June 2023 New Releases



If I Have to Be Haunted by Miranda Sun (HarperCollins)
Alice Jerman at HarperCollins has acquired Miranda Sun's debut YA contemporary fantasy, If I Have to Be Haunted, in a two-book, six-figure deal at auction. A Chinese American teen reluctantly embraces her ghost-speaking heritage to resurrect her nemesis, the local golden boy, from an otherworldly snake bite, rekindling a multi-generational feud—and maybe falling in love with him—in the process. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023 and summer 2024 respectively; Paige Terlip at Andrea Brown Literary Agency brokered the world English deal.

You Bet Your Heart by Danielle Parker (Joy Revolution)
Bria Ragin with co-founders and editors David and Nicola Yoon of Joy Revolution have acquired You Bet Your Heart by debut author and Pitch Wars alum Danielle Parker, a contemporary YA rom-com, bought at auction in a two-book deal, in which a star student finds herself academically tied for high school valedictorian with her childhood best friend-turned-rival and agrees to settle the score through a series of bets, even if it means putting her heart and happiness on the line. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Pete Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media negotiated the deal for U.S., Canada, and non-exclusive OPM rights.

The Kingdom of Without by Andrea Tang (Simon and Schuster) - moved from 2022, release date not yet updated on Goodreads.
Alyza Liu at Simon & Schuster has bought, in an exclusive submission, The Kingdom of Without by Andrea Tang (Rebelwing; Renegade Flight). Pitched as a cyberpunk Six of Crows and set in an alternate history class-divided Beijing, a desperate young thief agrees to help a band of revolutionaries, including a mysterious renegade known only as the Red Yaksha, break out the leader of a failed rebellion. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Thao Le at the Dijkstra Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

June 1st

Wolfpack by Amelia Brunskill (Little, Brown)
Margaret Raymo at Little, Brown has acquired, in a preempt, Amelia Brunskill's Wolfpack, a YA mystery written in verse, about a group of teenage girls living in a cult, and the suspicion and paranoia that emerges when one of them goes missing, pitched as Wilder Girls meets Yellowjackets. Publication is planned for fall 2023; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal for world rights.

June 6th
The Dos and Donuts of Love by Adiba Jaigirdar (Feiwel and Friends) - previously titled Donut Fall in Love.
A pun-filled YA contemporary romance, The Dos and Donuts of Love by Adiba Jaigirdar finds a teenage girl competing in a televised baking competition, with contestants including her ex-girlfriend and a potential new crush.

“Welcome to the first ever Junior Irish Baking Show!”

Shireen Malik is still reeling from the breakup with her ex-girlfriend, Chris, when she receives news that she’s been accepted as a contestant on a new televised baking competition show. This is Shireen’s dream come true! Because winning will not only mean prize money, but it will also bring some much-needed attention to You Drive Me Glazy, her parents’ beloved donut shop.

Things get complicated though, because Chris is also a contestant on the show and her parents own the rival donut shop across the street. Then there's the very outgoing Niamh, a fellow contestant who Shireen is becoming fast friends with—though things are heating up between them in more than just the kitchen…

As the competition intensifies , Shireen will have to ignore all these factors and more— including potential sabotage—if she wants a sweet victory!

At the Speed of Lies by Cindy L. Otis (Scholastic)
Karen McManus meets Courtney Summers in a ripped from the headlines YA thriller about if QAnon conspiracies played out in a high school. Starring a girl who uses a wheelchair.

Quinn was supposed to be having an epic junior year—not finding herself a third wheel to her best friend who suddenly has a new boyfriend and watching her older sister turn herself into a pretzel trying to make sure she has the best college applications possible. Which leads to Quinn’s sister joining a new club at school called Defend Kids that is working to help find the Turner kids who were kidnapped from a nearby town.

Suddenly the new club is all anyone is talking about, and it’s even helping Quinn grow her own social media platform. She runs an account about the goings-on around school and town and she notices loads of new followers every time she post about the missing Turner kids. When two of Quinn's classmates are kidnapped, suddenly the dangers that Defend Kids are trying to fight are all too real.

As the town comes out in search of the missing kids, tensions escalate around the school, there’s an uptick in social media trolling and bullying, and conspiracy theories abound. Before she knows it, Quinn is at the center of it all, trying to find out what’s going on and who’s behind it. Because if she doesn’t . . . Ava might just be pulled into something more dangerous than anyone ever imagined.

Darkhearts by James L. Sutter (Wednesday Books)
Sara Goodman at Wednesday Books has acquired North American rights to James L. Sutter’s YA debut, Darkhearts, a contemporary romance aimed at readers of More Happy Than Not and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. When David quit his band, he missed his shot at fame, trapping him in ordinary high school life while his former best friends Chance and Eli became the hottest teen pop act in America. When Eli commits suicide, David and Chance are thrown back into contact, trading their frenemy status for a confusing, tentative romance. Publication is set for spring/summer 2023; Josh Adams at Adams Literary did the two-book deal.

June 13th
Look No Further by Rioghnach Robinson and Siofra Robinson (Amulet)
The Parent Trap meets The Vanishing Half in this gripping YA novel about estranged siblings who meet for the first time at art camp and confront their differing experiences of race and identity

When seventeen-year-old Niko and fifteen-year-old Aili meet at Ogilvy Summer Art Institute, a selective camp for art students in New York City, they seem like complete opposites. Aili comes across as standoffish to Niko, while usually laid-back Niko feels like a fish out of water surrounded by so many highly driven peers. But when a teacher assigns them to work together on a personal history project, Aili and Niko find much more than they bargained for in one another.

The pair embark on a quest to uncover their shared history, while Aili also finds herself falling for her roommate—who may have already fallen for another girl at Ogilvy—and Niko navigates how to find his voice and place in the world. As Aili and Niko get to know each other over secret excursions off-campus, class trips, and their research projects, they both grapple with their personal identities and preconceptions. Soon they stumble on the most startling revelations of all: the fact that in their unlikely friendship, they have found a sibling—and themselves.

Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler (Wednesday Books)
Vicki Lame at Wednesday Books has bought Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler (Cool for the Summer), a YA contemporary pitched as a bi Sliding Doors that follows a Jewish teen through two versions of the summer before senior year, one in NYC (with a cute girl) and one in L.A. (with a cute boy); plus My Name Is Everett, a sunshine-meets-grump boarding school romance in which a girl who wants to try being bad meets a boy who's desperate to be good, leading to an ill-conceived deal that quickly goes awry. Publication is set for summer 2023 and summer 2024; Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency did the two-book deal for North American rights.

June 20th

An Echo in the City by K.X. Song (Little, Brown) - moved from September 2022.
Two star-crossed teenagers fall in love during the 2019 Hong Kong protests in this searing YA contemporary debut about coming of age in a time of change.

Sixteen-year-old Phoenix bombs her SATs, jeopardizing her dream of attending Yale in the United States. But when she goes to a Hong Kong protest with her brother and begins to document the growing movement, she realizes there might be more to life than grades and test scores.

Kai is a seventeen-year-old artist from mainland China. When his mother dies, he's forced to move back to Hong Kong and trains to become a police officer, just like his estranged father. When he accidentally swaps phones with Phoenix and discovers she’s part of a secret protest network, he's given an assignment: infiltrate the group and report their plans back to the police. 

As Kai and Phoenix join the struggle for the future of Hong Kong, a spark forms between them, pulling them together even as their separate worlds try to force them apart. Yet their relationship, built on secrets and deception, is on a collision course for disaster. When the lies fall away, will they still love the person left behind?

Garden of the Cursed by Katy Rose Pool
(Henry Holt) - previously titled Cursebreaker.

In this thrilling YA fantasy/mystery duology from award-winning author Katy Pool, cursebreaker Marlow Briggs reluctantly pretends to be in love with one of the most powerful nobles in Caraza City to gain entry into an illustrious—and deadly—society that holds clues to her mother's disappearance. Perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, These Violent Delights, and Chain of Iron.

Since fleeing the gilded halls of Evergarden for the muck-filled canals of the Marshes, Marlow Briggs has made a name for herself as the best godsdamn cursebreaker in Caraza City. But no matter how many cases she solves, she is still haunted by the mystery of her mother’s disappearance.

When Adrius Falcrest, Marlow's old friend and scion of one of Caraza's most affluent spell-making families, asks her to help break a life-threatening curse, Marlow wants nothing to do with the boy who spurned her a year ago. But a new lead in her mother’s case makes Marlow realize that the only way to get the answers she desperately seeks is to help Adrius and return to Evergarden society—even if it means suffering through a fake love affair with him to avoid drawing suspicion from the conniving Five Families.

As the investigation draws Marlow into a web of deadly secrets and powerful enemies, a shocking truth emerges: Adrius’s curse and her mother’s disappearance may just be clues to an even larger mystery, one that could unravel the very foundations of Caraza and magic itself.

Unexpecting by Jen Bailey (Wednesday Books) - moved from 2022.
Juno meets Heartstopper in this poignant and emotional story about found family, what it means to be a parent, and falling in love.

Benjamin Morrison is about to start junior year of high school and while his family is challenging, he is pretty content with his life, with his two best friends, and being a part of the robotics club. Until an experiment at science camp has completely unexpected consequences.

He is going to be a father. Something his mother was not expecting after he came out as gay and she certainly wasn’t expecting that he would want to raise the baby as a single father. But together they come up with a plan to prepare Ben for fatherhood and fight for his rights.

The weight of Ben’s decision presses down on him. He’s always tired, his grades fall, and tension rises between his mom and stepfather. He’s letting down his friends in the robotics club whose future hinges on his expertise. If it wasn’t for his renewed friendship (and maybe more) with a boy from his past, he wouldn’t be able to face the daily ridicule at school or the crumbling relationship with his best friends.

With every new challenge, every new sacrifice he has to make, Ben questions his choice. He’s lived with a void in his heart where a father’s presence should have been, and the fear of putting his own child through that keeps him clinging to his decision. When the baby might be in danger, Ben’s faced with a heart wrenching realization: sometimes being a parent means making the hard choices even if they are the choices you don't want to make...

June 27th
Gloria Buenrostro Is Not My Girlfriend by Brandon Hoàng (FSG) - previously titled This Could Have Been a Love Story, moved from 2022, then from May 2023.
Trisha de Guzman at FSG has bought, in an exclusive submission, This Could Have Been a Love Story by former animation executive Brandon Hoàng. The debut contemporary YA follows a Vietnamese American boy who, in order to gain acceptance from his male peers, befriends the most beautiful girl in school, Gloria Buenrosto. When Gloria finds out about his deception, he is forced to confront how he's allowed his friends' toxic masculinity to sabotage his relationship with the best friend he's ever had. Publication is set for fall 2022; Alyssa Jennette at Stonesong Literary did the deal for world rights.

The Scorpion Queen by Mina Fears (Flatiron Books)
Sarah Barley at Flatiron Books has bought, in a preempt, Mina Fears's The Scorpion Queen, inspired by a Malian fairy tale and steeped in West African traditions, pitched as Uprooted meets Children of Blood and Bone. The crossover fantasy fairy tale is about a disgraced merchant's daughter who is forced to become a chambermaid to an emperor's daughter, a princess whose suitors are challenged to gruesome and impossible trials to win her hand, and who makes a choice between escaping Timbuktu and ending the trials forever. Publication is tentatively scheduled for 2023; Jenny Bent at the Bent Agency acquired North American rights.

Plus One by Kelsey Rodkey (HarperTeen)
Elizabeth Lynch at Harper Teen has bought two contemporary romances from Kelsey Rodkey (Last Chance Books). In Plus One, a girl who plays matchmaker for all her classmates tries to use her skills to find a date for her cousin's Sweet 16, but keeps running afoul of the cute but irritating boy next door. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Bridget Smith at JABberwocky Literary Agency sold world English rights.

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