5 New Deals (Barnes, DeStefano, Farley, Hirsch, Roux)

Jennifer Lynn Barnes‘s The Fixer (2015) to Bloomsbury Children’s, in a two-book deal. A political thriller set against the backdrop of an elite Washington D.C. private school – pitched as part Veronica Mars, part Scandal – the younger sister of a powerful political fixer finds herself embroiled in high stakes and intrigue at her new school.

Lauren DeStefano‘s middle-grade Pram (2015) and an as-yet-untitled sequel to Bloomsbury (US, Canadian, and open market rights). It tells the story of a girl with a unique talent: she can talk to ghosts. After befriending a boy named Clarence, Pram decides to search for her father in the hope that he can answer her questions about her mother’s death.

Christina Farley‘s Silvern (2014) to Amazon Children’s Skyscape (World). Sequel to Gilded. A 16-year-old Korean-American girl with a black belt and a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows battles a god of darkness seeking control of both Koreas.

Jeff Hirsch‘s Black River (2015) to Clarion Books (world rights). 16-year-old Cardinal Odera is the only member of his family to escape a virus that stole the memories of everyone in his town. He chooses to remain in his quarantined town, caring for a band of orphaned kids, but when a mysterious young woman appears, and factions within the town begin to agitate for greater freedom, the safe, closed-off world he worked so hard to build begins to crumble.

Madeleine Roux‘s third book in the Asylum series to Harper Children’s. Illustrated with found photographs, it follows three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity.

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