September 2023 New Releases



Release Date Not Known

The Houdini Murders by Court Stevens (Thomas Nelson)
Becky Monds at Thomas Nelson has bought, in an exclusive submission, The Houdini Murders in a three-book deal by Court Stevens. In a small town, friends wrestle with the death of a childhood friend, the horrific guilt of a former town hero, and a hydroelectric dam project that may sink the entire town before the answers can be found. Publication is slated for September 2023; Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Solving For the Unknown by Loan Le (Simon and Schuster)
"Loan Le's SOLVING FOR THE UNKNOWN, a YA contemporary and a companion novel to A Pho Love Story, which follows the main character's best friend and an older sister as they navigate new and old relationships, and grow closer during their college's upcoming forensic science competition, to Krista Vitola at Simon & Schuster Children's, for publication in summer 2023, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret (world). "

Fault Lines by Nora Shalaway Carpenter (Running Press) - not yet added to Goodreads.
Julie Matysik at Running Press has acquired, in an exclusive submission, Fault Lines, a new YA novel by Nora Shalaway Carpenter (The Edge of Anything), in which a rural, anti-fracking teen discovers an ability to sense forests' energy, a power that becomes heightened the more she interacts with the new boy in town. Publication is scheduled for September 2023; Victoria Wells Arms at HG Literary sold North American rights.

Foul Lady Fortune #2 by Chloe Gong (Simon and Schuster)

September 1st
A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid (HarperTeen) - moved from Winter 2022, then from Summer 2022.
Stephanie Stein at HarperTeen has acquired debut YA novel A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid (The Wolf & the Woodsman), a feminist literary thriller and romantic fantasy pitched as The Hazel Wood meets Possession. When architecture student Effy Sayre wins a contest to design her favorite author's family manor, she finds herself on a remote, crumbling estate filled with disturbing secrets. With the help of a rival student, Effy must unravel a decades-old mystery, but there are dark forces, both mortal and magical, conspiring against them, and the truth may bring them both to ruin. Publication is set for winter 2023; Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic did the deal for North American rights.

Phoebe's Diary by Phoebe Wahl (Little, Brown)
Susan Rich at Little, Brown has bought Phoebe's Diary, a highly illustrated YA novel in journal format by picture book creator Phoebe Wahl. Based on the author's own teenage diaries, it illuminates the turmoil and ecstasy of adolescence woven with themes of body- and sex-positivity. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Jennifer Laughran at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency sold world rights.

Coming Out Alive: The Ultimate Queer Teen Survival Guide by David Olshanetsky (Wednesday Books) - YA Non-fiction, Goodreads lists a May 2022 release date but publisher confirms this date.
Sylvan Creekmore at Wednesday Books has acquired, in a six-figure deal, Coming Out Alive by internet personality and podcast host David Olshanetsky, a coming out of the closet manual for the digital generation. The YA nonfiction title combines personal anecdotes with how-to guides, advice, queer history lessons you won't get in school, and conversations with LGBTQ+ celebrities, including pop music sensation Pabllo Vittar, trans activist and Broadway trailblazer Peppermint, and gay writer and performer Stephen Fry, about their own journeys toward self-acceptance. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Connor Goldsmith at Fuse Literary sold world English rights.

The Revenge Game by Jordyn Taylor (Delcorte) - previously titled The Queen's Cup, title change announced on twitter in August 2022 but not yet updated on Goodreads.
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte Press has bought world English rights to The Queen's Cup by Jordyn Taylor (Don't Breathe a Word), pitched as John Tucker Must Die meets Promising Young Woman in a darkly comic YA feminist mystery. A top-secret competition at a private school to see who on campus has the most sexual prowess ends with a popular LAX captain's disappearance, told from the POV of a girl who only wanted to find a boy who liked her but discovered her classmates' dark side. Publication is set for spring 2023; Danielle Burby at Mad Woman Literary Agency represented the author, in the agency’s first deal.

September 5th

The Scarlet Veil by Shelby Mahurin
(HarperCollins) - moved from November 2022, some editions still dated 2022.
A dark and thrilling vampire romance set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Serpent & Dove series.

Six months have passed since Célie took her sacred vows and joined the ranks of the Chasseurs as their first huntswoman. With her fiancé, Jean Luc, as captain, she is determined to find her foothold in her new role and help protect Belterra. But whispers from her past still haunt her, and a new evil is rising—one that Célie herself must vanquish, unless she falls prey to the darkness.

Into the Bright Open: A Secret Garden Remix by Cherie Dimaline
(Feiwel and Friends)
From award-winning and acclaimed author of The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline, comes an enchanting story of family, healing, and girls reclaiming control of their own lives, part of the Remixed Classics series.

Mary Lennox didn’t think about death until the day it knocked politely on her bedroom door and invited itself in. When a terrible accident leaves her orphaned at fifteen, she is sent to the wilderness of the Georgian Bay to live with an uncle she's never met.

At first the impassive, calculating girl believes this new manor will be just like the one she left in Toronto: cold, isolating, and anything but cheerful, where staff is treated as staff and never like family. But as she slowly allows her heart to open like the first blooms of spring, Mary comes to find that this strange place and its strange people—most of whom are Indigenous self-named "halfbreeds"—may be what she can finally call home.

Then one night Mary discovers Olive, her cousin who has been hidden away in an attic room for years due to a "nervous condition." The girls become fast friends, and Mary wonders why this big-hearted girl is being kept out of sight and fed medicine that only makes her feel sicker. When Olive's domineering stepmother returns to the manor, it soon becomes clear that something sinister is going on.

With the help of a charming, intoxicatingly vivacious Metis girl named Sophie, Mary begins digging further into family secrets both wonderful and horrifying to figure out how to free Olive. And some of the answers may lie within the walls of a hidden, overgrown and long-forgotten garden the girls stumble upon while wandering the wilds...

Just Say Yes by Goldy Modlavsky (Henry Holt)
The story of a teenaged girl who, upon realizing she is undocumented, decides the best path forward is marriage.

When high school senior Jimena Romero discovers that she's undocumented, she decides there's only one way to keep her life on track: Marry an American. She has plenty of candidates—her ex-boyfriend, random guys from dating apps, a starry-eyed activist who wants to help out a friend. This doesn't have to be about love.

Of course, marriage (!) is a much bigger deal than Jimena accounted for. It would be so much easier if the perfect, overachieving boy-next-door, Vitaly, could just do Jimena a favor and be her green card husband, no romantic strings attached. But Vitaly has his own plans for the future, and he's doing his best not to let anything, from love to immigration, derail them.

Suddenly a Murder by Lauren Muñoz (Putnam)
Polo Orozco at Putnam has acquired, in a preempt, Suddenly a Murder by debut author Lauren Muñoz. Pitched as One of Us Is Lying with faux Great Gatsby flair, this contemporary YA locked-room mystery follows seven friends at a glamorous, 1920s-themed getaway at Ashwood Manor, where they party like Roaring Twenties socialites—until one of them is murdered. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Jodi Reamer at Writers House negotiated the deal.

September 12th
The Borrow a Boyfriend Club by Page Powars (Delacorte) - moved from June 2023, some editions dated 2024.
Prove your skills as a boyfriend.

Get them to see your true gender.

Don't fall in love.

When sixteen-year-old Noah starts fresh at a new school, he a plan to ensure the students see him as his true gender: join the school's secretive The Borrow a Boyfriend Club, where members rent themselves out to their classmates for dates. The endless "accidental slip-ups" that plagued him at his last school will be a thing of the past once he joins the club; after all, it has "boy" right in the title.

But he fails the audition. Desperate, he strikes a deal with the club's prickly president, Asher: he'll help lead the nearly-bankrupt club to victory at the school's fundraising dance competition, and Asher will allow Noah to prove his skills as a boyfriend in a series of tests that include romancing Asher himself.

As Noah passes test after test and his fake romance with Asher starts to feel surprisingly real, Noah is faced with a dilemma. If he fails to win the dance fundraiser the club will go bankrupt, and he'll not only lose the new friends he's made - the whole school will know he isn't "boy enough."

But if Noah succeeds in securing the club their victory, he has to face the most important, unbreakable rule of the Borrow a Boyfriend Club: no real girlfriends (or boyfriends) allowed. Could Noah's relationship with Asher become something real? Noah must make a choice: keep the club afloat and his carefully guarded secret safe, or break the rules for a chance at love.

The Prince & the Coyote by David Bowles and Amanda Mijangos (Levine Querido) - moved from September 2023, date not yet updated on Goodreads.
1418 – Pre-Columbian Mexico

Fifteen-year old crown prince Acolmiztli wants nothing more than to see his city-state of Tetzcoco thrive. A singer, poet, and burgeoning philosophical mind, he has big plans about infrastructure projects and cultural initiatives that will bring honor to his family and help his people flourish. But the two sides of his family, the kingdoms of Mexico and Acolhuacan, have been at war his entire life – after his father risked the wrath of the Tepanec emperor to win his mother's love.

When a power struggle leaves his father dead and his mother and siblings in exile, Acolmiztli must run for his life, seeking refuge in the wilderness. After a coyote helps him find his way in the wild, he takes on a new name – Nezahualcoyotl, or "fasting coyote" ("Neza" for short).

Biding his time until he can form new alliances and reconnect with his family, Neza goes undercover, and falls in love with a commoner girl, Sekalli. Can Neza survive his plotting uncles' scheme to wipe out his line for good? Will the empire he dreams of in Tetzcoco ever come to life? And is he willing to risk the lives of those he loves in the process?

This action-packed tale blends prose and poetry – including translations of surviving poems by Nezahualcoytl himself, translated from classical Nahuatl by the author. And the book is packed with queer rep – queer love stories, and a thoughtful of pre-Columbian understandings of gender that defy the contemporary Western gender binary.

From Pura Belpré honoree David Bowles comes a young adult epic about one of the greatest minds of the Americas (honored to this day on Mexico's 100-peso bill).

September 19th
Overlays by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second) - YA graphic memior.
Following the Eisner-award winning Brazen, Pénélope Bagieu pens her first autobiographical work in this hilarious and bitter sweet graphic memoir.

Pénélope Bagieu never thought she'd publish a graphic memoir. But when she dust off her old diaries (no, really—this book is based on her actual diaries), she found cringe-worth, hilarious, and heartbreaking stories begging to be drawn.

In Overlays, Bagieu reflects on her childhood and teen years with her characteristic wit and unflinching honesty. The result is fifteen short stories about friendship, love, grief, and those awkward first steps toward adulthood.

September 26th
Mermaids Never Drown: Tales to Dive For by Various YA Authors (Feiwel and Friends)
14 Young Adult short stories from bestselling and award-winning authors make a splash in Mermaids Never Drown - the second collection in the Untold Legends series edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker - exploring mermaids like we've never seen them before!

A Vietnamese mermaid caught between two worlds. A siren who falls for Poseidon's son. A boy secretly pining for the merboy who saved him years ago. A storm that brings humans and mermaids together. Generations of family secrets and pain.

Find all these stories and more in this gripping new collection that will reel you in from the very first page! Welcome to an ocean of hurt, fear, confusion, rage, hope, humor, discovery, and love in its many forms.

Edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Mermaids Never Drown features beloved authors like Darcie Little Badger, Kalynn Bayron, Preeti Chhibber, Rebecca Coffindaffer, Julie C. Dao, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Adriana Herrera, June Hur, Katherine Locke, Kerri Maniscalco, Julie Murphy, Gretchen Schreiber, and Julian Winters.

Down Came the Rain by Jennifer Mathieu (Roaring Brook Press)
From the acclaimed author of Moxie - now a Netflix film - and Bad Girls Never Say Die comes a bold novel about two young activists who find love and themselves as they tackle the threat of climate change.

After Eliza’s home in Houston is destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, she is forced to transfer to Southwest High School. Traumatized by the floods and anxious in her new surroundings, Eliza throws herself into environmental activism, even if it's against the wishes of her big-oil dad.

But when she meets Javi – a boy who has experienced climate-related trauma of his own – she's finally able to connect with someone over the devastating mental effects of ecological disaster.

Filled with nuanced themes of mental health, classism, and eco-anxiety, Down Came the Rain is a riveting and moving tale of friendship, first love, and what it means to grow up in an ever-changing world.

A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal (FSG) - moved from Spring 2022, then from October and November 2022.
Janine O'Malley at FSG has bought, in an exclusive submission, A Tempest of Tea by bestselling author Hafsah Faizal, first in a duology pitched as King Arthur meets Peaky Blinders with vampires. Set in Ettenia, an amalgamation of 1920s and Victorian London with a dash of ancient Rome, the novel follows a gang of outcasts in a deadly heist led by Arthie Casimir to save her tearoom—which fronts an illegal blood house, where local vampires can purchase fresh blood. Publication of the first novel is set for spring 2022; Josh Adams at Adams Literary did the two-book deal for world English rights.

This Dark Descent by Kalyn Josephson (Roaring Brook Press) - previously dated February 2023, then moved from September 1st, then from September 5th.
Steeped in Jewish folklore, The Scorpio Races meets Peaky Blinders in this multi-POV YA fantasy where a daughter of a famous horse breeder, a black-market enchanter, and an ambitious heir must work together to win a cutthroat horserace.

The Rusel family is famous throughout Enderlain as breeders of enchanted horses, but their prestige is no match for their rising debts. To help pay off the sum, Mikira Rusel is left with only one option: she must enter the Illinir, a cutthroat, cross-country horserace known for its high death rate as much as its flashy prize money.

To have any chance of success, she’ll have to recruit a young, black-market enchanter named Ari, as well as a Lord in the midst of a succession battle, Damien Adair. Both her accomplices have reasons of their own to help Mikira - and their own blood feuds to avenge.

In a world as dangerous as this, will hidden agendas and conflicting desires butcher their chances of winning the Illinir. . . or will another rider's dagger?

The Changing Man by Tomi Oyemakinde (Feiwel and Friends)
A teenage girl is pulled into investigating the truth behind her new boarding school’s decades-old legend, in this debut Young Adult speculative thriller by Tomi Oyemakinde

Face front. Watch your back. BE BRAVE.

If it was left to her, Ife Adebola wouldn’t be starting at Nithercott School. Because despite being in the Urban Achievers scholarship program, her parents can barely afford the tuition. No matter who, like her classmate Bijal, is trying to be friends with her or how much the prestigious boarding school tries to pull her in, Ife is determined not to get caught up in any of it.

But when another student, Malika, begins acting strange, Ife can’t help but wonder if there’s more going on at Nithercott than she realizes. Could there be any truth to the school’s decades-old legend of the Changing Man? Is there any connection to the missing older brother of her classmate, Ben?

As more questions arise, Ife has no choice but to team up with Ben and Bijal to investigate. But can the trio act quickly enough to uncover who is behind everything, before one—or all—of them is the Changing Man’s next victim?

The Mermaid of Black Rock by Tanya Byrne
(Laura Godwin Books)
In this captivating young adult novel, two girls set out to unravel a mystery tied to the sea—and fall in love along the way.

On New Year's Day, three fishermen haul a teenage girl out of the ocean. By the time they bring her to land, it’s clear that she doesn’t know where or who she is. Her story goes viral. The media calls her Nicoletta, after the fishermen’s boat. The rumors take a dark turn the next time the fishermen head out to sea—and fail to return. People say Nicoletta lured them to their deaths—their lives in exchange for hers.

And with that, the mystery becomes a legend.

Eighteen months later, Mara Malakar meets Nicoletta, or Nico, at a café. The two become fast friends, but as Mara realizes she wants more from their relationship, Nico remains oblivious, focused only on remembering. She may not want to, though. Could there be a reason she’s locked everything behind a door? And once she's brave enough to open it, what will happen to her? To them?

A Pretty Implausible Premise by Karen Rivers (Algonquin) - moved from July 2022, then April 2023.
An unforgettable story of loss and love for fans of Jandy Nelson and Nina LaCour.
When Hattie and Presley meet, it’s basically love at first sight. Their connection seems, at first, as implausible as the bestselling and famously far-fetched novel that Presley’s mom wrote. It starts to seem impossible when they realize what they have in common: both are grieving, living in worlds haunted by ghosts. Hattie gave up on her future as an Olympic swimmer after a boy drowned while she was on lifeguard duty; Presley abandoned his figure-skating career when his twin brother died in a car accident. They find comfort in each other, but like the wildfires that surround their California town, the ghosts from their pasts can’t be held off for long.
A Pretty Implausible Premise is an immersive story about grief, forgiveness, and the surprising power of first love.

House of Marionne by J. Elle (Razorbill)
"After a heated auction, Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, has acquired House of Marionne, a new YA trilogy by J. Elle, author of the bestselling YA fantasy Wings of Ebony. Billed by the publisher as a “modern-day, magic-filled Bridgerton with clashing class dynamics and dark academia flair,” the first book in the trilogy is slated for fall 2023. Jodi Reamer at Writers House sold world English rights to Ruta Rimas, executive editor at Razorbill.

House of Marionne, the first book in the trilogy, follows 17-year-old Quell, who is reluctantly inducted into a magical debutante society of social elites. In this group, she must bind with her forbidden magic while evading the assassin who has been tasked with hunting her kind. But is the most formidable monster she’ll have to face the one inside her?"

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