Christina Farley’s SILVERN, her sequel to GILDED, in which a 16-year-old Korean-American girl battles a god of darkness seeking control of both Koreas, again to Miriam Juskowicz at Skyscape, an imprint of Amazon Children’s Publishing, for publication in Fall 2014. —via Publishers Marketplace
Tez Says: The author used to live in South Korea, so hopefully her first-hand experience will bring the setting to life. I also don’t know much about Korean mythology, so this should be interesting.
Catherine Onder at Bloomsbury has acquired a debut middle-grade novel, Pram, and an untitled sequel, by Lauren DeStefano, author of the Chemical Garden and Internment Chronicles YA trilogies. Pram tells the story of a girl with a unique talent: she can talk to ghosts. After befriending a boy named Clarence, Pram decides to search for her father in the hope that he can answer her questions about her mother’s death. It comes out in fall 2015; Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency did the deal for U.S., Canadian, and open market rights. —via Publishers Weekly
While the Chemical Garden trilogy arrived with much fanfare and some of the most gorgeous covers on the market (resulting in a brief spot on the New York Times best-seller list), DeStefano’s follow-up hasn’t proven quite as popular. Many YA authors have made the jump to middle grade fiction, with both Lauren Oliver and Holly Black excelling in the field with their respective efforts.
Tez Says: I love the Chemical Garden Trilogy, for the sister-wives’ relationships and the mad science. I don’t read much middle grade, but family drama and ghosts could be a great combination.