Ambush Books is the brainchild of award-winning children’s book author Douglas Rees and his literary agent Laurie McLean. Often their luncheon conversations would involve tales of fabulous classic children’s books that were no longer available for purchase. What a shame!
So Ambush Books represents their quest to bring these abandoned treasures out of the dark caves where they’ve been hidden away by publishers in order to share them with the tweens and teens of today.
We’ve also added another invaluable person to our team: Pam “Bookalicious” van Hylckama Vlieg, one of the leading voices in YA books today.
There’s gold in them thar pages, kids! Reading adventures await.
Douglas Rees decided he wanted to be a writer when he was twelve. And he hasn’t grown out of it yet! He and his wife JoAnn are both librarians. Some of his award-winning books include Vampire High, Uncle Pirate, Majix, The Juliet Spell, and Jeannette Claus Saves Christmas. He’s excited about Ambush Books because he has so many writer friends whose books he can save from extinction.
Laurie McLean is a serial entrepreneur who is tickled pink by the chaos created by digital publishing technology. A lifelong reader and writer, Laurie is thrilled to be able to offer this generation’s children access to the amazing stories of her generation…and some new ones from favorite classic authors. Laurie is a literary agent at Larsen Pomada in San Francisco, writes romance and fantasy novels, and loves to teach about the wonders of digital publishing, eBooks and social media. Prior to that Laurie spent 20+ years at the helm of her own multi-million dollar marketing agency.
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, aka Bookalicious Pam, created the leading book review blog for childrens’ books, videogames, graphic novels and more: bookalicious.org. She is an associate literary agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents and has her own middle grade and YA writing represented by Laurie McLean. Pam is also in charge of the YA section at Hicklebees children’s books in San Jose, CA. She knows children’s books, people!