• Simon & Schuster (US & UK) have paid a "high six-figure sum" for Linda Buckley-Archer's time travel adventure series for ages 10-14, beginning with Gideon the Cutpurse, about "two 12-year-olds catapulted back to the 18th century by an anti-gravity machine; following their adventures and survival in the criminal world of highwaymen, thieves and cutpurses". Cool.
• Bloomsbury Children's (UK) have purchased Primary school headmaster Steve Voake's The Dream Walker's Child and its sequel The Web of Fire, "about a boy who is kidnapped into another world called Auboron, and on the run from insects the size of fighter jets, later liberated by a fearless girl who is the world's leading air ace". Rights have also been sold in Germany, Japan, Greece, Italy, and Portugal.
• Harper (US) have bought Jeremy Strong's as-yet untitled debut, with comic strips by Matthew Armstrong, about "a boy who lives out his super hero fantasies through his graphic art, while dealing in real life with an uncool girlfriend and horrible new stepsister."
As usual Shusterman makes us think...
• Simon & Schuster Children's (US) will be publishing Neal Shusterman's Unwind, about "a futuristic society that considers human life inviolate until 13, at which point parents can 'unwind' and dispose of any undesirable children, and one teen discovers his parents plan to do just that."