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.

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.

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao (Bloomsbury)
43699377. sy475 In a YA thriler that is Crazy Rich Asians meets One of Us is Lying, students at an elite prep school are forced to confront their secrets when their ex-best friend turms up deadand they're the prime suspects in her murder.

When Nancy Luo's former best friend Jamie Ruan, the top ranked junior at Sinclair Prep, goes missing. Nancy is shocked. She's even more shocked when Jamie is found dead.

The police suspect murder, and Nancy and her three friends become the prime suspects-fhanks to The Proctor, someone set on publicdy incriminating them via the school's social media app. The quartet used to be Jamie's dosest friends - and she knew dangerous secrets about each of them that could ruin their reputations as the other top- ranking students. For Nancy, the stakes are even higher, because unlike her wealthy friends, she could lose her full ride scholarship, too.

As the group struggles to dear their names while maintaining their perfect GPAS, they race to uncover Jamie's true killer-before the Proctor exposes al of their darkest secrets. But Nancy can't help but suspect that one of her friends is lying. Or is there a missing piece in her own memory that could expose the truth-not justabout Jamie's fate, but also about herself?

You Have a Match by Emma Lord (Wednesday Books)  
53138158From the beloved author of Tweet Cute comes Emma Lord's You Have a Match, a YA novel of family, friendship, romance and sisterhood…

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.

When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.

The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby's growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones.

Written in Starlight by Isabel Ibanez (Page Street Kids)
51796779. sy475 An adventerous South American Tomb Raider! This hotly anticipated companion to Woven in Moonlight follows an outcast Condesa, as she braves the jungle to forge an alliance with the lost city of gold.

If the jungle wants you, it will have you...

Catalina Quiroga is a Condesa without a country. She’s lost the Inkasisa throne, the loyalty of her people, and her best friend. Banished to the perilous Yanu Jungle, Catalina knows her chances of survival are slim, but that won’t stop her from trying to escape. It’s her duty to reclaim the throne.

When Manuel, the son of her former general, rescues Catalina from a jaguar, a plan forms. Deep in the jungle, the city of gold is hidden, home to the fierce Illari people, who she could strike an alliance with.

But the elusive Illari are fighting a battle of their own—a mysterious blight is corrupting the jungle, laying waste to everything they hold dear. As a seer, Catalina should be able to help, but her ability to read the future in the stars is as feeble as her survival instincts. While searching for the Illari, Catalina must reckon with her duty and her heart to find her true calling, which could be the key to stopping the corruption before it destroys the jungle completely.

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.

Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera (HarperTeen) 
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.

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire (Tor) - technically an adult title, but I know this series has a lot of YA readers.
53205924. sy475 A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire's Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-wining Wayward Children series.

“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”

Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late.

When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to "Be Sure" before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines―a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes.

But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem…

Tales From the Hinterland by Melissa Albert (Flatiron Books) - technically a YA title.
A gorgeously illustrated collection of the twelve original stories that frame Melissa Albert’s New York Times bestsellers The Hazel Wood and The Night Country.

Before The Hazel Wood, there was Althea Proserpine’s Tales from the Hinterland...

Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice—and still lives.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated Hinterland fans alike, Tales from the Hinterland features full-page illustrations by Jim Tierney, foil stamping, two-color interior printing, and printed endpapers.

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.

Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon (Simon Pulse) 
From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the second installment in a brand-new series set at an elite boarding school. Each book offers a contemporary spin on a fairy tale, and this one’s a delightful, romantic twist on The Frog Prince.

Caterina LaValle is determined to show she’s still the queen of St. Rosetta’s Academy. Sure, her crown may be slightly askew after her ex-boyfriend, Alaric, cheated on her, but she’s a LaValle. She’ll find a way to march right back in there, her hands clutching the strings to the whole puppet show. This time, she’s going to be untouchable.

Rahul Chopra knows that moment he shared with Caterina LaValle at the winter formal meant something. Surely she feels it, too. He’s a little uncertain how someone like him (socially inept to a point way past “adorkable”) could fit into her world, but he’s loved Caterina for years. He knows they’ll find a way.

When Caterina finds out Alaric is taking a supermodel to the upcoming gala, she knows she cannot arrive without the perfect date. But the thought of taking another superficial St. R’s boy exhausts her. The solution? Sweet-but-clueless Rahul Chopra and a mysterious pot of hair gel, with the power to alter the wearer into whatever his heart desires.

When Rahul tries it, he transforms instantly into RC—debonair, handsome, and charming. But transformation comes with a price: As Rahul enjoys his new social standing, the line between his two personas begins to blur. Will he give up everything, including Caterina, to remain RC? Or will this unlikely pair find their way back to each other?

The Mirror Season by Anna Marie McLemore (Feiwel and Friends)
When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family’s possibly-magical pasteler√≠a, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, and the swallows returning to their hometown, in Anna-Marie McLemore's The Mirror Season...

Graciela Cristales’ whole world changes after she and a boy she barely knows are assaulted at the same party. She loses her gift for making enchanted pan dulce. Neighborhood trees vanish overnight, while mirrored glass appears, bringing reckless magic with it. And Ciela is haunted by what happened to her, and what happened to the boy whose name she never learned.

But when the boy, Lock, shows up at Ciela’s school, he has no memory of that night, and no clue that a single piece of mirrored glass is taking his life apart. Ciela decides to help him, which means hiding the truth about that night. Because Ciela knows who assaulted her, and him. And she knows that her survival, and his, depend on no one finding out what really happened.

Into the Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer (Page Street Kids)
The forest is a dangerous place, where siren song lures men and women to their deaths. For centuries, a witch has harvested souls to feed the heartless tree, using its power to grow her domain.

When Owen Merrick is lured into the witch’s wood, one of her tree-siren daughters, Seren, saves his life instead of ending it. Every night, he climbs over the garden wall to see her, and every night her longing to become human deepens. But a shift in the stars foretells a dangerous curse, and Seren’s quest to become human will lead them into an ancient war raging between the witch and the king who is trying to stop her.

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.

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?

A Crown So Cursed by L. L. McKinney (Imprint)
ImageIn the third book in L.L. McKinney's Nightmare-Verse trilogy, Alice gets one last chance to save Wonderland from itself.

Alice and the gang are trying to recover from recent events—but members of her crew start having weird dreams. The same dreams. It seems the evil in Wonderland may not be as defeated as they thought—because someone's building an army of Nightmares to attack the mortal world. But before Alice jumps into battle, she discovers she has a personal connection to Wonderland, and she must face what it means for the fight ahead.

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.  

Playing With Fire by April Henry (Macmillan)
When a fire cuts off a popular trail in the Oregon forest , a small group trapped by the flames must find another way out—or die—in this unrelent ing teen-vs-nature thriller.

Natalia is not the kind of girl who takes risks. Eight years ago, she barely survived the house fire that killed her baby brother. Now she is always prepared, and never steps in harm's way. All summer, Natalia?s friend Wyatt begs her to come hiking along the river, and finally she agrees to come.

This perfect sunny day suddenly morphs into a colossal nightmare as a wildfire erupts, severing their path out of the park. With no cell service and no way out, a group of strangers will have to become allies if they?re going to outpace the fire.

Set against the wrenching, familiar backdrop of a devastating wildfire, Playing with Fire is a tightly paced thriller and a rousing survival story. For fans of Gary Paulsen and Karen McManus.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (Dutton)
Acclaimed author of Ash, Malinda Lo, returns with her most personal and ambitious novel yet, a gripping story of love and duty set in San Francisco's Chinatown during the Red Scare.

“Do you hear me? Everyone knows you're a good Chinese girl. This is just a mistake."

For Lily Hu, "good Chinese girl" feels like a mask she's only recently discovered she's been wearing. Or worse, like a trap—one that finally sprung the night she walked through the door into the Telegraph Club with Kathleen Miller. She's known Kath since they were first in math together in junior high. Now they're the last two senior girls in advanced math, and Lily can't deny that what she feels with Kath is about much more than calculus.

For most people, the Telegraph Club is only another dingy lesbian nightclub just beyond the border of Chinatown, but for Lily and Kath it might as well be another planet.

Balancing her family's need to present an ideal American facade with her unmistakeable desire for Kath would never be easy, but with deportation suddenly looming over her her Chinese-born father—despite his hard-won citizenship—Lily's awakening to her true self seems doomed to be short-lived.

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.

Your Life Has Been Delayed by Michelle Mason (Bloomsbury)
Bloomsbury has acquired debut author Michelle Mason's YA novel Your Life Has Been Delayed, about a 17-year-old who takes off on a flight from New York City and lands back home in St. Louis 25 years later, needing to grapple with her family, friends, and new boyfriend moving on without her, and also taking a crash-course in social media and viral news culture while she's the biggest story to hit the internet. Publication is slated for winter 2021.

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
A Court of Thorns and Roses #4 by Sarah J Maas (Bloomsbury) - technically a new adult title.
53138095The fourth book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series from #1 global bestseller Sarah J. Maas.

Unchosen by Kathryn Blair (Balzer + Bray) 
Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that's perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen.

For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice.

The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister.

The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters.

Neither end of the world changed Charlotte. She’s still in the shadows of her siblings. Her popular older sister, Harlow, now commands forces of survivors. And her talented younger sister, Vanessa, is the Chosen One—who, legend has it, can end the curse.

When their settlement is raided by those seeking the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a reckless decision to save Vanessa: she takes her place as prisoner.

The word spreads across the seven seas—the Chosen One has been found.

But when Dean’s life is threatened and a resistance looms on the horizon, the lie keeping Charlotte alive begins to unravel. She’ll have to break free, forge new bonds, and choose her own destiny if she has any hope of saving her sisters, her love, and maybe even the world.

Because sometimes the end is just a new beginning.

Shadow City by Francesca Flores (Wednesday Books) 
Shadow City is an action-packed young adult fantasy by Francesca Flores, about a girl who perseveres through poverty, violence, and loss to achieve a future for herself...

The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe (Putnam)
Arianne Lewin at Putnam has acquired, in a six-figure preempt, Tess Sharpe's YA novel The Girls I've Been, about the daughter of a con artist who must use her skills to get herself, her girlfriend, and her ex-boyfriend free during a hostage situation at a bank. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret brokered the deal for world rights.

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