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.
Author of THE LUNAR HOUSEWIFE Caroline Woods’s GHOST MOTHER, set in 1894 Minneapolis, following a young woman who arrives at a home for unwed mothers, and quickly becomes the subject of paranoia and suspicion as claims begin to spread that she is a Mesmerist, the latest spiritualist trend sweeping the community, while a serial killer stalks the city, and the women of the home must unite in search of answers, again to Carolyn Williams at Doubleday, in a very nice deal, for publication in 2024.
Author of LIKE SPILLED WATER Jennie Liu’s young adult novel THE RED CAR TO HOLLYWOOD, set in 1920s Los Angeles, in which a 16-year-old girl struggles to balance her first-generation parents’ expectations with her own dreams, and her life plan shifts when she strikes up a friendship with the young movie star Anna May Wong, to Amy Fitzgerald at Carolrhoda Lab, for publication in spring 2025.
A.D. Rhine’s historical epic HORSES OF FIRE, in which Troy is a historical place where real people schemed and defended, loved and lost; not a playground of gods and goddesses, but a political and physical battleground where ordinary people and strong, yet misunderstood women take center stage: Andromache, Helen, Cassandra, and Rhea, a refugee and horse whisperer, and an unlikely hero amidst the chaos of the famous war, to Cassidy Sachs at Dutton.
Heather Murphy Capps’s debut INDIGO AND IDA, in which an eighth-grade aspiring reporter finds letters from 19th-century journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, inspiring the girl to take a stand and expose racist policies at her school, to Amy Fitzgerald at Carolrhoda Lab, for publication in spring 2023.
Author of LIKE SPILLED WATER Jennie Liu’s ENLY AND THE BUSKIN’ BLUES, a humorous middle grade story exploring young dreams and family expectations in which a Chinese American boy tries to busk his way to musical stardom, to Amy Fitzgerald at Carolrhoda Lab, for publication in 2023.
Author of THE CANYON’S EDGE Dusti Bowling’s DUST, a middle grade novel in which an asthmatic girl must find her voice, and her superpower, when a new boy with a terrible secret and a trail of bullies stirs up strange, life-threatening dust storms around town, to Lisa Yoskowitz at Little, Brown Children’s, for publication in 2023.
Lindsay Currie’s COME OUT, COME OUT, a middle grade novel in which an aspiring girl detective must decode a series of ominous clues, which may be tied to a century-old tragedy, to find a missing teenager before it’s too late, to Annie Berger at Jabberwocky, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2023.
Author of the Champion’s Quest series Frank Cole’s THE LAST LIBRARY, a middle grade novel set in a future where paper is scarce and following a girl scavenger who discovers the rarest of treasures—a book, which contains clues to finding the fabled “last library” before it falls into the wrong hands, to Chris Schoebinger at Shadow Mountain, for publication in 2023.