February 2017 Latinx Book Deals

Compiled by Cecilia Cackley

This is a monthly series keeping track of the book deals announced by Latinx writers and illustrators. The purpose of this series is to celebrate book deals by authors and illustrators in our community and to advocate for more of them. If you are an agent and you have a Latinx client who just announced a deal, you can let me know on Twitter, @citymousedc. If you are a Latinx author or illustrator writing for children or young adults, and you just got a book deal, send me a message and we will celebrate with you! Here’s to many more wonderful books in the years to come.

February 28


February 24

Kathy Landwehr at Peachtree has acquired 2982 Days, a free-verse middle grade book by rocket engineer Suzanne Slade, about the Apollo missions and the daring astronauts who paved the way for the first moon landing. Thomas Gonzalez will illustrate; publication is planned for fall 2018.

February 16

Michael Strother at HarlequinTeen has acquired Toil & Trouble, an anthology of feminist stories of witchcraft, co-edited by Tess Sharpe (l.) and Jessica Spotswood and featuring contributions from Brandy Colbert, Zoraida Cordova, Andrea Cremer, Kate Hart, Emery Lord, Elizabeth May, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Karuna Riazi, Lindsay Smith, Nova Ren Suma, Robin Talley, Shveta Thakrar, Tristina Wright, and Brenna Yovanoff. The book will be published in fall 2018.

February 14

Emma Ledbetter at Atheneum has acquired Keith Calabrese’s debut picture book, Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A Kindergarten Dilemma, to be illustrated by 2017 Pura Belpré Award winner Juana Medina, about a girl who projects first-day-of-school jitters onto her shoes, and, with help from her other clothes, calms their nerves and gets them out the door. Publication is planned for fall 2018.

February 9

Brittany Rubiano at Disney Press has signed Diana López to write a middle grade novel inspired by Disney-Pixar’s forthcoming film, Coco, featuring original content. Publication is set for October 2017.

February 7


February 2

Jennifer Ung at Simon Pulse has bought Juleah del Rosario‘s debut YA novel-in-verse, 500 Words or Less. The story follows a high school senior who attempts to salvage her reputation by writing her Ivy League-obsessed classmates’ college admissions essays, while she struggles with a moral compass that no longer points north. Publication is slated for fall 2018.

Stacy Whitman of Tu Books has acquired world rights for Clockwork Curandera, a YA steampunk graphic novel reimagining of Frankenstein set in an alternate colonial Mexico, by Pura Belpré Honor recipient David Bowles and illustrated by Pura Belpré winner Raúl the Third. Publication is set for fall 2019.

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