Caitlyn Dlouhy at Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books has acquired North American rights to a graphic novel edition of Jason Reynolds‘s Newbery Honor– and Printz Honor–winning Long Way Down (which Dlouhy published in 2017); Danica Novgorodoff will illustrate. Publication is planned for fall 2019. Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties represented the author, and Tanya McKinnon at McKinnon McIntyre represented the artist.
Maggie Lehrman at Amulet has bought Mirror Lens, a YA graphic novel written by Ignatz Award winners Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota, illustrated by J.R. Doyle, about two young photographers, one an augmented human and the other an AI, who chooses to appear human, who must overcome their bitter rivalry to collaborate on an art project. Publication is scheduled for spring 2020; Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary sold world rights.
Monica Jean at Delacorte has acquired The Last Thing I Told You author Emily Arsenault‘s untitled new YA mystery, pitched as Adventureland meets One of Us Is Lying. It’s the story of a girl whose father owns an amusement park and a boy that turns up dead under mysterious circumstances, prompting her investigation that reveals how everyone has a secret to hide in their small town. Publication is set for spring 2020; Laura Langlie of the Laura Langlie Agency handled the deal for world English rights.
Marisa DiNovis at Knopf has bought The Cardboard Kingdom illustrator and co-author Chad Sell‘s middle grade graphic novel Doodleville plus a sequel. Set in a world where art lives both on and off the page, Drew and her friends must work together to defeat a monster of Drew’s own creation. Publication is slated for early 2020, with the sequel to follow in 2021; Daniel Lazar at Writers House negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Catherine Onder at HMH has acquired, in a preempt, YA author Erin Bow‘s middle grade debut, Stand on the Sky, about a Kazakh girl who defies expectations and odds to teach an orphaned eagle to fly, in an attempt to save her brother’s life. Publication is planned for spring 2019; Jane Putch at Eyebait Management brokered the deal for world rights, excluding Canada.
Krystena Lypen at Algonquin Young Readers has bought Sarah Jean Horwitz‘s Dark Lord Clementine. When the official Dark Lord of a small village is laid low by a rival’s curse, his good-hearted young daughter must take over his magical evil-doing duties to maintain the town’s livelihood and try to save her father. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman did the deal for world English rights.
Sarah McCabe at Pulse has acquired The Last Magician author Lisa Maxwell‘s debut middle grade novel, Xavier T. Fletcher, about a budding young naturalist who has no real experience with nature outside of his quiet suburb. When his family moves to his grandmother’s goat farm, he discovers a rip in the sky and befriends the strange girl who battles the dangerous creature that lives behind it. The six-figure deal also includes two untitled YA titles. Publication is set for summer 2020; Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency sold world rights.
Kelly Loughman at Holiday House has bought two middle grade novels by debut author Gail Zhuang Schmidt. The first book, tentatively titled Candlelight, tells the story of a magical snow globe that sends a boy through time whenever he shakes it, and connects him to strangers with pasts interwoven with his own. Publication for the book is scheduled for fall 2020; the second, still untitled book is slated for fall 2021. Adria Goetz at Martin Literary Management negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.
Brian Geffen at Henry Holt has acquired The Middler, a debut middle-grade novel by Kirsty Applebaum, winner of the 2016 United Agents Prize for Most Promising Writing for Young People. Set in a near future world in which birth order determines social status, this story of forbidden friendship, loyalty, and courage follows 11-year old Maggie, who begins to dig for truth in a xenophobic community whose leaders and founding beliefs have gone unquestioned for far too long. Publication is planned for winter 2020, with an untitled standalone novel to follow. Kate Wilson at Nosy Crow brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.
Stacey Barney at Putnam has bought Tracy Holczer‘s Braving the Woods, a middle grade novel about a girl named Juniper, who sets out to recover her brother’s military service dog after he is killed in Afghanistan. Shadowed by a ghostly buck that seems intent on communicating something important, she is looking to break what she believes might be a family curse. It’s slated for summer 2020; Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio did the deal for North American rights.
Alex Borbolla at Atheneum has acquired, in a preempt, Booler by Margaret Finnegan, a middle grade novel about Hank, a boy with autism, and Maisie, a girl with a secret, who team up to save Booler, a dog with epilepsy whose owner keeps him chained to a tree. Through a scheme involving brown-nosing, dognapping, and cow milking, Hank and Maisie discover that not everything is as it seems, and learn what it really means to be a friend. Publication is scheduled for spring 2020; Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary brokered the deal for world rights.
Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury Children’s and Pari Thomason at Bloomsbury UK have bought Lucy Morris‘s The Little Window, a picture book about how music lifts the spirits of passers-by in a town. Publication is slated for fall 2020; Emily van Beek at Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.
Karen Lotz at Candlewick has acquired world rights to, and will edit, Love Is Powerful, a debut picture book by Heather Brewer (l.), illustrated by LeUyen Pham. The book was inspired by a girl holding a “Love Is Powerful” sign during the January 2017 Women’s March in New York City. Publication is set for 2020; Rebecca Angus at Golden Wheat Literary represented the author, and Linda Pratt at Wernick Pratt represented the illustrator.
Justin Chanda at Simon Schuster has bought world rights to Rescuing Ms. Birdley, a picture book by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by British illustrator Emma Reynolds (no relation). Miranda Montgomery fancies herself an animal rescue expert, so when she spots her teacher outside of school in the supermarket, Miranda knows she must return Ms. Birdley “to her natural habitat.” The book pubs in summer 2020. Jodi Reamer at Writers House represented the author, and Thao Le at the Sandra Dijkstra Agency represented the illustrator.
Andrew DeYoung at Beaming Books has acquired On Your Way, a picture book written by John Coy and illustrated by Talitha Shipman. Told in the voice of a parent recalling a child’s first wobbly steps as baby animals waddle, ramble, and trot nearby, the book is a meditation on childhood, growth, and the magic of life’s little milestones. The book is planned for fall 2019; Andrea Cascardi of the Transatlantic Agency represented the author, and Alison Berson of Astound represented the illustrator.