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Penguin Random House has sold German-language rights to True Blue and Drifter’s Song (both Sasha Wasley); and Czech rights to The Chocolate Tin (Fiona McIntosh), No Job for a Girl (Meredith Appleyard) and The Grazier’s Wife (Barbara Hannay).

Text has sold North American rights to The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted (Robert Hillman) to Putnam and Penguin Canada, and Dutch rights to A W Bruna. (See news.)


Spinifex has sold German rights to Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation (Renate Klein) to Marta Press.

Text has sold world English audio rights to The Case Against Fragrance (Kate Grenville) to Audible.


Allen & Unwin has sold Dutch rights to Do Not Lick This Book (Idan Ben-Barak & Julian Frost) to Luitingh-Sijthoff; and German rights to forthcoming July title A Song Only I Can Hear (Barry Jonsberg) to Random House Germany imprint cbj.

Penguin Random House has sold Korean rights to Go Go and the Silver Shoes (Jane Godwin and Anna Walker) following its sale into the US; Turkish rights to Dr Boogaloo and the Girl Who Lost her Laugher (Lisa Nichol), Ukrainian rights to The Beast of Hushing Wood (Gabrielle Wang); and Slovakian rights to How to Feel Awesome Everyday (Elly Awesome).

Scholastic has sold Portuguese rights to four books in the ‘EJ Girl Hero’ series (Hot and Cold, Jump Start, In the Dark and Rocky Road, all Susannah McFarlane); Turkish rights to The Cat Wants Cuddles (P Crumble & Lucinda Gifford); Spanish-language rights in North America to Pig the Pug (Aaron Blabey); and US rights to I Need a Hug (Aaron Blabey).

Serenity Press has sold US and Canadian rights Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women (Kate Forsyth, illus by Lorena Carrington) via Natasha Solomun at the Rights Hive. (See news.)

Text has sold French rights to The Extremely Weird Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls, The Incredibly Scary Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls and a third ‘Huggabie Falls’ book (Adam Cece) to Bayard; and German rights to Beautiful Mess (Claire Christian) to Thienemann Verlag.



Altair Australia has acquired rights to Coals and Ash (Lyn McConchie) to be published mid to late 2018.

Scribe has acquired North American and ANZ rights to Why I Am a Hindu (Shashi Tharoor).

Text has acquired world English rights to Fog (Kaja Malanowska).


Perth production company Factor 30 Films has purchased the film option to YA novel First Person Shooter (Cameron Raynes, MidnightSun, see news).

Text has acquired UK and Commonwealth (ex Canada) rights to middle-grade novel Amal Unbound (Aisha Saeed).


Wavesound has acquired world audio rights to The Greater Good (Tim Ayliffe) in a three-book deal from Simon & Schuster; world audio rights to The Kookaburra Creek Café (Sandie Docker) from Penguin Random House; and ANZ audio rights to Sign (Colin Dray) from Allen & Unwin.

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