What authors received YA book deals this month?
Eric Gansworth’s Give Me Some Truth sold to Arthur A. Levine Books for publication in 2018. Give Me Some Truth follows Carson, a high school senior who wants to become a “reservation rock god,” and Mynah, a 15-year-old artist and drummer pursuing a dangerous relationship.
An untitled novel by Isaac Fitzgerald sold to Bloomsbury for publication in early 2018. It is inspired by his Buzzfeed article “Confessions of a Former Fat Kid.”
L. Philip’s Sometime After Midnight sold to Viking for publication in summer 2018. A teen music prodigy questions everything when the handsome socialite he met at a concert shares his photo on social media, causing him to become an Internet sensation.
Bryan Bliss’s We’ll Fly Away sold to Greenwillow for publication in summer 2018. Luke and Toby, best friends since childhood, finally have the potential to escape when Luke wins a state wrestling championship and a scholarship, but everything spins out of control.
Kwame Alexander signed a three-book deal with Blink YA Books. Official release dates and details on the books are not yet available.
Tamsyn Murray’s Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart sold to Little, Brown’s Poppy imprint for publication in late 2017. Lives collide when one teen receives a heart transplant donated by the other’s twin brother.
Amelia Brunskill’s The Window sold to Delacorte for publication in spring 2018. This psychological thriller follows a girl knows her twin sister better than anybody… at least, that’s what she thought.
Derek Milman’s Scream All Night sold to HarperCollins’ Balzer + Bray imprint for publication in spring 2018. A man legally emancipated from his eccentric family inherits their B-horror movie studio and must save the family legacy, even if that means facing the monsters on-screen and off, in this dark comedy.
Lynn Slaughter’s It Should Have Been You sold to Page Street for publication in winter 2018. A cyberstalked high-school advice columnist tries to solve her twin sister’s murder only to put herself in grave danger.
Janice Lynn Mather’s Learning To Breathe, along with a second untitled YA novel, sold to Simon & Schuster for publication in summer 2018. After suffering sexual abuse, a girl discovers community and her own self-worth at a yoga retreat.
Taryn Bashford’s The Harper Effect sold to Sky Pony Press for publication in 2018 and will follow the world of international tennis across three continents, on and off the court.
A.B. Rutledge’s Miles Away From You sold to HMH for publication in spring 2018. A teenage boy loses the love of his life and looks for the courage to move on.
Karen Fortunati’s The Arc of a Bullet sold to Delacorte for publication in 2018. At the intersection of her brother’s violent mental health breakdown and a police shooting.
Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer’s Layover sold to Crown for publication in spring 2018. Three siblings in a blended family from the Upper East Side find their relationships tested during a flight layover to Los Angeles.
Mike Jung’s The Boys in the Back Row sold to Arthur A. Levine Books for publication in fall 2018. The story follows comic nerds, band geeks and one grand misadventure.
Vicki Grant’s 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You sold to Running Press for publication in fall 2017. Two strangers answer 26 questions to see if they can fall in love.
Laura Hopper’s I Never sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for publication in fall 2017, which follows an almost-too-good-to-be-true high school relationship inspired by Judy Blume’s Forever.
Amber Lynn Natusch’s Dare To Tell A Lie sold to Tor Teen. A teen sleuth returns home after her dad’s incarceration and pairs with an attractive hotshot FBI agent to clear her father’s name.
Tessa Gratton’s Slaughter Moon sold to McElderry Books for publication in summer 2018. Every seven years, Three Graces sends its bravest teen boy into the Devil’s Forest to face the devil (and death), but the tradition is broken when three teens run into the forest.
Deborah Schaumberg’s The Tombs sold to HarperTeen for publication in winter 2018. A girl discovers she is an aura-seer in Five Points-era New York and must free her mother from a real-life seer prison.
Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded Wolves trilogy sold to St. Martin’s Wednesday Books imprint for publication in fall 2018. A charismatic but cursed heir of a massive fortune plots to steal one of three ancient artifacts from the catacombs of a darkly glamorous Paris.
Kim Liggett’s The Grace Year sold to St. Martin’s Wednesday Books imprint for publication in winter 2018. A village banishes all girls tot he northern forests, where they must survive the wilderness before being allowed to return as purified women.
Amelinda Bérubé’s Under the Icy Lake sold to Sourcebooks Fire for publication in August 2018. A former dancer’s grip on reality starts to slip when she believes a dark entity is stalking her.
Kristin Cashore’s Jane, Unlimited sold to Kathy Dawson Books for publication in fall 2017, along with a second untitled novel. Newly orphaned Jane accepts an invitation to a mysterious mansion in the wake of her aunt’s death.
Amber Lynn Natusch’s Hometown Antihero series sold to Tor Teen for publication in 2018, with a sequel to follow in 2019. Dare to Tell a Lie follows a teen sleuth returning to her old hometown after her father’s incarceration to confront the scandal she left behind and work with a FBI agent to clear her father’s name.
Kara Barbieri’s White Stag sold to St. Martin’s Press imprint Wednesday Books for publication in fall 2018. A girl captured from her village and brought to the Permafrost as a servant to Goblins finds herself becoming more monster than human.
Rachel A. Marks’ Fire and Bone sold to Skyscape for publication in winter 2018. The first of a new series based on Celtic mythology, the daughter of a Celtic goddess struggles to find her way in Los Angeles amid the politica of her powerful family.
Caryn Lix’s Sanctuary sold to Simon Pulse for publication in summer 2018. Kenzie is a junior guard on a space station prison for teenage criminals with powers; when she’s taken hostage by inmates and an alien attack puts the entire station in danger, she must decide who to trust and how to escape.
Constantine Singer’s Glistronauts sold to Putnam for publication in fall 2018. A 17-year-old boy receives a letter written by his own hand that predicts future events, forcing him to band with a group of runaways racing against time to save the planet from a conspiracy.
Ryan Graudin’s Invictus sold to Little, Brown for publication in fall 2017, along with a second untitled novel to follow in fall 2018. Invictus is “Doctor Who” meets “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Sherri L. Smith and Christina Norrie’s Pearl sold to Scholastic’s Graphix imprint for publication in 2018. Set in 1941, a 13-year-old Japanese-American girl visiting her family in Japan when Pearl Harbor is attacked is enlisted as a “monitor girl” to translate radio transmissions for the Japanese army.
Nickelodeon’s “The Legend of Korra” landed a 3-part graphic novel series from Dark Horse, the first which will release in June 2017. Written by Michael DiMartino and with art by Irene Koh, Turf Wars will follow Korra and Asam’s return from the spirit world to find Republic City in disarray, as the spirit portal caused chaos.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s memoir No Name sold to Little, Brown for publication in fall 2017. The basketball superstar highlights his relationship with three coaches in his life.