Recent Deals

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).

Sajidah Kutty’s SAINTS, MISFITS, MONSTER AND MAYHEM, following a 15-year-old daughter of the only divorced mother at the mosque, as she examines her Muslim faith and relationships in the wake of an assault, to Zareen Jaffery at Salaam Reads, in a preempt, for publication in Summer 2017, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (World).

Josephine Cameron’s GILLS, pitched as A Snicker of Magic meets Three Times Lucky, following an eleven-year old as she searches for a True Blue Friend and a possible mermaid during one enchanting summer at a run-down resort, to Grace Kendallat Farrar, Straus Children’s, in a good deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in Spring 2018, by John Cusick atFolio Literary Management (NA).

Gina Ciocca’s BUSTED, following a girl, whose reputation for sniffing out cheaters makes her the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys at her high school, to Annette Pollert-Morgan at Sourcebooks Fire, for publication in Spring 2018, by John Cusick at Folio Jr. (World).

Valynne Maetani’s INCENSE AND ASHES, in the INK & ASHES series, following a young woman struggling to outrun her family’s past with the yakuza, to Stacy Whitman at Lee and Low, for publication in Spring 2017, Spring 2018, by John Cusick at Folio Jr. (World).

Julie Bayless to illustrate David Harrison’s CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS, a silly book of poetry told from the point of view of different insect students, toMary Colgan at Boyds Mills Press, for publication in Spring 2018, by John Cusick at Folio Jr. (World).

Kat Helgeson’s BIDDER’S CHOICE, pitched as Miss Congeniality meets Siobhan Vivian’s The List, the story follows two teens entangled in a cut-throat school tradition: a prom date auction, to Catherine Laudone at Simon & Schuster Children’s, for publication in Summer 2017, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (World).

NYT bestselling author of WE ALL LOOKED UP Tommy Wallach’s ANCHOR & SOPHIA, a trilogy following two brothers on opposite sides of a holy war in a society that has eschewed all technology, to Christian Trimmer at Simon & Schuster Children’s, in a significant deal, for publication in Spring 2017, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management (World).

Susie Salom’s KYLE CONSTANTINI FINDS HER WAY, as a girl participates in a problem-solving competition, she also navigates the maze of sixth-grade friendships, crushes, and trust, using T’ai chi, echolocation, twin ESP, and her lucky blue fedora, to Cheryl Klein atArthur A. Levine Books, for publication in Fall 2016, by John Cusick at Greenhouse Literary Agency (World).

THERE WILL BE BEARS author Ryan Gebhart’s OF JENNY AND THE ALIENS, a girl-meets-boy-meets-alien story about how infatuation can evolve into real love and understanding, pitched as John Corey Whaley meets Jandy Nelson, to Joan Powers at Candlewick, for publication in Spring 2017, by John Cusick at Greenhouse Literary Agency (World English).

Amy Brashear’s CONDEMNED, pitched as a retelling of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood from the point of view of Carly, best friend to Nancy Clutter, to Daniel Ehrenhaft at SoHo Teen, for publication in Winter, 2017, by John Cusick at Greenhouse Literary Agency (World English).

Courtney Alameda‘s PITCH DARK, set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound, to Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends, in a good deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2016 and Fall 2017, by John Cusick at Greenhouse Literary Agency (NA).

Christian Heidicker’s MILES IN THE INFINITE SANDBOX, told in “censored” blog posts, following basement-dweller Miles after he is sent to video game rehab, and touches on issues of pop culture, sexism, and human connection, to Christian Trimmer at Simon & Schuster Children’s, for publication in Summer 2016, by John Cusick at Greenhouse Literary Agency (World).

Julie Olson to illustrate Mona Hodgson’s four PRINCESS TWINS books, important spiritual lessons in kindness, humility, inner beauty, and trusting God, to Cindy Davis at Zondervan, by John Cusick at Greenhouse Literary Agency (World).

Tommy Wallach‘s debut y.a. WE ALL LOOKED UP (Simon & Schuster, 2015) has been optioned by Paramount Insurge! The announcement is on Deadline Hollywood. You can see it here.

Julie Bayless‘s ROAR!, this debut follows a rambunctious lion cub as she searches for a friend brave enough to withstand her mighty roar, to Lisa Cheng at Running Press Kids, for publication in Fall 2015.

Rahul Kanakia‘s debut y.a. ENTER TITLE HERE, pitched as Gossip Girl meets House of Cards, the story follows an overachiever as she launches a Machiavellian campaign to reclaim her valedictorian status after being caught plagiarizing, to Lisa Yoskowitz at Disney-Hyperion, in a good deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2015.

Sharon Biggs Waller‘s untitled follow-up to her debut A Mad, Wicked Folly, set in mid-Victorian England after the Opium Wars, following a 17-year-old as she travels to the mountains of China seeking a rare orchid to save her family from debtors’ prison, to Leila Sales at Viking Children’s, for publication in Winter 2016.

Marina Cohen‘s INN BETWEEN, in which a 12-year-old is driving across country with her best friend’s family when a stopover at a creepy Victorian hotel in middle of the Nevada desert turns terrifying, to Emily Feinberg at Roaring Brook Press, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2016.

Gina Ciocca‘s LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE, told in Before and After chapters, in which a girl is given the chance to start over: move to a new city, shed her old reputation, begin fresh; but a year later, the boy she desperately wanted to forget — the one who’d confessed his love for her — shows up and changes everything, to Sara Sargent at Simon Pulse, in a two-book deal.

Michelle Modesto‘s MACHINE AND THE WILD, this genre mash-up follows the adopted daughter of a local inventor as she pursues her family’s killers through a gold-rush era California riddled with fantastical creatures, dark magic, and cannibals, to Kristin Daly Rens at Balzer & Bray, for publication in Winter 2016.

Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson‘s YOUR MACHINE ANATOMY, following the unlikely friendship of two young women forged via fan fiction and message boards, told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts, to Tamra Tuller at Chronicle, in a nice deal, for publication in 2016.

Chana Stiefel‘s DADDY DEPOT, the story of an eight-year-old, who has had it with her distracted, corny Dad; then she spots an ad that could solve all her problems: “Come to Daddy Depot: The Dad Megastore! From Acrobats to Zookeepers, we have the right dad for you! Exchange your old dad for a brand new one…TODAY!”, to Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends, for publication in Winter 2016

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