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some very good news

I’m posting a day early this week, but I can’t help myself.  I have some very good news, and I just got the go-ahead to mention it here.

Here’s the official press release from Penguin:


Newcomer Ally Condie’s Futuristic Novel Reminiscent of Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale

New York, NY – December 5, 2009 – It was announced today that Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, has acquired Ally Condie’s highly-anticipated dystopian novel MATCHED in a heated auction that included seven major publishers. One of this year’s most talked-about manuscripts, Condie’s futuristic novel tells the story of a teen-aged girl who has waited seventeen years to find out who “the Society” will select for her ideal mate, only to find herself falling in love with someone else. The novel is part of a three book deal brokered by Jodi Reamer of Writers House, LLC and Don Weisberg, President of Penguin Young Readers Group along with Lauri Hornik, President and Publisher of Dutton Children’s Books, and Julie Strauss-Gabel, Associate Publisher of Dutton Children’s Books, who will edit the novel.

Julie Strauss-Gabel commented, “With relatable humanity and formidable tension Ally shows us our future in Matched, a flawed utopia that will make readers crave the passion of uncertainty and cherish the power of the written word. I can’t wait for the world to discover the love story that has already consumed our hearts and minds at Penguin.”

Jodi Reamer remarked, “Reading Matched reminded me of the first time I read the Twilight manuscript.  Ally combines the eloquence and dystopian setting of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the passion of Twilight and the game theory of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game to create one of the most provocative novels I have read in a long time.”

Lauri Hornik added, “I find myself talking about this fascinating novel constantly. Not only has Ally delivered a complex, dystopian suspense novel, she has also written an unforgettable tale of forbidden romance.”

Foreign rights for MATCHED have already been sold in Germany, Italy, Brazil.

+ comments (45)
  • Shari
    January 11, 2010

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited for you. I knew it would happen.

  • Becca
    January 11, 2010

    Ally ~ Wahoo! I’m so excited for you – hoping rights are sold in the UK too 🙂 Can’t wait to read it!

  • Debbie/CranberryFries
    January 11, 2010

    Oh this book sounds so fantastic! What wonderful news, congratulations Ally!!!

  • Angella
    January 11, 2010

    Oh, Ally! You are amazing! I’m just so proud of you!!!!!

  • BeckyWren
    January 11, 2010

    I can’t wait to read it!!! Way to go Ally!

  • Tasha
    January 11, 2010

    I am so, so, so, so happy for you!!! I can’t wait to read it!

  • tami
    January 11, 2010

    You are definitely deserving of this!! big time congratulations!!

  • Melissa
    January 11, 2010

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book:)

  • Kayla
    January 11, 2010

    So excited that you can finally talk about it! That means I can talk about it too..happy day happy day! Ally so proud of you.

  • Melissa
    January 11, 2010

    You really are the coolest. I am so very proud of you. I CANNOT WAIT to read this book!

  • Sara
    January 11, 2010

    Yay, you finally got to announce it!!!! I’m SO excited for you, as you know! (And wow, those were some pretty amazing things Julie and Jodi both said. Wow.) You are so talented and just, wow. Way to go, girl.

  • Claudia
    January 11, 2010

    Way to go Ally!!! So proud of you. Can’t wait to read it.

  • blee
    January 11, 2010

    Congratulations – you’re amazing!

  • KristiStevens
    January 11, 2010

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read. It sounds amazing!!!

  • Anna Halverson
    January 11, 2010

    Oh I have goosebumps, that is so exciting. Way to GO!!!

  • Sandy Shin
    January 11, 2010

    Congratulations, Ally! It sounds so exciting, MATCHED, and I can’t wait to read it! 😀

  • Melony Pulley
    January 11, 2010

    Awesome doesn’t begin to cover how I feel about your news. So excited for you Ally and inspired! Love ya tons cuz you’re sweet and humble and you deserve it!

  • Shannon
    January 11, 2010

    Wow! idon’t know what else to say.

  • Shannon
    January 11, 2010

    Yes I do. When does it come out?

  • Brittany
    January 11, 2010

    Congratulations on such an incredible achievement! That’s wonderful news.

  • Julie D.
    January 11, 2010

    Matched is not just as good as everything they wrote–it’s better. It has intrigued me from day one and I’m really excited to see it get the attention it deserves. And I’m so happy for you! Good things come to those who work, as I like to say.

  • beth
    January 12, 2010

    Awesome! I am so excited to read it!!! My little Savannah is now a bookworm (reads a book in 2-3 days if time allows), and will surely love it too!

  • becca
    January 12, 2010

    Um, where was I yesterday when everyone was getting on the Ally Wagon? You know I’m thrilled and delighted. As my cute Husband said, it couldn’t happen to a nicer person. Thanks for sharing this wonderful, fantastic news with us! XO

  • Carolyn V
    January 12, 2010

    Yay Ally!!! I got goosebumps reading the reviews for your book. You are going places! =)

  • Rachel Coleman
    January 12, 2010

    So, no pressure, right?

    Good luck as you go forward with all of this craziness. I can’t help smiling every time I think about all your hard work coming to this end. Congratulations!

  • shelli johannes wells
    January 12, 2010

    congrads – sounds amazing – guess it was “the one” 🙂 cant wiat to cheer you on your journey!

  • brook
    January 12, 2010

    can. not. wait.

  • Stacey (AKA Aubrey)
    January 12, 2010

    Ally! YAY for announcements. It could not have happened to someone more amazing! I have been trying to reply on your blog for a while on internet explorer but it won’t let me! Very annoying!

    Anywho! You know I love you!

  • Mariam
    January 12, 2010

    That is Great!!! I can’t wait to read it. You are awesome.

  • Jake
    January 12, 2010

    Congratulations. If you become famous you have to pay the fee for the next relay.

  • J Scott Savage
    January 12, 2010

    That is such a great thing. And so well deserved. It’s awesome to see someone who has put in the time and effort when the returns were pretty small hit it big. Yay for DB authors.

  • Libby
    January 12, 2010

    Ally, what an amazing article! This is SO exciting! I am freaking out!!!

  • Amy Finnegan
    January 12, 2010

    Hi Ally,

    I’m a YA writer in Utah, so I just wanted to stop by and say congratulations! It’s always a great to see someone who has worked hard for many years find such fabulous success!! Cheers!

    Amy Finnegan 🙂

  • Natalie Hatch
    January 12, 2010

    Congrats Ally, glad good things are going your way.

  • melissa @ 1lbr
    January 13, 2010

    Wow! With accolades like that even before it’s published…I’m getting very excited too! Love my UT authors.

  • jenn
    January 13, 2010

    Shut-up!! That is such amazing news–I wish I could jump up and down with you and give you a HUGE HUG!! It’s so deserving and I am dying to read it–and make all my friends read it, the mail carrier read it, my neighbors read it…..

  • Jes Bennion
    January 13, 2010

    Ally, I’m so happy for you. You never cease to amaze me! I can’t wait to read Matched and same goes for me as Jenn, I’m going to try my darnest to get everyone I know to read it.

  • Ann Dee
    January 15, 2010

    Wanted to stop by and say congratulations (such an awesome thing!) AND tell you I just made a weird connection. You taught my nieces Kari and Kristi Lowell. They love you and your writing. I’m so happy for you.

  • Rachel Bateman
    January 16, 2010

    Yay! I saw the PW announcement a while back and have been waiting for you to be able to officially put it on your blog. I am so excited for you.

    MATCHED sounds great, and I can’t wait to read it.

  • Samantha
    January 17, 2010

    This is amazing! You’re an inspiration to all of us who strive to carve a writing career out of our toddler’s naptimes!

  • Heather Moore
    January 17, 2010

    Super huge congrats! You are on your way 🙂

  • Emily M.
    January 19, 2010

    Congratulations! I thought I posted this last week, but it must not have gone through. But I saw your post today… Way to go–it makes me happy to see local girls make good.

  • Kalina
    February 1, 2010

    Yay! I actually saw this on agent Laurie McClean’s blog as well. It’s the talk of the writing gossip chain. Can I be president of your fan club?

  • Ali
    February 5, 2010

    That’s so cool! How long did it take for you to hear back from Dutton? Julie has three chapters of one of my novels right now since May or June of last year. I know she had a baby in September. I look forward to meeting you at the Writing for Young Reader’s conference.

  • Connie
    February 16, 2010

    Wow! You have made it to the big time! Congratulations times ten!

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