Thursday, November 24, 2011

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (4)



People have expressed an interest in turning this feature into a meme, so that's what I'm going to do! If you'd like to join in, pick an exciting book deal announcement (before there are covers or even proper synopses) and tell us about it in a post! Publisher's Weekly is a great place to see new book deals, but authors frequently announce them on their blogs and Twitter as well.


My pick this week is:


Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
2012 | Simon & Schuster
Debut Author

Keeping up with the high-priced deals, Liesa Abrams, executive editor at Simon & Schuster, took North American rights to three books, in a six-figure pre-empt, by newcomer Shannon Messenger. Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary brokered the deal for the middle-grade fantasy series, and the first book, Keeper of the Lost Cities, is scheduled for fall 2012. In Cities, a 12-year-old girl who can read minds, and is something of a social outcast, discovers the reason she has her abilities when she meets a mysterious boy. Rennert elaborated: “She’s never felt at home because she isn’t. There are secrets buried deep in her memory, secrets about her true identity and why she was hidden among humans, that others desperately want and would even kill for.” Messenger is in her 20s and is one of the founders of the free, online writer’s conference, WriteOnCon. (via Publisher's Weekly)

Twelve-year-old Sophie has always been different -- she's years ahead of the other kids in school and can read minds. She's always assumed there's some kind of logical explanation for her talents, but when she meets an adorable and mysterious boy, she finds out the shocking truth. She's never felt at home because she, well, ... isn't.

There are secrets buried deep in her memory, secrets about her true identity and why she was hidden among humans, that others desperately want and would even kill for. And she must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.


A mindreading alien with secrets even she doesn't know? Yes, please! This sounds like a fun SciFi adventure! There definitely needs to be more SciFi in the YA and MG genres, so I'm really excited to see where Shannon Messenger takes this series. Shannon is also a fellow blogger, which makes this doubly exciting! Congrats, Shannon!

If you'd like to participate, link up your post in the Mr. Linky below! Feel free to also grab the button at the top of this post. I'll be doing this every Thursday, so come back each week if you'd like to join in!

2 comments:

Krazzyme(Young Readers) said...

This sounds awesome! The only thing I don't like about this meme is the fact that you have to wait for AGES for even the COVER to come out let alone the book :(

LoriStrongin said...

I LOVE that you're doing this meme of highlighting debut authors!

Keeper sounds really good. Ditto that there needs to be more scifi in YA and MG. I'll be keeping my eyes open for this one!


Smiles!
Lori

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