Ellen Hopkins fans have cause to celebrate: the author has signed a deal with Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) for two more YA novels. There’s a not a lot of info about the books right now.
In an article by , On her tumblr, Hopkins let fans know that the characters in the first book–titled Rumble–are all new and that the novel is a standalone. This synopsis was released by The Children’s Book Council, but since Hopkins keeps mentioning how she is still writing the story, some of this may end up changing.
In Rumble, the first of the two titles, eighteen-year-old Matthew Turner doesn’t believe in much. Not in family—his is a shambles, after his brother’s suicide. Not in so-called friends who turn their backs when the going gets rough. Certainly not in some omnipotent master of heaven and earth, no matter what his girlfriend, Hayden, thinks. In fact, he’s sick of arguing with her about faith. Matt is a devout atheist, unafraid of some Judgment Day designed by decidedly human power brokers to keep the masses in check. He works hard, plays hard, and plans on checking out the same way. But a horrific accident—one of his own making—plunges Matt into a dark, silent place where the only thing he can hear is a rumble, and eventually, a voice. And what it says will call everything Matt has ever disbelieved into question.
Her livejournal let us know that Rumble releases in 2014 with the second novel coming out in 2015.
What does Hopkins have to say about the deal? According to the CBC,
“I’m truly excited to bring my readers two more books,” says Ellen Hopkins. “They can count on some surprises as I explore new territories and stretch myself as an author. That wouldn’t be possible without the wholehearted support of Simon & Schuster, who is more than a partner and publisher. S & S has championed my vision from the beginning, and for that I’m forever grateful.”