Children's: Middle grade Karen Strong's JUST SOUTH OF CURSED, a debut pitched as BLACKISH meets GOOSEBUMPS, that follows a rule-abiding girl who must team up with her trouble making cousin, goofy younger brother, and his brainy best friend to unravel a mysterious haunting in their tiny Southern town, to Mekisha Telfer at Simon & Schuster Children's, by Victoria Marini at the Irene Goodman Agency (World).
May 9, 2017 - SAWKILL GIRLS, by Claire LegrandChildren's: Young Adult Claire Legrand's SAWKILL GIRLS, the story of three teen girls desperate to unravel the mystery behind the vanished girls of Sawkill Rock—but an ancient evil is at work on the island's privileged shores, and soon the girls realize that nothing and no one can be trusted; pitched as Shutter Island meets Bone Gap, to Claudia Gabel at Katherine Tegen Books, in a good deal, in a two-book deal, by Victoria Marini at the Irene Goodman Agency (NA).
April 21, 2017 - ALL THE WAYS IN HOME, by Elsie ChapmanChildren's: Middle grade Elsie Chapman's ALL THE WAYS IN HOME, in which a young Japanese-Canadian boy's last chance to avoid expulsion is a Summer writing assignment that will take him to Tokyo and the far reaches of Japan to reunite with his estranged father and brother, where new adventures will teach him about the homes we're dealt and the homes we make, to Anna Roberto at Feiwel and Friends, by Victoria Marini at the Irene Goodman Agency.
April 14, 2017 - THORNLIGHT, by Claire LegrandChildren's: Middle grade Claire Legrand's THORNLIGHT, a companion novel to FOXHEART, the story follows young Thorn of the Vale, whose kingdom is imperiled by an ancient monster that corrupts everything it touches; when she discovers the terrible secret behind the weapons keeping the monster at bay, she must journey to the Star Lands to seek the help of a legendary witch before the monster literally tears her kingdom apart—and darkens Thorn's heart beyond repair, to Virginia Duncan at Greenwillow, by Victoria Marini at The Irene Goodman Agency.
April 11, 2017 - RUMOR GAME, by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona CharaipotraChildren's: Young Adult CAKE co-founders Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra's RUMOR GAME, following three troubled young women as a high school rumor begins to spiral out of control with dangerous consequences, and only one girl has the power to set things right, but will she even want to?, to Kieran Viola at Disney, by Victoria Marini at the Irene Goodman Agency.
March 28, 2017 - ASHBORN, by Claire LegrandChildren's: Fantasy Claire Legrand's ASHBORN, the first book in The Empirium trilogy, the story of two young women centuries apart—one a troubled, magic-wielding queen; the other a bounty hunter serving a ruthless empire—who must fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, only to discover as their stories intersect that they have the power to save their world or doom it, to Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire, in a three-book deal, by Victoria Marini and the Irene Goodman Agency.
March 24, 2017 - CAPTIVE AUDIENCE, by Lucas MannNon-fiction: Narrative Lucas Mann's CAPTIVE AUDIENCE, an epistolary book-length essay that traces the author's own life and relationships through examinations of the Reality Television shows he watched, exploring voyeurism, truth and intimacy in an age when the meaning of reality has begun to shift, to Keith Goldsmith at Vintage, by Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Agency.