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Young Adult

Drowning Is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley

shalanda stanleyMelanie Cecka at Knopf has bought Shalanda Stanley‘s debut novel Drowning Is Inevitable, about four teens who flee to New Orleans in the wake of an accidental homicide where they hope to find a solution to an unfixable problem. It’s scheduled to publish in fall 2015; Kate McKean at the Howard Morhaim Agency brokered the deal for North American rights. Add on Goodreads.

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

doctorow wangMark Siegel at First Second Books has bought world rights to a graphic novel by Boing Boing creator and author Cory Doctorow, to be illustrated by Jen Wang. The book, called In Real Life, tells of a girl encountering social inequality and injustice online and having to figure out what to do about it. It will publish this October; Russell Galen was the agent for Doctorow. Add on Goodreads.

2 Untitled Graphic Novels by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

rainbow rowellCalista Brill at First Second Books has acquired world rights to two graphic novels from Printz Honor author Rainbow Rowell. The two graphic novels will be YA romance in the vein of her novels Eleanor & Park and Fangirl; the first will be illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks. Christopher Schelling at Selectric Artists was the agent for Rowell; Bernadette Baker-Baughman at Victoria Sanders represented Hicks.

Bluescreen by Dan Wells

dan wellsJordan Brown at HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray has bought Bluescreen, the first in a futuristic YA cyberpunk series from Partials author Dan Wells. In the series, a teen hacker’s friend’s overdose on an illicit digital drug leads her to uncover a mystery with roots deep in her L.A. neighborhood’s crime syndicate. Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger brokered the three-book deal for world English rights. Add on Goodreads.

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

stephanie perkinsSara Goodman at St. Martin’s Press has bought a YA anthology called My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss. The collection will feature 12 romantic tales of young love by celebrated YA authors, including Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Ally Carter, Holly Black, Kiersten White, Matt de la Peña, Laini Taylor, Jenny Han and Kelly Link. Publication is set for October 2014; Kate Schafer Testerman at KT Literary did the deal for North American rights. Add on Goodreads.

Knockout Games by G. Neri

g neriAndrew Karre at Carolrhoda Lab has acquired Coretta Scott King Honor author G. Neri‘s new YA novel, Knockout Games. It tells the story of Erica, a white 15-year-old, and her experience getting caught up in the TKO Club, a group of middle-school kids urged to play the now-infamous knockout game by Kalvin, a charismatic black 18-year-old. The book, according to its publisher, takes an unflinching and morally complex look at casual violence and American teenagers. Neri wrote the book based on visits to a St. Louis high school where the knockout game was popular several years ago. Publication is scheduled for August 2014; Edward Necarsulmer IV of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner did the deal for world English rights. Add to Goodreads.

Black River by Jeff Hirsch

jeff hirschLynne Polvino at Clarion Books has acquired Black River, a YA novel by Jeff Hirsch (The Eleventh Plague). In the story, 16-year-old Cardinal Odera is the only member of his family to escape a virus that stole the memories of everyone in his town. He chooses to remain in his quarantined town, caring for a band of orphaned kids, but when a mysterious young woman appears, and factions within the town begin to agitate for greater freedom, the safe, closed-off world he worked so hard to build begins to crumble. Publication is set for fall 2015; Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger did the deal for world rights. Add on Goodreads.

N.E.E.D. by Joelle Charbonneau

joelle charbonneau headshotMargaret Raymo at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has signed a two-book deal with Joelle Charbonneau, author of the YA trilogy The Testing. The first title in the deal, N.E.E.D., was pitched as Pretty Little Liars meets Homeland. It’s set in a small Wisconsin town and follows teenager Kaylee, who gets involved in an elite social networking Web site called N.E.E.D., which that grants your desire in return for fulfilling a request. Publication is slated for fall 2016; the second book is currently untitled and scheduled for fall 2016. Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Literary Agency did the two-book deal for world rights. Add on Goodreads.

The Veiled Man’s Goddess by Amy McNulty

amy mcnultyGeorgia McBride at Month9Books has bought The Veiled Man’s Goddess trilogy by Amy McNulty, a YA fantasy romance where one girl fights to save the boy she loves from a spell that forces all men to wear masks and only ever love one woman, each their “goddess.” Publication will begin in 2015; Jason Yarn at Paradigm sold world English rights. Add on Goodreads.

 

Woven by Michael Jensen & David Powers King

jensen & kingDavid Levithan and Zack Clark at Scholastic bought Michael Jensen and David Powers King‘s epic YA fantasy, Woven, in which a spoiled princess and the ghost who haunts her, a recently murdered young knight, embark on a quest to thwart death itself. Clark will edit, and publication is scheduled for spring 2015. Meredith Bernstein at the Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency held the auction for world English rights; Jacqueline Murphy at Fineprint is handling foreign rights. Add on Goodreads.

The Great Library trilogy by Rachel Caine

author Roxanne Carson at homeAnne Sowards at NAL signed a mid-six-figure deal for a YA fantasy trilogy by Rachel Caine, author of the Morganville Vampires books. In the new trilogy, called the Great Library, the Library of Alexandria still exists and has become all-powerful, and, while there is unfettered access to information digitally, it is a crime to keep print books in any personal collection. The series is described as The Book Thief with Fahrenheit 451 by way of Harry Potter. The first book is planned for summer 2015; Lucienne Diver at the Knight Agency sold North American rights. Add on Goodreads.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

leah thomasMary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury has pre-empted Because You’ll Never Meet Me, a debut novel from 24-year-old author Leah Thomas, about the unique friendship – told through letters – between Ollie, a 14-year-old with an allergy to electricity, and Moritz, a blind German boy with unusual powers. It is scheduled to be co-published with Ellen Holgate of Bloomsbury U.K. in spring 2015. Lana Popovic of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency did the deal for world rights. Add on Goodreads.

The Borden Murders by Sarah Miller

sarah millerAnne Schwartz at Random House’s Schwartz & Wade imprint has bought Sarah Miller‘s The Borden Murders, a YA narrative nonfiction book about the infamous Lizzie Borden, for publication in spring 2016. Wendy Schmalz at Wendy Schmalz Agency negotiated for world rights. Add on Goodreads.

 

Puchio by Jing Guo

jin guoLee Wade at Schwartz & Wade has acquired Jing Guo‘s Puchio, a wordless graphic novel about a girl who, in an effort to visit her grandmother, embarks on a fantastical journey. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016. Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors did the deal for world rights. Add on Goodreads.

Middle Grade

Pram by Lauren DeStefano

lauren destefanoCatherine Onder at Bloomsbury has acquired a debut middle-grade novel, Pram, and an untitled sequel, by Lauren DeStefano, author of the Chemical Garden and Internment Chronicles YA trilogies. Pram tells the story of a girl with a unique talent: she can talk to ghosts. After befriending a boy named Clarence, Pram decides to search for her father in the hope that he can answer her questions about her mother’s death. It comes out in fall 2015; Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency did the deal for U.S., Canadian, and open market rights. Add on Goodreads.

Partition Junction by N.H. Senzai

nh senzaiSylvie Frank at S&S’s Paula Wiseman Books has acquired N.H. Senzai‘s Partition Junction (working title), a middle-grade novel in which 12-year-old Maya uncovers a family mystery that takes her on an adventure from Pakistan to India. Senzai is the author of Shooting Kabul and Saving Kabul Corner. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich was brokered the deal. Add on Goodreads.

The Dungeoneers by John David Anderson

john david andersonJordan Brown at Walden Pond Press has acquired three middle-grade novels from Sidekicked author John David Anderson. In The Dungeoneers, Colm Candorly is the perfect pickpocket, but when he’s chosen to enter a school that trains dungeon raiders, he learns that taking treasure from monsters is the easiest part of being a Dungeoneer. It’s scheduled for publication in summer 2015; Quinlan Lee at Adams Literary negotiated the six-figure deal for North American rights. Add on Goodreads.

The Allegiance and Bottle Cap by Megan Frazer Blakemore

megan frazer blakemoreHarvey Klinger agent Sara Crowe has closed two deals for Megan Frazer Blakemore, author of The Water Castle. Mary Kate Castellani at Walker has bought world English rights to a new middle-grade novel, tentatively titled The Allegiance, about a sixth grader who uncovers a mystery in her local library while preparing for the school spelling bee, in a two-book deal. Publication is planned for spring 2015. And Alexandra Cooper at HarperCollins has bought world English rights to a YA novel tentatively titled Bottle Cap, about 16-year-old Very Woodruff, a straight-A student in a family of free-spirited artists, who starts questioning everything in her orderly life when her grandmother, a famous writer, is on her deathbed, and Very is forced to face the truth about her family and who she wants to be, also in a two-book deal. The projected publication date is fall 2015. Add on GR here & here.

Confidentially Yours series by Jo Whittemore

jo whittemoreAndrea Martin at HarperCollins has bought a six-book middle-grade series from D Is for Drama author Jo Whittemore. Confidentially Yours is a humorous series about a group of sixth-graders who collaborate on an advice column; publication is tentatively slated to begin in fall 2015. Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency did the six-figure deal for world rights. Add on Goodreads.

Which of these YA and MG titles are you most excited about?

**All rights reports are taken directly from PW**
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Review: The Lost Planet by Rachel Searles

the lost planetTitle: The Lost Planet

Author: Rachel Searles

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan

Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

Genre: Middle Grade

Rec. Age Level: 8-12

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A boy wakes in a room he’s never seen before. In fact, he has no memory of anything… not even his name. It’s only after the man tending to him finds a chip embedded under the boy’s skin that his identity, or at least his name, is discovered: Chase Garrety. Armed with his name and little else, Chase sets out to unravel the mystery of how he ended up on the planet Trucon, wounded and without his memory. He teams up with Parker, the boy who found him unconscious and in mortal danger of the monsters that plague Trucon. Parker talks Chase into “borrowing” a spaceship that belongs to Parker’s mysterious benefactor, in the process, giving the slip to his cyborg nanny/bodyguard. What starts as a joyride soon morphs into danger when Trucon is destroyed in a fiery explosion and the boys unwittingly rescue the man accused of coordinating the attack. As secrets are revealed and Chase is driven by the faintly remembered phrase, “Guide the star,” the boys are no longer sure who to trust. Met by danger at every turn, Chase and Parker struggle to stay one step ahead of those who seek them, including the government, the mob, the accused terrorist, and even Parker’s guardian.

Nonstop action and an absorbing premise make THE LOST PLANET a thrilling MG debut from Rachel Searles. These characteristics, paired with fast pacing, also make this title a great pick for reluctant readers who prefer to jump right into the action or don’t have the patience for a long introduction. The well-placed, surprising twists within THE LOST PLANET will keep readers engaged as they struggle with Chase to unravel his past and determine which forces within the novel seek to save or destroy him.

Q&A with Karen Foxlee, author of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

For those of you who don’t already know this, I adore Karen Foxlee’s debut middle grade novel, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. Furthermore, I cannot express how thrilled I was to be able to interview Karen and that I’m able to share her answers here at The Hiding Spot. Please take the time to read my review of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy as well… I’ve done my best to capture how absolutely wonderful this novel is and I can only hope I’ve done it justice! A big thank you to Karen Foxlee for taking the time to answer my questions!

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Karen Foxlee is an Australian writer. She is the author of two young adult novels: “The Anatomy of Wings” and “The Midnight Dress”. Her first middle grade novel “Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy” is to be published in January, 2014. She lives and writes in Queensland, Australia.

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OPHELIA AND THE MARVELOUS BOY is your first MG novel, as your first two published novels were YA. Did you set out to write a MG novel or did Ophelia’s story simply feel right as MG?

OPHELIA was written during a break from writing my second YA novel THE MIDNIGHT DRESS.  I was struggling with that one and just wanted to go away and have some fun.  I started with the small idea of a boy locked away in a museum room and it grew from there.  In the beginning I wasn’t sure at all what age group it was for.  I was only really interested in finding out why the boy was there and what his story was – solving the puzzle of the story for myself. Many drafts later, Ophelia arrived, and all the pieces started falling into place.   I guess somewhere around then I started to have the first inklings that it was a children’s book.

I adored Ophelia’s exploratory trips through the museum because we were treated to descriptions of the various rooms and curiosities. Did you base Ophelia’s museum on real-life museum trips or is the museum (and its curiosities) entirely from your imagination?

I’ve always loved museums and the older the better.  I went to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia once.  It’s vast and a bit run down and the little old guards watch you like hawks (and sometimes knit).  So there is a little of the Hermitage in my museum.  Most of it is from my imagination though and mixture of different places I have been.  Oh, I loved thinking about that museum! I love making characters but I’ve never grown up a huge building!  That’s how it felt.  I gradually got to know that museum in my mind and through my writing; all its twists and turns and staircases and elevators and glittering galleries and murky corridors.  I loved thinking about the exhibits too.  Nearly all of those strange collections are things that I’ve loved, or read about, or wondered about, or seen.

Did you have trouble writing any of your characters or specific scenes within the novel? Or, were any characters or scenes particularly easy to write?

I always felt very comfortable slipping into the boy’s voice when he tells his story.  And when Ophelia appeared in later drafts to find the boy, well, I just knew everything was going to be okay.  She took over from there.  I loved her immediately.  The hardest scenes were the ones between Ophelia and her mother. The sad parts.  I would get very emotional and have to go and lie down and have a good cry.

Has the title changed or stayed relatively the same as your novel journeyed towards publication?

ophelia and the marvelous boyThe title wasn’t there from the beginning because Ophelia wasn’t there from the beginning.  As soon as she arrived I chose that name.  I worried about if it was too simple but now it feels like there could never ever have been another title.

What book or author has most influenced you as a writer or in general?

Wow.  So many, too many, each in different ways.  Fairy-tales as a child introduced me to the emotional punch of literature, to magic, to story-telling.   I loved the adventure stories of my childhood.  THE FAMOUS FIVE (Enid Blyton)!  Kids running around the country side solving mysteries.  What could be more exciting?  The big journey stories of Baum’s THE WIZARD OF OZ– the excitement of turning those pages.  Too many grown-up books to name.  But in particular I remember reading Arundhati Roy’s THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS and thinking: imagine being able to create something so perfect and so beautiful!  After reading that book I decided I wanted to keep trying and trying to learn how to write the best books I could.

What jobs did you have on your way to becoming a writer/published author? Is there a certain work experience that has shaped your writing?

I have always worked as a registered nurse since I was eighteen years old and still do today.  Nursing made me the person I am so I guess in that way it has shaped my writing.  I’ve had the privilege of meeting so many amazing people through nursing and hearing and witnessing so many wonderful stories.  The stories of people’s lives I mean.  Everyone has a story.

If you had to pick a favorite word, what would it be and why?

The first that springs to mind is Chandelier.  I’ve always had a thing for that word! It is just so lovely to look at and sounds exactly like the object I see in my mind, a glittering waterfall of glass and light.

My blog is dedicated to my personal hiding spot, books. Who, what, or where can be credited as your personal escape from reality?

I am an experienced day-dreamer.  I schedule day-dreams into my writing day.  I day dream about my characters and my stories, about myself, about the future, about the past.  I’d say that is where I escape and let go.  My stories are born out of those day-dreams.

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More about OPHELIA AND THE MARVELOUS BOY

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Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, her sister, Alice, and their father, the world’s leading expert on swords, leave home for a foreign city where it always snows. Ophelia’s father has been hired to curate a museum exhibit and, while exploring the museum, a confusing, drafty place full of curiosities, Ophelia discovers an abandoned room. Within the room is a small door. On the other side of the door, is a boy. As you might expect, this is no ordinary boy, but a Marvelous Boy, the prisoner of the sinister Snow Queen. The Queen has kept him prisoner for near 300 years and he’s been waiting for Ophelia. Only she can help him defeat the Queen… and time is running out. Scientifically-minded Ophelia must look within herself – and to the memory of mother – to find the magic she holds within herself. A gorgeous retelling of The Snow Queen and an unforgettable story about friendship, love, and grief, OPHELIA AND THE MARVELOUS BOY is sure to be loved by readers of all ages.

— Excerpt from The Hiding Spot review

Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

ophelia and the marvelous boyTitle: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Author: Karen Foxlee

Publisher: Random House

Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

Genre: Middle Grade

Rec. Age Level: 8-12

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Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, her sister, Alice, and their father, the world’s leading expert on swords, leave home for a foreign city where it always snows. Ophelia’s father has been hired to curate a museum exhibit and, while exploring the museum, a confusing, drafty place full of curiosities, Ophelia discovers an abandoned room. Within the room is a small door. On the other side of the door, is a boy. As you might expect, this is no ordinary boy, but a Marvelous Boy, the prisoner of the sinister Snow Queen. The Queen has kept him prisoner for near 300 years and he’s been waiting for Ophelia. Only she can help him defeat the Queen… and time is running out. Scientifically-minded Ophelia must look within herself – and to the memory of mother – to find the magic she holds within herself. A gorgeous retelling of The Snow Queen and an unforgettable story about friendship, love, and grief, OPHELIA AND THE MARVELOUS BOY is sure to be loved by readers of all ages.

Ophelia has much to overcome in her journey to defeat the Snow Queen. Not only must she brave Misery birds, ghosts, a cold museum director, and other sinister and fantastical beasts, she has to overcome the grief of the recent loss of her mother and her own leaning towards empirical truths. Ophelia’s mother, even in death, has a lasting impact on Ophelia and her struggle to find magic and hope in the cold world of the Snow Queen. When she doubts herself or the Marvelous Boy, Ophelia looks to memories of her mother, a writer who was always ready to believe in fantastical and everyday magic. And, in time, she looks within herself, where she finds her mother is always present.

I adored the setting of OPHELIA AND THE MARVELOUS BOY. Foxlee’s words paint an amazingly detailed world full of wonder and, of course, magic. Not much is known about the city, except that it’s always snowing there, but I couldn’t help but imagine the museum was in a large Russian city. There are gorgeous black and white illustrations within the book by Yoko Tanaka that beautifully complement the text, giving readers a visual treat in addition to Foxlee’s lyrical descriptions.

I urge you to read OPHELIA AND THE MARVELOUS BOY, regardless of your age. Its magic will transport you, leaving you satisfied even as you mourn leaving Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy behind.

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Don’t miss my interview with OPHELIA author, Karen Foxlee, here!

Review: Almost Super by Marion Jensen

f1e07-almostsuperTitle: Almost Super

Author: Marion Jensen

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pub. Date: January 23, 2014

Genre: Middle Grade

Rec. Age Level: 8-12

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Rafter and Benny Bailey have been waiting for this day, February 29th, since the moment they learned their family was made up of superheroes. The moment the clock hits 4:23pm, Benny and Rafter’s lives will forever change as they inherit the superpowers that will allow them to protect their city from the villainous Johnsons. their dreams take a nosedive, however, when the boys end up with rather useless powers, crushing their dreams of supersuits and heroics.

After an encounter with classmate and nemesis Juanita Johnson, they learn Juanita was also unlucky in the power department. To top it off, their conversations with Juanita brings new truths to light and challenges everything the boys believe in. They’re forced to ask: which family is the real threat to their town? The Johnsons…? The Baileys…? Or someone else entirely?

I can’t stop talking about Marion Jensen’s debut, ALMOST SUPER. Hilarious and packed with unforgettable characters, this book has immediately found a place in my heart and, best of all, into my everyday life. After telling various people about the book and the obligatory fist shake by the Bailey’s upon mentioning the Johnsons, we’ve developed a bit of a habit of blaming the Johnsons when things go wrong, accompanied, of course, with a fist shake. But ALMOST SUPER reminds readers that first impressions and secondhand accounts aren’t always the best source of information and, perhaps, the Johnsons aren’t truly the rightful recipients of our blame.

A fantastic adventure with a great message about the true meaning of bravery and heroics, ALMOST SUPER is a must read!

Review: Wanderville by Wendy McClure

wandervilleTitle: Wanderville

Author: Wendy McClure

Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin

Pub. Date: January 23, 2014

Genre: Middle Grade

Rec. Age Level: 8-12

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WANDERVILLE is set in the 1900s and introduces readers to Frances, Harold, and Jack, three kids from New York bound for Kansas on an orphan train. Frances and her little brother Harold have been living in horrible conditions since their Aunt Mare abandoned them. Both hope for a better life out West, though Frances is skeptical of the fate that awaits them. Jack, not technically an orphan, has been sent away by his destitute parents after the loss of his older brother in a tragic factory fire. The three meet aboard the train, where Jack comes to Harold rescue as he’s being picked on by a bully. Jack and Frances are both convinced nothing good awaits them in Kansas, so they hatch a plan to escape the train and make their way back to New York. Dodging the local sheriff, the three escape. Beginning their trek back east, the three runaways literally stumble across Alexander, another escaped orphan. Alexander confirms their fears: nothing good was waiting at the end of their cross-country train ride. But, Alex explains, he has the perfect place for Frances, Jack, and Harold to live. A safe place. A place with no adults. A place all their own. A place where kids like them are always welcome. Wanderville. Population: 4. Everything is perfect until Harold is captured by the worst people imaginable, the Pratcherds, the very family Alex has escaped from. Now Frances, Jack, and Alex must rescue Harold, without getting caught themselves.

Creativity and resilience, key themes found within Wendy McClure’s newest novel, play a large part in the creation of Wanderville. The town, at first glance, might not seem like much, but if you look closely, it starts to take shape. Built with bits and pieces, and no small amount of  imagination, the town has everything our four runaways need: food stores (restocked frequently by “liberating” items from the nearby town, right under the sheriff’s nose), a safe place to sleep (both a remarkably comfy area on the ground and hammocks), room to make their own decisions (the courtroom is a great place to determine the laws of Wanderville), and the freedom to explore and play (plus determine how they’ll take on the sheriff if he tracks them down). After all the hardship these four kids have endured, Wanderville is a refuge. A place where no adult can hurt or betray them, a place entirely their own.

WANDERVILLE allows young readers to learn about and explore history, specifically the realities of orphan trains and the harsh lives of young children in the early 1900s, while allowing them to embark on an adventure with plucky characters their own age that they’ll find easy to relate to. Readers will easily compare their lives to those of Frances, Jack, and Harold, finding both similarities and differences. The characters in WANDERVILLE deal with bullies, love their siblings, enjoy reading and learning, etc, all things kids today can easily relate to. But there are notable differences too: Jack works in a factory under harsh conditions, Frances and Harold are briefly taken in many times before being abandoned, and all three are shipped across the country where they are promised a better life, but where a fate of a hard life as cheap labor awaits them.

A fantastic new historically set adventure, readers are sure to love both the adventure and history included in WANDERVILLE. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next for Frances, Jack, Alex, and Harold in the next part of their story, slated for a fall 2014 release.

SOLD! Recently Acquired, Forthcoming Reads for your TBR

Stressed about the future? Check out the rights report and feel your anxiety melt away. More amazing books to read, that’s what your future holds! Don’t forget to add these forthcoming titles to your Goodreads to-read and wishlist shelves!

Young Adult

That Monstrous Thing by Amanda Panitch

ImageMichelle Nagler at Random House has bought, in a pre-empt, a debut novel by Amanda Panitch, called That Monstrous Thing; Chelsea Eberly. The book was pitched in the vein of a YA Gone Girl, about a girl who survived her twin brother’s murderous rampage only to discover that her dark secret survived as well. Publication is set for spring 2015; Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House did the two-book deal for world rights. Add to Goodreads.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

ImageDaniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen has acquired world English rights to Adam Silvera‘s debut novel, More Happy Than Not. Pitched as a YA Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the story follows 16-year-old Aaron Soto’s growing up in the Bronx (where Silvera also grew up), just after the advent of a procedure that folds memories to soften the blow of traumatic experiences – of which Aaron has many. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015. Brooks Sherman of Fine Print Literary Management brokered the deal. Add to Goodreads.

The Trouble with Destiny and My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill

lauren morrillWendy Loggia at Delacorte Press has bought North American rights to two books by Lauren Morrill, author of Meant to Be. In the first book, The Trouble with Destiny, described as Pitch Perfect meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream on a cruise, a drum major must save her school band and navigate romantic disasters when their ship gets stranded at sea. In My Unscripted Life, a sarcastic girl finds herself falling for a celebrity who is filming his next movie in her small town. Publication is planned for fall 2015 and fall 2016, respectively. Stephen Barbara at Foundry Literary + Media did the deal on behalf of Paper Lantern Lit. Add to Goodreads.

Your Machine Anatomy by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson

moskowitz helgesonTamra Tuller at Chronicle has bought world rights to Your Machine Anatomy by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson. The YA novel follows the unlikely friendship of two young women forged via fan fiction and message boards, and is told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts. Publication is planned for 2016; John M. Cusick of Greenhouse Literary brokered the deal. Add to Goodreads.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

teresa totenBeverly Horowitz at Delacorte Press has acquired Teresa Toten’s The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, winner of Canada’s Governor General’s Award. Pitched as Eleanor & Park meets The Rosie Project, the story combines romance and whodunit elements but also features teens dealing with OCD. Publication is set for spring 2015; Marie Campbell at the Transatlantic Agency did the deal. Add to Goodreads.

All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

susin nielsenWendy Lamb at Random House has acquired U.S. rights, at auction, to We Are All Made of Molecules and an untitled YA novel by Susin Nielsen, winner of Canada’s Governor General’s Award. The story is told by brilliant but socially challenged Stewart, 13, and Ashley, mean queen of the ninth grade. Stewart’s mother died two years ago, and he has just moved into the home of his father’s new girlfriend and her daughter – Ashley. Publication is scheduled for spring 2015; Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists was the agent. Add to Goodreads.

Tansy Summer by Amber Kizer

amber kizerStacey Barney at Putnam has acquired North American rights to Tansy Summer, YA author Amber Kizer‘s first foray into middle grade. After she is sent away from her home, Tansy, a selective mute, gains the confidence to speak again through a friend, her loving aunt and uncle, and a project raising free-range chickens. Publication is set for summer 2015. Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio negotiated the two-book deal. Add to Goodreads.

Invincible Wild by Jessica Taylor

jessica taylorAlison Weiss at Egmont USA has bought debut author Jessica Taylor‘s YA novel, Invincible Wild. In the story, a teenage girl from a family of Wanderers must choose between the rambling way of life she’s always known and the townie boy she falls. Publication is set for fall 2015; Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights. Add to Goodreads.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonne-Sue Hitchcock

bonnie-sue hitchcockWendy Lamb at Random House has acquired The Smell of Other People’s Houses, a debut YA novel of interlocking stories set in 1970s Alaska by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, a third-generation Alaskan and journalist for Alaska Public Radio. Cassie misses her father, lost in a plane crash. Her sister Ruth has a secret. Hank and his brothers have stowed away on a ferry that will put them all in danger. And Dumpling Moses is missing, but no one will find Dumpling until these teens – and others – put their stories together. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015. Molly Ker Hawn of the Bent Agency did the deal for USCPOM rights. Add to Goodreads.

Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

anne heltzelMargaret Raymo at HMH has bought North American rights to a new YA novel by Anne Heltzel, a former editor at Razorbill. Charlie, Presumed Dead is the story of two teenage girls who meet at the funeral of Charlie Pryce, presumed dead after an explosion on a college campus. When the girls realize they both thought they were Charlie’s one true love, the secrets of his double life are unraveled – and it’s possible they’ve walked into a trap he’s laid for them. Publication is scheduled for spring 2015; Stephen Barbara at Foundry Literary + Media did the deal. Add to Goodreads.

Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

jackie lea sommersJill Davis at HarperCollins’s Katherine Tegen Books preempted North American rights to two books by debut novelist Jackie Lea Sommers, in a six-figure deal. The first novel, Truest, will be published in 2016 and tells the story of Westlin, a pastor’s daughter, and her complicated relationships with Silas, a young writer new to town, and Laurel, his mysterious twin sister. It’s billed as a novel of “summer love, small-town secrets, and the darker side of philosophy.” Steven Chudney from the Chudney Agency brokered the deal. Add to Goodreads.

dotwav by Mike A. Lancaster

mike a lancasterAlison Weiss at Egmont has acquired dotwav, a YA sci-fi thriller by Mike A. Lancaster (Human.4 and The Future We Left Behind). In the book, a female hacker joins forces with a member of a secret teen government agency to uncover a sound embedded in music that’s being used to control fans. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; Becky Bagnell at Lindsay Literary negotiated the deal for North American rights. Add to Goodreads.

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by Various (anthology)

Jessica Garrison at Dial bought world rights at auction to a YA horror anthology, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. The collection features a large number of authors, including April Tucholke, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Kami Garcia, Carrie Ryan, Nova Ren Suma, A.G. Howard, Cat Winters, Stefan Bachman, Jay Kristoff, Kendare Blake, McCormick Templeman, and Megan Shepherd, and tells tales of gritty girls fighting back, seeking revenge, and claiming their victims. Publication is planned for fall 2015; Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media brokered the deal for world rights. Add to Goodreads.

Middle Grade

The 8th Continent by Matt London

ImageGillian Levinson at Razorbill acquired world rights to The 8th Continent, first in a middle-grade series by debut author Matt London. The story – pitched as Despicable Me meets Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego? – follows a brother and sister who are working to turn the Great Pacific Garbage Patch into a utopic eighth continent where their family can start afresh and plants and animals can thrive. To do so, however, they must outwit bumbling bureaucrats and the villainous Condo Corp, who want to take the eighth continent for themselves in order to create New Miami. The first book is set for September 2014; Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger negotiated the three-book deal. Add on Goodreads.

The Oakwood All-Out Yard War and The Tidings Tree by Taylor Kitchings

ImageWendy Lamb at Random House bought two middle-grade novels by debut author Taylor Kitchings. The Oakwood All-Out Yard War, scheduled for publication in fall 2015, is set in Mississippi in 1964. When 12-year old Trip Westbrook invites his housekeeper’s son Dee to play ball in their front yard, their game reveals the angry racism simmering in their town. The Tidings Tree, to be published in fall 2016, takes place two years later and is told by Trip’s younger sister. Molly Ker Hawn of the Bent Agency held the auction for North American rights. Add to Goodreads.

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas

ImageNancy Conescu at Dial has acquired Confessions of an Imaginary Friend, a middle-grade novel by Michelle Cuevas. Nobody likes Jacques Papier besides his sister; when he comes across a cowgirl at the park and she informs him that he’s an imaginary friend, just like her, Jacques’s world is forever changed. It’s scheduled for publication in 2015; Emily van Beek of Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management negotiated the deal for world English rights. Add to Goodreads.

The Poet’s Daughter by Garrett Freymann-Weyr

garret freymann-weyrSarah Dotts Barley at HarperCollins has bought Printz-Honor winner Garret Freymann-Weyr‘s first foray into middle-grade fiction, The Poet’s Daughter. It tells the story of a young girl and an old dragon who meet in a hotel bar in Vienna and develop an instant camaraderie – and together learn how to live in the space between how the world is and how we wish it would be. Publication is scheduled for 2015; Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties did the two-book deal for North American rights. Add to Goodreads.

A Better Kind of Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

dan gemeinhartNick Eliopulos at Scholastic has acquired A Better Kind of Truth and a second, untitled middle-grade novel from debut author Dan Gemeinhart. When Mark discovers that his childhood illness has returned, he runs away with his dog rather than go back into treatment. Only after turning his back on everything he knows does he find the will to live and the strength to fight – but is it too late? Publication is planned for spring 2015. Pam van Hylckama Vlieg at Foreword Literary did the deal for world rights; Foreword retains film and TV rights, which are being managed by Brandy Rivers of the Gersh Agency. Add to Goodreads.

Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den by Aimee Carter

aimee carterCatherine Onder at Bloomsbury U.S. and Ellen Holgate at Bloomsbury U.K. have acquired world English rights in a combined six-figure pre-empt to Simon Thorn, an action-adventure middle-grade fantasy series by Aimee Carter, author of YA novel The Goddess Test. Simon Thorn is a bullied 12-year-old boy who discovers he is part of a secret race of humans born with the ability to turn into animals, and who may be the key to peace among five warring animal kingdoms. The first title, Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den, is scheduled for a simultaneous U.S./U.K. publication in fall 2015. The three-book deal was brokered by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio in the U.S., and Alex Webb of Rights People in the U.K. on behalf of Stimola. Add to Goodreads.

Which of these YA and MG titles are you most excited about?

**All rights reports are taken directly from PW**