Ally Condie Inks Deal For Middle Grade Novel

By Maryann Yin 

ally condieMatched trilogy author Ally Condie has signed a deal to publish her debut middle grade novel. Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, will release Summerlost on April 05, 2016.

Publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel negotiated the terms of the agreement with Writers House literary agent Jodi Reamer. A first printing of 100,000 copies has been ordered.

Condie gave this statement in the press release: “I wrote Summerlost about a girl named Cedar, who is dealing with the heartbreak of a family tragedy. Just when she needs it most, she finds herself surprised by the wonderful, magical feeling of falling into an unexpected friendship. During the pivotal summer in the novel, Cedar also explores long-held mysteries within her community and concerning those she loves.”