Sweet dreams are definitely made of these; a speculated near seven-figures publishing deal that just closed at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, with both deals brokered by ICM Partners. For Nigerian 23 year old writer Tomi Adeniyi, its a great way to make a debut splash.
Fox studios is said to have made a pre-emptive acquisition of of Children of Blood and Bone; the first installment of a fantasy novel trilogy by Tomi Adeyemi a Harvard graduate. The deal was brokered by Partners, Alexandra Machinist and Hillary Jacobson with Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group president/publisher Jon Yaged and the work will be published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, where Christian Trimmer was the acquiring editor and Tiffany Liao will edit the book.
Mike Flemming Jr, writing on Deadline.com says of the Book: “This one weaves in African culture and characters and mixes it with magic to create an intriguing mythology that is otherworldly but somehow familiar. It is being called a Black Lives Matter-inspired fantasy. Here’s a logline I got hold of. The protagonist is Zélie, who at six years old watched the king’s guards hang her mother on a tree outside her home. She never forgot it. In the beginning, every Orïshan was a magi: born with dark skin, stark white hair and the blessing of the god’s magic once they reached adulthood. Yet over time, their population dwindled and they became Orïsha’s minority. Magic became a thing to loathe, dark skin transformed into a thing to hate. Ten years after the raid that killed her mother and took away magic forever, Zélie Adebola has one chance to bring magic back. Through a fortuitous encounter with the Princess Amari, Zélie comes into possession of a sacred scroll necessary to restore a connection to the gods and secure magic for another hundred years. This sets the young women on a quest to end the senseless violence and oppression by the lighter-skinned royal class. Danger lurks in this west-African inspired world, where lionnaires and cheetanaires roam, and the beautiful villages built over oceans, out of sand or forged in iron hide a dark underbelly of slavery and corruption. They find themselves pitted against a crown prince bent on wiping out magic for good. Gillian Bohrer will shepherd it for the studio”.
Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, and studied West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil.