September 2023 New Releases




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.

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.

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). "

September 1st
This Dark Descent by Kalyn Josephson (Roaring Brook Press) - previously dated February 2023.
Kate Meltzer at Roaring Brook has acquired, at auction, a YA fantasy duology by Kalyn Josephson, beginning with This Dark Descent. Inspired by Jewish folklore, The Scorpio Races meets Peaky Blinders in this multi-POV story of forbidden magic, dangerous secrets, and equestrian adventure that follows a young woman desperate to save her family, a black market enchantress, and a wealthy, ambitious lord, who join forces to win a deadly cross-country race. Publication is set for winter 2023 and 2024; Carrie Pestritto at Laura Dail Literary negotiated the deal for 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.

September 5th
The Scarlet Veil by Shelby Mahurin (HarperCollins) - moved from November 2022, some editions still dated September 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.

September 12th
The Borrow a Boyfriend Club by Page Powars (Delacorte) - moved from June 2023, some editions dated 2024.
Bria Ragin has bought at auction, in her first acquisition for Delacorte, debut author Page Powars's YA novel The Borrow a Boyfriend Club, in which a trans boy must master the art of romance to join his new school's most illustrious (and secret) club to ensure his classmates see him as his true gender, and soon finds himself falling for the club's prickly president; plus And They Were Roommates, about a trans teen trying to keep a low profile at his all-boys boarding school, which proves difficult once he starts rooming with the strict principal's charming son, who's also his former summer camp fling from before he transitioned. Publication is set for summer 2023 and summer 2024; Natalie Lakosil at Irene Goodman Literary Agency did the deal for U.S., Canada, and non-exclusive OPM rights.

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 26th
A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal (FSG) - moved from Spring 2022, then from October and November 2022. Release date not yet updated on Goodreads.
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.

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