NYTimes Bestselling Author Wendy Higgins' Kiss Collector in which seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe, brokenhearted by her cheating boyfriend and her parents' separation, decides it's time to turn the table on boys and take what she wants from them: kisses, as many as possible, with no emotional attachment to Alyson Day at HarperCollins.
Alyson Day at Harper Children's has acquired North American rights, in a preempt, to New York Times Bestselling Author Wendy Higgins' THE GREAT HUNT and THE GREAT PURSUIT and THE GREAT HUNT, a retelling of the Brothers Grimm fantasy "The Singing Bone," in which hunters compete to kill a great beast and win the hand of the princess.
Alyson Day at Harper Children's has bought World rights to Wendy Higgins' SWEET TEMPTATION, a companion novel to the New York Times Bestselling SWEET EVIL trilogy told from the love interest, Kaidan Rowe's point of view.
Natasha Bardon at Harper Voyager acquired World rights to debut author Christi J. Whitney's GREY trilogy, in which a secretive clan of Outcast gypsies pull eighteen-year-old Sebastian into a world of secrets, tales of gargoyles, and a destiny he cannot escape in a three-book deal. The first book in the trilogy will be published in Spring 2015.
Janet Gurtler's THE TRUTH ABOUT US, when a teen is forced to work at a soup kitchen for the summer, she discover that sometimes the person who shouldn't fit in your world is the one who makes you feel like you belong, to Sourcebooks Fire.
Janet Gurtler's 16 THINGS I THOUGHT WERE TRUE, in which a Twitter-obsessed teen takes a road-trip and finds real friends who help her understand what is and is not true about family, friendship and love, to Sourcebooks Fire.
PUSH GIRL co-author Jessica Love's IN REAL LIFE, set over one wild weekend in Las Vegas in which a 17-year-old surprises her online BFF (and soul mate) with their first real-life meeting -- and discovers just how many secrets he has left unshared, to Kat Brzozowski at Thomas Dunne Books for publication in 2015.
Deneen and Kat Brzozowski at Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin's Press, have acquired a YA novel by Chelsie Hill, a star of reality TV show Push Girls. The novel, called PUSH GIRLS, will be written with Jessica Love and is based on Hill's life: when she was a high school senior, she was driven home by a friend who had been drinking; their SUV crashed into a tree, snapping Hill's back and paralyzing her from the waist down. The novel is scheduled for publication in March 2014. Jill Corcoran of the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency represented Love..
Wendy Higgins's FLIRTING WITH MAYBE, in which a tenth-grade baseball star falls hard for a senior girl but finds himself benched in the friend zone until one drunken night changes everything, to Alyson Day at Harper Teen Impulse.
Sherry Shahan's SKIN AND BONES, pitched as ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST meets LOVE STORY set in an eating disorder hospital in which an aspiring ballerina and a quirky nerdboy fall desperately in love only to become each other's next deadly addiction, to Wendy McClure at Albert Whitman
Shelley Coriell's GOODBYE, REBEL BLUE, about a loner rebel who reluctantly completes the bucket list of a do-gooder classmate and en route connects with a gimpy dolphin, a guy with dimples, and a past and pains she's tried to forget, to Maggie Lehrman at Amulet.
Wendy Higgins's SWEET PERIL and SWEET RECKONING, books 2 and 3 of the SWEET EVIL trilogy, in which a half-angel/half-demon is our last hope to rid the earth of demons and must choose between her love for Kaidan (son of the demon of Lust) and her angelic destiny, to Alyson Day at Harper Children's, for publication in Summer 2013 & 2014 (World).
Beck McDowell's IMMORTELLE, in which mysterious mementoes in a New Orleans cemetery lure a girl into a terrifying journey that leaves her wrapped in the arms of one boy and longing for another, to Nancy Paulsen of Nancy Paulsen Books (World).
Janet Gurtler's HOW I LOST YOU about two girls who have been best fiends forever coming to terms with a change in their relationship and learning when it's best to hold on and when it's best to let go, to Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks Fire, in a three-book deal, for publication in Spring 2013.
Angela Townsend's AMAROK, set in a remote Alaskan town, when a runaway is kidnapped by an evil man and his black wolf, whom she later discovers is a boy enslaved by an ancient shaman; she must find the strength to save herself and the wolf, and in turn discover what love truly means, to Kate Kaynak at Spencer Hill Press.
Denise Lewis Patrick’s A MATTER OF SOULS, pitched as the THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET twisted with the Southern African-American experience unearthing the raw reality of prejudice, courage, perseverance and love to Andrew Karre at Carolrhoda Lab.
Robin Mellom's BUSTED, a companion novel to DITCHED, in which a girl takes a job running errands for an eccentric couple and finds herself involved in the crazy world of LA nightlife but after a misunderstanding lands her in jail, she has one fateful night to clear her name, help a rising movie starlet avoid the paparazzi and find Adam, the coworker who is quickly stealing her heart, to Christian Trimmer at Disney-Hyperion, for publication in Winter 2013.
Janet Gurtler's WHO I KISSED in which a girl struggles with boy problems and serious regret after accidentally killing a boy she barely knows when she kisses him after consuming a peanut butter sandwich, not aware he has a deathly allergy to peanuts, to Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks Fire
Beck McDowell’s debut THIS IS NOT A DRILL, a thriller told from alternating viewpoints of two teens who must protect kindergarteners from a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder who opens fire in the classroom to Nancy Paulsen of Nancy Paulsen Books at Penguin Young Readers, for publication in Fall 2012.
Martha Brockenbrough’s YA debut DEVINE INTERVENTION to Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic in which a guardian angel in a rehabilitation program for wayward souls accidentally kills the girl he's supposed to watch over, fails to get her into heaven, and may or may not cause lasting psychological damage to a squirrel.
Laura Ellen's debut BLIND SPOT, an edgy murder mystery romance that explores what happens to a good girl whose simple wish of fitting in and attracting, then keeping, the hottest guy in her school, compels her to make way too many wrong choices, to Karen Grove at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's, for publication in Fall 2012.
Six-time RWA Golden Heart finalist Shelley Coriell's debut WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE pitched as THE BREAKFAST CLUB meets WKRP IN CINCINNATI in which an ex-popular girl, forced to join the misfit staff of her high school’s struggling radio station, dispenses relationship advice on a late night call-in show only to find she has a lot to learn about love, loneliness, and lasting friendships to Maggie Lehrman at Amulet Books/Abrams, for publication in Spring 2012.
Kelly Milner Halls, eds.'s GIRL MEETS BOY, twelve original "he said/she said" paired stories written just for this collection by Joseph Bruchac, Chris Cruther, Terry Davis, Rebecca Fjelland Davis, Kelly Milner Halls, James Howe, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Randy Powell, Sara Ryan, Terry Trueman, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Ellen Wittlinger, to Kelli Chipponeri at Chronicle, for publication in Spring 2012.
Janet Gurtler's IF I TELL, about a teenager who survives and even thrives in a small-minded town as the mistaken product of an African American football player and his 16 year old blond princess, until she makes a huge mistake of her own, to Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks, for publication in Fall 2011.
Julie Williams's DRAMA QUEENS IN THE HOUSE, pitched as a La Cage aux Folles-inspired YA, about a girl genius who must thwart her unconventional family's demise in which her mother, her father, and her father's new boyfriend, all live under the same roof, while dealing with her Jehovah's Witness grandmother's prediction of the end of the world, to Nancy Mercado at Roaring Brook Press, in a pre-empt, for publication in Spring 2012 .
Robin Mellom's debut DITCHED, pitched as THE HANGOVER for teens, in which a girl finds herself lying in a ditch the morning after her prom with no memory of the last twelve hours which includes a disappearing prom date, a Tinkerbell tattoo, and a dog-swapping escapade, to Christian Trimmer at Disney-Hyperion, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2012.
Ralph Fletcher's ALSO KNOWH AS ROWAN POHI, in which a 16-year old boy assumes a new identity in a desperate attempt to shed one life and create another, to Dinah Stevenson at Clarion, for publication in Fall 2011
Sherry Shahan's PURPLE DAZE, a provocative free verse novel set 1965 Los Angeles in which six high school students navigate war, riots, love, rock 'n' roll, school, and friendship, to Kelli Chipponeri at Running Press Kids, for publication in Spring 2011.
Janet Gurtler's I'M NOT HER, a twist on MY SISTER'S KEEPER for teens, in which a brainy high school freshman embraces yet resents the shadow of her beautiful, popular, volleyball-scholarship-bound sister, but when the senior is diagnosed with bone cancer, it drastically changes both sisters' lives, to Sourcebooks Fire for publication in Spring 2011.
Varsha Bajaj's COUNT ME IN, in which a 12-year-old girl and the white boy next door become reluctant activists after witnessing a racially charged attack on her traditionally dressed Indian grandfather, and the photos she posts for friends and family go viral, to Nancy Paulsen at Nancy Paulsen Books, for publication in 2019.
Kayla Miller's CAMP, a follow-up to her forthcoming graphic novel debut CLICK in which a girl attends sleep-away camp for the first time but things don't go as planned, to Mary Wilcox at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's, for publication in Spring 2019, by Jill Corcoran and Elizabeth Bennett.
Shaunta Grimes's debut WONDER ROO, pitched as Pippi Longstocking meets My Girl and Waitress, the story of the unlikely friendship between a 12-year-old, who has just moved across the country to Nevada and the adventurous girl next door who rollerskates everywhere, isn't afraid of anything, and can transform herself into Wonder Roo, a superhero version of herself, to Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends, in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2019 with the second book to follow in winter 2020, by Jill Corcoran and Elizabeth Bennett at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency (World).
Judith Rossell's next two illustrated novels in her STELLA MONTGOMERY INTRIGUE series, A GARDEN OF LILIES: IMPROVING TALES FOR YOUNG MINDS and WAKESTONE HALL, to Chren Byng at Harper Australia Children's, for publication in December 2017 and November 2018, by Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency (World ex-NA).
Robin Mellom's CONFESSIONS FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S KID, about a girl whose insider status at school leaves her an outsider among her classmates, to Adah Nuchi at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's
Serena Geddes to illustrate Marguerite Henry's books #3-#7 in the MISTY INN chapter book series, written by Kristin Earhart and inspired by Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague, in which siblings begin their new life on Chincoteague Island, to Karen Nagel at Aladdin, Simon & Schuster.
Gary Urey's VEILED, Book 3 of Secrets of the X-Point, after defeating the doomsday cult, two children have created a new permanent X-Point and must figure out how to hide it forever while at the same time keeping its secret location from the Doctor and his relentless Pursuers, to Jonathan Westmark at Albert Whitman, for publication in Spring 2019,
Gary Urey's EXPOSED, Book Two of Secrets of the X-Point, after destroying the permanent X-Point, two kids must battle a doomsday cult and create a new X-Point to keep the Earth's magnetic poles from flipping and causing massive climatic changes around the globe, to Jonathan Westmark at Albert Whitman, for publication in Spring 2018,
Gary Urey's PURSUED, Book 1 in the SECRETS OF THE POINT series, in which two young teens who possess the ability to teleport anywhere within seconds engage in a global, high-tech game of hide-and-seek against a billionaire madman in a battle over control of everything—money, culture, politics, and power, to Kristin Zelazko at Albert Whitman.
Serena Geddes illustrating JC Jone's RUN, PIP, RUN, to Anna McFarlane at Allen & Unwin.
Bart King's THE DRAKE EQUATION, in which a mysterious disk gives a boy peculiar powers and sweeps him into a storm of intergalactic intrigue, to Tracey Keevan at Disney-Hyperion
Serena Geddes's illustrations for Belinda Murrell's LULU BELL series, to Zoe Walton at Random House Australia, in a 5-book deal for books 9-12 in the series plus a Christmas book (Book 13).
Serena Geddes illustrating WELCOME HOME! and BUTTERCUP Mystery, books #1 & #2 of Marguerite Henry's MISTY INN chapter book series, written by Kristin Earhart and inspired by Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague, in which siblings begin their new life on Chincoteague Island, to Karen Nagel at Aladdin.
SUPER SCHNOZ AND THE SECRET OF STRANGE, the third book in this adventure series featuring a boy with a massive nose who transforms into Super Schnoz, a nostril-flaring, booger-blasting, crime-fighting superhero and works with his friends to defeat evil
Judith Rossell's A GARDEN OF LILIES:IMPROVING TALES FOR YOUNG MINDS and WAKESTONE HALL, the next two books in her STELLA MONTGOMERY INTRIGUE series to Chren Byng, Publisher, HarperCollins Australia Children's Books, World ex-North America.
Judith Rossell's WITHERING-BY-SEA and WOODWORM MIRE, the first two books in the Stella Montgomery Intrigue series, set in Victorian England, in which an inquisitive 11-year old orphan witnesses a man hide a small package for which he is murdered, plunging her into an adventure where she must protect the mysterious package, defy her three dreadful aunts, a hand of glory, a clockwork beetle, an enormous ghostly sea-serpent, and mutton-in-aspic, in order to escape from the murderous stage magician and his thugs, uncover the secret of her own identity, and find her way home, to Reka Simonsen at Atheneum, in a two-book deal, at auction, for publication in Spring 2016.
Kristen Pettit at HarperCollins Children's Books has bought, at auction, North American rights to THE PAGES BETWEEN US and THE PAGES BETWEEN US: IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Lindsey Taylor Leavitt and Robin Mellom, in a two-book deal. Two best friends separated by conflicting middle-school class schedules vow to keep their closeness alive through the pages of a notebook, and its pages become a lifeline, with the power either to bring them together or tear them apart. The first book will publish in 2016. Sarah Davies at the The Greenhouse Literary Agency did the deal for Leavitt, and Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency did the deal for Mellom.
Erin Fry's THE BENEFACTOR, eight high school seniors compete for a college scholarship on a reality show where do-or-die challenges require more than high SAT scores to avoid elimination, to be released as a Kindle Serial in six weekly episodes beginning October 8, 2013 and the trade paperback edition available January 2014, to Marilyn Brigham at Skyscape.
Gary Urey's SUPER SCHNOZ AND THE SNORE SNATCHERS, the second book in this series featuring a boy with a massive nose who transforms into Super Schnoz, a nostril-flaring, booger-blasting, crime-fighting superhero and works with his friends to defeat evil, again to Kelly Barrales-Saylor at Albert Whitman
Australian rights to Serena Geddes's illustrations for Belinda Murrell's LULU BELL series, Books 5-13, again to Zoe Walton at Random House Australia, in a four-book deal
Varsha Bajaj's debut PASSAGE TO BOLLYWOOD, in which an American thirteen year old discovers the father she never knew is a famous Bollywood movie star yet when she travels to India to meet him she must hide her identity from the press for one slip-up could jeopardize his career and their new-found relationship in this PRINCESS DIARIES meets FLIPPED Bollywood-Style, to Kelly Barrales-Saylor at Albert Whitman.
Denise Lewis Patrick's American Girl Books:
A GIRL NAMED ROSA for American Girl and Scholastic
NO ORDINARY SOUND (American Girl, ’16)
NEVER STOP SINGING(American Girl, ’16)
MEET CECILE (American Girl, ’11)
CECILE'S TROUBLES (American Girl, ’11)
CECILE'S GIFT(American Girl, ‘11)
Erin Fry's SECRETS OF THE BOOK, in which a sixth grader receives a book on famous dead people and the code with which he can bring them back to life; only problem is someone else wants this book -- an evil, gun-wielding someone who will stop at nothing to get that book and code in his final step to take over the world, to Marilyn Brigham at Amazon Children's
Serena Geddes's illustrations for Belinda Murrell's LULU BELL series, about the three things that matter most to tween girls: family, friends and pets, to Zoe Walton at Random House Australia, in an four-book deal
ALIEN INVESTIGATION author Kelly Milner Halls' GHOST, documenting credible experts, investigative techniques, case studies and eye witness experiences, to Carol Hinz at Millbrook
Kelly Milner Halls' COURAGEOUS CANINE, featuring a pitbull who lost her leg when she saved her owner from an oncoming train; a pod of dolphins who saved a surfer from a great white shark, and a gorilla who saved a three-year old boy after he fell into the gorilla enclosure at the zoo, to Rebecca Baines at National Geographic Children's (World).
Gary Urey's debut SUPER SCHNOZ AND THE GATES OF SMELL, when a corporation pollutes his school, a boy with a massive nose transforms into Super Schnoz, a nostril-flaring, booger-blasting, crime-fighting superhero and works with his friends to defeat evil, and save their summer vacation, to Kristin Ostby at Albert Whitman (World).
Robin Mellom's THE CLASSROOM, pitched as MODERN FAMILY for middle graders, in which a documentary crew descends on Westside Middle School to chronicle the life of a seventh grader and epic worrier, and his classmates, to Christian Trimmer at Disney-Hyperion, in a six-figure deal, in a 4-book deal, for publication in Summer 2012.
Sherry Shahan's ICE ISLAND, in which a 12-year-old girl who dreams of competing in the grueling 1,049-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race gets lost during a training run in the untamed Alaskan wilderness during a freak snow storm, to Michelle Poploff at Delacorte.
Ralph Fletcher's GUY-WRITE, the first in a series of humorous how-to-write books for middle-graders, to Christy Ottaviano at Christy Ottaviano Books.
Anastasia Suen's chapter book series ALL-STAR CHEERLEADERS, to Kira Lynn at Kane Miller Books, in a four-book deal, for publication in Fall 2011.
Anastasia Suen’s THE ZOMBIE PROJECT writing for Boxcar Children, Albert Whitman.
Erin Fry’s LOSING IT, in which a 13-year old obese teenager, tired of his life of XXL t-shirts and unrequited crushes, and reeling from his father's recent stroke, joins the cross country team to find out if there's more to life than French fries, to Marilyn Brigham at Marshall Cavendish, for publication in Fall 2012.
Jill Corcoran's DARE TO DREAM...CHANGE THE WORLD, an illustrated anthology of biographical and inspirational paired poems that seek to inform, inspire, ignite middle graders to imagine, persevere and to act; the collection contains works by 30 poets, and is slated to be the first in a series of poetry anthologies, to Kira Lynn at Kane Miller, for publication in Fall 2012. Contributing Poets: Alice Schertle, J. Patrick Lewis, Kelly Fineman, Jane Yolen, Ellen Hopkins, Julia Durango, Lee Bennett Hopkins, David L. Harrison, Elaine Magliaro, Lisa Wheeler, Tracie Van Zimmer, Hope Anita Smith, Carol Tanzman, Joan Bransfield Graham, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Laura Purdie Salas, Curtis Crisler, Alan Katz, Rose Horowitz, Marilyn Singer, Joyce Sidman, Hope Vestergaard, Jacqui Robbins, Janet Wong, Stephanie Hemphill, Denise Lewis Patrick, Joyce Lee Wong, Georgia Heard, Jill Corcoran, & Bruce Coville.
Kelly Milner Halls's TIGER IN TROUBLE!: And More True Stories of Animal Rescues, featuring a tiger, an albino bat and an unlikely little primate family, to Rebecca Baines at National Geographic, for publication in Fall 2012.
Debut author/illustrator Lindsay Moore's SEA BEAR, which highlights the consequences of our shrinking ice caps in which a polar bear embarks on her annual swim from ice to shore only to find the trip longer and more treacherous than anticipated, to Virginia Duncan at Greenwillow, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2018 and 2019
Author of IF ANIMALS KISSED GOODNIGHT and IF ANIMALS SAID I LOVE YOU, Ann Whitford Paul's IF ANIMALS SAID MERRY CHRISTMAS and IF ANIMALS WENT TO SCHOOL, illustrated by David Walker, to Janine O'Malley at Farrar, Straus Children's, for publication in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, by Jill Corcoran and Jodell Sadler
Andrea Loney's DOUBLE BASS BLUES, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, celebrating music and family in which a young black boy shoulders his beloved double bass from his suburban school to his city neighborhood, to Erin Clarke at Knopf Children's, for publication in Spring 2019, by Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency for the author (World).
Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt with illustrations by artist and designer Christoph Niemann's ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME, an anthology of 150 original 60-second poems from a large collection of talent, including Dennis Lee, Lemony Snicket, Sharon Creech, Douglas Florian, J. Patrick Lewis, Jack Prelutsky, Jane Yolen, Judith Viorst, Lee Bennet Hopkins, Marilyn Singer, Nancy Willard, Naomi Shihab Nye, Pat Mora, Nikki Grimes, Sonya Sones, X.J. Kennedy, Mary Ann Hoberman and many others, to Susan Rich for Little, Brown Children's.
Karen Boss at Charlesbridge has acquired world rights to the 2016 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award picture book FLYING DEEP written by Michelle Cusolito to be illustrated by Nicole Wong. The story invites young readers to imagine themselves as a pilot of deep-sea submersible Alvin, exploring two miles deep where alien-looking life forms thrive. Publication is planned for summer 2018
Winner of the 2014 Lee and Low New Voices Award Andrea Loney's BUNNYBEAR, in which a bear who believes he's a rabbit leaves his disapproving family den and finds friendship in the form of a rabbit who believes he's a bear, to Kelly Barrales-Saylor at Albert Whitman, for publication in October 2016.
Jennifer Arena's SLEEP TIGHT, SNOW WHITE, starring favorite characters from nursery rhymes and fairy tales, caught in the act of getting ready for a good night's sleep, to Erin Clarke at Knopf Children's.
Claire Lordon's PEEK-A-BOO! I Love You, Baby, searches for who loves little baby panda and who loves you in this Baby's First Look and Find padded board book with mirror on the last page, to Laura Whitaker at pi kids, by Jill Corcoran and Jodell Sadler at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency.
Liz Anelli to illustrate TEN POUND POM, a modern Australian immigration story that is part of the Our Stories series, to Maryann Ballantyne at Black Dog in Australia. (World).
Liz Anelli to illustrate MADDIE'S FIRST DAY, which shares the excitement of going to "big" school, and that's it's okay if you still feel a little bit small, to Linsay Knight at Walker Australia. (World)
Author/illustrator Renee Treml's next 2 unnamed picture books to Kimberley Bennett at Random House Australia. (World)
Author/Illustrator Renee Treml's first 4 books in the MANNERS series to Sarah Mumme at Lake Press (World)
Renee Treml illustrating DADDY, YOU'RE AWESOME TO ME, to Scholastic Australia. (World)
Author/illustrator Renee Treml's ONCE I SAW A LITTLE WOMBAT, to Kimberley Bennett at Penguin Random House Australia. (World)
Renee Treml's WOMBAT BIG, PUGGLE SMALL to Penguin Random House Australia (World)
Renee Treml's LITTLE ROO to Penguin Random House Australia (World)
Renee Treml illustrating MOONDANCE for Scholastic Australia (World)
Renee Treml's GREAT GARDEN MYSTERY to Penguin Random House Australia (World)
Renee Treml's TEN LITTLE OWLS to Penguin Random House Australia (World)
Illustrator Renee Treml's MANNERS board books series, to Sarah Mumme of Lake Press, in a six-book deal. (World)
Kenn Nesbitt's I'M GROWING A TRUCK IN THE GARDEN, a collection of poems that follow one boy through his day as he plays with his friends and creates havoc along the way, to Collins UK (World)
Celia Lee of Scholastic has acquired world rights to Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt's BELIEVE IT OR NOT: MY BROTHER IS A MONSER! in which a boy's brother sneaks home monster after monster until his parents show up. David Slonim will illustrate. Pubbing in 2015.
Jennifer Arena's LADY LIBERTY'S HOLIDAY, about what happens when the Statue of Liberty decides to take a vacation and see America, to Erin Clarke at Knopf Children's, for publication in Spring 2016.
Nancy Inteli of HarperCollins has acquired the first three books in Robin Mellom's HANNAH SPARKLES series, about a happy little girl who helps her down-in-the-dumps neighbor find her inner sparkle. Mellom is the author of the middle-grade series The Classroom and a YA novel, Ditched; these are her debut picture books. Jill Corcoran of the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency did the deal for world rights at auction.
Current US Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt, former US Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, and illustrator Minalima's BIGFOOT IS MISSING!, a book of cryptid poems, in which poetry lurks in newspaper headlines, warnings scrawled in graffiti, billboards and bus benches bellow beware, to Melissa Manlove of Chronicle Children's, for publication in March 2015, by Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency for Nesbitt while still working at Herman Agency and Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown for Lewis (World).
Varsha Baja's THIS IS OUR BABY, BORN TODAY, a celebration of an elephant's birth, to Nancy Paulsen at Nancy Paulsen Books, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal
Jennifer Arena's 100 SNOWMEN, a mathematical rhyming romp with a Where's Waldo artistic twist, to Margery Cuyler at Marshall Cavendish (World).
Kenn Nesbitt's KISS, KISS GOODNIGHT, in which baby animals snuggle in tight with their mothers to say good night, to Celia Lee and Orli Zuravicky at Scholastic (World).
Aimee Reid's MAMA'S DAY WITH LITTLE GREY, in which a baby elephant dreams of growing big while spending a playful day in the forest with his mother, to Jennifer Arena at Random House Children's, for publication in Fall 2013 (World).
Linda Joy Singleton's SNOW DOG, SAND DOG, in which a a girl's imagination does not stop her from loving a dog, well actually 4 dogs, of her very own, to Kristin Ostby at Albert Whitman (World).
ADULT FICTION & NON-FICTION
YouTube and Tumblr artist James Rallison's THE ODD 1'S OUT, a humorous, illustrated guide to growing up, filled with original and fan favorite comics, personal stories, and tips on getting through the little oddities of everyday life, to Amanda Shih at Tarcher Perigee, in an exclusive submission, by Timothy Travaglini at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency (NA).
International plot consultant Martha Alderson's THE PLOT WHISPERER BOOK OF WRITING PROMPTS: EASY EXERCISES TO GET YOU WRITING, a companion to THE PLOT WHISPERER and THE PLOT WHISPERER WORKBOOK, for novels, memoirs and screenplays, to Peter Archer at Adams Media, for publication in January 2013 (World).
International plot consultant Martha Alderson's THE PLOT WHISPERER WORKBOOK, a companion to her THE PLOT WHISPERER, with exercises and tools including her innovative Plot Planner, Scene Tracker and Thematic Bubble Chart with which authors create a detailed plot for their novels, memoirs and screenplays, to Adams Media, for publication in Fall 2012.
International plot consultant Martha Alderson's THE PLOT WHISPERER, in which the author shares her award-winning tips, techniques and multi-sensory approach to plot and the secrets to success for her clientele of best-selling authors, New York editors, and Hollywood movie directors, to Paula Munier at Adams Media, for publication in Fall 2011.
DRAMATIC, AUDIO & FOREIGN RIGHTS
Judith Rossell's A GARDEN OF LILIES:IMPROVING TALES FOR YOUNG MINDS and WAKESTONE HALL, the next two books in her STELLA MONTGOMERY INTRIGUE series to Chren Byng, Publisher, HarperCollins Australia Children's Books, World ex-North America.
Judith Rossell's WITHERING-BY-SEA and WOODWORM MIRE, the first two books in the Stella Montgomery Intrigue series, set in Victorian England, in which an inquisitive 11-year old orphan witnesses a man hide a small package for which he is murdered, plunging her into an adventure where she must protect the mysterious package, defy her three dreadful aunts, a hand of glory, a clockwork beetle, an enormous ghostly sea-serpent, and mutton-in-aspic, in order to escape from the murderous stage magician and his thugs, uncover the secret of her own identity, and find her way home, to HarperCollins Australia Children's Books, World ex-North America and Korea.
Six-time RWA Golden Heart finalist Shelley Coriell's WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE dramatic and merchandise rights to Film Roman.
Martha Brockenbrough's YA debut DEVINE INTERVENTION, in which a guardian angel in a rehabilitation program for wayward souls accidentally kills the girl he's supposed to watch over, fails to get her into heaven, and may or may not cause lasting psychological damage to a squirrel, optioned to Jerry Zucker and Janet Zucker at Zucker Productions (Airplane, Naked Gun, Ghost) with screenwriter Randi Singer (Mrs. Doubtfire) adapting.
Spanish rights to Wendy Higgins's THE GREAT HUNT, to Planeta.
Turkish rights to Jessica Love's IN REAL LIFE, to Pegasus Yayinlari.
German rights to Jessica Love's IN REAL LIFE, to Arena.
Korean rights to Judith Rossell's WITHERING-BY-SEA, to Balgeunmirae.
New York Times Bestselling Sweet Evil/Peril/Reckoning author Wendy Higgins's debut self-published SEE ME, in which a magical girl must battle a Fae princess for the love of her betrothed, a Leprechaun clansman, to Kara Boucher at Tantor Audio
Hebrew rights to Robin Mellom's THE CLASSROOM, to Moan.
Korean rights to Susanne Gervay's BUTTERFLIES, to Jaeum Moeum.
French rights to Robin Mellom's THE CLASSROOM, to Thomas Leclere at La Martiniere/Le Seuil.
Turkish rights to Robin Mellom's THE CLASSROOM, to Epsilon.
Danish rights to Robin Mellom's DITCHED, to Lars Pedersen at Gyldendal Denmark.
German rights to six-time RWA Golden Heart finalist Shelley Coriell's WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE.
French rights to Linda Joy Singleton's MY SISTER THE GHOST series and REGENERATION series, 9 books in all, to Suzanne Turcotte at Ada.
Indian rights to Kenn Nesbitt's untitled poetry anthology, to Good Luck.