February 2024 New Releases


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The Poisons We Drink by Bethany Baptiste (Sourcebooks Fire) - moved from 2022, then from January 2023, then from June 2023.
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired debut YA contemporary fantasy The Poisons We Drink by Bethany Baptiste. In a country divided between witchers and humans, an 18-year-old Black brewer of love potions must protect her sister after she is coerced into making powerful potions to persuade and enslave Washington's most influential politicians, before they find themselves in the middle of a war that could cost them everything. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; John Cusick at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management brokered the deal for world English rights.

February 1st
The Princess in the Piazza by Ben Hatke (Roaring Brook Press) - moved from September 2022, date not yet updated on Goodreads.
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.

February 6th
Skater Boy by Anthony Nerada (Soho Teen)
This YA contemporary romance puts a gay spin on Avril Lavigne’s Sk8er Boi—perfect for fans of Sonora Reyes, Adib Khorram, and Phil Stamper.

Stonebridge High’s resident bad boy, seventeen-year-old Wesley “Big Mac” Mackenzie, is failing senior year—probably because of his unchecked anger problem, rowdy friends, and a recurring tendency to ditch his homework to fill his camera roll with random photos. So when his mom drags him to a winter production of The Nutcracker, Wes isn't interested at all...until he sees Tristan Monroe. Mr. Nutcracker himself.

Wes knows he shouldn’t like Tristan; after all, he’s a ballet dancer, and Wes is as closeted as they come. But when they start spending time together, Wes can’t seem to get Tristan out of his head.

Driven by a new sense of purpose, Wes enters a photography contest at school, determined to better himself before the end of the school year. When a falling out with his friends becomes inevitable, Wes realizes he has to take a stand—in more ways than one—and learn that being himself means meeting somewhere in the middle of who he is and who he wants to be.

Can Wes trade his skateboard in for textbooks, ditch his friends for the photography kids he once bullied, and blow up the bad-boy reputation he never wanted in the first place?

The Cursed Rose by Leslie Vedder (Razorbill)
"Leslie Vedder's THE CURSED ROSE, the third and final book in her debut LGBTQ+ fantasy trilogy that began with THE BONE SPINDLE, pitched as a gender-flipped retelling of Sleeping Beauty meets Indiana Jones, in which a cursed treasure hunter and an axe-wielding huntswoman must team up in the treasure hunt of a lifetime to save a lost prince—and now the kingdom, to Ruta Rimas at Razorbill, for publication in early 2024, by Carrie Hannigan Band Ellen Goff at HG Literary (NA)".

February 10th
The Crimson Moth by Kristen Ciccarelli (Wednesday Books) - moved from March 2023, then from March 2024.
Vicki Lame at Wednesday Books has acquired Kristen Ciccarelli's The Crimson Moth, a romantic Scarlet Pimpernel-inspired YA fantasy duology. Set in the aftermath of a revolution that has diminished witches from rulers to outcasts, it follows the dangerous dance of a strategic courtship between Rune, a socialite with a hidden identity who illegally rescues witches, and Gideon, the witch hunter loyal to the revolution who is out to unmask her; the closer they get, the more treacherous their romance becomes. Publication is slated for 2023; Danielle Burby at Mad Woman Literary Agency did the deal for North American rights.

February 13th
My Big, Fat, Desi Wedding by Various YA Authors (Page Street) - moved from November 2023.
Drama. Food. Fashion. More drama. More food. Nosey aunties and uncles—and, of course, the universal language of love. These elements are a must-have for any Desi wedding, inclusive of people indigenous to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. In this anthology, authors from various parts of the Desi community will share genre-bending stories that explore the lush traditions of their region, translating that universal language through the familiar lens of the Ultimate Family Gathering.

In this collection that centers hope, love, and family, readers will enjoy eight stories from both award-winning and debut authors.

With a Little Luck by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel and Friends)
After being magically gifted with incredible luck, a boy discovers this gift just may be a curse when it comes to love, in this YA novel by #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer.

Jude and Ari are working at a record store, when during open mic night Jude gets up to sing a song about luck. After that he is magically gifted incredible luck. Not long after, he wins tickets to a concert and asks out Maya, whom he has had a crush on for ages. They start dating, but it isn't long before Jude starts to realize that Maya isn't The One for him after all. In fact, he thinks might be in love with Ari! Unfortunately, it turns out his "gift" is actually Beginner's Luck, and any attempts he makes to woo Ari (after he and Maya break up) end in disaster. Can he break the curse, or is he destined to be unlucky in love forever?

Fans of Instant Karma, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Love & Gelato will be drawn to this clean teen romance, seasoned with Marissa Meyer’s special brand of magic.

Bunt! The Modern Act of Financial Aid by Ngozi Ukazu (First Second) - YA graphic novel.
Molly Bauer's first year of college is not the picture-perfect piece of art she'd always envisioned. On day one at PICA, Molly discovers that—through some horrible twist of fate—her full-ride scholarship has vanished! But the ancient texts (PICA's dusty financial aid documents) reveal a loophole. If Molly and 9 other art students win a single game of softball, they'll receive a massive athletic scholarship. Can Molly's crew of ragtag artists succeed in softball without dropping the ball?

The author of the New York Times best-selling Check, Please series, Ngozi Ukazu returns with debut artist Madeline Rupert to bring an energetic young adult story about authenticity, old vs. new, and college failure. It also poses the question: “Is art school worth it?”

Call Me Iggy by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado (First Second)
- YA graphic novel.
Ignacio "Iggy" Garcia is an Ohio-born Colombian American teen living his best life. After bumping into Marisol (and her coffee) at school, Iggy's world is spun around. But Marisol as too much going on to be bothered with the likes of Iggy. She has school, work, family, and the uphill battle of getting her legal papers. As Iggy stresses over how to get Marisol to like him, his grandfather comes to the rescue. The thing is, not only is his abuelito dead, but he also gives terrible love advice. The worst. And so, with his ghost abuelito's meddling, Iggy's life begins to unravel as he sets off on a journey of self-discovery.

Call me Iggy tells the story of Iggy searching for his place in his family, his school, his community, and ultimately—as the political climate in America changes during the 2016 election— his country. Focusing on familial ties and budding love, Call me Iggy challenges our assumptions about Latino-American identity while reaffirming our belief in the hope that all young people represent. Perfect for lovers of multigenerational stories like Displacement and The Magic Fish.

February 15th
The Voice of the Wretched by Kester Grant (Knopf) - moved from 2021, then from May 2022, December 2022 and November 2023, unlikely to be the final release date.

February 20th

For the Stolen Fates by Gwendolyn Clare (Feiwel and Friends)
In this heart-pumping sci-fi sequel to In the City of Time, two people have to work together to prevent the cataclysm that will soon break the laws of physics and render Earth uninhabitable.

Now in possession of the most dangerous book ever scribed, Willa and Saudade settle into the nineteenth century and start planning how to avert the cataclysm that will soon break the laws of physics and render Earth uninhabitable.

Faraz only wants his best friend, Leo, to have the time to come to terms with the death of his father—even if his father was a power-hungry villain who had to be stopped. But someone has stolen the editbook again, and now Faraz and his friends must track down Willa and challenge her for control of the editbook.

Meanwhile, Leo’s older brother Aris contemplates a path toward redemption after using the editbook to destroy the city of Napoli. Can he salvage his remaining relationships, after a lifetime of following their father?

But as far as Willa and Saudade are concerned, all these people are suspects in a crime that hasn’t happened yet.

A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal (FSG) - moved from Spring 2022, then from October and November 2022, then from September 2023. Release date not yet updated on Goodreads but confirmed by publisher. Some editions dated February 2025, but think this is likely the UK release date.
Janine O'Malley at FSG has bought, in an exclusive submission, A Tempest of Tea by bestselling author Hafsah Faizal, first in a duology pitched as King Arthur meets Peaky Blinders with vampires. Set in Ettenia, an amalgamation of 1920s and Victorian London with a dash of ancient Rome, the novel follows a gang of outcasts in a deadly heist led by Arthie Casimir to save her tearoom—which fronts an illegal blood house, where local vampires can purchase fresh blood. Publication of the first novel is set for spring 2022; Josh Adams at Adams Literary did the two-book deal for world English rights.

The Bad Ones by Melissa Albert
(Flatiron Books) - moved from December 2023.
Sarah Barley at Flatiron has acquired, in an exclusive submission, The Bad Ones by Melissa Albert (The Hazel Wood; Our Crooked Hearts). This YA contemporary fantasy centers on a suburb where four seemingly unconnected people go missing in a single night. When the best friend of one of the lost attempts to untangle the truth about the disappearances, she uncovers her hometown's elusive shadow history, including a piece of local lore about a goddess folk figure who played an eerie role in her own childhood games. Publication is tentatively set for late 2023; Faye Bender at the Book Group did the deal for North American rights.

February 27th
The Prisoner's Throne by Holly Black (Little, Brown)
The highly anticipated conclusion to the Stolen Heir duology by #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black.

After the shocking events of The Stolen Heir, Prince Oak is in deeper trouble than ever before. As his situation grows more precarious, Oak is desperate to find a way out, before all of Elfhame is caught in the coming storm.

Daughter of the Bone Forest by Jasmine Skye (Feiwel and Friends)
Holly West at Feiwel and Friends has acquired Daughter of the Bone Forest and Daughter of the Witch King, Jasmine Skye's debut YA fantasy duology. It follows two girls whose fates are intertwined, a powerful shapeshifter farmgirl who resists joining the elite school for witches and shapeshifters, fearing she will be drafted into the king's army, and the king's daughter, a powerful witch who is destined to lead the country into bloody war, but can't help her feelings for the backwater ranch girl who wants no part of it. Publication is set for winter 2024 and winter 2025; Mary C. Moore at Kimberley Cameron & Associates did the deal for world English rights.

Illusions of Fire by Nisha Sharma (Union Square & Co.)
Suzy Capozzi at Union Square & Co. has bought Illusions of Fire by YA and contemporary romance writer Nisha Sharma. Pitched as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets North Indian Hindu mythology, the YA paranormal fantasy follows the descendant of a fire goddess raised by a trio of rakshasi demons, the cocky warrior-in-training she meets, and most unfortunately, the end of the world prophecy. Sharma's first YA paranormal fantasy includes her trademark wit and a swoony romance. Publication is slated for 2024; Joy Tutela at David Black Literary handled the deal for world English rights.

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