October 2021 New Releases


Thirty to Sixty Days by Alikay Wood

Anne Heltzel at Amulet has acquired Alikay Wood's debut novel Thirty to Sixty Days, in which three teenagers commandeer a yacht and embark on a high-risk journey after contracting a unique terminal illness, only to find their lives won't be cut short after all. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Christa Heschke at McIntosh & Otis negotiated the deal for world rights.

Journey to the Heart of the Abyss by London Shah (Disney Hyperion) 

October 5th
Little Thieves by Margaret Owen (Henry Holt) - some editions dated July 2021, but the author confirms this date.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful, kind princess who was betrothed to the prince of a faraway kingdom. When she set off for her new home, her mother gave her a maid for a companion on the journey.

But instead of serving the princess, the wicked maid stole her place.

For a year the true princess toiled away like a common goose girl, while the wicked maid lived high in the palace, fooling the kingdom. But the truth came out. The princess took back her name, her crown, and her husband, and the imposter died for her crimes.

Then one day, the wicked maid...

...told her own story.


Here's To Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli (HarperTeen) 

Donna Bray at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray and Andrew Eliopulos at HarperCollins/Quill Tree have signed Here's to Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. In this sequel to What If It's Us, Arthur and Ben are reunited by chance over a summer in New York, and find themselves once again asking “What if…?” Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Holly Root at Root Literary and Jodi Reamer at Writers House brokered the deal for world English rights.

Luminous by Mara Rutherford (Inkyard Press)
From the author of Crown of Coral and Pearl comes an immersive new fantasy about a witch who must learn to harness her power—or risk losing her loved ones forever.

Liora has spent her life in hiding, knowing discovery could mean falling prey to the king’s warlock, Darius, who uses mages’ magic to grow his own power. But when her worst nightmare comes to pass, Darius doesn’t take her. Instead, he demands that her younger sister return to the capital with him. To make matters worse, Evran, Liora’s childhood friend and the only one who knows her secret, goes missing following Darius’s visit, leaving her without anyone to turn to.

To find Evran and to save her sister, Liora must embrace the power she has always feared. But the greatest danger she’ll face is yet to come, for Darius has plans in motion that will cause the world to fall into chaos—and Liora and Evran may be the only ones who can stop him.

A Heavy Dose of Allison Tandy by Jeff Bishop (Putnam) - some editions dated July 2022, I will update when I have more information.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl meets Paper Towns in a funny and heartfelt debut about a boy's delirious summertime quest with his ex-girlfriend.

The summer after senior year should have been a time for Cam to party and hang out with his friends. It should also have been a time for him to win back the love of his life, Allison Tandy, who'd dumped him so brutally the year before.

But it quickly becomes clear that this summer is going to be worse than a failure for Cam. It's going to be a tragedy.

Ally is left comatose after a terrible car accident on her way home from college. Then Cam tears his ACL, followed by an operation that leaves him in agony. Now Cam will be spending his time on the couch, ruminating over the fact that his ex may not survive.

But when, after taking his medication, Cam starts seeing Ally everywhere--yes, comatose Ally--he starts to think two things: 1. He might be headed for a mental breakdown and 2. This summer might just be interesting after all.

Brimming with honesty and humor, A Heavy Dose of Allison Tandy interrogates how much control we really have over matters of love . . . and life.

Dark Rise by C. S. Pacat (HarperCollins)
Andrew Eliopulos at HarperCollins acquired, at auction, bestselling adult author C.S. Pacat's (Captive Prince) YA debut, Dark Rise, a fantasy trilogy set in an alternate London. In the books, the heroes and villains of a long-forgotten war are reborn, ushering in a dangerous new age of magic. The first title, Dark Rise, will be published in fall 2021; Tracey Adams at Adams Literary negotiated the deal for North American rights.  

October 12th 
Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone (Henry Holt) 

A lush gothic fantasy about monsters and magic, set on the banks of a cursed lake. Perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Brigid Kemmerer.

There are monsters in the world.

When Violeta Graceling arrives at haunted Lakesedge estate, she expects to find a monster. She knows the terrifying rumors about Rowan Sylvanan, who drowned his entire family when he was a boy. But neither the estate nor the monster are what they seem.

There are monsters in the woods.

As Leta falls for Rowan, she discovers he is bound to the Lord Under, the sinister death god lurking in the black waters of the lake. A creature to whom Leta is inexplicably drawn…

There’s a monster in the shadows, and now it knows my name.

Now, to save Rowan—and herself—Leta must confront the darkness in her past, including unraveling the mystery of her connection to the Lord Under.

What Monstrous Gods by Rosamund Hodge (Balzer + Bray) - some editons dated 2022.
40795727. sy475Kristin Rens at Balzer + Bray has acquired a YA fantasy novel by Cruel Beauty author Rosamund Hodge.

The book, What Monstrous Gods, starts where “Sleeping Beauty” leaves off, as Lia, a girl chosen by the gods of Runakhia, releases the royal family from 500 years of enchanted sleep and kills the heretic sorcerer who trapped them—only to find that the gods are not as benevolent as they appear, and the ghost of the sorcerer she killed may be her only help to protect her life and country.

Publication is planned for early 2021; Hannah Bowman at Liza Dawson Associates did the deal for world rights.




The Ballad of Dinah Caldwell by Kate Brauning (Page Street)

Ashley Hearn at Page Street has bought The Ballad of Dinah Caldwell by Kate Brauning, a futuristic Ozarks thriller inspired by Mumford & Sons' "Dust Bowl Dance," in which a queer teenage girl sees her mother and brother murdered by a local kingpin and vows revenge and community revolution no matter the cost. Tamara Grasty will edit. Publication is set for October 12, 2021; Bridget Smith at JABberwocky Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.

The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker (Inkyard Press) 
A girl caught between two worlds and belonging to neither…Death is her destiny.

The first of a haunting, dark fantasy duology bought in auction, THE KEEPER OF NIGHT introduces readers to Ren Scarborough. Half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami, Ren has been collecting souls in the London streets for centuries. Expected to obey the harsh hierarchy of the Reapers who despise her, Ren conceals her emotions and avoids her tormentors as best she can. When her failure to control her Shinigami powers drives Ren out of London, she flees to Japan to seek the acceptance she’s never received from her fellow Reapers. Accompanied by her younger brother, the only being to care for her, Ren enters the Japanese underworld to serve the Goddess of Death only to learn that here, too, she must prove herself worthy. Determined to earn respect, Ren accepts an impossible task— to find and eliminate three dangerous Yokai demons—and learns how far she’ll go to claim her place at Death’s side.

October 19th
It All Comes Back To You by Farah Naz Rishi (Quill Tree Books)

From the author: "An unapologetically desi Bride & Prejudice meets You've Got Mail romcom."

Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu (Roaring Brook Press)
From the acclaimed author of Moxie comes a gripping gender-flipped reimagining of The Outsiders that explores the deep bonds of female friendship and what it takes to be a "bad girl."

1964. Houston, Texas.

Evie Barnes is a bad girl. So are all her friends. They’re the sort who wear bold makeup, laugh too loud, and run around with boys. Most of all, they protect their own against the world. So when Evie is saved from the unimaginable by a good girl from the "right" side of the tracks, every rule she's always lived by is called into question. Now she must redefine what it means to be a bad girl and rethink everything she knew about loyalty.

In this riveting story of murder, secrets, and tragedy, Jennifer Mathieu reimagines S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders from a female perspective. Bad Girls Never Say Die has all the drama and heartache of that teen classic, but with a feminist take just right for our times.









The Legacies by Abdi Nazemian (Balzer + Bray)
Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has bought The Legacies and another YA novel by Stonewall Honor author Abdi Nazemian. The Legacies follows five wildly different teens who confront their boarding school's culture of abuse while facing their own demons in an exclusive writing class. Publication is planned for spring 2021; John Cusick at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management did the deal for North American rights.

Out of the Fire by Andrea Contos (Scholastic) 
Mallory Kass at Scholastic has bought Out of the Fire, a YA novel by Andrea Contos (Throwaway Girls), and a second, untitled novel. It wasn't the kidnapping that ruined Cass Adams's life, but the pink envelopes that followed—each a reminder that the man she escaped is always watching. She forms an alliance with three friends who have also been wronged by men, and the quartet sets out on a dangerous quest for justice, until Cass realizes that the man who ruined her life may be the only one who can save it. Publication is set for fall 2021; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary brokered the deal for world English rights. 

City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn (Flux)
Mari Kesselring and Kelsy Thompson at Flux have bought Claire Winn's YA sci-fi debut, City of Shattered Light, a high-stakes adventure pitched as a queer, female-led Guardians of the Galaxy meets Escape from New York. Heiress Asa flees her controlling father to prevent her sister's mind from being wiped—but must ally with Riven, a gunslinging smuggler bent on clawing her way up the criminal hierarchy, to outwit a monstrous AI and save Asa's sister and their city. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Cortney Radocaj at Belcastro Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

October 26th
Red School by Victoria Aveyard and Soman Chainani

From Publishers Weekly: "A crossover between Aveyard’s Red Queen series and Chainani’s School for Good and Evil books. Red School brings characters from the world of Red Queen (where silver-blooded nobles rule over a lower caste that bleeds red) for a visit to Chainani’s school (where characters train to be heroes and villains of fairy tales), but chaos ensues when an evildoer grabs the opportunity to hijack the magic pen that controls life in the school."

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