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Big Sky Publishing lands 17-book US deal   

Big Sky Publishing has sold North American and US territories rights to 17 children’s books to independent educational publishing house Rosen Publishing. The deal includes the picture book Cat Spies Mouse (Rina Foti, illus by Dave Atze) and three junior fiction series: ‘Alana Oakley’ (Poppy Inkwell), ‘Max Booth Future Sleuth’ (Cameron Macintosh, illus by Dave Atze) and the forthcoming mystery series ‘Nursery Crimes’ (John Barwick, illus by Dave Atze). Big Sky Publishing’s Diane Evans said: ‘To be kicking goals with our Aussie books in a competitive market like America is a terrific endorsement. We have 17 fun, clever books with strong, feisty characters that children can really get behind and love.’

The ALC Agency has sold simplified Chinese- and English-language rights to 16 titles to Hangzhou Redflowers Network on behalf of the University of Queensland Press, New Frontier Publishing and Funky Books. The titles include: My Nanna is a Ninja, My Sister is a Superhero, My Brother is a Beast, My Pop is a Pirate and My Mum is a Magician (all Damon Young & Peter Carnavas, University of Queensland Press); three books in the ‘Mr. Darcy’ series (Mr Darcy, Mr Darcy and the Christmas Pudding and Mr Darcy the Dancing Duck, all Alex Field & Peter Carnavas, New Frontier Publishing); and Funky Chicken: A Bushy Tale of Croc & Chooks, Chooks in Space, Mission inCROCible and A Bug Called Doug (all Chris Collin & Megan Kitchin, Funky Books).

Alex Adsett Literary Agency has sold North American rights to Shelly Unwin’s board books You’re One! and You’re Two! (illus by Katherine Battersby, Allen & Unwin) to Penguin Random House imprint Doubleday. The titles belong to a series of five rhyming picture books that celebrate early childhood.

Inkwell Management has sold world English-language rights (ex-ANZ) and Dutch-language rights to Helena Fox’s forthcoming YA novel How it Feels to Float (Pan Australia, May)—about a teenage girl struggling with her mental health—to Penguin US imprint Dial Books and Van Goor/Best of YA, respectively.


Allen & Unwin has acquired ANZ rights to three new children’s book series by bestselling author Anh Do, beginning with an action-adventure series for readers aged 8-14-years. The first instalment of ‘Wolf Girl’, Into the Wild, follows a young girl who is separated from her family and must fend for herself, supported by a pack of dogs she befriends in the wilderness.

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