It's been a debut-deal sort of summer around here, people, and today I've got some more excellent news to share—this time on behalf of the fabulously talented Ibi Zoboi. In the time since we signed together, Ibi's writing interests have called her in many different directions: poetry, picture books, dark fantastic YA, and more. While she continues to develop projects in each of those areas, most recently her muse has called her in yet another direction: coming-of-age middle-grade. And this, I am thrilled to say, is the subject of her debut deal which I am announcing today.
Here's the Publishers Marketplace announcement that will be posting up shortly:
Ibi Zoboi's debut MY LIFE AS AN ICE-CREAM SANDWICH is the story of Ebony Grace, her sci-fi fueled imagination, and her search for a place she can be herself, set against the backdrop of the hip-hop explosion in 1980s Harlem, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, to Andrew Karre at Dutton by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (World).
As for the second of the two-book deals mentioned, this will be a biography in verse based on the life of iconic science fiction author, Octavia Butler. Both of these will be helmed by Andrew Karre in his new list at Dutton.
Hooray and huge congratulations to Ibi!