Tara Altebrando, author of The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life and co-author of Roomies, has a new YA novel called THE LEAVING in the works, the rights to which are already scaring up plenty of buzz in the market.
The novel, scheduled to be published by Bloomsbury in June of 2016, is repped by David Dunton of Harvey Klinger, Inc., with Michelle Kroes and Olivia Blaustein handling the film and TV rights for CAA.
Much of The Leaving’s story has been kept under wraps, but according to sources, it centers on five kids who were abducted when they were in kindergarten and later return home as teenagers. They have no memory of where they’ve been, or of the sixth child who was taken with them. The novel has been billed as a cross between Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Returned, and Altebrando has referred to it as her YA memory thriller.
Before even being published, this book already stands well on its own. New York Times bestselling author E. Lockhart said that in this book, “Altebrando hides a meditation on memory and identity inside a top-speed page-turner,” and author of September Girls Bennett Madison stated that, “The Leaving isn’t one of those books that creeps up on you: instead, it throws you in the back of an unmarked van and speeds off before you even have time to wonder what’s going on. This book gripped me on the first page, and by the last, had really moved me.”
With shows like The Returned, Top of the Lake, and HBO’s The Leftovers evolving into critically acclaimed, buzz-worthy hits, it’s easy to see how The Leaving could become the next great mystery series–and one aimed at capturing a young adult audience, who remain underserved in the space.
Altebrando is a seasoned author. She has written the middle-grade books My Life in Dioramas and The Battle of Darcy Lane, as well as YA novels Dreamland Social Club, The Pursuit of Happiness, and What Happens Here.
Kat Spanners | Staff Writer