Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency celebrates successes by U.S authors

US news 140109The just-concluded autumn of 2013 saw several standout works by American authors enter the Scandinavian young adult market.

Norwegian publisher Cappelen Damm purchased rights to The Walled City by Ryan Graudin (Little, Brown). Graudin’s book is a survival thriller set in a lawless, confined urban landscape.

Rights also sold in: Brazil (Editora Schwarcz), France (Lattes), Germany (Rowohlt), UK (Orion)

The Danish rights to Barry Lyga’s bestselling I Hunt Killers series (Little, Brown) were sold to Rosinante. The chilling story, of which two entries (I Hunt Killers and Game) have been published, follows Jazz, the son of a serial killer.

Rights also sold in: Chinese complex (Spring International), France (Lattes), Germany (Random House/Blanvalet), Hebrew (Kibbutz Hameuchad-Sifriat Poalim), Italy (RCS Libri), Japan (Tokyo Sogensha), Korea (Random House Korea), Norway (Gyldendal), Netherlands (Boekerij), Poland (Otwarte), Russia (AST), Thailand (Punica), UK (Transworld)

Norwegian Schibsted purchased rights to Allen Zadoff’s Boy Nobody (Little, Brown), its sequel Lost Mission and an upcoming third entry. In the vein of Robert Ludlum’s Bourne series, Boy Nobody is the story of an assassin, a teenage boy who begins to discover his humanity. Publishers Weekly called it “a violent, entertaining twist on the teen spy novel.”

Rights also sold in: Brazil (Novo Conceito), Chinese complex (Sharp Point), Czech Republic (Fortuna Libri), Denmark (Gyldendal), France (Albin Michel), Germany (arsEdition), Italy (Rizzoli), Netherlands (Clavis), Slovakia (Fortuna Libri), Thailand (Jamsai), Turkey (Marti), UK (Hachette Children’s)

Rights to Neal Shusterman’s Unwind series (Simon & Schuster) – Unwind, Unwholly, Unsouled and Undivided – were sold in Norway to Cappelen Damm. The books are set in a terrifying dystopia in which parents can choose to have their children’s organs harvested for future use. The series has enjoyed critical acclaim, including in The New York Times, and won several awards.

Rights also sold in: Chinese complex (Meowbus), Chinese simplified (Shanghai Zui), France (JC Lattes – Editions du Masque), Germany (Bibliographisches Institut GmbH), Hungary (Konyvmolykepzo Kiado), Indonesia (Gramedia Pustaka Utama), Italy (Piemme Edizioni), Korea (Junglegymbooks), Netherlands (Lemniscaat), Poland (Papierowy Ksiezyc), Portuguese (Brazilian) (NovoConceito), Russia (AST), Spain (Grupo Anaya), Turkey (Tudem)*
*Not all publishers have purchased the complete series

Rights to Leon Leyson’s memoir The Boy on the Wooden Box (Simon & Schuster) were sold in Denmark to Gyldendal, in Sweden to B. Wahlströms, in Finland to Tammi and in Norway to Schibsted. Leyson (1929-2013) was the youngest Holocaust survivor to be saved by Schindler’s list, at the age of 13.

Rights also sold in: Chinese complex (Mandarin Daily News), Chinese simplified (Hunan Juvenile & Children’s), Czech Republic (Fortuna Libri), France (Pocket Jeunesse), Germany (Fischer), Hebrew (Modan), Italy (Mondadori), Netherlands (Meulenhoff), Poland (Proszynski), Portugal (Editorial Presença), Portuguese (Brazilian) (Rocco), Slovakia (Fortuna Libri), Spain (Circulo de Lectores), Spanish (Latin America) (V&R Editoras), Turkey (Pegasus Yayincilik), UK (S&S UK) 
Please contact the agency for reading materials and rights enquiries in your territory:
Literary Agent, CEO: Elina Ahlbäck elina.ahlback(a)ahlbackagency.com
Agent: Laura Palotie: laura.palotie(a)ahlbackagency.com