Undated 2021 New Releases













Never Saw You 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.   

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 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. 

An Island Without You by Malulani Moreno (Amulet)
Anne Heltzel and Emily Daluga at Amulet have bought An Island Without You, a YA debut by Malulani Moreno. Set in contemporary Hawaii, this #OwnVoices novel features two boys struggling with identity and loss in their community after other boys in their town go missing. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Allison Hellegers at Stimola Literary Studio did the 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.

Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming of Age Story by Stacey Chomiak (Beaming Books)
Naomi Krueger at Beaming Books has bought Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming of Age Story by author-illustrator Stacey Chomiak. The YA illustrated memoir is about Chomiak’s teenage years of wrestling with her gay Christian identity, trying to become “ex-gay,” and eventually finding peace. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Claire Draper at the Bent Agency represented the author for world English rights.

Time Will Tell by Barry Lyga (Disney Hyperion)
Alvina Ling at Little, Brown has acquired world rights to Time Will Tell by Barry Lyga (I Hunt Killers), a YA crime thriller ricocheting between the crimes of the past and present, where a group of teens unearth a time capsule buried by their parents when they were in high school, only to find a murder weapon inside. The book is scheduled for spring 2021; Kathleen Anderson at Anderson Literary Management negotiated the 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

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.


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.

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.

Like Her by Nina Laurin (Sourcebooks Fire) 
Molly Cusick at Sourcebooks has acquired, in a two-book deal, North American rights to bestselling thriller author Nina Laurin's YA debut, Like Her. The book follows a teen girl whose family moves into a mansion with a tragic history; the girl becomes spellbound by the spirit of a 19th-century socialite who was fatally obsessed with her own image and who now thirsts to enter the digital age of vanity. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Rachel Ekstrom at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management negotiated the deal on behalf of Ruth Pomerance and Adam Wilson at INKubator Enterprises.

Runaway Train by Lee Matthew Goldberg (Wise Wolf)
Rachel Del Grosso at Wise Wolf has bought world rights to Runaway Train and Grenade Bouquets by Lee Matthew Goldberg. The first book in the YA series is set in the early '90s, charting the journey of aspiring grunge singer Nico Sullivan, who goes off the rails when her sister dies of a brain aneurysm, and runs away at the encouragement of her delinquent friends; the sequel is about Nico's band and their rise to fame in NYC. Publication is set for spring and summer 2021; Natalie Kimber at the Rights Factory brokered the two-book deal. 


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.

Nowhere by Brandon Sanderson (Delacorte) 
"Stormlight Four taking all of my 2019 will likely mean that Skyward Three won’t be written until 2020, for a spring 2021 release. (At least, that would be my best guess at this point.) So you’ll have a larger-than-usual wait between Books Two and Three, unless something happens to let me squeeze Book Three in early."  















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).

 


  





 


Hello, World by Yvonne Wood (Katherine Tegan Books)
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.

Postcards From Summer by Cynthia Platt (Simon Pulse)
Nicole Ellul at Simon Pulse has bought world rights to Cynthia Platt's Postcards from Summer. Hoping to understand a mother she never knew, a teen girl travels to her late mother's summer home to unravel the mystery behind the cryptic postcard that tells of the tragedy—and the forbidden romance—that changed her mother's life forever. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal.

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.

Grenade Bouquets by Lee Matthew Goldberg (Wise Wolf)
"...The sequel is about Nico's band and their rise to fame in NYC."


 







 


 



Squire by Nadia Shammas and Sarah Alfageeh (HarperCollins)
44392501. sy475Set 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? 
 





Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin (Amulet Books)
53924372. sy475Emily Daluga at Amulet has acquired Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin in her YA debut. The first novel is a gothic, feminist fantasy retelling of "Beauty and the Beast." To protect her sister, Marie laces perfumes with honeysuckle to mark victims for Ama to hunt when she transforms into a beast at night. But when a child in their town is killed, Marie is forced to acknowledge that she might be losing control of Ama—and must instead find a cure for this curse. Publication is planned for fall 2021, with a second untitled YA novel to follow; Chloe Seager at Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American rights.








Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood (Wednesday Books)

Tiffany Shelton at Wednesday Books has acquired, in a preempt, in a two-book deal, debut author Lauren Blackwood's Within These Wicked Walls, an Ethiopian-inspired Jane Eyre retelling in which Andromeda—an unlicensed debtera—is hired to rid a castle of its dangerous curses, only to fall in love with the boy whose life hangs in the balance. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Lauren Spieller at TriadaUS Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

 

 




 


The Gates of Deep Shadow by Katharyn Blair (Putnam)
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A Rush of Wings by Laura Weymouth (McElderry Books)
Rowenna Winthrop has lived in the remote Scottish Highlands all her life. She’s been out of step with the people there all her life, too—possessed of uncanny knacks and talents, Rowenna is halfway to a witch. Rowenna’s mother, Mairead, has always sought to shelter her daughter from those who fear her gifts, and who believe Rowenna to be in league with the devil. That is, until Mairead’s snatched from the seaside cliffs by a monstrous creature from the deep, leaving Rowenna to care for her family—and defend her own strange magic—on her own.

Then, months later, the sea delivers a strange boy called Gawen to Rowenna, who offers her an opportunity to leave her old world behind. But the same day that he’s washed ashore, Mairead is discovered, alive and wandering the beach. While her family is overjoyed to have her home again, Rowenna soon sees the truth—there’s an unsettling hunger in Mairead, and a new hatred for Rowenna as well. Rowenna’s fears are confirmed when Mairead lays a bitter curse on the Winthrops, transforming her sons into swans, and robbing Rowenna of the one thing she’s always relied on to protect herself from cruelty—her voice.

Rowenna and her brothers—along with the enigmatic Gawen, who was also turned into a swan by Mairead’s dark curse—are driven from their home to the Highlands capital of Inverness. But the city possesses unknown dangers, and some see Rowenna’s uncanny abilities not as a thing to be feared, but to be used. Free to choose her own path for the first time in her life, Rowenna is presented with a choice—pursue the power that rests within her at all costs, rendering herself immune to the suspicion and heartache that has plagued her, or to let the magic that sets her apart become just one part of a more complicated whole—of a girl determined to reclaim all she’s lost; her family, her voice, and control of her own story.


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.

You'd Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow (Delacorte)
Krista Marino at Delacorte has acquired, in a six-figure deal, You'd Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow (Girl in Pieces). Inspired by Thornton Wilder's classic play Our Town, the YA novel centers a contemporary small American town and a girl named Emory, who finds herself her brother's keeper after a near-fatal car accident and his return from rehab for opioid addiction, and the many secrets she must keep to hold her world together. Publication is set for fall 2021 with a second, untitled work to follow; Julie Stevenson at Massie and McQuilkin Literary Agents represented the author for world rights.

Murder at the Hype House by Kiley Roache (Delacorte)
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has bought Murder at the Hype House by Kiley Roache. Pitched as Knives Out meets One of Us Is Lying, the contemporary YA thriller is about a group of famous TikTokers who find themselves turning on each other when one member of the group turns up dead in the infinity pool of the Malibu mansion where they all live. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Nicole Resciniti at the Seymour Agency did the deal for world rights.


My Dearest Darkest by Kayla Cottingham (Sourcebooks)
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired feminist horror YA novel My Dearest Darkest by debut author Kayla Cottingham. When outsider Finch Chamberlain and town golden girl Selena St. Clair accidentally wake something terrifying and ancient in the depths of their school, they must stop the horror they've unleashed before it devours their town. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Erica Bauman at Aevitas Creative Management handled the two-book deal for world rights.

Coming Back by Jessi Zabarsky (Random House Graphic)
Whitney Leopard at Random House Graphic has bought Coming Back by Jessi Zabarsky. The YA graphic novel follows two young women who must go on their own separate journeys to discover who they want to be and what they mean to each other. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Judy Hansen at Hansen Literary Management represented the creator for world rights.

Tahira in Bloom by Farah Heron (Skyscape)
Carmen Johnson at Amazon/Skyscape acquired, in a six-figure preempt, world rights to Farah Heron's #OwnVoices coming-of age rom-com Tahira in Bloom, starring a South Asian Muslim heroine, and pitched as Schitt's Creek meets Netflix's The Big Flower Fight. Seventeen-year-old aspiring designer Tahira is chasing her big fashion dreams, but when her coveted internship falls through and she's forced to spend the summer working at her aunt's sleepy boutique in a rural community, she'll be forced to innovate if she wants to keep her plans on track, possibly with help from the plant nerd next door. Publication is slated for late 2021; Rachel Brooks at BookEnds Literary handled the two-book deal.
 
Both Sides Now by Peyton Thomas (Dial)
Ellen Cormier at Dial and Lynne Missen at Penguin Teen Canada have bought, at auction, Peyton Thomas's debut novel Both Sides Now. The story follows Finch, a trans high school senior, as he takes the competitive high-school debate circuit by storm, pitched as appealing to fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Red, White & Royal Blue. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Brooks Sherman at Janklow & Nesbit Associates brokered the deal for North American rights.
 
Catch the Light by Kate Sweeney (Philomel)
Kelsey Murphy at Philomel has bought world English rights to Catch the Light by debut author Kate Sweeney. This contemporary YA romance follows a high school junior after she is forced to move from Los Angeles to upstate New York nine months after the death of her father. While wrestling with complicated feelings about her father, she meets a boy who shares her passion for photography and helps her come to terms with the fact that living in the present might mean letting go of the past. Publication is set for fall 2021; Melanie Castillo and Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary negotiated the two-book deal.

Understanding Coronaviruses: SARS, MERS, and the Covid-19 Pandemic by Shaina Olmanson (Twenty-First Century Books) - YA Non-fiction.
Shaina Olmanson at Lerner/Twenty-First Century Books has acquired world rights to Connie Goldsmith's nonfiction YA,Understanding Coronaviruses: SARS, MERS, and the Covid-19 Pandemic, covering topics such as how the pandemic started and spread, symptoms and treatment of Covid-19, terms such as "flattening the curve," and the new normal, with quotes from experts and interviews with healthcare providers and young people. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary brokered the deal.
 
The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo (Underlined)
Wendy Loggia at Underlined has bought world rights to The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo; Hannah Allaman will edit. In this debut YA romance, a bookish Filipino American girl with a secret blog works at an inn in the Finger Lakes during the holidays to earn cash for college. When she crosses paths with the innkeeper's cute nephew and they accidentally switch phones, she learns he has a secret of his own that might draw them together. Publication is set for fall 2021; Rachel Brooks at BookEnds brokered the deal.
 
All the Lonely People by Jen Marie Hawkins (Owl Hollow Press)
Hannah Smith at Owl Hollow has acquired world English rights to All the Lonely People by Jen Marie Hawkins (The Language of Cherries), a YA magic-infused love letter to the Beatles. When 17-year-old Jo Bryant has the chance to go overseas for the summer, she leaps at the chance to delve into her father's mysterious death in London, where he was part of a Beatles cover band. Henry, a Beatles-hating photographer, has dark secrets of his own, and the truths they unravel together could destroy who they thought their parents were, and what they've grown to mean to each other. Publication is set for fall 2021; Hilary Harwell at KT Literary brokered the deal.

The Jasmine Project by Meredith Ireland (Simon Pulse)
Jennifer Ung at Simon Pulse has acquired world rights to Meredith Ireland's debut YA, The Jasmine Project, pitched as My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets The Bachelorette by way of Jenny Han, about a Korean-American adoptee who unwittingly finds herself at the center of a competition for her heart, as orchestrated by her overbearing but loving family. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021.

Before Takeoff by Adi Alsaid (Knopf)
Marisa DiNovis at Knopf has acquired, in a preempt, Before Takeoff by Adi Alsaid (Let's Get Lost). Pitched as The Sun Is Also a Star meets Jumanji, the YA novel follows James and Michelle, who meet in the Atlanta airport and, on a dare, press a mysterious green button that unleashes a blizzard of chaos through the terminals. Publication of the first book is scheduled for fall 2021; Peter Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

Tonight We Rule the World by Zack Smedley (Page Street)
Lauren Knowles at Page Street has acquired world rights to Lammy-nominated author Zack Smedley's Tonight We Rule the World, a coming-of-age novel about a boy whose senior year is upended when school officials learn he was sexually assaulted by another student. The book—which explores identity, sexuality, and self-worth—follows the implosion among the boy’s peers, parents, school, and girlfriend. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Allison Remcheck at Stimola Literary Studio did the deal.

Of Blood and Briars by Rebecca Kim Wells (Simon Pulse)
Catherine Laudone at Simon & Schuster has bought Of Blood and Briars, a queer YA fantasy by Rebecca Kim Wells (Shatter the Sky). Cursed to kill all those she touches, Lena endures an isolated life on the run from her fellow humans. But when an enigmatic stranger offers to help her break the curse in exchange for her aid in assassinating a princess hidden in an enchanted forest, Lena embarks on a quest to win her freedom, no matter the cost. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Rebecca Podos at Rees Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Margot Mertz Will Clean Your Filth by Carrie McCrossen and Ian McWethy (Philomel)
Kelsey Murphy at Philomel has acquired North American rights to Margot Mertz Will Clean Your Filth by Carrie McCrossen and Ian McWethy. Veronica Mars meets Moxie in this YA novel following a girl who runs an internet clean-up business who must take down a secret revenge porn site targeting the girls in her school. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Simon Lipskar at Writers House handled the two-book deal.

We Are Not Broken by George M. Johnson (Little, Brown) - non-fiction
Alexandra Hightower at Little, Brown has bought, in a preempt, We Are Not Broken by author and activist George M. Johnson (All Boys Aren't Blue). Pulling from Johnson’s experiences growing up with his brother, two cousins, and their larger-than-life grandmother, this YA memoir is a love letter to the tender bonds within Black families, as well as an exploration of creativity and #BlackBoyJoy. Publication is set for fall 2021; Patrice Caldwell at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency did the two-book deal for North American rights.
 
The Other Merlin by Robyn Schneider (FSG)
Jenny Bak at Viking has preempted The Other Merlin, a YA fantasy series by Robyn Schneider (The Beginning of Everything). This reimagining of the Camelot legend features a girl wizard who must disguise herself as her brother to practice magic in Prince Arthur's court, where hot royals, secret hookups, and fiery scandals abound. Publication for the first book is slated for fall 2021; Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Agency brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

All I Want For Christmas is Drew by Tiffany Schmidt (Amulet)
Anne Heltzel at Amulet has acquired All I Want for Christmas Is Drew, a contemporary YA novel by Tiffany Schmidt (A Date with Darcy and Talk Nerdy to Me). The rom-com follows Noelle, a ballet student, whose secret crush on the older brother of her favorite babysitting clients is about to be exposed when Drew leaves his prestigious dance school to surprise his family on the ski holiday where she is babysitting. Publication is set for fall 2021; Kate Testerman at KT Literary handled the deal for world rights.

Untitled by Brandy Colbert (Balzer + Bray)
Jordan Brown at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has bought North American rights to an untitled YA nonfiction project by Brandy Colbert, examining the causes, aftermath, and legacy of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. Publication is planned for fall 2021, timed to the 100th anniversary of the Massacre; Tina Dubois at ICM Partners brokered the deal.

When the Night Comes by Marieke Nijkamp (Sourcebooks Fire)
Eliza Swift at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired world English rights to When the Night Comes by Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends). Pitched as The Society meets Contagion, the YA novel is about a group of teens in a residential facility who celebrate when their guards abandon them, only to discover that a catastrophic event has occurred outside their walls, and they must work together if they want to survive. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Jennifer Udden at New Leaf Literary & Media negotiated the deal.

Vial of Tears by Cristan Bishara (Holiday House)
Mora Couch at Holiday House has acquired, in a preempt, YA fantasy Vial of Tears by Cristin Bishara, inspired fby her family stories and by her grandfather's collection of numismatic antiquities, unearthed in the mountains of Lebanon. An ancient coin transports Lebanese American sisters Sam and Rima to the Phoenician underworld, where they are caught in the machinations of deities, shapeshifters, and ghouls—and where the only escape may be to kill the god of death himself. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Minju Chang at BookStop Literary brokered the deal for world rights.

Off the Record by Sophie Gonazles and Cale Dietrich (Wednesday Books)
Sylvan Creekmore at Wednesday Books has bought, in an exclusive submission, Off the Record by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich. The novel follows two boys in America's biggest boy band who fall for each other while on their first sold-out European tour, and are forced to keep their relationship a secret by their record label, but slowly realize those in charge have no intention of letting them announce their relationship to the world—ever. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

League of Liars by Astrid Scholte (Putnam)
Stacey Barney at Putnam has bought Astrid Scholte's next genre-bending fantasy, League of Liars. Pitched as How to Get Away with Murder meets The Breakfast Club set in Azkaban, the story follows 17-year-old legal apprentice Cayder Broduck, who when tasked with helping convict three criminals for their illegal use of magic—including the princess who was arrested for erasing the king's entire existence—finds himself siding with the very people he should be convicting. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners brokered the deal for world English rights.

Blackheart by Morgan Rhodes (Razorbill)
Jessica Harriton at Razorbill has acquired Blackheart by Morgan Rhodes (the Falling Kingdoms series). Harriton and Gretchen Durning will edit. The YA sci-fi/fantasy novel follows snarky, pampered 17-year-old Josslyn Drake who is accidentally infected by a piece of forbidden magic. In search of the cure, Joss teams up with an enigmatic criminal and finds herself on an adventure that will take her across her galaxy and open her eyes to corruption in her world. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret brokered the two-book deal for world rights.

Starling by Isabel Strychacz (Simon Pulse)
Nicole Ellul at Simon & Schuster has acquired Isabel Strychacz's YA debut, Starling. The speculative romance is set in a small town where the extraordinary happens every day, and where two sisters attempt to protect the mysterious stranger who literally fell from the stars—and into their backyard—from those who seek to harm him. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary did the deal for North American rights.

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.

Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz (Wednesday Books)
Sara Goodman at Wednesday Books has bought Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz (And We're Off). The gothic love story, set against the backdrop of 1830s Edinburgh, is about an aspiring young female surgeon, the resurrection man who brings her bodies to study, and a reclusive aristocrat who tempts them both with immortality. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Dan Mandel at Greenburger Associates negotiated the deal for North American rights. 

Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes (Bloomsbury)
Allison Moore at Bloomsbury has acquired author, playwright, and "Modern Love" contributor David Valdes's Spin Me Right Round. Pitched as an #OwnVoices twist on Back to the Future, the YA novel follows an out-and-proud Latinx teen who accidentally time-travels to his parents' era and makes it his mission to save a closeted classmate from a tragic end. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Annie Bomke at Annie Bomke Literary Agency handled the two-book deal for world rights.

A Violent Season by Sara Walters (Sourcebooks Fire)
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired Sara Walters's debut A Violent Season and a second untitled novel. In the town of Wolf Ridge, November is marked by violence. Last year, Wyatt's mother was murdered, and this year she worries her best friend, Cash, might snap. As she and Cash pull away from one another, and she unexpectedly connects to the town's golden boy, Wyatt has to figure out who to trust. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Sharon Pelletier at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.

Before We Were Blue by E.J. Schwartz (Flux)
Mari Kesselring at Flux has bought E.J. Schwartz's YA contemporary debut, Before We Were Blue, a dual POV pitched as Cheer meets Girl, Interrupted. In a treatment center for their eating disorders, former cheer-lebrity Shoshana and headstrong rebel Rowan develop a bond. Ultimately, they will have to make a choice: be healthy on their own, or stay sick together. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Kaitlyn Johnson at Corvisiero Literary Agency did the deal for world English 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.

Drawn That Way by Elisa Sussman (Simon and Schuster)
Amanda Ramirez at Simon & Schuster has bought world rights to Drawn That Way by Elissa Sussman (Stray; Burn), a contemporary YA novel in which Hayley Saffitz is chosen to attend the prestigious inaugural summer internship at the BB Gun Films animation studio. As one of only six young women, she's itching to prove herself by claiming one of the coveted director positions, except all four of them go to boys—and one of them is the CEO's son. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Elizabeth Bewley at Sterling Lord Literistic negotiated the deal.

The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl (Page Street)
Ashley Hearn at Page Street has acquired The Lost Girls, a paranormal YA romance by Sonia Hartl (Have a Little Faith in Me). When the vampire who turned Holly into the undead in 1987 (leaving her as a 16-year-old with badly crimped hair for all eternity) breaks up with her, she's approached by two girls he also claimed to love, turned, then ditched. But their plan to kill him before he can strike again grows complicated when Holly starts to fall for the mortal girl they're trying to protect. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Rebecca Podos at Rees Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Always Jane by Jenn Bennett (Simon Pulse)  - note slight title change.
Nicole Ellul at Simon Pulse has bought Jenn Bennett's (Alex Approximately and Starry Eyes) new YA romance, Always June. During a lake vacation, a teenage girl falls for a boy who mistakenly believes she's the wealthy daughter of a reclusive California record producer—not the daughter of his chauffeur. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.
  
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao (Penguin Teen)
Peter Phillips at Penguin Teen Canada has acquired two books in a YA duology by debut author Xiran Jay Zhao, pitched as Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid's Tale, and inspired by East Asian myth. The first book, Iron Widow, follows 18-year-old Wu Zetian as she avenges her sister's murder in a patriarchal military system where male pilots of giant magical mecha are treated like celebrities, while female pilots must serve as their concubines. Publication is slated for fall 2021 and fall 2022; Rachel Brooks at BookEnds Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson (Katherine Tegan Books)
Ben Rosenthal at HarperCollins/Tegen has acquired two books by award-winning novelist Tiffany D. Jackson. Smoke, pitched as Get Out meets The Haunting of Hill House, is about a girl and her blended family who move into a newly renovated, picture-perfect home in a dilapidated Midwestern city and are haunted by what she thinks are ghosts, but might be far worse; and The Weight of Blood is a remix of Stephen King's Carrie set at a school's first integrated prom. Publication of Smoke is set for fall 2021; Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.

You'll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus (Delacorte) 
Krista Marino at Delacorte has acquired North American rights to You'll Be the Death of Me and a second untitled YA novel by Karen M. McManus, author of the bestselling One of Us Is Lying. Pitched as Ferris Bueller's Day Off meets a murder mystery, and told in alternating POVs, You'll Be the Death of Me tells the story of three friends who skip school and witness a crime they can only solve by facing what they've been hiding from one another—and themselves. The two titles are slated for fall 2021 and fall 2022, respectively; Rosemary Stimola and Allison Remcheck of the Stimola Literary Studio did the deal.

The Forgotten Memories of Vera Glass by Anna Priemaza (Amulet)  - previously titled One Minute There.
Maggie Lehrman at Amulet has acquired Anna Priemaza's speculative YA novel One Minute There. When people she loves—and all memory of them—start disappearing from teenager Vera's life, leaving behind only a haunting sorrow, she and her best friend set out to solve a mystery they can't remember. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal for world rights.

All the Things I've Kept from Myself by Karina Manta (Knopf)
Kelly Delaney at Knopf has acquired, in a preempt, All the Things I've Kept from Myself by Karina Manta. This YA memoir tells of the champion figure skater's experiences as a professional athlete, coming out as bisexual in a hyper-feminine sport, and her continually evolving body image. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Jess Regel at Foundry Literary + Media brokered the deal for North American rights.

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.

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
Nick Thomas at Levine Querido has acquired, in an exclusive submission, A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger (Elatsoe). Influenced by traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure, this YA novel features a girl from Earth and a Cottonmouth kid from the land of spirits and monsters, who agree to help each other and save their families. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Michael Curry at Donald Maass Literary brokered the deal for world rights.

Bright Ruined Things by Samantha Cohoe (Wednesday Books)
Jennie Conway at Wednesday Books has acquired Bright Ruined Things, a historical fantasy by Samantha Cohoe (the forthcoming Golden Fury). This 1920s retelling of The Tempest is set during the Prosper family's annual bash, when their teenage ward Mae realizes this powerful family is not what they seem, and seizes her chance to take the magic that's always been denied to her. Publication is set for fall 2021; Bridget Smith at JABberwocky Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Gap Mountain by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (Delacorte)
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has acquired, in a two-book preempt, world English rights to Jennifer Lynn Alvarez's YA debut, Gap Mountain. In the vein of Karen McManus and E. Lockhart, the novel features six friends and one secret. When a group of teens accidentally spark an enormous and deadly wildfire, one of them threatens to tell the truth about what happened—and goes missing, and the other five become suspects in her disappearance. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021.

These Precious Stones by Michael Barakiva (FSG) 
Trisha de Guzman at FSG has acquired world English rights to These Precious Stones by Michael Barakiva (Hold My Hand). Pitched as Sailor Moon meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the contemporary YA fantasy features an eclectic group of queer and international teens who learn that they must bear the magical gems that will save the universe from an ancient galactic threat. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Josh Adams at Adams Literary handled the deal.

The Night When No One Had Sex by Kalena Miller (Albert Whitman)
Christina Pulles at Albert Whitman has bought world rights, excluding Germany, to The Night When No One Had Sex by debut author Kalena Miller. A sex pact among a group of teens unravels in a comedic, all-in-one-night romp as the friends navigate the tenuous transition into adulthood and the uncertainty of life after high school. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Stacey Kondla at the Rights Factory did 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.

Punching Bag by Rex Ogle (Norton Books For Young Readers)
Simon Boughton at Norton Young Readers has acquired YALSA Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award winner Rex Ogle's YA memoir, Punching Bag. The story is centered on the author's experience with domestic violence. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Brent Taylor at Triada US negotiated the deal for world English rights.

The Last Words We Said by Leah Scheier (Simon Pulse)
Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse has acquired Leah Scheier's The Last Words We Said, a YA contemporary novel in the vein of We Were Liars set in an Orthodox Jewish community, about four best friends and what happens when one of them disappears and they all blame themselves. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Rena Rossner at the Deborah Harris Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

The Ashes of Cruiser Island by Court Stevens (Thomas Nelson)
Becky Monds at Thomas Nelson has bought world rights, in an exclusive submission, to The Ashes of Cruiser Island by Court Stevens. The YA novel features Ben, bent on proving the innocence of his childhood friend, Frankie, who was charged with murdering her best friend and who stands to be executed under the Accelerated Death Penalty Act of 2020. The book is set for fall 2021; Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the deal

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.

Lia and Beckett's Abracadabra by Amy Noelle Parks (Abrams) 
Maggie Lehrman at Abrams has bought, in an exclusive submission, world English rights to Lia and Beckett's Abracadabra by Amy Noelle Parks (The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss). This YA romantic comedy, set in a magic-themed resort town, is a Romeo and Juliet love story, with illusions instead of duels and a happy ending instead of death. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Elizabeth Bennett at Transatlantic Agency handled the deal.
 

The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling (Razorbill)
Julie Rosenberg at Razorbill has acquired North American rights to The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling (These Witches Don't Burn). The contemporary fantasy follows Elise, a mortal girl who feels the death of anyone she touches, and Claire, the vampire assigned to recruit her for the Order, as they team up to stop a paranormal killer and realize they might be falling in love. Publication is set for fall 2021; Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency 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.

Hello (From Here) by Chandler Baker and Wesley King (Dial)
Jessica Garrison at Dial has acquired Hello (From Here) by Chandler Baker and Wesley King, a YA love story about two teens who fall for each other while forced apart during the Covid-19 quarantine—a wealthy boy with an anxiety disorder and a grocery-delivering girl surviving paycheck to paycheck. The novel, written by two authors a continent apart during the first months of the pandemic, explores the privileges and problems that Covid-19 has helped expose in our society. Publication is set for fall 2021; Daniel Lazar and Brianne Johnson at Writers House, representing Chandler and Wesley, respectively, did the deal for North American rights.

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.

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.  

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.

Once More With Chutzpah by Haley Neil (Bloomsbury)
When high school senior Tally and her twin brother Max head off on a weeklong Birthright trip to Israel over their winter break, Tally thinks it will be a good distraction for Max; he might be trying to hide it, but Tally knows he’s still struggling in the wake of a car crash that injured him and killed the driver, who was driving drunk on the way home from a party. Maybe this will help him get back on track and apply to college the way he and Tally always planned.

But as the group travels across the country, Tally realizes her plan might not be working, and that her brother might not be the only one struggling with a major life turning point. And when a new relationship gets complicated in the face of her own anxiety spirals and questions about her sexual identity, and she faces complex questions about the country’s history and her place in the Jewish diaspora, she finds herself grappling with even bigger thoughts about what’s next once they get home.

Debut author Haley Neil offers a relatable and deeply felt story about identity on the cusp of adulthood.

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. 

The Queen's Council by Livia Blackburne (Disney Hyperion) - see below in Undated 2021 section.
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.  

The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh (Razorbill)
Julie Rosenberg at Razorbill has bought, with Gretchen Durning to edit, The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh (Reign of the Fallen series), a YA novel pitched as The Conjuring meets Sadie, with #OwnVoices bi and disability rep. Seventeen-year-old Dare plans to spend her summer debunking a haunting at a historic estate known for its dark past, but instead finds herself in a life-or-death struggle against an evil force lurking in its lake. Publication is set for fall 2021. Katelyn Detweiler currently represents the author; Lucy Carson at the Friedrich Agency handled the deal for world rights.

The Corpse Queen by Heather Hermann (Putnam) - delayed from Spring 2021.
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.

The Diamond Keeper by Jeannie Mobley (Viking)
Penguin Teen: "The Diamond Keeper, is the follow-up to the The Jewel Thief by Jeannie Mobley .

Set in the same world, this takes place in the French Revolution and Claudie ends immersed in romance, swoon, and action"

Where Echoes Lie by Shannon Schuren (Philomel)
Penguin Teen: "Everyone knows the story of the ghost bride who fell off the cliff on the day of her wedding. But is it just a story??? Over a century later, Rena is starting to think maybe it's more real than her small town will admit..."

The Babysitter's Coven #3 by Kate Williams (Delacorte)  
"Krista Marino at Delacorte has bought North American rights, in a two-book deal, to ...  a third book in the Babysitters Coven series.  Publication is set for .. fall 2021 ...Kerry Sparks at Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency brokered the deal. "

Untitled by Tracy Andreen (Penguin Teen)
Penguin Teen: "A Christmas romance from Tracy Andreen, who has written ICONIC Hallmark Christmas movies including Snow Bride, The Spirit of Christmas (yes, hot ghost Christmas, you know it!) and more."
 

Untitled by James Brandon (Putnam)
Penguin Teen: "Isaac is mourning the loss of his brother, while also figuring out his four-year relationship with his boyfriend."
 

Untitled by Hayley Krischer (Razorbill)
Penguin Teen: "...Another look at the complicated worlds of high school. The three Chloes run the cheerleading squad until one of them is murdered, just who wanted her dead??"

The Beautiful #3 by Renee Ahdieh (Putnam)

 

 















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You've Reached Sam by Dustin Thao (Wednesday Books) - previously titled You've Reached Me.

If I Stay meets Your Name in this heartfelt novel about love and loss and what it means to say goodbye.

Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.

Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.





The Upper World by Femi Fadugba (HarperTeen) - moved from Fall 2022, UK release date announced but not US.
The game-changing YA thriller that defies space and time, s oon to be a major Netflix movie starring Oscar-nominated Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Panther)

2020: Close to getting expelled and caught up in a deadly feud, the tensions surrounding Esso seem to be leading to a single moment in a Peckham alleyway that could shatter his future.

2035: Stripped of everything, football prodigy Rhia has just one thing left on her mind - figuring out how to avert a bullet that was fired fifteen years in the past.

Everything changes when Esso gains access to a mysterious world where he can see glimpses of the past and future, and when Rhia starts understanding the physics of it. The two must work together to master the secrets of the Upper World and seize control of their own destinies before it's too late.

The Existance of Bea Pearl by Candice Marley Conner (Owl Hollow Press) - delayed from Fall 2020.
Sixteen-year-old Bea Pearl knows her brother isn’t dead. Even if her parents don’t agree. Even if the entire town doesn’t believe her. She knows it’s true. When orders came to evacuate Lake George due to rising floodwaters, Bea Pearl saw Jim head toward the river. She followed him. Only she returned.

When her parents have Jim declared legally dead, Bea Pearl decides it’s up to her to figure out where her brother could be if he is alive, and so begins to unravel the mystery of his disappearance. But it seems like someone else wants to know what he was hiding when his bedroom is ransacked. More clues come together: a scrap of paper, mysterious numbers that may lead to swamp monkeys, Jim’s shoes turning up in unexpected places. Bea Pearl can’t figure out what connects them all until she’s stolen from her bed in the dead of night.

Bea Pearl’s insistence that Jim’s alive and her quest to figure out why he went down to a flooding river in the first place takes a toll on her shattering family. But she must unearth the truth surrounding her presumed dead brother. Otherwise, the rumors are true and she has killed him. Because if Jim can stop existing, could she too?


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.

Flirting with Fate by J.C. Cervantes (Razorbill)
Julie Rosenberg at Razorbill has acquired, in a seven-house auction, Flirting with Fate and a second untitled novel by bestselling author J.C. Cervantes (The Storm Runner series). Flirting with Fate is a contemporary YA romance set in Los Angeles that introduces three tight-knit sisters, the ghost of their grandmother, and a fifth-century saint charged with aiding them in setting their fate right. Together, they must help the youngest sister find the mysterious boy who intercepted the deathbed blessing her grandmother meant for her. Publication for the first book is planned for 2021; Holly Root at Root Literary brokered the deal for world English rights.


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.

Blackwater by Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham (Henry Holt) 
Brian Geffen at Henry Holt has acquired world rights to Blackwater, a debut YA graphic novel by Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham. When Tony, a restless star athlete, and Eli, a quiet outsider, form an unlikely friendship in their small Maine town, they find themselves tracking down the source of a werewolf curse and heeding the warnings of ghosts, all while exploring their budding feelings for each other and dealing with typical high school drama. Publication is scheduled for 2021; the author-illustrators were unagented.

The Moth Girl by Heather Kamins (Putnam) - moved from Fall 2022.
Heather Kamins's debut THE MOTH GIRL, which puts a magic realism twist on coming-of-age with a chronic illness, following a 15-year-old girl whose life, body, and relationships change in irrevocable ways as she develops increasingly dangerous symptoms of lepidopsy, which include floating in the air, fluttering of the hands, and being drawn to sources of light, to Arianne Lewin at Putnam Children's, at auction, by Alexa Stark  at Trident Media Group (NA).
 


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.

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.

The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya McGregor (Boyd Mills Press)
Jes Negrón at Boyds Mills Press has bought The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor. This YA debut is about an autistic genderqueer protagonist who leaves an intolerant school for a new high school with the support of their loving father, finding a Rainbow Club and accepting friends, all of whom must come together to solve the decades-old mystery of the murder of a teenage boy and confront Sam's own fears of early death. 
Publication is slated for 2021.

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 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.

Hopepunk by Preston Norton (Little, Brown)
"Preston Norton's HOPEPUNK, in which a 16-year-old girl wages musical war on homophobia in her small Wyoming town after her beloved older sister is outed, forming a queer-friendly punk rock band and competing in a local battle of the bands against a hate-driven rival in a competition that has broader implications for the soul of their town, to Laura Schreiber at Jimmy Patterson, by Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency (world English)."


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.

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.

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 Exile's Gift by Tamora Pierce (Random House)
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.
 
 

The Temperature of Me and You by Brian Zepka (Disney Hyperion)
Brian Zepka's THE TEMPERATURE OF ME AND YOU, a humorous love story with a sci-fi bent, about a 16-year-old hopeless romantic and the undeniably cute boy who walks into the Dairy Queen where the hero works and changes everything, showing how first love is truly out of this world, to Brittany Rubiano at Disney, with Augusta Harris editing, for publication in 2021, by Liz Parker at Verve Talent & Literary (world).


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. 

Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed by Various YA Authors (Publisher TBA)
A collection of essays and poems subverting different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx community.

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

There Will Be Other Summers by Benjamin Alire Saenz (HMH)

The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White (Delacorte)  

Untitled by Laura Taylor Namey (Anthenum)

Untitled by Sharon Cameron (Scholastic) 

Untitled by Shveta Thakrar (HarperTeen) 

Untitled by Akemi Dawn Bowman (Simon Pulse)

Untitled by Jessica Rubinkowski (HarperTeen)

Untitled by James Aleman (Disney Hyperion)

Untitled by Amanda McCrina (FSG)

Untitled by Lilliam Rivera (Bloomsbury)

Untitled by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)

Untitled by Hannah Capin (Wednesday Books)

Untitled by Natalie D. Richards (Sourcebooks Fire)
 


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

Loveboat Taipei #2 by Abigail Hing Wen (HarperTeen)

The Prison Healer #2 by Lynette Noni (HMH)

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

Crownchasers #2 by Rebecca Coffindaffer (HarperTeen)

Kingdom of the Wicked #2 by Kerri Maniscalco (Jimmy Paterson)

Muse #2 by Brittany Cavallaro (Katherine Tegan Books)

Inheritance Games #2 by Jennifer Lynn Barnes  (Freeform)

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

Smash It #2 by Franscina Simone (Inkyard Press) 

Hush #2 by Dylan Farrow (Wednesday Books) 

Blood Heir #3 by Amelie Wen Zhao (Delacorte)

The Aurelian Cycle #3 by Rosaria Munda (Putnam)

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

The Notorious Virtues #2 by Alwyn Hamilton (Viking)

These Violent Delights #2 by Chloe Gong (Simon Pulse)

The Player's Table #2 by Jessica Goodman (Razorbill)

A Hundred Names for Magic #2 by Rin Chupeco (Sourcebooks Fire)

Legendborn #2 by Tracey Deon (Simon Pulse)

Dreamer Trilogy #3 by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)

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)

The Other Side of the Sky #2 by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (HarperCollins)

The Aurora Cycle #3 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Knopf)

The Gilded Wolves #3 by Roshani Chokshi (Wednesday Books)

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