What authors received YA book deals in October?

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What authors received YA book deals this month?

Fantasy

Mary Taranta’s debut Until Our Blood Runs Clean sold to Margaret K. McElderry Books for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. In a world where magic is poison, Faris must overthrow a tyrannical king and discover her power.

Heather Fawcett’s debut duology sold to HarperCollins’ Balzer + Bray imprint for publication in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Even the Darkest Stars follows an aspiring teen climber who joins a legendary explorer to climb the kingdom’s deadliest mountain – but the mission may destroy the entire world.

K.K. Perez’s Garden of Blood and Dust sold to Simon Pulse for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The fantasy is inspired by Elizabeth Bathroy, the world’s first female serial killer.

Chris Ledbetter Tweeted that his novel The Sky Throne sold to Month9Books for publication in 2017. Teenage Zeus uncovers a secret at Mount Olympus Prepatory Academia that change the course of history and the very nature of the gods.

Richelle Mead announced a new fantasy series with Razorbill. According to the Publisher’s Weekly, The Glittering Court follows three girls on a  journey for power and love.

Dylan Meconis’ Queen of the Sea, a hybrid graphic-novel and historical fantasy sold to Abrams for publication in fall 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Inspired by the early life of Queen Elizabeth I, a girl raised in a convent on a small island only to discover that she is one of its most dangerous political figures.

Scholastic bought two novels by Peadar Ó Guilín, with the first to be published in fall 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A girl ravaged by childhood disease fights to defend herself against an evil targeting the children of Ireland.

Contemporary

Henry Holt bought Emma Mills’ In This Adventure Ends for publication in winter 2017, with a second untitled book to follow, according to Publisher’s Weekly. In This Adventure Ends, a girl tries to track down her friends’ late mothers’ last painting.

Mike Curato’s graphic novel Flamer sold to Henry Holt for publication in winter 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A boy is bullied at Boy Scout Camp with near-fatal consequences.

Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s Out of Order sold to Penguin’s Nancy Paulsen Books imprint for publication in 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. No details of the plot are available yet.

Farrar, Straus and Grioux bought Keely Hutton’s debut Finding Obeno for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The story is inspired by Richard Ricky Anywar, who was abducted at 13 and forced to fight as a soldier in Joseph Kony’s army in Uganda before escaping and becoming a humanitarian.

Nina LaCour and David Levithan will collaborate on a novel for St. Martin’s Press, to be published in June 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. You Know Me Well follows Kate and Mark, who meet at Pride Week in  San Fransisco and discover that what they needed most was a friend.

Sonia Belasco’s debut Speak of Me as I Am sold to Philomel for publication in summer 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two teens learn how to grieve and love with  the help of a camera and Shakespeare.

Philomel will publish Jenny Valentine’s Fire Color One in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teenage girl struggles to break free of her mother and connect to the father she never knew.

Canadian author Carrie Mac will make her U.S. debut with Closer to Fine, to be published by Knopf in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Maeve, who struggles with severe anxiety, falls for a girl who isn’t afraid of anything.

Blair Thornburgh’s Hit Single sold to Harper Teen for publication in summer 2017, according to Thornburgh’s Twitter. A girl becomes the unwitting subject of a hit song.

John Corey Whaley sold two untitled YA novels to Dial, according to Publisher’s Weekly. While one will be published in summer 2018 and the other summer 2020, any further details are not yet known.

Meg Medina’s untitled YA novel sold to Candlewick for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two siblings, one with “intellectual disabilities,” enter their first year of high school.

Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan’s We Come Apart will be published by Bloomsbury in both the U.K. and U.S. in winter 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Nicu and Jess meet while on probation, and while they deal with their personal struggles, their friendship blooms.

Adi Alsaid’s third untitled YA novel sold to Harlequin Teen  for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Carlos is struggling to come to terms with his older brother’s death, but the spirit of his brother begins to him messages from beyond the grave. At his brother’s insistence, Carlos runs away to apprentice himself to a famous American chef.

Jaime Reed’s Keep Me In Mind sold to Scholastic for publication in April 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. It follows a girl who doesn’t remember and the boy who can’t forget her.

Heather Demetrios’ Bad Romance sold to Henry Holt with no current scheduled publication date, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A 16-yar-old girl tries to reclaim her life from her bad relationships with her father, her stepfather, and her abusive boyfriend.

Jenny Valentine’s Fire Color One sold to Philomel for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Lunch. A 16-year-old girl struggles to find out of her mother’s game of greed and to connect with her father she never knew.

Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue sold to Knopf for publication in  spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two teens rediscover each other while working in an old bookstore.

April Lindner’s Far From Over, which includes a digital novella and spinoff of Love, Lucy, sold to Poppy / NOVL for publication in May 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Jesse Palladino leaves behind his summer romance in Rome.

Sci-Fi

Razorbill bought three YA novels from Beth Revis, according to Publisher’s Weekly. In A World Without You, a teenage boy is convinced he can travel through time to save the girlfriend he lost. A World Without You will publish in summer 2016; no further information on the other two titles is currently available.

Suspense

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt bought Eileen Cook’s With Malice for publication in summer 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Jill wakes in the hospital, her leg in a cast, stitches on her face, and no memory of the last six weeks.

Mary McCoy’s Camp So and So sold to Carolrhoda Lab for publication in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Each cabin at a summer camp for girls must act out a warped version of a classic camp story, figure out how the stories connect, and who is forcing them to do this.

Historical

Shelley Sackier’s The Freemason’s Daughter sold to HarperCollins for publication in winter 2017, with a second untitled novel to follow in winter 2018, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The Freemason’s Daughter follows Jenna and the six Scottish men who raised her as they try to restore James Stuart to the British monarchy in 1715.

Jimmy Patterson Books bought Kerri Maniscalco’s Of Blood and Shadow for publication in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A Victorian-era lord’s daughter apprentices herself as a forensic examiner and ends up involved in the investigation of a serial killer in the West End.

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