The following deals were announced for Native American authors and authors of color in March.
HarperCollins has bought B.A. Binns’s middle grade novel, Courage, about T’Shawn, whose older brother returns from prison, forcing him to choose between his loyalty and love for him and the desire to protect his mother and little sister. Publication is set for winter 2018.
Razorbill has bought a middle grade fantasy series, Peasprout Chen by Henry Lien, about a girl determined to take top ranking at Pearl Academy where she will study Wu Liu, a form that blends figure skating with martial arts. The first book, Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword, pubs in fall 2017.
Little, Brown has acquired world rights to Useni Eugene Perkins’s Hey Black Child, a picture book based on the text of a rediscovered poem that promotes the self-esteem and celebration of African-American children, to be illustrated by Bryan Collier. Publication is slated for summer 2017; the author was unagented.
Tundra has bought Chihiro Takeuchi’s Can You Find My Robot’s Arm, a picture book about a robot in search of his missing arm, in a paper-cut journey through home, garden, library, aquarium and the big city. Publication is slated for spring 2017.
Grosset & Dunlap has bought the first two books in a new chapter book series, Jada Jones, by Kelly Starling-Lyons, about a science-loving fourth grader making new friends, facing new challenges, and finding her way. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017.
Random House/Wendy Lamb Books has preempted Mae Respicio’s debut middle-grade novel, A House Like This. The story is about a Filipina-American girl who sets out to build her own tiny house where she can escape her intrusive family, but her summer DIY project becomes life-changing when her long-lost father suddenly reappears. Publication is planned for spring 2018; Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Little Simon has acquired world rights to Lines by Sarvinder Naberhaus, to be illustrated by Melinda Beck. The story follows the many ways a line can shape and grow, smallest scope to the largest. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017.
Delacorte has acquired at auction Unraveling Lovely, a debut YA novel by Ashley Woodfolk. In alternating voices, and in part through interactions on social media, three diverse teens experience life and love in the wake of tragedy. The first book is set for fall 2017.
Abrams has acquired world English rights to two nonfiction books by Coretta Scott King Honor winning author Tonya Bolden. In both books, which are set for spring 2018 and spring 2019, Bolden will chronicle a milestone of African-American history.
Tor Teen has acquired Kimberly Reid’s #Prettyboy Must Die, a YA thriller featuring Jake Morrow, a young African-American CIA prodigy who accidentally becomes an Internet sensation, thereby blowing his cover. Publication is slated for spring 2017.