May 2022 New Releases

Those Summer Nights by Laura Silverman (Margaret K. McElderry Books)  - originally dated May 2021.
After recovering from a life-changing injury, a teen must navigate a new summer job, an ex–best friend, and two surprisingly cute coworkers in this sweet rom-com for fans of Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Hannah used to be all about focus, back before she shattered her ankle and her Olympic dreams in one bad soccer play. These days, she’s all about distraction—anything to keep the painful memories of her recent past at bay, including the string of bad decisions that landed her in a boarding school for troubled teens. Enter Bonanza, the local entertainment multiplex and site of Hannah’s summer employment. With its miniature golf, bowling alley, and arcade—not to mention her hot, flirty coworker Patrick—Bonanza seems like the perfect way to stay distracted. Until her boss announces the annual Bonanza tournament, a staff
competition that brings her past Olympic nightmares crashing back into her present.

On top of that, the Bonanza staff includes Brie, the ex–best friend she cut off last year, and Ethan, her brother’s best friend who suddenly glowed up into a hot, sensitive sweetheart who seems to accept her, even knowing her worst secrets. Under the neon lights of Bonanza, Hannah must decide whether she can find a way to discover a new self in the midst of her old life.

The Counselors by Jessica Goodman (Razorbill)
From bestselling author Jessica Goodman comes a twisty new thriller about three best friends, one elite summer camp, and the dark secrets that lead to a body in the lake.

Sisters by choice.

That’s how Goldie and her best friends, Ava and Imogen, define their friendship, which formed years ago at Camp Alpine Lake.

This year, Goldie is back at camp as a counselor, desperate for summer to start and for Ava and Imo to arrive. With the dark secret Goldie’s been keeping, she’s more in need of their comfort than ever. When the boy who broke Goldie's heart, turns up dead in the lake, this last summer before college is completely upended—and Goldie learns that she’s not the only person at camp who has been lying. Asking questions offers Goldie no answers, only danger and betrayals deeper than she ever imagined.

The Ghosts of Rose Hill by R.M. Romero (Peachtree Teen)
Ashley Hearn at Peachtree Teen has acquired The Ghosts of Rose Hill by YA debut author R.M. Romero (The Dollmaker of Kraków). The magical realism verse novel follows Latina violinist, Ilana, whose parents send her to her aunt's house in Prague to witness the humble life of an artist. There she meets the ghost of a boy in an abandoned Jewish cemetery and, as she restores his grave, is tempted by the dark magic that binds him to the city. Publication is slated for summer 2022; Rena Rossner at the Deborah Harris Agency handled the deal for world rights.

Ballad & Dagger by Daniel Jose Holder (Rick Riordan Presents) - first YA title from this imprint.
"Beginning the YA urban fantasy Outlaw Saints series about a teen boy in Brooklyn who discovers he has healing abilities after his piano playing summons gods and magical creatures to appear during the annual San Madrigal Grand Fete."

An Unreliable Magic by Rin Chupeco (Sourcebooks Fire) - moved from 2021, change announced by author on twitter.

May 1st
Queens by Dhonielle Clayton

Ghost Roast by Shawnee Gibbs and Shawnelle Gibbs (HMH) - originally 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 3rd
Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez (Wednesday Books)
An ancient city plagued by dragons. A flamenco dancer determined to save her ancestral home. A dragon hunter refusing to teach her his ways. They don't want each other, but they need each other, and without him her world will burn.

Eighteen-year-old Zarela Zalvidar is a talented flamenco dancer and daughter of the most famous Dragonador in Hispalia. People come for miles to see him fight in their arena, which will one day be hers.

But disaster strikes during their five hundredth anniversary show, and in the carnage, Zarela’s father is horribly injured. Facing punishment from the Dragon Guild, Zarela must keep the arena—her ancestral home and inheritance —safe from their greedy hands. She has no choice but to take her father’s place as the next Dragonador. When the infuriatingly handsome dragon hunter, Arturo Díaz de Montserrat, withholds his help, she refuses to take no for an answer.

But even if he agrees, there’s someone out to ruin the Zalvidar family, and Zarela will have to do whatever it takes in order to prevent the Dragon Guild from taking away her birthright.

Master of Iron by Tricia Levenseller (Feiwel and Friends) 
In Master of Iron, the conclusion to Tricia Levenseller's exciting Bladesmith YA fantasy duology, a magically gifted blacksmith with social anxiety must race against the clock to save her beloved sister and stop a devastating war.

Eighteen-year-old Ziva may have defeated a deadly warlord, but the price was almost too much. Ziva is forced into a breakneck race to a nearby city with the handsome mercenary, Kellyn, and the young scholar, Petrik, to find a powerful magical healer who can save her sister's life.

When the events that follow lead to Ziva and Kellyn's capture by an ambitious prince, Ziva is forced into the very situation she's been dreading: magicking dangerous weapons meant for world domination.

The forge has always been Ziva's safe space, a place to avoid society and the anxiety it causes her, but now it is her prison, and she's not sure just how much of herself she'll have to sacrifice to save Kellyn and take center stage in the very war she's been trying to stop.

If You Change Your Mind by Robby Weber (Inkyard Press)
In this hilarious and heartfelt debut novel, an aspiring screenwriter learns sometimes love has its own script.
Harry wants nothing more than to write Hollywood screenplays. He knows the first step toward achieving that goal is winning a screenwriting competition that will seal his admission into the college of his dreams, so he’s determined to spend his summer free of distractions—also known as boys—and finish his script. After last year, Harry is certain love only exists in the movies anyway.
But then the cause of his first heartbreak, Grant, returns with a secret that could change everything. To complicate things further, new-in-town Logan is charming and sweet, making Harry question everything he knows about romance. As Harry tries to manage his feelings for Grant and Logan, he realizes life doesn’t always follow a script.

Forging Silver Into Stars by Brigid Kemmerer (Bloomsbury)
Set four years after the events of the Cursebreaker trilogy, Forging Silver into Stars finds Tycho -- a Lord, now -- working as the King's Courier.

Far outside the royal circles, in a small rundown town called Briarlock, friends Jax and Callyn struggle to survive with the difficult hands fate dealt them.

In need of a blacksmith, Tycho stops at Jax's forge and makes an unexpected connection--but he's not the only stranger in Briarlock that day, and soon Tycho, Jax, and Callyn find themselves embroiled in a world of shifting alliances, brewing rebellion, and ancient magic.

When You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw (Henry Holt) - moved from 2021.
Mark Podesta at Henry Holt has acquired world rights, in an exclusive submission, to When You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw, a YA novel set in the 1990s that follows 17-year-olds Adam and Ben as they discover their sexuality, face the devastating loss of first love, and ultimately, discover the power of new love and community. Addressing grief, homophobia, privilege, and HIV/AIDS, the novel sheds light on a pivotal time in American queer history. Publication is slated for spring 2021; Dan Mandel at Sanford J. Greenburger brokered the deal.

How to Money: Your Ultimate Visual Guide to the Basics of Finance by Jean Chatzky and Kathryn Tuggle (Roaring Brook Press) - YA non-fiction.
"...Offering financial advice for teens in an illustrated format."

May 10th

Breathe And Count Back From Ten by Natalia Sylvester (Clarion)

Verónica, a Peruvian‑American teen, must deal with both her painful hip dysplasia and her overprotective immigrant parents, all while chasing her dream to become a professional mermaid in this gorgeously written, authentic novel about secrets and finding your wings (or tail).

A Show for Two by Tashie Bhuiyan (Inkyard Press)
Mina Rahman has a plan for her future:

Finally win the Golden Ivy student film competition.

Get into her dream school across the country.

Leave New York City behind once and for all.

Mina’s ticket to winning the competition falls into her lap when indie film star—and known heartbreaker—Emmitt Ramos enrolls in her high school under a secret identity to research his next role. When Mina sets out to persuade Emmitt to join her cause, he offers her a deal instead: he'll be in her short film…if she acts as a tour guide to help him with a photography contest.

As Mina ventures across the five boroughs with Emmitt by her side, the city she grew up in starts to look different and more like home than it ever has before. With the competition deadline looming, Mina's dreams—which once seemed impenetrable—begin to crumble, and she’s forced to ask herself: Is winning worth losing everything?

May 17th
Wind Daughter by Joanna Ruth Meyer (Page Street) - moved from January 2022, some editions still dated January.

A hauntingly beautiful fairy tale about love and loss, this Echo North companion novel is perfect for fans of the Winternight Trilogy.

In the dark, cold reaches of the north lives a storyteller and his daughter. He told his daughter, Satu, many stories—romances like the girl who loved a star and changed herself into a nightingale so she could always see him shining—but the most important story he told her was his own. This storyteller was once the formidable North Wind, but he lost his power by trading it away in exchange for mortality—he loved her mother too much to live without her. The loss of his magic impacted more than just their family, however, and now the world is unraveling in the wake of this imbalance.

To save the North, Satu embarks on a perilous journey to reclaim her father’s magic, but she isn’t the only one searching for it. In the snow-laden mountains, she finds herself in a deadly race with the Winter Lord who wants the North Wind’s destructive powers for himself.

Satu has the chance to be the heroine of her own fairy tale, only this one has an ending she never could have imagined.

Don't Call Me a Hurricane by Ellen Hagan (Bloomsbury)
Sarah Shumway at Bloomsbury has bought, in an exclusive submission, Don't Call Me a Hurricane by Ellen Hagan (Reckless, Glorious, Girl). The YA novel-in-verse follows 18-year-old Eliza Murphy, an environmental activist especially concerned with protecting her coastal community, who navigates the after-effects of a hurricane that devastated her town, while falling for a boy at the center of a redevelopment that could put their community in serious danger—again. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.

Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe (HarperCollins) - release date not yet updated on Goodreads.
Kristin Pettit at HarperCollins has acquired YA psychological suspense novel Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe (A List of Cages). Sixteen-year-old Sayers Wayte is rich, popular, and more than a little arrogant, until he is abducted by a man who takes away his name but swears his only goal is to protect Sayers. As Sayers starts losing track of time, he starts losing track of himself, too, and his bright world of privilege shrinks to a single dark room. Publication is slated for May 2022; Peter Steinberg at Foundry Literary + Media negotiated the deal for North American rights.

May 31st

The Fae Keeper by H.E. Edgmon (Inkyard Press)
In the heart-stopping sequel to The Witch King, Wyatt and Emyr attempt to rebuild Asalin despite unexpected new enemies within their kingdom.

Two weeks after the door to Faery closed once more, Asalin is still in turmoil. Emyr and Wyatt are hunting Derek and Clarke themselves after having abolished the corrupt Guard, and are trying to convince the other kingdoms to follow their lead. But when they uncover the hidden truth about the witches' real place in fae society, it becomes clear the problems run much deeper than anyone knew. And this may be more than the two of them can fix.

As Wyatt struggles to learn control of his magic and balance his own needs with the needs of a kingdom, he must finally decide on the future he wants—before he loses the future he and Emyr are building…

Deep in Providence by Riss M. Neilson (Henry Holt)
Tiffany Liao at Holt has acquired, at auction, Deep in Providence by Riss M. Neilson, a YA fantasy debut that blends the suspenseful atmosphere of The Hazel Wood with the nuanced realism of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. Set on the South Side of Providence, R.I., the story follows three girls who turn to Filipino spiritualism and white magic when they're haunted by a friend's death... and perhaps her spirit. Publication is slated for winter 2022; Jess Regel at Foundry Literary + Media brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.

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