March 2023 New Releases



A Tall Dark Trouble by Vanessa Montalban (Zando)

Tiffany Liao at Zando Young Readers has acquired, in a preempt, Vanessa Montalban's A Tall Dark Trouble, a YA contemporary fantasy pitched as Practical Magic meets Don't Date Rosa Santos, about three generations of Cuban brujas navigating love, magic, and murder, split between present-day Miami and 1980s Cuba under Castro's regime. When twins Ofelia and Delfi Sanchez receive visions of mysterious deaths, they must harness their forbidden gifts—and uncover the secrets in their Mami's past—to save not only innocent lives, but their own. Publication is set for spring 2023; Danielle Burby at Mad Woman Literary Agency did the two-book deal for world rights.

Lola, At Last by J. C. Peterson
(HarperTeen) - release month not yet updated on Goodreads.
Lola Barnes’ summer is not off to the best start. Fresh off a scandal that tanked her social status, Lola has somehow managed to also alienate her twin sister, lose the friends she thought she had, and put a… fiery end to the first party of the summer. (The boat was barely on fire, for the record—and all the partygoers were just fine.) Lola is given an ultimatum: jail time, or spending the summer with the nonprofit Hike Like a Girl. Everyone seems to expect Lola to fail. But even as Lola encounters bugs, blisters, and bears (oh my!), she finds something greater that she’s been missing all along: unexpected friends, a sweet romance, strength she didn’t know she had—and herself, Lola, at Last.

Different for Boys by Patrick Ness and Tea Bendix (Walker Books US)
Susan Van Metre at Walker Books US and Denise Johnstone-Burt at Walker Books UK have acquired world English rights for the LGBTQ+ YA novel Different for Boys by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Tea Bendix. Ant Stevenson has many questions, like when did he stop being a virgin? Are there degrees of virginity? And is it different for boys? Especially for boys who like boys? Ant tries to figure out the answers to his questions as he balances his relationships with three very different boys. Different for Boys was first published in 2010 in the anthology Losing It and has been revised and updated. Simultaneous global publication is set for March 2023; Michelle Kass at Michelle Kass Associates represented the author, and Tine Nielsen at the Babel-Bridge Literary Agency represented the illustrator.

Revelle by Lyssa Mia Smith (Balzer + Bray) - previously titled Revelle! Revelle! and moved from May 2023.
Kristin Daly Rens at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has bought, at auction, Lyssa Mia Smith's debut YA fantasy, Revelle! Revelle! Pitched as "magical Moulin Rouge in the Prohibition era," in which a young trapeze star must magically seduce a dangerous bootlegger whose time-traveling family is set on destroying hers, but when she mistakenly charms a handsome tourist instead, she must bury the forbidden sparks between them before her family loses everything. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Lauren Spieller at TriadaUS brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

I Will Find You Again by Sarah Lyu (Simon and Schuster) - release date not yet updated on Goodreads.
Kendra Levin at Simon & Schuster has bought I Will Find You Again, a YA novel by Sarah Lyu (The Best Lies), in an exclusive submission. The book follows two girls in an affluent Long Island neighborhood who fall in love and then fall apart before one of them dies in a mysterious boating accident. The book will publish in spring 2023; Kerry Sparks at Levine Greenberg Rostan negotiated the deal for North American rights.

Stateless by Elizabeth Wein (Little, Brown)
Lisa Yoskowitz at Little, Brown has bought Elizabeth Wein's Stateless, a YA novel set two years before the start of WWII, following young pilots facing intrigue and sabotage in a race across Europe. Publication is planned for March 2023; Ginger Clark while at Curtis Brown did the deal for U.S. rights, with Canadian rights to Lynne Missen at Penguin Teen and UK rights to Katie Ager and Ellen Holgate at Bloomsbury UK.

Untitled by Gretchen McNeil (Disney Hyperion)

March 7th

Study Break by Various YA Authors (Feiwel and Friends)
This collection of interconnected contemporary YA short stories, written by Gen Z authors, explores different parts of "the college experience," from questioning your major to questioning your identity.

College...the best time, the worst time, and something in between.

What do you do when orientation isn't going according to your (sister's) detailed plans? Where do you go when you're searching for community in faith? How do you figure out what it means that you're suddenly attracted to your RA? What happens when your partner for your last film project is also your crush and graduation is quickly approaching?

Told over the course of one academic year, this collection of stories set on the same fictional campus features students from different cultures, genders, and interests learning more about who they are and who they want to be. From new careers to community to (almost) missed connections — and more — these interconnected tales explore the ways university life can be stressful and confusing and exciting and fulfilling.

Gen Z contributors include Jake Maia Arlow, Arushi Avachat, Boon Carmen, Ananya Devarajan, Camryn Garrett, Christina Li, Racquel Marie, Oyin, Laila Sabreen, Michael Waters, and Joelle Wellington.

Missing Clarissa by Ripley Jones (Wednesday Books)
In a gripping novel perfect for fans of Sadie and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, two best friends start a true crime podcast—only to realize they may have helped a killer in the process.

In August of 1999, dazzlingly popular cheerleader Clarissa Campbell disappears from a party in the woods outside the rural town of Oreville, Washington and is never seen again. The police question her friends, teachers, and the adults who knew her—who all have something to hide. And thanks to Clarissa’s beauty, the mystery captures the attention of the nation. But with no leads and no body, the case soon grows cold. Despite the efforts of internet sleuths and true-crime aficionados, Clarissa is never found—dead or alive.

Over twenty years later, Oreville high-school juniors and best friends Blair and Cameron start a true crime podcast, determined to unravel the story of what—or who—happened to this rural urban legend. In the process they uncover a nest of dirty small-town secrets, the sordid truth of Clarissa’s relationship with her charismatic boyfriend, and a high school art teacher turned small-town figurehead who had a very good reason for wanting Clarissa dead. Such a good reason, in fact, that they might have to make him the highlight of their next episode…

But does an ugly history with a missing girl make him guilty of murder? Or are two teenage girls about to destroy the life of an innocent man—and help the true killer walk free?

Every Time You Go Away by Abigail Johnson (Inkyard Press)
After three years apart, can they find their way back to each other?

Since the moment Ethan first arrived at his grandparents’ house, Rebecca and Ethan have been drawn to each other. But even as children, they knew their time together was limited. Time and time again, Ethan’s mom would sober up and take him away—only to bring him back when she relapsed.

Three years have passed since Ethan last lived with his grandparents, and Ethan and Rebecca are no longer the same people they once were. Ethan embraced his role as his mother’s caretaker long ago and blames his grandparents for tearing him away from her. Meanwhile, Rebecca is racked with survivor’s guilt after a car accident killed her father. She’s been learning to navigate life as a wheelchair user ever since.

Now that fate has brought them together, they’ll have to learn if the time apart created too much distance between them—or if they can finally find happiness together.

There Goes the Neighborhood by Jade Adia (Disney Hyperion)
Fifteen-year-old Rhea and her best friends, Zeke and Malachi, are South L.A. born and raised, but a recent wave of gentrification has been transforming the place that they call home. When an eviction notice from a greedy landlord threatens to split up the crew, Rhea and her friends manipulate social media to form a fake gang in hopes of scaring off developers. Their scheme appears to work at first… until a murder is pegged on the nonexistent gang. Yikes.

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD is a love letter to South L.A., a middle finger to the destructive powers of gentrification, and a hilarious adventure about three teens who have the best intentions, if not always the best solutions. Perfect for fans of Tiffany Jackson's Let Me Hear a Rhyme and Netflix's On My Block, this is an uproarious novel about power, friendship, and what really makes a neighborhood.

The Revelry by Katherine Webber (Scholastic) - originally published in the UK.
For fans of Laini Taylor, E. Lockhart, and Holly Black, the chilling story of a girl who goes to a once-a-year-party in the woods... and then must piece together the fantastical things that happened to her after she wakes up with no memory of the night before.

Once a year in the woods outside Ember Grove, the Revelry occurs. Everyone knows what it is -- an exclusive, mysterious party in the woods at the school year's end. But nobody really knows what happens there. Because once you attend the Revelry, you are sworn to secrecy... forever.

Bitsy Clark knows better than to break the rules around the Revelry. But her best friend, Amy, isn't waiting for an invitation. As the night comes closer, her plan is clear -- she and Bitsy are going to sneak their way in.

Bitsy can remember being nervous about this. She can remember going to the woods. But after that: Nothing. She doesn't know what happened to her. All she knows is that her life starts to unravel, while Amy's good fortune grows stronger.

Has Bitsy been cursed?

And if so, will she be able to discover enough secrets of the Revelry in order to free herself?

March 14th
Midnight Strikes by Zeba Shahnaz (Delacorte)

Hannah Hill at Delacorte has acquired, in a six-figure preempt, Midnight Strikes by Zeba Shahnaz. This YA fantasy debut with a Russian Doll-inspired twist follows lowborn Anaïs, whose attendance at the royal ball is disrupted by an explosion that rips through the palace at the stroke of midnight, killing everyone—again and again and again. To escape this nightmarish time loop, Anaïs must figure out who's targeting the royal family with the help of the charming prince Leo, and hope they can survive past midnight. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Claire Friedman at InkWell Management did the deal for world rights.

The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway by Ashley Schumacher (Wednesday Books)
Since her mother’s death, Madeline “Gwen” Hathaway has been determined that nothing in her life will change ever again. That’s why she keeps extensive lists in journals, has had only one friend since childhood, and looks forward to the monotony of working the ren faire circuit with her father. Until she arrives at her mother’s favourite end-of-tour stop to find the faire is under new management and completely changed.

Meeting Arthur, the son of the new owners and an actual lute-playing bard, messes up Maddie’s plans even more. For some reason, he wants to be her friend - and ropes her into becoming Princess of the Faire. Now Maddie is overseeing a faire dramatically changed from what her mother loved and going on road trips vastly different from the routine she used to rely on. Worst of all, she’s kind of having fun.

Ashley Schumacher's The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway is filled with a wise old magician who sells potion bottles, gallant knights who are afraid of horses and ride camels instead, kings with a fondness for theatrics, a lazy river castle moat with inflatable crocodile floaties, and a plus-sized heroine with a wide-open heart... if only she just admits it.

March 21st
The Witch and the Vampire by Francesca Flores (Wednesday Books)

Ava and Kaye were once the closest of friends, until Kaye’s mother was killed during a brutal vampire attack on their small town. Two years later, Kaye is training as a fire witch—a vampire hunter—and she’s convinced that Ava, now a vampire, is her mother’s killer. Ava spends her days trapped in a tower by her own family. But when she learns her mother is planning to bring down the barrier that separates mortals and vampires—and protects both—she knows she must stop her. When another attack allows Ava to escape, her only refuge is the vampire queen, in the middle of the treacherous woods. She finds an unlikely companion in Kaye, who agrees to accompany her through the forest. Kaye, for her part, knows this is her only chance to condemn Ava and avenge her mother’s death.

But with trees that devour humans whole, Ava’s stepfather in pursuit, and threats lurking everywhere, the woods have a new peril around each corner. As their old friendship wars with their new enmity, Ava and Kaye are each other’s greatest danger—and one another’s only hope of making it through the forest alive.

Belle of the Ball by Mari Costa (First Second) - YA graphic novel.

A young adult graphic novel about high school wallflower Belle Hawkins, who ends up in a love triangle after tutoring the girlfriend of her crush.

High-school senior and notorious wallflower Hawkins finally works up the courage to remove her mascot mask and ask out her longtime crush: Regina Moreno, head cheerleader, academic overachiever, and all-around popular girl. There's only one teensy little problem: Regina is already dating Chloe Kitagawa, athletic all-star...and middling English student. Regina sees a perfectly self-serving opportunity here, and asks the smitten Hawkins to tutor Chloe free of charge, knowing Hawkins will do anything to get closer to her.

And while Regina's plan works at first, she doesn't realize that Hawkins and Chloe knew each other as kids, when Hawkins went by Belle and wore princess dresses to school every single day. Before long, romance does start to blossom...but not between who you might expect. With Belle of the Ball, cartoonist Mariana Costa has reinvigorated satisfying, reliable tropes into your new favorite teen romantic comedy

Brighter Than the Sun by James Aleman (Disney Hyperion) - moved from 2021.

This timely and thought-provoking story about a teen girl shouldering impossibly large responsibilities and ultimately learning that she doesn’t have to do it alone is the perfect follow-up to Daniel Aleman's award-winning debut novel, Indivisible.

Edited by Barry Lyga (Soho Teen)  - moved from 2019, switched publisher from Soho Teen to Blackstone.

Put it down. Back away. Go read another book, one titled Unedited. Because that's the one you want to read. It's super-long and it's got everything in this book, but more of it. More crazy. More pages. More words. More heft.

Or ... go ahead and read this one. It probably won't hurt you. Probably.

On its surface, this is the story of a boy--Mike--and the girl he loses. It's the story of how he swears to do anything and everything to get her back.

It's also the story of a world going to ruin, a world like our own, but seen through a very warped and cracked mirror.

It's also the story of a story, a story told only in flashes and excerpts and summaries, a story that contains clues that could fix this broken world or end it once and for all.

It's social satire and desperate longing for love and metafiction and alternate worlds ... It's about the power of love and the power of writing and--more importantly--about the limits on them both.

It's about architecture and editing. How you build things. How you tear them down. Or tear them apart.

The Future King by Robyn Schneider (Viking) - moved from November 2022.
Return to the hotbed of thirst and scandal that is Camelot in this highly anticipated sequel to The Other Merlin. Emry can now openly train as a female wizard, but life at court is far from easy when her magic is starting to become uncontrollable, along with her crush on the future King Arthur.

Fresh from an epic victory over sorceress Morgana Le Fay to keep the doorway between worlds safely closed, Emry Merlin should be flying high. She no longer has to hide that she's a girl wizard in Camelot, and the battle has brought her closer than ever to Prince Arthur, with whom she has slowly fallen in love. Even her hapless but beloved twin brother Emmett has joined her at court.

But Emry is hiding a secret, and she's not the only one. Her magic has become unpredictable and dangerous, casting spells that she doesn't intend. Despite destiny acting like he's worthy, Prince Arthur knows he doesn't have what it takes to rule Camelot--until a terrible tragedy forces his hand. And though Guinevere is hooking up with the hottest guy in the palace, it's not who she's actually betrothed to.

March 28th

Last Sunrise in Eterna by Amparo Ortiz (Page Street)

Seventeen-year-old goth Sevim Burgos would love to spend all day watching music videos, but to help support the family she has to scavenge and sell elf corpses to a sketchy university professor.

On one of her hunts, Sevim captures the elf prince, Aro, wounded in a Burger King. But it turns out that the elves have been watching Sevim too, and this chance encounter sets their revenge in motion.

The Prince manages to escape her and leaves behind a ring with a message: “The Prince of Eterna is in danger. This ring will save him. Return it, and your mother lives.”

With her mom is missing, Sevim must enter the magical home of the elves, and find a prince whose fate might be more tied to hers than she ever suspected.

You Wouldn't Dare by Samantha Markum (Wednesday Books)
A rom com about trying to have the summer of your life before everything changes - only to realize change might be exactly what you need...

When Juniper Nash Abreheart kissed Graham Isham for the first time, she had no idea it would nearly be the end of their friendship.

More specifically, she had no idea that the terrible, unforgivable thing she did to keep their summer fling a secret wouldn’t just ruin their friendship, but also Graham’s entire life. Now, months since the fallout, Junie and Graham spend most of their time sidestepping conversational landmines on the journey back to normalcy.

Junie is sure the strangeness between her and Graham is her biggest problem - until her mom hires Tallulah, her boyfriend’s surly teenage daughter, to work at their family café, and then announces they’ll all be moving in together at the end of the summer. The only bright spot ahead is Junie’s dad’s upcoming visit, just in time for her community theater production. And then poor turnout soon threatens that.

But when Junie starts to realize the feelings she swore to take care of last summer have lingered, saving her production and managing her hostile relationship with Tallulah might be the least of her problems. Graham isn’t just off limits - their friendship has been mended to barely withstand a breeze, and the gale force of Junie’s feelings could be just what breaks them.

Samantha Markum’s You Wouldn’t Dare is about the risks and triumphs that come with being brave enough to take a chance at what you really want, including love.


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