Susan Bolotin and Mary Ellen O’Neill at Workman have acquired world rights to How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul (l.) and Maria Russo of the New York Times Book Review. The book grew out of a digital project Paul and Russo worked on at the Times and will expand on how parents can foster a love of books in their children. Drawing on the authors’ experiences raising children who love to read, the book will focus on the four stages of development: babies, toddlers, early readers, and independent readers, lending advice on various entry points. Publication is planned for 2019; Lydia Wills at Lydia Wills LLC represented Paul, and Sarah Burnes at the Gernert Company represented Russo.
Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen has bought world English rights to Mad Bad Dangerous to Know, a YA thriller by Samira Ahmed. Pitched as recalling A.S. Byatt’s Possession and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, and told in dueling narratives that weave between past and present, the book follows a Muslim-American teenager who partners with a descendant of French author Alexander Dumas to unravel the mystery of a 19th-century Muslim woman who appears in letters between Dumas and Eugene Delacroix. The book is slated for fall 2019; Eric Smith at P.S. Literary brokered the deal.
Stacey Barney at Putnam took world rights, in a two-book deal, to James Brandon‘s YA novel, The Choice Between. Set in St. Louis circa 1973, the story follows a young man named Jonathan who spends his days hiding under his hoodie, imagining sci-fi scenarios to avoid all the awful things in his world. When he meets Web and the two boys fall in love, they struggle to retain their identities in a world that is trying to tear them apart. Publication is scheduled for summer 2019; Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Agency negotiated the deal.
Julie Strauss-Gabel at Dutton has acquired The Unicorn Rescue Society, a middle grade series from (from l.) Newbery Honor author Adam Gidwitz and Mixtape Club founders Jesse Casey and Christopher Smith, illustrated by Hatem Aly. It’s a globe-trotting fantasy-adventure series about mythical creatures and their cultures of origin; each book in the series will feature a different mythical creature. Guest authors who will highlight their own cultural traditions and mythologies will team with Gidwitz for future titles in the series. The series will launch in spring 2018 with the publication of The Creature of the Pines and The Basque Dragon; Sarah Burnes at the Gennert Company brokered the deal for world rights.
Monica Perez at Charlesbridge has bought Karol Ruth Silverstein‘s debut YA novel, Cursed. Erica “Ricky” Bloom, recently diagnosed with a chronic illness that’s nearly as embarrassing as it is painful, employs her best coping mechanisms—cursing and cutting class—to deal with pain, family upheaval, and the challenges of school. When she’s caught, she must struggle to catch up to avoid a far worse horror: repeating ninth grade. Publication is set for spring 2019; Jen Linnan at Linnan Literary Management negotiated the deal for world rights.
Jenny Bak at Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson has acquired Kevin Wignall‘s The Crash, about a group of teens on a school trip whose plane crashes in remote Central America and who must battle both their deadly environment and clashing natures as they struggle to survive. Publication is planned for spring 2019; Penelope Burns did the deal for world English rights on behalf of Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners.
Liz Bicknell at Candlewick has bought How I Live Nowauthor Meg Rosoff‘s (l.) Good Dog McTavish and a sequel, McTavish Goes Wild, both illustrated by Grace Easton. The middle grade books tell of the crisis-ridden Peachey family, who are saved from their own chaos by McTavish, a dog they adopt from the local shelter. U.S. publication for the first book is slated for fall 2018; North American rights were acquired from Barrington Stoke Books in the U.K.
Robyn Chapman at First Second has acquired world rights to the first two books in the middle grade DIY Maker Comics series. Baking by Falynn Koch teaches baking techniques and has baking activities; Car Maintenance by Chris Schweizer focuses on car repairs. Publication for both books is set for 2019; Falynn Koch was unagented, and Charlie Olsen at Inkwell Management represented
Janine O’Malley at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has bought world English rights to Emily Roberson‘s debut, Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters, a modern retelling of the story of the Minotaur. Pitched as Keeping Up with the Kardashians meets The Hunger Games, the book is told from 17-year-old, famous-since-birth Ariadne’s point of view, following her fight to save her brother and make her own destiny in a world where celebrity, surveillance, and manufactured “reality” play out in a landscape of gods and monsters. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Kerry Sparks at Levine Greenberg Rostan negotiated the two-book deal.
Jenna Lettice at Random House has acquired Justin Dean‘s middle grade debut, Awesome Dog 5000, an illustrated action-comedy about three video-game-loving friends who discover a robotic dog with real-life power-ups. When their new pet catches the attention of a vengeful mad scientist, it sets off a next-level adventure. The first book is tentatively slated for summer 2019; Melissa Nasson at Rubin Pfeffer Content brokered the two-book deal for world rights.
Alvina Ling and Nikki Garcia at Little, Brown have bought author-illustrator Jin Xiaojing‘s I Miss My Grandpa, a picture book in which a child asks different family members about her late grandfather and learns his characteristics through the various features he passed down to his kin. Xiaojing was the winner of the 2017 Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award. Publication is planned for 2019; Hannah Mann at Writers House did the deal for world rights.
Christy Cox at Sasquatch/Little Bigfoot has acquired Flora Forager ABC, the debut picture book by Bridget Collins, an adult author and flora artist with 200,000+ followers on Instagram. Each letter in the alphabet will be illustrated with an animal made from materials foraged from nature. Publication is set for March 2019; Cindy Uh at the Thompson Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.
Christianne Jones at Capstone has bought The Kiddie Table by Colleen Madden, the tale of a girl who is placed at the “kiddie table” for Thanksgiving dinner. Appalled, the girl demands to be moved up to the adult table, and learns that where you sit isn’t the most important part of Thanksgiving. Publication is scheduled for late summer 2018; Mela Bolinao at MB Artists represented the author-illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Leila Sales at Viking has acquired North American rights to Alan Silberberg‘s Meet the Latkes. The picture book stars a family of potato pancakes who get everything about the Hanukkah story wrong, and it’s up to the pet dog (also a potato pancake) to set them straight. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management negotiated the deal.
Jeffrey Salane at Little Simon has bought world rights to Ame Dyckman‘s Wee Beasties board book series, illustrated by Alex G. Griffiths, in which toddlers can correct their animal pals’ humorous-but-improper social behavior. The series will launch in summer 2018 with Huggy the Python Hugs Too Hard and Roary the Lion Roars Too Loud; Scott Treimel at Scott Treimel NY represented Dyckman, and James Burns at the Bright Agency represented Griffiths.
Julie Matysik at Running Press Kids has acquired world rights to Yoga Frog by Nora Carpenter, which follows a meditative frog who teaches readers the basics of a yoga flow. The book will include a tear-out poster featuring the frog in various yoga poses. Mark Chambers will illustrate; publication is scheduled for May 2018. Victoria Arms at Wells Arms Literary represented the author, and Arabella Stein at Bright USA represented the illustrator.