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Welcome to my deals announcement page! I realize that not everyone has the access to subscribe to Publisher's Marketplace, so here you will find my latest deals and projects I'm incredibly excited for. You can also find a list of all published work with my authors on their pages.

Recent Deal Announcements

Children's: Picture Book

Shruthi Rao's KADOOBOO!: A SILLY SOUTH INDIAN FOLKTALE, pitched as a retelling in which a boy's encounters on his journey home scramble the name of the food he's carrying, illustrated by Darshika Varma, to Kayla Tostevin at Page Street Kids, for publication in winter 2024, by Emily Forney at BookEnds for the author, and by Amanda Hendon at Advocate-Art for the illustrator.

Children's: Picture Book

Luana Kay Horry at HarperCollins has bought world rights to I See Color by Valerie Bolling (l.) and Kailei Pew(c.), illustrated by Laylie Frazier (r.). This nonfiction picture book turns the seemingly well-meaning phrase of "I don't see color" on its head by affirming the diverse palette of color in people's skin tones, while celebrating achievements of individuals who have worked to improve the lives of all people. Publication is planned for winter 2024; James McGowan at BookEnds represented Bolling, Emily Forney at BookEnds represented Pew, and Anne Moore Armstrong at the Bright Agency represented Frazier. 

 

 

Adult: Fantasy

Sophie Kim’s adult debut THE GOD AND THE GUMIHO, a Korean contemporary fantasy about a fallen trickster god turned detective pairing up with a quick-witted and annoyingly alluring fox shapeshifter to track down a demon before it devours the mortal world, to Sarah Peed at Del Rey in a two-book deal, by Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary (world).

 

 

Children's: Young Adult Fiction

Author of YOU, ME, AND OUR HEARTSTRINGS Melissa See's LOVE LETTERS TO JOY CORVI, a YA contemporary retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, Joy, a panromantic asexual girl with cerebral palsy who is determined to be valedictorian, seeks love advice from an anonymous student at her academy; but she's unknowingly writing to—and falling for—the last person she ever expected, to Tiffany Colon at Scholastic, for publication in the summer of 2023, by Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary (world English).

 

Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

Michelle Mohrweis's YOUNG ENGINEERS, in which an autistic seventh grader, with a love of all things space, finds herself paired on an engineering project with her biggest crush, and both girls confront their messy family dynamics, feelings for one another, and high expectations, to Jonah Heller at Peachtree, in an exclusive submission, for publication in the spring of 2024, by Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary (world).

 

 

Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

Emi Pinto's BEE BAKSHI AND THE GINGERBREAD WITCH, a modern retelling of "Hansel and Gretel" follows 12-year-old Bee who is self-conscious of her too-Indian family in a white community with a sinister secret, but her stress about fitting in is soon the least of her worries when she's drawn to a strange house and history begins to repeat itself, to Sara Schonfeld at Katherine Tegen Books, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in the fall of 2023 and fall of 2024, by Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary (world).

 

Children's: Young Adult Fiction

Kaylie Smith's WITCH'S DICE, in which a world on the brink of war, where one more Roll from a magical dice may set you down a dangerous path, Calla Rosewood joins a ragtag group of witches that ventures into a demonic enchanted forest to find a way to reset their fate only to discover the forest may be more than any of them bargained for, to Cassidy Leyendecker at Disney Hyperion, in a six-figure deal , in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2023 and Winter 2024, by Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary (world English).

 

Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

Layla Hersch's YOUNG BLOOD, embedded with Jewish lore, the murder mystery follows adopted vampire brothers who play opposite roles in tracking down a killer, but little do they know the bodies are bait to hunt their own kind, to Peter Phillips at Tundra Books (PRH Canada), in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2023 and summer 2024, by Emily Forney at BookEnds (world).

 

Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

Michelle Mohrweis's THE TROUBLE WITH ROBOTS, in which two girls are thrust together in a robotics class, requiring them to not only prepare for their competition, but also find common ground while battling grief and feelings of otherness, to Jonah Heller at Peachtree, for publication in the fall 2022, by Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary (world).

 

Children's: Young Adult

OwnVoices cerebral palsy author Melissa See's YOU, ME, AND OUR HEARTSTRINGS, in which a violinist with cerebral palsy and a cellist with a need for perfection find one another through their shared love of music, while their talent takes them to stages that offer both opportunities and unwanted viral fame for all the wrong reasons, to Tiffany Colon at Scholastic, for publication in summer 2022, by Emily Forney at BookEnds (world English).

 

Children's: Middle Grade Non-fiction 

Kailei Pew's KID MADE, an illustrated nonfiction round up of 40 kid inventors from across the globe, whose inventions are still used today, in an ode to the ingenuity, curiosity, and brilliance of young minds, to Holly West at Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan), in a nice deal, for publication in summer 2023, by Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary (world English).

Children's: Picture book 

Kimberly Lee's BOYS DON'T FRY, a picture book about a Malaysian boy who enthusiastically helps his grandmother prepare their family's New Year's dinner, all the while learning about the history of their traditional cuisine, illustrated by Charlene Chua, to Trisha de Guzman at FSG (Macmillan), at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in the spring of 2023, by Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary and by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary for the illustrator (world).

Children's: Young Adult

Stephanie Cohen at Inkyard (HarperCollins) has bought world and audio rights to THE WRONG KIND OF WEIRD and a second book by debut author James Ramos. This YA contemporary love story celebrates a multicultural nerd culture club, and follows a Black teen on his journey to recognizing his own value and also his messiness in relationships that may not serve him anymore. The story explores geek humor, frenemy and clique culture, and a lighthearted yet introspective take on the identities and lives we live and shed in high school. Publication is slated for winter 2023; Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary brokered the deal.

Children's: Young Adult

Sophie Kim's LAST OF THE TALONS, an #OwnVoices fantasy, pitched as inspired by Korean mythology, in which a teen assassin has to kill a Dokkaebi emperor to save her sister, but falls for him instead, to Jen Bouvier at Entangled Teen, in a three-book deal, for publication in winter 2023, by Emily Forney at BookEnds (world).