What authors received new YA book deals? (March 30)

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What authors received new YA book deals? We round-up new book deal announcements from around the web.

Stacey Lee sells Touch Me Not to Katherine Tegen

Katherine Tegen Books bought Stacey Lee’s Touch Me Not for publication in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly and Publisher’s Lunch. An aromateur tries to reverse the effects of a love potion after giving it to the wrong target, while trying not to fall for the target’s attractive son.

New ‘Beauty and the Beast’ retelling sells to Knopf

Brie Spangler’s Beast sold to Knopf for publication in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. In this ‘Beauty and the Beast’ retelling, the tallest, hairiest boy in town falls for his dream girl, who happens to be transgender.

Knopf picks up The Freedom Dress

Knopf bought Suzanne Nelson’s Freedom Dress for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A debutante in 1950s New Orleans finds her life turned around when her race is called into question, forcing her to dig into her family history.

The Factory Girl sells to Clarion Books

Clarion Books bought Josanne La Valley’s The Factory Girl for publication in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Roshen, a Muslim teen, is forced from her homeland in northwest China to work at an abusive factory. She resolves to use her gift of poetry to expose the factory’s wrongdoings.

The Bride of Dusk and Glass picked up in two-book deal

St. Martin’s bought Roshani Chokshi’s The Bride of Dusk and Glass in a two-book deal, according to Publisher’s Lunch and Publisher’s Weekly. Pitched as a Hades and Persephone style romance tinged with Indian mythology, a princess decides to overcome her sinister horoscope by embarking on a quest to find her true identity and her true love.

YouTube star Akilah Hughes sells book to Razorbill

Youtube star Akilah Hughes sold a personal essay collection to Razorbill for publication in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The essays chronicle Hughes’ journey to adulthood, from entering college as a 16-year-old feshman to her summer job as a princess in a theme park – and, of course, her time as a YouTube star.

Saving Hamlet sells to Disney-Hyperion

Disney-Hyperion bought Molly Booth’s Saving Hamlet for publication in winter 2016, with a second book to follow in winter 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A 15-year-old state manager falls through the stage trapdoor during her high school’s production of Hamlet. She lands in the basement of the Globe Theatre in 1601, during Shakespeare’s original debut of the play.

Lindsay Rosin novel sells to Simon Pulse

Simon Pulse bought Lindsey Rosin’s YA novel, under the working title Cherry, for publication in spring 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. It chronicles sex, love and friendship during of four best girl friends during their senior years of high school.

Scholastic buys boy band YA novel

Scholastic bought Goldy Moldavsky’s debut Kill the Boy Band for publication in spring 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A group of girls accidentally kidnap their least-favorite member of their favorite boy band and must deal with the aftermath when he winds up dead.

Stephanie Kuehn’s The Pragmatist sells to Dutton

Dutton bought Stephanie Kuehn’s The Pragmatist for publication in spring 2016, in addition to a second unnamed YA novel, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Arman craves a distraction from his bad health and strange family, and decides to follow spiritual advisor Beauregard to a wilderness retreat. But Arman finds his attention switching from “self-actualization to self-preservation.”

Delacorte acquires The Weight of Zero

Delacorte bought Karen Fortunati’s debut The Weight of Zero for publication in fall 2016, according to http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/65980-rights-report-week-of-march-23-2015.html
. The novel follows Cath, a teen suffering bipolar disorder and contemplating suicide, and her quest for better mental health.

Justice High sells to Tu Books

Tu Books acquired Kimberly Reid’s Justice High for publication in 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Inspired by a real high school for at-risk students, an overachieving prep school girl from a con artist family gets a job tutoring juvenile delinquents and becomes the leader of a teen crew who uses their skills for good.

Bad Blood to release in spring 2017

Delacorte bought Demitria Lunetta’s Bad Blood for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A girl compelled to cut herself discovers a history of family magic that could save her or put her in more danger than ever.

Mary G. Thompson novel sells to Putnam

Putnam bought Mary G. Thomspon’s Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A 16-year-old girl escapes her captor of six years after being kidnapped with her cousin. Though she is too traumatized to say anything, she might have to return to the scene to move forward.

Candlewick buys alien YA novel

Ryan Gebhart’s Of Jenny and the Aliens sold to Candlewick for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Of Jenny and the Aliens is “a girl-meets-boy-meets-alien story about love, sex and friendship.”

Kelly Jensen sells feminist anthology to Algonquin

Algonquin Young Readers will publish a feminist anthology compiled by Book Riot editor Kelly Jensen in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly and Jensen’s blog Stacked. Feminism for the Real World is a YA anthology from “a diverse range of well-known voices” that will include essays, lists, poems, photos and illustration.

New Dahlia Alder book to release in 2015

Dahlia Alder’s Just Visiting will be published by Spencer Hill Contemporary in November 2015, according to Adler’s blog. Two friends discover secrets in their history while visiting colleges that make them rethink their friendship. The relase date for Just Visiting will push back Adler’s other novel, My Name is Everett, into spring 2016.

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