'Darkest Minds' Author Alexandra Bracken Signs 4-Book Deal With Disney Publishing (Exclusive)

Up first is a middle-grade series about a boy trying to break a family curse and rid himself of a demon.
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Alexandra Bracken, the author of the best-selling children’s series The Darkest Minds, has signed a four-book deal with Disney Publishing.

She’ll start a new middle-grade series, pen a stand-alone YA novel and write a fourth to-be-determined book. The new series is called The Last 13 Nights of Prosperity Redding. The story follows a 13-year-old New England boy who must rid himself of the demon sharing his body and break the family curse.

The Darkest Minds, an apocalyptic YA series, follows Ruby, a 16-year-old who has survived a plague that has killed most children and finds herself with abilities she cannot control. Film rights have been picked up by 21 Laps for 20th Century Fox, and a script has been written by Chad Hodge (Wayward Pines).

Bracken also has Passenger, a YA time-travel adventure, set to publish in early 2016. She also wrote the new YA novelization of the original Star Wars: A New Hope movie, with the awesome title The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (seriously, that is fantastic fun).

Disney Publishing editor Emily Meehan said in a statement announcing the deal, "Alex is an incredibly inventive and prolific storyteller, as well as a true partner in our efforts to expand classic stories to wider audiences. We are proud to continue our long-standing relationship with her and look forward to collaborating with her as she takes this exciting next step in her writing career."

Bracken, an Arizona native, graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2009 and currently lives in New York. She is represented by Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House. Meehan represented Disney in the deal.

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