Stephen Briseno’s THE NOTEBOOK KEEPER, pitched as inspired by true events, following a girl and her mama who, denied entry at the U.S. border, must wait and find the refugee in charge of “the notebook,” an unofficial ledger of those waiting to cross into the U.S.; as time goes on and hope dwindles, she discovers the power of spreading kindness in such a dark place, illustrated by Magdalena Mora, to Ann Kelley at Random House Studio, for publication in summer 2022, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency for the author, and by Steven Malk at Writers House for the illustrator.
Author of HEARTS, STRINGS, & OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS Jacqueline Firkins’s HOW NOT TO FALL IN LOVE, in which a cynical wedding shop worker tries to “cure” a hopelessly romantic LARP-er by teaching him the harsh realities of modern dating, only to realize he is the one teaching her, to Nicole Sclama at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, for publication in fall 2021, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Alechia Dow’s THE KINDRED, about a royal and a commoner, mistakenly mind-paired at birth, who land on Earth after fleeing royal assassins, only to find the “developing” planet might hold the solutions to their divided and unjust lives back home, to Natashya Wilson at Inkyard Press, in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2022, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency (NA).
Jenn Bennett’s CHASING LUCKY, to IUVI (Poland), by Justyna Pelaska at Graal; and THE ANATOMICAL SHAPE OF A HEART, to Helios (Estonia), by Anastasya Markova at Synopsis Agency, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.
J. Elle’s A TASTE OF MAGIC, the first of two books set at the Park Row Magic Academy, starring a 12-year-old black girl who enrolls in the inner-city magical academy hidden in the back of a beauty shop, and who must fight to keep it open after redistricting and gentrification threaten to close it down, to Claire Stetzer at Bloomsbury Children’s, in a very nice deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2022, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency (world English).
Barbara Dunlop’s book eight in a new iteration of the Texas Cattleman’s Club series, again to Kathryn Lye at Harlequin Desire, for publication in late 2021, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Joss Wood’s untitled story of two billionaire brothers, set in Cape Town and on a safari destination, to Flo Nicoll at Harlequin Presents, in a two-book deal, for publication in early 2021, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Author of PRINCE OF BROADWAY Joanna Shupe’s FIFTH AVENUE REBELS, in the new Gilded-Age New York City series, in which a group of wealthy and rebellious friends who, shunned by their families, form a brotherhood at college, and the strong, intelligent women who upend their lives, again to Tessa Woodward at Avon, in a four-book deal, for publication beginning in spring 2021, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world English).
Author of STARRY EYES and ALEX, APPROXIMATELY Jenn Bennett’s ALWAYS JUNE, in which during a lake vacation, a teenage girl falls for a boy who mistakenly believes she’s the wealthy daughter of a reclusive California record producer — not the daughter of his chauffeur, again to Nicole Ellul at Simon Pulse, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2021, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (NA).
Former Fulbright fellow Missy Dunaway’s debut THE TRAVELING ARTIST: A VISUAL JOURNAL, exploring her solo voyages over five years, which spanned four continents, from urban Istanbul to Morocco’s Sahara Desert to bucolic Iceland, through her paintings in handheld journals, capturing the beauty of fleeting moments, to Marta Hallett at Glitterati, by Jennifer Chen Tran at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Joanna Shupe’s THE ROGUE OF FIFTH AVENUE, THE PRINCE OF BROADWAY, and THE DEVIL OF DOWNOWN, to Urano (Spain), in a three-book deal, by Jordi Ribolleda at Sandra Bruna Literary Agency, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.