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.
Jenni L. Walsh’s THE MESSENGER’S SECRET, a saga spanning both World Wars inspired by the lives, mission, and spirit of the Women’s Royal Navy Service (the WRENS), who rode motorcycles through war-torn Europe, carrying secrets on their shoulders, to Kimberly Carlton at Harper Muse, in a six-figure deal, at auction, in a two-book deal.
Jenni L. Walsh’s middle grade novel OVER AND OUT, set in Cold War Germany, in which a science-loving girl is forced to become a Stasi spy and risks everything for a better future on the other side of the Berlin Wall, to Olivia Valcarce at Scholastic, for publication in spring 2022.
Author of I AM DEFIANCE, Jenni L. Walsh’s middle grade novel BY THE LIGHT OF FIREFLIES, based on the true story of a hidden Revolutionary War hero, Sybil Ludington, dubbed the “female Paul Revere,” and following a teen girl who braves a perilous midnight ride to warn the troops, with the believed magic of fireflies to light her way.
Author of THE FIRE THIEF Debra Bokur’s THE LAVA WITCH, the third book in the Dark Paradise Mystery series, in which a detective must discover if an ancient legend of sorcery is behind a new case of mayhem and murder in paradise, to James Abbate at Kensington, for publication in 2022.
‘s THE LUNAR HOUSEWIFE, a novel set in 1953 New York’s glamorous literary scene and following a journalist who faces a shadowy mix of censorship, surveillance, and gaslighting when she pens a subversively feminist novel and forms an unlikely friendship with Ernest Hemingway, inspired by the CIA’s manipulation of arts and letters during the Cold War, to Carolyn Williams at Doubleday, in a pre-empt, for publication in 2022.