Young to Simon Pulse
Suzanne Young (The Treatment and The Program) sold world English rights to her young adult novel, The Remedy, to Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse. Agent Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management represented Young in the deal. In the book, DGLM explained, 17-year-old Quinn McKee has the unusual job of helping grieving families with their loss by playing the role of a recently deceased loved one, working alongside grief counselors. The line between work and life begins to blur, though, when Quinn begins acting the part of the girlfriend whom fellow teenager Isaac has just lost. The novel is set for spring 2015.
Carolrhoda Closes Double
In the first of two deals at Lerner Books’s Carolrhoda Labs imprint this week, Andrew Karre took world rights to Amber Keyser’s YA novel, The Way Back From Broken, in a two-book deal. The novel follows two adolescents, one 15 and one 10, who are both older siblings of infants who died. When the two kids are taken into the Canadian wilderness by one of their mothers, the publisher said, they find disaster, “in addition to the fragile hope and terrible beauty that mark the way back from broken.” Agent Fiona Kenshole at Transatlantic Literary brokered the deal for Keyser. The second book in the deal is a currently untitled YA novel.
Working with Amy Fitzgerald, Karre also bought U.S. rights to Julian Sedgwick’s middle-grade trilogy, Mysterium. Karre and Fitzgerald struck the deal with Susannah Palfrey at Hodder in the U.K., which controls world rights for the series. (Book one in the series came out in the U.K. in July 2013, and book two in January 2014.) Mysterium follows a boy named Danny Woo who is born into a circus company. After losing both his parents in a fire, Danny travels the world in search of their killers. Carolrhoda’s edition of the first book in the series is scheduled for 2016. (Julian Sedgwick is Printz-winner Marcus Sedgwick’s brother.)
HarperCollins’s Nancy Inteli, in a four-book deal, preempted world English rights to Jonathan Ying’s picture book series, Not Quite. The debut series was sold by Kirsten Hall at Catbird Productions. Victoria Ying will illustrate the books, which are set to begin publishing in 2016.