July 2023 New Releases


July 1st

Those We Drown by Amy Goldsmith (Delacorte) - previously titled Ocean Dark.
Lydia Gregovic at Delacorte has bought debut author Amy Goldsmith's Ocean Dark, a YA speculative horror novel in which a teen girl attending a semester-at-sea program grows suspicious when her best friend and fellow student disappears their first night on board, leading her to wonder if the ship may contain something sinister at its core. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Claire Friedman at Inkwell Literary Management brokered the deal for North American rights.

July 11th

I'd Rather Burn Than Bloom by Shannon C.F. Rogers (Feiwel and Friends)
Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends has acquired world rights to I'd Rather Burn Than Bloom by Shannon C.F. Rogers, a debut YA novel set in the desert Southwest in which Marisol Martin, a multiracial Filipino-American teen, must return to school after her mother's death, learn to drive, and somehow avoid the (now ex) best friend she punched in the face. Publication is scheduled for spring/summer 2023; Serene Hakim at Ayesha Pande Literary brokered the deal.

Bellegarde by Jamie Lilac (HarperTeen)
Bellegarde reimagines the 90s romcom classic She's All That in 18th-century Paris, France.

The lush pastel world building of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette meets the modern twist of Bridgerton in this YA historical romcom debut.

Beau Bellegarde, a second-born son, makes a deal: if he can turn Evie Clément, the unapproachable baker's daughter, into the winner of the Court Ball, making her the most desired bachelorette in Paris, he inherits the family fortune, but his target has plans of her own.

Stars, Hide Your Fires by Jessica Best (Quirk Books)
Jessica Yang at Quirk Books has acquired world rights to audio drama writer Jessica Best's Stars, Hide Your Fires. A thief is framed for the emperor's murder in this YA sci-fi murder mystery pitched as queer Knives Out in space. Publication is slated for spring 2023; the author was unagented.

July 18th
A Guide to the Dark by Meriam Metoui (Henry Holt)
Jess Harold at Henry Holt has acquired, at auction, A Guide to the Dark by Meriam Metoui, debut author and assistant editor at Viking Children's Books. In the YA novel, two teen girls on a college tour road trip get stranded in a haunted motel room that is trying to kill them. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023, with a second untitled speculative suspense novel to follow; Jennifer March Soloway at Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the six-figure deal for world rights.

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