October 2021 New Releases

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

October 5th
A Heavy Dose of Allison Tandy by Jeff Bishop (Putnam)
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.

October 12th 
Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone (Henry Holt) 
51591631. sy475A 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.

Terciel and Elionor by Garth Nix (Katherine Tegan Books)
The new novel in the YA Old Kingdom series, Terciel and Elinor, will be published in 2021, with a major sales, publicity and marketing campaign, alongside a rebrand for Nix and the Old Kingdom series.

October 19th 
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.

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.

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