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Rena Rossner
The Deborah Harris Agency
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Rena Rossner is an agent at The Deborah Harris Agency - a Jerusalem-based literary agency founded in 1991. The agency represents worldwide publishing and dramatic rights of Israeli, Palestinian and international authors in more than forty countries.

In addition, we act as sub-agents for many publishers and agencies overseas to Israeli publishing houses.

Through our representation of rights both to and from Israel, The Deborah Harris Agency has earned a unique international reputation as the Israeli agency for literary fiction and non-fiction of the highest standards.


years experience: 10
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, History, Cookbooks, Children's books, African-American, Fantasy, Novels in Verse, Poetry, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Jewish Interest
LEADING CLIENTS
Sarah Allen, Alison Ames, Chris Baron, Riv Begun, Tanvi Berwah, Isaac Blum, Adva Bolle, Taylor Byas, Ryan Calejo, Catherine Cerveny, Courtne Comrie, Sari Coritz, Gray Crosbie, Janine Cross, Jennifer Daigle, J.R. Dawson, Katya De Becerra, Ama Asantewa Diaka, Beth Dranoff, Rachael Edwards, Amanda Elliot, Linda Epstein, Reem Faruqi, Stacey Filak, Maggie Findlay, Regina Garvie, Lisa Gerin, Aiman Ghani, Ari Goelman, Naomi Gruer, Ben Guterson, Matthew Hakim, Andy Harkness, Dara Henry, Jess Hernandez, Nir Hezroni, Alicia Jasinska, Maura Jortner, Lori Banov Kaufmann, Meagan Kish, Eyal Kless, Evi Kline, Dana Kramaroff, Sacha Lamb, Cory Leonardo, Marsha Lysen, Ally Malinenko, Susan Mann, Rachel Marks, Erica Martin, Amber McBride, Susan Lynn Meyer, Noar Lee Naggan, DovBer Naiditch, Anthony Nerada, Mark Noce, Stacey Nockowitz, Alex Otto, Liz Parker, Sofiya Pasternack, Planaria Price, R.M. Romero, Katherine Field Rothschild, Kevin Savoie, Leah Scheier, Noa Segev, Teri Singer, Gilad Soffer, Jessica Steinberg, R.L. Toalson, Betsy Wallin, Helen West, Amy T. Woehling, Gareth Wronski, Wendy Zierler
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
COMING SOON!

ADULT
IN THE SHADOW GARDEN by Liz Parker (Hachette/Forever, September 13, 2022)
THE FIRST BRIGHT THING by J.R. Dawson (TOR, June 13, 2023)
SOMEONE BIRTHED THEM BROKEN by Ama Asantewa Diaka (Amistad, Fall 2023)
THE THREE CONDITIONS: WHY INTENTION, JOY AND CERTAINTY WILL ELEVATE YOUR LIFE by Moshe Gersht (Sounds True, Fall 2023)
I DONE CLICKED MY HEELS THREE TIMES by Taylor Byas (Softskull, Fall 2023)

YA:
MONSTERS BORN AND MADE by Tanvi Berwah (Sourcebooks Fire, September 6, 2022)
WHEN THE ANGELS LEFT THE OLD COUNTRY by Sacha Lamb (Levine Querido, October 18, 2022)
WE ARE ALL SO GOOD AT SMILING by Amber McBride (Feiwel & Friends, January 10, 2023)
A WARNING ABOUT SWANS by R.M. Romero (Page Street, Summer 2023)
WHEN GHOSTS CALL US HOME by Katya de Becerra (Page Street, Fall 2023)

MG:
CHARLIE HERNANDEZ AND THE GOLDEN DOOMS by Ryan Calejo (S&S/Aladdin, September 13, 2022)
ANISA'S INTERNATIONAL DAY, by Reem Faruqi (HarperCollins, September 20, 2022)
BLACK BIRD, BLUE ROAD by Sofiya Pasternack (Clarion/Versify, September 20, 2022)
RAIN RISING, by Courtne Comrie (HarperCollins, September 27, 2022)
SKY FULL OF SONG by Susan Lynn Meyer (Union Square, April 11, 2023)
CHUPACARTER AND THE HAUNTED PINATA by George Lopez and Ryan Calejo (Penguin/Viking, May 23, 2023)
THE GRAY by Chris Baron (Feiwel & Friends, June 13, 2023)
102 DAYS OF LYING ABOUT LAUREN by Maura Jortner (Holiday House, June 20, 2023)
THE NIGHTMARE HOUSE by Sarah Allen (FSG, August 8, 2023)
THE FIRST MAGNIFICENT SUMMER by R.L. Toalson (S&S, Summer 2023)
GONE WOLF by Amber McBride (Feiwel & Friends, Fall 2023)
CALL ME ADNAN by Reem Faruqi (HarperCollins, Fall 2023)
DO MORE by Dana Kramaroff (Penguin/Rocky Pond, Fall 2023)

PICTURE BOOKS:
ROSALIND LOOKED CLOSER, by Lisa Gerin and Chiara Fedele (Beaming Books, August 30, 2022)
MILLOO'S MIND by Reem Faruqi (HarperCollins, January 17, 2023)
SWIMMING TOWARDS A DREAM by Reem Faruqi (Page Street, September 1, 2023)
THE STORYTELLER by Lindsey Bonilla, Illustrated by Noar Lee Naggan (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, 2023)

MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
RECENT SALES:

September 13, 2022 SKY FULL OF SONG by Susan Lynn Meyer
Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

Sydney Taylor Honor Award-winning author Susan Lynn Meyer's SKY FULL OF SONG, about 11-year-old Shoshana, whose Jewish family flees Russia's pogroms in 1906 to join her father and brother already homesteading in North Dakota only to find that the antisemitism they fled is alive and present on the prairie as well, to Laura Schreiber at Union Square Kids, in a pre-empt, for publication in spring 2023, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (world).

August 10, 2022 CALL ME ADNAN by Reem Faruqi
Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

Reem Faruqi's CALL ME ADNAN, in which a Pakistani American dreams of making it to the ultimate table tennis championship in Florida, but when tragedy strikes, he must find a way back to the sport he loves as his family struggles to heal, to Alyson Day at Harper Children's, in a good deal, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2023, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (world English).

August 2, 2022 GONE WOLF by Amber McBride
Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe Award winner Amber McBride's GONE WOLF, in which the author explores the effects of generational trauma, the pandemic, racism and ultimately, resilience and empowerment from the perspective of a girl who resides in an America where the Southern states have seceded from the rest of the country, to Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, for publication in fall 2023, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (NA).

July 27, 2022 THE SECRET OF THE DRAGON GEMS
Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

Sydney Taylor Notable author Chris Baron and Newbery Honor author Rajani LaRocca's THE SECRET OF THE DRAGON GEMS, in which two kids keep in touch by letter, email, and video chat after they discover some strange rocks together at a summer camp, and wonder whether they might be more than just rocks, to Charlie Ilgunas at Yellow Jacket, for publication in fall 2023, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for LaRocca and Rena Rossner at the Deborah Harris Agency for Baron (NA).
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June 2, 2022 THE THREE CONDITIONS: WHY INTENTION, JOY AND CERTAINTY WILL ELEVATE YOUR LIFE by Moshe Gersht
Non-fiction: Religion/Spirituality

Moshe Gersht's THE THREE CONDITIONS: WHY INTENTION, JOY AND CERTAINTY WILL ELEVATE YOUR LIFE, a spiritual self-help guide based on Torah, Kabbalah, and Hassidut that places these concepts alongside other spiritual traditions and acts as a roadmap for readers to come into alignment with their higher self through meditation and self-inquiry, to Diana Ventimiglia at Sounds True, for publication in fall 2023, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (world).

May 10, 2022 WHEN GHOSTS CALL US HOME by Katya de Becerra
Children's: Young Adult Fiction

WHAT THE WOODS KEEP author Katya de Becerra's WHEN GHOSTS CALL US HOME, pitched as Night Film meets The Haunting of Hill House, in which a girl goes back to the haunted mansion in which she starred in her older sister's cult horror movie to find out what happened to her sister, who disappeared two years before, only to discover that all the ghosts of her past are real, to Lauren Knowles at Page Street Kids, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2023, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (world English).

May 9, 2022 THE FIRST MAGNIFICENT SUMMER by R.L. Toalson
Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

Author of THE WOODS and THE COLORS OF THE RAIN R.L. Toalson's THE FIRST MAGNIFICENT SUMMER, in which a budding author navigates the summer she gets her first period while spending time with her estranged father and his new family; examining the sometimes difficult relationships kids have with their parents (and step-parents), to Kara Sargent at Aladdin, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2023, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (NA).

April 19, 2022 102 DAYS OF LYING ABOUT LAUREN by Maura Jortner
Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

Maura Jortner's 102 DAYS OF LYING ABOUT LAUREN, in which twelve-year-old Mouse was abandoned by her mother in an amusement park and has survived for three months by carefully following her list of Rules to Live By, but when a nosy girl and an impending storm threaten to expose Mouse's hiding place, it might take more than rules to keep her safe, to Sally Morgridge at Holiday House, for publication in summer 2023, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (world).

March 16, 2022 A WARNING ABOUT SWANS by R.M. Romero
Children's: Young Adult Fiction

THE GHOSTS OF ROSE HILL author R.M. Romero's A WARNING ABOUT SWANS, a fairy tale in verse set at the court of King Ludwig II, in which a swan maiden feeling imprisoned by the responsibility her father created her for gives up her magical wings to forge her own fate in the human world, but after making a pact with an upstart baron, she finds herself trapped in a different prison, one that only a Jewish artist who has the power to paint souls can help free her from, to Ashley Hearn at Peachtree Teen, in an exclusive submission, for publication in summer 2023, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (world).

March 11, 2022 THE NIGHTMARE HOUSE by Sarah Allen
Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

Author of WHAT STARS ARE MADE OF Sarah Allen's PENNY HOPE, in which a 12-year-old is haunted by a dark being who visits her dreams and sucks the souls of the people around her until their eyes are nothing but blank voids; when her beloved poetess grandma takes ill and she begins seeing the blank nightmare eyes in waking life, she knows she'll need her own poetry (and a friend) more than anything if she's going to confront the being, to Melissa Warten at Farrar, Straus Children's, in a very nice deal, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2023, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (world English).
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March 7, 2022 THE FIRST BRIGHT THING by J.R. Dawson
Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

J.R. Dawson's debut THE FIRST BRIGHT THING, in which, post World War I, people called sparks gained sudden and unexpected abilities, and as a result, three magically gifted women now run a circus for other lost sparks like themselves, but another war is on the horizon and another, darker circus threatens to overpower everything if the man who runs it cannot be defeated once and for all, to Lindsey Hall at Tor, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2023, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (world English).

February 27, 2022 THE NUMBER NINE PLAZA by Ben Guterson
Children's: Middle Grade Fiction

Ben Guterson's THE NUMBER NINE PLAZA, in which an 11-year-old is determined to save his grandmother's 19-story, out-of-this-world department store from an unknown adversary, to Christy Ottaviano at Christy Ottaviano Books, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2024, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (world).

February 11, 2022 THICK WITH TROUBLE by Amber McBride
Fiction: General/Other

Winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award and National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature Amber McBride's THICK WITH TROUBLE, a debut poetry collection that investigates what it means to be a Black woman in the American South, organized via reimagined tarot cards of unapologetic women who laugh, cry, haunt, and tell men to kneel; an homage to the complexity and intersections of being a Black woman outside of the male gaze, to Allie Merola at Penguin, for publication in 2024, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (world).

December 4, 2021 SWIMMING TOWARDS A DREAM by Reem Faruqi
Children's: Picture Book Fiction

Reem Faruqi's SWIMMING TOWARDS A DREAM: YUSRA MARDINI'S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY FROM REFUGEE TO OLYMPIC SWIMMER, a biography that follows Yusra's dangerous passage from Syria to Germany to eventually represent her country on the Refugee Olympic Team, illustrated by Asma Enayeh, to Kayla Tostevin at Page Street Kids, for publication in fall 2023, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency for the author, and by Christine Hong at Astound US for the illustrator.

MOST RECENT RIGHTS SALES
February 15, 2022 - THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING DUCK by Gilad Soffer
International rights: Children's

Gilad Soffer's THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING DUCK, to Citic (China), in a nice deal, by Yuming Kao at The Grayhawk Agency, on behalf of Rena Rossner at The Deborah Harris Agency.

June 21, 2021 - ANYA AND THE DRAGON and ANYA AND THE NIGHTINGALE
International rights: Children's

Sofiya Pasternack's ANYA AND THE DRAGON and ANYA AND THE NIGHTINGALE, to Knizhniki (Russian Federation), in a two-book deal, by Natalia Sanina at Synopsis Agency, on behalf of Rena Rossner.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please send your query pasted into the email and you first 50 pages attached as a word document to: rena@dhliterary.com
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