Rights Reports: October 2017

The following information was originally printed in Publishers Weekly.

Dana Chidiac at Dial has bought, in a six-figure pre-empt, debut Iranian-American author Adib Khorram‘s Darius the Great Is Not Okay. The book stars a 15-year-old tea-obsessed, clinically depressed, half-Iranian Star Treknerd whose sense of self is transformed by his first trip to Iran. The book will publish in fall 2018.

Kristin Zelazko at Little Bee has bought world rights, at auction, to The Nian Monster author Andrea Wang‘s (l.) picture book, Magic Ramen: The Story of the Invention of Instant Noodles. The book shows readers the historical context, scientific experimentation, and spirit of determination and charity that led Momofuku Ando to invent instant ramen. Debut artist Kana Urbanowicz will illustrate; publication is planned for spring 2019.

Anne Schwartz at Random House imprint Schwartz & Wade has bought Tricia Elam Walker‘s (l.) Dream Street, illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes. The picture book tells the story of a street where dreams come true for the people who live there. Publication is set for spring 2021

Jeffrey West at Scholastic has bought Sabina Khan‘s The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali, in which the title character is caught kissing her girlfriend by her conservative Muslim parents, who respond by forcing her to move from Seattle to Bangladesh. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019

Stephanie Owens Lurie at Disney-Hyperion imprint Rick Riordan Presents has bought Rebecca Roanhorse‘s Race to the Sun, about a seventh-grade girl named Nizhoni Begay and her brother who, aided by various Navajo gods disguised as relatives, must stay one step ahead of a shape-shifting monster as they follow in the footsteps of the legendary Hero Twins to save their family. Publication is slated for fall 2019;

Melissa Frain at Tor Teen has bought, in a preempt Charlotte Davis‘s The Good Luck Girls, the inaugural project of Dovetail Fiction, a new YA packager and sister business to Working Partners. The first in a YA fantasy duology, the novel is pitched as The Handmaid’s Tale meets Thelma and Louise in an alternate Wild West setting. The book follows a group of five girls who escape from the “welcome house” that owns them and embark on a dangerous journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge. Publication of book one is scheduled for fall 2019

Connie Hsu at Roaring Brook has acquired, at auction, Kristina Forest‘s YA debut, The Pointe of Everything, about an African-American ballerina who is determined to audition for her idol’s new dance conservatory, even if it involves sneaking out on a road trip with the boy next door who broke her heart years before. Publication is set for spring 2019

Andrew Karre at Dutton has acquired Junauda Petrus‘s debut YA novel, Mable & Audre’s Existential Transcendental Journey Through Black Universe, the story of two young women, one from the Caribbean, one Black American, who fall in love and create magic at the same time they learn that one of them might not have long to live. Publication is planned for 2019

Catherine Laudone at Simon & Schuster has acquired world rights to Tiny Feet Between the Mountains by debut author-illustrator Hanna Cha. A Korean girl is looked down upon for her small size, until she finds a clever solution to help a spirit tiger who has swallowed the sun by mistake. Publication is scheduled for summer 2019

Eliza Swift at Albert Whitman has acquired Joan He‘s Descendant of the Crane, a debut YA fantasy novel pitched as a Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones. In a world where magic is forbidden, a young princess searches for her father’s assassin, but must fight against the intrigue and suspicion that besets her own court. Publication is set for spring 2019

Before leaving Putnam, Jen Besser acquired debut author-illustrator Primo Gallanosa‘s Hey, Who Made This Mess?, with Stephanie Pitts editing. The picture book tells the story of some terrified zoo animals who fear that a strange monster is wreaking messy havoc, only to discover it’s far from what they expected and danger is all a matter of perception. Publication is slated for summer 2019.

Katie Cotton at Quarto/Lincoln Children’s has acquired world rights to Grandad Mandela, the first children’s book about Nelson Mandela (l.) created in collaboration with his family. The book is co-written by Zazi Mandela, Ziwelene Mandela, and Ambassador Zindzi Mandela. In the story, two great-grandchildren ask their grandmother 15 questions about the man they remember as Grandad and the world remembers as Nelson Mandela. They learn that he was a freedom fighter, a president, and a Nobel Peace Prize-winner, and that they can continue his legacy in the world today. Sean Qualls, the Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator of Before John Was a Jazz Giant, will illustrate. Publication is set for July 2018, on what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

Sara Sargent at HarperCollins has acquired, at auction, North American rights to The Girl Guide: 50 Ways to Learn to Love Your Changing Body, by Marawa Ibrahim, illustrated by Sinem Erkas. With practical advice about everything from periods to bras to body hair, the book tells tween girls what they need to know about the mental, physical, and social changes related to growing up. Publication is set for summer 2018.

Nancy Paulsen at Penguin/Paulsen has bought world rights to Vanessa Brantley Newton‘s picture book, Shake It Off. When a feisty goat falls into a rut, he learns that the best way to solve his problem is to shake it off and pack it under. Publication is slated for summer 2021.

Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen has bought world English rights to Mad Bad & Dangerous to Know, a YA thriller by Samira Ahmed. Pitched as recalling A.S. Byatt’s Possession and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, and told in dueling narratives that weave between past and present, the book follows a Muslim-American teenager who partners with a descendant of French author Alexander Dumas to unravel the mystery of a 19th-century Muslim woman who appears in letters between Dumas and Eugene Delacroix. The book is slated for fall 2019.

Alvina Ling and Nikki Garcia at Little, Brown have bought author-illustrator Jin Xiaojing‘s I Miss My Grandpa, a picture book in which a child asks different family members about her late grandfather and learns his characteristics through the various features he passed down to his kin. Xiaojing was the winner of the 2017 Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award.

Rosemary Brosnan at HarperTeen has acquired world rights to the debut YA novel by author and Caldecott Honor illustrator Christopher Myers. Set in the world of hip-hop, the story follows teenage Stick, who skyrockets to fame when his mixtape is picked up by a major label, but is forced to examine the impact of his lyrics after a friend ends up in the hospital. A publication date has not yet been set.

Nick Thomas at Scholastic/Levine has acquired world rights to Twins, a graphic novel by Varian Johnson and illustrated by debut artist Shannon Wright, about twin sisters who struggle to find their new, true selves when forced to attend separate classes and join different clubs for the first time in middle school. The story is largely inspired by Johnson’s childhood as a twin. Publication is set for fall 2019.