I’ll let the press release at Publishers Weekly lay it out:

Patrick Nielsen Hayden at Tor Starscape has acquired The Island in the Sky, a debut YA novel plus a sequel by SF author Tobias S. Buckell (Halo: The Cole Protocol). The book follows a Caribbean boy, Kadie, who gets the opportunity to travel to the stars when a starship arrives on Earth offering lottery slots to volunteers in exchange for leaving alien diplomats behind. Publication is tentatively set for winter 2014. Joe Monti at Barry Goldblatt Literary did the deal for North American rights.

I’m really excited to work with Patrick. I’m really excited for this book to come out, it’s been a darling I’ve been working off and on with for a while. Joe Monti and I have been conspiring to get this novel out to the world for a while, and it’s always exciting to see a project lock in.

And I’m adding a whole new audience to my work, which is super-thrilling. I’m starting a new chapter of my career as an author by adding YA novels to my work.

I’ll talk more about it and other stuff in the days ahead!