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Who dreamed that ? A debut that turns any child’s room into an adventure zone!
DIE INSEL DER ALBTRÄUME (THE ISLAND OF NIGHTMARES)
by Bob Konrad
A strange city constructed like a maze, neither built by humans nor built for human residents, a boiling abyss and a girl with glass marble eyes – what a nightmare! Unfortunately it comes true for Rocky when he lands on the Island of Nightmares one night. There he runs into weird guys with small horns on their heads, bears ready to attack and nightmarish creatures with hundreds of eyes. To make things worse: He will have to overcome his greatest fear to get away from there!
Script writer Bob Konrad takes his readers on a thrilling and whimsically funny journey into the land of nightmares. Likeable characters, a highly entertaining writing style and a hilarious slapstick comedy sense of humour turn reading into an unforgettable experience for both, boys and girls. In addition, unique nightmarish pictures crawling with details as well as monster portraits take the readers on a discovery tour.
A love as fragile as glass
HERZ AUS GLAS (HEART OF GLASS – Vol. 1)
by Kathrin Lange
Juli is not amused when she learns that she has to spend her winter vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. On the island she meets David, a boy who keeps his distance; his girlfriend fell off a cliff and died. Soon Juli finds out that a curse is supposedly responsible for the death of even more girls. At night she hears voices whisper in the dark. When she falls in love with David, she has no idea of the danger she is in herself.
HERZ AUS GLAS is the first book of a romantic mistery thriller trilogy by the succesful author Kathrin Lange, telling a love story inspired by and leans on Daphne de Maurier’s “Rebecca”.
The second volume will be published in Spring 2015.
The island is calling you! The first of a two-book series by a bestselling author:
DIE INSEL (THE ISLAND)
by Manuela Martini
The job on the pearl farm in the middle of the turquoise Pacific feels perfect – until the day Hannah stumbles upon an abandoned bunker in the jungle of the volcanic island. And there she finds the mysterious words also written in her biological mother’s diary: Mete bab ou alantrap – Prepare for what is coming!
The besteselling author Manuela Martini knows better than any other writer how to combine exotic settings with gripping thriller plots. A breathtaking read that doesn’t lose its suspense even for a second, surprising its readers with a touch of eerie mistery. Welcome to the Island!
The second volume of this two-book series will be published in August 2015.
A hIt to accompany the FIFA World Cup!
DER BESTE KICKER DES UNIVERSUMS (THE BEST SOCCER PLAYER IN THE UNIVERSE)
by Ulli Potofski
Manolo is the secret star of his soccer team. Nobody knows, however, where the ingenious player of Victoria Cologne learned his many tricks. He is in constant contact with the world-famous soccer player Messi via his playstation. When the connection to Messi is interrupted right before the most important game of the season, Manolo is forced to prove that he is also able to make his team win without any help from others.
In time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Manolo, the son of a brazilian and a future soccer pro, conquers the world. The sports reporter Ulli Potofski has endowed the best soccer player in the universe with plenty of narrative wit and soccer skills. Combined with the pictures by the co-trainer and illustrator Kai Pannen, the book has turned into a real hit!
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A book about violence, humanity and the endless power of rememberings
DIE UNTERIRDISCHE SONNE (THE UNDERGROUND SUN)
by Friedrich Ani
cbt, February 2014
An island. A house. A basement. Five teenagers who are being kept there by force. No daylight. And each day, one of them is taken upstairs. But nobody speaks about what is happening there. For anyone who does, they are told, will die. Their position seems hopeless. Fear, anger, pain, desperation and longing almost make the young people go insane. Yet nothing can save them from the terrible things that are going on. Until a new boy joins them who is not prepared to accept the violence. A disturbing psychodrama written with masterly skill by a bestselling author.
Friedrich Ani‘s books have been translated into several languages and have received several awards, including the German Crime Prize.
The magical story of a stolen beauty
DER DUNKLE KUSS DER STERNE (THE DARK KISS OF THE STARS)
by Nina Blazon
cbt, February 2014
Canda, a young woman belonging to the highest caste in Ghan, wakes up from a terrible nightmare and can no longer recognize herself in the mirror. It is certainly her face that is looking at her, but something is missing. The sparkle she used to charm everyone with is missing. And Tian, her financé, has disappeared without trace… Her own family casts her out and
has her locked up. But Canda manages to escape – only to meet up with Mégana, the ruler of the country, who suggests an amazing deal. But the price Canda has to pay for this is high and her search leads along unexpected paths…
Nina Blazon is the bestselling author of FAUN BLOOD, translated in French, Italian (Salani), Russian (Ripol), Spanish (RH Mondadori) and Turkish (Pegasus).
Three generations of young women and the guilt of the past
STURM NACHT (STORM NIGHT)
by Sophia Cronberg
cbj, March 2014
Deeply shaken by the death of her mother, Dora has to leave London and move to the Isle of Wight.
Shortly after she arrives at Smithborn Manor, she feels the need to find out more about her mother, who long ago turned her back on her family forever. Dora stumbles across a well-kept family secret and a wall of silence.
What is the story behind the girl who allegedly fell from the storm-tossed cliffs into the sea decades ago?
Eric, whom she falls in love with a first sight, is her only ally. But the more light is shed on the whole matter, the darker the shadows of the past envelop them…
A gripping, emotional and finely-spun story.
Bad boy loves sophisticated girl
ACH WIE GUT, DASS NIEMAND WEISS (OH, HOW GOOD THAT NO ONE KNOWS)
by Alexa Hennig von Lange
cbt, April 2014
Trouble-free and smooth – that is how the life of Mella, a judge’s daughter, is to be. But then Mella’s whole life changes in one single evening: when she and her friends are attacked by the boys from a gang of thieves, it is one of the bunch who rescues Mella. Joseph, as the boy is called, is determined to see Mella again and even breaks into her parents’ villa just to talk to her. In spite of everything that stands between them, they fall head over heels in love. But nobody must know of their secret meetings – neither Mella’s father nor Joseph’s gang. Thus begins the game with fire, and it is a game in which nothing is as it seems any longer…
Alexa Hennig von Lange‘s debut novel RELAX was published in 1997, and overnight it made her into one of today’s most successful writers and the voice of her generation. For I’M JUST LUCKY, her first novel about her young protagonist Lelle, she was awarded the German Youth Literature Prize in 2002.
An unusual girl, the mighty force of the sea – and a long-kept deadly secret
SEEFEUER (SEA FIRE)
by Elisabeth Herrmann
cbt, June 2014
Marie can hardly believe how much her mother has changed ever since being together with her new boyfriend. The alarm bells are going off in Marie’s head. In order to realize her dreams, she runs away to Friedrichskoog in the North Sea, where she will come closer to her dream of being a marine biologist, by starting a highly sought-after internship. There she also meets Vince who is interested in becoming a treasure hunter for the shipwrecked Trinity, which has been lying on
the ocean floor since the 50’s after a terrible accident. While diving, Marie and Vince stumble across a carefully guarded secret – a secret somebody is wanting to hush up at all costs…
Elisabeth Herrmann is a Spiegel bestselling and award-winning author. Her thrillers have been successfully filmed by ZDF television.
TEUFEL KICKER: 600.000 copies of this best-selling soccer series for children sold!
EIN WELTMEISTER FÄLLT NICHT VOM HIMMEL (NOBODY IS BORN A WORLD CHAMPION)
by Frauke Nahrgang
cbj, March 2014
Great excitement at team Devil’s Kickers. They’ll be in the world championship. But as the classes draw for which country they are to represent, Moritz and his team are slightly discouraged. They are to represent the Netherlands. The final match on the day of the tournament is a close game. Who will win? Well, the best team of course!
This is the 16th volume of TEUFEL KICKER (THE DEVIL’S KICKERS), the successfull soccer series whose rights have been already sold in Chinese (Zhejiang), Czech (Thovt), Danish (Turbine), Greek (Erevnites), Hebrew (Sefer Lakol), Japanese (Shogakukan), Spanish (Catalan, Castilian, Basque: Edelvives), and Turkish (Epsilon).
First love cannot be more beautiful, more magical and more dangerous
FEUER UND GLAS: DIE VERSCHWÖRUNG (FIRE AND GLASS)
by Brigitte Riebe
Heyne, February 2014
« Brigitte Riebe is at present one of the best writers of Young Adult literature in German. She makes emotion and tension into something really thrilling and it keeps you enthralled for hours. A spell is cast on all your senses. » – Literaturmarkt.de
Constantinople in the year 1509. Milla, the girl who has command over the power of fire, and Luca, the boy whose family belongs to the water people, are looking for Milla’s father, Leandro, in the myth-enshrouded city on the Bosporus. When they finally find him, he can’t remember anything – neither his earlier life, nor Milla. Milla suspects that she herself and her love for Luca will be in great danger if she isn’t able to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Leandro… If she is to save Luca, Milla has to take a dangerous path: but who can the girl with the flaming hair really trust?
This wonderful adventure unites the magic of Venice and the charm of Constantinople.
Queensland – paradise setting for a hauntingly beautiful love story
KORALLENHERZ (CORAL HEART)
by Laura Walden
cbt, June 2014
1897 in Cairns, Australia – this is where the twin sisters Lucy and Miranda set out to look for their supposedly lost father… this is where Mandu, an abducted multi-ethnic boy, decides to escape to recover the legacy of his Aborigine ancestors. This is where they meet the wealthy young New Zealander, Brian, who has been deported to Australia by his family. Together they are as different from each other as their dreams are varied. On their journey together along the idyllic but dangerous coast to Brisbane, their fates and their hearts will be irreversibly linked together…
Laura Walden is the bestselling author of New Zealand sagas for adults. Coral Heart is her first young-adult novel.
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Heather Brewer brings her razorsharp edge to a story about the dangerous power of belief and the cost of blind loyalty.
THE CEMETERY BOYS
by Heather Brewer
HarperTeen, Early 2015
Welcome to Spencer. Population: 814. It’s a backwards town—and it’s hiding a terrible secret. When Stephen’s dad says they’re moving, Stephen knows it’s pointless to argue. They’re broke from paying Mom’s hospital bills, and now the only option left is to live with Stephen’s grandmother, a woman as bitter and stuck as the town of Spencer itself.Stephen’s summer starts looking up when he meets punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon. The twins have family problems of their own and aren’t exactly close, but Stephen is drawn to them, each for different reasons. With Cara, he feels safe and understood—and yeah, okay, she’s totally hot. In Devon and his group, he sees a chance at making real friends. Only, as the summer presses on, and harmless nights hanging out in the cemetery take a darker turn, Stephen starts to suspect that Devon is less a friend than a leader. And he might be leading them to a very sinister end.
A modern tale of “Beauty and the Beast”
by Amy Harmon
Digital Edition, October 2013
Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.
MAKING FACES is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache and heroism that defies the common definitions.
The first book in a creepy coming-of-age fantasy trilogy by Aaron Starmer
by Aaron Starmer
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, March 2014
Alistair is the kid you can trust, a kid who can keep secrets. Fiona is not the girl next door. With her crooked nose and voice that creaks, Alistair hardly knows she exists, until she shows up on his doorstep on his 13th birthday with a proposition: she wants him to write her autobiography. It all seems like a silly game, at first. This odd vanity projects takes an unexpected turn and soon becomes a glimpse into the mind of a troubled girl. Fiona tells Alistair her secret, that in her basement is a gateway to the magical world of Aquavania, where children create worlds from their imagination. Even more troubling, Fiona says that a creature called the Riverman lives there, stealing the souls of children, and that she fears her soul is next. Though Alistair is incredulous, he becomes enchanted with her as they spend more time together. Ultimately, he must choose whether to believe her tales of Aquavania and the Riverman, or to believe something more logical, but much more terrifying and real, is happening.
Next books of this series: THE WHISPER (Winter 2015) and UNTITLED NOVEL (Winter 2016)
Heather Brewer brings her razorsharp edge to a story about the dangerous power of belief and the cost of blind loyalty.
by Suzanne Young
Simon Pulse, Winter 2014/2015
When 17-year-old Audrey’s father decides they need to stop for the night en route to her grandmother’s house, where she and her brother will be living from now on, they check in to the Mount Ruby Hotel. It’s extravagant and glamorous, with rich wood furniture, fringed velvet fabrics, an impossibly large chandelier in the lobby, and everything from a day spa to a movie theater on the grounds. But everything about the hotel is just a little… off. Audrey is put in a room of her own, on the 13th floor where no other guests are staying. While some of the staff seems to have impeccable manners, others have tempers that can flare up at a moment’s notice. And every day there’s a late-night party in the ballroom just off the lobby that only invited guests can attend. While her father keeps extending their stay and her brother makes moves on a volatile girl who everyone else seems to fear, Audrey gets close to Elias, a guest with a disarming smile and a wicked sense of humor. Though she dismisses claims the hotel is haunted as a marketing ploy meant to draw guests, she can’t help but notice that things are getting stranger and more sinister by the day. Once her father and brother are invited to the nightly party, it becomes clear that, like the otherguests, they don’t intend to leave. With no one else she can trust, will Elias be her only way out?
THE HOTEL, a cross between The Shining and the song “Hotel California,” is an intense and romantic thriller. Suzanne Young is the author of several books, including “The Program” and the forthcoming sequel “The Treatment”, also from Simon Pulse.
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Magic sucks! A magical new series from Pseudonymous Bosch, the bestselling author of the Secret Series.
by Pseudonymous Bosch
Harper Teen, September 2014
Don’t look so shocked! You may not think magic is bad, but the protagonist of our story, Clay, certainly does. And really, who can blame him? After all, it is a magic journal that gets him expelled from school and lands him at Earth Ranch, a summer camp for wayward youths. A camp located on a volcanic island. (And yes, of course the volcano is active. There’s nothing like the threat of imminent annihilation by volcanic ash and lava to straighten out a « troubled » kid.) And it’s the promise of magic that leads Clay to explore the island’s abandoned library, which may or may not be haunted. Plus, it’s a magic book that’s at the center of Clay’s investigation into the strange history of the island and his even stranger fellow campers. After this investigation leads Clay to a twisted and dangerous secret…well, who can blame him for hating magic at that point? Still think magic is innocent and harmless? Fine. Read for yourself. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.
An epic adventure and a love story between a boy on Earth and a girl who’s never belonged there
by M.D. Headley
Harper Teen, Summer 2015
Aza Ray, 15, has been sick for as long as she can remember. Her lungs do not work properly, and the doctors do not why. There is something increasingly strange about her condition though: she seems to be having hallucinations – hearing a voice from the sky and seeing a ship in the clouds – and in her most recent visit to the emergency ward, they find a feather in her lungs. Aza does not want pity though and she handles her illness with cutting sarcasm and dark humor, alienating pretty much everyone, except for her friend Jason, a brilliant outcast. Days before her 16th birthday, Aza falls deathly ill and wakes up to finds that she is in Magonia, a sky kingdom in the clouds, where sailors of ships battle with pirates, undetected by humans below. Aza was born to be something different, to help save a community she’s never known, but she cannot stop thinking about the people she left behind, especially Jason, who will not stop till he finds out what happened to Aza…MAGONIA is the start of an eye-opening new series, one that is alive with adventure and first love.
A charming and funny debut about friends, dogs, and other dilemmas. The first in a two-book deal!.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BEAGLE
by Catherine Lloyd Burns
Farrar Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers, October 2014
Twelve-year-old Veronica Morgan gets a headache every time she tries to look on the bright side of things. At her schmanzy new girl’s school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, she’s slogging her way through a social landscape that is hopelessly confusing and endlessly agonizing. At home, she’s under constant analysis by her two loving but relentlessly probing psychiatrist parents. What Veronica really wants is a dog—and when a lemon beagle puppy named Cadbury comes bounding into her life, she is more than happy to try to turn her back on everyone who worries her so much. But a wonderful pet, Veronica finds, is no replacement for meaningful friendship, especially when something happens to make her really need a true friend—if only she can be one herself first.
Catherine Lloyd Burns is an author but is best known for her roles as the teacher Ms. Miller in the series Malcolm in the Middle and as Mother Nature in a hilarious international advertising campaign for Tampax.
A YA debut thriller set in the near-future where a disease is wiping out memories…
THE MEMORY KEY
by Liana Liu
Harper Teen, 2014
After a bad tumble damages her memory key, seventeen-year-old Lora Mint discovers she can remember everything. Perfectly. Lora knows she needs to get the device, commonly used to stave off Verget’s, an Alzheimer’s-like disease, repaired. Yet she doesn’t. Because Lora now has vibrant memories of her mother, who died in a car crash five years prior, and these memories suggest that her mother’s accidental death was no accident. Determined to uncover the truth even as her damaged key begins disrupting her life, Lora finds herself unable to trust her father, unwilling to stay friends with her best friend, and bewildered when her former crush doesn’t seem so former anymore. When all the clues connect to Keep Corp – makers of the memory key -what is one lone girl to do? As her investigation pulls her deeper into the past and closer to Keep Corp, Lora gradually loses sight of the present, putting her future in jeopardy.
Equal parts thriller and coming-of-age novel, THE MEMORY KEY explores what happens when we place an unquestioning trust in corporations and technology, and how family and forgiveness are key to growing up.
A classic coming-of-age story about fractured friendships, first love and decisions with no easy answer.
FIRST, THERE WAS FOREVER
by Juliana Romano
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015
Lima has always shared everything with her childhood best friend Hailey, the funny and freespirited foil to the reserved, sensitive Lima. But in the shifting social landscape of tenth grade, nothing is safe. As Hailey keeps pushing Lima aside in order to position herself closer to Nate, the guy she has been in unrequited love with for years, and the other popular kids, Lima finds herself lost, eventually falling in with a group of dangerously cool seniors whose parents are perennially out of town. Lima and Hailey drift further apart as the school year progresses, and Lima begins running into Nate without Hailey around. What starts as an innocent crush develops into something more: a relationship that might be worth risking everything for. But as the partying in Lima’s new scene grows harder and as Hailey suddenly looks to repair their broken bond, the secrets begin stacking up and Lima finds herself buried under the weight of her own lies. Decisions made in an instant reverberate throughout the school year, and Lima discovers that if she doesn’t find the courage to stop resisting change and speak the truth, she could destroy everything she is trying to save.
German language rights sold to CBJ.
Books open new worlds. Especially for Alice.
THE FORBIDDEN LIBRARY
by Django Wexler
Kathy Dawson Books, April 2014
When Alice’s father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon, an uncle she’s never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library and introduces you to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it’s hard to resist. Especially if you’re a reader to begin with. Soon Alice finds herself inside the book, and the only way out is to defeat the creature imprisoned within. It seems her uncle is more than he says he is. But then so is Alice.
THE FORBIDDEN LIBRARY kicks off a brand new classic fantasy series perfect for fans of Coraline, Inkheart, and The Books of Elsewhere. The first in a trilogy sold to Kathy Dawson Book in the US and to Random House in the UK.
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A world built on lies is bound to collapse: the second book of the Taken trilogy.
by Erin Bowman
Harper Teen, April 2014
« An action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end. I devoured this in one sitting and might have gnawed a nail or two off from all the excitement. More, please! » – Marie Lu, author of LEGEND
“An emotionally charged, plot-twisting adventure.”- Booklist
The Heists were only the beginning. Armed with the truth about the Laicos Project, Gray Weathersby has joined a team of rebels on a harsh, icy journey in search of allies who can help them set things right. But in this treacherous new world, Gray must constantly question whether his friends, his enemies, or even the girl he thinks he loves are truly what they seem.
Previously in this series: TAKEN (2013). Next book: FORGED (2015)
A thriller with shocking twists.
by John C. Ford
A 16-year-old math prodigy whose mom can’t pay the bills. The slacker son of a software mogul who has every advantage possible. Their lives should never have crossed, but they find themselves unlikely friends. And when the prodigy cracks an ancient math riddle that unleashes the power to break through modern encryption systems, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Playing a chess game with government agents ready to kill for the discovery, joined by a free-spirited girl of unknown origin, they reveal a long-hidden connection between themselves. THE CIPHER explores the damage done when we attempt to encrypt our personal histories.
John C. Ford is the author of THE MORGUE AND ME (2009).
The first in a futuristic Young Adult cyberpunk series.
by Dan Wells
Balze & Bray – Harpercollins Children’s Book, 2015
Marisa’s friend Anja uses data drug that plugs into your djinni, overloading your sensory feeds to induce a hallucinogenic trip. Mari looks deeper and eventually uncovers a conspiracy of mind control, human slavery, and corporate intrigue: the drug actually plants a virus in your head, letting its controllers use your body like a puppet. She does what she can to stop them, but first she has to find them–and when she does, she realizes that the only way to hurt them is to orchestrate a turf war with one of LA’s other dealers. This proves deadlier than she ever expected when the techno-druglords activate their entire army of puppets, turning thousands of innocent victims into zombie-like warriors hell bent on revenge, including Anja.
The first in a futuristic YA cyberpunk series about a teen hacker, whose friend’s overdose on an illicit digital drug leads her to uncovering a dark mystery with roots deep in her LA neighborhood’s crime syndicate.
German language rights sold to Piper.
Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good.
by Rachel M. Wilson
Harper Teen, September 2014
Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together…which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin. It seems harmless at first, but Caddie’s obsession soon threatens her ambitions as an actress. She desperately wants to play Ophelia in her school’s production of Hamlet. But that would mean touching Peter, who’s auditioning for the title role and kissing him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter, but the other part isn’t sure she’s brave enough to let herself fall.
Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson, this debut novel from Rachel M. Wilson is a moving story of a talented girl who’s fighting an increasingly severe anxiety disorder, and the friends and family who stand by her.
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The good guys may not be so good after all.
by Susan Adrian
St. Martin’s Press, Winter 2015
Jake Lukin just turned 18. He’s decent at tennis and Halo, and waiting to hear on his app to Stanford. But he’s also being followed by a creep with a gun, and there’s a DARPA agent waiting in his bedroom. His secret is blown: when he holds a personal object, like a pet rock or a ring, he has the ability to « tunnel » into the owner. He can sense where they are, like a human GPS, and can see, hear, and feel what they do. It’s an ability the government would do anything to possess and if he doesn’t agree to help the government, his mother and sister may be in danger.
Suddenly he’s juggling high school, tennis tryouts, flirting with Rachel, and work as a government asset, complete with 24-hour bodyguards. Forced to lie to his friends and family, Jake hopes the good he’s doing is worth it. With Rachel’s help, he has to try to find a way to live his own life instead of tunneling through others…
The first book in an exciting new trilogy from the author of the Powerless Series:
THE CHILDREN OF HAMELIN: The Summer Isle
by Matthew Cody
Knopf, Fall 2015
Twelve year-old Maxine Weber and her younger brother are kidnapped by the infamous Pied Piper of legend and find themselves in a darkly magical land known as the Summer Isle, a land beyond ours where dreams and ghosts dwell. Here, mortal children never grow up and while their days are filled with wonder, their nights are haunted by monsters. The original children of Hamelin, who went missing in 1284, have built themselves a home in the Summer Isle that they call New Hamelin – a walled village to keep out the night’s terrors and to protect them from the Piper’s marauding rats.
Together with Lukas and Emilie, the child “elders” of New Hamelin, Max and Alexander set out on a quest to find the mysterious being known as the Peddler who can help them fulfill a prophecy that could bring all the children of Hamelin home again. That journey will lead them to lands beyond the Summer Isle, all the way to a hidden magical metropolis beneath New York City known as the Winter Court, and back again to fight the final war. But Max and Carter have a destiny to rescue the lost children of Hamelin and in doing so, change the Summer Isle forever.
A road trip fling turns frightful in this powerful new psychological thriller from Trish Doller.
by Trish Doller
Bloomsbury, July 2015
After high school, eighteen-year-old Arcadia Wells wants more than her small-town Florida life. She wants adventure. Since her mom died three years ago, Cadie’s spent most of her time working in her dad’s grocery store, playing soccer, taking care of the household, and raising her little brother.
Then, one night, feeling rebellious, Cadie goes to a campfire party at the state park where she meets a couple of cute guys (cousins) who are on a road trip. After an almost instantaneous connection with one, despite an attraction for both, Cadie ditches her responsibilities to join them and a girlfriend from school on a trip through the Florida Everglades, just the adventure she’s been craving. But what starts out as a fun, sexy trip turns frightening when she discovers a deep tension between the two cousins.
Neither is the wholesome boy he first seemed. When her friend leaves unexpectedly and never makes it home, Cadie must decide if she can trust the boy she’s fallen hard for, or if the secrets he’s keeping are deadly.
The eagerly anticipated new romance from the darling of the Young Adult contemporary world!
ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER
by Stephanie Perkins
Dutton Children’s Book, August 2014
From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.
Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
Foreign rights sold to Bertlesmann (Germany), Plataforma Editorial (Spain), and Egmont Bulgaria (Bulgaria).
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The brand new Jane Austen novel by the bestselling author of « The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen »
JANE AUSTEN’S FIRST LOVE
by Syrie James
Berkley/ Penguin, August 2014
Fifteen-year-old Jane Austen dreams of three things: doing something useful, writing something worthy, and falling madly in love. When she visits her brother in Kent to celebrate his engagement, she meets wealthy, devilishly handsome Edward Taylor—a fascinating young man who is truly worthy of her affections. Jane knows a match between her and Edward is unlikely, but every moment she spends with him makes her heart race. And he seems to return her interest. Much to her displeasure, however, there is another seeking his attention
Unsure of her budding relationship, Jane seeks distraction by attempting to correct the pairings of three other prospective couples. But when her matchmaking aspirations do not all turn out as anticipated, Jane discovers the danger of relying on first impressions. The human heart cannot be easily deciphered, nor can it be directed or managed. And if others must be left to their own devices in matters of love and matrimony, can Jane even hope to satisfy her own heart?
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A debut novel about a Billie Holiday-loving, surviving in rural Washington with the help of her confidante and best friend Baz (the only openly gay teenage boy for a fifty miles).
by Kris Dinnison
Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Readers, Spring 2015
Maggie Bowers thinks she knows what to expect her junior year of high school. Okay, so she certainly isn’t the most popular person at Cedar Ridge High School, and yeah, it would be nice if her mother didn’t care so much about her weight. But at least she has a killer best friend and a cool afterschool job at the local record shop. But everything changes when a new guy moves to town. Tom is cute, funny, smart, charming and for some reason, has latched onto the unconventional Maggie and Baz. But unfortunately for Maggie, she and Baz have the same taste in most things, including guys. Baz calls dibs on Tom and Maggie abides but Tom seems to have other ideas… As Maggie’s binge eating starts to spiral out of control and she tries to untangle her feelings about food, friends, and boys, she is forced to confront for the first time who she is on the outside and in, what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to lose to get it.
EMBRACEABLE YOU will appeal to readers of Sasha Paley but also to fans of John Green, Sarah Dessen and the like.
A princess and a servant unite and switch identities in order to prevent a war in this first book in a new series.
THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK
by Jenny Lundquist
Running Press Kids, October 2013
In the faraway village of Tulan, sixteen-year-old Elara has spent her entire life as a servant, trying to track down her real name. The name she was given before being orphaned. Meanwhile, in the kingdom of Galandria, Princess Wilhamina does not know why her father, the king, makes her wear a mask. Or why she is forbidden to ever show her face.
When a new peace treaty between Galandria and Kyrenica is threatened, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face. Told in alternating perspectives, this intricate fairy tale pulls both girls towards secrets that have been locked away behind castle doors, while the fate of two opposing kingdoms rests squarely on their untrained shoulders.
Suddenly everything is different
MY PARENT HAS CANCER AND IT REALLY SUCKS: Real-Life Advice from Real-Life Teens
by Marc Silver and Maya Silver
Sourcebooks Fire, March 2013
First, know that there are an estimated 1 million other teenagers with a parent who has cancer. And they want to help you through it.
Because you will get through it:
How do you talk to your parents about it? How do you deal with friends when they give you « pity eyes »? Is it awful if you’re more concerned about prom and college? (Answer: no)What do you tell the school? What does chemotherapy mean? What are the best ways to de-stress?
Here you’ll find advice from over 100 teens and experts who have all been there. Sure, cancer sucks. But it sucks a lot less when you have help.
In the future, there is no food, and hunger has become a relic of the past. That is, until a girl named Thalia Apple begins to feel something unfamiliar and uncomfortable: she’s hungry
by H.A. Swain
Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, June 2014
In Thalia’s world, there is no more food and no need for food, as everyone takes medication to ward off hunger. Her parents both work for the company that developed the drugs society consumes to quell any food cravings, and they live a life of privilege as a result. When Thalia meets a boy who is part of a underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that there is an entire world outside her own. She also starts to feel hunger, and so does the boy. Are the meds no longer working?
Together, they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food. It’s a journey that will change everything Thalia thought she knew. But can a “privy” like her ever truly be part of a revolution?
Film rights have been sold to Ineffable Pictures for Paramount.
Find here the Penguin Young Readers Group Rights Guide – BOLOGNA 2014
A touching coming of age debut novel:
THE LAW OF LOVING OTHERS
by Kate Axelrod
Razorbill, January 2015
Emma, a junior in high school, comes home from boarding school with her boyfriend to find that her mother is in the middle of a schizophrenic breakdown, and her father doesn’t know what to do. As her boyfriend pulls away, Emma mingles newfound freedoms with the devastating implications of her mother’s illness, and encounters the hard truth in a line from Anna Karenina: “The law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.”
This is a grounded coming of age debut novel that demands the reader accept Emma for who she is, while also creating deep sympathy for all that she is going through.
In the vein of the JUNIE B. JONES Series, here comes a lovably energetic little sister with a big personality:
by Abby Hanlon
Dial Books for Young Readers, October 2014
As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she’s too much of a baby for them, so she’s left to her own devices—and her wild imagination and indefatigable energy. Her siblings may roll their eyes at her childish games, but Dory has lots of things to do—outsmarting the monsters all over the house, escaping from prison (aka time-out) and exacting revenge on her sister’s favorite doll. And when they really need her, daring Dory will prove her bravery, and finally get what she wants.
With plenty of pictures bursting with charm and character, this hilarious book about an irresistible rascal is the new must-read for the chapter book set. The storytelling is conveyed through Abby’s expressive, energetic illustrations. They include cartoon balloons with funny dialogue. Book 2 is scheduled for Summer 2015.
Wimpy kid meets Shrek in this hilarious new series!
THE LIFE OF ZARF #1
by Rob Harrell
Dial Books for Young Readers, August 2014
This funny new series is about a troll trying to get by in middle school. Zarf is stuck at the bottom of the school social ladder, way below the prince and knights (popular kids), ogres and giants (jocks), and even the lowly minstrels (band geeks). When the king disappears and Zarf’s arch enemy ascends the throne, Zarf must go on a quest to find the king, accompanied by his two trusty sidekicks: Kevin, the neurotic pig, and Chester, the remarkably un‐funny scion of the king’s court jester. What follows is big adventure in a hilarious, Shrek‐like world, and maybe—just maybe—the unleashing of a little Furry Fury Trollpower.
Book 1 of 3
From the acclaimed author of ORIGIN and VITRO
by Jessica Khoury
Razorbill, February 2015
A nail‐biting adventure from the bestselling author Jessica Khoury in which a zoologist’s teen daughter and the five high school students she’s hosting on safari discover a bizarre and highly contagious virus that threatens to ravage the Kalahari. And the entire human race.
Rights to ORIGIN have been sold in Bulgarian (Exlibris), Chinese Complex (Sharp Point Press), Czech (Egmont), Dutch (Clavis Uitgeverij), German (Arena Verlag GMBH), Polish (Wydawnictwo Wilga SA), Portuguese (Novo Conceito), Spanish (Grupo Anaya) and Turkish (Pegasus Yayincilik).
Rights to VITRO have been sold in Dutch (Clavis Uitgeverij), German (Arena Verlag GMBH) and Turkish (Pegasus Yayincilik).
A thrilling, hilarious, around-the-world adventure (by hovercraft!) with a lot of heart
THE 8th CONTINENT
by Matt London
Razorbill, September 2014
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there is a giant pile of floating garbage. The pil – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – is about to be transformed into a new continent, using a secret formula invented by Evie and Rick Lane’s father, George, the world’s greatest entrepreneur. Evie and Rick are determined to make this new continent a utopia, a place where plants and animals can thrive and where their family can live free from the intervention of Winterpole, a global rule-maker run by bumbling bureaucrats who govern by permission slip (and require permission slips to submit those permission slips). But Evie and Rick aren’t the only ones after the eighth continent. Eleven-year-old, pink and plastic-obsessed Vesuvia Piffle, the secret mastermind behind the villainous Condo Corp, also has her sights set on this new land; and she’s going to use it to create a kind of Miami-on-steroids, complete with a double-decker ocean and quality sushi on every street corner. But the future can’t be both « green » and pink.
The 8th Continent is a high-concept, middle-grade series with an environmental focus that is fun! It’s about a brother and a sister out to save the World one continent at a time. The second book is scheduled for February 2015 and the third for Summer 2015.
At the dawn of time there were 13 beings who controlled the Zodiac Universe. Now, only 12 remain…
by Romina Russel
Razorbill, December 2014
Twelve constellations glow like beacons in the darkest reaches of deep space, each one pulsing with its own distinct light. These are the 12 Houses of the Zodiac, a Universe divided by differences but united by a common devotion to Helios, the Great Star at the center of its orbit, Lord Helios, or the Sun, as we know it. A Collection of Astral Ambassadors work together to ensure peace among these innately disparate Houses, while the Guardians lead by example to preserve each sign’s distinct culture, personality traits, and morals. Until the moment it all collapsed.
ZODIAC draws upon our collective fantasy to travel through space encountering the unknown, but instead of sending us to the Milky Way for the millionth time, our heroine zips through a mind-blowing astrological fantasy land with seemingly endless corners to explore. There are three titles planned, and they are set to publish every year.
If you had the chance to shed your biggest burden and trade it for someone else’s, would you do it?
THE WAY WE BARED OUR SOULS
by Willa Strayhorn
Razorbill, January 2015
Five teenagers from Santa Fe swap burdens and walk a week in one another’s shoes in this soulful debut. When a mysterious young shaman tells Lo he knows an ancient ritual that will free her from the pain of her newly discovered illness, she’s just desperate enough to believe him. The catch? The ritual only works with five people. Now Lo must persuade four of her most troubled friends to make the biggest sacrifice of their lives.
There’s Thomas, a former child soldier; Kaya, a Native American girl who can’t feel pain; Ellen, a cheerleader with a meth addiction; and Zeke, the skateboarding star whose girlfriend’s sudden death has made him afraid to live. On the night of the ceremony, this unlikely group gathers around a fire deep in the New Mexico desert to share sorrows and swap totems. When the effects take hold the next morning, they embark on a week of terrifying, beautiful experiences that no one, not even Lo, could have imagined.
Bon appétit! The Creature Department is about to become a mouth-watering sensation!
THE CREATURE DEPARTMENT SERIES
by Robert Paul Weston, illustrated by Framestore
Razorbill November 2013/ November 2014
Elliot and Leslie find out that someone, or something, is behind the astounding electronics factory headquarters in their sleepy little town… They find stooped, troll-like creatures with jutting jaws and broken teeth; tiny winged things that sparkle as they fly; and huge, hulking, hairy nonhumans (with horns). It is unlike anything they’ve ever seen!And when these creatures are in danger, it’s up to Elliot, Leslie, and every one of the unusual, er, « employees » to create an invention so astonishing it will save The Creature Department.
Foreign rights have been sold in Chinese Simplified (Shanghai Gaotan), German (Jacoby & Stuart Verlagshaus), Hungarian (Libri Gyerekkonyvkiado KFT), Portuguese (Editora Globo S.A.), Spanish (Santillana Ediciones Generales) and Turkish (Pegasus Yayincilik).
Film rights sold to FOX Animation:
Find here the MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group Rights Guide – Bologna 2014
An intriguingly mindbending time travel tale in which both past and future must be mined for clues
by Karen Akins
St. Martin’s Griffin, October 2014
At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels at… screwing up. After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage, she stands to lose her scholarship. Then when Bree sneaks back to try to clean up her mess, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her. Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers and the only person with the knowledge to solve the mystery is her own future self.
The Devil Wears Prada meets Ally Carter in this young adult novel
by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Griffin, May 2014
“Blonde Ops is a hilarious, fast-paced mystery/thriller combining high fashion, computer hacking, and international intrigue, plus a couple of very hot guys and one of the most engaging and original heroines ever, set against a background of Rome at its most romantic. I dare anyone not to love this!”—Molly Cochran, New York Times-bestselling author of Legacy, Poison,and Seduction
Expelled from yet another boarding school for hacking into the school’s computer system, sixteen-year-old Rebecca “Bec” Jackson is shipped off to Rome to intern for one of the world’s top fashion magazines; but when the editor-in-chief has a mysterious accident, putting him in a coma, and the First Lady, in town for a cover shoot, has her life threatened, Bec must uncover what is really going on.
The last book of a futuristic trilogy that will delight fans of Orwellian SF, as well as readers of dystopian literature
by Jenna Black
Tor Teen, November 2014
Jenna Black brings readers an action-packed final installment to the young adult science fiction thriller series that began with REPLICA (July 2013) and continued in RESISTANCE (March 2014). Nate Hayes was murdered, but thanks to Paxco’s groundbreaking human replication technology, a duplicate was created that holds all of the personality and the memories of the original. Or… almost all. Nate’s backup didn’t extend to the days preceding his murder. But as Nate and his best friend and fiancée search for the answers of who killed him and why they find themselves at the center of a horrifying conspiracy. Now they have no choice but to go underground and seek refuge in the dangerous, gang-ridden slums of the Basement in the stunning conclusion that will have readers racing to the finish.
The second book of The Goddess War series
by Kendare Blake
Tor Teen, September 2014
“This new series from one of the best up-and-coming horror/suspense writers around… updated Greek mythology but offers far more than Percy Jackson retread. This edgy first installment maneuvers forces into position; readers will want to stay tuned.” — Kirkus Reviews on ANTIGODDESS
Old Gods never die… Or so Athena thought. As horrific afflictions bring the ancient immortals to their knees, a thoroughly modern Athena and Hermes travel the world searching for answers. What they find is Cassandra, the ordinary girl who can’t remember her extraordinary past life, but who may be the key to the gods’ survival. This second installment of the series that started with Antigoddess takes the developing war of the gods and goddesses to a whole new level.
Rights to ANTIGODDESS sold in: Czech (Baronet), Greek (Metaixmio), Portuguese Brazil (Novo Conceito), Turkish (Marti), UK (Orchard Books)
Welcome to Extraction testing
by Stephanie Diaz
St. Martin’s Griffin, July 2014
Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her 16th birthday when she’ll be tested for Extraction, in the hopes of being one of the few selected to be sent from Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core. But when she proves promising enough to be “extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save Logan from brutal Surface life. When she gets to the core, Clementine learns that life there is anything but safe. The planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too. Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that protect her, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet’s leaders don’t want her running and telling anyone anything— they want her subdued.
EXTRACTION is the first novel in a planned trilogy.
An irresistibly sweet romance between two college students, told from 14 different viewpoints.
A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT
by Sandy Hall
Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends, August 2014
The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common: they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is shy, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together…
Rights sold in Australia & New Zealand (Pan Macmillan) and the UK (Macmillan UK)
Almost 2 million Wattpad readers have followed LAILAH, and now here it is with a new ending!
by Nikki Kelly
Feiwel and Friends, October 2014
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams: a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.
On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely Allie, a rogue Angel, named Gabriel. In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom? Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.
LAILAH is the first book of a new trilogy: THE STYCLAR SAGA
The riveting story of a covert team of terminally ill teens who spend their last year alive running dangerous missions as super-spies for an organization that may not be all it seems
by Royce Scott Buckingham
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Griffin, October 2014
When 19 year-old Cam Cody is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he expects to spend the rest of his shortened life in an adjustable bed. Then one night, a mysterious man offers Cam the chance to join a covert unit of young “terminals.” They are like him, only they spend the last year of their lives executing exciting and dangerous missions to make the world a better place. With nothing to lose, Cam is in. The other terminals don’t seem sick; Zara is beautiful, Donnie is an amazing athlete, and Calliope sings like a bird. He soon learns that they’re enhanced with an experimental super steroid TS-8, which suppresses their illnesses’ symptoms and heightens their physical and mental abilities. Cam joins this extreme spy team but, as his teammates fall around him, he starts to receive cryptic messages from a haggard survivor of last year’s class hiding in the forest. She reveals that the program isn’t what it seems, leading Cam to question whether any of them are really sick at all.
R.S. Buckingham is the author of DIE KARTE DER WELT, which spent more than eight weeks on the German bestseller list in 2013.
A new young adult horror novel in R.L. Stine’s bestselling FEAR STREET, one of the bestselling young adult series ever.
by R.L. Stine
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Griffin, October 2014
Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear’s birthday party at his family’s estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned on intrudes on his party: the game of murder. As the guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes that she and the other teenagers are trapped on the tiny island. How can they escape this deadly game? Rachel doesn’t even know whom she can trust. She should have realized that nothing is as it seems…on Fear Island.
R.L. Stine is one of the bestselling children’s authors in history, with more than 400 million books sold to date. His hugely successful young adult horror series FEAR STREET is back with the first new book in almost twenty years. With more than 80 million copies sold around the world, FEAR STREET is one of the bestselling young adult series of all time.
Find here the Sterling Lord Literistic’s Books Rights Guide – Bologna 2014
Their bears books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide:
The Berenstains have written over two-hundred Berenstain Bears books over the last 50 years. Total sales of the series have topped more than 265 million copies. Until the late 1980s, Stan and Jan continued their work as magazine cartoonists along with their children’s books. Their son Mike became a children’s book illustrator and author in the ’70s and joined with his parents on magazine work in the ’80s, moving to illustrating and was co-writing Berenstain Bearsbooks by 1992. The Berenstain Bears became popular beyond the world of children’s books. The first animated TV show, an NBC Christmas special, was produced in 1979. During the ’80s and ’90s, there were Berenstain Bear Country attractions in a number of amusement parks. There have been four Berenstain Bears plays and stage musicals including the highly successful musical, The Berenstain Bears Live in Family Matters. Twenty-six Berenstain bears titles have been planned through 2017!
THANKSGIVING (April 2014): It’s Thanksgiving time in Bear Country: a perfect time for the Bear family to go for a stroll and enjoy the sights of the season! Bright fall foliage, ripe red apples, pumpkins, and, of course, a fine fat turkey. Thanksgiving really is all around!
LOVE BUG (August 2014): When Sister Bear is chosen as the flower girl at a Valentine’s Day wedding, she is over-the-moon with excitement. But when she starts to get carried away planning the dresses, flowers, cake, and more, things begin to go awry…
A feature film is in the works for the Berenstain bears Series with new line cinema division of Warner Bros, Walden Media and 21 Laps Productions (the producers of « The Night of the Museum » movies!)
Two exciting new projects from a bestselling author:
THE STARBENDERS SERIES : Book 1
by Kevin Emerson
Walden Pond Press, June 2015 (manuscript available in May 2014)
“Battlestar Galactica” meets “Dr. Who” in this middle grade science fiction trilogy. After fleeing Mars and the expanding sun in the year 2241, thirteen-year-old Liam Saunders-Chang and his friends Phoebe and Shawn find themselves piloting a starship when their parents can’t wake from hyper sleep. Their journey thrusts them right into the middle of an intergalactic war as humans move to colonize a new planet, and Liam discovers a time-bending device that may be the key to saving the universe from an unseen nemesis, The Drove. Packed with action, gadgetry and danger, Starbender asks: How do you find your place in an unfamiliar universe?
by Kevin Emerson
Harperandcollins, March2015 (manuscript available in Summer 2014)
Ant, age 13, writes his first rock song. The only problem is that it contains a certain word that will get him suspended if he sings it at the school talent show. Ant’s had a bad day and his song lyrics reflect how pissed off he is at everyone and everything, including insipid cutebot girls, meaningless school assignments, and Fat Class at the local Y. The song— ”Gotta Get Out”—goes live thanks to his best friend and fellow Rusty Souls bandmate, Keenan. Ant becomes an instant hero to everyone at school. Except for the clueless teachers. And his parents (who he imagines as the enemies in his favorite video game, Liberation Force). What are your rights to free speech when you’re just a 13-year-old kid? Emerson captures the frustration of the quintessential teenage boy, too old to be babied but also suffers with his growing peers.
There’s no escape from the future
THE ERASING TIME SERIES
by C.J. Hills (pen name for Janette Rallison)
The amazing middle-grade series from the author of the bestselling children’s fantasy series Leven Thump:
THE CREATURE FOR MY CLOSET
by Obert Skye
Henry Holt & Co
“…the idea of a hybrid Willy Wonka/Frankenstein character is original and hilarious.” — School Library Journal
“[A] highly amusing new series starter. /…/ Skye gives Rob a self-deprecating charm and highlights the pleasures of books both subtly and effectively.” — Booklist
WONKENSTEIN (Book 1) September 2011
Twelve-year-old underachiever Rob has better things to do than read. His parents give him lots of books but most of them just end up in the messy pile of junk he keeps locked in his closet. One day, Rob hears weird sounds coming from behind his closet door and discovers a funny little creature that seems to be a cross between two characters from books he’s tried to ignore. He names him Wonkenstein.
POTTERWOOKIE (Book 2) September 2012
This time the creature that emerges from Rob’s closet is a hilarious mash up of Harry Potter and Chewbacca from Star Wars. Rob must figure out why the little Potterwookiee is here, while also dealing with his friends and working to impress the girl of his young dreams. He takes on the school bully, participates in a cooking contest, and races to find the answers in the books that brought Potterwookiee to life.
PINOCULA (Book 3) September 2013
This time the books of Pinocchio and Dracula are being mashed up and Pinocula is thrust into Rob’s life. Rob must navigate the humor and horror of middle school while Pinocula makes things extra difficult. A small lie grows to be a great obstacle that ends with Rob’s life falling apart at his school’s first dance. Funny, embarrassing, and filled with heart, Pinocula just might be the messiest, and most enjoyable creature, to stumble out of Rob’s closet yet.
KATFISH (Book 4)
Rob’s life is in ruins. He needs help. And his science laboratory closet is there to give him a hand. In walks Katfish, a mashup of Katniss from the Hunger Games and theLittle Mermaid. This girl is strong as nails and sports a tail. Everyone at school is excited about an upcoming riff on the Hunger Games created by Principal Smelt: the Fun-ger Games. Rob—well, not so much. But Katfish is sticking around to help Rob with girl advice, Fun-ger Games tips, and how to get people to stop hating him. What could go wrong?
THE LORD OF THE HAT (Book 5)
When Rob’s family wins a trip to Colorado to ride on trains and explore mountains, something extra makes it into his luggage. Family trips can be fun, but what happens to Rob and his family is funny. A couple of Rob’s friends have been invited on the trip and trying to keep the newest creature from being discovered is a team effort. Not only must Rob find the books that hold the answers, but he is about to stumble upon the origins of Beardy. Get ready for school fights, train rides, long mysterious hikes, and a creature that is unlike any of the others who have slipped from his closet before. What Rob discovers is epic.
Find here the Text Publishing Rights Guide – Bologna 2014
A spellbinding homage to the world of Victorian literature.
THE FIREBIRD MYSTERY
by Darrell Pitt
Jack Mason has grown up as an acrobat in a circus. Now, after the tragic death of his parents, he must live inside the gloomy walls of Sunnyside Orphanage in London, a city of fog and snow, filled with airships, steam cars and metrotowers that stretch into space. Luckily for Jack, he’s taken under the wing of the brilliant and eccentric detective Ignatius Doyle. Little does he know how dangerous life is about to become.
A girl named Scarlet Bell comes seeking the great detective’s help. Her father has been kidnapped, and the future of the world itself may be at stake. Is the evil hand of Professor M pulling all the strings? Mr Doyle and Jack know there is no time to lose.
With all its twists and turns and helter-skelter action, THE FIREBIRD MISTERY is an addictive story and a spellbinding homage to the world of Victorian literature that will appeal to readers of all ages.
Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good.
by Diana Sweeney
Tom survived a devastating flood that claimed the lives of her sister and parents, and now she lives with Bill in his old shed by the lake. But it’s time to move out: Tom is pregnant with Bill’s baby.
Jonah lets her move in with him. Mrs Peck gives her the Fishmaster Super Series tackle box. Nana is full of gentle good advice and useful sayings. And in her longing for what is lost, Tom talks to fish: Oscar the carp in the pet shop, little Sarah catfish who might be her sister, an unhelpful turtle in a tank at the maternity ward. And the Minnow.
THE MINNOW is a moving and powerful coming-of-age story with a whimsical element that belies the heartbreaking truth of grief and loss. Tom is a character you will never forget.
Diana Sweeney is the winner of the 2013 Text Prize for Young & Adult Children’s Writing.
Find here the Writers House Rights Guide – Bologna 2014
An amazing new middle-grade project based on a wonderful film:
by Haifaa Al-Mansour
Dial Books, Fall 2015
WADJDA is a debut novel by director and screenwriter Haifaa Al-Mansour, about a young Saudi Arabian girl’s quest to liberate herself from the taboos and limitations placed on women. In a suburb of Riyadh, 10-year old Wadjda desperately wants to purchase a bicycle so that she can race against her neighborhood friend – a boy she shouldn’t even be interacting with. Her mother won’t allow it, as their society sees bicycles as dangerous for a woman’s virtue. Rebellious and fun loving, Wadjda is determined to raise the money herself and push against the boundaries of her conservative world to fight for her dreams! The novel is based on Haifaa’s critically acclaimed film of the same name, which is the first feature film ever made in Saudi Arabia (where cinemas are illegal).
UK rights were pre-empted by Penguin UK and German rights by CBT, an imprint of Random House Germany.
Two breathtakingly adventurous middle-grade novel in the tradition of Neil Gaiman and Kate DiCamillo.
THE WITCH’S BOY
by Kelly Barnhill
Algonquin Young Readers, September 2014
A village witch and her two sons raft through a raging river, and only one boy, Ned, survives the journey, leaving the villagers to believe that the wrong boy has survived. Ned is unaware that his mother has stitched his brother’s soul to his chest just as it was departing this world. Nonetheless, he finds that it is only he who can protect the magic his mother has left behind. When Ned learns that a Bandit King is trying to steal the magic for the rightful king of the land, he must try to summon the power to save his family and community. In the meantime, deep in the forest lives Aine, the daughter of the Bandit King, who is haunted by her mother’s last words to her, “The wrong boy will save your life and you will save his.“ When Aine and Ned’s paths inevitably cross, they must learn to journey together to return the magic to its resting place and stop the developing war.
THE WITCH’S BOY’s sequel will be published in Fall 2015.
The brainchild of Funbrain and Poptropica, the online ecosystem that originated Wimpy Kid and helped launch Big Nate into the stratosphere!
THE GALACTIC HOT DOGS SERIES
by Max Brallier; illustrated by Rachel Maguire
Aladdin (Simon & Schuster), Summer 2015
GALACTIC HOT DOGS are the intergalactic escapades of Cosmoe the Earth-Boy and his friends. Cosmoe was a heroic, adventure-seeking 13-year-old orphan back on Earth—until the strange night he was yanked into space. Now he’s got all the adventure he craved, and more—but his old life on Earth is never far from his mind. Accompanying Cosmoe are his best friends: Goober the Symbiotic Blob; Big Humphree, a hulking alien; F.R.E.D., their handy/grumpy robot; and Princess Dagger, a half-evil, half-awesome princess. The friends travel the galaxy, driven by Cosmoe’s oath to “fight space-jerks in all their many forms,” visiting strange planets, battling alien monsters, dodging space pirates, and making the galaxy a better place. The first 4 books of this series are now available.
Rights to GALACTIC HOT DOGS have been sold in Brazilian Portuguese (Sextante), German (Oetinger), Hebrew (Kinneret), Korean (BIR), Norwegian (Gyldendal), Simplified Chinese (Shanghai Gaotan) and Spanish (Random House Mondadori).
The NY Times Bestselling middle-grade series created by a true expert in the field: 13-year-old author Jake Marcionette!
by Jake Marcionette
Penguin, February 2014
“Jake’s youthful exuberance shines through and keeps the story speeding ahead.” – Publishers Weekly
JUST JAKE introduces readers to sixth-grader Jake, whose life is turned upside down when his family moves yet again from Florida to Maryland, where Jake must adapt to a new school. Jake has always ranked the kids at school in his personal, humorous “Kid Cards,” and when he arrives at his new school, Jake starts a new catalog of cards… but he’s in for a rude awakening when his Kid Cards get into the wrong hands! JUST JAKE is a hilarious, totally genuine world of school, family, friends, and teachers.
Penguin Kids will publish two books of this series, with plans for more. Rights have been sold in Greek (Psichogios), and several other offers / auctions are pending.
We can all be heroes!
ORDINARY PEOPLE CHANGE THE WORLD: THE SERIES
by Brad Meltzer
Dial Books for Young Readers
Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author for adult thriller titles and this series marks his stellar debut for young readers between ages 4-8! With ORDINARY PEOPLE, Brad is introducing kids to famed historical heroes from a new perspective – their humble origins. Here is the complete publication schedule for the series:
I Am Amelia Earhart – January 14th, 2014
I am Abe Lincoln – January 14th, 2014
I am Rosa Parks – June 2014
I am Albert Einstein – June 2014
Two untitled books – January 2015
Each picture book in this series is a biography of a significant historical figure, told in a simple, conversational, vivacious way, and always focusing on a character trait that made the person heroic. The heroes are depicted as children throughout, telling their life stories in first‐person present tense, which keeps the books playful and accessible to young children. Foreign publishers can pick and choose from the above list of titles, without having to license the titles in chronological order. Also, they have the option of choosing entirely different subjects under this brand with any illustrator of their choice!
ORDINARY PEOPLE has received heavy press coverage since Penguin’s press release last year. The series announcement was also picked up by The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, and MediaBistro. Now just a week after the series launch, the series has been spotlighted by many publications, including the New York Daily News, ABC News, and USA Today.
A thrilling and fresh Young Adult mystery about the lives of teenage runaways.
THE PRINCE OF VENICE BEACH
by Blake Nelson
Little, Brown, June 2014
Robert « ‘Cali » Callahan is a teen runaway, living on the streets of Venice Beach, California. He’s got a pretty sweet life: a treehouse to sleep in, a gang of surf bros, a regular basketball game… even a girl who’s maybe-sorta interested in him. What he doesn’t have is a plan. All that changes when a local cop refers Cali to a private investigator who is looking for a missing teenager. After all, Cali knows everyone in Venice. But the streets are filled with people who don’t want to be found, and when he’s hired to find the beautiful Reese Abernathy, who would do anything to stay hidden, Cali must decide where his loyalties truly lie.
Blake Nelson is the author of eleven YA novels, including GIRL, which was made into a major motion picture. Rights to his books have been sold in Catalan (Cruilla), French (Albin Michel), German (Beltz), Italian (RCS Libri), Korean (The Book in My Life), and Spanish (Ediciones SM).
All aboard for an action-packed escapade from the internationally bestselling author Kenneth Oppel!
by Kenneth Oppel
Simon & Schuster, April 2014
« An epic journey novel with a distinctive setting, a powerful sense of adventure, and just a whiff of steampunk.” – Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across the country, and passenger Will Everett is about to embark on the adventure of his life! When Will ends up possessing the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures on the train. In order to survive, Will must join a traveling circus, enlisting the aid of Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster, and Maren, a girl his age who is an escape artist. With villains fast on their heels, can Will and Maren reach Will’s save The Boundless before someone winds up dead?
Rights to THIS DARK ENDEAVOR have been sold in Brazilian Portuguese (Moderna), Complex Chinese (Sharp Point), German (Beltz), Hebrew (Graff), Hungarian (Cicero), Japanese (Sogensha), Romanian (SC Leda), Simplified Chinese (Hubei), Spanish (Santillana), Thai (Amarin), Turkish (Ithaki), and the UK (Random House UK).
A gorgeous and contemporary Young Adult novel reminiscent of Speak and Thirteen Reasons Why.
THE VIEW FROM WHO I WAS
by Heather Sappenfield
Flux, Winter 2015
At Crystal High’s Winter Formal, Oona Antunes splits in two―her body and her reasoning doubting-judging spirit. She leaves the dance wearing the Snow Queen crown and a pink satin dress, strolls from the hotel ballroom through the ski village, and rides the town bus to a winter trail. Oona hikes out this trail and tries to freeze to death. But she is found and rescued. Three days later she wakes in the hospital to discover, worse than missing fingers and toes, is the realization of what she’s done to the people she loves. To live she must now figure out what caused her downward spiral and understand her divergent selves. Narrated by that reasoning-doubting-judging spirit, Oona is armed with a journal, filled with entries about water, and the study of her family. Observed now as if through a microscope, she witnesses their true dynamics and realizes she has unfairly resented her mother and blotted out any feelings about her father. When she finds the courage to face his father, she insists that they travel back to Portugal, where tragedy killed his family when he was ten and led him to live with his uncle in America. But Oona does not realize that though they share the same olive skin, features, and manners, they are quite different in deadly ways.
The story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them. Sold in a 6-figure pre-empt!
FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE
by Kate Scelsa
Balzer + Bray (Harpercollins), Fall 2015
Mira is a pessimistic, vintage-dress enthusiast who stopped going to her old school when she and her gay best friend Sebby decided to run away together, just for a little while. Ten months ago they stole her father’s car, set the GPS for Provincetown (“the gayest beach town north of Fire Island”) and set off on a two-day adventure with a fateful vow to each other—that life would be different now that they were together. That their friendship would be enough to keep them both safe.
Now Mira’s starting over at Saint Francis Prep, where she promised her parents she would try to pretend to be normal, not a girl who sometimes can’t get out of bed for days on end, who only feels awake when she’s with Sebby. Jeremy is the painfully shy art nerd at Mira’s new school who sees Sebby for the first time across the Saint Francis school lawn as if he’s been expecting him—a blond, lanky boy with a mischief glinting in his eyes. As Jeremy finds himself drawn into Sebby and Mira’s world, he begins to understand the secrets that they hide in order to protect themselves, to keep each other safe from those who don’t understand their quest to live for the impossible.
A unique world of adventure and science fiction: an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers!
by Jon Scieszka; illustrated by Brian Biggs
Amulet (Abrams), August 2014
Frank Einstein is a kid genius who loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and flash of electricity bring Frank’s inventions the robots Klink and Klank—to life! Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wisecracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank nonetheless help Frank attempt to perfect his Dark Energy Drive… until Frank’s archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan!
Jon Scieszka is the New York Times Bestselling author of numerous picture books. FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR is the first book of an ambitious new illustrated middle-grade project: FRANK EINSTEIN, KID SCIENTIST (6 titles planned for now). The first book will be publishing on August 26th, with a first printing of 300,000 copies!
Being voted on a list of the ten hottest girls in school is pretty amazing. Until the first four die in freak accidents… and you’re fifth.
THEY ALL FALL DOWN
by Roxanne St. Claire
Delacorte (Random House), October 2014
Kenzie Summerall has made the annual list of her high school’s ten hottest girls, and now she’s suddenly popular. Focused on getting into college, the list feels silly to Kenzie, but she likes the new change in her social status. Until the girl who’s first on the list dies in a diving accident. And the girl who’s second accidentally poisons herself. Is it a coincidence? Digging into the history of the “hottie list”, Kenzie discovers a sinister secret. Stringing together clues as she barely avoids fateful brushes with death, Kenzie is determined to prove there’s a killer at work. She is in a race with time to save her life and stop a deadly force that’s been at work for decades.
Rights have been sold in Italian (Fabbri).
The new series that follows the adult Veronica Mars and her friends as they solve more mysteries!
by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Vintage (Random House), January 2014
On the heels of the most successful Kickstarter campaign in history, the Veronica Mars novel picks up directly after the movie wraps. Twenty-eight year old Veronica is back in Neptune taking over her father’s PI business, Mars Investigations. Carrie Bishop’s murder is just the start. Neptune has always been ripe for scandal and when a college girl goes missing during spring break, it’s up to Veronica to solve the case. Fans of the TV show and movie will be thrilled to see their favorite characters helping Veronica put Neptune’s criminal element behind bars. Infused with Veronica’s trademark sass and ingenious sleuthing instincts, this book will appeal to Veronica Mars diehards and any adult reader interested in a sharply plotted mystery with a distinct voice.Rights have been sold in Brazilian Portuguese (Moderna), Czech (Albatros), and German (Loewe).
Rob Thomas is the creator of the Veronica Mars TV series, and co-creator of 90210 and Party Down. He has also directed the VERONICA MARS movie, officially released in March 2014!
Most adults only believe what they can touch; they have lost their ability to see miracles
CLARA AND THE BOGEY MEN
by Petra Nagyová Džerengová
Clara is 6 years old and lives with her father and pregnant stepmother. Clara´s mother deserted her when she was a baby and she is looking after poor orphans in Africa. Daddy has explained to Clara that it was her mother´s vocation. He also told her that some people feel its calling so strongly that there is no point in stopping them, because you only achieve the opposite. Clara has just one little problem – she cannot sleep alone, because there are bogey men under her bed. And also: will her father and stepmother still love her when the baby is born? She is going to spend a holiday in the country with her grandfather and there is a big task before them – to learn to sleep alone. Daddy does not believe in the existence of bogey men, but her grandpa understands her and even admits that her father was also afraid of the bogey men…
Being voted on a list of the ten hottest girls in school is pretty amazing. Until the first four die in freak accidents… and you’re fift
CLARA AND THE IGLOO
by Petra Nagyová Džerengová
The weather has changed from autumn to winter and it is snowing. Clara is happy to see the snow and can´t understand why adults are worried about the snow and icy roads. She started to built an igloo with her friend Robbie and when it was finished they decided to get married. They got married like the Eskimos and gave each other a ring and celebrated by eating raw fish. One afternoon Clara’s stepmother told her that Bobby the dog haddisappeared. Clara goes to look for him immediately and she thinks her stepmother did this deliberately because she doesn´t like Bobby.She asks Robbie to go with her to visit her grandfather because she feelsBobby will be there. When they arrived the house is locked and the neighbour tells that her Grandfather is in the hospital.
Clara is very disappointed because no one had told her this news. The neighbour took the children home but Clara did not want to go into the flat. She wanted to stay in the igloo where she feels more at home. But when Clara visited the hospital and was told that her grandfather is much better and will be able to spent Christmas with her and the family, the harmony returned and everybody has been happy together under the Christmas tree!
Petra Nagyová Džerengová Is one of the best-selling female authors in Slovakia. She has received several golden and platinum awards for the sales of books for adults. Petra’s debut children’s book CLARA AND THE BOGEY MEN follows on from this series of successes. It has become the highest-selling children’s book in the twenty-three year history of the renowned publisher Slovart.