February 2021 New Releases

The Secret Blade by Tricia Levenseller (Feiwel and Friends)
The Secret Blade follows a blacksmith with social anxiety who can forge magical blades. When she accidentally builds an all-powerful sword with the ability to extract secrets from those it cuts, she has to protect it at all costs. Publication is set for February 2021.

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le (Simon Pulse)
Jennifer Ung at Simon Pulse has acquired A Pho Love Story by Loan Le, a YA romantic comedy about two Vietnamese-American teens who fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid the whirlwind caused by their respective families' age-old feud about their competing neighboring restaurants. Publication is set for spring 2020; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret brokered the deal for world rights.

American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajukar (Knopf)
Katherine Harrison at Knopf has acquired Anuradha D. Rajurkar's SCBWI 2017 Emerging Voices Award-winning contemporary debut novel, American Betiya, a sex-positive story of a teen artist's forbidden, interracial first love, her close-knit Indian family, and her boyfriend's desperate attempts to fit into it--even if that means betrayal. Publication is planned for Feb 2021.

The Problem With Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream by Kwame Ivery (Soho Teen)
Soho Teen has acquired The Problem with Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, a debut YA novel by Kwame Ivery. Set in present-day New Jersey, it follows an interracial teen couple's blossoming romance, which is tested when their older sisters run against each other for student-body president. Race relations come to dominate an increasingly vitriolic campaign. Publication is set for February 2021.

St Rosetta's Academy #2 by Sandhya Menon (Simon Pulse)

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