Putnam Rides Yancey’s ‘Wave’ in Major YA Buy
In what’s rumored to be a seven-figure deal, Brian DeFiore, at DeFiore and Company, sold world English rights to Rick Yancey’s YA sci-fi trilogy The 5th Wave. Jennifer Besser at Putnam Books for Young Readers pre-empted the series, which follows a teenage girl who survives an alien invasion only to then search for her brother, who may or may not have been abducted by human-looking extra-terrestrials. There is also a romantic angle, as the heroine is helped by a boy who might also be an alien in diguise. Yancey’s 2010 YA novel The Monstrumologist (Simon & Schuster) won a Printz Honor. The manuscript is currently making the rounds in Hollywood; Matthew Snyder at CAA is handling the film rights.
Disney Believes In ‘Yesterdays’
In another major YA acquisition leading up to Bologna, Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion won North American rights at auction to Cristin Terrill’s debut, All Our Yesterdays. The YA book, which was sold by Diana Fox at Fox Literary, fetched an advance rumored to be in the six-figure range, and the book is scheduled for fall 2013. There is also strong interest in the title--Disney said it was pitched as “a cross between The Terminator and The Time Traveler’s Wife”--in Hollywood. The novel, given its comparative titles, unsurprisingly has a time travel element; it’s about two teenage girls, the wealthy and popular Marina and the impoverished (and imprisoned) Em, who are, in actuality, the same person.
Duncan’s ‘Salvage’ Goes to Greenwillow
Virginia Duncan at HarperCollins’s Greenwillow Books took North American rights, in a six-figure deal, to Salvage by Alexandra Duncan (no relation). Another YA science fiction entry, the book, which Kate Testerman at KT Literary sold, has what the publisher calls a “feminist slant” and follows a teenager raised on a male-run spaceship who comes to a scorched future Earth where she settles on a “floating island of garbage and debris.” Author Duncan is a librarian in North Carolina and has written a number of short stories, including “Amor Fugit,” which initially ran in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and then appeared in the anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2011 (Prime Books). Greenwillow has Salvage set for a 2013 release.
Morrow Taps ESPNer For Debut Novel
ESPN Radio host and author Mike Greenberg has sold his first novel, Everything You Could Ever Ask For, to Kate Nintzel at William Morrow. Nintzel pre-empted world rights to the book from Jacques de Spoelberch at J. de S. Associates. Greenberg’s first book, Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot (Villard), came out in 2006 and is currently under option as a TV show. According to de Spoelberch, the novel, which is scheduled for spring 2013, “features three strong and savvy women who...learn that they could lose everything, including their lives.”
ST&C’s Kaire Closes Double
Natalie Kaire at Stewart, Tabori & Chang acquired two books last week. In the first deal, Kaire took North American rights to Aldea chef George Mendes’s first cookbook. Agent Melissa Sarver at Elizabeth Kaplan Literary brokered the sale. Mendes is Portuguese-American and Aldea, which is in New York City, is a Michelin-starred establishment; he’s also made the rounds of the press/TV circuit, having appeared on everything from The Today Show to Bravo’s cooking series Top Chef Masters. The cookbook, Kaire said, will feature Portuguese recipes “refining and modernizing the rustic meals of Mendes’s family and heritage.”
In the second deal, Kaire took world rights to Allison Kave’s First Prize Pies: A Year of Classic and Modern Favorites from New York’s Sweetest Pie Maker. Alison Fargis at Stonesong represented Kave, who launched her made-to-order online pie business, First Prize Pies, after winning, in 2009, the 1st Annual Brooklyn Pie Bake-Off. (The pies are also available in New York City at spots like Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, which is run by Kave’s mother, and Fatty Cue, where Kave’s brother, Corwin Kave, is the chef.) The book, Kaire said, will feature seasonal pie recipes and is scheduled for fall 2013.