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That Monstrous Thing by Amanda Panitch
Michelle Nagler at Random House has bought, in a pre-empt, a debut novel by Amanda Panitch, called That Monstrous Thing; Chelsea Eberly. The book was pitched in the vein of a YA Gone Girl, about a girl who survived her twin brother’s murderous rampage only to discover that her dark secret survived as well. Publication is set for spring 2015; Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House did the two-book deal for world rights. Add to Goodreads.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen has acquired world English rights to Adam Silvera‘s debut novel, More Happy Than Not. Pitched as a YA Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the story follows 16-year-old Aaron Soto’s growing up in the Bronx (where Silvera also grew up), just after the advent of a procedure that folds memories to soften the blow of traumatic experiences – of which Aaron has many. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015. Brooks Sherman of Fine Print Literary Management brokered the deal. Add to Goodreads.
The Trouble with Destiny and My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte Press has bought North American rights to two books by Lauren Morrill, author of Meant to Be. In the first book, The Trouble with Destiny, described as Pitch Perfect meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream on a cruise, a drum major must save her school band and navigate romantic disasters when their ship gets stranded at sea. In My Unscripted Life, a sarcastic girl finds herself falling for a celebrity who is filming his next movie in her small town. Publication is planned for fall 2015 and fall 2016, respectively. Stephen Barbara at Foundry Literary + Media did the deal on behalf of Paper Lantern Lit. Add to Goodreads.
Your Machine Anatomy by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson
Tamra Tuller at Chronicle has bought world rights to Your Machine Anatomy by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson. The YA novel follows the unlikely friendship of two young women forged via fan fiction and message boards, and is told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts. Publication is planned for 2016; John M. Cusick of Greenhouse Literary brokered the deal. Add to Goodreads.
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
Beverly Horowitz at Delacorte Press has acquired Teresa Toten’s The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, winner of Canada’s Governor General’s Award. Pitched as Eleanor & Park meets The Rosie Project, the story combines romance and whodunit elements but also features teens dealing with OCD. Publication is set for spring 2015; Marie Campbell at the Transatlantic Agency did the deal. Add to Goodreads.
All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
Wendy Lamb at Random House has acquired U.S. rights, at auction, to We Are All Made of Molecules and an untitled YA novel by Susin Nielsen, winner of Canada’s Governor General’s Award. The story is told by brilliant but socially challenged Stewart, 13, and Ashley, mean queen of the ninth grade. Stewart’s mother died two years ago, and he has just moved into the home of his father’s new girlfriend and her daughter – Ashley. Publication is scheduled for spring 2015; Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists was the agent. Add to Goodreads.
Tansy Summer by Amber Kizer
Stacey Barney at Putnam has acquired North American rights to Tansy Summer, YA author Amber Kizer‘s first foray into middle grade. After she is sent away from her home, Tansy, a selective mute, gains the confidence to speak again through a friend, her loving aunt and uncle, and a project raising free-range chickens. Publication is set for summer 2015. Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio negotiated the two-book deal. Add to Goodreads.
Invincible Wild by Jessica Taylor
Alison Weiss at Egmont USA has bought debut author Jessica Taylor‘s YA novel, Invincible Wild. In the story, a teenage girl from a family of Wanderers must choose between the rambling way of life she’s always known and the townie boy she falls. Publication is set for fall 2015; Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights. Add to Goodreads.
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonne-Sue Hitchcock
Wendy Lamb at Random House has acquired The Smell of Other People’s Houses, a debut YA novel of interlocking stories set in 1970s Alaska by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, a third-generation Alaskan and journalist for Alaska Public Radio. Cassie misses her father, lost in a plane crash. Her sister Ruth has a secret. Hank and his brothers have stowed away on a ferry that will put them all in danger. And Dumpling Moses is missing, but no one will find Dumpling until these teens – and others – put their stories together. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015. Molly Ker Hawn of the Bent Agency did the deal for USCPOM rights. Add to Goodreads.
Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel
Margaret Raymo at HMH has bought North American rights to a new YA novel by Anne Heltzel, a former editor at Razorbill. Charlie, Presumed Dead is the story of two teenage girls who meet at the funeral of Charlie Pryce, presumed dead after an explosion on a college campus. When the girls realize they both thought they were Charlie’s one true love, the secrets of his double life are unraveled – and it’s possible they’ve walked into a trap he’s laid for them. Publication is scheduled for spring 2015; Stephen Barbara at Foundry Literary + Media did the deal. Add to Goodreads.
Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers
Jill Davis at HarperCollins’s Katherine Tegen Books preempted North American rights to two books by debut novelist Jackie Lea Sommers, in a six-figure deal. The first novel, Truest, will be published in 2016 and tells the story of Westlin, a pastor’s daughter, and her complicated relationships with Silas, a young writer new to town, and Laurel, his mysterious twin sister. It’s billed as a novel of “summer love, small-town secrets, and the darker side of philosophy.” Steven Chudney from the Chudney Agency brokered the deal. Add to Goodreads.
dotwav by Mike A. Lancaster
Alison Weiss at Egmont has acquired dotwav, a YA sci-fi thriller by Mike A. Lancaster (Human.4 and The Future We Left Behind). In the book, a female hacker joins forces with a member of a secret teen government agency to uncover a sound embedded in music that’s being used to control fans. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; Becky Bagnell at Lindsay Literary negotiated the deal for North American rights. Add to Goodreads.
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by Various (anthology)
Jessica Garrison at Dial bought world rights at auction to a YA horror anthology, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. The collection features a large number of authors, including April Tucholke, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Kami Garcia, Carrie Ryan, Nova Ren Suma, A.G. Howard, Cat Winters, Stefan Bachman, Jay Kristoff, Kendare Blake, McCormick Templeman, and Megan Shepherd, and tells tales of gritty girls fighting back, seeking revenge, and claiming their victims. Publication is planned for fall 2015; Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media brokered the deal for world rights. Add to Goodreads.
The 8th Continent by Matt London
Gillian Levinson at Razorbill acquired world rights to The 8th Continent, first in a middle-grade series by debut author Matt London. The story – pitched as Despicable Me meets Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego? – follows a brother and sister who are working to turn the Great Pacific Garbage Patch into a utopic eighth continent where their family can start afresh and plants and animals can thrive. To do so, however, they must outwit bumbling bureaucrats and the villainous Condo Corp, who want to take the eighth continent for themselves in order to create New Miami. The first book is set for September 2014; Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger negotiated the three-book deal. Add on Goodreads.
The Oakwood All-Out Yard War and The Tidings Tree by Taylor Kitchings
Wendy Lamb at Random House bought two middle-grade novels by debut author Taylor Kitchings. The Oakwood All-Out Yard War, scheduled for publication in fall 2015, is set in Mississippi in 1964. When 12-year old Trip Westbrook invites his housekeeper’s son Dee to play ball in their front yard, their game reveals the angry racism simmering in their town. The Tidings Tree, to be published in fall 2016, takes place two years later and is told by Trip’s younger sister. Molly Ker Hawn of the Bent Agency held the auction for North American rights. Add to Goodreads.
Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas
Nancy Conescu at Dial has acquired Confessions of an Imaginary Friend, a middle-grade novel by Michelle Cuevas. Nobody likes Jacques Papier besides his sister; when he comes across a cowgirl at the park and she informs him that he’s an imaginary friend, just like her, Jacques’s world is forever changed. It’s scheduled for publication in 2015; Emily van Beek of Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management negotiated the deal for world English rights. Add to Goodreads.
The Poet’s Daughter by Garrett Freymann-Weyr
Sarah Dotts Barley at HarperCollins has bought Printz-Honor winner Garret Freymann-Weyr‘s first foray into middle-grade fiction, The Poet’s Daughter. It tells the story of a young girl and an old dragon who meet in a hotel bar in Vienna and develop an instant camaraderie – and together learn how to live in the space between how the world is and how we wish it would be. Publication is scheduled for 2015; Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties did the two-book deal for North American rights. Add to Goodreads.
A Better Kind of Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
Nick Eliopulos at Scholastic has acquired A Better Kind of Truth and a second, untitled middle-grade novel from debut author Dan Gemeinhart. When Mark discovers that his childhood illness has returned, he runs away with his dog rather than go back into treatment. Only after turning his back on everything he knows does he find the will to live and the strength to fight – but is it too late? Publication is planned for spring 2015. Pam van Hylckama Vlieg at Foreword Literary did the deal for world rights; Foreword retains film and TV rights, which are being managed by Brandy Rivers of the Gersh Agency. Add to Goodreads.
Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den by Aimee Carter
Catherine Onder at Bloomsbury U.S. and Ellen Holgate at Bloomsbury U.K. have acquired world English rights in a combined six-figure pre-empt to Simon Thorn, an action-adventure middle-grade fantasy series by Aimee Carter, author of YA novel The Goddess Test. Simon Thorn is a bullied 12-year-old boy who discovers he is part of a secret race of humans born with the ability to turn into animals, and who may be the key to peace among five warring animal kingdoms. The first title, Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den, is scheduled for a simultaneous U.S./U.K. publication in fall 2015. The three-book deal was brokered by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio in the U.S., and Alex Webb of Rights People in the U.K. on behalf of Stimola. Add to Goodreads.
Which of these YA and MG titles are you most excited about?
**All rights reports are taken directly from PW**