Acclaimed American YA titles find Nordic homes!

USSalesJan2015Several top YA titles from the U.S were acquired by Nordic publishers in late 2014.

Ordenes By, Danish publisher of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, acquired Danish rights to Ava Dellaira’s Love Letters to the Dead (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers 2014), which has been sold in 20 territories to date. Rights are sold through the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group subrights department.

Love Letters to the Dead, which tells the story of a teenage girl who comes to terms with the loss of her sister by writing diary-like letters to writers, musicians and other notable names who died at a young age, has been praised by the likes of Vanity Fair, The New York Times and School Library Journal. Film rights have been licensed to Fox 2000; Marty Bowen, who also produced the film adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, is attached to produce.

Rights to Love Letters to the Dead are available in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands!

In Sweden Gilla Böcker, publisher of David Levithan, acquired rights to Benjamin Alire Saenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2012), a coming-of-age story about the love that develops between two Mexican-American boys.

Saenz’s novel has been given numerous accolades, including the Michael L. Printz Award and the Stonewall Award. It also received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. Rights have been sold in 12 territories. Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Icelandic and Faroese rights are still available.

Also in Sweden, Modernista acquired rights to the first two books in Rick Yancey’s Monstrumologist series (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), a teen gothic adventure about a boy whose specialty is hunting monsters. “Horror lovers will be rapt,” praised Publishers Weekly in its review of Book I, The Monstrumologist (published in 2010). The series has also received positive reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. Rights have been sold in nine territories, but are still available in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

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