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26 July 2018
HarperVoyager snaps up fantasy debut from Barron
“Natasha Bardon, publishing director at the HarperCollins imprint, jointly acquired world English rights with HarperTeen US for The Last Witchdoctor and two subsequent titles from Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary.”

25 June 2018
Rights Report: Week of June 25, 2018

“Stephanie Stein at HarperTeen has acquired, at auction, Rena Barron‘s debut, The Last Witchdoctor. Set in a West African-inspired fantasy kingdom, the novel follows a girl who is descended from a long line of powerful witchdoctors, yet fails at magic, fails to call upon the ancestors, and can’t cast the simplest curse. When her mother performs a ritual to conjure a better daughter, one who can wake a great and terrible Demon King, she must find a way to stop them from destroying the world. Voyager will publish in the U.K. with Vicky Leech editing. Publication is set for fall 2019; Suzie Townsend negotiated the three-book deal for world English rights.”

2 April 2018
Rights Report: Week of April 2, 2018

“Emilia Rhodes at HMH has preempted, in a three-book deal, Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron. After her father goes missing, 12-year-old Maya uncovers that he is the keeper of the gateway between our world and The Dark. To find her father, she’ll need to unlock her own powers and fight a horde of creatures set on starting a war. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media negotiated the deal for world English rights.”

28 March 2018
Bologna 2018: Middle Grade Fiction and Diverse Titles Remain Hot

“A film scout who specializes in children’s literature said that, on the screen side, there were a number of titles circulating (or just sold) drawing comparison to Netflix’s breakout series, Stranger Things. One such buzzed-about project is Rena Barron’s middle grade fantasy series Maya and the Rising Dark, which had just sold to Emilia Rhodes at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a three-book preempt for world English rights.

Barron is represented by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, and made headlines last year when her manuscript, The Last Witch Doctor, became one of the most sought after titles to come up through the PitchWars contest (which offers authors an opportunity to showcase an un-published project).”

12 December 2017
New Leaf Literary Signs Breakout Author Rena Barron (Exclusive)

“New Leaf Literary & Media, the lit firm behind the Divergent franchise as well as films such as American Honey, has signed hot newcomer writer Rena Barron for representation.

Barron wrote The Last Witchdoctor, a debut novel that is currently making the rounds and generating buzz in publishing circles. The book was showcased in last month’s PitchWars contest, where it became the most requested YA manuscript in the online contest’s six-year history, with 43 lit agents going after it.”