What authors received YA book deals this month?

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What authors received YA book deals this month?

Contemporary

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.

Amber Smith’s The Last To Let Go sold to McElderry Books for publication in fall 2017. A teenage girl must confront the shadow of domestic violence in her family as she struggles to embrace her identity and find her place in the world.
Amy Brashear’s The Incredible True Story of The Making of the Eve of Destruction sold to Soho Teen for publication in fall 2018. Several teens in Reagan-era Arkansas find their lives changed when a film crew  invades their small town to film a movie about a nuclear disaster.
Ashley Elston’s The Preacher Woods sold to Disney-Hyperion for publication in fall 2018. Told in dual-perspective and dual-timeline, a boy from a privileged prep school life finds his world crashing down when his father commits a crime tied to the secrets of his past.
E. Lockhart’s Genuine Fraud sold to Delacorte Press for publication on September 5, 2017. Genuine Fraud follows Imogen, a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook and a cheat; and Jule, a fighter, a social chameleon and an athlete. This is a novel about intense friendship, a disappearance, murder, bad romance, a girl who refuses to give people what they want from her and a girl who refuses to be the person she once was. Who is genuine? And who is a fraud?

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.

Fantasy

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.

Sci-Fi

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.

Nonfiction

Kelly Jensen will edit another anthology for Algonquin Young Readers. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy will explore the ways that mental illness impact individuals, families and friends. Victoria Schwab, Adam Silvera, Libba Bray, Esmé Wang, Yumi Sakugawa, Mike Jung, se smith, Meredith Russo, and Stephanie Kuehn will contribute, among others. A publication date has yet to be announced.
Eve Porinchak’s One Cut sold to Simon & Schuster for publication in May 2017. One Cut marks one of two inaugural titles for Simon True, the new nonfiction crime line for teens, and will follow four friends tried for murder and convicted for life after a backyard fistfight ends in an accidental death.
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