Holding Smoke acquired by Hyperion
Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano, author of Nearly Gone, sold to Hyperion. Holding Smoke follows a boy who can separate his soul from his body and begins a quest to find a killer – the killer who framed him for murder. For more about Elle Cosimano, visit her website or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.
Egmont buys Black Bird of the Gallows
Meg Kassel’s Black Bird of the Gallows will be published by Egmont in 2016. The debut novel follows a girl who discovers the boy next door is a harbinger of death, and that her town is destined for destruction. For more on Meg Kassel, visit her website or follow her on Twitter.
Razorbill to publish Willa Strayhorn’s debut
Willa Strayhorn’s debut The Way We Bared Our Souls will be released in January 2015 from Razorbill. A teenage girl in Santa Fe faces a life-changing diagnosis and convinces four friends to participate in a ceremony that causes them to swap problems. For more on Willa Strayhorn, follow her on Twitter.
Poppy to release debut about a blind girl
Little, Brown’s Poppy imprint will publish Erin Lindstrom’s debut Not If I See You First. A blind 16-year-old girl tackles her high school track team and friendship in the first of a two-book deal.
Dawn Kurtagich to release debut YA with Little, Brown
Dawn Kurtagich’s debut The Dead House will hit shelves in fall 2015 from Little, Brown. The first in a two-book deal, acquired simultaneously in the U.K. by Indigo, is about the discovery of a diary in a high school that burned down 25 years earlier. It is written by the twin sister of a student who disappeared in the fire. For more on Dawn Kurtagich, follow her website or visit her on Twitter or Tumblr.
Balzer + Bray to release novel about gender-fluid teen
HarperCollins’ Balzer + Bray acquired Jeff Garvin’s debut Symptoms of Being Human. Gender-fluid Riley starts an anonymous blog to deal with the stress of life, but when the blog goes viral, media threatens his anonymity. For more on Jeff Garvin, visit his website or follow him on Twitter or Tumblr.
Feiwel and Friends to release fantasy Nemesis
Feiwel and Friends acquired fantasy Nemesis by Anna Banks in a two-book deal. A princess who can create energy escapes from her father and is captured by another kingdom. She discovers her powers could be used to fight a plague. For more on Anna Banks, follow her blog or visit her on Facebook or Twitter.
Feiwel and Friends acquires Toya by Randi Pink
Randi Pink’s debut Toya will be published by Feiwel and Friends in fall 2016. Black teen Latoya attends a mostly white high school in the Bible Belt. In desperation, she prays to change her race and wakes up white. For more on Randi Pink, visit her website or follow her on Twitter.