Current US Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt, former US Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, and illustrator Minalima's BIGFOOT IS MISSING!, a book of cryptid poems, in which poetry lurks in newspaper headlines, warnings scrawled in graffiti, billboards and bus benches bellow beware, to Melissa Manlove of Chronicle Children's, for publication in March 2015, by Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency for Nesbitt while still working at Herman Agency and Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown for Lewis (World).
Sherry Shahan's SKIN AND BONES, pitched as ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST meets LOVE STORY set in an eating disorder hospital in which an aspiring ballerina and a quirky nerdboy fall desperately in love only to become each other's next deadly addiction, to Wendy McClure at Albert Whitman
Varsha Bajaj's debut PASSAGE TO BOLLYWOOD, in which an American thirteen year old discovers the father she never knew is a famous Bollywood movie star yet when she travels to India to meet him she must hide her identity from the press for one slip-up could jeopardize his career and their new-found relationship in this PRINCESS DIARIES meets FLIPPED Bollywood-Style, to Kelly Barrales-Saylor at Albert Whitman.
Erin Fry's SECRETS OF THE BOOK, in which a sixth grader receives a book on famous dead people and the code with which he can bring them back to life; only problem is someone else wants this book -- an evil, gun-wielding someone who will stop at nothing to get that book and code in his final step to take over the world, to Marilyn Brigham at Amazon Children's
Shelley Coriell's GOODBYE, REBEL BLUE, about a loner rebel who reluctantly completes the bucket list of a do-gooder classmate and en route connects with a gimpy dolphin, a guy with dimples, and a past and pains she's tried to forget, to Maggie Lehrman at Amulet.
Serena Geddes's illustrations for Belinda Murrell's LULU BELL series, about the three things that matter most to tween girls: family, friends and pets, to Zoe Walton at Random House Australia, in a four-book deal.
Wendy Higgins's SWEET PERIL and SWEET RECKONING, books 2 and 3 of the SWEET EVIL trilogy, in which a half-angel/half-demon is our last hope to rid the earth of demons and must choose between her love for Kaidan (son of the demon of Lust) and her angelic destiny, to Alyson Day at Harper Children's, for publication in Summer 2013 & 2014 (World).
Beck McDowell's IMMORTELLE, in which mysterious mementoes in a New Orleans cemetery lure a girl into a terrifying journey that leaves her wrapped in the arms of one boy and longing for another, to Nancy Paulsen of Nancy Paulsen Books (World).
Kelly Milner Halls' COURAGEOUS CANINE, featuring a pitbull who lost her leg when she saved her owner from an oncoming train; a pod of dolphins who saved a surfer from a great white shark, and a gorilla who saved a three-year old boy after he fell into the gorilla enclosure at the zoo, to Rebecca Baines at National Geographic Children's (World).
Linda Joy Singleton's SNOW DOG, SAND DOG, in which a a girl's imagination does not stop her from loving a dog, well actually 4 dogs, of her very own, to Kristin Ostby at Albert Whitman (World).
International plot consultant Martha Alderson's THE PLOT WHISPERER BOOK OF WRITING PROMPTS: EASY EXERCISES TO GET YOU WRITING, a companion to THE PLOT WHISPERER and THE PLOT WHISPERER WORKBOOK, for novels, memoirs and screenplays, to Peter Archer at Adams Media, for publication in January 2013 (World).
Gary Urey's debut SUPER SCHNOZ AND THE GATES OF SMELL, when a corporation pollutes his school, a boy with a massive nose transforms into Super Schnoz, a nostril-flaring, booger-blasting, crime-fighting superhero and works with his friends to defeat evil, and save their summer vacation, to Kristin Ostby at Albert Whitman (World).
Janet Gurtler's HOW I LOST YOU, about two girls who have been best friends forever coming to terms with a change in their relationship and learning when it's best to hold on and when it's best to let go, to Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks Fire, in a three-book deal, for publication in Spring 2013 (World).
Kenn Nesbitt's GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE ONE, in which baby animals snuggle in tight with their mothers to say good night, to Celia Lee and Orli Zuravicky at Scholastic (World).
Aimee Reid's LITTLE GREY, in which a baby elephant dreams of growing big while spending a playful day in the forest with his mother, to Jennifer Arena at Random House Children's, for publication in Fall 2013 (World).
International plot consultant Martha Alderson's THE PLOT WHISPERER WORKBOOK, a companion to her THE PLOT WHISPERER, with exercises and tools including her innovative Plot Planner, Scene Tracker and Thematic Bubble Chart with which authors create a detailed plot for their novels, memoirs and screenplays, to Adams Media, for publication in Fall 2012.
Kelly Milner Halls's TIGER IN TROUBLE!: And More True Stories of Animal Rescues, featuring a tiger, an albino bat and an unlikely little primate family, to Rebecca Baines at National Geographic, for publication in Fall 2012 (World).
Angela Townsend's AMAROK, set in a remote Alaskan town, when a runaway is kidnapped by an evil man and his black wolf, whom she later discovers is a boy enslaved by an ancient shaman; she must find the strength to save herself and the wolf, and in turn discover what love truly means, to Kate Kaynak at Spencer Hill Press. (NA)
Jennifer Arena's 100 SNOWMEN, a mathematical rhyming romp with a Where's Waldo artistic twist, to Margery Cuyler at Marshall Cavendish, by Jill Corcoran at The Herman Agency (World).
Denise Lewis Patrick’s LIFE GETS TWISTED pitched as the THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET twisted with the Southern African-American experience unearthing the raw reality of prejudice, courage, perseverance and love to Andrew Karre at Carolrhoda Lab (NA).
Robin Mellom's BUSTED, a companion novel to DITCHED, in which a girl takes a job running errands for an eccentric couple and finds herself involved in the crazy world of LA nightlife but after a misunderstanding lands her in jail, she has one fateful night to clear her name, help a rising movie starlet avoid the paparazzi and find Adam, the coworker who is quickly stealing her heart, to Christian Trimmer at Disney-Hyperion, for publication in Winter 2013 (NA).
Janet Gurtler's WHO I KISSED, in which a girl struggles with boy problems and serious regret after accidentally killing a boy she barely knows when she kisses him after consuming a peanut butter sandwich, not aware he has a deathly allergy to peanuts, to Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks Fire.
Beck McDowell’s THIS IS NOT A DRILL, a debut YA thriller told from alternating viewpoints of two teens who must protect kindergarteners from a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder who opens fire in the classroom to Nancy Paulsen of Nancy Paulsen Books at Penguin Young Readers, for publication in Fall 2012.
Martha Brockenbrough's DEVINE INTERVENTION, in which a guardian angel in a rehabilitation program for wayward souls accidentally kills the girl he's supposed to watch over, fails to get her into heaven, and may or may not cause lasting psychological damage to a squirrel, to Arthur Levine at Arthur A. Levine Books, in a pre-empt, for publication in Summer 2012.
Laura Ellen's debut BLIND SPOT, an edgy murder mystery romance that explores what happens to a good girl whose simple wish of fitting in and attracting, then keeping, the hottest guy in her school, compels her to make way too many wrong choices, to Karen Grove at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's, for publication in Fall 2012. (North America)
Jill Corcoran's DARE TO DREAM...CHANGE THE WORLD, an illustrated anthology of biographical and inspirational paired poems that seek to inform, inspire, ignite middle graders to imagine, persevere and to act; the collection contains works by 28 poets, and is slated to be the first in a series of poetry anthologies, to Kira Lynn at Kane Miller Books, for publication in Fall 2012, by Ronnie Ann Herman and Jill Corcoran at The Herman Agency (World).
Five-time RWA Golden Heart finalist Shelley Coriell's debut WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE pitched as THE BREAKFAST CLUB meets WKRP IN CINCINNATI in which an ex-popular girl, forced to join the misfit staff of her high school’s struggling radio station, dispenses relationship advice on a late night call-in show only to find she has a lot to learn about love, loneliness, and lasting friendships to Maggie Lehrman at Amulet Books/Abrams, for publication in Spring 2012.(World English)
Robin Mellom's THE CLASSROOM, pitched as MODERN FAMILY for middle graders, in which a documentary crew descends on Westside Middle School to chronicle the life of a seventh grader and epic worrier, and his classmates, to Christian Trimmer at Disney-Hyperion, in a six-figure deal, in a 4-book deal, for publication in Summer 2012
Sherry Shahan's ICE ISLAND, in which a 12-year-old girl who dreams of competing in the grueling 1,049-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race gets lost during a training run in the untamed Alaskan wilderness during a freak snow storm, to Michelle Poploff at Delacorte.
International plot consultant Martha Alderson's THE PLOT WHISPERER, in which the author shares her award-winning tips, techniques and multi-sensory approach to plot and the secrets to success for her clientele of best-selling authors, New York editors, and Hollywood movie directors, to Paula Munier at Adams Media, for publication in Fall 2011.
Kelly Milner Halls, eds.'s GIRL MEETS BOY, twelve original "he said/she said" paired stories written just for this collection by Joseph Bruchac, Chris Cruther, Terry Davis, Rebecca Fjelland Davis, Kelly Milner Halls, James Howe, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Randy Powell, Sara Ryan, Terry Trueman, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Ellen Wittlinger, to Kelli Chipponeri at Chronicle, for publication in Spring 2012.
Janet Gurtler's IF I TELL, about a teenager who survives and even thrives in a small-minded town as the mistaken product of an African American football player and his 16 year old blond princess, until she makes a huge mistake of her own, to Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks, for publication in Fall 2011.
Julie Williams's IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD, pitched as a La Cage aux Folles-inspired YA, about a girl genius who must thwart her unconventional family's demise in which her mother, her father, and her father's new boyfriend, all live under the same roof, while dealing with her Jehovah's Witness grandmother's prediction of the end of the world, to Nancy Mercado at Roaring Brook Press, in a pre-empt, for publication in Spring 2012.
Erin Fry's FAT BOY, in which a 13-year old obese teenager, tired of his life of XXL t-shirts and unrequited crushes, and reeling from his father's recent stroke, joins the cross country team to find out if there's more to life than French fries, to Marilyn Brigham at Marshall Cavendish, for publication in Fall 2012
Anastasia Suen's chapter book series ALL-STAR CHEERLEADERS, to Kira Lynn at Kane Miller Books, in a four-book deal, for publication in Fall 2011
Anastasia Suen writing for Boxcar Children, THE ZOMBIE PROJECT, Albert Whitman.
Janet Gurtler's I'M NOT HER, a twist on MY SISTER'S KEEPER for teens, in which a brainy high school freshman embraces yet resents the shadow of her beautiful, popular, volleyball-scholarship-bound sister, but when the senior is diagnosed with bone cancer, it drastically changes both sisters' lives, to Sourcebooks Fire in Spring 2011.
Ralph Fletcher's GUY-WRITE, the first in a series of humorous how-to-write books for middle-graders, to Christy Ottaviano at Christy Ottaviano Books.
Ralph Fletcher's ALSO KNOWN AS ROWAN POHI, in which a 16-year old boy assumes a new identity in a desperate attempt to shed one life and create another, to Dinah Stevenson at Clarion.
Robin Mellom's debut DITCHED, pitched as THE HANGOVER for teens, in which a girl finds herself lying in a ditch the morning after her prom with no memory of the last twelve hours which includes a disappearing prom date, a Tinkerbell tattoo, and a dog-swapping escapade, to Christian Trimmer at Disney-Hyperion, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2012(NA).
Sherry Shahan's PURPLE DAZE, a provocative free verse novel set 1965 Los Angeles in which six high school students navigate war, riots, love, rock 'n' roll, school, and friendship, to Kelli Chipponeri at Running Press Kids, for publication in Spring 2011.