Bella Pearson at Scholastic/Fickling has acquired world rights to Fiona Shaw‘s debut contemporary YA thriller, Outwalkers. The book, set in an England in the near future, follows a gang of kids and their perilous journey to make it through a country where the government is tracking everyone and their every move is analyzed and controlled. They must live on their wits, and must work together to survive and escape. It will publish in the U.K. in February 2018, followed by a U.S. release in 2019; Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander Associates brokered the deal.
Jody Corbett at Scholastic Press has bought The DUFF author Kody Keplinger‘s That’s Not What Happened. Three years after a school shooting, a teenage girl decides to tell the truth about her best friend’s supposed martyrdom, and quickly learns that she isn’t the only survivor with a story to tell. Publication is slated for fall 2018; Brianne Johnson at Writers House negotiated the deal for North American English rights.
Aubrey Poole at Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson has acquired, at auction, North American rights to Amy Rose Capetta (l.) and Cori McCarthy‘s YA duology, Once Future, an inclusive retelling of the Arthurian cycle. In a galaxy where corporation is king, an illegal immigrant crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls Excalibur, sealing her fate as the 42nd reincarnation of King Arthur, and awakening Merlin, who has aged backwards into a teenager; together they spark galactic revolution. Publication is scheduled for summer 2019; Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties represented Capetta, and Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary represented McCarthy.
Zachary Clark at Scholastic has bought Jessica Khoury‘s YA novel, Firebird, a retelling of the legend of Anastasia, set in a broken, star-spanning empire. As the hunted heiress of the fallen royal family, Stacia is the key to a terrible power which could be her galaxy’s salvation—or its destruction. Publication is planned for spring 2019; Lucy Carson at the Friedrich Agency did the deal for world rights.
Filip Sablik at BOOM! Box has acquired world rights to fantasy author C.S. Pacat‘s (l.) five-issue YA comic series, Fence; Dafna Pleban and Shannon Watters will edit. Illustrated by Johanna the Mad, the series follows the rise of 16-year-old outsider Nicholas Cox in the world of competitive fencing as he joins the team at an elite boys’ school. Publication begins in November 2017; Tracey Adams at Adams Literary brokered the deal for the author, and the illustrator was unagented.
Anna Roberto at Feiwel and Friends has bought world English rights to The Wood author Chelsea Bobulski‘s YA novel, Remember Me. Pitched as a cross between The Shining and The Titanic, the story follows a girl who moves into an old hotel with her father and, when terrifying things start happening, realizes she’s connected to a murder that happened long ago. Publication is set for spring 2019; Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger negotiated the deal.
Alisa Gus at Curiosity Quills Press has acquired, in a two-book deal, world English rights to Julie Tuovi‘s Night Lily, pitched as The Night Circusmeets Illuminae. When heiress Hazel Lennox’s sister was kidnapped by a monster-like Freak that looks like it belongs in a side show, she runs away and joins the Greatest Show in the Sky. Searching across the galaxy for her sister, Hazel is thrust into a world of big-top intrigue where nothing is what it seems. Publication is slated for summer 2018; Moe Ferrara at BookEnds did the deal.
Stephanie Stein at HarperCollins has bought, at auction, debut author Temre Beltz‘s The Tragical Tale of Birdie Bloom, a part-epistolary middle grade fantasy, in which the wickedest witch in the kingdom of Wanderly and a Tragical orphan fated for an unhappy ending discover the transformative power of friendship—as narrated by the voice of the book itself. Publication is scheduled for winter 2019, with a companion novel to follow in 2020; Molly O’Neill at Waxman Leavell handled the two-book deal for North American rights.
Katherine Jacobs at Roaring Brook Press has acquired world rights to Eleanor Roosevelt‘s When You Grow Up to Vote, a children’s book by the First Lady originally published in 1932. The book introduces young readers to government by portraying government workers as regular folk rather than faceless bureaucrats. Michelle Markel (center) will be updating the text, and Newbery Honor author Grace Lin will illustrate. Publication is set for September 2018. Anna Olswanger at Olswanger Literary and Liza Dawson at Liza Dawson Associates represented the Eleanor Roosevelt estate; Olswanger represented Markel, and Rebecca Sherman at Writers House represented Lin.
Karen Chaplin at HarperCollins has bought Margot Lee Shetterly‘s (l.) Hidden Figures, a picture book adaptation of Shetterly’s bestselling adult book and young readers’ edition. The book will be co-written by Winifred Conkling. Laura Freeman will illustrate. Publication is planned for January 2018; Mackenzie Brady Watson at Stuart Krichevsky Literary represented Shetterly, Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary represented Conkling, and Janet DeCarlo at StoryBook Arts represented Freeman in the deal for world rights.
Tracey Keevan at Disney-Hyperion has acquired, in a preempt, world rights to Kondo and Kezumi Visit Giant Island and two sequels, by Ginny Goblin Is Not Allowed to Open This Box author David Goodner, illustrated by Accident! author-illustrator Andrea Tsurumi. The early chapter book series follows two island-dwelling best friends who’ve never met anyone else, until a map of the surrounding waters washes ashore and turns them into explorers (and good neighbors). Publication of the first title is slated for spring 2019; Stephen Barr at Writers House represented the author and illustrator.
Sonali Fry at Little Bee has bought world rights to Wake Up, City! author Erica Silverman‘s (l.) picture book, My Sister, My Brother, in which a girl comes to accept that her little sister identifies as her little brother. Holly Hatamwill illustrate. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary represented the author, and Christy T. Ewers at CATugeau Artist Agency represented the illustrator.
Kathy Landwehr at Peachtree has acquired world rights to Lexie the Word Wrangler author Rebecca Van Slyke‘s (l.) picture book, Lana Lynn Howls at the Moon, about a spirited sheep in search of adventure, who sets out to find just what wolves do for fun. Anca Sandu will illustrate; publication is planned for fall 2019. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author, and the illustrator was unagented.
Marilyn Brigham at Amazon/Two Lions has bought world rights to Josh Funk‘s (l.) It’s Not Hansel and Gretel, illustrated by Edwardian Taylor. In the fairytale mashup, Hansel and Gretel talk back to the narrator, refusing to play their roles. Publication is set for spring 2019; Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Alli Brydon at Bright USA represented the illustrator.
Ann Kelley at Schwartz Wade has acquired author-illustrator Sang-Keun Kim‘s Little Mole’s Wish, about the magical friendship between a mole and a snowball that becomes a snowbear. Publication is slated for fall 2019; Shinhye Min, the author’s manager, negotiated the deal for world rights, excluding certain languages.
Kristen Nobles at Page Street Kids has bought author-illustrator Anne Lambelet‘s picture book, People and Their Dogs, an ode to human-animal friendships. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.