Stacey Barney at Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin has acquired Caroline Starr Rose’s middle grade novel in verse, THE BURNING SEASON. When she turns 13, Opal, who lives in a fire tower in New Mexico’s wilderness, will train as the fourth generation female fire lookout in her family, but she’s keeping a secret—she’s afraid of fire. Alone in the tower, Opal spies smoke after a lightning strike and realizes she must face it on her own. Publication is scheduled for Spring 2024. Tracey Adams at Adams Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.