Deal News: Nira Paints the Sky in B-Flat by Natasha Deen

Julie Matysik at Running Press Kids has acquired #OwnVoices author Natasha Deen’s NIRA PAINTS THE SKY IN B-FLAT, a contemporary, coming-of-age YA story about a Guyanese girl who must find the balance between her parents’ cultural expectations and traditions while pursuing her dream of being a great trumpeter. Publication is scheduled for April 2019. Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.

Deal News: A Good Turn by Monique Polak

World rights to Monique Polak‘s middle grade novel  have been sold to A GOOD TURN to Sarah Harvey and Andrew Wooldridge at Orca Books. The book is the story of a group of children who are interned with their teacher, who is also their Brownie leader or Brown Owl, in China during WW II. The story is told from the point of view of one of the girls, who takes comfort from the routines, songs, and mottos of the Brownies, which their teacher maintains despite the difficult circumstances. It is due to publish in 2019.

Rights were sold on behalf of Monique by Amy Tompkins. Congratulations to Monique!

Deal News: Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta

Sarah Maclachlan at House of Anansi Press has acquired world rights to Columbia MFA grad and Banff Centre alum Zalika Reid-Benta’s debut story collection FRYING PLANTAIN for publication under the Astoria imprint in spring 2019. FRYING PLANTAIN is a series of interconnected stories rooted in the Toronto neighbourhood of Eglinton West and Marlee. The reader follows the protagonist, Kara Davis, who transitions from girlhood to young womanhood during the span of the collection. Artfully dealing with family dysfunction and intergenerational cycles, Reid-Benta uses everyday experiences to explore the conflation of Canadian and Jamaican identity. The deal was arranged by Amy Tompkins.

Solomon’s Ring by Mary Jennifer Payne Publishes with Dundurn Press!

Happy book birthday to Mary Jennifer Payne, whose YA novel SOLOMON’S RING was published on January 6th with Dundurn Press!

In this second book of the Daughters of Light series, the demon-hunted Seers are in a race against time to return a stolen ring. Twin sisters Jade and Jasmine are finally together after a five-year separation, but there’s no time to enjoy the reunion. As Seers, the sisters are being hunted by demons spilling through the rift, and the city is on high alert against terrorist threats. The Protectors at Beaconsfield have gathered as many Seers as possible, as the countries that haven’t been destroyed by climate change are starting to close their borders. On top of it all, Jasmine discovers that someone has stolen a ring with the power to control the demons, and the Final Battle between the Daughters of Light and the forces of darkness is approaching more quickly than anyone predicted.

Canadian Materials called SOLOMON’S RING, and the first book in the series, FINDING JADE, “enjoyable reads for fans of dystopic urban fantasy”.

Mary Jennifer Payne is the author of FINDING JADE, book one in the Daughters of Light Series, the YA novels SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE and ENOUGH, and several YA graphic stories. She lives in Toronto.

Happy Book Birthday to Natasha Deen!

Happy book birthday to Natasha Deen whose YA novel GAME’S END is just out from Great Plains Teen! GAME’S END is the conclusion to the paranormal/mystery/romance Guardian trilogy. Can Lit for Little Canadians has said “if you’re a new reader to the Guardian series, you’ve got three books of robust plotting, clever characters and bright banter ahead of you. Enjoy!”


Congratulations to Transatlantic Agency client Paul Harbridge, and illustrator Matt James on a second wonderful review from Kirkus of WHEN THE MOON COMES (Tundra Books)! Kirkus writes, “Harbridge captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the almost spectral, night-time gathering from a child’s point of view, including details that place you, the reader, right there…Matt James’ illustrations, rendered in acrylics and India ink, are dark and mysterious, just like Canadian nights in winter, and full of energy and movement.”

Check out the full review at the following link:

Kathleen Winter, Carol Off and Paul Harbridge Finalists for 2017 Governor General’s Awards

Transatlantic would like to congratulate Kathleen Winter, Carol Off and Paul Harbridge whose books have been named finalists for the 2017 Governor General’s Awards! Winter’s LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) is a finalist for Fiction, Off’s ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) is a finalist for Non-Fiction and Harbridge’s WHEN THE MOON COMES, illustrated by Matt James (Tundra Books) is a finalist for Young People’s Literature, Illustrated Books.

Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs). As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. For each category, a peer assessment committee, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000; each nonwinning finalist receives $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.

The winners will be announced on November 1st. For the full list of finalists, please visit

Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz by Anna Humphrey Publishes with Owlkids!

Happy book birthday to Anna Humphrey, whose latest book in the Clara Humble series, CLARA HUMBLE: QUIZ WHIZ publishes today with Owlkids! CLARA HUMBLE: QUIZ WHIZ also features fantastic illustrations by Lisa Cinar.

Clara Humble, the winsome and über-confident fourth-grader who’s been described as “Ramona Quimby meets Timmy Failure” is back for a second adventure. When Clara and her best friend, Bradley, discover their favorite game show, Smarty Pants ―a mix of trivia and obstacle course stunts ― is recruiting in their area, Clara is sure she’ll be chosen. Fame and game-show glory will be hers… with Bradley’s help, of course.

Things get complicated when Bradley also earns a contestant spot on the show, and the friends are pitted against each other. It escalates into an epic schoolyard battle between boys and girls, and not everyone is playing fair. Will Clara and Bradley’s friendship survive? Between the tension, sabotage, shenanigans, and Clara’s comics featuring her alter ego @Cat, this is a flat-out funny, fast-paced read.

Advance Praise:

“The lively narrative and cunning plot points provide a nifty adventure and an exploration of the consequences of going with the crowd. Smart, lively, and genuine.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Another humorous misadventure… A satisfying sequel for younger readers seeking realistic fiction with levity and a plucky protagonist.” —School Library Journal