NEW YORK (AP) – A 21-year-old author has agreed to a seven-figure deal on a pair of young adult novels.
Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, announced on Thursday that it would publish Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s much-anticipated debut thriller “Ace of Spades” in June 2021. The author is also planning a second novel, currently untitled.
Feiwel and Friends calls “Ace of Spades” a combination of “Gossip Girl” and “Get Out,” the story of two black students in an overwhelmingly white private school and how they get caught up in a “disturbing and deadly game”.
“I hope readers in the US see that black people belong in stories like ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘Pretty Little Liars’, and that we deserve happy endings above all,” Àbíké-Íyímídé, a Londoner currently attending university in Scotland , said in a statement.
Feiwel acquired North American rights to the two books. Usborne will release Àbíké-Íyímídé’s work in the UK.