Undated 2022 New Releases

















This Is Why They Hate Us by Aaron A. Aceves (Simon Pulse)
An #OwnVoices YA debut for fans of Benjamin Alire Saenz, Adib Khorram, and Adam Silvera, THIS IS WHY THEY HATE US is the story of Enrique, a bisexual Latino from East L.A. who tries to fall out of love with his friend Saleem by pursuing his other crushes.

On his list of "pants-tightening" prospects is Manny, the "cholo-iest non-cholo" Enrique has known almost his entire life; Tyler, the white, pretty boy jock who's just a little bit too into Hip-Hop; and Ziggy, the ultra-smart class president who more than takes after his dad (the Internet's "Hot Doctor.")

But despite all the encouragement and sage wisdom of his Afro-Latina best friend Fabiola (a fellow bi with her own romance in the works), Enrique must grapple with the fact that Saleem, as unobtainable as he is, might not be so easy to get over. And even if he did get over Saleem, he'd still have to come out to his religious parents and accept himself for who he is
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The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder (Putnam)
Genderflipped Sleeping Beauty x Indiana Jones with ruins, riddles, battle axes, cursed princes, and snark.

The prince sleeping in the Forest of Thorns has waited a hundred years for the one who will break the curse. Or so the story goes…

Seventeen-year-old Fi is a treasure hunter with a knack for ruins and riddles. She considers the curse ancient history—until she pricks her finger on a bone spindle and comes face to face with the mysterious spirit of Prince Briar Rose.

Shane is an ax-wielding huntswoman from the northern islands, perpetually on the run from trouble. She partners with Fi for the score of a lifetime, but gets a lot more than she bargained for when she finds herself dragged along on the dangerous quest and falling hard for a mysterious girl in red.

Fi never wanted a partner. Now she’s stuck with two of them—and a destiny to break the curse and save the fallen kingdom of magic.

Dark magic, Witch Hunters, and treacherous exes all stand in their way, but Fi and Shane won’t stop until they reach the heart of the Forest of Thorns.

 

Forest Hills Bootleg Society by Dave Baker and Nicole Goux (First Second)
Atheneum has bought Forest Hills Bootleg Society, a YA graphic novel by Dave Baker and artist Nicole Goux. When Kelly and her friends accidentally buy the wrong bootleg anime DVD, they hatch a plan to sell the contraband to the boys in their conservative Christian school. Publication is planned for spring 2022.

Viewfinder by Christine Chung and Salwa Majoka (Tundra)
Samantha Swenson at Tundra has acquired North American rights to Viewfinder, the debut wordless graphic novel by Christine Chung (l.) and Salwa Majoka, about a young female astronaut who follows a mysterious map to a now-abandoned earth. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Peter Ryan at Stimola Literary Studio represented both illustrators.

Blaine for the Win by Robbie Couch (Simon and Schuster)
Amanda Ramirez at Simon & Schuster has bought Blaine for the Win, pitched as Legally Blonde meets Netflix's The Politician, and a second book by Robbie Couch (The Sky Blues). After Blaine's boyfriend, Joey, breaks up with him on their one-year anniversary to pursue more "serious guys," Blaine decides to run for senior class president as Joey's successor to prove his worth. But is he willing to sacrifice everything he loves about himself to do it? Publication is set for spring 2022; Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary did the deal for world English rights.
  
The Drowning Summer by Christine Lynn Herman (Little, Brown)
Deirdre Jones at Little, Brown will edit The Drowning Summer by Christine Lynn Herman, author of The Devouring Gray duology. This YA contemporary fantasy 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 set for Spring 2022; Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American English rights.

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray (Putnam)
Stacey Barney at Putnam has preempted world rights to the Beasts of Prey trilogy by debut author Ayana Gray. Combining monsters, mythos, and #BlackGirlMagic, the adventure follows two Black teenagers who must trek into a magical jungle to hunt down the ancient creature menacing their home—before they become the hunted. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Peter Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media negotiated the deal. 

Wild Jasmine by Chris Clarkson (Tu Books)
Stacy Whitman at Tu Books has bought Wild Jasmine by Chris Clarkson, pitched as The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets All Boys Aren't Blue. The contemporary YA novel explores economic disparity, gender, and mental health through the lens of a diverse ensemble cast in the complicated, magical city of New Orleans. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Rachel Brooks at BookEnds Literary did the deal for North American rights. 

The Turning Pointe by Vanessa L. Torres (Knopf)
Karen Greenberg at Knopf has acquired, at auction, Vanessa L. Torres's debut YA novel The Turning Pointe, plus a second untitled work. The book follows Rosa Dominguez, a dancer in 1980s Minnesota, as she navigates complex family expectations, a new romance, and her own ambitions to dance for the Purple One himself, Prince. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Louise Fury at the Bent Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights. 

You Had Me At Hello World by Rona Wang (Simon Pulse)
Jennifer Ung at Simon Pulse has acquired, in a six-figure auction, MIT student and Her Campus 22 Under 22 honoree Rona Wang's debut novel, You Had Me at Hello World. The YA rom-com follows a Chinese-American teen who is invited to a coding competition at MIT, where she teams up with a cute tech industry prodigy to work on an app to help immigrants connect and put down roots. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Penny Moore at Aevitas Creative Management brokered the two-book deal for world rights.

This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke (Knopf)
Marisa DiNovis at Knopf has bought, in a two-book, six-figure preempt, This Rebel Heart by Sydney Taylor Honor-winning author Katherine Locke (The Girl with the Red Balloon). The fabulist YA novel follows a Jewish teen finding her voice during the student-led 1956 Hungarian Revolution, and explores whether failed revolutions matter—and whether you should fight for a country that doesn't love you back. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022, with a second YA novel to follow; Lara Perkins at Andrea Brown Literary did the deal for world rights.

Love from Scratch by Kaitlyn Hill (Delacorte)
Hannah Allaman at Delacorte has acquired Love from Scratch by debut author Kaitlyn Hill. The feminist YA rom-com follows rival interns Reese and Benny, whose chemistry sizzles when they fill in for a video shoot on a popular online cooking channel. But will exploding internet fame and a heated competition for the fall internship keep romance on the back burner? Publication is slated for spring 2022; Laura Crockett at TriadaUS Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.

The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin by Kip Wilson (Versify)
Margaret Raymo at Versify has acquired The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin by Kip Wilson, author of White Rose. The historical YA novel-in-verse follows orphaned Hilde as she stumbles into a queer Berlin nightclub and finds family, love, and her voice during the last days of the Weimar Republic in 1932. Publication is set for spring 2022; Roseanne Wells at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American rights.

Whites Only: The Civil Rights Movement In Poems by Erica Martin (Philomel)Liza Kaplan at Philomel has acquired, in a four-house auction, world rights to Erica Martin's debut YA nonfiction poetry collection, Whites Only: The Civil Rights Movement in poems, exploring this pivotal time in our nation's history through both the commonly taught and lesser-known stories and figures of the Civil Rights Movement. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Rena Rossner at the Deborah Harris Agency brokered the two-book deal.

Cramm This Book by The Cramm founder Olivia Seltzer (Philomel) - YA Non-fiction.
Talia Benamy at Philomel has bought, in a preempt, world rights to Cramm This Book by The Cramm founder Olivia Seltzer, a Gen Z guide to the stories behind the stories in the news today, providing context aimed at informing teens about the issues and preparing them to get engaged and take action. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Seth Fishman at the Gernert Company brokered the deal. 

With and Without You by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (Viking)
Dana Leydig at Viking has bought Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka's YA novel With and Without You. Siena and Patrick have been dating for three years, though the spark is long gone and Siena is ready to call it quits. But when Patrick moves out of state, a long-distance relationship shows Siena a different side of Patrick—one that has her falling for him all over again. Publication is set for spring 2022; Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie (Feiwel and Friends)
Rachel Diebel at Feiwel and Friends has bought Racquel Marie's debut #OwnVoices contemporary YA Ophelia After All, about a romantic chismosa with a penchant for gardening roses and crushing on every boy in sight, who begins to question her sexuality and sense of self when she starts to fall for a shy girl in the weeks leading up to their high school prom and graduation. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Thao Le at the Dijkstra Agency did the deal for North American rights.

The Roof Over Our Heads Nicole Kronzer (Amulet)
Maggie Lehrman at Abrams/Amulet has acquired North American English rights to The Roof Over Our Heads, the second YA novel by Nicole Kronzer. Downton Abbey meets Noises Off! in a story about 17-year-old Finn, a wannabe actor in a family of theater people who caretake a Victorian historical mansion. But when the owner threatens to sell due to prohibitive costs, Finn and his family put on a play that is equal parts murder mystery, art heist, and escape room to save the house, all while living with the cast like late Victorians. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties brokered the deal.

Jumper by Melanie Crowder (Philomel)
Liza Kaplan at Philomel has acquired Melanie Crowder's next YA novel, Jumper, about a girl who spends the summer as one of the first teenage smokejumpers since the 1950s, until a catastrophic fire spirals out of control—with disastrous consequences. Publication is slated for spring 2022. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Finding Her Edge by Jennifer Iacopelli (Razorbill)
Julie Rosenberg at Razorbill has bought Finding Her Edge, a YA novel by Jennifer Iacopelli (Break the Fall). This retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion features a 16-year-old competitive ice dancer who must confront her family's mounting debt, her current partner's inexplicable romantic interest, and the reemergence of the partner she left behind as she trains for the biggest competition of her life. Publication is set for spring 2022; Alice Sutherland-Hawes at Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American rights.
 
Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf (Salaam Reads)
Deeba Zargarpur at Salaam Reads has acquired, in a two-book, six-figure deal, Hanna Alkaf's next YA novel, Queen of the Tiles. When cryptic messages begin appearing on a dead girl's social media account during an international Scrabble championship in Malaysia, a girl must investigate the mysterious circumstances of her best friend's death and uncover the truth before a would-be killer strikes again. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.

Summers Edge by Dana Mele (Simon and Schuster)
Deeba Zargarpur at Simon & Schuster has acquired Summer's Edge, a supernatural YA thriller from Dana Mele (People Like Us). Pitched as The Haunting of Hill House meets I Know What You Did Last Summer, the novel centers five estranged friends who return to the summer lake house on the anniversary of their friend’s death. But when unexplainable events begin happening, the group suspects there's an uninvited guest in their midst—one intent on revenge. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Elana Roth Parker at Laura Dail Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.

Ghettostan by debut author Humayun Khan (Penguin Teen Canada)
Lynne Missen at Penguin Teen Canada has acquired North American rights to the tentatively titled Ghettostan by debut author Humayun Khan, in which the main character, Fawad, a teen boy living in Toronto, comes of age with one eye on basketball and the other on the affluent neighborhood across the street. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Stacey Kondla at the Rights Factory negotiated the deal.

Untitled by Natalia Sylvester (Clarion)
Jennifer Greene at Clarion has acquired, in an exclusive submission, an untitled YA novel by Natalia Sylvester, winner of the International Latino Book Award for fiction. The #OwnVoices story centers a Latinx immigrant teen in central Florida, who has lived with hip dysplasia and countless surgeries, as she navigates the waters of first love and feeling out of alignment—both within and outside of her body—and chases the dream of becoming a performer at a mermaid attraction. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Laura Dail at Laura Dail Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.

End Like This by Kyra Leigh (Delacorte) 
Krista Marino at Delacorte has bought End Like This by Kyra Leigh (Reaper), a YA contemporary retelling of the Lizzie Borden story. When Charlotte's mother mysteriously dies, she and her sister begin to suspect that their father and his new girlfriend may have played a part in the death, and spiral into paranoia with horrifying consequences. Publication is set for spring 2022; Stephen Fraser at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights. 

All the Way by Kelly Oxford (Delacorte)
Krista Marino at Delacorte has acquired, at auction, screenwriter-director Kelly Oxford's (Pink Skies Ahead) YA debut All the Way, pitched as Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets Booksmart, plus a second, standalone novel. After learning that their classmate, who recently passed away in a parasailing accident, died a virgin, Riley and her friends vow to lose their virginities before the same fate can befall them. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Erin Malone at William Morris Endeavor negotiated the deal for North American rights.

Mall Goth by Kate Leth (Simon and Schuster)
Liz Kossnar, while at Simon & Schuster, acquired Kate Leth's Mall Goth; Deeba Zargarpur will edit. The YA graphic novel, set in the early 2000s, follows angsty teen goth Liv as she navigates the highs and lows of firsts—first out queer kid at school, first dead-end job as a store mascot, and first love that garners the unwanted attention of her teacher. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Jen Linnan at Linnan Literary Management brokered the deal for world rights.

The Wolves Are Watching by Natalie Lund (Philomel)
Liza Kaplan at Philomel has bought The Wolves Are Watching, a YA novel by Natalie Lund (We Speak in Storms and The Sky Above Us). Luce sees golden eyes in the woods on the night a toddler goes missing. With her small town quick to apportion blame, Luce follows a wolf into the forest and discovers the mysterious history of the town, the magical animal-women who were forced into hiding many years before, and the unsettling truth that this has happened before. Publication is set for spring 2022; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary did the deal for North American rights. 

Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman by Kristen R. Lee (Crown)
Phoebe Yeh at Crown has acquired, at auction, Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman by Kristen R. Lee, plus another YA novel, in a six-figure deal. Pitched as Dear White People meets the college admissions scandal, the debut novel follows freshman Savannah F. Howard as she enrolls at the Ivy League—and mostly white—Wooddale University, and confronts racism and white privilege head-on. Publication for the first book is set for spring 2022, with a second, standalone novel to follow in spring 2023; Molly O'Neill at Root Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Great or Nothing by Joy McCullough, Caroline Tung Richmond, Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe (Delacorte) 
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has acquired world English rights to Great or Nothing by (clockwise from top l.) Joy McCullough, Caroline Tung Richmond, Tess Sharpe, and Jessica Spotswood. This reimagining of Little Women is set in the spring of 1942, when the United States is reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor. Each March sister's point of view is written by a separate author; woven together, these threads tell a story of grief, family, and finding one's way in a world undergoing catastrophic change. Publication is set for spring 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret did the deal. 

Untitled by Abdi Nazemian (Balzer + Bray)
Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has bought The Legacies and another YA novel by Stonewall Honor author Abdi Nazemian. The Legacies follows five wildly different teens who confront their boarding school's culture of abuse while facing their own demons in an exclusive writing class. Publication is planned for spring 2021; John Cusick at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management did the deal for North American rights.

Queen Among the Dead by Lesley Livingston (Henry Holt) 
Tiffany Liao at Holt has acquired, in an exclusive submission, Lesley Livingston's Queen Among the Dead, a YA fantasy inspired by the legend of the first true queen of ancient Eire and the mysterious sacred sites of Newgrange and the Hill of Tara. Favored by the Wolf Goddess, Neve is a renegade Celtic princess who defies destiny to seize the throne of kings with the aid of shapeshifting druid-turned-thief Ronan and a band of berserker women warriors. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Jess Regel at Foundry Literary + Media brokered the deal for North American rights. 

Beasts of Prey by Ayanna Gray (Putnam)
Stacey Barney at Putnam has preempted world rights to the Beasts of Prey trilogy by debut author Ayana Gray. Combining monsters, mythos, and #BlackGirlMagic, the adventure follows two Black teenagers who must trek into a magical jungle to hunt down the ancient creature menacing their home—before they become the hunted. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Peter Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media negotiated the deal.

Untitled by Candace Fleming (Random House/Schwartz) - YA Non-fiction.
Anne Schwartz at Random House/Schwartz has acquired world rights to an untitled YA nonfiction book about Leopold and Loeb by Candace Fleming (The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh). Examining the event known at the time as "the crime of the century," the book explores two college-aged criminals, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, who, in 1924, murdered a boy in their effort to commit a "perfect crime." Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Ethan Ellenberg at the Ethan Ellenberg Agency brokered the deal.

Practice Girl by Estelle Laure (Viking)
Jenny Bak at Viking has acquired, at auction, world English rights to Practice Girl by Estelle Laure. Jo Beckett learns that she's a "practice girl"—the term for a girl who's good enough to hook up with but not to date—and sets off on a journey of self-discovery and love. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Viana Siniscalchi, Sara Shandler, and Josh Bank at Alloy Entertainment handled the deal, and Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management represented the author.

Untitled by Jasjyot Singh Hans (Levine Querido)
Nick Thomas at Levine Querido has acquired world rights to a YA graphic novel memoir from Jasjyot Singh Hans, as yet untitled. This debut follows the artist's life from New Delhi to Baltimore, including growing up Sikh, learning how to catch a cricket ball and not die, learning to love his body, becoming an artist, family traditions while watching TV soaps, coming out, his loving and only the tiniest bit suffocating parents, immigrating to the U.S., navigating dating apps, and more. Publication is planned for spring 2022; the author represented himself.

The Memory House by Stacy Stokes (Philomel) 
Liza Kaplan at Philomel has bought, in a preempt, in a two-book deal, The Memory House by debut author Stacy Stokes. Pitched as Bone Gap meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, this speculative YA novel tells the story of a girl from a small Texas town whose family has been erasing people's heartaches and tragic memories for decades, and the boy who makes her question her family's legacy—as well as her role within it. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Joanna MacKenzie at Nelson Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights. 

Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters (Viking)
Dana Leydig at Viking has bought Right Where I Left You, plus a second YA novel by Julian Winters (Running with Lions). The novel follows Isaac Martin during the summer before his freshman year of college, as he navigates social anxieties of flirting with old crushes who might become new boyfriends, family disconnects, and the looming dread of being separated from his best friend as they enter the next chapter in their lives. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Thao Le at Sandra Dijkstra & Associates brokered the deal for world English rights.

Sofi and the Bone Song by Adrienne Tooley (Simon Pulse)
Sarah McCabe at Simon Pulse has bought Adrienne Tooley's YA fantasy, Sofi and the Bone Song. After losing everything to an undeserving rival, a young musician sets out to expose that her rival's newfound musical abilities stem from an illegal use of magic—but what she discovers will rock everything she knows about her family, music, and the girl she thought was her enemy. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret brokered the deal for world rights.

Nate Plus One by Kevin van Whye (Random House)
Polo Orozco at Random House has bought Nate Plus One by Kevin van Whye (Date Me, Bryson Keller). High school senior Nate Hargreaves is not looking forward to his wealthy aunt's wedding retreat in South Africa—until his crush Jai Patel, an indie rock musician, volunteers to be his plus-one. This gay love story, pitched as What if It's Us meets Crazy Rich Asians, is set in the author's home country of South Africa. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Robert Guinsler at Sterling Lord Literistic negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Wuthering Heights by Tasha Suri (Feiwel and Friends)
Tasha Suri suggested she revamp Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights after Settle approached her to reclaim a different classic. “Tasha didn’t feel she was the right author for that book, but she did have an exciting idea for Wuthering Heights,” the editor said. “She proposed focusing on how, when the British colonized India and white men traveled there and had children with Indian women, if the children passed as white, they were then sent back to England to be integrated into ‘proper’ white society. Tasha had a brilliant plan for weaving that little-known part of history into Wuthering Heights.”

Suri called the classic novel a favorite of hers, “a strange and polarizing book: dark and gothic, passionately romantic and pointedly cruel. It’s also the story of the destructive influence of a boy who doesn’t belong: a boy who looks ‘foreign’ without having any particular history of cultural identity; a monstrous boy who has no place, no family, no right to want things, and wants them anyway. I want to write a reclamation that says: everyone comes from somewhere, and colonialism may try to make us its monsters, but we don’t have to let it. I hope my re-imagining will also help make readers a little more aware of the long, long history of South Asians in Britain. There’s so much history that we’re not taught that young readers deserve to know about.”


The Last Magician #4 by Lisa Maxwell (Simon Pulse) 
"THE SERPENT'S CURSE will now be the third book in the series, and it will be followed by a fourth and final book (title to come). Once I know the title and have a cover, I'll try to make sure my newsletter readers are the first to know!

THE SERPENT'S CURSE will publish in early 2021. Book 4 will follow in Spring 2022."
 





















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The Last Finestra by Emily Thiede (Wednesday Books)
Three weddings.

Three funerals.

Her divine "gift" is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill everyone she touches.

With only weeks before she has to protect her island home from an apocalyptic invasion, Alessa is running out of time —and suitors. And when a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is their only hope, her own soldiers turn against her. With mutiny growing inside the Citadel and rebellion erupting beyond the walls, Alessa coaxes a cynical outcast marked as a killer to become her personal bodyguard as she tries one last time to find a compatible partner.

But Dante has dark secrets of his own.

He might be the one person who can help her master her gift... or destroy her once and for all.

Set on an island inspired by Italy's colorful, lemon-soaked Amalfi coast, The Last Finestra is a high-stakes Young Adult fantasy full of intrigue, excitement, humor, and romance.


The Edge of Summer by Erica George (Little, Brown)
Samantha Gentry at Little, Brown/Poppy has acquired world rights, in an exclusive submission, to Erica George's contemporary YA novel The Edge of Summer. An aspiring marine biologist must navigate first love and the loss of a friend, all while saving humpback whales from entanglement during her summer on Cape Cod. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency negotiated the deal. 

Berliners by Vesper Stamper (Knopf)
Karen Greenberg at Knopf has acquired illustrated YA novel Berliners by Sydney Taylor Medalist Vesper Stamper (What the Night Sings). The book is pitched as Steinbeck's East of Eden meets Nielsen's A Night Divided, in which the construction of the Berlin Wall curiously mirrors the division between twin brothers who find themselves on opposite sides. Publication is slated for summer 2022; Lori Kilkelly negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Milo and Marcos at the End of the Word by Kevin Christopher Snipes (HarperCollins)
Carolina Ortiz at HarperCollins has acquired, in a two-book deal, at auction, Milo and Marcos at the End of the Word, a debut YA novel by playwright, and creator of the Two Princes podcast, Kevin Christopher Snipes. When Marcos moves to town, Milo is forced to acknowledge the feelings he's hidden, not only from himself but also his religious parents. But as natural disasters begin to befall them and they become closer, can their love overcome freakish "acts of God" and vicious judgments? Publication is set for summer 2022; Tanusri Prasanna at Foundry Literary+Media did the deal for world rights.

Untitled by Jennifer Moffett (Atheneum)
Alex Borbolla at Atheneum has bought an untitled YA thriller by Jennifer Moffett (Those Who Prey). Pitched as I Killed Zoe Spanos meets Bone Gap, the novel follows a reluctant teen psychic and an aspiring journalist as they search for the connection between a missing girl and the supernatural events upending their small Ozark town. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Shannon Hassan at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.

Murder for the Modern Girl by Kendall Kulper (Holiday House)
Sally Morgridge at Holiday House has bought world rights to Kendall Kulper's new YA novel, Murder for the Modern Girl. High-flying flapper Ruby Newhouse uses her secret mind-reading ability to absolutely crush at charades and to hunt down and poison killers who escape justice, but when her father, the last decent politician in Prohibition-era Chicago, becomes the target of a murder plot, she must use all her skills to keep her family safe. Publication is set for summer 2022; Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties brokered the deal. 

The Edge of Summer by Erica George (Little, Brown)
Samantha Gentry at Little, Brown/Poppy has acquired world rights, in an exclusive submission, to Erica George's contemporary YA novel The Edge of Summer. An aspiring marine biologist must navigate first love and the loss of a friend, all while saving humpback whales from entanglement during her summer on Cape Cod. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency negotiated the deal. 

Exactly Where We're Going To Be by Amelia Diane Coombs (Simon Pulse)
Jessica Smith at Simon Pulse has acquired Amelia Diane Coombs's Exactly Where You Need to Be, an #OwnVoices contemporary YA novel about a girl with OCD who goes on a forbidden road trip with her best friend and her crush to meet her idols, the hosts of a popular true crime podcast. Publication is slated for summer 2022; Jennie Kendrick at Red Fox Literary negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.

Two Truths and a Lie by April Henry (Ottaviano)
Christy Ottaviano at Macmillan/Ottaviano has acquired world rights to Two Truths and a Lie and Back After This by April Henry. Pitched as Two Can Keep a Secret meets Bad Times at the El Royale, Two Truths and a Lie features a dwindling group of teens stranded at an old hotel. Back After This follows a teen podcaster who tries to use genetic genealogy to solve a cold case and gets more than she bargained for. Publication is set for winter 2022 and summer 2022, respectively; Wendy Schmalz at the Wendy Schmalz Agency negotiated the two-book deal.

Beauty and the Besharam by Lillie Vale (Viking)
Dana Leydig at Viking has acquired, in a preempt, Lillie Vale's latest YA romcom, Beauty and the Besharam, pitched as a contemporary genderswapped Beauty and the Beast in which Kavya, an outspoken Indian American teen, learns to break down her walls and allow love in for the first time with the last guy she ever expected: her constant rival, Ian. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Jessica Watterson at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.

Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne (Wednesday Books)
Vicki Lame at Wednesday Books has acquired Elizabeth Kilcoyne's YA Southern Gothic debut, Wake the Bones, in which 19-year-old Laurel Early must unravel her mother's terrifying legacy and tap into her own innate magic to save everyone she loves before it's too late. Publication is slated for summer 2022; Erin Clyburn at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Love Times Infinity by Lane Clarke (Poppy)
Alexandra Hightower at Little, Brown/Poppy has bought, in a seven-house auction, Lane Clarke's debut novel Love Times Infinity. This contemporary YA novel follows 16-year-old Michie, a girl busy with big dreams for college, as well as the biggest crush on the school's new basketball superstar—but when her estranged mother suddenly reappears, Michie faces important questions about the chances she's willing to take on herself and her future. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Peter Knapp at Park & Fine Literary brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.
 







 


 







Mary Surratt by Sarah Miller (Random House/Schwartz)
Ann Kelley at Random House/Schwartz & Wade has bought The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets author Sarah Miller's Mary Surratt, a YA narrative nonfiction about the first woman to be executed by the United States government, accused of conspiring in the plot to assassinate not only President Abraham Lincoln, but also the vice president, secretary of state, and General Grant. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Wendy Schmalz at the Wendy Schmalz Agency represented the author in the deal for world rights.

Untitled by Liz Montague (Random House Studio)
Ann Kelley at Random House Studio has bought an untitled YA graphic novel by Liz Montague, the first black female cartoonist to be published in the New Yorker. The coming-of-age memoir deals with issues of identity and community and chronicles the author's path to becoming an artist. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Wendi Gu at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates brokered the deal for world rights.

Torch by Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Carolrhoda)
Amy Fitzgerald at Carolrhoda Lab has bought world rights to Torch by Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Gringolandia), set in Communist Czechoslovakia in 1969. When their best friend dies in an act of self-immolation to protest the Soviet invasion the previous year, teen misfits Stepan, Lida, and Tomáš find themselves targeted by the government and must work together to survive. Publication is set for fall 2022; Jacqui Lipton at Storm Literary Agency brokered the deal. 

Lucha by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Make Me a World)
Michelle Frey and Christopher Myers at Make Me a World have acquired, at auction, Lucha by Tehlor Kay Mejia, author of the We Set the Dark on Fire duology. The YA fantasy novel follows Lucha Moya, a bounty hunter living on the border of an ancient, mythical forest—the only source of a highly addictive drug that's destroying her community and her family. As the first member of her community in a generation to possess magic, she vows to defeat the evil that surrounds her. Publication is set for fall 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret brokered the two-book deal for world rights.

Mystiquiel by A.G. Howard (Bloomsbury)
Cindy Loh at Bloomsbury has acquired Mystiquiel and an untitled second book by A.G. Howard (the Splintered Series and RoseBlood). This YA fantasy duology with horror elements is set in modern-day Astoria, Ore., where on Halloween night, Phoenix Loring, still haunted by the death of her identical twin, steps through a portal leading to a gloomy industrial dreamscape of goblins and faeries—seemingly born from her own graphic novels—to face a Goblin King's maze of machinations and rescue the people she loves. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Jenny Bent at the Bent Agency did the deal for world rights.

Unfollowed by Kate Williams (Delacorte)
Krista Marino at Delacorte has bought North American rights, in a two-book deal, to Unfollowed by Kate Williams, pitched has And Then There Were None for Gen-Zers, and a third book in the Babysitters Coven series. Things get dark when a group of online influencers are invited to an exclusive island music festival, only to discover themselves at the center of a sinister game of survival. Publication is set for fall 2022 and fall 2021, respectively; Kerry Sparks at Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency brokered the deal.

Eternally Yours by Various YA Authors (Viking)
Dana Leydig at Viking has bought, in an exclusive submission, Eternally Yours, a YA paranormal romance anthology edited by Patrice Caldwell (editor of A Phoenix First Must Burn). In addition to a contribution from Caldwell, the volume will include short stories by Kendare Blake, Kat Cho, Melissa de la Cruz, Emily Duncan, Hafsah Faizal, Sarah Gailey, Alexis Henderson, Adib Khorram, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Casey McQuiston, Sandhya Menon, Danielle Paige, Akshaya Raman, Marie Rutkoski, and Julian Winters. Publication is set for fall 2022; Alexandra Machinist and Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners did the deal for world English rights.

The Pirate and the Porcelain Girl by Emily Riesbeck and NJ Barna (Simon and Schuster)
Amanda Ramirez at Simon & Schuster has acquired world rights to The Pirate and the Porcelain Girl, a YA graphic novel written by Emily Riesbeck (l.), illustrated by NJ Barna. Cursed with porcelain skin and on the run from a zealous knight, Ferra has no choice but to trust the disgraced pirate captain Brig to keep her safe and reunite her with her ex-girlfriend in a faraway city. Together, they bicker across the high seas, dodge nefarious obstacles, and accidentally fall in love. Publication is set for fall 2022; Claire Draper at the Bent Agency represented the author and the illustrator.

The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa (Random House)
Jenna Lettice at Random House has acquired Gabe Cole Novoa's The Wicked Bargain. The #OwnVoices YA fantasy follows a trans masculine Latinx teen pirate hiding magical abilities who, after a deal with the devil comes to a violent end, is rescued by the Caribbean's sole remaining pirate crew. But with the Spanish armada hunting the last of the pirates down, the magic they've been keeping secret may be their only redemption—or it could mean certain death. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Louise Fury at the Bent Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

The Song We Lost by Deeba Zargarpur (FSG)
Trisha de Guzman at FSG has bought, in a preempt, children's book editor Deeba Zargarpur's debut novel, The Song We Lost, a magic-infused contemporary YA about an Afghan-Uzbek immigrant family's secrets, and the teen girl who comes face to face with the literal ghosts of their past. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Elana Roth Parker at Laura Dail Literary brokered the deal for world English rights. 

Cress & Petra by Ashanti Fortson (HarperCollins)
Carolina Ortiz at HarperCollins has bought world English rights to Ashanti Fortson's debut, Cress & Petra. Set in the near future, the YA graphic novel follows the friendship between Cress Orozco, an autistic teenager with plenty of problems and big thoughts about life, and Petra, a lab-made AI looking for adventure. Their intertwining experiences raise the question: what does it mean to be human? Publication is planned for fall 2022; Susan Graham at Einstein Literary Management negotiated the deal.  

This Could Have Been a Love Story by Brandon Hoàng (FSG)
Trisha de Guzman at FSG has bought, in an exclusive submission, This Could Have Been a Love Story by former animation executive Brandon Hoàng. The debut contemporary YA follows a Vietnamese American boy who, in order to gain acceptance from his male peers, befriends the most beautiful girl in school, Gloria Buenrosto. When Gloria finds out about his deception, he is forced to confront how he's allowed his friends' toxic masculinity to sabotage his relationship with the best friend he's ever had. Publication is set for fall 2022; Alyssa Jennette at Stonesong Literary did the deal for world rights.

When We Make It by Elizabet Velasquez (Dial)
Nancy Mercado at Dial has acquired, in a preempt, world rights to When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez. The YA novel-in-verse is about a girl in 1990s Bushwick, Brooklyn, who wants to know what success looks and feels like in the midst of a war on drugs while navigating mental health issues, systemic racism, poverty, and gentrification. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Katherine Latshaw at Folio Literary Management brokered the deal.

Numb to This by Kindra Neely (Little, Brown)
Andrea Colvin at Little, Brown has bought world rights to Kindra Neely's YA graphic novel memoir, Numb to This, about surviving the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College on October 1, 2015, her long path back to hope, and the decision to finally speak out about her experience. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; the author was unagented.

Untitled by Kendare Blake (HarperTeen)
The first two books of Blake's untitled fantasy series follow a mystical order of female warriors...the first fantasy novel is scheduled for fall 2022. Adriann Ranta Zurhellen at Foundry Literary + Media negotiated the deal.

Untitled by Karen M. McManus (Delacorte)

 














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Love Somebody by Rachel Roasek (FSG)
Becky Albertalli meets Julie Murphy in this joyful, #ownvoices, queer YA rom-com about miscommunication, evolving identities, and falling in love with someone else’s words, with a subtle nod to Cyrano de Bergerac.

Sam Dickson is charismatic, popular, and she’s not about to let anything get in the way of her big plans for the future — not even the people she cares about.

Ros Shew must be Sam’s inverse: a loner, a wallflower, and uninterested in fame or popularity. But both girls are wickedly smart and secretly long to be seen and understood.

Enter Christian Powell, the darling of the Northeastern soccer team, and Sam’s ex and current pet project. He’s not the best with words, but he makes up for it with his genuine big heart.

When Christian falls for Ros on first sight, he’s desperate to get to know her. After a disastrous first interaction, Christian enlists the help of Sam who, after a bad review from Ros over her latest play, is only too happy to agree. But things can’t stay that simple forever. Ros starts to suspect that Christian is acting differently around her, and behind the scenes, Sam realizes that her own feelings for Ros are much more complicated than simple rivalry. With so much to lose if their secrets are discovered, all three teens are forced to confront not just their feelings, but themselves, to keep their fragile new relationships from completely falling apart.
 
 
Untitled by Daska Slater (Viking)
Joy Peskin has acquired, in an exclusive submission, The 57 Bus author Dashka Slater's new work of YA nonfiction. In the as-yet-untitled book, Slater will explore hate crimes and free speech through events that unfolded at one high school (and the community surrounding it) when a group of students created a racist social media account, with lasting repercussions for both the account's followers and its targets. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Escaping Mr Rochester by L. L. McKinney (HarperCollins)
Carolina Ortiz at HarperCollins has acquired L.L. McKinney's Escaping Mr. Rochester, a YA reimagining of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel that asks: what if the real villain of Jane Eyre was actually Mr. Rochester? In this queer romance, Jane Eyre and Bertha Mason—Mr. Rochester's wife, whom he's imprisoned within the house for years—must save each other from the horrifying machinations of Mr. Rochester. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
 
Heart of Severed Leaves by Judy I. Lin (Fiewel and Friends)
Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends has bought debut author Judy I. Lin's Heart of Severed Leaves and an untitled sequel, a YA fantasy duology inspired by Chinese history and mythology. The story follows commoner Ning as she fights to save her dying sister by entering the palace's first magical tea-brewing competition. But political schemes and secrets make her goal of winning access to the royal physicians far more dangerous than she imagined. Publication is planned for winter 2022 and winter 2023; Rachel Brooks at BookEnds did the deal for world rights. 


Weston Girls Take No Prisoners Samantha Markum (Wednesday Books)
Vicki Lame at Wednesday Books has bought, at auction, Weston Girls Take No Prisoners by debut author Samantha Markum. The YA novel follows Doe, a senior at an all-girls boarding school whose life has revolved around a century-long rivalry with the boy's school across the street. When she embarks on a fake-dating scheme to get under her worst enemy's skin, she must contend with the lies she's told, as well as the future of her beloved school. Publication is set for winter 2022; Ashley Blake at Rees Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Deep in Providence by Riss M. Neilson (Henry Holt)
Tiffany Liao at Holt has acquired, at auction, Deep in Providence by Riss M. Neilson, a YA fantasy debut that blends the suspenseful atmosphere of The Hazel Wood with the nuanced realism of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. Set on the South Side of Providence, R.I., the story follows three girls who turn to Filipino spiritualism and white magic when they're haunted by a friend's death... and perhaps her spirit. Publication is slated for winter 2022; Jess Regel at Foundry Literary + Media brokered the two-book deal for North American rights. 

Being Mary Bennet by JC Peterson (HarperTeen)
Alice Jerman at HarperTeen has acquired Being Mary Bennet, plus an untitled standalone, by JC Peterson. This YA romantic comedy debut follows a girl who discovers she is the Mary Bennet of her own life, and resolves to become the main character of her story. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; Amy Elizabeth Bishop at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret handled the two-book deal for North American rights.

The Truth About White Lies by Olivia A. Cole (Little, Brown)
Alexandra Hightower at Little, Brown has acquired The Truth About White Lies by educator Olivia A. Cole (A Conspiracy of Stars). The YA contemporary novel follows Shania, a 17-year-old white girl who moves to the gentrifying town of Blue Rock and reckons with both the subtle and overt racism in her new town, including her role in it. The story looks at both historical and present-day effects of white supremacy, as well as the danger in silence. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Regina Brooks at Serendipity Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights. 

It's All in How You Fall by Sarah Henning (Poppy)
Hannah Milton at Little, Brown/Poppy has acquired It's All in How You Fall, the next YA contemporary romance by Sarah Henning (Throw Like a Girl). After an injury ends her career, a near-elite competitive gymnast develops a major (and majorly inconvenient) crush on her older brother's best friend after he promises to help her find a new signature sport—and, in return, she offers to set him up with her former teammate. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Whitney Ross at Irene Goodman Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.
 
The Upper World by Femi Fadugba (HarperTeen)
Stephanie Stein at HarperTeen has bought, at auction, North American rights to The Upper World by Femi Fadugba. This debut YA novel follows Esso, a teen boy from south London, caught up in a deadly feud when he slips through to a world where he can see glimpses of the past and the future. While Esso tries to use this new gift to avert a crisis, in 2035, a girl named Rhia is about to meet a mysterious stranger who desperately needs her help to change his past. Publication is slated for winter 2022; Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White negotiated the two-book deal.

Back After This by April Henry (Ottaviano)
Christy Ottaviano at Macmillan/Ottaviano has acquired world rights to Two Truths and a Lie and Back After This by April Henry. Pitched as Two Can Keep a Secret meets Bad Times at the El Royale, Two Truths and a Lie features a dwindling group of teens stranded at an old hotel. Back After This follows a teen podcaster who tries to use genetic genealogy to solve a cold case and gets more than she bargained for. Publication is set for winter 2022 and summer 2022, respectively; Wendy Schmalz at the Wendy Schmalz Agency negotiated the two-book deal.

All Signs Point To Yes by Various YA Authors (Inkyard Press)
Natashya Wilson at Inkyard Press has acquired All Signs Point to Yes, a YA anthology of love stories for each of the star signs that will showcase BIPOC characters and celebrate the myriad facets of love, from meet-cutes to the lesser-explored love expressed by aromantic people, edited by author Candice Montgomery (l.), cara davis-araux (c.), and Adrianne Russell (r.), featuring 12 bestselling and award-winning BIPOC authors. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal for world rights.

The Kindred by Alechia Dow (Inkyard Press)
Natashya Wilson at Inkyard Press has bought The Kindred, a YA sci-fi novel by Alechia Dow (The Sound of Stars) and a second, untitled YA novel. Felix, a royal, and Joy, a commoner, mistakenly mind-paired at birth, land on Earth after fleeing royal assassins, only to find the "developing" planet might hold the solutions to their divided and unjust lives back home. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency did the two-book deal for North American rights.

The Stars Between Us by Cristin Terrill (Wednesday Books)
Jennie Conway at Wednesday Books has bought Cristin Terrill's The Stars Between Us, a YA sci-fi romantic thriller. Pitched as Defy the Stars and Empress of a Thousand Skies with a Dickensian twist, the book follows a girl who, when she gets the chance to leave her planet behind, realizes things are not what they seem in her new glittering world. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret handled the deal for North American rights.

A Million Quiet Revolutions by Robin Gow (FSG)
Trisha de Guzman at FSG has bought, at auction, North American rights to Robin Gow's A Million Quiet Revolutions and an untitled second project. The YA novel in verse is a love story between two transgender boys who come out to each other the weekend before their senior year. They choose their names after they discover the lives of two revolutionary soldiers who were assigned female at birth and lived as men. Together, they explore their identities and search history for the often untold stories of queer people like them. Publication is slated for winter 2022.

Icebreaker by AI Graziadei (Henry Holt)
Rachel Murray at Holt has acquired, at auction, world English rights to Al Graziadei's YA contemporary debut, Icebreaker. This hate-to-love romance follows a hockey legacy who is on track to become the NHL's top draft pick, even while barely coping with his untreated depression. Then a catastrophe named Jaysen Caulfield strikes, threatening his #1 spot and stealing his heart. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; Jennifer Azantian at Azantian Literary Agency handled the two-book deal. 

What About Katia? by Juliana Goodman (Fiewel and Friends) 
Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends has bought What About Katia? by debut author Juliana Goodman, plus a second standalone YA novel. After a Black teen girl's older sister is killed by a white cop who claims she was breaking into his house, she sets out to uncover what really happened by finding the only other witness who was there that night: her sister's boyfriend, who has gone missing. Publication is set for winter 2022; Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights. 

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh (Feiwel and Friends)
Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends has acquired The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh (Rebel Seoul), a YA fantasy pitched as a feminist retelling of the Korean folktale "The Tale of Shim Cheong," with echoes of Miyazaki. In a town where a girl is sacrificed every year to the sea to stop torrential rains, one brave teen dives in herself to protect a loved one and discovers a spirit kingdom in need of saving. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Visitations by Corey Egbert (FSG)
Joy Peskin at FSG has bought, in a preempt, world rights to Corey Egbert's debut YA graphic novel Visitations. The story features teenage Corey and his younger sister, Sarah, as they struggle with visits to see their father, their mother's extreme religious interpretations, and their own faith. Their mother's visions lead them on a journey into the Nevada desert where nights become surreal adventures for Corey. It’s based on true events from the author's life, combined with an element of magical realism. Publication is set for winter 2022; Nicole Tugeau at Tugeau 2 brokered the deal.

The Valedictorians by Phil Stamper (Bloomsbury)
Mary-Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury has bought Phil Stamper's The Valedictorians, plus an untitled sequel. The first entry in this YA rom-com duology follows four queer teens during an unforgettable summer. As senior year approaches—with the real world looming just beyond—how can these lifelong friends stay close when their futures seem to be forcing them apart? Publication of the first book is planned for winter 2022; Brent Taylor at Triada US did the deal for world English rights.

The Last Laugh by Mindy McGinnis (Katherine Tegan Books)
Benjamin Rosenthal at HarperCollins/Tegen has acquired Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis's YA duology, The Initial Insult and The Last Laugh, which blends retellings of Edgar Allan Poe stories in a contemporary Appalachian Ohio setting. Publication for The Initial Insult is scheduled for winter 2021, and The Last Laugh is slated for winter 2022; Adriann Ranta Zurhellen at Foundry Literary + Media brokered the deal for North American rights. 

Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long (Wednesday Books)
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has bought, in a preempt, in a two-book deal, debut author Meg Long's Cold the Night Fast the Wolves. The YA sci-fi novel is a reimagining of the Iditarod sled dog race meets Mad Max. It follows a 17-year-old girl as she races to survive a dangerous sledding competition across the wilderness of her frozen planet with nothing but her skills and a feral wolf-hybrid she must learn to trust in order for either of them to survive. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Alexandra Machinist at ICM Partners negotiated the deal for North American rights.

One For All by Lillie Lainoff (FSG)
Melissa Warten at FSG has acquired Lillie Lainoff's #OwnVoices YA debut, One for All. In this gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers, Tania, who has Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, trains as a Musketeer and finds sisterhood, friendship, and secrets that could lead her to save all of France—and maybe even reveal the truth behind her father's murder. Publication is slated for winter 2022; Jennifer Wills at the Seymour Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Allondra by Gina Femia (FSG)
Trisha de Guzman at FSG has acquired, in an exclusive submission, world rights to playwright Gina Femia's YA novel, tentatively titled Allondra. In the coming-of-age story, a girl and her friends wrestle their way through the summer, sometimes on the playgrounds of Coney Island, sometimes with their feelings, based on Femia's play of the same name. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; Joe Veltre at the Gersh Agency brokered the deal.

Unexpecting by Jen Bailey (Wednesday Books)
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired Jen Bailey's Unexpecting. In this contemporary YA novel pitched as Juno meets The Birdcage, a 17-year-old boy has to make some difficult decisions that will impact multiple lives, finding love and family along the way. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; Saritza Hernandez at Corvisiero Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

The Red Palace by June Hur (Fiewel and Friends)
Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends has bought The Red Palace, a YA historical mystery by June Hur. After a bloody massacre takes place at court, 17-year-old palace nurse Hyeon and 18-year-old police inspector Eojin must clear the Crown Prince's name after he is accused of the murders. Set in 1750s Korea, this is based on the tragic relationship between Prince Sado and his father, a well-known story in Korea. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; Amy Elizabeth Bishop at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret brokered the deal for North American rights. 

Reclaim the Stars by Various YA Authors (Wednesday Books)
Eileen Rothschild and Mara Delgado-Sanchez at Wednesday Books have bought Zoraida Córdova's YA speculative fiction anthology, Reclaim the Stars, featuring stories exploring the Latinx diaspora through the lens of SFF by Elizabeth Acevedo, Vita Ayala, David Bowles, Sara Faring, Romina Garber, Isabel Ibañez, Anna-Marie McLemore, Yamile Saied Méndez, Nina Moreno, Maya Motayne, Daniel José Older, Claribel Ortega, Mark Oshiro, and Lilliam Rivera. Publication is set for winter 2022; Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.

Someday We'll Find It by Jennifer Wilson (HarperTeen)
Kristen Pettit at HarperTeen has acquired U.S. rights to Someday We'll Find It by Jennifer Wilson. The YA novel follows a 17-year-old girl who has finally stopped wishing for her mother to come back and rescue her from the small town where she left her behind—then Mama shows up and she has to choose between the life and family she's dreamed of, or the world she's starting to make for herself. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary and Media brokered the deal.

Lulu & Milagro's Search for Clarity by Angela Velez (HarperTeen)
Alessandra Balzer at Balzer + Bray has acquired, at auction, Lulu & Milagro's Search for Clarity, a debut YA novel by Angela Velez. Pitched as a Latinx Booksmart, it follows two sisters—one vying for a prestigious internship and the other reeling from a dramatic breakup—as they become begrudging partners on their school's cross-country field trip to college campuses. Over the course of one week, they'll uncover family secrets, confront weighty expectations for their futures, and maybe even discover the true meaning of sisterhood. Publication is set for winter 2022; Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary did the two-book deal for world English rights.

Fallen City by Adrienne Young (Wednesday Books)
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has bought Adrienne Young's Fallen City duology, a Greco-Roman inspired fantasy where a glittering world, a lottery built on lies, and a forbidden romance come together as an 18-year-old girl desperately attempts to escape a city under siege. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Literary Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.

Heart of Severed Leaves by Judy I. Lin (Feiwel and Friends)
Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends has bought debut author Judy I. Lin's Heart of Severed Leaves and an untitled sequel, a YA fantasy duology inspired by Chinese history and mythology. The story follows commoner Ning as she fights to save her dying sister by entering the palace's first magical tea-brewing competition. But political schemes and secrets make her goal of winning access to the royal physicians far more dangerous than she imagined. Publication is planned for winter 2022 and winter 2023; Rachel Brooks at BookEnds did the deal for world rights.

Robin Hood by Amina Mae Safi (Feiwel and Friends)
When she considered including Robin Hood in the Reclaimed Classics lineup, Settle began thinking that “the story could have been much more interesting from the Muslim character’s perspective.” After discussing this approach with author Aminah Mae Safi, Sutton thought her idea for centering the story on a Muslim girl’s adventure during the Third Crusade was “absolutely fabulous,” and knew she had found Robin Hood’s reclaimer.

Safi recalled that she “grew up on Disney’s fox version of Robin Hood, who made me feel like being the cleverest, the canniest, and the most willing to not give up was what made you heroic.” Yet as she got older and learned more about the history of the Crusades, this hero’s story became “increasingly complicated” for her.

“I’m a Muslim woman and Robin has, since the 19th century, canonically been a crusader,” she said. “He’s someone who is deeply invested in the status quo and in his fight to rob the rich to give to the poor because he wants his own ancestral lands back. By taking this medieval legend of a crusader and turning that into the story of a young Muslim woman who is fighting to protect her own homeland from invaders and her own region’s fragile peace, I can also reclaim a piece of history. The medieval world was incredibly diverse and incredibly global. We all deserve to be able to see that.”


Untitled by Anna Marie McLemore (Feiwel and Friends)
"...With a second untitled novel to follow in winter 2022; Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary negotiated the deal for North American rights."






 









The Wicked Powers by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Cassandra Clare said that she will publish another trilogy in the Shadowhunters' world after the Dark Artifices and The TLH trilogy. It will have two main characters, Kit and Ty Blackthorn. More information to come...

Cassandra Clare said about writing more books in the Shadowhunter World:

My plan at the moment is to do five Shadowhunter series, total. I don’t know if I’ll do any series in the Shadowhunter world beyond that. I don’t know why five exactly — maybe because one of my major literary idols has always been Tamora Pierce and she did five series set in Tortall. :) Maybe I think I have five stories to tell in this world. Maybe I’ll get to the end and want to tell more. Maybe not — I have a stockpile of other worlds and stories in my head; I’m writing one of them by writing Magisterium now, but there are many others.

There is a special sort of enjoyment in developing stories in a created world, because you can take the rules you yourself have invented, and bend them or break them. You can create connections and history — the story of Isabelle’s ruby necklace stretches back all the way to Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale. Then again, with a brand new world, you get to make everything up again. It’s like: brand-new baby or adorable five-year old? They’re both good.

(The five Shadowhunter series are TiD, TLH, TMI, TDA, and very far down the road, TWP. Don’t even ask about that one! It’s too far in the future! There are other Shadowhunter projects like The Bane Chronicles and the graphic novel project about the Circle, currently in planning stages and known as TST, but I’m not counting them: I’m only counting book series/trilogies written solely by me.)


Firebird by Sunmi (HarperCollins/Harper Alley)
Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins/HarperAlley has acquired, at auction, world rights to Firebird, the debut YA graphic novel by Sunmi, in a two-book deal. Firebird follows Caroline as she crushes on Kim, an older student she tutors, and their friendship through their varied experiences as queer children of Asian-American immigrants. Publication is scheduled for 2022; Susan Graham at Einstein Literary Management handled the deal.

Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez (Wednesday Books)
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired, in a preempt, Isabel Ibañez's YA fantasy, Together We Burn, inspired by medieval Spain. A city plagued by dragons hosts popular dragon fights in rings where the beasts are slain by the legendary Dragadors; a talented flamenco dancer must work with a disgraced dragon hunter to learn the ways of a Dragador in order to save her ancestral home. Publication is slated for 2022; Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic sold world English rights.

You and Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne (Scholastic) - moved from summer 2021.
Jody Corbett at Scholastic has acquired, at auction, North American rights to Brianna Bourne's YA debut You and Me at the End of the World and a second untitled novel. The former is a love story following teenagers Hannah and Leo as they discover they are the last two people left on Earth. Publication is scheduled for 2022; Alice Sutherland-Hawes at Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency handled the deal. 

Full Flight by Ashley Schumacher (Wednesday Books)
Vicki Lame at Wednesday Books has acquired world English rights to Ashley Schumacher's Full Flight, a YA contemporary novel told in alternating perspectives, about an exuberant girl and a solitary boy who are forced to work together on a duet in their small-town marching band. With rumors flying and time running out before the big competition, the two must perfect their music while coming to terms with the loneliness they are both battling. The book is planned for publication in 2022; Thao Le at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency negotiated the deal.

The Do Over by Lynn Painter (Simon Pulse)
Jessica Smith at Simon Pulse has bought Lynn Painter's The Do Over, a romantic comedy and YA spin on Groundhog Day, in which Emilie Hornby is forced to keep reliving the worst Valentine's Day ever until she embraces her daily clean slate and says and does everything she wants. But when it's finally February 15th, she's left to face the fallout of her actions. Publication is planned for 2022; Kim Lionetti at BookEnds negotiated the deal for world rights. 

Man O'War by Cory McCarthy (Dutton)
Andrew Karre at Dutton has bought, in an exclusive submission, Man O'War by Cory McCarthy. The YA novel follows River, a competitive swimmer and trans teen, on a journey of self-discovery, from internalized homophobia through layers of coming out, gender-affirming surgery, and true love. Publication is scheduled for 2022; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary negotiated the deal for North American rights.

These Deadly Games by Diana Urban (Wednesday Books)
Jennie Conway at Wednesday Books has acquired, at auction, These Deadly Games by Diana Urban. The YA thriller follows a girl who receives a message from an anonymous source who says she has 36 hours to play a game by their rules, or they'll kill her sister. When she realizes that playing the game means destroying her friends' lives, she must figure out a way to beat the kidnapper at their own game. Publication is scheduled for 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Lovely Recipe by Myra Rose (Random House Graphic)
Whitney Leopard at Random House Graphic has bought, in an exclusive submission, world rights to Myra Rose's debut YA graphic novel, Lovely Recipe. Sofia is determined to learn how to cook her late grandmother's recipes so that she can bring her family together for a giant dinner like they used to have. But the only person with the skill to show her how is Anna Marie, an unapproachable classmate. Sofia's feelings are... complicated. Publication is set for 2022; the author was unagented.

Untitled by Harper Glenn (Scholastic)
Olivia Valcarce at Scholastic Press has bought, in a preempt, Harper Glenn's untitled YA speculative debut, inspired by Glenn's childhood and the current world's social climate, set in a near-future Georgia split by revolt into rich and poor. Josephine, an orphan from the Ashes, has one chance to escape her life of poverty: the annual Gala, where she connects with Cove, an orphan who lives in wealth. But as a new revolt pins one side against the other, Jo must face painful decisions regarding the future of the only home she knows, the truth to her traumatic past, and the boy who stole her heart. Publication is set for 2022; Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary did the deal for world rights.

Game Changers by Mary Kenney (Running Press)
Britny Brooks at Running Press has acquired Game Changers by video game writer Mary Kenney (Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales). The debut YA nonfiction book shines a light on more than two dozen women and genderqueer people who built the video game industry, and their often overlooked contributions to the world of gaming. Publication is slated for 2022; Eric Smith at P.S. Literary did the deal for world rights.

Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Evelyn Skye and Sandhya Menon (Wednesday Books) 
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired, in an exclusive auction, North American rights to Three Kisses, One Midnight, a Halloween collaboration by Roshani Chokshi (l.), Sandhya Menon (c.), and Evelyn Skye (r.), told in the tradition of Let It Snow. Set in a town reminiscent of Stars Hollow, the book features interconnected stories about three witchy best friends and their romantic quest involving love potions (that may or may not work) and true love's kiss before the clock strikes midnight. Publication is set for 2022; Thao Le at the Dijkstra Agency did the six-figure deal.
 
Volta by Dorian Christo and Andy Roblez-Valdez (First Second)
Kiara Valdez at First Second has bought world rights to Volta by Dorian Christo (l.) and Andy Robles-Valdez. The YA graphic novel features the intertwined fates of Luciano Vega, a small-town musician who moves to the city to make it big; and Orpheus Apolonio, a once-renowned violinist who, after a tragic accident, became a recluse and is plagued with mysterious premonitions. Publication is planned for 2022; the authors represented themselves.  

Not Everyone Is Going to Like You: The Art of Self-Validation by Renny Perkins (Kokila) - YA non-fiction.
Sydnee Monday at Kokila has bought, in an exclusive submission, world rights to artist and comedian Rinny Perkins's nonfiction debut Not Everyone Is Going to Like You: The Art of Self-Validation, a guide to adulthood for black girls with a focus on radical self-care. Featuring graphic collage that pays homage to 1970s black woman-centered ephemera, the book will cover topics including identity, sex and dating, mental health, and navigating the workplace. Publication is slated for 2022; Monica Odom at Odom Media Management negotiated the deal.

The Chosen One by Echo Brown (Ottaviano)
Jessica Anderson at Macmillan/Ottaviano has acquired North American rights to two YA novels by Echo Brown (Black Girl Unlimited). Anchored in magical realism, The Chosen One is a personal account of a first-generation African-American student's first year at Dartmouth College. The first book is scheduled for 2022, and a second book is set for 2023; Janine Kamouh at WME negotiated the deal.  

Check Your Texts by Aatamaja Pandya (Random House Graphic)
Whitney Leopard at Random House Graphic has bought Aatmaja Pandya's YA graphic novel Check Your Texts. The suspenseful story follows Yooni as she searches for her missing best friend after they've disappeared in the woods. When a mysterious doll appears, things take a turn for the paranormal, and Yooni finds herself getting messages from the beyond. Publication is scheduled for 2022; Jennifer Linnan at Linnan Literary Management sold world rights.

Dearest Daughter by Emily Erdos (First Second)
Robyn Chapman at First Second has acquired world rights to Emily Erdos's YA graphic memoir titled Dearest Daughter, a story about a 14-year-old girl who has grown up without a father and grapples with the fact that he took his own life. Publication is slated for 2022; the author was unagented.

Wind Daughter by Joanna Ruth Meyer (Page Street)
A companion novel to Echo North and about the daughter of the former North Wind, whose lost power is causing the world to unravel. Satu embarks on a perilous journey to reclaim her father's magic, finding herself in a deadly race with the Winter Lord, who wants the North Wind's destructive power for himself.

My Atomic Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows (HarperTeen)
About Marie Curie.

The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson (Katherine Tegan Books)
The Weight of Blood is a remix of Stephen King's Carrie set at a school's first integrated prom.

Untitled by Emily X. R. Pan (Little, Brown) - release date uncertain.

Untitled by Candace Robinson (Publisher Not Announced)
YA fantasy.  

Untitled by Mahogany L. Brown (Crown) 

Untitled by Brooke Lauren Davis (Bloomsbury)

Untitled by Amber McBride (Feiwel and Friends)

Untitled by Aden Polydoros (Inkyard Press)

Untitled by Dustin Thao (Wednesday Books)  

Untitled by Lyla Lee (HarperTeen)

Untitled by Kasie West (Delacorte)

Untitled by Laura Gao (Balzer + Bray)

Untitled by Francesca Flores (Wednesday Books) 

The Last Laugh by Mindy McGinnis (Katherine Tegan Books)

This Cursed Crown by Alexandra Overy (Inkyard Press)

Ria & Rani #2 by Sasha Nanua and Sarena Nanua (HarperTeen)

The Notorious Virtues #3 by Alwyn Hamilton (Viking)

The Witchlands #5 by Susan Dennard (Tor Teen) 

Bladesmith #2 by Trisha Levenseller (Feiwel and Friends)

The Infinity Courts #2 by Akemi Dawn Bowman (Simon Pulse)

How We Fall Apart #2 by Katie Zhao (Bloomsbury)

Six Crimson Cranes #2 by Elizabeth Lim (Knopf)

Universal Expansion #2 by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Teen)

Jay's Gay Agenda #2 by Jason June (HarperTeen) 

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

Blood Like Magic #2 by Liselle Sambury (Margaret K. McElderry) 

Shamanborn #3 by Lori Lee (Page Street)

Monsters #2 by Vanessa Len (HarperCollins) 

All of Us Villains #2 by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman (Tor Teen)

The Spice Road Trilogy #2 by Maiya Ibrahim (Delacorte)

Perfectly Parvin #2 by Oliva Ahtabi (Putnam)

The Bloodright Trilogy #3 by Emily Skrutskie (Del Rey)

Castles In Their Bones #2 by Laura Sebastian (Delacorte)

The Iron Widow #2 by Xiran Jay Zhao (Penguin Teen)

Grimrose Girls #2 by Laura Pohl (Sourcebooks Fire)

Reambreaker #2 by Victoria Aveyard (HarperTeen)

The Ravens #2 by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige (HMH) 

The Keeper of Night #2 by Kylie Lee Baker (Inkyard Press)

The Witch King #2 by H.E. Edgmon (Inkyard Press)

Simone Breaks All The Rules #2 by Debbie Rigaud (Scholastic)


Bladesmith #2 by Tricia Levenseller (Feiwel and Friends)

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


Blood Like Magic #2 by Liselle Sambury (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

The Prison Healer #3 by Lynette Noni (HMH)

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