Author and musician Rob Rufus’s PARADISE, WV, a crime thriller in which teenage siblings risk everything to prove the innocence of their father, a convicted serial killer, when a true-crime podcast stirs up new interest in the case and another woman goes missing in their poor, opioid-blighted town, to Stephanie Beard at Keylight, for publication in summer 2021.
Author of THOSE WHO PREY Jennifer Moffett’s untitled YA thriller, in which a reluctant teen psychic and an aspiring journalist search for the connection between a missing girl and the supernatural events upending their small Ozark town, pitched as I KILLED ZOE SPANOS meets BONE GAP, to Alex Borbolla at Atheneum, for publication in summer 2022.
Author of the POTION MASTERS series Frank L. Cole’s HOB AND BOGIE’S CHAMPIONS QUEST, pitched as Jumanji meets Dungeons and Dragons, in which a foster child finds new friends and more adventure than he bargained for at a mysterious gaming store, where a role-playing game, and its many challenges, comes to life.
Dusti Bowling’s AVEN GREEN, SLEUTHING MACHINE, the first in a series of humorous chapter books inspired by INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS, featuring the shenanigans of a spirited 8-year-old girl who was born without arms, to Suzy Capozzi at Sterling Children’s Books, in a four-book deal.
Dusti Bowling’s THE CANYON’S EDGE, a middle grade novel in verse about a girl’s struggle to survive alone in a treacherous canyon after disaster strikes on a hiking trip with her father, as she faces the trauma of the mass shooting that changed her family forever, to Lisa Yoskowitz at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2020.
Jenni L. Walsh’s middle grade historical novel, in which escalating tensions and the arrival of anti-Nazi pamphlets cause a 12-year-old girl to question all she’s ever known as a member of the Hitler Youth, including the safety of her disabled sister, who may be part of the White Rose resistance, to Olivia Valcarce at Scholastic Press, for publication in 2021.
Colorado Book Award winner Ashlee Cowles’ THE POPPY & THE ROSE, in which a teen girl must unravel clues from a strange English manor and a young heiress’s diary, discovering a web of family secrets dating back to the Titanic, for publication in fall 2020.
IN 27 DAYS by Alison Gervais heads for the big screen, with Dan Angel to produce: https://variety.com/2019/film/news/in-27-days-dan-angel-1203227587/
Lisa Gerlits’s debut middle grade novel A MANY FEATHERED THING, exploring art, friendship, and loss when an 11-year-old girl, in her quest to become a real artist, sets out to do every hard thing in her path, to Alison Deering at Capstone, for publication in March 2020.
Author of A LIGHT OF HER OWN Carrie Callaghan’s untitled novel, featuring one of the first female war correspondents as she searches for her true calling in life and love amid the global tumult of the 1930s, to Dayna Anderson at Amberjack, for publication in fall 2019.