RACE2THETRUTH SERIES
Children’s: Middle Grade Non-Fiction
Kelly Delaney at Knopf has bought the middle grade series Race2theTruth, which gives an unflinching account of America’s history while celebrating underrepresented BIPOC heroes and achievements. Each book will align with curriculum topics and represent a period of American history from a specific point of view. First up are The Truth About Indigenous People and the Price of the Land: The Wampanoag Nation from 1600-2021 by Linda Coombs (l.) and The Truth About Slavery and the Making of the United States: African Americans from 1526-1850 by Patricia Williams Lessane. The books are packaged by Regina Jackson and Saira Rao of Race2Dinner. Publication for the first two books is planned for fall 2022.
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WHITE WOMEN
by Regina Jackson and Saira Rao
Non-fiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
Founders of Race2Dinner Regina Jackson and Saira Rao’s WHITE WOMEN: EVERYTHING YOU ALREADY KNOW ABOUT YOUR OWN RACISM AND HOW TO DO BETTER, a guide for white women to confront their own role in upholding white supremacy—and how they can dismantle it within themselves, to Margaux Weisman at Penguin.
Documentary rights to Emmy Award-winning documentary producer/director Patty Ivins at PB+J TV.
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ON ROTATION
by Shirlene Obuobi
Fiction: Debut
Shirlene Obuobi's ON ROTATION, about a Ghanian-American medical student who has a difficult enough time balancing the expectations of her strict parents, the needs of her ride-or-die friends, and the demands of her clinical rotations without the complications of romantic entanglements, only to fall for a guy who might not fit into her world, to Lucia Macro at William Morrow, in a pre-empt, for publication in Summer 2022.
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CODE NAME SERENDIPTY
by Amber Smith
Children’s: Middle Grade Fiction
NYT bestselling author of THE WAY I USED TO BE Amber Smith's CODE NAME SERENDIPITY, a story about a girl who comes across a stray dog and discovers that she and the dog have a special connection—they can communicate telepathically--but when the dog is captured and sent to a shelter she must find a way to save him, to Ruta Rimas at Razorbill, for publication in January 2022, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (NA).
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BAD VIBES ONLY
by Nora McInerny
Non-Fiction: Humor
Host and creator of the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, memoirist, and celebrity widow Nora McInerny's BAD VIBES ONLY: A MOSTLY FUNNY ESSAY COLLECTION, in which she writes about things that aren't sad, to Julia Cheiffetz at One Signal, in a good deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in summer 2022, by Jess Regel at Helm Literary (NA).
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HAPPILY EVER ISLAND
by Crystal Cestari
Children's: Young Adult Fiction
Crystal Cestari’s HAPPILY EVER ISLAND, following two best friends who win the trip of a lifetime to a fictional resort where guests can become their favorite Disney characters, to Brittany Rubiano at Disney-Hyperion, for publication in summer 2022, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (world).
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A WILDERNESS OF STARS
by Shea Ernshaw
Children’s: Young Adult Fiction
Shea Ernshaw’s A WILDERNESS OF STARS, in which a mysterious illness is cursing the land, and a girl who is the last astronomer allies herself with an unlikely duo to venture across the wilderness with the plan of carrying out the stars’ message that will, hopefully, save them all, to Nicole Ellul at Simon & Schuster Children’s, in a two-book deal, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (NA).
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I MISS YOU, I HATE THIS
by Sara Saedi
Children’s: Young Adult Fiction
AMERICANIZED: REBEL WITHOUT A GREEN CARD author Sara Saedi’s I MISS YOU, I HATE THIS, about two estranged best friends who are grappling with the complexities of their relationship, just as their entire lives are turned upside down due to a pandemic, to Nikki Garcia at Little, Brown Children's, for publication in fall 2022, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (world).
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BLOOD SUGAR
by Sascha Rothchild
Fiction: Thriller
Emmy-nominated screenwriter Sascha Rothchild’s BLOOD SUGAR, a debut in which a successful therapist is accused of murdering her husband, and in order to prove her innocence, must reflect back on the three murders she did commit, to Danielle Dieterich at Putnam, at auction, for publication in spring 2022, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (NA).
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DEEP IN PROVIDENCE
by Riss M. Neilson
Children’s: Young Adult Fiction
Riss Neilson’s DEEP IN PROVIDENCE, pitched as blending the suspense of The Hazel Wood with the nuanced realism of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, following three girls who turn to Filipino spiritualism and white magic when they’re haunted by a friend’s death... and perhaps her spirit, to Tiffany Liao at Holt Children’s, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2022, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (NA).
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THE LAST BEEKEEPER
by Pablo Cartaya
Children’s: Middle Grade Fiction
Pablo Cartaya’s THE LAST BEEKEEPER, which follows a 12-year-old girl as she fights to the save the last known beehive in the world from extinction against nearly insurmountable obstacles—an environment completely changed by climate change and the greedy humans who will profit from the bees’ demise, to Carolina Ortiz at Harper Children’s, for publication in summer 2022, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (world).
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A PITY PARTY IS STILL A PARTY
by Chelsea Balzer
Non-fiction: Health
Founder of Big Feels Lab Chelsea Balzer’s A PITY PARTY IS STILL A PARTY, an illustrated guide to feeling your feelings, enjoying the unenjoyable, and celebrating the uncelebrateable, through essays exploring the physiology and function of emotions as well as grief rituals, to Haley Swanson at Harper Wave, at auction, by Jessica Regel at Foundry Literary + Media (NA).
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QUEEN AMONG THE DEAD
by Lesley Livingston
Children’s: Young Adult Fiction
Lesley Livingston’s QUEEN AMONG THE DEAD, a fantasy pitched as inspired by the legend of the first true queen of ancient Eire and the mysterious sacred sites of Newgrange and the Hill of Tara; in which a girl favored by the wolf goddess is a renegade Celtic princess who defies destiny to seize the throne of kings with the aid of a shapeshifting druid-turned-thief and a band of berserker women warriors, to Tiffany Liao at Holt Children’s, in an exclusive submission, for publication in spring 2022.
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AIN’T THAT A MOTHER
by Adiba Nelson
Non-fiction: Memoir
Afro-Latina speaker Adiba Nelson’s AIN’T THAT A MOTHER, the story of her experience navigating adulthood—the good, the bad, and the “aw hell naw”—as she becomes the mother to her daughter, who at 11-months-old was diagnosed with a rare brain malformation, to Vikki Warner at Blackstone Publishing, for publication in spring 2022.
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AN ACCOUNT OF HER OWN
by Grace Williams
Non-fiction: Narrative 
Journalist Grace Williams’s AN ACCOUNT OF HER OWN, about a group of women who fought back against sexist financial institutions and came together in 1978, just years after women earned the right to hold a line of credit without the signature of a man, to establish and operate the Women's Bank of Denver, to Laura Van der Veer at Little A.
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THE LIZ TAYLOR RING and THE AUDREY HEPBURN ESTATE
by Brenda Janowitz
Fiction
Author of THE GRACE KELLY DRESS Brenda Janowitz’s THE LIZ TAYLOR RING, pitched as inspired by the Krupp diamond ring Richard Burton bought for Liz Taylor, about three siblings, the heirloom ring that divides them, and the secret that makes them question everything they thought they knew about their parents’ love story; and THE AUDREY HEPBURN ESTATE, about the estate on Long Island that was the basis for Audrey Hepburn’s film Sabrina, as one woman returns to her childhood home one last time before it’s demolished and confronts the heartaches of the past; to Melanie Fried at Graydon House, in a two-book deal.
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