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Summer Good News Round-Up

We’re trying something new here on the News page. Monthly round-ups of all the little wins coming our clients’ way. Here’s some of what’s happened this summer to catch you up!


Early praise for A THOUSAND FIRES…

Kirkus calls A THOUSAND FIRES, a "fast-paced" story featuring "vivid descriptions and intricate details [that] bring San Francisco to life." It is "a promising debut."

"Brutal and beautiful, A THOUSAND FIRES broke my heart. A fast-paced tragedy of love, betrayal, and vengeance." —Heidi Heilig, critically acclaimed author of The Girl from Everywhere, The Ship Beyond Time, and For A Muse Of Fire

"Modern, unflinching and filled with haunting, lingering imagery, A THOUSAND FIRES gives the story of the Iliad the bare-knuckled update it deserves." —Colleen Oakes, bestselling author of The Elly in Bloom series and The Wendy Darling Saga


Cover reveal!

15-year-old Mariana's father is running for president in Natalia Sylvester's YA contemporary novel, RUNNING. It will publish with Clarion (HMH) in Spring 2020.


BookList loves THE GAYBCS

“Webb's book creates a space for kids to voice their questions about the LGBTQ+ community and the many labels that lie within it, in a way that promotes curiosity.”

Who says you can’t sell books in August?

  • Graci Kim's THE LAST FALLEN STAR, about an adoptee who desperately wants to have healing powers like everyone else in her Korean witch family, but when she tries to summon a goddess, her sister is banished to the spirit world and she is sent on a quest to find the godrealm's last fallen star, to Hannah Allaman at Rick Riordan Presents, in a very nice deal, by Carrie Pestritto.

  • In a preempt, Lucia Macro at William Morrow acquired THE PRINCESS ROYAL by Clare McHugh. The debut novel, explained McHugh’s agent, Laura Dail at the Laura Dail Literary Agency, is historical fiction and focuses on Vicky, the oldest daughter of Queen Victoria. Dail explained that Vicky, after being married to the crown prince of Prussia, saw her “romantic life thwarted by reactionary forces, including her own son, Kaiser Wilhelm.” Dail, elaborating, said the novel is “a story of marriage and motherhood, and of a woman finding her role and voice.” McHugh works in media and was most recently the senior director of editorial operations for Time Inc.’s News and Lifestyle brands.

  • Hannah VanVels at Blink has acquired June CL Tan's debut, JADE FIRE GOLD, a dual-POV YA fantasy inspired by Chinese mythology. In order to save her grandmother from a cult of dangerous priests, a peasant girl cursed with the power to steal souls enters a tenuous alliance with an exiled prince bent on taking back the Dragon Throne. The pair must learn to trust each other but are haunted by their pasts—and the true nature of her dark magic. Publication is set for fall 2020; Elana Roth Parker negotiated the deal for world English rights.

  • Amy Fitzgerald at Carolrhoda Lab has picked up Joshua Levy's EIGHTH GRADE VS. THE MACHINES, the sequel to SEVENTH GRADE VS. THE GALAXY, in which three friends continue their quest to save humanity from hostile aliens, relying on their faithful public school spaceship, the PSS 118, and aided by an army of robots—though all is not as it seems. Publication is set for Spring 2021. Elana Roth Parker did the deal for world English rights.

Elana Roth Parker