What authors received YA book deals this month?
Kristen Ciccarelli’s Askari series sold to HarperCollins, with the first book to publish in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A young dragon slayer makes a pact with her father to bring him the head of the deadliest dragon in their kingdom in exchange for freedom from her arranged marriage, but her father is hiding a life-changing secret.
Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman will edit the YA anthology Legendry, which will be published by Greenwillow in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. This collection of re-imaginings of East and South Asian mythology features Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Roshani Chokshi, Alexander Chee, Renee Ahdieh, Alyssa Wong, Aliette de Bodard, and more.
Amy Kim Kibuishi’s graphic novel series sold to Scholastic’s Graphix imprint for publication in 2019, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Tabby Charon’s father dies and travels to a world of magic and beauty, where she meets a handsome boy and uncovers her destiny.
Renée Ahdieh’s new YA duology sold to Putnam for publication in May 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Flame in the Mist, the first book in the duology, takes place in feudal Japan and follows Mariko, “an inventor and an innovator.”
Caitlin Kittredge’s Season of the Witch sold to HarperCollins’ Katherine Tegen Books imprint for publication in fall 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Ivy’s mother tried to drown her when she was 8, convinced there was evil in her. Now 16, Ivy suspects she might be right.
April Tucholke’s The Boneless Mercies sold to Farrar, Straus and Giroux for publication in 20187, according to Publisher’s Weekly. In this genderbent Bewulf reimagining, four mercenary girls chase glory and honor by battling a monster terrorizing a nearby earldom.
Rebecca Podos’s Like Water sold to HarperCollins’ Balzer + Bray imprint for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Setting aside plans to flee her hometown after discovering her father has a genetic illness she may inherit, Savannah takes a job as a performing mermaid and meets the lifeguard’s intriguing sister.
Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings’ Zenith sold to Harlequin Teen and Harlequin U.K. for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly and i09. This space opera follows an all-girl crew of thieving space pirates who want to stop a ruthless dictator bent on a galaxy-wide war. The first part of Zenith was self-published by the authors digitally in June and hit #1 on the New York Times eBooks list before Harlequin Teen acquired it.
Christian McKay Heidicker’s Throw Your Arms Over Your Eyes and Scream sold to Simon & Schuster for publication in summer 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Phoebe is the daughter of the woman who was carried to the top of the Empire State Building by King Kong in a world where the horrors of 1940s and 1950s sci-fi movies happen every day.
Gregory Scott Katsoulis’s All Rights Reserved sold to Harlequin Teen for publication in fall 2017, with a sequel to follow, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Copyright law has spun out of control and one girl swears herself to silence rather than pay a penny to the Rights Holders for the privilege of speaking.
Daniel Kraus’s Bent Heavens sold to Simon & Schuster for publication in fall 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teenager whose father must have been abducted by aliens decided to discover and capture an alien. They could turn the alien over to the authorities… but choose a darker path instead.
Capstone’s Switch Press imprint bought a third novel in Gwenda Bond’s Lois Lane series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lois Lane: Triple Threat will continue Lois’s adventures in Metropolis and her relationship with SmallvilleGuy.
Riley Redgate’s Noteworthy sold to Abrams’ Amulet imprint for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Jordan disguises herself as a boy to audition for her elite boarding school’s all-male a cappella group.
Ashley Herring Blake’s Girl Made of Stars sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. When her twin brother is accused of date rape, a girl is torn between family allegiances and a quest for the truth.
Catherine Alene’s The Sky Between You and Me sold to Sourcebooks for publication in February 2017 to time with National Eating Disorder Awareness Month, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teen will do whatever it takes to win rodeo nationals, even if it means starving herself of friends, family, and food.
Sarah Dessen’s Once and For All, her 13th novel, sold to Viking for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. In the chaotic world of wedding planning, Louna’s view of love and marriage is cynical, and she doesn’t want to get close to happy-go-lucky Ambrose.
Florence Gonsalves’s Love and Other Carnivorous Plants sold to Little, Brown for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A disillusioned pre-med takes a break from Harvard to confront the risk of being consumed by her eating and anxiety disorders and her growing affection towards an older, edgier girl.
Gloria Chao’s American Panda sold to Simon Pulse for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Mei’s family wants her to become a doctor who marries a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her germophobia and crush on a Japanese classmate.
Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner’s Starworld sold to Candlewick for publication in fall 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two high school girls with painful home lives build a friendship based around an imaginary world until their real lives unravel.
Will Kostakis’s The Sidekicks sold to Harlequin Teen for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Three teen boys have one thing in common: their best friend, who recently died.
Christa Desir’s Four Letter Word sold to Simon Pulse for publication in summer 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Chloe befriends a a new student with the same name, but soon is drawn into a high-stakes game with potentially dire consequences.
Feral Youth sold to Simon Pulse for publication in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Edited by Shaun David Hutchinson, this YA retelling of The Canterbury Tales is set during the last three days at a survival camp for “troubled youth” with 10 teens trying to win $100 by telling the best story. Brandy Colbert, Tim Floreen, Ellen Hopkins, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Stephanie Kuehn, E.C. Myers, Marieke Nijkamp, and Robin Talley, among others, contributed tales.