Nancy Siscoe at Knopf has acquired Squirm by Carl Hiaasen, the author’s first middle grade novel in five years. Billy Dickens is determined to track down his absentee father, but his dad has a secret life that involves grizzly bears, spy drones, dangerous poachers, and a dead parrot named Hubert. Publication is scheduled for fall 2018; Esther Newberg at ICM negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Natashya Wilson at Harlequin Teen has bought world English rights to two books from Fat Girl on a Plane author Kelly deVos. The Survival Code is a YA thriller set in an alternate near future, starring a teen coder whose Doomsday-prepper father is accused of triggering a political crisis. The second book, The Kill Code, is a sequel pitched as a wild west YA Designated Survivor meets Hackers. The first book is set for publication in 2019; Kathleen Rushall for Andrea Brown Literary Agency brokered the deal.
Amy Stapp at Tor Teen has acquired Love Songs Other Lies author Jessica Pennington‘s When Summer Ends, about a cautious girl who decides to live summer by chance after her longtime boyfriend dumps her right before break, and the former star pitcher who gets swept up in her plan while trying to find a new passion, after learning he’s losing his vision. Publication is planned for winter 2019; Michelle Wolfson at Wolfson Literary Agency did the two-book deal for world rights.
Erin Clarke at Knopf has bought a new YA novel by Kate Hattemer, The Last Chance Dance, the story of a teenage girl who challenges the traditions at her private school, while exploring idealism vs. reality, friendship vs. sex, and the knotty complications of privilege. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Uwe Stender at TriadaUS Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Kelsy Thompson at Flux has acquired debut author Nikki Barthelmess‘s YA contemporary novel, The Quiet You Carry. The book follows 17-year-old Victoria, who, after she’s kicked out of her toxic family, must contend with a chaotic foster home, dodge prying eyes at school, hang onto her college dreams, and somehow protect the stepsister she left behind. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Sarah Gerton and Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown Ltd. brokered the deal for world rights.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has signed artist Genevieve Godbout to illustrate a new picture book adaptation of the P.L. Travers classic, Mary Poppins. The book is planned for October 2018, just before the release of the movie Mary Poppins Returns. Bethany Vinhateiro will edit; Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management handled the deal on behalf of the artist.
Liz Bicknell at Candlewick has bought world rights to The Village Blacksmith, based on the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. The new interpretation is drawn from the artist’s own experience, and will feature a modern blacksmith using artisanal methods and tools. A pub date has not yet been set; Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates negotiated the deal.
Jennifer Newens at Graphic Arts has acquired world English rights to Betty Builds It!, a debut picture book by Julie Hampton that mixes STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math in a story about a robot girl who can build just about anything and won’t give up until she builds the ultimate friend. Publication is slated for September 2019; Anna Olswanger at Olswanger Literary represented the author-illustrator.
Susan Van Metre at Walker Books U.S. has bought Into the Jungle: More Stories from the Pack by Costa Children’s Book Award winner Katherine Rundell (l.), illustrated by Kristjana S. Williams. A companion to Kipling’s The Jungle Book, the book features a series of connected origin stories about Mowgli and his animal family in the Indian jungle. Publication is scheduled for fall 2018; Macmillan Children’s Books U.K. brokered the deal for North American rights.
Rotem Moscovich at Disney-Hyperion has acquired Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word author Sarah Jane Marsh‘s Most Wanted: John Hancock Samuel Adams, the story of two very different men who come together to inspire the resistance. Edwin Fotheringhamwill illustrate; publication is planned for summer 2020. Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Pat Hackett represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Jonathan Westmark at Albert Whitman has bought world rights to KidLit411 co-founder Elaine Kiely Kearns‘s debut picture book, Noah Noasaurus, illustrated by Colin Jack. In the story, a dinosaur named Noah can’t stop saying “No!” until he realizes he’s having fun with his friends in a dino-parade to Nowhere. Publication is slated for spring 2019; Linda Epstein at Emerald City Literary Agency represented the author, and Justin Rucker at Shannon Associates represented the illustrator.
Kristin Daly Rens at Balzer + Bray has acquired, in a preempt, world rights to Megan Reid‘s (l.) debut picture book biography, Fleet-of-Foot Girl: The Story of Althea Gibson. The book follows Althea Gibson, the first African-American to win a championship at Wimbledon, and her journey from Harlem to the heights of international tennis. Laura Freeman, illustrator of Hidden Figures, will provide the art; publication is set for fall 2019. Wendi Gu at Janklow Nesbit Associates did the deal while at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, and Janet DeCarlo at Storybook Arts represented the illustrator.
Melissa Manlove at Chronicle has bought world rights to Matthew Burgess‘s picture book, The Bear and the Moon, about two unlikely buddies, a bear and a red round thing on a long silver string, who spend a joyful day together before the inevitable happens. Catia Chien will illustrate; publication is scheduled for spring 2020. Erica Rand Silverman at Stimola Literary Studio represented the author, and Steven Malk at Writers House represented the illustrator.
Rob Broder at Ripple Grove has acquired world rights to Selfie the Elfie by writer and director Savage Steve Holland, illustrated by Andrea Tripke. Sophie, an elf in Santa’s workshop, is too preoccupied taking selfies, but when something goes missing, Sophie’s selfies help save Christmas. Publication is slated for fall 2019; the author and illustrator were unagented.
Barbara Herndon at Zonderkidz has bought world rights to Christmas Cookie Day! by Tara Knudson (l.), illustrated by Pauline Siewert. The rhyming board book celebrates the tradition of making Christmas treats, and includes a Christmas cookie recipe. Publication is set for fall 2018; Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency represented the author, and Lisa Musing at Advocate Art represented the illustrator.
John Morgan at Macmillan/Imprint has acquired two picture books by Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos Jr.(center), illustrated by Germán Blanco. When Pencil Met Eraser depicts the creative journey that brings Pencil and Eraser together. Publication is planned for summer 2019, followed by a second, untitled book; Deborah Warren at East West Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.