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 May 18th, 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
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.

 The Block by Ben Oliver (Scholastic)

In the second book of The Loop trilogy, Luka is trapped in a fate worse than death. But now that he knows the truth about what him and his fellow inmates are being used for, it's more important than ever that he not only escapes, but that he builds an army.

Luka in a prisoner once again. But this time it's a fate worse than death. In the Block, he must toggle between enduring an Energy Harvest for twelve hours of the day and surviving complete immobilization. The only semblance of relief is the Sane Zone, created to keep prisoners from going completely mad. In this virtual reality, the prisoners live out their fantasies of life outside. But for Luka, it's different.

Happy is determined to find out the location of his friends, who disappeared after the Battle of Midway Park. But can Luka battle the descent into madness long enought to stop Happy's manipulation tactics and keep his friends' location safe?

Another prison break is the only chance to protect the Missing. And as reality becomes increasingly scrambled on the outside, it'll take an army to stop Galen from carrying out his plans.

Indivisible by Daniel Aleman (Disney Hyperion)

Indivisible by Daniel AlemanThere is a word Mateo Garcia and his younger sister Sophie have been taught to fear for as long as they can remember: deportation. Over the past few years, however, the fear that their undocumented immigrant parents could be sent back to Mexico has started to fade to the back of their minds. And why wouldn't it, when their Ma and Pa have been in the United States for so long, they have American-born children, and they're hard workers and good neighbors?

When two ICE agents come asking for Pa, the Garcia family realizes that the lives they've built are about to come crumbling down. And when Mateo returns from school one day to find that his parents have been taken, he'll have to come to terms with the fact that his family's worst nightmare has become a reality.

With his Ma and Pa being held in separate detention centers, Mateo must learn how to look after his sister and himself. The choices Mateo makes, and the people he turns to for help, might reunite his family… or tear them apart for good. With his parents’ fate and his own future hanging in the balance, Mateo must figure out who he is and what he is capable of, even as he’s forced to question what it means to be an American teenager in a country that rejects his own mom and dad.

Daniel Aleman’s INDIVISIBLE is a remarkable and timely story—both powerful in its explorations of immigration in America and deeply intimate in its portrait of a teen boy driven by his fierce, protective love for his parents and his sister.

This Is For Tonight by Jessica Patrick (Swoon Reads)
51547383. sy475Andi Kennedy knows the best cure for her breakup is a weekend at a music festival with her twin brother. Nothing gets her mind right like great bands, footage for her popular YouTube channel, and cute boys-including the charming guy in the next campsite.

But the daylight reveals the guy is Jay Bankar, popular YouTube prankster. Andi can’t stand Jay, but when she enters a contest to win an interview with the headlining band, he’s her biggest competition.

The interview will be huge for Andi's channel, and she'll do whatever it takes to win. But as she and Jay go head-to-head, Andi discovers there's more to him than his jerky on-screen persona. Soon she must decide what's more important-winning, or giving a second chance to a guy who couldn’t be more wrong for her.

When You Get the Chance and Robin Stevenson (Running Press Kids)
40216677. sy475Following 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. 

Sky Breaker by Addie Thorley (Page Street Kids)  
54860493On the run from the king who banished her and the allies who betrayed her, Enebish travels with Serik and a band of rebels to find the deposed King of Verdenet, who is their only hope of uniting the Protected Territories and bringing peace to Ashkar.

Meanwhile, the Sky King’s patience with Ghoa has run its course. Enemy forces are bearing down on the Sky Palace, and when Ghoa throws all her power into a last-ditch effort to prove herself, the Sky King and her fellow warriors abandon her. Captured by enemy Zemyans, Ghoa is imprisoned and tortured by the merciless Kartok. Surprisingly, it’s not the Sky King he craves information on—but the First Gods, and the very nature of her otherworldly power.

Spirits fracture and alliances wither, as the monstrous outcast, the irreverent monk, and the disgraced warrior are drawn into a fight that will shape the course of an empire.


Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass (Balzer + Bray)
53240366. sx318Donna 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.

Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller (Feiwel and Friends) - previously titled The Secret Blade.
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.

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard (HarperTeen)
Who is left when the heroes fall?

Corayne lives at the end of the world. Year after year, she watches her pirate mother sail away to adventures she'll never share with Corayne. So when a mysterious immortal and deadly assassin appear on Corayne's doorstep telling her she is the last member of a dying bloodline, and the only one who can save the world, Corayne seizes the chance to have her own adventure.

But the world is in graver danger than they ever imagined; Corayne and her rag-tag group of allies are alone in a world that is slowly coming apart at the seams with little but their fading hope to guide them.

Now is not the age of heroes, but courage can bloom even in the darkest corners. And it just might be enough to save everything.

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?

10 Truths and a Dare by Ashley Elston (Disney Hyperion) 
It's Senior Week, that magical in-between time after classes have ended but before graduation, chock-full of gimmicky theme parties, last-minute bonding, and family traditions. Olivia couldn't be more ready. Class salutatorian and confident in her future at LSU, she's poised to sail through to the next phase of her life.

But when the tiny hiccup of an unsigned off-campus P.E. form puts Olivia in danger of not graduating at all, she has one week to set things straight without tipping off her very big and very nosy extended family. Volunteering to help at a local golf tournament should do it, but since Olivia's mom equipped her phone with a tracking app, there'll be no hiding the fact that she's at the golf course instead of all the graduation parties happening at the same time. Unless, that is, she can convince the Fab Four--her ride-or-die cousins and best friends Sophie, Charlie, and Wes--to trade phones with her as they go through the motions of playing Olivia for the week.

Sure, certain members of the golf team are none too pleased with Olivia's sudden "passion" for the game. And sure, a very cute, very off-limits boy keeps popping up in Olivia's orbit. But she is focused! She has a schedule and a plan! Nothing can possibly go wrong . . . right?

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney (HarperTeen)
Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by debut author Joya Goffney is the story of an overly enthusiastic list maker who is blackmailed into completing a to-do list of all her worst fears. It’s a heartfelt, tortured, contemporary YA high school romance with epistolary elements. Fans of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Kristina Forest’s debut I Wanna Be Where You Are will love the juicy secrets, leap-off-the-page sexual tension and the enemy-to-lover romantic arc.

Quinn Jackson keeps track of everything—from the days she’s ugly cried, to “The Most Horrifying Moments of My Humanity”, to all the boys she’d like to kiss. All her lists are organized in a sectional red notebook that unfortunately looks a lot like Carter Bennett’s.

When Carter comes over after school to work on their history project, Quinn, distracted by his good looks and charm, doesn't notice when their notebooks are switched. Not only does Carter read her entire (mortifying!) journal of lists, he charges her hundreds of dollars to get her journal back… and further, comes up with a to-do list of his own, with separate fees attached to each challenge. If Quinn doesn’t complete every item by the end of the month, he’ll post pictures of her most personal lists to the whole school.

Through facing Carter’s enraging to-do list, Quinn unexpectedly finds the courage to move from passivity to action—to change the way she’s living her life, and somehow, to fall in love along the way.

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin (Sourcebooks Fire)
Practical Magic meets Twister in this debut contemporary fantasy standalone about heartbreaking power, the terror of our collapsing atmosphere, and the ways we unknowingly change our fate.
For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.

In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It's wild and volatile, and the price of her magic—losing the ones she loves—is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather.

In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she's the only one who can make a difference.

In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she's terrified Sang will be the next one she loses.

In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves…before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos.

Words Composed of Sea and Sky by Erica George (Running Kids Press)
Michaela Dunn dreams of getting into an art school, but when her stepfather refuses to fund a trip there for a poetry workshop, Michaela enters a local contest searching for a poet to write the dedication plaque for a statue honoring Captain Benjamin Churchill, a whaler who died at sea over one hundred years ago. While searching for clues about this Cape Cod legend, Michaela discovers the diary of Leta Townsend from 1862 and gets a glimpse of Churchill that she didn't quite anticipate.

In 1862, Leta writes poetry under the name of Benjamin Churchill, thinking him dead after being attacked by a whale. Leta is astonished when Captain Churchill returns, completely unscathed, his death just a rumor. She quickly falls for him. But is she falling for the actual Benjamin Churchill, or the boy she constructed in her imagination?

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield (Wednesday Books)
Sometimes the storm is inside of you...

The powerful and emotional debut novel from Riverdale and Locke and Key actress Asha Bromfield that deals with colorism, classism, young love, the father-daughter dynamic—and what it means to discover your own voice in the center of complete destruction.

Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson (Simon and Schuster) 
Justin Chanda at Simon & Schuster has bought Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson (Save the Date). Pitched as Adventures in Babysitting meets Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, the novel follows two best friends who take the train from the Connecticut suburbs into New York City and find much more than they bargained for—with destroyed phones, attempted muggings, cute boys, unexpected Pomeranians, family drama, encounters with movie stars, and discoveries about love, friendship, and their future. Publication is set for summer 2021; Emily Van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management did the deal for North American rights. 

The People We Choose by Katelyn Detweiler (Holiday House)
Margaret Ferguson at Holiday House/Ferguson has bought The People We Choose, a YA novel by author and literary agent Katelyn Detweiler (Immaculate; The Undoing of Thistle Tate), about a girl who decides to find her sperm donor the summer she turns 18 and the truth that shatters her world and forces her to redefine family in all its different forms. Publication is planned for summer 2021; Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management brokered the deal for North American rights. 

The Hollow Inside by Brooke Lauren Davis (Bloomsbury) - previously titled When We Come Home.
Allison Moore at Bloomsbury has acquired, at auction, Brooke Davis's YA debut, The Hollow Inside.  Pitched as Sadie meets The Glass Castle, the story follows a teen girl who infiltrates a small-town family's life to get revenge on behalf of the only mother she's ever known (who was wronged by the family's patriarch as a teen herself), exploring themes of loyalty, betrayal, gender dynamics, and the power of anger. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Victoria Doherty Munro at Writers House brokered the two-book deal for world English rights. 

All Kinds of Other by James Sie (Quill Tree)
Andrew Eliopulos at HarperCollins/Quill Tree has bought All Kinds of Other by Lambda Award finalist James Sie. The coming-of-age YA novel follows two boys—one who is cis, and one who is trans—who transfer to the same L.A. high school hoping for a fresh start after experiencing hardships at their previous schools. But even as a romance sparks between them, the boys must face the fact that leaving their old lives behind will not be as easy as they thought. Publication is slated for summer 2021; Christopher Schelling at Selectric Artists handled the deal for North American rights.

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.

Ghost Roast by Shawnee Gibbs and Shawnelle Gibbs (HMH) - some editions also dated April 2021.
Erika Turner at HMH/Versify has bought world rights to Ghost Roast, a YA graphic novel by Shawneé (l.) and Shawnelle Gibbs, sisters and authors of the Kickstarter-funded comic series, The Invention of Ej Whitaker. The book is about the 15-year-old daughter of a renowned paranormal specialist who is drawn into a dangerous romance after she discovers her own knack for communicating with ghosts. Emily Cannon will illustrate; publication is planned for spring 2021. The authors and the artist represented themselves.

May 5th
Be Dazzled by Ryan La Scala (Sourcebooks Fire)
45184231. sy475Who's ready to sparkle??

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
Illusionary by Zoraida Cordova (Disney Hyperion)
36152363. sy475Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata Convida is a girl on the run. With few options and fewer allies, she's reluctantly joined forces with none other than Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. They're united by lofty goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation. Together, Ren and Castian have a chance to save everything, if only they can set aside their complex and intense feelings for each other.

With the king's forces on their heels at every turn, their quest across Puerto Leones and beyond leaves little room for mistakes. But the greatest danger is within Ren. The Gray, her fortress of stolen memories, has begun to crumble, threatening her grip on reality. She'll have to control her magics--and her mind--to unlock her power and protect the Moria people once and for all.

For years, she was wielded as weapon. Now it's her time to fight back.

The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk (Little, Brown)
53305753. sy475Alina Keeler was destined to dance, but one terrifying fall shatters her leg--and her dreams of a professional ballet career along with it.

After a summer healing (translation: eating vast amounts of Cool Ranch Doritos and binging ballet videos on YouTube), she is forced to trade her pre-professional dance classes for normal high school, where she reluctantly joins the school musical. However, rehearsals offer more than she expected--namely Jude, her annoyingly attractive cast mate she just might be falling for.

But to move forward, Alina must make peace with her past and face the racism she had grown to accept in the dance industry. She wonders what it means to yearn for ballet--something so beautiful, yet so broken. And as broken as she feels, can she ever open her heart to someone else?

Touching, romantic, and peppered with humor, this debut novel explores the tenuousness of perfectionism, the possibilities of change, and the importance of raising your voice.

Baby & Solo by Lisabeth Posthuma (Candlewick Press)
44084731Sold just before the fair in a hotly contested auction, BABY & SOLO is an absorbing, disarming and searingly honest YA debut—perfect for fans of The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Eleanor & Park.

Seventeen-year-old Joel Teague is in the unique position of having completed seven years of treatment for a mental illness he may have never had. Now he’s got a new prescription from his therapist—a part-time job, which he finds at ROYO Video, a video rental store. He’s lugging around two humongous secrets (“The Bad Thing That Happened” and “What Was Wrong With Me,” as he refers to them) until he encounters, in his closed-off co-worker “Baby,” a remarkable and terrifying opportunity. To open up. To be there for her, and to be there. To choose vulnerability.

It’s a difficult choice. A childhood trauma has left him both more and less erratic than everyone around him (including his perpetually concerned parents and ROYO Video’s motley crew of femme fatales, enigmas and bratty-younger-brothers). And he’s obsessively chasing an elusive “normal life,” while navigating the pitfalls of exactly that.

BABY & SOLO explores urgent issues (LGBTQ+ identity, mental illness, female autonomy) by examining a less-enlightened time (the year 1996), to summon belly laughs and weepy spells almost simultaneously, and to trust its audience with a character and story as complex as the world around us. Joel’s voice is both hilarious and heart-bursting—and completely absorbs the reader as you hope he’ll find what he needs.

Fix by J. Albert Mann (Little, Brown)
53306316. sy475Eve and Lidia have been friends since Kindergarten. Eve was born with severe scoliosis. Lidia was born with one hand. Their structural deviations are not what brought them together, but they are what rips them apart.

Trapped and alone inside of an un-working body following surgery and filled with obvious regret, Eve is forced into her mind, an unhappy place since her split with Lidia. Under an increasing dependence on opiates and struggling to tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined, Eve strikes up a relationship--and a pact--with the devil. She wishes for everything to go back to the way it was, to have Lidia in her life again. But as she starts to unravel the past, she comes to realize that her memory is far from reliable and must come to grips with what she thinks she knows.

Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton (Page Street Kids)
54860477In Jamie Pacton’s hilarious and poignant sophomore novel, a teen wins the lotto jackpot and suspicion and jealousy spread through her small town before she can claim her prize. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Becky Albertalli.

28,643,129. That’s how many dollars seventeen-year-old Fortuna Jane Belleweather just won in the lotto jackpot. It’s also how many reasons she has for not coming forward to claim her prize.

If she reveals her win before she turns eighteen, Jane’s hoarder mother will get the money. The last thing her mom needs is millions of dollars to buy more stuff. But Jane’s birthday is a month away, and it’s hard to keep $28 million secret for long in her tiny Wisconsin town.

After Jane’s best friend Bran declares on the news that he’ll be the one to find the lucky winner, he drags Jane into his schemes. In the meantime, everyone in town has big ideas about what they’d do with the money and strong opinions on why no one has claimed the prize. Suspicion and jealousy turns neighbor against neighbor and a hunt commences to find the lucky winner. As things in town get ugly, Jane begins to wonder: Could this much money actually be a bad thing?

Cool For the Summer by Dalia Adler (Wednesday Books)
Lara's had eyes for exactly one person throughout her three years of high school: Chase Harding. He's tall, strong, sweet, a football star, and frankly, stupid hot. Oh, and he's talking to her now. On purpose and everything. Maybe...flirting, even? No, wait, he's definitely flirting, which is pretty much the sum of everything Lara's wanted out of life.

Except she’s haunted by a memory. A memory of a confusing, romantic, strangely perfect summer spent with a girl named Jasmine. A memory that becomes a confusing, disorienting present when Jasmine herself walks through the front doors of the school to see Lara and Chase chatting it up in front of the lockers.

Lara has everything she ever wanted: a tight-knit group of friends, a job that borders on cool, and Chase, the boy of her literal dreams. But if she's finally got the guy, why can't she stop thinking about the girl?

Cool for the Summer is a story of self-discovery and new love. It’s about the things we want and the things we need. And it’s about the people who will let us be who we are.

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.

From Little Tokyo, with Love by Sarah Khun (Viking)
Jenny Bak at Viking has acquired, at auction, From Little Tokyo, with Love by Sarah Kuhn (I Love You So Mochi). The contemporary YA novel follows an orphaned, half-Japanese teen who doesn't believe in fairy tales until she learns her presumed-dead mother is not only alive but is a famous movie star, and teams up with a charming young actor on a romp through L.A. to find the truth about her past. Publication is planned for summer 2021; Diana Fox at Fox Literary sold world English rights.

Every Body Shines by Various YA Authors (Bloomsbury)
Sarah Shumway at Bloomsbury has acquired Every Body Shines, a YA short story anthology that celebrates body diversity and fat acceptance in contemporary fiction and fantasy. In addition to a story from editor Cassandra Newbould (of the Fat Like Me podcast), the contributors are Nafiza Azad, Chris Baron, Sheena Boekweg, Linda Camacho, Kelly DeVos, Alex Gino, Claire Kann, amanda lovelace, Hillary Monahan, Francina Simone, Rebecca Sky, Monique Gray Smith, Renée Watson, Catherine Adel West, and Jennifer Yen. Publication is set for spring 2021; Jordan Hamessley at New Leaf brokered the deal for world rights.

May 18th 
In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland (Imprint)
54017941. sy475A pansexual bloodmage reluctantly teams up with an undead spirit to start a rebellion among the living and the dead, in this dark YA fantasy by A.M. Strickland, author of Beyond the Black Door , whom Richard Kadrey calls “a storyteller of both grace and power.”

In Thanopolis, those gifted with magic are assigned undead spirits to guard them—and control them. Ever since Rovan’s father died trying to keep her from this fate, she’s hidden her magic. But when she accidentally reveals her powers, she’s bound to a spirit and thrust into a world of palace intrigue and deception.

Desperate to escape, Rovan finds herself falling for two people she can’t fully trust: Lydea, a beguiling, rebellious princess; and Ivrilos, the handsome spirit with the ability to control Rovan, body and soul.

Together, they uncover a secret that will destroy Thanopolis. To save them all, Rovan will have to start a rebellion in both the mortal world and the underworld, and find a way to trust the princess and spirit battling for her heart—if she doesn’t betray them first.

It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland (Feiwel and Friends)
49109704. sy475In Miel Moreland's heartfelt young adult debut, It Goes Like This, four queer teens realize that sometimes you have to risk hitting repeat on heartbreak.

Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph used to think their friendship was unbreakable. After all, they've been though a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they formed in middle school, never expecting to headline anything bigger than the county fair.

But after a sudden falling out leads to the dissolution of the teens' band, their friendship, and Eva and Celeste's starry-eyed romance, nothing is the same. Gina and Celeste step further into the spotlight, Steph disappears completely, and Eva, heartbroken, takes refuge as a songwriter and secret online fangirl...of her own band. That is, until a storm devastates their hometown, bringing the four ex-best-friends back together. As they prepare for one last show, they'll discover whether growing up always means growing apart.

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.

Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan (Putnam)
In this YA contemporary queer romance from the author of Hot Dog Girl , an openly gay track star falls for a closeted, bisexual teen beauty queen with a penchant for fixing up old cars.

Morgan, an elite track athlete, is forced to transfer high schools late in her senior year after it turns out being queer is against her private Catholic school's code of conduct. There, she meets Ruby, who has two hobbies: tinkering with her baby blue 1970 Ford Torino and competing in local beauty pageants, the latter to live out the dreams of her overbearing mother. The two are drawn to each other and can't deny their growing feelings. But while Morgan--out and proud, and determined to have a fresh start--doesn't want to have to keep their budding relationship a secret, Ruby isn't ready to come out yet. With each girl on a different path toward living her truth, can they go the distance together?

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. 

Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey (HarperTeen)
Elizabeth Lynch at HarperTeen has bought world English rights to Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey. Inspired by You've Got Mail, the debut YA follows a teenage girl who tries to save her family's indie bookstore by taking down the flashier bookstore that moved in across the street—and the cute boy who works there. Publication is planned for summer 2021; Bridget Smith at JABberwocky Literary brokered the two-book deal.

Enduring Freedom by Trent Reedy and Jawad Arash (Algonquin)
In this dual-narrative tale, a teenage American army private and an Afghan boy living under the horrors of the Taliban, caught on separate sides of the world during the tumultuous times leading up to and following 9/11, come to discover how much more they have in common than they ever could have imagined.

Don't Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor (HarperTeen)

May 25th
Kiss and Repeat by Heather Truett (Swoon Reads)
46039008. sy475In Heather Truett's Kiss and Repeat, a teen uses the scientific method drilled into him by his scientist father to begin a kissing experiment. Only the experiment gets messy, and Stephen will have to come clean if he wants to win one girl's heart in this heartfelt and funny YA debut.

Stephen Luckie isn't so lucky in love. He's completely inexperienced when it comes to girls, and wonders if his tics - caused by Tourette's Syndrome – are the reason.

Then a game at a party reveals that his body goes still while kissing. Using the scientific method drilled into him by his scientist father, Steven begins the best experiment ever--one that involves kissing as many girls as possible. Who knew science could be so fun?

But when the experiment gets underway, Stephen begins to question how he treats girls - and if his tics have been standing in his way at all. With two girls interested in him, he has to figure out what really matters to him and what he'll risk - and gain - by being his true self.

Version Zero by David Yoon (Putnam) - adult novel, but from a popular YA author.
A lightning fast and scorchingly observant novel of the moment, Version Zero is a thrilling, humorous adult debut from the brilliant mind of New York Times bestselling author David Yoon.

Reboot the present. Save the future.

Max, a data whiz at the Facebook-like social media company Wren, has gotten a firsthand glimpse of the dark side of big tech. When he starts asking questions about what his company is doing with the data they collect, he finds himself fired…and then blackballed across all of Silicon Valley.

With time on his hands and inside knowledge about the biggest tech companies, Max and his longtime friend—and sometime crush—Akiko, decide to get even by…essentially, rebooting the internet. After all, in order to fix things, sometimes you have to break them. But when Max and Akiko join forces with a reclusive tech baron, they learn that breaking things can have unintended—and disastrous—consequences. And those consequences will ripple across the world, effecting every level of society in ways no one could have imagined.

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. 

Hani and Ishu's Guide to Not Dating by Adiba Jaigidar (Page Street) 
Everyone likes Hani Kahn—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita Dey. Ishita is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.

Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But relationships are complicated, and some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.

Pumpkin by Julie Murphy (Balzer + Bray)  

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