September 2022 New Releases

 


Undated
The Killing Code by Ellie Marney
(Little, Brown) - details announced on author website, not yet updated on Goodreads. Think this is likely a newer title for "Arlington Hall".
Virginia, 1943: World War II is raging in Europe and on the Pacific front when Kit Sutherland is recruited to help the war effort as a codebreaker at Arlington Hall, a former girls’ college now serving as the site of a secret US Signal Intelligence facility.

Kit is soon involved in another kind of fight: Government girls are being brutally murdered in Washington DC, and when Kit stumbles onto a bloody homicide scene, she is drawn into the hunt for the killer.

To find the man responsible and bring him to justice, Kit must join forces with other girl codebreakers at Arlington Hall – gossip queen Dottie Crockford, sharp-tongued intelligence maven Moya Kershaw, and cleverly resourceful Violet DuLac, from the segregated codebreaking unit on the grounds of the Hall.

But as the girls pool their energies, and find friendships – and romance – that they never expected, two things begin to come clear: The murderer they’re hunting is getting closer every minute…and Kit herself is hiding an unbelievable secret.

Heart-stopping intrigue, compelling romance, and 1940s glamor combine in The Killing Code, by the author of the Aurealis-winning None Shall Sleep.

Queen Bee by Amalie Howard (Joy Revolution)
Bria Ragin at Joy Revolution has acquired Queen Bee by bestselling romance author Amalie Howard. Pitched as a YA Bridgerton meets The Count of Monte Cristo, this historical romance with anti-historical elements features a teen girl who returns to London, under a fake identity, at the start of the glittering social season to exact revenge on the childhood best friend who betrayed her over a boy—a handsome marquess—now considered to be the town's most eligible bachelor. Publication is set for fall 2022; Thao Le at Sandra Dijkstra Literary negotiated the deal for world rights


September 1st
The Princess in the Piazza by Ben Hatke
 (Roaring Brook Press)

Roaring Brook has bought The Princess in the Piazza, a YA novel from Ben Hatke. The book follows Sebastian, an American teenager spending the summer in Italy, who falls in love with a Renaissance princess who has been dead for 500 years, and finds himself swept up in her ages-old conflict with a sinister wizard.

September 2nd

Unraveller by Frances Hardinge (Amulet) - originally published in the UK, cover released but not clear if this is for the correct edition.
Kellen and Nettle live in a world where anyone can create a life-destroying curse, but only one person has the power to unravel them. But not everyone is happy he can do so and, suddenly, he’s in a race to save both himself and all those who have been touched by magic…

A spell-binding new tale from the master of speculative fiction.

September 6th

The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas
(Feiwel and Friends)

Welcome to The Sunbearer Trials, where teen semidioses compete in a series of challenges with the highest of stakes, in this electric new Mexican-inspired fantasy from Aiden Thomas, the New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys.

“Only the most powerful and honorable semidioses get chosen. I’m just a Jade. I’m not a real hero.”

As each new decade begins, the Sun’s power must be replenished so that Sol can keep traveling along the sky and keep the evil Obsidian gods at bay. Ten semidioses between the ages of thirteen and eighteen are selected by Sol himself as the most worthy to compete in The Sunbearer Trials. The winner carries light and life to all the temples of Reino del Sol, but the loser has the greatest honor of all—they will be sacrificed to Sol, their body used to fuel the Sun Stones that will protect the people of Reino del Sol for the next ten years.

Teo, a 17-year-old Jade semidiós and the trans son of Quetzal, goddess of birds, has never worried about the Trials…or rather, he’s only worried for others. His best friend Niya—daughter of Tierra, the god of earth—is one of the strongest heroes of their generation and is much too likely to be chosen this year. He also can’t help but worry (reluctantly, and under protest) for Aurelio, a powerful Gold semidiós and Teo’s friend-turned-rival who is a shoo-in for the Trials. Teo wouldn’t mind taking Aurelio down a notch or two, but a one-in-ten chance of death is a bit too close for Teo’s taste.

But then, for the first time in over a century, Sol chooses a semidiós who isn’t a Gold. In fact, he chooses two: Xio, the 13-year-old child of Mala Suerte, god of bad luck, and…Teo. Now they must compete in five mysterious trials, against opponents who are both more powerful and better trained, for fame, glory, and their own survival.

Blood of Troy by Claire M. Andrews (Little, Brown)
The Sparta you know will be gone forever on the bloody fields of Troy.

A year after Daphne saved the powers of Olympus by defeating Nyx, the Goddess of Darkness, she’s haunted by still-looming threats, her complicated feelings for the god Apollo, and the promise she made to the Olympian gods that she would help them again when they called upon her. When their command comes, it is deceptively simple: secure herself a spot as one of Queen Helen’s guards.

A war is coming, and all of Sparta must be prepared.

In the midst of a treaty summit among the monarchs of Greece, Daphne and Helen uncover a plot of betrayal—and soon, a battle begins. As the kingdoms of Greece clash on the shores of Troy and the gods choose sides, Daphne must use her wits, her training, and her precarious relationship with Apollo to find a way to keep her queen safe, stop the war, and uncover the true reason the gods led her to Troy in this thrilling sequel to Daughter of Sparta.


Monsters Born and Made by Tanvi Berwah (Sourcebooks Fire) - previously dated July 2022.
Sixteen-year-old Koral and her older brother Emrik risk their live each day to capture the monstrous maristags that live in the black seas around their island. They have to, or else their family will starve.

In an oceanic world swarming with vicious beasts, the Landers - the ruling elite, have indentured her family to provide the maristags for the Glory Race, a deadly chariot tournament reserved for the upper class. The winning contender receives gold and glory. The others - if they’re lucky - survive.

When the last maristag of the year escapes, and Koral has no new maristag to sell, her family’s financial situation takes a turn for the worse, and they can’t afford medicine for her chronically ill little sister. Koral decides her only choice is to do what no one in the world has ever dared: she cheats her way into the Glory Race.

But every step of the way is unpredictable, as Koral races against contenders who have trained for this their whole lives and have no intention of letting a low-caste girl steal their glory. When riots break out and rogues attack Koral to try to force her to drop out, she must choose—her life or her sister’s—before the whole island burns.

Daughters of the Dawn by Sasha Nanua and Sarena Nanua (HarperTeen) - moved from June 2022.

Daughters of the Dawn takes twin sisters Ria and Rani deep into dangerous new lands to save their home in this propulsive, immersive sequel to Sisters of the Snake, perfect for fans of We Hunt the Flame and The Wrath & the Dawn. 

The powerful Bloodstone is in dangerous hands. And a deadly new threat rises.

Ria and Rani have barely settled into their new lives at the palace—as princesses, as sisters—when a sinister new prophecy uproots them once more.

The Blood Moon will rise in one month’s time, and with it their enemy Amara’s opportunity to destroy everything Ria and Rani hold dear.

The twin princesses must find Amara and retrieve the Bloodstone before the month is up—a deadly search that separates Ria and Rani once more and takes them into dangerous new lands.

In wintry kingdoms and scorching deserts, Ria and Rani find themselves pitted against ancient mysteries and trap-ridden labyrinths, lethal sea monsters and an elusive enemy that steals into their very dreams.

But as the Blood Moon looms closer, a new danger emerges that makes Ria and Rani question everything they thought they knew—and who their true enemy really is.

The lush world building of Star Daughter meets the thrilling adventure of Ash Princess in this sensational finale to Ria’s and Rani’s journeys that pits them against impossible odds—and battles from within that could destroy everything they’ve fought to save.

Unretouchable by Sofia Szamosi (Graphic Universe)

Olive is spending the summer before art school at a coveted internship, helping one of the fashion industry's elite digital-imaging specialists. After a glamourous New York photoshoot, she learns that taking pictures is only the first step. She discovers the violent verbs (cut, crop, slice, lasso) of image retouching software and the secrets behind virtual models.

Soon Olive is fixating on her own appearance and pondering the ethics of her work behind the scenes. As college gets closer, she'll try to get out of her own head, attempt to quit the Internet, and finally embrace image-making on her own terms. Unretouchable is a window into the little-known, hugely influential world of fashion photography and a tribute to self-acceptance.





Don't Let In the Cold by Keely Parrack
(
Sourcebooks Fire) - previously titled The Darkness of Snow.

Wendy McClure at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired, in a two-book deal, The Darkness of Snow by Keely Parrack, a debut YA survival thriller. After a solar flare leaves Lottie and new stepsister Jade without power or cell service in a ski cabin, they are joined by cute, fast-talking Alex, who claims to be lost in the woods. A deadly blizzard, fire, and bears aren't the girls' only concerns as they realize Alex isn't who he claims to be, and that he has dangerous friends. Publication is set for fall 2022; Tara Gonzalez at Erin Murphy Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.











The Gathering Dark: An Anthology of Folk Horror by Various YA Authors (Page Street)
A cemetery full of the restless dead. A town so wicked it has already burned twice, with the breath of the third fire looming. A rural, isolated bridge with a terrifying monster waiting for the completion of its summoning ritual. A lake that allows the drowned to return, though they have been changed by the claws of death. These are the shadowed, liminal spaces where the curses and monsters lurk, refusing to be forgotten.

Hauntings, and a variety of horrifying secrets, lurk in the places we once called home. Written by New York Times bestselling, and other critically acclaimed, authors these stories shed a harsh light on the scariest tales we grew up with.







Self Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix by Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel and Friends) - title announced by author on twitter.
Stonewall Honor recipient and two-time National Book Award Longlist selectee Anna-Marie McLemore weaves an intoxicating tale of glamor and heartbreak in Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix, part of the Remixed Classics series.

New York City, 1922. Nicolás Caraveo, a 17-year-old transgender boy from Minnesota, has no interest in the city’s glamor. Going to New York is all about establishing himself as a young professional, which could set up his future—and his life as a man—and benefit his family.

Nick rents a small house in West Egg from his 18-year-old cousin, Daisy Fabrega, who lives in fashionable East Egg near her wealthy fiancé, Tom—and Nick is shocked to find that his cousin now goes by Daisy Fay, has erased all signs of her Latina heritage, and now passes seamlessly as white.

Nick’s neighbor in West Egg is a mysterious young man named Jay Gatsby, whose castle-like mansion is the stage for parties so extravagant that they both dazzle and terrify Nick. At one of these parties, Nick learns that the spectacle is all for the benefit of impressing a girl from Jay’s past—Daisy. And he learns something else: Jay is also transgender.

As Nick is pulled deeper into the glittery culture of decadence, he spends more time with Jay, aiming to help his new friend reconnect with his lost love. But Nick's feelings grow more complicated when he finds himself falling hard for Jay's openness, idealism, and unfounded faith in the American Dream.

Aces Wild by Amanda DeWitt (Peachtree Teen) - moved from June 9th.
Some people join chess club, some people play football. Jack Shannon runs a secret blackjack ring in the school’s basement. What else is the son of a Las Vegas casino mogul supposed to do?

When Jack’s mom is arrested, he knows something’s not right. His mom was sold out, and he knows who did it. Peter Carlevaro: rival casino owner, mobster, jilted lover (gross). Jack hatches a plan to break into Carlevaro’s inner sanctum and turn the blackmailer into the blackmailed, but he can’t do it on his own. Luckily he has just the team—his friends from all over the country that he met on online fandom forums, brought to together by the fact that they're all asexual.

All he needs to do is infiltrate a secret high stakes poker ring, save his mom, and dodge any dark secrets about his family that he’d rather not know, all while hopelessly navigating what it means to be in love while asexual. All before the end of the summer. Easy, right?


Funeral Girl by Emma K. Ohland (Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab) - some editions dated December 1st.
Sixteen-year-old Georgia Richter feels conflicted about the funeral home her parents run--especially because she has the ability to summon ghosts. With one touch of any body that passes through Richter Funeral Home, she can awaken the spirit of the departed. With one more touch, she makes the spirit disappear, to a fate that remains mysterious to Georgia. To cope with her deep anxiety about death, she does her best to fulfill the final wishes of the deceased whose ghosts she briefly revives.

Then her classmate Milo's body arrives at Richter--and his spirit wants help with unfinished business, forcing Georgia to reckon with her relationship to grief and mortality.

Coven by Jennifer Dugan and Kit Seaton (Putnam)
In this queer, paranormal YA graphic novel debut from the author of Some Girls Do and the illustrator of Wonder Woman: Warbringer, a young witch races to solve the grisly supernatural murders of her coven members before the killer strikes again.

Emsy has always lived in sunny California, and she'd much rather spend her days surfing with her friends or hanging out with her girlfriend than honing her powers as a fire elemental. But when members of her family's coven back east are murdered under mysterious circumstances that can only be the result of powerful witchcraft, her family must suddenly return to dreary upstate New York. There, Emsy will have to master her neglected craft in order to find the killer...before her family becomes their next target.

A Twisted Tale: Almost There by Farrah Rochon (Disney Hyperion)
The 13th installment in the New York Times best-selling series asks: What if Tiana made a deal with the Shadow Man?

Sometimes, life in the Big Easy is tough. No one knows that better than Tiana, though she also believes that hard work can go a long way. But when the notorious Dr. Facilier backs her into a corner, she has no other choice but to accept an offer that will alter the course of her life in an instant.

Soon Tiana finds herself in a new reality where all her deepest desires are realized—she finally gets her restaurant, her friends are safe and sound, and, perhaps most miraculous of all, her beloved father is still alive. She's got everything she's ever wanted. . . .

But after a while, her hometown grows increasingly eerie, with new threats cropping up from unlikely places. Navigating through this strange new New Orleans, Tiana must work alongside Naveen and Charlotte to set things right—or risk losing everything she holds dear.
 


The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson (Katherine Tegan Books)
The Weight of Blood is a remix of Stephen King's Carrie set at a school's first integrated prom.

September 8th
The One that Got Away by Sophie Gonzales (Wednesday Books)
Bisexual eighteen-year-old Maya dumped her cheating ex, Jordy, two years ago—and good riddance. But when Jordy's sister marries the crowned prince of a small European country and he shoots to fame, Pippa Middleton style, reality show producers approach her to appear on a Bachelor meets second-chance-romance show, along with all his other exes.


Maya agrees, but she’s nursing a secret agenda: use the show to make sure the world knows what kind of person Jordy is. When her manufactured "enemy" on the show, Skye—who happens to be the girl Jordy cheated on her with—finds out about Maya's plan, the two make a pact; they’ll help each other make it to the finale by any means necessary, and whoever wins will expose Jordy on national television.

But as Maya’s relationship with Skye start to change from co-conspirators to something more, she discovers just how hard it is to watch the girl you’re falling for seduce the guy who broke your heart.

Even if it is just for show.

September 13th
The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum (Philomel)

The Chosen meets Darius the Great in this irreverent and timely story of worlds colliding in friendship, betrayal, and hatred.

Hoodie Rosen has recently moved to the town of Tregaron, where members of his Orthodox Jewish community are looking to build a new home. But the town's mayor and many of the people who live there aren't all that thrilled about it, and are in fact blocking them at every turn. Hoodie isn't so bothered, though--he's leaving the worrying to the adults who spend their days thusly engaged. He's got studies at the yeshiva to avoid, basketball to play, and a supermarket full of delicious imported British kosher Starbursts to eat.

But when he meets--and falls for--Anna-Marie Diaz-O'Leary, he discovers a couple of minor problems. First, as a good yeshiva boy, he's not really supposed to talk to girls, especially girls who aren't Jewish. And second, Anna-Marie's mother just so happens to be Tregaron's mayor and the leader of the effort to stop Hoodie's community from living in the town.

Hoodie's family, friends, and rabbis all see his friendship with Anna-Marie as a betrayal of their traditions--he's siding with the enemy, they say, the people who are against them. And with the weight of centuries of Jewish oppression on their shoulders, that's not something they take lightly. But Hoodie doesn't understand why everyone can't just get along. After all, isn't befriending Anna-Marie a great way to bring the sides together?

When a string of antisemitic crimes comes to Tregaron, though, Hoodie finds himself caught between two worlds. And when those crimes escalate to deadly violence--the kind with hate-filled manifestos, carefully picked targets, and fully loaded guns--the town and its factions must all face the truth, Hoodie included.

In this ripped-from-the-headlines story, debut author Isaac Blum delivers a perfect blend of wry, witty writing and a deeply important topic that will resonate well beyond the community it describes.

As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh (Little, Brown)
A love letter to Syria and its people, As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow is a speculative novel set amid the Syrian Revolution, burning with the fires of hope, love, and possibility. Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Salt to the Sea.

Salama Kassab was a pharmacy student when the cries for freedom broke out in Syria. She still had her parents and her big brother; she still had her home. She had a normal teenager’s life.

Now Salama volunteers at a hospital in Homs, helping the wounded who flood through the doors daily. Secretly, though, she is desperate to find a way out of her beloved country before her sister-in-law, Layla, gives birth. So desperate, that she has manifested a physical embodiment of her fear in the form of her imagined companion, Khawf, who haunts her every move in an effort to keep her safe.

But even with Khawf pressing her to leave, Salama is torn between her loyalty to her country and her conviction to survive. Salama must contend with bullets and bombs, military assaults, and her shifting sense of morality before she might finally breathe free. And when she crosses paths with the boy she was supposed to meet one fateful day, she starts to doubt her resolve in leaving home at all.

Soon, Salama must learn to see the events around her for what they truly are—not a war, but a revolution—and decide how she, too, will cry for Syria’s freedom.

Wishtress by Nadine Brandes (Thomas Nelson Books)
She didn’t ask to be the Wishtress.

Myrthe was born with the ability to turn her tears into wishes. It’s a big secret to keep. When a granted wish goes wrong, a curse is placed on her: the next tear she sheds will kill her. She needs to journey to the Well and break the curse before it claims her life—and before the king’s militairen track her down. But in order to survive the journey, she must harden her heart to keep herself from crying even a single tear.

He can stop time with a snap of his fingers.

Bastiaan’s powerful—and rare—Talent came in handy when he kidnapped the old king. Now the new king has a job for him: find and capture the Wishtress and deliver her to the schloss. But Bastiaan needs a wish of his own. When he locates Myrthe, he agrees to take her to the Well in exchange for a wish. Once she’s fulfilled her end of the deal, he’ll turn her in. As long as his growing feelings for the girl with a stone heart don’t compromise his job.

They are on a journey that can only end one way: with her death.

Everyone seems to need a wish—the king, Myrthe’s cousin, the boy she thinks she loves. And they’re ready to bully, beg, and even betray her for it. No one knows that to grant even one of them, Myrthe would have to die. And if she tells them about her curse . . . they’ll just kill her anyway.


The Pledge by Cale Dietrich
(Feiwel and Friends)

Scream meets The Taking of Jake Livingston in this young adult horror novel by Cale Dietrich featuring a masked killer who targets frat boys.

Freshman Alex believes that joining a fraternity is the best way to form a friend group as he begins his college journey. The frat he’s pledging seems welcoming and fun, and accepting of his identity as queer. It would feel better if Gray, the other queer frat boy was friendlier, but Alex can deal with that if it means being part of this popular group.

And then… one of the frat boys is killed by a masked, knife-wielding murderer. The police and the university believe it’s random – a case of a drunk kid being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But when another frat boy is murdered, Alex and Gray start to wonder if they might be the next targets, and if the pledge/hazing rituals have gone too far.

Elements of horror, mystery, and a gay hate-to-love romance make this a story readers won't want to miss.


It Looks Like Us by Alison Ames (Page Street)

Shy high school junior Riley Kowalski is spending her winter break on a research trip to Antarctica, sponsored by one of the world’s biggest tech companies. She joins five student volunteers, a company-approved chaperone, and an impartial scientist to prove that environmental plastic pollution has reached all the way to Antarctica, but what they find is something much worse… something that looks human.

Riley has anxiety--ostracized by the kids at school because of panic attacks--so when she starts to feel like something’s wrong with their expedition leader, Greta, she writes it off. But when Greta snaps and tries to kill Riley, she can’t chalk it up to an overactive imagination anymore. Worse, after watching Greta disintegrate, only to find another student with the same affliction, she realizes they haven’t been infected, they’ve been infiltrated--by something that can change its shape. And if the group isn’t careful, that something could quickly replace any of them.


Inaugural Ballers by Andrew Maraniss (Viking) - YA non-fiction.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Strong Inside comes the inspirational true story of the birth of women's Olympic basketball at the 1976 Summer Games and the ragtag team that put US women's basketball on the map. Perfect for fans of Steve Sheinkin and Daniel James Brown.

A League of Their Own meets Miracle in the inspirational true story of the first US Women's Olympic Basketball team and their unlikely rise to the top.

Twenty years before women's soccer became an Olympic sport and two decades before the formation of the WNBA, the '76 US women's basketball team laid the foundation for the incredible rise of women's sports in America at the youth, collegiate, Olympic, and professional levels.

Though they were unknowns from small schools such as Delta State, the University of Tennessee at Martin and John F. Kennedy College of Wahoo, Nebraska, at the time of the '76 Olympics, the American team included a roster of players who would go on to become some of the most legendary figures in the history of basketball. From Pat Head, Nancy Lieberman, Ann Meyers, Lusia Harris, coach Billie Moore, and beyond--these women took on the world and proved everyone wrong.

Packed with black-and-white photos and thoroughly researched details about the beginnings of US women's basketball, Inaugural Ballers is the fascinating story of the women who paved the way for girls everywhere.


The Dragon's Promise by Elizabeth Lim (Knopf) - previously titled The Dragon's Pearl.
"A YA fantasy about a deadly conspiracy, star-crossed love, and a cursed pearl in the kingdom of the dragons."

September 20th
The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers by Adam Sass (Philomel)

A charming YA rom-com perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and What If It’s Us.
 
Micah Summers runs a popular Instagram full of drawings of his numerous imaginary boyfriends (ninety-nine so far)—though he's never had a real boyfriend before. But when a meet-cute with Boy 100 goes wrong, Micah embarks on a Prince Charming-like quest throughout Chicago to find true love—for real this time.

Will Boy 100 be the One?
 
Micah is rich, dreamy, and charming. As the “Prince of Chicago,”—the son of local celebrity sports radio host known as the King of Chicago—he has everything going for him. Unfortunately, he’s also the prince of imaginary meet-cutes, since he’s too nervous to actually ask boys out.
 
Instead, Micah draws each crush to share on Instagram with a post about their imaginary dates. Ninety-nine “boyfriends” later, his account is hugely popular, and everyone is eagerly awaiting Boy 100. So is Micah. He’s determined that Boy 100 will be different. This time, Micah will sweep the boy off his feet, for real!
 
So when Micah flirts with a hot boy on the L who’s wearing a vegan leather jacket and lugging a ton of library books, he is sure this is Boy 100. But right before he can make his move and ask for the boy’s number, the guy rushes off the train, leaving behind his pumpkin-embroidered jacket. The jacket holds clues to the boy’s identity, so Micah and his friends set off on a quest to return it. Along the way, Micah will discover that the best relationships aren’t fairy tales. In fact, the perfect fit—and true love—might be closer than he thinks.


Seoulmates by Susan Lee (Inkyard)

The last person Hannah wants to see is her former best friend, Jacob. Until blackmail and a bucket list, along with two meddling mamas, push them together for a summer worthy of a K-drama…

Hannah Cho had the next year all planned out—the perfect summer with her boyfriend, Nate, and then a fun senior year with all of their friends.

But then Nate does what everyone else in Hannah’s life seems to do—he leaves her, claiming they have nothing in common. He and all her friends are newly obsessed with K-pop and K-dramas, and Hannah is not. After years of trying to embrace the American part and shunning the Korean side of her Korean American identity to fit in, Hannah finds that's exactly what now has her on the outs. 

But someone who does know K-dramas—so well that he’s actually starring in one—is Jacob Kim, Hannah’s former best friend, whom she hasn’t seen in years. He’s desperate for a break from the fame and someone to trust, so a family trip back to San Diego might be just what he needs…that is, if he and Hannah can figure out what went wrong when they last parted and navigate the new feelings developing between them.


Stolen City by Elisa A Bonnin (Swoon Reads) - previously titled Kingfisher and Crown.
Arian Athensor, also known as Crow, is one of the few people in Leithon whose circumstances have improved after Imperial occupation, although she would never admit it. Before, she was faced with constant pressure to return home and continue studying magic. Now, there is no home, no more magic. Her mother is dead, her brother changed forever, and her city irreparably scarred, but for the first time in her life, she is free.

But when a man comes to town looking to hire her and her brother to retrieve a magical artifact that used to be in her mother’s care, Arian finds that she can't run away from her past. Her destiny is intimately tied to the destiny of her city, and one way or another, she will have to fight for it. Arian will have to steal back not just the artifact, but the city itself.

Echo Sunset by Courtney Gould (Wednesday Books) - some editions titled Where Echoes Die.

Jennie Conway at Wednesday Books has acquired Echo Sunset by Courtney Gould (The Dead and the Dark). The supernatural thriller follows two sisters who, after their mother dies, learn about her mysterious ties to an isolated Arizona town. When they decide to investigate, nothing and no one is who they seem, including the daughter of the town's enigmatic leader. Publication is slated for 2022; Claire Friedman and Jessica Mileo at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for North American rights.











Direwood by Catherine Yu (Page Street)
Aja and Fiona live in Glen Hills, a small town plagued by a mysterious fog. At night it rains black stones and a pair of vampires roams the town. With so many perils lurking in the night, everyone in town observes a curfew. But when her older sister disappears, Aja follows a vampire through the fog and into the forest to find her.

There, Aja discovers the vampires’ lair in a ruined church, filled with her former classmates, most of them turned into enthralled servants. Now Aja, along with her friend Nico and ex-BFF Mary, must face their own differences and work together to escape. But while Aja tries to find and save her friends, her sister, and herself, she must also come to terms with her own secret truth: she’s fascinated by the very monster who lured her in.






Bone Weaver by Aden Polydoros (Inkyard Press) - title and description from author's twitter.
From the author of The City Beautiful comes a haunting fantasy following Toma, adopted daughter of the benevolent undead, as she crosses paths with the incognito Tsar in an empire on the verge of civil war between the lower class and the magical elite.

The Kosa empire roils in tension, on the verge of being torn apart by a proletarian revolution between magic-endowed elites and the superstitious lower-class, but seventeen-year-old Toma lives blissfully disconnected from the conflict in the empire with her adoptive family of benevolent undead.

When she crosses paths with Vanya, a charming commoner with awe-inspiring powers, and the usurped Tsar Mikhail himself, the unlikely trio bonds over trying to restore Mikhail’s magic and protect the empire from the revolutionary leader, Koschei, whose forces have stolen the castle. Vanya has his magic, and Mikhail has his title, but if Toma can’t dig deep and find her power in time, all of their lives will be at Koschei’s mercy.


What the Fact?! by Dr. Seema Yasmin (Simon and Schuster) - YA Non-fiction, moved from January 2021.
From acclaimed writer, journalist, and physician Dr. Seema Yasmin comes a much-needed, timely book about the importance of media literacy, fact-based reporting, and the ability to discern truth from lies.

What is a fact? What are reliable sources? What is news? What is fake news? How can anyone make sense of it anymore? Well, we have to. As conspiracy theories and online hoaxes increasingly become a part of our national discourse and “truth” itself is being questioned, it has never been more vital to build the discernment necessary to tell fact from fiction, and media literacy has never been more vital.

In this accessibly-written guide, Dr. Seema Yasmin, an award-winning journalist, scientist, medical professional, and professor, traces the spread of misinformation and disinformation through our fast-moving media landscape and teaches young readers the skills that will help them identify and counter poorly-sourced clickbait and misleading headlines.

Until We Break by Matthew Dawkins (Wattpad)
For Naomi Morgan, the only Black dancer at the Riverside Dance Academy, winning the Prix de Ballet is the only goal she’s ever cared about. But when Jessica, her best friend, dies tragically, this event rocks her off course, setting into motion a series of events that change her life, and her family’s lives, irrevocably. And then, in the middle of her performance, she slips--falls--and breaks her ankle.

After Naomi’s injury, she’s forced to deal with not only Jessica’s death, but also what she wants from life, from dance, and at this pivotal moment, she meets Saint. A street artist expressing his views on everything he feels is wrong in the world. The two of them come together, and it’s their journey of self-discovery that kicks off a movement in their sleepy California town—and the two of them soon stand tall against every odd stacked against them. Dreams are important, but real life is truly what matters...

The Vanquishers by Kalynn Bayron (Bloomsbury)
Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury has bought three titles by author by Kalynn Bayron. The first, The Vanquishers, pitched as Watchmen meets Stranger Things with a Buffy twist, is her middle grade debut, in which vampires have been extinct for 13 years, but Malika "Boog" Wilson's parents aren't taking any chances. Being forced to follow the old rules makes navigating middle school tough, but when new student Aaron goes missing, Boog and her BFFs suspect that the undead might not be extinct after all. Publication is set for fall 2022. Publication for the other two books, a sequel to This Poison Heart and an untitled YA fairy tale reimagining, is planned for spring 2022 and spring 2023, respectively. Jamie Vankirk at Rainbow Nerds Literary handled the deal for world rights.


My Second Impression of You by Michelle I. Mason (Bloomsbury) - previously titled Best Day Of My Life, previously dated August 2022.

September 27th

Princess of Souls by Alexandra Christo (Feiwel and Friends)
From the author of To Kill a Kingdom comes Princess of Souls, a Rapunzel-inspired YA fantasy romance about a teen witch groomed to steal souls for an immortal king and the reckless, rebellious boy to whom her fate is tied.

For sixteen years, Selestra Somniatis has been trapped in a castle on the Floating Mountain, preparing to take her mother’s place as King Seryth’s right hand. Tied by blood to steal souls for the immortal King of the Six Isles, the Somniatis Witch foretells the deaths of participants in the Festival of Predictions. To outrun your fate is to save your soul and steal the King’s immortality. But if you die, your soul is forfeit. And though thousands have tried, nobody has ever beaten death.

As a soldier in King Seryth’s army, Nox Laederic is an unlikely candidate for the Festival, but he has no plans to die at the hands of the King or his witches. His plan is more akin to violent revenge: steal the King’s immortality and kill the entirety of his court, starting with Selestra herself.

But when Selestra touches Nox in her very first prediction, she sees her own death alongside his--their fates are unmistakably intertwined, and Selestra is no longer safe in the only home she’s ever known. Nox and Selestra will have to enter a turbulent alliance in order to survive long enough to free the Six Isles from King Seryth’s clutches and escape the new fate that hunts them.


Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo and Dani Pentergast (Roaring Brook Press) - YA graphic novel.
Before he led Ravka’s Second Army, before he created the Fold, and long before he became the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy burdened by an extraordinary power.

Eryk and his mother, Lena, have spent their lives on the run. But they will never find a safe haven. They are not only Grisha—they are the deadliest and rarest of their kind. Feared by those who wish to destroy them and hunted by those who would exploit their gifts, they must hide their true abilities wherever they go. But sometimes deadly secrets have a way of revealing themselves…

Discover the start of a grand and sinister destiny in this must-have graphic novel prequel to the bestselling series and international Netflix sensation Shadow and Bone from spectacular new talent Dani Pendergast and #1 New York Times bestseller Leigh Bardugo.





Forestfall by Lyndall Clipstone (Henry Holt) - some editions dated October 2022.
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At the lake's edge, I made my promise. In the forest, I will fall.

The curse that haunted Lakesedge Estate has been broken, but at great cost. Violeta Graceling has sacrificed herself to end the Corruption.

To escape death, Leta makes a desperate bargain with the Lord Under, one that sees her living at his side in the land of the dead. And though he claims to have given her all he promised, Leta knows this world of souls and mists hides many secrets.

When she discovers she is still bound to Rowan, Leta goes to drastic lengths to reforge their connection. But her search for answers, and a path back home, will see her drawn into even more dangerous bargains, and struggling to resist the allure of a new, dark, power in Forestfall by Lyndall Clipstone.





Last of the Talons by Sophie Kim (Entangled Teen) - some editions dated 2023.
"Sophie Kim's LAST OF THE TALONS, an OwnVoices fantasy, pitched as inspired by Korean mythology, in which a teen assassin has to kill a Dokkaebi emperor to save her sister, but falls for him instead, to Jen Bouvier at Entangled Teen, in a three-book deal, for publication in winter 2023, by Emily Forney at BookEnds (world)."















I'm the Girl by Courtney Summers (Wednesday Books)
A groundbreaking and bold new thriller from New York Times bestselling and Edgar-award Winning author Courtney Summers.


















The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber (Flatiron Books)
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Secrets So Deep by Ginny Myers Sain (Razorbill)
From the bestselling author of Dark and Shallow Lies comes a darkly atmospheric paranormal thriller about a seventeen-year-old girl returning to an exclusive theater camp to uncover the truth of what really happened there twelve years ago, the night her mother drowned.

Twelve years ago, Avril’s mother drowned at Whisper Cove theater, just off the rocky Connecticut coastline. It was ruled an accident, but Avril’s never been totally convinced. Local legend claims that the women in the waves—ghosts from old whaling stories—called her mother into the ocean with their whispering. Because, as they say at Whisper Cove, what the sea wants, the sea will have.

While Avril doesn’t believe in ghosts, she knows there are lots of different ways for places, and people, to be haunted. She’s spent the past twelve years trying to make sense of the strange bits and pieces she does remember from the night she lost her mother. Stars falling into the sea. A blinding light. A tight grip on her wrist. The odd sensation of flying. Now, at seventeen, she’s returning to Whisper Cove for the first time, and she might finally unravel the mystery of what really happened.

As Avril becomes more involved with camp director Willa and her mysterious son Cole, Whisper Cove reveals itself to her. Distances seem to shift in the strange fog. Echos of long-past moments bounce off the marsh. And Avril keeps meeting herself—and her dead mother—late at night, at the edge of the ocean.

The truth Avril seeks is ready to be discovered. But it will come at a terrible cost.

How to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy (Delacorte)
Booksmart meets The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in this spellbinding YA debut about a biracial witch who must choose between winning a scholarship and exposing her drama teacher's misbehavior.

Teen witch Shay Johnson has one thing on her mind: winning the Brockton Scholarship. It’s her ticket into the magical university of her dreams. The only one standing in Shay's way is her nemesis—the brilliant Ana Álvarez.

When the head of the scholarship committee and drama teacher, Mr. B., persuades Shay to audition for the musical, she warily agrees just to impress him. But Mr. B casts Shay, who is half-Black, as the lead because he thinks she’s Latina. Well, she's not. And who does Mr. B. cast as the other lead? Ana freaking Álvarez.

With rehearsals underway, Shay realizes Ana is...kind of nice. And beautiful. But as Shay finds herself in the favor of Mr. B., his special attention starts to make her uncomfortable. And when Shay learns Mr. B has a history of inappropriate relationships with teen witches, she’s faced with a tough decision: Does she say something—even if it means risking the scholarship and the future she’s fought so hard for?


Creep: A Love Story by Lygia Day Peñaflor (Clarion) - release date announced by author, not yet updated on Goodreads.
Emilia Rhodes at Clarion has bought Creep: A Love Story by Lygia Day Peñaflor (All of This Is True), a YA novel about Laney and Nico, Holy Family High School's most popular couple—as seen through the eyes of Rafi, the sophomore who's stalking them. As Rafi's obsession grows, her self-control gets shakier—but when Laney and Nico's relationship is threatened by an unexpected disaster, Rafi's attempts to fix the situation can only have devastating results. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency negotiated the deal for North American rights.

Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Sarah McCabe at S&S/McElderry has bought a YA duology by bestselling author Chloe Gong (These Violent Delights). Foul Lady Fortune, the first of the two books, is a speculative historical noir surrounding the events of Imperial Japan's expansion into China in the 1930s. A familiar character is recruited as a national spy, maintaining her false identity by posing as a young married couple with someone who might be the very enemy. Publication is set for fall 2022; Laura Crockett at Triada US Literary did the two-book, six-figure deal for North American rights.


Mere Mortals by Erin Jade Lange (HarperTeen)
Tara Weikum at HarperTeen has acquired Mere Mortals by Erin Jade Lange, a YA dark comedy about two glamorous teen vampires who break the laws of their clan and must endure a punishment far worse than death: Normal American High School. The book is scheduled for fall 2022; Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency handled the deal for North American rights.

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