Neal Porter has acquired for his imprint at Holiday House The Word Pirates, a picture book by Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper, illustrated by Steven Kellogg. The book features a band of ravenous pirates who gobble up words from favorite stories and are foiled by a Word Wizard from New Zealand; it was conceived by its creators as a tribute to their good friend, the celebrated author Margaret Mahy. Publication is slated for fall 2019; Rubin Pfeffer at Rubin Pfeffer Content represented the author and the artist in the deal for world rights.
Megan Tingley at Little, Brown has bought world rights to No More Poems! by singer-songwriter of the Old 97’s Rhett Miller (l.), with art by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat. It’s a collection of irreverent poems taking on the foibles of modern family life, from being consumed by your device to being fed up with your rock star dad. Publication is planned for spring 2019; Jennifer Gates at Aevitas Creative Management represented the author, and Jodi Reamer at Writers House represented the artist.
Lee Wade at Random House/Schwartz and Wade has acquired a picture book by Guojing, creator of New York Times Best Illustrated The Only Child. Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home is about a stray dog, a lonely woman, and the storm that brings them together. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors handled the deal for world English rights.
Nancy Inteli at HarperCollins has bought world rights to Anika Aldamuy Denise‘s Rosita Rising, a nonfiction picture book manuscript about EGOT winner Rita Moreno. The story follows young Rita from Juncos, Puerto Rico, through her discombobulating arrival in New York all the way to Hollywood, where she lands her iconic role in West Side Story, and finally, her groundbreaking Oscar. Publication is set for winter 2020; Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management negotiated the deal.
Christina Pulles at Sterling has bought world rights to Jamie L.B. Deenihan‘s (l.) When Grandpa Gives You a Toolbox, illustrated by Lorraine Rocha, in which a boy who wants a dollhouse doesn’t quite get what he asked for. Publication is planned for spring 2020; Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency represented the author, and Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary represented the illustrator.
Karen Boss at Charlesbridge has acquired world rights to Barry Wittenstein‘s (l.) picture book, Sonny’s Bridge, illustrated by Keith Mallett. The book follows jazz legend Sonny Rollins’s rise to fame, his two-year self-imposed sabbatical (during which he played his sax on the Williamsburg Bridge), and his eventual return to the recording studio. Publication is set for summer 2019; the author and the illustrator represented themselves.
Joni Sussman at Kar-Ben has bought world rights to Mitzvah Pizza by Sarah Lynn Scheerger (l.), illustrated by Deborah Melmon. The picture book is inspired by the real life “pay it forward” pizza program started by Mason Wartman in Philadelphia and featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Deborah Warren at East West Literary Agency represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself.
Kate DePalma and Lisa Rosinsky at Barefoot Books have acquired world rights to Here and There by Tamara Ellis Smith (l.), illustrated by Evelyn Daviddi. The picture book explores a boy’s experience of his parents’ separation, and the healing that his family finds in music. Publication is planned for spring 2019; Kate DePalma will edit and art direct. Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary represented the author, and the artist represented herself.
Andrew Karre at Dutton has bought Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner A.S. King‘s Dig, about the far-flung teenage grandchildren of the Hemmings family, who find their way back to each other in time to uncover the terrible cost of maintaining the family name. The book takes a surreal dive into three generations of polite, affluent white supremacy and how one determined generation can save themselves. Publication is set for spring 2019; Michael Bourret at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret brokered the deal for world rights.
Rosemary Brosnan and Jessica MacLeish at HarperTeen have acquired The Word for Yes author Claire Needell‘s new novel, The First True Thing. The book explores the risk of substance abuse, and what it means to take control of one’s life when it seems like the only path forward is the one that will take all of one’s courage. Publication is slated for April 2019; Alice Tasman at the Jean Naggar Agency did the deal for world English rights.
Ben Rosenthal at HarperCollins/Tegen has bought Kyrie McCauley‘s debut novel, If These Wings Could Fly, set in a town that has been invaded by thousands of crows. The novel features a girl who navigates this strange phenomenon during her senior year and confronts domestic violence at home, where she must choose between acceptance to her dream college or abandoning that lifeline to protect her sisters. Publication is planned for winter 2020; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Media Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Lauren Knowles at Page Street has acquired Beyond the Shadowed Earth by Joanna Meyer, a YA fantasy set in the world of the author’s debut novel, Beneath the Haunting Sea. The story tells of a girl who, as a child, did a deal with the gods to make herself Empress, but didn’t know what it would cost her. Now, with the Empire collapsing and her best friend gone, she embarks on a journey to find the god of the mountain and demand retribution. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary did the deal for world rights.
Bryce Carlson at Boom! Studios has bought world rights to a new supernatural middle grade series of graphic novels by Goosebumps and Fear Street creator R.L. Stine. Under the four-book deal, Stine will release the horror titles under the company’s KaBoom! imprint, with the first book set for fall 2019; Bryce Carlson at Boom! brokered the deal directly with Stine.
Alessandra Balzer at Balzer + Bray has acquired at auction the debut middle grade novel by Maulik Pancholy, known for his roles on 30 Rock and Phineas and Ferb, and for serving on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The. Best. At. It. is about a gay Indian-American boy growing up in a small town in Indiana, dealing with the shifting dynamics of friendship and bullying in middle school, who has decided that everything in his life will get better if he can just find that one special thing he’s the best at. Publication is slated for fall 2019; Jessica Regel at Foundry Literary + Media sold North American rights, on behalf of In This Together Media.
Lois Bridges at Scholastic Professional has bought Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids by literacy advocates, educators, and co-founders of the Nerdy Book Club, Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp. Part call-to-action and part practical toolset for educators, Game Changer!champions the power of book access as an essential aspect of learning and student growth potential. The book is scheduled for fall 2019; Molly O’Neill at Root Literary represented both authors in the deal for world rights.