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Wakefield sells debut YA novel to US 

Wakefield Press has sold world rights (ex ANZ) to Poppy Nwosu’s debut YA novel Making Friends with Alice Dyson to Walker Books US for a five-figure sum. The first book from Wakefield’s newly established YA list, Making Friends with Alice Dyson is ‘a romantic story about rumours, friendship, and discovering who you really are’. The deal came about after the two publishers met at the Visiting International Publishers program earlier this year.

Scholastic Australia has sold US and Canadian rights to We Are All Equal by P Crumble and Jonathan Bentley, an animal-themed picture book that ‘celebrates the richness in our differences and the joy that we are all equal’.


Allen & Unwin has acquired a three-book junior fiction series by bestselling author Emily Rodda. The Monty’s Island series (illus by Lucinda Gifford), aimed at children aged six to eight, is set on an island in a magical sea, where a cast of human and animal characters work together to ‘keep their island safe and happy’.

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