Beverly Horowitz at Delacorte has acquired We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud author E. Lockhart's novel Again Again, starring a heroine who is grappling with a family catastrophe and romantic upheaval, while confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind. Publication is planned for summer 2020; Elizabeth Kaplan at Elizabeth Kaplan Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
Catherine Onder at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has bought, at auction, We Are Not Free by Traci Chee, author of The Reader series. The YA novel-in-stories is the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese-American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the U.S. mass incarcerations of World War II. Publication is set for June 2020; Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Agency did the deal for world rights.
Sarah McCabe at Simon Pulse has acquired Liselle Sambury's untitled debut YA fantasy novel and its sequel. After failing to come into her powers, 16-year-old Voya—a Black witch living in near-future Toronto—is forced to choose between losing her family's magic forever, a heritage steeped in centuries of blood and survival, or murdering her first love, a boy who is supposedly her genetic match. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021 and summer 2022; Kristy Hunter at the Knight Agency brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.
Jeffrey West at Scholastic has bought Sabina Khan's YA novel Zara Hossain Is Here. After a violent crime against her father threatens their years-long green card process to eventually become U.S. citizens, 17-year-old Zara seeks justice for her family, fighting to stay in Texas—the only place she's ever called home—at the risk of losing the life she loves and everyone in it. Publication is slated for summer 2020; Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Liza Kaplan at Philomel has acquired, in a preempt, debut author Kate Norris's historical science fiction YA novel, pitched as Sliding Doors meets Code Name Verity. The Art of Undoing is about a 16-year-old aspiring physicist who witnesses a tragedy and is accidentally pulled into another universe—one that already has another version of herself in it. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Lara Perkins and Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency handled the deal for North American rights.
Whitney Leopard at Random House Graphic has bought Aatmaja Pandya's YA graphic novel Check Your Texts. The suspenseful story follows Yooni as she searches for her missing best friend after they've disappeared in the woods. When a mysterious doll appears, things take a turn for the paranormal, and Yooni finds herself getting messages from the beyond. Publication is scheduled for 2022; Jennifer Linnan at Linnan Literary Management sold world rights.
Mekisha Telfer at Roaring Brook has acquired Carolyn Tara O'Neil's debut, Daughters of a Dead Empire, pitched as a reimagining of the Anastasia legend. The novel follows two young women as they flee from the Red Army at the height of the Russian Revolution—one a peasant and member of the Bolshevik party and the other a bourgeoisie girl who's harboring a secret that could cost them their lives. Publication is set for spring 2021; Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger brokered the deal for North American rights.
Kara Rota at Chicago Review Press has bought world rights to Washington Post contributor Rachel Sarah's YA nonfiction book Girl Warriors. Pitched for fans of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the book tells the stories of 25 girls and women under age 25 who are rising up to reverse the climate crisis, as they inspire hope and motivate change around the world. Publication is slated for summer 2021; Eric Myers at Myers Literary Management negotiated the deal.
Tricia Lin at Aladdin has acquired Where We Used to Roam by Jenn Bishop, author of The Distance to Home and the forthcoming Things You Can't Say. Set between Boston and a life-changing summer in Wyoming, the middle grade novel follows 12-year-old budding artist Emma who comes out of the shadows of her older brother's popularity and then opioid addiction, learning the value of friendship, owning her mistakes, and accepting that sometimes the only way out is through. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Katie Grimm at Don Congdon Associates did the deal for world English rights.
Liza Kaplan at Philomel has bought, in a preempt, North American English rights to Lorelei Savaryn's debut novel Reverie, a dark middle grade fantasy with family love at its heart. Twelve-year-old Andrea must rescue her brother from the nightmarish Sandman, who has trapped him in a circus built out of children's dreams—and nightmares. Publication is set for fall 2020; Chloe Seager at Madeleine Milburn Ltd. brokered the two-book deal.
Kiara Valdez at First Second has bought world rights to Rizos, a middle-grade graphic novel by Claribel Ortega (l.) and Rose Bousamra about a Latina girl who stops straightening her hair and embraces her natural curls. Publication is slated for 2022; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary represented Ortega, and Bousamra was unagented.
Renee Hooker at Penguin Workshop has acquired world rights to Pitch!, a two-book middle grade fiction series by Wallace and Grace author Heather Alexander (l.) and Chirps founders Laura D'Asaro and Rose Wang, based on the founders' path to creating a thriving cricket snack business (including a successful appearance on Shark Tank). In the first book, Eat Bugs, sixth graders Hallie and Jaye come up with the idea to make chips out of crickets when they are teamed up in a school pitch competition. Publication for book one is planned for spring 2021; Elizabeth Bennett at Transatlantic Agency negotiated the deal.
Nancy Inteli at HarperCollins has bought, in an exclusive submission, world rights to the tentatively titled Curious Crab and Salty Snail, a three-book early graphic chapter book series by author Beth Ferry and illustrator Jared Chapman. The series follows two friends' humorous and lively seaside adventures. Publication of the first book is scheduled for fall 2021; Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties represented the author, and Rebecca Sherman at Writers House represented the illustrator.
Namrata Tripathi at Kokila has acquired world rights to Antiracist Baby and Goodnight Racism written by Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of How to Be an Antiracist, and illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. Antiracist Baby is a board book meant to empower parents and children to discuss and uproot racism in society and in ourselves. It's set for summer 2020, with Goodnight Racism to follow; Ayesha Pande at Pande Literary represented the author, and Wendi Gu at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates represented the illustrator.
Andrea Tompa at Candlewick has bought world rights to a picture book by Lowriders in Space author Cathy Camper (l.) and illustrator Sawsan Chalabi. Arab Arab All Year Long is a celebration of how Arab kids meld their age-old culture and traditions with their lives in the diaspora—think Muslim superheroes at Comic Con, henna tattoos at slumber parties, and Hijabi hip-hop. The book is slated for spring 2022; Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Marzena Torzecka at Marlena Agency represented the illustrator.
Christy Ottaviano at Macmillan/Ottaviano has acquired world English rights to Eleanor Finds a Home by Counting on Katherine author Helaine Becker (l.), illustrated by Gloria's Voice illustrator Aura Lewis. The picture book biography of Eleanor Roosevelt spotlights the difficult childhood that inspired the former First Lady's lifetime of public service. The book is planned for 2022; Susan Schulman at Susan Schulman Agency represented the author, and Anne Moore Armstrong at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Karen Boss at Charlesbridge has bought world rights to We Are Still Here, a nonfiction picture book written by Traci Sorell (l.) and illustrated by Frané Lessac, creators of the Sibert Honor, Orbis Pictus Honor, and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga. The book shows how past and current policies impact and shape modern Indigenous existence in the United States. Publication is set for spring 2021; Emily Mitchell at Wernick & Pratt Agency represented the author, and Marcia Wernick at Wernick & Pratt represented the illustrator.
Nina Gruener at Cameron Kids has acquired world rights to When You Breathe by Stanford doctor Diana Farid, illustrated by fine artist Billy Renkl, a picture book about the biological, poetic, and universal magic of breathing in and out. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020; both the author and the illustrator represented themselves.
Naomi Krueger at Beaming Books has bought Charles Ghigna (l.) and Matt Forrest Esenwine's picture book Once Upon Another Time, a tale contrasting the past with the present and showing children ways they can explore the magic and wonder of the natural world today. Andrés F. Landázabal will illustrate; the book is slated to publish in fall 2020. The authors represented themselves, and Lucie Luddington at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins has acquired world rights to Go Vote, Baby! by Nancy R. Lambert (l.), a board book with 13 sliding doors where toddlers can “slide-and-vote” in everyday situations. Anne Passchier will illustrate; publication is planned for summer 2020. The author represented herself, and Alex Gehringer at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Cheryl Klein at Lee & Low has bought the picture book Fresh Juice by Robert Liu-Trujillo. When Art's father awakens with a sore throat, Art knows exactly what he needs: Sick-Fighting Juice, loaded with ginger. But finding some ginger will take them downtown, to the farmer's market, to the food co-op, to the West African grocery, and to an unexpected encounter that brings the whole community together. Publication is set for spring 2021; Marietta Zacker at Gallt & Zacker negotiated the deal for world rights.
Cheryl Eissing at Philomel has acquired, in an exclusive submission, author-illustrator Mike Malbrough's picture book Love Is Here, which explores the interconnectivity of life, and how considerably more unites us than divides us. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Lori Kilkelly at LK Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.