What authors received YA book deals in April?

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What authors received YA book deals this month?

Fantasy

A.R. Kahler’s Martyr sold to Simon Pulse for publication in 2017, with Mender and Mystic to follow, according to Laurie McLean. The Runebinder Chronicles will follow a world where the overuse of chakra and rune magic turns human into monsters, forcing an international ragtag band of misfits to save the humans left.

Amy Ewing’s The Cereulean, along with an untitled sequel, sold to HarperTeen for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Sera lives in a Sapphic utopia where a young woman is chosen every 100 years to be sacrificed to the planet below.

Kyra Leigh’s Reaper sold to Simon & Schuster’s Paula Wiseman Books imprint for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teen girl discovers that she still has a task to complete despite her death.

Lauren deStefano’s The Glass Spare series sold to HarperCollins’ Balzer + Bray imprint for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Banished princess Wil can crystallize living things and must decide whether to use her power to avenge her banishment or protect her home kingdom.

David Macinnis Gill’s Uncanny sold to Greenwillow for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. When Willow turns 17, the ancient evil called the Shadowless rise from their graves, seeking the power magical Willow now possesses.

Katherine Locke’s The Girl with the Red Balloon sold to Albert Whitman for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A 16-year-old girl goes back in time to 1988 East Berlin and finds herself in the middle of a Cold War conspiracy.

Sarah Glenn Marsh’s Reign of the Fallen sold to Razorbill, though no publication date has yet been set, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The LGBT fantasy follows a talented necromancer who must decide whether to save or destroy the change-averse society around her.

Tracey Neithercott’s Gray Wolf Island sold to Knopf for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Five teens searching for legendary treasure discover they must reveal their darkest secrets to succeed.

Zach Hine’s Nine sold to HarperTeen for publication in summer 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. In a society where everybody is expected to burn through their nine lives, one teenager rebels.

Linsey Miller’s Mask of Shadows sold to Sourcebooks Fire for publication in summer 2017, with a sequel to follow in summer 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A gender fluid pickpocket auditions to become a member of the queen’s quartet of assassins.

Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty sold to St. Martin’s Thomas Dunne imprint for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The Neomeolvides tend to the lush gardens they’ve grown for generations until an old curse, one that makes the men that they love disappear, returns.

Science Fiction

Random House Books for Young Readers bought four YA novels to tie into the larger DC comic universe. Leigh Bardugo will write a Wonder Woman YA Novel. Marie Lu will write a Batman YA novel. Matt de la Peña will write a Superman novel. Sarah J. Maas will write a Catwoman YA novel. The Wonder Woman YA novel will be the first to be released in August 2017, with the other three to follow.

E.K. Johnston will write a YA novel set in the Star Wars universe, according to The Nerdist. Ahsoka Tano disappeared after leaving the Jedi Order at the end of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” reappearing as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in “Star Wars Rebels.” Johnston will tell the tale of Ahsoka’s time in between the two ventures.

Jeff Hirsch’s Unnatural Disasters sold to Clarion for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. In a near-future world, Lucy plans to spend a year traveling with her boyfriend, but attacks by an unknown terrorist organization throw the planet into chaos.

Josh Bellin’s Freefall sold to McElderry Books for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Cam and Sofi live divided by prejudice on Earth, but when their starships crash-land on a hostile alien planet, they’re forced to survive together.

Susan Wilson’s Extinction Code sold to Usborne, according to The Bookseller. Two 15-year-olds join an expedition to a continent inhabited by dinosaurs.

Somaiya Daud’s Mirage sold to Flatiron Books for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The trilogy, inspired by the author’s Moroccan background, follows a poor girl from isolated moon who must become the body double to the cruel imperial princess.

Renee Collins’ Remember Me sold to Sourcebooks Fire for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A girl undergoes a procedure to cure PTSD that leaves her questioning more than the memories she wanted to forget.

Contemporary

Lisa Thompson’s The Goldfish Boy sold to Scholastic Press for publication in early 2017, along with a second untitled standalone, according to Publisher’s Weekly. 13-year-old Matthew suffers from OCD that renders him a virtual recluse. When the boy next door goes missing, Matthew decides to unravel the mystery around his disappearance.

Chris Tebbett’s The Weakness of Gravity sold to Delacorte for publication in fall 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Told in alternating timelines, graduating senior Chris is shipped off to live with his strict physicist summer in one timeline – and in the other, he stays home to have what he thinks will be a perfect last summer.

Misa Sugira’s It’s Not Like It’s A Secret sold to Harper Children’s. A not-yet-out lesbian, Japanese-American teenager struggles with balancing being the new kid at school, her conservative Japanese family, and dating a girl who runs with a different crowd.

Karen McManus’s One Of Us Is Lying sold to Delacorte for publication in summer 2017, along with a second untitled novel, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The creator of a high school gossip app dies in front of four students, who all become suspects, and who all have something to hide.

Ashley Woodfolk’s Unraveling Lovely sold to Delacorte for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Three diverse teens experience life and love in the wake of tragedy in a story told in part through social media interactions.

Tiffany King’s Losing Leah sold to Feiwel and Friends for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A girl abducted as a child readjusts to the outside world after being rescued from her captor.

Jessie Ann Foley’s Neighborhood Girls sold to HarperTeen of publication in fall 2017, along with a second untitled novel, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The daughter of a disgraced Chicago cop discovers her school will be closing, forcing her to reevaluate her life and her faith.

David Clawson’s My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen sold to Sky Pony Press for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Christopher Bellows falls for NYC’s most eligible bachelor, but he’s in the closet, dating that Chris’s social-climbing stepsister.

Hether Ezell’s Nothing Left To Burn sold to Razorbill, though no publication date has yet to be set, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Audrey and her family escape a deadly wildfire in this non-linear contemporary YA.

Kaitlin Ward’s The Farm sold to Scholastic for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teenager fears her best friend has joined a cult and ends up running for her life in an attempt to save her.

Laurie Devore’s How To Break A Boy sold to Macmillan’s Imprint imprint for publication in 2017, along with a second untitled book, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A popular cheerleader in a small Southern town fakes a relationship with an arrogant golden boy.

Kim Turrisi’s Just A Normal Tuesday sold to KCP Loft for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Kai struggles in grief camp after her sister’s suicide.

Lauren Spieller’s The Wanderings of Dessa Rose sold to Simon & Schuster for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Dessa dreams of a live outside her RV caravan, but when an opportunity to put down actual roots presents itself, she’s not sure whether she really wants to say goodbye to her family.

Clara Kensie’s Aftermath sold to Merit Press for publication in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A kidnapped girl returns home to discover her family was ripped apart by her disappearance and takes it upon herself to piece them back together while finding the body of the first victim of her captor.

Tamara Ireland Stone’s Little Do We Know sold to Disney-Hyperion for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two former best friends reexamine everything they think they know after a near-death experience of a boy they love.

Cirstina Moracho’s noir novel A Good Idea sold to Viking Children’s Books for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A girl returns to her hometown in Maine seeking revenge for the death of a childhood friend.

Whitney Gardner’s illustrated YA novel Chaotic Good sold to Knopf for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A cosplay wunderkind combats trolls and sexist comic shops by disguising herself as a boy.

Historical

Jessica Spotswood’s anthology The Radical Element sold to Candlewick. A follow-up to her A Tyranny of Petticoats anthology, The Radical Element will collect short stories about young women in history whose voices have been ignored and will feature Alexandra Bracken, Sara Farizan, Marieke Nijkamp, Meg Medina, Erin Bowman, Stacey Lee, Mackenzi Lee, Dhonielle Clayton, Dahlia Adler, Anna-Marie McLemore and Savenaz Tash.

Madeleine Roux’s House of Furies series sold to HarperCollins for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A young woman works as a made in a 19th-century English boarding house ad discovers its owner is exacting his own brand of justice on its guests. The series features a mix of photographs and illustrations.

Graphic Novels

Madeleine Flores’ graphic novel I Want You sold to Oni Press for publication in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A girl working at her brother’s cat cafe gets whatever she wishes if she says “I want.”

Faith Erin Hicks’s Comics Will Break Your Heart sold to First Second for publication in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two teenagers discover their families are the authors on opposite sides of a legal battle over a comic turning into a Hollywood film.

The YA graphic novel Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Rosemary Valero O’Connell, sold to First Second Books for publication in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Freddy is going through the most epically complicated breakup in lesbian history.

Nonfiction

Allison Fairall’s memoir Obsessed: My Teenage Battle with Calculators, the Color Green, and Cracks That Cause Cancer sold to Simon Pulse for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Fairall tracks how obsessive-compulsive disorder kept hit in sophomore year and her struggle to keep a 4.0 GPA while unable to use a calculator, computer, make-up or toothbrushes.

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