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Ashley Belote Signed to Book Deal by MacMillan Imprint

New York—Publisher’s Weekly Children’s Newsletter announces Holly West, of Fiewel and Friends, an imprint of MacMillan, has bought world rights to Frankenslime by Joy Keller, illustrated by Ashley Belote. In this picture book, a girl scientist experiments to make bold and wonderful slimes…and ends up with a slime creature. Publication is planned for summer 2021; Mary Cummings at Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises represented the author, and Moe Ferrara at BookEnds represented the illustrator.

Belote, who has illustrated numerous award-winning books, said, “I’m so excited and honored to illustrate a book by the wonderful Joy Keller! I’m so excited for this project and thrilled that I’m now represented by Moe Ferrara of the BookEnds Literary Agency. I’m beyond excited for what’s to come!!”

Joy Keller is the author of several children’s books including Monster Trucks, Miss Turie’s Magic Creatures and Fungus Among Us.

West Virginia native, Ashley Belote, has illustrated numerous award-winning books published by Headline Books, and has a background in traditional animation under the direction of Don Bluth. She earned her B.F.A from Alderson Broaddus University and then completed the Whole Book Approach Course through Simmons College at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. She earned her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration through the University of Kentucky. She lives in Davidson, North Carolina. For more information visit