Alex Arnold at HarperCollins/Tegen has acquired Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro (l.) and Emily Henry, authors of the Charlotte Holmes series and A Million Junes, respectively. Pitched as a YA sendup of Thelma Louise, the book features a pair of unlikely best friends who run away together to escape their miserable lives at home, and then hatch a plan to exact revenge on the men who have wronged them. Publication is slated for summer 2019; Lana Popovic at Chalberg Sussman brokered the deal for North American rights.
Kelsey Horton at Delacorte has bought, in a preempt, Kelly Coon‘s untitled YA fantasy debut. The book is about a kingdom where girls are selected to join fallen Kings as Queens in the Netherworld—a dark tradition that is seen as an honor but is, in actuality, a death sentence— and where one girl is determined to save her sister from this fate. Publication is planned for 2019; Kari Sutherland at Bradford Literary Agency did the two-book, six-figure deal for world English rights.
Barbara Moore at Llewellyn Worldwide has acquired Printz Honor author Maggie Stiefvater‘s The Scorpio Sea Tarot. The tarot deck and accompanying book tap into the mythology of Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Racesand draw on ancient pagan and Celtic traditions. Publication is set for fall 2019; Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has bought, in a preempt, Kheryn Callender‘s debut YA novel, This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story. The contemporary story follows aspiring screenwriter Nathan Bird, who has seen the demise of too many relationships (most recently with his ex-girlfriend) to believe in romcom-worthy happy endings, but then reconnects with a boy from his past. Publication is scheduled for fall 2018; Beth Phelan at the Bent Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.
Jennifer Ung at Simon Pulse has acquired Gloria Chao‘s Misaligned, about a teen outcast who is simultaneously swept up in a whirlwind romance and down a rabbit hole of dark family secrets when another Taiwanese family moves to her small, predominantly white Midwestern town. Publication is planned for fall 2019; Kathleen Rushall at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Laura Schreiber at Disney-Hyperion has bought, in a preempt, What I Want You to See by Catherine Linka. Set in the competitive world of a top art school, the story tells of a talented girl whose troubled background and desire to succeed lead her to make one terrible mistake, ensnaring her in secrets and lies that could cost her everything. Publication is slated for fall 2019; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary did the deal for world English rights.
Farrin Jacobs at Little, Brown/Poppy has acquired, in a pre-empt, NYU MFA Shannon Dunlap‘s debut novel, Izzy + Tristan, a modern retelling of the Tristan and Iseult romantic epic, set in contemporary Brooklyn. Publication is scheduled for fall 2018; Kerry Sparks at Levine Greenberg Rostan handled the two-book deal for world English rights.
Tara Weikum at HarperCollins has bought two middle grade novels by Elemental series author Antony John. The first book, Mascot, is about middle schooler Noah Savino, who—after a car accident that took his father’s life and paralyzed him from the waist down—must grapple with his new disability as he rediscovers himself, his family, and his place in the world. Publication is set for fall 2018, with a second, as yet untitled novel to follow; Ted Malawer at Upstart Crow Literary brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.
Katie Cunningham at Candlewick Studios has acquired Little Soldiers: The Good Son by Pierre-Jacques Ober (l.), Julia Ober (center), and Felicity Coonan, a photographic novel in which toy soldiers are used to depict the complexity of WWI. Publication is slated for 2020; Catherine Drayton at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Vanessa Lopez at Insight Editions has bought paper engineer Matthew Reinhart‘s Harry Potter pop-up book. Hogwarts showcases sections of the famous wizarding school in a format similar to Reinhart’s Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management did the deal for world rights.
Donna Bray at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired Tom Sullivan‘s Out There, a picture book about the possibility of life on other planets—with an unexpected conclusion. Publication is scheduled for summer 2019; Steven Malk at Writers House represented the author in the deal for world rights.
Tamar Brazis at Abrams has bought How I Learned to Fall Out of Trees by Vincent X. Kirsch, a picture book about the lessons that friends teach us about growing up. Publication is set for spring 2019; Christa Heschke of McIntosh and Otis represented the author-illustrator in the deal for world English rights.
Taylor Norman at Chronicle has acquired Dave Eggers‘s (l.) What Can a Citizen Do?, a picture book conceived as a civics primer that contemplates the question of what it means to be a citizen. Shawn Harris will illustrate; publication is slated for fall 2018. Steven Malk at Writers House represented both the author and the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Taylor Norman at Chronicle has also bought Dave Eggers‘s Tomorrow Most Likely, a picture book that muses on all of the magnificent, dreamy, and absurd possibilities that may come the next day. Lane Smith will illustrate; publication is planned for March 2019. Steven Malk at Writers House did the deal for world rights.
Susan Kochan at Putnam has acquired world rights to All Four Stars and The Great Hibernation author Tara Dairman‘s (l.) debut picture book, Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy, about a boy and a girl who flee opposite environments in India and meet in a safe, welcoming place. Archana Sreenivasan will illustrate; publication is slated for spring 2020. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author, and Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary represented the illustrator.