Janine O'Malley at FSG has acquired Wake Up, City, a picture book by NY1 morning news anchor Pat Kiernan, illustrated by Pascal Campion, about the many ways the various inhabitants of a city wake up and start their day. It's the first book for Kiernan, who is perhaps best known for the popular In the Papers segment on his morning show, when he scans the day's newspapers and points out interesting and funny items. Publication is set for November 2016. Paul Fedorko at N.S. Bienstock represented the author, and Justin Rucker at Shannon Associates represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Andrea Tompa and Karen Lotz at Candlewick have bought Good Rosie, a collaboration between Kate DiCamillo and Harry Bliss, about what it means to be both a dog and a friend. The format and pub date will be revealed by the publisher at a later date. Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties negotiated the deal for world rights.
Susan Van Metre at Abrams has acquired two YA novels written by Jesse Andrews, author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. The first title, The Haters, due out in April 2016, is a road-trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every expectation, become a band. Claudia Ballard at William Morris Endeavor brokered the deal for North American English rights.
Cheryl Klein at Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine Books bought world rights to I Am Princess Xauthor Cherie Priest's next YA novel, Drawing Fire. The book, scheduled for fall 2017, follows a girl who discovers a valuable, ancient comic book in the supposedly haunted house her mother is fixing up. Panels from the comic book will be featured within the book. Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency negotiated the deal.
Christina Pulles at Sterling won at auction two middle-grade novels from debut author Casey Lyall. In the first book, Howard Wallace, P.I., a lonely middle-school gumshoe reluctantly takes on the new girl in town as his assistant as they hunt down the stolen student council treasury and foil a would-be blackmailer. Publication of the first book is slated for fall 2016; Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency did the deal for world English rights.
Amanda Bostic of HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson has acquired world rights to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, a YA duology and one other book by Mary Weber, with Becky Monds editing. In the futuristic SF duology, Native American Sofi Snow's mission to rescue her brother from the ice planet now orbiting Earth turns into a deadly game of hunter and prey. Publication is set for 2017; Danielle Smith of Red Fox Literary brokered the three-book deal.
Erica Sussman at HarperCollins has bought Katie Slivensky's debut novel Destined for Mars, about a 13-year-old robotics whiz who is thrilled to be chosen for an exclusive Mars training mission, only to find herself embroiled in a situation far more dire and deadly than she could have imagined. The first title will publish in summer 2017; Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.
Anna Roberto of Feiwel and Friends has acquired a debut novel by Dana Middleton,The Infinity Year of Avalon James, about Avalon and her best friend, in the year they turn 10 and search for the particular magic that a 10th year brings, while juggling spelling bees, secrets, and more. Publication is planned for fall 2016, with a second novel in 2017; Susan Hawk at the Bent Agency brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.
Nick Eliopulos at Scholastic Press has bought Ed Masessa's Wandmaker, a middle-grade novel based on the 2006 crafting title The Wandmaker's Guidebook, as well as a sequel, in which a boy must balance the demands of his magical education with the responsibilities of big brotherhood, undertaking a quest to correct his mistake when a spell goes wrong. It's scheduled for summer 2016; Marcia Wernick of Wernick & Pratt Agency negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.
Nicole Geiger, on behalf of Beyond Words and Simon Pulse, has acquired PhilanthroParties: A Party Planning Guide for the Social Activist, co-written by 16-year-old Lulu Cerone (l.), founder of the LemonAID Warriors nonprofit, and Lucy Keating, author of the forthcoming YA novel Dreamology. The book will serve as a DIY guide for teens to partying with a purpose and incorporating philanthropy into their social lives. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Clelia Gore of Martin Literary Management did the deal for world rights.
Lisa Yoskowitz at Little, Brown has bought Lawrence Goldstone's middle-grade narrative nonfiction debut, Higher, Steeper, Faster: The Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies, about the men and women who pioneered modern aviation and popularized flying through their aerial feats in the first decade of powered flight. Publication is set for spring 2017; Charlie Olsen and Michael Carlisle at Inkwell Management brokered the deal for world rights.
Emily Easton at Crown has acquired a picture book by Mike Bender (l.) and Doug Chernack, Everything Is Awkward, a look at the awkwardness of the transitions from babyhood to childhood, from the creators of the Awkward Family Photos books. Publication is slated for fall 2016; William Morris Endeavor negotiated the deal for U.S., Canada, and open market rights.
Louise May at Lee & Low Books has acquired Family Poems/Poemas familiares by Pura Belpré Award Honor winner Franscisco X. Alarcón, to be illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez, also a Pura Belpré Award honoree. The bilingual collection of original poems, the sixth collaboration of the author and illustrator, celebrates the days of the week along with familiar family life experiences of Latino children in the U.S. Publication is set for fall 2016; the author and illustrator represented themselves in the deal for world rights.
Michelle Frey at Knopf bought Barb Rosenstock (l.) and Mary GrandPré's Vincent Can't Sleep, a picture book about Van Gogh's relationship with the nighttime and how that influenced his painting “Starry Night.” Publication is scheduled for spring 2018; Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio brokered the deal for world rights on behalf of the author; the artist represented herself.