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YA debut sells to US, Netherlands

Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management has sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to Helena Fox’s forthcoming YA novel How it Feels to Float (Pan Australia, May) to Penguin US imprint Dial Books.

Fox’s debut novel follows teenager Biz as she struggles with her mental health and copes with her father’s death.

Dial Books editor Jess Garrison said of the acquisition: ‘How It Feels to Float is the kind of novel I’ve searched, scoured, hoped, prayed for as a reader. To have the chance to work with an author as talented as Helena Fox in bringing this novel to all readers who need it, but especially teens, is an incredible gift. I’m grateful for it—grateful for Helena, and grateful for her stunning, raw, and absolutely essential debut.’

Drayton also sold Dutch-language rights to Susanne Diependaal of Van Goor/Best of YA.

How it Feels to Float will be released in the US in May and in the Netherlands in early 2020.


Category: Junior Local news Rights and acquisitions