Gossip Girl creator sells YA trilogy

Gossip Girl creator sells YA trilogy

HarperCollins Children’s Books has acquired a young adult trilogy concept, set in New York in 2118, by Alloy Entertainment, the entertainment company behind TV hits "Gossip Girl" and "Pretty Little Liars".

The Thousandth Floor trilogy is set in future Manhattan, where a group of beautiful and rich teenagers living in a thousand-storey super tower struggle to find their place at the top of the world.

Publishing director Ruth Alltimes acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights from Alex Webb at the Rights People Agency, who was acting on behalf of Alloy Entertainment, which will also produce the television series. Alloy has also sold the North American rights to Jennifer Klonsky, editorial director at HarperCollins US, and the TV adaptation rights to broadcaster ABC.

The books will be written by Harper US editor Katharine McGee.

Alltimes said: “HarperCollins Childrens Books has had outstanding success in spreading the word globally about fabulous YA storytelling. The Thousandth Floor is total guilty pleasure reading – and we know readers will go mad for it the world over.”

The first book, also called The Thousandth Floor, will be published in September 2016.