Melinda Beatty's middle grade debut HEARTSEEKER, about Only Fallow, whose ability to see lies means she must leave everything she's known behind to serve her King, while his enemies aim to make sure she never reaches the castle alive, to Arianne Lewin at Putnam Children's, for publication in 2018, in a two-book deal.
Sarah W. Searle's middle grade graphic novel THIMBLE, which follows 12-year-old Harriet Flores across a restless late summer in 1996 as she struggles with a move from rural Indiana to Chicago, a one-sided penpal situation, chronic illness, and the idea that her new landlady has stored a dark secret on the unoccupied top floor of their building, to Greg Hunter at Graphic Universe, for publication in fall 2019.
Melanie Gillman's YA graphic novel STAGE DREAMS, a queer western romance set in New Mexico Territory at the start of the Civil War, following Grace, a young trans girl runaway, who joins forces with a charismatic lesbian stagecoach robber to steal important plans from the invading Confederate army, to Greg Hunter at Graphic Universe, for publication in spring 2019.
Molly Knox Ostertag's THE WITCH BOY, a graphic novel about a young boy in a magical community where all men are trained as shapeshifters and all women as witches; when a mysterious foe from his family's past reappears, he is the only one who can help them - but to do so, he'll have to reveal he's broken with tradition and learned witch magic in secret, to Amanda Maciel at Scholastic (world).
Madeleine Flores' YA graphic novel I WANT YOU, about a girl working in her brother's cat cafe who has a secret magical ability that allows her to get whatever she wishes for whenever she says “I want,” to Ari Yarwood at Oni Press, for publication in 2018 (World).
Zac Gorman's THISBY THESTOOP AND THE BLACK MOUNTAIN, an illustrated series about a twelve-year-old girl who becomes gamekeeper at a massive dungeon full of monsters and winds up having to save the princess when a royal tour goes awry, to David Linker at Harper Children's, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2018 (World).
Illustrations by Phil McAndrew for Aaron Reynolds' graphic novel series CAVEBOY DAVE, about a cave boy inventor entering the awkward stage of early adulthood, to Joanna Cardenas at Viking Children's, in a two-book deal.
Tricia Clasen's middle grade debut THE HAUNTED HOUSE PROJECT, about a girl who pretends to be her mother's ghost—spraying perfume, changing TV channels, and moving pictures—in order to bring her crumbling family back to reality, to Adrienne Szpyrka at Sky Pony Press, for publication in Fall 2016 (World).
Kate Miller's KARMA PATROL, in which a Karmic account enforcer makes sure that what goes around comes around... but when a deranged killer threatens the karmic balance of Midtown Manhattan, stopping him could cost her her job, her soulmate, and her life, to Vicki Keire at Curiosity Quills Press, for publication in Winter 2016 (World English, Audio).
Cathy G. Johnson's NO DOGS ALLOWED: a misfit girls soccer team comes together and finds friendship in this middle-grade novel, to Calista Brill at First Second, for publication in 2017 (World).
Sharon Shinn and Molly Ostertag's PAINTED WARRIOR: ten years after her home world was invaded and almost destroyed by the aliens, an 18-year-old still lives on the ruined property that used to one of the wealthiest estates on the planet. Can she make a new family for herself and do something about the aliens at the same time?, to Mark Siegel at First Second, for publication in 2017, by Jen Linnan at Linnan Literary Management for the illustrator and Ethan Ellenberg at The Ethan Ellenberg Agency for the author (World).
Andrea Price Berthot's debut THE HEARTLESS CITY, pitched as a Jekyll-and-Hyde retelling in which the infamous drug leaks to the London populace and two unusual teens must traverse the quarantined city to uncover why its people are turning into monsters, to Vicki Keire at Curiosity Quills Press (World).
Illustrations by Phil McAndrew for Chelsea Bloxsom's ADVENTURE TIME CRAFTS: Flippin' Adorable Stuff to Make from the Land of Ooo, to Potter Craft.
A graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson's SPEAK, written by Anderson herself and illustrated by Emily Carroll, about Melinda, a teen who must find her voice after she survives a rape. SPEAK, a National Book Award finalist for Young People's Literature, has sold more than three million copies domestically since it was originally published by FSG BYR in 1999. Sold to Joy Peskin at Farrar, Straus Children's, by Amy Berkower of Writers House for the author, and Jen Linnan of Linnan Literary Management for the artist (world)
Ryan Andrews's THIS WAS OUR PACT, about a group of boys who have pledged to follow their adventure to its end, no matter what, pitched as loosely based on the classic Japanese children's book "Night on the Galactic Railroad," to Calista Brill at First Second.
Illustrations by Phil McAndrew for Josh Chetwynd's THE BOOK OF NICE, a compendium of trivia about those simple yet essential "niceties" (signs, gestures, expressions) we often take for granted, to Workman.
Marika McCoola's debut graphic novel BABA YAGA'S ASSISTANT, about a young girl who answers a classified ad to work for the fearsome witch, with art by Emily Carroll, to Deb Wayshak at Candlewick (world).
Emily Carroll's THROUGH THE WOODS, an anthology of short horror comics based on Grimms' fairy tales, to Karen Wojtyla at Margaret K. McElderry Books, at auction. (International rights: firstname.lastname@example.org)