Julie Scheina is a former senior editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers with over a decade of experience editing more than 150 titles across a variety of genres, from picture books and poetry collections to middle grade and young adult novels. She loves collaborating with authors and illustrators, and not only does she bring her depth of experience to every project, but she ensures that an author or illustrator’s vision is shining through from start to finish.
Books that Julie has edited have spent more than 125 combined weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and include the #1 New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl; Iron Hearted Violet by Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill; the Imaginary Veterinary series by Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat; New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop; as well as titles by Jennifer Brown, Jackson Pearce, April Lindner, and Jennifer Rush.
Julie loves meeting characters whose voices leap off the page, books in which the setting becomes a character in itself, and stories that take a standard genre or trope and turn it into something completely unexpected. Her interests include realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy.
Authors who have worked with Julie have called her “my most valued editorial partner” (Margaret Stohl), “a fantastic resource of editorial wisdom for a first-time novelist” (Kaia Moritz), and “everything I could have hoped for in an editor…her gentle guidance has made me actually love the revision process, something I have never experienced before” (Cheryl Renee Herbsman).
Julie’s select booklist can be found below.
"The authors give the story big doses of humor, sensitivity, and sweetness, along with a complex and realistic cast; EB and Lauren's stories amount to two great novels in one." - Publisher's Weekly, starred review
"With authentic and distinct voices relayed through a combination of emails and first-person narratives, the authors create a modern and meaningful epistolary novel." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
Bram Stoker award nominee
"Edge-of-your-seat paranormal activity keeps this book moving at an astronomical rate....Garcia brings a fresh new take on the supernatural and the world of secret societies." - VOYA, starred review
"A rare sequel that surpasses the original." - Random Riggs, New York Times bestselling author
"Fans of Stohl's Beautiful Creatures series will find many of the same elements here -- paranormal romance, a fast pace, and intriguing characters -- but within a distinctly science-fiction setting. The strong messages of questioning authority, daring to resist injustice, and loyalty to one's group will resonate with teens who loved The Hunger Games." - Booklist
An American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults
A Junior Library Guild Pick
"An elegant novel...Zarr vividly develops the title character, illuminating Lucy's teenage insecurities, her close and fractious friendships and the coming-of-age realization that she can pursue her dreams on her own terms." - The New York Times Book Review
A Booklist Top Ten First Novel for Youth
"Easily the best book to date about the complicated condition of being a [transgender] teen...The author brings clarity and charity to a state of being that has too long been misunderstood, ignored, and deplored." - Booklist starred review
"Intricately written, this fast-paced story...will enthrall readers. Give this book to readers of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Simone Elkeles." - Library Media Connection starred review
"Well-written and faithful to the original, Lindner's story imbues Jane with the requisite innocence, stubbornness, and darkness of Brontë's protagonist...A fresh and addictive adaptation." - Publisher's Weekly
An Indie Next List selection
A William C. Morris Young Adult Debut Award Finalist
"From the first dragon sighting, readers will be thoroughly entertained with this hijinks-filled adventure story...Santat's illustrations perfectly complement a story that mixes reality with the imaginary." - Library Media Connection starred review
"Gorgeously illustrated." - Publisher's Weekly starred review
"A roomy wonderland that welcomes any child's curiosity and sense of adventure." - The New York Times Book Review
"Gives readers a reason to fall in love with the series all over again...[with] adventures, danger, cleverness, dry wit, and good-hearted characters at the center of the action." - Booklist starred review
A Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner
"Barnhill inverts common fairy-tale notions...[and creates] the most inventive rendition of architecture since J.K. Rowling conjured Hogwarts....Poetic." - The New York Times Book Review