Measuring Up

Ann Xu, Lily LaMotte

fiction contemporary middle grade
emotional lighthearted fast-paced

208 pages | first published 2020

Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins has bought, in a preempt, debut author Lily LaMotte's (l.) graphic novel, Measuring Up, for new graphic novel imprint Harper Alley, in a two-book world rights deal. Ann Xu will illustrate; publication is slated for fall 2020. In the story, a girl enters a cooking competition to win money to bring her beloved Amah to America, and must figure out a way to blend her Taiwanese culture and her new American identity as she channels her inner Julia Child. Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Susan Graham at Einstein Literary Management represented the illustrator.

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lighthearted 73%
hopeful 60%
emotional 46%
inspiring 46%
funny 26%
relaxing 13%
adventurous 6%
informative 6%
reflective 6%


fast 61%
medium 38%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 50% | A mix: 33% | Character: 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 60% | No: 20% | It's complicated: 10% | N/A: 10%

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