Dusti Bowling’s HOLDING ON FOR DEAR LIFE, a middle grade novel in which a sensitive boy dealing with the loss of his mother must choose between the rough and tumble world of rodeo and the healing power of music, to Alex Borbolla at Bloomsbury Children’s, in a six-figure deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2025.
Dusti Bowling’s THE BEAT I DRUM, a story featuring Connor from the LIFE OF A CACTUS series, in which a 14-year-old boy with Tourette Syndrome navigates family changes and a new school where kids don’t understand his tics, finding solace in a pair of drumsticks and the power of forgiveness, to Ardyce Alspach at Union Square Kids, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2025.
Author of DUST and the Life of a Cactus series Dusti Bowling’s SIR EDMUND OF THE WILD WEST, a humorous and mildly haunted chapter book series exploring ghost legends of the West and featuring a seizure alert dog who thinks he’s British, with the first book exploring the mystery and lore of the Grand Canyon, to Sally Morgridge at Holiday House, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2026 and spring 2027.
Author of SCRITCH SCRATCH Lindsay Currie’s IT’S WATCHING, pitched as a nod to The Ring, set in the most haunted cemetery in the country on Halloween night, where three kids must discover who—or what—is terrorizing them after receiving an ominous meme, to Alison Romig at Delacorte, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2025 and spring 2026.
Author of the forthcoming IT FOUND US Lindsay Currie’s THE MYSTERY OF LOCKED ROOMS, a middle grade escape room adventure in which a twelve-year-old mathematician and her best friends team up to find a hidden treasure in an abandoned 1950’s funhouse before her family loses their home, to Annie Berger at Jabberwocky, for publication in spring 2024.
Author of OVER AND OUT Jenni L. Walsh’s OPERATION: HAPPY, a middle grade novel inspired by the experiences of a young Pearl Harbor survivor, in which a brave girl copes with wartime and family upheaval by completing a bucket list with her dog, to Katherine Easter at Zonderkidz, for publication in 2024.
Schneider Family Book Award honoree Alison Gervais’s untitled YA mystery, in which an aspiring teen writer adjusting to hearing loss finds herself caught up in an uncanny mystery in London—one that may involve the most famous detective duo of all time, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and one that will put her awakening powers of observation to the test, to Katherine Jacobs at Blink, for publication in summer 2024.
A.D. Rhine’s DAUGHTERS OF BRONZE, the sequel to their Bronze Age epic HORSES OF FIRE, an historical novel of Troy, following Andromache, Rhea, Helen, and Cassandra as these fierce, unsung women and their band of unlikely allies work together to save the city’s greatest hope, to Cassidy Sachs at Dutton.
Author of the forthcoming INDIGO AND IDA Heather Murphy Capps’s RULE OF THREE, her next middle grade novel in which a biracial baseball player conjures a strange smoke in stressful moments and learns this is rooted in his family history, to Amy Fitzgerald at Carolrhoda Books.
Author of THE CALL OF THE WRENS Jenni L. Walsh’s untitled novel, based on the life of Alice Marble, the 1930s-era Grand Slam tennis champion and Wonder Woman comic editor who became a spy during World War II to avenge her husband’s death, to Kimberly Carlton at Harper Muse, in a two-book deal.