Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired, in a preempt, Isabel Ibañez's YA fantasy, Together We Burn, inspired by medieval Spain. A city plagued by dragons hosts popular dragon fights in rings where the beasts are slain by the legendary Dragadors; a talented flamenco dancer must work with a disgraced dragon hunter to learn the ways of a Dragador in order to save her ancestral home. Publication is slated for 2022; Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic sold world English rights.
Amanda Ramirez at Simon & Schuster has bought Blaine for the Win, pitched as Legally Blonde meets Netflix's The Politician, and a second book by Robbie Couch (The Sky Blues). After Blaine's boyfriend, Joey, breaks up with him on their one-year anniversary to pursue more "serious guys," Blaine decides to run for senior class president as Joey's successor to prove his worth. But is he willing to sacrifice everything he loves about himself to do it? Publication is set for spring 2022; Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary did the deal for world English rights.
Kristen Pettit at HarperTeen has acquired U.S. rights to Someday We'll Find It by Jennifer Wilson. The YA novel follows a 17-year-old girl who has finally stopped wishing for her mother to come back and rescue her from the small town where she left her behind—then Mama shows up and she has to choose between the life and family she's dreamed of, or the world she's starting to make for herself. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary and Media brokered the deal.
Britny Brooks at Running Press has acquired Game Changers by video game writer Mary Kenney (Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales). The debut YA nonfiction book shines a light on more than two dozen women and genderqueer people who built the video game industry, and their often overlooked contributions to the world of gaming. Publication is slated for 2022; Eric Smith at P.S. Literary did the deal for world rights.
Stephanie Stein at HarperCollins has bought, at auction, world English rights to Kathryn Ormsbee's Candidly Cline. The middle grade contemporary novel features an aspiring country singer-songwriter trying to find her voice as she navigates her family's money troubles, a changing relationship with her grandmother, a difficult friendship breakup, and her first crush on a girl, while dreaming of her big break from her small Kentucky town. Publication is set for fall 2021; Beth Phelan at Gallt and Zacker Literary brokered the deal.
Mallory Kass at Scholastic has acquired, in an exclusive submission, world English rights to Better with Butter by Victoria Piontek (Spirit of Cattail County). A 12-year-old girl with an anxiety disorder rescues a fainting goat from bullies and learns to manage her fears, but when the goat's owner shows up, will she find a way to keep her friend or will she revert back to the anxious, lonely person she used to be? The story is inspired by Piontek's own struggles with anxiety, raising a child with anxiety, and her childhood pet goat. Publication is planned for summer 2021; Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary negotiated the deal.
Ann Rider at HMH has bought Chop Chop Chef in Wuhan by Ying Chang Compestine (Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party). The #OwnVoices middle grade novel, set in the author's native home of Wuhan, China, follows a 13-year-old gamer and cooking enthusiast who leads her friends to join a volunteer group to cook meals for the sick and needy as her father and many others battle coronavirus in the quarantined city. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Alyssa Eisner Henkin at Trident Media Group did the deal for world English rights.
Kristin Daly Rens at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired Where the Sky Lives by Margaret Dilloway (Summer of a Thousand Pies). When a 12-year-old amateur astronomer who lives with her ranger mother in Zion National Park finds out that a nearby private preserve has sold to a developer, she gets involved in conservation efforts to protect not only her clear view of the stars, but also the endangered animals that live there. Publication is slated for 2022; Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary brokered the deal for world English rights.
Catherine Frank at Peachtree has bought The Impossible Destiny of Cutie Grackle by Shawn Stout, in her first acquisition for the company. The middle-grade novel follows an orphan girl growing up in poverty, who knows her destiny will change when mysterious ravens bring her an unforgettable fortune from a fortune cookie. The birds hold the key to an old family curse, and when they start bringing her trinkets that hold memories from the past, she realizes that she only has until summer's longest day to help them break the curse and find her true destiny. Publication is set for spring 2022; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
Justin Chanda at Simon & Schuster has acquired world rights to author-illustrator Lucy Ruth Cummins's new picture book, Our Pool, drawing from her visits with her son to their neighborhood pool and exploring the experience of swimming in the city on a hot summer day. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management handled the deal.
Tiara Kittrell at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has bought, at auction, world rights to Mariana in México, a picture book debut by Mónica Mancillas (l.), illustrated by Erika Meza. A girl visits her abuela for the first time in Ensenada, and though she doesn't speak perfect Spanish, the love of her family cannot be misunderstood. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Melissa Edwards at Stonesong represented the author, and Claire Cartey at Holroyde Cartey represented the illustrator.
Karen Lotz at Candlewick has acquired world rights to Dear Bookstore by children's songwriter Emily Arrow (l.). The affectionate ode to the comfort and magic of a bookstore will be illustrated by Geneviève Godbout. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Brandi Bowles at United Talent Agency represented the author, and Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management represented the illustrator.
Liza Kaplan at Philomel has bought world rights to Show the World by Angela Dalton (l.), illustrated by Daria Peoples-Riley. The picture book asks kids what they will do, say, or create to express who they are. Publication is set for spring 2022; Mary Cummings at Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises represented the author, and Marietta Zacker at Gallt and Zacker Literary represented the illustrator.
Heidi Kilgras at Random House has acquired world rights to Frances Gilbert's picture book Too Much Slime!, illustrated by Vin Vogel. Slime-making kids get a cautionary tale full of squelch-y sound words as a mysterious green slime knocks on a front door, then oozes all over the house, the street, the school, and the town. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021; the author was unagented, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator.
Taylor Norman at Chronicle has bought world rights to Courage Hats by Kate Hoefler (l.), illustrated by Jessixa Bagley. The book is about a train ride shared between a girl (in a bear hat) and a bear (in a person hat) who unknowingly sit next to their biggest fear: each other. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Steven Malk at Writers House represented the author, and Alexandra Penfold at Upstart Crow represented the illustrator.
Meredith Mundy at Abrams Appleseed has acquired world rights to Penguin Journey by Angela Burke Kunkel (l.) (Digging for Words), a nonfiction story in verse about the extreme conditions endured by dedicated emperor penguin parents while bringing a chick into the world; Catherine Odell will illustrate. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency represented the author, and Fiona Kenshole at Transatlantic Agency represented the illustrator.
Julie Matysik at Running Press Kids has bought world rights to How to Be Friends with a Dragon by Katherine Locke (l.), illustrated by Diane Ewen. Dragons make great friends, but even the best of friends sometimes need to be reminded how to play nicely, to share, and to be a good listener. Publication is set for winter 2022; Lara Perkins at Andrea Brown Literary represented the author, and Frederica Dawson at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Nina Gruener at Cameron Kids has acquired world rights to Go to Bed, Ted! by Shirin Yim Bridges, illustrated by Luciano Lozano, a fictional picture book about young Theodore Roosevelt, and how even the future President has to wash up, put his toys away, settle down, and go to bed. Publication is planned for fall 2021; the author represented herself, and Kirsten Hall at Catbird Agency represented the illustrator.
Wendy McClure at Albert Whitman has bought world rights to Dear Mr. Dickens, a nonfiction picture book by Nancy Churnin (l.), illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe, in which a brave young woman, Eliza Davis, reproaches the most famous and powerful author of her time, Charles Dickens, for creating Fagin in Oliver Twist, and asks him to help fight anti-Semitism by creating sympathetic Jewish characters. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself.
Jennifer Newens at West Margin has acquired world rights to Sylvia's Way | Life of a Slug by Stephanie Shaw (l.), illustrated by Fiona Lee, which follows a yoga-practicing slug who uses etiquette and calligraphy to teach her friends how to creatively solve a problem. Publication is slated for fall 2021; the author represented herself, and Anne Moore Armstrong at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Asia Citro at Innovation Press has bought world rights to A Poem Grows Inside You, a picture book by Katey Howes (l.), with art by debut illustrator Heather Brockman Lee, following the seed of an idea that puts down roots inside a young poet, then sprouts, blooms, and bursts into the light of day. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Essie White at Storm Literary represented the author, and Deborah Warren at East West Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
Peggy Schaefer at Worthy Kids has acquired world rights to 30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag, a nonfiction picture book by Amanda Davis (l.), illustrated by Sally Wern Comport. This story follows the National 9/11 Flag on a cross-country journey that stitched hope and strength into numerous lives. Publication is set for 2021, in honor of the 20-year remembrance of 9/11. Melissa Richeson, formerly at Apokedak Literary, represented the author, and Shannon Associates represented the illustrator.
A listing for Dancing with Fire by Jordan Marie Green has been removed, because the book has been withdrawn from publication.