Hawkins Back at Hyperion
Ari Lewin at Disney-Hyperion bought North American rights to Rachel Hawkins's second YA novel, Rebel Belle, in a three-book, and new series, deal. Lewin had acquired Hawkins's debut YA Hex Hall trilogy, which Disney published in March. The new series follows a popular high school girl who, en route to don her crown at Homecoming, is recruited by a supernatural crew of bodyguards. The secret security group, which protects people who play an important role in the future, assigns the protagonist with a tough mission—destroy her arch-nemesis and, in the process, possibly lose her queen bee status. Holly Root at Waxman Literary, did the deal.
M.J. Moves to Atria
M.J. Rose is moving her reincarnation series from Mira to Atria. The first book in the series, 2007's The Reincarnationist, was Rose's ninth novel and the first of three books Mira published in the line. (PW called The Reincarnationist a "Da Vinci Code-esque tale of intrigue" that's "more believably plotted" than Dan Brown's original.) Dan Conaway at Writers House brokered the three-book deal with Sarah Durand, who bought North American rights; the first title, The Book of Lost Fragrances, is tentatively scheduled for spring 2011. The move also marks something of a homecoming for Rose since Judith Curr, publisher of Atria, worked with the author on her first book, 1998's Lip Service.
Akashic Goes Unger
Andrea Montejo, at Indent Literary, sold world rights to David Unger's The Price of Escape to Johnny Temple at Akashic Books. Unger, who was born in Guatemala and teaches at City College of New York, has written a number of novels, including 2004's Life in the Damn Tropics (Wisconsin University Press). Escape, scheduled for spring 2011, is about a German Jew who flees the Nazi-occupied country for Guatemala only to, in Montejo's words, come across a series of "vicious and sadistic characters who force him to face his past and his passive ways."
SMP Re-Ups with Hannah
St. Martin's Press has signed bestseller Kristin Hannah to a major deal, acquiring North American rights to four more novels by the author. Andrea Cirillo at the Jane Rotrosen Agency brokered the deal with editor Jennifer Enderlin. SMP published its first book by Hannah in 2008, Firefly Lane, and the publisher says that title now has nearly one million copies in print.
Dystel Closes Two
Jane Dystel, at Dystel & Goderich, just closed two deals, selling a memoir and a book about hoarding. In the first deal, Dystel sold North American rights to Mardi Link's Bootstrapper. Jordan Pavlin at Knopf acquired the memoir, in which Link chronicles her experiences raising her three boys on a northern Michigan farm in the throes of one of the state's tougher economic depressions. Link, a former journalist, struggled to keep her home and land—she wasn't drawing income from the farm—as the bank threatened to foreclose and she contended with the state's devastating 18% unemployment rate. Told with humor, the agency dubbed the book "inspiring" and said it's "a story of triumph through determination."
In the second deal, Dystel sold world rights to Hoarders by Matt Paxton, the host of the A&E show of the same name, to John Duff at Perigee. Every week Paxton cleans up the houses of people with this rare dysfunction, while also helping them deal with the psychological reasons behind their inability to throw stuff away; the show is A&E's most popular, with roughly three million viewers. Paxton is co-writing with Phaedre Hise, and the book, subtitled True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter, will explain the disorder, how to diagnose it, and how to cure it.