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Karen M. McManus - book author

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Karen M. McManus is the author of the New York Times and international bestselling young adult novels One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret. Her work has been translated into 40 languages worldwide. Karen lives in Massachusetts and holds a master's degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, which she mostly uses to draft fake news stories for her novels. For more information, visit or @writerkmc on Twitter and Instagram.

Karen M. McManus is the author of books: One of Us Is Lying (One of Us is Lying, #1), Two Can Keep a Secret, One of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying, #2), Um de nós está mentindo – capítulo extra, Untitled YA, Penguin Teen Australia Super-proof 2017, Up All Night

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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery's never been there, but she's heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it's hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone's declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she's in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous--and most people aren't good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it's safest to keep your secrets to yourself.
Come on, Bayview, you know you’ve missed this.

A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.

Until now.

This time it’s not an app, though—it’s a game.

Truth or Dare.

Phoebe‘s the first target. If you choose not to play, it’s a truth. And hers is dark.

Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare.

But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it’s that they can’t count on the police for help. Or protection.

Simon’s gone, but someone’s determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there’s a whole new set of rules.
For Delacorte Press, Krista Marino took U.S., Canadian, and open market rights to a currently untitled sequel to the bestselling 2017 YA novel One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus. The two-book deal, brokered by Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio, includes a second, also untitled, YA work. The sequel is set for spring 2020 and the other book for spring 2021.
This year’s SUPER-PROOF will feature extracts from FOURTEEN upcoming YA novels. Expect to fall in love, travel to worlds you’ve never even imagined, and get a sneak peek at not-yet-released YA fiction!

Authors featured include: Catherine Barter, Fleur Ferris, Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Nicole Hayes, Amanda Holohan, Julie Israel, Megan Jacobson, Julia Lawrinson, Jodi McAlister, Karen McManus, Skye Melki-Wegner, Robert Newton, Ashley Poston, Kiersten White.

The 2017 SUPER-PROOF will be available at the PTA Showcase and select bookstores Australia-wide.
Krestyna Lypen at Algonquin has acquired, at auction, Up All Night, edited by Laura Silverman, a YA anthology about what can happen in the hours between sunset and sunrise. Contributors include Brandy Colbert, Kathleen Glasgow, Maurene Goo, Tiffany D. Jackson, Amanda Joy, Nina LaCour, Karen M. McManus, Anna Meriano, Marieke Nijkamp, Kayla Whaley, Julian Winters, and Francesca Zappia. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret negotiated the deal for world rights.