February Book Deals



Tomo Explores the World by author-illustrator Trevor Lai, the founder of UP Studios, a leading animation studio in China, has a three-book deal. The picture book series is about a young inventor who, with the help of his best friend and dog, sets out to complete the unfinished tasks in his great grandfather’s Adventure Journal. Publication is slated for October 2016.

 The Seekers, a picture book by Hari & Deepti, using cut-paper illustrations, about members of a village that set out an adventure when their water dries up, and a second untitled picture book. Publication is scheduled for spring 2018.

They Both Die at the End a second untitled YA novel by Adam Silvera. Set in a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, the novel follows teens Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio, who meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day. Publication is slated for fall 2017.

My Grandpa’s Chair by debut author-illustrator Jiyeon Pak. It the story of a girl’s efforts to help her grandfather find a new chair, and help him overcome grief at the same time. Publication is planned for fall 2017.

Along the Indigo by Elise Chapman. In the story, a young woman is under pressure to start working at a brothel; desperate for a way out, she forges a connection with a boy whose tragic past is more connected with her own than either of them realizes. Publication is planned for fall 2017.

Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea, a memoir that portrays contemporary North Korea to a young audience, written by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland. The memoir chronicles Lee’s adolescence, after he was forced at age 12 to live on the streets and fend for himself, surviving by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Publication is scheduled for September 2016.

Pilu of the Woods, written and illustrated by Mai Nguyen. The book centers on the friendship between a girl with anger issues, Willow, and a tree spirit, Pilu. Publication is slated for 2018. Oni Press

by YA debut author Ibi Zoboi’s. Infused with magical realism and the author’s own experiences, this coming-of-age story follows a Haitian immigrant girl thrust into the world of Detroit’s west side; as Fabiola struggles to get her mother out of a U.S. detention center she’s forced to confront the true meaning of family and home, even as she falls in love. Publication is slated for winter 2017. Alloy Entertainment

 Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, a picture book biography of the pioneering female scientist in the early 1900s who loved reptiles as a child and grew up to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo. Publication is slated for spring 2018. Knopf

Want by author Cindy Pon. A near-future thriller set in Taipei, the novel follows a group of teens living on the fringes of a highly divided society that only works for the elite. They risk everything when they decide to take matters into their own hands and save a pollution-choked Taiwan. Publication is planned for summer 2017. Simon Pulse

Warcross by Marie Lu about two teen bounty hunters hired by a young billionaire to catch a hacker in the world’s most popular virtual reality video game. Publication is scheduled for 2017. Putnam

Langston Hughes’s That Is My Dream!, to be illustrated by Daniel Miyares, a picture book version of Hughes’s poem “Dream Variation.” Publication is scheduled for fall 2017. Random House/Schwartz & Wade

The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand  by Karuna Riazi toZareen Jaffery.  Victoria Marini at Cake Literary (the outfit founded by Tiny Pretty Things authors Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton) brokered the deal. The novel, dubbed by the agent as a “Middle Eastern magical Jumanji,” tells the story of a Bangladeshi-American girl and her two friends, who must defeat a diabolical board game or be trapped in it forever. The book will appear on Salaam Reads’s inaugural list in 2017.

Shadow Life written by Hiromi Goto and illustrated by Celine Loup. Sally Hardingat the Cooke Agency handled the deal for Goto, while Loup was represented by Meredith Kaffel Simonoff at DeFiore & Company. The publisher said the book follows a woman named Kumiko who escapes her senior living facility while being followed by “Death.” The book is set for 2018. First Second Books

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  1. I am quite appreciative of this site as it represents another source of truth and multiplicity of opinions.

    Debbie Reese’s post is the start of a necessary conversation about enslavement in the Americas and elsewhere in the world. The history of enslavement in the USA is incomplete and some unnecessary and uncomfortable truths will need critical examination. I believe that we have not fully acknowledged the impact of slavery then and now on various enslaved people, Native Americans, Africans, and their progeny that became, for lack of a better term, New World Americans. I plan to read some of the recommended materials on this less known history about Native American enslavement.

    One of the uncomfortable truths we will need to explore is that some Native Americans , certainly not in proportion to White slaveholders enslaved Africans and Blacks. I believe exploring all of these matters is essential. I am fully aware that some Blacks enslaved other Blacks, so this is not a matter of pitting one group against another; nor I am positioning one group’s experiences as more important than another’s experience. Scholarship exists about this aspect of enslavement as well. Books are needed that explore all of these uncomfortable truths in an honest manner are critical to the emergence of a different master narrative about slavery in the Americas.



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