Heyne fliegt, Heyne‘s young adult imprint, was launched in November 2010. It caters to young readers aged 10+ with a focus on stories for teens aged 14 and over. The stories aim at encouraging their readers, irrespective of their age, to fly off into the sky, to explore unknown territories and alternate universes, to dive deep into thoughts and dreams and maybe look at life in a different way. The imprint offers a wide-ranging list from classic YA books to modern juvenile novels for all ages with a conceptual focus on fiction, where Heyne has always seen its traditional competences.
Top title of the first Heyne fliegt list was renowned bestselling author John Grisham’s premiere as an author of teen fiction: His young hero Theo Boone has successfully established himself as a private investigator in a series of six books. And with three out of five novels of the Iron Fey series American author Julie Kagawa hit the Top Ten SPIEGEL young adult bestseller list. Kagawas new series, The Talon Saga, has also had a highly successful start. Kass Morgans sci-fi series The 100, which has been adapted on screen for the TV series of the same name, has been a SPIEGEL bestseller in 2015.
Heyne fliegt not only publishes great fantasy and science fiction by international authors, but also puts a focus on realistic novels by talented German writers: Sabine Raml’s Days of Heroes – Do What You Love!, published in spring 2015, hit the “Saarländischer Rundfunk children’s and YA bestselling list summer 2015”. Anne Freytag won the hearts of booksellers, readers and the press alike with My Best Last Summer, Top Title in spring 2016.
International fantasy and sci-fi
The Talon Saga series by Julie Kagawa, sci-fi series The 100 by Kass Morgan, The Fire Sermon: a dystopic trilogy by Francesca Haig, and the aspiring bestselling series The Cage, a survival adventure by Megan Shepherd.
Realistic Novels for young adults by talented German and international authors
Bittersweet love story My Best Last Summer by Anne Freytag, smart and enthralling debut novel Don’t Swim During a Thunderstorm by 21-year-old Ulla Scheler or Stephen Chbosky’s international success The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Children’s books for young readers aged 8 to 10
Clever heroes in The Rabbit Race by Boris Koch, extraordinary adventures in Vilja and the Thieves by Siri Kolu, food for thought like The 14th Goldfish by Jennifer Holm, science-related stories for enquiring young people like Frank Einstein – Hijacking the Robots, or stories that brim with fantasy like Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce.
Both Anne Freytags novels My Best Last Summer and A Mouthful of Things Unspoken and Ulla Schelers debut Don’t Swim During a Thunderstorm have been nominated for the German Youth Literature Award. In March 2015 the young adult novel If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch has been nominated for the German Youth Literature Award 2015. The imprint is proud to have taken home several other awards: Sabine Raml was awarded the Children’s and Youth Literature Award of the city of Oldenburg in 2013 for her at that time yet unpublished manuscript of Days of Heroes - Do what You Love! The illustrated children’s book Darcy Burdock by American author Laura Dockrill has been chosen „Children’s Book of the Month“ in March 2015 by the German Academy for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Boris Koch’s novel Four Bags of Ashes has also been awarded by the Academy, as well as Czech author Anna Vovsova’s debut novel Josef and Li, which was a major recommendation at Deutschlandfunk’s „Top 7“ as well. Siri Kolu’s Vilja and the Thieves won the Finlandia Youth Literature Prize, and Jacques Vriens For Akkie! was awarded the Prize of the Dutch Children’s Jury.
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