Two More Sales for THE NIGHT COUNTRY

Italian (Rizzoli) and Spanish (RBA) rights have now been sold for THE NIGHT COUNTRY, Melissa Albert’s brilliant follow-up to her best-selling THE HAZELWOOD. UK/ANZ rights previously went to Penguin UK. Here’s their cover.


We are absolutely thrilled to be representing FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER, a taut YA thriller fizzing with energy that paints a picture of an America and native Americans that is a revelation to outsiders. After an exciting auction, Tiffany Liao at Henry Holt Books for Younger Readers won the North American rights, beating out eleven other competitors. Now,…


Here’s a first peek at the US and UK covers of Melissa Albert’s follow-up to her best-seller THE HAZELWOOD. But unless you’re very lucky, you’ll have to wait until January to read the book. Rizzoli have just acquired the Italian rights to THE NIGHT COUNTRY.  

Sad News

We usually only post good news about our clients – sales, awards, bestsellers, etc. – but this is the saddest news we have ever received, and we felt obliged to share it. Ida Hatke, the youngest daughter of ZITA THE SPACEGIRL and MIGHTY JACK author Ben Hatke, was killed in a tragic accident last month….

The Crumbs in Denmark

Robert and Aline Crumb attended the Louisiana Literature festival in Denmark at the end of August, and they had a great time. Here is an official photo from the festival. (That really is the sea behind them, not a green screen.) Photo credit Klaus Holsting ( And here are a few (less professional) photos by…

Three Ignatz Awards for LAURA DEAN!

Hats off to Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (First Second) by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell for winning three Ignatz Awards at SPX 2019 last weekend!   It won both for “Outstanding Story” and “Outstanding Graphic Novel” and illustrator Valero-O’Connell won the award for “Outstanding Artist”.

Boochani Appointed Visiting Professor

Behrouz Boochani, whose NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS has won numerous awards and been published in both Europe and North America, as well as in Australia, has been given a three-year appointment as a  visiting professor at the Birkbeck School of Law of the Univerity of London. (As he is still detained in Papua New…

A STUCK RUBBER BABY 25th Anniversary Edition Is Coming in 2020!

In May 2020, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its first publication, First Second will re-publish Howard Cruse’s award-winning STUCK RUBBER BABY. There will be a new cover, plus additional front- and back-matter to make this a must-have edition. Howard Cruse’s career as an underground cartoonist was launched during the 1970s, and in 1980 he…

Behrouz Is Off Manus!

News about NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS author Behrouz Boochani. As of 2 September 2019, Behrouz is off Manus Island and being held on Port Moresby. His agent, Jane Novak, says: “We expect that the detention centre/prison camp will be closed within a week or two with all remaining men being transferred to Port Moresby….

The Trailer for THE UNLISTED Is Here!

The thrilling new YA series from Hachette Australia, THE UNLISTED, launches in Australia on ABC this autumn and in the rest of the world on Netflix in 2020. Watch the  trailer here. Translation rights to the books are still free for Brazil, France, Holland, Portugal and Spain so contact us for the PDFs.