Frances Plumpton is seeking international rights for the following titles.
Please contact her for further details.
Bateman Publishing, New Zealand
Bateman Publishing, New Zealand – International Rights available
- A Hippo Lives in Havelock by Brett Avison, illustrated by Scott Tulloch. David Bateman, 2015.
The folk of Havelock aren't too sure what to do when a hippo arrives in their small town, but it soon becomes a much-loved attraction.
- Jack's Castle by Brett Avison, illustrated by Scott Tulloch. David Bateman, 2016.
The fun starts with a boy with and his digger on a sandy beach. Soon all the other kids are joining in building the most magnificent sandcastle. But when the tide sweeps it away Jack plans a more substantial creation.
- The Whopper by Brett Avison, illustrated by Scott Tulloch. David Bateman, 2016.
Charlie has a tale or two to tell about his exciting day at the beach, but somehow Mum just doesn't believe him.
Escalator Press, New Zealand
Escalator Press, New Zealand – International Rights available
- Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder by Rudy Castanġñeda Lopez. Escalator Press, 2015.
Fifteen-year-old Jackson must forge a relationship with his disapproving father after a devastating loss sets them on the road across country to California. Jackson's passion for art is the key to holding his life together as he struggles to make friends and find love. The dramatic socio-political events in the USA during the 1960s frame his struggles and colour the shocking turn of events that open his eyes to his own courage and future.
Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust
Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust – International Rights available
- Ben's Buddies: Ngā hoa o Ben by Sharon Holt, illustrated by Deborah Hinde, Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust, 2014.
Ben and his dog Lulu have something in common. They both have epilepsy. ...Ben's buddies was written to help demystify epilepsy and break down barriers, which it does in an entirely appropriate manner for children..." (Epilepsy Society UK)
- Arianna and Jack: Ko Ariana rāua ko Jack by Sharon Holt, illustrated by Claudia Gadotti, Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust, 2017
Ariana and Jack is a picture book that aims to improve the quality of life for children living with epilepsy. Ariana learns about her condition and how to manage it with her family's help. Along the way she discovers she has something shared with her friend Jack.
Mākaro Press, New Zealand
Mākaro Press, New Zealand – International Rights available
- Picture Books
- Grandad's Guitar by Janine McVeagh and Fifi Colston. Mākaro Press, 2017.
Kahu inherits his grandad's battered old guitar that's been on adventures all over the world. A story of the power of music.
- I'd Rather be a Fairy Princess by Petra Kotrotsos and Christina Arathimos. Mākaro Press, 2017
Petra has cancer. She needs to be a fairy warrior to fight it. True story.
- Chapter Books
- The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain by Julie Lamb. Mākaro Press, 2016
Summer's eccentric Pop is being chased by a gold-digging widow. Magic is required.
- The Sam and Lucy Fables by Alan Bagnall and Sarah Wilkins. Mākaro Press, 2016
Illustrated stories with two wise pigs who have a quirky message about the importance of stories and the environment.
- Snails, Spells and Snazzlepops by Robyn Cooper. Mākaro Press, 2016
Charlie needs to make money, which gets him started on crazy cook-ups, magic and mayhem.
- Toughen up, Andrew! by Anne Manchester. Mākaro Press, 2016
A pampered dog goes on adventures with his friend David, who makes him braver.
- Wandering Stars: Call of the Sunstone by Shell Child. Mākaro Press, 2017
James talks to the wind and is thrown into an interstellar war.
- Non Fiction
- Peace Warriors by Raymond Huber. Mākaro Press, 2015
True stories of non-violent resistance in times of conflict around the world.
- Young Adult
- The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland. Mākaro Press, 2014
Harriet fell in love with Hazel Grace from The Fault in our Stars. Like her, Hat had cancer and a crazy will to live. A true story.
- Lonesome When You Go by Saradha Koirada. Mākaro Press, 2016
Paige plays base in her high school rock band and has a rock competition looming and a boy to deal with.
- Moon Boy by Kathy Sutcliffe. Mākaro Press, 2017
Kat and Eru are new to town. And he's not your usual sort of guy; more moon than boy . . .
- Nanotech by Denis Wright. Mākaro Press, 2015
High school students on a science field trip to Auckland are captured by a white supremacist group.
- The Red Suitcase by Jill Harris. Mākaro Press, 2014
A terrorist bomb sends Ruth home to New Zealand, where a red suitcase catapults her into World War Two.
- Sylvie the Second by Kaeli Baker. Mākaro Press, 2015
Sylvie is invisible, always coming second to her mentally ill sister. Not anymore.
Millwood Press – International Rights available
- Allis the Little Tractor by Sophie Siers, illustrated by Helen Kerridge. Millwood Press, 2015
Allis the little tractor sat abandoned on the farm, envious of the big John Deere now used for all the farm work. But there was hope when Toby, who loved to sit on her dreaming of adventures, persuaded Uncle Jack to see if they could make go once more
- Allis Helps on the Farm by Sophie Siers, illustrated by Helen Kerridge. Millwood Press, 2016
Allis is given the job of taking hay to the cows in the top paddock, but the load is very heavy and Allis has to use all her strength to get the feed to the hungry animals.
- The Viaduct Postcard by Susan Price, illustrated by Judith Trevelyan. Millwood Press, 2016
It's 1910, and Jack and Bessie travel to Wellington by train and tram to stay with their aunt and uncle. Bessie had promised her mother to send a postcard when they arrived and chooses one of the impressive viaduct they had seen, but Jack is scornful at the way that Bessie addresses it.
Upstart Press, New Zealand
Upstart Press – International Rights available
- Picture Books
- The Best Dad in the World by Pat Chapman, illustrated by Cat Chapman. Upstart Press, 2016.
Who has the best dad in the world? On each double-spread in this picture-book, kids describe why their dad is the very best dad ever.
- Freddy Bear and the Big Bed by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Philip Webb. Upstart Press, 2017.
Freddy Bear's a big bear now. It's time to leave his cot and sleep in his new, big bed.
- Freddy Bear and the Toothpaste by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Philip Webb. Upstart Press, 2017.
Freddy Bear's big enough to brush his own teeth, but the toothpaste comes out in one great big squirt. Oops!
- Freddy Bear and Blanky by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Philip Webb. Upstart Press, 2016.
Freddy wants Blanky by his side all the time, even at Grandma's table, but after the sleepy bear is taken home he discovers that Blanky has been left behind. Oh dear!
- Freddy Bear and New Faces by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Philip Webb. Upstart Press, 2016.
Freddy thinks that new faces are scary, even Uncle Bear's. But slowly, slowly Uncle Bear gains his trust.
- Freddy Bear and the Green Peas by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Philip Webb. Upstart Press, 2016.
Freddy Bear wants peas for lunch, peas and only peas! Nothing else will do, not corn, beans or tomato. What can Mother Bear and Father Bear do?
- Freddy Bear at the Beach by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Philip Webb. Upstart Press, 2016.
Sometimes Freddy Bear has a little accident but Mother Bear soon has him sorted with a hug and dry pants. Then after a fun time at the beach with Father Bear, poor tired Freddy has yet another 'oops' moment on the way home. Never mind, it's soon sorted.
- Chapter Books
- Flying Furballs series written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley.
In this highly-illustrated, humorous chapter book set in the early days of aviation, the cats and dogs are at war. The Cat Allied Troops (CATs) have gathered from every corner of the katdom to their headquarters on the outskirts of Paris as a pack of DOGZ has taken over the kingdoms of Central Europe. This enemy now has an army advancing on the city and the CATs are determined to save their beloved Paris from going to the DOGZ.
- Book 1: Dogfight written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley. Upstart Press, 2016
Young pilot, Claude D'Bonair, must fly from CATs Headquarters on the outskirts of Paris to a dark castle, on a dangerous mission to rescue a pilot who has disappeared.
- Book 2: Hot Air written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley. Upstart Press, 2016
Claude D'Bonair and fearless friend Syd Fishus are following a lead that takes them into the heart of the Swiss Alps.
- Book 3: Unmasked written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley. Upstart Press, 2017
Claude D'Bonair and Manx the cat engineer, travel to Venice on an undercover mission to rescue some secret plans.
Ford Street Publishing, Australia
Ford Street Publishing – International Rights available
- Dance, Bilby, Dance by Tricia Oktober. Ford Street, 2016
Bilby wishes he could dance. Everyone around him bounces, whirls and prances. They're having so much fun! Can Bilby learn to dance too?
- Alyzon Whitestarr by Isobel Carmody. Ford Street, 2016
Alyzon has developed heightened senses following an accident, but with this extrasensory perception comes intrigue and danger, as she discovers the dark secrets and hidden ambitions that threaten her family.
- Elephants Have Wings by Susanne Gervay, illustrated by Anna Pignataro, Ford Street, 2014
Inspired by the ancient story of the blind men and the elephant with its spiritual traditions in Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Sufism extending into the Judeo-Christian ethos through European story; and inspired by the strength, courage and endurance of the mythological and spiritual elephants, ELEPHANTS HAVE WINGS is a magical story of two children embarking on the great journey of discovering the humanity in all of us.
- Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay, illustrated by Anna Pignataro. Ford Street, 2012
In this poignant picture book Susanne Gervay, daughter of post war Hungarian refugees and Anna Pignataro daughter of post war Italian refugees, capture the migrant experience of the courage and resilience of a family in a new homeland.