From Publisher’s Lunch’s Weekly Listing of Deals
Children’s: Middle grade
Josh Adams at Adams Literary (adamsliterary.com) sold to Jim Thomas at Random House Children’s (www.randomhouse.com) Stephen Messer’s next book—THE DEATH OF YORIK MORTWELL, which tells the story of a servant boy’s ghost battling other-worldly dark forces with his sister and out-of-the-ordinary friends.
Caitlin Blasdell, who hangs her work hat at Liza Dawson Associates (http://www.lizadawsonassociates.com), sold Merrie Haskell’s THE HERBALIST’S APPRENTICE to Anne Hoppe at Harper Children’s—http://www.harperchildrens.com. The story is a middle-grade retelling by an herbalist’s apprentice of the Twelve Dancing Princesses folk/fairy tale.
Terry Burns, Hartline Literary Agency (www.hartlineliterary.com) got Pam Tolen at Comfort Publishing (www.comfortpublishing.com) to re-issue ten of Max Elliott Anderson’s BARNEY AND THE RUNAWAY Tweener Adventure Series books and a one new title.
The Cooke Agency’s Sally Harding (www.cookeinternational.com) sold Erin Dionne’s ELSIE WYATT LOVES/HATES MARCHING BAND, about an orchestra star who must adjust to playing in the high school marching band, to Alisha Niehaus at Dial Books for Young Readers (http://www.penguin.com/youngreaders.)Michelle Humphrey, Martha Kaplan Agency (115 W 29th St Fl 3 New York, NY 10001-5080; (212) 279-7134—I couldn’t find a website for this agency—sold Caroline Rose’s first novel, MAY B, which tells the story of a stranded 12-year-old girl surviving, through her own actions, a snow-bound winter in 1870 Kansas, to Nicole Geiger of Tricycle Press (http://www.tricyclepress.com.)
Folio Literary Management agent/founder, Jeff Kleinman (http://www.foliolit.com/s-jeff.php), who says on his website that he doesn’t deal with children’s books, sold Garth Stein’s THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN adaptation to Harper Children’s editors Alyson Day and Phoebe Yeh. (http://www.harperchildrens.com)
Ammi-Joan Paquette, an agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/ErinMurphy), sold newbie Trent Reedy’s novel, WORDS IN THE DUST, which tells of a 13-year-old Afghan girl’s dreams for a better life, to Cheryl Klein at Arthur A. Levine Books (http://www.arthuralevinebooks.com).
Children’s: Picture book
Tracey Adams (www.adamsliterary.com) sold Cynthia Lord’s HAMSTER sequel—HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAMSTER—to Leslie Budnick at Scholastic (www.scholastic.com.) Ms. Lord was a speaker at the MD/DE/WV SCBWI July conference a couple of years ago, talking about her book RULES.
Full Circle Literary agent, Adriana Dominguez, (http://www.fullcircleliterary.com) sold to Chronicle editor, Victoria Rock, Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich’s IN MY FOREST, IN MY PATCH, IN MY JUNGLE and IN MY OCEAN.
Children’s: Young Adult
Josh Adams (www.adamsliterary.com) sold Anne Heltzel’s CIRCLE NINE, the world an amnesiac 17-year-old girl is trying to avoid while attempting to remember her past, to Hilary Breed van Dusen at Candlewick (http://www.candlewick.com.)
ICM’s (http://www.icmtalent.com/index.html) Lisa Bankoff probably didn’t have too much trouble selling Michael Perry’s untitled first book of his series starring a girl and her team of cockroaches saving the future world to Tara Weikum at Harper Children’s (http://www.harperchildrens.com.) Don’t bother to send any unsolicited materials to this agency, though; they don’t want them. Guess they’re full up.
Christy Fletcher of Fletcher & Company (www.fletcherandco.com) sold to Harper Children’s Catherine Onder (http://www.harperchildrens.com.) ROMEO & JULIET & VAMPIRES, Claudia Gabel’s tale involving vampires in this star-crossed lovers story.Michelle Humphrey, of the Martha Kaplan Agency (115 W 29th St Fl 3 New York, NY 10001-5080;
(212) 279-7134) convinced Noa Wheeler of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, (http://www.henryholtkids.com)to buy Kekla Magoon’s 37 THINGS I LOVE, in which a teen reconnects with a girl she knew earlier and copes with her mom’s need to unplug her comatose father.
The Spieler Agency’s Eric Myers sold Seth Rudetsky’s SURVIVING SOPHOMORE YEAR, where a 15-year-old boy attempts to lose weight, become popular, and get his first kiss, to Random House Children’s Schuyler Hooke (www.randomhouse.com.)
Rubin Pfeffer of East-West Agency (1158 26th St., Suite 462, Santa Monica, CA 90403, 301-573-9303) sold Jesse Joshua Watson’s HOPE FOR HAITI to G. P. Putnam Children’s Cecilia Yung (http://www.penguin.com.) The story is of a Haitian boy coping with the devastation of Haiti’s earthquake by playing soccer.
British agent Jenny Savill, Andrew Nurnberg Associates (nurnberg.co.uk) sold Katie Dale’s SOMEONE ELSE’S FOOTPRINTS, not only to Venetia Gosling at Simon & Schuster UK, but also to Beverly Horowitz, Delacorte.( www.randomhouse.com)
(Thank you to Sarah Maury Swan for keeping us updated on what is currently selling in the children’s book publishing world!)