Faber has acquired literary scout Natasha Farrant's début young adult novel in a three-way auction.
The as-yet-untitled novel is an evocative love story set in France at the end of the Second World War.
Egmont Press has acquired two young adult titles by US thriller writer Joe Schreiber.
The first book, Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, will be published in spring 2012.
Commissioning editor Ali Dougal acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which sold film rights to Paramount.
Dougal described the title as "'Kill Bill' meets 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'".
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Dutton Children's Books has bought world rights to an untitled YA novel by Prophecy of the Sisters author Michelle Zink. In the book, 16-year-old Helen Cartwright discovers, after her parents are murdered, that she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and to be good, because temptation is hard to resist, even for an angel. Publication is planned for spring 2012.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has bought North American rights to middle-grade author R.L. LaFevers' foray into YA romance: a trio of historical fantasies focusing on teen girl assassins in 15th-century France. In Dark Mercy, scheduled for spring 2012, Ismae learns she was sired by the god of death, is trained as an assassin, and is sent to court as a spy, where she must choose between serving her dark god and opening her heart to love. Companion novels Dark Justice and Dark Hope, each focusing on a different assassin from the convent, will publish in spring 2013 and spring 2014.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers acquired North American rights to a YA trilogy set in space in the future by co-authors Martin Leicht and Isla Neal. The first book in the series, tentatively titled Parasite, is billed as Juno meets Alien.