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.
Laura Schreiber at Disney-Hyperion bought Daniel Aleman's young adult contemporary INDIVISIBLE, about a Mexican-American teenage boy whose parents, undocumented immigrants, are detained by ICE, leaving him to care for his young sister and fight for his family's future, sold to Laura Schreiber at Disney-Hyperion. Publication is planned for fall 2020.
Cindy Loh at Bloomsbury bought Sara Holland's HAVENFALL and a sequel, via Glasstown Entertainment, following a girl whose family runs an inn that sits at the crossroads between several fantasy realms -- and she may be the key to keeping a tentative peace between them.
Nicole Sclama at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BFYR bought Emily Bain Murphy's young adult historical fantasy SPLINTERS OF SCARLET, about an orphaned seamstress in 19th-century Copenhagen who goes to work for a retired ballerina and uses her magic to investigate her father's mysterious death while working for the same family years ago. Publication is planned for spring 2020.
Nancy Siscoe at Knopf Children's bought Kate O'Shaughnessy's middle grade debut THE LONELY HEART OF MAYBELLE LANE, in which an 11-year-old travels hundreds of miles in order to enter a singing competition and, she hopes, meet her radio DJ father for the first time—a journey that will require her to discover the courage within her and the unlikely friends around her. Publication is planned for spring 2020.
Laura Schreiber at Disney-Hyperion bought Julia Drake's young adult contemporary debut THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA, about a teen who is shipped off to Maine after her brother's hospitalization, where she searches for the lost shipwreck that her great-great-great grandmother survived—and for answers about her family's long struggle with mental illness—all while falling in love.
Eileen Rothschild bought Francesca Flores's DIAMOND CITY, about a young assassin who must navigate a city full of half-constructed subway tunnels, hidden magical dens, secret weapons markets, and wolf-sized spiders in order to unravel a conspiracy that—if it isn't stopped—threatens to sink her home into a catastrophic war. Publication is planned for winter 2020.
Pete Knapp is a literary agent at Park & Fine Literary and Media.
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