October 2023 New Releases


The Scarlet Alchemist by Kylie Lee Baker (Inkyard Press)
Claire Stetzer at Inkyard Press has acquired, in an exclusive submission, The Scarlet Alchemist by Kylie Lee Baker (The Keeper of Night), a dark YA fantasy duology set in an alternate Tang Dynasty China, where alchemy has led to income inequality as the rich eat gold to achieve eternal youth, and a poor biracial girl with the ability to raise the dead gets caught up in the dangerous political games of the royal family. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Mary C. Moore at Kimberley Cameron & Associates brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

The Forest Demands Its Due by Kosoko Jackson (Quill Tree Books) - release month not yet announced on Goodreads.
Karen Chaplin at Quill Tree has bought world English rights to Kosoko Jackson's The Forest Demands Its Due. When the murder of his classmate at an elite boarding school seems to be forgotten overnight, Douglas must confront centuries of secrets in the school's past and a vengeful creature in the forest surrounding the campus, in this dark paranormal YA thriller pitched as Witch Haven meets A Lesson in Vengeance. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret brokered the deal.

October 1st

Hex and Havoc by Nilah Magruder and Sonia Liao (Harpercollins) - YA graphic novel.
Stephanie Guerdan at HarperCollins has bought world rights to the queer YA fantasy duology Hex and Havoc, written by Nilah Magruder (Reel Love; M.F.K.), illustrated by Sonia Liao (Thief in the Trees; The Marie Curie Society). The books follow two girls in a caste-based magical society as they fall in love and spark a revolution. Publication is planned for summer 2023 and 2024; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself. Magruder is now represented by Patrice Caldwell at New Leaf Literary.

October 10th
Ghost Roast by Shawnee Gibbs and Shawnelle Gibbs (HMH) - originally dated April 2021, some editions dated May 2022 but publisher confirms this date.
An exciting paranormal adventure that blends lost histories, first crushes, and the impossible task of fitting in with the cool kids when your dad is a ghost hunter. Perfect for fans of THE OKAY WITCH and ANYA'S GHOST.

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