Rights Reports: August 2016

New books deals for Native/Authors of color as reported in Publishers Weekly.

Knopf has bought Vanessa Brantley-Newton‘s picture book Grandma’s Purse, featuring a girl who is enthralled with her grandmother and all the wonders she might be hiding in her bag. Publication is scheduled for spring 2018.

HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books has acquired Mia Garcia‘s second novel, The Year of Everything. The book follows four friends who assign each other New Year’s resolutions to try to change the course of their disastrous lives. It will publish in winter 2018.

Penguin’s Nancy Paulsen Books has acquired Vanessa Brantley Newton‘s Jewel, a picture book about a girl who worries that she’ll never be as talented as her sisters, until she discovers her remarkable talent for spelling. Publication is slated for fall 2018.

Greenwillow has bought world English rights to Legendry, a YA anthology of re-imaginings of East and South Asian mythology, folklore and fairy tales, to be edited byEllen Oh (l.) and Elsie Chapman. The anthology will feature stories by Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Roshani Chokshi, Alexander Chee, Renee Ahdieh, Alyssa Wong, Aliette de Bodard, and more. Publication is set for summer 2018.

Scholastic/Graphix has acquired world rights to two books in a YA graphic novel series by Amy Kim Kibuishi. They recount the story of Tabby Charon, who, after her father dies, travels to a distant world of magic and beauty where she meets a handsome boy and learns of her destiny. Publication of the first book is scheduled for 2019.

Putnam has bought world English rights for a YA duology from Renée Ahdieh. The first book, Flame in the Mist, is set against the backdrop of feudal Japan, where Mulan meets Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness. Publication is slated for May 2017.

Running Press Kids has acquired Jannie Ho‘s Bear and Chicken, a picture book about a defrosted chicken who is convinced that Bear is going to eat him for lunch. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017.

S&S/Paula Wiseman Books has bought world rights to a picture book biography of a little-known journalist byLesa Cline-Ransome, with 2016 Golden Kite winner John Parra illustrating. Publication is slated for fall 2019.

Feiwel and Friends has acquired the Arena trilogy by Taran Matharu, author of the bestselling Summoner series. In the new series, a race of aliens has ruled our universe for billions of years and have evolved to become immortal, with god-like levels of technology. They abduct “lesser” life forms and leave them on other planets, forcing them to battle with other races for their twisted entertainment. Publication will begin in spring 2019.

Simon Pulse has acquired Gloria Chao’s debut novel, tentatively titled American Panda. Inspired by the author’s experiences as a second-generation Taiwanese-American, the novel follows 17-year-old Mei, whose parents want her to become a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her germophobia and crush on a Japanese classmate. Publication is planned for spring 2018.

Scholastic has acquired world rights to Jaime Reed’s YA contemporary novel Perfect Match. When 18-year-old Janell’s childhood-BFF-turned-rival, Alyssa, is hospitalized due to complications from diabetes, Janell sets their differences aside, defies the risks of racially mixed transplants, and volunteers as a donor. But the test results reveal that Janell is the only kidney donor match in the entire state – a fact that could save (or take) Alyssa’s life. Publication is planned for 2018.