Nigerian American author Isi Hendrix's CHILDREN WHO COME AND GO trilogy, an Afro-fantasy in which a twelve-year-old with budding magic gets an apprenticeship in the kitchen of the Academy of Shamans, only to discover an ancient mythological demon has returned with a plot that threatens the entire world, to Kristin Daly Rens at Balzer & Bray, in a major deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, for publication in fall 2023, by Pete Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media (NA).
Adi Alsaid's THE GREATEST LIVING WARRIOR IN NEFARIA, the first in a planned series about a possibly invisible, decidedly friendless boy whose bid to impress his classmates by using a cursed gumball machine leads him straight into the center of a highly incompetent (but very ambitious!) evil wizard's wicked scheme to take control of the kingdom, to Jessica Smith at Aladdin, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2023, by Pete Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media (world English).
A prequel to The School for Good and Evil series, launching a new series about the infamous fairy-tale school's formative years and the brewing battle between its sibling school masters, to Toni Markiet at Harper Children's, in an exclusive submission, for publication in May 2022, by Pete Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media.
Lucy Keating's RIDE WITH ME, about a 17-year-old rideshare driver whose plan for the perfect, no-strings-attached graduation trip is ruined when she finds herself driving (and falling for) the school's cute but annoying party boy after wrecking his car, to Elizabeth Agyemang at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's, for publication in spring 2022, by Pete Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media (world).
Author of ALL THE STARS AND TEETH Adalyn Grace's BELLADONNA, a romantic, Gothic-infused mystery about a girl whose close relationship with Death and an ability to see ghosts gets her whisked away to the estate of her grieving uncle, where she must investigate a murder within the manor before the killer strikes again, to Hallie Tibbetts at Little, Brown Children's, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2022, by Pete Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media (world English).
Hallie Tibbetts at Little, Brown has bought World English right to New York Times bestselling author Adalyn Grace's new standalone historical fantasy BELLADONNA and a second YA fantasy.
Stacey Barney at Putnam bought Ayana Gray's BEASTS OF PREY trilogy, following two teens as they journey into a magical jungle to hunt the monster plaguing them -- but they soon realize they're the ones being hunted.
Alexandra Hightower at Little Brown/Poppy bought world English rights to Lane Clarke's debut YA contemporary LOVE TIMES INFINITY, about a girl with big college dreams and a major crush on the new basketball star whose plans are interrupted when her estranged mom returns to town, forcing her to ask important questions about how much she's willing to bet on herself and her future.
Marisa DiNovis at Knopf has acquired, in a preempt, Before Takeoff by Adi Alsaid (Let's Get Lost). Pitched as The Sun Is Also a Star meets Jumanji, the YA novel follows James and Michelle, who meet in the Atlanta airport and, on a dare, press a mysterious green button that unleashes a blizzard of chaos through the terminals. Publication of the first book is scheduled for fall 2021.
Antonia Markiet and Megan Ilnitzki at Harper Children's have preempted Jacquetta Nammar Feldman's debut WISHING UPON THE SAME STARS, a middle grade contemporary about a seventh-grade Arab-American girl whose notions of home and heritage are redefined after moving to Texas and becoming best friends with the Jewish Israeli girl next door.
Kristen Pettit at HarperTeen has acquired Sarena and Sasha Nanua's YA fantasy RIA & RANI and a sequel. The series follows two twins separated at birth—one now a princess, the other a street thief—who switch places, only to discover that their destinies may be to join together in a bid to stop their kingdom from falling apart. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021.
Kelsey Horton at Delacorte has bought THE SPICE ROAD, a fantasy set in an Arabian-inspired land where a nation of tribes famous for their spices are attacked by an occupying king after he discovers their secret tea magic. The first book follows a teen girl who must guard the key to the source of her nation's magic, and the orphan-turned-assassin whose future depends on him taking it from her. Publication is slated for spring 2021.
Pete Knapp is a literary agent at Park & Fine Literary and Media.
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