Author Sarah Castille writing as Sara Desai’s THE MARRIAGE GAME, an #ownvoices romantic comedy about the daughter of first generation Indian immigrants who goes on a series of blind dates arranged by her father and supervised by her sexy new neighbor, to Kristine Swartz at Berkley, at auction, in a three-book deal, for publication in summer 2020, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world English).
Christina Dalcher’s VOX, to Dani (Israel), by Beverley Levit at The Book Publishers Association of Israel, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.
HERETICS ANONYMOUS author Katie Henry’s IZZY TAKES A STAND, pitched as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel meets THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, in which a shy teen accidentally walks on stage at an open mic night and finds herself thrown into the world of stand-up comedy, to Ben Rosenthal at Katherine Tegen Books, in a good deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2021, by Sarah LaPolla at Bradford Literary Agency (world English).
Christina Dalcher’s VOX, to Meulenhoff (Netherlands), by Monique Oosterhof at Mo Literary Services, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.
Malcolm X’s third daughter, educator, and activist Ilyasah Shabazz with Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award for New Talent-winning author Tiffany Jackson’s THE AWAKENING OF MALCOLM X, focusing on the transformation of Malcolm X that happened during his time in prison and during his adolescence prior to becoming the political icon we know him as today, to Grace Kendall at Farrar, Straus Children’s, for publication in spring 2020, by Jason Anthony at Massie & McQuilkin for Shabazz and Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency for Jackson (world).
Christina Dalcher’s VOX, to BookChef (Ukraine), by Anastasya Markova at Synopsis Agency, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.
“Jackson repeatedly proves that she is a titan among her peers…Hip-hop is more than a musical genre; it’s a culture and a way of life. Jackson embraces that truth and explores it with uninhibited style in her new novel.”-Booklist, starred review
“Jackson (Monday’s Not Coming) deftly chronicles the timely story of bold young talent gone too soon and the survivors who struggle to keep it alive. The year is 1998 and aspiring teen rap artist Stephon Davis Jr. is dead in Brooklyn, the victim of an apparent street shooting perpetrated by persons unknown. Determined not to let his musical genius die with him, Steph’s heartbroken best friends, Quadir and Jarrell, and his grief-stricken sister, Jasmine, hatch a plan to pretend that Steph is still alive in order to turn him into a rap superstar like his recently slain idol, Biggie Smalls. As Quadir and Jarrell hawk Steph’s posthumous demos (with lyrics written by Malik-16) and a record label rep shows interest in meeting the young artist, an increasingly haunted Jasmine delves into the suspicious circumstances surrounding her brother’s murder. From obscure rap and hip-hop references to invocations of scalding hot combs, Jackson scores a bull’s-eye with her passionate homage to black city life in the late ’90s, yet it’s her earnest takes on creativity, love, and loss that are timeless. Ages 13–up.”-Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
Juliana Brandt’s THE WOLF OF CAPE FEN, set during the harsh winter in an isolated coastal town, following a girl who must break a magical bargain before an enchanted wolf steals her sister away, only to discover her sister isn’t the only one whose life is in danger, to Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2020, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency (World English).
Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum’s BOATS WILL FLOAT, following every kind of boat imaginable though their busy days and into their nighttime moorings, illustrated by Brett Curzon, moving to Barb McNally at Sleeping Bear Press, for publication in spring 2020, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency for the author, and by Christy Tugeau Ewers at CATugeau for the illustrator (world).