I had to share this bit of news about a VCFA alum, from Publisher's Weekly Children's Bookshelf:
"Alisha Niehaus at Dial Books for Young Readers bought Jandy Nelson’s YA debut, The Sky Is Everywhere, at auction. The novel tells the story of Lennie, a 17-year-old bookworm and band geek who has spent her life in her older sister Bailey’s shadow; when Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with Bailey’s boyfriend and the new boy in town. Tentative pub date is spring 2010; Nelson is a literary agent at Manus & Associates. Emily van Beek at Pippin Properties sold North American rights in a two-book deal."