HarperCollins Children’s Books has signed a UK publishing deal with Kimberly McCreight for her “high-concept” YA trilogy, The Outliers.
Ruth Alltimes, publishing director for fiction, acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to the trilogy from Lizzy Kremer at David Higham Associates, who was acting on behalf of Marly Rusoff at the Marly Rusoff Agency. Rusoff has already sold the North American rights to Harper Collins US.
The Outliers, featuring a heroine called Wylie, is set in a universe where female intuition is held up as scientific fact.
Alltimes said: “I read this manuscript in one very tense, heart-fluttering sitting. We have had our eye on the next big YA franchise and we believe that is the one to watch in 2016.”
Publication of the first book, also called The Outliers, is set for 3rd May this year. Books two and three will follow in due course.
Lionsgate has already optioned the film rights, and Mandeville Films and Pacific Standard (the latter set up by Reese Witherspoon) have signed up to produce.
McCreight, based in New York, is also the author of the adult novel Reconstructing Amelia, which was published in the UK by Simon & Schuster. In the US, it was nominated for the Edgar Award for best first novel in 2014.