January 2021 New Releases

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.
January 1st
Macmillan/Imprint has acquired The Backups, a YA graphic novel by Alex de Campi, illustrated by Lara Kane. Jenni, Lauren, and Maggie are three talented teens from a big-city performing arts high school, who get dream summer jobs as backup singers in pop star Nika Nitro's giant tour. When Jenni starts to realize that her crush on Nika's boyfriend and bandmate might be mutual, and that the all-girl indie-metal band that is touring with them might have it in for her, things get complicated.

HMH has bought Alexandra Latos's debut YA novel Under Shifting Stars, about twins struggling for belonging: Audrey, who feels responsible for her brother's tragic death and wants to leave her alternative classroom for public school, and Clare, who is hiding the turmoil she's feeling about her sexuality and gender. 

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