Travel writer and editor Debra Bokur’s THE FIRE THIEF, the first book in a new series in which a police captain teams up with the detective granddaughter of one of Hawaii’s most respected spiritual leaders to solve the grisly ritual murder of a teenage boy in Maui, in a two-book deal, to Martin Biro at Kensington, for publication in 2020.
ALA Alex award-winning author Rob Rufus’s THE VINYL UNDERGROUND, a YA protest novel set in the tumultuous year of 1968, where a Vietnam War-era Breakfast Club bonds over music and their fear of the war, and decides to take a stand against the US government and the intolerance in their own small town.
Author of GIRLS ON THE LINE Jennie Liu’s untitled YA novel, in which a 19-year-old seeks answers about the death of her younger brother, the favored child who was raised by her parents in the city while she was left behind in rural China, to Amy Fitzgerald at Carolrhoda Lab, for publication in fall 2020.
Jennifer Moffett’s YA debut, THE REMNANT, in which a shy college freshman is seduced into joining a campus cult, leading her on a deadly mission trip to Italy, to Alex Borbolla at Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, for publication in fall 2020.
Dusti Bowling’s sequel to INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS, an Indie Next Pick and Reading the West Book Award winner, featuring more adventures of a spirited fourteen-year-old who was born without arms, as she navigates the ups and downs of freshman year, including a first crush, bullying, and loss—not to mention a big horseback riding show, to Christina Pulles at Sterling Children’s, for publication in 2019.
Writer and filmmaker Keele Burgin’s debut (W)HOLY UNRAVELED, sharing her story of growing up in and escaping a Catholic cult, only to find herself chasing adrenaline and drugs in hopes of finding a shred of self-worth before finally landing in a remote community where she would live in silence, quiet the demons of her past, and find the courage to love herself, to Erin Calligan-Mooney at Little A, for publication in 2019.
The next two books in Frank Cole’s middle-grade POTION MASTERS series, featuring more humorous adventures of a young potion-maker-in-training and his friends.
NYU professor Ruvanee Vilhauer’s debut DEVIL’S REMEDY, in which a journalist’s death at a Sri Lankan boarding school reunion leads a group of classmates to unravel a conspiracy involving the pharmaceutical industry, devil dancing rituals, and the power of cultural identity and belief, to Vivian Lee at Little A.
Author of IN 27 DAYS Alison Gervais’ young adult novel THE SILENCE BETWEEN US, an #ownvoices story of a Deaf teen who must navigate a new life, and love, when she attends a hearing school, to Jillian Manning at Blink/HarperCollins.
Dusti Bowling’s new middle-grade novel TWENTY-FOUR HOURS IN NOWHERE, pitched as inspired by The Goonies, in which a diverse group of kids from the poor desert town of Nowhere, Arizona hunt for treasure in a cursed mine, to Christina Pulles at Sterling Children’s, for publication in 2018.