What authors received YA book deals this month?


What authors received YA book deals this month?


Christine Conradt’s Missing at 17 sold to HarperTeen for publication in summer 2018. This noviezation of Lifetime’s “At 17” movie series follows a teen who runs away after discovering she is adopted and falls into a dangerous world.

Michelle Falkoff’s Questions I Want to Ask You sold to HarperTeen for publication in summer 2018. A boy receives a letter from his supposedly dead mother on his 18th birthday, changing everything he’s ever believed before setting off on a journey to find her – one that leaves him with more questions about where he comes from and where he’s going.

Lauren Morrill’s Better Than the Best Plan sold to Farrar, Straus and Giroux for publication in winter 2019. A teenage girl enters foster care for what she thinks is the first time, only to find out she has been down this path before.

Meet Cute, a YA anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met,” sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for publication in January 2018. It will feature Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Julie Murphy, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, and Ibi Zoboi.

Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton’s Rumor Game sold to Disney for publication in summer 2019. A high school rumor begins to spiral out of control with dangerous consequences, and only one of three troubled young women has the power to set things right – if she wants to.

Richard Lawson’s All We Can Do Is Wait sold to Razorbill for publication in spring 2018. Five teenagers must face the reality of their pasts and their futures when they meet in a hospital after a disaster rocks Boston.

T.E. Carter’s All We Could Have Been sold to Feiwel and Friends for publication in spring 2019. A teen girl whose only goal is to survive senior year without anybody connecting her to her brother’s gruesome crimes struggles to build a life as she falls in love and yearns to tell the truth.


Matt Killeen’s Orphan, Monster, Liar, Spy sold to Viking for publication in March 2018. A Jewish girl-turned-spy infiltrates an elite Nazi boarding school.

Melissa de la Cruz’s Love & War sold to Putnam for publication in spring 2018. The sequel to Alex & Eliza, the novel follows a newlywed Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schulyer as Alexander tries to end the war while Eliza stays in Albany with her sisters – even though the two work best as a team.


A new sci-fi trilogy from Jennifer L. Armentrout sold to Tor Teen for publication in fall 2018. Four years after a devastating war between humans and aliens, a teen girl is swept up in the alien resistance and in the process falls in love and discovers the dark secrets of her past.


Maggie Stiefvater’s All The Crooked Saints sold to Scholastic for publication in October 2017. The Soria clan lives in the town of Bicho Raro, Colo., and all have the ability to perform miracles. Three Soria cousins are longing for a miracle—but the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what one expects.

Anna-Marie McLemore’s Blanca & Roja sold to Feiwel and Friends for publication in fall 2018. Snow-White & Rose-Red meets Swan Lake in a story where two sisters becomes rivals in a game that turns the loser into a swan.

Ellen Goodlett’s Rule series sold to Little, Brown for publication in fall 2018.  A dying king’s three illegitimate daughters are summoned to the palace to compete to become his successor, but each hides a dangerous secret that could keep her from the throne.

Laura E. Weymouth’s The Weight of Worlds sold to HarperTeen for publication in fall 2018. Two troubled sisters, bound by blood and fate, struggle to find their place in our world after spending years ruling as queens in a magical realm.

A.G. Howard’s Stain sold to Abrams for publication in January 2019. This retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea” follows a mute princess who must prove herself everything a traditional princess is not to win back her kingdom of light, save her prince, and conquer the land of night.

Sebastian J. Plata’s Freak N Gorgeous sold to Sky Pony Press for publication in spring 2018. Two teens from one school experience two “Inexplicable Developments” on the same morning: a boy who wakes up stunningly hot, and a girl who turns devastatingly ugly. When all the relationships in their lives strain as a result, the teens start using each other for personal gain—until sparks fly.

Kim Chance’s Keeper sold to North Star Editions for publication in spring 2018. Lainey Styles is an SAT whiz and Ivy-bound straight arrow whose interactions with a 200-year-old ghost lead her to discover that she is a Keeper – a witch with the ability to wield a powerful yet missing spell book.

Kathryn Purdie’s Bone Grace series sold to HarperCollins’ Katherine Tegen Books imprint for publication in fall 2019. Star-crossed lovers Ailith and Bastien are fated to kill one another.

Mindee Arnett’s Onyx and Ivory, the first in a new fantasy duology, sold to Balzer & Bray for publication in summer 2018. The daughter of a traitor and the rebel prince who were once childhood friends and first loves must now work together and face their pasts to uncover a sinister new threat to the kingdom.

Tiffany Schmidt’s Bookish Boyfriends series sold to Abrams’s Amulet division for publication in spring 2018. A girl who thinks that boys are better in books finds the heroes in the classic novels she’s studying in English showing up in her life.

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