What authors recently received YA book deals? (February 2)


Update your wishlists with these authors and their new YA book deals.

We Need Diverse Books to release anthology with Crown Books

Ellen Oh, president of We Need Diverse Books, will edit an anthology of short stories tor publication by Crown Books for Young Readers in spring 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Stories for All of Us will focus on diversity and feature stories by Sherman Alexie, Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander and the late Walter Dean Myers. Random House Children’s Books announced that they will make a donation to We Need Diverse Books upon publication of Stories for All of Us.

Traci Chee sells YA fantasy to Putnam

Tracy Lee sold her debut YA fantasy to Putnam for release in early 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The currently untitled books follows a young woman determined to save her family in a world where literacy is forbidden. For more, visit Traci Chee’s website or follow her on .

Long May She Reign sells to HarperTeen

HarperTeen bought Rhiannon Thomas’ Long May She Reign for publication in early 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A 17-year-old scientist is in lin for the throne, but suddenly becomes queen when the entire court is assassinated. For more, visit Rhiannon Thomas’ website.

Balzer + Bray buys Diplomatic immunity

Harper Collins imprint Balzer + Bray acquired Brodi Ashton’s Diplomatic Immunity for publication in spring 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A scholarship recipeint sets out to expose debauchery at her private school and finds herself falling for the resident bad boy. For more, follow .

Hannah Barnaby novel to release with Knopf

Hannah Barnaby’s Some of the Parts sold to Knopf for release in spring 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A girl discovers her brother’s organs were donated after a fatal car accident where she was the driver. For more, visit Hannah Barnaby’s website.

Reign of Shadows sells to Harper Teen

Sophie Jordan’s Reign of Shadows sold to Harper Teen for publication in winter 2016, according to Publisher’s Lunch. The two-book series follow a blind princess who must work with an archer to save a kingdom overrun with flesh-eating dark dwellers. For more, visit Sophie Jordan’s website.

Jessica Spotswood’s new novel sells to Sourcebooks

Jessica Spotswood’s Milbourn Falls sold to Sourcebooks for publication in 2016, . A girl struggles with a legacy of cursed women, a mother who abandoned her, and a tattooed poet who wants to help her figure out her life. For more, visit Jessica Spotswood’s website.

New multi-author YA series sells to Simon Pulse

Simon Pulse bought Zeroes, a new trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A group of teens with special abilities, nicknamed the Zeroes, are anything but heroes until a crisis changes everything. The first book is scheduled to release in fall 2015.

Rafi Mittlefehldt’s debut sells to Candlewick

Candlewick bought Rafi Mittlefehldt’s debut It Looks Like This for release in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Mike is a shy gay teen who moves to the conservative South. He meets a boy named Sean and discovers the terrifying ways that events can spiral out of control. For more, visit .

Lygis Day Peñaflor’s debut sells to Roaring Brook

Roaring Brook acquired Lygia Day Peñaflor’s debut Filming the Locals for release in spring 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A young actress struggles to meet the demands of her ambitious director, his edgy script and her pushy mother.

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