Emily Easton at Crown Books for Young Readers has acquired Dear Malala, We Stand With You, a picture book by Rosemary McCarney. It's written in the form of a letter to Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, as both a show of support and a call to action for girls around the world. Publication is scheduled for January 2015; Margie Wolfe at Second Story Press in Canada did the deal.
Christy Ottaviano at Henry Holt's Christy Ottaviano Books imprint has bought two middle-grade novels by National Book Award winner Kimberly Willis Holt. In Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Hotel, pitched as a contemporary Heidi, a girl named Stevie finds healing as her gardening brings beauty back into her surroundings. Charlie Marching Home, set during WWII, follows 10-year-old Nate, whose brother who is sent home early from the war because of a nervous breakdown brought on by PTSD. Amy Berkower of Writers House brokered the deal for world rights.
Ann Rider at HMH has acquired two middle-grade novels from Jacqueline Davies (The Lemonade War). In The Book of Daniel, a 14-year-old boy travels across the country to find a grandfather he's never met, only to discover that the old man has a haunted past that pulls Daniel back in time, forcing him to sail on a ship of ghosts. It's scheduled for spring 2016; an untitled novel will follow a year later. Tracey Adams of Adams Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
Nancy Siscoe at Knopf has bought Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer author Kelly Jones' second book, called Glamour, a Regency-era romp in which Annis Whitworth, a young lady of quality fallen on hard times, determines to become a spy rather than resign herself to life as a governess. It's scheduled for spring 2017; Mandy Hubbard at D4EO brokered the deal for world English rights.
Sara Sargent at Simon Pulse has acquired a YA novel, Bombshell, by debut author Rowan Maness. In the vein of MTV's reality show Catfish, it's the story of 16-year-old Joss, a normal high-school girl in real life—but on online dating sites she has a variety of alternate lives, until someone catches on and her carefully constructed worlds begin to unravel. Publication is scheduled for summer 2016; Joseph Veltre at the Gersh Agency did the deal for world English rights.
Rebecca Short at Delacorte has bought Debbie Reed Fischer's middle-grade novel, This Is Not the Abby Show, in which a girl with ADHD loves to make people laugh. When her acting out gets her stuck in summer school, she will have to try her hardest to turn over a new leaf. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Steven Chudney from the Chudney Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.
Andrew Karre at Carolrhoda Lab has acquired Last Night at the Circle Cinema, a YA novel by Emily Franklin. Set in a condemned movie theater, the book chronicles the final night three high school friends spend together before graduation, and explores themes of love, friendship, guilt, and the end of adolescence. Publication is slated for fall 2015. Kimberly Witherspoon at Inkwell did the deal for North American rights.
Georgia McBride of Month9Books has bought Poppy Mayberry, The Monday from debut author Jennie K. Brown, for its Tantrum Books line. It's a middle-grade novel about a town where powers are determined by the day of one's birth and a girl whose telekinesis skills need a bit of work. Publication is scheduled for 2016; Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights.
Kevin Lewis at Disney-Hyperion has acquired world rights to On the Ball, a picture book by Coretta Scott King Medalist Brian Pinkney. In the story, told in minimal text, a boy chases after a lost soccer ball only to find his own hidden talents. Publication is set for fall 2015; Rebecca Sherman at Writers House did the deal.
Maria Modugno at Random House and Tara Walker at Tundra Books in Canada have bought at auction world English rights to Colette's Lost Pet, a picture book by Isabelle Arsenault starring a girl trapped within her own tall tale, as well as a second untitled story in the same new series. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016, with the second book scheduled for spring 2017. Kirsten Hall at Catbird Productions brokered the two-book deal.
Allison Moore at Little, Brown has acquired world rights to Diana Murray's City Shapes, a journey through the bustling city discovering shapes of all kinds hidden in everyday scenes, illustrated by three-time Caldecott Honor artist Bryan Collier. Publication is planned for spring 2016; Brianne Johnson at Writers House represented the author and Marcia Wernick at Wernick & Pratt represented the illustrator.
Rob Valois at Price Stern Sloan has bought Raybot, a picture book by Adam Watkins. Raybot is a young robot from space who travels to Earth to find himself a friend – specifically, a dog that barks. But he soon discovers that there are many different animals on Earth, all of which make their own unique sounds. Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Allison Wortche at Knopf has acquired Kristyn Crow's (l.) Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird!, to be illustrated by Poly Bernatene, a picture book about a persistent bird who wants to be friends – and a grumpy hippo who wants to be left alone. It's slated for spring 2016; Kendra Marcus at Book Stop Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.