What authors received YA book deals this month?
Jay Coles’ Tyler Johnson Was Here sold to Little, Brown for publication in spring 2018. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, it follows a boy whose life is torn apart by police brutality when his twin brother goes missing.
Geoff Herbach’s Hooper sold to HarperCollins’ Katherine Tegen Books imprint for publication in winter 2018. Adam Reed, a young Polish immigrant adoptee, struggles to fit in until he joins a basketball team and finds everything he wants – and how easy it is to lose it all.
Adi Alsaid’s The Brief Chronicles of Another Stupid Heartbreak sold to Harlequin Teen for publication in summer 2018, along with a second untitled novel. A teen relationship columnist struggles with writers’ blog in the wake of a devastating breakup and decides to chronicle the planned breakup of another couple in the summer after they graduate from high school.
Mystery & Thriller
Jessica Bayliss’ Ten Past Closing sold to Sky Pony Press for publication in spring 2018. Two teens from very different backgrounds are held hostage and scheme to stay alive in this thriller that chronicles before and after a hold-up at Café Flores.
April Henry’s The Lonely Dead and The White Van sold to Macmillan’s Christy Ottaviano Books for publication in 2018 and 2019, respectfully. The Lonely Dead is a murder-mystery with a paranormal twist, while The White Van is a thriller inspired by the Jaycee Dugard story.
Kim Savage’s In Her Skin sold to Farrar, Straus and Giroux for publication in February 2018. A teen con artist charms her way into a wealthy Boston family by impersonating a girl who went missing from their home, unaware of the family’s dark secret.
L.L. McKinney’s A Blade So Black sold to Macmillan’s Imprint imprint for publication in fall 2018. This retelling of Alice in Wonderland follows Alice as a warrior who battles Nightmares in the terrifying dream realm of Wonderland.
Jodie L. Zdrok’s Spectacle sold to Tor Teen for publication in 2018, with a second untitled book to follow. In 1887 Paris, a teen reporter writes a daily newspaper column about the bodies on display in the public morgue – one of the city’s biggest attractions, especially now that a serial killer is on the loose.
Lynette Noni’s Whisper sold to KCP Loft for publication in spring 2018. An imprisoned girl known as Subject 684 kept silent through years of testing and torture, knowing her words are infused with power, and that she cannot control what happens when she opens her mouth.
Joanna Meyer’s The Haunting Sea sold to Page Street for publication in 2018. A girl born to be Empress is banished to a distant mansion and lured deep into the ocean where a powerful sea-goddess holds the Dead captive.
Jennifer Sommersby’s Sleight sold to Sky Pony Press for publication in spring 2018. A teenage girl grows up in a traveling circus, but a dangerous and magical family legacy is revealed to her after her aerialist mother falls – perhaps intentionally – to her death.
Tehlor Kay Mejia’s When We Set the Dark on Fire sold to Katherine Tegen Books for publication in winter 2019. Young women are trained to become one of two wives assigned to high society men; with revolution brewing in the streets, Dani Vargas fights to protect her destructive secret and ends up in the arms of the most dangerous person possible: the second wife of her husband-to-be.
Megan Shepherd’s Grim Lovelies sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for publication in 2018 as the first of a new series. Magic handlers called the Haute control everything from contemporary Paris, but the centuries-old system is about to be upended by a witch’s enchanted teen maid.
Tahereh Mafi announced that her next book will be Whichwood, a dark Persian fantasy about a girl who washes dead bodies for a living. It will be available this September.
Emily Suvada’s This Mortal Coil sold to Simon Pulse for publication in November 2017. The daughter of the world’s leading geneticist must use her biohacking skills to unravel the mystery he left behind to save the world from a lethal plague that has devastated humanity.
Parker Peevyhouse’s Scatterling sold to Tor for publication in spring 2019. A teen wakes to find himself trapped in a mysterious shelter and stuck in a time loop with a girl who is either sabotaging his every escape or holds the key to his freedom.
Kass Morgan’s Light Years sold to Little, Brown for publication in fall 2018, along with an untitled sequel. A secret insterstellar military boarding school throws together cadets from different planets for the first time.
Erin Cabelly, Eugene Levitsky and illustrator Nicole Rodriguez sold their graphic novel Pizza Run to Oni Press for publication in 2019. When new girl Naomi stumbles into her strange life, pizza delivery girl Kiersten realizes that knowing the horrors of her hometown – including interdimensional invaders and alien goddesses – doesn’t make it a safe place to live.