Karl Jones is an Associate Editor at Penguin Young Readers Group. He works on a variety of licensed and original middle grade and activity books, as well as some early YA projects. He acquired and edited the Just Jake series from New York Times best-selling kid author, Jake Marcionette, and edits a middle grade/YA transition series by established stage and screenwriter, Justin Sayre. The first book in this series, Husky, was published in September 2015 and Pretty comes out in July 2017 and just received its first starred review from Kirkus. He also develops, acquires and writes unique original activity books like Day of the Dead Activity Book and Build a Boyfriend, as well as hiring work-for-hire authors for several licensed book programs for entertainment and gaming properties including Star Trek, Powerpuff Girls, Uncle Grandpa, Regular Show and Shovel Knight. He is particularly interested in realistic middle grade and YA fiction and format-bending storytelling projects. In his free time, he enjoys comedy and storytelling events, outdoor adventures, and live music.