Kristen Pettit at HarperTeen has bought, and Catherine Wallace will edit, Reel One Entertainment and screenwriter Christine Conradt's Missing at 17, the first novelization of Lifetime's "at 17" TV movie series, about a teen who runs away after finding out she is adopted and into the arms of an irresistible bad boy who draws her into his dangerous world. Trade paperback release is slated for summer 2018; Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency and Ken Sherman at Ken Sherman & Associates negotiated the six-figure, three-book deal for North American rights.
Kendra Levin at Viking has acquired Orphan, Monster, Liar, Spy, a YA novel by Matt Killeen, in a nine-house auction. The World War II drama follows a Jewish girl-turned-spy who must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school. U.S. publication is set for March 2018; Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.
David Levithan at Scholastic has acquired world rights, in an exclusive submission, to Printz Honor author Maggie Stiefvater's YA novel All the Crooked Saints, about an extraordinary family. The Soria clan lives in the town of Bicho Raro, Colo., and all have the ability to perform miracles. Three Soria cousins are longing for a miracle—but the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what one expects. Publication is planned for October 2017; Laura Rennert at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency did the deal.
Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends has bought 2017 Stonewall Honor recipient Anna-Marie McLemore's Blanca & Roja, a magical realist Snow-White & Rose-Red meets Swan Lake, in which two sisters become rivals in a game that will turn the losing girl into a swan. Publication is scheduled for fall 2018; Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights.
Sara Sargent at HarperCollins has acquired Marge in Charge, and two more books in the series, by actress and comedian Isla Fisher. In the vein of Amelia Bedelia and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, each book features three stories about a zany babysitter and her two new charges. Publication is set for October 2017; Stephanie Thwaites at Curtis Brown brokered the deal for North American rights.
Nancy Siscoe at Knopf has bought Kenneth Oppel's middle grade novel Inkling. When the ink from an artist's sketchbook gathers itself together and escapes from the pages, this spark of creativity transforms the lives of a family desperately in need of a change. Publication is planned for fall 2018, with a simultaneous release in Canada from HarperCollins; Steven Malk at Writers House negotiated the deal for U.S. and open market rights.
Lindsay Brown at Beyond Words has acquired a middle grade nonfiction book from Surviving Middle School author Luke Reynolds. Whoops! is a collection of true stories about famous folks, and the not-so-famous failures that got them where they are today. Publication is slated for summer 2018; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.
Victoria Rock at Chronicle Books has bought world rights to Polly Diamond, a new chapter book series by Alice Kuipers (l.) about a lively aspiring writer named Polly and a mysterious magic book named Spell. Diana Toledano will illustrate; publication is scheduled for spring 2018. Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Arts represented the author in a two-book deal, and Teresa Kietlinski of Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator.
Sarah Fabiny at Grosset & Dunlap has acquired rights to two leveled readers by author-illustrator Derek Anderson. Croc and Ally stars a grumpy crocodile and his unlikely friend, an alligator who's full of enthusiasm. Publication is set for fall 2018 and spring 2019; Tracey Adams at Adams Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Jean Feiwel at Feiwel and Friends has bought in a pre-empt, and will edit with Anna Roberto, Kate Jane Neal's picture book Words and Your Heart, which celebrates the power of words to harm and to heal; to create and to destroy; and to make the world a better place. Publication is planned for December 2017; Catherine Drayton at Inkwell Management handled the deal for North American and audio rights.
Wendy McClure at Albert Whitman has acquired Emma and Muse by debut author-illustrator Nancy Lemon. The picture book explores the complicated relationship between an artist and her dog, Muse, who gets a little too involved in the creative process. Publication is slated for spring 2018; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary brokered the deal for world rights.
Christina Pulles at Sterling Children’s has bought world rights to Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast author Josh Funk's (l.) Albie Newton, about a boy genius who can paint like Van Gogh and find a cure for cooties. But when his latest masterpiece wreaks havoc on the first day of school, his greatest experiment yet is learning to make new friends. Ester Garay will illustrate; publication is scheduled for spring 2018. Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Hannah Whitty at Plum Pudding represented the illustrator.
Karen Boss at Charlesbridge has acquired world rights to We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by debut author Traci Sorell (l.), an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. The picture book features the universal spirit of gratitude as experienced through modern Cherokee culture across the four seasons. Frané Lessac will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2018. The author represented herself, and Marcia Wernick at Wernick & Pratt represented the artist.
Sylvie Frank at S&S/Paula Wiseman has bought world rights to Bike & Trike by Elizabeth Verdick (l.), to be illustrated by Brian Biggs. Rusty old Trike feels threatened by the new guy in the garage, shiny new Bike, in this picture book about friendship and growing up. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Mary Cummings at Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises represented the author and Steven Malk at Writers House represented the illustrator.
Bethany Buck at Sky Pony Press has acquired world rights to Deirdre Sullivan's (l.) Ming and Her Poppy, a story celebrating the love and affection for one another when we take time to notice the little and big things in life. Maja Lofdahl will illustrate; publication is planned for fall 2017. Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency represented the author and Veronique Baxter at David Hingham Associates represented the illustrator.