Recent Deals

Christian McKay Heidicker writing as William Shivering’s THE THIEVES OF WEIRDWOOD, the first middle-grade series developed by Toronto-based IP studio Wasabi Entertainment Inc, inspired by the interactive story app WEIRDWOOD MANOR, following the adventures of a pair of young pickpockets who stumble into a twisted and magical storybook world, to Christian Trimmer, with Brian Geffen editing at Holt Children’s, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (world English).

Christian McKay Heidicker’s SCARY STORIES FOR YOUNG FOXES, a collection of six connected stories that follows a group of fox kits as they fight to survive in an unforgiving wilderness, featuring art by Junyi Wu, to Christian Trimmer at Holt Children’s, in a two-book deal, for publication in Spring 2019, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management for the author and Anne Moore Armstrong of The Bright Group for the illustrator (World English).

Hafsah Faizal’s WE HUNT THE FLAME, set in a world inspired by ancient Arabia, following a young woman who must disguise herself as a man to seek a lost artifact that could return magic to her cursed world, to Janine O’Malleyat Farrar, Straus Children’s, in a good deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, publication in Spring 2019, by John Cusickat Folio Literary Management (World English).

Joan He’s DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE, 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, pitched as a Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones, to Eliza Swift at Albert Whitman, for publication in Spring 2019, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (World English).

Jordan Reeves’s BORN JUST RIGHT, the inspirational memoir explores the 11-year-old inventor’s experience with limb difference and designing her own glitter-shooting prosthesis, and is penned with her mother Jen Lee Reeves, to Alyson Heller at Jeter Publishing, for publication in Summer 2019, by JohnCusick and Steve Troha at Folio Literary Management (NA).

Drew Daywalt, illustrated by David Spencer’s THE EPIC ADVENTURES OF HUGGIE AND STICK, a buddy comedy starring a curmudgeonly stuffed bunny and a happy-go-lucky stick, to Michael Green at Philomel, for publication in Fall 2018, by Steven Malk at Writers House for the author and John Cusick at Folio Literary Management for the illustrator (World).

Ashok Banker’s THE RISE TRILOGY, this #ownvoices fantasy series follows a young thief and her gang as they battle to overthrow a brutal tyrant and stay a demon invasion, to Krista Marino at Delacorte, in a major deal, in a seven-figure deal, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, for publication in Fall 2018, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (NA).
Film/TV: Mary Pender at United Talent Agency
Foreign: Melissa Sarver White at Folio Literary Management

Quinn Sosna-Spear’s THE MORTICIAN’S SON, pitched as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, following a twelve-year-old’s travels in the stolen family hearse, through towns where people dress as fish, worship bees, and dig for living rocks, on route to meet the infamous inventor who mentored his father, to Liz Kossnar at Simon & Schuster Children’s, for publication in Fall 2018, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (World). Film/TV: Dana Spector at Paradigm

Megan Lacera and illustrator Jorge Lacera’s ZOMBIES DON’T EAT VEGGIES!, following a young zombie who convinces his zombie parents to try (and love!) vegetables, to Jessica Echeverria at Lee and Low, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2018, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (World).

Marina Cohen’s BOX OF BONES, when a 12-year-old opens a mysterious puzzle box, her life begins to entangle with another world, where a young bone carver journeys with her master to sell wares to a Wicked Queen, to Emily Feinberg at Roaring Brook Press, for publication in Winter 2019, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (World).

Ann Dee Ellis’s THE WILD PLACE, following 12-year-old Cass, who after reconnecting with her maternal grandmother discovers she is a descendant of Etta Place, mistress of the Sundance Kid, and finds herself on a journey to unearth long-lost outlaw treasure, to Namrata Tripathi at Dial, for publication in Spring 2019, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (World English).

NO SAINTS IN KANSAS author Amy Brashear’s THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF THE MAKING OF THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION, following the lives of several teens in Reagan-era Arkansas, when a film crew invades their small town to film a movie about a nuclear disaster, to Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen, for publication in Fall 2018, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (World English).

Don Zolidis’s THE SEVEN TORMENTS OF AMY AND CRAIG, a humorous coming-of-age story set in 1994 Wisconsin, chronicling the on-again-off-again relationship of two people, who come to understand each other better through multiple disastrous breakups, to Laura Schreiber at Disney-Hyperion, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2018, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (NA). Foreign: melissa@foliolit.com

A MAD, WICKED FOLLY and THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID author Sharon Biggs Waller’s GIRLS ON THE VERGE, when a 17-year-old discovers she can’t obtain an abortion anywhere near her small hometown, she sets off on a road trip of self-discovery in this coming-of-age story pitched as Going Bovine meets Thelma and Louise, to Christian Trimmer atSimon & Schuster Children’s, for publication in Spring 2018, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (World English).

Chana Stiefel’s WAKAWAKALOCH, no one can pronounce cave girl Wakawakaloch’s name (why can’t she have something easy to pronounce like her friends Oog and Boog?), in this story with a positive message about family and tradition; with artwork by Mary Sullivan, to Kate O’Sullivan at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, for publication in Spring 2019, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management for the author and by Justin Rucker at Shannon Associatesfor the artist (World).

Christian McKay Heidicker’s THROW YOUR ARM ACROSS YOUR EYES AND SCREAM, pitched as Pleasantville meets Cloverfield, following the 15-year-old daughter of the woman who was carried to the top of the Empire State Building by King Kong, in a world where the horrors of 1940s and 50s sci-fi movies are everyday occurrences, to Christian Trimmer at Simon & Schuster Children’s, for publication in Summer 2018, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (World).

Courtney Alameda and Valynne Maetani’s SEVEN DEAD GODS, a contemporary fantasy set in Japan, about a Shinto temple priestess who must seek the aid of seven demons in order to protect her village and the world from an ancient evil, pitched as Daughter of Smoke and Bone meets Akira Kurosawa, to Alexandra Cooper at Harper Children’s, in a significant deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2018, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (NA).

 

 

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