Phoebe Yeh at Crown has acquired two untitled YA novels by Dear Martinauthor Nic Stone, one of which will draw on the experiences of Justyce McAllister. Publication is planned for October 2019 and October 2020; Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency handled the deal for U.S., Canada, Philippines, and open market rights.
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has bought world English rights, at auction, to Booktuber Christine Riccio‘s Again, But Better, a romantic comedy about second chances and being brave enough to try again—even after you’ve majorly screwed up. Publication is scheduled for spring/summer 2019; JL Stermer at New Leaf Literary Media negotiated the deal.
Kristen Pettit at HarperCollins has acquired world rights to Saundra Mitchell‘s All the Things We Do in the Dark. The YA thriller explores what happens after 17-year-old Ava finds a woman’s corpse in the woods and wants to protect and care for her, while in the world beyond, the killer is still free. The book is slated for summer 2019; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich Bourret brokered the deal.
Sarah Peed at Del Rey has bought world rights to Tracey Baptiste‘s YA untitled Minecraft tie-in novel. The book is about 14-year-old gamer Bianca Marshall, who gets trapped in the game world after an accident and can’t ascertain what’s real and what’s not. Publication is set for summer 2018; Marie Lamba at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency did the deal on behalf of Minecraft creator Mojang.
Kate Sullivan at Delacorte has acquired Jeff Henigson‘s YA memoir, Warhead: The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World. The book recounts the author’s teen years battling brain cancer and a journey to fulfill his Starlight Children’s Foundation wish: to meet Mikhail Gorbachev and plea for nuclear disarmament. Publication is planned for summer 2019; Daniel Lazar at Writers House handled the deal for North American rights.
Lisa Yoskowitz at Little, Brown has bought, in a preempt, world English rights to Barbara Roberts‘s debut, Outside Shots, a contemporary novel about a 13-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a great basketball player, but struggles to find a place on her new elite team, while navigating her non-traditional family and searching for a connection to her biological father. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Ginger Knowlton at Curtis Brown negotiated the deal.
Emily Easton at Crown has preempted for six figures, in an exclusive submission, Scott Reintgen‘s debut middle grade novel, When in Fancy. Indira Story finally gets the call to audition at Protagonist Preparatory, only to botch her audition and end up being designated as a side character. When a darker plot threatens the school, Indira must find out if a side character like her can really save the day. Publication is set for spring 2020; Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.
Liz Kossnar at Simon Schuster has acquired Meg Cannistra‘s middle grade novel, The Trouble with Shooting Stars, about a young artist coming to terms with an injury and new family dynamics in her large Italian family following a traumatic accident. The girl gets swept up in the magical world of the spazzitrici—an old Italian order of moon sweepers—but learns there are some things magic can’t fix. Publication is slated for summer 2019; Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency did the deal for world rights, on behalf of CAKE Literary.
Tracey Keevan at Disney-Hyperion has bought Psy-kick: Mind Over Magic, a middle-grade novel by Romily Bernard. In the story, a girl pretends to have psychic powers in order to be popular and solve her new hometown’s curse, but discovers that her real scientific abilities are far more effective in unraveling the mystery. The book is scheduled for fall 2019; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Ann Kelley at Random House/Schwartz Wade has acquired, at auction, Deborah Noyes‘s Blood and Thunder, an illustrated work of narrative nonfiction for middle graders that tells the “secret” life story of literary figure Louisa May Alcott—before she wrote the classic Little Women. Publication is planned for spring 2020; Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management brokered the deal for world rights.
Zareen Jaffery at SS/Salaam Reads has bought Aisha Saeed‘s (l.) picture book, Bilal Cooks Daal, about a boy who teaches his friends how to cook a favorite meal that requires patience, and then shares it with his community. Anoosha Syed will illustrate; publication is set for 2019. Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary represented the author in the deal for world rights.
Neal Porter at Holiday House has acquired world rights to Hope Lim‘s debut picture book, My Tree, for his new imprint. The story is about loss, change, and new beginnings as seen through the lens of a Korean boy’s attachment to an old plum tree in the backyard of his new home in America. Il Sung Na will illustrate; publication is slated for spring 2020. Tanusri Prasanna at Foundry Literary + Media represented the author, and Lori Nowicki at Painted Words represented the illustrator.
Joy Peskin at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has bought Marisa Polansky‘s (l.) Today I’m A…, a four-book series illustrated by Maxine Lee. The shaped board books imagine jobs young readers might have when they grow up, such as a race car driver, dancer, construction worker, or veterinarian. Publication for all four books is planned for winter 2018; the author represented herself, and Anne Moore Armstrong of Bright Agency represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Traci Todd at Abrams/Appleseed has acquired world rights to Barnyard Boogie author Tim McCanna‘s (l.) So Many Sounds, a concept picture book that invites young readers to explore the world through the countless sounds we hear every day. Andy J. Miller will illustrate; publication is scheduled for fall 2018. Caryn Wiseman represented the author, and the illustrator was unagented.
Carolyn Yoder at Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek has bought world rights to the The Pig War: Or How a Porcine Tragedy Taught Two Great Nations to Share by Emma Bland Smith (l.), illustrated by Alison Jay. The nonfiction picture book shares the story of how, in 1859, on an island off the coast of Washington State, the United States and Britain almost went to war over a pig in a potato patch. Publication is set for fall 2020; Essie White of Storm Literary Agency represented the author, and Lorraine Owen of the Organisation Illustration Agency represented the illustrator.