Rebecca Kuss at Disney/Rick Riordan Presents has acquired, in an exclusive submission, It Waits in the Forest by Sarah Dass (Where the Rhythm Takes You), a YA supernatural thriller inspired by Caribbean folklore, about a girl who gets pulled into a string of mysterious murders on her island home. Publication is scheduled for spring 2024; Wendi Gu at GreenburgerKids negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Donna Bray at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired, at auction, Where the Rhythm Takes You by debut author and #PitchWars alum Sarah Dass, a YA novel based on Jane Austen's Persuasion, set in the author's native Trinidad and Tobago. Reyna's life changed forever two years ago, when her mother died and her best friend (first kiss, first love) Aiden, suddenly moved to America. Now Aiden has returned to their island as an international pop star, but the last thing Reyna wants to do is risk her heart again. Publication is set for summer 2021, with a second untitled YA novel to follow. Wendi Gu at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates did the deal for world English rights.