What authors received YA book deals in October?

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What authors received YA book deals this October?

Contemporary

Michele Bacon’s Antipodes sold to Sky Pony for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A 17-year-old girl goes to New Zealand on a foreign exchange program to improve her changes of getting into an Ivy League school.

A.E. Kaplan’s We Regret To Inform You sold to Knopf for publication in August 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Mischa is rejected by every college she applies to because somebody changed her manuscript; she teams up with a group of nerd hacker girls to find the culprit and clear her record.

Alexandra Sirowy’s First We Were IV sold to Simon & Schuster for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Four teens who grew up together form a secret society that bonds them for life.

Jennifer Zeynab Maccani’s The Map of Hopeful Broken Things sold to Touchstone, according to Maccani’s Twitter. A Syrian girl flees with her family across the Middle East and North Africa in a journey that intertwines with the story of fabled mapmakers who made the same trip nine hundred years earlier.

Blake Nelson’s Boy sold to Simon Pulse for publication in June 2017, at which time Blake’s 1994 novel Girl will be repackaged, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teen’s transgression pushes him out of his spot as an insider and forces him into new friendships and passions.

The We Need Diverse Books’ anthology Lift Off sold to Crown for publication in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. To be edited by Lamar Giles, the anthology will feature stories by Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan, Sharon Flake, Eric Gansworth, Malinda Lo, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Gene Luen Yang, Nicola Yoon, and short story contest winner Amina Mae Safi.

Tara Altebrando’s The Opposite of Here sold to Bloomsbury for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A girl meets her dream boy on a Caribbean cruise, only to have him mysteriously vanish.

Meredith Russo’s Birthday sold to Flatiron Books for publication in summer 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two teenagers meet on their shared 13th birthday and set into motion a series of events that will shape who they are.

Douglas Rees’s Elektra’s Adventures in Tragedy sold to Running Press Kids for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teenage girl moves from Mississippi to Guadalupe Slough, a community of old Chicano families and  drifters sandwiched between San Jose and the southern shores of San Francisco Bay.

Gae Polisner’s In Sight of Stars sold to St. Martin’s Wednesday Books imprint for publication in winter 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Klee spends time in a psychiatric hospital to review the pieces of his life after reeling from the death of his father.

Farrah Penn’s 12 Steps to Normal sold to Little, Brown’s Jimmy Patterson imprint for publication in summer 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teen moves back home after her father finishes Sober Living rehabilitation and decides to develop her own 12 steps to get back to normal – but what is “normal” in her world?

TV host Angelo Surmelis’s The Art of Blending In sold to HarperCollins’ Balzer + Bray imprint for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. An immigrant boy with an extremely religious mother does not approve of his artistic endeavors or growing attraction to another boy.

Lily Anderson’s Not Now, Not Ever sold to St. Martin’s for publication in 2018, according to Laura Zats’ Twitter. A companion to The Only Thing Worse than Me is You, a teenage girl runs away under an assumed name to compete in an off-brand academic decathalon to win a full scholarship to the only college in the country with a Science Fiction Literature program.

Robin Talley’s Pulp sold to Harlequin Teen for publication in fall 2018, according to Jim McCarthy’s Twitter. A closeted teen in the 1950s expresses herself by writing a lesbian pulp novel and a contemporary out-and-proud lesbian discovers the book and becomes fascinated by its pseudonymous author.

Kit Frick’s See All The Stars sold to McElderry Books for publication in summer 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. An 18-year-old navigates her last year of high school in the wake of a mysterious accident for which she’s been blamed.

Bridget Morrissey’s The Place Where We Exist sold to Sourcebooks Fire for publication in winter 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two high school seniors meet for the first time on graduation day and feel connected, but when “an accident leaves him in a coma, she must piece together the fragments of his life before it’s too late.”

Jen Klein’s Summer Unscripted sold to Random House for publication in summer 2018, with a second untitled book to follow in summer 2019, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A girl without “passion” meets a boy and imagines that he’s her sign, her “passion,” until a second boy complicates things.

Adrienne Kisner’s Dear Rachel Maddow sold to Feiwel and Friends for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Brynn begins emailing host Rachel Maddow for a school project and uses her unsent drafts to talk about everything from her girlfriend to her brother’s death to the election – until she accidentally forwards her emails to the entire school.

Fantasy

A.R. Kahler’s Runebinder sold to Harlequin Teen for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Tenn is a Hunter fighting the monsters who overrun the world and falls into a game of love and power.

Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood sold to Flatiron Books for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Lunch and Publisher’s Weekly. A seventeen-year-old spent her whole life fleeing the shadows of her grandmother’s cult collection of fairy tales only to have her mother taken by the world within the stories.

Sara Holland’s YA fantasy The Everless Girl sold to HarperTeen to publish in winter 2018, with an untitled sequel to follow, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Time is a commodity that flows through the blood and that the rich hoard, and a 17-year-old girl finds herself at the Everless Estate, at the heart of a centuries-old rivalry over the secret to immortality.

Joelle Charbonneau’s new fantasy duology Dividing Eden sold to HarperTeen for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A pair of royal siblings compete for the crown.

Julie C. Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns sold to Philomel for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. This reimagining of the evil queen from Snow White based on Asian folklore follows Xifeng, who must unleash a jealous god on the world and set free the viciousness of her soul to become Empress of Feng Lu.

Tracy Banghart’s The Iron Flowers sold to Little, Brown for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Women have no rights in this world where two sisters seek freedom – one trapped in a palace, another a prison.

Shea Ernshaw’s The Wicked Deep sold to Simon Pulse for publication in spring 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Three sisters were sentenced to death for witchcraft in 1811 and this small coastal town has been plagued by death ever since.

Lyndsay Ely’s Gunslinger Girl sold to Little, Brown’s Jimmy Patterson imprint for publication in January 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. “Pity” Jones runs away from home to join the Theater Vespertine as a trick sharpshooter, but there’s a dark cost for her freedom.

Sarah Porter’s Never-Contented Things, along with a second untitled standalone novel, sold to Tor Teen / Starscape for publication in fall 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two siblings are trapped in an alternate reality that appears to be a perfect replica of the college town they’ve been living.

Megan Bannen’s The Nameless Prince sold to HarperCollins’ Balzer + Bray imprint for publication in fall 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Inspired by the Persian poem that gave rise to the opera “Turandot,” a slave girl named Hua tells the story of “a prince who will risk anything to save his kingdom, a princess whose impossible riddles have claimed the lives of all her would-be suitors, and the girl who brings them together with terrible consequences.”

Mary Amato’s Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery sold to Carolrhoda Lab for publication in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Lacy Brink wakes up in a crumbling cemetery, dead and surrounded by bickering ghosts from the 19th century.

Carrie Mesrobian’s The Hidden Needle sold to Dutton for publication in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The youngest daughter of an unusual family of women is visited in her dreams by a 19th-century Irish immigrant girl who died in a nearby asylum.

Science Fiction

M.K. England’s The Disasters sold to HarperCollins for publication in fall 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Five teenagers considering themselves galactic failures by Ellis Space Academy prevent a series of intergalactic attacks.

Alisa Kwitney’s Cadaver and Queen sold to Harlequin Teen for publication in fall 2018, with a sequel to follow, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The first female student at a Victorian-era medical school uncovers gruesome secrets that some professors would kill to hide.

Historical

HarlequinTeen will publish All Out, an anthology of short stories edited by Saundra Mitchell, in winter 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. “The book will feature positive portrayals of LGBTQIA+ characters in historical fiction written by LGBTQIA+ authors, including Kody Keplinger, Benjamín Alire Sàenz, Malinda Lo, emily danforth, and many others.”

Don Zolidis’s The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig sold to Disney-Hyperion for publication in fall 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Amy and Craig are on-again-off-again in this coming-of-age story set in 1994 Wisconsin.

Nonfiction

Actress Lily Collins’ Unfiltered sold to HarperCollins for publication in March 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The essay collection will discuss body image, self-confidence, relationships and more.

Ryan Higa’s illustrated YA memoir sold to Little, Brown for publication in May 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Higa is a YouTube celebrity and comedian.

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