Harper Kids Goes ‘Away’ with Brown

Waka T. Brown sold her middle grade memoir, While I Was Away, to HarperCollins Children’s for six figures. Alyssa Miele bought world rights to the title at auction, in a two-book deal, from Penny Moore and Erin Files at Aevitas Creative Management. Moore said the book was pitched as The Farewell meets Brown Girl Dreaming and follows “the author’s journey as a Japanese American who was sent to live in Japan with a grandmother she never knew and attend public school because her parents feared she was losing her culture.” The book is set for winter 2021.

From: PW: Book Deals: Week of January 20, 2020