DISAPPEAR


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by Megan Miranda


Megan Miranda’s debut adult novel is a suspenseful story of murder, mystery, and the inescapable past, set in a suffocating small North Carolina town that keeps its secrets.

Nicolette Farrell left home ten years ago-the summer after high school-following the unsolved disappearance of her best friend Corinne, and the brutal investigation that followed, exposing the darkest parts of them all. She left behind her boyfriend Tyler, her family, her friends, and her past-promising never to look back. Now she’s engaged to a lawyer from Philadelphia and works as a counselor at a private school, miles and years from the person she used to be.

But ten years, and everything fades.

First comes the call from her brother, Daniel, asking for help with their father-now suffering from dementia and living in a rehab facility-and to help sell their abandoned family home. But it’s really the cryptic note that arrives in the mail from her father the same day that has Nic returning home for the summer-to help, yes, but also to find out what secrets her father has been keeping, and what really happened to Corinne that fateful night.

But things feel off as soon as she arrives home: the broken back lock, the pictures missing from the walls, the feeling that someone has been inside their abandoned house. And then, in a state of semi-lucidity, her father tells Nic that she can’t sell the house, and that he saw Corinne-that he knows what happened. But that’s all the information she can get from him.

A day after Nic’s return, history repeats itself when Annaleise Carter, Tyler’s current girlfriend and Nic’s neighbor, disappears, dredging up Corinne’s case once more. Annaleise was last seen walking into the woods behind Nic’s house, just after midnight. But before she disappeared, Annaleise left a message at the police station, hoping to discuss Corinne’s old case. And ten years earlier, Annaleise had been the alibi for Nic, Tyler, and Daniel.

It’s all coming back, and ten years seems just a moment ago. As Nic’s father always said, time is malleable. The distinction between past and present, just an illusion.
Starting on Day 15, telling the story backward, Nic works to unravel the mysteries of what happened to Annaleise two weeks earlier, and the truth about Corinne, ten years before. As she follows time backward, Nic uncovers the secrets and blackmail that have plagued her family, and what’s left of her friends, for years. She discovers the terrible things people have done to each other, but also the beautiful things they will do for each other. And how close the danger truly lies.

Category: Adult

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World rights: Simon & Schuster (Spring 2016)
France: Editions la Martinière

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A MAD, WICKED FOLLY


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by Sharon Biggs Waller


Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl. After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl. 

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World Rights: Viking Children’s Books

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A MAD, WICKED FOLLY


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by Sharon Biggs Waller


Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl. 

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

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World Rights: Viking Children’s Books

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ZERO DAY


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by Jan Gangsei


A House of Cards for teens! An exciting thriller set in the intriguing world of Washington, DC politics.

Eight years ago, Addie Webster vanished right from the Virginia Governor’s Mansion in the most notorious kidnapping of the decade. With no leads, ransom demands, or trace of their beloved daughter, Addie’s heartbroken parents were eventually forced to move on.

Now, Mark Webster is President of the United States, fighting for political capital during a tumultuous first term – until suddenly, his missing daughter reappears on the streets of Washington, D.C. with little more than a backpack and unhelpful story about the people who took her. Now a beautiful sixteen-year-old with a quiet, burning intelligence, Addie is eagerly welcomed back into the family, where she struggles to regain a normal life.

But there are some in the White House who don’t buy Addie’s miraculous return. Where exactly has she been the last eight years? What happened to her?

And most importantly, where do her loyalties really lie?

Category: Young Adult

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World: Disney Hyperion (Spring 2015)

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HOLDING SMOKE


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by Elle Cosimano


THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION meets IF I STAY. This is a stunning, unputdownable thriller by the author of NEARLY GONE.

John “Smoke” Conlan is serving time for two murders – but he wasn’t the one who murdered his English teacher, and he never intended to kill the only other witness to the crime. Homeless and alone, his new life inside a dangerous Denver youth detention center is the only future he can imagine for himself—the only one he’s convinced he deserves. After a near-death experience renders his soul free of his body, Smoke uses his strange new gift to escape the confines of “the Y”, knowing that such freedom comes with a price. Ghostlike, he “travels” the city at night, garnering information about his fellow inmates and bartering it for privileges, never knowing (or caring) how many more trips remain before the fragile threads that bind his body and soul break for good.

Until he meets Pink—a tough, resourceful girl with her own set of baggage and the uncanny ability to see him for what he is and, more importantly, what he could be. With Pink’s help, Smoke uncovers a key to exposing the real killer and clearing his name, as well as his guilty conscience. But the closer they get to the truth, the more deadly their search becomes, and with his physical body stuck behind bars, it will take more than his astral self to save them. With both of their lives on the line, Smoke has to decide how much he’s willing to risk and if he can imagine a future worth fighting for.

Category: Young Adult

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World English Language: Disney-Hyperion (Spring 2016)

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NEARLY FOUND


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by Elle Cosimano


The sequel to the highly praised and intricately plotted Nearly Gone--a YA urban mystery that’s perfect for fans of Bones, Numbers, and The Body Finder.

When Nearly Boswell starts working as an intern at a crime lab, she’s hoping it will give her an advantage when it comes to college applications. But on her first day, a girl from her trailer park turns up dead. Then the corpse of a missing person is discovered, buried on a golf course, with a message for Nearly etched into the bones. When Nearly finds out the corpse is the father of Eric, a classmate of hers, she starts to worry that the body is connected to her father’s disappearance five years ago. Nearly, Reece, and Nearly’s classmates--Vince, Jeremy, and Eric--start a dangerous investigation into their fathers’ pasts that threatens Nearly’s fragile romance with Reece, and puts them all in the killer’s path.

Category: Young Adult

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World: Dial (Kathy Dawson Books, Penguin, Spring 2015)

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REFLECTING ABSENCE


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by Wendy Mills


A story of past and present, heartbreak and hope, as two girls find the courage to be the people they want to be, and learn that both hate and love reverberate into the future and beyond.

Sixteen-year-old Jesse McLaurin never wondered what her brother John was doing inside the World Trade Center on the day he died. Her father made it very clear he did not want to talk about 9/11, and really, what did it have to do with her? But as the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 nears, Jesse’s father becomes more vocal against the Muslims he blames for killing his son, and Jesse feels increasingly adrift. She falls for dangerous, edgy Nick, but when he eggs her into painting “Towel Heads Go Home” on the wall of an Islam Peace Center, and then leaves her to take the blame, Jesse begins to understand that the rage and secrets from that terrible day are tearing her family apart.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Aalia Susanto dons the Muslim head scarf for the first time, hoping it will give her the strength to be the better person she so desperately wants to be. At the World Trade Center, she meets handsome, broken John McLaurin, and as the planes collide into the towers, the two teenagers fight for their lives in a world gone mad. Inside the crowded, smoky stairwells, Aalia witnesses bravery and basic human kindness that transcends the horrifying acts of the nineteen terrorists. As the flames rage, Aalia finds a deep well of strength and learns that she is stronger than she ever could have imagined.

Jesse starts her community service at the Islam Peace Center she defaced and meets Adam Ayoub, a Muslim boy struggling with his own questions about identity in a country that seems determined to hate him. The two teenagers find common ground in their shared love of climbing and their feelings grow despite the many obstacles against them. As Jesse learns more about what her brother was doing in the Twin Towers on the day he died, she uncovers secrets that her father would prefer remain buried with her brother. When her father learns that Jesse is seeing Adam, Jesse must face questions about what kind of person she wants to be, and what she will stand up for.

Reflecting Absence is the parallel story of Jesse and Aalia, in a story of past and present, heartbreak and hope, as the two girls find the courage to be the people they want to be, and learn that both hate and love reverberate into the future and beyond.

Category: Young Adult

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USA and Canada - Bloomsbury (Spring 2016)

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A GIRL UNDONE


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by Catherine Linka


The explosive conclusion to A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS.

Having survived a violent confrontation with the US government, Avie is not out of danger. Both she and the young man she loves, Yates, have been declared terrorists, and Yates is hospitalized in critical condition, leaving Avie with the perilous task of carrying information that can bring down the Paternalist party, if she can get it into the right hands.

Forced on the run with handsome, enigmatic woodsman Luke, Avie struggles when every turn becomes a choice between keeping the two of them alive or completing their mission. With her face on every news channel and a quarter million dollar reward from the man who still owns her marriage Contract, Avie’s worst fears are about to come true.

Equal parts thrilling and romantic, A Girl Undone is sure to keep your heart racing right until the very end.

Category: Young Adult

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World English Language:  St Martin’s Press (Summer 2015)
Film Rights: co-agented Peter Donaldson at Donaldson Media & Consulting

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THE BUCCANEER’S CODE


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by Caroline Carlson


The swashbuckling sequel to THE TERROR OF THE SOUTHLANDS in the THE VERY NEARLY HONORABLE LEAGUE OF PIRATES series!

Hilary Westfield is a freelance pirate now. She’s perfectly content using her cutlass to slice up the drapery in her mother’s drawing room, and she certainly wants nothing to do with the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, the entirely dishonorable Captain Blacktooth, or his villainous band of Mutineers.

As villains often do, however, the Mutineers have plans of their own. When they threaten the entire kingdom, Hilary is recruited to take control of the pirate league and send Captain Blacktooth into exile. With her trusty gargoyle, her former governess, and a few loyal pirates by her side, armed with a magic gravy boat and the Official VNHLP Guide to Leading the League (5th edition), she sets off on a High Seas adventure that’s occasionally disastrous, often hilarious, and far too full of molasses. Is Hilary a good enough pirate to save the kingdom, restore honor to the VNHLP, and defeat the Mutineers in battle once and for all? One thing is certain: She’ll need plenty of High Society girls, Enchantresses, human cannonballs, reformed villains, overprotective mothers, and good friends to help her do it.

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Category: Ages 8 - 12

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USA/Canada: HarperCollins (Fall 2015)
UK/Commonwealth: Simon and Schuster (Fall 2015)

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THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH


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by Martha Brockenbrough


Set in Seattle, Venice, Spain, San Francisco, and New York, THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH is an exquisitely wrought epic about love in the face of inevitable loss, and why it matters, even as we know how every love story someday ends.

Henry Bishop and Flora Saudade are a pair of young musicians living in 1937 Seattle, where the Great Depression still hangs heavy, and where a mistake or bout of bad luck can mean ruin.
Henry, the last survivor of his family, is poised for a college scholarship, even as he dreams of music and girls. Flora, meanwhile, wants nothing of love. A jazz singer at her family’s club, she dreams of flight and the freedom she can find only in the sky.

Love and Death have other plans for the pair. These shape-shifting immortals chose Henry and Flora when the humans were infants to be pawns in a deadly game meant to determine which force is stronger: love or death.

In the long history of the game, Love has never won, and Henry and Flora are the most challenging players of all. One is white, one is black. One is surrounded by wealth. The other is not. They share a love of music, but even in that, they speak different languages. Despite this, they have one chance to survive: to choose each other, even as it costs them everything else.

Category: Young Adult

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World English Language:  Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic (Summer 2015)
Portuguese/Brazil:  Verus Editora

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ROAR!


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by Julie Bayless


ROAR! follows a rambunctious lion cub searching for a friend brave enough to withstand her mighty roar. 

ROAR is a minimal-text picture book about a young cub who longs to let out her inner lioness— but it’s not easy to find friends on the savannah who aren’t frightened of her mighty ROAR! This is a story about finding that special pal who embraces you as you are— and discovering that magical connection where you least expect it.

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World Rights Running Press Kids (Fall 2015)

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RESISTING RUBY ROSE


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by Jessie Humphries


The thrilling sequel to KILLING RUBY ROSE.

Still reeling from the heartbreaking events that unfolded on Grissom Island, Ruby Rose is trying to come to terms with the fact that she’s gone from a vigilante in killer shoes to a stone-cold killer. Everyone from her therapist to her smoking-hot boyfriend keeps trying to convince her that she hasn’t crossed over to the dark side, but Ruby isn’t so sure. It doesn’t help that her nemesis, Detective “Mastermind” Martinez, is still out there, waiting for another chance to take her down.

When an alleged CIA agent named Skryker shows up and asks for a meeting, Ruby figures it just means more questions about her case. But he has information of an entirely different nature and a job offer: join an elite force of young assassins, including Skryker’s right-hand guy, Quinn Donovan. Quinn is distractingly charming, handsome, and more deadly than Ruby-or so he thinks. Ruby resists becoming a killer again, but as she becomes more ensnared in a web of deceit, no one around her is safe.

Category: Young Adult

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World English Language: Skyscape, Amazon ( October 2014)

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HOUR OF THE BEES


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by Lindsay Eagar


Mysterious, moving and very beautiful, this is an unforgettable story about the meaning of time and the ties that bind a family.

Babysitting her 1000-year-old grandfather isn’t how Carolina wants to spend her last summer before junior high, because Grandpa Serge has dementia and is meaner than a rattler. With Carol’s family fixing up Serge’s sheep ranch to sell, she’s already counting down the days until they dump Serge at the assisted-living facility. Then she can go home. Sweet, air-conditioned home.

This stretch of New Mexico desert is so dry, the locals joke it’s cursed with an eternal drought. But Serge takes that literally. He says a magic tree used to grow on the shores of a green lake, and honeybees lived in its blossoms. When the tree was chopped down, the bees were so furious they carried the lake away and the drought began. It won’t rain again until the bees come back, Serge says.

Carol rolls her eyes at Serge’s wild stories, along with the rest of her family. But when she finds a beehive in the barn and hears thunder at night, she realizes that Serge could be less crazy than everyone thinks. There’s a mysterious connection between Carol and her dead grandma Rosa, whose wanderlust took her away from the valley, and as Serge’s stories of an extraordinary past begin to affect the present, Carol discovers that endings are only beginnings, and that the line between magic and reality, truth and fiction, can be very thin.

As Carol begins to rethink her roots and her family, the storm clouds gather – and now Carol knows she must fight for the one person she used to avoid at all costs: crazy Grandpa Serge.

There’s something happening under all that New Mexico sky, and it might be rain.

Category: Ages 8 - 12

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USA/Canada:  Candlewick Press (Spring 2016)

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FOURTEEN DREAMS


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by Brenna Yovanoff


A high-achieving girl falls for the most imperfect boy in school through a series of mysterious dreams, which change how she feels about herself, her future, and love.

Waverly Camdenmar doesn’t have friends, she has social assets.  She doesn’t get sucked into drama, she makes tactical decisions.  Her life is dominated by achievement, competition, and functioning as the power behind the throne in her school’s little kingdom of popularity.  But even the most resilient mercenary has weaknesses.  Perfection is exhausting, and her longstanding alliance with queen-bee Maribeth rests on a foundation of resentment, anxiety, and a nagging feeling that there must be something beyond student council.  Waverly’s name might be at the top of every leader board, but she hasn’t slept in days.

In a last-ditch attempt at relaxation, she finds herself at the center of an inexplicable phenomenon when a harmless counting exercise ends with Waverly materializing in front of one of the school’s most dedicated burn-outs. Marshall is not someone Waverly would ever consider … well, she would just never consider him. His nights are spent indulging in the kind of self-destructive pastimes she can only roll her eyes at. But despite herself, her curiosity is piqued. He sees her—really sees her —and his earnestness and his empathy are strangely affecting.

In these ghostly dreams, Waverly can do what she wants and say what she thinks, without risk or repercussion. Without it meaning anything. As nights pass, however, she begins to understand the nature of relationships, and to question her own daytime machinations.  Her encounters with Marshall are growing steadily more intimate. Every new interaction forces her to ask herself how close is too close, and her days are becoming restless, complicated by her silent anger at Maribeth, and her budding friendship with a raucous, enigmatic girl who was never supposed to be anything but Waverly’s latest pygmalion project.

The truth is, it’s hard to be cavalier about hurting people when you know them. When you love them.  As her edges begin to fray, Waverly must confront the very real danger of losing Marshall to the rigid image she’s spent so long cultivating, and accept that the only way to keep the people who matter to her is to embrace what it means to be vulnerable.

Category: Young Adult

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USA/Canada Delacorte Press, Random House (Spring 2016)

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REMEMBER ME


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by Romily Bernard


Wick had thought her troubles were over.

But she should’ve known better.

Not only is she embroiled in a new murder case, which starts with a body with “Remember Me” carved into it and doesn’t stop there, but she also discovers new evidence surrounding her mother’s suicide…which leads her right back to her imprisoned deadbeat dad. And she has to deal with her flirty new hacker friend, Milo, sniffing around—which her boyfriend, Griff, isn’t too happy about.

The pressure might be too much as secrets—including Wick’s own—climb to the surface.

Remember Me is an edge-of-your-seat thrilling read that’ll have readers turning the pages at lightning speed!

Category: Young Adult

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US/Canada: HarperCollins (Fall 2014)

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by Rahul Kanakia


Over-achiever Reshma launches a Machiavellian campaign to regain her valedictorian status in this whip-smart and deliciously wicked debut. 

Reshma Kapoor’s strategies and schemes have made her a college admission counselor’s dream. That is until she’s caught plagiarizing. Now her perfect record is threatened, and Stanford is slipping away. Reshma will do anything to keep her position, including suing the school (she’s done it before). She’s got one trump card: a literary agent is interested in her memoir. A publishing deal at age seventeen? With that “hook,” Stanford would be crazy to reject her.

ENTER TITLE HERE is Reshma’s for-the-drawer autobiography, the totally true, brutally vulnerable, unflinching story she’ll never let see the light of day. At once biting and tender, it’s the story of a deeply wounded girl desperate for love and approval. To everyone in her life, Reshma is the villain—to the reader, she’ll be someone worth cheering for.

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World English: Disney-Hyperion

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THE PAGES BETWEEN US


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by Lindsey Leavitt


Olivia and Piper are two best friends who have always shared classes together, never needing to branch out and make other friends. But now they’re in middle school and despite having seven classes a day, they somehow only coincide for 52 little minutes! How can they survive?

When Piper finds the sparkly notebook in Target, an idea takes shape. How about the girls use the notebook (including flyers, brochures, receipts, scripts etc) to write to each other every day between classes - sharing all the ups and downs of their middle-school experience?  Because now it’s time to break out of their shells and make new friends – even if that means venturing into a host of scary-sounding after-school clubs. LARPing, chess, Extreme Lego – they could all be amazing, right? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Maybe?

With the notebook as the lifeline between them, the pages Olivia and Piper share – both hilarious and heartbreaking – will either bring them together . . . or tear them apart.

Charming, cute and heartfelt, this is a pitch-perfect, two-perspective collaboration between Lindsey Leavitt and Robin Mellom – two very funny, perceptive authors who write seamlessly together.

Category: Ages 8 - 12

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USA/Canada: HarperCollins (Spring, 2016)

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THE WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVE


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by Caroline Carlson


A humorous and fabulously inventive new mini-series from the author of THE VERY NEARLY HONORABLE LEAGUE OF PIRATES series.

In a city that’s caught “detective fever,” where Sherlock Holmes-type stories fill the newspapers and there are more armchair sleuths with offices on Detectives’ Row than there are crimes to be solved, orphan Toby Montrose has spent his life being passed from one relative to the next. Now he’s landed with his final relative, the kind but hapless Uncle Gabriel, whose private investigating business is not exactly renowned. Toby knows that Uncle Gabriel can barely afford to keep him on, so he decides to enter his uncle in the citywide World’s Greatest Detective competition that’s just been announced. Contestants will gather at a country house for a weekend to solve a planned jewel heist, and if Uncle Gabriel wins, he’ll have so much fame and fortune that he’ll never be tempted to send Toby to the orphanage.

Toby’s plans rarely go off without a hitch, however, and this one is no exception. First, Uncle Gabriel refuses to enter the contest, and Toby is forced to enter in his place. Then, when the contest host turns up looking significantly more dead than usual, it becomes clear that someone has gathered the city’s most eminent detectives together in order to frame, discredit, or dispose of them all at once. With help from his new friend, self-proclaimed crime expert Ivy, and advice from his deerstalker-clad idol Hugh Abernathy, Toby tries to untangle the mystery, protect Uncle Gabriel’s reputation, keep himself out of the orphanage, and maybe even show that he has a knack for investigation himself.

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World Rights: HarperCollins (winter 2017)

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INN BETWEEN


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by Marina Cohen


Twelve-year-old Quinn is driving across country with her best friend’s family when a stopover at a creepy Victorian hotel in middle of the Nevada desert turns weird. 

Twelve-year-old Quinn is driving across country with her best friend’s family when a stopover at a creepy Victorian hotel in middle of the Nevada desert turns weird. There are no outside lines at the Inn Between, cell phones don’t work, and the oddly cheerful staff gives Quinn the creeps. When best friend Kara’s parents disappear without a trace, Quinn, Kara, and annoying little brother Josh find themselves stranded in a hotel full of strange guests, halls that seem to twist back on themselves, and something nasty hiding in the basement…

INN BETWEEN is a scary and character-driven twist on the classic haunted hotel story. Along with the ghosts and ghouls of Inn Between, Marina Cohen’s debut middle-grade examines universal issues of friendship, family, and loss.

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World Rights: Roaring Brook Press

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RADIOACTIVE: HOW TWO BRILLIANT WOMEN UNWITTINGLY HELPED TO CREATE THE ATOMIC BOMB


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by Winifred Conkling


A compelling story of how the scientific accomplishments of two brilliant female physicists developed from aiding medical advancement into the unthinkable.

This narrative non-fiction book tells the story of Irene Curie and Lise Meitner, two of the most accomplished female physicists in history, who learned to hate war after volunteering as X-ray technicians during WW1, only to have their life’s work used to create the world’s most destructive weapon during WW2. 

Category: Young Adult

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World Rights: Algonquin (spring 2016)

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RUBY REINVENTED


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by Ronni Arno


A hooky but thoughtful debut tween novel, which mixes celebrity, boarding school, friendship, first crush and fashion with deeper themes of courage and independence.

When 12-year-old Ruby learns that her supposed BFFs are only friends with her because her parents are famous celebrities, she finds a place as far from fake and phony Hollywood as she can get: a Maine boarding school.

In her desperation to distance herself from her star-studded parents and the paparazzi who trail them, Ruby tells her new friends that she’s an orphan. She feels awful lying to her weird but wonderful roommate Summer (the first real friend Ruby has ever had), but once you start lying, there really is no easy way out. And anyway, now that nobody’s comparing her to her perfect parents, Ruby can finally let her own talents as a dress designer take center stage.

When Ruby finds herself connecting with a cute boy who really did lose his parents, she’s torn between who she is and who she’s pretending to be. And with Parents’ Weekend approaching, she must find a way to keep her secret - without losing her new best friend, the trust of her first crush, and the chance to shine as the designer of her very own fashion show.

There are stars of all kinds in this smart, thoughtful, yet fun story about courage, families, and finding your own spotlight. Oh, and making really gorgeous dresses.

Category: Ages 8 - 12

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US/Canada:  Aladdin, Simon & Schuster (Fall 2015)

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JUST A SECOND


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by Tricia Springstubb


A new middle-grade novel by the author of What Happened on Fox Street.

Told from multiple perspectives and with a shifting time frame, the story is about a girl who faces choices about love, forgiveness, and the future when her former best friend’s brother commits a shocking shooting, a split-second decision with huge consequences in a year when an extra second is due to be added to the official clock. 

Category: Ages 8 - 12

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World Rights: HarperCollins’s Balzer + Bray (summer 2016)

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A TINY PIECE OF SKY


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by Shawn Stout


A new middle grade book from the author of the Penelope Crumb series.

Set in 1939, the story tells of a girl who decides to prove she is more than just a #3 sister to her older siblings by trying to clear her father of accusations that he’s a German spy – with surprising results.

Category: Ages 8 - 12

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World Rights: Philomel (early 2016)

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MACHINE AND THE WILD


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by Michelle Modesto


Wild child Westie pursues her family’s killers through a gold-rush era California riddled with fantastical creatures, dark magic, and cannibals.

This genre mash-up follows Westie, the adopted daughter of a local inventor, as she pursues her family’s killers through a gold-rush era California riddled with fantastical creatures, dark magic, and cannibals. 

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North American Rights: Balzer and Bray

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LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE


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by Gina Ciocca


Kelsey’s new life is perfect, until David, a boy from her past, moves to town.

Last Year: It doesn’t matter what’s true— at school, Kelsey is The Girl Who Tried to Kill Herself. When her parents announce plans to move, she is eager to shed her old life. Too bad best friend David chooses her last night in town to confess his feelings for her.This Year: Kelsey has a new home, new friends, new look, and a delicious boyfriend, Ryan. Her new life is perfect— until David moves to town. Kelsey’s confused feelings, lies about her past, and David’s secret about Ryan threaten to destroy her second chance at life.

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THE RULES FOR BREAKING


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by Ashley Elston


Ashley Elston’s dramatic sequel to THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING.

Freedom. Anna craved it. And risked her life for it. Celebrated it when it was finally within reach.

But it’s gone. An illusion blown apart with the return of her journal and a single daisy.

Anna wants to push away the threat of Thomas returning to her life , but Ethan doesn’t agree and one phone call lands them both in the place Anna swore she would never visit again – Witness Protection.

It’s not long before Thomas makes his move and suddenly the fight for life is more real than it ever was before. Thomas promises that they will soon be free, but Thomas is a liar. And a cold-blooded killer.

Hidden away in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Anna and Ethan have one chance to end things with Thomas for good. But old secrets and ghosts from her past jeopardize the future and freedom Anna so desperately wants.

Trust a known assassin or kill him?  Anna knows there’s really only one choice – and Thomas just cannot be trusted. But will she be strong enough to live with the consequences if she’s wrong?

Category: Young Adult

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US/Canada: Hyperion (May 2014)

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MAUDEVILLE


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by Michelle Schusterman


MAUDEVILLE takes you on a journey through the darker side of theatre in this spooky middle grade novel.

This is the story of Olive - who loves to sing, but finds herself gripped by stage fright, especially with her ghastly, overbearing mother breathing down her neck with expectations. When she flunks a big audition for the school show, Olive wanders among the glittering, enticing theatres - and comes upon Maudeville, a fascinating old theatre with so many secrets, run by the grand-dame of show business, Maud Devore. Offered the opportunity of a lifetime, Olive is gradually sucked into a story of darkness and fear, where the bright lights of Maudeville conceal a shifting world of ghosts . . . .

Category: Ages 8 - 12

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North American Rights: Egmont (Spring 2016)

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CODY AND THE NAKED EYE


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by Tricia Springstubb


Cody’s big plans lead to some unexpected discoveries in this second book of the CODY series.

In this life, many things are hard to wait for. Numero uno may be waiting for your best friend to move in right around the corner. Cody’s got big plans, including helping shy Spencer get used to his new school and solving the mystery of the mean pirate family next door. Lots of things--some enormous, and some invisible to the naked eye--get in the way. (By the way, who knew Spencer played violin, or that even a bug murderer could have a sweet side?) Cody comes to think that, hard as patience is, sometimes waiting is really worth it. 

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Category: Ages 5 - 8

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World Rights: Candlewick (Spring 2017)

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THERE WILL BE BEARS


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by Ryan Gebhart


Tyson is determined to hunt an elk — even if it means sneaking his grandpa out of a nursing home — in a debut novel sparked with dry wit and wilderness adventure. 

Thirteen-year-old Tyson loves hanging out with his roughneck Grandpa Gene, who’s a lot more fun than Tyson’s ex–best friend, Brighton. These days, Bright just wants to be seen with the cool jocks who make fun of Tyson’s Taylor Swift obsession and dorky ways. So when Grandpa Gene has to move to a nursing home that can manage his kidney disease, Tyson feels like he’s losing his only friend. Not only that, but Tyson was counting on Grandpa Gene to take him on his first big hunt. So in defiance of Mom and Dad’s strict orders, and despite reports of a scary, stalking, man-eating grizzly named Sandy, the two sneak off to the Grand Tetons. Yes, there will be action, like shooting and dressing a six-hundred-pound elk. Is Tyson tough enough? There will be heart-pounding suspense: is Grandpa Gene too sick to handle the hunt, miles away from help? And, oh yes, there will be bears. . . .

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PENELOPE CRUMB IS MAD AT THE MOON


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by Shawn Stout


“Penelope Crumb...channels the quirkiness of Ramona Quimby and the detective skills of Cam Jansen...Penelope will delight children and parents alike.” --STARRED REVIEW, Shelf Awareness

Penelope Crumb is not having a very good week. First she accidentally comes to school dressed as an elephant (dress like an animal day is next week), and then in gym class she’s forced to square dance. With a boy who is known as Lippy Gordon because of how sweaty his lip is. All the time. Penelope is mortified. And then is extra mortified when she discovers that Lippy doesn’t want to dance with her either!

When Grandpa tells Penelope that he sings to the moon when he’s having trouble, Penelope grabs onto this plan. But sometimes you need more than the moon to fix things.

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Category: Ages 8 - 12

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USA/Canada:  Philomel, Penguin USA

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INVINCIBLE


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by Dawn Metcalf


Book Four in the powerful THE TWIXT series

Joy must convince the Folk to return to a world that is safe for humans and Folk, alike or lose the magic necessary for both to survive.

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Category: Young Adult

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World Rights: Harlequin Teen

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INVIOLATE


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by Dawn Metcalf


Book Three in the powerful THE TWIXT series

Joy must find the door between worlds in order to rescue the Folk King and Queen and save herself from becoming inhuman.

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Category: Young Adult

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World Rights: Harlequin Teen

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INVISIBLE


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by Dawn Metcalf


Book Two in the powerful THE TWIXT series

Some things lie beneath the surface.

Invisible.

With the power to change everything.

Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.

Her choice is balanced on a scalpel’s edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess.

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Category: Young Adult

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World Rights: Harlequin Teen, April 2014 (represented by Dystel & Goderich)

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INDELIBLE


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by Dawn Metcalf


The exciting first book in THE TWIXT series.

Some things are permanent. Indelible. And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye.

Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep and a life that will never be the same. 

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future…and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. 

Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…

THE TWIXT

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Category: Young Adult

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World Rights: Harlequin Teen, 2013 (represented by Dystel & Goderich)

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LUMINOUS


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by Dawn Metcalf


A stunningly original dark fantasy.

As reality slips and time stands still, Consuela finds herself thrust into the world of the Flow. Removed from all she loves into this shifting world overlapping our own, Consuela quickly discovers she has the power to step out of her earthly skin and cloak herself in new ones--skins made from the world around her, crafted from water, fire, air. She is joined by other teens with extraordinary abilities, bound together to safeguard a world they can affect, but where they no longer belong.

When murder threatens to undo the Flow, the Watcher charges Consuela and elusive, attractive V to stop the killer. But the psychopath who threatens her new world may also hold the only key to Consuela’s way home.

Category: Young Adult

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World Rights: Dutton Books, 2011 (represented by Dystel & Goderich)

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CURSE OF THE ICE SERPENT


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by Jon Mayhew


Book Three of the Monster Odyssey series.

A shock encounter with more of Count Oginski’s deadly brothers leaves Dakkar grieving and on a perilous mission to the Arctic Circle. Aided by Oginski’s devious twin brothers, he must find the deadly Thermolith, a meteorite fragment that never cools and could power a thousand war machines. But the meteor is guarded by powerful creatures from a by-gone age, Ice Bears, Sabre-toothed Tigers and Monsters that have slipped into Inuit legend. Aided by his best friend Georgia Fulton, Prince Dakkar faces Marek, the most brutal and uncompromising of the Cryptos Clan. But who will save him from his own self-destructive anger and thirst for revenge? And which of the brothers Oginski can he rely upon?

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Category: Ages 8 - 12

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UK / Commonwealth / Europe: Bloomsbury (January 2015)

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SOULPRINT


by Megan Miranda


From the author of FRACTURE, a riveting new thriller which draws on cutting-edge science.

Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years—whether that’s for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina’s soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.

Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life—something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.

Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June’s footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more.  Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are—about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.

Alina doesn’t know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she’s destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden—and what one life is really worth.

Category: Young Adult

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Walker (Winter 2015)

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MOONPENNY ISLAND


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by Tricia Springstubb


A wonderful story about learning to see—the things right in front of us, the things we never dreamed of.  And especially the most powerful feat of all--learning to see through someone else’s eyes.

Flor lives on a small island. An island so small that when the summer people leave and the ferries shut down, fewer than two hundred souls live there, and that’s counting Flossie the gangster cat and Minnie the two-legged dog. Flor and her best, perfect friend Sylvie are the only eleven year old humans for watery miles and miles.

But this summer Sylvie shows up at the quarry swimming hole with bruises, and within weeks she’s whisked away to school on the mainland. Without her only friend, Flor’s world shrinks down to her parents, brother and sister. No one else to spare! Except that now Mama, who’s been arguing way too much with Dad, leaves to take care of Lita. When Mama calls, Flor hears the aunts and cousins laughing and talking in the background, and even after Lita gets better, Mama doesn’t come back. Cecilia, Flor’s beautiful and brilliant big sister, doesn’t seem to mind. Free from Mama’s eagle-eye, she can lead her own secret, sneaky life, something hard to pull off in a place as minuscule as Moonpenny.

No man is an island—but apparently eleven year old girls can be. Flor’s never been so alone, until she begins to spend time with Jasper, the most peculiar daughter of a geologist who’s come to Moonpenny to excavate trilobite fossils. Trilobites were humble fellows, but among the very first creatures to develop sight. Evolution, Flor slowly discovers, isn’t always about becoming the biggest and strongest. As her own ability to see her life on this little bump of limestone evolves, she faces some truths that almost make her wish she was blind. Cecilia claims their old life is over, but that can’t be. Your life is always your life, now and forever. Flor may have lost Mama and Sylvie, but she makes a solemn vow not to let her sister get away, too.

“Can eyes still be evolving?” Flor wonders. “Will future humans be able to see stuff we can’t? Like the insides of things.The hidden, secret parts?”

Category: Ages 8 - 12

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US/Canada: HarperCollins (Balzer & Bray)

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BREAKING SKY


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by Cori McCarthy


ENDER’S GAME meets CODE NAME VERITY in this thrilling and edgy new novel from the author of THE COLOR OF RAIN

The year is 2048. World War III is looming. Asia’s New Eastern Bloc is the global superpower whose devastating red drones threaten the USA and its allies…

Chase Harcourt, call sign ‘Nyx’, is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental ‘Streaker’ jets at the junior Air Force Academy. Tough and impulsive, with lightning-fast reactions, Chase’s flyboy fame and reputation as a heartbreaker mean that few know the pain and loneliness of her past, the dark secret about her father, or how hard she works to remain detached. All anyone cares is that Chase can keep her maverick tendencies in check long enough to ace the upcoming Streaker trials, finally proving that the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

But as the world tilts towards war, and the young pilots gear up for their greatest and most dangerous test, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker jet, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. A guy who flies like a god and tests her ability to keep her feelings in lockdown.

As she flies at blinding speeds to defend her country, Chase must also take terrible risks to save her friends.  Facing a loss that strikes her right in the heart, Chase must finally learn to trust and take the ultimate risk – to let herself love and be loved.

Category: Young Adult

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USA/Canada: Sourcebooks Fire (Spring 2015)

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WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME


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by Erin Fletcher


When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But when Nate¹s recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn’t sure which is worse: that she’s harboring a fugitive, or that she’s in love with one. WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME is Erin Fletcher’s debut y.a.

When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods—vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn’t happen—are more traditional, but who is she to judge?

Nate doesn’t tell her why he’s in her garage, and she doesn’t tell him what she’s running from. Soon, Hanley¹s trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate¹s recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn’t sure which is worse: that she’s harboring a fugitive, or that she’s in love with one.

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THE THIRD TWIN


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by CJ Omololu


A smart, contemporary, page-turning thriller, with a fabulous twist!

Identical twins Lexi and Ava have always been close, despite being very different. Lexi relentlessly pursues academic perfection and an Ivy League future. Ava is a party girl, with an extraordinary ability to reel in the guys.

But there’s a third member of the tripod – Alicia, the triplet sister they invented as kids and never quite abandoned. Alicia is Ava’s cover for dating hot but temporary boys. Boys whom Lexi – in the guise of Alicia - gets the unenviable task of dumping once Ava’s finished with them.

Lexi can’t stand being Alicia. She knows it’s time to pension her off; they’re grown up now and Alicia should be consigned to history. And yet Ava persuades Lexi to give Alicia one final outing . . .

When Casey, Alicia’s last date, turns up brutally murdered, all evidence starts pointing to her – a girl who doesn’t even exist. A persona whom Lexi simply took on for one traumatic evening. But now Lexi realizes she’s being shadowed by someone who seems to know her every move. A car in the wrong place. A red jacket she never bought. An appointment she never made . . . . The ultimate case of identity theft? A nightmare stalker? Whatever, Lexi is going to take the fall for murder.

Only one person can help Lexi clear her name and discover the truth – Zane, her oldest and dearest guy friend. But so often, people are not quite what they seem. Even, perhaps, her twin sister Ava . . .

Category: Young Adult

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USA/Canada:  Random House/Delacorte (February 2015)

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EXODUS


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by Julie Bertagna


In a drowned world, can refuge be found?
Less than a hundred years from now, the world as we know it has disappeared beneath the sea. Only fifteen-year-old Mara has the vision and the will to lead her people in search of a new beginning in this harsh, unfamiliar world.

The first book in a stunning dystopian trilogy set in a future ravaged by global warming

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YOUR MACHINE ANATOMY


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by Kat Helgeson


YOUR MACHINE ANATOMY, co-authored by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson, follows the unlikely friendship of two young women forged via fan fiction and message boards, and is told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts.

Gena and Finn (short for Stefanie) have little in common. Book-smart Gena is preparing to leave her posh boarding school for college; down-to-earth Finn is a twenty-something struggling to make ends meet in the big city. Gena’s romantic life is a series of reluctant one-night-stands; Finn is making a go of it with long-term boyfriend Charlie. But they share a passion for Up Below one of those wonderful and terrible network dramas a la Supernatural (not that those are terrible, but oh you know what I mean). Gena is a darling of the fangirl scene, keeping a popular blog and writing fan fiction. Finn’s online life is a secret, even form Charlie. The pair spark an unlikely online friendship that deepens quickly (so quickly it scares them both), and as their individual “real” lives begin to fall apart, they increasingly seek shelter online, and with each other.

Kat Helgeson and Hannah Moskowitz are cowriters, fangirls, and best friends. Hannah is the author of many books for children and young adults including BREAK, an ALA Popular Paperback for Young Adults, and GONE GONE GONE, a 2013 Stonewall Honor Book. Kat is a videographer and social media specialist with aspirations of space travel. They live in Chicago and New York City and are saving up for teleportation pads. 

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DADDY DEPOT


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by Chana Stiefel


Eight-year-old Lizzie has had it with her distracted, corny Dad. Then she spots an ad that could solve all her problems: “Come to Daddy Depot: The Dad Megastore! From Acrobats to Zookeepers, we have the right dad for you! Exchange your old dad for a brand new one…TODAY!”

Eight-year-old Lizzie has had it with her distracted, corny Dad. Then she spots an ad that could solve all her problems: “Come to Daddy Depot: The Dad Megastore! From Acrobats to Zookeepers, we have the right dad for you! Exchange your old dad for a brand new one…TODAY!” What ensues is a comical spree in a big box store filled to the rafters with dads up for grabs, from Astronauts and Astrologists to Zamboni drivers and zoologists. Soon Lizie’s lost in a maze of daddy bedlam. Will she ever find her dream dad? (Hint: He comes with a Lifetime Guarantee.)

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World: Feiwel & Friends (Winter, 2016)

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FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU


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by Shannon Grogan


A haunting ghost story, a suspenseful thriller . . . with cookies!

16-year-old Kara dreams of becoming a professional baker.  Perfectly designed and piped, her cookies are masterpieces, but also her route out of the rainy streets of Seattle where her family once lived, laughed and ultimately imploded after her hated big sister Kellen died in a drowning accident. Now Kara’s dad has gone, her mom has turned from high-powered attorney into a holy-rolling Christian fundamentalist who sells Soul Soup in the family café, and Kara is left staring in the windows of their old family home, remembering all that happened within those walls.

If only Kara can win the baking competition and scholarship to La Patissierie culinary school, she can escape for ever – go to California then France and open her own, idyllic bakery . . . Maybe Charlie, the cute boy from her childhood who’s just back in town, could even be by her side?

But the past has many secrets, and Kara carries them all within her. As she pieces together the events that led to her Kellen’s terrible, life-changing betrayal some years before, she starts seeing her dead sister out of the corner of her eye – teasing her, leading her on. An unwelcome ghost in dirty Ugg boots.

And then there are the notes. With cryptic, provocative, menacing one-liners, Kara is being targeted by a mysterious stalker who always delivers his messages in the same distinctive envelopes. Someone is watching her. Someone who knows exactly where she is and what’s she’s doing. But who does she trust enough to tell?

As winter closes in, Kara works on her plan for winning the contest and re-making her life far from the memories of her family. But now the messages are becoming more frequent and disturbing. And Kara realizes that if she doesn’t figure out who her stalker is, she could lose everything. Her chance of escape.  The boy she’s beginning to love and trust.  And her life . . .

Category: Young Adult

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USA/Canada/ Film & TV:  Soho Teen (August 2015)

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THE CHAPEL WARS


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by Lindsey Leavitt


Heart, humor and romance combine to make Lindsey Leavitt’s newest novel set in Las Vegas. 

Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vega Strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance?

And then there’s Grandpa’s letter. Not only does she have to run the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money to keep it afloat. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family’s mortal enemy and owner of the cheesy chapel next door. No matter how cute Dax is, Holly needs to stay focused: on her group of guy friends, her disjointed family, work, school and...Dax. No wait, not Dax.

Holly’s chapel represents everything she’s ever loved in her past. Dax might be everything she could ever love in the future. And she may have to choose between them. 

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Bloomsbury Press, Spring 2014

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THE THING ABOUT YETIS


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by Vin Vogel


Jimi the Yeti loves everything about summer- except the thunderstorms!

Vin Vogel’s debut picture book introduces readers to Jimi the Yeti. Everyone knows yetis love winter: sledding, making snow forts, snowball fights. But what you might not know is yetis also love going to the beach and building sandcastles. The thing about yetis is, they love summer...except for the thunderstorms!

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World: Dial Books for Young Readers (Fall, 2015)

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IVY SPARROW


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by Jennifer Bell


A fabulous middle-grade fantasy adventure, bursting with fun and invention.

When Ivy Sparrow’s grandmother Sylvie is rushed to hospital on Christmas Eve, Ivy and her annoying big brother Seb cannot imagine what lies in store for them.  For Sylvie’s house has been ransacked by unknown intruders, a mysterious feather writes bizarre warnings in midair, and a very strange policeman suddenly arrives at the door waving . . .  a toilet brush. Pursued by menacing Officer Smokehart, Ivy and Seb take the only escape on offer – by jumping into a briefcase wielded by a young man who claims to be able to save them.

Suddenly they find themselves in the incredible world of Lundinor, a city beneath London where uncommon people live and trade in uncommon goods. A belt that enables the wearer to fly. A yo-yo that turns into a weapon. But Ivy and Seb soon discover that muckers (as commoners like them are known) aren’t welcome in this world of magic, and they must either prove they belong – or get out fast.  But how do you escape from a place entered via briefcase?

With Seb arrested, Ivy must rescue him – but in so doing, she discovers a family secret as shameful as it is incredible, and realizes that there is much more to eccentric Grandma Sylvie then any mucker could have guessed. With the forces of the evil Dirge closing in fast, and with a terrifying uncommon alarm clock whose hands point to the deaths of all her family, Ivy must find a way to save them all before it’s too late.

Category: Ages 8 - 12

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UK/Commonwealth:  Random House (Summer 2015)

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MY NEAR DEATH ADVENTURES (99% TRUE)


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by Alison DeCamp


With the humor of an 1890’s WIMPY KID and the illustrative component of MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (minus the creepiness), this is a fresh and very funny debut from a talented new voice in middle-grade fiction

There are many things that 11-year-old Stanley Slater would like to have in life. A bicycle with vermilion tire rims. Another chance to see Conrad McAllister wearing old Mrs Cavanaugh’s huge pink underdrawers on his head. The means of getting rid of his ancient and crotchety Granny, who is as hairy as a Loup Garou and 99.9% evil.  But most of all, Stanley would like to have a father.

So when a mysterious envelope, postmarked Texas, arrives at Stanley’s humble home in Manistique, Michigan, he knows something big is afoot. Now it seems Stan’s missing dad isn’t ‘dearly departed’ at all – he’s merely long lost. And who better to find this absent hero/cowboy/explorer/outlaw than intrepid Stanley himself?

Granny says that Stan’s dad could be anywhere. At the North Pole. In a circus. So when Stanley, Mama and Granny set off to spend a few months at Uncle Henry’s logging camp in the Upper Peninsula, Stan knows his chance has come – to become a manly man like his dad or even find the dude himself (or a fair substitute) among the hairy, axe-wielding lumberjacks.

But nothing goes smoothly for Stan out in the chilly forests. Not only must he deal with his impossible cousin Geri (who wears a chicken on her hand), but fend off Mama’s suitors like Cold-Blooded Killer Stinky Pete – and somehow get himself on to the River Drive, the most perilous adventure of all, where even a fellow’s peavey is at risk.

It’s a wild ride for Stanley as he finds out a thing or two for himself about true manliness, but at least he has his Scrapbook to embellish the tale!

Category: Ages 8 - 12

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World English language:  Crown, Random House USA (Spring 2015)

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WE ALL LOOKED UP


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by Tommy Wallach


A character-driven and heartbreaking “pre-Apocalyptic” story.

Peter is a basketball star reevaluating his easy life; Anita is an over-achiever who’s only ever followed the straight-and-narrow; Andy is a slacker with musical aspirations; Eliza is a photographer whose reputation as the school slut has driven her into seclusion. These four high school seniors have little in common, but as Ardor, a “near earth object,” draws closer to Earth with a 66.6% chance of destroying all life on the planet, their worlds will intersect. WE ALL LOOKED UP is a tense and tender examination of life and relationships-- when there is little time left.

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World: Simon & Schuster (Spring, 2015)
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FIENDISH


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by Brenna Yovanoff


A creepily atmospheric new novel from the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE REPLACEMENT

Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten. Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.

When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover why her childhood was taken from her. But the truth gets muddled in her attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend and the hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.

Category: Young Adult

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USA/Canada:  Razorbill, Penguin Putnam

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DEVINE INTERVENTION


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by Martha Brockenbrough


There is a great legend of the guardian angel who traveled across time and space for the human girl he loved, slaying those who would threaten her with a gleaming sword made of heavenly light. This is not that story.

Jerome Hancock is Heidi Devine’s guardian angel. Sort of. He’s more of an angel trainee, in heaven’s soul-rehabilitation program for wayward teens. And he’s just about to get kicked out for having too many absences and for violating too many of the Ten Commandments for the Dead.

Heidi, meanwhile, is a high school junior who dreams of being an artist, but has been drafted onto her basketball team because she’s taller than many a grown man. For as long as she can remember, she’s heard a voice in her head - one that sings Lynyrd Skynyrd, offers up bad advice, and yet is company during those hours she feels most alone.

When the unthinkable happens, these two lost souls must figure out where they went wrong and whether they can make things right before Heidi’s time is up and her soul is lost forever.

Martha Brockenbrough’s debut novel is hilarious, heartbreaking, and hopeful, with a sense of humor that’s wicked as hell, and writing that’s just heavenly.

Category: Young Adult

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USA: Arthur A. Levine Books, June 2012 - Rights sold by The Herman Agency

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FINDING BIGFOOT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW (ANIMAL PLANET)


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by Martha Brockenbrough


A howl in the distance. The biggest footprint you’ve ever seen. A blurry figure in the distance. These are the clues that lead us to believe there is something out there—Bigfoot. 

Already a fan of the wildly successful FINDING BIGFOOT show on Animal Planet? (One of the top-performing shows in the network’s history!) Stacked with information for your burning questions, this heavily illustrated work features a compelling narrative with commentary from the stars of the show, photographs and extras from the Animal Planet’s archives, and so much more.

Skeptics will be given all the information they need to decide for themselves if they believe, and enthusiasts will revel in this essential Bigfoot book.

Do you hear that howl? Bigfoot is calling.

Category: Ages 8 - 12

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USA: Feiwel & Friends, August 2013 - Rights sold by The Herman Agency

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THE DINOSAUR TOOTH FAIRY


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by Martha Brockenbrough


It’s the comeback of the millennium for a Tooth Fairy whose last collection was in the Mesozoic era!

The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy lives in the Museum, where she polishes her giant tooth collection and remembers the good old days. But when a little girl with a loose tooth walks through with her class, the D.T.F. knows she wants it, wants it, WANTS it! The thing is, the world has changed quite a lot since the D.T.F. was out and about—there are doorknobs, slobbering dogs, and school buses to worry about now. Not to mention a mysterious Tooth Fairy rival who might just sweep in and ruin everything!

Here is a story about loose teeth, heart’s desires and—in the end—friendship, that is both laugh-out-loud funny and unexpectedly touching. This is the T-Rex of tooth fairy books. (Or maybe the most magical tooth fairy of dinosaur books?) Read it and teethe.

Category: Ages 5 - 8

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USA: Arthur A. Levine Books, June 2013; sold by The Herman Agency

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I HEART BAND #3: SLEEPOVERS, SOLOS AND SHEET MUSIC


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by Michelle Schusterman


Surprise sleepovers, disastrous band trips and abandoned friendships: Holly tackles it all in the third book of the I HEART BAND series!

For Holly Mead, the second half of seventh grade means classes get twice as hard – especially band. Between the upcoming band trip to New Orleans, the All-Region concert, and Solo & Ensemble contest, she’s got more than enough music to practice. And it doesn’t help that her director put Holly in an ensemble with Aaron, her not-so-former crush...who’s now dating Natasha, one of Holly’s best friends.

But classes aren’t the only thing getting more difficult. Now that Holly’s other best friend, Julia, has a boyfriend, she doesn’t seem to have much time for Holly anymore. So Holly’s really excited about the surprise sleepover party she’s throwing for Julia’s birthday – finally, a little quality time with her best friend. When Julia skips the sleepover to go to a concert with her boyfriend instead, she and Holly have a huge fight.

Holly’s been looking forward to the band trip for months, and now she and Julia aren’t even speaking. When the bus breaks down and the band ends up stranded in the middle of nowhere, Holly realizes this is shaping up to be the best trip ever...but it’s kind of hard to have fun considering her best friend abandoned her. Roller coasters and new crushes, funhouses and break-ups – all kinds of things change during the band trip, but all that matters to Holly is saving her friendship with Julia.

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Category: Ages 8 - 12

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Grosset, Penquin USA (Books 1 and 2: Winter 2014; Book 3: Summer 2014; Book 4: Fall 2014).

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THE WRATH OF THE LIZARD LORD


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by Jon Mayhew


The second outrageous adventure in the MONSTER ODYSSEY series

1815 – Young Dakkar and his mentor, Oginski, take their submarine The Nautilus to rescue Napoleon Bonaparte from an assassination attempt. But when things go horribly wrong, Dakkar finds himself chasing fossil-girl, Mary Anning, into an adventure in a world deep beneath the surface of the Earth. It’s a world populated by dinosaurs, giant cavemen and the evil Count Cryptos. The ruthless megalomaniac is eager to unleash the denizens of this underground land that time forgot on the unsuspecting allied troops at the battle of Waterloo. But, as ever, Dakkar isn’t sure just who he can trust or even if he’s on the right side! More intrigue, more twists and turns and more exploding dinosaurs than you can shake a sabre at in the second of the outrageous adventures of a young Captain Nemo.

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Category: Ages 8 - 12

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UK / Commonwealth / Europe: Bloomsbury (May 2014)

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ASH MISTRY AND THE WORLD OF DARKNESS


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by Sarwat Chadda


Rick Riordan did it for Greece. Now Sarwat Chadda does it for India… Book three in the incredible action-adventure trilogy Ash Mistry

Ash Mistry is in a world of pain. A parallel world in fact, where another version of him seems to be living his life, and the evil Lord Savage – now all-powerful and adored by the nation – is about to carry out a terrible plan.

Worse still, Ash’s superpowers, invested in him by the Death Goddess Kali, seem no longer to be working.

Without Kali, can Ash defeat Savage and save the world?

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Category: Ages 8 - 12

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USA/Canada: Arthur Levine Books, Scholastic USA
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CAN’T LOOK AWAY


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by Donna Cooner


From the author of SKINNY comes a fabulous and moving new YA novel about love, life and loss

Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Her fashion and beauty vlog gets thousands of hits, and people look to her for tips on how to be popular and pretty. But then everything changes. Torrey’s sister is killed in a hit-and-run, and the broken family moves to a small Texas town. Torrey has to start over, wondering if the kids at school recognize her from online. When she meets handsome Luis, whose family owns the local funeral home, he challenges all that Torrey thought she knew about love, life, and loss. Can Torrey learn to grieve for her sister in a private way, even if she still craves the spotlight?

Category: Young Adult

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US: Scholastic / Point (August 2014)

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THE TERROR OF THE SOUTHLANDS (MAGIC AHOY!)


by Caroline Carlson


The swashbuckling sequel to MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT in the THE VERY NEARLY HONORABLE LEAGUE OF PIRATES series!

Hilary Westfield is a pirate at last, but life on the High Seas isn’t quite what she’d expected it to be. It’s been months since she’s sailed off on a thrilling adventure or found a hidden stash of magical treasure. Even the captain of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates is beginning to wonder if Hilary is truly worthy of her league membership card. When the kingdom’s Enchantress is captured by a mysterious band of villains calling themselves the Mutineers, Hilary knows this is the adventure she’s been waiting for: She’ll rescue the Enchantress, trounce the Mutineers, and prove her bravery to the pirate league.

With her friends Claire and Charlie by her side and her trusty gargoyle in tow, Hilary soon finds herself pursued by pesky inspectors, singed by magical explosions, threatened by scallywags, and (worst of all) forced to wear a ball gown. But even a sharp cutlass and a pocket full of magic coins can’t help Hilary escape the Mutineers’ threats against her friends. When she learns that the plot against the Enchantress is only a small part of a larger threat to the kingdom’s magic, Hilary has to decide what it means to be a true pirate—and whether a true pirate is brave enough to walk away from everything she’s worked so hard to prove.

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Category: Ages 8 - 12

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USA / Canada: HarperCollins

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PLEASE DON’T TELL


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by Laura Tims


This is a compulsively readable, edge-of-the seat suspense novel – contemporary, clever, layered, and with a unique and riveting premise. For teens who will go on to read GONE GIRL.

Joy killed a guy. His name was Adam Gordon, and he raped her twin sister Grace, ruining her golden life. No one knows what happened except Joy – and Preston, her geeky, autistic, oldest friend. But now Joy has lost Grace, the most important person in her life, her family’s imploding – and there’s worse to come.  Joy decides she has to get Adam out of town by whatever means. So when he turns nasty that night in the woods, she stabs him in the neck with a syringe of knock-out drug. Call it self-protection. Call it just desserts for what he did to Grace. Call it making sure no one else suffers at the hands of douchebag Adam.

Joy never really meant to kill him. Or did she? Whatever, it looks like the perfect crime – except Joy didn’t think too much about Adam’s grieving father. Or that she might start falling for Levi, newly arrived in town to find out more about his half-brother. And she certainly never intended that Vince should swing in her place just because he was the obvious culprit.

Plagued with guilt, longing for redemption, Joy still knows she’s got away with it. Or has she? Because one night a note is shoved through her window: ‘You killed Adam Gordon. So you’re going to do what I want from now on. I’ll be in touch. Red.’

Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of her placid hometown. But as Red’s demands escalate and he tells her to frame a friend for a crime he didn’t commit, she must somehow uncover Red’s identity before he forces her to make a terrible choice: confess, or watch Preston get sent to jail in her place.

Joy did it for love - an ordinary girl who wanted justice. But now she’s caught in Red’s manipulative trap and there’s only one way out . . .

Category: Young Adult

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US/Canada: HarperCollins (Winter 2016)

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KILLING RUBY ROSE


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by Jessie Humphries


Introducing Ruby Rose, ‘the Taylor Swift of justice’ - and star of this uniquely sassy, conceptually outrageous debut thriller that is smart, pacy and full of wit (and great shoes)

Ruby’s not even started to get over the death of her beloved dad, SWAT Sergeant Jack Rose, who got blown up in the line of duty – a very mysterious line of duty – a few months ago. Why is there a cone of silence over that night, and what does her District Attorney mom – much given to dodgy plea deals not to mention pathetic parenting – know about what happened, and the unnerving detective who’s supposedly heading the investigation?

But Ruby’s hiding her own secrets. To deal with her dad’s demise, she’s found the perfect outlet for her skills - tracking five notoriously vile criminals who got away from either her dad or her mom. If she can bring guys like Charlie ‘child abductor’ LeMarq to justice, she’ll prove she really is her father’s daughter. And if she can score a date to Homecoming with Mr. Pre-Season Favorite for Most Beautiful Eyes of the Senior Class – aka Liam Slater – then maybe life could even turn sweet again.

Lured to a dingy warehouse, Ruby finds herself in a crazy standoff against desperate men intent on killing a girl – a girl who looks freakily like Ruby herself. All Ruby can do is shoot to kill. But that bullet is only the first, as Ruby finds herself set up to take out all five murderous men on her list. Suddenly Ruby’s turned into the world’s first well-meaning teen serial killer. But also on a crazy journey with Liam – in the very coolest shoes - into the dangerous truth about her own mysterious past . . .

Category: Young Adult

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World English language rights: Amazon Skyscape (May 2014)

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NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED


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by Hannah Moskowitz


A contemporary LGBTQ y.a. about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and coming to terms with a complicated identity.

Not gay enough for her ex-clique; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery): Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself? 

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World Rights: Simon Pulse (Spring, 2015)

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A HISTORY OF GLITTER AND BLOOD


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by Hannah Moskowitz


A gritty urban fantasy.

In their city of Ferrum, there is a tenuous truce with the subterranean trolls— that is until the Tightropers arrive to “liberate” the fairies. Sixteen-year-old Beckan Molloy is one of the only fairies to stay behind when the war begins. To survive, she turn tricks for the gnomes, a risky proposition as most would gobble a fairy whole as soon as sleep with her. Beckan finds herself caught between two opposing factions. On one side, Tier, the kind gnome boy who needs Beckan’s romantic advice. On the other side, Piccolo, a tightroper general’s son who protests the war. In the middle, her boys, Scrap and Josha, too close to be lovers, but something more than friends. No fairy tale, this “scrapbook” tells a story of love during wartime.

Category: Young Adult

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North America: Chronicle Books (Fall, 2015)

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SHUTTER


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by Courtney Alameda


A lightning-paced paranormal thriller.

Seventeen-year-old tetrachcromat Micheline Helsing sees ghosts in Technicolor. Able to capture the dead on film, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters corporeal and spiritual. When a routine hunt goes awry, Micheline is infected with a curse known as a soulchain. Now Micheline is on the run, pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, with only seven days to exorcise the entity or be destroyed body and soul. The chase will take her through the veil and into the darkest corners of her own past.

Category: Young Adult

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World: Feiwel & Friends (Fall, 2014)

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THE BODIES WE WEAR


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by Jeyn Roberts


A powerful and dark revenge story, set in a speculative future, this is KILL BILL meets LOVELY BONES with a teen Lisbeth Salander as narrator. But it’s also a love story, about how death can’t kill what never dies.

A new drug, Heam, is taking hold and dealers are the new gods. Cruel gods. When Faye was a little girl, she and her best friend Christian were attacked and forced to take it, but Faye overdosed, leaving her with the telltale scars of a Heam addict. Christian died.

Seven years on, Faye is an outsider, training every day to take revenge on those that destroyed her future and murdered her best friend. Now she is ready, and someone from her past is coming to help.

Category: Young Adult

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USA/Canada:  Knopf (Fall 2014)

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THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE


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by Kat Yeh


Touching and smart, poignant and funny, this is classic middle grade to delight the heart

Take two sisters: brainy 12-year-old Galileo Galilei Barnes (better known as GiGi) and her big sister Delta Dawn II - a Junior High dropout-turned-hairdresser (better known as DiDi).

Add a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the Gold Coast of New York.

Mix in a fancy new school, a first crush, and a generous serving of delicious food.

Then top it all off with a supposedly dead Mama and her very special lipstick.

Here’s the recipe for THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE, the story of what happens when GiGi and DiDi say goodbye to their home in the South, leaving everything behind — except their dead Mama’s cookbook of trailer park recipes, all laced with homespun wisdom and loving care. After all, recipes play a big part in the sisters’ lives. DiDi has even given GiGi a Recipe for Success that is sure to head her straight for an Ivy League education, and nothing – not even their secret $1 million win in a cooking competition – is going to deflect from GiGi’s academic journey to the stars.

But GiGi figures that in her new home, in this utterly different world of privilege, it’s time to try her own recipes. Like how to make good friends as easily as she makes good grades. Like how to Tell It Like It Is, instead of always pretending. Maybe even how to turn her boy friend, Trip, into A Boyfriend. And especially, how to find a tube of Mama’s favorite lipstick, Revlon’s Cherries in the Snow - discontinued now for twenty years.

GiGi’s always known that she walked in her Mama’s smart and beautiful footsteps – that she was given the name of an astronomer for some big reason. But now, as she seeks to reinvent herself, GiGi stumbles upon a clue that could change everything. Suppose her dead Mama wasn’t so dead after all.  Suppose she had to reinvent herself from a basketful of mystery ingredients?

More than anything, this is a story about growing up, discovering who you really are – and what to make from what life has given you.

Category: Ages 8 - 12

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USA/Canada: Little Brown, February 2015

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WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS


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by Kate Bassett


A beautifully written and evocative debut about the power of love and the power of words.

Raised in the dying auto-factory town of Grey Iron, Michigan (based on Saginaw), 17-year-old Anna O’Mally is a born writer – gifted, perceptive, headed for the stars. Or she was, until the day, one year ago, when the person she loved more than anyone else died. Joe was her uncle, raised as her brother, barely older than Anna herself, but she worshipped the ground he walked on, treasured his opinions, and lived in the glow of knowing she was the most important person in his world too.

But there’s one thing hardly anyone else knows: Anna killed Joe. Oh, she never meant to. How could she have guessed that because of her neediness, her refusal to share him, Joe would catch the pneumonia that would kill him? But Anna knows she’s a murderer, and now her family’s slowly imploding around her. Worst of all, her beloved words, all those first lines she was destined to write, have run dry and she knows she’ll never write again.

With Joe’s one-year deadaversary, Anna’s great healing is supposed to begin, but that looks totally impossible. Until Anna meets Mateo, the young chef from the wrong side of the river who turns food into art and somehow begins to melt her carefully constructed walls of pain.  Until she discovers a strange email that suggests she maybe didn’t know saintly Joe quite as well as she thought she did. And until her beloved grandfather’s last illness begins a trail of events and discoveries that breaks open everything Anna thought she knew and understood about her family, the past, the possibilities of love – and origami.

As Anna goes in search of the truth, she discovers that while every story, every human being, has a last line, it might still be possible to find the words for a new beginning. But first of all she must step into the most unsettling story of all – her own.

Category: Young Adult

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US/Canada: Flux (Summer 2014)

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GOLD


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by Talia Vance


Brianna’s compelling story continues as she grapples with time and magic in this fantastic sequel to SILVER.

Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began.

Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end.

Category: Young Adult

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USA/Canada: Flux (September 2013)

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POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL


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by Wendy Mills


Jodi Picoult for teens meets Lurlene McDaniel. Beautiful written, beautifully moving, a vivid contemporary story of a girl’s unusual but terrible dilemma - and the love story that springs from it. 

16-year-old Erin is a smart if slightly dorky teenager, her life taken up with her best friend Trina, her major crush on smoky-eyed, unattainable Michael, and fending off Faith, the vision of perfection who’s somehow always had the knife in for Erin. Her dad, a pilot, died when she was very young, but Erin and her mom are just fine on their own.

Then everything changes forever one day after school when Erin’s mom announces she has breast cancer. And there’s even worse news to come. Horrified, Erin discovers that her grandmother’s death from cancer is almost certainly linked, the common denominator a rare gene mutation that makes cancer almost inevitable. And if two generations of women in the family had this mutation, what does that mean for Erin? The chances she’s inherited it are frighteningly high.  Would it be better to know now and have major preemptive surgery or spend as much life as she has left in blissful ignorance?

As Erin grapples with her terrible dilemma, her life starts to spiral downwards, alleviated only by the flying lessons she starts taking with grumpy Stew and his little yellow plane, Tweetie Bird. Up in the sky, following in her dad’s footsteps, Erin finds freedom chasing the horizon.  Down on the ground it’s a different story, and facing betrayal from Trina, humiliation from Faith, and a world of disappointment with Michael, Erin knows she must discover the truth about herself. Sure enough, she’s positive for the gene that’s slowly killing her mom.

Suddenly, Erin’s life has turned into a nightmare, and the only person she can truly talk to is a girl called Ashley who she meets online. But when, in a moment of madness, Erin flies away with Tweetie Pie to find her new friend, she finds herself on a journey that will take her through not only shock and despair - but ultimately to a new understanding of the true meaning of beauty, meaning, and love.

Category: Young Adult

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US/Canada:  Bloomsbury Children’s US (March 2015)

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INTUITION


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by CJ Omololu


In the sequel to TRANSCENDENCE, past lives and lost loves make the present more dangerous than ever.

As Cole begins to accept her new life as Akhet, every new vision from her past lives helps explain more about who she is in this life. Her love for Griffon grows as quickly as her Akhet abilities, while Cole
learns to recognize other Akhet around her, including Drew, a young millionaire who reveals a startling connection—he was Cole’s true love in Elizabethan England. But Drew’s intense desire to restore their
past relationship alienates Griffon. Caught between the person she was in the 15th century and the person she is now, Cole must decide who she loves and figure out her place in the Akhet’s worldwide plan as a rogue Akeht sets out to destroy them all.

With more epic romance and adventure, INTUITION brings readers further into this fascinating world where reincarnation changes all the rules for life and love.

Category: Young Adult

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Bloomsbury / Walker Children’s Books: June 2013 (sold by EMLA)

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TRANSCENDENCE


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by CJ Omololu


Full of danger, romance, and intrigue, TRANSCENDENCE breathes new life into a perpetually fascinating question: What would you do with another life to live?

When Cole Ryan visits the Tower of London, panic starts to rise as she realizes the visions are getting worse. Everywhere she goes, everything she touches, seems to trigger vivid scenes of a time she doesn’t know, in a place she’s never lived. The only rational explanation is that she’s losing her mind. Or is it?

The moment Griffon Hall sees Cole in London that day, he knows immediately that she’s special, like him—that these aren’t visions, but glimpses into their own past lives. And he knows for certain their paths were meant to cross in this life…

With Griffon’s help, Cole realizes her status as Akhet, people who must take the wisdom they’ve gathered over centuries of past lives and use it for good. But not all Akhet are honorable, and a rogue is after Cole to avenge a shared past that she barely remembers. Piecing together clues from many lifetimes, Cole discovers a secret that could ruin her only chance at a future with Griffon—a future they are destined to share—and risking his love could be the only way to save them both.

Category: Young Adult

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Bloomsbury / Walker Children’s Books: June 2012 (sold by EMLA)

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DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS


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by CJ Omololu


You can only hoard your troubles for so long.

Everyone has secrets. Some are just bigger and dirtier than others. For sixteen years, Lucy has kept her mother’s hoarding a secret. She’s had to—nobody would understand the stacks of newspapers and mounds of garbage so high they touch the ceiling and the rotting smell that she’s always worried would follow her out the house. After years of keeping people at a distance, she finally has a best friend and maybe even a boyfriend if she can play it right. As long as she can make them think she’s normal.

When Lucy arrives home from a sleepover to find her mother dead under a stack of National Geographics, she starts to dial 911 in a panic, but pauses before she can connect. She barely notices the filth and trash anymore, but she knows the paramedics will. First the fire trucks, and then news cameras that will surely follow. No longer will they be remembered as the nice oncology nurse with the lovely children—they’ll turn into that garbage-hoarding freak family on Collier Avenue. With a normal life finally within reach, Lucy has only minutes to make a critical decision. How far will she go to keep the family secrets safe?

Category: Young Adult

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Bloomsbury / Walker Children’s Books: February 2010 (sold by EMLA)

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ASH MISTRY AND THE CITY OF DEATH


by Sarwat Chadda


In this fast-paced sequel to ASH MISTRY AND THE SAVAGE FORTRESS, Ash and Parvati join forces once more to track down Lord Savage in Kolkata. But to get what he wants, Ash must make a deal with his archenemy.

Three months after returning to England, Ash Mistry is trying to get back to normal life, like high school and finally getting up the courage to ask Gemma out. But Parvati returns to let him know that Lord Savage is about to execute another evil plot. The Koh-I-Noor diamond, a powerful and divine super-weapon, has been stolen from the Tower of London and is to be sold to Savage. With the diamond, Savage could wreak havoc on the world and bring back the dead. Ash sees his chance to finally stop Savage, so he and Parvati set out to find the Koh-I-Noor before Savage does.

But in their quest to stop Savage, they are attacked by his people and Ash’s friend Gemma is killed. Devastated, Ash blames himself for her death, and decides they should use the Koh-I-Noor to bring her back to life. But in order to get the diamond and save his friend, Ash must work with Savage, the only one who knows how to use the super weapon. As Ash gets pulled deeper into Savage’s plans, he confronts ancient powers, long-destroyed kingdoms, and even his friends. Will it all be worth it in order to bring Gemma back to life?

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Category: Ages 8 - 12

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UK/Commonwealth/English-language Europe:  HarperCollins UK (Feb 2013)

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DEAD AIR


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by Michelle Schusterman


Fun and creepy, this is a fast-paced and addictive new series from the author of I HEART BAND.

When Kat Laskey’s dad tells her his new job is hosting the web show Local Haunts and they’ll be living on the road visiting the world’s most haunted places, Kat packs her bags without a second thought. To keep her Grandma (a self-proclaimed spook-a-holic) and her friends back in Ohio up to date on her adventures, Kat starts her own blog: The Ex-Kat Files, with “a behind the scenes look at the creepiest show on the web.”

But the ghostbusting life isn’t as glamorous as Kat expected. The show has gone through three hosts in three seasons, and it’s on a tight budget thanks to deadly low ratings. Plus, Kat still has to deal with school – and an annoying classmate, the producer’s nephew Oscar Bettencourt. Oscar’s habit of playing pranks that involve scary masks and a lot of screaming is not something she finds amusing.

But Oscar seems to be pretty serious when he tells Kat about the curse. At first, Kat doesn’t believe his stories about why the previous three hosts left the show. But the more she looks into it, the more they sound like classic cases of possession. And her dad is starting to act kind of strange. Even weirder is the fact that The Ex-KatFiles is getting a ton of comments from fans of the show…but one anonymous commenter has some ominous warnings. The more Kat digs, the more she realizes Local Haunts has a dark past all its own. And saving her dad – and the show – means facing the skeletons in all of their closets.

More information on this series: THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES

Category: Ages 8 - 12

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US: Grosset (Penguin), Book One pubs in 2015

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PENELOPE CRUMB FINDS HER LUCK


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by Shawn Stout


The third book in the hilarious and endearing series featuring Penelope Crumb!

All Penelope Crumb wants is to be someone’s “Favorite.” She’d thought she was her Grandpa Felix’s Favorite, and her mom’s Favorite, and her friend Patsy Cline’s Favorite, but she’s starting to realize that maybe she’s not. And it’s all The Bad Luck’s fault. So since Penelope’s a superb artist, she comes up with a plan—she’s going to be the boss of the mural her school is making at the Portwaller’s Blessed Home for the Aged, which will make her into everyone’s Favorite.  And maybe it’ll frighten The Bad Luck away.

But things don’t quite go as planned there either. And when an old woman named Nila promises to help Penelope find her luck so everyone will like her again, things get even worse--because Nila wants Penelope to help her break out of the home!

In the end, Penelope finds out that friendships aren’t about luck—and that it doesn’t matter if you’re anyone’s Favorite when there are tons of people who love you. 

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Category: Ages 8 - 12

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USA/Canada:  Philomel, Penguin USA

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THE HEX FACTOR: DARK TIDE


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by Harriet Goodwin


The exciting and action-packed sequel to THE HEX FACTOR

Thirteen-year-old Xanthe Fox has only just recovered from the news that she is a True Witch - and from her triumph against Hexing Witch Donna down at the boating lake. Surely she is owed a few
weeks’ peace and quiet?

But she can think again. She is picking up bigger and brighter hexes than ever before, and to make things worse, Donna has started acting very strangely at school, whispering into her mobile and
excusing herself from lessons. When Xanthe overhears one of her conversations, she discovers that a group of Hexing Witches have convened in London and are hexing the Thames. Water levels are rising, and it is only a matter of time before the river will burst its banks and flood the capital.

With Grandma Alice in hospital, Xanthe must decide things for herself. Should she follow Donna to London and find out the whereabouts of the Hexing Witches’ headquarters? If so, can she put a stop to their evil plans and save London from disaster? And can she make it home in time for her hot date with Saul?

Category: Ages 8 - 12

Rights Details

UK/Commonwealth - Stripes (Fall 2013)

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A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS


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by Catherine Linka


A smart, edge-of-the-seat, speculative and romantic thrill-ride, which asks big ‘What if?’ questions.

America, today. A continent upended by the deaths of tens of millions of women from a synthetic hormone in meat. Now teen girls are the country’s most valuable commodity, watched over by guards, gates and Paternal Controls on phones, internet and media.

Seventeen-year-old Avie knows her life is over when her father contracts her in marriage to millionaire businessman Jess Hawkins to raise money for his ailing biotech company. Destined to be moulded into Hawkins’s perfect First Lady as he runs for governor on the Paternalist ticket, Avie knows she has to get away - to save who she is and everything she wants her life to be.

Yates, Avie’s childhood friend turned revolutionary, knows Avie has what it takes to make it to freedom in Canada. But on a perilous flight from the mansions of Los Angeles and Malibu to the cover of an exclusive escort service in Las Vegas, Avie begins to learn dangerous truths about who really controls the US government.  As her friendship with Yates turns to love, and pursued to the snowy Canadian border by government agents, she must discover whether she really is ‘a girl called fearless’. . .

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

World English language:  St Martins Press (Spring 2014)
Film Rights: co-agented Peter Donaldson at Donaldson Media & Consulting

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SOMETIMES NEVER, SOMETIMES ALWAYS


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by Elissa Hoole


With strong writing and wonderful characters, this is an absorbing contemporary story that touches on themes of faith, independence, courage, sexual orientation and identity.

It’s ironic that Cass should be named after the goddess Cassandra, famed for her gift of prophecy and for always telling the truth. Ironic because Cass NEVER tells the truth about herself. How can she when everything she really feels ALWAYS has to be kept secret for fear of rocking the family boat? Like how she’s on her way to becoming an atheist, on the way to finally standing up for her gay brother, on the way to splitting with her condescending best friend. Oh, and also on the way to falling for Darin, the wise, funny, inky-fingered guy who sits next to her in English.

When her class has to write a poem ‘celebrating and singing’ themselves, Cass knows she just can’t do it. So instead she buys a pack of Tarot cards and poses as Divinia Starr, secret dispenser of wisdom and advice via the school newspaper. With her fundamentalist church up in arms, her school in turmoil, and the bullied girl who’s always trusted her attempting suicide, Cass finally has to work out who she really is and what she stands for. Is it finally time for Cass to step up and become truth-telling CASSANDRA?

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

USA/Canada: Flux (Fall 2013)

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I HEART BAND #2: FRIENDS, FUGUES, AND FORTUNE COOKIES


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by Michelle Schusterman


I HEART BAND is a fun, pacy younger middle-grade series about the thrills and spills, practices and performances, crushes and crises of the kids in a middle-school band.

There’s nothing like a little friendly competition. When Holly Mead’s band director announces that their bake sale fundraiser will pit the sections against each other, Holly is positive the brass section will win. After all, the two most competitive kids in band are French horn players – Holly and Natasha Prynne. The girls might be rivals for first chair, but they don’t let it get in the way of their new friendship. Natasha is even helping Holly with the music for the all-region band auditions in a few weeks, when both girls will be competing not only with each other, but with other horn players from all of their district’s middle schools.

Holly can handle a friendly band rivalry with Natasha – but competing over boys is another story. Especially when that boy happens to be Aaron Cook. When Holly hears a rumor that Aaron is going to ask her to the winter dance, she’s ecstatic. After all, she has been talking to him a lot (and with hardly any drooling or stammering, too). Plus all the fortune cookies she’s been cracking open lately thanks to her brother’s new delivery job are about secret admirers and being lucky in love. So when Aaron ends up asking Natasha to the dance instead, Holly thinks she can’t feel much worse. Until she finds out that Natasha has had a secret crush on Aaron, too…she was just afraid of hurting Holly’s feelings.

With all the competition over boys and band, Holly and Natasha’s friendship is more than a little rocky. Before long, Natasha starts distancing herself from both Holly and Aaron. To make things even worse, a small disaster involving a rogue volleyball sets the brass section way behind in the band’s bake sale. Then Holly gets a brilliant idea that’s guaranteed to help them win – and with a little good fortune, it might save Holly’s friendship with Natasha, too.

More information on this series: I HEART BAND

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Grosset, Penquin USA (Books 1 and 2: Winter 2014; Book 3: Summer 2014; Book 4: Fall 2014).

Rights:  World, all languages

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FAR FROM YOU


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by Tess Sharpe


Surprising, lyrical, suspenseful and different, this is a really fresh and unexpected love story with the conceptual punch of a murder mystery. Told non-sequentially, it is an emotional mosaic and a puzzle in which the reader is drawn ever further into understanding, involvement and, ultimately, revelation. Thrilling - and beautifully written!

Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time she was fourteen and Mina’s brother Trev ran a stop light. The car got totalled by a truck and after weeks in hospital, Sophie’s left with scars, pain, and metal screws in her leg.
The second time she’s seventeen and a masked man came out of the woods at Booker’s Point, hit her over the head with an iron bar and shot Mina, leaving her to die in a pool of blood.

The killer took everything Sophie wanted in life. Her complex and adored best friend, her love, her dreams and every hope she ever had for the future.

Everyone knows Sophie’s a user, addicted to Oxy. So when drugs are found on her, it’s an obvious leap to presume she’d persuaded Mina to drive her out that night to a fatal encounter with a drug dealer.

But Sophie’s been clean for months, and it was Mina’s idea to go to Booker’s Point. And Sophie remembers the killer saying, ‘I warned you’ before he fired the gun. So when she finally gets out of rehab – the detox place her distraught parents threw her into after the tragedy – she has just one goal left: to find the guy who killed Mina and make him pay.

Sophie’s painful journey to the truth will take her back to the roots of her tangled relationship with Mina and Trev, back to who she was and is and how she got there – but also forward to face the inescapable. That Mina has gone and she’s never coming back.

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

US/Canada: Disney-Hyperion (May 2014)

UK/Commonwealth:  Orion

Brazil: Editora WMF Martins Fontes

Germany:  Bertelsmann

Italy:  Fabbri/ Rizzoli (RCS Libri)

France: Robert Laffont

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THE EYE OF THE NEPTUNE


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by Jon Mayhew


Jules Verne meets Young Bond – with sharks! Assassins, espionage, giant squid, and mind-blowing adventure combine as one boy sets out to rescue his mentor.

Prince Dakkar, son of an Indian rajah, has issues with authority. Expelled from the world’s finest schools, he is sent to an unconventional educator, Count Oginski. Dakkar plans his escape immediately. But something about the Count intrigues him, including a top-secret project involving a submarine, which he shares with Dakkar.  But others are interested in the Count’s invention and what it might achieve and, when masked men kidnap the Count, leaving Dakkar for dead, he doesn’t know who was responsible. It could have been British Intelligence, or perhaps a sinister figure known only as Cryptos. Either way, Dakkar is determined to rescue the Count. Taking the prototype submarine, he sets off for adventure . . .

Cue shark attack, giant sea creatures, spies and an evil megalomaniac. From his undersea refuge, Dakkar plans to take them all on . . . with a bit of help from a Girl.

More information on this series: MONSTER ODYSSEY

Category: Ages 8 - 12

Rights Details

UK / Commonwealth / Europe: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: Spring 2013

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HYSTERIA


by Megan Miranda


A suspenseful and intriguing murder mystery with a difference. The mind works in mysterious ways – sometimes, with deadly consequences.

Everyone knows that Mallory killed her sort-of-boyfriend, Brian. Brian’s mom definitely knows it, which is why Mallory has a restraining order against her. Her best friend Colleen knows it—she knew it enough to lie for her. Even her parents know it, which is why they ship her off to her father’s old boarding school. And Mallory’s glad to leave—her house is full of this feeling now. His ghost, or his presence. Or maybe his soul.

The lawyers called it self-defense, and Mallory can’t be charged. But that doesn’t change the way people look at her—accusing, and worse.

Monroe Prep is supposed to be her fresh start. But she suddenly finds herself thrown into a world where secrets are the only real currency. And someone—or something—has followed her there. Taunting her. Reminding her. Hurting her. The only one who wants to have anything to do with her is an old friend, Reid, but she’s not so sure that’s the best idea. Not when someone has been whispering her name at night. Not when she wakes up, bruised and afraid, questioning whether the marks on her skin are real.

Something is happening to Mallory. Someone—or something—is after her.

And then a classmate turns up murdered in her locked dorm room.

All eyes are on Mallory.

Again.

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

US: Walker Books For Young Readers
UK: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Publication date: January 2013

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PAPER VALENTINE


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by Brenna Yovanoff


Dark and strange, surprising yet always beautiful, a stunning new novel from NYT-bestselling Brenna Yovanoff, author of THE REPLACEMENT and THE SPACE BETWEEN. 

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record.  The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one.  Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders?  Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets.  She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

US/Canada:  Razorbill (Penguin) - January 2013

UK/Commonwealth:  Simon & Schuster - January 2013

Co-agent for film/TV rights: Jerry Kalajian of IPG

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OPERATION OLEANDER


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by Valerie Patterson


The thought-provoking and moving story of a girl who faces unintended consequences when the Afghan orphanage that she helped support is attacked, changing lives forever - both thousands of miles away and also at home. 

What do you do when something you intended for good goes terribly wrong?

In the summer before ninth grade,13-year-old Jess Westmark organizes her friends on Ft. Spencer Army base in Florida to collect school supplies for an orphanage in Afghanistan where their parents are serving in the US Army. The orphanage’s association with Americans, however, draws it under attack.

The explosion shatters lives in Kabul—and across the world in Florida.  Reeling from the impact, Jess struggles to respond, her actions not only having implications for her own family and the strained relationship with her best friend, whose life has forever been changed by the attack, but also for her growing sense of responsibility to others—even strangers continents away. 

Category: Ages 8 - 12

Rights Details

USA/Canada:  Spring 2013 (Clarion)

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GOING VINTAGE


by Lindsey Leavitt


The story of a girl figuring out the truths and illusions of life and love, both in the nostalgic past and in the very real now. Laugh-out-loud humour combines with a hint of romance in this delightful contemporary novel.

The cure for a broken heart? Go vintage and live like it’s 1962!

Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, isn’t just cheating on her. He’s cheating with an online girlfriend. So Mallory decides to swear off boys and modern technology. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to “go vintage” and return to a simpler time. She sets out to complete grandma’s list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous.

The list proves to be trickier than it looks. Obviously finding a steady is out . . . no matter how intriguing she finds Oliver (er, Jeremy’s cousin). But with the help of her sister, Mallory will finish the list and find peace.

Somehow.

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

USA/Canada:  Bloomsbury (March 2013)

UK/Commonwealth:  Scholastic

Co-agent for film/TV: Jason Dravis at Monteiro Rose Dravis

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BEWARE THE WILD


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by Natalie C. Parker


Lush and lyrical, bewitching and mysterious (think Twin Peaks meets the Village), this unique debut is both atmospheric and scary. Equal parts Southern Gothic and thriller, here is a new author to watch.

The entire town of Sticks, Louisiana, fears the swamp that sleeps in its center, surrounded by an all too fragile picket fence. For 16-year-old Sterling Soucier, the swamp has always been a place to escape into magic and safety - until the day her brother Phineas climbs over the fence in a fit of rage and never comes back out.  After three days of searching, a strange, ethereal girl named Lenora May crawls out of the murky water, claiming to be Sterling’s sister. Suddenly, nobody but Sterling remembers Phin and the entire town accepts Lenora May without question.

Determined to rescue her brother, Sterling finds an unlikely ally in Heath Durham. Distant and quiet (though undeniably cute), Heath isn’t the sort of boy Sterling expects even to know her name. But one year ago, Heath lost his best friend to the swamp and he believes her story completely.

With Heath’s help, Sterling braves the mysterious, seductive, increasingly encroaching swamp in search of her brother, but what she finds instead is a relentless and powerful spirit who gave himself to the swamp a century ago and wants his sister Lenora May back - at any cost.

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

USA/Canada:  HarperCollins (Fall 2014)

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VENGEANCE


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by Megan Miranda


Intense and thrilling, a companion novel and sequel to FRACTURE, set a year after that story and this time told from Decker’s perspective.

Everyone says Falcon Lake is cursed. After all, Delaney nearly died there, and Troy really did. And even Carson died covered in water, even if everyone knows that was really just melted snow.

Decker doesn’t believe all the talk about curses, and he pretty much buys into Delaney’s statistical theory - that every year a certain number of people in any given town are bound to die. He certainly doesn’t join in when people look at Delaney in that suspicious way - like she has something to do with all the trouble. Like she doesn’t just predict who’s going to die - like she may actually be involved.

Decker has always loved Delaney. But when she comes to his house and backs away from his dad, pale faced and weird, everything changes. Because Decker’s father has an appointment coming with death, and Delaney never said a word.

Whatever the truth about Delaney, aren’t there some things that are unforgiveable?

Megan Miranda’s VENGEANCE, a companion novel and sequel to FRACTURE, told from Decker’s perspective, in which the lake that claimed victims appears to be cursed as more tragedy unfolds, raising the question of whether Delaney’s strange affinity with the dying is something even more sinister,

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

US/Canada:  Walker (Winter 2014)

UK/Commonwealth:  Bloomsbury

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FIND ME


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by Romily Bernard


A twisty, edge-of-seat, contemporary thriller which introduces a feisty new protagonist – hacker Wick Tate. This is a riveting GIRL WITH A DRAGON TATTOO for teens. 

Wick Tate knows the good life with her new foster parents can’t last. Not when her criminal father could show up at any time. Not when she’s shadowed 24/7 by the detective who let her dad slip away once before. And not when she’s a hacker, breaking the law to help women avoid her mother’s fate – and to make a few bucks. Wick’s so sure she and her little sister Lucy will be moving on again that she doesn’t even bother to unpack.

But then one morning Wick finds a mysterious package on the doorstep. It’s addressed to her, and contains a journal in the handwriting of Tessa Waye - a girl with whom she used to be friends. Inside the book is a note: FIND ME.

Wick knows trouble when she sees it. But the journal is just the beginning, for when Wick gets to school she discovers that Tessa killed herself just a few hours ago and no one knows why. Not even Griff, the talented artist who’s sat one table over from Wick for years and turns out to have a few secrets of his own.

She’d love to walk away, but Wick knows her hacking skills make her the only person who can work out what happened to Tessa – and stop the same thing ever happening to another girl. Especially when the next kid in the frame is the most important person in her life – her very own sister, Lucy . . .

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US/Canada:  HarperCollins (Fall 2013)
UK/Commonwealth: Simon and Schuster Children’s Books (Fall 2013)
Taiwan: TTV Cultural Enterprise Ltd
Germany: CBJ (Random House)

Film/TV rights: Co-agented by Sally Willcox at CAA

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THE COLOR OF RAIN


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by Cori McCarthy


Pacy and intense, bleak and edgy, a debut space thriller that asks big questions, by a strong new YA voice

Seventeen-year-old Rain would do anything to escape Planet Earth where people have begun tolose their minds before vanishing altogether. Now it looks like Rain’s beloved brother has become one of the ‘Touched’, and it’s only a matter of time before he disappears, leaving her alone in a bleak, dangerous world.

Desperate to save Walker’s life, Rain leaps at an offer of passage into the Void – the space highway - from Johnny, a darkly compelling captain who promises medical help on a distant planet. There’s only one hitch: Johnny is a trader, and he wants the one thing beautiful red-haired Rain has left to trade. Her body.

On board the Imreas, far out in the lawless Void, Rain makes some terrible discoveries.  Girls are swapped like commodities, the Touched are a secret cargo bound for an underground slave trade – and she is the property of a dangerous man. Only Johnny’s head servant Ben knows the truth and is prepared to bring Johnny down.

If Rain remains ‘Johnny’s girl’ she may save her brother’s life, but if she helps Ben she could save hundreds from a terrible end. Rain’s decision will take her on an epic journey not only through the universe, but also to reclaim her body, her self-worth – and the risky possibilities of love.

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

World excluding UK/Commonwealth:  Running Press (Spring 2013)

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BELIEVE


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by Sarah Aronson


Spare and powerful, this unique story touches on themes of faith, family secrets, the cult of celebrity - and ultimately hope.

Janine Friedman is famous. She’s the miraculous ‘soul survivor’ of a suicide bombing in a Jerusalem synagogue ten years ago. The bombing killed both her parents and changed not only her life, but also that of Dave Armstrong, the tourist who dug her out of the rubble and ‘found God’ as a result. Most people can remember where they were when it happened – the image of that little girl with her bleeding, ruined hands being dragged into the light.

Ten years on, Janine just wants to forget the past, though the nightmares persist. Sure, she avoids cameras and journalists like the plague, and her hands will never be quite right, but she’s one leg of a ‘tripod’ of friends – Miriam and Abe are always there for her – and the most she’s worrying about is whether she should settle for boyfriend Dan or still go after gorgeous Tyler.

Janine always knew the tenth anniversary would be tough. But then Abe is nearly killed in a road accident and ‘miraculously’ survives.  Another boy gets out of his wheelchair and starts to walk… And the common denominator is Janine, with her supposedly healing powers.

With Dave Armstrong back in town, Janine finds herself at the centre of a media storm. Forced to look more deeply into the past, she must finally seek the truth about her parents, her hands, and the terrible day that shaped her life.  What does she really believe about all three – and about herself? 

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

US/Canada:  Carolrhoda Lab (Fall 2013)

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PENELOPE CRUMB NEVER FORGETS


by Shawn Stout


A delightfully funny and quirky sequel to PENELOPE CRUMB

According to Penelope Crumb, the only thing good about fourth grade, besides art class, is field trips. That is, except when Miss Stunkel takes the class to the Portwaller History Museum. Because once there, it seems that Penelope is the only one who appreciates what museums are all about—remembering people. People who are Graveyard Dead, like her dad, for example. And if there’s one thing Penelope knows, it’s that if you forget about dead people, it’s like they were never here at all. But even worse than that, Patsy Cline Roberta Watson seems to be forgetting things—like the fact that she and Penelope are best friends.

Penelope doesn’t ever want to forget, so she starts a secret museum in her closet at home, collecting things that belong to other people, like her Grandpa Felix, her mom, Patsy Cline, and even Terrible the Alien. But keeping her museum a secret is hard to do. And when the worst happens, Penelope has to decide between losing the one thing that means the most to her or losing her best friend for good.

More information on this series: PENELOPE CRUMB

Category: Ages 8 - 12

Rights Details

Philomel / Penquin US: January 2013

Turkey: Artemis Yayinlari

French language rights:  Editions ADA, Canada

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IMPOSTER


by Jill Hathaway


IMPOSTER is the thrilling sequel to SLIDE, and continues the riveting story of Vee Bell, the girl who sees danger and death when she slides into the heads of people around her…

Vee Bell’s gift (or curse) of “sliding”—slipping into the mind of another person and experiencing life, briefly, through his or her eyes—has been somewhat under control since she unwillingly witnessed the horrific deaths of her classmates six months ago.

But just as things are getting back to normal—and her relationship with her best friend, Rollins, is heating up—Vee has a very bizarre experience: she loses consciousness and finds herself in a deserted area, at the edge of a cliff, with the boy who had taken advantage of her last year near death on the rocks below.

As Vee finds herself in stranger and stranger situations with no memory of getting there, she begins to suspect that someone she knows has the ability to slide—and that this “slider” is using Vee to exact revenge on his or her enemies. 

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

Rights:  Balzer & Bray (Spring 2013)
UK/Commonwealth: HarperCollins Children’s Books UK (Spring 2013)
Bulgaria: Egmont Bulgaria
Czech Republic: Nakladatelstvi Fragment
Brazil: Novo Conceito
Slovakia Vydavatelstvo Fragment
Film/TV:  John Cassir & Michelle Wiener at CAA

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I HEART BAND


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by Michelle Schusterman


I HEART BAND is a fun, pacy younger middle-grade series about the thrills and spills, practices and performances, crushes and crises of the kids in a middle-school band.

Holly Mead’s first day of 7th grade isn’t going as planned. Her brother ruins her carefully-chosen outfit, she’s almost late, and her new band director has some surprisingly strict rules. Worst of all, it seems like her best friend, Julia, has replaced her. Natasha is new at Millican Middle School, but she and Julia bonded at band camp over the summer. Natasha is pretty, smart, and as good at French horn as Holly – maybe even better.

Holly is determined to get first chair, but Natasha is turning out to be some pretty stiff competition – and not just in band. As Natasha and Julia get closer, Holly feels like she and her best friend are drifting further apart. Things only get worse when Holly fails her first science quiz. If she can’t pass, she won’t be able to participate in band, thanks to the new director’s “no pass no play” rule. That means no band party – and no opportunity to get to know a certain good-looking trumpet player named Aaron Cook a little better!

The harder Holly tries in band and with Julia, the worse everything seems to get. Maybe being second best in band isn’t the end of the world, but when it comes to best friends, Holly just has to be first. Band might be a competition, but friendship isn’t – and Holly needs to figure it out before she loses Julia for good.

More information on this series: I HEART BAND

Category: Ages 8 - 12

Rights Details

Grosset, Penquin USA (Books 1 and 2: Fall 2013; Book 3: Fall 2014; Book 4: Spring 2015). 

Rights:  World, all languages

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RAGE WITHIN


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by Jeyn Roberts


The thrilling sequel to DARK INSIDE. 

Time to stop running. Time to start fighting back. 

After the earthquakes came the infectious rage, turning friends into deadly enemies.

For survivors Michael, Aries, Mason and Clementine the battle to stay alive is about to get even tougher. The new world is organising itself, with camps that promise protection for the uninfected. But the reality of the sites is far more sinister. Besides, nobody is safe from the rage within their own soul . . .

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

Rights: Greenhouse c/o Rights People
USA/Canada: Simon and Schuster
UK/Commonwealth: Macmillan Childrens Books
Germany: Loewe
Russia: AST

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NEARLY GONE


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by Elle Cosimano


Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother’s job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn’t figure it all out soon—she’ll be next.

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

World: Dial (Penguin USA) - Spring 2014

Germany: Literarische Agentur Silke Weniger

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MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT


by Caroline Carlson


The first wonderfully entertaining story in the hilarious new THE VERY NEARLY HONORABLE LEAGUE OF PIRATES series, where Yo-ho-ho meets magic - with some fabulous results!

Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. She wants nothing more than to sail the High Seas of Augusta in search of magical treasure—and to earn a smidgen of respect from her seafaring father. But the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates rejects Hilary’s application because she’s a girl, and her father ships her off to Miss Pimm’s Finishing School for Delicate Ladies instead.

Expected to wear woollen dresses (petticoats not provided) and enthusiastically throw herself into activities such as Viennese Waltzing for the Eager Novice, Miss Pimm’s is every bit as horrid as Hilary feared. However, a true pirate never lets dire circumstances stand in her way, and after a mostly dreadful first week, Hilary escapes and applies for a job with a freelance pirate known as the Terror of the Southlands. He offers her a place on his crew, on one condition: She must find the famous treasure that’s rumored to contain most of the kingdom’s lost magic. But how in the world is a pirate supposed to find treasure when her treasure map is useless and her crew consists of a governess, a spy, a budgerigar – and a gargoyle who enjoys being tickled behind the ears?  How should a pirate respond when Miss Pimm pursues her across the High Seas in a ship packed with schoolgirls? Most importantly, what does a pirate do when the nefarious scoundrel who’s also searching for the treasure turns out to be her father?

Hilary is certain of one thing. If she fails to find the treasure, she’ll be sent back to finishing school for good, and she’ll never get to be a pirate. Which means that high adventure lies ahead for Hilary!

More information on this series: THE VERY NEARLY HONORABLE LEAGUE OF PIRATES

Category: Ages 8 - 12

Rights Details

USA/Canada:  HarperCollins (September 2013)

UK/Commonwealth: Simon and Schuster (Autumn 2013)

Germany; Kerle

France; Bayard

Spain: RBA

Brazil: Das Letras (3 books)

Czech: Host

Film/TV:  Co-agented by Matthew Snyder at CAA

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THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING


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by Ashley Elston


A fast-paced and very exciting romantic thriller set in the drama of the Witness Protection program.

How DO you disappear when your life’s in danger? The suits’ rules are simple and extensive. Like, never use the internet. Don’t start conversations with random strangers. Don’t make friends. And never, ever fall in love.

She’s been so many people in so many places. Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . . But now she’s Megan Rose Jones, newly arrived in Natchitoches, Louisiana with her family. Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from Meg, but this placement is the final straw. This time they’ve even cut and colored her beautiful blonde hair and turned her blue eyes brown. Meg’s family’s on the verge of implosion too. Pulled from their beds one too many times, her little sister’s traumatized, her mom’s drowning in booze, and her dad . . . Well, he’s fast becoming a silent, defensive stranger. What on earth did he do – or see - that landed them in this god-awful mess?

As she runs the gauntlet as a newbie (yet again) at Madison High School, Meg makes a few more rules - for herself this time.  1) Find out what the heck her father did.  2) Get them out of Witness Protection forever. And 3) Refuse to get close to anyone – it only ends in tears.

But Meg is about to discover that the truth of her family’s life on the run is very different to what she’d thought.  And she’d never reckoned on cute, floppy-haired farm boy Ethan Landry, whose determination to know the real Meg not only threatens to break her disguise wide open but also to penetrate her guarded heart.  On a crazy, perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters – survival.

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

US/Canada:  Hyperion (May 2013)

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A FAREWELL TO CHARMS


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by Lindsey Leavitt


The final captivating book in the PRINCESS FOR HIRE trilogy.

With her rare magical powers and a gift for getting herself out of trouble, Desi Bascomb has become the darling of the Façade Agency. She’s the youngest girl ever to advance to level three as a full-time royal sub.

Now all eyes are on Desi, but she just wants a moment alone to talk to her crush Reed, who she’s discovered is actually a sub for princes! Except spending time with him might be Desi’s worst idea yet—Façade is spying on their every move, and her best friend Kylie has a crush on Reed, too.

But Desi also has deeper problems than lying to her BFF—Façade is hiding something big. Behind the glitz and glam of the agency is a dark secret: the misuse of magic. Desi knows it’s up to her to fix Façade’s suspicious practices, but if she gets caught, her magic and memories will be erased. Is she willing to sacrifice her time with Reed and job as a princess sub to do what’s right?

Desi’s last stand is her most triumphant, hilarious and unexpected adventure yet. Don’t underestimate this damsel in distress in the charming finale of the Princess for Hire series.

More information on this series: Princess For Hire

Category: Ages 8 - 12

Rights Details

US/Canada:  Hyperion (Spring 2012)

UK/Commonwealth: Egmont

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BLACK HELICOPTERS


by Blythe Woolston


A psychological thriller for young adults - chilling, heart-breaking and beautifully told.

Last night, Valley White celebrated her own funeral. This morning, she strapped on a vest full of explosives and set out to kill and be killed. But her plan has gone explosively wrong, and now Valley needs a driver to salvage her mission. That’s how Eric, age 16, and his little brother, Corbin, become pawns in Valley’s game. They are expendable and completely unprepared to disarm a girl who has been raised to be a weapon and knows exactly why she wants to die.

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

US: Candlewick Press (Spring 2013)
UK/Commonwealth: Walker Books (Spring 2013)

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THE FREAK OBSERVER


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by Blythe Woolston


Winner of YALSA’S 2011 William C. Morris Award for a debut YA novel, THE FREAK OBSERVER is an extraordinary story by a unique, quirky - and highly intelligent - new voice in YA fiction.

For eight years, Loa Sollilja’s world ran like one of those mechanical models of the solar system, with her baby sister, Asta, as the sun. Asta suffered from a genetic disorder that left her a permanent infant, and caring for her was Loa’s life. Everything spun neatly and regularly as the whole family orbited around Asta.

But now Asta’s dead, and 16-year-old Loa’s clockwork galaxy has collapsed. As Loa spins off on her own, her mind ambushes her with vivid nightmares and sadistic flashbacks - a textbook case of PTSD. But there are no textbook fixes for Loa’s short-circuiting brain. She must find her own way to pry her world from the clutches of death.

THE FREAK OBSERVER is a startling story of death, life, astrophysics, and finding beauty in chaos.

Category: Young Adult

Rights Details

World Rights: Carolrhoda LAB

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