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The Big Book of Monsters
In the Spotlight
36477-2.JPGChildren's Books for Fall:
All Our Coverage

Check out our comprehensive A-to-Z listings of publishers' fall offerings for kids and teens! In addition to the listings, we ask a number of publishers and booksellers about the ways they are reaching young readers through subscription boxes. We also take a look at how crowdfunding platforms can boost new book projects. Finally, we profile author Nic Stone, whose forthcoming YA novel, Jackpot, confronts issues of privilege and class. Plus our exclusive spring 2020 Sneak Previews! MORE more_arrow.gif
In the News
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Tim Tingle Book

Author and storyteller Tim Tingle’s forthcoming middle grade book Doc and the Detective is being pulled from publication prior to its release, just weeks after allegations of inappropriate behavior were made against the author by two booksellers. more more_arrow.gif
Book News
64611-2.JPGAngelina Ballerina: Back in the Spotlight
Simon & Schuster is reintroducing the popular Angelina Ballerina series this month with a reissue of the original 1983 Angelina Ballerina picture book, written by Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig. more more_arrow.gif
The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones
On the Scene
64623-1.JPGInaugural IDEA Tank in Photos
Last month, businesswoman and author Lowey Bundy Sichol channeled the spirit of her middle grade series, From an Idea to... , into the first-ever IDEA Tank for children ages eight to 14. Held in Chicago, the Shark Tank-style event offered young pioneers the chance to pitch their concepts to a panel of executives and entrepreneurs. Click through for a selection of photos from the competition. more more_arrow.gif
Reading Report
64615-3.JPGNoteworthy Picture Book and Graphic Novel Sequels: September 2019
Picture book and graphic novel sequels hitting shelves next month include stories about noodle siblings, a trip to Washington, D.C., a snarky blue feline, and more. more more_arrow.gif


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Rights Report
36458-1.JPG Margaret Raymo at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired world rights to On the Horizon, a nonfiction work written in verse by two-time Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, Number the Stars, The Willoughbys, and numerous other books for children and teens. Drawn from Lowry's memories as a child in Hawaii and Japan, as well as from historical research, the book tells the story of soldiers and civilians whose lives were lost or forever altered by the twin tragedies of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. Artist Kenard Pak will illustrate. Publication is planned for April 7, 2020; Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management represented the author, and Kirsten Hall at Catbird Agency represented the illustrator.
36459-1.JPG Meghan Maria McCullough and Arthur Levine at Levine Querido have bought two YA novels by debut author André-Naquian Wheeler. Set in the near future, Second Coming follows Ebb, a teen with a traumatic romantic past; that is, until he meets Manny, an immigrant from Nicaragua who loves him openly⁠—and might also be the son of God. The second book, Like and Subscribe, is a contemporary novel about Hunter, a queer black boy struggling to manage his anxiety, fame, and love life in the face of viral stardom. Publication will begin in 2021; the author represented himself in the deal for world rights.
36460-1.JPG Samantha Gentry at Little, Brown/Poppy has acquired world rights, in an exclusive submission, to Erica George's contemporary YA novel The Edge of Summer. An aspiring marine biologist must navigate first love and the loss of a friend, all while saving humpback whales from entanglement during her summer on Cape Cod. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency negotiated the deal.
36461-1.JPG Erin Clarke at Knopf and Ruth Knowles at Puffin U.K. have bought Gavriel Savit's young adult novel The Way Back, a historical fantasy that follows two Eastern European teens on a journey through the Far Country, the Jewish Land of the Dead. Publication is slated for fall 2020; Catherine Drayton at InkWell Management brokered the deal for world English rights.
36462-1.JPG Jocelyn Davies at Disney-Hyperion has acquired a new middle grade series, Mischief Makers, by Jen Calonita (Fairy Tale Reform School; Royal Academy Rebels), which imagines the origins and youthful misadventures of Disney's most infamous rogue boys: Flynn Rider, Aladdin, Kristoff, and Peter Pan. The first book, The Rise of Flynnigan Rider, is set for spring 2021; Dan Mandel at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates did the deal for world rights.
36463-1.JPG Gina Gagliano at Random House Graphic has bought world rights to a graphic novel adaptation of Jennifer L. Holm's (l.) Newbery Honor-winning middle-grade novel Turtle in Paradise. The book tells the story of Turtle, who goes to live with her aunt and cousins in Florida and finds her life opening up in new and unexpected ways. Savanna Ganucheau will collaborate with Holm on the adaptation, and illustrate. Publication is planned for 2021; Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management represented Holm, and Charlie Olsen at Inkwell represented Ganucheau.
36464-1.JPG Holly West at Feiwel and Friends has acquired world rights, in a three-book deal, to bestselling author Mo O'Hara's (l.) first graphic novel series, Agent Moose, illustrated by Jess Bradley. Anonymoose, a master of disguise, and his trusty sidekick Owlfred foil crimes and crack cases all over the forest, including a suspicious turtle-napping. Book one is scheduled for summer 2020; Gemma Cooper at the Bent Agency represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself.
36465-1.JPG Simon Boughton at Norton Young Readers has bought Shawn Harris's Bad Business, a picture book pitched as a 2019 version of Everyone Poops, framed as a funny whodunit mystery. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Steven Malk at Writers House negotiated the deal for world rights.
36466-1.JPG Doris Kutschbach at Prestel has acquired Yevgenia Nayberg's picture book Mona Lisa in New York, the love story of Mona, the 500-year-old condescending snob, and Tag, a street-wise New York graffiti. Publication is planned for September 2020; Anna Olswanger at Olswanger Literary brokered the deal for world English rights.
36467-1.JPG Liza Kaplan at Philomel has bought North American rights to Australian author-illustrator Jess McGeachin's debut picture book Fly, about a girl named Lucy who has always been good at fixing things, and becomes determined to help when she finds a bird with a broken wing. Publication is set for summer 2021; Allison Hellegers at Rights People negotiated the deal on behalf of Nerrilee Weir at Penguin Random House Australia.
36468-1.JPG Emma Ledbetter at Abrams has acquired, at auction, Bird House and an untitled picture book by Blanca Gómez. The author-illustrator's debut, inspired by a formative childhood experience, is about a girl and her grandmother who find an injured bird and nurse it back to health with a lot of love for the animal and each other. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021, with the second book to follow in spring 2022; Rebecca Sherman at Writers House did the deal for world rights.
36469-1.JPG Christy Ottaviano at Macmillan/Ottaviano has bought author-illustrator Julie Fortenberry's picture book Darcy's First Sleepover, in a two-book deal. Darcy is very excited about her first sleepover, but soon becomes anxious when she discovers things aren't the way they are at home. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Steven Chudney at the Chudney Agency handled the deal for world rights.
36470-1.JPG Kate O'Sullivan at HMH has acquired world rights to Kate Banks's (l.) as-yet-untitled picture book. When a group of woodland animals searches for clues about where a forgotten doll came from, they discover more unfamiliar things—and are reminded of the one true thing that everyone has in common. Galia Bernstein will illustrate; publication is slated for fall 2021. Rick Margolis at Rising Bear Literary Agency represented the author, and Anne Moore Armstrong at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
36471-1.JPG Christian Trimmer at Holt has bought, in an exclusive submission, world rights to Your Future Is Bright by Corey Finkle, with art by Shelley Couvillion. The picture book in rhyming verse celebrates the accomplishments of a group of children and explores the exciting paths the future might hold for them. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Sean McCarthy at Sean McCarthy Literary Agency represented the author, and Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
36472-1.JPG Christina Pulles at Albert Whitman has acquired world rights to Queen of Physics author Teresa Robeson's (l.) new picture book, Bicycles in Beijing, with Junyi Wu illustrating. Side by side, two bikes, Lunzi and Huangche, watch the city from their shop window. But when Huangche is bought, Lunzi begins an epic race around the city to find her friend, introducing readers to the sights of Beijing along the way. Publication is set for spring 2020; Natascha Morris at BookEnds Literary represented the author, and Alex Gehringer at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
36473-1.JPG Julia Sooy at Holt/Godwin has bought world rights to Super Spaghetti, a picture book written by Rebecca Donnelly (l.) and illustrated by Bonnie Lui, about a boy named Fred who acquires superpowers after a mishap with his mother's latest pasta-based mechanical invention. Publication is slated for spring 2021; Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency represented the author, and Nicole Tugeau at Tugeau 2 represented the illustrator.
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Cynthia Compton
Fall Fetes and Folding Tables

A bookseller evaluates the fall harvest of offsite community events and their ability to sell books.

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Elizabeth Bluemle
The Magic of Miniature Books

A book lover’s enchanting rabbit hole to explore.

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Meghan Dietsche Goel
Hey Authors, Let’s Talk!

A bookseller shares lessons learned from navigating the bookseller-author dynamic.

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Kenny Brechner
Autumn’s Portal to Great Books

Autumn reveals to Kenny her top book picks for the fall season.

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Lupita Nyong’o, illus. by Vashti Harrison. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-5344-2536-1

Sulwe, “born the color of midnight,” has close-cropped hair and the darkest skin in her family. When Sulwe’s schoolmates call her names, she endeavors to lighten her skin, and even her mother’s wisdom cannot convince her of her inherent worth. The story draws its power from graceful prose by actress Nyong’o, making her authorial debut, and expertly executed animation-style art by Harrison. more more_arrow.gif


36453-2.JPGstar.gifThe Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come
Sue Macy, illus. by Stacy Innerst. S&S/Wiseman, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4814-7220-3

This inspired pairing of two top picture book biographers tells the story of Aaron Lansky, an “all-American boy” who in college became convinced that Yiddish books represented the “portable homeland” of the Jewish people. With Yiddish dying out after the Holocaust and little mainstream support, Lansky learned the language, then began saving Yiddish books any way he could. more more_arrow.gif


36454-1.JPGstar.gifDear Sweet Pea
Julie Murphy. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $16.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-0624-7307-3

Seventh grader Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco contends with her parents’ divorce, shifting friendships, and newfound self-awareness in this praiseworthy middle grade debut from YA author Murphy. Recruited by her neighbor, eccentric local advice columnist Miss Flora Mae, to manage her mail while she’s out of town, Sweet Pea recognizes the handwriting on one letter and can’t stop herself from opening—and responding to—some of the others. more more_arrow.gif


Nic Stone. Crown, $17.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-984829-62-7

On Christmas Eve, Gas ’n’ Go employee Rico Danger, 17, sells two lottery tickets to a woman with memory troubles. After Rico realizes that one of them may be worth $106 million, she begins obsessing about the winning ticket’s whereabouts. Rico’s mother works too much, mismanages her meager earnings, and refuses to go on Medicaid; Rico handles the family’s finances and works double shifts to make rent. When nobody claims the jackpot, Rico enlists classmate Zan Macklin, a wealthy computer whiz, to help her track down the customer. more more_arrow.gif

August 29, 2019
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Suffragette by By David Roberts
Oscar the Octopus
PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Steve Sheinkin
Jackie De Leo has rejoined Disney Publishing as v-p, Disney Book Group sales. Most recently, she was v-p of merchandising and product management at ReaderLink, and before that was director, sales and product management at Disney Publishing.
Random House Children's Books has one promotion and four new hires. Jocelyn Lange has been promoted to director of international rights and proprietary publishing, from director of international rights. Michelle Kim has been named designer for the brands and licensing team; she had been a designer in the educational resource group at Scholastic. Anika Bates has joined as marketing coordinator for licensed and proprietary brands marketing; previously she was publicity and promotions coordinator for Allied Global Marketing. Saribel Pages has joined as subsidiary rights assistant; she had previously worked at Barnes & Noble. Emily Hoffman has joined as managing editorial assistant.
Anna Bernard has been promoted to publicist at Bloomsbury Children's Books, from associate publicist.
Whitney Berger has been promoted to associate manager, marketing and publicity for Sasquatch's Little Bigfoot imprint, from publicity and marketing coordinator.
36450-1.JPGChildren's Frontlist Fiction
#1 Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney. Click here more_arrow.gif
36451-1.JPGPicture Books
#1 We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. HIggins. Click here more_arrow.gif
Sneak Previews
Take a look ahead at some of the big titles for children and teens due out in spring 2020, from picture books to YA novels, in our exclusive roundup. more more_arrow.gif
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