Undated 2021 New Releases















The Drowning Summer by Christine Lynn Herman (Disney Hyperion)
46728279. sx318 Hannah Allaman at Disney-Hyperion has bought The Drowning Summer by The Devouring Gray author Christine Lynn Herman. The YA contemporary fantasy with shades of The Great Gatsby follows two Long Island teenagers and fledgling mediums as they investigate a murder that rocked their small town six years earlier when three teenagers were found drowned with sand dollars laid over their eyes.

Publication is slated for spring 2021.




 
Comes and Goes by Louisa Onome (Delacorte)
Sixteen-year-old Chinelo is all about her neighborhood. She loves the chill vibe of Ginger East, its ride-or-die sense of community, and the good memories she has of her best friends growing up there. Of course, Ginger East isn't what it used to be -- most of her friends moved away leaving new, gentrified businesses to move in -- but, she still has Kate, whose family owns local staple Ginger Store. As long as both Kate and Ginger Store never leave, she's good.

But when Ginger Store is broken into, Nelo's sense of security is shaken. The outside world descends upon Ginger East with promises to “fix the neighborhood” -- and suddenly Nelo finds herself in the middle of a drama unfolding on a national scale. To make matters worse, Kate begins acting strange and distant, pushing Nelo away at the exact moment they need each other most. Nelo's entire world is morphing into something she hates and she must figure out how to get things back on track or risk losing everything to the constant monster of change. It should be for the better, but better for who?

With themes reminiscent of Angie Thomas’ THE HATE U GIVE, Renee Watson's THIS SIDE OF HOME, and Netflix's ON MY BLOCK, COMES AND GOES explores the bonds of community and what it really means to change.


The Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim (Delacorte)
In the hidden desert city of Qalia, sixteen-year-old Imani dreams of joining the Council of Al-Zahim— the leaders who harness and protect her tribal nation’s secret tea magic. In neighboring Taeel-Sa, an orphan named Kazi has become an assassin to realize humbler dreams: regular food and a place to sleep. So when he’s offered unimaginable wealth to help a foreigner usurp Taeel-Sa’s throne, he jumps at it. What he doesn’t realize is he’s about to change the continent of Alqibah forever—and turn Imani’s dreams into a nightmare.

Upon seizing the throne, the new King invades Qalia, ruthlessly pursuing the source of the magic: a limitless power sealed in a magical vault beneath the city. The Council entrusts Imani with smuggling the vault’s key far away from the besieged city, thwarting Kazi’s attempts to secure it on behalf of the King. Furious, the King gives Kazi one chance to redeem himself: he must kill Imani and return the key.

But there are others who plot to steal it. If Imani and Kazi are to triumph, they’ll both need help— and maybe magic of their own. Little do they know, the ancient magic that divides them is what ultimately links them.


The Wide Starlight by Nicole Lesperance (Razorbill)
When Eli was six years old, she lived with her family on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. One winter night, her mother took her out onto a frozen fjord, called down the Northern Lights, and disappeared into the sky. Everybody says it couldn’t possibly have happened that way, but Eli knows it did. She remembers the stories that used to creep out of her mother’s books, the magic the two of them shared and hid from the world. The way it slowly consumed her mother and ripped her away.

Now Eli’s sixteen and living on Cape Cod with her dad. One morning she finds a note tucked under a bush in her yard. Your mother is close, it says in Norwegian. Call her. Eli doesn’t understand what it means until that night, when the Northern Lights appear in the sky. She calls out to the lights, and a few hours later, her mother appears. Eli’s so thrilled to see her that she can almost ignore the fact that her mother smells like burnt matches and has ice for fingernails.

But she can’t ignore the magic that’s seeping back into her life: the narwhals mysteriously appearing in Cape Cod Bay, the electronics shorting out in her house, the tiny meteorites landing in her yard. The three silent girls in long cloaks who follow her everywhere. When the narwhals strand themselves on a beach and one dies, Eli tells her mother she has to make it stop. As abruptly as she appeared, her mother disappears. Eli’s devastated. Until she finds a note tucked in her coat pocket:

Find me where I left you.


Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer (Bloomsbury) 
Mary Kate Castellani, executive editor at Bloomsbury in the US, bought world rights from Mandy Hubbard at Emerald City Literary Agency to the first book in a new fantasy series, tentatively titled Defy the Night.

"Her fans are in for another treat with Defy the Night, a heart-pounding story with incredible stakes ....Defy the Night coming in Spring 2021. " 

Never Saw Young Coming by Erin Hahn (Wednesday Books) 
Vicki Lame at Wednesday Books has acquired world rights to Erin Hahn’s (You'd Be Mine) third and fourth books, starting with YA novel Never Saw You Coming. Raised by extra conservative parents, 18-year-old Meg just found out that her entire childhood was a lie. Instead of taking a gap year before college to find herself, she ends up traveling north to meet the family she never knew existed. While there, she meets 19-year-old former pastor's kid Micah, who has his own complicated relationship with the church. Publication is set for spring 2021; Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency did the deal.  

A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth (Simon Pulse)
An anxious half-fae teenager.
A temperamental ex-Fury.

The rebellious prince of the Seelie Summer Court.
His duty-bound fae guardian.

A DARK AND HOLLOW STAR is the first in a planned f/f, m/m series. Arlo, Nausicaä, Vehan, and Aurelian—four queer teens form a tenuous alliance in their attempt to track down a mysterious serial killer no one else believes exists, whose disturbing murders and use of forbidden alchemy threatens to expose the hidden faerie Courts to the human world, then destroy them both alike.


Remember Me by Estelle Laure (Wednesday Books)
Wednesday Books has acquired Estelle Laure's YA novel, Remember Me. Inspired by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the story follows Remy, who rediscovers herself while on a mission to recover the troubling memories she has had erased in order to avoid her heartbreak. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021.

The Black Friend by Frederick Joseph (Candlewick)
Kaylan Adair at Candlewick Press has acquired, in a six-figure preempt, activist and Forbes Under 30 member Frederick Joseph's YA debut, The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person, a nonfiction collection of essays, interviews, and personal history that stemmed from a viral Tweet and aims to serve as an entry point for young readers to discuss race, privilege, and problematic behaviors. Publication is set for spring 2021; Alexander Slater at Trident Media Group did the deal for world English rights

Echoes of Grace by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books)
Stacy Whitman at Tu Books has acquired Echoes of Grace by Pura Belpré Award-winning author Guadalupe García McCall. In this YA gothic mystery set on the border, Grace's relationship with her younger sister, Mercy, is fractured when Mercy's two-year-old son is accidentally killed, bringing to the surface old traumas and literal ghosts as the family flounders to heal. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Andrea Cascardi at Transatlantic Agency negotiated the deal for North American rights.

Fadeaway by E.B. Vickers (Knopf)
Michelle Frey at Knopf has preempted world rights to E.B. Vickers's YA debut, Fadeaway. When Jake Mercado goes missing the night after leading his basketball team to the state title, six of the people closest to him hold a piece of the puzzle that could lead to his return. But they each hold part of the blame, too. Publication is slated for spring 2021; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.

Wake by Makiia Lucier (HMH)
Young Adult Fiction Makiia Lucier's WAKE, about the aftermath of a devastating plague and a young lord who discovers a terrible secret after he is charged with protecting the queen and discovering who is trying to kill her, to Nicole Sclama at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2021, by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media. 

Mimon by Sas Miledge (Boom Box)
Filip Sablik at BOOM! Studios has acquired, for the BOOM! Box imprint, debut author-illustrator Sas Milledge's graphic novel Mimon, about a teen witch who must confront her grandmother's ghost to lift a curse and save her town from ruin. Publication is expected in spring 2021; Jennifer March Soloway at Andrea Brown Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Untitled by Jessica Lewis (Delacorte)
Jessica Lewis's untitled witchy story full of black girl magic and black girl horror, in which a 16-year-old girl's dark ability to raise the dead offers a way out of poverty but simultaneously leads to tough choices about her future, to Alexandra Hightower at Delacorte, for publication in spring 2021, by Holly Root at Root Literary (world English).
 

The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch (Simon and Schuster)
Amanda Ramirez at Simon & Schuster has acquired world English rights, at auction, to Robbie Couch's debut YA novel, The Sky Blues, featuring openly gay Sky Baker. When Sky's top-secret Promposal plans get leaked to the entire school, his world turns upside-down, and suddenly his hometown's conservatism feels as if it's going to swallow him whole. But a mysterious connection to the father he never knew and his classmates rallying around him might be exactly what he needs. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary represented the author.

Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve (Amulet)
Maggie Lehrman at Amulet has bought Between Perfect and Real and a second untitled YA novel by debut novelist Ray Stoeve. Everyone thinks Dean Foster is a lesbian, including the girlfriend he's falling in love with, but when he's cast as Romeo in the school play, he realizes he can't go back to being seen as a girl when he steps off the stage and needs everyone to know he's a trans guy. Publication is set for spring 2021; Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret did the deal for world English rights. Stoeve is the creator of the YA Trans Ownvoices Masterlist and a contributor to Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance, a forthcoming anthology.  

A Season of Sinister Dreams by Tracy Banghart (Little, Brown)
Little, Brown has bought Tracy Banghart's A Season of Sinister Dreams, in which two girls—one an unwilling prophet, the other a vengeful imposter—fight each other for the future of their kingdom, leaving heartbreak, death, and destruction in their wake. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021.

May the Best Man Win by Z. R. Ellor (Roaring Brook Press)
Mekisha Telfer at Roaring Brook has acquired ZR Ellor's debut novel, MAY THE BEST MAN WIN, a contemporary YA about a transgender teen who challenges his ex-boyfriend for the coveted title of Homecoming King; as their campaign hijinks turn vicious, the two realize they may still have feelings for each other. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Kaitlyn Johnson at Corvisiero Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin (Wednesday Books)
Author of BURRO HILLS Julia Lynn Rubin's TROUBLE GIRLS, a queer, modern re-imagining of Thelma & Louise where after stabbing a would-be rapist to death, two best friends go on the run in a journey that grows darker and deadlier with each new disastrous decision they make, to Sylvan Creekmore at Wednesday Books, in a very nice deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2021.

Our Way Back To Always by Nina Moreno (Disney-Hyperion)
Hannah Allaman at Disney-Hyperion has acquired Don't Date Rosa Santosauthor Nina Moreno's new novel, Our Way Back to Always. Pitched as When Harry Met Sally by way of Sarah Dessen, the contemporary YA romance follows two next-door neighbors and ex-best friends—gamer, fanfic-writer Luisa and drummer, golden boy Sam—whose paths collide during senior year of high school when they rediscover their childhood bucket list and set out to complete it before graduation. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Laura Crockett negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Up All Night by Various YA Authors (Algonquin)
Krestyna Lypen at Algonquin has acquired, at auction, Up All Night, edited by Laura Silverman, a YA anthology about what can happen in the hours between sunset and sunrise. Contributors include Brandy Colbert, Kathleen Glasgow, Maurene Goo, Tiffany D. Jackson, Amanda Joy, Nina LaCour, Karen M. McManus, Anna Meriano, Marieke Nijkamp, Kayla Whaley, Julian Winters, and Francesca Zappia. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret negotiated the deal for world rights.

Finding My Voice by Marie Myung-Ok Lee (Soho Teen)
Even as she's enjoying her senior year and her newfound romance with the popular Tomper, Ellen Sung--the only Korean-American student in her small school--must deal with prejudice from some of her classmates and pressure from her strict parents to follow her scholarly older sister to Harvard.
To be newly released by Soho Teen

Mazie by Melanie Crowder (Philmonel Books)
Liza Kaplan at Philomel has acquired Audacity author Melanie Crowder's new YA novel, Mazie, about a 1950s farmgirl who sets out to pursue her dream of Broadway, only to find that success will bring her startlingly full-circle. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights. 

Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu (Roaring Brook Press)
Author of MOXIE and the forthcoming THE LIARS OF MARIPOSA ISLAND Jennifer Mathieu's BAD GIRLS NEVER SAY DIE, pitched as a girl version of The Outsiders, about a gang of Texas tough girls in early 1960s Houston who find friendship and love in unexpected places, all while battling the many obstacles life has thrown at them, to Katherine Jacobs at Roaring Brook Press, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2021.  

Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn Tara O' Neil (Roaring Brook Press)
Carolyn Tara O'Neil's debut DAUGHTERS OF A DEAD EMPIRE, pitched as a reimagining of the Anastasia legend, following two young women as they flee from the Red Army at the height of the Russian Revolution—one a peasant and proud member of the Bolshevik party and the other a battered, bourgeoisie girl who's harboring a secret that could cost them their lives, to Mekisha Telfer at Roaring Brook Press, for publication in spring 2021, by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger (NA).

The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe (Putnam)
Arianne Lewin at Putnam has acquired, in a six-figure preempt, Tess Sharpe's YA novel The Girls I've Been, about the daughter of a con artist who must use her skills to get herself, her girlfriend, and her ex-boyfriend free during a hostage situation at a bank. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret brokered the deal for world rights.

Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good by Nancy Werlin (Candlewick)
Miriam Newman at Candlewick has bought Edgar Award winner and National Book Award finalist Nancy Werlin's Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good, the story of a high school student who finds herself torn between secretly attending sci-fi cons with fellow “Bloodygits”—as fans of her beloved show, Bleeders, are known—and a type-A boyfriend who disdains the show. Publication is set for spring 2021; the author represented herself in the deal for world rights in all languages.


A Taste For Love by Jennifer Yen (Razorbill)
A Pride & Prejudice-inspired YA rom-com about 18-year-old Liza Yang, who agrees to help her traditional, opinionated mother with her annual baking competition, only to find out it's a set-up: all of the contestants are young Asian-American men her mother has handpicked for Liza to date. Publication is slated for spring 2021.

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield (Wednesday Books)
Wednesday Books has acquired Hurricane Summer, a contemporary YA debut by actress Asha Bromfield. Set in Jamaica in the midst of Hurricane Gustav, a girl visiting her estranged father finds her life unraveling when family secrets are revealed, alongside dealing with colorism, classism, colonialism, sexism, and what it means to discover your own voice in the center of complete destruction. Publication is tentatively slated for spring 2021.

Wings of Ebony by J. Elle (Simon and Schuster/Millner)
Denene Millner at S&S/Millner has acquired, in a preempt, rights to J. Elle's YA debut, Wings of Ebony, pitched as The Hate U Give with a Wonder Woman lead and a Black Panther/Wakanda world. The novel follows Rue, a black teen from a poor neighborhood who, after learning she is half-human, half-goddess, must embrace both sides of her heritage to unlock her magic and destroy the racist gods poisoning her neighborhood with violence, drugs and crime. Publication is slated for spring 2021. 

The Seventh Raven by David Elliot (HMH)
Kate O'Sullivan at HMH has bought David Elliott's The Seventh Raven, a YA retelling of the Brothers Grimm story “The Seven Ravens.” Elliott's verse narrative follows a girl determined to rescue her brothers while exploring themes of balance, transformation, and restoration. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

A (Complicated) Love Story Set in Space by Shuan David Hutchison (Simon Pulse)
Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse has acquired We Are the Ants author Shaun David Hutchinson's A (Complicated) Love Story Set in Space, the story of Noa and DJ, who wake up on a spaceship with no idea how they got there, facing one life-threatening emergency after another while also dealing with their feelings for one another. The book will publish in spring 2021; Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American rights.

Pinch by Adam Rex (Roaring Brook Press)
Roaring Brook has bought Adam Rex's Pinch, a YA novel that centers on Zelda, who can't seem to wake herself up from the dream she's living in. When she decides to enlist others in the dream to help, she learns that waking up means ending their lives, including her actual “dream guy” Langston's. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021.

Nigeria Jones by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer + Bray) 
Balzer + Bray has acquired Ibi Zoboi's Nigeria Jones, about the 16-year-old daughter of a radical separatist movement leader who inadvertently travels back through time to the west coast of Africa in the early 1800s, to inhabit the body of her young ancestor on the brink of being sold into slavery. The book will be published in spring 2021.

Fade In the Bright by Jessica Etting and Alyssa Schwatz (Delacorte) 
Fade into the Bright, a YA contemporary novel is pitched as Five Feet Apart meets Tell Me Three Things. The story is about two sisters, one summer, and a diagnosis that changes everything—because while both sisters are at risk of inheriting a fatal genetic disorder, only one tests positive. Publication is slated for spring 2021.  

The Obsession by Jesse Q Sutano (Sourcebooks Fire)
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired Jesse Sutanto's debut, The Obsession, and a second novel. Pitched as a YA version of You meets Enough, the novel follows the classic story of boy meets girl, boy stalks girl, girl gets her revenge. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Uwe Stender at TriadaUS Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

When We Come Home by Brooke Davis (Bloomsbury)
Brooke Davis's debut WHEN WE COME HOME, pitched as SADIE meets THE GLASS CASTLE, following a teen girl who infiltrates a small-town family's life to get revenge on behalf of the only mother she's ever known, who was wronged by the family's patriarch as a teen herself; an exploration of loyalty, betrayal, gender dynamics, and the power of anger, to Allison Moore at Bloomsbury Children's, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2021

A Taste For Love by Jennifer Yen (Razorbill)
A Pride & Prejudice-inspired YA rom-com about 18-year-old Liza Yang, who agrees to help her traditional, opinionated mother with her annual baking competition, only to find out it's a set-up: all of the contestants are young Asian-American men her mother has handpicked for Liza to date. Publication is slated for spring 2021.

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman (Simon Pulse)
Pitched as Warcross meets Black Mirror, the book follows a Japanese American teen who finds herself in Infinity, a world in which the human consciousness goes after death, where she battles an AI entity posing as a queen that's hacked its way into the afterlife with the plan to take over and control everything.
Publication is set for spring 2021.


Nima On the Other Side by Sagia Ellhillo (Make Me A World)
Chris Myers and Michelle Frey at Random House's new Make Me a World imprint have acquired Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and Arab American Book Award winner Safia Elhillo's Nima on the Other Side. The YA novel in verse melds the real with the surreal, as teenage Nima struggles to fit into her white suburban town, while grappling with the phantom of a life not chosen and a girl who may be more real than she seems. Publication is set for spring 2021; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency did the deal for North American rights.

Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi (Putnam)
Putnam has acquired Olivia Abtahi's YA novel Perfectly Parvin, pitched as an Iranian-American Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. When Parvin Mohammadi sets out to get Matty Fumero—the cutest boy at school—to ask her to homecoming, she creates a foolproof plan to win him over: 1) Don't talk so much; 2) Act like the heroines in her favorite rom-coms; 3) Basically be everything she's not. But a different boy from Farsi class may derail her plans by liking her just as she is. Publication is set for spring 2021.

Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton (Page Street Kids)
Ashley Hearn at Page Street has acquired The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly author Jamie Pacton’s sophomore novel, Lucky Girl, which follows Jane Belleweather, who wins the lotto jackpot weeks before her eighteenth birthday, but can’t claim her winnings until then, or else her hoarder mother will get the money. In the days that follow, suspicion and jealousy spread through Jane’s small Wisconsin town, and a witch hunt commences to find the lucky winner. Publication is set for spring 2021; Kate Testerman at KT Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

When You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw (Henry Holt)
Mark Podesta at Henry Holt has acquired world rights, in an exclusive submission, to When You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw, a YA novel set in the 1990s that follows 17-year-olds Adam and Ben as they discover their sexuality, face the devastating loss of first love, and ultimately, discover the power of new love and community. Addressing grief, homophobia, privilege, and HIV/AIDS, the novel sheds light on a pivotal time in American queer history. Publication is slated for spring 2021; Dan Mandel at Sanford J. Greenburger brokered the deal.

Baby & Solo by Lisabeth Posthuma (Candlewick Press)
Candlewick has bought Lisabeth Posthuma's YA novel, Baby & Solo, pitched as The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Eleanor & Park, and a John Hughes film all in one. Set in 1996, the novel tells the story of a teenager who has completed seven years of treatment for a mental illness he may have never had, now carrying a new prescription from his therapist—a part-time job, which he finds at a video store staffed by femme fatales, total enigmas, and his first real friend. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021.

The Corpse Queen by Heather Hermann (Putnam)
Orphaned 17-year-old Molly Green goes to live with her affluent aunt in 1850s Philadelphia, only to discover the source of her aunt's secret wealth is from robbing graves and selling the bodies to anatomists. Molly must decide what she will do to claim a place of power in a male-dominated medical society.

Bruised by Tanya Boteju (Simon Pulse)
Simon Pulse has acquired Bruised by Tanya Boteju. The contemporary YA novel follows a teen girl as she explores truths about family, grief, identity, sexuality, and love when she immerses herself in the world of roller derby. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021.

Untitled by Adrienne Tooley (Simon Pulse)
Sarah McCabe at Simon Pulse has acquired a debut novel by Adrienne Tooley, a YA fantasy in which a cursed witch who must steal love from others meets a girl hiding her own dangerous secrets, and the two strike a love bargain with life-or-death consequences. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret did the deal for world rights.

















What Monstrous Gods by Rosamund Hodge (Balzer + Bray) 
40795727. sy475 Kristin Rens at Balzer + Bray has acquired a YA fantasy novel by Cruel Beauty author Rosamund Hodge.

The book, What Monstrous Gods, starts where “Sleeping Beauty” leaves off, as Lia, a girl chosen by the gods of Runakhia, releases the royal family from 500 years of enchanted sleep and kills the heretic sorcerer who trapped them—only to find that the gods are not as benevolent as they appear, and the ghost of the sorcerer she killed may be her only help to protect her life and country.

Publication is planned for early 2021; Hannah Bowman at Liza Dawson Associates did the deal for world rights.





 


Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan (Inkyard Press)
Natashya Wilson at Inkyard has acquired North American and audio rights to Counting Down with You and a second book by debut author Tashie Bhuiyan. In this romantic contemporary YA novel, a Bangladeshi-Muslim teenager navigates the difficulties of independence, family, and first love after being roped into a fake dating facade by a classmate. Publication is scheduled for mid-2021; JL Stermer at New Leaf Literary & Media brokered the deal.

Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate (Disney Hyperion)
SEVEN WAYS WE LIE, NOTEWORTHY, and FINAL DRAFT author Riley Redgate's ALONE OUT HERE, pitched as LORD OF THE FLIES in space, a thriller set in a future in which the first daughter and 53 other teens end up on the only ship escaping a dying Earth and must contend with being the last hope for humanity's survival as they fight to preserve their own humanity, to Laura Schreiber at Disney-Hyperion, in a six-figure deal, for publication in spring/summer 2021, by Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (world).

Five Ways To Fall Out of Love by Emily Martin (Inkyard Press)
Natashya Wilson at Inkyard Press has acquired Emily Martin's Five Ways to Fall Out of Love, a YA romantic comedy. When a high school senior is partnered in class with the guy who humiliated her in front of the whole school during junior year, she uses a scientific theorem to prove that love never lasts, only to discover that love is way more complicated than she realized. Publication is planned for early 2021; Lara Perkins at Andrea Brown Literary brokered the deal for North American rights.
 


  








The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley (Simon Pulse)
Simon Pulse has bought Sarah Raughley's new fantasy, The Bones of Ruin. Set in Victorian England, the book follows Iris, an African tightrope walker with a secret: she cannot die. But when Iris gets involved with a mysterious society that's convinced the world is ending, she's drafted in the fight-to-the-death Tournament of Freaks where she learns the terrible truth of who and what she really is. Publication is slated for summer 2021.

Hello, World by Yvonne Wood (Katherine Tegan)
Katherine Tegen at HarperCollins/Tegen has preempted North American rights for Yvonne Woon's new book, Hello, World, and a second untitled book for six figures. A romantic coming-of-age story, Hello, World follows 16-year-old Xia Chan, a scrappy, self-taught coder who's far more comfortable with computers than people. When she gets selected to attend a prestigious start-up incubator for teen tech prodigies called the Foundry, Xia moves to Silicon Valley and competes against her classmates to score funding for her app. Publication is planned for summer 2021; Ted Malawer at Upstart Crow Literary negotiated the deal.

Origin Story by Eric Smith and Summer Heacock (Inkyard Press)
Lauren Smulski at Inkyard Press has bought, on exclusive submission, Summer Heacock and Eric Smith's Origin Story, an #OwnVoices YA contemporary about two adoptees from very different backgrounds grappling with the question of what it means to be family. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021; Brent Taylor and Uwe Stender at TriadaUS represented Heacock, and Dawn Frederick at Red Sofa Literary represented Smith in the deal for world English rights.

Cool For the Summer by Dalia Adler (Wednesday Books)
Vicki Lame at Wednesday Books has acquired LGBTQ Reads founder Dahlia Adler's YA novel, Cool for the Summer, about a girl named Lara who finally lands the guy of her dreams, only to have her unexpected(ly female) summer fling transfer to her school for their senior year. Publication is slated for summer 2021; DongWon Song at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.

Sunny G and a Series of Rash Decisions by Navdeep Singh Dhillon (Dial)
Dana Chidiac at Dial has bought world rights to Navdeep Singh Dhillon's YA debut, Sunny G and a Series of Rash Decisions. When Sunny Gill gets dumped by his prom date, he thinks the night is going to be a disaster—but that's just the beginning. What follows is a 24-hour romp as Sunny chases a pair of mislaid post-prom party tickets and the girl who took them through his hometown of Fresno, Calif., and comes to terms with life after high school. Publication is set for summer 2021; Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency did the deal on behalf of CAKE Literary. 

Untitled by Misa Suguira (HarperTeen)
Stephanie Stein at HarperTeen has bought an untitled contemporary YA novel by Misa Sugiura, APALA Award-winning author of It's Not Like It's a Secret and This Time Will Be Different. The queer YA rom-com follows Nozomi Takashi as she enacts her plan for a summer of reinvention, starting a fake-dating relationship with her new coworker Willow and embarking on shenanigans around San Francisco with her best friend Ruby. But no fauxmance survives the intrusion of real life—and real feelings—for long. Publication is set for summer 2021; Leigh Feldman at Leigh Feldman Literary did the deal for world English rights.

Made in Korea by Sarah Suk (Simon Pulse)
Jennifer Ung at Simon Pulse has bought Sarah Suk's YA debut, Made in Korea, a romantic comedy about a Korean-American teen who sells Korean beauty products out of her locker and manages the school's most successful student enterprise, until the hot new boy gives her a run for her money—leading her to surprising discoveries about first love, family, and herself. Publication is slated for summer 2021; Linda Epstein at Emerald City Literary negotiated the deal for North American rights.

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gold (Wednesday Books)
Jennie Conway at Wednesday Books has acquired, at auction, Courtney Gould's debut novel, The Dead and the Dark. When the daughter of reality TV ghosthunters teams up with a small-town princess to search for a missing teen, they find themselves falling in love as they uncover an evil so terrifying it threatens to destroy everything in its path. Publication is planned for summer 2021; Claire Friedman and Jessica Mileo at InkWell Management brokered the deal for North American rights.

Girl Warriors by Rachel Sarah (Chicago Review Press)
Kara Rota at Chicago Review Press has bought world rights to Washington Post contributor Rachel Sarah's YA nonfiction book Girl Warriors. Pitched for fans of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the book tells the stories of 25 girls and women under age 25 who are rising up to reverse the climate crisis, as they inspire hope and motivate change around the world. Publication is slated for summer 2021; Eric Myers at Myers Literary Management negotiated the deal.

Vampires, Hearts and Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston (Simon Pulse)
Simon Pulse has bought Margie Fuston's debut YA novel, Vampires, Hearts, and Other Dead Things, pitched as The Coldest Girl in Coldtown meets The Truth About Forever. When science and faith fail her terminally ill father, Victoria heads to New Orleans in search of a vampire to save him. She meets a mysterious young man who might be what she's looking for, only he won't share the secret to immortality with just anybody. Publication is planned for summer 2021. 

Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter (Simon Pulse)
Jessica Smith at Simon Pulse has bought Lynn Painters's Better Than the Movies, a YA spin on My Best Friend's Wedding, in which rom-com-loving Liz schemes to win over her forever crush, but falls for the infuriating boy next door she enlists to help her. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021; Kim Lionetti at BookEnds negotiated the deal for world rights.  

The Shadow Season by Emily Arsenault (Delacorte)
Delacorte has bought Emily Arsenault's The Shadow Season, a psychological suspense novel for teens about one girl's investigation into her friend's sudden death and the unsettling possibility that “The Winter Girl” is not only real but to blame, proving the old school legend of a vengeful ghost that haunts the senior dorm hall the same time every year. Publication is planned for summer 2021.

Untitled by Liselle Sambury (Simon Pulse)
Sarah McCabe at Simon Pulse has acquired Liselle Sambury's untitled debut YA fantasy novel and its sequel. After failing to come into her powers, 16-year-old Voya—a Black witch living in near-future Toronto—is forced to choose between losing her family's magic forever, a heritage steeped in centuries of blood and survival, or murdering her first love, a boy who is supposedly her genetic match. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021 and summer 2022; Kristy Hunter at the Knight Agency brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.  
 







 


 







Squire by Nadia Shammas and Sarah Alfageeh (HarperCollins)
44392501. sy475 Set in a Middle Eastern-inspired fantasy world, 14-year-old-girl Aiza lives in an Empire wracked by famine and escalating border wars. Aiza dreams of becoming a knight, the most prestigious rank in the military, and the only way to elevate her status since her people, the Ornu, are second-class citizens in the Bayt-Saji Empire. Hiding her cultural background to train as a squire, she navigates the rigorous training that all knights undergo to test their mettle, making both friends and enemies in the process. However, everything falls apart after her friend gets badly injured during a raid and she uncovers a military conspiracy that threatens to keep the Empire in a state of perpetual war. Aiza will have to decide: turn her back on her morals and heritage, or turn her back on her dream and possibly, her only chance of freedom? 








Gates of Deep Shadow by Katharyn Blair (Putnam)
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Graceling: The Graphic Novel by Kristin Cashore and Gareth Hinds (HMH)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have bought a graphic novel adaptation of Kristin Cashore's YA fantasy novel, Graceling, adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds. Publication is planned for fall 2021.

The Meadows by Stephanie Oakes (Dial)
Morris Award finalist Stephanie Oakes's THE MEADOWS, pitched as a YA 'Handmaid's Tale' meets 'Never Let Me Go', the story centers around a queer girl who has pretended to "reform" following years in a government-sanctioned conversion therapy center, but can't forget the girl she left behind, and so resolves to find her, to Jessica Garrison at Dial, for publication in fall 2021.

Champion of Cities, Champion of People by Rebecca Pitts (Seven Stories)
Lauren Hooker at Seven Stories/Triangle Square has acquired Jane Jacobs: Champion of Cities, Champion of People, by debut author Rebecca Pitts. This YA biography of Jane Jacobs, the visionary urbanist and thinker who transformed the way we inhabit and develop our cities, emphasizes how today's teens can promote change in part by focusing on local issues and community organizing. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Bibi Lewis at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Sanctuary by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (Kokila)
Namrata Tripathi at Kokila has acquired, on exclusive submission, Sanctuary by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, author of the forthcoming Undocumented America. The YA novel follows Marcela, a 16-year-old New Yorker and budding journalist whose world comes crashing down when she finds out her father is scheduled for immediate deportation. When he seeks sanctuary at a local church, Marcela finds herself fighting for her father's rights and fending off exploitative media outlets she once hoped to join. Publication is set for fall 2021; Peter Steinberg at Foundry Literary + Media negotiated the deal for North American English and Spanish rights.

Passport by Sofia Glock (Little, Brown)
Susan Rich at Little, Brown has bought, in a six-house auction, debut graphic novelist Sophia Glock's Passport, a YA graphic memoir of secrets, spies, and double lives, in which a teen's emerging sense of self is shaped by her discovery that her "foreign diplomat" parents are actually spies. The book will publish in fall 2021, with a second, standalone, untitled graphic novel to follow; Molly O'Neill at Root Literary brokered the deal for world rights.

All These Bodies by Kendare Blake (HarperTeen)
Alexandra Cooper at HarperTeen has acquired North American rights to three novels from Kendare Blake, author of the bestselling Three Dark Crowns series. All These Bodies, in the vein of Anna Dressed in Blood, features a 15-year-old girl who is the surviving victim-turned-suspect of a Midwestern murder spree in a standalone that unspools like a speculative YA version of In Cold Blood. The first two books of Blake's untitled fantasy series follow a mystical order of female warriors. Publication for All These Bodies is scheduled for fall 2021; the first fantasy novel is scheduled for fall 2022. Adriann Ranta Zurhellen at Foundry Literary + Media negotiated the deal.

The Art of Undoing by Kate Norris (Philmonel)
Kate Norris's THE ART OF UNDOING, pitched as Sliding Doors meets CODE NAME VERITY, in which a 16-year-old aspiring physicist witnesses a tragedy and is accidentally pulled into another universe—one that already has another version of herself in it, to Liza Kaplan at Philomel, in a pre-empt, for publication in fall 2021.

Major Detours by Zackary Sergi (Running Press Kids) 
Britny Brooks at Running Press Kids, in an exclusive submission, has bought Heroes Rise and Verses interactive fiction series author Zackary Sergi's Major Detours, a YA novel following four college-bound teens on a tarot card road trip that turns into a haunted scavenger hunt where the reader chooses the paths forward using a new interactive format, for publication in fall 2021. Lucy Carson at Friedrich Agency represented the author for world rights.

Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle (Greenwillow)
Martha Mihalick at Greenwillow has bought North American rights to Squad, a darkly comedic YA graphic novel by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (l.), illustrated by Lisa Sterle. It's about a clique of teen girls whose favorite pastime is to "get dressed up, go to parties, target entitled, date-rapey Bros, turn into wolves, and eat them." Publication is slated for fall 2021. Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself.  

Everything Within and Between by Nicki Barthelmess (HarperCollins)
Carolina Ortiz at HarperCollins has acquired The Quiet You Carry author Nikki Barthelmess's Everything Within and in Between, an #OwnVoices contemporary YA novel about the convergence of family, identity, and assimilation. In the novel, Ri Fernandez, a biracial Mexican-American teenager, fights to reclaim her Latinx heritage and her connection with her absent mother from her strict immigrant grandmother, who has kept her from both. Publication is set for fall 2021. 

Until All Are Free by Kekla Magoon (Candlewick) 
Andrea Tompa at Candlewick has bought, in an exclusive submission, three-time Coretta Scott King Honoree Kekla Magoon's Until All Are Free: The Black Panther Party's Call for Revolution, a nonfiction account of the history and legacy of the Black Panthers for a young YA audience. Publication is set for fall 2021; Ginger Knowlton at Curtis Brown represented the author in the deal for world rights. 

Dark Rise by C. S. Pascat (HarperCollins)
Andrew Eliopulos at HarperCollins acquired, at auction, bestselling adult author C.S. Pacat's (Captive Prince) YA debut, Dark Rise, a fantasy trilogy set in an alternate London. In the books, the heroes and villains of a long-forgotten war are reborn, ushering in a dangerous new age of magic. The first title, Dark Rise, will be published in fall 2021; Tracey Adams at Adams Literary negotiated the deal for North American rights.  
 

 















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Home Ick by Karen Bishcher (Swoon Reads)
Home economics is supposed to be an easy A for Ellie Agresti, but, much like an imperfect souffle, her plans collapse epically when she's dumped by her boyfriend, Hunter. Now Ellie has to mend her broken heart while watching Hunter fawn all over his new girlfriend, Brynn, in class. To make matters worse, Ellie is partnered with four of the biggest misfit guys in school: Jeremy, the loudmouth with temper issues; Isaiah, the solemn, silent horse racing obsessive; Andrew, who can't take rejection; and Luke, the giant, tattooed stunt biker.

Over the course of a semester, Ellie works to overcome her feelings for Hunter, as well as deeper insecurities that have plagued her since middle school. As the weeks go by, she's surprised to find friendships in unexpected places... and sparks flying with the last guy she'd expect.


The Scientific Method of Getting Lucky by Heather Truett (Swoon Reads)
When Stephen kisses a girl at a party, he discovers that his tics caused by Tourette’s Syndrome stop immediately. Using the scientific method drilled into him by his scientist father, Stephen begins an experiment to see if kissing could be a very pleasant treatment for his Tourette’s Syndrome.

The experiment leads him to Pilar, who quickly thinks Stephen is her boyfriend, but Stephen isn’t sure he’s ready for that, not now that Joan has dropped back into his life after a deep conversation in a dark projection room. Stephen will have to be honest with Pilar if he wants to win Joan’s heart, and the kissing experiment will have to end before it spirals out of control.


Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher (Wednesday Books)
Vicki Lame at Wednesday Books has bought Ashley Schumacher's Amelia Unabridged, a debut contemporary YA novel with a hint of magic, about a bookish girl who is sent a rare edition of a beloved book when her best friend dies. Convinced it is a message from her friend, she traces the book back to a strange bookstore where she encounters the alluring young author. Publication is slated for winter 2021; Thao Le at Sandra Dijkstra & Associates did the deal for world English rights.

Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink (Feiwel and Friends)
Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends has bought Girls Like Us author Randi Pink's Angel of Greenwood, a historical YA novel set in the Tulsa neighborhood of Greenwood, affectionately known as Black Wall Street, in which two teenagers, surrounded by idyllic beauty, passionate intellectualism, and black excellence, fall in love for the first time. Ultimately, they find themselves in the midst of one of the worst atrocities in U.S. history: the Greenwood Massacre of 1921. Publication is scheduled for winter 2021; Marietta B. Zacker at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.

Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye (HarperCollins)
Kristin Pettit at HarperCollins has acquired world rights to #PitchWars alum Deborah Falaye's YA fantasy Blood Scion. Inspired by Africa's child soldier crisis and set in a West African fantasy world, the novel follows a young Scion—the all but extinct descendants of the ancient Orisha gods—who is drafted into the very military that has hunted her kind for centuries. Stealing the opportunity to uncover what happened the night her mother disappeared, she will do anything to learn the truth—even if it means becoming the killer the army demands. Publication is tentatively slated for winter 2021; Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency did the deal. 

The Heartbreak of Corazon Tagubio by Laurel Flores Fantauzzo (HarperTeen)
Alexandra Cooper at HarperTeen has acquired, at auction, Laurel Flores Fantauzzo's The Heartbreak of Corazon Tagubio, which brings to mind Lady Bird and Darius the Great Is Not Okay. Cory Tagubio is an outcast at her all-girls Catholic high school. In the wake of an accident, Cory grows close to her history teacher, Ms. Holden, but when the crush turns into something more, Cory is shipped off to her half-brother in the Philippines, leaving her to discover how her family and their country have shaped her past and how they might change her future. Publication is set for winter 2021; Andrea Morrison at Writers House sold world English rights.

These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy (Inkyard Press) 
Connolly Bottum at Inkyard Press has bought, at auction, These Feathered Flames and the sequel by Alexandra Overy, a fantasy retelling of the Firebird folktale with a female/female romance. In the land of Tourin, twin princesses are separated, one to rule the land and one to ensure the price of magic is paid. But after the queen dies mysteriously, the two sisters must navigate the court and discover who they can trust, who they can love, and who murdered their mother. Publication is set for winter 2021; Natascha Morris at Bookends Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights. 

The Other Side of Silence by Steven Salvatore (Bloomsbury) 
Steven Salvatore's debut The Other Side of Silence is about a genderqueer student who dreams of being a diva like their hero Mariah Carey, but when they are cast in the lead female role in the school musical, they must fight against the injustices from the closed-mindedness of their school's administration.

Sold to Annette Pollert-Moragn at Bloomsbury Children's, in a good deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, or publication in winter 2021, by Jessica Regel at Foundry Literary + Media.
 


The Book of Living Secrets by Madeline Roux (HarperTeen)
HarperTeen has acquired The Book of Living Secrets by Madeleine Roux. In this standalone YA novel, a girl follows her missing best friend into the world of their favorite dark fantasy novel, only to discover that the novel's heroine hasn't been telling the full story—and now she doesn't want to let the friends go. Publication is slated for winter 2021.

The Half-Orphaned Handbook by Joan F. Smith (Imprint)
Nicole Otto at Imprint has bought Joan F. Smith's YA debut, The Half-Orphaned Handbook, a coming-of-age story about grief, first love, and forgiveness. When a 16-year-old girl loses her father to suicide, her mother enrolls her at a summer grief camp that might just help her learn to trust, and maybe even love, again. Publication is slated for winter 2021; Kerry D'Agostino at Curtis Brown handled the deal for North American rights. 

A Shot At Normal by Marisa Reichardt (FSG)
Joy Peskin at FSG has acquired North American rights to Indies Introduce New Voices author Marisa Reichardt's contemporary YA novel, A Shot At Normal After contracting the measles and unknowingly passing them to a newborn, 16-year-old Juniper Jade fights her anti-vaxxer parents for the right to be vaccinated, as public sentiment in their small California town turns against her family. Publication is slated for winter 2021; Kate Testerman at KT Literary handled the deal.

Flint Flare Flame by Sam Taylor (Swoon Taylor)
Oksana and Pran weren’t born fire-breathing monsters. But the Vesimaan Empire kidnapped them. Transformed them. Demonized them.

Now spitting flames and with eyes stained black, they are forced into the army. They must burn anyone who opposes the empire… or be incinerated themselves. Their only comforts are the kisses they steal in shadows as they dream of a life together in freedom.

After a troop of fellow soldiers escapes the copper fortress, Pran and Oksana vow to take action. Oksana is hellbent on disbanding the army and returning home. But Pran is determined to become the army’s new master—by any means necessary—and destroy the empire.

In this land of ashen-gray morals, the more Pran and Oksana chase the murky paths to freedom, the more they torch their ties to each other.


Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olsen (Inkyard Press)
Inkyard Press has bought, at auction, Sing Me Forgotten by debut author Jessica S. Olson. In this gender-bent, magical YA retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, a young woman born with the ability to manipulate memories through song must fight against both the outside world that fears her and the inner darkness that tempts her in order to save the young man she loves. Publication is scheduled for winter 2021.

When You Look Like Us by Pamela Harris (HarperCollins) 
Andrew Eliopulos at HarperCollins has acquired When You Look Like Us by debut author Pamela Harris. When Jay Murphy, an African-American teen living in Newport News, Va., realizes his older sister Nic has disappeared, he goes to the police and is told that girls like Nic, who “roll with trouble,” go missing all the time. But Jay knows what they really mean—they don't care about another missing black girl—and if he wants to find Nic, he'll have to do it himself. Publication is scheduled for winter 2021; Viana Siniscalchi, Sara Shandler, and Josh Bank at Alloy Entertainment handled the deal; Sarah LaPolla at Bradford Literary Agency represented the author. 

She's Too Pretty To Burn by Wendy Heard (Macmillan/Ottaviano)
Macmillan/Ottaviano has bought Wendy Heard's debut YA thriller, She's Too Pretty to Burn. In this gender-swapped Dorian Gray reimagining, a teen photographer's picture of her introverted girlfriend goes viral, sending them into a spiral of fame and danger as they navigate the waters of an underground San Diego art scene. Publication is scheduled for winter 2021.

Izzy Takes a Stand by Katie Henry (Katherine Tegan Books)
HarperCollins/Tegen has acquired Katie Henry's new standalone YA novel, Izzy Takes a Stand, pitched as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In the novel, a shy teen accidentally walks on stage at an open mic night and finds herself thrown into the world of stand-up comedy. Publication is planned for winter 2021.

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao (Bloomsbury)
Hali Baumstein at Bloomsbury has preempted THE DRAGON WARRIOR author Katie Zhao's YA debut, HOW WE FALL APART. Pitched as ONE OF US IS LYING meets CRAZY RICH ASIANS, the thriller follows scholarship student Nancy Luo and her friends at an elite Manhattan prep school after their best-friend-turned-rival Jamie Ruan is found dead. But once Jamie's death is ruled a homicide, and an anonymous figure threatens to expose everyone's deepest, darkest secrets on the school's social media app, Nancy decides to find the real killer—even if it's one of her friends. Publication is planned for winter 2021; Penny Moore at Aevitas Creative Management negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.

Happily Ever After by Elise Bryant (Balzer + Bray)
Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has bought, at auction, Elise Bryant's debut YA, Happily Ever Afters. Pitched as Jane the Virgin meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before—and full of Black girl magic—the book follows Tessa, a creative writing student who has never seen herself reflected in the pages of her beloved romance novels, until she runs up against a bad case of writer's block and decides to find a real-life romance to inspire her fiction. Publication is slated for winter 2021; Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights.

City of Villains by Estelle Laure (Disney Hyperion)
Jocelyn Davies at Disney-Hyperion has acquired Estelle Laure's three-book YA series City of Villains, the first title announced in a new program that reimagines classic Disney stories with unexpected twists. Set in a fictional Gotham-esque city, the fairy tale-inspired crime series follows a troubled teenage detective as she discovers the reenvisioned origins of Maleficent, Ursula, Captain Hook, and other infamous Disney Villains. Publication is planned for winter 2021; Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management negotiated the deal for world rights. 

Your Life Has Been Delayed by Michelle Mason (Bloomsbury)
Bloomsbury has acquired debut author Michelle Mason's YA novel Your Life Has Been Delayed, about a 17-year-old who takes off on a flight from New York City and lands back home in St. Louis 25 years later, needing to grapple with her family, friends, and new boyfriend moving on without her, and also taking a crash-course in social media and viral news culture while she's the biggest story to hit the internet. Publication is slated for winter 2021.

Lullaby Doe by Rachel Vincent (Bloomsbury)
Rachel Vincent's LULLABY DOE, in which a teenage girl in a poor, Southern community who, after discovering a dead baby in her high school locker room, becomes the center of a scandal which quickly swells into a nation-wide social media obsession, testing her relationships with friends and family, to Cindy Loh at Bloomsbury, in a nice deal, for publication in winter 2021.

The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani (HarperTeen) 
This companion novel to Thorn features Rae, who was introduced in the short story The Bone Knife. Expected publication Winter 2021 by HarperTeen.






 







Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell (Wednesday Books)
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The Dust Alphabet by Rebecca Podos (Balzer + Bray)
Jordan Brown at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired North American rights to The Dust Alphabet by Lambda Literary Award-winning author Rebecca Podos, a contemporary YA fantasy about identity, faith, and fate. On her 17th birthday, Hannah is cursed by a sheyd (a Jewish demon) as the price for a desperate bargain that her mother made long ago. To break the spell, she and her brother must track down their mother's estranged family and discover a legacy they never dreamed of—one that traces back to the famous Golem of Prague. Publication is set for 2021.

The Darkened Lands of the Earth by Leila Siddiqui (Yali Books)
Yali Books has bought The Darkened Lands of the Earth, a debut #OwnVoices YA novel by Leila Siddiqui, pitched as Pan's Labyrinth meets The Night Diary with a dash of Stranger Things. The book stars a modern teenage girl who is coming to terms with her missing brother, and must discover the secrets of her late grandfather's life in colonial India during WWII and Pakistan after the partition if she is to unlock the greenhouse that suddenly appears in her backyard and face the creatures lurking inside. Publication is set for 2021.

Himawari Share by Harmony Becker (First Second)
Kiara Valdez at First Second has acquired Himawari Share by Harmony Becker, a YA graphic novel about three foreign exchange students who live together in a “sharehouse” in Tokyo. Publication is scheduled for 2021; DongWon Song at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.

In Silent Seas We Drown by Liz Lawson (Delacorte)
Krista Marino at Delacorte has acquired world rights to Liz Lawson's (The Lucky Ones) second YA novel. In Silent Seas We Drown is the story of three teens whose lives are sent into a tailspin when one overdoses at another's home and her parents decide to press charges. Told in dual POVs, the novel is about addiction, the ripple effects it causes, and the secrets we all have. Publication is scheduled for 2021; Andrea Morrison at Writers House brokered the deal.

Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos (Razorbill)
Julie Rosenberg at Razorbill has bought Kelly deVos's YA thriller Eat Your Heart Out, which follows six disgruntled teens forced to spend two weeks at fat camp during the worst blizzard in a century, only to find that camp is even worse than they expected because it's crawling with zombies. Publication is planned for 2021; Alice Sutherland-Hawes at Madeleine Milburn Ltd. brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

Climate Change by Danica Novgordoff (First Second)
Mark Siegel at First Second has bought Climate Change, Danica Norvgorodoff's YA graphic novel, which ranges from the tsunamis and hurricanes that devastate entire populations to the scrim of pollution and the warming weather that has changed our ecosystems gradually. Publication is scheduled for 2021; Tanya McKinnon at McKinnon Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights. 

Scarred City by Joshua David Bellin (Month9Books)
Georgia McBride at Month9Books has acquired Joshua David Bellin's (Survival Colony 9) Scarred City, in which a 17-year-old's hunt for her missing family lands her under the command of a ruthless leader, until a boy who claims he has no memory offers to take her to a city where they might both find answers—if she is willing to risk it all. Publication is slated for 2021; Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Seperate No More by Lawrence Goldstone (Scholastic) 
Lisa Sandell at Scholastic Focus has bought Lawrence Goldstone's Separate No More, a YA non-fiction title about the Supreme Court's impact on segregation in America, from Plessy v. Ferguson, when racial separation became fixed in the Constitution, to the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, when a team of African-American lawyers persuaded nine white justices that “separate but equal is inherently unequal.” Publication is slated for 2021; Charlie Olsen at InkWell Management did the deal for world English rights. 

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo (FSG)
Trisha de Guzman at FSG has acquired, in a two-book deal, at auction, world English rights to Rose Szabo's debut, What Big Teeth, a gothic YA fantasy pitched as a Lovecraftian take on The Addams Family, with a dash of Pan's Labyrinth. It's the tale of one seemingly human girl's attempt to reconnect with her inhuman family—to nightmarish results—while coming to understand that true monstrousness is much more than skin deep. Publication is slated for winter 2021; Jennifer Azantian at Azantian Literary Agency negotiated the deal.

Follow Your Arrow by Jess Verdi (Scholastic)
Aimee Friedman at Scholastic has bought And She Was author Jess Verdi's latest YA novel, Follow Your Arrow. After breaking up with her long-term girlfriend, openly queer social media influencer CeCe, known for her political beliefs and LGBTQ+ activism, falls for the new guy in town. But when her fans catch wind of her new relationship, the blowback is intense, and CeCe finds herself in the position of defining what it means to be bi—to the world, and to herself. Publication is planned for 2021; Kate McKean at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

You've Reached Me by Dustin Thao (Wednesday Books)
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired North American rights to You've Reached Me and a second book by debut author Dustin Thao. You've Reached Me is a contemporary story with a dash of magic, about a teen girl who, heartbroken after her boyfriend's death, calls him to hear his voicemail—but he picks up. In a miraculous turn of events, they have a second chance at good-bye. Publication is scheduled for 2021; Thao Le at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency brokered the two-book deal.

Wiches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart (HarperTeen)
Alice Jerman at HarperTeen has acquired Ciannon Smart's YA debut, Witches Steeped in Gold, and a sequel, at auction. A Caribbean-inspired fantasy, the novel follows two witches from enemy castes—one seeking power, and one seeking revenge—who will stop at nothing to overthrow the Witch Queen, even if it means forming an alliance with each other and unleashing chaos on their island nation. Publication is slated for winter 2021; Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights. 

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft (Wednesday Books)
Jennie Conway at Wednesday Books has bought, in a two-book deal, Down Comes the Night by debut author Allison Saft, a gothic romance set in a Guillermo del Toro-esque world. The book is about a healer torn between duty and her heart, a soldier broken by his crimes, and the darkness that threatens to consume them. Publication is planned for winter 2021; Claire Friedman and Jessica Mileo at InkWell Management brokered the deal for U.S./Canadian rights.

Nemesis and the Swan by Lindsay Bandy (Blackstone)
Rick Bleiweiss at Blackstone has bought Nemesis and the Swan, a debut historical YA by Lindsay Bandy. The novel is set during the turbulent days of the French Revolution, when a disenchanted aristocrat, fleeing her family's past demons, attempts to navigate a Paris in upheaval while trying to reconnect with the young apprentice she fell in love with, only to face dangerous consequences that may lead her to the guillotine. The book will be published in 2021; Cate Hart at Corvisiero Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.

The Salt Is Sea and So Am I by Cassandra Hartt (Roaring Brook Press)
Cassandra Hartt's debut THE SEA IS SALT AND SO AM I, pitched as I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN meets Dawson's Creek, in this multi-POV story that follows three teens in the aftermath of a suicide attempt that shatters the delicate balance that has always existed between them, to Kate Meltzer at Roaring Brook Press, for publication in winter 2021.

Untitled by Tammi Lawson and Marilyn Nelson (Macmillan/Ottaviano)
Christy Ottaviano at Macmillan/Ottaviano has acquired world rights to a YA biography in verse of sculptor Augusta Savage by award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson (l.) and Tammi Lawson, curator of the Arts and Artifacts Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The book, set for 2021, will include archival materials and chronicle Savage's life and legacy as one of the most important artists and leaders of the Harlem Renaissance; Regina Brooks at Serendipity Literary Agency negotiated the deal.

All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O' Donoghue (Walker Books US)
Susan Van Metre at Walker Books U.S. and Denise Johnstone-Burt at Walker Books U.K. have jointly acquired, in a preempt, world rights to All Our Hidden Gifts, the YA debut from journalist and podcaster Caroline O'Donoghue. The first book in a series, All Our Hidden Gifts follows misfit Maeve Chambers, who finds herself struggling to fit in since she separated herself from her best friend. When she finds a pack of tarot cards and begins to give scarily accurate readings to her classmates, she realizes she's found her gift at last—until a reading for her ex-best-friend goes very wrong. The author of the adult novel Promising Young Women, O'Donoghue has a regular column in the Times Ireland. The U.S. publication date has not yet been set; Bryony Woods at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency negotiated the two-book deal. 

Second Coming by Andre-Naquiane Wheeler (Levine Querido)
Meghan Maria McCullough and Arthur Levine at Levine Querido have bought two YA novels by debut author André-Naquian Wheeler. Set in the near future, Second Coming follows Ebb, a teen with a traumatic romantic past; that is, until he meets Manny, an immigrant from Nicaragua who loves him openly⁠—and might also be the son of God. The second book, Like and Subscribe, is a contemporary novel about Hunter, a queer black boy struggling to manage his anxiety, fame, and love life in the face of viral stardom. Publication will begin in 2021; the author represented himself in the deal for world rights. 

The Ones We're Meant to Find by Joan He (Roaring Brook Press)
Jennifer Besser at Roaring Brook, Macmillan has won at auction North American rights to Joan He's YA novel, The Ones We're Meant to Find. Pitched as We Were Liars meets Black Mirror, the story follows two sisters, one living on a deserted island with little memory of who she was, the other fighting to save an Earth decimated by natural disasters, while believing her sister to be dead. John Cusick at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management did the two book deal.

That Way Madness Lies by Various YA Authors (Flatrion Books)
Dahlia Adler (ed.)'s THAT WAY MADNESS LIES, a collection of William Shakespeare's most celebrated works reimagined by authors Lily Anderson, Brittany Cavallaro, Patrice Caldwell, Amy Rose Capetta, Austin Chant, Cori McCarthy, Joy McCullough, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Emily X. R. Pan, Austin Siegemund-Broka, Lindsay Smith, Kiersten White, Emily Wibberley, Ibi Ziboi, and Samantha Mabry, to Sarah Barley at Flatiron Books, by Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Agency in association with DongWon Song at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency (world).

Re: Constitutions by Beka Feathers and Kasia Babis (First Second)
Mark Siegel at First Second has acquired world rights to Re: Constitutions, a nonfiction YA graphic novel written by Beka Feathers (l.) with art by Kasia Babis that covers everything about constitutions, from how they work and why they are made to the way they've shaped our world throughout history. Publication is scheduled for 2021; both the author and the illustrator were unagented.

Heiress Apparently by Diana Ma (Amulet)
Anne Heltzel at Amulet has acquired debut novelist Diana Ma's YA novel, Heiress Apparently, in which a Chinese-American actress living in L.A. lands her dream role set to film in Beijing, a city she was forbidden to enter, and discovers that she's descended from Chinese nobility. Christa Heschke at McIntosh & Otis handled the deal for world rights.

Win! by Cynthia Yuan Cheng (First Second)
First Second has bought world rights to Win!, debut author Cynthia Yuan Cheng's YA graphic memoir about a shy and geeky Taiwanese-American teenage girl who joins her high school's boys' football team. Publication is scheduled for 2021.

Eyes of the Forest by April Henry (Macmillan/Ottaviano)
A mystery with a triple twist pitched as Games of Thrones meets Misery, scheduled for 2021.

It's Not Me, It's You by Julie Halpern and Len Vhalos (Fiewel and Friends)
Feiwel and Friends has bought an untitled YA novel co-written by Julie Halpern and Len Vlahos, told from two points of view about a breakup, breakdown, and breakthrough to moving on.

Tabby Charon by Amy Kim Kimbuishi (Scholastic)
A YA graphic novel series by Amy Kim Kibuishi. They recount the story of Tabby Charon, who, after her father dies, travels to a distant world of magic and beauty where she meets a handsome boy and learns of her destiny.

Ghost Notes by Antoine Revoy (First Second)
Mark Siegel at First Second has acquired world rights to Ghost Notes, a YA graphic novel by Antoine Revoy about three ghosts stuck in limbo who have to tell each other spooky stories so that one of them can move on to the afterworld. Publication is scheduled for 2021; the author was unagented.

Untitled by Laura Brooken Robson (Kathy Dawson Books)
Stanford senior Laura Brooke Robson's debut stand-alone apocalyptic fantasy told in alternating POVs about the leader of a band of female elite royal aerialists whose plan for survival depends on marrying the prince—until she meets the alluring new recruit who secretly plans to kill him, to Kathy Dawson at Kathy Dawson Books, in a good deal, at auction, in a two book deal for publication.

Cursebreakers #3 by Brigid Kemmerer (Bloomsbury)
Mary Kate Castellani, executive editor at Bloomsbury in the US, bought world rights from Mandy Hubbard at Emerald City Literary Agency to ... the third novel in the Cursebreaker series.

“Brigid is a master storyteller who crafts stories so rich with emotion and page-turning action,” said Castellani. “The Cursebreaker series, with its foothold in the real world, has inspired fervent love in both fantasy and contemporary readers alike."

Publication of the third Cursebreaker novel is scheduled for Winter 2021.


The Queen's Council by Livia Blackburne (Disney Hyperion) - see below
Jocelyn Davies at Disney-Hyperion has signed Livia Blackburne to write the second book in The Queen's Council, a YA historical fantasy series that reimagines the Disney Princesses as rulers coming into power, aided by a mysterious force that weaves between their individual stories. Blackburne will twist the story of Mulan: named Empress of a people who do not want her, forbidden from marrying the man she loves, and facing a potential coup, she brings mysticism to the battlefield to fight for her right to rule. Publication is set for fall 2021; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal for world rights.  

Untitled by Margot Woods (Abrams)
"One of my life goals was to one day update my Twitter bio to say that I'm an author.

Today is that day.

I'm very casually stoked to announce that I sold my very first novel at auction!!!!!!!

It'll go on sale in 2021....so until then, join me for this wild ride."


The Queen's Council #2 by Emma Theriault (Disney Hyperion) - suspect this title will not release since Livia Blackburne has now been drafted in to write this book. 

The Black Volume of the Dead by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu (Saga Press)

If We Were Us by K.L. Walther (Sourcebooks Fire)

The Bone Season #3 by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury)

The Perfect Escape #2 by Suzanne Park (Sourcebooks Fire) 

The Dark Tide #2 by Alicia Jasinska (Sourcebooks Fire) 

Little Creeping Things #2 by Chelsea Ichaso (Sourcebooks Fire)

Hollow Crown #2 by Zoraida Cordova (Disney Hyperion)

Namesake by Adrienne Young (Wednesday Books) 

Loveboat Taipei #2 by Abigail Hing Wen (HarperTeen)

House of Dragons #2 by Jessica Cluess (Random House) 

This Is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey (Quirk Books) 

A Court of Miracles #2 by Kester Grant (Knopf)

Crownchasers #2 by Rebecca Coffindaffer (HarperTeen) 

Untitled by Lilliam Rivera (Bloomsbury YA)

Untitled by Margot Wood (Abrams)

The Demon Tide by Laurie Forest (Inkyard Press)

Kingdom of Cards #2 by Janelle Angeles (Wednesday Books)

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (Jimmy Paterson)

Muse #2 by Brittany Cavallaro (Katherine Tegan Book)

Untitled by Natasha Preston (Delacorte) 

Smash It #2 by Franscina Simone (Inkyard Press) 

Crown of Feathers #3 by Nicki Pau Preto (Simon Pulse)

My Contrary Mary by Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton (HarperTeen)

The Wrath of Ambar #2 by Tanaz Bhathena (FSG)

Night Spinner #2 by Addie Thorley (Page Street Kids)

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