Abrams/Amulet has acquired debut author Riley Redgate’s Seven Ways We Lie, told from the perspectives of seven teenagers – each seduced by one of the seven deadly sins – whose paths converge when they accidentally expose a life-altering secret. It’s scheduled for publication in spring 2016.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux has preempted a chapter book series by Debbi Michiko Florence, about headstrong eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi and her Japanese-American family. The first book, Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen, is about yearning to be part of a fun family tradition, even if it’s not something girls typically do. Publication begins in spring 2017.
Lee & Low’s Tu Books has bought world rights for Supriya Kelkar’s Ahimsa, a middle grade historical novel about a privileged 10-year-old girl in 1942 India whose mother joins Gandhi’s freedom movement, and who takes up her mother’s work for freedom when her mother is jailed. Publication is slated for fall 2018.
Simon Pulse has acquired Sarah Lang‘s (writing as Sarah Lyu) debut novel, True Romantics, at auction. The book follows 17-year-old Remy Strade, whose life changes when she meets Elise Song and the two form an intense bond. When their friendship is threatened, the girls find themselves in the middle of a harrowing tragedy. Publication is slated for summer 2018.
Simon & Schuster has bought rights to Always and Forever, Lara Jean, the conclusion to Jenny Han‘s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. While Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping to plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. As her senior year draws to a close, she wonders – when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to? It’s scheduled for April 2017.
Lee & Low’s Tu Books has bought world rights for New Visions Award honor recipient Alexandra Aceves‘s Children of the River Ghost, a YA horror novel in which 16-year-old Katie, reeling from bullying after her last relationship, moves to New Mexico and falls for a mysterious, beautiful girl who may be the ghost La Llorona. Publication is set for spring 2019.
Scholastic/Levine has bought Flood City, the first middle grade book by Daniel José Older, an SF novel about two boys named Max and Ato who team up to stop the destruction of the last urban outpost on a flooded Earth. It’s tentatively scheduled for 2018. Klein also signed up Shadowhouse Fall (scheduled for fall 2017) and an untitled third book, to continue the bestselling Shadowshaper series.
Simon Pulse has acquired The Stories We Told by Sandhya Menon, author of the forthcoming When Dimple Met Rishi. Her latest contemporary YA follows Kiran Mehra, an aspiring teen filmmaker who finds herself caught up in family, friendship, and romance drama, narrated through the letters she writes to her favorite female filmmakers. Publication is set for summer 2018.
Abrams/Amulet have acquired Ginger Ly‘s (l.)Suee and the Shadow, a middle-grade graphic novel illustrated by Molly Park, about a 12-year-old girl whose new school is quite strange: voices emanate from dark corners, bullied kids turn into zombie-like Zeroes, and Suee’s own shadow comes to chatty life with a secret hiding beneath her own feet. Publication is planned for fall 2017.