Award-winning writer Wanda Taylor’s powerful and sweetly funny THE GROVER SCHOOL PLEDGE to HarperCollins Canada, with associate editor Yashaswi Kesanakurthy editing, in a very nice, 2-book deal, at auction. The middle-grade novel follows Arlaina, a young Black girl, and her diverse classmates who band together to right a systemic wrong in their school and speak truth to power. By Chelene Knight at Transatlantic Agency (World English). For translation and Film/TV rights contact For US/UK rights, please contact Lisa Rundle

Wanda Taylor is a writer, educator, filmmaker, journalist, and author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction. Her middle grade nonfiction book, Birchtown and the Black Loyalists (Nimbus) was listed as one of the top Black History Month books for kids by the Canadian Children’s Book Center. As a features writer her work appears in various publications; including Living Hyphen, Atlantic Books Today, Peak Magazine, and Black2Business Magazine, to name a few.  Wanda teaches courses in Journalism, Communications, and Story Writing for Media. She served as a Mentor in the Writer’s Union of Canada’s BIPOC Connects program, providing mentorship to emerging new voices, and continues to serve as a Mentor in the MFA Creative Non-Fiction Program at King’s College. Wanda’s poems and essays will appear in several forthcoming anthologies, including the Dark Mountain Project (US and UK) and a poetry anthology on the essence of community (CAN). Her work was recently longlisted for the BC Writers Federation’s short story prize and shortlisted for the poetry prize. Wanda has won awards for her work, including the Women of Excellence Award for Arts and Culture.