Jennifer Maas TV Business Writer A spinoff to Dustin Thao‘s New York Times bestselling YA book “You’ve Reached Sam” has been set up at Penguin‘s Dutton Children’s Books imprint in a seven-figure deal following a heated auction between multiple bidders.
A TikTok sensation, Thao’s debut novel “You’ve Reached Sam” centers on 17-year-old Julie following the death of her boyfriend Sam.
When a heartbroken Julie calls Sam’s cellphone to listen to his voicemail, Sam miraculously picks up the phone and they begin an otherworldly relationship.
Julie is then caught between staying connected to Sam and losing the living world around her. Tentatively titled “You’ve Found Oliver,” Thao’s follow-up novel is described as a standalone that takes place in the same universe “You’ve Reached Sam,” which was published in November 2021 by Macmillan’s Wednesday Books.Read more on variety.com