Based on the bestselling, cult-favorite graphic novels, this series of middle-grade novels follows the five campers on totally new, action-packed adventures
by Mariko Tamaki
THE MOON IS UP #2
As the camp gears up for the big Galaxy Wars competition, Jo and the gang get some help from an unexpected visitor—a Moon Pirate! Book Two will focus on Jo, the ingenious inventor of the group who also happens to be trans.
UNICORN POWER! #1
When challenge-loving April leads the girls on a hike up the TALLEST mountain they’ve ever seen, things don’t go quite as planned. For one, they didn’t expect to trespass into the lands of the ancient Cloud People, and did anyone happen to read those ominous signs some unknown person posted at the bottom of the mountain? Also, unicorns.
Mariko Tamaki is an artist and writer known for her graphic novel “This One Summer”, a Caldecott Honor Book and Printz Award winner, illustrated by her cousin Jillian Tamaki, among other notable novels.
Perfect for the classroom or for bedtime, Susan Verde’s gentle, concrete narration and Peter H. Reynolds’s expressive watercolor illustrations bring the tenets of mindfulness to a kid-friendly level
I AM PEACE
A Book of Mindfulness
by Susan Verde, Art by Peter H. Reynolds
Abrams Books for Young Readers, September 2017
When the world feels chaotic, find peace within through an accessible mindfulness practice from the bestselling picture-book dream team that brought us I Am Yoga. Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect with the earth. Wonder at the beauty of the natural world. Breathe, taste, smell, touch, and be present.
Susan Verde is the author of The Museum, You and Me, I Am Yoga, and My Kicks. She is a licensed Yoga instructor and lives in East Hampton, New York.
Peter H. Reynolds is the renowned illustrator behind the bestselling “Judy Moody” and “Stink series”, as well as many other bestselling and award-winning picture books, including The Dot and Ish.
The first book of an ex Neonazi for teenagers, rights sold in Italy and Spain
by Timo F.
Timo was neo-Nazi. Although he was never one for ideology, he landed as a fourteen-year-old in the right-wing scene: he listens to neo-Nazi music and goes to demonstrations. He loves the public rebellion and the recognition he receives among the like-minded. Soon he wins over comrades for military camps, rises to the top of a right-wing village group and enthusiastically encourages his peers to join them. But when State Protection starts to focus on him, Timo begins to have doubts: Is this really the path in life that he wants to take?
Timo F. is a pseudonym of a German boy born in 1994, belonged to the neo-Nazi scene in a West German state between the ages of 14 to 17. He entered through right-wing music and demonstrations and mediated between the various political subgroups of the scene. Until he finally questioned the ideology and his “friendships”. With the help of an exit organization he started a normal life in 2011.
The exciting two-book series will drag female readers to Paris and its underworlds and make their hearts beat faster. An homage to the power of storytelling and a breath-taking adventure that ends with a big cliff-hanger
(Die Fabelmacht-Chroniken #1)
by Kathrin Lange
Does Mila believe in love at first sight? On the train to Paris she meets an old man who asks her this question. Mila does not yet know what he already knows: Paris will awaken in her an ancient ability. A gift with which she can change reality through the stories she writes in her notebook. This ability is called fabulation. And indeed, when she meets the mysterious Nicholas at the train station, he seems to have sprung directly from one of these stories. But Nicholas, too, masters the gift of fabulation – and he has also written about Mila. A battle of fabulated stories flares up around the only true love. And Mila and Nicholas are in the middle of it.
Kathrin Lange first worked as a book dealer and media designer before turning to writing in the year of 2005. Since then she has been renowned for her historical novels and thrillers for teens. This is the first volume of her new mystery trilogy for teens and young adults.
A thrilling young adult romance, which spins the theme of the digital profile as a love story
by Claudia Pietschmann
Emma is in love: Paul understands her like no other since her little brother died. The two have never met, but online they share everything. Paul wants to know everything about her, and Emma is willing to share her whole life with him. Again and again, he comes up with surprises, which he sends her over the Internet at the touch of a button. But the nice little favours that Paul pays her and which make her life more beautiful, soon get a bitter after taste. For Paul, Emma seems to be the only window to the world. He evades her desire to meet up. What’s wrong with Paul – and does he even exist?
Claudia Pietschmann studied business administration in Berlin and subsequently worked as a marketing consultant and as a texter in advertising. She is the author of GOODDREAMS.
The first in a new series perfect for fans of “The Selection”, THE BEHOLDER pulls threads from our greatest fairytales and weaves them into a new epic romance with a stunning sea-faring journey
by Anna Bright
Harper Teen, Summer 2019
As part of Potomac’s elect, 18-year-old Selah’s duty is to set an example for her people and marry young. Selah is happy to fulfill her responsibility—until her choice of consort turns her down at the very public Arbor Day ceremony. Selah’s rejection is the perfect excuse for her treacherous stepmother to send her away and seize power. With Selah’s father too weak to step in, her stepmother forces her to set sail across the Atlantic on the Beholder with young, enigmatic Captain Andrew Lang in command, and an itinerary stacked with suitors. The message is clear: come home with a worthy husband or don’t come home. So Selah begins her journey, finding much-needed camaraderie with the eclectic crew of the Beholder, though she often wonders if ferrying her across the sea is the ship’s only mission. But she can hardly wonder long. Selah soon realizes she’s been set up to fail: her suitors all have thrones to inherit, too bound to their own countries to help her lead hers. Marriage to any of them means abandoning Potomac, which Selah refuses to consider—until she meets Prinse Torden of Norge. Fierce, disciplined, and unwaveringly faithful to his kingdom, Torden and his inseparable, unruly siblings help Selah discover confidence and courage she didn’t know she possessed. And she can only hope that her newfound courage will help her make the hardest decision of her life.
Two titles under contract so far.
Anna Bright lives in Washington, D.C., where she’s an indie bookseller by day and an author by night. THE BEHOLDER is her first novel.
“Veronica Mars” meets “The Craft” in this novel that follows teenager Mila Flores as she investigates the suspicious deaths of three classmates and accidentally brings the girls back to life, forming an unlikely vigilante girl gang
UNDEAD GIRL GANG
by Lily Anderson
Razorbill, May 2018
When Mila’s best friend, Riley, and two other girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila does the unthinkable: she brings the girls back to life. Unfortunately, they don’t remember their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. With only seven days until the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer . . . before the killer strikes again.
Lily Anderson is a school librarian and the authour of two previous novels “The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You” and : “Not Now, Not Ever”.
Bestselling author Jay Asher and co-author Jessica Freeburg brilliantly reimagine the classic Pied Piper legend as a powerful graphic novel about loneliness, love, and vengeance
THE HISTORY OF JANE DOE
by Michael Belanger
Dial Books for Young Readers, June 2018
History buff Ray knows everything about the peculiar legends and lore of his rural Connecticut hometown. Burgerville’s past is riddled with green cow sightings and witches’ curses, but the most interesting thing about the present is the new girl–we’ll call her Jane Doe. Inscrutable, cool, and above all mysterious, Jane seems as determined to hide her past as Ray is to uncover it. As fascination turns to friendship and then to something more, Ray is certain he knows Jane’s darkest, most painful secrets and Jane herself–from past to present. But when the unthinkable happens, Ray is forced to acknowledge that perhaps history can only tell us so much. Mixing humor with heartache, this is an unmissable coming-of-age story from an exciting new voice in YA.
Michael Belanger is a debut young adult author and high school history teacher. He is a member of the Westport Writers’ Workshop and faculty advisor to Greenwitch, a high school literary magazine that has published talented young writers–including Truman Capote–for over a hundred years.
An exciting and hilarious new series about friendship, adventure, and mythical creatures from around the world
THE UNICORN RESCUE SOCIETY SERIES
by Adam Gidwitz, Jesse Casey and Christopher Smith
Illustrated by Hatem Aly
Dutton Books for Young Readers, April 2018
In Book #2 (THE BASQUE DRAGON), Elliot and Uchenna have barely recovered from their first adventure with the Unicorn Rescue Society when the mysterious Professor Fauna approaches them with an all-new quest. And this time, they’re going to have to cross the Atlantic Ocean to the Basque Country of northern Spain. Elliot and Uchenna, with Jersey in tow, soon wonder whether their newest, fire-breathing rescue might be more than they can handle. And why do the evil-doing Schmoke Brothers seem to be involved yet again?
In Book #1 (THE CREATURES OF THE PINES), Elliot Eisner isn’t exactly excited about starting at a brand-new school in a brand-new town; he’d much rather stay at home and read a book. But things take an unexpected turn when he finds out his weird new teacher, Professor Fauna, has planned a field trip for Elliot’s very first day. Along with a new friend–brave, outspoken Uchenna Devereaux–Elliot gets caught up in a secret group of adventurers, The Unicorn Rescue Society, whose goal is to protect and defend the world’s mythical creatures. Together with Professor Fauna, Elliot and Uchenna must help rescue a Jersey Devil from a duo of conniving, greedy billionaires, the Schmoke Brothers.
In this new series, Newbery Honor-winning author Adam Gidwitz teamed up with Mixtape Club founders Jesse Casey and Chris Smith, and Hatem Aly, illustrator of “The Inquisitor’s Tale”.
Debut author and Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson makes your heart stop and time stand still in his extraordinary and life-affirming novel that’s perfect for fans of “If I Stay” and “We All Looked Up”
ALL WE CAN DO IS WAIT
by Richard Lawson
Razorbill, February 2018
In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, a group of Boston teenagers meet in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital:
Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime, so in this moment of confusion and despair, Alexa hopes that she can look to her brother for support. But a secret Jason has been keeping from his sister threatens to tear the siblings apart…right when they need each other most.
Scott is waiting to hear about his girlfriend, Aimee, who was on a bus with her theater group when the bridge went down. Their relationship has been rocky, but Scott knows that if he can just see Aimee one more time, if she can just make it through this ordeal and he can tell her he loves her, everything will be all right.
And then there’s Skyler, whose sister Kate—the sister who is more like a mother, the sister who is basically Skyler’s everything—was crossing the bridge when it collapsed. As the minutes tick by without a word from the hospital staff, Skyler is left to wonder how she can possibly move through life without the one person who makes her feel strong when she’s at her weakest.
Richard Lawson is the film critic for Vanity Fair and a co-host of V.F.’s “Little Gold Men” podcast. He has written for The Guardian, The Atlantic Wire, Gawker, and Out magazine, and has contributed to the “Dinner Party Download” radio show.
Take the hilarious, magic-infused world of Eva Ibbotson’s “Which Witch”, add the lovable feuding family from “The Incredibles”, and you’ll get WIZARDMATCH – funny, fantastical, action-packed, and totally heartwarming
by Lauren Magaziner
Dial Books for Young Readers, March 2018
Twelve-year-old Lennie Mercado loves magic. She practices her invisibility powers all the time (she can now stay invisible for fifteen seconds!), and she dreams of the day that she can visit her grandfather, the Prime Wizard de Pomporromp, at his magical estate. Now Lennie has her chance. Poppop has decided to retire, and his grandchildren are coming from all over to compete in Wizardmatch. The winner inherits his title, his castle, and every single one of his unlimited magical powers. The losers get nothing. Lennie is desperate to win, but when Poppop creates a new rule to quelch any sibling rivalry, her thoughts turn from winning Wizardmatch to sabotaging it…even if it means betraying her family. Comedic, touching, and page-turny, Wizardmatch is perfect for fans of “Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”, “The Gollywopper Games”, and “The Candymakers”.
Lauren Magaziner is a graduate of Hamilton College, and wrote her debut book, “The Only Thing Worse Than Witches”, while studying abroad in Scotland her junior year.
Full of funny faces, underwater friends, and razzle dazzle seaweed lollipops, here comes the hilarious and charming sequel to “Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups!” Perfect for fans of “Dragons Love Tacos” and “The Monster at the End of This Book”
LITTLE PENGUIN AND THE LOLLIPOP
by Tadgh Bentley
Balzer + Bray, October 2017
“A worthy and attractive story of going the extra yard to say you are sorry.” — Kirkus Reviews
Little Penguin has a problem…his friend Kenneth is upset!
And it’s all because Little Penguin ate Kenneth’s deliciously yummy razzle dazzle seaweed lollipop!
Little Penguin’s tried everything he can think of to make it up to Kenneth but nothing seems to help—not even a hug!
Can YOU help him save the day?
Tadgh Bentley is a picture book author and illustrator originally from the UK, now living in the Hocking Hills of Ohio with his wife, Emily, and puppy, Atticus. He is also the author-illustrator of “Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups” and “Samson: The Piranha Who Went to Dinner”.
A stunning debut novel based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi
BLOOD WATER PAINT
by Joy McCullough
Dutton Children’s Books, March 2018
Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father’s paint. She chose paint. By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost. Joy McCullough’s bold debut novel-in-verse is a portrait of an artist as a young woman, filled with the soaring highs of creative inspiration and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her. McCullough weaves Artemisia’s heartbreaking story with the story of ancient heroines, Susanna and Judith, who become not only the subjects of two of Artemisia’s most famous paintings but sources of strength as she battles to paint a woman’s timeless truth in the face of unspeakable and all-too-familiar violence.
Joy McCullough is an author and playwright from Seattle.
A stunning, heartbreaking debut novel about grief, love, and family, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Celeste Ng
THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER
by Emily X.R. Pan
Little Brown for Young Readers, March 2018
Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to stay with her maternal grandparents who she has never met. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. As Leigh grieves, she uncovers family secrets, forges a new relationship with her grandparents, and tries to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.
Alternating between contemporary and magical elements, past and present, romance and despair, THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, friendship, and love.
With lyrical prose in the vein of Laini Taylor, and an innovative structure reminiscent of A. S. King, Emily X.R. Pan’s luminous debut novel THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER is poised for literary appeal and commercial success. The book is an ABA Indies Introduce pick for Winter 2018.
The first book in a brand-new horse trilogy from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Jane Smiley
by Jane Smiley
Knopf Books for Young Readers, March 2018
Meet Ellen: a spunky—and occasionally misbehaving—young horseback-riding student. In the spring of fourth grade, Ellen’s life feels like a balancing act: she is only allowed to go to riding lessons when she behaves at school and at home. But it’s much harder than it sounds! Ellen has a knack for speaking out of turn in class, and with a new sibling on the way, she can’t resist taking advantage of her parents’ distraction.
Then, on one perfect day—when Ellen has minded her manners— she sees Ned for the first time. Ned is a beautiful colt who used to be a racehorse, until he hurt his leg. They seem to understand each other immediately, and all Ellen wants to do is spend more time with her new friend. But will she be able to keep up her best behavior at school? And will her parents ever let her have a horse of her own?
Jane Smiley is the author of many books for adults, including “Some Luck”, “Horse Heaven”, and the Pulitzer Prize–winning “A Thousand Acres”. She is the author of five “Horses of Oak Valley Ranch” books, “The Georges and the Jewels”, “A Good Horse”, “True Blue”, “Pie in the Sky”, and “Gee Whiz”.
A new YA trilogy, set in a world parallel to the Reckoners!
THE APOCALYPSE GUARD Series
by Brandon Sanderson
Delacorte, December 2018
The Apocalypse Guard is an organization of thousands of scientists, engineers, and extraordinary individuals who save planets. Emma is the Guard’s coffee girl. During the rescue of a planet, a shadowy group attacks the Guard and throws it into chaos. Emma finds herself cast through dimensions to be stranded on a doomed planet. Cut off from mission control and inexperienced, Emma must find a way off the planet before cataclysm befalls it.
Brandon Sanderson teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. In addition to completing Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time®”, he is the author of such bestsellers as the “Mistborn” trilogy, “Warbreaker”, “The Alloy of Law”, “The Way of Kings”, “Rithmatist”, and “Steelheart” He won the 2013 Hugo Award for « The Emperor’s Soul, » a novella set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, “Elantris”.
The next contemporary young adult novel by critically acclaimed author Karen Fortunati
ARC OF A BULLET
by Karen Fortunati
Delacorte, 2019 TBA
ARC OF A BULLET is the story of a young woman painfully at the intersection of her brother’s mental health crisis and a police shooting. The book is scheduled for a Fall 2018 release and deals with issues including misdiagnosis of mental health conditions, familial love and denial and the dangers of incomplete police training when addressing citizens with mental health disorders.
Karen Fortunati is a former attorney, whose experiences on the job with children and teens and personal experiences witnessing the impact of depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide inspires her writing. . In her spare time – after family, rescue dogs and writing – she attends graduate school at Trinity College and works part time as a museum educator.
Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of “Anna and the French Kiss”
THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE
by Stephanie Perkins
Dutton Children’s Books, September 2017
One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.
Internationally bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.
Rights sold: Brazil (Intrinseca), Spain (La Galera), Denmark (Carlsen Forlag)
Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. She has always worked with books–first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist.
An action-packed sci-fi/fantasy YA novel following an outlawed teen who is equal parts feared and reviled for her demon-like powers
BLOOD, METAL, BONE
by Lindsay Cummings
Sonara of Seaside’s entire world changes the day her brother disappears and her own mother wrongly accuses her of his murder. Punished and left for dead, Sonara wakes up abandoned to live out her life as a Shadowblood—someone who is given powers by her sentient planet, Dohrsar. Sonara can now perceive people’s feelings as smells and tastes: Curiosity, like the zing of not-yet ripe fruit plucked from a branch; fear, sticky and dark as tar on the tongue. But whether this is a gift or a curse is yet-to-be seen: Shadowbloods are reviled the planet over, and the rulers of Dohrsar’s three kingdoms have issued a decree to hunt and kill anyone known to have these demon-like powers. Now known as the Devil of the Deadlands, Sonara survives by ruthlessly pillaging towns with her partner-in-crime, Jaxon. When a run-in with a mysterious person leads her to believe her missing brother may yet be found, Sonara jumps at the chance to clear her name. She uncovers a vast conspiracy that stretches across galaxies and puts her entire planet in grave danger—leaving Sonara to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the lives of the same people who want her dead. The clock is ticking; the planet is in peril; and the Devil of the Deadlands might just be the saint they need.
Lindsay Cummings is the New York Times bestselling co-author of “Zenith” with Sasha Alsberg (part one published digitally in 2016 and hit #1 on the New York Times digital YA list; the full hardcover edition publishes Winter 2018 from Harlequin Teen, with a major campaign for its release). She is also the author of the “Murder Complex” series (Greenwillow) and the middle grade “Balance Keepers” series (Katherine Tegen Books).
A YA urban fantasy series whose film rights have been optioned by Paramount, with script currently in development
(The Brooklyn Brujas Series #1)
by Zoraida Córdova
Sourcebooks Fire, September 2016
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family. LABYRINTH LOST won an International Latino Book award and was named a Best Book of 2016 by Paste Magazine.
Next books in the series: CIRCLE UNBROKEN #2 (April 2018) and UNTITLED #3 (2019, TBA)
Zoraida Córdova is the author of urban fantasies “The Vicious Dee”p trilogy and the “Brooklyn Brujas” series, as well as the adult romance series “On the Verge”. Her short fiction will appear in the upcoming anthologies, “Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View”, and “Toil & Trouble”. Zoraida is also the author of the upcoming “Hollow Crown”, in conjunction with Glasstown Entertainment, to be published by Disney Hyperion in 2019.
House of Night meets X-Men in this exciting new series from #1 New York Times mother/daughter writing duo, PC Cast and Kristin Cast
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Wednesday Books, May 2018
Foster knows that she’s different. Her life has never been what she could call normal. Her parents died when she was young and she was raised by Cora, a family friend, who seemed determined to keep her safe, seemingly from her own scientist husband. He’s a man who is determined to save the world by any means necessary. But where does Foster fit into that picture? When Cora flees with Foster to Homer, Missouri, insisting that they must find Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor, the local football legend and hearththrob, Foster knows that something serious is up. But nothing is more shocking than when she comes face to face with a man and experiences a connection like nothing else she has ever felt before. Then a tragic event unleashes powers that neither of them knew that they had and they discover that deadly enemies will stop at nothing to capture them for their own means.
P. C. Cast is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose novels have been awarded the prestigious Oklahoma Book Award, as well as the Prism, Booksellers Best, Holt Medallion, and more. Kristin Cast is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother, P. C. Cast, to write the wildly successful “House of Night” series.
From the bestselling author of the Shadow Falls series comes a standalone novel that is aimed right at the heart of the YA market
THIS HEART OF MINE
by C.C. Hunter
Wednesday Books, April 2018
Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was ― a boy from her school ― and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened. Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying? THIS HEART OF MINE is a haunting, poignant tale about living and dying, surviving grief, guilt, and heartache, while discovering love and hope in the midst of sadness.
C.C. Hunter is the author of the young adult fantasy series “Shadow Falls”, including the books “Born at Midnight” and “Awake at Dawn”.
In « The Bone Witch », Tea mastered resurrection―now it’s time for revenge!
THE HEART FORGER
(The Bone Witch #2)
by Rin Chupeco
Sourcebooks Fire, March 2018
No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love. But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die… War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.
Rin Chupeco has been a technical writer and travel blogger, and is the author of “The Bone Witch” series.
An action-packed space thriller for young readers, filled with characters you can root for and enough twists and explosions to keep even the most reluctant readers turning pages!
CHRONICLE OF THE DARK STAR
by Kevin Emerson
THE OCEANS BETWEEN STARS #2
It is Earth year 2223, but the Earth, along with the entire solar system, is gone. Liam and Phoebe, having barely escaped our exploding sun with their lives, are in stasis for the decade-long journey to the rogue planet Delphi, where they hope to meet up with the rest of the human refugees, find help for their injured parents, and pass along the devastating things they discovered on Mars: that someone destroyed their world intentionally, and that that someone might still be after them, trying to finish the job. Phoebe, however, is carrying her own dark secret. One that finds her waking up at various points in their journey, changing their path through space. One that will decide the fate of the human race and many more besides. One that, very soon, she must reveal to Liam, whether he’s ready for the truth or not.
LAST DAYS ON MARS #1
It is Earth year 2213—but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova far sooner than anyone expected. The human race has fled to Mars, but this was only a temporary solution while we have prepared for a second trip: a one-hundred-fifty-year journey to a distant star, our best guess at where we might find a new home. Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars, but he may not be the last living creature…
Kevin Emerson is the author of the Atlanteans series, the Oliver Nocturne series (film rights optioned by Overbrook Entertainment) and Carlos is Gonna Get It. A former elementary school science teacher, Kevin continues to work with kids and teens at 826 Seattle, Richard Hugo House, and with the Writers in the Schools program of Seattle Arts and Lectures. He is in a rock band.
A new YA series from Alex London!
BLACK WINGS BEATING
(The Skybound Saga #1)
by Alex London
Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers, Winter 2018
Brysen and Kylee are teenaged twins living in the Six Villages, a valley town that is the epicenter of falconry: where every civilian is bound to a bird, men gamble on fights in the Battle Pits, and every year the surrounding towns travel to its Market to buy pigeons to race, hawks to train to hunt, and doves for companionship. This year is supposed to be Kylee’s last at the Market; after settling up her deceased father’s gambling debts, she looks forward to freedom from the falconry world. Brysen loves all things bird, although he is bitter that his sister has a hidden talent for the sport that he lacks.
But there’s a war approaching, and a new debt to be paid: Brysen and Kylee are tasked with capturing a Ghost Eagle, the mythical bird as large as a grown man who killed their father. Their quest will test their strength, their commitment to their way of life, and their love for one another.
Alex London is the author of “The Wild Ones” series, “Dog Tags” and “Tides of War” series, as well as the “Accidental Adventures” and two titles in “The 39 Clues series” for young readers. His young adult debut, “Proxy”, was an American Library Association Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers and included on their 2014 Best Fiction For Young Adults list. “Proxy” is a 2015 Texas Lone Star Reading List and TAYSHAS Reading List selection, a 2016 Intermediate Sequoyah Masterlist selection in Oklahoma, and has been on many state reading lists including Colorado, Arkansas, Missouri. The sequel, “Guardian”, is available now. His books for adults include “One Day The Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War” and National Jewish Book Award finalist “Far From Zion”.
The winner of the 2017 Text Prize is a laugh-out-loud madcap adventure that turns weirdness upside down
THE EXTREMELY WEIRD THING THAT HAPPENED IN HUGGABIE FALLS
by Adam Cece
“Kipp Kindle always knew his family wasn’t like other families. It was just as well they lived in the town of Huggabie Falls, because Huggabie Falls was the weirdest place on earth. On top of all the regular weird things that happened in Huggabie Falls, one day an extremely weird thing happened. It was by far the weirdest thing that has ever happened anywhere. It was so weird that someone should write a book about it, and somebody has, and you are reading it.”
Kipp Kindle’s family is a bit different, so they fit in well in the weirdest place on earth. The town of Huggabie Falls is also home to Dutch werewolves, vegetarian piranhas, a bottomless river and a topless hill—and all of the streets have the same name. But when an extremely weird thing happens one day, Kipp and his friends must battle with a creepy scientist, a Portuguese lab-rat and far too much strawberry jam in order to foil an evil plot and save their families—and their town..
Adam Cece published his first children’s book, “Wesley Booth Super Sleuth”, in 2015. He is a member of a number of writing organisations and is a manuscript assessor for the SA Writers Centre.
Rights Sold: Italy—Salani; Spain—Duomo
Sold in a heated 9-bidder auction, Jennifer Donnelly’s STEPSISTER is a fairy tale for the 21st century in which the very essence of happily ever after is up for grabs
by Jennifer Donnelly
Scholastic, Spring 2019
STEPSISTER begins with the bloody conclusion of the Brothers Grimm Cinderella as the ugly stepsisters obey their mother’s command to cut off their toes in order to fit into the glass slipper. Isabelle, Cinderella’s “wicked and hideous” sibling, emerges from the margins of our known narrative to reveal the sadness and trauma that created her family’s infamously cruel dynamic. Jennifer frames her alternate version of the fairy tale with a showdown between the three Fates and Chance who battle over the direction of Isabelle’s life. This battle continues as Isabelle begins to reclaim the person she was before her mistreatment of her stepsister defined her entire being. As hardships abound, it becomes clear that Isabelle cannot merely wish for transcendence—she must fight for it.
This is the novel that Jennifer Donnelly has been waiting her entire career to write. STEPSISTER combines the beautiful writing, rich historical setting and unforgettable characters that made “A Northern Light” a Carnegie Medal winner and Printz Honor book with the fantastical world that Jennifer created in “Lost in a Book”, her original take on Beauty & The Beast, which spent almost 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold more than 125,000 copies since its release earlier this year.
Rights to STEPSISTER have been sold in Spanish (RBA) and in the UK (Hot Key).
Book #2 will be another fairy tale and will be published by Scholastic on Spring 2020.
This forthcoming illustrated middle grade series, which was sold on proposal to Roaring Brook, is the perfect mix of Harry Potter meets X-Men!
THE SUPER LIFE OF BEN BRAVER (#1-#3)
by Marcus Emerson
Roaring Books, April 2018; 2019; 2020
All Ben Braver wanted was to wrap up his summer with awesome TV shows and his favorite candy. But then some kid screamed for help, and, like his favorite comic book heroes, Ben had to go save the day, or try to, which leads him to a secret school where kids with super abilities learn to control their powers. Ben’s never had any powers, but he’s always wanted to be something special. And when he’s offered a spot at the school, he realizes he has a chance to make his dreams come true. BEN BRAVER is the first book in a hilarious adventure series about super powers, unbelievable inventions, and the greatness that lies within any middle schooler who dreams big.
Marcus Emerson is the author of “The Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja” Series, a phenomenal self-published success, published in 10 countries. THE SUPER LIFE OF BEN BRAVER will be his first chapter book series launched by a traditional publisher in the US.
With southern charm, underground fights, and heart-stopping chemistry, #1 New York Times bestselling Kami Garcia’s second contemporary romance—following THE LOVELY RECKLESS—will steal your breath away
BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS
by Kami Garcia
Imprint (MacMillan), February 2018
Peyton’s life is divided in two: before her ex-boyfriend pushed her down the stairs and after. Before, she was a star-soccer player in love with her golden MMA fighter boyfriend, Reed. Now, Peyton faces a new reality with a torn knee ligament, a scholarship on the line, and a struggling sense of self. No one believes Reed pushed her and Peyton just wants to leave the trauma behind. Living with her uncle and her twin cousins in her mom’s small, football-obsessed hometown in Tennessee seems like a great escape plan. There, Peyton meets Owen Law—high school classmate, local fighter, and her physical therapist’s assistant. Owen is charming and gentle, but Peyton is determined to repress her growing attraction. Her ex-boyfriend taught her not to trust her heart, or her instincts. When her old life threatens to collide with the new, Peyton must fight to reclaim the truth of her past in order to save her future.
Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling coauthor of the “Beautiful Creatures” and “Dangerous Creatures” novels. Kami’s solo series, “The Legion”, includes the instant New York Times bestseller “Unbreakable”, and the Bram Stoker Award nominated sequel “Unmarked”, both of which were nominated for Bram Stoker Awards.
A beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful novel
by Greg Howard
Putnam, Spring 2019
Even though eleven-year-old Riley James is still reeling from the traumatic disappearance of his mother six months ago, the police detective on the case won’t stop questioning him about what happened to her. Riley doesn’t remember much about that day and fears that he’s quickly becoming their prime suspect. Riley has secrets, sure. Big ones. The kind you take to your grave. But he would never hurt his mother. Would he? With his father cold and distant, and his self-absorbed older brother moving on with life without their mother, Riley decides to find her on his own. When he hears the Whispers in the woods behind his house, he believes they are his only hope. The storied Whispers are mystical wood creatures that hold the secrets to the universe and will grant your heart’s desires if adequate tribute is paid—or so the bedtime story Riley’s mama always told him goes. On a weekend camping trip, Riley and his friends journey deep into the woods seeking the mythical creatures. Riley is willing to give them his most prized possessions if they help him find his mother. But the answers to the questions Riley seeks may be more than he bargained for.
Greg Howard grew up near the coast of South Carolina, or as he fondly refers to it, “the armpit of the American South.” Raised in a staunchly religious home, Greg escaped into the arts: singing, playing piano, acting, writing songs, and making up stories. An unrelated second middle-grade book will be published by Putnam in 2020.
In this gorgeous genre-bending YA debut, historical fantasy, a dash of romance, and Irish and Norse folklore collide!
BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE
by Jessica Leake
HarperTeen, April 2018
The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores. The people of Mide have always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn but the entire world. Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle, the two might have a chance to save their world. With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.
Jennifer Leake is the author of the adult novels “Arcana” and “The Order Of The Eternal Sun”. BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE is her YA debut.
In this hilarious, interactive, and puzzle-filled adventure series—sold at auction—YOU pick which suspects to interview, which questions to ask, and which clues to follow
CASE CLOSED (#1-#3)
by Lauren Magaziner
Katherine Tegen Books, August 2018; 2019; 2020
Carlos Serrano has never solved a mystery in his life. And he’s counting on you to solve his first one. On the morning of a big investigation that would save her failing detective agency, Carlos’s mom gets sick with a nasty flu. But Las Pistas Detective Agency can’t afford to lose this case, or they will close down for sure. That’s where Carlos—and you—come in. With the help of his best friend, Eliza, and her wild little brother, Frank, Carlos takes over the investigation. The mystery involves an eccentric local millionaire, who starts receiving death threats. It appears that someone wants to get their hands on a buried fortune. However, the search for the culprit is complicated by tricky riddles, cagey suspects, hidden secrets, and dozens of impossible choices. Can you help Carlos and his friends figure out who’s sending the death threats, find a lost treasure, and save Las Pistas Detective Agency? Or will it be case closed? You pick the path, you crack the case!
Lauren Magaziner is the author of the humorous middle grade books “Pilfer Academy”, “The Only Thing Worse Than Witches” and “Wizardmatch” (Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers).
A boy discovers his destiny could totally stink in this riotously funny, first book of a new trilogy—perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Dav Pilkey
THE LEGEND OF GREG (#1-#3)
An Epic Series of Failures
by Chris Rylander
Putnam, June 2018 (Book 1)
Risk averse Greg Belmont is content with being ordinary. He’s got a friend–that’s right, just one–at his fancy prep school, and a pretty cool dad (even if he is obsessed with organic soaps that smell like a mix of salted pork and Icelandic bog). Greg also enjoys playing chess, can identify any tree you put in front of him, and puts away A LOT of bacon (have you ever had bacon on a donut? Delish.). The problem is, Greg isn’t ordinary. The day he drinks a gross cup of tea by mistake, he discovers bizarre new abilities and learns the pee-in-your-pants truth… Greg is a fantastical Dwarf! Living underneath the subways of the city of Chicago, the great Dwarves are a legendary group marked by epic failure. However, things are about to change: the dormant magic they once wielded is bubbling gloopily back up to the surface—and with it comes a host of dangers. When Greg’s dad is kidnapped by a fearsome Bro-Troll, he’s flung into training with new, awesome Dwarven friends and an aggro talking ax, as they prepare for battle against their ultimate rival…the Elves (ewww!). But there’s a serious problem here. See, Greg’s best friend Edwin is an Elf. And though Elves are NOT to be trusted (or so Greg is told), Edwin seems to be the only one interested in helping Greg track down his dad. Can their friendship survive a thousand year-old beef (like a grudge, not like bacon)? This project is sure to appeal to fans of Rick Riordan though it has more humorous and commercial appeal, and we look forward to getting international publishers on board!
Chris Rylander is the author of the New York Times bestselling “Fourth Stall” series.