Calista Brill at First Second Books has acquired world rights to a YA graphic novel written by Mariko Tamaki (l.) and illustrated by Rosemary Valero O’Connell, called Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me. In the book, teenaged Freddy is going through what might possibly be the most epically complicated breakup in lesbian history – or at least it feels that way to Freddy and her long-suffering friends. It's planned for 2018; Charlotte Sheedy represented the author and the illustrator is unagented.
Annette Pollert-Morgan at Sourcebooks Fire has bought Renee Collins's Remember Me Always, pitched as a YA Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in which a 17-year-old girl undergoes a procedure to cure her PTSD that leaves her questioning more than just the memories she was trying to forget. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017; Jess Regel at Foundry Literary + Media brokered the deal for North American rights.
Kat Brzozowski at St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne has acquired Anna-Marie McLemore's YA novel of magical realism, Wild Beauty, in which the women of the Nomeolvides family tend the lush estate gardens they've grown for generations, until the reemergence of a family curse that makes the men they love disappear. Publication is set for 2017; Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary did the deal for North American rights.
Krista Vitola at Delacorte has bought The Bone Thief by Alyson Noel. Set in a very strange small town where everything is weird and normal is not a plus, a ragtag team of 11-year-olds with otherworldly abilities set out to solve the mystery behind the sudden onset of “common” events plaguing the town. Publication is planned for fall 2017; Bill Contardi at Brandt & Hochman negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Jean Feiwel at Feiwel and Friends has acquired Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary, an unconventional biography by Martha Brockenbrough, with original illustrations and archival material. The book will examine the role this hot-tempered and tender-hearted founding father had in shaping the government and finances of the infant United States. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary brokered the deal for world rights.
Joy Peskin at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has bought Tony Abbott's new middle grade novel, The Summer of Owen Todd, about an 11-year-old boy whose best friend is sexually abused over the course of one summer and swears him to secrecy about it. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017; Erica Rand Silverman at Sterling Lord Literistic negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse has acquired Allison Fairall's Obsessed: My Teenage Battle with Calculators, the Color Green, and Cracks That Cause Cancer. This YA memoir tracks the sudden onset of Allison's obsessive-compulsive disorder in the fall of her sophomore year in high school – and the trials of keeping up a 4.0 GPA and attracting the attention of her major crush when she couldn't use a calculator, computer, make-up, or a toothbrush. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Lauren Galit at LKG Agency brokered the deal for world rights.
Kristen Pettit at HarperTeen has bought the debut novel Nine by screenwriter Zach Hines. The book tracks one teenager's personal rebellion against a society in which everyone has – and is expected to burn through – nine lives. Publication is scheduled for summer 2018. Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management did the deal for world English rights.
Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion has bought North American rights to Tamara Ireland Stone's Little Do We Know, which follows two teenage girls and former best friends who reexamine everything they believe about themselves and each other after the near-death experience of a boy they both know. It's planned for spring 2017; Caryn Wiseman at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the deal.
Before leaving Viking Children's Books, Sharyn November acquired A Good Idea, a YA noir from Cristina Moracho, in which a girl returns to her small hometown in Maine seeking revenge for the death of her childhood friend, and explores whether the right kind of boy can indeed get away with killing the wrong kind of girl. Alex Ulyett will edit. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Brianne Johnson at Writers House did the deal for world rights.
Stephen Brown at Knopf has bought an illustrated YA novel by Whitney Gardner. In her new book, Chaotic Good, a cosplay wunderkind finds the power she needs to combat the trolls in her inbox, comic shop, and tabletop D&D game by disguising herself as a boy. Publication is set for spring 2018; Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Annie Berger of Sourcebooks Fire has acquired Linsey Miller's debutMask of Shadows, and a sequel, wherein a gender fluid pickpocket auditions to become a replacement member of the Left Hand – the queen's quartet of assassins – but must survive the competition while also putting their true reason for auditioning into motion. Publication is slated for summer 2017 and summer 2018; Rachel Brooks at L. Perkins Agency brokered the deal for world rights.
Sylvie Frank at S&S/Paula Wiseman Books has acquired world rights to Narwhal in a Fishbowl by Lisa Mantchev (l.), to be illustrated by Hyewon Yum. In the picture book, a tiny narwhal dreams of seeing the world beyond her fishbowl. Publication is planned for fall 2017; Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Sean McCarthy at Sean McCarthy Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
Sarah Shumway at Bloomsbury has bought world rights to Kenneth Wright and Sarah Jane Wright's debut picture book, Lola Dutch Is a Little Bit Much, at auction. The story follows a girl who wakes up each morning filled with energy and excitement – sometimes a bit too much excitement. Publication is due in early 2018; Emily van Beek at Folio Literary Management's Folio Jr. negotiated the deal, which includes rights to an untitled sequel.