Children’s Publishers’ Favorite Titles of 2020

Publishers Weekly has just published a selection of the favorite children’s and YA books of publishing professionals, and four of our clients’ titles are on the list! One is from the Scholastic Graphix list: And three are from First Second:

Another UQP Title, Another Winner!

Mirandi Riwoe’s Stone Sky Gold Mountain (published by UQP) has won the 2020 Historical Novel Prize (worth AU$50,000). Set during Australia’s nineteenth century gold-rush period, this powerful novel introduces unforgettable characters and deals with timeless questions of identity and belonging. Family circumstances force siblings Ying and Lai Yue to flee their home in China to…


Davitt Awards 2020 winners announced Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the winners of the 2020 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. Adult crime novel: The Trespassers (Meg Mundell, UQP) In this ultimate locked-room mystery, a shipload of migrant workers flees the pandemic-stricken UK, seeking a fresh start in Australia. For…

Fist Second (Macmillan) Webinar

For those of you who weren’t able to log on to the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Frankfurt Webinar on the afternoon of the 13th of October, here is the link to watch it. (The graphic novels section is the first twenty or so minutes.)

LAIKA on Screen

The moving graphic novel by Nick Abadzis about the first dog in space (First Second) is being adapted for XR format by Asif Kapadia. Read the announcement here.

We Have a New Client for France!

We are very pleased to announce that we are now representing the HarperAlley graphic novels list for France! Check out their new catalogue here.

Our Clients Are Prizewinners!

Our clients walked away with a bunch of Eisner Awards at the 2020 Virtual San Diego ComicCon last weekend! The big winner was Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second) with “Best Publication for Teens”, as well as “Best Writer” going to Mariko Tamaki and “Best Penciller/Inker” to Rosemary Valero-O’Connell!      …

Behrouz Boochani Granted Refugee Status in New Zealand!

Kurdish-Iranian journalist and author Behrouz Boochani, whose bestselling NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS shone a light on the atrocious conditions of refugees held by the Australian government in the offshore detention centres on Manus, Naru, and Christmas islands, has finally been granted refugee status by New Zealand. Writing via text messages on a smuggled-in mobile…

HITCH Wins Society of Authors Prize

HITCH by Kathryn Hind has won the 2020 Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize, which celebrates first novels written by authors under the age of 35 in a traditional or romantic, but not experimental, style.   Past winners include Zadie Smith, Evie Wyld, Elliot Perlman, Chloe Hooper and Sophie Mackintosh. Previously, HITCH won the 2018…