Cindy Loh at Bloomsbury has acquired Mystiquiel and an untitled second book by A.G. Howard (the Splintered Series and RoseBlood). This YA fantasy duology with horror elements is set in modern-day Astoria, Ore., where on Halloween night, Phoenix Loring, still haunted by the death of her identical twin, steps through a portal leading to a gloomy industrial dreamscape of goblins and faeries—seemingly born from her own graphic novels—to face a Goblin King's maze of machinations and rescue the people she loves. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Jenny Bent at the Bent Agency did the deal for world rights.
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire has bought world rights to Kosoko Jackson's second novel, All Kingdoms Must Fall. Pitched as Attack the Block meets Internment for the Black Lives Matter movement, it follows a high school junior who, during a police brutality protest, teams up with a hacker to shut down a device that creates an impenetrable dome around Baltimore. Publication is scheduled for March 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal.
Janine O'Malley at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has acquired North American rights to Rachel Roasek's debut YA novel Love Somebody. Pitched as Becky Albertalli meets Julie Murphy, this #OwnVoices queer rom-com follows overachieving high school senior Sam as she attempts to makes a love connection between her golden boy ex and her academic rival Ros, while trying not to fall in love with Ros herself. Publication is set for winter 2022. John Cusick at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management brokered the deal for North American rights on behalf of INKubator Enterprises; Alyssa Jennette at Stonesong represented Roasek.
Andrew Eliopulos at HarperCollins/Quill Tree has bought All Kinds of Other by Lambda Award finalist James Sie. The coming-of-age YA novel follows two boys—one who is cis, and one who is trans—who transfer to the same L.A. high school hoping for a fresh start after experiencing hardships at their previous schools. But even as a romance sparks between them, the boys must face the fact that leaving their old lives behind will not be as easy as they thought. Publication is slated for summer 2021; Christopher Schelling at Selectric Artists handled the deal for North American rights.
Connolly Bottum at Inkyard Press has acquired, at auction, This Is Why We Lie by Gabriella Lepore. This standalone thriller follows two teens who discover a body off the coast of their seaside town. As the pair searches for the killer, the students of both the local prep school and the nearby reform school will do anything to protect their secrets. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Whitney Ross at Irene Goodman Literary negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.
Ellen Cormier at Dial and Lynne Missen at Penguin Teen Canada have bought, at auction, Peyton Thomas's debut novel Both Sides Now. The story follows Finch, a trans high school senior, as he takes the competitive high-school debate circuit by storm, pitched as appealing to fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Red, White & Royal Blue. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Brooks Sherman at Janklow & Nesbit Associates brokered the deal for North American rights.
Amanda Ramirez at Simon & Schuster has acquired world rights to The Pirate and the Porcelain Girl, a YA graphic novel written by Emily Riesbeck (l.), illustrated by NJ Barna. Cursed with porcelain skin and on the run from a zealous knight, Ferra has no choice but to trust the disgraced pirate captain Brig to keep her safe and reunite her with her ex-girlfriend in a faraway city. Together, they bicker across the high seas, dodge nefarious obstacles, and accidentally fall in love. Publication is set for fall 2022; Claire Draper at the Bent Agency represented the author and the illustrator.
Stacy Whitman at Tu Books has bought Wild Jasmine by Chris Clarkson, pitched as The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets All Boys Aren't Blue. The contemporary YA novel explores economic disparity, gender, and mental health through the lens of a diverse ensemble cast in the complicated, magical city of New Orleans. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Rachel Brooks at BookEnds Literary did the deal for North American rights.
Karen Greenberg at Knopf has acquired, at auction, Vanessa L. Torres's debut YA novel The Turning Pointe, plus a second untitled work. The book follows Rosa Dominguez, a dancer in 1980s Minnesota, as she navigates complex family expectations, a new romance, and her own ambitions to dance for the Purple One himself, Prince. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Louise Fury at the Bent Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Matt Ringler at Scholastic has bought justin a. reynolds's It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit. The middle-grade novel follows a boy who has nothing left to wear but swim trunks after his plan to avoid doing laundry backfires and he must endure the probable apocalypse with the neighborhood's misfits. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Beth Phelan at Gallt and Zacker Literary brokered the deal for world rights.
Orlando Dos Reis at Scholastic has acquired My Otter Half by Michelle Schusterman (The Dog's Meow and Some Bunny to Love). The middle-grade novel centers a sea otter pup who decides to prove his courage by swimming too far inland, into Puget Sound. Caught in an oil spill, he joins forces with a lost dachshund, and the unlikely pair begins an epic journey home through the woods and rivers of the Pacific Northwest. Publication is set for spring 2022; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary did the deal for world rights.
Taylor Norman at Chronicle has bought Liz Garton Scanlon's second middle-grade novel, Lolo's Light, the story of one girl's walk through isolating grief in the midst of middle-school normalcy, and the magical thinking that helps her on her journey back to light. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary brokered the deal for world English rights.
Tracy Mack at Scholastic Press has acquired, in an exclusive submission, Fly Away Home, plus an untitled second middle grade novel, by Ann Clare LeZotte (Show Me a Sign). Fly Away Home features deaf heroine Mary Lambert, 14, who is summoned from Martha's Vineyard to the mainland to teach sign language to a younger deaf girl. Publication is scheduled for 2021 and 2023, respectively; Leslie Zampetti at Dunham Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
Sarah Alpert at Algonquin has bought, in a preempt, world rights to Nancy Spector, a middle-grade graphic novel series written by Stephen W. Martin and illustrated by Linh Pham. A young detective takes on the case of an Invisible Man looking for his missing dog—who also happens to be invisible. Publication for the first book, Nancy Spector, Monster Detective, is planned for fall 2021; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary brokered the two-book deal.
Eve Adler at Penguin Workshop has acquired world rights to The Treasure Troop by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Tim Budgen, a chapter book mystery series following the adventures of three code-cracking kids on the hunt for hidden treasure. Nathaniel Tabachnik will edit. Publication is slated to begin in January 2021; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary represented the author; the illustrator represented himself.
Rotem Moscovich at Knopf has bought, at auction, In the Dark by Kate Hoefler (l.) (Real Cowboys) and Corinna Luyken (The Book of Mistakes). In this dual perspective picture book about acceptance, a group of townspeople believe the visitors in their woods are witches. With the help of a girl, the townspeople see that those they feared can be embraced instead. Publication is set for fall 2023; Steve Malk at Writers House negotiated world rights for both author and illustrator.
Mabel Hsu at HarperCollins/Tegen has acquired, at auction, world rights to Nigel and the Moon by debut author Antwan Eady and illustrator Gracey Zhang. The picture book follows a Black boy who, too shy to share his dreams during Career Week, whispers his dreams to the moon each night. With the help of his parents, he celebrates his dreams and discovers his voice in front of his peers. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Penny Moore at Aevitas Creative Management represented the author, and Hannah Mann at Writers House represented the illustrator.
Regan Winter at Little, Brown has bought world rights to What Are Your Words?, a picture book written by Katherine Locke, illustrated by Anne Passchier, that introduces and celebrates gender-inclusive pronouns as a child named Ari explores both their neighborhood and which “words” fit them and their neighbors best. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021; Lara Perkins at Andrea Brown Literary represented the author, and Anne Moore Armstrong at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Liza Kaplan at Philomel has acquired, in a preempt, world rights to picture book The Wills and the Won'ts by Angela Woolfe, illustrated by Roland Garrigue. Told in rhyme, the story is a tale about tolerance and acceptance, and what happens when divisions escalate between two communities. Publication is set for summer 2022; Helen Boyle at Pickled Ink represented the author, and Claire Easton at Painted Words represented the illustrator.
John Morgan at Macmillan/Imprint has bought world rights to Someday, Maybe, a picture book written by Diana Murray (l.) and illustrated by Jessica Gibson. It's a look toward a bright future, with children imagining all the possible careers they can have, from chef to rock star to businesswoman to astronaut. Publication is slated for summer 2022; Brianne Johnson at Writers House represented the author, and Gary Swift at the Lemonade Illustration Agency represented the illustrator.
Lauri Hornik at Dial has acquired world rights to Baby Shower, written by Lisa Wheeler (l.). In this rhyming picture book, babies literally rain from the sky—a read-aloud celebration of a new baby. Charlie Adler will illustrate; publication is planned for summer 2022. Steve Malk at Writers House represented the author, and Anne Moore Armstrong at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Kate DePalma at Barefoot has bought world rights to Whole Whale by debut author Karen Yin (l.), illustrated by Nelleke Verhoeff (The Bread Pet). One hundred wacky animals come to play in the pages of the book—can they find a way to make a space to include everyone? Publication is set for spring 2021; Jennie Kendrick at Red Fox Literary represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself.
Kira Lynn at Kane Miller has acquired world rights to Stop That Poem by Eric Ode, an exploration of the active nature of poems and their ability to shape and transform our world. Jieting Chen will illustrate. Publication is scheduled for 2021; Alex Gehringer at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.