Sceptre buys in-demand debut

<p>Phil LaMarche's novel American Youth, which has been in demand from publishers internationally, has gone in a good deal to Carole Welch at Sceptre.

In the US, American Youth went to Daniel Menaker at Random House for a six-figure sum. Rights have also been sold in Canada (Knopf), Australia (Picador), France (Bourgois), Germany (Kunstmann), the Netherlands (Contact), Italy (Bompiani) and Spain (Anagrama). The agent is Melanie Jackson. In the UK, Peter Straus sold the novel to Sceptre.

American Youth, due out in 2007, is set in a small town in New England, and is about a teenager confronte...

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