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A new deal for Martha Brockenbrough

June 08, 2016

Arthur Levine of Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books has acquired world rights to Cheerful Chicken by Martha Brockenbrough, to be illustrated by Brian Won. The story introduces a super-enthusiastic chicken who dreams of leading a barnyard cheerleading team. The other animals may not share her perky positivity, but a squad of enthusiastic fluffy friends has her back. Publication is scheduled for 2019; Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary represented the author and Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content represented the illustrator.


June 07, 2016

Jennifer Bell, debut author of THE UNCOMMONERS: The Crooked Sixpence has made it to No 5 in the UK Children’s Fiction Chart!  Not bad for a book that was published less than a week ago.  An amazing - and well-deserved - start for an amazing and deserving author.  Congratulations, Jen, from everybody at Greenhouse and the Rights People.


May 23, 2016

Rights to Ali’s wonderful middle grade debut, THE ETHAN I WAS BEFORE, have sold to Turkey.  That follows a fab deal with Orchard in the UK and a tip-top one with Harper Collins in the US.  Congratulations to Ali and thanks to the Rights People.

Congratulations to Cori McCarthy

May 20, 2016

Annette Pollert-Morgan at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired Cori McCarthy’s contemporary YA novel, Now a Major Motion Picture. It’s the story of a teen song-writer who is determined to sabotage the movie adaptation of her grandmother’s famous Tolkien-styled high-fantasy trilogy but who, once on set in Ireland, finds herself falling for the story and one of the actors, while beginning to embrace her grandmother’s legacy of courage and creativity. Publication is planned for spring 2018; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary brokered the deal for North American rights. 

A middle-grade collaboration finds a great deal

April 27, 2016

Huge congrats to Greenhouse author Michelle Schusterman, and Kirsten Hubbard (repped by Jaida Temperly at New Leaf). A fab deal just announced:

Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion has acquired world English rights for the first two books in a middle-grade series by Kirsten Hubbard (right) and Michelle Schusterman (writing as Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats). Structured as a collection of linked stories, articles, and vignettes, the books are about a group of fifth graders in a quirky coastal town where nothing is quite what it seems. Both Emily Meehan and Hannah Allaman will edit. Publication is slated for fall 2017, with the second book publishing nine months later. Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary & Media represented Hubbard, and Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary represented Schusterman.

Debut deal for Mae Respicio

April 01, 2016

So happy to welcome Mae Respicio to the ranks of the “soon to be published”! Her debut deal just announced - preempted by the wonderful Wendy Lamb at Random House whose author Rebecca Stead won the Newbery Medal . . .

Wendy Lamb at Random House/Wendy Lamb Books has preempted Mae Respicio’s debut middle-grade novel, A House Like This. The story is about a Filipina-American girl who sets out to build her own tiny house where she can escape her intrusive family, but her summer DIY project becomes life-changing when her long-lost father suddenly reappears. Publication is planned for spring 2018; Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Congrats on a debut deal

March 29, 2016

Tae Keller’s debut deal got off to a rip-roaring success after a six-publisher auction!

THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS, and a second untitled novel, have been sold (World English Language rights) to Chelsea Eberly at Random House.  Publishing probably in Fall 2017. 

A first deal for a new author

March 29, 2016

Many congratulations to newly fledged author Heather Ezell. Her debut deal just announced!

Marissa Grossman at Razorbill has acquired Heather Ezell’s debut Nothing Left to Burn, a contemporary YA novel that takes place in the 24 hours after Audrey and her family have been evacuated from the path of a deadly wildfire. Told in non-linear chronology, the story also follows Audrey’s tumultuous relationship with Brooks, the volunteer firefighter who becomes the all-consuming passion in her life. The publication date has not been set; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

New deal for Ronni Arno

November 06, 2015

Ronni Arno has a wonderful voice for the tween readership, so really great to welcome in her new deal with Aladdin!

Alyson Heller at S&S;/Aladdin has acquired Ronni Arno’s tween novel Molly in the Middle, about a girl who feels invisible in the middle of her parents’ divorce, her sisters, her class, even the alphabet. As she sets out to be noticed, she must decide exactly how far she’s prepared to go to be popular. Publication is planned for summer 2017; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary negotiated the deal for North American rights

Congratulations to Lindsay Eagar!

October 28, 2015

It’s not every day a new author gets a second 2-book deal months before her debut even publishes!  Congratulations, Lindsay, on achieving this rare feat.

Kaylan Adair at Candlewick has bought two novels by Lindsay Eagar. Eagar’s debut, Hour of the Bees, part of a previous two-book contract, is slated to publish in March 2016. Candlewick has bought these two additional titles to make Eagar a staple of Candlewick lists through 2019. The books for this latest deal are untitled and will publish in 2018 and 2019; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary did the deal for world English rights. 

Anthology deal to HarperCollins

September 29, 2015

Congratulations to compiler Natalie C. Parker - and all the authors taking part in TRIANGLES: THE POINTS OF LOVE - just sold at auction to HarperCollins!

Karen Chaplin at HarperCollins has acquired at auction Natalie C. Parker’s anthology Triangles: The Points of Love, which explores the myriad tragic, frustrating, humorous possibilities of the teen love triangle, and features 15 new stories from Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Alaya Dawn Johnson,E.K. Johnston, Tessa Gratton, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Cajiuat Posadas, Veronica Roth, Maggie Stiefvater, Sabaa Tahir,Brenna Yovanoff, and Parker herself. Publication is scheduled for 2017; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary did the deal for North American rights.

Debut picture book deal for Blythe Woolston

September 16, 2015

Blythe Woolston is primarily known for her extraordinary, critically acclaimed YA novels, so we’re thrilled for this new departure for her. Just announced:

Liz Bicknell at Candlewick has bought The Words, the first picture book by Blythe Woolston, whose YA novel The Freak Observer won the 2011 William C. Morris debut fiction award. The book will explore the “ultraconserved” words that linguists believe are the very first ones spoken by humanity, and will be illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka. Publication is set for spring 2018; Sarah Davies of the Greenhouse Literary Agency represented the author and Brenda Bowen of Sanford Greenburger Literary Agency represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.

Chapter-book series deal for Sarah Aronson

July 17, 2015

Congratulations to Sarah Aronson.  She’s recently achieved a preempt debut picture book deal with Simon & Schuster, and now . . .

Anna Bloom at Scholastic has acquired four books in Sarah Aronson’s chapter-book series, The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever. The first story is about a girl who longs to be the perfect fairy godmother, but is matched with the most un-princess-like girl of all. The first two books are slated for summer 2017; Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency did the deal for world rights. 

NEARLY GONE wins major award

July 12, 2015

We’re delighted and proud that Elle Cosimano’s NEARLY GONE (Kathy Dawson Books ,Penguin) won Best YA Novel 2015 at Thrillerfest in New York last night.

This is a major award within the thriller-writing community and we agree that Elle Cosimano is one of the very best!


July 01, 2015

Fabulous news for debut author Ali Standish: a two-book deal on both sides of the Atlantic!  Doing what Greenhouse does best, Sarah and Polly have negotiated separate deals with Harper Collins (US) and Hachette (UK). THE ETHAN I WAS BEFORE - a moving, memorable middle grade story of friendship and redemption - will be published in hardback in both countries in Spring 2016, with a second standalone following in both a year later.  Congratulations to Ali, a new and exciting signing to Greenhouse.

Film rights sold!

June 23, 2015

Congratulations to Ashley Elston on her just-announced film deal:

Ashley Elston’s THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING, about a teen girl who, desperate to escape the Witness Protection Program and discover what really happened the day that ruined her family’s lives, breaks her minders’ ultimate rule by falling for a boy and embarking with him on a perilous journey to outwit both cops and criminals, optioned to Shorelight Pictures, by Jerry Kalajian at Intellectual Property Group on behalf of Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency.

Deal news

May 13, 2015

Several great new deals to report:

Michelle Schusterman’s MAUDEVILLE - a fabulously creepy middle-grade story set in theatre-land - has sold in a two-book deal to Diane Landolf at Random House.

Tami Lewis Brown’s THE RADIANT MAN, a picturebook biography of iconic New York artist Keith Haring - who brought art to ordinary people, not least children - has sold in a preemptive deal to Joy Peskin at FSG, Macmillan.

And finally . . . .  a brand-new, middle-grade author has just scored his first deal! Mark Maciejewski’s hilarious CHUB AND THE CADRE OF EVIL has just sold in a two-book deal to Amy Cloud at Aladdin, S&S;.

Congratulations to all our authors with new deals!

A Two-book Picture Book Deal for Alice Lickens

March 26, 2015

Spring is in the air!  Hot on the heels of publication of her fascinating and fun TREES, Alice Lickens has landed a deal for two more books in the National Trust’s ‘Explorer’ series.  CASTLES and FLOWERS have been bought by Katie Deane at Pavilion Books Group.  They will follow TREES (published March 2015) and PONDS (publication date July 2015). 

Deal news for Romily Bernard

March 18, 2015

A happy day for Romily Bernard, author of the thrilling YA FIND ME series (HarperCollins).  Now Romily ventures into middle grade for the first time . . .

Tracey Keevan at Disney-Hyperion has bought The Boy Who Knew Too Much by Romily Bernard, to be written under a pseudonym. The middle-grade story follows a boy who steals a train and is sent to reform school, only to discover that a machine in the basement is cloning students to become model citizens. Publication is slated for winter 2017; Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency did the two-book deal for world English rights.

Congratulations to Donna Cooner

March 13, 2015

Great news for Donna Cooner, author of the hugely successful SKINNY and CAN’T LOOK AWAY. Congrats, Donna, on a fabulous new deal:

Aimee Friedman at Scholastic has acquired two YA novels by Skinny author Donna Cooner. The first, Worthy, is about a girl and boy whose relationship is wrecked by a malicious dating app that makes them question friends, popularity, and self-image. Publication is set for 2016; Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights. 

A major film deal for Cori McCarthy

March 01, 2015

Congratulations to Cori McCarthy! Her second YA novel, BREAKING SKY (publishing March 10, 2015 - Sourcebooks Fire), has been optioned to Sony Pictures, with Barry Josephson ("Bones") producing.

A four-book deal for Lindsey Leavitt

February 22, 2015

Caroline Abbey at Random House has acquired world rights in the four-book series COMMANDER IN CHEESE by Lindsey Leavitt. The stories are about a family of mice who live in the White House and whose adventures sometimes collide with the President, her family, and their cat. Publication of the first two books is scheduled for summer 2016; Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency brokered the deal.

A new deal for Elissa Janine Hoole

January 09, 2015

Congratulations to Elissa Janine Hoole on her new deal with Flux, who published her earlier YA novel, SOMETIMES NEVER, SOMETIMES ALWAYS.

THE MEMORY JAR is beautifully written, very moving, and extremely intriguing . . .

Brian Farrey-Latz at Flux has bought The Memory Jar by Elissa Janine Hoole, in which a girl faces secrets, guilt and terrible choices about her pregnancy after a snowmobile accident leaves her boyfriend with a brain injury. Publication is scheduled for winter 2016. Sarah Davies of the Greenhouse Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights. 

A Junior Library Guild Selection

January 07, 2015

Congratulations to Tommy Wallach, whose debut y.a. WE ALL LOOKED UP (Simon & Schuster, March 2015), has been selected by the Junior Library Guild. Congrats Tommy!

Summing up 2014

December 31, 2014

We’ve realized that we’ve ignored our News section of the website during 2014!

Why? Because we were all stunningly busy, not least with doing deals for a lot of clients. Rather than listing all those deals (for both book and film) retrospectively - with the risk of missing someone or something out - we invite you to look at our client list and see what everyone has been up to. We were delighted to welcome quite a few new clients to the agency in 2014, but took just as much satisfaction in getting many established clients back under contract this year.

You can also look at our Awards & Accolades section to see some of the standout reviews our authors have received.

We’re going to do better with the News section in 2015, so do check in again.  We also post everything on our Facebook fan page, so please “like” it for hot-off-the press info on what we’re doing.

Kate Bassett - a debut deal

April 11, 2013

Congratulations to Kate Bassett from Northern Michigan who’s landed her very first book deal - with small but powerful teen publisher Flux.

Kate’s beautiful and evocative YA novel, WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS, is about a girl coming to terms with the death of her beloved (young) uncle one year on, and it deals with love, loss, betrayal - and family secrets.

Publication is set for Summer 2014. 

THE WEIGHT OF WATER shortlisted for Britain’s Carnegie Medal

March 12, 2013

Many congratulations to Sarah Crossan, whose wonderful verse novel - THE WEIGHT OF WATER - is today announced on the shortlist for the UK’s most prestigious children’s fiction award, The Carnegie Medal. A very elite shortlist indeed!

A debut YA deal for Wendy Mills

February 19, 2013

Congratulations to Wendy Mills, whose debut YA novel POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL just sold to Caroline Abbey at Bloomsbury in a very nice two-book deal.

Pitched as Jodi Picoult meets Lurlene McDaniel (it is certifiably impossible not to cry when you read this book!), POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL is the story of a girl who discovers she’s inherited the same rare gene mutation as her dying mother. Should she have preemptive surgery - or accept her uncertain destiny? With her life in danger of imploding around her, she sets off to find help from the one friend who understands - only to discover that nothing is quite what it seems. She faces a terrible dilemma, but is it possible that life - and she herself - can be positively beautiful in the hardest circumstances?

POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL will publish in Fall 2014, with a second novel coming a year later.

Green shoots in the Greenhouse for 2013

January 20, 2013

2013 opens with a bang in the Greenhouse!

A big welcome to John Cusick who joined us January 14 as a new Greenhouse agent for the US and Canada, with a mission to grow his client list of authors of children’s fiction and YA.

Coming from a small New York agency, John already has a strong grounding in agenting and is raring to go in his new role at Greenhouse. Watch out for him on social media, his blog, and at conferences around the USA. You can find out more about him here.

2013 also sees an even bigger role for Julia Churchill. Our agent based in the UK, Julia has up until now only repped authors from the UK and Commonwealth. Now, she will additionally be looking to grow a client list of picturebook authors - both American and non-American. Take a look at her bio here.

To reflect these exciting developments, our submission guidelines are slightly reworked, so do have a look:

Welcome to 2013 in the Greenhouse. It promises to be an exciting year!

Morris Award shortlist

December 12, 2012

Congratulations to S.D. Crockett, whose mesmerizing novel, AFTER THE SNOW, is one of just five books shortlisted for YALSA’s prestigious Morris Award - given to an outstanding YA debut.
An announcement of the winner will be made at ALA Mid-Winter in Seattle in January 2013. 

Rights deals aplenty for Caroline Carlson

December 12, 2012

Caroline Carlson’s middle grade trilogy, THE VERY NEARLY HONORABLE LEAGUE OF PIRATES, hasn’t only sold at auction in both the USA (to HarperCollins) and UK (to Simon & Schuster).  It’s also been preempted in Brazil, and sold at auction in Germany, France, and Spain after considerable interest at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Scroll down to see what Publishers Weekly has to say about this feat:

Jeyn Roberts to Knopf

December 12, 2012

Congratulations to Jeyn Roberts, author of the critically acclaimed DARK INSIDE and RAGE WITHIN, whose latest YA novel - THE BODIES WE WEAR - has sold in a two-book preempt to Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Atmospheric, dark and riveting, THE BODIES WE WEAR is a love story - about how death can’t kill what never dies.  But it’s also a story of revenge, pitched as KILL BILL meets LOVELY BONES, with a teen Lisbeth Salander as narrator.  It will publish in Fall 2014.

New deal for Lean

September 25, 2012

HarperCollins Children’s Books has signed up three new titles from A DOG CALLED HOMELESS author, Sarah Lean.

Harper will support publication with author tours and consumer marketing, making Sarah a major author for nine to 11-year-olds. Publisher Rachel Denwood said: “Sarah is one of the most exciting and talented new writers to hit the children’s market for years and I am delighted to have cemented this long-term relationship with HarperCollins.”

Many congratulations Sarah and Harper!

A debut deal for YA author Natalie C.  Parker

May 14, 2012

Congratulations to Natalie C. Parker, whose first YA novel, BEWARE THE WILD, has just sold in a preempt to HarperCollins in the USA. Here’s the announcement from Publishers Marketplace:

Natalie C. Parker’s BEWARE THE WILD, pitched as Twin Peaks meets The Village, in which a claustrophobic Louisiana town is dominated by its sinister, encroaching swamp, which swallows up a boy who is instantly forgotten by everyone except his sister, and replaced by a mysterious girl from the past who is intent on taking over his family and his life, to Phoebe Yeh at Harper Children’s, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2014, by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (NA). 

A companion novel to FRACTURE sold to Walker US and Bloomsbury UK

May 14, 2012

Megan Miranda’s debut YA novel, FRACTURE, published in Winter 2012 and has already won thousands of fans around the world - and a PW starred review.

Now, a sequel/companion novel - VENGEANCE - has sold once more to Walker US and Bloomsbury UK in a group acquisition of World English language rights. VENGEANCE will publish in both markets in Winter 2014.

Returning to the world of Delaney and Maxwell, the story takes place a year after FRACTURE when suspicion of Delaney is rising following Troy’s death at Falcon Lake. Decker, who tells this story, is the one person who will never doubt Delaney - never believe the talk of curses. But then Delaney backs away from his father, scared and pale . . . . And now her bizarre gift has hit just a bit too close to home for Decker to remain his neutral, loving self.

Megan Miranda has an incredible gift for weaving gripping, scary, intense stories, and FRACTURE’S many admirers are going to love VENGEANCE!


May 11, 2012

Delighted to announce a UK deal for Romily Bernard and FIND ME. Simon and Schuster Children’s Book will publish the first book in the Wick Tate series in Autumn 2013.

Says Jane Griffiths, Romily’s UK editor:

FIND ME is a fantastic edge-of-the-seat thriller, combing a convincing tech-savvy plot with a compellingly dark mystery. Wick’s mix of feistiness and vulnerability makes her a tremendously appealing heroine and you can’t help but be pulled into her turbulent world from the very first page. I’m thrilled to have Romily as a new talent on our list.


May 03, 2012

The UK side of the Greenhouse is running a prize in conjunction with this year’s Writer’s Workshop Festival of Writing. It will be called the Greenhouse Funny Prize.

At Greenhouse we love all sorts of writing but there’s something that Sarah and I agree that we don’t see enough of: Funny.

The Greenhouse Funny prize is open to un-agented writers who are currently resident in the UK and Ireland. Entries will be judged by me and guest judge Leah Thaxton, Publisher of Egmont Children’s Books (and discoverer of Andy Stanton).

The winner will get an offer of representation from the Greenhouse and a full weekend ticket to the wonderful Festival of Writing that runs 7-9 September ’12 (worth £525). The runners up will each get five of our favourite funny books.

Find out more about the prize on our blog.

Entry guidelines:

To get a good sense of the voice and where the character is headed, we’d like to see the first 5,000 words PLUS a short description (a few lines) of the book AND a one page outline that shows the spine of the plot.

If you are submitting a picture book (or shorter fiction that comes in under 5,000 words), then send the complete text.

Please send your entries to

The deadline for submissions is Monday 30 July. The shortlist will be announced Monday 6 August. We anticipate that 6 writers will be shortlisted. The winner will be announced Monday 13 August. If we get two or more outstanding entries, we may offer representation to more than one writer.

You must be resident in the UK or Ireland.

Entrants will not be acknowledged on receipt, but all entrants will be emailed when the shortlist is announced.

A debut deal for Romily Bernard

April 26, 2012

We’re delighted to announce a fabulous 3-book deal for debut YA author Romily Bernard.

Here’s the Publishers Marketplace announcement:

Romily Bernard’s debut FIND ME, launching a new series about hacker and crime-solver Wick Tate – pitched as a Lisbeth Salander for teens – who in this first book is sent a journal written by a dead friend, apparently asking for help and putting her on the trail of a dangerous predator who’s after her little sister, to Phoebe Yeh at Harper Children’s, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, in a three book deal, for publication in Fall 2013, by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (NA). 

Sally Willcox of CAA has also come on board to co-agent film & TV rights for us.

Congratulations, Romily!


April 26, 2012

Exciting rights news for Anne-Marie Conway. The beautiful BUTTERFLY SUMMER will be published in Norway, Sweden and Finland by Stabenfeldt. Congratulations Anne-Marie!

PENLOPE CRUMB rides again!

April 02, 2012

Great news today - a second 2-book deal for Shawn Stout and her adorable PENELOPE CRUMB series! World English-language rights have been sold to Philomel (Penguin USA) in what will be Books 3 and 4 of the series.

Penelope Crumb is funny, sweet and touching - think Judy Moody, Clementine, Ramona, and you’ll have the right kind of idea.

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Three deals!

March 16, 2012

We’re a bit late announcing these on the GHL site, though they’ve been trumpeted on our Facebook page and Twitter. Perhaps you saw them?

Congratulations to all these authors:

Sarah Aronson - whose second YA novel, BELIEVE, has sold to Andrew Karre at Carolrhoda Lab for publication Fall 2013. This is a fascinating and really original novel, about an American-Jewish girl who was the sole survivor of a terrorist bomb in Jerusalem 10 years before the story opens. This milestone anniversary was always going to be tough, but when Janine’s supposedly ‘healing hands’ seem to bring about inexplicable miracles, she finds herself in the middle of a media storm that threatens to upset the new life she has carefully built for herself. At last it’s time to uncover the secrets of that terrible day a decade ago . . .

Cori McCarthy - whose debut YA novel, THE COLOR OF RAIN, has sold to Lisa Cheng of Running Press for publication in Spring 2013.  A big edge-of-seat thriller set in space, this story asks - how much would you do for love?  Answering that question, Rain gives herself to the ship’s menacing captain in the hopes of getting medical salvation for her dying brother on a distant planet. But what Rain discovers is a hidden world of slave-trafficking and violence . . .

Leila Rasheed - author of AT SOMERTON, the YA market’s answer to the hugely popular Downton Abbey - for teens!  Opening in 1910, the 3-book series will follow the lives, loves, secrets and betrayals of the teens - both upstairs and downstairs - who live at Somerton Court, a gracious English stately home that will be forever changed by the onslaught of World War I

Congratulations to all!

Opening 2012 with a debut deal

January 11, 2012

Congratulations to Elle Cosimano, whose debut YA thriller - DEAD BLUE - just sold in a two-book, six-figure preempt to Kathy Dawson at Dial, an imprint of Penguin USA.

DEAD BLUE is a rollercoaster ride of a novel, guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seat, and stars a wonderful protagonist called Nearly Boswell, a math-genius from a suburban Washington DC trailer park. With the body count rising, Nearly realizes that she is the only student able to decipher the complex clues left for her by a serial killer who has every intention of framing her for murder. With mysterious blue-inked symbols turning up on every body, can Nearly find the real perp in time to save her own life?

This is a must-read for Fall 2013, with a sequel due to publish a year later.

I Heart Band deal for debut author

January 11, 2012

Many congratulations to debut author Michelle Schusterman, who closed out 2011 for us with a fabulous 4-book deal with Grosset, an imprint of Penguin USA. The deal is for I HEART BAND, a fun, pacy younger middle-grade series about the thrills and spills, practices and performances, crushes and crises of the kids in a middle-school band.

Books 1 and 2 will launch together in Summer 2014, so deadlines aplenty ahead for Michelle - but also our congratulations on this very exciting first deal. 

Magic in the UK

December 14, 2011

Delighted to announce that Simon and Schuster have bought UK and Commonwealth rights in MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT by Caroline Carlson, at auction, in a three book deal. Thrilled publisher, thrilled author, thrilled agents.

Two fabulous new debut deals for Greenhouse seedlings!

November 08, 2011

We’re delighted to announce two brand-new deals for debut authors, one Middle Grade and one YA:

MFA graduate Caroline Carlson’s MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT, pitched as Eva Ibbotson meets Lemony Snicket with a twist of ‘yo ho ho’, to be illustrated with maps, journals and letters, in which a girl is rejected by the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates and shipped off to a Finishing School for Delicate Ladies instead, from where she must escape and set sail with a motley crew including a governess, a budgerigar and a talkative gargoyle on a treasure hunt for the kingdom’s lost magic, to Phoebe Yeh and Toni Markiet at Harper Children’s, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2013, by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (NA).

Ashley Elston’s THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING, about a girl who, desperate to escape the Witness Protection program and discover what really happened the day that ruined her family’s lives, breaks her minders’ ultimate rule by falling for a boy and embarking with him on a perilous journey to outwit both cops and criminals, to Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion Children’s, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2013, by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (NA).

Congratulations to both Caroline and Ashley! 

Welcome to Amy Sparkes

October 07, 2011

Delighted to announce that WELCOME TO THE STRANGEST ZOO by Amy Sparkes will be published by Random House Children’s Books in 2013.

Many congratulations Amy!

Black Helicopters in the UK

September 22, 2011

Delighted to announce a UK pre-empt for BLACK HELICOPTERS by Blythe Woolston.

Gill Evans, Editorial Director for Fiction at Walker Books, says: ‘BLACK HELICOPTERS is a chilling and arresting psychological thriller for YA which enthrals the reader even as its subject repels.’

Last month BLACK HELICOPTERS sold in a six-figure, North American preempt to Walker’s US sister company, Candlewick Press. Many congratulations Blythe!

SKINNY in the UK

September 07, 2011

Delighted to announce that SKINNY by Donna Cooner has been snapped up by Egmont UK.

Stella Paskins, Egmont Publisher, called SKINNY a ‘modern day fairytale’ and it will publish on their new Electric Monkey YA list.

Congratulations Donna!

New UK/Commonwealth deals for two American writers

August 24, 2011

We love exploiting authors’ publishing rights to the max - especially when it comes to selling transatlantically.

Delighted to announce new UK/Commonwealth deals in August for two of our US writers.

NYT bestselling Brenna Yovanoff’s PAPER VALENTINE has sold to Simon & Schuster UK in a two-book deal (US rights recently sold to Razorbill).

Lindsey Leavitt’s AUTHENTICALLY VINTAGE has sold to Scholastic UK (US rights sold to Bloomsbury).

Congratulations to both!

Welcome to Blythe Woolston - and congratulations!

August 24, 2011

Greenhouse has been delighted to welcome the wonderful Blythe Woolston as a new client in the past few weeks.

Winner of the prestigious 2011 William C Morris Award for her debut YA novel, THE FREAK OBSERVER, and with her second book - CATCH AND RELEASE - publishing in February 2012 (both with Carolrhoda LAB), Blythe has already established herself as a brave new voice in the YA marketplace. 

Now her first work with Greenhouse, BLACK HELICOPTERS, has just sold in a six-figure, North American preempt to Elizabeth Bicknell at Candlewick, and we’re eagerly anticipating news of a UK/Commonwealth deal.

BLACK HELICOPTERS has been described by her new US publisher as ‘fabulous--chilling, thought-provoking, feminist, subversive, authentic, beautifully told, and completely believable’.

Set in wild Montana, it tells the story of Valkyrie (better known as Valley) who, with her brother, has grown up completely under the radar; to the government, she simply doesn’t exist. Raised from birth to be a conscienceless killer, Valley sets out in a bomb vest, knowing exactly why she wants to kill and be killed. But her plan goes explosively wrong . . . .

We look forward to everything that lies ahead for Blythe!

Debut deal for Douglas

August 03, 2011

Welcome to Helen Douglas!

We’ve just tied up a UK/US double with Bloomsbury for YA thriller, EDEN.

Says Ele Fountain, Helen’s UK editor: ‘EDEN combines a pitch-perfect voice and vivid characters for some sublime romantic angst, as girl meets boy in a starry twist of fate. Love triangles, suspense and stargazing unite for a heart-stopping twist. We’re very excited to be publishing simultaneously with the US. Helen is an author with huge potential on both sides of the Atlantic.’

EDEN is a teen love story that spans the universe. When a plan to save the human race brings visitors from the future a young girl called Eden becomes the key to their success. With one action she can save the human race but along the way Eden will have to ask herself whether love and friendship is more important than saving the world.

EDEN will publish in early 2013.

A sparkling new deal for THE REPLACEMENT’S Brenna Yovanoff

July 07, 2011

Congratulations to Brenna Yovanoff, author of NYT bestselling THE REPLACEMENT and THE SPACE BETWEEN, which publishes this Fall.

We’ve just confirmed an exciting new 2-book deal for Brenna - again with Razorbill.

PAPER VALENTINE, which will publish Spring 2013, is the story of a girl who is haunted by the troubled ghost of her best friend, finding herself sucked into a darkly mesmerizing string of murders, in which a serial killer who leaves a paper-heart ‘valentine’ on his victims’ bodies draws ever closer.

Congratulations, Brenna!

A debut deal for Donna Cooner

June 30, 2011

Congratulations to Colorado-based Donna Cooner whose debut YA novel SKINNY just landed a six-figure deal at auction with Scholastic USA. North American rights went to editor Aimee Friedman after interest from a number of houses.

SKINNY is so many things - painful, inspiring, humorous, compelling, and fascinating - and it has huge potential appeal for both girls and women.

Ever – named, somewhat ironically, after Cinderella’s ‘happily ever after’ – started putting on weight when her mom died. Now she is fifteen years old, weighs 302 pounds, and hears voices.  The voice that whispers in Ever’s ear is the voice of self-doubt, and it has a name—Skinny.  Skinny’s nasty little whispers tell Ever constantly that she’s ugly, a loser, friendless, and undeserving of love.  Especially the love of Jackson Barnett, who once kissed her in the snow all those years ago and whom she’s adored ever since.

But Ever hears another voice too – her own amazing singing voice that no one knows about even though she’s memorized the lyrics of every musical ever written.  If Ever is willing to take the chance to radically change her body, maybe she might also find the courage to share that voice with the rest of the world.  Embarking on the risky, terrifying journey of weight loss culminating in gastric bypass surgery, Ever’s body gradually changes on the outside - but she soon finds that changing the fat girl within will prove much harder.

Congratulations, Donna!


A Home for Homeless

June 28, 2011

Delighted to announce debut UK and US deals for A DOG CALLED HOMELESS by Sarah Lean.

After a seven publisher auction in the UK, Rachel Denwood at HarperCollins secured the rights in a two book, UK and Commonwealth deal.

Says Denwood: ‘I couldn’t be more thrilled to be publishing this, a novel that steals the hearts of all who read it. Rarely does a book connect in such a profound and moving way.’

Sarah Shumway at Katherine Tegan Books, an imprint of HarperCollins US, came in with a pre-empt to secure the North American rights.

Many congratulations to the author and her publishers! And another English Language debut-double from the Greenhouse!

Booked Up

June 16, 2011

Great news. MORTLOCK by Jon Mayhew will be one of the titles offered by the Booked Up scheme this year. To find out more about Booked Up click the link. Congratulations Jon!

Hold your breath for BREATHE

June 02, 2011

A transatlantic one-two for Sarah Crossan’s BREATHE.  Greenwillow/Harper pre-empted, in a major three book deal, for publication in Fall 2012. While in the UK, Bloomsbury won the day. Exciting times and congratulations Sarah!

DROG in the UK

June 02, 2011

UKCOM rights in YOU WILL CALL ME DROG by Sue Cowing have gone to Usborne Children’s Books. They will publish in late 2012. Another English Language double! Congratulations Sue!

Welcome to a special new Greenhouse author

February 17, 2011

We are delighted and very proud to welcome Scottish author Julie Bertagna to the Greenhouse for all her forthcoming work.

Published by Macmillan in the UK and Walker in the USA, Julie is the author of many books for young people, and here are some of the accolades she has earned in her writing career:

All 5 of her YA novels have been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and she has been awarded two Scottish Arts Council Literature Bursaries.

EXODUS: shortlisted for many awards including the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year. It won the Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year, won a Friends of the Earth Eco Award (UK) and a Santa Monica Green Literature Prize (US), US Booklist’s Top Ten SF/Fantasy for Youth 2008, The List’s Best Books of the 21st Century. EXODUS has also been translated into many languages.

ZENITH: shortlisted for the Angus Award and won the Catalyst Children’s Book Award.

THE OPPOSITE OF CHOCOLATE: shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Fiction Award and won Erskine Stewarts Melville Prize.

DOLPHIN BOY: shortlisted for NASEN Special Needs Award and the Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ award.

ICE CREAM MACHINE: Made into a TV series on the UK’s Channel 5.

Do take a minute to look around Julie’s impressive website. Julie is an author whom we are thrilled to welcome to the Greenhouse - and someone you’ll be hearing a lot more from in the future!

New deal for Anne-Marie Conway

February 14, 2011

We’re delighted to announce a new deal for Anne-Marie Conway, author of the STARMAKERS series.

Usborne will publish BUTTERFLY SUMMER in Summer 2012. It’s the story of a lonely girl who makes an enigmatic friend at the Butterfly Garden, to find out that it’s the ghost of her secret and long-dead sister.

Congratulations Anne-Marie!

A new deal for DEVIL’S KISS author Sarwat Chadda

February 07, 2011

Just announced today:

Author of DEVIL’S KISS and DARK GODDESS, Sarwat Chadda’s ASH MISTRY AND THE SAVAGE PALACE, the first book in an epic adventure series, The Ash Mistry Chronicles, which weaves together contemporary and mythological India, about British-born Ash, whose father is offered a dream job in India, and discovers something is very wrong with mysterious millionaire Lord Savage, finding himself in a desperate battle to stop Savage’s master plan - the opening of the Iron Gates that have kept Ravana, the demon king, at bay for four millennia, to Nick Lake at Harper Collins Children’s UK, in a very nice deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, for publication beginning in Spring 2012, by Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary Agency (UK & Commonwealth).

Congratulations to Sarwat!

Greenhouse joins the AAA

January 27, 2011

We’re delighted, and very proud, to announce that the Greenhouse has joined the Association of Authors’ Agents.

AAA is the accredited professional body for literary agents in the UK and membership brings with it a code of ethics and integrity. In 2010, we were accepted into the AAR, which is the US equivalent body.

Visit to find out more.

Sarah and Julia will clink glasses tonight in celebration!

SLIDE into the UK

January 24, 2011

We’re delighted to announce that UK & Commonwealth rights in Jill Hathaway’s SLIDE have been sold to HarperCollins UK.

Julia has just tied up the two-book deal, at auction, for the YA thriller. Harper will publish in 2012, simultaneously with HarperCollins US imprint, Balzer & Bray.

Many congrats to Jill who has already achieved a fabulous North American deal with Harper US, courtesy of Sarah.

A debut deal to start the year!

January 19, 2011

Many congratulations to Sarah Crossan.

We’re delighted to announce that Julia has just tied up a World English Language deal for her novel, THE WEIGHT OF WATER. Bloomsbury UK will publish in January 2012.

THE WEIGHT OF WATER is a startling, searing and hugely moving story, told in verse.

Visit Sarah’s author page for more info.

The double for Susanne Winnacker!

December 21, 2010

Delighted to announce that Sarah has just sold North American rights in Susanne Winnacker’s thrilling dystopian story - THE OTHER LIFE - to Robin Benjamin at Marshall Cavendish to publish (probably) Fall 2012.

Susanne already has a UK/Commonwealth deal with Usborne in the UK, brokered by Julia, publishing Fall 2011 or Spring 2012.

At Greenhouse we are particularly proud of our track record in selling work both sides of the Atlantic, so we’re very happy to have achieved another ‘double’ for Susanne! Do take a look at the ‘Books’ section of the site to find out more about THE OTHER LIFE.

A new deal for Shawn Stout

December 01, 2010

Congratulations to Shawn Stout on this exciting new deal, which launches a brand-new character - Penelope Crumb - whom Penguin are planning to build into the new Ramona Quimby, Clementine and Judy Moody

Shawn Stout’s PENELOPE CRUMB, NOSE DETECTIVE, in which a girl realizes that she has her grandfather’s big nose, resolving not only to discover the truth about her missing grandparent, but also to sniff out a way to bring her family together, to Jill Santopolo at Philomel, in a 2-book deal ,publishing in Summer 2012 and Summer 2013, by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (World English).

Shawn is also the author of the FIONA FINKELSTEIN series, which publishes with Aladdin.  See the Greenhouse Author section to find out more about Shawn.

Hot auction for winter book

November 30, 2010

We’re delighted to announce another debut deal at the Greenhouse!

Macmillan’s Children’s Books has won world rights to AFTER THE SNOW by SD Crockett following a hotly contested auction, brokered by Julia. The titles were bought in conjunction with Jean Feiwel of Macmillan US-owned publisher Feiwel and Friends.

AFTER THE SNOW tells the story of 15-year-old Willo as he tries to survive, alone, in an endlessly wintery environment.

Young said: “Everyone here at Macmillan Children’s Books felt that Willo’s extraordinary and endlessly affecting voice transported this gripping adventure firmly into prize-winning territory. Naive, bright, immensely entertaining — he is a character to treasure and to remember.”

Crockett said: “The winter of 2009 was extremely hard. I asked myself: what would happen if winter never ended?”.

Macmillan is to publish in hardback in the first half of 2012, with the US to publish simultaneously.

Many congratulations, SD!!

Film and foreign

November 05, 2010

Lots of good things happening in the Greenhouse in November!

THE REPLACEMENT has sold in two more territories - France (Michel Lefon) and Bulgaria (Kragozor)

THE DEMON COLLECTOR has had its first foreign sale - Spanish/Catalan to Macmillan Spain.

And . . .

Jon Cassir and Michelle Weiner at CAA (Creative Artists Agency) in Los Angeles will be co-agenting with Greenhouse for film/TV on Jill Hathaway’s debut SLIDE.

More debut deals for Greenhouse

October 27, 2010

We’re delighted to announce two more deals for debut authors - on both sides of the Pond.

In the US, Jill Hathaway’s thrilling, chilling YA novel SLIDE sold to Donna Bray at Balzer & Bray, HarperCollins, in a ‘good’ deal, in a two-book pre-empt.  SLIDE will publish in Winter 2012 and Jill’s second novel a year later.

In the UK, Susanne Winnacker’s scary, dark dystopian chiller THE OTHER LIFE - aimed at the younger end of the YA market - sold to Rebecca Hill at Usborne in a two-book deal, the first book to publish in Spring 2012.

Congratulations to both of our new writers!

Brenna Yovanoff hits the New York Times Bestseller list!

September 29, 2010

We’re thrilled to tell you that today THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff debuted at #10 on the NYT Bestseller list!  Greenhouse’s very first book to get there.

Huge congratulations to Brenna - who came to us by a simple query in our submissions inbox, back in August 2008. You see, it can happen!

Here’s the complete list . . .

1 CLOCKWORK ANGEL, by Cassandra Clare. (McElderry/Simon & Schuster, $19.99.) Victorian England proves a treacherous place. (Ages 14 and up)
2 THE RED PYRAMID, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion, $17.99.) Ancient gods (this time from Egypt) and a mortal family meet. (Ages 10 and up)
3 LINGER, by Maggie Stiefvater. (Scholastic Press/Scholastic, $17.99.) The teenage werewolves of “Shiver” face a new test of love and loyalty. (Ages 12 and up)
4 THE SEARCH FOR WONDLA, written and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. (Simon & Schuster, $17.99.) Eva Nine, who lives underground, surfaces to escape danger. (Ages 10 and up)
5 MONSTER HIGH, by Lisi Harrison. (Poppy/Little, Brown, $16.99.) Frankie Stein worries about befriending “normal” classmates. (Ages 12 and up)
6 HALO, by Alexandra Adornetto. (Feiwel & Friends, $16.99.) Good angels, sent to Earth, must keep their wings under wraps. (Ages 12 and up)
7 RECKLESS, written and illustrated by Cornelia Funke. (Little, Brown, $19.99.) Boys and beasts in a dark place called Mirrorworld. (Ages 10 and up)
8 DORK DIARIES, written and illustrated by Rachel Renée Russell. (Aladdin, $12.99.) Reflections of a junior Samuel Pepys of the female variety. (Ages 9 to 13)
9 BINK AND GOLLIE, by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. Illustrated by Tony Fucile. (Candlewick, $15.99.) These friends are opposites in many ways, but no less bound together. (Ages 6 to 8)
10 THE REPLACEMENT, by Brenna Yovanoff. (Razorbill, $17.99.) A changeling is torn between life on Earth and the underworld called Mayhem. (Ages 12 and up)
On List


Hot news for debut author Talia Vance

September 16, 2010

Not often we get to say this - but debut author Talia Vance has done the double! Two deals, two houses - in one day.

Talia’s YA thriller SPIES AND PREJUDICE (Veronica Mars meets Pride and Prejudice) has sold to Elizabeth Law at Egmont for publication Spring 2012. Her big Celtic YA paranormal romance, BANDIA, in a 2-book deal to Brian Farrey at Flux for publication Fall 2012 and 2013.

Look for more information - and outlines of both fantastic books - on the Greenhouse website in the next few days. And congratulations, Talia!


September 09, 2010

We’re so pleased to tell you that Michael Ford’s Victorian murder-mystery, THE POISONED HOUSE, has just sold to Albert Whitman in the USA, for publication on their Fall 2011 list.

Michael - who lives in London - already has a deal for UK/Commonwealth (Julia did that one!) with Bloomsbury UK. However, Greenhouse prides itself on being unusually transatlantic, and we do work very hard to try and secure deals for our authors both sides of the Atlantic.  We’re so happy to say it’s paid off again this time.

Many congratulations to Michael!



September 01, 2010

Greenhouse is delighted to announce another UK debut deal.

BOYS FOR BEGINNERS by Lil Chase has been sold to Quercus, who will publish in August 2011.

Lil has laugh-out-loud voice for 11+ girls and BFB is a hilarious, cringe-inducing, tender and warm debut in the tradition of Louise Rennison. Congratulations Lil - and welcome!

A film agent for Jeyn Roberts and THE DARK INSIDE

August 25, 2010

Delighted to announce that Jason Dravis of Monteiro Rose Dravis has been appointed our co-agent for film/TV on Jeyn Roberts’s debut DARK INSIDE.

Sarah and Julia sold DARK INSIDE simultaneously to North America (Simon & Schuster USA) and UK/Commonwealth (Macmillan) a few weeks ago - with auctions in both territories.

WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET - a big day for Tricia Springstubb

August 25, 2010

Too busy to post yesterday, so here it is one day late:

August 24 was the publication day of WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET, the middle-grade novel by Tricia Springstubb, already acclaimed for its classic warm and lyrical charm. 

Already making waves with THREE STARRED REVIEWS pre-pub (Horn Book, ALA Booklist and Kirkus Reviews), we’ve been watching Tricia’s fanbase swell on a daily basis as librarians, bloggers, educators, and industry-watchers have discovered this gem of a novel.

Check out a lovely interview with Tricia on the newly established middle-grade-fiction blog



August 23, 2010

Delighted to announce a deal for Stephen Davies’ first picture book.

GOGGLE-EYED GOATS is the story of a herd of naughty goats and their long-suffering herder. Andersen Press will publish in Spring 2012.

Congratulations Steve!

Great new deal for THE REPLACEMENT’s Brenna Yovanoff

August 15, 2010

A really cutting-edge deal for three super-talented stars and rising stars. This will be a fascinating and invaluable book for all authors of dark YA.  Special congratulations, of course, to Greenhouse author Brenna Yovanoff!

NYT bestselling author of SHIVER Maggie Stievfater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff’s package of stories, as well as conversations about where these stories come from, taken from their popular blog The Merry Sisters of Fate, from flesh-eating faeries and demons in love, to unearthly magicians and alternate histories, to Andrew Karre at Carolrhoda Lab, for publication in Spring 2012, by Laura Rennert at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency for Stiefvater and Gratton, and Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency for Yovanoff (World English).


August 15, 2010

As pub date approaches for WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET, reviews are humming online. And here’s a great one!


August 12, 2010

Michael Ford celebrates THE POISONED HOUSE publication, with friends and colleagues. Congratulations Michael!


Greenhouse pulls off the double for Canadian debut author Jeyn Roberts

August 02, 2010

At last we can announce it!

Jeyn Robert’s cinematic thrill-ride of a debut - DARK INSIDE - has sold simultaneously both sides of the Atlantic in a 2-book deal.

David Gale and Justin Chanda of Simon & Schuster USA won a nail-biting auction on Friday for North American rights. Ruth Alltimes of Macmillan Children’s has acquired UK/Commonwealth.  Both houses aim to publish Spring 2012.

Pitched as Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD meets 28 DAYS LATER, this is the powerful, terrifying story of four teenagers who must travel different roads to find safety and each other after earthquakes trigger the emergence of murderous ‘Baggers’ - ordinary people turned crazy killers - in a world which has descended into apocalyptic chaos. 

SOAR ELINOR by Tami Lewis Brown makes Junior Library Guild Selection

August 01, 2010

An incredible NINTH AWARD shortlist for Harriet Goodwin!

July 30, 2010

This time it’s the Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Award 2010 - to be decided by schoolchildren themselves in a vote taking place March 2011.

These regional awards are a powerful catalyst in building an author fanbase and profile, whether in the UK (as in this case) or USA.

Congratulations, Harriet



July 26, 2010

We’re excited to see this great review of the very wonderful WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET - and from Booklist, too!

‘Fox Street is missing a few things. One of them is foxes. The other is Mo Wren’s mother, who died when Mo’s sister Dottie was little more than a toddler. Even though they’re not around, 10-year-old Mo never stops looking for a fox in the ravine where her street dead ends. And she never stops missing her mother even as she takes on the responsibility of being in charge of wild child Dottie and helping out her dad. Fox Street, however, is home to some wonderful things as well: good neighbors, a plum tree in the backyard, and in the summertime, a best friend, Mercedes who comes to stay with her grandmother, Da. When Mercedes arrives, summer really begins, but this year it is full of conundrums and upsets for both girls as their lives change and truths are revealed. Mo, especially, sees that the harder she tries to hold on, the less she can control. Springstubb does a lovely job of mixing character, plot, and purpose in a story that contains both hardscrabble realities and moments of magic realism. Her fluency of language supports scenes that are down and dirty and those that soar. But it is her ability to make her readers really feel Mo’s tangle of emotions as hopes and dreams collide with worries and fears that makes this so memorable’. —Ilene Cooper>


Audio rights for Tricia Springstubb

July 24, 2010

Greenhouse strives to exploit ALL rights in authors’ works. Sometimes audio rights are granted to the Publisher, but often we reserve them on behalf of the Author and sell them separately.

We’re delighted to announce that audio (both physical and electronic formats) in WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET by Tricia Springstubb (Balzer & Bray) have been sold to top audio publisher Brilliance.

It will be wonderful to see this fabulous novel - beautifully voiced middle-grade fiction for girls at its very best - in this great new format!


Film and TV for FRACTURE

June 30, 2010

Great news today that Jason Dravis of Monteiro Rose Dravis will be co-agent with Greenhouse for film/TV rights on Megan Miranda’s YA debut, FRACTURE.

FRACTURE was sold in May in a six-figure transatlantic preempt to Walker USA and Bloomsbury UK. And Jason Dravis is the agent who sold film rights on THE HUNGER GAMES.

Two reviews for a sunny Friday

June 25, 2010

Interesting review of MORTLOCK in the UK’s Guardian newspaper (one of the big nationals) by Mary Hoffman, a UK writer probably known to many of you:

Also, a first blog review of THE REPLACEMENT - from the UK, where it publishes in January 2011.
You may have spotted that the UK/Commonwealth and North American editions have completely different jacket treatments. Which one do YOU prefer? Take a look on our Authors/Books pages!

New debut author deal

June 23, 2010

Greenhouse loves working with new writers - and we’ve helped a lot of them get their very first publishing deals.

This week it’s the turn of Elissa Hoole whose YA debut, KISS THE MORNING STAR, has just been acquired for North America by literary editor extraordinaire Melanie Kroupa of Marshall Cavendish.

KISS THE MORNING STAR is a big, bold, beautiful novel about two girls, Anna and Kat, who set off on an epic road trip across the USA. In their backpack is a battered old copy of Kerouac’s DHARMA BUMS and that’s the spirit of their journey.  Anna is trying to move on from her mother’s tragic death - and work out her increasingly complicated relationship with Kat, her oldest friend. A story of loss and lust, God and pot, faith and the future, this is a journey both inward and outward into the tangled nature of love and identity. 

Want to know more?  We’ll be posting more in our Authors section as soon as we can, including an interview with Elissa. And the book publishes in the US and Canada in Spring 2012. 

Association of Authors’ Representatives

June 20, 2010

Sarah has just been accepted as a member of AAR - the Association of Authors’ Representatives in the USA.

AAR is the accredited professional body for literary agents in the US and membership brings with it a code of ethics and integrity. Agents must fulfil a number of criteria for membership - and must have been in business for a minimum of two years (Greenhouse officially launched in Spring 2008).

To find out more about AAR see

We are excited at this new step for Greenhouse. 

Our amazing authors

June 17, 2010

When did you last take a look at our Authors list? Because Sarah and Julia stare at it a lot - with feelings of great excitement. If you haven’t visited for a while, take a look and you’ll see some great new Greenhouse authors who have recently joined our warm and verdant glass-house.  Steve Davies (no relation) and Leila Rasheed - and of course, Kathryn James and Megan Miranda whose books we’ve just sold.

Get clicking and see who’s in the Greenhouse these days!

New Author for Greenhouse

June 16, 2010

Very exciting news from the UK. Kathryn James’ MIST has been sold to Hodder Childrens Books in a hotly contested fight between publishers.

Dark fairytale thriiler, MIST, will publish in Summer 2011 followed by FROST in 2012.

Congratulations Kathryn!!

Success for debut author Megan Miranda

June 01, 2010

Megan Miranda is a name to watch. 

Megan’s debut YA novel - a supernatural thriller titled FRACTURE - has just sold in a very exciting two-book joint transatlantic pre-empt to Emily Easton of Walker USA and Sarah Odedina of Bloomsbury UK.

A true BEA deal (Sarah Odedina was in New York for the Expo), we were able to seal the deal in Emily’s office in the extraordinary Flatiron building at New York’s Broadway/23rd Street.

Congratulations, Megan! FRACTURE publishes in both markets Winter 2012.  A second book, untitled, will follow in 2013. 

Award shortlist #5 for Harriet Goodwin

May 19, 2010

Yes, it’s another award shortlist for THE BOY WHO FELL DOWN EXIT 43 and author Harriet Goodwin.  This time it’s the Stockport Children’s Books Award, up there in the north of England. One of the best UK regional awards.



May 17, 2010

Hot news today - Sarwat Chadda’s DEVIL’S KISS is one of just 7 debut novels shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase First Novel Award in the UK. A prize that honours both the writer and their editor, we have to congratulate Puffin’s Lindsey Heaven as well as Sarwat for this great achievement. The field is huge so to make the shortlist is fantastic!

The award is given on July 14. image

Out there in the blogosphere . . . .

May 11, 2010

A great first review for THE REPLACEMENT:


May 05, 2010

Exciting news that we’ve concluded an auction for THE REPLACEMENT in Brazil, which is really establishing itself as a serious player in the YA market.

The book has gone to top house Bertrand (part of the Record group) who not only have fab marketing and distribution, but are also publishers of a number of major US teen authors including Meg Cabot and VAMPIRE DIARIES.

As we always like to say, the world is our marketplace! 

Lindsey Leavitt on tour

April 29, 2010

Great piece in PW online featuring Lindsey Leavitt, recently on tour in the southern states with her hot debut for tweens - PRINCESS FOR HIRE:

On the Road with Lindsey Leavitt

Alabama-based author Lindsey Leavitt recently visited the Hutchinson School for Girls in Memphis, Tenn., to discuss her debut novel, Princess for Hire (Disney-Hyperion, Mar.). First in a planned series, the book stars 14-year-old Desi who, thanks to answering a magical help wanted ad, becomes a “princess surrogate,” serving as a stand-in for princesses around the world (usually with disastrous results) while they are vacationing. Here, Leavitt and a Hutchinson student show off copies of her new book.

Shame we can’t show you the cute pic, but if you subscribe you should be able to see this link:


Get involved, young writers in Britain!

April 27, 2010

Check out our very own Anne-Marie Conway, author of the STARMAKERS series, in the Usborne Young Writers competition!

Great start for STARMAKERS

April 21, 2010

Excellent news: Anne-Marie Conway’s debut novel, PHOEBE FINDS HER VOICE, made it into the all-important ‘Ones to Watch’ column of last Friday’s Bookseller magazine in the UK (which is the British equivalent of Publishers Weekly).

A nice review too . . .

‘Tackling issues of family and friendship, it’s warm and accessible and spot on for the Cathy Cassidy market.’

Penguin’s BIG 5 includes . . . .

April 14, 2010

THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff!

Thrilling news that Brenna’s debut will be one of just FIVE young-adult/crossover titles chosen from across all the Penguin US reprints to to be in their BIG FIVE promotion this Fall.

And when we say BIG we mean BIG!

This is a $1 million promotion chock-full of national media, online and print marketing.  Among other things, the BIG FIVE will be trailed nationally in movie theaters across 15-20 cities. 

The other four of the BIG FIVE?  Ally Condie (MATCHED), Catherine Fisher (SAPPHIQUE), Andrea Cremer (THE ETERNAL ONES) and Kirsten Miller (NIGHTSHADE)

All of which suggests that Brenna Yovanoff may be a name you will recognize this Fall if you live in the US/Canada. For UK/Commonwealth readers you’ll just have to sit on your hands until your edition - published by Simon & Schuster - publishes in January.

The pace hots up for MORTLOCK

April 12, 2010

A really significant review of MORTLOCK has come in - from influential British reviewer Geraldine Brennan in The Guardian (one of the UK’s leading daily nationals).

Great work, Jon!


A pretty spiffy day in the Greenhouse

April 07, 2010

Two great pieces of news and it’s not even midday yet!

Really good review of MORTLOCK (Jon Mayhew) from Julia Eccleshare, one of Britain’s most influential and trusted reviewers:

And we’ve just sold Complex Chinese rights in THE REPLACEMENT (Brenna Yovanoff) to Morningstar in Taiwan.

Not a bad start to Wednesday, April 7?

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