Eliza Leahy at Capstone/Switch Press has bought ALA Stonewall Honoree Lili Wilkinson's YA novel, The Boundless Sublime. Originally published in Australia, the book is about a girl trying to cope with a family tragedy, who finds comfort at the mysterious Institute of the Boundless Sublime. She soon realizes, however, that the secretive community is far from the ideal world she expected. Publication is scheduled for March 2018; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management did the deal for North American rights.
Laura Schreiber at Hyperion has acquired, in a two-book deal, debut YA author Preston Norton's Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe. Before the accident, all Cliff "Neanderthal" Hubbard wanted was to kick Aaron Zimmerman's ass. But when Aaron awakens from a coma after a boating accident, he claims some pretty outrageous things: he's seen God, he's received a list of things to do, and he needs Cliff's help to do them. Publication is planned for May 2018; Jenny Bent at the Bent Agency sold world English rights.
Lauren Smulski at Harlequin Teen has acquired Hannah Capin's debut YA contemporary novel, The Dead Queens Club. Pitched as Mean Girls meets The Tudors, the book is a modern-day imagining of Henry VIII and his six wives (or, in this case, high school girlfriends), told from the perspective of Annie Marck (“Cleves”), a 17-year-old aspiring journalist from Cleveland who meets Henry at summer camp. Publication is slated for winter 2019; Logan Garrison Savits at the Gernert Company negotiated the deal for world rights.
Andrew (Harwell) Eliopulos at HarperCollins has bought, at auction, New Kid by Jerry Craft. The middle-grade graphic novel follows Jordan Banks, a 12-year-old boy from the Washington Heights section of New York City whose parents decide to enroll him in a prestigious private school. Jordan must learn to navigate a new school and cultural environment while trying to maintain connections to his friends from his neighborhood. Publication is set for spring 2019; Judy Hansen at Hansen Literary brokered the deal for world rights.
Nancy Paulsen at Penguin/Paulsen has acquired Lisa Lewis Tyre's Hope in the Holler, the story of 12-year-old Wavie's attempts to make a good life for herself after she's sent to live with scheming relatives in a colorful place called Conley Hollow. Publication will be in spring 2018; Susan Hawk at Upstart Crow Literary did the two-book deal for world English rights, while at the Bent Agency.
Paula Wiseman at S&S/Wiseman has bought world rights to author-illustrator Meghan McCarthy's All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff, a picture book about the ill-fated voyage of the garbage barge that floated down the East Coast in 1987 and created an international stir when it couldn't find a harbor. Publication is planned for spring 2018; Alexandra Penfold at Upstart Crow Literary negotiated the deal.
Rebecca Davis at Boyds Mills Press has acquired two picture books by Cy Makes a Friend author Ann Marie Stephens (l.). Arithmechicks Add Up and Arithmechicks Take Away star chicks who get in and out of trouble as they demonstrate basic math skills. Jia Liu will illustrate; the books will pub in fall 2019 and fall 2020 respectively. Emily Mitchell at Wernick & Pratt did the two-book deal for North American English rights for the author, and Claire Easton at Painted Words represented the illustrator.
Namrata Tripathi at Dial has bought Marcy Campbell's (l.) Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse, a debut picture book in which a girl learns a lesson in empathy after doubting a classmate who claims to have a horse. Corinna Luyken will illustrate; publication is scheduled for summer 2018. Steven Malk at Writers House represented both Campbell and Luyken in the deal for world rights.
Nancy Paulsen at Penguin/Paulsen has acquired world rights to Penguins Don't Wear Sweaters by Marikka Tamura, illustrated by Daniel Rieley. The picture book, which was inspired by real events, tells what happens when well-meaning humans knit sweater for penguins that have encountered an oil spill. Publication is slated for spring 2018; the author represented herself, and Anne Moore Armstrong at Bright USA represented the illustrator.
Kristen Nobles at Page Street Kids has bought world rights to Kim Chaffee's (l.) debut picture book, Fearless: Kathrine Switzer's Historic Boston Marathon, a biography of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with official race numbers. Ellen Rooney will illustrate; publication is set for winter 2019. The author and the illustrator represented themselves.
Yolanda Scott at Charlesbridge has acquired Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth by Carrie Pearson (l.), illustrated by Susan Swan. The nonfiction picture book tells the story of Hyperion, a coast redwood that grew to be a titan despite almost insurmountable odds. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary handled the deal for world rights for the author, and Swan represented herself.
Carolyn Yoder at Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek has bought Barb Rosenstock's (l.) Fight of the Century, the story of suffragist Alice Paul's battles with President Wilson for the right to vote. Sarah Green will illustrate; publication is scheduled for spring 2020. Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio represented the author, and Anne Moore Armstrong at Bright Group USA represented the illustrator.
Kira Lynn at Kane Miller has acquired children's singer and songwriter Eric Ode's collection of wetland poetry, Otters, Snails and Tadpole Tails. Ruth E. Harper, co-illustrator of The Kissing Hand, will illustrate; publication is slated for January 2019. Deborah Warren at East West Literary represented Harper in the deal for North American rights, and Eric Ode was unagented.
Grace Kendall at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has acquired Juniper's Little Problem by author-illustrator Aidan Cassie. The picture book features a raccoon who is tired of being small and is in a big hurry to grow up, only to realize that size is all about perspective after meeting a new friend. Publication is planned for 2019, with a second, untitled picture book to follow; Wendi Gu at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates brokered the deal for world rights.
Andrew Wooldridge at Orca Books has bought world rights to the board book Holi by Rina Singh, which explores the Hindu festival of colors through rhymes and photographs. Publication is set for spring 2018; Essie White at Storm Literary Agency represented Singh.