What authors received YA book deals in May?
Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation will release from HarperCollins in 2018, along with an untitled sequel, according to Publisher’s Weekly and Ireland’s Twitter. This duology takes place in a post-Reconstruction America beset by an undead plague that rose from the Civil War battlefields, though Ireland describes it as “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for colored girls.”
Martin Stewart’s The Sacrifice Box sold to Viking for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Unlikely friends find their long-ago summer adventures coming back to haunt them – literally.
Amanda Foody’s Daughter of the Burning City sold to Harlequin Teen for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Sorina runs the town’s freak show and must figure out who is murdering her illusionists. Harlequin Teen also acquired Foody’s Ace of Shades, the first of a trilogy, to release in spring 2018. Ace of Shades is an urban fantasy that takes place in the “City of Sin.”
Though an initial adult book deal for S. Jae Jones’ Wintersong was previously announced, Thomas Dunne Books modified their plans for the book, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Wintersong, a fantasy novel taking place in the realm of the Goblin King, will release in winter 2017 as a YA with a companion YA novel to follow in 2018.
Dave Barrett’s It’s All Fun and Games will be published on August 2 by Inkshares, according to GalleyCat. The first installment of a planned series, the novel came from a competition hosted by Nerdist and follows six friends and their adventures with LARPing.
Kaitlyn Sage Patterson’s The Diminished sold to Harlequin Teen for publication in spring 2018, along with an untitled sequel, according to Publisher’s Weekly. In this duology, Violet and Ambrose lead separate lives in a world where everyone is born in pairs before joining forces against a cruel system that breaks indentured servants.
Christian Yee’s The Girl Who Was Iron And Gold sold to Abrams for publication in fall 2017, with a sequel to follow in fall 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Genie Zhao wonders if she can gain admission to an Ivy League school before becoming powerful enough to break through the gates of Heaven with her fists.
Lexa Hillyer’s Spindle Fire sold to HarperCollins for publication in 2017, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Isabelle and Aurora are half-sisters in this medieval, magical France, but when a drop of Aurora’s blood puts Isabelle in a deep sleep, it forces the sisters on two different journeys: Aurora, who journeys to find the prince who’s true love kiss will wake Isabelle despite her blindness; and Isabelle, who must save the dream realm from an evil faerie.
Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely sold to Bloomsbury Children’s for publication in spring 2018, along with a second untitled YA novel, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Prince Rhen must relive the autumn of his 18th year after spurning the wrong woman until he can convince another to love him, so the commander of his guard abducts Harper from our world to fill the requirement.
Mindy McGinnis’s Phantom Heart sold to Katherine Tegen Books for publication in fall 2017, along with a second unrelated contemporary YA novel, according to McGinnis’s blog. A good girl falls for a local burnout but realizes her dead twin sister is trying to reclaim the life she never had, creating a love triangle where nobody is sure what is real or imagined.
Brenda Drake’s Thunderstruck sold to Entangled, according to K.T. Hanna’s Twitter. A comic-loving teen captures the attention of a new student – the son of Thor – and is sucked into an ancient conflict.
Daniel Jose Older announced that two sequels to his bestselling Shadowshaper sold to Scholastic. No further details on the titles are currently available.
Signed a contract with Scholastic for SHADOWSHAPER Book 2: SHADOWHOUSE FALL and a still untitled Book 3
— Daniel José Older (@djolder) May 5, 2016
Sarah Prager’s Queer, There and Everywhere sold to HarperCollins for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. This collection of stories celebrates queer figures throughout history who never made history books.
Gwen C. Katz’s Among the Red Stars sold to HarperTeen for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Based on a real-life regiment of Russian female bomber pilots, a girl risks it all to become a pilot and falls for a boy who becomes trapped behind enemy lines.
Keri Maniscalco announced that her Stalking Jack the Ripper would be followed by two gothic horror sequels to complete a trilogy. The series about Victorian girls investigating murders by serial killers will publish under the Jimmy Patterson imprint.
Rick Spears and Emily Helen’s graphic novel My Riot sold to Oni Press for publication in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Val is a teenage ballerina from a conservative family in the 90s who falls in love with punk rock and forms a Riot Grrrl band.
Jared Reck’s You’re The Nerds sold to Knopf for publication in fall 2017, along with a second untitled standalone, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Matthew Wainright falls for his childhood best friend Tabby.
Kasie West’s Lucky in Love sold to Scholastic for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. An 18-year-old girl wins the lottery and has to juggle her wallet and her heart.
Magri Presus’s second YA Minnesota Woods mystery novel The Silver Box sold to Minnesota Press for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Francie tries to help free her older brother Theo from implication in a murder.
Arvin Ahmadi’s Down and Across sold to Viking for publication in spring 2018 in a two-book deal, according to Publisher’s Weekly. An impromptu trip to ask a famous professor for advice after letting down his immigrant parents turns into a summer of freedom for one boy.
Ismée Amiel Williams’ Broken Angel sold to Abrams/Amulet for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Mari discovers a rare heart defect in the fetus of her unborn child.
Rachel Bateman’s Someone Else’s Summer sold to Running Press Kids for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A sister stumbles upon the bucket list of her dead older sister and decides to honor her sister’s memory with the best summer ever.
Cori McCarthy’s Now A Major Motion Picture sold to Sourcebooks Fire for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teen songwriter tries to sabotage the movie adaptation of her grandmother’s famous fantasy trilogy but finds herself falling for the story and one of the actors.
Brendan Kiely’s You Keep The Sky From Falling sold to Simon & Schuster’s McElderry imprint for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Three friends come to depend on each other when a longstanding and sexually predatory tradition at their school threatens to undermine both their futures and their friendship.
Jenn Marie Thorne’s untitled YA novel sold to Dial for publication in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Set over one hot New York City summer, an ungifted daughter of a composer falls for a teen prodigy as she faces her lost dreams and takes on the classical music establishment to fight for her own chance at happiness.
Aaron Starmer’s Meme sold to Dutton for publication in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Four friends commit murder to try to stop a Columbine-like massacre and part of the confession they bury with a victim becomes an Internet meme.
Shannon Gibney’s Dream Country sold to Dutton for publication in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The family saga follows several generations of young black men and women around the world.
Lauren Gibaldi’s This Tiny Perfect World sold to HarperTeen for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A scholarship girl at a theater camp struggles to sort if a small-town life can be enough for her.
Zan Romanoff’s Grace and the Fever sold to Knopf for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teen who loves boy band conspiracies meets her idols and is forced to reckon with the idea that they’re real people.
Brenda Rufener’s Where I Live sold to HarperCollins for publication in winter 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A homeless teenager secretly lives in her high school.
Samantha Young’s The Impossible Vastness of Us sold to HarlequinTeen for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A girl from California finds her life uprooted when she moves in with her new step-family in the Manhattan suburbs and is drawn to her sister’s longtime boyfriend. They discover a secret that can tie them closer or destroy the facade holding them together.
Sarah Saedi’s Americanized sold to Knopf for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Americanized is an autobiographical account for teens about growing up in America as an illegal immigrant from Iran.
NoNieqa Ramos’s Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary sold to Carolrhoda for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A girl tries to save her best friend from a downward spiral while rescuing her brother from Child Protective Services.
Jenny Torres Sanchez’s Crows Cry Emilia sold to Philomel for publicatoin in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Emilia DeJesus learns the police arrested the wrong man for attacking her and that the real perpetrator is still out there.
Michele Corriel’s Membrane sold to Leap Books for publication in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Sophie lives in Montana with her quantum physicist mother and unstable stepfather, but when she starts sensing her father’s presence – who disappeared years ago in a lab experiment – she realizes that the answers to his disappearance could save her world.
Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman announced a new series called the Andromeda Cycle to release in 2018 on Hypable. A regtag bunch of misfits, led by the golden boy of their space academy, have to save the universe in this sweeping epic.
Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre sold a new science fiction trilogy to HarperCollins, with the first book to be published in winter 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The Honors series follows Zara, lost in a highly ordered future world.
Krista and Becca Ritchie’s The Fast Track sold to St. Martin’s Griffin for publication in winter 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Three teens, connected by their senses, flee their planet as they realize why they’re the only people who do not know their death date.
Tillie Walden’s Spinning, a graphic novel memoir about competitive ice skating, sold to First Second Books for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly.