Graphic Novel News from First Second

And the rights go to, Awards, Best Books of the Year Lists, Comics and Graphic Novels

There’s a lot happening, so this is long!

CHECK, PLEASE! by Ngozi Ukazu is garnering major media buzz, with more to CHECK PLEASEcome!

NPR Books says, “With Bitty’s ever-contagious optimism and Ukazu’s sprightly drawings, life inside this soap bubble is as nice as it should be everywhere else.” Read the full review here.

Den of Geek calls CHECK, PLEASE! “endlessly delightful.” Read the full review here.

The Mary Sue calls CHECK, PLEASE! “amazing [and] refreshing.” Read the full feature here.




BE PREPAREDBE PREPARED by Vera Brosgol won “Best Graphic Novel” in Parents magazine’s “15 Best Children’s Books 2018”

Spanish-language rights in Latin America sold to Panamericana Editorial. French rights sold to Rue de Sèvres.

Nominated for Best Graphic Novel for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards.

Spanish rights to Vera Brosgol’s previous, Eisner-winning title, ANYA’S GHOST, have been renewed to Norma Editorial, and Rue de Sèvres will republish it in French in 2020.



BEST FRIENDS, the sequel to REAL FRIENDS, will be published in August 2019!BEST FRIENDS


Additionally, Shannon Hale just wrote a guest piece for The Washington Post (UVM: 43,925,810 – Circ: 500,000) about gendered reading that prominently featured REAL FRIENDS, for both online (Oct 10) and print (Oct 15, attached).








TIGER VS. NIGHTMARE by Emily Tetri included in the Winter 2018-2019 Kids’ Indie Next List.

French rights have gone to Casterman.








The New York Times Book Review ran a fantastic review of SCARLETT HART: MONSTER HUNTER is their October 28th issue: “Young readers will find Scarlett aspirational. She’s brave, but not unafraid. She’s bold, but no arrogant. She also has an amazing talent, which I confess I envy…”







THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER (review), and and ON A SUNBEAM (review, PW talks with Tillie Walden)



were chosen for Publishers Weekly Best of Books 2018 young adult list.




THE ADVENTURE ZONE by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch was nominated for Best Graphic Novel for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards.









SCIENCE COMICS: THE BRAINThe Ultimate Thinking Machine

Science Comics - THE BRAIN

★ “A particularly well-executed and thought-provoking installment in this reliable nonfiction series.” –Booklist, starred review









HAWKING by Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Lelan Myrick: Italian rights sold to BAO Publishing, French rights to Vuibert, and Spanish rights  to Norma Editorial







and, finally:

SPILL ZONE Volume 1 by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Alex Puvilland: Spanish-language rights in Latin America sold to Panamericana Editorial.SPILL ZONE Book 1


And the rights go to, Comics and Graphic Novels, Film tie-ins

PRINCE & DRESSMAKERFilm rights to Jen Wang’s THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER have gone to Universal Pictures and Marc Platt! We can’t wait to see this unusual fairy tale come to life!

The graphic novel is published in English by First Second, and translation rights have already been sold to France (Akileos – publishing on  May), Spain (the Sapristi imprint at Roca), and Italy (Bao).



All other translation rights are still free, so do contact Lora for a copy of the PDF.

(Or pick up a copy of the First Second edition at your local bookseller.)


THE HAZEL WOOD Goes to Rizzoli

And the rights go to, Bestsellers, YA fiction

Italian rights to Melissa Albert’s THE HAZEL WOOD have been pre-empted by Rizzoli Libri, making this the 16th foreign sale for this fantastic book! (Film rights have already been sold to Sony Pictures, with Red Wagon producing.)

THE HAZEL WOOD was only published at the end of January in the US, but it’s already number 3 on the February 18th  New York Times list of hardback bestsellers.

The American cover:



The UK cover: HAZEL WOOD UK cover

We’ll be posting more covers as the translations start coming in.


And the rights go to, YA fiction

It’s a brilliant book!

Recipient of a Walter Dean Meyers We Need Diverse Books grant, Jennifer De Leon’s DON’T ASK ME WHERE I’M FROM, in which a girl whose father has been deported back to Guatemala is bussed from her inner city high school to a high achieving suburban one, where fitting into different worlds while holding her family together sows the seeds of burgeoning activism, to Caitlyn Dlouhy at Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, at auction, by Faye Bender at The Book Group (NA).

Italian language rights to Il Castoro, in a pre-empt, by Lora Fountain at Lora Fountain & Associates. Film rights: Michelle Weiner, CAA