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Jacqueline Woodson at the Literacy Partners Evening of Readings And Gala Dinner Dance in New York on June, 7 2016. — AFP picJacqueline Woodson at the Literacy Partners Evening of Readings And Gala Dinner Dance in New York on June, 7 2016. — AFP picLONDON, Nov 1 — Award-winning children and young adults writer Jacqueline Woodson has signed a book deal with Riverhead publishers for two new books, she revealed to EW.

The deal with Riverhead publishers sees Woodson's work joining the likes of bestselling authors Junot Diaz, Mohsin Hamid and Marlon James, putting an end to her contract with Harper/Amistad. 

In an exclusive interview with EW, Woodson revealed that she would be writing "a novel and then I'm going to write something that is true".

Woodson's most recent book, Another Brooklyn — her first adult novel in 20 years — was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2016, losing out to Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad.

It also received the "Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement in Writing for Young Adults", the "St. Katharine Drexel Award" and the "Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature".

In 2014, the American writer's novel Brown Girl Dreaming won the National Book Award and her book Beneath a Meth Moon is currently being adapted into a film.

In all, Woodson has over 30 books to her name.

She also served as the Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017.

No details have been given yet as to when the two new books will be released. — AFP-Relaxnews

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