Paige Terlip represents all categories of children’s books from picture books to young adult, as well as select adult fiction, including thrillers/psychological suspense, fantasy/sci-fi, upmarket fiction, and cozy mysteries. 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 set in our world

• 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 

• 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.

Sarah Mughal Rana's LETTERS FOR MY BROWN SELF, a YA novel in prose and verse pitched as THE HATE U GIVE meets THE POET X, exploring Islamophobia post-9/11; when a Muslim spoken word artist's letters about a politician go viral, she must decide whether to stay silent or use her voice, to Wednesday Books, for publication in Winter 2024.

Emily Varga's YA fantasy, FOR SHE IS WRATH, pitched as a Pakistani Count of Monte Cristo fantasy, following a girl determined to exact her revenge after being accused of a crime she didn't commit, but when the person standing in her way is the ex-lover who condemned her, retribution becomes a complicated game of cat and mouse; and an untitled YA fantasy, pitched as an anti-colonial Indiana Jones meets A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, to Wednesday Books, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2024 and Winter 2025.

Gigi Griffis's THE WICKED UNSEEN, set in 1996, in which a 16-year-old is having trouble fitting into her new town, where everyone seems to believe there's a secret, Satanic cult doing rituals in the woods; but when the pastor's daughter—and her crush—goes missing, she starts to wonder if the town's obsession with evil isn't covering up something far worse, to Underlined, for publication in Summer 2023.

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 MG 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, a YA graphic novel 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.

Jesse White's BRAVE LIKE FIREWEED, which takes readers on an affirmational journey exploring how the characteristics of plants mirror their own changing emotions, to Union Square Kids, for publication in Fall 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.