October 2020 New Releases


A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe (Wednesday Books)
41187447. sy475 Is it science or magic?

Power or possession?

With Europe in the throes of revolution, a teenage alchemist is on the verge of a discovery that will change the course of history. But the cost may be her own mind....

Medusa by Jessie Burton (Bloomsbury)
Jessie Burton will retell the Medusa myth in an "empowering" YA title for Bloomsbury exploring themes of "toxic masculinity and the meaning of consent".

The Miniaturist author's second children’s novel, Medusa, will be published in October 2020 as a hardback gift edition by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

Burton, whose debut The Miniaturist (Pan Macmillan) was published in 2014, said that she "wanted to reclaim Medusa's story and invite the reader into her mind” to explore gender politics following the sexual harassment claims faced by US film director Harvey Weinstein and many other powerful men.

Burton said: "So often [Medusa’s] robbed of agency, turned into a monster, and used as a stepping stone for heroes. The myth of Medusa is a tale of objectification and toxic masculinity, and the meaning of consent. Given the continuing revelations about men like Weinstein and (US president Donald) Trump, and others we have each encountered on our way through life, Medusa's myth is ripe for the retelling."

"Jessie’s Medusa is gripping, lyrical and empowering," Holgate said. "With this story, and The Restless Girls, she has created much-needed role models from maligned and overlooked female fictional characters. I envy the readers who grow up with these fabulous retellings where women and girls finally get to give us their perspective.

October 6th
Shine by Jessica Jung (Simon Pulse)
Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl by way of Jenny Han in this knock-out debut about a Korean American teen who is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of one of the most influential K-pop girl groups of all time, Girls Generation.

What would you sacrifice for a chance to live your dreams?

For seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim, the answer is almost everything. Or at least that’s been the answer for the past six years, ever since she was recruited by DB Entertainment—one of Seoul’s largest K-pop labels, known for churning out the industry’s most popular stars.

The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date. So while Rachel and her fellow trainees face grueling practices, punishing expectations, and ruthless competition, they know it’s worth it for the chance to debut in DB’s newest girl group.

And when the opportunity to sing with K-pop star and DB golden boy Jason Lee arises, Rachel knows this is her chance to get noticed. To finally debut. The only problem? Jason is charming, sexy, and ridiculously talented—he’s exactly the kind of distraction Rachel can’t afford to have. And exactly the kind she can’t stay away from.

Get ready as Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Korea’s most famous girl group, Girls Generation, takes us inside the twisted, technicolor world of K-pop. Where following your dreams might just mean living through a nightmare. Where the stakes are high, but for one girl, the cost of success might be even higher.

It’s time for the world to see: this is what it takes to SHINE.

The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor (Inkyard Press)
From USA TODAY bestselling author Jillian Cantor comes a smart, edgy update of Jane Austen’s beloved classic Emma .

Emma Woodhouse is a genius at math, but clueless about people. After all, people are unreliable. They let you down—just like Emma’s sister, Izzy, did this year, when she moved to California for college. But numbers…those you can count on. (No pun intended.)

Emma’s senior year is going to be all about numbers, and seeing how far they can take her. When she and George, her Coding Club copresident, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for Love is born—a matchmaking app that goes far beyond swiping, using algorithms to calculate compatibility. George disapproves of Emma’s idea, accusing her of meddling in people’s lives. But all the happy new couples at school are proof that the app works. At least at first.

Emma’s code is flawless. So why is it that perfectly matched couples start breaking up, the wrong people keep falling for each other and her own feelings defy any algorithm? Emma thought math could solve everything. But there’s nothing more complex—or unpredictable—than love.

Kingdom of Sea and Stone by Mara Rutherford (Inkyard Press)
Mara Rutherford's KINGDOM OF SEA AND STONE, the sequel to her forthcoming YA debut CROWN OF CORAL AND PEARL, following twin sisters on a quest to save their people and restore the rightful Queen of Ilara to her long-lost throne, to Lauren Smulski at Inkyard Press, in a nice deal, for publication in fall 2020, by Uwe Stender at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world English).
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone (Crown)
Phoebe Yeh at Crown has acquired two untitled YA novels by Dear Martin author Nic Stone, one of which will draw on the experiences of Justyce McAllister. Publication is planned for October 2019 and October 2020; Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency handled the deal for U.S., Canada, Philippines, and open market rights.

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix (Katherine Tegan Books)
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London tells of a young art student Susan who comes to London in 1983 in search of the father she never knew, and is drawn into the arcane business of the booksellers whose secret sideline is to ensure that mythic entities and dormant legends do not disastrously intrude into the modern world. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London is scheduled for publication in 2020.

The Other Side Of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (HarperCollins)
A genre-bending romance where The 100 meets a Miyazaki-inspired fantasy world, in which the prince of a hi-tech city in the sky falls into a goddess's ancient land ruled by magicians and prophecy. 

A Royal Christmas Quandry by Samantha Hastings (Swoon Reads)
Emily Settle at Macmillan/Swoon has acquired world rights to Samantha Hastings's YA historical romance, A Royal Christmas Quandary, about a young lady who must find a missing prince during the Christmas season. 

Skyhunter by Marie Lu (Roaring Brook Press)  

Into the Crooked Place #2 by Alexandra Christo (Fiewel and Friends)  

Iron Heart by Nina Varela (HarperTeen) 

October 13th
Come On In by Various YA Authors (Inkyard Press)
Inkyard Press has bought Come On In, a YA anthology covering the experience of immigration, curated and edited by Adi Alsaid. The book features short stories by YA authors who are either immigrants or the children of immigrants, including Samira Ahmed, Zoraida Córdova, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Maurene Goo, Justine Larbalestier, Sona Charaipotra, and many others. The book is set for fall 2020.

You Know I'm No Good by Jessie Ann Foley (HarperTeen)
HarperCollins has bought a new YA novel from Jessie Ann Foley, You Know I'm No Good. It tells the story of Mia Dempsey, a high school junior whose out-of-control behavior lands her at a boarding school for troubled teenage girls in the middle of the Minnesota wilderness. With her phone, her friends, and her freedom taken away, Mia is forced to reckon with her painful past—until a spilled family secret sends her once again down a path of self-destruction.  

October 20th
Among the Beast and Briars by Ashley Poston (Balzer + Bray) - some editions also titled The Deep Heart
ImageYA fantasy, known as "the fox book."

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