Today we unveil the cover of Harlan Coben’s first novel for teens: Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel, due from Putnam in September. The book launches a series that is a spinoff of Edgar winner Coben’s bestselling Myron Bolitar adult mystery series, which has more than 47 million books in print worldwide. The YA series stars the teenage nephew of wisecracking sports agent Myron. Scenes in Shelter overlap with those from Coben’s latest Myron Bolitar novel, Live Wire, due from Dutton on March 22, enabling readers to view events that occurred in that mystery from the perspective of the teen. In Shelter, Mickey becomes embroiled in a search for a missing schoolmate.
Don Weisberg, president of Penguin Young Readers Group, negotiated the three-book deal with Lisa Erbach Vance of the Aaron Priest Literary Agency. Shelter has an announced first printing of 250,000 copies. Jennifer Besser, v-p and publisher of G.P. Putnam's Sons, is the series' editor.
Coben, whose last three Myron Bolitar novels all debuted in the top spot on the New York Times bestseller list, takes to the road next week on a 10-market tour to promote Live Wire, his 10th book in that series.