Five On Friday: Newly Announced Young Adult Book Deals

There are so many new book deals being made in the Young Adult market that we’ve decided to devote a new special column to them. Here are five of the new YA book deals that we can't wait for — just after they have been announced. 

Readers will be transported to southern Spain by Beth Kephart’s upcoming release Small Damages. The tale follows a pregnant teen as she struggles to figure out what the future will hold. Expect to find this novel in stores Summer 2012.

Or perhaps you’d like to read about a teen mom-to-be here in America? You’ll get your wish with Caela Carter’s next novel. In Me, Him, Them and It, a young mother must decide what is the right thing to do for herself and her unborn child. The story will explore the role of the family in all of its different forms. 

If you'd rather read about unrequited love then you'll dig Erin McCahan’s Kissing Mr. Glaser. When bookworm Josie falls for the perfect guy, it turns out that he’s in love with someone else, Josie’s older sister. Unfortunately she is already engaged to be married. Will these two soul mates find a way to be together — and where does that leave Josie? Although no publication date has been announced yet, we are itching for answers. 

We predict that fans of Sarah Dessen and Cynthia Voight will love Janet Gurtler’s upcoming novel. In Just Breathe a teen accidentally kills a boy by kissing him, the unfortunate result of combining of one peanut butter sandwich, one peanut allergy and two sets of lips. As the heroine tries to figure out how to move forward with her life, we anticipate that readers will want a box of tissues handy for what promises to be a tearjerker.

For readers looking for more mysterious causes of death, Lindsey Lost might just fit the bill. Suzanne Phillips’ tale of performing siblings takes a strange twist when one of them is killed in small town America. RT’s Whitney can’t wait to learn more about this tale that has her thinking about Sara Shephard’s dark and mysterious series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game!

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And for some paranormal fare, make sure to check out Heidi Kling's series starter Witch’s Brew. First in The Spellspinners of Melas County series, the story takes a look a modern witch who delves into the unknown, risking both her magic and her lover.

For more soon-to-be-published books you can visit our Upcoming Releases page and be sure to check out our Forewords column every Monday for the week’s newest book deals across all the genres!