January 2022 New Releases





 

Undated

Untitled by Emily X. R. Pan
(Little, Brown)

January 1st
Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor
(Scholastic)

In Rosiee Thor's lavish fantasy novel with a Jazz Age spark, a politically savvy teen must weigh her desire to climb the social ladder against her heart in a world where magic buys votes.
Flare is power.

With only a drop, one can light the night sky with fireworks . . . or burn a building to the ground. The few flare families on top -- the so-called "elite" -- hoard the magical resource for themselves, and seventeen-year-old Ingrid Ellis wants her fair share.

Ingrid doesn't have a family fortune, monetary or magical, but at least she has a plan: Rise to the top on the arm of Linden Holt, heir to a hefty political legacy and the largest fortune of flare in all of Candesce. Her only obstacle is Linden's father, Senator Walden Holt, who refuses to acknowledge their relationship.

When Senator Holt announces his run for president, however, Ingrid uses the situation to her advantage. She strikes a deal to spy on Gwendolyn Meyers, the Holts's opposition, in exchange for the senator's approval. But the more Ingrid learns about the world around her, the more she questions where her true allegiances lie.

Suddenly, Ingrid finds herself at an impasse: Will she stand with the Holts, who have the power and influence to give Ingrid everything she so desperately desires? Or will she forge her own path with Gwendolyn in hopes of building a better future for everyone?


The Valiant Ladies of Potosi by Melissa Grey (Feiwel and Friends)
Holly West at Feiwel and Friends has bought The Valiant Ladies of Potosi by Melissa Grey (Girl at Midnight and Rated), in which two proper young 17th-century Peruvian ladies trade their skirts for swords and end up as vigilante crime-fighters, while falling for each other along the way. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; Catherine Drayton at InkWell Management did the deal for world English rights. 

January 4th
An Island Without You by Malulani Moreno (Amulet)

A heartfelt and thrilling YA novel about two boys struggling to find their place amidst a tragedy that rocks their community in Hawai'i

When Keoni';s longtime bully Spencer disappears, he's ecstatic: Life as a sixteen-year-old gay outcast in Wahiawā, Hawai'i just got a lot easier. But Keoni can't seem to escape Spencer's memory—there are missing posters everywhere, his best friend is spearheading a fundraiser, and some people think that Spencer didn't actually run away.

Aaron didn't know what to expect when his dad uprooted them after his mom's death, but it wasn't that the first person he'd connect with in their new town would go missing. Still reeling from the loss, Aaron tries to make friends, but that's hard with his selective mutism and the visions he's having about Spencer.

When their lives collide, Keoni and Aaron try to find the truth of what happened to Spencer. And as they draw closer to the truth, they also grow closer to each other.


The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman
(HMH)

In this epic YA fantasy debut, magic, a prized resource, is the only thing between peace and war. When magic runs out, four estranged royal siblings must find a new source before their country is swallowed by invading forces. The first in an Indian-inspired duology that’s perfect for fans of There Will Come a Darkness, The Gilded Wolves, and We Hunt the Flame.















From Dust, A Flame by Rebecca Podos (Balzer + Bray) - previously titled The Dust Alphabet.
Jordan Brown at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired North American rights to From Dust, A Flame by Lambda Literary Award-winning author Rebecca Podos, a contemporary YA fantasy about identity, faith, and fate. On her 17th birthday, Hannah is cursed by a sheyd (a Jewish demon) as the price for a desperate bargain that her mother made long ago. To break the spell, she and her brother must track down their mother's estranged family and discover a legacy they never dreamed of—one that traces back to the famous Golem of Prague. Publication is set for 2021.

Lulu & Milagro's Search for Clarity by Angela Velez (HarperTeen)
Alessandra Balzer at Balzer + Bray has acquired, at auction, Lulu & Milagro's Search for Clarity, a debut YA novel by Angela Velez. Pitched as a Latinx Booksmart, it follows two sisters—one vying for a prestigious internship and the other reeling from a dramatic breakup—as they become begrudging partners on their school's cross-country field trip to college campuses. Over the course of one week, they'll uncover family secrets, confront weighty expectations for their futures, and maybe even discover the true meaning of sisterhood. Publication is set for winter 2022; Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary did the two-book deal for world English rights.

Into the Midnight Void by Mara Fitzgerald (Little, Brown) - delayed from September 2021.

One True Loves by Elise Bryant (Balzer + Bray)

January 11th

The Monarchs by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige (HMH)
In this thrilling conclusion to New York Times best-selling authors Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige’s The Ravens, the sorority witches are tested when a rival threatens to usurp their place on campus and the forces of hell come knocking on their door.

The sorority girls at Kappa Rho Nu—the Ravens—are determined to restore balance to the world. After destroying an ancient talisman and barely saving their sorority in the process, they’ll go to any lengths to keep their secret as Westerly’s most powerful coven of witches.

Scarlett Winter, a legacy Raven, has finally gotten what she’s always wanted: the Kappa Rho Nu presidency. After the disaster that killed the sorority’s last president, Scarlett is determined that no sister will fall under the sway of wicked magic ever again. But the powers of the presidency have their own pitfalls—and Scarlett has big shoes to fill.

Vivi Devereaux, a freshman, finally knows what it feels like to belong. For the first time ever, she’s got it all: her Kappa Rho Nu sisters and a sweet (and hot) boyfriend. When Scarlett assigns Vivi the coveted role of social chair, Vivi is determined to live up to her Big’s expectations—even if that means dabbling in a new form of magic.

Unbeknownst to the Ravens, new rivals and ancient evils lurk on Westerly’s campus. With Kappa Rho Nu’s future on their shoulders and their pasts still haunting them, will Scarlett and Vivi be able to save their sisterhood once again?

Medusa by Jessie Burton (Bloomsbury) - some editions dated August 2021, previously dated September 2021.
Jessie Burton will retell the Medusa myth in an "empowering" YA title for Bloomsbury exploring themes of "toxic masculinity and the meaning of consent".

The Miniaturist author's second children’s novel, Medusa, will be published as a hardback gift edition by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

Burton, whose debut The Miniaturist (Pan Macmillan) was published in 2014, said that she "wanted to reclaim Medusa's story and invite the reader into her mind” to explore gender politics following the sexual harassment claims faced by US film director Harvey Weinstein and many other powerful men.

Burton said: "So often [Medusa’s] robbed of agency, turned into a monster, and used as a stepping stone for heroes. The myth of Medusa is a tale of objectification and toxic masculinity, and the meaning of consent. Given the continuing revelations about men like Weinstein and (US president Donald) Trump, and others we have each encountered on our way through life, Medusa's myth is ripe for the retelling."

"Jessie’s Medusa is gripping, lyrical and empowering," Holgate said. "With this story, and The Restless Girls, she has created much-needed role models from maligned and overlooked female fictional characters. I envy the readers who grow up with these fabulous retellings where women and girls finally get to give us their perspective.

Unedited by Barry Lyga: Mike and Phil and All the World (Soho Teen)
The companion piece to Mike and Phile and All the World in all its +1,000 page glory.

This is a book. It is written by Barry Lyga. Yes, we know it's a very long book. We tried to get him to cut it, but he wouldn't. So there was nothing we could do about it. We understand if the length turns you off. A long book like this one represents a commitment, and if it isn't good, you'll feel like you've wasted your time and your money. Still, we published it because we think it's a good book. Could it be shorter? Maybe. That's a very difficult call. Each person will have his or her own opinion. Some will read it and think, "It could have been shorter." Others will think, "It was just right." And maybe some people will wish it was longer. Isn't that the highest compliment you can pay a book, to wish it would never end?

Usually, this text here (it's called "flap copy") is sexy marketing-talk, designed to get you to buy the book. Did you know that most people look at the cover, then the back cover, then the flap copy, and only then do they bother even to flip to a page in the book? So you probably haven't even read any part of the book yet, but you might decide to buy or not buy it anyway. Without having read a word of it.

So, we'll just say this: This book is a love story. We hope you'll give it a shot.

The Last Laugh 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.

My Fine Fellow by Jennieke Cohen (HarperTeen)
Kristen Pettit at HarperCollins has acquired My Fine Fellow by Jennieke Cohen (Dangerous Alliance). A gender-flipped Pygmalion, the YA historical novel is set in an alternate London in the 1800s where two young female Culinarians recruit a street vendor to teach him to become a gastronomic star for the upper crust. Publication is scheduled for January 2022; Jennifer Unter at the Unter Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.

January 18th
Icebreaker by AI Graziadei (Henry Holt)
Rachel Murray at Holt has acquired, at auction, world English rights to Al Graziadei's YA contemporary debut, Icebreaker. This hate-to-love romance follows a hockey legacy who is on track to become the NHL's top draft pick, even while barely coping with his untreated depression. Then a catastrophe named Jaysen Caulfield strikes, threatening his #1 spot and stealing his heart. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; Jennifer Azantian at Azantian Literary Agency handled the two-book deal.

January 25th
The Red Palace by June Hur
(Fiewel and Friends)

June Hur, critically acclaimed author of The Silence of Bones and The Forest of Stolen Girls, returns with a third evocative, atmospheric historical mystery perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Kerri Maniscalco.

To enter the palace means to walk a path stained in blood...

Joseon (Korea), 1758. There are few options available to illegitimate daughters in the capital city, but through hard work and study, seventeen-year-old Hyeon has earned a position as a palace nurse. All she wants is to keep her head down, do a good job, and perhaps finally win her estranged father's approval.

But Hyeon is suddenly thrust into the dark and dangerous world of court politics when someone murders eight palace nurses in a single night, and the prime suspect is Hyeon's closest friend and mentor. Determined to prove her beloved teacher's innocence, Hyeon launches her own secret investigation.

In her hunt for the truth, she encounters Eojin, a young undercover police inspector also searching for the killer. When evidence begins to point to the Crown Prince himself as the murderer, Hyeon and Eojin must work together to search the darkest corners of the palace to uncover the deadly secrets behind the bloodshed.

The Temperature of Me and You by Brian Zepka (Disney Hyperion)
Brian Zepka's THE TEMPERATURE OF ME AND YOU, a humorous love story with a sci-fi bent, about a 16-year-old hopeless romantic and the undeniably cute boy who walks into the Dairy Queen where the hero works and changes everything, showing how first love is truly out of this world, to Brittany Rubiano at Disney, with Augusta Harris editing, for publication in 2021, by Liz Parker at Verve Talent & Literary (world).
 

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