Atom, the young adult (YA) imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, has acquired a paranormal young adult series for a high five-figure sum.
The two-book deal with début author Andrea Cremer was agreed by Euan Thorneycroft at A M Heath on behalf of Richard Pine at InkWell Management.
Atom will publish the first book, Nightshade, in January 2011. The series follows a werewolf guardian, Calla, through a world of forbidden love and secret histories.
Walker Books has acquired a teen trilogy from bestselling US author Todd Strasser.
The first book, Blood on my Hands, will publish in spring 2011 and tells the story of 17-year-old Callie Carson, a girl accused of murdering her best friend.