October 2010

We are overjoyed to share some great news today: Lisa Schulman (writing as L. B. Schulman) has just accepted an offer for her debut YA novel: League of Strays. It tells the story of a mousy high school senior who joins a group of loners bent on seeking retribution for past wrongs, only to find that she may be getting more than she bargained for—especially when she starts falling for their leader, a charismatic enigma who might be hiding a dark past of his own. This is an edge-of-the-seat thriller that you won’t want to miss!

The acquiring editor is Tamar Brazis, and League of Strays will be published in Fall 2012 by Abrams Books for Young Readers. The timing for this was especially delightful, as Lisa and I got to meet up at the Mills College SCBWI conference this weekend and celebrate the sale in person!

Congratulations, Lisa!

--Joan


Sweep Vol. 1: Book of Shadows, The Coven, and Blood Witch
Cate Tiernan

As announced earlier this week in Variety and yesterday on PW Children's Bookshelf, it is official that Universal will adapt Cate Tiernan's 15-volume Sweep book series to film. Alloy Entertainment will produce along with Wild West Picture Show, the production company of Vince Vaughn; Robert Nelson Jacobs (who previously adapted Chocolat, The Shipping News, and The Water Horse for the big screen, among others) will write the screenplay.

Congratulations, Cate!

--Erin

Huge congratulations to R. L. (Robin) LaFevers! She's seeing great success with chapter books (Nathaniel Fludd) and middle-grade fiction (Theodosia)--and now she's headed into teen fiction!

Kate O'Sullivan of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has bought North American rights to Robin's foray into YA romance: a trio of historical fantasies focusing on teen girl assassins in 15th-century France. In Dark Mercy (described as La Femme Nikita meets A Great and Terrible Beauty), scheduled for spring 2012, Ismae learns she was sired by the god of death, is trained as an assassin, and is sent to court as a spy, where she must choose between serving her dark god and opening her heart to love. Companion novels Dark Justice and Dark Hope, each focusing on a different assassin from the convent, will publish in spring 2013 and spring 2014.

Congratulations, Robin!

--Erin

We are beginning to get reports on how things went at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair (busy! exciting!) from our co-agents at Rights People, including two deals made at the fair! One is finalized enough now to share with you:

U.K. rights to Trent Reedy's Words in the Dust have sold at auction to Maurice Lyon at Frances Lincoln. Thanks, Alex Webb, for brokering the deal! And congratulations, Trent!

More good news to come soon...

--Joan

Black Radishes
Susan Lynn Meyer

We are very pleased to announce the signing of Susan Lynn Meyer's companion to the forthcoming middle-grade novel Black Radishes, tentatively titled Green and Unripe Fruit, with Delacorte editor Rebecca Short! Random House has World English rights; Rights People represents translation rights.

Black Radishes, loosely based on Susan's father's childhood in France, tells of Gustave, whose family moves from Paris to the French countryside, even as the Nazis approach the French border and threaten all Jews such as themselves. Gustave makes a friend in his new home who turns out to be helping the resistance, and his own quick thinking helps the cause as well as some dear family friends. It debuts Nov. 9; you can read an excerpt here, and there is a wonderful review that has just been posted here, calling the book "well-written and suspenseful."

The sequel continues Gustave's story as his family escapes from Nazi-occupied France to New York's Upper West Side, where he meets with a whole new set of adventures, faces prejudice of a different kind, and begins to find a place for himself in his new home.

Congratulations, Susan!

--Erin

This week, one of the biggest rights fairs in the world is going on in Frankfurt, Germany, and our co-agents at Rights People are hustling on behalf of our clients there. They headed off with a piece of good news spurring them on--they hit the #1 spot on Publishers Marketplace for international children's book deals! Congratulations, ladies!

You can see the Rights People Frankfurt catalog here.

—Erin

Welcome to our latest new arrivals from EMLA authors!

Elliot and the Goblin War, a middle-grade fantasy-adventure by Jennifer A. Nielsen, published by Sourcebooks, debuts today.

Suspect, a YA mystery by Kristin Nitz, published by Peachtree, also debuts today.

Starcrossed, a YA fantasy-spy thriller by Elizabeth C. Bunce, published by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, debuts today as well.

The Wyverns' Treasure (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 3), a chapter book adventure by R. L. LaFevers, debuts Oct. 4.

Twelve Days of Christmas in Arizona, a picture book by Jennifer J. Stewart, published by Sterling, debuts Oct. 5.

Adios Nirvana, a contemporary YA novel by Conrad Wesselhoeft, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, debuts Oct. 25.

As always, we wish these books into readers' hearts!

—Erin

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