Ingrid Palmer’s debut YA novel ALL OUT OF PRETTY, in which a teen girl finds beauty a liability, and must discover an inner strength she never knew she had, after her troubled mother shows up and delivers her into the clutches of a drug dealer in the backwoods of Ohio.
Frank L. Cole’s THE SECRETS OF B.R.E.W., a middle-grade series in which a twelve year-old “Dram,” or potion-maker-in-training, must move beyond pranks and bizarre concoctions in his basement to lead his friends in a high stakes potion war against a crazy group of anarchists, for publication in 2018.
Documentary-maker, BBC broadcaster, and National Geographic correspondent Tim Samuel’s WHO STOLE MY SPEAR?: HOW TO BE A MAN IN THE 21st CENTURY, a humorous and thoughtful exploration of modern masculinity, with advice for men, and the women who want to understand them, for publication in the U.S. in 2018.
Jennie Liu’s young adult debut GIRLS ON THE LINE, in which a teen pregnancy puts two orphan girls in contemporary China on a collision course with factory bosses, family planning regulators, and a bride trafficker.
Dusti Bowling’s untitled middle grade novel, in which a spunky girl born without arms and a boy with Tourette syndrome navigate the challenges of middle school, disability, and friendship while solving a mystery in a quirky western theme park, to Christina Pulles at Sterling Children’s, for publication in 2017.
Caroline Woods’ FRAULEIN M., exploring the fates and family secrets of orphaned sisters propelled to opposite sides of seedy and splendid Weimar Berlin, one swept up in cabaret culture, the other in Hitler Youth, to Benjamin LeRoy at Tyrus Books (F+W Media), for publication in January 2017.
Blacklist Royals drummer Rob Rufus’s DIE YOUNG WITH ME, an intimate account of a punk musician’s battle with cancer in his teens and an ode to music’s ability to make sense of our lives, also the basis of a concept album released by Universal, to Matthew Benjamin at Touchstone, for publication in 2017.
Finalist in the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature Julie Christine Johnson’s THE CROWS OF BEARA, in which a struggling PR executive and an enigmatic artist face off over the development of a copper mine in rural Ireland, finding love and redemption amid the mystical land.
Marni Bates’s DIAL EM FOR MURDER, humor and mayhem ensue when a teen girl gets caught up in the death of a hi-tech hitman and must try to stay one step ahead of the killers lurking in the shadows of an exclusive prep school.
Author of the forthcoming THE AFTERLIFE ACADEMY, Frank Cole’s THE WORLD’S GREATEST ADVENTURE MACHINE, about four kids with unique abilities who are called upon to test the world’s biggest and best roller coaster ride, only to find out that their mission is not what they thought it was, to Rebecca Weston at Delacorte, for publication in Spring 2017.