June 2022 New Releases


What's Coming to Me by Francesca Padilla (Soho Teen)
Alexa Wejko at Soho Teen has acquired What's Coming to Me by debut author Francesca Padilla. After the ice cream stand where she works is robbed, 17-year-old Minerva Gutiérrez plans revenge on her complicit boss, while navigating grief, anger, and the possibility of escape from her dead-end town—as well as secrets and mistakes of her own. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Kate McKean at Howard Morhaim Literary brokered the deal for world English rights.

June 7th
We All Fall Down by Rose Szabo (FSG)

The first book in a dark fantasy YA duology by the author of What Big Teeth, about the power and danger of stories and the untold costs of keeping magic alive, perfect for fans of Aiden Thomas and Marie Rutkoski.

In River City, where magic used to thrive and is now fading, the witches who once ruled the city along with their powerful King have become all but obsolete. The city's crumbling government is now controlled primarily by the new university and teaching hospital, which has grown to take over half of the city.

Moving between the decaying Old City and the ruthless New, four young queer people struggle with the daily hazards of life―work, school, dodging ruthless cops and unscrupulous scientists―not realizing that they have been selected to play in an age-old drama that revives the flow of magic through their world. When a mysterious death rocks their fragile peace, the four are brought into each other's orbits as they uncover a deeper magical conspiracy.

Devastating, gorgeous, and utterly unique, We All Fall Down examines the complex network of pain created by power differentials, even between people who love each other―and how it is possible to be queer and turn out just fine.

Twice As Perfect by Louisa Onomé (Feiwel and Friends) - previously titled Model Minority.
A Young Adult novel by Louisa Onomé, Twice As Perfect follows a Nigerian Canadian girl dealing with an estranged older brother, helping her cousin plan a huge Nigerian wedding, and pressure from her parents about her future.

The only things worth doing are those that will lead to success.

For seventeen-year-old Adanna Nkwachi, life is all about duty: to school and the debate team, to her Nigerian parents, and even to her cousin Genny as Ada helps prepare Genny’s wedding to Afrobeats superstar Skeleboy (“Skeleboy me, Skeleboy this money, everything na Skeleboy…that Skeleboy!”). Because ever since her older brother, Sam, had a fight with their parents a few years ago and disappeared, somebody has to fill the void he left behind. Ada may never know what caused Sam to leave home, but the one thing she’s certain of is that it’s on her to make sure her parents’ sacrifices aren’t in vain.

One day, chance brings the siblings back together. Although she fears how their parents will react if they find out she and Sam are back in touch, Ada’s determined to get answers about the night Sam left—Sam, who was supposed to be an engineer but is now, what, a poet? The more she learns about Sam’s poetry, the more Ada begins to wonder if maybe her own happiness is just as important as doing what’s expected of her. Amid parental pressure, anxiety over the debate competition, a complicated love life, and the Nigerian wedding-to-end-all-weddings, can Ada learn, just this once, to put herself first?

Before Takeoff by Adi Alsaid (Knopf)  - moved from October 2021, then from January 2022.
The Sun Is Also a Star meets Jumanji when two teens meet and fall in love during a layover-gone-wrong at the Atlanta airport in this thrilling new novel from the author of Let's Get Lost!

James and Michelle find themselves in the Atlanta airport on a layover. They couldn't be more different, but seemingly interminable delays draw them both to a mysterious flashing green light--and each other.

Where James is passive, Michelle is anything but. And she quickly discovers that the flashing green light is actually... a button. Which she presses. Which may or may not unwittingly break the rules of the universe--at least as those rules apply to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta.

Before they can figure up from down, strange, impossible things start happening: snowstorms form inside the B terminal; jungles sprout up in the C terminal; and earthquakes split the ground apart in between. And no matter how hard they try, it seems no one can find a way in or out of the airport. James and Michelle team up to find their families and either escape the airport, or put an end to its chaos--before it's too late.

The Gravity of Missing Things by Marisa Urgo (Entangled Teen)
Jen Bouvier at Entangled has acquired The Gravity of Missing Things by Marisa Urgo. This #OwnVoices debut contemporary YA novel follows a bi teen who has to juggle first love and a family secret when her pilot mother's plane mysteriously vanishes, leaving her mother as the prime suspect. Publication is set for summer 2022; Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary handled the deal for world rights.

Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White (Peachtree Teen)
Ashley Hearn at Peachtree Teen has acquired Hell Followed with Us by debut author Andrew Joseph White. In this YA post-apocalyptic horror novel, trans boy Benji escapes from the cult that unleashed Armageddon and teams up with an LGBTQ+ youth center fighting for survival, but not before the cult injected Benji with a bioweapon designed to mutate him into a monster and eliminate the last of humanity. Publication is set for summer 2022; Zabé Ellor at the Jennifer De Chiara Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

A Tale of Two Princes by Eric Geron (Inkyard Press)
Rebecca Kuss at Inkyard has bought, in a six-figure preempt, A Tale of Two Princes by Eric Geron. Pitched as The Princess Diaries meets The Parent Trap, the contemporary YA debut follows the closeted crown prince, newly established in Canada, and an out-and-proud Montana cowboy, who meet by chance and turn out to be long-lost twin brothers. But will these two be able to take on coming out, coronations, and high school together—or will this royal reunion become a royal mess? Publication is set for summer 2022; Brent Taylor at TriadaUS did the two-book deal for world English rights.

The Loophole by Naz Kutub (Bloomsbury)
Claire Stetzer at Bloomsbury has bought world rights, in a preempt, to The Loophole by debut author Naz Kutub, plus a second untitled YA novel. Pitched as a speculative Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda with a focus on identity, found family, and friendship, the novel follows a queer Indian-Muslim boy traveling the world for a second chance at love after a possibly magical heiress grants him three wishes. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary handled the deal.

Slip by McCoola Marika (Algonquin) - YA graphic novel.
An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about a young pottery student finding her voice—and first love—at art camp."
June 14th
The Blood Traitor by Lynette Noni (HMH)
Kiva trades one cage for another when she leaves behind a deadly prison for a deceptive palace in this dark and dangerous sequel to The Prison Healer, which Sarah J. Maas called "a must-read."Kiva Meridan is a survivor.

She survived not only Zalindov prison, but also the deadly Trial by Ordeal. Now Kiva’s purpose goes beyond survival to vengeance. For the past ten years, her only goal was to reunite with her family and destroy the people responsible for ruining their lives. But now that she has escaped Zalindov, her mission has become more complicated than ever.

As Kiva settles into her new life in the capital, she discovers she wasn’t the only one who suffered while she was in Zalindov—her siblings and their beliefs have changed too. Soon it’s not just her enemies she’s keeping secrets from, but her own family as well.

Outside the city walls, tensions are brewing from the rebels, along with whispers of a growing threat from the northern kingdoms. Kiva’s allegiances are more important than ever, but she’s beginning to question where they truly lie. To survive this time, she’ll have to navigate a complicated web of lies before both sides of the battle turn against her and she loses everything.

Valiant Ladies by Melissa Grey (Feiwel and Friends) - originally titled The Valiant Ladies of Potosi, moved from January 2022.
Two teen vigilantes set off on an action-packed investigation to expose corruption and deliver justice in Valiant Ladies, Melissa Grey's YA historical fiction novel inspired by real seventeenth century Latinx teenagers known as the Valiant Ladies of Potosí.

By day Eustaquia “Kiki” de Sonza and Ana Lezama de Urinza are proper young seventeeth century ladies. But when night falls, they trade in their silks and lace for swords and muskets, venturing out into the vibrant, bustling, crime-ridden streets of Potosí, in the Spanish Empire's Viceroyalty of Peru. They pass their time fighting, gambling, and falling desperately in love with one another.

Then, on the night Kiki's engagement to the Viceroy's son is announced, her older brother―heir to her family’s fortune―is murdered. The girls immediately embark on a whirlwind investigation that takes them from the lowliest brothels of Potosí to the highest echelons of the Spanish aristocracy.

Love & Other Great Expectations by Becky Dean (Delacorte) - previously titled Chasing Chaucer.
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has bought YA novel Chasing Chaucer by Becky Dean. A girl embarks on a competitive scavenger hunt in England that takes her to the locations of classic British novels—and meets up with a bookish British boy who can't help her with the clues, but might make the trip take some unexpected turns. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Eva Scalzo at Speilburg Literary represented the author for world rights. 

June 21st

Epically Earnest by Molly Horan

Lily Kessinger at HMH has bought Epically Earnest by Molly Horan. Pitched as a queer contemporary wink to Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, the novel follows a high school senior who must decide who she wants to be and where she fits in as graduation approaches, while finding the time to fall in love with the girl of her dreams. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Elle Thompson and Uwe Stender at TriadaUS brokered the deal for world rights.

June 28th
Ride with Me by Lucy Keating (HMH)
In this charming, contemporary YA novel, neighborhood rideshare driver Charlie Morgan embarks on a collision course with love when she crashes into the school’s cute but annoying party boy and wrecks his car and her no-strings-attached attitude toward life.

This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede (Wednesday Books) - previously titled The Last Finestra, interim cover still displays this title.
Three weddings.

Three funerals.

Her divine "gift" is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill everyone she touches.

With only weeks before she has to protect her island home from an apocalyptic invasion, Alessa is running out of time —and suitors. And when a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is their only hope, her own soldiers turn against her. With mutiny growing inside the Citadel and rebellion erupting beyond the walls, Alessa coaxes a cynical outcast marked as a killer to become her personal bodyguard as she tries one last time to find a compatible partner.

But Dante has dark secrets of his own.

He might be the one person who can help her master her gift... or destroy her once and for all.

Set on an island inspired by Italy's colorful, lemon-soaked Amalfi coast, The Last Finestra is a high-stakes Young Adult fantasy full of intrigue, excitement, humor, and romance.

The Black Girls Left Standing by Juliana Goodman (Fiewel and Friends) - previously titled What About Katia?
Sixteen-year-old Beau Willet has dreams of being an artist and one day leaving the Chicago projects she's grown up in. But after her older sister, Katia, is killed by an off-duty police officer, Beau knows she has to clear her sister's name by finding the only witness to the murder; Katia's no-good boyfriend, Jordan, who has gone missing. If she doesn't find him and tell the world what really happened, Katia's death will be ignored, like the deaths of so many other Black women who are wrongfully killed.

With the help of her friend, Sonnet, Beau sets up a Twitter account to gather anonymous tips. But the more that Beau finds out about her sister's death, the more danger she finds herself in. And with a new relationship developing with her childhood friend, Champion, and the struggle to keep her family together, Beau is soon in way over her head. How much is she willing to risk to clear her sister's name and make sure she's not forgotten?

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