Undated 2020 New Releases

39085455. sy475 It’s hard being the only Black kid at a conservative prep school, especially when you’re routinely harassed by the dead. In his junior year of high school, sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston plans to make real friends, which won’t happen if he keeps retreating to a world no one else can see.

But when Jake meets Sawyer Doon, he discovers a spirit too vengeful to ignore. Six years ago, Sawyer carried out a school shooting and killed himself before finishing the job. His targets are still out there, and he’s determined to possess Jake to finish what he started.

The more Jake tries to ignore Sawyer, the more he feels the ghost boy’s impact on his psyche. And the more he uncovers about who Sawyer was, the more he realizes how similar he is to Sawyer–a boy once bullied relentlessly for his sexuality, now hell-bent on taking power from a world that took it from him. To protect himself from possession, Jake will have to find a voice in a school he feels he has none and discover his own reason to live.

Friends Like These by Amelia Kahaney (Flatiron)
For Flatiron Books, Sarah Barley took North American rights at auction to Amelia Kahaney’s  psychological thriller Friends like These. The YA novel, set in the California desert, follows three best friends who, the publisher explained, “grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.” With each girl “desperately wishing for some way out,” they all escape, “but not in the way they had expected.” The book, which is set for a spring 2020 release, was sold by Joelle Hobeika and Sara Shandler at Alloy Entertainment on behalf of Kahaney’s literary agent, Faye Bender at the Book Group.
Yesterday Is History by Kosoko Jackson (Sourcebooks Fire) 
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired Kosoko Jackson’s Yesterday Is History, pitched as Dear Martin meets More Happy Than Not. In the book, a contemporary gay teen mysteriously slips through time and lands in NYC on the eve of the Stonewall riots, where he meets a runaway whose future is in jeopardy. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret brokered the deal for world rights.

Water by Nancy Castaldo (Algonquin Books) 
Elise Howard at Algonquin Young Readers has bought, in an exclusive submission, world rights to a new YA nonfiction work from environmental educator Nancy Castaldo. Water is a journalistic look at the current global water crisis, from Flint to Syria, and what it means for the future of our thirsty planet. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency did the deal. 

Mirror Lens by Yuko Ota and Ananth Hirsh (Amulet)
Maggie Lehrman at Amulet has bought Mirror Lens, a YA graphic novel written by Ignatz Award winners Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota, illustrated by J.R. Doyle, about two young photographers, one an augmented human and the other an AI, who chooses to appear human, who must overcome their bitter rivalry to collaborate on an art project. Publication is scheduled for spring 2020; Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary sold world rights.

Her Stillness by Corey Ann Haydu (Simon Pulse) - very similar description to another title by this author, which is also scheduled. I suspect this title will be deleted in time.
A modern feminist fairytale about four princesses who have been placed under a spell by a young witch. With each princess cursed with a fatal flaw, and their mother the queen frozen inside a glass box, the royal family and their kingdom must overcome a secret legacy of pain as they work to break the spell.


Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn (Zephyr) - delayed due to COVID-19, this is the most recent update from the publisher.

51925604. sx318 sy475 The first in a dazzling, commercial, historical adventure series set in the extravagant and deadly world of the French Revolution. A whirlwind of action, science and magic reveals, with a diverse cast of fearless heroines, a band of rebels like no other.

Camille, a revolutionary's daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl's no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?

In a fast and furious story full of the glamour and excesses, intrigue and deception of these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she's forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.

Untitled by Danielle Vega (Penguin Teen) 
PenguinTeen twitter description: "So you’ve JUST RECOVERED from the scares of The Haunted. @vegarollins isn’t done yet, the next book goes deep into town of Drearfield...you thought it was over, it’s just the beginning".
Out Summer 2020.

Curses by Lish McBride (Putnam)
Arianne Lewin at Putnam has preempted, in a two-book deal, Curses by YA author Lish McBride, author of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. The new book is a gender-swapped retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” that looks at fairytale gifts and curses—and how the two are sometimes indistinguishable. Publication is set for summer 2020; Jason Anthony at Massie & McQuilkin brokered the deal for world rights.

Cloud Town by Daniel McCloskey (Abrams)
Abrams ComicArts has acquired Cloud Town, a debut graphic novel by Daniel McCloskey. The book is about two teens, Pen and Olive, who are growing up and growing apart in a city on the edge of an interdimensional rift. Publication is tentatively set for summer 2020.

By The Water by Terry Torres Sanchez (Philomel) 
The book follows sisters Lola and Rosie in the wake of a car accident that landed them at the bottom of a lake, as they struggle to find a new relationship amid brain damage and the lingering fear that the accident wasn't an accident at all. The book is set for publication in summer 2020. 
The Beckoning Shadow #2 by Katherine Blair (Katherine Tegan Books)



Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth (Levine Querido)
46155086. sx318 Nick Thomas at Levine Querido has bought Apple: Skin to the Core, a YA memoir-in-verse by Eric Gansworth. The author tells the story of his life, of an Onondaga family living among Tuscaroras, and of Native people in America, including the damaging legacy of government boarding schools—and in doing so grapples with the slur common in Native communities, for someone “red on the outside, white on the inside,” and reclaims it. The book will publish in fall 2020.

The Breath of Bones by Katharyn Blair (Putnam)
40036570In a world where humans' darkest secrets are reborn as Hushed, flesh and blood beings tasked with exposing what should remain hidden, 17-year-old Eerie is swept up in a web of deception as she tries to escape the fatal threat of her secret.


The Existance of Bea Pearl by Candice Marley Conner (Owl Hollow Press)
Hannah Smith at Owl Hollow has bought Candice Marley Conner's YA mystery, The Existence of Bea Pearl, about 16-year-old Bea's quest through the Southern marshlands to find her brother when everyone else, including her shattered family, believes he is dead. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020; Priya Doraswamy at Lotus Lane Literary brokered the deal for world rights.

Where There's a Wisk by Sarah J. Schmitt (Running Press)
Running Press Kids has acquired Sarah J. Schmitt's Where There's a Whisk, pitched as Waitress meets Big Brother, which follows 18-year-old Peyton Sinclaire as she leans into the lessons learned from her con-man father to take on nine other contestants and a producer more interested in ratings than a properly seasoned steak, all to win a reality cooking competition and the scholarship that goes with it. Britny Brooks will edit; publication is set for fall 2020. 

In the Shadow of the Moon by Amy Cherrix (Balzer + Bray)
Kristin Rens at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has preempted North American rights to Backyard Bears author Amy Cherrix's In the Shadow of the Moon, a YA nonfiction narrative chronicling the space race from the dual perspectives of the two controversial and flawed men who helped humankind set foot on the moon. The book is set for fall 2020 publication; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency did the deal.

Willowweep Manor by Shaenon K Garrity and Christopher J Baldwin (McElderry Books)
Karen Wojtyla at McElderry Books has acquired world rights to the YA graphic novel Willowweep Manor by Shaenon K. Garrity, illustrated by Christopher J. Baldwin. Teenage Haley is obsessed with all things Gothic, but never imagined she'd experience them in real life, until the day she rescues a drowning young man and wakes up in a 19th-century estate complete with brooding gentlemen, sinister servants, and an actual ghost. But all is not as it appears, as Haley learns she has not been swept into the past, but instead into a strange universe all its own. Publication is slated for fall 2020; Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary handled the deal.

The Detour by Natalie D. Richards (Sourcebooks Fire)
Sourcebooks Fire has bought Natalie D. Richards's new YA thriller The Detour. When a blizzard diverts teenager Avery's flight to visit her mother for Christmas, she hitches a ride with some other waylaid students, but as road conditions worsen, it becomes clear that one of the people in the car will do anything to keep them from reaching their destinations. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020.

The In Between by Marc Klein (Poppy)
Poppy has acquired Marc Klein's The In Between, a supernatural love story told in then and now narratives, about a girl trying to piece together the night of a car accident that killed her boyfriend, while seemingly receiving messages from him from the afterlife. Publication is slated for fall 2020. 

#Krisette by Sofia Quintero (Knopf)
Knopf has bought Sofia Quintero's #Krisette, about a teenage girl's struggle to understand why the police killing of her older sister Krisette fails to spark demands for justice. Inspired by #SayHerName, it features the central theme: “Krisette was deeply flawed and undeniably deserved to live." Publication is planned for fall 2020.

Where I Belong by Marcia Argueta Mickelson (Carolrhoda)
Lerner/Carolrhoda has bought Marcia Argueta Mickelson's YA novel Where I Belong. Guatemalan-American high school senior Milagros “Millie” Vargas struggles to balance her family's needs with her own ambitions for her future, especially after her mother's employer announces his run for Senate and tries to use Millie as a poster child for “deserving” immigrants. Publication is slated for fall 2020.


The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver (Scholastic)
From the author:
“THE GHOSTS WE KEEP is the story of Liam Cooper who is a non-binary kid still trying to figure things out. So they’re still in the closet, but mostly because that’s where they’re most comfortable right now. They have a crush on their best friend Joel, and they’re desperately hoping that something will come of it and they’re trying to get the nerve to ask Joel out.

Things come crashing to a halt when Liam’s twin brother is killed in a tragic accident. Suddenly Liam sees their brother’s face in the mirror, and they have to contend with being half of a whole. The book is about grief, rejection, fear, dealing with PTSD. It comes from my own experience of losing my father in 2017 (in the exact way Liam loses their brother).

The book is dark, I’m not going to lie it may be difficult for a lot of readers. Liam goes through a lot, they deal with their own gender, losing the person they love the most, rejection from people around them. There is a scene (so far at least who knows what edits may do) where Liam considers taking their own life.

These are things both I and my mother experienced after my father was killed. And this is my way of getting through that.”


Until You Came Back by Jay Coles (Little Brown)
Little, Brown has acquired Until You Came Back, a contemporary YA novel by Jay Coles. The book is about a teen whose world is turned upside down when he develops feelings for a new recruit on his basketball team at the same time that the mother who abandoned him eight years earlier returns home. Publication is planned for winter 2020.

Untitled by Amanda Hocking (Wednesday Books)  
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired the final trilogy in the million-plus copy bestselling Trylle series by Amanda Hocking. The new arc focuses on a girl as she journeys back to Scandinavia to discover the true origins of the Trylle; it takes place five years after the Kanin Chronicles (the second trilogy in the series) and nine years after the first Trylle trilogy. The as yet untitled first book will be published in winter 2020; Steven Axelrod at the Axelrod Agency sold world English rights.


The World of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Bloomsbury)
33590859The official guide to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series complete with characters, creatures, new artwork, and more!

Everyone knows the story of the assassin queen. But now, fans of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series will be immersed in her journey like never before. From Adarlan’s dark past to Terrasen’s bright future, this comprehensive guide will bring the people, creatures, settings, magic, gods, and world of Aelin’s epic journey to life in stunning illustrations and descriptive portrayals. Complete with an expansive vocabulary and timeline of events, this is the must-have official companion to the Throne of Glass series.

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson (Delacorte) - currently scheduled for April 2020, but I think this is incorrect for the US edition.
Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective anymore.

With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.

But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared but the police won’t do anything about it. And if they won’t look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way… and this time EVERYONE is listening. But will she find him before it’s too late?

Rise As One by Ashok K. Banker (Delacorte)
Six of Crows meets Ember in the Ashes, from India’s most successful fantasy author.

RISE follows a young thief and her gang as they battle to overthrow a brutal tyrant and stay a demon invasion.

Brine, Shade, Pari, and Ace are part of a gang of outlaws, each with her own set of skills, specializing in impossible heists for a hefty fee. When an anonymous client asks these ‘Brokens’ to break into the Temple of Vish and steal a forbidden book, the crew become embroiled in a global conflict between the corrupt Prime Minister Nomandra and an order of corrupt priests commanding an army of Arusa, demons who can materialize out of any manmade substance. What follows is an adventure unlike any other, filled with magic, action, and romance.

Echoes of Grace by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books)
A Mexican-American gothic psychological mystery set on the border featuring two sisters whose relationship is fractured after a terrible tragedy. Moving between the present and two years earlier, Grace flees to her grandmother's house in Mexico but her world, and perhaps her sanity, begins to unravel as she's visited by visions of her mother's past she'd never before known of.

Grace and her sister Mercedes are as different as sisters can be-Grace is the serious one, while Mercy is the fun-loving one. Surviving their mother's death brought them close but then a terrible tragedy strikes and Grace flees to their grandmother's house on the other side of the border. There, she begins having visions of her mother and discovers a deep secret that haunts her dreams so vividly it's as if she is reliving what happened to her mother-or maybe she really is reliving it. As Grace goes deeper into a psychological well, it seems as if there may be no way to pull herself out of it, until her sister decides to help Grace fight for herself and fight for the truth about their mother.

Fly by Night by Tara O' Conner (Random House)
Fly by Night tells the story of Dee, who suspects a magical creature may be responsible for her sister's mysterious disappearance. But in her investigation, she discovers that the culprit may be less supernatural than she fears.

Naima by K. L. Ricks (First Second) 
Calista Brill at First Second has bought Naima, K.L. Ricks's YA graphic novel fantasy about a young woman's return to her native Caribbean island after completing her magical training to become a midwife. Publication is planned for 2020; Edward Maxwell at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates negotiated the deal for world rights.

Blackwater by Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham (Henry Holt) 
Brian Geffen at Henry Holt has acquired world rights to Blackwater, a debut YA graphic novel by Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham. When Tony, a restless star athlete, and Eli, a quiet outsider, form an unlikely friendship in their small Maine town, they find themselves tracking down the source of a werewolf curse and heeding the warnings of ghosts, all while exploring their budding feelings for each other and dealing with typical high school drama. Publication is scheduled for 2020; the author-illustrators were unagented.
Codename: Badass by Heather Demetrios (Atheneum)
Told in a Code Name Verity meets Drunk History style, this YA biography of World War II amputee spy Virginia Hall tells the story of the woman whom the Gestapo called 'the most dangerous of all Allied spies.

The Good Luck Girls #2 by Charlotte Nicole Davis (Tor Teen)

Untitled by Erin Stewart (Delacorte)

Guardians of Dawn #2 by S. Jae-Jones (Wednesday Books)

Untitled by Brittney Morris (Simon Pulse) 

The Strange Matter of Miss Havisham by Hilary Monahan (Delacorte)

The Belles #3 by Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform)

Untitled by Morgan Matson (Simon and Schuster) - author announced on twitter May 2020 that more details will be released soon.

The Sixth World #3 by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga Press)

Stand As One by Ashock K. Banker (Delacorte)

Shielded #2 by Kaylynn Flanders (Delacorte)

Untitled by Emma Mills (Henry Holt)  

Velvet #3 by Temple West (Media Res Publications)

Untitled by Emily X. R. Pan (Little, Brown) - UK release date announced but not US.

Legacy of Orisha #3 by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)   

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