DINOSAUR BOY author Cory Putman Oakes’s THE SECOND BEST HAUNTED HOTEL ON MERCER STREET, pitched as You’ve Got Mail meets The Haunted Mansion, in which two girls—one living, one a ghost—working at rival haunted hotels form an unlikely friendship, to Erica Finkel at Abrams Children’s, for publication in fall 2020, by Sarah LaPolla at Bradford Literary Agency (world English).
Katee Robert’s THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER, THE HUNTING GROUNDS, and THE SURVIVING GIRLS, to Rosy Fotia at Hope Edizioni (Italy), in a three-book deal, by Thesis Contents Agency, on behalf of Alexandra Levenberg at Amazon Publishing and Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency
Kaitlin Ward’s LIE TO ME, about a girl with no memory of her near-death experience who starts to suspect her new boyfriend is not what he seems, to Amanda Maciel at Scholastic, for publication in January 2020, by Sarah LaPolla at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Alex Aster’s EMBLEM ISLAND: CURSE OF THE NIGHT WITCH, an #OwnVoices story in which three friends who need to break a terrible curse must journey across their island home to find the night witch, using ancient myths as a guide and discovering wicked creatures they only know through legends in their path, to Annie Berger at Sourcebooks, in a two-book deal, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world English).
Jenn Bennett’s ALEX, APPROXIMATELY, to Hugo (France), by Michele Kanonidis at La Nouvelle Agency, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.
Monica Clark-Robinson’s STANDING ON HER SHOULDERS, about the strong women whose shoulders we all stand on, from the well-known freedom fighters to the mothers and grandmothers who raised us, illustrated by Laura Freeman, to Orli Zuravicky at Scholastic, for publication in 2020, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency for the author, and by Janet DeCarlo at Storybook Arts for the illustrator (world).
Christina Dalcher’s VOX, to Locus (Bulgaria), by Katalina Sabeva at Anthea Agency, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.
Merrie Destefano’s VALIANT, pitched as The 5th Wave meets Edge of Tomorrow, in which a 17-year-old is near-future Earth’s only hope when a space-mining mission meant to save America leads to an alien invasion, to Heather Howland at Entangled Teen, in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2019, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan’s A PLACE AT THE TABLE, in which a Pakistani American girl and a half-British girl meet in a South Asian cooking club and soon discover both their mothers are applying for US citizenship, exploring themes of food, friendship, and family, to Jennifer Greene at Clarion, in a good deal, at auction, for publication in spring 2020, by Stephen Barbara at Inkwell Management on behalf of Shovan, and Kari Sutherland at Bradford Literary Agency for Faruqi (NA).
Stephanie Faris’s SLAMBOOK, about a 12-year-old who participates in school gossip on the SlamBook site until she finds herself the focus, and, after using her hacking skills to retaliate and a girl becomes suicidal, has to track down the girl and turn around the SlamBook trend once and for all, to Alyson Heller at Aladdin, for publication in spring 2020, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency (world).