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In Memoriam
45538-1.JPGKatherine Paterson Remembers
Virginia Buckley

Esteemed children's editor Virginia Buckley died on October 21; here, Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson pays tribute to their long and fruitful editorial relationship. "She was determined for her writers to shine. I loved her wonderful sense of humor and her enormous generosity of spirit," Paterson says. more more_arrow.gif
In Conversation
76222-v3-300x.JPGRachel Cohn and
David Levithan

YA authors and frequent collaborators Rachel Cohn and David Levithan teamed up in 2010 for Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, about two teens who fall in love one Christmas season during a scavenger hunt across New York City. The book kicked off a series, which continued with The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily and the newly released Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily. Today marks the debut of the Netflix original series based on the first book. We asked Cohn and Levithan to interview each other about expanding the story of Dash and Lily and seeing it adapted to the screen. more more_arrow.gif
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In the News
45540-1.JPGExpect the Unexpected from
Enchanted Lion’s 'Unruly' Imprint

After publishing children's books, many in translation, for more than 15 years, Enchanted Lion has announced the spring 2021 debut of Unruly, an imprint dedicated to the expansion of the picture book format to more experimental visual territory and to older age groups. Publisher Claudia Bedrick said, "It is our contention that as human beings and readers, we never age out of pictures." more more_arrow.gif
TV Alert
45541-1.JPG'Alex Rider'
On November 13, British writer Anthony Horowitz’s bestselling YA thriller series, Alex Rider, will expand to include an eight-episode TV show, released on Amazon’s free streaming service IMDb TV. Based on the series' second novel, Point Blank, and updated with a diverse cast and newer technology, the show follows London-based teenager Alex Rider (Otto Farrant), whose Uncle Ian (Andrew Buchan), an MI6 agent, has been subtly training him for the espionage profession since childhood. more more_arrow.gif
Licensing News
45542-1.JPGLicensing Hotline: November 2020
Running Press is publishing a number of Crayola-themed titles, including journals and activity books, in 2020 and beyond. One of the books will be based on the Crayola Experience, the live attractions Crayola oversees at Mall of America and four other locations.

Read on for news about Sesame Street books tied to current events, Bookful's new deal with Mattel, King Features' expansion of Moomin representation rights, new apparel for birthday girl Maisy, and more. more more_arrow.gif
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Q & A
76244-v1-300x.JPGJenna Evans Welch
Jenna Evans Welch has made a name for herself writing books about teens tackling big issues while traveling abroad and falling in love. Her newest novel, Love & Olives, follows a girl named Liv as she reconnects with her estranged father on Santorini, where he is working on a documentary about Atlantis along with his charismatic protégé. Welch spoke with us about her new book and escapist reading.

Q: This is your third armchair travel romance for teen readers. What inspired this series of companion novels?

A: When I was 15 my family moved to Florence, Italy, where I lived for two years. I had grown up in a bubble in Salt Lake City, Utah, so moving to Europe expanded my world in such huge ways. It was so exciting to me to see the world and how much I didn’t know. [This growing awareness] is something that I really like to bring to books for teen readers because I think they’re already in that mindset: excited about what their lives could look like. more more_arrow.gif
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Rights Report
45544-1.JPG Denene Millner at Simon & Schuster/Millner has acquired, in a preempt, Turning by Joy L. Smith. Pitched for fans of Brandy Colbert, this debut YA contemporary novel follows a promising young Black ballerina who must find the strength to confront the past after an injury causes her to reassess her plans for the future. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services brokered the deal for world rights.
45545-1.JPG Holly West at Feiwel and Friends has bought, in an exclusive submission, an untitled YA fantasy duology pitched as Aztec Percy Jackson meets the Hunger Games, where a transgender demigod must enter the Firebearer Trials to save his friends from sacrifice, plus a third YA novel, pitched as "gay Titanic in space," by Aiden Thomas (Cemetery Boys). Publication is planned for fall 2022, fall 2023, and fall 2024; Jennifer March Soloway at Andrea Brown Literary did the mid-six-figure deal for world rights.
45546-1.JPG Krista Marino at Delacorte has acquired, in a six-figure deal, You'd Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow (Girl in Pieces). Inspired by Thornton Wilder's classic play Our Town, the YA novel centers a contemporary small American town and a girl named Emory, who finds herself her brother's keeper after a near-fatal car accident and his return from rehab for opioid addiction, and the many secrets she must keep to hold her world together. Publication is set for fall 2021 with a second, untitled work to follow; Julie Stevenson at Massie and McQuilkin Literary Agents represented the author for world rights.
45547-1.JPG Kaitlin Ketchum at Ten Speed Press has bought world rights to The Comic Book Lesson by Mark Crilley (creator of the Mastering Manga series), a graphic novel that teaches readers how to create comics. The fictionalized narrative incorporates tips and tricks as readers follow the tale of a teenager who learns how to take her story idea and turn it into a real comic book. Publication is slated for summer 2022; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary negotiated the deal.
45548-1.JPG Shaina Olmanson at Lerner/Twenty-First Century Books has acquired world rights to Connie Goldsmith's nonfiction YA Understanding Coronaviruses: SARS, MERS, and the Covid-19 Pandemic, covering topics such as how the pandemic started and spread, symptoms and treatment of Covid-19, terms such as "flattening the curve," and the new normal, with quotes from experts and interviews with healthcare providers and young people. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary brokered the deal.
45549-1.JPG Hannah Allaman at Delacorte has bought Into the Glades, the first middle-grade novel by Laura Sebastian, author of the Ash Princess series. After the death of their father and mentor unleashes a curse on their homeland, four friends must venture across an enchanted swamp in search of a witch who can bring back the dead, confronting fantastical creatures and their own emotional turmoil along the way. Publication is set for fall 2022; John Cusick at Folio Literary Management did the deal for world English rights.
45551-1.JPG Nancy Mercado at Dial has acquired, at auction, Fernanda Frick and Glenn Lazo's debut middle grade graphic novel, Raise the Bar. Sam dreams of becoming Chile's first Olympic gold medalist in weightlifting and leaves home to train at an international athletic center, but must contend with her family's misgivings. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Johanna Castillo at Writers House negotiated the deal for North American English- and Spanish-language rights.
45552-1.JPG Della Farrell at Holiday House has acquired, in an exclusive submission, world rights to Stories of the Islands and another graphic novel by debut author-illustrator Clar Angkasa. Stories of the Islands is based on Indonesian folklore and emphasizes female empowerment. Publication is slated for fall 2023, with the second book planned for spring 2025; the author was unagented.
45553-1.JPG Luana Kay Horry at HarperCollins has bought, in a two-book deal, world rights to Punky Aloha, a picture book series by author-illustrator Shar Tuiasoa, starring Punky, an adventurous Polynesian girl. In the first book, Punky sets out on a quest for butter—her Grandma's banana bread depends on it! Overcoming her fears with a little magic and a lot of aloha, Punky saves the day and makes new friends along the way. Publication for the first book is scheduled for summer 2022; Tuiasoa was unagented.
45554-1.JPG Kelsey Skea at Amazon/Two Lions has acquired, in an exclusive submission, Jessie: Queen of the Road, a picture book by Lindsay Ward, told from the perspective of a motorcycle and inspired by the lives of four women who blazed new trails during the first half of the 20th century with their motorcycles. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Clelia Gore at Martin Literary & Media Management handled the deal for world rights.
45555-1.JPG Erin Clarke at Knopf has bought world rights to Window Fishing, a picture book by recording artist DK Dyson, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Rudy Gutierrez (Double Bass Blues). It tells the story of an overworked artist who learns to not be so cranky when the kid who lives upstairs sends down a paperclip hook attached to a fishing line. Publication is set for 2022; Edward Necarsulmer IV at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner represented the author and the illustrator.
45556-1.JPG Alyson Heller at Aladdin has acquired world English rights to If You Were a Princess, a picture book by Hillary Homzie (l.), illustrated by Udayana Lugo, a nonfiction look at historical and current princesses from many diverse lands who have made their marks on the world. Publication is slated for summer 2022; Victoria Wells Arms at Wells Arms Literary/HG Literary represented the author, and Kate Kendrick at Astound represented the illustrator.
45557-1.JPG Renee Kelly at Penguin Workshop has bought National Jewish Book Award winner Erica Perl's When Carrot Met Cookie, in which Carrot and Cookie confront their differences to discover if a dessert and vegetable can be friends, illustrated by Geisel Honor winner Jonathan Fenske. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Carrie Hannigan at HG Literary represented the author and illustrator for North American rights.
45558-1.JPG Hannah Lambert at Little Simon has acquired world rights to Wake Up, Freight Train by Danna Smith (The Hawk of the Castle), illustrated by Jon Andersen. In this board book, a variety of freight train cars are "woken up" and joined together for a nighttime journey. Publication is set for summer 2021; Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary represented the author, and Katie Wade at Lemonade Illustration Agency represented the illustrator.
45559-v1-300x.JPG Tamar Mays at HarperCollins has bought world rights to Sharice's Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes A Congresswoman, a picture book autobiography by Sharice Davids (l.), with Nancy K. Mays (c.), and illustrated by Ojibwe artist Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley (r.). This picture book follows the story of one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, and the first LGBTQ+ congressperson to represent Kansas. Publication is planned for summer 2021; the authors are unagented, and Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists represented the illustrator.
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45529-1.JPGstar.gifA Story for Small Bear
Alice B. McGinty, illus. by Richard Jones. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-984852-27-4

A mama bear and her cub prepare for hibernation in this gentle seasonal bedtime story by McGinty. When Mama Bear sniffs frost on the air, she says it’s time to start their winter slumber. “Will you tell me stories before we sleep?” requests Small Bear. “If you help—no dilly, no dally,” replies Mama in what becomes a refrain. When at last the duo snuggle into their cozy den, the tale that Mama Bear recounts brings the book to a satisfying full circle. more more_arrow.gif


45530-1.JPGstar.gifThe Midnight Fair
Gideon Sterer, illus. by Mariachiara Di Giorgio. Candlewick, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5362-1115-3

Captivating spreads by Di Giorgio tell a wordless story about a night of magic for a forest’s animal denizens. Golden eyes glow in the dark as the last human closes up a pop-up county fairground and heads out. When he’s gone, two enterprising raccoons throw the big power lever back on, and the animals stream in. Watching a whole forest full of creatures encounter the fair delivers a sheaf of unexpected delights. more more_arrow.gif


45531-1.JPGstar.gifMel Fell
Corey R. Tabor. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-06-287801-4

With Mama Kingfisher temporarily away from the nest, a chick named Mel confidently strides out to the edge of a very high tree branch and announces that she’s going to learn how to fly. “It sure is a long drop,” observes one of her considerably more cautious siblings, which is a cue for the narrative and visual arc of this story by Tabor to take a decidedly funny downward turn. “Hope” may be the thing with feathers, but Mel proves that “gutsy” can be, too. more more_arrow.gif


45532-1.JPGstar.gifStrongman: The Rise of Five Dictators and the Fall of Democracy
Kenneth C. Davis. Holt, $19.99 (272p) ISBN 978-1-250-20564-3

This captivating history of five depraved “strongmen” offers a timely warning about the need to protect democracy. Davis provides absorbing, clearly distilled biographies of Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Mao Zedong, Benito Mussolini, and Joseph Stalin, as well as profiles of their respective dictatorships and atrocities. A fascinating, highly readable portrayal of infamous men that provides urgent lessons for democracy now. more more_arrow.gif


45533-1.JPGstar.gifThe Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World
Lucinda Robb and Rebecca Boggs Roberts. Candlewick, $16.99 (160p) ISBN 978-1-5362-1033-0

This collaboration between friends Robb and Roberts, both scions of political families, dually functions as a well-documented history of the suffrage movement in the U.S. as well as a practical manual for activism. Each of the chapters covers an aspect of how to run a movement, utilizing examples from suffragists’ experiences to bolster explanations of what it takes to mount an effective campaign for change. An inspiring read for aspiring activists. more more_arrow.gif


45534-1.JPGstar.gifThe Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person
Frederick Joseph. Candlewick, $17.99 (272p) ISBN 978-1-5362-1701-8

Gearing this volume toward white people “who want to be better,” Joseph offers anecdotes about his experiences with racism and white supremacy—including the first time he visited a white friend’s house and his first encounter with a security guard at age 11—interlacing them with clear explanations of “the historic and current iniquities and disparities plaguing Black people and people of color as a whole.” Joseph invites and encourages readers to reflect on their own behavior, move toward anti-racism, and implement change. more more_arrow.gif

November 10, 2020
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