Undated 2019 New Releases


Breathe the Dragon by Jill Mackenzie (Sky Pony Press)
Kat Enright at Sky Pony has bought world rights to Jill MacKenzie's Breathe the Dragon. Talented artist and manga-obsessed 17-year-old Sadie struggles to heal physically and emotionally after a car accident, in which she was driving, that claimed the life of a teen motorcyclist and seriously injured her best friend. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; the author is unagented.

The Crash by Kevin Wignall (Jimmy Paterson)
Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson has acquired Kevin Wignall's The Crash, about a group of teens on a school trip whose plane crashes in remote Central America and who must battle both their deadly environment and clashing natures as they struggle to survive. Publication is planned for spring 2019.

Children of the River Ghost by Alexandra Aceves (Tu Books)
A YA horror novel in which 16-year-old Katie, reeling from bullying after her last relationship, moves to New Mexico and falls for a mysterious, beautiful girl who may be the ghost La Llorona. Publication is set for spring 2019.

Wolfwood by Marianna Baer (Abrams)
Abrams has bought Marianna Baer's Wolfwood, in which a desperate teenage girl begins secretly forging paintings by her once-famous mother to avoid becoming homeless, plunging her into both the glamour of the NYC art scene and the danger of a dark imaginary world. The book is scheduled for spring 2019.

Fabiola and Ylini by Juliet Khan and Amanda Scurti (Oni Press)
Oni Press has bought world rights to the YA graphic novel Fabiola & Ylini by Juliet Kahn and Amanda Scurti. The story follows nerdy Latina teen Fabiola who meets a loudmouthed mermaid named Ylini. Love is quick to blossom, but the romance must withstand adolescent insecurity, traditionalist families, and last-minute cosplay prep. Publication is slated for spring 2019.

The Wreck of Stephen Oliver by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (Sky Pony Press)
Sky Pony has bought The Wreck of Stephen Oliver, a YA novel by Kirstin Cronn-Mills. Tobin's father can no longer hide his ALS diagnosis from her, and when he decides to end his life early, Tobin must recognize that every person has the right to say how they'll live—and die. Publication is planned for early 2019.

Guardians of Dawn by S. Jae-Jones (Wednesday Books)
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired world English rights to Guardians of Dawn, an East Asian-inspired fantasy series by Wintersong author S. Jae-Jones. Inspired by girl-centric narratives like Sailor Moon, four girls must combine their elemental magic to defeat a growing evil and restore the rightful heir to the throne. Publication is slated to begin in spring/summer 2019; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management brokered the four-book deal.




A Boy Like Her by Carrie Mac (Knopf)
A contemporary YA novel following Charlie, who starts at a new school determined not to identify with either gender, but becomes pressured from all sides to conform one way or another.


The Scorpio Sea Tarot by Maggie Stiefvater (Llewellyn Worldwide)
Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Sea Tarot was acquired by Barbara Moore at Llewellyn Worldwide. Moore took world rights to the tarot deck and accompanying book from Laura Rennert at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Brown said the titles “tap into the mythology” in the author’s 2011 book The Scorpio Races (Scholastic) and draw on “ancient pagan and Celtic traditions.” The book and deck are set for fall 2019.

Untitled by Candace Fleming (Random House)
Anne Schwartz at Random House/Schwartz & Wade has bought Candace Fleming's untitled YA biography of Charles Lindbergh. The book aims to provide a closer, more critical look at the American hero based on current scholarship and new revelations. Publication is planned for fall 2019; Ethan Ellenberg at Ethan Ellenberg Literary handled the deal for world rights. 

Untitled #2 by Danielle Paige (Bloomsbury)
Cindy Loh at Bloomsbury has acquired two novels in a new series by Danielle Paige, author of Stealing Snow and the Dorothy Must Die series; Vicky Leech at Bloomsbury U.K. will edit. This YA fantasy series will weave a unique spin on the “"airy godmother" character and explores this infamous heroine's origin story from charmed teen to wish-wielding enchantress. The first novel launches in fall 2018, followed by the sequel in fall 2019. Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media sold world English rights.

Ricochet by Kathryn Berl (Flux)
Caroline Bliss Larsen at Flux has bought world rights to a YA sci-fi thriller Ricochet by Kathryn Berla. Seventeen-year-old Tatiana is living four different-but-parallel lives in the multiverse and must stop her megalomaniac scientist father in each one. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; the author represented herself.

Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff 
Caitlyn Dlouhy at Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books has acquired North American rights to a graphic novel edition of Jason Reynolds's Newbery Honor– and Printz Honor–winning Long Way Down (which Dlouhy published in 2017); Danica Novgorodoff will illustrate. Publication is planned for fall 2019. Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties represented the author, and Tanya McKinnon at McKinnon McIntyre represented the artist.



Untitled by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Teen)
Charlie Jane Anders’ currently-untitled YA will be a trilogy of novels about a disaffected present-day teenager who discovers that everything she believes about herself is wrong—that she is not, in fact, human, or from Earth. That, in fact, she has a critical role to play in an interstellar drama involving many contending alien species and a long and complex history of politics, diplomacy and warfare among them. That she carries within herself the memories and abilities of a now-deceased warrior leader of her true species, deliberately implanted in her for safekeeping. It is a tale of the heart of adolescence: vast power and knowledge yoked to a vulnerable young consciousness that’s just now learning, in fits and starts and with repeated failures and setbacks, how to be a person.


Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker (Flatiron Books)
Pitched as Romeo and Juliet meets Wuthering Heights, the YA novel follows Jules Capulet who, in a future world, is reeling from the end of her romance with a classmate called Romeo; it has left him in a coma and her as a social outcast. Enter Heathcliff Ellis, a time traveler sent on a mission to wake Romeo. Publication is planned for winter 2019.  

Shooting Cole Stone by S. C. Megale (Wednesday Books)
Wednesday Books has bought Shooting Cole Stone, S.C. Megale's #ownvoices debut YA novel. The book features irreverent Maeve, who has Muscular Dystrophy and plans to become an Oscar-winning film director, if only she can graduate high school and get some action with her leading man first. Publication is projected for winter 2019. 



Teen Killers Club by Lily Sparks (Crooked Lane)
Crooked Lane Books has acquired Lily Sparks's debut YA thriller, Teen Killers Club. Falsely convicted of her best friend Rose's brutal murder and facing a lifetime behind bars, 17-year-old goth girl Signal Deere signs on for a secret program in which 18-and-under killers are trained as government assassins at an abandoned sleepaway camp. Signal is determined to escape and find the real killer, but she didn't plan on the sinister technologies that keep the campers confined, and she certainly never planned on falling in love. Publication is planned for 2019.

Skaldi City by Joshua David Bellin (Entangled Teen)
Kate Brauning at Entangled Teen has bought Joshua David Bellin's Skaldi City¸ a post-apocalyptic thriller pitched as 10 Cloverfield Lane meets The Fifth Wave. Publication is planned for 2019; Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Living Doll by Lisa Brown (First Second Books)
First Second Books has bought a YA graphic novel by Lisa Brown called Living Doll. It tells the story of two conjoined twins who remain connected even after one of them dies during an operation to separate them. The book will be published in 2019.

Roadkill Witch by Kath Leyh (First Second Books) 
First Second has acquired Roadkill Witch by Kat Leyh, a YA graphic novel about a skeptical girl named Snap who befriends her town's local "witch." Publication is slated for 2019. 

The Princess in the Piazza by Ben Hatke (Roaring Brook Press)
Roaring Brook has bought The Princess in the Piazza, a YA novel from Ben Hatke. The book follows Sebastian, an American teenager spending the summer in Italy, who falls in love with a Renaissance princess who has been dead for 500 years, and finds himself swept up in her ages-old conflict with a sinister wizard. Publication is scheduled for 2019.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (Dutton)
Set in 1950s San Francisco, the YA novel is a story of love and duty that explores the complicated overlap between the city's Chinese-American and LGBTQ communities. Publication is planned for 2019.

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Untitled by Caroline Tung Richmond (Scholastic)
Set during an alternate history of the Cold War, which is fought with a race for the best robot technology, and focusing on a 16 year old who finds herself leading a group of cyborgs that may be America's last best chance of evading soviet takeover.

Love Inc. by Jill Twiss (Razorbill)
Ben Schrank at Razorbill has acquired Love Inc. by Jill Twiss, writer on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and coauthor of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. The YA romantic comedy is about a teen girl entrepreneur who can guarantee true love... for everyone but herself. Publication is set for 2019; Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger did the deal for world rights.

The Half King by Melissa Landers (Disney Hyperion) 
Tentatively titled The Half King, a failed oracle must leave her temple sanctuary to serve an enigmatic young ruler who turns to shadow at sunset. In doing so, she discovers a disturbing truth about herself that shatters the fragile peace within the realm. The first in a YA fantasy duology.

Feathervein by Tonya Hurley (Feiwel and Friends)
Wren, a lonely girl with a gift for communicating with birds. She leaves behind a fractured family to investigate her mother's mysterious disappearance on a birding expedition in the Louisiana bayous, and enters a world steeped in folk magic.

Fire and Ash by C.V. Wyk (Tor Teen) 


  1. This post is amazing - thank you! Just found a whole new bunch of books to add to my TBR!

    1. I'm so glad you're finding it helpful :)