Paige Terlip represents all categories of children’s books from picture books to young adult, as well as select adult fiction and nonfiction, including thrillers/psychological suspense, fantasy/sci-fi, upmarket fiction, cozy mysteries, as well select nonfiction. Regardless of genre, she is seeking inclusive, intersectional voices and gorgeous line-level writing with emotionally compelling narratives.

Some of Paige’s specific wish list items include:

Middle Grade:

• A snarky girl detective

• Kids who love (or are learning to love) nature 

• Anything queer 

Young Adult:

• Stories with ancestral magic

• Contemporary mystery with puzzles

• Girls who kick ass


• Female-driven crime-procedural (bonus points if she knows martial arts!)

• Rom com with off-beat humor 

• Upmarket mother-daughter friendship and shenanigans 

• Literary horror à la Lovecraft Country


Prior to becoming an Associate Agent, Paige was a Senior Assistant for Executive Agent Laura Rennert, and has been with ABLA since 2017. She comes to agenting with a background in marketing, design, and freelance editorial. She’s worked at Charlesbridge Publishing, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and a ranch in the Rockies. She has an MA in Children's Literature and an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons University. If she’s not reading, you'll find her practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, re-watching the Great British Baking Show, or hiking with her Husky-Shepherd mix.

Miranda Sun’s YA Contemporary Fantasy, IF I HAVE TO BE HAUNTED, in which a Chinese American teen reluctantly embraces her ghost-speaking heritage to resurrect her nemesis, the local golden boy, from an otherworldly snake bite, unknowingly rekindling a multi-generational feud—and maybe falling in love with him—in the process, to HarperCollins, at auction, in a six-figure, two-book deal, for publication in Summer 2023 and Summer 2024 respectively.

Ally Russell's debut IT CAME FROM THE TREES, in which no one believes a girl after her best friend is taken by a terrifying creature on a scouting retreat; determined to save her friend, she joins a new local scout troop and ventures back into the woods, but when the unthinkable happens, the scouts—armed with only their wits and toiletries—must band together to survive the night, to Delacorte, for publication in summer 2024.

Bex Glendining's INDIGO PORT, in which a young woman struggling with the grief of losing her estranged grandmother discovers there was more to her grandmother than meets the eye, taking her down a magical rabbit hole of love and forgiveness, to Abrams Amulet, for publication in spring 2025.

Rebekah Lowell's CATCHING FLIGHT, a meditative picture book about hope and possibility, depicted through the metaphor of birds and their flight, to Doubleday Children's for publication in Spring 2023.

Author-illustrator Peter Cheong's debut EVERY NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT, in which a lone werewolf struggles to make friends until another wolf shows up in town, and he learns you must be a friend to make a friend, to Atheneum, for publication in Summer 2023.

Author-illustrator Jackie Huang's debut, MR. PANDA AND THE RED FLOWER, a picture book with interactive flaps about a persnickety panda who likes things just so, and the gift of a red flower that changes his perspective to Abrams Appleseed, for publication in Spring 2023.

Evie Zhu's illustration debut TAKE ME TO LAOLAO, in which a little girl with a big heart and an even bigger imagination goes on a Chinese mythology-inspired adventure to visit her laolao during the spring lantern festival, text by Kelly Zhang, to Karen Chaplin at Quill Tree for publication in Winter 2024.

Martial arts

Found families

Queer love


Exploring the outdoors

Hackers & technology

I'm especially looking for MG and YA with laugh out loud moments and a lot of heart.
I love well-plotted twists, being a little bit scared, and stories that explore the fluidity of gender and bring the queer experience
to light.