About Remarkable


by Lizzie K. Foley

Not everything in the town of Remarkable is remarkable, even though the terribly interesting and even more terribly talented people won’t admit this to just anyone.  It has a very dull post office, for instance, and it has a Coffeebucks that sells coffee that is very good, but certainly no better than the coffee served at any other Coffeebucks in any other town.  And then there is Jane, who is a very unremarkable girl, ten years old, of medium height, with eyes of no particular color, and hair that is not quite brown enough to be called mousy. 

Jane is the only student in town who lacks the talent to enroll in Remarkable’s School for the Remarkably Gifted, and therefore she’s the only one who goes to the regular public school. But when the nefarious Grimlet twins join Jane’s 5th grade class, she soon finds herself on a series of adventures involving an out-of-control science fair project, a pirate captain on the run from a mutinous crew, a lonely dentist with no patients, jelly with artificial preservatives, and a newly constructed bell tower that endangers Remarkable’s most beloved inhabitant: a skittish lake monster named Lucky. 

It is up to Jane, in her own modest style, to stop the science fair project, rescue the pirate captain, befriend the dentist, eat jelly, and save Lucky the Lake Monster so that Remarkable can remain the remarkable place it has always been.  Along the way, she learns that gifts and talents don’t always bring happiness, and that sometimes being ordinary has its advantages. 

Dutton Kids Gets 'Remarkable' 
In a two-book pre-empt, Nancy Conescu at Dutton Children's Books bought world English rights to Elizabeth Foley's debut novel, Remarkable. Faye Bender, of Faye Bender Literary, brokered the deal. The book follows a 10-year-old named Jane Doe who is the only "normal" person living in a town called Remarkable that is otherwise full of gifted people. According to Bender, Jane stumbles on a long-buried town secret that leaves her in a position to "decide just how remarkable she wants to be." Remarkable is slated for spring 2012 -- Publishers Weekly, 1/24/111http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/deals/article/45867-deals-week-of-1-24-11.htmlhttp://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/deals/article/45867-deals-week-of-1-24-11.htmlhttp://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/deals/article/45867-deals-week-of-1-24-11.htmlhttp://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/deals/article/45867-deals-week-of-1-24-11.htmlhttp://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/deals/article/45867-deals-week-of-1-24-11.htmlhttp://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/deals/article/45867-deals-week-of-1-24-11.htmlhttp://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/deals/article/45867-deals-week-of-1-24-11.htmlhttp://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/deals/article/45867-deals-week-of-1-24-11.htmlhttp://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/deals/article/45867-deals-week-of-1-24-11.htmlshapeimage_7_link_0shapeimage_7_link_1shapeimage_7_link_2shapeimage_7_link_3shapeimage_7_link_4shapeimage_7_link_5shapeimage_7_link_6shapeimage_7_link_7shapeimage_7_link_8

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