January 2021 New Releases

A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer (Bloomsbury)
50023385. sx318 Mary Kate Castellani, executive editor at Bloomsbury in the US, bought world rights from Mandy Hubbard at Emerald City Literary Agency to ... the third novel in the Cursebreaker series.

“Brigid is a master storyteller who crafts stories so rich with emotion and page-turning action,” said Castellani. “The Cursebreaker series, with its foothold in the real world, has inspired fervent love in both fantasy and contemporary readers alike."

Publication of the third Cursebreaker novel is scheduled for  2021.

Kole Miller does one thing really well: write fanfiction for the show The Space Game. Everything else is a struggle: like managing her anxiety, frequent crushes, and plans after high school. But when her blog, Spacer, wins a major fanfiction contest, her traffic soars.

With massive readership comes criticism Kole isn’t prepared for, including getting stuck in the heated ship wars surrounding the show. And then an invitation to speak at The Space Game’s official convention arrives in her inbox.

When the most competitive kids in her Creative Writing class discover Kole’s writing Spacer, her blog is taken hostage and she risks them hitting ctrl+A+del on Spacer. To win it back, Kole must face both her inner demons and the ones at Crystal Lake High before they make the drama not just about The Space Game, but about Kole herself.

Including snippets from Kole’s fanfic, emails, and text messages, Down With This Ship is sure to bring out the inner fangirl in anyone.

The Bright and the Pale by Jessica Rubinkowski (HarperTeen)
A YA fantasy debut pitched as The Bear and the Nightingale meets Shadow and Bone. Inspired by Russian folklore, the novel follows orphan Valeria, one of the only survivors of a magical happening that trapped her entire mining town in a sheet of unbreakable ice. When her best friend is kidnapped, she leads a team of cutthroats and thieves on an expedition to the very mountain that claimed her family, where something sinister slumbers. 

Tales From the Hinterland by Melissa Albert (Flatiron Books) 
"...The second book in the agreement, a short story collection set in the same world called Tales from the Hinterland..".

January 5th 
The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige (HMH)
49046937. sy475 Kappa Rho Nu isn’t your average sorority. Their parties are notorious. Their fundraisers are known for being Westerly College’s most elaborate affairs. But beneath the veil of Greek life and prestige, the sisters of Kappu Rho Nu share a secret: they’re a coven of witches. 

For Vivi Deveraux, being one of Kappa Rho Nu’s Ravens means getting a chance to redefine herself. For Scarlett Winters, a bonafide Raven and daughter of a legacy Raven, pledge this year means living up to her mother’s impossible expectations of becoming Kappa Rho Nu’s next president. Scarlett knows she’d be the perfect candidate — that is, if she didn’t have one human-sized skeleton in her closet…. 

When Vivi and Scarlett are paired as big and little for initiation, they find themselves sinking into the sinister world of blood oaths and betrayals.

Happily Ever After by Elise Bryant (Balzer + Bray)
Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has bought, at auction, Elise Bryant's debut YA, Happily Ever Afters. Pitched as Jane the Virgin meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before—and full of Black girl magic—the book follows Tessa, a creative writing student who has never seen herself reflected in the pages of her beloved romance novels, until she runs up against a bad case of writer's block and decides to find a real-life romance to inspire her fiction. Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights.

When You Look Like Us by Pamela Harris (HarperCollins) 
Andrew Eliopulos at HarperCollins has acquired When You Look Like Us by debut author Pamela Harris. When Jay Murphy, an African-American teen living in Newport News, Va., realizes his older sister Nic has disappeared, he goes to the police and is told that girls like Nic, who “roll with trouble,” go missing all the time. But Jay knows what they really mean—they don't care about another missing black girl—and if he wants to find Nic, he'll have to do it himself. Viana Siniscalchi, Sara Shandler, and Josh Bank at Alloy Entertainment handled the deal; Sarah LaPolla at Bradford Literary Agency represented the author. 

January 12th 
Unedited by Barry Lyga (Soho Teen)
Bestselling YA author Barry Lyga (I Hunt Killers) closed a two-book deal with Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen. Ehrenhaft took U.S. and open market rights to what he called a “duo of novels”; the first is titled Unedited and the second is called Edited. Both books, Ehrenhaft explained, “follow the disintegration of the relationship 17-year-old Mike Grayson has with his girlfriend, Phil, whom he loves—always—but fears only loves him back sometimes.” Ehrenhaft added that “Edited is quite literally the edited version of Unedited.”

The Intital Insult by Mindy McGinnis (Katherine Tegan Books)
Benjamin Rosenthal at HarperCollins/Tegen has acquired Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis's YA duology, The Initial Insult and The Last Laugh, which blends retellings of Edgar Allan Poe stories in a contemporary Appalachian Ohio setting. Publication for The Initial Insult is scheduled for winter 2021, and The Last Laugh is slated for winter 2022; Adriann Ranta Zurhellen at Foundry Literary + Media brokered the deal for North American rights.

January 19th 
Wench by Maxine Kaplan (Abrams)
51075470. sy475 Tanya is, well, just Tanya. Local tavern wench of Griffin’s Port. Ahem, tavern maid, thank you very much. But one horrible day she loses her lifelong guardian, and her rights to their inn and home, The Smiling Snake, along with him.

In order to get her inn back, Tanya must leave the only life she’s ever known, venturing into a world of hazardous untamed magic, sorcerers of uncertain morals, and dangerous criminals to boot—all to face the harrowing task of appealing to the Queen and Council themselves. But time is ticking while her inn sits abandoned, and her only semblance of safety rests in the hands of a dodgy and brutish corps of Queen’s men. When Tanya stumbles across a stolen magical quill and is kidnapped by a band of criminals, her chances of getting back her old, simple life slip further and further away.

When Tanya delves into the powers of the quill, uncovering its potential to fix the kingdom’s magical mayhem—or drive it further into disarray—she must do everything she can to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. But as powerful people seek to exploit Tanya’s unlikely talent for wielding the magic of the quill, the clear-cut line between good and evil begins to blur. Will Tanya determine who to trust before it’s too late, and regain autonomy over her own future, or will her life and the quill fall under the sway of corrupt forces?

Izzy Takes a Stand by Katie Henry (Katherine Tegan Books)
HarperCollins/Tegen has acquired Katie Henry's new standalone YA novel, Izzy Takes a Stand, pitched as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In the novel, a shy teen accidentally walks on stage at an open mic night and finds herself thrown into the world of stand-up comedy. Publication is planned for winter 2021.

January 26th
Unchosen by Kathryn Blair (Balzer + Bray)

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