Reynolds Gets Seven Figures at S&S
Coretta Scott King Award–winner Jason Reynolds closed a seven-figure, four-book deal at Simon & Schuster. The North American rights agreement for the books, all currently untitled, was negotiated by Pippin Properties’ Elena Giovinazzo with Caitlyn Dlouhy, who acquired the works for her eponymous children’s imprint at S&S. Reynolds (Long Way Down) has won a number of awards for his YA and middle grade novels; in addition to multiple Coretta Scott King awards, he has a Walter Dean Myers Award and was a finalist for a National Book Award.
Other Press Takes ‘Gift’
In a world rights deal, Evan Fallenberg sold his third novel, The Parting Gift, to Judith Gurewich at Other Press. Fallenberg (Light Fell), who’s won a few literary honors, including the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Literature, was represented by Robert Guinsler at Sterling Lord Literistic. Guinsler said The Parting Gift is a “one-sided epistolary novel” in which the “unnamed letter writer tells a story of jealousy, obsession and terrible revenge meted out over the course of a recent stay in a seaside village in Israel.” The novel is slated for September 2018.
Morrison Gets ‘Air’ with Abrams
Maggie Lehrman at Abrams/Amulet took world English rights to Laurie Morrison’s solo debut, Up for Air. (Morrison’s novel Every Shiny Thing, which she cowrote with Cordelia Jensen, will be published by Abrams/Amulet in spring 2018.) Up for Air, scheduled for spring 2019, was sold by Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties; it’s about a 13-year-old girl who is a middling student but a star in the pool. The novel’s heroine, Crowe explained, “is thrilled when she gets called up to the high school summer team and attracts the attention of an older boy.” However, “when she finds herself alienated from her closest friends, she has to figure out what her true strengths are and where she really fits.”
Finkel Nabs ‘Taxonomy’
Abrams’s Erica Finkel took world English rights to Rachael Allen’s YA novel, A Taxonomy of Love. Upstart Crow’s Susan Hawk negotiated the deal while she was still at the Bent Agency; she said the title was pitched as “One Day meets I’ll Give You the Sun.” It follows a boy with Tourette’s syndrome who has a crush on his next-door neighbor, a girl who just happens to be dating his older brother. According to Hawk, the book is “told through snapshots spanning seventh grade to the summer after senior year, as he tries to classify their changing relationship.” Abrams has the book scheduled for a spring 2018 release.
Graley’s ‘Glitch’ Goes to Graphix
After a five-house auction, David Saylor and Cassandra Pelham at Scholastic’s Graphix imprint won world English rights to Sarah Graley’s middle grade novel, Glitch. Steven Salpeter at Curtis Brown Ltd., who represented Graley, said the book is about “a girl who can enter the world of her new video game,” where she “fights to take down an evil villain who is a threat to both her virtual and real worlds.” The book, which will be simultaneously published in the U.K. by Scholastic UK, is Graley’s middle grade debut.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the last name of Abrams/Amulet's Maggie Lehrman. And, due to agent error, the title of Laurie Morrison's book was incorrect; the book is called Up for Air, not Up in the Air. The novel is also scheduled for spring 2019, not spring 2018.