Natashya Wilson at Harlequin Teen has acquired, at auction, This Just In by debut sibling-writing duo Maika Moulite (l.) and Maritza Moulite. When a teen girl is sent to stay with her aunt in Haiti after a prank goes awry, she uncovers family secrets and the key to her mother’s recent meltdown, while embracing her rich Haitian heritage. The story is told in letters, articles, emails, and diary entries. Publication is planned for fall 2019; J.L. Stermer at New Leaf Literary Media brokered the deal for North American rights.
Holly West at Swoon Reads has bought Going Off-Script, a LGBTQ+ YA contemporary novel by Jen Wilde, author of Queens of Geek and The Brightsiders. A teen gets the TV-writing internship of her dreams, but when her boss rewrites her lesbian character as straight, she and the actress launch a #DontHideYourGays campaign against the studio, and fall for each other along the way. Publication is set for summer 2019; Lauren Spieller at TriadaUS Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends has acquired Death Prefers Blondes, a YA mystery thriller by Caleb Roehrig. Seventeen-year-old Margo Manning lives a life of spoiled indolence by day, and high crime by night. Aided by a crew of acrobatic young men, she performs a series of jewel heists across the L.A. area. But when her industrialist father dies under suspicious circumstances, the wayward heiress must grow up overnight. The book is scheduled for winter 2019; Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio brokered the deal for North American rights.
Amy Fitzgerald at Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab has bought Fugly, a debut YA novel by Claire Waller. Shy, overweight, geeky Beth takes refuge in her secret life as an internet troll, targeting the popular people who treat girls like her with contempt in the real world. But then she unexpectedly makes two friends—flirty fellow troll Tori online, and bubbly, pretty Amy IRL—and must decide if she can trust either of them. Publication is slated for fall 2019; Allison Hellegers at Rights People did the deal for world English rights on behalf of Sandra Sawicka at Marjacq Scripts.
David Linker at HarperCollins has acquired world rights to the first two books in a new middle grade series by Austin Aslan. The first book, Turbo Racers: Trailblazer, is about 12-year-old Mace Blazer and his dreams of joining the Turbonauts, who race specialized vehicles that morph between super-powered roadsters, high-powered aircrafts, and torpedo-fast submersibles. Publication is planned for winter 2019, with the second novel to follow in 2020; the deal was co-brokered by Simon Lipskar at Writers House and Paul Lucas at Janklow Nesbit Associates on behalf of the author.
Aimee Friedman at Scholastic has bought Refugee author Alan Gratz‘s Grenade, along with two untitled middle grade novels. The first book is about an Okinawan boy and a young American Marine during World War II whose lives intersect amid the battle of Okinawa. Publication is set for fall 2018; Holly Root at Root Literary negotiated the three-book deal for world rights.
Dinah Stevenson at Clarion has acquired, at auction, North American rights to A Talent for Trouble by Natasha Farrant, a middle grade survival adventure in which a fierce protagonist goes to great lengths to pursue her dream, accompanied by two unlikely boy sidekicks. The book is scheduled for fall 2019; Allison Hellegers at Rights People did the deal on behalf of Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates.
John Morgan at Macmillan/Imprint has bought Kevin and Rebecca Kelly‘s debut picture book, The Awesome, Impossible, Unstoppable Gadget, which stars kid inventor Trixie O’Toole. Publication is projected for fall 2019; Jennifer Weltz at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency represented the authors in the deal for world English rights.
Jeffrey Salane at Little Simon has acquired world rights to two board books by Judy Carey Nevin (l.), illustrated by Susie Hammer: All Kids Are Good Kids and an untitled second book, in a series that celebrates all the sweet, sassy, and kind things children do. The first book is slated for spring 2019; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the author and the illustrator.
Erin Stein at Macmillan/Imprint has bought world rights to Do Not Go in There!, a picture book by Ariel Horn (l.), illustrated by Marilisa Cotroneo. An anxious monster is convinced something mighty scary is behind a closed door, while his monster friend is certain that something marvelous lies behind the same door. Publication is planned for winter 2020; Mary Cummings at Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises represented the author, and Emily Coggins at Astound US represented the illustrator.