Undated 2022 New Releases













The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart
(Delacorte)

Author on twitter: "I can finally give a book 2 sneak peek! THE WORDS WE KEEP is straight from my heart about anxiety, perfection and secrets. But it’s also about freedom in art, kissing in the ocean and being seen (and loved) for who you really are."









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 One that Got Away by Sophie Gonzales (Wednesday Books)
Bisexual eighteen-year-old Maya dumped her cheating ex, Jordy, two years ago—and good riddance. But when Jordy's sister marries the crowned prince of a small European country and he shoots to fame, Pippa Middleton style, reality show producers approach her to appear on a Bachelor meets second-chance-romance show, along with all his other exes.

Maya agrees, but she’s nursing a secret agenda: use the show to make sure the world knows what kind of person Jordy is. When her manufactured "enemy" on the show, Skye—who happens to be the girl Jordy cheated on her with—finds out about Maya's plan, the two make a pact; they’ll help each other make it to the finale by any means necessary, and whoever wins will expose Jordy on national television.

But as Maya’s relationship with Skye start to change from co-conspirators to something more, she discovers just how hard it is to watch the girl you’re falling for seduce the guy who broke your heart.

Even if it is just for show.

Not Good For Maidens by Tori Bovalino (Page Street)

‘Salem’s Lot meets The Darkest Part of the Forest in this horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market.”

Seventeen years ago, May and Laura Wickett fought their way out of the goblin market but the scars will never fade from May’s heart. After all, the market was more than the sum of the bodies it left behind: it was also the home of her first love. But when the price of freedom is blood and marrow, some heartbreaks are better left buried.

In present-day Boston, Louisa Wickett-Stevens does not believe in magic, despite Mom’s and Aunt May’s superstitions. But after Lou’s teenage aunt, Neela, goes missing, Lou realizes that their superstitions have been handed down to protect them from York’s bloodthirsty goblin market. It’s up to Lou, Mom, and May to infiltrate the market and steal Neela back before the goblins disappear. But the market has its fair share of secrets, and this time, the goblins do not only want death: they seek vengeance.


The Deep Blue Between by Ayesha Harruna Attah (Carolrhoda) - originally published in the UK.
Twin sisters Hassana and Husseina's home is in ruins after a brutal raid. But this is not the end but the beginning of their story, one that will take them to unfamiliar cities and cultures, where they will forge new families, ward off dangers and truly begin to know themselves.

As the twins pursue separate paths in Brazil and the Gold Coast of West Africa, they remain connected through shared dreams of water. But will their fates ever draw them back together?

A sweeping adventure with richly evocative historical settings, The Deep Blue Between is a moving story of the bonds that can endure even the most dramatic change.


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.”


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.

The Gamemaster's Society by Chelsea Ichaso (Sourcebooks Fire)
Eliza Swift at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired The Gamemaster's Society by Chelsea Ichaso (Little Creeping Things). In this YA thriller, Maren joins her elite boarding school's secret society in hopes of finding information about her missing best friend, but when the society's games take a dark turn, she must figure out how to win before someone winds up dead. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Uwe Stender at Triada US negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.

Gold Mountain by Betty Yee (Carolrhoda)
Amy Fitzgerald at Carolrhoda has acquired Gold Mountain by Betty Yee. In her debut YA novel, set in the 1860s, 15-year-old Ling disguises herself as a boy, journeys from China to the United States, and finds work as a laborer on the Central Pacific Railroad, where she faces danger on multiple fronts to earn money her family desperately needs. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Emily Keyes at Fuse Literary did the deal for world rights.

Ride with Me by Lucy Keating (HMH)
Elizabeth Agyemang at HMH has acquired Ride with Me by Lucy Keating (Literally; Dreamology), which follows 17-year-old Charlie, a ride-share driver whose plan for the perfect, no-strings-attached graduation trip is ruined when she finds herself driving (and falling for) the school's cute but annoying party boy after wrecking his car. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Pete Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media did the deal for world rights.

The Dove in the Belly by Jim Grimsley (Levine Querido)
Arthur A. Levine at Levine Querido has acquired The Dove in the Belly by Jim Grimsley (Winter Birds; Dream Boy), winner of the Lambda Literary Award and Stonewall Award. The Dove in the Belly is about a young gay man coming of age one summer in the late '70s in the South while navigating a budding romance. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Melanie Jackson at the Melanie Jackson Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Don't Call Me a Hurricane by Ellen Hagan (Bloomsbury)
Sarah Shumway at Bloomsbury has bought, in an exclusive submission, Don't Call Me a Hurricane by Ellen Hagan (Reckless, Glorious, Girl). The YA novel-in-verse follows 18-year-old Eliza Murphy, an environmental activist especially concerned with protecting her coastal community, who navigates the after-effects of a hurricane that devastated her town, while falling for a boy at the center of a redevelopment that could put their community in serious danger—again. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.

Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk (HMH)
Margaret Raymo at HMH/Versify has acquired, in a preempt, Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk. This YA novel-in-verse features a tumultuous romance between two girls in nonlinear chapters, anchored by a single day where they set a fire and their relationship spirals out of control. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Beth Phelan at Gallt and Zacker Literary brokered the deal for world rights.

A Beautiful Faux Paw by Jessica Kara (Page Street)
Tamara Grasty at Page Street has bought A Beautiful Faux Paw and an untitled YA novel by Jessica Kara. The contemporary YA follows a teen artist as she pushes back against her hoarder mother and slips away to a furry convention with her friends. But when her mother's gaslighting and controlling behavior ruins the con, she must learn to set boundaries or risk staying shackled to the house and her mom for good. Publication is planned for spring 2022 and spring 2023, respectively; Cortney Radocaj at Belcastro Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren (Underlined)
Wendy Loggia at Underlined has bought Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton (l.) and Faith McClaren; Alison Romig will edit. Pitched as The Blair Witch Project for a new generation, this YA horror novel features a group of amateur YouTuber teen ghost hunters who travel to a haunted hotel, the site of an infamous L.A. tragedy, to spend the night and secretly film after dark. When they stumble upon a dead body, they realize that the most terrifying horror stories aren't always paranormal. Publication is set for spring 2022; Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary did the deal for world rights.

Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes (Balzer + Bray)
Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired, in a four-house auction, The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by debut author Sonora Reyes. A YA contemporary for fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, it follows 16-year-old Yamilet Flores, who has just started at a new Catholic school after being outed by her ex-best friend and crush at her old school. Her new goals: make her mom proud, keep her brother out of trouble, and most importantly, don't fall in love. But that's not easy when Bo, the only openly queer girl at school, is funny, cute, and seems like she might be interested in Yami. Publication is set for spring 2022; Alexandra Levick at Writers House did the two-book deal for North American rights.

Eavesdropper by Jennifer Jenkins (Owl Hollow Press)
Hannah Smith at Owl Hollow Press has acquired world rights to Eavesdropper, a YA fantasy by Jennifer Jenkins. When voices inside Ebony's head pull her into one bad situation after another, she is sent away with a group of craftsmen to act as the governor's ambassador to the country over the mountain. As she discovers that the strange whispers may be the key to uncovering a plot to destroy her homeland, she realizes they could prove her loyalty to her people, or lead to her undoing. Publication is planned for spring 2022; the author represented herself.

A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal (FSG)
Janine O'Malley at FSG has bought, in an exclusive submission, A Tempest of Tea by bestselling author Hafsah Faizal, first in a duology pitched as King Arthur meets Peaky Blinders with vampires. Set in Ettenia, an amalgamation of 1920s and Victorian London with a dash of ancient Rome, the novel follows a gang of outcasts in a deadly heist led by Arthie Casimir to save her tearoom—which fronts an illegal blood house, where local vampires can purchase fresh blood. Publication of the first novel is set for spring 2022; Josh Adams at Adams Literary did the two-book deal for world English rights.

The Loophole by Naz Kutub (Bloomsbury)
Claire Stetzer at Bloomsbury has bought world rights, in a preempt, to The Loophole by debut author Naz Kutub, plus a second untitled YA novel. Pitched as a speculative Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda with a focus on identity, found family, and friendship, the novel follows a queer Indian-Muslim boy traveling the world for a second chance at love after a possibly magical heiress grants him three wishes. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary handled the deal.

Game of Strength and Storm by Rachel Menard (Flux)
Mari Kesselring at Flux has bought Game of Strength and Storm, first in a YA fantasy duology by debut author Rachel Menard. In this gender-bent Hercules retelling, 17-year-old Gen's only hope to save her imprisoned father is to complete six impossible labors before Castor, a storm wielder trying to subvert her kingdom's patriarchal structure, beats her to it. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Valerie Noble at Donaghy Literary Group handled the two-book deal for world English rights.

High Spirits by Camille Gomera-Tavarez (Levine Querido)
Nick Thomas at Levine Querido has bought High Spirits by debut author Camille Gomera-Tavarez. The YA book interweaves stories exploring machismo, family, and identity in the Dominican diaspora. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; the author represented herself in a deal for world rights.

Model Minority by Louisa Onomé (Feiwel and Friends)
Foyinsi Adegbonmire and Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends have acquired, at auction, Model Minority and an untitled YA novel by Louisa Onomé (Like Home); Adegbonmire will edit. Model Minority is a contemporary story about a girl dealing with an estranged brother, her identity as a first-generation Nigerian American, and the planning for her cousin's Crazy Rich Asians-style Nigerian wedding. Publication is planned for spring 2022 and spring 2023, respectively; Claire Friedman at Inkwell Management negotiated the deal for world rights, excluding Canada.

My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel (Amulet)
Anne Heltzel at Amulet has acquired, in a four-way auction, My Sister's Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel. The YA rom-com follows an aspiring violinist who must secretly juggle the obligations of her sister's extravagant wedding week with auditions for a prominent music contest—all while trying to dodge her boisterous family's matchmaking schemes. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Every Variable of Us by Charles A. Bush (Flux)
Mari Kesselring at Flux has bought Every Variable of Us by Charles A. Bush. This YA contemporary debut, pitched as The Hate U Give meets Moonlight, is a timely story about race, love, and being true to yourself. After Philly teenager Alexis Duncan is injured in a gang shooting, her basketball career comes to a halt. At the urging of new Indian student (and crush?) Aamani, Alexis shifts her focus to the school's STEM team in hopes of earning a college scholarship, but gains more than she could have imagined. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Christopher Schelling at Selectric Artists Literary and Talent Management did the deal for world rights.

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 Darkening by Sunya Mara (HMH)
Emilia Rhodes and Nicole Sclama at HMH have acquired, in a preempt, The Darkening by debut author Sunya Mara. In this YA fantasy duology, the only hope for a city trapped in the eye of a cursed storm lies with the daughter of failed revolutionaries and a prince terrified of his throne. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022 and spring 2023 for books 1 and 2, respectively; Tracey Adams at Adams Literary negotiated the deal for North American rights.

Howl by Shaun David Hutchinson (Simon & Schuster)
Liesa Abrams, while at Simon & Schuster, bought Howl by We Are the Ants author Shaun David Hutchinson; Amanda Ramirez will edit. The YA novel follows Virgil Knox, who is attacked by a mysterious monster. When no one in his claustrophobic, Southern town believes him, Virgil fears the monster will return to finish him off, or worse—that he's becoming one himself. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary brokered the deal for North American rights.


I Guess I Live Here Now by Claire Ahn (Viking)
Jenny Bak at Viking has acquired, at auction, in a six-figure deal, I Guess I Live Here Now by debut author Claire Ahn. The contemporary YA novel finds Melody uprooted from her life in Manhattan and relocated to her father's villa in Seoul, plunging the Korean American teen into a whirlwind of culture shock and family secrets as she struggles to reconcile her identity in a place she's supposed to call home. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret handled the two-book deal for world rights. 

Out There by Various YA Authors (Inkyard Press)
Natashya Wilson at Inkyard Press has bought Out There, an anthology of stories about queer teens in the future, edited by Saundra Mitchell. Contributors include Kayla Ancrum, Kalynn Bayron, Z Brewer, Mason Deaver, Alechia Dow, ER Zellor, Leah Johnson, Naomi Kanakia, Claire Kann, Alex London, Jim McCarthy, Abdi Nazemian, Emma K. Ohland, AJ Sass, Nita Tyndall, and two slots to be filled through an open call for submissions. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret brokered the deal for world rights.


Turning by Joy L. Smith (Simon and Schuster)
Denene Millner at Simon & Schuster/Millner has acquired, in a preempt, Turning by Joy L. Smith. Pitched for fans of Brandy Colbert, this debut YA contemporary novel follows a promising young Black ballerina who must find the strength to confront the past after an injury causes her to reassess her plans for the future. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services brokered the deal for world rights.

The Kissing Season by Susan Crispell (Sourcebooks)
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks has acquired, in a preempt, world English rights to The Kissing Season by Susan Crispell. Sixteen-year-old Remy Holloway's kisses are supposed to bring good luck, but when she curses a boy instead, she must find a way to fix him or give up her family magic—and a chance at true love with the hot, rock-music-obsessed boy who moves in next door. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Jenny Bent at the Bent Agency brokered the two-book deal.


You Are More Than Magic: The Memo for Young Readers by Minda Harts (Dial) - YA Non-fiction
Dana Chidiac at Dial has acquired You Are More Than Magic: The Memo for Young Readers by Minda Harts. A YA version of the author's The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table, the book is a guide for girls of color looking to find their voice and claim space as they prepare for school, college, and their careers. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Monica Odom at Odom Media Management represented the author in the deal for world rights.

Live, Laugh, Kidnap by Gabby Noone (Razorbill)
Alex Sanchez, while at Razorbill, acquired Live, Laugh, Kidnap by Gabby Noone, author of Layoverland; Ruta Rimas will edit. This YA novel, inspired in part by 9 to 5, follows three teen girls who get caught up in a rivalry between a New Age cult and exploitative megachurch and come up with a plot to exact revenge on the church: they'll fake the kidnapping of the pastor's golden son, and extort the church for ransom money. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Dana Murphy at the Book Group negotiated the deal for world rights.

Flirting with Fate by J.C. Cervantes (Razorbill) - delayed from 2021.
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 Song That Moves the Sun by Anna Bright (HarperTeen)
Stephanie Stein at HarperTeen has acquired, in an exclusive submission, The Song That Moves the Sun by Anna Bright (The Beholder). The YA fantasy romance follows two teens on a journey through the heavenly spheres once charted by Dante Alighieri and Beatrice Portinari, discovering hidden cities ruled by music and astrology, as they try to solve the mysterious disharmony causing chaos and instability throughout all their worlds. Publication is tentatively planned for spring 2022; Elana Roth Parker at Laura Dail Literary did the two-book deal for world English rights. 


What We Harvest by Ann Fraistat (Delacorte) - originally titled Quicksilver Harvest.

Krista Marino at Delacorte has acquired, at auction, Quicksilver Harvest by Ann Fraistat, plus a second untitled work. The debut is a YA supernatural thriller about a girl whose idyllic life on her family's farm is disrupted after a mysterious blight begins killing the miracle crops her town is revered for. When the sickness spreads to the townspeople themselves, she must discover the truth behind the blight's origin, even if it means digging up the twisted roots of her beloved home. Publication for the first book is planned for spring 2022; Christa Heschke at McIntosh & Otis handled the deal for North American rights.

Gone Dark by Amanda Panitch (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Sarah McCabe at S&S/McElderry has bought Gone Dark by Amanda Panitch. This YA speculative thriller follows Zara, who, after an attack that kills the electrical grids of North America, forges across the country, leading a growing band of followers to the safety of her estranged father's survivalist compound. But as the country descends into chaos and dark secrets from her past threaten to come forward, safety might be out of reach forever. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House handled the deal for world rights on behalf of Amanda Panitch and Temple Hill.

Epically Earnest by Molly Horan (HMH)
Lily Kessinger at HMH has bought Epically Earnest by Molly Horan. Pitched as a queer contemporary wink to Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, the novel follows a high school senior who must decide who she wants to be and where she fits in as graduation approaches, while finding the time to fall in love with the girl of her dreams. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Elle Thompson and Uwe Stender at TriadaUS brokered the deal for world rights. 

How to Survive Ever After by F.T. Lukens (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Kate Prosswimmer at S&S/McElderry has acquired, in an exclusive submission, world rights to How to Survive Ever After by F.T. Lukens (the forthcoming In Deeper Waters). Pitched as Dungeons & Dragons meets Carry On, the YA fantasy features a group of teenagers who have just completed a quest to save their kingdom, and now need to figure out what comes next while their de facto leader is accidentally crowned king and is caught up in a curse that requires him to find his soulmate before he turns 18. Publication is set for spring 2022; Eva Scalzo at Speilburg Literary negotiated the deal.


All the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Nicole Fiorica at S&S/McElderry has acquired All the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle (Prepped). In this YA rom-com, 17-year-old Cara and her mother are cast as leads on a new dating show for single parents, where they must narrow a field of suitors down to one winning pair. But when Cara starts to form a connection with a contestant's son, she discovers that navigating the world of reality TV is more drama than she ever expected. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Jennifer Wills at the Seymour Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Game On by Various YA Authors (Philomel)
Kelsey Murphy at Philomel has acquired North American rights to Game On, edited by Laura Silverman, a YA anthology all about games, from athletic sports to Dungeons and Dragons to truth or dare. Contributors include: Gloria Chao, Sona Charaipotra, Kiki Chatzopoulou, Katie Cotugno, Isaac Fitzsimons, Kathleen Glasgow, Shaun David Hutchinson, Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal, Amanda Joy, Yamile Méndez, Anna Meriano, Nina Moreno, Kayla Whaley, and Francesca Zappia. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret brokered the deal.

African Town by Irene Latham and Charles Waters (Putnam)
Stacey Barney at Putnam has bought world English rights to African Town by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, a YA historical fiction novel-in-verse told in multiple voices. Chronicling the story of the last Africans brought illegally to America aboard the slave ship Clotilda in 1860, the book follows their struggle to maintain their lives, humanity, and culture while enduring capture, the Middle Passage, enslavement, and Emancipation—leading them to build their own community called Africa Town, which exists to this day. Publication is set for spring 2022; Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio brokered the deal.

Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram (Dial)
Dana Chidiac at Dial has acquired, on exclusive submission, world rights to author Adib Khorram's Kiss & Tell, in which 17-year-old Hunter Drake, the only out gay member of a hit Canadian boy band, navigates his first messy breakup and a possible rebound romance, the unspoken costs of fame and success, and the complicated reality of being queer in the public eye. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Molly O'Neill at Root Literary brokered the deal.

Untitled by Melissa de la Cruz (Putnam)
Arianne Lewin at Putnam has bought world rights for two untitled books by bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz (The Descendants). The YA novels will be romantic, historical retellings of classic fairytales. Publication of the first, set in the court of Louis XIV at Versailles, is slated for spring 2022.

Forever Is Now by Mariama J. Lockington (FSG)
Joy Peskin at FSG has acquired Forever Is Now and an untitled second book by Mariama J. Lockington (For Black Girls Like Me). Forever Is Now is a YA novel in verse about mental health, first loves, and community activism. When Sadie, a Black bisexual recluse, develops agoraphobia the summer before her junior year, she relies on her best friend, family, and therapist to overcome her fears. Publication is set for spring 2022; Jane Dystel at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret did the deal for world rights.

This Place Is Still Beautiful by XiXi Tian (Balzer + Bray)
Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired, in a 10-bidder auction, This Place Is Still Beautiful by debut author XiXi Tian, a YA novel about two estranged sisters, Margaret and Annalie, whose family becomes the victim of an anti-Asian hate crime. During a summer that includes surprising romances for both sisters, they clash with one another as they navigate the ripple effects that the hate crime has had in their community and uncover the truth behind the perpetrator's identity. Publication is set for spring 2022, with a second untitled YA to follow; Wendi Gu at Sanford J. Greenburger did the two-book deal for world English rights.

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. 

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) - YA non-fiction.
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.

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.

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.

The Wolves Are Waiting by Natasha Friend (Little, Brown)
Liz Kossnar at Little, Brown has acquired The Wolves Are Waiting by Natasha Friend (Perfect). After Nora survives an attempted sexual assault, she, her best friend, her brother, and one of her classmates set out to uncover what really happened that night, revealing their complex relationships with both victims and perpetrators and their college town's institutional sexism and rape culture. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Rebecca Sherman at Writers House did 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 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) - moved from Spring 2021.

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. 

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.

Remember Me Gone by Stacy Stokes (Philomel) - previously titled The Memory House, title not yet updated on Goodreads.
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.

The Moth Girl by Heather Kamins (Putnam) - goodreads lists a 2021 release date, but the publisher confirms a Spring 2022 release date.
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).


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.

Debating Darcy by Sayantani DasGupta (Scholastic)
Abigail McAden at Scholastic has bought, in a preempt, Debating Darcy by Sayantani DasGupta in her YA debut. This modern-day, feminist retelling of Pride and Prejudice is set in the high-stakes world of high school speech and debate, and follows Bengali American Leela Bose, whose multicultural group of free-spirited public school teammates stand in stark contrast to the team from Netherfield Academy, and in particular, their captain, the insufferably arrogant and attractive Firoze Darcy. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Brent Taylor at Triada US did the two-book deal for North American 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.

The Meadows by Stephanie Oakes (Dial) - moved from Fall 2021, Goodreads not yet updated.
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.

Diamond Park by Phillippe Diederich (Penguin Teen)
Andrew Karre at Dutton has bought Diamond Park by Phillippe Diederich, a contemporary YA novel that tells the story of four Mexican American teenagers from Houston, a '59 Impala, and the murder that changes all their lives. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Isabelle Bleecker at Nordlyset Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Always Jane by Jenn Bennett (Simon Pulse)  - note slight title change, also moved from Fall 2021, author confirms this but new release year has not yet been updated on Goodreads.
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.


A Show for Two by Tashie Bhuiyan
(Inkyard Press)
"When indie film star Emmitt Ramos enrolls in Mina Rahman’s high school under a secret identity, she’s determined to do whatever it takes to convince him to star in her short film."

Untitled by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin Teen)
Penguin Teen on Twitter: "A NEW Ruta Sepetys!!!!!! Another instant classic Ruta historical fiction novel, uncovering the lost and rarely known stories of our past. We don't want to say too much but early reads reaction to just a teaser is basically: "WHY WOULD YOU LEAVE IT THERE?" "GIVE ME THE REST NOW"

Because Max Cooper by Marcelle Karp (Penguin Teen) - some editions date 2021, but publisher confirms this date.
Penguin Teen on Twitter: "Jazz is falling in love this summer, but her best friend Macy is brutally dumped by Max Cooper and fast unravelling. Can Jazz be there for her plus follow her heart?"

Respect the Mic by Various Authors (Penguin Teen)
Penguin Teen on Twitter: "RESPECT THE MIC is an expansive poetry anthology, rep 20 years of poetry from students and alumni of Chicago's Oak Park River Forest High School Spoken Word Club including Hanif Abdurraqib, Grace Lee Borg, Dan Sully Sullivan, Bell Shooks, Langston Kerman and more - can it be Spring 2022 now!"

The Champions of Breakfast by Reed Black (Penguin Teen)
Penguin Teen on Twitter: "Yes please!!! Pitched as Nimona meets Candyland in this YA graphic novel from Reed Black, The Champions of Breakfast is perfect for foodie pun lovers!"

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."


This Poison Heart #2 by Kalynn Bayron (Bloomsbury)   

Untitled by Nnendi Okorafor (PenguinTeen)















How to Be the Best Third Wheel by Loridee De Villa (Wattpad)
Deanna McFadden at Wattpad has bought world rights to How to Be the Best Third Wheel by debut YA author and Watty Award grand prize winner Loridee De Villa. This contemporary coming-of-age novel follows 16-year-old Lara de la Cruz as she tries to navigate life, love, and high school with her three best friends... and their new boyfriends. Publication is scheduled for spring/summer 2022; the author represented herself.

League of Liars by Astrid Scholte (Putnam) - pushed from 2021, delay announced in author's newsletter.
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 2022, Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners brokered the deal for world English rights.

 

  









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.

Belladonna by Adalyn Grace (Little, Brown)

Hallie Tibbetts at Little, Brown has acquired, in a five-house auction, world English rights to Belladonna, a gothic-infused romantic mystery by Adalyn Grace (All the Stars and Teeth). When 17-year-old orphan Signa Farrow is whisked away to live at Thorn Grove manor, the last thing she expects is to be contacted by her late aunt's ghost, who claims to have been murdered. With the suspect still on the loose, Signa must use her connection with the dead and join forces with Death himself to unearth the truth. But Signa may not just be searching for a killer—she may also be becoming one. Publication is set for summer 2022; Peter Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media negotiated the two-book deal. 

 

 

 



Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

Kate Prosswimmer at S&S/McElderry has bought YA novel Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow. The emotional literary mystery follows a girl who lives on a beautiful island plagued by unsolved deaths of young women; while healing from her own traumatic loss, she begins to investigate the murders, meets a new girl, and discovers the truth that connects them all. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media brokered the deal for North American rights.





The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim (Salaam Reads)

Jennifer Ung at Simon & Schuster has bought for Salaam Reads, at auction, in a six-figure deal, world English rights to The Love Match by debut author Priyanka Taslim. This YA romantic comedy follows Zahra Khan, a Bangladeshi American sort-of-princess, who gets caught in a love triangle when her meddling mother sets her up with a suitable match, Jane Austen-style. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Laura Barbiea and Sara Shandler at Alloy Entertainment negotiated the two-book deal; the author is represented by Quressa Robinson at Nelson Literary.










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.













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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Monsters Born and Made by Tanvi Berwah (Sourcebooks Fire) - title not yet updated on Goodreads.
Sixteen-year-old Koral and her older brother Emrik risk their live each day to capture the monstrous maristags that live in the black seas around their island. They have to, or else their family will starve.

In an oceanic world swarming with vicious beasts, the Landers - the ruling elite, have indentured her family to provide the maristags for the Glory Race, a deadly chariot tournament reserved for the upper class. The winning contender receives gold and glory. The others - if they’re lucky - survive.

When the last maristag of the year escapes, and Koral has no new maristag to sell, her family’s financial situation takes a turn for the worse, and they can’t afford medicine for her chronically ill little sister. Koral decides her only choice is to do what no one in the world has ever dared: she cheats her way into the Glory Race.

But every step of the way is unpredictable, as Koral races against contenders who have trained for this their whole lives and have no intention of letting a low-caste girl steal their glory. When riots break out and rogues attack Koral to try to force her to drop out, she must choose—her life or her sister’s—before the whole island burns.


It Sounds Like This by Anna Meriano (Philomel) - title and release year not yet updated on Goodreads.
"I’m still in edits so I’m paranoid about details changing but this book has a grey ace/grey aro love interest, a questioning main character (my favorite kind), friendship breakups,
social media and switching from flute to tuba."







A Little Bit Country by Brian D. Kennedy
(Balzer + Bray)

Emmett Maguire has big dreams. He wants to be country music’s biggest gay superstar—a far reach when you're 17 and living in suburban Illinois. Thankfully, his parents are letting him do the next best thing for the summer: stay with his aunt in Jackson Hollow, Tennessee, and perform at Wanda World—the amusement park owned by his idol, country music legend Wanda Jean Stubbs.

Luke Barnes, a 17-year-old Jackson Hollow resident, has no interest in country music. As the grandson of Verna Rose, the disgraced country singer who had a famous falling out with Wanda Jean, the world of country music has only brought his family pain. But as medical bills pile up at home, he’s forced to accept a job in the last place he’d ever want to work: a restaurant at Wanda World.

With Emmett focused on his career, and Luke blossoming in the kitchen, neither boy is expecting to find romance. But sparks fly when they meet and soon the two are inseparable. However, when a long-lost secret about Luke’s grandma and superstar Wanda Jean comes to light, it threatens to unravel everything. Unless the boys can uncover the truth of what really happened, their dreams could be over before they start, leaving their new relationship to go down in history as just another Sad Country Love Song.

Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli, Julie Murphy, and of course, the one and only Dolly Parton.

A Cruel and Fated Light by Ashley Shuttleworth (Simon Pulse)
The ailing king of the Courts of Folk…
A queen determined for greatness…
Four tenuous friends… and the deadly game that threatens to ensnare them all

Arlo, Nausicaä, Vehan, and Aurelian might have thwarted a terrible fate in Aurum Industries, but the Courts of Folk are far from saved. The true culprit behind the philosopher’s stones is still at large, and ironborn children continue to die, their hearts now up for grabs to any of the folk who happen across them. What’s worse is that all signs are pointing to immortal involvement—this entire thing may be their attempt at returning to the Mortal Realm, and if so, it’s Arlo, the latest Hollow Star, they’re going try to target to pull this off.

When Riadne Lysterne, Queen of Seelie Summer, offers help to Arlo, to train her to protect herself against this potential threat, surprise is the least of the Courts’ reactions. Invited to stay at her palace for the summer, Arlo is all too happy to ignore the very obvious signs that something is amiss, too thrilled at the chance to live a proper, royal fae life. But very few others trust Riadne’s motivation—not Nausicaä, realigned with the Hunt to track down the absent Lethe, and uncover what’s truly going on; not Aurelian, and his newly forged alliance with High Prince Celadon Fleur-Viridian, both determined to prove the queen’s ill intent. With the High King’s health at an all time low, and the Summer Solstice soon at hand, all eyes are on the Lysternes and Viridians—two Houses long at war, and far more connected than anyone knows, by cruelty… by fate… by a singular boy, beginning to question the darkness stamped on his heart…


Cake Eater by Allyson Dahlin (HarperTeen)
She has a million followers on social media.

She uses her fashion-forward eye to pick the perfect angle and filter on every photo.

She’s iconic.

She’s a trend-setter.

She’s Marie Antoinette, the year is 3070, and she’s arrived in the Franc Kingdom to marry the prince, secure an alliance, and rake in likes from her fans.

Versailles is not the perfect palace Marie’s seen on The Apps. Her life is a maze of pointless rules, and the court watches her every move for mistakes. Her shy husband Louis is more interested in horses and computer-hacking than producing heirs. Versailles seems like a dream full of neon-lit statues, handsome android soldiers, and parties till dawn. Under the surface, it’s a creepy den of secrets: surveillance in Marie’s bedroom, censored news feeds, disappearing courtiers.

When Marie and Louis become king and queen long before they’re ready to rule, any efforts to aid their suffering subjects are stamped out by the mega-corporations of the First Estate. Between riots in Paris and image-wrecking social media firestorms, Marie can’t afford to lose her head. Using her social media savvy and Louis’ hacking knowledge, they try to fix their reputations and change their kingdom for the better, but the royals may find it’s already too late. They’re ruling over the end of an era.

Of Starlight and Bone by Emily Layne (Owl Hollow Press)
Cinder meets Firefly in this dark, YA science-fiction series inspired by the original Roanoke Colony.

Aurelia Peri is used to being an outsider. As if being the adopted daughter of the galaxy’s most powerful man weren’t enough, she also has to deal with the stigma of being part machine. Which is why she’s dead-set on proving her worth. But when her first mission as a D.I.S.C. agent ends disastrously, and then her suspect—a man accused of murdering and cannibalizing his own family—proclaims innocence and launches himself off the top of a building, she fears she’ll never be trusted with another case.

Auri has doubts about the man’s guilt and is certain there’s more to the case. She decides to dig deeper when her superiors suddenly order her to drop it, and her surreptitious investigation reveals a series of crimes she is convinced are connected. Determined to uncover the truth, Auri discovers an unfathomable darkness hidden in the depths of the galaxy. A darkness that threatens everything she holds dear. A darkness connected to her own past. And Auri’s involvement in the case doesn’t go unnoticed.

Something in the system has caught her scent and will stop at nothing to catch its prey.


The Honeys by Ryan La Sala (Scholastic)
Zack Clark at Scholastic has bought, in a six-figure preempt to a planned 13-imprint auction, world English rights to two YA titles by Reverie and Be Dazzled author Ryan La Sala. The first one, titled The Honeys, will be his YA horror debut, described as Heathers meets Midsommer set in a bougie overnight camp in the Catskills. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Veronica Park at Fuse Literary brokered the deal.

"From the author of the surrealist queer fantasy REVERIE and the crafty breakup romance BE DAZZLED comes a new YA horror spectacle described as "Heathers" meets "Midsommer."

Zack Clark at Scholastic has landed World English rights to REVERIE and BE DAZZLED author Ryan La Sala's next two YA titles, in a six-figure preempt to a planned 13-imprint auction.

THE HONEYS is set at an elitist sleep-away camp in the Catskills, and follows Marshall "Mars" Matthias in their journey to uncover the truth behind the tragic accident that ended their twin sister's life."

Cabin Redemption by Shelly X. Leonn (Owl Hollow Press)
When Laena wakes in the hospital after her third suicide attempt, her family is desperate and out of solutions. Then, Dr. Neeler knocks on their door and tells them about a treatment center, Cabin Redemption, offering teens immersive, holistic therapy, complete with horses.

A week later, Laena travels to Cabin Redemption in the rustic, untamed mountains of North Carolina. She meets her eleven cabinmates, who have issues ranging from obsessive-compulsive disorders and sociopathic personalities. She bonds with the horses, four Friesian geldings as damaged and fragile as the teens caring for them.

In the night, disaster strikes. The bridge leading off the mountain is swept away by sudden flooding, and, due to miscommunication, none of the adults remain on site.

The twelve teens are left alone and tragedy ensues, putting them in a race against time to solve the mystery and save themselves.

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.


Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins (Underlined)
Hannah Hill at Underlined has bought Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins (Like a Love Song). This YA romance follows Brazilian teen rocker Daniel, who has a bad boy reputation with the tabloids, and aspiring journalist Sasha, who's determined to dig up dirt on Daniel—and finds herself falling for him along the way. But when she uncovers Daniel’s biggest secret, Sasha must decide if she'll follow her heart or deliver the hottest story of the summer. Publication is set for summer 2022; Chelsea Eberly at Greenhouse Literary handled the deal for world rights.

The Witchery by S. Isabelle (Scholastic)
Shelly Romero at Scholastic has preempted, in a two-book deal, the YA debut The Witchery and an untitled second book by S. Isabelle. In The Witchery, at a coven academy in a Florida, four witchy girls, all with secrets of their own, prepare to protect the town of Haelsford from the seasonal onslaught of bloodthirsty wolves, scheming to break the curse once and for all. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Susan Graham at Einstein Literary Management negotiated the deal for world rights.

If You Change Your Mind by Robby Weber (Inkyard Press)
Natashya Wilson at Inkyard Press has acquired debut YA contemporary romance If You Change Your Mind by Robby Weber. Believing that love only exists in the movies, Harry gives up romance to focus on the screenplay contest his college admission depends on. But when a cute new guy arrives in town, and his first heartbreak shows up to win him back, Harry has to rethink how he feels about love. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022, with a second untitled novel scheduled for summer 2023. Kristy Hunter at the Knight Agency did the two-book deal for world English rights.


The Matchbreaker Summer by Annie Rains (Underlined)
Wendy Loggia at Underlined has acquired world rights to The Matchbreaker Summer by Annie Rains. When her family's summer camp is up for sale, a girl who always tries to do the right thing breaks character and enlists the help of a rule-breaking boy to help end her mother's new romance, only to find that maybe she has more in common with him than she thought. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary negotiated the deal.

Salaam, with Love by Sara Sharaf Beg (Underlined)
Wendy Loggia at Underlined has acquired Salaam, with Love by Sara Sharaf Beg. Pitched as Love from A to Z meets When Dimple Met Rishi, 17-year-old Dua spends the month of Ramadan in NYC with family she hasn't seen in years and tries to find common ground with her cousins and juggle the complexities of faith and the obstacles life throws in her way—all while battling her hormones whenever she sees Hassan, the cute drummer in a Muslim band who shows up at her most awkward moments. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Jamie Vankirk at Rainbow Nerds Literary sold world rights.

A Type of Bleeding by Michael Gray Bulla (Quill Tree Books)
Karen Chaplin at Quill Tree has bought a debut YA novel tentatively titled A Type of Bleeding by Michael Gray Bulla. The coming-of-age story follows Gael, a trans teenager who joins his town’s LGBTQ+ support group and sparks a new friendship with a cute boy he meets there. When Gael’s aloof father returns home at the same time that his new friendship starts to become something more, Gael must decide whether the cost of protecting his heart is greater than the risk of letting the walls around it down. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Peter Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media handled the deal for world English rights.

See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon (Simon and Schuster)
Jennifer Ung at Simon & Schuster has acquired See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon (Today Tonight Tomorrow). The YA romantic comedy follows a girl forced to relive her disastrous first day of college—only to discover that the infuriating physics nerd who humiliated her in her 101 class is stuck in the time loop with her. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.

The Noh Family by Grace Shim (Kokila)
Zareen Jaffery at Kokila has acquired, in a six-figure preempt, debut novel The Noh Family by Grace Shim, pitched as Crazy Rich Asians meets The Princess Diaries if the matriarch were Miranda Priestly, and a second YA novel. Aspiring fashion designer Chloe Chang leaves K-dramas behind in Tulsa for a real K-drama of her own when a 23andMe test leads her to her deceased father's ultra-rich family in Seoul, where she meets her department-store-owning halmoni and socialite cousins. But unanswered questions lead Chloe to wonder if an uncle who needs an organ donor has anything to do with the family's interest in her. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Andrea Morrison at Writers House did the deal for world rights.

Finding Jupiter by Kelis Rowe (Crown)
Phoebe Yeh at Crown has acquired, in a seven-editor auction, Finding Jupiter by debut author and #PitchWars alum Kelis Rowe, in a two-book deal. The contemporary YA romance with found poetry elements follows Ray as she meets Orion at the local Memphis skating rink. The teens fall fast and hard into summer love, until a mystery from their past threatens to rip the couple—and their families—apart. Publication is planned for summer 2022 and summer 2023 respectively; Chelsea Eberly at Greenhouse Literary did the deal for North American POM rights.

Girl Overboard by Sandra Block (Underlined)
Wendy Loggia at Underlined has bought Girl Overboard by thriller writer Sandra Block; Hannah Hill will edit. Pitched as Ruth Ware's The Woman in Cabin 10 for teens, the author's YA debut follows Izzy, who's reaching peak boredom on a cruise with her parents until she meets thrilling new friend Jade. When Jade goes missing in the middle of the night, leaving a cryptic note, Izzy must unravel the mystery of what happened to her—but someone doesn't want Izzy to make it off the ship alive. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Rachel Ekstrom at Folio Literary Management negotiated the deal for world rights.

The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones (Little, Brown)
Hannah Milton at Little, Brown has bought world rights to The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones (The Bone Houses). This YA fantasy novel is part dark fairy tale and part heist novel about the last living water diviner, 18-year-old Mererid, who has spent years running from the prince who bound her into his service when she was a child. When her old handler returns and asks Mer to destroy the magical well that keeps the prince's lands safe, she can't refuse. Publication is slated for summer 2022; Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic brokered the deal.

Dead End Girls by Wendy Heard (Little, Brown/Ottaviano)
Jessica Anderson at Little, Brown/Ottaviano has acquired Dead End Girls by Wendy Heard (She's Too Pretty to Burn). Pitched as Thelma & Louise meets The Twin, this queer YA psychological thriller stars two desperate teens who fake their own deaths, to murderous consequences. The book is planned for summer 2022; Lauren Spieller at TriadaUS Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

The Summer of Bitter & Sweet by Jen Ferguson (Heartdrum)

Rosemary Brosnan and Cynthia Leitch Smith at Heartdrum have bought, in a preempt, The Summer of Bitter & Sweet by Jen Ferguson (Métis/white). In this debut YA novel, a demisexual Métis teen is settling in to spend the summer before college working at her close-knit family's ice cream shack with her best friend, ex-boyfriend, and newly back-in-town crush, when a letter from her white biological father, recently out of prison, threatens to destroy everything she cares about. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary did the two-book deal for world English rights.

The Undead Truth of Us by Britney S. Lewis (Disney Hyperion)
Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion has acquired Britney S. Lewis's YA debut, The Undead Truth of Us, with Britt Rubiano and Christine Collins to edit. Pitched as a mix of Sadie, The Astonishing Color of After, and Warm Bodies, the contemporary novel with a speculative twist follows a young Black dancer who, after her mother's sudden death, has been seeing zombies. But when she meets an undead boy, he helps her unravel the truth about how love can change someone—for good or for dead. Publication is set for summer 2022; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management did the two-book deal for world rights.

How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying) by Cristina Fernandez (Katherine Tegan Books)
Sara Schonfeld at HarperCollins/Tegen has bought world English rights to How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying) by Cristina Fernandez. Pitched as Fangirl set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this debut YA novel is about a college student who (surprise!) finds out her boyfriend is a superhero and must find the time and energy—while managing her schedule, her relationship, and her anxiety—to prepare for inevitable attacks from supervillains. Publication is set for summer 2022; Abigail Frank at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates negotiated the deal.

We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds (Roaring Brook Press)
Mekisha Telfer at Roaring Brook has acquired, in a preempt, We Deserve Monuments by Lambda Literary and MacDowell Fellow Jas Hammonds. This YA debut follows a queer, Black, biracial teen who moves to small-town Georgia to live with her estranged grandmother and becomes entangled in a web of family secrets, the town's racist history, and her growing feelings for the girl next door. Publication is slated for summer 2022; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.

The Gravity of Missing Things by Marisa Urgo (Entangled Teen)
Jen Bouvier at Entangled has acquired The Gravity of Missing Things by Marisa Urgo. This #OwnVoices debut contemporary YA novel follows a bi teen who has to juggle first love and a family secret when her pilot mother's plane mysteriously vanishes, leaving her mother as the prime suspect. Publication is set for summer 2022; Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary handled the deal for world rights.

Four for the Road by KJ Reilly (Simon and Schuster/Antheneum)
Alex Borbolla at S&S/Atheneum has bought Four for the Road by KJ Reilly. Pitched as The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets The End of the F---ing World, the dark comedy explores survivor's guilt, grief, revenge, and forgiveness, with a dash of romance, against the backdrop of four unlikely friends on a 16-hour road trip to Graceland. Publication is slated for summer 2022; Molly O'Neill at Root Literary handled the deal for world rights.

ADHD Alien by Pina Varnel (Dial)
Lauri Hornik at Dial has acquired, at auction, world English rights to ADHD Alien by author-illustrator Pina Varnel. The debut YA graphic novel, based on Varnel's successful webcomic of the same name, follows a girl with ADHD during the pivotal summer when she gets diagnosed and finally makes sense of her challenges. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Jennifer Azantian at Azantian Literary negotiated the deal.

Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by Rati Mehrotra (Wednesday Books)
Mara Delgado Sánchez at Wednesday Books has acquired, in an exclusive submission, Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove, the first YA fantasy novel by Rati Mehrotra (Markswoman). In an alternate medieval India, a queen's bodyguard and bondswoman struggles against her unwitting role as a major pawn in the political games of a monster-filled land on the brink of war. Publication is slated for summer 2022, with a second untitled novel scheduled for 2023; Mary C. Moore at Kimberley Cameron & Associates brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.


Chasing Chaucer by Becky Dean (Delacorte)
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has bought YA novel Chasing Chaucer by Becky Dean. A girl embarks on a competitive scavenger hunt in England that takes her to the locations of classic British novels—and meets up with a bookish British boy who can't help her with the clues, but might make the trip take some unexpected turns. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Eva Scalzo at Speilburg Literary represented the author for world rights.

Summer Reading by Katrina Leno (Poppy)
Rachel Poloski at Little, Brown/Poppy has bought Summer Reading, an ode to books and summertime by Katrina Leno (Horrid), in which Anna Lucia Bell expects the worst from her summer vacation with her recently divorced parents, but everything changes with the arrival of new friendships and a magical meteor shower, which lead Anna to deepen her understanding of herself, love, and the magic that an "ordinary" summer can bring. Publication is set for summer 2022; Wendy Schmalz at Wendy Schmalz Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.


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.

Coming Out Alive by David Olshanetsky (Wednesday Books) - YA Non-fiction.
Sylvan Creekmore at Wednesday Books has acquired, in a six-figure deal, Coming Out Alive by internet personality and podcast host David Olshanetsky, a coming out of the closet manual for the digital generation. The YA nonfiction title combines personal anecdotes with how-to guides, advice, queer history lessons you won't get in school, and conversations with LGBTQ+ celebrities, including pop music sensation Pabllo Vittar, trans activist and Broadway trailblazer Peppermint, and gay writer and performer Stephen Fry, about their own journeys toward self-acceptance. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Connor Goldsmith at Fuse Literary sold world English rights.

Forgive Me Not by Jennifer Baker (Putnam)
Stacey Barney at Putnam has preempted, in a two-book deal, Forgive Me Not by 2019 PW Star Watch Superstar Jennifer Baker. Her debut novel, an exploration of the juvenile justice system, is set in an alternate version of Queens, N.Y., where the fate of juvenile offenders is left in the hands of their victims. After 15-year-old Violetta gets behind the wheel of a car drunk and accidentally kills her younger sister, it's her own family who must decide her fate. Unable to forgive her, Violetta's family sends her to the Trials, where she will have to withstand tests of humility and endurance that push her to the edge physically, emotionally, and psychologically to prove her remorse. Publication is set for summer 2022; Jenni Ferrari-Adler at Union Literary did the deal for world 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.


The Comic Book Lesson by Mark Crilley (Ten Speed Press) - YA Non-fiction.
Kaitlin Ketchum at Ten Speed Press has bought world rights to The Comic Book Lesson by Mark Crilley (creator of the Mastering Manga series), a graphic novel that teaches readers how to create comics. The fictionalized narrative incorporates tips and tricks as readers follow the tale of a teenager who learns how to take her story idea and turn it into a real comic book. Publication is slated for summer 2022; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary negotiated the deal.


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.

The Blood Years by Elana K. Arnold (Balzer + Bray)
Jordan Brown at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has bought world English rights to The Blood Years by Printz Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold. Set in Romania before and during WWII, the YA novel is based on the author's grandmother's struggles to survive oppression and persecution at the hands of the Soviet Union and the German Third Reich while she fights tuberculosis and the breakdown of her family, and explores the great and terrible things people do in the name of love. Publication is set for summer 2022; Rubin Pfeffer at Rubin Pfeffer Content did the deal.
 
Zyla & Kai by Kristina Forest (Koklia)
Zareen Jaffery at Kokila has acquired, at auction, in a six-figure deal, North American rights to Zyla & Kai by Kristina Forest (Now That I've Found You). Pitched as (500) Days of Summer meets Moonrise Kingdom, the romantic dramedy follows two Black teens, one a hopeless romantic and the other a cynic, who, over the course of a year, fall in love, break up, then mysteriously run away together while on their senior trip. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties negotiated the two-book deal.

A Tale of Two Princes by Eric Geron (Inkyard Press)
Rebecca Kuss at Inkyard has bought, in a six-figure preempt, A Tale of Two Princes by Eric Geron. Pitched as The Princess Diaries meets The Parent Trap, the contemporary YA debut follows the closeted crown prince, newly established in Canada, and an out-and-proud Montana cowboy, who meet by chance and turn out to be long-lost twin brothers. But will these two be able to take on coming out, coronations, and high school together—or will this royal reunion become a royal mess? Publication is set for summer 2022; Brent Taylor at TriadaUS did the two-book deal for world English rights.

Exactly Where You Need 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.

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.

Some Mistakes Were Made by Kristin Dwyer (HarperTeen)
Erica Sussman at HarperTeen has preempted Some Mistakes Were Made, a contemporary romance debut by Kristin Dwyer, pitched as a YA Normal People crossed with Taylor Swift's Cardigan. It's been a year since Ellis Truman has seen Easton Albrey, the boy who used to be the center of her world. But time hasn't dulled any of the heartache she still feels, and Ellis will have to decide whether to hold onto the pain she knows, or risk losing what little she has left. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic brokered the two-book deal for world rights.

In Every Generation by Kendare Blake (Disney Hyperion)
Jocelyn Davies at Disney-Hyperion has acquired world rights to In Every Generation by Kendare Blake (the Three Dark Crowns series), a new YA trilogy set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe. In a world with many Slayers, in a New Sunnydale rebuilt on top of the Old Sunnydale, one girl (and a werewolf, and a demon) must stop the Hellmouth from reopening and defeat the forces of evil bent on destroying everything and everyone she loves—including her Aunt Buffy. The first book is set for winter 2022; Adriann Zurhellen at Folio Literary Management represented the author while at Foundry Literary + Media.

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.

 







 


 


Untitled by Aiden Thomas (Feiwel and Friends)

Holly West at Feiwel and Friends has bought, in an exclusive submission, an untitled YA fantasy duology pitched as Aztec Percy Jackson meets the Hunger Games, where a transgender demigod must enter the Firebearer Trials to save his friends from sacrifice, plus a third YA novel, pitched as "gay Titanic in space," by Aiden Thomas (Cemetery Boys). Publication is planned for fall 2022, fall 2023, and fall 2024; Jennifer March Soloway at Andrea Brown Literary did the mid-six-figure deal for world rights.











Fall Winter Spring Summer by Maya Prasad (Disney Hyperion)
It’s hard enough for the four Singh sisters to balance their big dreams and bigger personalities while navigating the bustle of their father’s inn on Orcas Island. But when a stream of new guests inspires unrequited crushes and secret ambitions, the sisters gear up for an unforgettable year.

FALL: Ever-practical Nidhi never wanted to break any hearts. Everything was in place: a steady boyfriend and summer plans at an elite pastry school in Paris. Then a handsome construction worker and a longing for her homeland rattle her sense of complacency.

WINTER: A girl of (too?) many talents, Avani is finally focusing on one thing: planning a ball to honor a family member. But blizzards and cheese platters send her cross-country skiing straight into the arms of a boy—the one she’s been avoiding since she accidentally flaked on their date.

SPRING: Shy Sirisha wishes she could talk to girls, but she’s always felt safest hiding behind her camera. When a traveling theater troupe brings a pretty thespian into the picture, Sirisha flounders with bad pickup lines and too-pink lipstick.

SUMMER: Hopeless romantic Rani is ecstatic when not one, not two, but THREE potential boyfriends arrive at the inn. If only flowers and over-the-top romantic gestures could help her decide who to bring to the Songbird Inn’s event of the year.

Four sisters, four seasons…and plenty of breathtaking kisses in the Northwest drizzle.

A Consuming Fire by Laura Weymouth (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
In an isolated England cut off from the outside world and plagued by a vengeful, godlike figure, Anya Astraea and her twin sister Ilva have been brought up for sacrifice. Every eighteen years, a girl from their village must go to the cruel god of the mountain and offer a piece of herself to placate him, lest the country fall into disaster and ruin. When Ilva volunteers to become the latest in a long line of girls to leave the village, Anya prays for her safe return.

Her prayers are denied.

With her sister dead and her world on the brink of collapse, Anya volunteers to make a journey of her own to visit the god of the mountain. But unlike her sister and the many girls that came before her, sacrifice is the furthest thing from her mind. Anya has no intention of giving anything to the god of the mountain, nor of letting any other girl do so ever again.
Anya Astraea has not set out to placate a god. She’s set out to kill him.

Vengeance, however, is anything but straightforward, especially when she meets an ill-mannered thief who possesses unnatural abilities. Anya’s feelings for the boy soon overtake her desire to keep her plans hidden, and they join forces. But the thief has secrets of his own, and if Anya can’t find a way to unlock them, it may not just mean danger for her…but for every girl in England.


Trespassers by Claire McFall (Walker Books US) - originally published in the UK.
Tristan and Dylan have escaped the afterlife. But fate never meant for them to live. Dylan should have been killed in a horrific train crash. Tristan should still be a Ferryman, an immortal. Now, living in bodies they have no right to inhabit, they discover they're connected by something stronger than love. Their souls are bound together. Alone, they'll die. When they broke through the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead they defied the laws of the supernatural world, and showed the way for others to escape. Now they must face the consequences. Can true love transcend destiny? Trespassers continues the epic love story of Dylan and Tristan, in the stunning sequel to the truly original, award-winning debut novel Ferryman. This is a love story like no other, beautifully told, richly imagined and with a narrative as full of suspense and action as it is with intense emotion.

The Grimoire of Grave Fates by Various YA Authors (Delacorte)
Krista Marino at Delacorte has acquired, in a preempt, The Grimoire of Grave Fates, a multi-authored YA fantasy-mystery told in a series of interconnected, diverse POVs set in a world created by Hanna Alkaf (The Weight of The Sky) and Margaret Owen (The Merciful Crow), following the untimely murder of a professor at an esteemed wizarding school and the efforts of various students to track down his killer. Contributors will include Cam Montgomery, Darcie Little Badger, Hafsah Faizal, Jessica Lewis, Julian Winters, Karuna Riazi, Kat Cho, Kayla Whaley, Kwame Mbalia, L.L. McKinney, Marieke Nijkamp, Mason Deaver, Natasha Diaz, Preeti Chhibber, Randy Ribay, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Victoria Lee, and Yamile Saied Méndez. Pitched as a response to the exclusion of minority and LGBTQ+ groups from fantasy worlds, the creators will be partnering with We Need Diverse Books to establish initiatives for marginalized authors using their proceeds from the sale. Publication is set for fall 2022; Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary represented the authors for world rights.

Her Good Side by Rebekah Weatherspoon (Razorbill)
"Rebekah Weatherspoon is ready to make readers swoon with her new YA romance, Her Good Side, which EW can exclusively announce was acquired by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, in a heated seven-house-auction.

Her Good Side is described as being for fans of To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Dumplin', following a girl who agrees to help out her best friend who's accidentally double-booked her homecoming dates. She goes to go to the dance with her best friend's new boyfriend, but by the time homecoming rolls around, her friend has moved on and what was meant to be a fake date starts to feel surprisingly real."


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.

Royal Blood by Aimee Carter (Delacorte)
Kelsey Horton at Delacorte has acquired, in a best bid auction, three titles in YA series Royal Blood by Aimee Carter, a contemporary reimagining of the royal family pitched as The Princess Diaries with murder. After a 17-year-old American girl is exposed as the King of England's illegitimate daughter, she soon finds herself in an even bigger royal scandal as the primary suspect in a murder investigation. Publication for the first book is planned for fall 2022; Rosemary Stimola with Allison Remcheck at Stimola Literary Studio brokered the six-figure deal for North American rights.


Retro by Jarrod Shusterman and Sofía Lapuente (Simon & Schuster)
Amanda Ramirez at Simon & Schuster has bought Retro, a contemporary YA thriller by Jarrod Shusterman and Sofía Lapuente. To save her struggling family, Luna enters a competition offering reward money to anyone who can successfully live without modern technology for a year. But when this social experiment turns sinister and her classmates start disappearing, her family's livelihood might not be the only thing she's in danger of losing. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Andrea Brown at Andrea Brown Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.


The Q by Amy Tintera (Crown)
Emily Easton at Crown has bought, at auction, in a six-figure deal, North American rights to The Q plus an untitled second book by Amy Tintera (All These Monsters; Reboot). In this near-future YA, a girl raised in a walled quarantine zone and the son of a Presidential candidate abducted and dropped into the zone by parachute must go on the run toward the only exit before they are hunted down by mercenaries. Publication is slated for fall 2022 and fall 2023, respectively; Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong represented the author.

Bone Quake by C.M. Surrisi (Chicago Review Press) - YA Non-fiction
Jerome Pohlen at Chicago Review Press has bought Bone Quake by C.M. Surrisi, a YA nonfiction book that details the events leading to the discovery that the bones entombed in Viking warrior grave Bj581 were in fact female, and examines the fallout from that discovery and its impact on archaeologists' and historians' study of gender roles in ancient societies. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Kelly Dyksterhouse at Raven Quill Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

Acting the Part by Z.R. Ellor (HarperTeen)
Stephanie Guerdan at HarperTeen has acquired, at auction, Acting the Part by Z.R. Ellor (May the Best Man Win). In this sophomore YA novel, a teenage actor questioning their gender identity starts a fake relationship with a co-star to convince their showrunners to give their on-screen f/f couple a happy ending. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

The Secrets We Keep by Cassie Gustafson (Simon & Schuster)
Krista Vitola at Simon & Schuster has bought sophomore YA contemporary novel The Secrets We Keep by Cassie Gustafson. Told in flashbacks, dark fairytales, and present-day prose, the novel follows 14-year-old Emma Clark whose best friend has accused her father of heinous crimes. And when Emma must testify against her friend's word, her carefully constructed "truths" about what she may or may not have witnessed between father and friend start to crumble. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties handled the deal for North American rights.

Better Than We Found It by Frederick Joseph and Porsche Landon (Candlewick) - YA Non-fiction.
Kaylan Adair at Candlewick has acquired, in a six-figure preempt, North American rights to Better Than We Found It by Frederick Joseph and Porsche Landon. In the YA follow-up to Joseph's debut, The Black Friend, the authors share stories of their own experiences with an assortment of essential topics, from environmental justice to gun control, anti-racism to housing security, and provide interviews with public officials, celebrities, and activists. Publication is set for fall 2022; Alexander Slater at Trident Media Group represented the authors.

Queen Bee by Amalie Howard (Joy Revolution)
Bria Ragin at Joy Revolution has acquired Queen Bee by bestselling romance author Amalie Howard. Pitched as a YA Bridgerton meets The Count of Monte Cristo, this historical romance with anti-historical elements features a teen girl who returns to London, under a fake identity, at the start of the glittering social season to exact revenge on the childhood best friend who betrayed her over a boy—a handsome marquess—now considered to be the town's most eligible bachelor. Publication is set for fall 2022; Thao Le at Sandra Dijkstra Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

The Kingdom of Without by Andrea Tang (Simon and Schuster)
Alyza Liu at Simon & Schuster has bought, in an exclusive submission, The Kingdom of Without by Andrea Tang (Rebelwing; Renegade Flight). Pitched as a cyberpunk Six of Crows and set in an alternate history class-divided Beijing, a desperate young thief agrees to help a band of revolutionaries, including a mysterious renegade known only as the Red Yaksha, break out the leader of a failed rebellion. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Thao Le at the Dijkstra Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Where Darkness Blooms by Andrea Hannah (Wednesday Books)
Mara Delgado Sánchez at Wednesday Books has bought, in an exclusive submission, Where Darkness Blooms, a YA supernatural thriller from Andrea Hannah. When their mothers disappear from their shared home during a storm, four girls stuck in a bloodthirsty town are forced to reckon with the grim reality of what really happened the night their mothers slipped into the sunflower fields—and never came back. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.

The Depths by Nicole Lesperance (Razorbill)
Gretchen Durning at Razorbill has bought The Depths by Nicole Lesperance (The Wide Starlight), a YA literary gothic horror set on a remote tropical island rather than a haunted European estate. After she suffers a near-fatal freediving accident, 17-year-old Addie tags along on her mother's honeymoon to a private island where she unearths dark secrets—wandering ghosts, bloodthirsty flowers, and a deep pool where no one feels pain—before realizing the island might not be willing to let her go. Publication is set for fall 2022; Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary did the deal for North American rights.

Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Sarah McCabe at S&S/McElderry has bought a YA duology by bestselling author Chloe Gong (These Violent Delights). Foul Lady Fortune, the first of the two books, is a speculative historical noir surrounding the events of Imperial Japan's expansion into China in the 1930s. A familiar character is recruited as a national spy, maintaining her false identity by posing as a young married couple with someone who might be the very enemy. Publication is set for fall 2022; Laura Crockett at Triada US Literary did the two-book, six-figure deal for North American rights.

The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Alyza Liu at S&S/McElderry has bought The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix. This debut YA fantasy follows a blood-witch whose mission to assassinate the prince she is betrothed to is compromised by the discovery of a deadly plague—and by the beautiful princess intent on stopping it. Publication is set for fall 2022; Kiana Nguyen at Donald Maass Literary brokered the deal for world English rights.

The Restless Dark by Erica Waters (HarperTeen)
Alice Jerman at HarperTeen has bought The Restless Dark by Erica Waters. In the author’s new queer supernatural YA, two girls join forces in a macabre true crime contest to find the missing bones of a killer in the nightmarish fogs of Cloudkiss Canyon. But when their search morphs into a hunt for a monster, the girls must ask themselves—is the fog to blame for what's happening in the canyon, or are they? Publication is set for fall 2022; Lauren Spieller at Triada US negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights.

As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh (Little, Brown)
Ruqayyah Daud at Little, Brown has acquired, in a preempt, As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by debut author Zoulfa Katouh. Pitched for fans of The Book Thief and Salt to the Sea, the speculative YA novel set amid the Syrian Revolution follows Salama Kassab, a teenager who must learn to see the events around her for what they truly are—not a war, but a revolution—and decide how she, too, will cry for Syria's freedom. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Alexandra Levick at Writers House negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights.

The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers by Adam Sass (Philomel)
Kelsey Murphy at Philomel has bought, at auction, in a six-figure deal, North American rights to The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers plus an untitled second book by Surrender Your Sons author Adam Sass. The contemporary YA rom-com follows Micah, who posts sketches of his imaginary boyfriends to Instagram while dreaming of having the courage to one day ask someone out. So, when a meet cute with the much-anticipated Boy 100 goes wrong, Micah embarks on a Prince Charming-like quest throughout Chicago to find true love. Publication is set for fall 2022 and fall 2023, respectively; Chelsea Eberly at Greenhouse Literary did the deal on behalf of Dovetail Fiction/Working Partners, and Eric Smith at P.S. Literary represented the author.

Murder, She Texted by Alexa Donne (Crown)
Elizabeth Stranahan at Crown has bought the YA thriller Murder, She Texted by author and YouTube personality Alexa Donne. In this California coastal mystery, Cecelia's new small town is struck by a killer whose murder is pulled straight from the pages of her grandmother's bestselling book. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Elana Roth Parker at Laura Dail Literary brokered the deal for world English rights.

You're Breaking My Heart by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Levine Querido)
Nick Thomas at Levine Querido has bought You're Breaking My Heart by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. The YA debut follows a teenager grieving her brother's death and her last words to him before he died—who then discovers a portal to another dimension underneath New York City, one that just might offer an opportunity for a do-over as a better version of herself. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Marietta Zacker of Gallt & Zacker brokered the deal for North American and world Dutch rights.

The Marble Queen by Anna Kopp (Dark Horse)
Brett Israel at Dark Horse has acquired The Marble Queen by Anna Kopp, illustrated by Gabrielle Kari, a sapphic YA graphic novel with sword fighting, political intrigue and magic, where the princess needs a marriage alliance for the welfare of her people, but she unknowingly accepts a proposal from a mysterious kingdom, not from the prince but the recently coronated queen. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Claire Draper at the Bent Agency handled the deal for world rights.

Salt and Sugar by Rebecca Carvalho (Inkyard Press)
Rebecca Kuss at Inkyard has acquired, at auction, Salt and Sugar by Rebecca Carvalho. This telenovela-esque YA rom-com debut follows the grandchildren of two rival Brazilian bakeries who fall in love despite their families' feud while working to win a contest that would save both of their bakeries from being driven out by a predatory supermarket chain. Claire Stetzer will edit. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Thao Le at Sandra Dijkstra Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Highly Suspicious, Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert (Random House)
Bria Ragin at Random House/Joy Revolution has bought Highly Suspicious, Unfairly Cute by romance author Talia Hibbert. In her YA debut, a snarky e-girl battles her clean-cut academic rival (and former best friend) over the course of a three-week enrichment program in the Scottish wilderness to see who's really top of their class, sparking old and possibly romantic feelings. This is the first acquisition for Joy Revolution, the imprint cofounded by Nicola and David Yoon. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Courtney Miller-Calliha at Handspun Literary negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.

If You Could See the Sun by Ann Liang (Inkyard Press)
Rebecca Kuss at Inkyard has acquired world English rights to If You Could See the Sun by Ann Liang. This debut YA novel follows a Chinese American teenage girl, who, upon discovering that she can no longer afford tuition at her elite Beijing boarding school, teams up with her academic rival and monetizes her strange new invisibility powers by discovering and selling her wealthy classmates' most scandalous secrets. Publication is set for fall 2022; Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary negotiated the deal.

Monster by Jessica Lewis (Delacorte)
Krista Marino at Delacorte has bought, in an exclusive submission, Monster by Bad Witch Burning author Jessica Lewis, a YA horror novel about a girl who is kidnapped as a sacrificial offering to an ancient beast, only to make a deal with the monster to release it and avenge those who betrayed her—even if that includes her own family. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Holly Root at Root Literary represented the author for world English rights.

When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb (Levine Querido)
Arthur A. Levine at Levine Querido has bought, in a preempt, When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb, a YA novel with a voice reminiscent of a (queer) Isaac Bashevis Singer story, about Uriel the angel and Little Ash the demon, centuries-long study partners in their small shtetl, who decide to travel to America (a place that turns out to be more complicated than they expect) with two young women who are deeply connected. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Rena Rossner at the Deborah Harris Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Silver in the Mist by Emily Victoria (Inkyard Press)
Bess Braswell at Inkyard Press has acquired, in an exclusive submission, world rights to Silver in the Mist by Emily Victoria (This Golden Flame). In this #OwnVoices YA fantasy standalone, a young asexual spy is given a vital mission from her Spymistress: infiltrate an enemy country and capture a magic caster, in hopes of restoring her own country's dying magic. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Rebecca Strauss at DeFiore and Company did the deal.

Other Side of the Tracks by Charity Alyse (Simon & Schuster/Millner)
Denene Millner at S&S/Millner has acquired, at auction, Charity Alyse's YA debut, Other Side of the Tracks, about a racially divided town where Zach Whitman, a white boy, moves in and befriends Black siblings Capri and Justin Collins. When one of their friends is murdered by police, the town erupts into an all-out war, with Capri, Justin, and Zach caught in the middle. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Marlo Berliner at Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Everyone Hates Kelsie Miller by Meredith Ireland (Simon and Schuster)
Jennifer Ung at Simon & Schuster has bought Everyone Hates Kelsie Miller by Meredith Ireland. In the author’s second YA rom-com, two rivals for high school valedictorian have 24 hours to win back an ex-best friend and an ex-girlfriend during a road trip to the University of Pennsylvania. Publication is set for fall 2022; Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret brokered the deal for world rights.

Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto (Delacorte)
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has acquired, in a preempt, world English rights to Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto. This YA rom-com debut is about a girl whisked from L.A. to her mother's native Indonesia in order to "get back to her roots," who—through a comedy of errors and overzealous parents—finds herself fake-dating the son of one of the wealthiest families in Indonesia, and is surprised when she actually starts to fall in love—with the boy, the country, and the big family she never knew before now. Publication is set for fall 2022; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management brokered the two-book deal.


Untitled by Lamar Giles (Scholastic)
Jody Corbett at Scholastic has bought, in an exclusive submission, a YA speculative-fiction horror novel by Lamar Giles. In the wake of a global catastrophe, a teen discovers that the world-famous vacation resort where he lives and works doubles as a luxury doomsday refuge for the cruel billionaires he's now trapped with. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Jamie Weiss Chilton at Andrea Brown Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

Self Made Boys by Anna-Marie McLemore (
Feiwel and Friends) - title announced by author on twitter.
Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends has acquired two titles for the publisher's new Remixed Classics series: a retelling of The Great Gatsby written by Anna-Marie McLemore, featuring Gatsby as a transgender young man, amid the glamour and sparkle of the 1920s; and a fresh take on Romeo and Juliet by Caleb Roehrig, bringing a queer perspective to Shakespeare's timeless work. Publication for McLemore's book is set for fall 2022; Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary brokered the deal for world rights. Publication for Roehrig's book is slated for winter 2023; Rosemary Stimola did the deal for world rights.

Liar's Beach by Katie Cotugno (Delacorte)
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has bought world English rights to Liar's Beach and a second, untitled novel by bestselling YA author Katie Cotugno, pitched as We Were Liars meets Knives Out and set on Martha's Vineyard. In this new take on Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles, detective Hercule Poirot is recast as a brilliant, brash teen girl named Holiday, with the story narrated by her childhood friend Linden, an athlete-scholar who fits right in at his elite New England prep school—all the while hiding secrets of his own. Publication is set for fall 2022; Sara Shandler and Viana Siniscalchi at Alloy Entertainment represented the author.

Northranger by Rey Terciero (HarperAlley)
Andrew Arnold at HarperAlley has acquired world rights to Northranger, a YA graphic novel written by Rey Terciero and illustrated by Bre Indigo. The story follows Cade Muñoz, a 16-year-old who loses himself in horror movies to escape reality until the summer he's forced to confront the feelings he's hiding from, both romantic and familial. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Brent Taylor at Triada US represented the author and the artist in the deal

Where Was Goodbye? by Janice Lynn Mather (Simon and Schuster)
Catherine Laudone at Simon & Schuster has bought Governor General's Award finalist Janice Lynn Mather's new #OwnVoices YA novel, Where Was Goodbye? With the closing date set on the police investigation into her brother's suicide, Karmen frantically searches for answers—only to discover that her Afro-Caribbean heritage may hold the key to uncovering the mystery behind his death, and to providing the closure her family needs. Publication is set for fall 2022; Rachel Letofsky at CookeMcDermid brokered the deal for North American 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.


I Miss You, I Hate This by Sara Saedi (Little, Brown)
Nikki Garcia at Little, Brown/Poppy has acquired I Miss You, I Hate This, a YA novel by Sara Saedi (Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card). Two estranged best friends grapple with the complexities of their relationship, just as their entire lives are turned upside down due to a pandemic. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Jessica Regel at Helm Literary brokered the deal for world rights.


Yule Be Sorry by Suzanne Park (Sourcebooks Fire)
Eliza Swift at Sourcebooks Fire has bought, in an exclusive submission, Yule Be Sorry by Suzanne Park (The Perfect Escape). The holiday-themed YA rom-com follows Chloe Kang, Santa's Village photographer, whose rivalry with her nemesis Peter Li escalates when he opens a North Pole virtual reality experience next door. But when they learn their mall is in danger of being demolished, they must work together to save it—and save Christmas. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Brent Taylor at Triada US negotiated the deal for North American rights.


Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School by Tiffany Jewell (Versify) - YA Non-fiction.
Margaret Raymo at Versify has acquired world rights, in a three-book preempt, to two books from anti-racist educator Tiffany Jewell, plus audio rights to her bestselling nonfiction title, This Book Is Anti-Racist. The first is an untitled, illustrated book tailored to younger children about how to be anti-racist, which breaks down identity, racism, and provides a history of anti-racism and an anti-racist toolbox; the second, Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School, is a YA nonfiction title that highlights the experience and inequities Black and Brown students face in schools, told through a variety of personal narratives. Publication is tentatively set for spring and fall 2022, respectively; Weslie Turner will edit. Ayesha Pande at Ayesha Pande Literary did the deal. 


Eat Your Heart Out by Terry Blas, Matty Newton and Lydia Anslow (Oni Press)
Robin Herrera, formerly at Oni Press, bought world rights to Eat Your Heart Out, written by Terry Blas (l.) and Matty Newton, illustrated by Lydia Anslow. A Latinx girl from Idaho graduates from high school and is pressured by her mother to live the life she's planned out for her. Impulsively, she runs away and finds herself in New York, where she shares adventures with new friends and learns to live a life she loves. Shawna Gore will edit; publication is slated for fall 2022. Kate McKean at Morhaim Literary represented Blas, and Newton and Anslow represented themselves.

Valdari by Siri Pettersen (Arctis)
Jan Weitendorf von Hacht at Arctis has acquired Norwegian author Siri Pettersen's new YA trilogy, beginning with Valdari, a fantasy mystery created on a Norse foundation, about blood, desire, and addiction. Born to a family of blood readers, Juva knows only too well that they are swindlers and frauds, and she has vowed never to become one of them. But when her family is threatened, Juva gets entangled in a hunt for the blood reader's legacy: a dark secret that once changed the world, and may do so again. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Lena Stjernström at the Grand Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Coven by Jennifer Dugan and Kit Seaton (Putnam)
Stephanie Pitts at Putnam has bought world rights to Coven, a YA graphic novel written by Jennifer Dugan (l.) and illustrated by Kit Seaton. After members of her coven are murdered under mysterious circumstances, a young witch must leave sunny California and return to dreary upstate New York to master her neglected craft and solve the murders before further tragedy befalls her family. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Brooks Sherman at Janklow & Nesbit Associates represented the author, and Ben Grange at the L. Perkins Agency represented the illustrator.

At the Stroke of Midnight by Various YA Authors (Flatiron Books)
"Dahlia Adler ed.'s AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT, a colledion of classic fairy Mies reimagined by authors Melissa Albert, Tracy Deonn, Hattah Mini, Brigid Kemmerer, Stacey Lee, Darcie Little Badger, Malinda Lo, Alex London, Anna-Marie McLemore, Rebecca Podos, Rory Power, Meredith Russo, Justin Reynolds, and Randy Ranay, to Sarah Barley at Flatiron Books, for publication in fall 2022, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon literary Agency (world). "

The First Thing About You by Chaz Hayden (Candlewick)
Kaylan Adair at Candlewick has bought, at auction, North American rights to The First Thing About You by debut YA author Chaz Hayden. The novel follows Harris, who (like the author) was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy as an infant and has been in a wheelchair since age two. After his family moves across the country, an unexpected dynamic emerges between Harris, his crush at his new school, and his nurse—a college student—who encourages Harris's romantic endeavors at the cost of her own well-being, and Harris's too. Publication is set for fall 2022; Stephen Barr at Writers House handled the two-book deal.

Thief of the Heights by Son M. and Robin Yao (HarperAlley)
Carolina Ortiz at HarperAlley has bought Son M. (l.) and Robin Yao's debut YA graphic novel Thief of the Heights, which explores the bond between two boys, Mustafa and Basem. When their dream to climb to the top of their stratified capitalist society pulls them further apart, Basem and Mustafa struggle to do what is best for them and what is best for their community. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Hannah Fergesen at KT Literary represented the author, and Peter Ryan at Stimola Literary Studio represented the illustrator
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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.

The Blackwoods by Brandy Colbert (Balzer + Bray)
Jordan Brown at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired North American rights to The Blackwoods and another YA novel by Brandy Colbert. The Blackwoods is a multigenerational story about a Black Hollywood family told from four POVs that opens with the death of Blossom Blackwood, celebrated actress and matriarch. As her three teenage great-grandchildren help prepare for the estate sale, they examine the cost of ambition, the importance of family, and the rewards of trusting one's heart. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Tina Dubois at ICM Partners negotiated the deal.

Where Shadows Reign by Patrice Caldwell (Wednesday Books)
When her best friend is captured, after an attack on her nation’s capital, Leyla, the crown heir of the lemogya—an ancient race that survives on human blood—must travel to Nekros, the Isle of the Dead, where all spirits go for their final judgement, to get her back. But, unbeknownst to her, Nekros is not just part of the afterlife—it is a prison, holding within it a great evil. By entering, Leyla resurrects and becomes a key player in an ancient war: a war over the dominion of all worlds...

The Vanquishers by Kalynn Bayron (Bloomsbury)
Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury has bought three titles by author by Kalynn Bayron. The first, The Vanquishers, pitched as Watchmen meets Stranger Things with a Buffy twist, is her middle grade debut, in which vampires have been extinct for 13 years, but Malika "Boog" Wilson's parents aren't taking any chances. Being forced to follow the old rules makes navigating middle school tough, but when new student Aaron goes missing, Boog and her BFFs suspect that the undead might not be extinct after all. Publication is set for fall 2022. Publication for the other two books, a sequel to This Poison Heart and an untitled YA fairy tale reimagining, is planned for spring 2022 and spring 2023, respectively. Jamie Vankirk at Rainbow Nerds Literary handled the deal for world rights

Moon Dark Smile by Tessa Gratton (Margaret K. McElderry Books) - set in the same world as Night Shine.
Karen Wojtyla at S&S/McElderry has bought, in an exclusive submission, world English rights to Moon Dark Smile, a YA novel by Tessa Gratton (Strange Grace). A reluctant heir apparent, voluntarily possessed by a demon, quests to break a centuries-old bargain that binds the demon to the empire she has no desire to rule. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary brokered the deal.


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. 

Accomplished by Amanda Quain (Wednesday Books)
Sarah Grill at Wednesday Books has bought Accomplished by Amanda Quain, a YA contemporary featuring the beloved younger sister of Pride & Prejudice's Mr. Darcy, in which Georgie Darcy returns to Pemberley Academy after a humiliating "incident" with Wickham, determined to rebuild her reputation, blaze her own trail, and set up big brother Fitz with his new classmate Lizzie Bennet. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary did the deal for world English rights.

The Poison Season by Mara Rutherford (Inkyard Press)
Connolly Bottum at Inkyard has bought The Poison Season by Mara Rutherford (Crown of Coral and Pearl), a fantasy in which a girl unintentionally draws a stranger to her island with her magic, leaving her with a choice—rescue him from the lake, or risk betraying her insulated community's safety and customs. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Uwe Stender at TriadaUS negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.

How to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy (Delacorte)
Arianne Lewin at Putnam has bought North American rights at auction to How to Succeed in Witchcraft by debut YA author Aislinn Brophy, pitched as Booksmart meets The Craft. A biracial witch is cast as the lead in her school play and must decide between exposing her predatory drama teacher or getting the magical scholarship she desperately needs. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Gemma Cooper at the Bent Agency negotiated the two-book deal.


Unfollowed by Kate Williams (Delacorte) - moved from 2021.
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.

Twelfth Grade Night by Molly Horton Booth, Stephanie Kate Strohm and Jamie Green (Disney Hyperion)
Kieran Viola and Rachel Stark at Disney-Hyperion have bought world rights to Twelfth Grade Night and King Cheer, the first two books in the Arden High series by Molly Horton Booth (l.) and Stephanie Kate Strohm (c.), illustrated by debut graphic novelist Jamie Green (r.). Shakespeare's tales get an update in this YA graphic novel series set at a modern-day high school where magic and fairies are real, the LGBTQ themes of the original plays are more than subtext, and the drama is quite literally Shakespearean. Publication for Twelfth Grade Night is set for fall 2022; Alex Slater at Trident Media Group represented Booth, Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency represented Strohm, and Chad W. Beckerman at the CAT Agency represented Green.

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.


Untitled by Berna Anat (Quill Tree Books) - YA Non-fiction.
Courtney Stevenson at HarperCollins/Quill Tree has acquired a YA nonfiction book by speaker and "financial hype woman" Berna Anat, whose mission is to make personal finance less male, less pale, and more empowering for young people trying to figure out how to handle their money and shape their world. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Tabia Yapp at Beotis Creative brokered the deal for world rights.

Seoulmates by Susan Lee (Inkyard)
Rebecca Kuss at Inkyard has acquired, at auction, Seoulmates, along with a second untitled novel by Susan Lee. In this YA debut, recently dumped high school nobody Hannah Cho must face her unresolved feelings for her childhood best friend, Jacob Kim, when he returns to their San Diego hometown as the newest K-drama heartthrob—and blackmails her into completing his summer bucket list with him before he's thrust back into stardom in Korea. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

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.

Winter Break by Jake Maia Arlow (HarperTeen)
Stephanie Guerdan at HarperTeen has acquired, in a preempt, world rights to Winter Break by Jake Maia Arlow, a contemporary YA rom-com about two Jewish girls reluctantly falling in love at Christmastime, a hate-to-love romance pitched as “like a Hallmark Christmas movie—if a Hallmark Christmas movie ever starred sexually frustrated lesbian Jews.” Publication is slated for fall 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret brokered the two-book deal.


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.

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.

A Twisted Tale: Almost There by Farrah Rochon (Disney Hyperion)
"Farrah Rochon's A TWISTED TALE: ALMOST THERE, to Brittany Rubiano at Disney-Hyperion, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2022 and fall 2023, by Evan Marshall at Evan Marshall Agency (world)."

Queen's Council: Jasmine by Alexandra Monir (Disney Hyperion)
Author of THE FINAL SIX, BLACK CANARY, and BREAKING SILENCE Alexandra Monir's QUEEN'S COUNCIL: JASMINE, the third in the series, a twist to the story of the Disney Princess, whose coronation is threatened when a dangerous figure from the past returns to interrupt her father's funeral—and challenge her place on the throne, to Jocelyn Davies at Disney-Hyperion, for publication in fall 2022, by Joseph Veltre at Gersh Agency.
 

Untitled by Karen M. McManus (Delacorte)

 














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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.


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.

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 Name She Gave Me by Betty Culley (HarperCollins)
Tara Weikum at HarperCollins has acquired The Name She Gave Me by Betty Culley. This #OwnVoices YA novel, written in verse, centers on adopted Maine girl Rynn, who only knows that her original name was Scheherazade, she was born with a hole in her heart, and her birth mother wanted her to grow up on a farm. Her life is upended when she learns her birth mother had a baby seven years after Rynn was born and kept her. Publication is planned for summer 2022; Steven Chudney at the Chudney Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.

The Charmed List by Julie Abe (Wednesday Books)
Jennie Conway at Wednesday has acquired The Charmed List by Julie Abe, a YA contemporary romance set in a magical Palo Alto, pitched as Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Jenny Han. After spending most of high school as the quiet girl, Ellie Kobata is ready to take some risks and potentially have a life-changing summer, starting with her Anti-Wallflower list—13 items she is going to check off one by one. But when number four on the list—revenge on Jack Yasuda—goes terribly wrong, she's certain her summer has gone from charmed to cursed. Publication is set for summer 2022; Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic did the deal for world rights.

The Silence That Binds Us by Joanna Ho (HarperCollins)
Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins has acquired, in a preempt, The Silence That Binds Us, a debut YA novel by Joanna Ho. After her popular older brother's death by suicide, racist accusations are hurled against 16-year-old May, her Chinese American parents, and other Asian families for putting too much "pressure" on their kids. May attempts to challenge the racism and ugly stereotypes through her writing, only to realize that she still has much to learn and that the consequences of speaking truth to power run much deeper than she could have foreseen. Publication is set for summer 2022; Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary did the deal for world rights.

The Feeling of Falling in Love by Mason Deaver (Scholastic)
David Levithan and Jeffrey West at Scholastic have acquired The Feeling of Falling in Love by Mason Deaver, as well as a second untitled standalone book. In this YA romance, when Neil Kearney's non-relationship ends right before his mother's latest wedding, he enlists the prep school roommate he barely tolerates to pose as his boyfriend, only for their temporary alliance to turn into something much more. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret handled the two-book deal for North American rights.

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 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.


Once Upon a K-Prom by Kat Cho (Disney-Hyperion)
Kieran Viola at Disney Hyperion has acquired, with Rachel Stark editing, Once Upon a K-Prom by Kat Cho, a YA rom-com about a Korean American girl whose childhood best friend turned K-Pop star returns to their hometown to make good on their pact to go to prom together. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; Beth Phelan at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Untitled by Paula Chase (Wednesday Books)
Sara Goodman at Wednesday Books has bought three books in the Charm City Heights series by Paula Chase. The YA contemporary books, a Gen Z Parent Trap story, follow twin sisters from different backgrounds who face the pressures of achieving at their radically ambitious high school while learning to live within their newly blended family. Publication of the first book is slated for winter 2022; Jennifer Carlson at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary handled the deal for North American rights.

Until We Break by Matthew Dawkins (Wattpad)
Deanna McFadden at Wattpad has bought world rights to Until We Break by debut author and poet Matthew Dawkins. The novel follows Naomi Morgan, the only Black ballerina at her prestigious dance school, who while injured and reeling from the death of her best friend, meets a street artist named Saint, whose social justice messages spark something in her, changing them both forever. It's slated for winter 2022; the author was unagented.

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. 

Mirror Girls by Kelly McWilliams (Little, Brown)
Alvina Ling at Little, Brown has acquired, in an exclusive submission, world rights to Mirror Girls by Kelly McWilliams, author of Agnes at the End of the World. Her new YA novel, set in a haunted rural Georgia in 1959, follows biracial twin sisters, separated in infancy, who reunite as teenagers to put the ghosts of the past to bed by solving the mystery of their parents' death. Publication is planned for winter 2022; Michael Bourret at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal.

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."






 





Brave by Elisa A. Bonnin (Swoon Reads)

Seri's world is defined by very clear rules. The beasts prowl the forest paths and hunt the People. Warriors kill the beasts and gain strength from the armor they make from them. And they explore the unknown world, to find new homes for the People. That was how it had always been, and how it would always be.

Until the day Seri encounters Tsana.

Tsana is a stranger, someone who is – impossibly – not of the People. She comes from the unknown world, from a strange group that speaks a different language, wears metal, and, strangest of all, communicates with beasts. And Tsana's People find Seri's barbaric. Somehow, with the world at the brink of war, Seri will have to find a way to make peace.

This is a world of heroes, and that is what Seri will become.

 


What Monstrous Gods by Rosamund Hodge (Balzer + Bray) - moved from October 2021.
40795727. sy475Kristin Rens at Balzer + Bray has acquired a YA fantasy novel by Cruel Beauty author Rosamund Hodge.

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

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






Echo Sunset by Courtney Gould (Wednesday Books)

Jennie Conway at Wednesday Books has acquired Echo Sunset by Courtney Gould (The Dead and the Dark). The supernatural thriller follows two sisters who, after their mother dies, learn about her mysterious ties to an isolated Arizona town. When they decide to investigate, nothing and no one is who they seem, including the daughter of the town's enigmatic leader. Publication is slated for 2022; Claire Friedman and Jessica Mileo at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for North American rights.











The Pledge by Cale Dietrich
(Fiewel and Friends)

A YA slasher about a masked killer who targets frat boys featuring a gay hate to love romance, a found family, and a fun/scary vibe.

 













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.)"


Guardians of Dawn by S. Jae-Jones (Wednesday Books) - moved from 2019.
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired world English rights to Guardians of Dawn, an East Asian-inspired fantasy series by Wintersong author S. Jae-Jones. Inspired by girl-centric narratives like Sailor Moon, four girls must combine their elemental magic to defeat a growing evil and restore the rightful heir to the throne. Publication is slated to begin in spring/summer 2019; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management brokered the four-book deal.

Never Forget Who You Are by Achut Deng and Keely Hutton (FSG) - YA non-fiction.
Joy Peskin at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has acquired, in an exclusive submission, Never Forget Who You Are by Achut Deng (l.) and Keely Hutton. The narrative follows Deng's harrowing escape from her home village in South Sudan to a refugee camp in Kenya and finally to the U.S., where she arrived as part of a group of “Lost Boys." Told through the testimony of Deng's losses—including her name, her family, and her home—the YA memoir is the story of how Deng struggled to overcome exploitation and abuse and reclaim the things she lost by holding on to who she is. Publication is set for winter 2022; Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts at HG Literary did the deal for world rights.

Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster by Andrea Mosqueda (Feiwel and Friends)
Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends has acquired world rights to Andrea Mosqueda's debut novel Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster. The YA novel follows self-described romantic disaster Maggie Gonzalez, a bisexual Chicana living in Texas's Rio Grande Valley, as she tries to figure out whom to ask to be her escort at her little sister's upcoming quinceañera: her charming ex-boyfriend twice over; her first crush and gorgeous best friend; or the mysterious new girl with the romantic baggage? Publication is for 2022; Lauren MacLeod at the Strothman Agency brokered the deal.

Long Story Short by Serena Kaylor (Wednesday Books)
Jennie Conway at Wednesday has bought Long Story Short by debut author Serena Kaylor. This YA rom-com follows Beatrice Quinn, a homeschooled math genius whose parents want her to come out of her shell before she leaves for college. When Beatrice's parents insist on her going to a Shakespeare summer camp, this bookworm finds herself lost in a sea of drama geeks, and comes to realize that life, and love, can't be lived by the (text)book. Publication is set for 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret did the deal for world English rights.

Chef's Kiss by Jarrett Melendez and Danica Brine (Oni Press)
Robin Herrera, formerly of Oni Press, bought world rights to Chef's Kiss, a debut queer YA graphic novel by Jarrett Melendez, illustrated by Danica Brine. Grace Scheipeter will edit. Despite a new college degree and a plucky attitude, nobody will hire Ben Cook for a job in his field. Desperate for work, he takes a job as a chef in an unconventional restaurant, where he discovers a new passion that may or may not have something to do with his gorgeous co-worker, Liam. Colors are by Hank Jones, and lettering is by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou; publication is set for 2022, and the entire creative team represented themselves in the deal.

Postcards From Summer by Cynthia Platt (Simon Pulse) - moved from Summer 2021.
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 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal.

Untitled by Jen Wilde (Wednesday Books)
Sylvan Creekmore at Wednesday Books has bought the first project developed by IP company Upswell Media, written by Jen Wilde, author of Queens of Geek, The Brightsiders, and Going Off Script. The YA thriller, which takes place over the course of a single night at an elite New York academy, follows 17-year-old Waverly as she's locked in with her fellow students at a masked ball—with a killer on the loose and an apocalypse outside the school doors. Publication is set for 2022; John Cusick at Folio Literary Management brokered the deal for world English rights on behalf of Upswell Media, of which he is also a co-founder. Lauren Spieller of TriadaUS represented Jen Wilde.

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.

My Dearest Darkest by Kayla Cottingham (Sourcebooks) - delayed from Fall 2021.
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.


In Silent Seas We Drown by Liz Lawson (Delacorte) - delayed from 2021.
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.

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Luanne Rice (Scholastic)
Aimee Friedman at Scholastic has acquired, in an exclusive submission, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, a YA suspense novel by bestselling author Luanne Rice (Last Day; Pretend She's Here). When Annabelle's best friend is murdered, she must unravel the mystery her friend was in the midst of solving, one that may involve a popular true-crime podcast. Publication is scheduled for 2022; Andrea Cirillo and Jessica Errera at Jane Rotrosen Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.


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. 

A Wilderness of Stars by Shea Earnshaw (Simon and Schuster)
With a mysterious illness cursing the land, it's the stars that hold the key to the cure. But as the Last Astronomer, Vega is the only one left with a connection to the stars—and that makes her a target.

Ruthlessly hunted, Vega allies herself with an unlikely duo to venture across the wilderness with the plan of carrying out the stars' message that will hopefully, save them all.


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. 

Over My Dead Body by Sweeney Boo (HarperAlley)
Andrew Arnold at HarperAlley has acquired, in an exclusive submission, the YA graphic novel Over My Dead Body by Sweeney Boo (Eat, and Love Yourself). The book follows Abby, a teenage witch at a magic academy who takes it upon herself to investigate the disappearance of a missing classmate only to unravel a mystery that's haunted the Academy for decades. Publication is scheduled for 2022; Britt Siess, formerly at Martin Literary, now at Britt Siess Creative Management, handled the two-book deal for North American rights.
 

These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall (Viking) 
Maggie Rosenthal at Viking has acquired These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall. In this queer supernatural YA novel, a girl inherits her ancestral home, only to discover that a dark presence lurks within it—and within herself. With the help of the young woman called the Witch of Harrow, she must unlock the house's secrets and her own if she wants to survive. Publication is set for 2022; Lauren Spieller at Triada US Literary handled the six-figure, two-book deal for North American rights.

Thirty to Sixty Days by Alikay Wood (Amulet) - postponed from Fall 2021.
Anne Heltzel at Amulet has acquired Alikay Wood's debut novel Thirty to Sixty Days, in which three teenagers commandeer a yacht and embark on a high-risk journey after contracting a unique terminal illness, only to find their lives won't be cut short after all. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Christa Heschke at McIntosh & Otis negotiated the deal for world rights.

 

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.

Our Shadows Have Claws by Various YA Authors (Algonquin) - moved from 2023.
Sarah Alpert at Algonquin has bought world rights to Our Shadows Have Claws, a YA horror anthology co-edited by Amparo Ortiz (l.) and Yamile Saied Méndez. The short stories feature mythical monsters and magical baddies from Latinx folklore, from el Chupacabra to La Llorona, the vampire and the werewolf, the pombero and Nahuelito, and beyond. The Latinx contributors include Mendez, Ortiz, Chantel Acevedo, Courtney Alameda, David Bowles, Ann Dávila Cardinal, Mia García, Gabriela Martins, Racquel Marie, Tehlor Kay Mejía, Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite, Claribel Ortega, Lilliam Rivera, Jenny Torres Sánchez, and Alexandra Villasante. Publication is set for 2023; Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary did the deal.

Greater Secrets by Ananth Hirsh and Tess Stone (Random House)
Random House/Graphic has bought Ananth Hirsh and Tess Stone's YA graphic novel Greater Secrets. Three strangers take a surreal road trip to a drowned ghost town in search of a missing pop idol, but end up finding themselves instead. Publication is scheduled for 2022.

Across a Field of Starlight by Blue Delliquanti (Random House Graphic)
Whitney Leopard at Random House Graphic has bought Blue Delliquanti's YA graphic novel Across a Field of Starlight. The sci-fi journey follows two protagonists figuring out their places in the solar system as their very different worlds collide. Publication is planned for 2022; Jennifer Linnan at Linnan Literary Management sold 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.

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.

The Infinity Particle by Wendy Xu (HarperCollins)
"The Infinity Particle
, due in 2022, is a speculative YA with shades of Ghost in the Shell, about a young woman whose best friend and first love suddenly reappears in her life after he's been dead for three years, so it can't really be him—or can it? 


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 Joan He (Roaring Brook Press) - postponed from 2021.

Crimson Reign by Amelie Wen Zhao (Delacorte) - postponed from 2021.

The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna (Delacorte)  - some editions dated October 2021, but this date is not confirmed.

Master of Iron by Tricia Levenseller (Feiwel and Friends) 

Untitled by Mahogany L. Brown (Crown) 

Untitled by Michele Mason (Bloomsbury)

Untitled by Brooke Lauren Davis (Bloomsbury)

Untitled by Amber McBride (Feiwel and Friends)

Untitled by Rory Power (Delacorte)

Untitled by Jennifer Yen (Razorbill)

Untitled by Aden Polydoros (Inkyard Press)

Untitled by Natasha Preston (Delacorte) 

Untited by Kathryn Foxfield (Sourcebooks)

Untitled by Kathleen Glasgow (Delacorte)

Untitled by Dustin Thao (Wednesday Books)

Untitled by Julia Lynn Rubin (Wednesday Books)

Untitled by Gita Trelease (Flatiron Books) 

Untitled by Lyla Lee (HarperTeen) 

Untitled by Natalie D. Richards (Sourcebooks Fire)

Untitled by Katie Henry (Katherine Tegan Books)

Untitled by Kasie West (Delacorte)

Untitled by Laura Gao (Balzer + Bray) 

Untitled by Heather Herrman (Putnam)

Untitled by Francesca Flores (Wednesday Books)

Legendborn #2 by Tracey Deon (Simon Pulse) - moved from 2021.

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

Flirting With Fate #2 by J.C. Cervantes (Razorbill)

The Notorious Virtues #3 by Alwyn Hamilton (Viking) 

Witches Steeped in Gold #2 by Ciannon Smart (HarperTeen)

The Witchlands #5 by Susan Dennard (Tor Teen)

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

The Obsession #2 by Jesse Q Sutano (Sourcebooks Fire)

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)

The Extraordinaries #3 by T. J. Klune (Tor Teen)

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) 

Infinity Cycle #3 by Adam Silvera (HarperTeen)

The Bones of Ruin #2 by Sarah Raughley (Simon Pulse)

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

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

Guardians of Dawn #4 by S. Jae-Jones (Wednesday Books)

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

A Court of Miracles #3 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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