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Hardie Grant Egmont acquires pre-teen period guide

Hardie Grant Egmont has acquired world rights to a guide for pre-teens about getting their period, written by journalist Yumi Stynes and Melissa Kang, the longest-serving expert behind the ‘Dolly Doctor’ segment in Australian teen magazine Dolly. Welcome to Your Period: Your Easy, No-Dumb-Questions Guide to Handling it Like a Boss (illus by Jennifer Latham) is pitched as a ‘frank, funny and age-appropriate guide for pre-teens about getting your period’.

MidnightSun Publishing has acquired world rights to Beverly McWilliams’ first picture book Born to Fly (illus by Timothy Ide), which follows the life of Australian farmer and pioneer aviator Harry Butler. MidnightSun publisher Anna Solding said McWilliams has ‘the incredible ability to take an important Australian story and present it in such a way that children and adults from around the globe can delight in it’.

NewSouth has acquired Richard Tulloch’s playscript The 13-Storey Treehouse, which ‘brings to life all the imaginative wonders’ of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s internationally bestselling ‘Treehouse’ series.


Black Inc. has sold traditional Chinese-language rights to How to Win a Nobel Prize (Barry Marshall with Lorna Hendry)—a time-travel adventure for budding scientists—to Rye Field Publications.

Harbour Publishing has sold Spanish-language rights to POWman: Unleash the Hero Within (Dave Tabain & Nadia Worland), the story of a young boy who stands up to his friend’s bullies, illustrated with comic-style artwork.


ALC Agency has sold broadcast rights to the picture book Is it the Way You Giggle? (Nicola Connelly, illus by Annie White, New Frontier Publishing) to the BBC for broadcast on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.

Black Inc. has sold the film and television option to the children’s book The Amazing Adventures of Grover McBane, Rescue Dog (Claire Garth, illus by Johannes Leak, Piccolo Nero) to producers Laura Clelland and Sandra Makaresz.

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