Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion has acquired the seventh and final installment of Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series, along with two companion novels. Lost in Time, the sixth book in the series, is set for release this October 4, and the final volume will come out in fall 2012. Richard Abate of 3 Arts did the deal for North American rights. The series has more than three million copies in print.
Christy Ottaviano has bought world English rights to Lisa Schroeder's first foray into YA fantasy, Impossibly Small, for her imprint at Henry Holt. In the Rapunzel-like story, Violet has spent the first 10 years of her life locked in a tower with her mother, until she gets an offer to live in the castle with her captor, an evil queen. Schroeder is the author of the forthcoming The Day Before for Simon Pulse. Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger was the agent for the deal.
In a high six-figure world rights deal, Arianne Lewin at Putnam bought three middle-grade novels by Jessica Spotswood, including the debut novel Born Wicked. Born Wicked, set in what the publisher calls "a world of tea parties, engagements, and elegant dresses," follows a trio of teen witches who must hide their powers in order to save themselves from being shipped off to prison or a mental ward. Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich was the agent.
Laura Arnold at Razorbill has acquired debut author Ellie Rollins's Zip, about an 11-year-old girl who sets off on her scooter on a cross-country quest to save her childhood home. Zip, part of a two-book deal, is scheduled for publication in fall 2012. Stephen Barbara at Foundry Literary + Media, on behalf of Paper Lantern Lit, did the deal for North American rights.
Elton John’s film company, Rocket Pictures, has bought the film option for Will Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll by Derek Keilty. Andersen Press has just published the book in the U.K.; U.S. rights have not yet been sold. The Wild West-meets-fantasy children's novel was called “a romping fantasy... full of Irish wit, dystopian vision and musicality” by novelist and critic Amanda Craig in the Times of London. Rocket Pictures has recently released the 3D movie Gnomeo & Juliet.