January 2021 New Releases

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao (Bloomsbury)
43699377. sy475 Hali Baumstein at Bloomsbury has preempted THE DRAGON WARRIOR author Katie Zhao's YA debut, HOW WE FALL APART. Pitched as ONE OF US IS LYING meets CRAZY RICH ASIANS, the thriller follows scholarship student Nancy Luo and her friends at an elite Manhattan prep school after their best-friend-turned-rival Jamie Ruan is found dead. But once Jamie's death is ruled a homicide, and an anonymous figure threatens to expose everyone's deepest, darkest secrets on the school's social media app, Nancy decides to find the real killer—even if it's one of her friends. Publication is planned for winter 2021; Penny Moore at Aevitas Creative Management negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.

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.

Rise of the Red Hand by Olivia Chadha (Erewhon Books)
The South Asian Province is split in two. Uplanders lead luxurious lives, dependent on technology and gene therapy to keep them healthy and youthful forever. The poor and forgotten scrape by with discarded black-market robotics, a society of poverty-stricken cyborgs struggling to survive in slums threatened by rising sea levels, disease, and starvation.

Ashiva works for an underground network of revolutionaries known as the Red Hand, fighting a system perpetuated by a mercilessly efficient computer algorithm that dictates every citizen’s fate. She’s a smuggler with the best robotic arm and cybernetic enhancements the slums can offer, and her cargo includes the most vulnerable of the city’s abandoned children.

When Ashiva crosses paths with the brilliant hacker Riz-Ali, a privileged Uplander who finds himself embroiled in the Red Hand’s dangerous activities, they uncover a horrifying conspiracy that the government will do anything to bury. From armed guardians kidnapping children to massive robots flattening the slums, to a deadly plague that threatens to sweep through the city like wildfire, Ashiva and Riz-Ali will have to put aside their differences in order to fight the system and save the communities they love from destruction.

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 Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury) - technically an adult title.
Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion’s downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim’s puppet empire.

The mysterious Domino Programme has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim – her former enemy – at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war.

As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them – and could end with them.

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.

Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis (Inkyard)

ROMAN AND JEWEL stars Jerzie Jhames, a teenager with Broadway ambitions, unbeatable pipes, and a kind soul.

book design forthcoming She leaves Hoboken behind for New York City when she lands the understudy role in a diverse re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet starring Jerzie's biggest idol, R&B sensation Cinny. When Jerzie learns that she was meant to be the lead, she's heartbroken, but nothing can stop her from seeing Roman and Jewel as the priceless opportunity it could still be.

Jerzie quickly realizes that not everything is as it seems, and for every success there is another complication when Cinny becomes Jerzie's nemesis and the mysterious and aloof lead, Zeppelin Reid, becomes Jerzie's very own star-crossed lover.. As the Broadway world around Jerzie tells her that friendship is impossible, nobody is who they seem, and that even your best qualities can be used against you, Jerzie must fight to remember who she is and what can be more powerful than anything else: love.

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. 

Written in Starlight by Isabel Ibanez (Page Street Kids) 

January 12th 
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins) 
International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

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.

Into the Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer (Page Street Kids)
A dual-perspective, gender-swapped, YA fantasy in the vein of "Beauty and the Beast". In the story, an astronomer's son is lured into a dangerously magical wood, and finds himself falling for Seren, the tree-siren daughter of the witch who rules the forest. But the stars hold a dangerous curse, and Seren's quest to become human will lead the couple into an ancient war raging between the witch and the king.

The Mirror Season by Anna Marie McLemore (Feiwel and Friends)
Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends has acquired, in a two-book deal, Stonewall Honor author Anna-Marie McLemore's YA novel The Mirror Season, a magical realism reimagining of “The Snow Queen,” in which two teens who were sexually assaulted at the same party find their fates unexpectedly intertwined during a month of vanishing trees, enchanted pan dulce, and inherited magic. Publication is set for winter 2021, with a second untitled novel to follow in winter 2022; Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary negotiated the deal for North American rights.

Soul of Cinders by Bree Barton (Katherine Tegan Books)

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?

We Free The Stars by Hafsah Faizal (FSG)   
46223364. sy475 Zafira is the Hunter, braving the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those who defy his autocratic father, the sultan. She must hide her identity. He mustn’t display compassion. 

But when both embark on a quest to uncover a lost magic artifact, Zafira and Nasir encounter an ancient evil long thought destroyed—and discover that the prize they seek may be even more dangerous than any of their enemies. 

In We Free the Stars, Zafira and Nasir must conquer the darkness around—and inside of—them.  

Girl on the Line by Faith Gardner (HarperTeen)
Kristen Pettit at HarperCollins has bought, in a two-book deal, North American rights to Girl on the Line by Daily Kos publisher Faith Gardner (The Second Life of Ava Rivers). Drawn from the author's own experiences, the novel is about a teenager diagnosed with bipolar II who, in the wake of her suicide attempt, volunteers at a hotline and finds her world opening up in new ways—to new love, friendships, and a gradual acceptance of her past actions. Publication is set for winter 2021; Claire Anderson-Wheeler at Regal Hoffmann and Associates negotiated the deal.

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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