Following the success of her YA novels “Wake” and “Fade,” Michigan-born novelist Lisa McMann just inked a four-book deal with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
The deal includes world rights and audio for two young adult novels and two middle-grade novels by the popular writer. It was negotiated by Michael Bourret of Dystel and Goderich, who will also handle film rights. The first two novels will be published by Simon Pulse: “Dead to You” (a ripped from headlines story about a boy kidnapped and returned to his family after nine years) for spring 2012 and an unnamed young adult novel in spring 2013. Michael Bourret of Dystel and Goderich negotiated the deal, and is handling film rights.
Here’s more about the other two novels, from the release: “Aladdin will publish The Unwanteds, a dystopian middle-grade fantasy novel about kids who are exiled from their homeland when they display signs of creativity to a hidden world where they are trained to use their abilities and hone their magical skills, in hardcover in fall 2011 with a paperback edition in fall 2012, and a yet-to-be titled middle grade novel in hardcover in fall 2012 and paperback in fall 2013.”