Dutton YR Books Team

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Melissa Faulner, Associate Publishing Manager

Melissa Faulner is the Associate Publishing Manager for Dutton Children’s Books. She joined Penguin in 2010 in the Consumer Products and Licensing department for the Young Readers group before eventually transitioning to Editorial.

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Andrew Karre Executive Editor

Andrew Karre is Executive Editor at Dutton Books for Young Readers. He’s had the privilege of editing works by a number of notable authors, including E. K. Johnston, A.S. King, Ashley Hope Pérez, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, and Maggie Stiefvater. Prior to joining Penguin in 2015, Andrew Karre served as an editorial director at Lerner Publishing Group, where he helped launch the Carolrhoda Lab imprint.

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Julie Strauss-Gabel President and Publisher

Julie Strauss-Gabel is the President and Publisher of Dutton Children’s Books. Before joining Dutton in 2002, Julie held positions at Hyperion Books for Children and Clarion Books. Specializing in middle grade and young adult fiction, Julie’s wish list is eclectic but unified in striving for quality writing, exceptional voice, surprising craft, and true ambition.

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