Middle Grade to dominate 'buzzy' Bologna Book Fair

Middle Grade to dominate 'buzzy' Bologna Book Fair

Publishers are in the market for "funny" Middle Grade fiction and books with "pitchable" hooks and diverse voices, according to agents ahead of this year's Bologna Children's Book Fair. However, despite reports of a "busy" and "buzzy" mood ahead of the fair, there is caution, particularly surrounding teen YA, they said.

Middle Grade fiction is "really having a moment", according to Gemma Cooper of The Bent Agency, both in the UK and internationally. Illustrative of the trend, Nevermoor from her client Jessica Townsend has now sold in 34 countries, including Orion Children's in the UK. 

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