pop-culture, food writing, or any great narrative nonfiction.
    • He doesn't handle science fiction, fantasy, or much romance; otherwise, he's open to just about anything.

    • Michael’s authors include Sara Zarr, whose first novel Story of a Girl (Little, Brown, 2007), was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature; Lisa McMann, whose debut novel is the New York Times bestseller Wake (Simon Pulse, 2008); Bernadette Shustak, whose I Love You Through and Through (Scholastic, 2005) has nearly 1,000,000 copies in print throughout the world; and Anne Rockwell, the critically-acclaimed author of more than 100 picture books. His other books include How America Lost Iraq by Aaron Glantz, China: The Gathering Threat by Constantine Menges, Stealing Democracy by Spencer Overton, Postcards from Mars by Jim Bell, Tea Party by Tracy Stern, and Good Spirits by A.J. Rathbun, among many others.
    • New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts

    The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites
    Author:   Heather Brewer
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Dutton Juvenile (August 16, 2007)
    Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. And now, he faces a much bigger problem: he’s being hunted by a vampire killer.
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    Face to Face: How to Reclaim the Personal Touch in a Digital World
    Author:   Susan RoAne
    Genres:   Business
    Publisher:   Fireside (October 7, 2008)
    In a technology-driven world, face-to-face communication has taken a backseat to cellphones, e-mail and text messaging, asserts RoAne (The Secrets of Savvy Networking) in this humorous, quippy guide that illustrates how basic conversational and social skills have deteriorated and offers simple steps to more effective communication. The author offers commonsense advice and practical suggestions for anyone who wants to improve his or her ability to network, enhance small talk at a cocktail party or business function, navigate office politics and find or become a mentor.
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    Coffeehouse Angel
    Author:   Suzanne Selfors
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Walker Books for Young Readers (July 21, 2009)
    When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down. Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be . . .
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    Once Was Lost
    Author:   Sara Zarr
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Little, Brown Young Readers (October 1, 2009)
    Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things. As a pastor's kid, it's hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reason to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam's personal one, and the already-worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.
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    Author:   Lisa McMann
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Simon Pulse (December 23, 2008)
    For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....
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    Author:   Lisa McMann
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Simon Pulse (February 10, 2009)
    This intriguing, if not quite stand-alone, sequel to Wake (S & S, 2008) follows undercover investigators and high school seniors Janie Hannagan and her partner/boyfriend Cabel as they attempt to unmask and trap a sexual predator teaching at Fieldridge High. Janie is a dream catcher—she has the ability to be sucked into another person's dreams—and her job is to glean clues to the culprit's identity from her classmates and to act as bait.
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    Author:   Lisa McMann
    Genres:   Young Adult
    Publisher:   Simon Pulse (February 9, 2010)
    The third and final book in the paranormal teen series that includes The New York Times bestseller Wake and Fade.
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