Maddie O'Neill Levine's grandmother has never conformed to the standards of her Manhattan socialite circle, and has always been Maddie's go-to confidante. Even though Maddie and the rest of her family have learned to expect the unexpected, Gram still manages to shock them when she announces that she has booked them all on a secret
death-with-dignity ship called the Wishwell. She has terminal cancer, and she's
determined to leave the world in her own way, and give her family an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.
Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime
with her crazy family. Aboard the ship, Maddie bonds with the other Wishwellians, each dealing with
their own grief, and falls for Enzo, the son of the ship's owner, as they travel the globe. But despite the glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on
the brink of losing Gram, and she struggles to find the strength to let go in a
summer shaped by love, grief, and the power of forgiveness.
Proposed Terms: Advance: $75,000/book for this book and an untitled second YA novel Royalties: 10% to 25K; 12.5% t.a. for hardcover; 7% to 75K; 8% t.a. for paperback; 8% physcial audio and 25% net downloadable audio; 25% ebooks Rights: print, audio, electronic Territories: World English Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger
* "Maddie's first-person account is filled with humor and fun, introducing readers to a raunchy, heartwarming, and endearingly dysfunctional family. The story is made all the richer by a cast of quirky supporting characters... Best of all is the achingly romantic love story that unexpectedly blossoms between Maddie and a fellow shipmate and lends the story much-appreciated moments of passion and levity. A poignant and important story about compassion, love, and the decision to live life on your own terms-right up to the very last minute"
Filled with equal amounts of laugh- and tear-inducing moments, this debut novel will be impossible to put down. Fans of Jenny Downham's Before I Die or Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave You will enjoy this unique story about dying on one's own terms. With its fresh, original plot and thought-provoking themes, this title will have a high teen appeal. —
Carrie Firestone is the author of The Loose Ends List and The Unlikelies. A former NYC high school teacher, she currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, two daughters, and their pets.