Sara Sargent at HarperCollins has acquired Dreaming Out Loud by Baby Ariel, the musical.ly phenomenon and singer with more than 35 million followers who was named one of the most influential people on the internet. The book is a memoir about Ariel’s rise to stardom. Publication is scheduled for fall 2018; CAA handled the deal for North American rights.
Kate Sullivan at Delacorte has preempted There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé author Morgan Parker‘s currently untitled YA novel. The book is about a black teen figuring out her identity when her conservative town deems depression as a lack of faith, and blackness as something to be politely ignored. Publication is slated for fall 2019; Sullivan will edit together with Alexandra Hightower. Tina Dubois and Dan Kirschen at ICM Partners negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen has bought a duo of novels by bestselling author Barry Lyga, pitched as a mashup of The Princess Bride, Infinite Jest, and On Writing. The first book is titled Unedited and the second is called Edited. Both novels follow the disintegration of the relationship 17-year-old Mike Grayson has with his girlfriend, Phil, whom he loves—always—but fears only loves him back sometimes; Edited is literally the edited version of Unedited. Publication is set for fall 2019; Kathleen Anderson at Anderson Literary Management brokered the deal for the U.S., its territories, and the Philippines, as well as audio rights.
Kathy Dawson at Penguin/Dawson has acquired, at auction, two standalone YA fantasies by debut novelist and Stanford senior Laura Brooke Robson. The first book is an apocalyptic fantasy told in alternating POVs about the leader of a band of female elite royal aerialists, whose plan for survival depends on marrying the prince—until she meets the alluring new recruit who secretly plans to kill him. The books are planned for spring 2020 and 2021; Danielle Burby at Nelson Literary Agency did the six-figure deal for North American rights.
In a joint acquisition, Kendra Levin at Viking and Lynne Missen at Penguin Teen Canada have bought North American rights to the YA novel Swallow by Danielle Younge-Ullman, author of Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined. The book follows a teenager who, while working as a waitress in her small town, faces the repercussions of outing a customer who has been harassing her. Publication is scheduled for 2020; Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong negotiated the deal.
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired Ryan La Sala‘s debut Reverie, and a second untitled novel. Pitched as Inception meets The Magicians, the #OwnVoices story follows Kane Montgomery, a gay teenager piecing his life back together after an accident robs him of his memories, and as a drag queen sorceress attempts to unravel his reality. Publication is slated for fall 2019; Veronica Park at Corvisiero Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.
Aimee Friedman at Scholastic has bought world rights to Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud, in which 16-year-old Zora meets a boy named Owen, who turns out to be a prince and invites Zora to be his guest at his big brother’s royal wedding. The book will be published in 2019; Laura Dail at Laura Dail Literary Agency did the deal.
Jason Kirk at Amazon/Skyscape has acquired Rebekah Crane‘s Postcards for a Songbird. The contemporary YA novel is about 16-year-old Wren, who is forced to make a new life for herself when her older sister Lizzie moves away without a forwarding address, sending their family into a spiral. Publication is set for spring 2019; Renee Nyen of KT Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
Kheryn Callender at Little, Brown has bought Alex Bertie‘s debut, Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard, a firsthand account of Bertie’s life, struggles, and victories as a transgender teen that is also a guide for transitioning teens. Publication is planned for spring 2019; Silvia Molteni at Peters Fraser and Dunlop brokered the deal for North American rights.
Olivia Valcarce and Aimee Friedman at Scholastic have acquired Yamile Saied Méndez‘s Blizzard Besties, in which a 12-year-old girl teams up with new friends at a ski resort to rescue her brother who might be stranded in a blizzard. Publication is scheduled for 2019; Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.
Jenne Abramowitz at Scholastic has bought author-illustrator Jay Cooper‘s illustrated chapter book series, The Pepper Party, in a four-book deal. The first book, The Pepper Party Picks the Perfect Pet, introduces the zany Pepper family, who can never agree on anything. The stakes are especially high when it comes to picking the family pet. The series will launch in 2019; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary did the deal for world rights.
Maria Modugno at Random House has preempted The Girl and the Star, Faith Pray‘s debut as an author-illustrator. In the picture book, a girl makes a wish that she’ll find a way to change the world around her, and a lost star helps her find the way to do so. Publication is set for summer 2020; Molly O’Neill at Root Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Margaret Ferguson has acquired on exclusive submission for her imprint at Holiday House A Quieter Story by author-illustrator Liza Woodruff. The picture book is about a young artist trying to create a story, but being true to her own voice becomes difficult when she is continually interrupted by her demanding kitten, who has definite ideas about the direction the story should take. Publication is slated for summer 2019; Andrea Cascardi at Transatlantic Agency sold world rights.
Andrew Eliopulos at HarperCollins has bought, at auction, Yorick Bones by author-illustrator Jeremy Tankard, in collaboration with his daughter, Hermione Tankard. Pitched as the lost graphic novel by William Shakespeare, the book follows an Elizabethan-era skeleton who speaks in iambic pentameter and who makes an unlikely friend in the modern-day dog who digs him up. The projected pub date is winter 2020; Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties did the two-book deal for world rights.
Sue Tarsky at Albert Whitman has acquired The Wind Plays Tricks, a picture book by Virginia Howard (l.). In the barnyard tale, when the wind sweeps in and swaps the animals’ sounds, it’s up to them to get their original voices back. Charlene Chua will illustrate; publication is planned for spring 2019. The author was unagented, and Tracy Marchini at BookEnds represented the illustrator for world rights.
Emma Ledbetter at Atheneum has bought a picture book tentatively titled Fred’s Big Feelings by Laura Renauld(l.), illustrated by Brigette Barrager, which shares the story of the big heart and big legacy of everyone’s favorite neighbor: Mister Rogers. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; Wendi Gu at Janklow Nesbit represented the author, and Kirsten Hall at Catbird Productions represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.