It has been a big week for Middle Grade, Picture Books and Young Adult Deals....
Children's: Middle grade
Peter Reynolds's THE SMALLEST GIFT OF CHRISTMAS, in which a little boy wants a very big Christmas present, to Joan Powers at Candlewick Press, in a very nice deal, by Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties.
GOD GAVE US YOU and GOD GAVE US CHRISTMAS Lisa Bergren's GOD GAVE US EASTER, a gentle look at a major Christian season, to Shannon Marchese at WaterBrook Multnomah, in a nice deal, for publication in 2013, by Steve Laube at the Steve Laube Agency (world).
Bridget Heos's I, FLY, in which Fly thinks he should be studied in classrooms (instead of those attention-stealing monarch butterflies) because flies go through metamorphosis too!, to Sally Doherty at Holt Children's, in a nice deal, by Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (world).
2011 Society of Illustrator's Gold Medal winner Ross MacDonald to illustrate Robert Burleigh's HIT THE ROAD, JACK, in which a scat-singing, be-bopping jackrabbit travels across the United States and marvels at all the wonders that the country reveals, loosely based on ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac, to Tamar Brazis at Abrams Children's, by Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties.
Children's: Young Adult
Martha Brockenbrough's TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR THE DEAD, in which a guardian angel in a rehabilitation program for wayward souls accidentally kills the girl he's supposed to watch over, fails to get her into heaven, and may or may not cause lasting psychological damage to a squirrel, to Arthur Levine at Arthur A. Levine Books, in a pre-empt, for publication in Summer 2012, by Jill Corcoran at The Herman Agency (World).
Jackson Pearce's FATHOMLESS, pitched as a modern Little Mermaid retelling in which a young mermaid wants to leave the sisterhood of dark, soulless creatures and regain her humanity, which she can only do by convincing a mortal to love her and stealing his soul, to Julie Scheina at Little, Brown Children's, for publication in Fall 2012, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World).
Jessie Hartland's BON APPETIT: A DELICIOUS BIOGRAPHY OF JULIA CHILD, the life story of the great American writer and cook, to be published in time for her her 100th birthday, to Anne Schwartz and Lee Wade at Schwartz & Wade, by Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (World).
Caela Carter's ME, HIM, THEM AND IT, a story of teen pregnancy, ticking clocks, the families you are born with and the families you make, to Michelle Nagler at Bloomsbury, at auction, in a two-book deal, by Kate McKean at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.
Leigh Fallon's sequel to CARRIER OF THE MARK, wherein two people fight to save their relationship, despite a growing inability to control their powers whenever they touch, to Erica Sussman at Harper Children's, by Tina Wexler at ICM (World English).
Susan Beth Pfeffer's THE SHADE OF THE MOON, the fourth book in the bestselling dystopian series begun with Life As We Knew It, about the intersecting lives of survivors after a meteor collision with the moon alters the Earth's climate, to Karen Grove at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's, for publication in Fall 2012, by Susan Cohen at Writers House (NA).
Amber Keyser's untitled paranormal young adult novel about an action-adventure heroine of the Angel Punk universe, to Matthew Wilson at Relium Media, by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency (World).
Source: Publishers Weekly.com