A 23-year old Nigerian, US-based writer, Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel, ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ have been signed for a movie by Fox 2000. Adeyemi is a writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, who graduated from Harvard before receiving a fellowship to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. At ICM Partners, Alexandra Machinist and Hillary Jacobson brokered the book deal with Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group president/publisher Jon Yaged and will be published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, where Christian Trimmer was the acquiring editor and Tiffany Liao will edit the book.
According Deadline reported that the deal is considered one of the one of the biggest YA debut novel publishing deals ever, as it raked in a nearly 7-figure deal from the media house.
The writer also got a publishing deal at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
The novel is regarded as unusual because the media house usually buy novels built around white characters, but Tomi’s novel is said to be a Black Lives Matter-inspired fantasy.