Mary Cash at Holiday House has acquired, at auction, North American rights to The Virgin Charge by Virginia Schwartz. Pitched as Sarah Waters for the YA set, and inspired by the true story of Charles Dickens’s home for “fallen girls,” the mystery depicts the sights and smells of 19th-century London, entwined with the story of a girl finding her voice and discovering the grave wrong inflicted in her past. Publication is planned for fall 2019; Fiona Kenshole at Transatlantic Agency brokered the deal.
Christian Trimmer at Henry Holt has acquired two contemporary middle-grade novels by The Honest Truth author Dan Gemeinhart. Coyote follows the titular character, who has lived with her father on a school bus, driving around the country, ever since her mother and sisters died five years prior. When Coyote learns that the park near her former home is going to be demolished—along with a treasured family memory—she, her father, her new kitten, and a group of fellow drifters must race across the country to save it. Publication is scheduled for winter 2019; the untitled second book will follow a year later. Pam Victorio and Bob Diforio at D4EO Literary Agency did the six-figure deal for world rights.
Nancy Mercado at Scholastic has bought Paul Acampora‘s novel Confusion Is Nothing New. The book stars 15-year-old Ellie Magari, who learns that the mother she never met is now dead, and sets out to uncover the secret history of a missing mom, and to salvage the father-daughter relationship that has defined—and maybe confined—Ellie’s life so far. Publication is set for summer 2018; Susan Hawk at Upstart Crow Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights while at the Bent Agency.
Elise Howard at Algonquin Young Readers has bought Jackaby author William Ritter‘s middle grade debut, Changeling, and a second novel. The new novel is an adoption allegory, in which two identical brothers grow up aware that one of them is a changeling, mistakenly left behind by a mischievous goblin, but no one is sure which brother it might be. On their 12th birthday, the goblin beckons them both on a journey that will settle the question once and for all. A pub date has not yet been set; Lucy Carson at the Friedrich Agency brokered the deal for world rights.
Russ Busse at Little, Brown has acquired the first book in the middle grade graphic novel series Mister’s Misadventures in Middle School by debut author-illustrator and National Cartoonists Society member Jason Platt. In the first book, a boy attempts to avoid summer school by participating in a talent show—despite having no idea what his talent is. Publication is planned for spring 2019, followed by an untitled graphic novel in spring 2020. Jill Corcoran and Jodell Sadler at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Phoebe Yeh at Crown Books has bought, in a multi-house auction, picture book author Jennifer Swender‘s debut novel, Solving for M. The book tells the story of Mika and how her illustrated math journal helps her cope with the challenges of middle school, math, and her mother’s melanoma. Publication is scheduled for summer 2019; Jennifer Weltz at JVNLA did the deal for North American rights.
Susan Chang at Starscape has acquired, at auction, world English rights to author Jenny Esplin‘s debut middle grade novel, Days of Darkness. The book follows two brothers as they must walk 90 miles across the Nevada desert to get help after a blackout while their father is away from home. Publication is slated for 2019, with a second, untitled novel to follow; Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger brokered the deal.
Ariel Richardson at Chronicle has bought Sarah O’Leary Burningham‘s Truth Daring, a guided book inspired by the “truth or dare” game that encourages journalers to be bold and find their truth. Publication is set for 2019; Stefanie Von Borstel at Full Circle Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
Mark Siegel at First Second has acquired world rights to a graphic novel from Caldecott Honor author Peter McCarty, titled Five Wolves. The fantasy features five wolves and a number of other creatures and humans, including a princess, a dragon, and multiple cats. Publication is planned for 2020; Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties handled the deal.
Georgia McBride at Month9Books has bought Kids from GHoST, by author, voice actor, and radio personality Andrew Nance. Pitched as Ghostbusters meets Scooby Doo, Kids from GHoST is the house’s first graphic novel. Former DreamWorks Animation designer and animator Kevin Vassey will illustrate; publication is set for 2019. Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency negotiated the deal for world rights on behalf of the author, and the illustrator was unagented.
Heidi Kilgras at Random House has acquired, in a two-book deal, Erica Perl‘s Truth or Lie, kicking off a nonfiction Step into Reading series with a quiz format that challenges kids to tell fact from fiction on various natural science topics. Publication is scheduled for 2018; Carrie Hannigan at Hannigan Salky Getzler sold world rights.
Nancy Inteli at HarperCollins has bought world rights to Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World, a picture book by Susan Hood, illustrated by Selina Alko, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Hadley Hooper, Emily Winfield Martin, Oge Mora, Julie Morstad, Sara Palacios, LeUyen Pham, Erin Robinson, Isabel Roxas, Shadra Strickland, and Melissa Sweet. The book is a celebration of 14 revolutionary young women who sparked change in the world, exploring the lives and achievements of Ruby Bridges, Frida Kahlo, Malala Yousafzai, Pura Belpré, and Nellie Bly, among others. Publication is slated for winter 2018; Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger represented the author, and the illustrators are represented by various agents.
Erica Finkel at Abrams has bought world rights to American Gothic and Esquivel! author Susan Wood‘s Nevertheless, She Persisted: Elizabeth Warren’s Fight for Fairness. The picture book biography explores how Sen. Elizabeth Warren learned to speak up for her beliefs and fight for those who need her help, especially as she became aware of the economic challenges facing the middle class. Dorothea Lange illustrator Sarah Green will illustrate; publication is planned for fall 2018. Caryn Wiseman at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Anne Moore Armstrong at Bright USA represented the illustrator.
Tamar Brazis at Abrams Books for Young Readers has acquired world rights to Chicago author Suzanne Slade‘s Exquisite, a picture book biography about Gwendolyn Brooks, the influential poet and the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize. Cozbi A. Cabrera will illustrate; publication is scheduled for spring 2019. Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary represented the author, and the illustrator was unagented.
Kandace Coston at Lee Low has acquired world rights to Sumo Joe, a picture book by Mia Wenjen, illustrated by Nat Iwata. A boy who practices sumo wrestling discovers the ultimate opponent in his little sister, who practices Akido. Publication is set for spring 2019. The author was unagented; Jennifer March Soloway at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
Josalyn Moran at Seagrass Press has bought world rights to Pluto Is Peeved! by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Dave Roman. In the graphic novel-style picture book, Pluto—freshly demoted from planet status—wanders a museum searching for answers about scientists and the scientific method. Publication is slated for June 2018; Maura Kye-Casella at the Don Congdon Agency brokered the deal.