Faber & Faber Children’s has acquired two YA novels from John Corey Whaley, the US author of Where Things Come Back and Noggin (Simon & Schuster Children's).
Commissioning editor Alice Swan bought the UK and Commonwealth rights at auction to Highly Illogical Behaviour, as well as an untitled standalone novel, from Draga Malesevic at Penguin US.
Highly Illogical Behaviour is about three teenagers: Solomon, who has agoraphobia; Lisa, who wants to use him as a case study for a university entrance paper; and Clark, Lisa's well-meaning sporty boyfriend who will do almost anything for her.
Corey Whaley, who has won book prizes such as the Printz Medal in the US, said: “I’m beyond thrilled to be working with Faber, whose literary history is second-to-none. And I’m even more excited to bring my books to a wider audience in the UK.”
Swan added: "I couldn't be happier to welcome such an exceptional writer to the Faber Children's list. John Corey Whaley's prose has real craft to it, and his characters are the sort that stay with you way beyond the page. Such high-calibre writing doesn't come along very often and we are honoured to be publishing such a stupendously talented author."
Publication of Highly Illogical Behaviour is scheduled for June 2016.