What authors received YA book deals in August 2015?

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What authors received YA book deals this month?

Fantasy

After months of hinting, Holly Black announced that she would release her new Folk of Air trilogy with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. According to Entertainment Weekly, the first title – The Cruel Prince – will be released in winter 2018, with two more books to follow, as well as a digital novella. The series takes place in a fairy world where, after witnessing the deaths of her parents, a young girl is forcibly taken to Faerieland with her two sisters, one human and one fey.

Cindy Pon’s Kingdom of Xia fantasy series is now a trilogy, thanks to a new deal inked between her and Month9Books. According to Pon’s Twitter, the third in the series will release in fall 2017.

Dutton bought Corey Ann Haydu’s Falling Girls and Missing Boys for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A group of friends grow up in a “strange Brooklyn neighborhood, where residents live in fear of young women falling in love.”

Contemporary

HarperCollins’ imprint Balzer + Bray will publish The Year I Learned Everything by bestselling Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Serena learns about herself over the course of a year despite a secret and a bad reputation.

A companion novel to Michael Barakiva’s One Man Guy will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Hold my Hand is about two teenage boys in the perfect relationship – until one cheats on the other.

Abrams will publish Jesse Andrews’ next two novels, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The first, The Haters, follows a group of jazz-camp escapees who become a band on a road trip and is scheduled to be published in April 2016. No details are yet available on the second title.

Dave Connis’ The Temptation of Adam sold to Sky Pony Press for publication in fall 2017, according to Curtis Russell’s Twitter.  A sixteen-year-old boy struggled to beat an addiction to porn.

Cecilia Vinesse’s Seven Days of You sold to Little, Brown in both the U.S. and the U.K. for publication in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Sophia is about to leave Tokyo as Jamie returns, and her planned goodbyes turns into falling in love. A second, untitled book was sold in the deal, but there are no details available yet.

Kate Helgeson’s Bidder’s Choice sold to Simon & Schuster for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two teens end up in a cutthroat competition over a prom date auction.

Matthew Landis’ The Judas Society sold to Sky Pony Press for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teen discovers he’s the last descendant of American’s most notorious traitor and gets caught in “a feud between the heroes and villains of the Revolutionary War.”

Paranormal

Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books will publish Cherie Priest’s Drawing Fire in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A girl discovers a comic book in the haunted house her mother is fixing. Panels from the comic book will be featured within” Drawing Fire.

Megan Atwood’s House sold to Soho Press for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Five teenagers with dark secrets become trapped in haunted Boulder House.

Science Fiction

HarperCollins will publish Mary Weber’s new YA duology, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Sofi Snow is determined to rescue her brother from the ice planet orbiting Earth. The first book is scheduled to release in 2017. HarperCollins also acquired a third, unrelated, book from Weber. No details on that title are available yet.

Andrew DeYoung’s The Girl From Beyond sold to Boyds Mills Press for publication in fall 2016, along with a second untitled YA 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. In The Girl From Beyond, a teen must search for a replacement Earth, but falls in love with the leader of a tribe on the planet Gle’ah. No details are yet available on the second title.

Graphic Novels

Jen Wang’s The Prince and the Dressmaker, about a cross-dressing prince who falls for his seamstress, was bought by First Second for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly.

Author Jake Wyatt and illustrator F. Choo’s The Well sold to First Second for publication in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Lizzy steals coins from the town wishing well and must grant the wishes attached to them.

Nonfiction

Simon Pulse acquired LuLu Cerone and Lucy Keating’s PhilanthroParties: A Party Planning Guide for the Social Activist for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The book will focus on how teens can incorporate philanthropy into their social lives. Cerone is currently 16 and is the founder of the LemonAID Warriors nonprofit.

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