Monday, 29 May 2017

Publisher's Weekly

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PW Children's Bookshelf: Breaking children's and YA publishing news, author interviews, bestsellers lists and reviews.
Magination Press: Self-Help Books for Kids... and the Adults in Their Lives
In the Spotlight

Next week, the book publishing community will gather at New York City's Javits Center for the annual BookExpo convention. We've rounded up all the highlights of the many children's book events, appearances, booths, giveaways, and more.

BookExpo 2017:
A Children’s Books Guide

Here is our guide to the children’s book-focused programming—from Editors’ Buzz Panels to author talks, and more—that attendees can look forward to next week. more

Children's Authors
Take the Stage

The figurative curtain will go up on a lively lineup of stage events, including panel discussions exploring a wide range of genres and topics in children's publishing. Attendees will hear from both emerging and award-winning writers and illustrators. Here’s a look at who will be talking about what, and when and where. more

Around the Booths: Autographings and Appearances
Children’s booksellers will have ample opportunity to find authors autographing books at their publishers’ booths—where they’ll also find goodies to grab. Here’s a sampling of some of the in-booth signings taking place. more

Children’s Galleys to Grab
In case you missed it last week, see highlights from the coming season of children's titles, including new works from many favorite and bestselling middle grade and YA authors, to be showcased at BookExpo. more

Win a copy of Joëlle Anthony's new middle grade novel 'A Month of Mondays'!
Q & A
Cassandra Clare and
Karen Wojtyla

In the 10 years since the publication of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, Clare and her editor, Karen Wojtyla, have worked together to build a world that’s captivated millions of readers. With a 10th anniversary edition of City of Bones releasing in November, and Lord of Shadows, second in the Dark Artifices series, hitting shelves this week, Clare and Wojytla spoke with PW about their relationship and keeping track of the vast Shadowhunters world.

Q: What have been some of the challenges of creating a cohesive fantasy world?

Clare: The foundation of every fantasy world is the same as that of every book’s world. The characters must feel real and relatable, and face conflicts that feel true to life, even if there are demons and warlocks and faeries involved. more

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On the Scene
A Day of Accolades at Bank Street
Bank Street College hosted its annual ceremony for the recipients of two prestigious prizes on May 18: the Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature and the Cook Prize for Excellence in Presenting STEM Principles. more

PW KidsCast: Listen Now
Jerry Spinelli, Marcus Pfister, Kwame Alexander, Maggie Stiefvater, A.S. King, David Shannon, Matthew Reinhart, Jewell Parker Rhodes – listen to these and other top writers and artists discuss their new books for children and teens in the PW KidsCast podcast. Click here to listen.
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Rights Report
Holly West at Feiwel and Friends has acquired in a three-book deal Jason Henderson's Young Captain Nemo. Pitched as Percy Jackson goes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the book stars the 12-year-old descendant of the original Captain Nemo who, armed with fantastical undersea tech, works to make the ocean a safer place one adventure at a time. The first book is scheduled for winter 2019; Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary did the deal for world English rights.
Becky Herrick at Sky Pony Press has bought Anna Hecker's When the Beat Drops, a YA novel pitched as This Song Will Save Your Life meets Pitch Perfect at an EDM festival. It follows a diehard jazz nerd who discovers a passion and talent for DJing and tries to save her troubled sister while navigating a rocky relationship with an older guy. Publication is planned for spring 2018; Eric Smith at P.S. Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Ben Rosenthal at HarperCollins/Tegen has acquired, in a three-house auction, author Lauren Magaziner's Case Closed series. This choose-your-own-adventure-style middle grade series, which contains logic and math puzzles, follows two kids with complementary strengths (and a tag-along younger brother) who step in to solve mysteries for an ailing parent's detective agency. Publication of book one, Mystery in the Mansion, is slated for summer 2018; Brianne Johnson at Writers House brokered the three-book deal for world rights.
Rachel Stark at Sky Pony Press has bought an LGBTQ historical YA novel by Miriam McNamara, Winging It, set right after the Wall Street crash of 1929, featuring lady pilots, a barnstorming circus, wing walkers, and a look at gender roles and the spaces queer girls carve out for themselves. Publication is set for fall 2018; Linda Epstein at Emerald City Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Tiffany Liao at Henry Holt has acquired at auction K.D. Halbrook's Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races plus an untitled sequel, a middle grade fantasy about a young desert-dweller whose dreams of becoming a water dragon racer come true when she befriends a rare dragon that can swim and fly. Publication of the first book is scheduled for spring 2019; Brent Taylor at the Triada US Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.
Virginia Duncan at Greenwillow has bought author Erin Entrada Kelly's debut fantasy, The Girl with Golden Feet, inspired by Filipino folklore, about a 12-year-old girl who must fight unavenged spirits, shark-finned mermaids, hills made of horns, and a vicious bird-woman, with only a single bag of salt as a weapon, in a quest to conquer life's good fortunes; as well as an untitled historical novel, based on the Challenger disaster. The books will publish in spring 2019 and spring 2020, respectively; Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Liz Kossnar at Simon & Schuster has acquired world rights to a debut novel by Quinn Sosna-Spear. Pitched as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets American Gods, The Mortician's Son follows 12-year-old Walter's travels in the stolen family hearse, through towns where people dress as fish, worship bees, and dig for living rocks, en route to meet the infamous inventor who mentored his father. Publication is planned for fall 2018; John M. Cusick at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management brokered the deal.
Amy Cloud at Aladdin has bought The Farley Project by Jan Gangsei, a middle grade story about a boy who, in his eagerness to impress a girl newly arrived in town, accidentally brings a tiny internet guru into existence and embarks on “Seven Steps to a Whole New You,” a self-improvement program with embarrassing consequences. Publication is set for spring 2019; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary did the deal for North American rights.
Katherine Harrison at Knopf has acquired in a four-house auction Caldecott Honor-winner Lauren Castillo's Our Friend Hedgehog, an illustrated chapter book about Hedgehog, her best friend Mutty, Anika May, and several forest friends, on their first adventure, and its sequel. Publication is slated for fall 2019; Paul Rodeen of Rodeen Literary Management negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.
Robin Herrera at Oni Press has bought world rights to Ghoul School: Lee Lim's First Day, an early reader graphic novel written by Annie Mok and illustrated by Jack Gross. Budding witch Lee Lim is all set to start their first day at Ghoul School, but when weird things keep happening, Lee gets blamed. Is it their magic causing all the mayhem, or something else? Publication is scheduled for fall 2018; Jen Linnan at Linnan Literary Management represented both the author and the artist.
Dinah Stevenson at Clarion has acquired North American rights to Dorothia Rohner's (l.) I Am Goose, a picture book featuring brash, irresistible Goose who doesn't understand why he isn't the star in a game of Duck, Duck, Goose. Vanya Nastanlieva will illustrate; publication is planned for fall 2018. Laura Biagi at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency represented the author, and Frances McKay at Frances McKay Illustration represented the illustrator.
Christy Ottaviano at Macmillan/Ottaviano has acquired world rights to Emily Writes, a picture book biography of Emily Dickinson, written by Jane Yolen (l.) and illustrated by Christine Davenier. The book is slated for 2019; Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown represented the author and Studio Goodwin Sturges represented the illustrator.
Ariel Richardson at Chronicle Books has bought Mark Rogalski's board book, Make Me a Monster. In this novelty book of rhymes, a series of pop-up elements allow the reader to bring a monster to life with each turn of a flap. It's slated for publication in spring 2019; Lori Nowicki at Painted Words negotiated the deal for world rights.
To see all of this week's deals, click here.

From the New Yorker:
The Children's Authors Who Helped Us Grow Up. Click here
From Entertainment Weekly:
Shannon and Dean Hale to write mashup of Monster High and Ever After High. Click here
From the Scotsman:
Harry Potter fans are risking their lives on famed rail track. Click here
From Entertainment Weekly:
Nicola Yoon explains how her cameo almost went wrong. Click here
From Literary Hub:
Why We Do Need Another Adaptation of Little Women. Click here
From the Guardian:
Ten Things Anne of Green Gables Taught Me. Click here
From the Bookseller:
Anthony Horowitz's U.K. publisher says it did not warn author off creating black character. Click here
From the Detroit News:
Jack White pens children's book based on White Stripes song. Click here
From the New York Times:
Drag Queen Story Hour Puts the Rainbow in Reading. Click here
From Brightly:
Four Truths About Reading I Learned from My Children. Click here

Leslie Hawkins
Kindness: Pass It On
Picture books that inspire and empower children to help others and make the world a more beautiful place.
Venturing into the world of chapter-a-night stories.
An exit interview with a favorite staffer!
Spinning our way through the latest fidget fad in the bookstore.
Animals Hide and Sneak
Bastien Contraire. Phaidon, $9.95 (26p) ISBN 978-0-7148-7422-7

“One of these things is almost like the others,” begins this stylish spot-the-different board book, first in a series spun off of Contraire’s picture book, Undercover. Children may not have trouble spotting the out-of-place animal or object, but the book’s real delights come from contemplating the visual or thematic reasons why it’s there. more
Someone Like Me
Patricia MacLachlan, illus. by Chris Sheban. Roaring Brook/Porter, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-62672-334-4

MacLachlan’s incantatory picture book memoir draws readers in from its first words: “If you were a little girl/ who listened to stories/ over and over/ and over...” The author journeys through her past to see what made her the person she became. more
The Doorman's Repose
Chris Raschka. New York Review Children’s Collection, $17.95 (184p) ISBN 978-1-68137-100-9

Eccentricities run rampant in Raschka’s fiction debut, which introduces the residents (both human and mouse) of 777 Garden Avenue, an apartment building on New York City’s Upper East Side. The 10 stories, introduced by Raschka’s customary fauvist artwork, create a vibrant patchwork portrait of an interconnected community. more
Alan Gratz. Scholastic Press, $16.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-545-88083-1

Gratz skillfully intertwines the stories of three protagonists seeking asylum with their respective families. Twelve-year-old Josef is fleeing Nazi Germany on a ship headed for Cuba in 1939; in 1994, 11-year-old Isabel leaves Cuba for the United States aboard a boat; and 12-year-old Mahmoud leaves Syria in 2015 after a bomb destroys his family’s apartment building. more
May 23, 2017
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Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney
Books That Drive Kids CRAZY! by Beck & Matt Stanton
PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell
Elizabeth Bennett has joined Jill Corcoran Literary Agency as an editorial agent. Most recently, Elizabeth was executive editor, franchise publishing at HMH Books for Young Readers.
Olivia Swomley has joined Workman as an associate editor in the children's group. She was previously an editorial assistant at HarperCollins.
In the Winners' Circle

The recipients of the 2016 Nebula Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. The winner of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy is Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine. The Nebula Awards are voted on by members of SFWA for outstanding science fiction and fantasy. For the complete list of winners, click here.
Mark Your Calendar
The ABC Children’s Group at ABA and the Children’s Book Council will host the Silent Art Auction and the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards Announcement in a joint program at BookExpo on Wednesday, May 31 at the Javits Center in New York City. The event will benefit American Booksellers for Free Expression and Every Child a Reader. Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will serve as honorary chair. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Children's Frontlist Fiction
#1 The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan. Click here
Picture Books
#1 Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. Click here
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BookExpo's Librarians' Lounge 2017
New York Rights Fair Set for Spring 2018
The inaugural New York Rights Fair will run May 30 – June 1, 2018, and will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. The three-day fair will cover rights sales negotiation and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film, and digital channels. more »
Scribd Reports 500K Subscribers, Adds Newspaper Content
Online subscription service Scribd marks a year of profitability by revealing the size of its subscriber base and adding access to selected newspaper articles to its content library. more »
Bookseller Charity Raises $224,000
All Big Five publishers have made significant contributions to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation this year, prompted by authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson. more »
Win an iPad Loaded with 7 E-books!
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The second book in the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series
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BookCon 2017 Registration
John Pitts has been promoted to v-p and executive director of marketing at Doubleday.
Judy Jacoby has been promoted to v-p and creative marketing director at Doubleday.
Lauren Weber has been promoted to assistant marketing director at Doubleday.
Sarah Engelmann has been promoted to marketing manager at Doubleday.
Hannah Engler has joined Doubleday as marketing assistant.
Kate Mills, v-p of contracts, will retire from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt effective June 1, and can be contacted at
Jackie Sassa has been promoted to lead sales coordinator for national accounts at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Olivia Wilson has been promoted to sales manager, for specialty retail and international at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Cheryl Dickemper has been promoted to director of school supply and reference sales at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Michelle Jasmine has been promoted to assistant director of publicity at Random House.
The NPD Group
Appeals Court Orders Expedited Hearing in ReDigi Case
The order, issued by Denny Chin, the judge who presided over Google’s library book scanning litigation, could mean oral arguments in the copyright case could be heard this summer. more » »
Indie Scouting Report: May 2017
A monthly look at the best-reviewed self-published titles from BookLife authors. more » »
Bookstore News: May 23, 2017
A Wilmington bookstore goes on the block; a Nashville store expands; an appreciation of a Minnesota used bookstore; and more. more » »

News Briefs

B&T Global Publishers Services and S&S India Enter Distribution Agreement
Through its new agreement with Simon & Schuster India, Baker & Taylor will be able to locally stock titles for optimal distribution into the Indian marketplace, including to key online retailers. more » »
Lerner to Distribute Lantana
Lerner Publisher Services has announced a new partnership with Lantana Publishing to be their exclusive distributor in the U.S. and Canada, effective August 2017. more » »
Barrs In at Hachette, Hulsebosch Transitions to Black Dog
Michael Barrs will join the Hachette Books division as marketing director, effective May 30, and Betsy Hulsebosch’s role as marketing director will now shift to the Black Dog & Leventhal list. more » »
S&S Launches Summer Reading Campaign
Simon & Schuster is launching the #WhatBeachWhatBook campaign, which will run through Labor Day weekend and use digital and in-person methods of introducing the publisher's books to new readers. more » »

What Amazon Charts Means for You: Amazon’s new rating system for the book market is seeking to challenge the decades-long dominance of the 'New York Times' bestseller status.
Elizabeth Warren's Book Advance: Senator Warren banked a $200,000 advance for her latest book, according to her newly filed Senate financial disclosure forms.
Tales of the Mysterious Bookshop: Is Otto Penzler the most important figure in the history of mystery fiction who’s never written a mystery story?
Polish Poetry, American Resistance: After President Donald Trump was elected on November 8, many sought out poetry—and Polish poetry in particular.
One Hundred Years of Success: When Gabriel García Márquez’s most famous novel was published, it faced a difficult publishing climate and baffled reviews. 50 years later, it's a classic.

PW Bestsellers

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List
'Option B' by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant is the #1 title on PW's adult hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
PW Daily Review of the Day

'The Origins of Cool in Postwar America' by Joel Dinerstein
"Dinerstein traces the trajectory of the notion of American cool through the cultural milieu of the 1920s through the early 1960s, emphasizing its deep associations with jazz culture." more » »


Kindness: Pass It On
Leslie Hawkins
Picture books that inspire and empower children to help others and make the world a more beautiful place.


Launching a Novel at Your Own Bar
Bar owner and debut novelist Karl Geary celebrated the imminent publication of 'Montpelier Parade' (Catapult) with his publisher and friends on May 17 at his watering hole, Scratcher Café, in New York. The novel has been longlisted for the U.K.'s Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction; Geary, born in Dublin, now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Pictured here (from l. to r.): Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation; Katie Raissian, editor of 'Stonecutter Journal'; Jonathan Lee, senior editor at Catapult, who acquired the book; Amy Lee, strategy director at Wolff Olins; Erin Kottke, director of publicity at Catapult; Alex Hoyt, editor of Amtrak's new magazine, 'The National'; and Geary.

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PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell
Nominations Are Now Open for the 3rd Annual PW Star Watch Award
The BookLife Prize - Enter Now


The new feature, called Amazon Charts, includes two weekly lists. One details the retailer's top 20 titles sold (across all of its platforms), and the other highlights the 20 most read (or listened to) books. more

This year’s annual gathering of the book world in America, newly rebranded and shortened, will have a few twists. more

The former First Daughter makes her picture book debut with 'She Persisted,' a collective biography of 13 women whose perseverance paved the way for their achievements. more

Demand for graphic novels and comics keeps growing in libraries, with patrons requesting titles in both print and in digital formats. more

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In the Spotlight
In the Age of Conventions,
YA Fans Rule

Increasingly, marketing YA books means meeting fans where they’re at—online—and at festivals and conventions across America. We spoke with a number of publishers about the ways that fandom is driving YA fiction in new directions. more

In the News
New Amazon Buy Button Program
Draws Ire of Publishers, Authors

A new program from Amazon, which allows third-party re-sellers to feature the main buy button on book pages, is drawing a range of reactions from those across the publishing industry. Some fear the program has the potential to "decimate authors' and publishers' earnings," especially on backlist books. more

Enter to Wn a Set of 5 Galleys from Penguin Young Readers!
Peter Spier
Caldecott Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Peter Spier died on April 27 in Port Jefferson, N.Y., at the age of 89. Spier’s work has often been lauded for its accurate detail and intricate line drawings, which reflected the careful research he did for each project. more

Book News
‘Baby University’ Offers
Early Admission

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky is currently enrolling toddlers and their parents in Baby University, a board book series by Chris Ferrie that uses simple explanations and bold pictures to introduce complex science concepts. The series kicks off this month with four books that underscore its mission “to treat babies like the geniuses they are." more

Canadian Report
Children’s Author Opens Seasonal Bookstore in Nova Scotia
It might be the only bookstore in Canada where you can look out the window and see horses, free-range hens, lambs, and a donkey. On July 3, in the small community of River John, Nova Scotia, longtime children’s book author Sheree Fitch will be opening a seasonal bookstore: Mabel Murple’s Book Shoppe & Dreamery, named after the author’s 1995 children’s book. more
On the Scene
A Landmark Year for ‘Larry Gets Lost’
This year marks the 10th anniversary of author and illustrator John Skewes’s Larry Gets Lost, a picture book series for young armchair travelers. Little Bigfoot commemorated the publishing milestone with a national storytime tour and more. See highlights from the celebration here. more

Win a Kissing Hand Prize Pack!
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Rights Report
Caitlyn Dlouhy at S&S/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books has acquired four untitled novels by National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King Award–winner Jason Reynolds. Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties negotiated the seven-figure deal for North American rights.
Hali Baumstein at Bloomsbury has bought at auction, in a two-book deal, a debut fantasy series by Mimi Yu. The first book, The Girl King, is set in a world inspired by East and North Asian history, about an exiled princess fighting to reclaim the throne from her younger sister with the reluctant help of a shapeshifting boy whose family was killed by the empire. Publication is slated for spring 2019; Beth Phelan at the Bent Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.
Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen has acquired North American rights to Tom Pollock's White Rabbit, Red Wolf, a YA thriller described as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time meets John Le Carré, about a teen math prodigy with an extreme anxiety disorder who finds himself caught in a web of lies and conspiracies after an assassination attempt on his mother. Publication is set for August 2018; Walker Books is publishing the U.K. edition in February 2018. Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary negotiated on behalf of Nancy Miles at Miles Stott Children's Literary Agency.
T.S. Ferguson at Harlequin Teen has bought Belly by Hillary Monahan, writing as Eva Darrows. Pitched as Juno meets Gilmore Girls, the book follows a 16-year-old biracial Hispanic girl who moves to a new town with her mother and must navigate a new school, a new guy, and the tiny human growing inside of her. Publication is planned for summer 2018; Miriam Kriss at the Irene Goodman Agency did the deal for world rights (excluding Italy).
Erica Finkel at Abrams has acquired Rachael Allen's YA novel, A Taxonomy of Love. Pitched as One Day meets I'll Give You the Sun, the book follows a boy with Tourette Syndrome who's in love with the girl next door—only she's dating his older brother. The story is told through snapshots spanning seventh grade to the summer after senior year. Publication is scheduled for spring 2018; Susan Hawk at Upstart Crow brokered the deal for world English rights while at the Bent Agency.
Alvina Ling at Little, Brown has bought These Unclosed Few by Dawn Kurtagich, author of The Dead House. Based on the legend of Faustus and set in the Welsh mountains, the story explores the events that took place in an ancient mill house where a centuries-old evil connects three girls across the centuries. Publication is slated for fall 2018; Sarah Davies and Polly Nolan at Greenhouse Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
Maggie Lehrman at Abrams/Amulet has acquired world English rights to Laurie Morrison's solo debut, Up for Air. The novel stars 13-year-old Annabelle, a struggling student and star swimmer, who is thrilled when she gets called up to the high school summer team and attracts the attention of an older boy. But when she finds herself alienated from her closest friends, she has to figure out what her true strengths are and where she really fits. The book is planned for spring 2019; Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties did the deal.
Michelle Frey at Knopf has bought world rights to Gwen and the Clan MacDougall by Jeanne Birdsall, a new middle grade novel from the author of the Penderwicks series, in which a girl named Gwen must help beleaguered Scottish fairies find a new home in Boston, leading to a summer of marvels and excitement. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Barbara S. Kouts at Barbara S. Kouts Literary Agency brokered the deal.
Christy Ottaviano at Macmillan/Christy Ottaviano has acquired world rights to Underbelly: King of the Mole People, a debut illustrated middle-grade humor series pitched as Troll Hunters meets Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, by Paul Gilligan, creator of the syndicated cartoon Pooch Café. The first book is set for 2019, with the second following in 2020; the author represented himself.
Cassandra Pelham and David Saylor at Scholastic/Graphix have bought, in a five-house auction, Glitch by Sarah Graley, a graphic novel debut pitched as Nimona meets Ready Player One for middle-grade readers. It features 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. It's slated for spring 2019; Scholastic UK will publish simultaneously. Steven Salpeter at Curtis Brown Ltd. did the deal for world English rights.
Steve Geck at Sourcebooks has acquired North American rights to The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and another untitled middle-grade novel by Deborah Abela. The first book is about a shy girl whose family helps her to follow her dreams of being on a televised spelling bee. Publication is scheduled for spring 2018; Allison Hellegers at Rights People negotiated on behalf of Penguin Random House Australia.
Joanna Cárdenas at Viking has bought, in a 10-house auction, author-illustrator Anna Kim's Danbi, a debut picture book about an immigrant child's first day at school in a new country and how she navigates between her two cultures with ingenuity and optimism. Publication is planned for summer 2019; Steven Malk at Writers House brokered the two-book deal for world rights.
Kate Fletcher at Candlewick has acquired author-illustrator Hyewon Yum's picture book, Saturday Is Swimming Day, in which a girl learns that when trying something new, a little bravery—and a lot of patience—can be all you need to face your fear. Publication is set for spring 2018; Sean McCarthy at Sean McCarthy Literary Agency handled the deal for world English rights.
Nancy Paulsen at Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books has bought world rights to The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra illustrator Ana Aranda's first solo picture book, an as-yet-untitled exploration of the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition. Publication is slated for fall 2019; Adriana Domínguez at Full Circle Literary negotiated the deal.
Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired Sincerely, Buster, a new picture book from author-illustrator Jessica Olien, about a dog who learns to write and starts corresponding with his owner about what he really wants. Publication is scheduled for winter 2020; Molly Jaffa at Folio Literary brokered the deal for world rights.
Jessica Echeverria at Lee & Low has bought world rights to Marsha Diane Arnold's (l.) Galápagos Girl, a picture book about a girl who lives on one of the Galápagos islands, and the various species of the island that provide her with friendship and inspiration. Pura Belpré Honor recipient Angela Dominguez will illustrate; publication is planned for fall 2018. Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary represented the author and Linda Pratt at Wernick & Pratt Agency represented the illustrator.
To see all of this week's deals, click here.

From the Bookseller:
Shortlist announced in U.K. for Branford Boase Award, given to an outstanding debut novel for children. Click here
From TechCrunch:
Facebook shutters Oculus Story Studio, cancels VR film of Wolves in the Wall by Neil Gaiman. Click here
From Literary Hub:
Maurice Sendak on Art and Art-Making. Click here
From Women's eNews:
Hybrid Publishers Give Teen Girls Chance to Become Novelists. Click here
From BuzzFeed:
Kindergarten Class Throws a "Millionaire Bash" to Celebrate Reading 1,000,000 Words in a Year. Click here
From the Huffington Post:
Louisa May Alcott's Little Women Will Be Adapted into a Three-Hour Miniseries on PBS. Click here
From the B&N Teen Blog:
13 Authors Share Insights from Their Debut Year. Click here
From Book Riot:
Everything I Know About Babies I Learned from the Baby-Sitters Club. Click here

Cynthia Compton
Beam Me Up, Scotty
Taking the Reading Without Walls challenge into the Science Fiction section.
Reflections on ‘March, Book One’ as the ShelfTalker bloggers take Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls challenge.
An interview with author Chandler Baker on the tautly handled premise of her sensational new book.
Talking about teen suicide with ’13 Reasons Why.’
Mama Lion Wins the Race
Jon J Muth. Scholastic Press, $17.99 (56p) ISBN 978-0-545-85282-1

Mama Lion and Tigey—two gawky stuffed animals—are preparing for a car race along with the other toys in their town. The race begins, and the vintage automobiles hurtle through the countryside. When Mama Lion and Tigey’s car breaks down, the Flying Pandinis, a rival team, stop to lend a hand without regard to lost time. more
My Valley
Claude Ponti, trans. from the French by Alyson Waters. Elsewhere, $24 (42p) ISBN 978-0-914671-62-6

French artist Ponti’s encyclopedic guide to the lives of Twims—furry woodland creatures—unfolds through the voice of a young Twims named Poochie-Blue. In Waters’s sensitive translation, family stories, historical notes, and meditations on the future combine to present a multidimensional picture of the Twims’s world. more
Spirit Hunters
Ellen Oh. Harper, $16.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-06-243008-3

Harper Raine, 12, feels unsettled in her family’s new house in Washington, D.C.—especially in her four-year-old brother Michael’s oddly cold room. Michael’s new imaginary friend, Billy, seems harmless at first, but when Michael starts acting strange and lashing out violently, Harper begins to reconsider the rumors of the house being haunted. more
Felix Yz
Lisa Bunker. Viking, $16.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-425-28850-4

Felix Yz, the 13-year-old narrator of Bunker’s debut, is just like everyone else. Well, mostly. At age three, Felix was fused with Zyx, “a hyperintelligent being from the fourth dimension,” during an accident involving one of his father’s inventions, which also killed his father. more
The Disappearances
Emily Bain Murphy. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99 (400p) ISBN 978-0-544-87936-2

Set in New England in 1942, Murphy’s debut novel opens with 16-year-old Aila Quinn and her younger brother, Miles, saying farewell to their father, who has been drafted. Their mother, Juliet, died recently, so Aila and Miles must move to Sterling to live with Juliet’s childhood friends. Malcolm, Matilda, and their son are gracious hosts, but other residents of Juliet’s hometown prove less than welcoming. more
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