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Deals: Doubleday acquires novel by Brian Francis, and more

Doubleday Canada senior editor Nita Pronovost has acquired Canadian English-language rights to The Natural Order by Brian Francis, about a woman who struggles with the hidden truth behind her son’s untimely death. The book will be published in fall 2011. The deal was arranged by Dean Cooke at The Cooke Agency.

Great Plains Teen publisher Gregg Shilliday and associate editor Anita Daher have acquired Nelsa Robertos YA novel The Break, in which a teenager left alone during spring break to watch over her increasingly forgetful grandmother will do anything to stop her from being sent to a retirement home. The book will be published in spring 2012. The deal was arranged by Kris Rothstein at the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency.

Orca Books publisher Andrew Wooldridge and editor Sarah Harvey have acquired world rights to Prisoner of  Snowflake Falls by John Lekich, about a resourceful 15-year-old thief who commits random acts of kindness during break-ins. The book will be published in spring 2012.

Foreign front:

Greystone Books has sold Australian and New Zealand English-language rights to The Armchair Book of Gardens, edited by Jane Billinghurst, to Murdoch Books. Murdoch Books, Lyons Press (in the U.S.) and Greystone Books will publish this illustrated miscellany of gardens in spring 2011.

International Buy-in:

McClelland & Stewart executive editor Lara Hinchberger has acquired at auction the Canadian English-language rights to a debut novel by British writer Benjamin Wood. The Bellwether Revivals is the tale of a young man entangled with a tightly knit group of Cambridge friends led by a charismatic, possibly dangerous, musical genius. The deal was arranged by Suzanne Brandreth of The Cooke Agency.

 

 

 

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