Stacey Barney is a Senior Editor at Penguin/Putnam Books for Young Readers. She acquires middle grade, young adult and select nonfiction and picture books. She has edited the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh as well as the 2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award-winning Firebird by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers. Stacey has edited award-winning authors Kristin Levine (The Lions of Little Rock), Tara Sullivan (The Bitter Side of Sweet) and Sheila O’Connor (Sparrow Road). Some recent and upcoming publications include Free Verse, a tale of a girl who loses her family and then her voice to the coal mines of West Virginia; The Reader by Traci Chee, a fantasy set in a word where reading is unheard of; and Our Chemical Hearts, a story of unrequited first love. Stacey is looking for rich and memorable stories with pacey plots and writing that sparkles and shines.