March 2022 New Releases



 
Undated
All Kingdoms Must Fall by Kosoko Jackson (Sourcebooks Fire)
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire has bought world rights to Kosoko Jackson's second novel, All Kingdoms Must Fall. Pitched as Attack the Block meets Internment for the Black Lives Matter movement, it follows a high school junior who, during a police brutality protest, teams up with a hacker to shut down a device that creates an impenetrable dome around Baltimore. Publication is scheduled for March 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal.


Dig Two Graves by Gretchen McNeil (Disney Hyperion)
Kieran Viola at Disney-Hyperion has acquired world rights to Dig Two Graves by Gretchen McNeil (author of the #murdertrending series and Get Even, currently streaming on Netflix). Pitched as a YA Strangers on a Train with a queer twist, the novel follows school pariah Neve, who meets her new best friend Diane at summer camp, where they jokingly fantasize about killing each other's bullies—until those fantasies become disturbing realities, and Neve finds herself blackmailed into committing murder. Publication for Dig Two Graves is planned for March 2022, with another YA novel to follow in March 2023; Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown negotiated the two-book deal. 

Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books) - some editions dated March 2021, but the publisher confirms this date.

March 1st
Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix by Amina Mae Safi
(Feiwel and Friends)

A ragtag band of misfits gets swept up in Holy Land politics in Travelers Along the Way by Aminah Mae Safi, a thrilling YA remix of the classic legend of Robin Hood.

Jerusalem, 1192. The Third Crusade rages on. Rahma al-Hud loyally followed her elder sister Zeena into the war over the Holy Land, but now that the Faranji invaders have gotten reinforcements from Richard the Lionheart, all she wants to do is get herself and her sister home alive.

But Zeena, a soldier of honor at heart, refuses to give up the fight while Jerusalem remains in danger of falling back into the hands of the false Queen Isabella. And so, Rahma has no choice but to take on one final mission with her sister.

On their journey to Jerusalem, Rahma and Zeena come across a motley collection of fellow travelers—including a softspoken Mongolian warrior, an eccentric Andalusian scientist, a frustratingly handsome spy with a connection to Rahma's childhood, and an unfortunate English chaplain abandoned behind enemy lines. The teens all find solace, purpose and camaraderie—as well as a healthy bit of mischief—in each other's company.

But their travels soon bring them into the orbit of Queen Isabella herself, whose plans to re-seize power in Jerusalem would only guarantee further war and strife in the Holy Land for years to come. And so it falls to the merry band of misfits to use every scrap of cunning and wit (and not a small amount of thievery) to foil the usurper queen and perhaps finally restore peace to the land.


The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta (FSG)

A stunning YA fantasy inspired by ancient Mesoamerica, this gripping debut introduces us to a lineage of seers defiantly resisting the shifting patriarchal state that would see them destroyed—perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir.

Indir is a Dreamer, descended from a long line of seers; able to see beyond reality, she carries the rare gift of Dreaming truth. But when the beloved king dies, his son has no respect for this time-honored tradition. King Alcan wants an opportunity to bring the Dreamers to a permanent end—an opportunity Indir will give him if he discovers the two secrets she is struggling to keep. As violent change shakes Indir’s world to its core, she is forced to make an impossible choice: fight for her home or fight to survive.

Saya is a seer, but not a Dreamer—she has never been formally trained. Her mother exploits her daughter’s gift, passing it off as her own as they travel from village to village, never staying in one place too long. Almost as if they’re running from something. Almost as if they’re being hunted. When Saya loses the necklace she’s worn since birth, she discovers that seeing isn’t her only gift—and begins to suspect that everything she knows about her life has been a carefully-constructed lie. As she comes to distrust the only family she’s ever known, Saya will do what she’s never done before, go where she’s never been, and risk it all in the search of answers.

With a detailed, supernaturally-charged setting and topical themes of patriarchal power and female strength, The Lost Dreamer brings an ancient world to life, mirroring the challenges of our modern one.

The One True Me and You by Remi K. England (Wednesday Books) - moved from April 2022.
SHIP IT meets DUMPLIN when an Orlando hotel plays host to a small fandom convention and a teen beauty pageant in the same weekend—obviously a meet-cute waiting to happen.

Beauty queen and secret queer nerd Teagan Muñoz (Miss Virginia) has her eye on the much-needed prize: the $25,000 scholarship awarded to the winner of the Miss Cosmic Teen USA pageant. Fanfic author Kaylee Beaumont is thrilled to be in the running to have her original short story published, thanks to a convention-sponsored contest. But she also has ulterior motives for the weekend: to use the time away from her tiny southern town and closed-minded family to try out they/them pronouns, wear masculine cosplay, and kiss a girl for the first time.

When Teagan and Kaylee bump into one another the first night, sparks fly. But is it something real, or just a whirlwind weekend romance? If Teagan is caught, she could lose everything she’s worked so hard for. If Kaylee gets spotted by her hometown beauty queen bully, all her secrets will follow her back home. The risks are great… but could the reward of embracing their true selves be worth it.

And They Lived by Steven Salvatore (Bloomsbury)
As Chase Arthur, a budding animator and hopeless romantic obsessed with Disney love stories, begins his freshman year at a competitive arts college, he struggles with body image issues, gender identity, and his ex-best friend-turned rival, Leila. But when he falls for Jack Reid, a brooding poet still discovering his sexual identity, Chase will have to get creative to find his own happily ever after.

AND THEY LIVED... is a sex-positive fairytale-inspired celebration of queer, first love and self-acceptance for fans of Kacen Callender’s FELIX EVER AFTER, Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera’s WHAT IF IT’S US, & Casey McQuiston’s RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE. Publication is slated for March 1, 2022 from Bloomsbury YA!






This Might Get Awkward by Kara McDowell
(Scholastic) - previously titled Anxious Girl Summer.

Sophie Kinsella meets Sarah Dessen in the most hilarious, romantic book of the summer about a girl with social anxiety and the boy who refuses to let her hide herself away.

Seventeen-year-old Gemma’s favorite kind of beach is an empty one. Social interactions are too much for her to handle. She always says the wrong thing—if she manages to say anything at all. She can’t even bring herself to speak to her longtime crush, Beau Booker, without losing sleep over her own awkwardness.

During a solo outing to her favorite beach, Gemma realizes—to her horror—that the popular kids from school have shown up to throw a party. Before she can sneak away (and possibly puke behind her car) Gemma is pulled into the action and ends up talking to Beau, who asks her to pretend that they’re “close.” Gemma is too flustered and flattered to refuse, and mostly, she’s wondering why Beau is talking to her at all . . . right up until the moment when he falls off the boat, hits his head, and ends up in a coma.

After rescuing Beau from the water, Gemma is mistaken for Beau’s girlfriend by his friends and family, including his mysterious older brother, Griff, who has returned to town after a year away. Gemma tries to correct the record, but her social anxiety (and a nosy reporter) gets in the way at every turn. Before she knows it, she’s in too deep to backtrack. And when Beau’s warm, boisterous family pulls Gemma into their orbit, she realizes how much she wants to keep them in her life.

For the first time, Gemma has everything she’s ever wanted: friends, big family dinners, and Griff—a boy who she can be herself around. But how can she embrace her new dream life when everything is built on a lie?

This Golden State by Marit Weisenberg (Flatiron Books)
This Golden State is a propulsive, breakout novel following a family on the run, a restless teenage daughter hungry for the truth, and the simple DNA test that threatens their carefully crafted world.

The Winslow family lives by five principles:

1. No one can know your real name.
2. Don’t stay in one place too long.
3. If you sense anything is wrong, go immediately to the meeting spot.
4. Keeping our family together is everything.
5. We wish we could tell you who we are, but we can’t. Please—do not ask.

Poppy doesn’t know why her family has been running her whole life, but she does know that there are dire consequences if they’re ever caught. Still, her curiosity grows each year, as does her desire for real friends and the chance to build on something, instead of leaving behind school projects, teams, and crushes at a moment’s notice.

When a move to California exposes a crack in her parents’ airtight planning, Poppy realizes how fragile her world is. Determined to find out the truth, she mails in a home DNA test. Just as she starts to settle into her new life and even begins opening up to a boy in her math class, the forgotten test results bring her crashing back to reality.

Unraveling the shocking truth of her parents’ real identities, Poppy realizes that the DNA test has undone decades of careful work to keep her family anonymous—and the past is dangerously close to catching up to them. Determined to protect her family but desperate for more, Poppy must ask: How much of herself does she owe her family? And is it a betrayal to find her own place in the world?

A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson (Inkyard Press)
Myra Whitlock has a gift. One many would kill for.

She’s an artist whose portraits alter people’s real-life bodies, a talent she must hide from those who would kidnap, blackmail, and worse in order to control it. But since her magic only works when she understands the cause of the condition she wants to change, she cannot save her own sister from the undiagnosed illness that’s slowly killing her. When Myra’s offered a small fortune—more than enough to pay for a doctor—in exchange for a portrait that would resurrect the governor’s son, Myra ventures to his legendary stone mansion.

Once she arrives, however, it becomes clear the boy’s death was no accident. Someone dangerous lurks within these glittering halls.

Myra cannot do the portrait until she knows what really happened, so she turns to the governor’s older son, a captivating redheaded poet. Together they must uncover the truth before the secret Myra spent her life concealing makes her the killer’s next victim.

All That's Left in the World by Erik J. Brown (Balzer + Bray)
Kristin Rens at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired, at auction, All That's Left in the World and a second untitled YA novel by debut author Erik J. Brown. Andrew and Jamie are strangers who find each other after a deadly pathogen has killed off most of the world—and everyone they love. On the road together in search of civilization, it's clear both boys are hiding things from one another. Publication is planned for March 2022; Michael Bourret at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal for North American rights.

The Book of Living Secrets by Madeline Roux (HarperTeen) - moved from September 2021.
HarperTeen has acquired The Book of Living Secrets by Madeleine Roux. In this standalone YA novel, a girl follows her missing best friend into the world of their favorite dark fantasy novel, only to discover that the novel's heroine hasn't been telling the full story—and now she doesn't want to let the friends go. Publication is slated for winter 2021.

March 8th
Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye (HarperTeen) - although cover still lists a 2021 release date, a 2022 release date has since been confirmed.
ImageKristin Pettit at HarperCollins has acquired world rights to #PitchWars alum Deborah Falaye's YA fantasy Blood Scion. Inspired by Africa's child soldier crisis and set in a West African fantasy world, the novel follows a young Scion—the all but extinct descendants of the ancient Orisha gods—who is drafted into the very military that has hunted her kind for centuries. Stealing the opportunity to uncover what happened the night her mother disappeared, she will do anything to learn the truth—even if it means becoming the killer the army demands. Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency did the deal. 




 







One For All by Lillie Lainoff (FSG) - moved from March 1st.
An OwnVoices, gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers, in which a girl with a chronic illness trains as a Musketeer and uncovers secrets, sisterhood, and self-love.

Tania de Batz is most herself with a sword in her hand. Everyone in town thinks her near-constant dizziness makes her weak, nothing but “a sick girl”; even her mother is desperate to marry her off for security. But Tania wants to be strong, independent, a fencer like her father—a former Musketeer and her greatest champion.

Then Papa is brutally, mysteriously murdered. His dying wish? For Tania to attend finishing school. But L’Académie des Mariées, Tania realizes, is no finishing school. It’s a secret training ground for a new kind of Musketeer: women who are socialites on the surface, but strap daggers under their skirts, seduce men into giving up dangerous secrets, and protect France from downfall. And they don’t shy away from a swordfight.

With her newfound sisters at her side, Tania feels for the first time like she has a purpose, like she belongs. But then she meets Étienne, her first target in uncovering a potential assassination plot. He’s kind, charming, and breathlessly attractive—and he might have information about what really happened to her father. Torn between duty and dizzying emotion, Tania will have to lean on her friends, listen to her own body, and decide where her loyalties lie…or risk losing everything she’s ever wanted.

This debut novel is a fierce, whirlwind adventure about the depth of found family, the strength that goes beyond the body, and the determination it takes to fight for what you love.

Killing Time by Brenna Ehrlich (Inkyard)
After that summer, Natalie Temple would forever associate the smell of ketchup with death.

Summer in Ferry, Connecticut, has always meant long, lazy days at the beach and wild nights partying in the abandoned mansions on the edge of town. Until now, that is.

Natalie Temple, who’s never been one for beaches or parties in the first place, is reeling from the murder of her favorite teacher, and there’s no way this true-crime-obsessed girl is going to sit back and let the rumor mill churn out lie after lie. Not if she has anything to say about it—even if she has to hide her investigation from her disapproving mom and team up with the new boy in town with a mysterious smile and a talent for making fake ID's…

But the more Natalie uncovers, the more she realizes some secrets were never meant to be told.

With two interwoven mysteries, Killing Time is a deathly warning to a generation of murderinos: What happens when the stories we’re chasing finally catch up with us?

Daughter by Kate McLaughlin (Wednesday Books)
Scarlet’s life is pretty average. Overly protective mom. Great friends. Cute boy she’s interested in. And a father she’s never known – until she does.

When the FBI show up at Scarlet’s door, she is shocked to learn her father is infamous serial killer Jeffrey Robert Lake. And now, he’s dying and will only give the names and locations of his remaining victims to the one person, the daughter he hasn’t seen since she was a baby.

Scarlet’s mother has tried to protect her from Lake’s horrifying legacy, but there’s no way they can escape the media firestorm that erupts when they come out of hiding. Or the people who blame Scarlet for her father’s choices. When trying to do the right thing puts her life in danger, Scarlet is faced with a choice – go back into hiding or make the world see her as more than a monster’s daughter.

Kate McLaughlin’s Daughter is a novel about trying right deadly choices that were never yours to begin with.

A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft (Wednesday Books)
When Margaret Welty spots the legendary hala, the last living mythical creature, she knows the Halfmoon Hunt will soon follow. Whoever is able to kill the hala will earn fame and riches, and unlock an ancient magical secret. If Margaret wins the hunt, it may finally bring her mother home. While Margaret is the best sharpshooter in town, only teams of two can register, and she needs an alchemist.

Weston Winters isn’t an alchemist--yet. Fired from every apprenticeship he's landed, his last chance hinges on Master Welty taking him in. But when Wes arrives at Welty Manor, he finds only Margaret and her bloodhound Trouble. Margaret begrudgingly allows him to stay, but on one condition: he must join the hunt with her.

Although they make an unlikely team, Wes is in awe of the girl who has endured alone on the outskirts of a town that doesn’t want her, in this creaking house of ghosts and sorrow. And even though Wes disrupts every aspect of her life, Margaret is drawn to him. He, too, knows what it's like to be an outsider. As the hunt looms closer and tensions rise, Margaret and Wes uncover dark magic that could be the key to winning the hunt - if they survive tht long. In A Far Wilder Magic, Allison Saft has written an achingly tender love story set against a deadly hunt in an atmospheric, rich fantasy world that will sweep you away.

March 15th

Being Mary Bennet by JC Peterson (HarperTeen)
Alice Jerman at HarperTeen has acquired Being Mary Bennet, plus an untitled standalone, by JC Peterson. This YA romantic comedy debut follows a girl who discovers she is the Mary Bennet of her own life, and resolves to become the main character of her story. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; Amy Elizabeth Bishop at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret handled the two-book deal for North American rights.

March 22nd

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin
(Fiewel and Friends) - previously titled Heart of Severed Leaves.

Judy I. Lin's sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.

I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, "These are the hands that buried my mother."


For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it's her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her—the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu.

When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom's greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making—she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning's only chance to save her sister's life. But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.

A Million Quiet Revolutions by Robin Gow (FSG)
A modern love story, told in verse, about two two teenaged trans boys who name themselves after two Revolutionary War soldiers. A lyrical, aching young adult romance perfect for fans of The Poet X, Darius the Great is Not Okay, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe.

March 31st

Feathervein by Tonya Hurley (Feiwel and Friends) - published in Spanish but not yet in English, release date only announced on retail sites.
Wren, a lonely girl with a gift for communicating with birds. She leaves behind a fractured family to investigate her mother's mysterious disappearance on a birding expedition in the Louisiana bayous, and enters a world steeped in folk magic.


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