Recent Book Deals: June 29


nantucket red leila howlandHyperion Children’s to publish THE WISHWELLIANS

Hyperion Children’s will publish Carrie Firestone’s debut The Wishwellians. The contemporary novel follows a 17-year-old girl whose cancer-ridden grandmother forces her entire family on a secret death-with-dignity ship called the Wishwell.

New Leila Howland novel from Disney-Hyperion

Leila Howland (Nantucket Blue) will release a new novel with Disney-Hyperion. An 18-year-old student cannot get into college due to a misstep sophomore year and decides to move to Los Angeles and pursue an acting career. For more on Howland, visit her website or follow her Tumblr or Twitter.

Crown Books acquires My So-Called Bollywood Life

when i was the greatest jason reynoldsCrown Books picked up Nisha Sharma’s My So-Called Bollywood Life for publication in spring 2016. Bollywood film groupie Winnie Mehta is dumped on Facebook as senior year begins. Crown Books acquired a second unnamed YA novel from Sharma. Film rights were optioned by producer Susan Cartsonis for Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda-Berges to adapt. For more on Nisha Sharma, visit her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

Rocker story to hit shelves in 2015

Crown Books will also publish Kevin Emerson’s Breakout. The story features an “young rocker and anti-hero” named Anthony, whose first song lyrics thrust him into a free speech rebellion at his school. Crown Books acquired a second unnamed novel from Emerson. For more on Emerson, visit his website or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

Jason Reynolds sells next two YA novels to Atheneum

Jason Reynold (When I Was The Greatest) sold his next two YA novels to Atheneum. fiendish brenna yovanoffThe first, Long Way Down, is a novel in verse about the consequences of street violence. The second, unnamed novel follows a group of musicians who find their audience in the most unlikely of places. For more on Reynolds, visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

New love triangle story from Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Farrar, Straus & Giroux will publish Lisa Williamson’s debut novel The Art of Being Normal in spring 2016. David wants to be something he’s not. Leo wants to stay out of trouble. Alicia thinks Leo is something he is not.

Carolrhoda Lab acquires untitled YA novel

Carolrhoda Lab picked up an untitled debut YA novel from writer and professor Shannon Gibney. Alex, an African-Ammerican teenager, gained a reputation as a baseball player thanks to her famous white father. The story deals with issues of race, transracial adoptions and how to walk the manage two families.

Jenny Kaczorowski sells THE TRICK TO LANDING to Bloomsbury Spark

Jenny Kaczorowski announced the sale of her second novel, The Trick to Landing, to Bloomsbury Spark in a blog post on YA Misfits. The novel will follow Summer O’Neill as she tries to reclaim her spot in the skateboarding community as she falls for confident Sebastian Vega. For more on Kaczorowski, visit her website or follow her on Twitter or Tumblr.

Simon Pulse picks up Emily Martin’s debut novel

Simon Pulse has acquired This Side of Infinity by debut author Emily Martin. Harper destroyed her relationship with her best friend and first love Declan a year ago. Declan has returned from boarding school, and Harper has three months to fix the past or let it go.

Becca Fitzpatrick pens Fourteen Dreams

Brenna Yovanoff (The Replacements) sold her new novel Fourteen Dreams to Delacorte Press. The novel follows a girl who falls for the “most imperfect boy in school” through a series of dreams. For more on Yovanoff, visit her website or follow her on Twitter or Tumblr.

Swoon Reads to publish Velvet

Swoon Reads announced Velvet by Temple West. The paranormal romance follows Caitlin as she moves to a new school and falls for bad-boy supernatural Adrian. For more on Temple West, visit her blog or follow her on Twitter.

Carnegie Medal award book bought by Carolrhoda Lab

Carolrhoda Lab acquired The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks for U.S. publication. Originally published in the U.K. by Penguin UK, the book focuses on a “grim and gripping” hostage story.

New YA duology from literary agent Katelyn Detweiler

Viking Children’s Books will publish a YA duology in fall 2015 from literary agent Katelyn Detweiler. In the first book, entitled Immaculate, Mina is pregnant but claims to be a virgin. While some think her a harlot and a heretic, others think her child may be the second coming of the Messiah. For more on Detweiler, follow her on Twitter or visit her website.

Morgan Rhodes and Razorbill to release spin-off to Falling Kingdoms

Michelle Rowen, writing as Morgan Rhodes, will be releasing a spin-off of the Falling Kingdoms series in May 2015. The first novel, A Book of Spirits and Thieves, will tie two sisters together as an unreadable book accidentally transports them to a faraway world – and a secret society hunts them down. For more about Rowen, visit her website or the Falling Kingdoms website. You can also follow her on Twitter as Michelle Rowan or Morgan Rhodes.

This Raging Light sold to HMH Books for Young Readers

HMH Books for Young Readers bought This Raging Light by debut author Estelle Laure. Lucille and her younger sister must learn to deal with their mom’s sudden disappearance.

Simon & Schuster acquires After Life

Simon & Schuster bought After Life by Stacey Kade. The teenage son of a mega-church pastor survives a car accident that kills his twin and discovers one of his brother’s secrets: a girl. For more on Stacey Kade, visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

First Second Books acquires LGBTQIA+ graphic novel

First Second Books acquired a YA graphic novel by author Colleen AF Venable and illustrator Leela Wagner. Kiss Number Eight, which will hit shelves in 2016, is a story about “growing up queer in a conservative community.” Diversity in YA announced the sale and posted a sneak peek of the novel. For more on Venable, visit her website. For more on Wagner, follow her on Twitter or Tumblr.

Frankenstein retelling picked up by Katherine Tegen Books

Katherine Tegen Books acquired The Shadow Boys are Breaking by Mackenzi Lee, winner of the 2014 PEN New England Children’s Book Discovery award. The fall 2015 story is a re-imagining of a teenage Frankenstein in 1818 Geneva who uses clockwork to bring his brother back from the dead. For more on Mackenzi Lee, visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

Abbie Glines to publish new Southern series with Simon Pulse

Abbi Glines will publish a new series set in the South with Simon Pulse. The Field Party features “Southern bad boys, pickup trucks, football and high school field parties” and is the first in the three-book deal. For more about Abbi Glines, visit her website or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Scholastic buys YA thriller

Scholastic Press bought Alan Gratz’s new thriller Code of Honor. A Persian-American high school senior goes on the run from the government to prove his older brother isn’t a terrorist. For more, visit Alan Gratz’s website or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

The Odds of Lightning to hit shelves in summer 2016

Simon Pulse acquired The Odds of Lightning by Jocelyn Davies. Four teens meet and are struck by lightning during a freak thunderstorm in New York City. They decide to embark on an “epic all-nighter to follow their dreams.” For more on Jocelyn Davies, visit her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquires Cathy Lo’s debut

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt purchased debut author Cathy Lo’s novel This Is How It Ends. Jessie thought high school was only something to be survived until Annie came along.

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