Mary Baca Haque’s PAINTING THE SKY WITH LOVE, in which a child “paints” the sky with hearts that cascade and bounce down, while people looking up open their own hearts to love, illustrated by Tatiana Gardel, to Anna Roberto at Feiwel & Friends, for publication in fall 2023. Mary Cumming at Great River Literary represented the author; Jemiscoe Chambers-Black at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
Annie Silvestro’s BRAVO, LITTLE BIRD!, is the story of a friendship between an old man and a bird who bond over their shared love of music—until the day when the old man’s music stops and the bird finds a very special way to honor his memory, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki, to Catherine Laudone at Simon & Schuester Children’s, for publication in spring 2023. Jemiscoe Chambers-Black at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author; Anne Moore Armstrong at The Bright Group represented the illustrator.
Heather Powell’s THE LIARS BENEATH, pitched as one teen’s need to seek the truth about her best friend’s death but soon realizes that some lies should stay buried; and MIDNIGHT & BEX, in which a boy narrowly escapes a mass cult death to start over in a new town and high school with a new girlfriend, only for the man that haunts his dreams to hunt them down, to Rachel Del Grosso at Wise Wolf Books, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2022 and fall 2022, by Jemiscoe Chambers-Black at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (NA).
Shelly Romero at Scholastic acquired world rights to Join the Club, Maggie Diaz by Nina Moreno (Don’t Date Rosa Santos), illustrated by Courtney Lovett. The illustrated middle grade novel follows a twelve-year-old girl who becomes determined to find her one true passion, no matter how many activities or clubs it takes. Publication is scheduled for Spring 2022. Laura Crockett at Triada US Literary Agency represented the author; Jemiscoe Chambers-Black at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
Tatiana Gardel to illustrate Ashley Franklin’s picture book, XAVIER’S VOICE, in which a socially awkward boy who has no idea how to use his voice to make friends and learns he doesn’t have to mask who he is in the name of friendship. Sold to Asia Citro at The Innovation Press.
Cyndi Wojciechowski to illustrate Maryann Macdonald’s picture book, HOW TO HAVE FRIENDS, which is a guide for kids offering advice and tips on how to treat friends, buddies, and really, just about anyone. Because everybody knows everything is better with friends! Sold to Sue Tarsky at Albert Whiteman.