Adaptation News, Delacorte Press

‘We Were Liars’ & Other E. Lockhart Novels Optioned For TV

On July 20, Deadline reported that We Were Liars, Family Of Liars and Again Again, written by E. Lockhart, were optioned as television series with Universal TV and My So-Called Company.

Carina Adly MacKenzie and Lockhart are set to co-write the screenplay for Again Again, while Julie Plec of My So-Called Company will adapt We Were Liars alongside its prequel.

We Were Liars follows Cadence Sinclair who returns to her family’s private island for the summer joined by her cousins and family friend off Cape Cod. As Cadence recovers from a head injury, the group known as the Liars uncover secrets and truths that no one wants to speak of.

The prequel following the previous generation of the Sinclair family was also optioned alongside Lockhart’s 2020 novel Again Again following Adelaide Buchwald who attempts to regain normalcy in her life after a family crisis and broken heart.

Lockhart’s novel has become a #Booktok sensation having remained on the bestseller list for over 22 months, garnering over 103.2 million views.

“I’ve chased We Were Liars for years…It’s mysterious, romantic and devastating — and Family of Liars showed me just how sprawling and multi-generational the series can be. Being able to adapt it for television is a career highlight for me — not to mention how thrilled I am to bring the lovely, intimate, emotional journey that is Again Again to life with Carina and the Emilys (Lockhart and Cummins),” stated Plec.

Plec is currently the co-creator and co-showrunner for Peacock’s upcoming Vampire Academy series.

We Were Liars, Again Again and Family Of Liars by E. Lockhart are out now!

Cover Reveals, Little Brown Books For Young Readers, Scholastic

Cover Reveal Highlights For September & October 2021!

Over here at The Booked Shelf we’re highlighting some of the phenomenal covers revealed during the month of September and October! From new releases from your favorite authors, to debuts and more, there’s 10+ covers to feast your eyes on!

1. Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed

As of September 7, The NOVL revealed the cover to NYT Bestselling Author Samira Ahmed’s upcoming “found footage” story following journalist Safiya Mirza who investigates the disappearance of a boy inventor (pitch credit: Twitter).

Cover illustrator is Dana Ledl and designer is Karina Granda. Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed is set to be released in May 10, 2022!

Safiya Mirza dreams of becoming a journalist. And one thing she’s learned as editor of her school newspaper is that a journalist’s job is to find the facts and not let personal biases affect the story. But all that changes the day she finds the body of a murdered boy.

Jawad Ali was fourteen years old when he built a cosplay jetpack that a teacher mistook for a bomb. A jetpack that got him arrested, labeled a terrorist—and eventually killed. But he’s more than a dead body, and more than “Bomb Boy.” He was a person with a life worth remembering.

Driven by Jawad’s haunting voice guiding her throughout her investigation, Safiya seeks to tell the whole truth about the murdered boy and those who killed him because of their hate-based beliefs.

2. This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede

On September 9, Emily Thiede revealed through Twitter, the cover to her forthcoming YA Fantasy, which follows a divine savior who is “blessed” with the ability to magnify the magic of her partners, instead it leaves them dead from her touch. Facing assassination, she hires a cynical outcast marked a killer who has secrets of his own.

Cover illustrator is Kemi Mai alongside designers Kerri Resnick and Olga Grlic. This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede is set to be released June 8, 2022!

Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches.

Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her.

Desperate to survive, Alessa hires Dante, a cynical outcast marked as a killer, to become her personal bodyguard. But as rebellion explodes outside the gates, Dante’s dark secrets may be the biggest betrayal. He holds the key to her survival and her heart, but is he the one person who can help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all?

3.The Charmed List by Julie Abe

On September 10, Wednesday Books revealed through Twitter the cover to Julie Abe’s YA magical rom-com debut pitched as Sabrina The Teenage Witch meets Jenny Han. following two enemies forced together on a road trip!

Cover designer is Kerri Resnick and illustrator is Vi-An Nguyen. The Charmed List by Julie Abe is set to be released July 5, 2022!

After spending most of high school as the quiet girl, Ellie Kobata is ready to take some risks and have a life-changing summer, starting with her Anti-Wallflower List—thirteen items she’s going to check off one by one. She’s looking forward to riding rollercoasters, making her art Instagram public (maybe), and going on an epic road-trip with her best friend Lia.

But when number four on Ellie’s list goes horribly wrong—revenge on Jack Yasuda—she’s certain her summer has gone from charmed to cursed. Instead of a road trip with Lia, Ellie finds herself stuck in a car with Jack driving to a magical convention. But as Ellie and Jack travel down the coast of California, number thirteen on her list—fall in love—may be happening without her realizing it.

4. A Girl’s Guide To Love And Magic by Debbie Rigaud

We Need Diverse Books revealed the cover to Debbie Rigaud’s forthcoming YA novel on September 12 which focuses on celebrating Haitian culture, first love in addition to being set during the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

Cover illustrator is Erick Davila and designer is Yaffa Jaskoll. A Girl’s Guide To Love & Magic by Debbie Rigaud is set to be released July 26, 2022!

Cicely Destin, a Haitian American teen living in Brooklyn, loves the annual West Indian Day Parade that takes place in her neighborhood. The colors, clothes, tastes, sights, and sounds all celebrating Caribbean culture fill her with pride and joy. This year, the parade will be extra special: it falls on Cicely’s birthday, AND Cicely will get to hang out with her awesome aunt, Mimose, a social media influencer known for dabbling in Haitian vodou. But when Mimose’s dabbling becomes a little too real, and she seems to be possessed by a rogue spirit right before the parade, it’s up to Cicely, plus her best friend, Renee, and her crush (!), Kwame, to try to set things right.

Cicely and her friends set off on a winding, thrilling scavenger hunt through Brooklyn to find the items that will undo the possession. But can Cicely help her aunt if she doesn’t fully realize her own powers just yet?

5 Meet Me In Mumbai by Sabina Khan

During IREDYA’s week of cover reveals, on September 21 through Twitter the publisher shared the cover to Sabina Khan’s upcoming YA Contemporary pitched as “a novel in two acts” and “told eighteen years apart—gives voice to both mother (Ayesha) and daughter (Mira) after an unplanned teen pregnancy led Ayesha to place Mira up for adoption.”

Cover artist is Muhammed Sajid. Meet Me In Mumbai by Sabina Khan is set to be released June 7, 2022!

Seventeen-year-old Mira Fuller-Jensen was adopted by her moms at birth. All she knows about her biological mother is that she was a high-school student from India who returned to India after giving birth. Although Mira loves her moms, she’s always felt out of place in her mostly white community.

So when Mira finds an old box with letters addressed to her from her birth mother, she sees a way to finally capture that feeling of belonging. Her mother writes that if Mira can forgive her for having to give her up, she should find a way to travel to India for her eighteenth birthday and meet her. Mira knows she’ll always regret it if she doesn’t go. But is she actually ready for what she will learn?

6. Once Upon A K-Prom by Kat Cho

On September 24, Kat Cho revealed through Twitter the cover to her upcoming rom-com following a Korean-American girl whose childhood friend turned K-Pop star returns to their hometown to take her to prom.

Cover artist is Xiao Tong and designer is Marci Senders. Once Upon A K-Prom by Kat Cho is set to be released May 17, 2022!

Elena Soo has always felt overshadowed. Whether by her more successful older sisters, her more popular twin brother, or her more outgoing best friend, everyone except Elena seems to know exactly who they are and what they want. But she is certain about one thing – she has no interest in going to prom. While the rest of the school is giddy over corsages and dresses, Elena would rather spend her time working to save the local community center, the one place that’s always made her feel like she belonged.

So when international K-pop superstar Robbie Choi shows up at her house to ask her to prom, Elena is more confused than ever. Because the one person who always accepted Elena as she is? Her childhood best friend, Robbie Choi. And the one thing she maybe, possibly, secretly wants more than anything? For the two of them to keep the promise they made each other as kids: to go to prom together. But that was seven year ago, and with this new K-pop persona, pink hair, and stylish clothes, Robbie is nothing like the sweet, goofy boy she remembers. The boy she shared all her secrets with. The boy she used to love.

Besides, prom with a guy who comes with hordes of screaming fans, online haters, and relentless paparazzi is the last thing Elena wants – even if she can’t stop thinking about Robbie’s smile…right?

7. Love, Decoded by Jennifer Yen

Culturess exclusively revealed the cover to Jennifer Yen’s sophomore YA Contemporary on October 1, following Gigi Wong who is eager to win an exclusive tech internship and in order to win, she decides to make a friend matching app to help a new transfer student. But when the app goes viral, Gigi finds herself in the middle of a scandal.

In addition to Love, Decoded‘s cover, a new cover for Yen’s 2021 debut ‘A Taste For Love’ was also revealed. Love, Decoded by Jennifer Yen is set to be released March 8, 2022!

High school junior Gigi Wong strives to be the best: the top student, the perfect friend, and the ideal daughter. But it’s tough when there’s always someone who is just a little bit better. With college applications looming, she can’t help but worry that she won’t make the cut. Thankfully, her best friend Kyle never fails to find the right words–and the perfect bowl of ramen–to cheer her up.

After her teacher, Ms. Harris, announces she’ll be nominating students for an app writing contest, Gigi is determined to be picked. After all, first prize is an exclusive tech internship, sure to make her application stand out. There’s only one problem: she doesn’t have a winning program. It isn’t until transfer student Etta admits she’s struggling to fit in at Superbia that Gigi stumbles on an idea. She’ll use her coding skills–and the matchmaking experience she’s gotten from weekends with Auntie Rose–to create a friend matching app! Etta will meet new people, and Gigi will guarantee her acceptance into college. It’s foolproof.

What Gigi doesn’t expect is for her app to go viral around school. Soon, she finds herself at the center of a scandal—and at odds with both Etta and Kyle. Can Gigi fix what went wrong, or will her desire to be perfect cost her the people she cares about most?

8. No Filter And Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado

On October 4, Crystal Maldonado revealed the cover to her forthcoming YA with Buzzfeed Books which follows “IG-obsessed, charmingly messy, fat brown bi photographer” Kat Sanchez who also goes by Max Monroe, a social media influencer alter-ego who share advice, networks and shares beautiful photos, but when a viral post leads all of it to come crashing down, Max has to find a solution.

Cover artist is Ericka Lugo and designers include Amy Toth, Chelsea Hunter and Kerry Martin. No Filter And Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado is set to be released February 1, 2022!

You should know, right now, that I’m a liar.

They’re usually little lies. Tiny lies. Baby lies. Not so much lies as lie adjacent.

But they’re still lies.

Twenty one-year-old Max Monroe has it all: beauty, friends, and a glittering life filled with adventure. With tons of followers on Instagram, her picture-perfect existence seems eminently enviable.

Except it’s all fake.

Max is actually 16-year-old Kat Sanchez, a quiet and sarcastic teenager living in drab Bakersfield, California. Nothing glamorous in her existence–just sprawl, bad house parties, a crap school year, and the awkwardness of dealing with her best friend Hari’s unrequited love. But while Kat’s life is far from perfect, she thrives as Max: doling out advice, sharing beautiful photos, networking with famous influencers, even making a real friend in a follower named Elena. The closer Elena and “Max” get–texting, Snapping, and even calling–the more Kat feels she has to keep up the facade.

But when one of Max’s posts goes ultra-viral and gets back to the very person she’s been stealing photos from, her entire world – real and fake — comes crashing down around her. She has to figure out a way to get herself out of the huge web of lies she’s created without hurting the people she loves.

But it might already be too late.

9. Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster by Andrea Mosqueda

On October 7, Andrea Mosqueda revealed the cover to her 2022 YA romcom / debut through Twitter following “self-described romantic disaster Maggie Gonzalez, a bisexual Chicana living in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, as she tries to figure out whom to ask to be her escort at her little sister’s upcoming quinceañera: her charming ex-boyfriend twice over; her first crush and gorgeous best friend; or the mysterious new girl with the romantic baggage?”

Cover artist is Zeke Peña. Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster by Andrea Mosqueda is set to be released May 24, 2022!

Growing up in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, Maggie Gonzalez has always been a little messy, but she’s okay with that. After all, she has a great family, a goofy group of friends, a rocky romantic history, and dreams of being a music photographer. Tasked with picking an escort for her little sister’s quinceañera, Maggie has to face the truth: that her feelings about her friends—and her future—aren’t as simple as she’d once believed.

As Maggie’s search for the perfect escort continues, she’s forced to confront new (and old) feelings for three of her friends: Amanda, her best friend and first-ever crush; Matthew, her ex-boyfriend twice-over who refuses to stop flirting with her, and Dani, the new girl who has romantic baggage of her own. On top of this romantic disaster, she can’t stop thinking about the uncertainty of her own plans for the future and what that means for the people she loves.

As the weeks wind down and the boundaries between friendship and love become hazy, Maggie finds herself more and more confused with each photo. When her tried-and-true medium causes more chaos than calm, Maggie needs to figure out how to avoid certain disaster—or be brave enough to dive right into it.

Additional cover reveals ↷

Wednesday Books revealed a series of upcoming YA Covers for 2022 (September 10, 2021)

➣ CW from The Quiet Pond revealed the cover to Emery Lee’s Foodie YA enemies-to-lovers romcom titled Café Con Lychee (October 6, 2021)

Wattpad Books revealed the cover to ‘How To Be The Best Third Wheel,’ an upcoming YA Contemporary debut by Loridee De Villa (October 8, 2021)

The NOVL revealed the cover to Belladona from Adalyn Grace, a gothic ghost story with romance (October 11, 2021)

Keep an eye on the blog for even more cover reveal wrap-ups & highlights coming this week!

Adaptation News, Book Deals, Penguin Teen

Sabaa Tahir’s Newest YA Novel ‘All My Rage’ Releasing In 2022

As of June 4, it was announced through Oprah Daily that #1 NYT Bestselling author Sabaa Tahir will be releasing a YA Contemporary standalone novel titled All My Rage in 2022, with an adaptation in the works.

According to the article, it states that the intergenerational novel was 15 years in the making and taking “inspiration from Tahir’s own experience growing up in her family’s 18-room motel in California’s Mojave Desert.” The main characters are described by Tahir has ” ‘best friends and, on the surface, outcasts.’ They are Muslim in a town where there are few other Muslims and are first generation immigrants.”

In addition, All My Rage is set to be adapted for television with PICTURESTART. Tahir and Amer Saleem are set to write the script.

The novel is also mentioned by Tahir as her “passion project” and novel that many authors describe as the book of their heart.

Tahir’s upcoming novel is available to add on Goodreads and for pre-order.

Lahore, Pakistan. Then.
Misbah is a dreamer and storyteller, newly married to Toufiq in an arranged match. After their young life is shaken by tragedy, they come to the United States and open the Cloud’s Rest Inn Motel, hoping for a new start.

Juniper, California. Now.
Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends; they are family. Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town of Juniper, California, they understand each other the way no one else does. Until The Fight, which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding.  
Now, Sal scrambles to run the family motel as his mother Misbah’s health fails and his grieving father loses himself to alcoholism. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope: working at her wrathful uncle’s liquor store while hiding the fact that she’s applying to college so she can escape him—and Juniper—forever.
When Sal’s attempts to save the motel spiral out of control, he and Noor must ask themselves what friendship is worth—and what it takes to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst.  
From one of today’s most cherished and bestselling young adult authors comes a breathtaking novel of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness—one that’s both tragic and poignant in its tender ferocity.

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir is set to be released March 1, 2022!


The Booked Shelf Content (Reader Survey)

Hey, it’s The Booked Shelf here! For a bit of background I started this blog in the summer of 2019 to highlight all the YA Book news out there!

Flashforward to 2021, TBS is still going strong! However, with lots of book news to cover and the blog being run by only one person (me!) it can be a bit of a struggle as you can see over these past few months to write about all the latest bookish news out there.

That’s why I’m asking you, reader of my blog to let me know what kind of posts do you like to see and what should I prioritize? Hearing your feedback would truly motivate me to get more news out there if I know what readers are interested in seeing.

Down below will be a few survey questions of different kinds of content and posting schedules. I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on all the things about TBS that you enjoy and perhaps where I can improve? I’ll do my best to take all opinions to heart and work to continue bringing stellar book news articles!

*This post may or may not be deleted after some time to keep the blog feed neat, but without a doubt, I’ll be keeping track of all your feedback! Thanks for reading!!

Book Tours

Cancelled YA Book Festivals To Support

Here at The Booked Shelf, its all about YA Books! Amidst Coronavirus news, for health/safety concerns of authors & attendees, it’s clear that anticipated 2020 book festivals featuring Young Adult authors have had to be cancelled.

Today however, links will be provided to those festivals so you can still support these authors and purchase/check out their books if you’re able to!

1.Se-YA Book Festival

SE-YA Book Fest is a FREE one-of-a kind of event that takes place annually in March on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. It is designed to place teens and authors of young adult literature in a setting to interact about what they love most — YA lit! 

YA Authors include:

Arvin Ahmadi, David Bowles, Tami Charles, Mason Deaver, Tiffany Jackson, Mindy McGinnis, Lilliam Rivera, Ruta Sepetys, Jasmine Warga, Julian Winters, & More!

2. NoVa Teen Book Festival

This an annual event celebrating Young Adult (YA) fiction. It’s a free, day-long event packed with books, authors, and activities in Falls Church, Virginia. Book lovers of all ages are welcome!

YA Authors Include:

Anna Bright, Mintie Das, Alechia Dow, M.K. England, Adalyn Grace, Kristen Simmons, Ryan La Sala, Phil Stamper, Katy Upperman, Ashley Woodfolk & More!

(*NoVa Teen will be including swag & ARCs along with purchase while supplies last)

3.Tucson Festival Of Books

The Tucson Festival of Books is a free annual book fair held in Tucson, Arizona during the second weekend in March. 

YA Authors Include:

Alexandra Bracken, Sharon Cameron, Brandy Colbert, Shea Ernshaw, Ellen Oh, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Ransom Riggs, Marie Rutkoski, & more!

1. Addition: As of March 11, Yallwest 2020 was also cancelled, but will return in 2021!

Book Deals, Flatiron Books

YA Shakespeare Anthology Book Deal

Announced July 8 through twitter, YA/NA author Dahlia Adler shared that she would be editing a YA anthology centering around “literary-remiaginings” of Shakespeare’s work.

That Way Madness Lies will feature over 15 young adult authors such as Emily X.R. Pan, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Lily Anderson, Amy Rose Capetta, and more!

Though there is no set release date as of June 9, the anthology will be published with Flatiron Books and be a “collection of Shakespeare’s most celebrated works…”

It was recently discovered that Anna-Marie McLemore would be working on the retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

” Guess who they’re letting edit another literary-reimaginings anthology with a killer lineup!! Any Shakespeare fans in the house, or…? “

Dahlia adler via twitter

That Way Madness Lies edited by Dahlia Adler is available to add on Goodreads!

Fierce Reads, High Fantasy

We Hunt The Flame Sequel Title Reveal By Hafsah Faizal

As of June 1, debut fantasy author Hafsah Faizal revealed the title to the sequel and finale to We Hunt The Flame!

According to her twitter, the sequel will be titled: We Free The Stars

Faizal mentioned that not only will Sands Of Arawiya be a duology, but also that“It is the hardest book I’ve ever written—and I’m not even done writing it—but I love the title, and hope you do too!”

In addition to the title, a graphic was also shared mentioning a May 2020 release date!

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. 

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal is out now!

*For those in the UK, We Hunt The Flame is releasing in August (w/ a slightly different cover design!)

Balzer + Bray, Cover Reveals, Epic Reads

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby Cover Reveal

On June 18, Laura Ruby (author of Bone Gap) shared through her twitter, the cover for her upcoming historical fiction novel Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All.

According to Goodreads, Thirteen Doorways is pitched as the “unforgettable story of two young women—one living, one dead—dealing with loss, desire, and the fragility of the American dream during WWII…”

The cover was originally shared via Balzer + Bray through twitter on May 24, but the cover Ruby shared is the final design!

Thirteen Doorways, Ruby shared, is “a mystery wrapped up in a fairy tale wrapped up in a historical… “

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All Official Cover

When Frankie’s mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to be only temporary—just long enough for him to get back on his feet and be able to provide for them once again. That’s why Frankie’s not prepared for the day that he arrives for his weekend visit with a new woman on his arm and out-of-state train tickets in his pocket.

Now Frankie and her sister, Toni, are abandoned alongside so many other orphans—two young, unwanted women doing everything they can to survive.

And as the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II, and the shadows of injustice, poverty, and death walk the streets in broad daylight, it will be up to Frankie to find something worth holding on to in the ruins of this shattered America—every minute of every day spent wondering if the life she’s able to carve out will be enough.

I will admit I do not know the answer. But I will be watching, waiting to find out. 

That’s what ghosts do.

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All is set to be released October 1, 2019!

Cover Reveals, Katherine Tegen Books

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie Cover Reveal

Revealed through Paste Magazine on June 12, was the cover for Kathryn Purdie’s newest YA Fantasy, Bone Crier’s Moon.

Bone Crier’s Moon is the first book in Purdie’s upcoming fantasy duology which is “set in a matriarchal society of siren-like women who practice bone magic to ferry the dead…” according to Paste Magazine.

The cover artist is Charlie Bowater, whose done covers for other Young adult fantasy novels such as Margaret Rogerson’s (An Enchantment Of Ravens, Sorcery Of Thorns).

Purdie told Paste Magazine “I envisioned my main characters holding knives and standing on a bridge together. I also named Charlie Bowater as my favorite cover artist, in hopes I’d get an illustrated cover…”

“Charlie captured the adventurous and romantic tone of the book, nailed my characters’ fierceness and even weaved hidden images into the greenery above them. It’s the cover of my dreams, and I couldn’t be more pleased…”

Kathryn Purdie via paste magazine

Alongside the cover reveal and interview with Purdie about the design, Paste Magazine also shared an excerpt.

Bone Crier’s Moon Official Cover

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie is set to be released March 10, 2020!

Adaptation News, Knopf Books for Young Readers

Aurora Rising by Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Optioned For Television!

On June 13, Deadline announced that Aurora Rising by author-duo Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, is set to be adapted as a television series through MGM TV.

According to the article, “Kaufman and Kristoff will serve as consulting producers.”

“Amie and Jay have created something really special with Aurora Rising. Their novel blends comedy, action and heart seamlessly in such a wonderful way. We are all looking forward to working with them, Bill and the whole creative team at Level 1 to bring this impressive story to television…”

Steve Stark, MGM President, Television Production and Development VIA Deadline
Aurora Rising released May 7, 2019

From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure!

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

Aurora Rising by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is out now!