Undated 2021 New Releases

The Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim (Delacorte) - was dated July 2021, but this date has since been revised. I will update when I know more.
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 Ojja-Wojja: A Teen Horror Mystery or Whatever, You Know? by Magdalene Visaggio and Jenn St-Onge (Balzer + Bray)
Jordan Brown at Balzer + Bray has bought, in a six-publisher auction, The Ojja-Wojja: A Teen Horror Mystery or Whatever, You Know?, a queer-positive graphic novel by Magdalene Visaggio (l.) and Jenn St-Onge. Val Malloy is an autistic kid with two interests: the supernatural and her best friend, Lanie. When Val and Lanie accidentally unleash a mysterious entity known as the Ojja-Wojja, transforming their town into a mind-controlled cult, they must team up with other misfits to stop it. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Charlie Olsen at InkWell Management brokered the two-book deal for North American rights. 

Burned and Buried by Nino Cipri (Henry Holt)
Tiffany Liao at Holt has acquired, at auction, North American rights to Nino Cipri's debut novel Burned and Buried. This YA supernatural horror follows Riley, who wakes up at the bottom of a grave with a hole in her chest and strange new powers. She's soon joined by three other dead girls, each with abilities born out of violence. Publication is planned for spring 2021; DongWon Song at Howard Morhaim Literary negotiated the two-book deal.

Of Sea and Venom by Trinidad Escobar (FSG)
Set in the 1500s Pacific Islands and near-future Oakland, Calif., the Own Voices story is about a teenage Priestess-in-training whose future in the divine sciences is challenged when unexpected conquistadors land on her tribe's beach. Publication is tentatively set for spring 2021

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.

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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.




The World Ends Here by Rory Power (Delacorte) - originally dated July 2021, now undated.

Krista Marino at Delacorte Press has acquired, in a six-figure deal, The World Ends Here and a second untitled novel by Rory Power (Wilder Girls). The World Ends Here is a speculative thriller following ex-girlfriends raised at a remote, icy research institute, and what happens when they uncover the nightmarish discovery that their families are protecting there. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Kimberly Witherspoon and Jessica Mileo at Inkwell Management represented the author for North American rights.


The Gates of Deep Shadow by Katharyn Blair

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Eleanor Rigby by James Patterson and Valeria Wicker (Little, Brown)
T.S. Ferguson at Little, Brown/Patterson has signed Valeria Wicker (author-illustrator of The Ugly Doodles) to illustrate Eleanor Rigby, a YA graphic novel written by James Patterson, in which a teen girl runs away to Seattle to find her missing sister and must tell stories on the street to survive. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Adria Goetz at Martin Literary Management negotiated the deal for world rights.

Botched by Shannon Gibney (Dutton)
Andrew Karre at Dutton has acquired world English rights to Botched by Shannon Gibney (Dream Country). A blend of speculative fiction and memoir, the book explores Shannon's childhood as a mixed black transracial adoptee while weaving together multiple imagined timelines—if her adoption had never happened; if her children were her parents and if her adoptive parents were her children; if she had met her birth father—in order to make sense of her identity for her teenage self. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Tina Dubois at ICM Partners did the deal.

How to Love by Alex Norris (Walker Books US)
Susan Van Metre at Walker Books US has acquired North American rights to How to Love, based on cartoonist Alex Norris's advice column of the same name. The first title in a two-book deal, How to Love is a humorous and heartfelt collection of comics aimed at young people who are experiencing falling in love for the first time. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Christopher Schelling at Selectric Artists brokered the deal.

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.

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.

Linney by Lucy Knisley (Random House Graphic)
Random House Graphic has acquired Lucy Knisley's YA graphic novel Linney, a collection of Knisley's online cat cartoons in print for the first time, along with original material. Publication is slated for fall 2021.  

Mysterious Ways by Wendy Wunder (Wednesday Books)
Sara Goodman at Wednesday Books has bought, in a preempt, Mysterious Ways by Wendy Wunder. When 18-year-old Maya looks at someone, she instantly knows everything about them, which makes starting at a new school and meeting a guy she actually wants to be around more than a little challenging. No one would ever believe her superpower—so what happens when someone does, and challenges her to use it for good? Publication is set for fall 2021; Sara Shandler, Joelle Hobeika, and Josh Bank at Alloy Entertainment brokered the deal for world English rights.



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Pieces of a Girl by Stephanie Kuehnert
(Dutton) - non-fiction YA, dated March 2021 but did not publish, I will update when I know more.
A raw and bold YA memoir about abuse and addiction, and the power of expression and community that helped author Stephanie Kuehnert survive and thrive.

Years before she would become a published author…years before she would find a voice and a home in the Riot Grrrl movement and emerging zine community, Stephanie Kuehnert struggled to find her place. Told in varied narrative styles, including journal entries, original illustration, and pages torn from her actual teenage diaries and zines, this is the story of Stephanie Kuehnert’s life as a struggling outsider who survived substance and relationship abuse to become a strong and powerful young woman after years trapped in a cycle that sometimes seemed to have no escape. From the author of Ballads of Suburbia and former Rookie contributor Stephanie Kuehnert, this bold and bare memoir about a life shaped by music and writing is unflinching and devastatingly honest.

The Space Between Loneliness and Fear by Jennifer Mason-Black (Walker Books US) - dated September 2021 but did not publish at this time.
The acclaimed young adult author returns with a literary thriller for fans of Caleb Roehrig’s Last Seen Leaving and Sadie by Courtney Summers.

Since last year’s cyberbullying incident, Sarah spends her days at home alone with her virtual school assignments, avoiding cell phones and social media. Until the day she discovers WeRemember.org. Together with a homeschooled girl down the street, Sarah follows the trail of a missing boy, uncovering details that never appeared in the official report. Sarah becomes convinced that he didn’t just run away. But as she unravels the mystery, someone online is determined to keep the truth buried . . . at any cost. 

Out Loud by Taylor B. Barton (HarperTeen) - dated June 8th but did not publish on this date, suspect this title has been cancelled but is still on Goodreads.
Kristen Pettit at HarperTeen has acquired Taylor B. Barton's Out Loud, pitched as a queer Bring It On meets Cheer, following non-binary gymnast Len Deon, who infiltrates their school's cheer team in order to get intel and revenge on homophobic football players, only to find unexpected romance—and a rekindling of their competitive spirit—along the way. Publication is slated for spring 2021; Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management brokered the deal for North American rights on behalf of Glasstown Entertainment; Saba Sulaiman of Talcott Notch Literary Services represents the author.

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.

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.

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.

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 AndrĂ©-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.

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.

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.

The Exile's Gift by Tamora Pierce (Random House) - originally dated September 2021, US release date not clear.
In which we learn of Numair's last years at the university of Carthak, the beginning of his conflict with the newly-made Emperor Ozorne (Numair's best friend), his quick departure from Carthak, and how he survives afterward.

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.

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

Neverland by Meagan Spooner (HarperTeen)

Untitled by Akemi Dawn Bowman (Simon Pulse)

Untitled by Jessica Rubinkowski (HarperTeen)

Untitled by James Aleman (Disney Hyperion)

Untitled by Lilliam Rivera (Bloomsbury)

Muse #2 by Brittany Cavallaro (Katherine Tegan Books)

Misadventures of Johnathon Lambshead #2 by Jeff Vandermeer  (FSG)

Smash It #2 by Franscina Simone (Inkyard Press)

A Heavy Dose of Allison Tandy #2 by Jeff Bishop (Putnam)

The Notorious Virtues #2 by Alwyn Hamilton (Viking)

Most Likely #2 by Sarah Watson (Poppy)

A Forgery of Magic #3 by Maya Motayne (Balzer + Bray)

Every Reason We Shouldn't #2 by Sara Fujimura (Tor Teen) 

The Stepping Off Place #2 by Cameron Kelly Rosenblum (HarperTeen)

Legacy of Orisha #3 by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt) - moved from 2020.

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