What authors received YA book deals in January?

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What authors received YA book deals this month?

Fantasy

Tonya Hurley’s Feathervein sold to Feiwel and Friends for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Wren leaves behind her family to join a birding expedition to try and discover the reasons behind her mother’s disappearance. Instead, she enters a world steeped in folk magic.

Jodi Meadows’ new trilogy sold to Katherine Tegen Books for publication in fall 2017, according to Meadows’ blog. A girl is shoved into prison and a secret about illegal dragon trafficking may be her only hope of escape.

Rebecca Ross’s debut Impassioned sold to HarperTeen for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The bastard granddaughter of an Earl is embroiled in a plot to dethrone of the king in a fantastical Renaissance France.

Houghtin Mifflin Harcourt bought Emily Bain Murphy’s The Disappearances for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teen girl moves to her deceased mother’s hometown and finds that it’s cursed to lose the experiences that weave life together every seven years – and that her mother might be to blame.

Caitlin Sangster’s untitled YA fantasy sold to Simon Pulse for publication in fall 2017, with a sequel to follow in fall 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teen must escape her society when she’s accused of treason in a world ravaged by a sleeping sickness.

Two companion novels to Betsy Cornwell’s Mechanica will release, one in spring 2017 and one in 2018, according to Cornwell’s blog. The first follows an inventor and her friends struggling to stay together as the nation of Faerie is torn by war. The second is a feminist retelling of Robin Hood.

Science Fiction

Simon Curtis’ Boy Robot sold to Simon Pulse for publication in November 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The first in a trilogy, Boy Robot follows a group of synthetic human teens with special abilities that fight against the government that wants to destroy them.

Tristina Wright’s 27 Hours sold to Entangled Teen for publication in fall 2017, according to editor Kate Brauning’s Twitter. A group of queer teens living on a colonized moon must race against the clock sto stop an attack that could destroy their cultures.

Contemporary

Sandhya Menon’s Dimple & Rishisold to Simon Pulse for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two Indian-American teens find their parents have arranged for them to be married.

Sara Zarr sold Gem & Dixie and a second untitled novel to HarperCollins’ Balzer + Bray imprint for publication in winter 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two sisters leave on a road trip after their deadbeat father tries to weasel his way back into their life.

Miriam Halahmy’s Hidden, about two teenagers facing homelessness, sold to Holiday House in a two-book deal and is scheduled to release in spring 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly.

Candace Ganger’s The Inevitable Collision of Birdie + Bash sold to St. Martin’s for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two teens fall in love not knowing that they’re connected to the same horrific accident.

Bonnie Pipkin’s Aftercare Instructions sold to Flatiron for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A 17-year-old girl is left at Planned Parenthood by her boyfriend after they agree to terminate the pregnancy.

Christina June’s It Started With Good-bye sold to Blink for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Tatum launches a secret graphic design business when she’s put under house arrest by her stepmother for the summer in this retelling of Cinderella.

Lisa Greenwald’s Epic Kale: and Other Cleanses for a Broken Heart sold to Random House for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two best friends start a healthy smoothie business out of a mobile snow cone truck while catfishing one of the girl’s ex-boyfriend.

Mystery & Thriller

Amanda Searcy’s debut Truth Is sold to Delacorte for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. One teen girl is hoping to outrun her past, and one fears for her future in a public housing company. Only one can make it out alive.

Ashley Hope Pérez sold Walk It Down and a second unnamed YA novel to Dutton Young Readers, with Walk It Down scheduled for publication in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two teenagers die in a corn storage bin in rural Indiana, and a third boy survives, trapped for hours after witnessing the deaths of his brother and best friend.

Chelsea Sedoti’s The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett and a second unnamed YA novel sold to Sourcebooks for publication in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett follows a teenage girl and the disappearance of her classmate.

Emily Barr’s The One Memory of Flora Banks sold to Philomel for publication in 2017, to be published simultaneously by Penguin Random House U.K., according to Publisher’s Weekly. A protagonist with no short-term memory must navigate Norway.

Nonfiction

Abby Wambach, the 2015 Women’s World Cup champion and highest international goal scorer of all time, sold her memoir Forward to Dey Street and Harper Collins Children’s Books for publication in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly.

Erin E. Moulton’s anthology Things We Haven’t Said sold to Zest Books for publication in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. It will collect true stories from survivors of sexual violence, including Melissa Marr and Carrie Jones.

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