Phoebe Yeh at Crown has acquired two untitled YA novels by Dear Martinauthor Nic Stone, one of which will draw on the experiences of Justyce McAllister. Publication is planned for October 2019 and October 2020; Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency handled the deal for U.S., Canada, Philippines, and open market rights.
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has bought world English rights, at auction, to Booktuber Christine Riccio's Again, But Better, a romantic comedy about second chances and being brave enough to try again—even after you've majorly screwed up. Publication is scheduled for spring/summer 2019; JL Stermer at New Leaf Literary & Media negotiated the deal.
Kristen Pettit at HarperCollins has acquired world rights to Saundra Mitchell's All the Things We Do in the Dark. The YA thriller explores what happens after 17-year-old Ava finds a woman's corpse in the woods and wants to protect and care for her, while in the world beyond, the killer is still free. The book is slated for summer 2019; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret brokered the deal.
Sarah Peed at Del Rey has bought world rights to Tracey Baptiste's YA untitled Minecraft tie-in novel. The book is about 14-year-old gamer Bianca Marshall, who gets trapped in the game world after an accident and can't ascertain what's real and what's not. Publication is set for summer 2018; Marie Lamba at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency did the deal on behalf of Minecraft creator Mojang.
Kate Sullivan at Delacorte has acquired Jeff Henigson's YA memoir, Warhead: The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World. The book recounts the author's teen years battling brain cancer and a journey to fulfill his Starlight Children's Foundation wish: to meet Mikhail Gorbachev and plea for nuclear disarmament. Publication is planned for summer 2019; Daniel Lazar at Writers House handled the deal for North American rights.
Lisa Yoskowitz at Little, Brown has bought, in a preempt, world English rights to Barbara Roberts's debut, Outside Shots, a contemporary novel about a 13-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a great basketball player, but struggles to find a place on her new elite team, while navigating her non-traditional family and searching for a connection to her biological father. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Ginger Knowlton at Curtis Brown negotiated the deal.
Emily Easton at Crown has preempted for six figures, in an exclusive submission, Scott Reintgen's debut middle grade novel, When in Fancy. Indira Story finally gets the call to audition at Protagonist Preparatory, only to botch her audition and end up being designated as a side character. When a darker plot threatens the school, Indira must find out if a side character like her can really save the day. Publication is set for spring 2020; Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.
Liz Kossnar at Simon & Schuster has acquired Meg Cannistra's middle grade novel, The Trouble with Shooting Stars, about a young artist coming to terms with an injury and new family dynamics in her large Italian family following a traumatic accident. The girl gets swept up in the magical world of the spazzitrici—an old Italian order of moon sweepers—but learns there are some things magic can't fix. Publication is slated for summer 2019; Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency did the deal for world rights, on behalf of CAKE Literary.
Tracey Keevan at Disney-Hyperion has bought Psy-kick: Mind Over Magic, a middle-grade novel by Romily Bernard. In the story, a girl pretends to have psychic powers in order to be popular and solve her new hometown's curse, but discovers that her real scientific abilities are far more effective in unraveling the mystery. The book is scheduled for fall 2019; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Ann Kelley at Random House/Schwartz & Wade has acquired, at auction, Deborah Noyes's Blood and Thunder, an illustrated work of narrative nonfiction for middle graders that tells the “secret” life story of literary figure Louisa May Alcott—before she wrote the classic Little Women. Publication is planned for spring 2020; Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management brokered the deal for world rights.
Zareen Jaffery at S&S/Salaam Reads has bought Aisha Saeed's (l.) picture book, Bilal Cooks Daal, about a boy who teaches his friends how to cook a favorite meal that requires patience, and then shares it with his community. Anoosha Syed will illustrate; publication is set for 2019. Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary represented the author in the deal for world rights.
Neal Porter at Holiday House has acquired world rights to Hope Lim's debut picture book, My Tree, for his new imprint. The story is about loss, change, and new beginnings as seen through the lens of a Korean boy's attachment to an old plum tree in the backyard of his new home in America. Il Sung Na will illustrate; publication is slated for spring 2020. Tanusri Prasanna at Foundry Literary + Media represented the author, and Lori Nowicki at Painted Words represented the illustrator.
Joy Peskin at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has bought Marisa Polansky's (l.) Today I'm A…, a four-book series illustrated by Maxine Lee. The shaped board books imagine jobs young readers might have when they grow up, such as a race car driver, dancer, construction worker, or veterinarian. Publication for all four books is planned for winter 2018; the author represented herself, and Anne Moore Armstrong of Bright Agency represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Traci Todd at Abrams/Appleseed has acquired world rights to Barnyard Boogie author Tim McCanna's (l.) So Many Sounds, a concept picture book that invites young readers to explore the world through the countless sounds we hear every day. Andy J. Miller will illustrate; publication is scheduled for fall 2018. Caryn Wiseman represented the author, and the illustrator was unagented.
Carolyn Yoder at Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek has bought world rights to the The Pig War: Or How a Porcine Tragedy Taught Two Great Nations to Share by Emma Bland Smith (l.), illustrated by Alison Jay. The nonfiction picture book shares the story of how, in 1859, on an island off the coast of Washington State, the United States and Britain almost went to war over a pig in a potato patch. Publication is set for fall 2020; Essie White of Storm Literary Agency represented the author, and Lorraine Owen of the Organisation Illustration Agency represented the illustrator.
Kristen Nobles at Page Street Kids has acquired Catherine Odell's debut picture book, Pepper & Frannie, a friendship story about two very different bunnies as one teaches the other how to skateboard. Publication is slated for winter 2019; the author-illustrator represented herself in the deal for world rights.
Andrew Karre at Dutton has acquired North American rights to The Afterward, a standalone YA fantasy by E.K. Johnston. Pitched as David Eddings by way of Katie Cotugno, the book follows an apprentice knight and a not-at-all reformed thief as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after they help save the world. Publication is slated for spring 2019; Josh Adams at Adams Literary handled the deal, which includes a second, untitled YA novel.
Janine O'Malley at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has bought Somewhere Only We Know, a new YA novel by Maurene Goo. Pitched as a modern-day Roman Holiday set in Hong Kong, the book follows one fateful day between a K-Pop star who'd like to be anyone else and the charming con-boy she meets, who's looking for a big break to impress his paparazzo father. When sparks ignite, the two must decide if they can risk it all for each other. Publication is set for spring 2019; Judy Hansen at Hansen Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Nancy Siscoe at Knopf has acquired It's Not Funny, a YA novel by Lance Rubin, author of Denton Little's Deathdate. The novel tells the story of Winnie Friedman, a 15-year-old who's been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she's hilarious. As she joins the school improv troupe and comes into her own as a comedian, she must face some very un-funny situations when she sees her comedy-hero father fall—in more ways than one. Publication is scheduled for summer 2019; CAA brokered the deal for North American rights.
Lauren Jablonski at Wednesday Books has bought, in a preempt, Shooting Cole Stone, S.C. Megale's #ownvoices debut YA novel. The book features irreverent Maeve, who has Muscular Dystrophy and plans to become an Oscar-winning film director, if only she can graduate high school and get some action with her leading man first. Publication is projected for winter 2019; Jessica Sinsheimer at Sarah Jane Freymann did the deal for world rights.
Lauren Smulski at Harlequin Teen has acquired Elizabeth Keenan's Rebel Girls, in which a pro-choice teen risks expulsion from her Catholic school when she rallies her friends to defend her pro-life sister, who has been accused of having an abortion. Through a riot-grrrl-inspired campaign, she struggles to become the champion her sister needs, in the wake of anti-abortion protests in their city in 1992. Publication is planned for summer 2019; Eric Smith of P.S. Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
Erica Sussman at HarperCollins has bought teacher Jody Little's debut middle grade novel, Mostly the Honest Truth. When 11-year-old Jane ends up in the hospital after an accident with her father, she's taken to Three Boulders, a non-traditional foster home where she waits for him to get out of rehab. There, Jane discovers secrets about herself and the true meaning of family. Publication is slated for winter 2019, to be followed by a second, untitled novel; Ted Malawer at Upstart Crow Literary handled the deal for world English rights.
Margaret Ferguson at Holiday House/Ferguson has acquired world rights to Franklin School Friends author Claudia Mills's two new chapter books, including Cooking Superstars, about Carmi Fredericks and her friends' afterschool cooking club, and a second untitled book. No publication date has been set yet; Stephen Fraser at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency brokered the two-book deal.
Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins has bought, at auction, world rights to Yamile Saied Méndez's (l.) Where Are You From?, illustrated by Jaime Kim, in which a girl who is asked where she's really from turns to her abuelo for the answer. Publication is scheduled for summer 2019, with a second book to follow; Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary represented the author, and Claire Easton at Painted Words represented the illustrator.
Kate Fletcher at Candlewick has won North American rights, at auction, to Sadie and the Silver Shoes by Jane Godwin (l.) and Anna Walker. Sadie's clothes are hand-me-downs from her brothers, except for her shoes, which are silver and sparkly. But when she accidentally loses one, she finds something she doesn't expect—a new friend. Publication is planned for spring 2019; Allison Hellegers at Rights People did the deal on behalf of Eleanor Shorne Holden at Penguin Random House Australia.
Marilyn Brigham at Amazon/Two Lions has bought world rights to Lisa Robinson's (l.) Pippa's Night Parade, illustrated by Lucy Fleming. Pippa is a girl with a wild imagination who uses her wits and design skills to get over her fear of the monsters coming out of her storybooks. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group represented the author, and Arabella Stein of Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Sylvie Frank at S&S/Wiseman has acquired The Book Rescuer: How a Mentsh from Massachusetts Saved the World's Yiddish Books by Miss Mary Reporting author Sue Macy (l.), and illustrated by Stacy Innerst (Ruth Bader Ginsburg). The nonfiction picture book tells the story of a lost suitcase, a rain-soaked dumpster dive, and a dying language that was revived by Aaron Lansky's quest to preserve Yiddish books. Publication is set for fall 2019; the author represented herself, and Susan Cohen at Writers House represented the illustrator.
Yasemin Uçar and Semareh Al-Hillal at Kids Can Press have bought, and Debbie Rogosin will edit, Candace Ryan's (l.) picture book, Red Light, Green Lion, about a lion who saves the day by unexpected acts of kindness, courage, and wackiness while waiting for the light to change. Society of Illustrators' "Original Art" gold medalist Jennifer Yerkes will illustrate; publication is planned for spring 2019. Rick Margolis at Rising Bear Literary represented both the author and the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins has acquired Mulan, a picture book based on the original poem, "Fa Mulan," illustrated by Joy Ang and translated by Faye-Lynn Wu. Publication is slated for fall 2018; Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Nancy Paulsen at Penguin/Paulsen has bought, in an exclusive submission, SCBWI award-winning debut author and illustrator Heidi Sheffield's Brick by Brick, a picture book that celebrates the warm relationship between a boy and his bricklayer father, who both work hard to achieve their dream home. Publication is set for spring 2020; Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.
Jennifer M. Brown at Knopf has acquired Sarah Williamson's Elevator Bird, a picture book about a bird who happily and selflessly performs hotel bellhop duties, and gets a surprise from his appreciative animal friends. Publication is scheduled for summer 2019; Steven Malk at Writers House did the deal for world rights.
Grace Maccarone at Holiday House has bought world English rights to Galore author Peter Stein's The Boy and the Bear. In Stein's illustration debut, a boy loses his favorite stuffed bear. Publication is planned for summer 2019; Lori Nowicki at Painted Words negotiated the deal.