May 2021 New Releases

May 1st
The Princess in the Piazza by Ben Hatke (Roaring Brook Press)
Roaring Brook has bought The Princess in the Piazza, a YA novel from Ben Hatke. The book follows Sebastian, an American teenager spending the summer in Italy, who falls in love with a Renaissance princess who has been dead for 500 years, and finds himself swept up in her ages-old conflict with a sinister wizard.

Dreamer Trilogy #2 by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic) - some editions also scheduled for November 2020, but author confirms this date.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Boys, a mesmerizing story of dreams and desires, death and destiny.

The stakes have never been higher as it seems like either the end of the world or the end of dreamers approaches.

War of Dragons by Jessica Cluess (Random House) - title and release date announced by author on twitter.

May 4th
When You Get the Chance and Robin Stevenson (Running Press Kids)
40216677. sy475 Following cousins on a road trip to Pride as they dive into family secrets and friendships, When You Get the Chance is a contemporary YA novel, perfect for fans of David Levithan and Becky Albertalli, and for readers looking for a story of friendship and family.

As kids, Mark and his cousin Talia spent many happy summers together at the family cottage in Ontario, but a fight between their parents put an end to the annual event. Living on opposite coasts--Mark in Halifax and Talia in Victoria--they haven't seen each other in years. When their grandfather dies unexpectedly, Mark and Talia find themselves reunited at the cottage once again, cleaning it out while the family decides what to do with it.

Mark and Talia are both queer, but they soon realize that's about all they have in common, other than the fact that they'd both prefer to be in Toronto. Talia is desperate to see her high school sweetheart Erin, who's barely been in touch since leaving to spend the summer working at a coffee shop in the gay village. Mark, on the other hand, is just looking for some fun, and Toronto Pride seems like the perfect place to find it.

When a series of complications throws everything up in the air, Mark and Talia--with Mark's little sister Paige in tow--decide to hit the road for Toronto. With a bit of luck, and some help from a series of unexpected new friends, they might just make it to the big city and find what they're looking for. That is, if they can figure out how to start seeing things through each other's eyes. 

Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass (Balzer + Bray)
53240366. sx318 Donna Bray at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired, at auction, Where the Rhythm Takes You by debut author and #PitchWars alum Sarah Dass, a YA novel based on Jane Austen's Persuasion, set in the author's native Trinidad and Tobago. Reyna's life changed forever two years ago, when her mother died and her best friend (first kiss, first love) Aiden, suddenly moved to America. Now Aiden has returned to their island as an international pop star, but the last thing Reyna wants to do is risk her heart again. Publication is set for summer 2021, with a second untitled YA novel to follow. Wendi Gu at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates did the deal for world English rights.

The Secret Blade by Tricia Levenseller (Feiwel and Friends)
In the first book in Tricia Levenseller's exciting new YA fantasy duology, a teenage blacksmith with social anxiety accepts a commision from the wrong person and is forced to go on the run to protect the world from the most powerful magical sword she's ever made.

Eighteen-year-old Ziva is the sole provider for herself and her sixteen-year-old sister. She uses her magical gift to create weapons imbued with power. Each weapon is different, and she never knows exactly how one will turn out.

One day, she gets a commission from a powerful warlord and crafts a sword that feeds on secrets and steals them from those it cuts. Quickly realizing that this is a weapon that could topple kingdoms, Ziva grabs her sister and goes on the run. But word of the sword travels like lightning, and soon everyone wants to get their hands on it.

Four companions—a blacksmith, a mercenary, a scholar, and a flirt—set out on a quest to keep the sword safe until they can find a worthy weilder or a way to destroy it entirely.

Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan (Inkyard Press)
In this sparkling and romantic YA debut, a reserved Bangladeshi teenager has twenty-eight days to make the biggest decision of her life after agreeing to fake date her school’s resident bad boy.

How do you make one month last a lifetime?

Karina Ahmed has a plan. Keep her head down, get through high school without a fuss, and follow her parents’ rules—even if it means sacrificing her dreams. When her parents go abroad to Bangladesh for four weeks, Karina expects some peace and quiet. Instead, one simple lie unravels everything.

Karina is my girlfriend.Tutoring the school’s resident bad boy was already crossing a line. Pretending to date him? Out of the question. But Ace Clyde does everything right—he brings her coffee in the mornings, impresses her friends without trying, and even promises to buy her a dozen books (a week) if she goes along with his fake-dating facade. Though Karina agrees, she can’t help but start counting down the days until her parents come back.

T minus twenty-eight days until everything returns to normal—but what if Karina no longer wants it to?

The Ones We're Meant to Find by Joan He (Roaring Brook Press)
One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars with sci-fi scope, Lost with a satisfying resolution.

Two sisters. One awakes on a deserted island with no memory how she got there. From the safety of her city floating above an Earth decimated by natural disasters, the other, a science and math prodigy, mourns the sibling she believes died from a terminal disease. Both think what they know about each other and their world is true and sound. Both are dead wrong.

Unable to overcome her grief or guilt, Kasey toys with the idea of having the memories of her sister excised. Then she receives an encrypted file from her sister’s user ID. Faced with the possibility that her sister might still be alive, Kasey retraces her final steps. When a series of manmade disasters rocks the planet, Kasey will have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the person who mattered most.

Meet-Cute Diary by Emery Lee (Quill Tree Books)
Alexandra Cooper at HarperCollins/Quill Tree has bought Emery Lee's Meet-Cute Diary, about a trans teen who must decide if he's dedicated to romantic formulas or open to unpredictable love after an internet troll-attack on his trans romance blog compels him and a fan to start fake-dating to salvage the blog's reputation. Publication is planned for summer 2021; Beth Phelan at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney (HarperTeen)
Alyson Day at HarperTeen has bought, at auction, North American English rights to Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by debut author Joya Goffney. This #OwnVoices YA romance stars Quinn, a teen who loses her journal and is blackmailed into facing a to-do list of her greatest fears—or risk having her journal exposed on social media. Through facing the blackmailer's to-do list, Quinn unexpectedly finds the courage to change the way she's living her life, and somehow, to fall in love along the way. Brianne Johnson at Writers House brokered the deal.

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin (Sourcebooks Fire)
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired Rachel Griffin's debut YA, The Nature of Witches. Set in a world where witches have long maintained the climate but are now losing control, Clara Densmore, an Everwitch whose magic is tied to all four seasons, is the world's only hope—despite a curse that could cost her everything. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Elana Roth Parker at Laura Dail Literary Agency brokered the two-book deal for world English rights. 

Sky Breaker by Addie Thorley (Page Street Kids) - title and release date confirmed by author on twitter.

Pumpkin by Julie Murphy (Balzer + Bray)

May 5th
Be Dazzled by Ryan La Scala (Sourcebooks Fire)
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Project Runway goes to Comic Con in an epic queer love story about creativity, passion, and finding the courage to be your most authentic self.

Raffy has a passion for bedazzling. Not just bedazzling, but sewing, stitching, draping, pattern making--for creation. He's always chosen his art over everything--and everyone--else and is determined to make his mark at this year's biggest cosplay competition. If he can wow there, it could lead to sponsorship, then art school, and finally earning real respect for his work. There's only one small problem... Raffy's ex-boyfriend, Luca, is his main competition.

Raffy tried to make it work with Luca. They almost made the perfect team last year after serendipitously meeting in the rhinestone aisle at the local craft store--or at least Raffy thought they did. But Luca's insecurities and Raffy's insistence on crafting perfection caused their relationship to crash and burn. Now, Raffy is after the perfect comeback, one that Luca can't ruin.

But when Raffy is forced to partner with Luca on his most ambitious build yet, he'll have to juggle unresolved feelings for the boy who broke his heart, and his own intense self-doubt, to get everything he's ever wanted: choosing his art, his way.

Queens by Dhonielle Clayton (Imprint)

May 11th
Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews (Jimmy Paterson/Little Brown)
Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body into a weapon and her heart and mind into stone, in order to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But unrest throughout ancient Greece, and the goddess Artemis holding Daphne’s brother for ransom, upends her carefully laid plans. In return for her brother’s life, Daphne must find and return nine mysterious items stolen from Mount Olympus before the gods’ power wanes and the mortal world is thrown into chaos. Her journey leads her into battle with foes from ancient Greek myths, a growing (and dangerous) attraction to the enigmatic and flirtatious god Apollo, who has a secret agenda of his own, and into the devious games of the gods themselves.

May 18th 
Fallout by Jordyn Taylor (HarperTeen)
Catherine Wallace at HarperTeen has bought Jordyn Taylor's second YA novel, Fallout. The dual-timeline narrative is set at an elite boarding school in which a secret society covers up the truth about a student who died in a Cold War-era fallout shelter during a fascist psychological experiment, and the girl who uncovers the lies decades later. Publication is slated for summer 2021; Danielle Burby at Nelson Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights. 

May the Best Man Win by Z. R. Ellor (Roaring Brook Press)
Mekisha Telfer at Roaring Brook has acquired ZR Ellor's debut novel, MAY THE BEST MAN WIN, a contemporary YA about a transgender teen who challenges his ex-boyfriend for the coveted title of Homecoming King; as their campaign hijinks turn vicious, the two realize they may still have feelings for each other. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Kaitlyn Johnson at Corvisiero Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland (Feiwel and Friends)
Rachel Diebel at Feiwel and Friends has acquired debut author Miel Moreland's #OwnVoices novel It Goes Like This, about a former queer pop band, the fallout of their globally mourned breakup, and the hometown storm that brings the teens back together, leaving them to wonder if they can rebuild more than just the town. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Jessica Errera at Jane Rotrosen Agency handled the deal for North American rights.

In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland (Imprint)
John Morgan at Macmillan/Imprint has bought In the Ravenous Dark by AdriAnne Strickland, writing as A.M. Strickland. The dark fantasy with LGBTQIA+ relationships features a teen girl whose blood magic abilities put her at the center of a kingdom in turmoil—and bound to an undead guardian meant to control her power. Publication is planned for summer 2021; Hannah Bowman at Liza Dawson Associates brokered the deal for world rights. 

May 25th
Sixteen Scandals by Sophie Jordan (HMH) 
53968551In this irreverent regency romp by New York Times best-selling author Sophie Jordan, newly minted sixteen-year-old Primrose Ainsworth finds herself on a wayward birthday adventure through London with a mysterious hero—perfect for fans of My Lady Jane. 


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