Undated 2023 New Releases














The Girl That Time Forgot by Victoria Lee (Delacorte)
Krista Marino at Delacorte Press has acquired The Girl That Time Forgot by Victoria Lee (A Lesson in Vengeance), pitched as a sapphic The Umbrella Academy meets A Thousand Pieces of You, in which a teenage girl, one of five adepts training in a mysterious new magic, discovers that her fellow trainees have recently murdered someone and are planning to kill again unless she can stop them. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Holly Root and Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary negotiated the deal for North American rights.











Ravensong by Cayla Keenan (Simon and Schuster)
Amanda Ramirez at Simon & Schuster has bought, in a preempt, Ravensong by Cayla Keenan. This YA contemporary fantasy follows a girl who is one-third of a war goddess triad—sworn to slay demons with her sisters and guard the gate to hell in their coastal town—yet is stuck in high school, counting down the days until her 18th birthday, when her powers fully unlock—until she meets a girl with secrets of her own who'll force her to choose between duty and love. Publication is set for spring 2023; Patrice Caldwell at New Leaf Literary & Media did the two-book deal for North American rights.











Made of Stars by Jenna Voris (Viking)
Maggie Rosenthal at Viking has acquired, at auction, Made of Stars by debut YA author Jenna Voris. Inspired by Bonnie and Clyde and set in space, this YA novel follows Shane and Ava, two renegades who live outside the law, and Cyrus, the recent military academy grad who is hot on their trail. When they collide in a battle over planetary resources, the three of them have to decide how much they're willing to sacrifice for their homes, their futures, and for love. Publication is set for spring 2023; Claire Friedman at InkWell Management handled the deal for North American rights.





When It All Synchs Up by Maya Ameyaw (Annick Press)
"Maya Ameyaw's debut WHEN IT ALL SYNCHS UP, pitched as HBO's Euphoria meets Tiny Pretty Things in this story of a Black ballet dancer embarking on a journey of self-discovery, healing, friendship, and first loves as she fights for her place in the restrictive and exclusionary world of ballet, to Claire Caldwell at Annick Press, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2023, by Lesley Sabga and Julie Gwinn at The Seymour Agency (world)."














Throwback by Maurene Goo
(Zando) - moved from 2022.
Samantha Kang is living in the same neighborhood where her mother, Priscilla, grew up, and they even attend the same high school. Priscilla is a successful lawyer and Sam's father is a surgeon; Sam constantly clashing with her parents (especially mother) and her impossible expectations. It doesn't help that Sam's brother is going to Yale and has set an insanely high bar for her. 

Sam's a solid student, but not a superstar, but she loves where she is--she's got a great boyfriend and an awesome best friend. Things with her mother come to a head when Sam gets chosen for homecoming court and Priscilla wants to run her campaign for homecoming queen. Sam also learns that her mother was never allowed to go to the homecoming dance, and Sam begins to realize the racism that her mother faced back in the 90's during her high school days.

After an epic fight with her mother, Sam uses an unknown ride hailing app to get to school, and finds herself transported back to the 90's. She arrives at school and finds to her horror that her mother is also in her high school. Sam is stuck back in time, and needs to fogure things out before the battery on her cell phone dies, or she'll be stuck there forever....

Friday I'm in Love by Camryn Garrett (Knopf) - UK release date announced but not US.
Mahalia Harris never got the chance to have the sixteenth birthday party of her dreams - her single mother couldn't afford to throw her one. So Mahalia comes up with a plan: instead, she'll have a lavish "Coming Out Party" where'll she announce her queerness to her friends and family - financed by her after-work job and matched by her mom. But when her mother is laid off, things begin to fall apart. And Mahalia is having trouble with Siobhan, the beautiful new girl at school who has caught her eye.

Mahalia might be confident in who she is - but how does she know what she wants?

Heavenly Tyrant by Xiran Jay Zhao (Penguin Teen) - moved from 2022.
“The false ruler Lady Wu has an unpleasant personality and a lowly birthright. She has the heart of a snake or lizard and the nature of a wolf. She is hated by both men and gods, and heaven and earth cannot allow her to exist.”

After suffering devastating loss and making drastic decisions, Zetian finds herself at the seat of power in Huaxia. But her world is not as it seems, and revelations about an enemy more daunting than she imagined forces her to share her power with a dangerous man she can no longer simply remove from her way.

Despite having vastly different ideas than him on what they are to each other and how the world should change, Zetian must join him in a dance of truth and lies and perform their roles to perfection in order to take down their common enemy and get back the loved one she lost.

Ab(solutely) Normal by Various YA Authors (Candlewick)
Diverse mental health #ownvoices authors subvert mental health stereotypes with an inspiring and hope-filled collection. Stories star complex, three-dimensional protagonists who defy caricatures and remind readers that individuals suffering with mental health issues are courageous, loveable, and valuable.

The characters here, like real people, are big hearted, big dreamers, and so much more than their diagnoses. Their journeys aim to inspire readers to let go of stigma, seek help if they need it, and live their truths proudly.

Paradise Villas by Salman Toor and Alexandra Atiya (Levine Querido)
Arthur Levine at Levine Querido has bought Paradise Villas by painter Salman Toor and co-author Alexandra Atiya. The coming-of-age YA graphic novel follows 14-year-old aspiring artist Ozzy and explores issues of queerness and class while bringing Lahore, Pakistan to life. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Anjali Singh at Ayesha Pande Literary negotiated the deal for world rights, excluding India.

Venom & Vow by Anna-Marie McLemore and Elliott McLemore (Feiwel and Friends)
Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends has bought Venom & Vow by Anna-Marie McLemore and Elliott McLemore, a YA fantasy about a transgender prince doubling for his brother, and a bigender boy assassin/lady-in-waiting, who, thanks to their concealed identities, don't realize they're simultaneously falling for and trying to destroy each other. Publication is slated for spring 2023. Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary brokered the deal for North American rights; Michael Bourret at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret now represents Anna-Marie McLemore, and Elliott McLemore represented himself.

Make the Fireflies Dance by Rachel Bateman (Running Press Kids)
Julie Matysik at Running Press Kids has acquired Make the Fireflies Dance by Rachel Bateman (Someone Else's Summer), about a rom-com loving teen who, after she's kissed in a dark theater, enlists her friends to help her track down the mystery kisser in time for their senior prom. Publication is scheduled for 2023; Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

The Alchemy of Moonlight by David Ferraro (Page Street)
Tamara Grasty at Page Street Kids has bought rights to The Alchemy of Moonlight by David Ferraro. Pitched as a queer retelling of The Mysteries of Udolpho, the story follows a young man on the run from his overbearing aunt who gets embroiled in the mystery and intrigue of a wealthy family and caught between the affection of the young lord and the apprentice to the local doctor, complete with roiling fog, secret passages, and literal monsters. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Eva Scalzo at Speilburg Literary Agency sold world English rights.

The Immeasurable Depth of You by Maria Ingrande Mora (Peachtree Teen)
Ashley Hearn at Peachtree Teen has bought The Immeasurable Depth of You by Maria Ingrande Mora (Fragile Remedy), a queer contemporary YA with a speculative twist, set in the Florida mangroves. Fifteen-year-old Brynn is obsessed with death, and her severe anxiety leaves her feeling isolated; but when her parents decide she's going to spend the summer on her father's houseboat, she meets—and starts crushing on—sultry and confident Skylar, who is hiding a dark secret. Publication is set for spring 2023; Erica Bauman at Aevitas Creative Management did the deal for world rights.

The New Friends by Kara Thomas (Delacorte)
Krista Marino at Delacorte has acquired, in an exclusive submission, The New Friends by Kara Thomas (The Cheerleaders and That Weekend), a YA thriller pitched as The Stepford Wives meets Dare Me. When Hadley moves to an idyllic college town, she befriends the popular crowd, but rumors about something terrifying buried in the forest, and a series of strange disappearances, have her questioning whether her new friends are who they say they are. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media sold world rights; Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic now represents the author.


I'll Tell You No Lies by Amanda McCrina (FSG)
Wesley Adams at FSG has bought historical thriller I'll Tell You No Lies by Amanda McCrina (Traitor; The Silent Unseen). This Cold War novel set in upstate New York features the teenage daughter of an Air Force officer who becomes entangled with a young Soviet pilot accused of being a spy. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Jennie Kendrick at Red Fox Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

When We Had Summer by Jennifer Castle (Disney Hyperion)
Kieran Viola at Disney-Hyperion has acquired When We Had Summer, a YA novel by Jennifer Castle (The Beginning of After). This contemporary story of loss, connection, and healing follows three girls as they try to salvage their friend group and continue an annual bucket list the summer after the death of their alpha girl. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Jamie Weiss Chilton at Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Sing Me to Sleep by Gabi Burton (Bloomsbury)
Camille Kellogg at Bloomsbury has bought, in a six-figure preempt, Sing Me to Sleep and an untitled sequel by debut author Gabi Burton. In a YA fantasy world where everyone is Black and Brown, a murderous siren named Saoirse is assigned to help the fae prince hunt a dangerous assassin, but little does he know that Saoirse herself is the killer being sought. Publication for the first book is planned for spring 2023; Naomi Davis at BookEnds Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Feiwel and Friends)
Foyinsi Adegbonmire at Feiwel and Friends has acquired the YA novel Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Ace of Spades), pitched as "Mean Girls but with murder." After being homeschooled all her life, Sade begins her third year at a prestigious boarding school and when her roommate goes missing, some suspect Sade, drawing the attention of the school's three 'It' girls. While investigating, Sade discovers there are a lot more secrets from the school and its students than she realized. Publication is set for spring 2023; Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency sold North American rights on behalf of Zoë Plant.

Hurt You by Marie Myung-Ok Lee (Blackstone)
Daniel Ehrenhaft at Blackstone has bought Hurt You by Marie Myung-Ok Lee (Finding My Voice). A contemporary YA retelling of John Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men, Lee's novel is a portrait of a pair of Korean American siblings—17-year-old Georgia and her neuro-atypical older brother, Leonardo—and the threats to their bond in a new hometown that becomes a crucible of rage over class, race, and disability. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Kim Witherspoon and Jessica Mileo at Inkwell Management brokered the deal for world English print and audio rights.


When a Brown Girl Flees by Aamna Qureshi (Tu Books)
Stacy Whitman at Tu Books has acquired When a Brown Girl Flees by Aamna Qureshi, a YA contemporary novel about Muslim, Pakistani American Zahra Paracha, who makes an impulsive decision to run away from home and move across the country in an attempt to heal, learn to love herself, and renew her faith in family while navigating mental health and religious guilt. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Emily S. Keyes at Fuse Literary brokered the deal for world rights.


The Queen's Cup by Jordyn Taylor (Delcorte)
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte Press has bought world English rights to The Queen's Cup by Jordyn Taylor (Don't Breathe a Word), pitched as John Tucker Must Die meets Promising Young Woman in a darkly comic YA feminist mystery. A top-secret competition at a private school to see who on campus has the most sexual prowess ends with a popular LAX captain's disappearance, told from the POV of a girl who only wanted to find a boy who liked her but discovered her classmates' dark side. Publication is set for spring 2023; Danielle Burby at Mad Woman Literary Agency represented the author, in the agency’s first deal.


The Coldest Winter I Ever Spent by Ann Jacobus (Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab)
Amy Fitzgerald at Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab has bought Ann Jacobus's YA novel The Coldest Winter I Ever Spent. Eighteen-year-old Delilah is finally feeling stable after getting help for her alcohol addiction, depression, and anxiety, and she finds a sense of purpose volunteering at a suicide crisis line. But her world shifts again when her beloved, terminally ill aunt asks her to help her "die with dignity." Publication is slated for spring 2023; Erzsi Deak at Hen&ink Literary Studio brokered the deal for world rights.

Ride or Die by Gail-Agnes Musikavanhu (Soho Teen)
Alexa Wejko at Soho Teen has acquired Gail-Agnes Musikavanhu's debut novel Ride or Die. Adrenaline-obsessed Loli Crawford can't help herself when it comes to chasing thrills, danger, and fun—but when she strikes up an anonymous correspondence with X, a mysterious student at her school, he challenges Loli to a game that begins to test even her no-holds-barred quest for adventure. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Lauren Bieker at FinePrint Literary handled the deal for world English rights.

Junkyard Dogs by Katherine Higgs-Coulthard (Peachtree Teen)
Jonah Heller at Peachtree Teen has bought world rights to Junkyard Dogs by Katherine Higgs-Coulthard. In this contemporary YA, 17-year-old Josh Roberts finds himself caught in a copper scrapping ring after his father steals from accomplices. If Josh wants to keep his little brother safe and out of the system, he'll have to risk truancy, arrest, and his own life to enter a criminal underground and track down his father. Publication is planned for spring 2023; the author represented herself.

Arcadia by Willow Naomi Curry (Levine Querido)
Irene Vázquez and Nick Thomas at Levine Querido have bought Arcadia by debut author Willow Naomi Curry. The YA book is an intergenerational mystery following one family's attempts to uncover the impacts of environmental racism on their historically Black Houston neighborhood. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; the author represented herself, with support from Kristina Kearns of Fern Agency, in the deal for world rights.

The Prince & the Apocalypse by Kara McDowell (Wednesday Books)
Sarah Grill at Wednesday Books has bought, at auction, in a two-book deal, Kara McDowell's The Prince & the Apocalypse. Pitched as American Royals meets Deep Impact, the novel is about an 18-year-old American girl stranded in England when news of an impending world-ending comet causes global chaos, and the runaway prince with an agenda of his own who might be her only chance of getting home in time to say goodbye. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management negotiated the deal for North American rights.

Of Light and Shadow by Tanaz Bhathena (FSG)
Janine O'Malley at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Lynne Missen at Penguin Canada have acquired Of Light and Shadow, another YA fantasy novel by Tanaz Bhathena set in the same universe as her Wrath of Ambar duology. The novel is about a dangerous romance between a bandit and a rakish prince who fight for change in a corrupt world inspired by the badlands of 17th-century India and Zoroastrian mythology. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Eleanor Jackson at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner sold world rights, excluding Canada.

Freshman Orientation by Various YA Authors (Candlewick)
Kaylan Adair at Candlewick has acquired Freshman Orientation by Lauren Gibaldi (l.) and Eric Smith, a YA anthology of linked stories set at the first day at a small college, from the perspective of teens moving into their dorms, making new friends, avoiding old ones, and trying to fit in, featuring Phil Stamper, Sam Maggs, Adi Alsaid, Kristina Forest, Dana Davis, Kathleen Glasgow, Aminah Mae Safi, Gloria Chao, Jennifer Chen, Olivia A. Cole, Lance Rubin, Bryan Bliss, Farah Naz Rishi, and Anna Birch. Publication is set for spring 2023; Jennifer Azantian at Azantian Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.

Shared Sin by Beverly Patt (Owl Hollow Press)
Hannah Smith at Owl Hollow Press has bought Shared Sin, a dark historical mystery by Beverly Patt (Best Friends Forever: A World War II Scrapbook). When 16-year-old Victoria Robbins feels trapped by her high-society life, her only escapes include visits with her neighbor, Miss Lizzie Borden, reading Sherlock Holmes serials and—when the urge overtakes her—stealing. When Mr. and Mrs. Borden are murdered and Lizzie is accused of committing the crime, Victoria goes to great lengths to solve the mystery and ensure she does not become like Lizzie Borden. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Clelia Gore and Adria Goetz at Martin Literary & Media Management handled the deal for world English rights.

A Fire Among Clouds by Camilo Moncada Lozano (IDW Publishing)
IDW Publishing has bought, in an exclusive submission, world rights to A Fire Among Clouds, the first title in the Codex Black YA graphic novel series by Camilo Moncada Lozano. When 15-year-old Donají sets out from her home on the trail of her missing father, she finds herself up against thieves, political intrigue, monsters, and the will of the god; with the help of an unexpected friend in winged Mexica warrior Itzcacalotl, can Donají discover the truth? Publication is slated for spring 2023; the author was unagented.

Just Happy to Be Here by Naomi Kanakia (HarperTeen)
Stephanie Guerdan at HarperTeen has acquired Just Happy to Be Here by Naomi Kanakia, a contemporary YA novel about Tara, an Indian American trans girl who transfers from her prestigious all-boys school to the sister school that she's always idealized. But once there, Tara has to decide whether she's content to be treated like a second-class citizen or whether to risk her place by demanding that her school live up to its own principles. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Christopher Schelling at Selectric Artists brokered the deal for world rights.


Last Chance Dance by Lakita Wilson (Viking)
Kelsey Murphy at Viking has bought, in a preempt, Last Chance Dance by Lakita Wilson in her YA debut. Leila is devastated when her high school boyfriend breaks up with her right before graduation, but when she gets paired with four unrequited crushes in the lead-up to her school's annual Last Chance Dance, she might just fall in love with someone new. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Lanie Davis at Alloy Entertainment did the two-book deal for world English rights on behalf of Melanie Figueroa at Root Literary.

The Making of Yolanda La Bruja by Lorraine Avila (Levine Querido)
Nick Thomas at Levine Querido has acquired The Making of Yolanda La Bruja by Lorraine Avila, a debut contemporary coming-of-age YA novel. When 16-year-old Yolanda Alvarez is initiated into her family's traditional religion, she has a vision that the new kid in school is planning a shooting, but convincing people is harder than she thought: he's not just the only white kid there, he's the son of a politician. So it's up to Yolanda to get the new kid to see the beauty in her community before he harms it. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Patrice Caldwell at New Leaf Literary & Media did the deal for world English and Spanish rights.

Careful What You Wish For by Sophie Gonzales (Wednesday Books)
Sylvan Creekmore at Wednesday Books has bought world rights to The One that Got Away and Careful What You Wish For by Sophie Gonzales. In the first book, 18-year-old Maya has vengeance on her mind when she participates in a reality show in which her now-famous ex re-dates all his ex-girlfriends to decide which of them was the one who got away. In the second book, 16-year-old fanfic writer Ivy must turn to her arch-enemy for help when she accidentally manifests one of her favorite TV characters into existence, and ends up falling for the girl she thought she hated. Publication is set for spring 2022 and spring 2023 respectively; Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency brokered the six-figure deal.


The Sapling's Curse by James Persichetti and L. Biehler (HMH)
Lily Kessinger at HMH has acquired, in a preempt, The Sapling's Curse, a YA graphic novel written by debut author James Persichetti and illustrated by L. Biehler. In this inclusive twist on the legend of Arthur, knights Lancelot and Tristan set out on a quest to find the missing magician Merlin, but instead discover an unexpected romance. Publication is set for 2023, with a second book scheduled for 2025. Danielle Burby at Nelson Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Nearer My Freedom by Monica Edinger and Lesley Younge (Lerner/Zest Books) - YA non-fiction.
Shaina Olmanson at Lerner/Zest Books has bought the YA nonfiction title Nearer My Freedom by Monica Edinger and Lesley Younge. Using Olaudah Equiano's autobiography as a source text, the title shares Equiano's life story in found verse supplemented with annotations. The book follows Equiano from his birth in the Igbo region of western Africa and his enslavement at a young age to his liberation and his work as an abolitionist. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management represented both authors and brokered the deal for world rights.

We Shall Be Monsters by Tara Sim (Penguin/Paulsen)
Stacey Barney and Caitlin Tutterow at Penguin/Paulsen have bought world rights, in a preempt, to We Shall Be Monsters, a YA fantasy duology by Tara Sim (Scavenge the Stars) that's pitched as Mary Shelley meets Indian mythology, in which a young woman desperate to resurrect her sister escapes accusations of witchcraft by joining a group of rebels on the condition she raises their rightful prince from the dead. Publication is tentatively planned for spring 2023; Victoria Marini at the Irene Goodman Agency brokered the deal.

Everyone's Thinking It by Aleema Omotoni (Balzer + Bray)
Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired, at auction, Aleema Omotoni's debut Everyone's Thinking It, a YA novel pitched as a loose reimagining of A Midsummer Night's Dream if Shakespeare grew up watching Mean Girls and Dear White People. At an elite boarding school in the English countryside, Nigerian cousins Iyanu and Kitan are thrown into the middle of a schoolwide conspiracy when everyone's juicy relationship secrets are released, Burn Book style, the week before the annual Valentine's Day Ball. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Claire Friedman at InkWell Management negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights.

Goddess Crown by Shade Lapite (Walker Books US)
Annalie Grainger at Walker Books UK and Susan Van Metre at Walker Books US have acquired, at auction, two books by debut author Shade Lapite. The first novel, Goddess Crown, is a fast-paced YA fantasy romance following warrior-princess Kalothia, who must navigate the intrigues of court to find her own role and her one true love. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Joanna Moult at Skylark Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Chaos & Flame by Justina Ireland and Tessa Gratton (Razorbill)
Ruta Rimas at Razorbill has acquired world rights to Chaos & Flame, a YA fantasy duology co-written by Justina Ireland (l.) (Dread Nation) and Tessa Gratton (The Queens of Innis Lear), about rival houses and the two scions—one raised in darkness, the other in war—swept up into the game their dangerous prince regent is playing, where their survival depends on learning to tolerate—even trust—each other. Publication is set for spring 2023; Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented Gratton, and Eddie Schneider at JABberwocky Literary Agency represented Ireland.

The Memory Eater by Rebecca Mahoney (Razorbill)
Gretchen Durning at Razorbill has bought The Memory Eater by Rebecca Mahoney , author of The Valley and the Flood . In this contemporary YA novel, 17-year-old Alana has inherited the family business of keeping a memory-devouring monster fed and keeping it locked up. But when her mistakes set it free, she'll have to face her own forgotten past in order to save her town—and herself—from the monster on the loose. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Hannah Fergesen at KT Literary did the deal for world rights.

Disappearing Act by Jiordan Castle (FSG)
Joy Peskin at FSG has acquired Disappearing Act, a YA memoir in verse by Jiordan Castle, whose poetry has appeared in the New Yorker. The summer before the start of high school, Jiordan's middle-class Jewish family on Long Island begins to unravel when her father is incarcerated. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Ashley Lopez at Waxman Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.

Stars in Their Eyes by Jessica Walton and Aśka (Scholastic/Graphix) - previously published in Australia.
Megan Peace at Scholastic/Graphix has acquired Stars in Their Eyes, a queer YA rom-com graphic novel by Jessica Walton and Aśka about two teens who meet at a fan convention, and—among crowds of cosplay and celebrity appearances—connect with each other in ways they never expected. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Daniel Lazar at Writers House sold world English rights (minus Australia and New Zealand) on behalf of Jane Fraser at Fremantle Press in Australia.

The Island by Natasha Preston (Delacorte)
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has acquired The Island and a standalone untitled novel by Natasha Preston (The Twin). A visit to a private amusement park is the trip of a lifetime for a group of influencers, until they learn that getting off the island alive isn't part of the plan. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Ariella Feiner at United Agents negotiated the deal for world rights.

No Going Back by Patrick Flores-Scott (Little, Brown/Ottaviano)
Christy Ottaviano at Little, Brown/Ottaviano has bought, in an exclusive submission, North American rights to No Going Back by Patrick Flores-Scott, the author's third YA novel. It’s the Friday after being released from a year of juvenile detention, and biracial Antonio Sullivan is heading home for a fresh start. His parole terms state he can't drink, can't break the law, can't see his father, and he must be on time to meet his parole officer on Monday before school… or else he’s headed back to detention. Antonio has one weekend, one crazy friend, one old flame, and a dad who won't give up. What could go wrong? The book is set for spring 2023; Steven Chudney at the Chudney Agency did the deal.


Last Chance by Ellen Hopkins (Putnam/Nancy Paulsen Books)
Stacey Barney at Putnam/Nancy Paulsen Books has acquired YA novel-in-verse Last Chance by bestselling author Ellen Hopkins. Seventeen-year-old twins separated by child protective services face juvenile detention and daunting odds as they struggle to navigate the foster care system. While Lake is given one last chance at her new home, Storm seems to be out of options. But when Storm takes part in a program that pairs him with a shelter dog also facing one last chance, the bond that develops could unexpectedly lead him and Lake back to one another. Publication is set for spring 2023; Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency did the six-figure deal for North American rights.

The Secret Summer Promise by Keah Brown (Levine Querido)
Nick Thomas at Levine Querido has bought The Secret Summer Promise by Keah Brown, journalist, #DisabledAndCute creator, and author of The Pretty One. The novel follows a Black girl with cerebral palsy who’s trying to have the #BestSummerEver—movie marathons, amusement parks, art shows —all while trying to navigate her romantic feelings for her best friend without losing their friendship. Publication is set for spring 2023; Alexander Slater at Trident Media Group did the deal for world English rights.


If Tomorrow Doesn't Come by Jen St. Jude (Bloomsbury)
Camille Kellogg at Bloomsbury Children's has acquired If Tomorrow Doesn't Come by debut author and Lambda Literary Fellow Jen St. Jude. The YA novel is a celebration of queer love and a vital meditation on mental health. Set nine days before an asteroid is expected to obliterate Earth, it follows college freshman Avery Byrne as she desperately tries to unite her scattered family, grapple with her undiagnosed depression, and navigate a new romance with her best friend before it's too late. Publication is set for spring 2023; Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management brokered the two-book deal for world rights.

Virch by Laura Resau (Owl Hollow Press)
Hannah Smith at Owl Hollow has bought Laura Resau's (The Queen of Water) new YA science fiction novel, Virch, the story of a teen who infiltrates a virtual reality empire to save her sister, but when she discovers a plot to destroy humanity, she must team up with the founder's enigmatic son even as she questions the very nature of reality. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary handled the deal for world English rights.

Not Here to Stay Friends by Kaitlyn Hill (Delacorte)
Hannah Hill at Delacorte has acquired Not Here to Stay Friends by Love from Scratch author Kaitlyn Hill (no relation). Pitched as The Bachelor meets The Rest of the Story, this YA romance follows Sloane and Liam, two childhood friends who reunite in L.A. for the summer after five years apart. But when Liam's producer dad ropes him into working for a teen reality dating show and Sloane becomes a contestant, their lives take a turn for the unreal. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Laura Crockett at TriadaUS Literary did the deal for world rights.

Donut Fall in Love by Adiba Jaigirdar (Feiwel and Friends)
Foyinsi Adegbonmire at Feiwel and Friends has bought Donut Fall in Love and a second untitled novel from Adiba Jaigirdar (The Henna Wars). This pun-filled YA contemporary romance follows Shireen, a Bangladeshi Irish girl still healing from a breakup with her ex-girlfriend, and who can think of nothing better than to win the Junior Irish Baking Show, a Great British Bake Off-style reality competition, even if it means competing against her ex and another contestant she may be falling for. Publication is set for spring 2023 and spring 2024 respectively; Uwe Stender at Triada US negotiated the deal for North American rights.

A Guide to the Dark by Meriam Metoui (Henry Holt)
Jess Harold at Henry Holt has acquired, at auction, A Guide to the Dark by Meriam Metoui, debut author and assistant editor at Viking Children's Books. In the YA novel, two teen girls on a college tour road trip get stranded in a haunted motel room that is trying to kill them. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023, with a second untitled speculative suspense novel to follow; Jennifer March Soloway at Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the six-figure deal for world rights.

A Door in the Dark by Scott Reintgen (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Kate Prosswimmer at McElderry Books has acquired North American rights to A Door in the Dark by Scott Reintgen (the Nyxia Trilogy). When a fight breaks out in the university portal room, six wizards are transported to the middle of nowhere—and one is dead on arrival. The survivors begin a treacherous journey home with a limited magical supply, a malevolent force stalking them, and a few dark secrets that will make it hard to tell if the biggest danger is what's lurking in the woods or each other. Publication is set for spring 2023; Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency did the deal.

Gita Desai Is Not Here to Shut Up by Sonia Patel (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books)
Stacey Barney at Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books has bought world rights to Gita Desai Is Not Here to Shut Up by Sonia Patel (Rani Patel in Full Effect), about a Gujarati Indian American young woman's tumultuous first semester at Stanford, when she finds herself propelled in unexpected ways to discover and overcome shocking childhood betrayal and years of being silenced by her immigrant family in order to find her own truth and voice. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Victoria Wells Arms at Wells Arms Literary/HG Literary handled the deal.

Imposter Syndrome and Confessions of Alejandra Kim by Patricia Park (Crown)
Phoebe Yeh at Crown has bought, in a five-way auction, Imposter Syndrome and Confessions of Alejandra Kim, the YA debut of Patricia Park, an American University professor and the author of Re Jane. Alejandra, a Korean American Latina in her senior year, navigates growing pains, grief, best friendship, and identity politics. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Sarah Burnes at the Gernert Company sold North American, POM rights.


Sincerely, Medusa by Olivia Cole (Labyrinth Road)
Liesa Abrams at Labyrinth Road has bought Sincerely, Medusa by Olivia Cole. Pitched for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Elizabeth Acevedo, this YA novel-in-verse follows 16-year-old Alicia Rivers, who is struggling to cope with her sexual abuse by a beloved teacher. Now Alicia must find a way to heal when she meets a new girl who reignites her desire and she finds mysterious letters in her locker that hint there are others who understand what she's going through and that maybe it's time to tell the truth, on her own terms. Publication is set for spring 2023; Patrice Caldwell at New Leaf Literary & Media did the deal for world English rights.

Find Him Where You Left Him Dead by Kristen Simmons (Tor Teen)
Ali Fisher at Tor Teen has acquired, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, Kristen Simmons's Find Him Where You Left Him Dead, pitched as Jumanji meets I Know What You Did Last Summer in a Japanese folklore-inspired underworld that follows four estranged friends who are summoned by the ghost of a friend they left for dead. Now the group must return to the deadly game they started, or lose him and their lives forever. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Joanna MacKenzie at Nelson Literary handled the deal for world rights.

Forget Me Not by Alyson Derrick (Simon and Schuster)
Alexa Pastor at Simon & Schuster has acquired, in an exclusive submission, Alyson Derrick's solo debut YA novel, Forget Me Not, a LGBTQ+ romance about Stevie and Nora, two girls who plan to abandon their small town for California so they can be together, until an accident steals every trace of Stevie's relationship with Nora from her memory. Publication is set for spring 2023; Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management negotiated the deal for world rights.

Something Like Possible by Miel Moreland (Feiwel and Friends)
Rachel Diebel at Feiwel and Friends has bought Miel Moreland's sophomore novel Something Like Possible, about bisexual teen Madison, whose path to political staffer stardom is in jeopardy after her girlfriend fires her as junior class president campaign manager, until she convinces a new, cute candidate to accept her help—all while working to unmask a serial predator. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Jessica Errera at Jane Rotrosen Agency handled the deal for North American rights.

Songs of Irie by Asha Bromfield (Wednesday Books)
Sara Goodman at Wednesday Books has acquired Songs of Irie, a YA novel by actor Asha Bromfield, who currently stars on the TV show Riverdale. Set in ’70s Jamaica in the midst of devastating political turmoil, two girls must navigate their opposing upbringings as they fall in love and choose between the futures decided for them and the futures they desire. Publication is tentatively slated for spring 2023; Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management negotiated the deal for North American rights.

I Sold Myself to the Devil for Vinyl... Pitiful I Know by Karianne Giard (Wattpad Books)
Deanna McFadden at Wattpad Books has acquired world rights to I Sold Myself to the Devil for Vinyl... Pitiful I Know by Karianne Giard. This YA romance follows the overthinking Lexi as she tries to unravel the clues behind a mysterious stranger she has become enamored with. It's slated for spring 2023; the author was unagented.

The Ghosts Are a Metaphor by Amanda Quain (Wednesday Books)
Sarah Grill at Wednesday Books has bought Amanda Quain's The Ghosts Are a Metaphor, a genderswapped YA contemporary retelling of Northanger Abbey pitched as Never Have I Ever meets The X-Files, in which skeptic Hattie Tilney has to navigate the grief of her paranormal-loving father's death after being assigned to investigate her (allegedly) haunted high school alongside transfer student Kit Morland, whose passion for ghost hunting makes Hattie want to believe in something—and someone—for the first time. Publication is set for spring 2023; Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary did the deal for world English rights.

If You’ll Have Me by Eunnie (Viking)
Dana Leydig at Viking has bought in a six-figure, five-house auction, If You’ll Have Me, a YA Sapphic rom-com graphic novel by author-illustrator Eunnie. College freshman, introvert, and self-proclaimed people-pleaser Momo Gardner isn't looking for love. That is until she falls for PG, the girl with a reputation for breaking hearts, and a whirlwind romance ensues, causing both to reckon with deep-seated insecurities for a chance at true love. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Thao Le at Sandra Dijkstra Literary did the two-book deal for world rights.

Fishing by Michael Ralph, Nia Palmer and Laura Molnar (Algonquin) - YA graphic novel.
Krestyna Lypen at Algonquin has acquired, in a two-book deal, world rights to two YA graphic novels by Michael Ralph, illustrated by Nia Palmer (c.) and Laura Molnar (r.). Fishing demonstrates how incarcerated people communicate and build networks through the unique form of attachment known as "fishing," and Basketball IQ explores the cerebral, strategic approach to the game that separates the greatest basketball players of all time from their competitors. Publication is set for spring 2023 and fall 2024, respectively; Anna Olswanger at Olswanger Literary represented the author and illustrators.


Something Like Right by H.D. Hunter (FSG)
Trisha de Guzman at FSG has acquired, in a preempt, world English rights to Something Like Right and an untitled YA novel by H.D. Hunter. Something Like Right follows a Black boy sent to an alternative school where he finds himself experiencing the highs and lows of first love, all while contending with his complicated feelings about the reunion of his estranged mother and previously incarcerated father. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Leah Pierre at Ladderbird Literary represented the author.

The Weight of Everything by Marcia Argueta Mickelson (Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab)
Amy Fitzgerald at Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab has acquired world rights to Marcia Argueta Mickelson's (Where I Belong) next YA novel, The Weight of Everything. Sarah leaves boarding school to care for her grieving father and younger brother after her mother's death. Finding solace in painting, she researches her mother's Guatemalan and Mexican roots and begins to understand how art is one way to have a voice. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Kathryn Green at Kathryn Green Literary handled the deal.

All Our Hidden Gifts #3 by Caroline O' Donoghue (Walker Books US)
Susan Van Metre at Walker Books US and Gráinne Clear at Walker UK have bought world rights to two books from novelist and podcaster Caroline O'Donoghue (All Our Hidden Gifts). The first book is the third installment in O'Donoghue's Gifts series, a conclusion to the supernatural drama about a group of Irish teenagers with remarkable gifts, haunted by a spirit summoned from a tarot deck, planned for spring 2023. The second novel, Skipshock, follows Irish teenager Margo Madden as she sets out on a journey to her new boarding school, but finds herself on a track she wasn't expecting: instead of her train ending up in southwest London, she's traveling across time and dimensions. Bryony Woods at Diamond Kahn & Woods negotiated the deal.

No Boy Summer by Amy Spalding (Amulet)
Maggie Lehrman at Amulet has bought, in an exclusive submission, world English rights to YA contemporary novel No Boy Summer by Amy Spalding. Lydia and her sister have had too much boy drama ever since—well, ever since they discovered boys. So this summer they're making a pledge: no boys. Lydia isn't expecting to fall for a girl, but she's not technically breaking her promise to her sister. What could go wrong? Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Kate Testerman at KT Literary brokered the deal.

Up In Flames by Hailey Alcaraz (Viking)
Jenny Bak at Viking has acquired, at auction, Up in Flames, a contemporary retelling of Gone with the Wind by debut author Hailey Alcaraz. Pitched in the vein of diverse retellings like Anna K, the privileged and irrepressible Ruby Ortega vies to win the heart of her best friend while fighting to save her family's home and the local Latinx community from the California wildfires, all while avoiding the help of a young, annoyingly attractive entrepreneur. Publication is set for spring 2023; Amy Stapp at Wolfson Literary brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

The Jump by Brittney Morris (Simon and Schuster)
Jennifer Ung at Simon & Schuster has acquired North American rights to The Jump by Brittney Morris (SLAY; The Cost of Knowing), along with another, untitled YA novel. The contemporary YA follows a group of Seattle teens who enter a cryptology contest run by a mysterious entity called The Order, which will offer the winner high-tech resources that the teens plan on using to stop the placement of an oil refinery in their neighborhood. Publication for The Jump is slated for spring 2023, with the other book to follow in 2024; Quressa Robinson at Nelson Literary negotiated the six-figure deal.

A Most Valuable Spy by Corey Mead (Knopf) - YA Non-fiction.
Michelle Frey at Knopf has acquired YA narrative nonfiction novel A Most Valuable Spy by Corey Mead, about Marguerite Harrison, a wealthy Baltimore heiress who radically transformed her life when she became a pioneering spy in Russia in the 1920s, and changed the American intelligence community's beliefs about what women could achieve in the field. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Wendy Schmalz at Wendy Schmalz Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Sweet Clarity by Rhiannon Richardson (Simon and Schuster)
Krista Vitola at Simon & Schuster has acquired Sweet Clarity, the latest YA novel by Rhiannon Richardson. After being caught kissing a girl at her Christian summer camp, Clarity must face her newly discovered sexual identity and what it means for her relationships with friends, family, faith, and the girl who may be her first love. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; John Cusick at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management brokered the deal for world rights.

A Hunger of Thorns by Lili Wilkinson (Delacorte)
Krista Marino at Delacorte Press has acquired, at auction, in a two-book deal, A Hunger of Thorns by Lili Wilkinson (Pink), a standalone YA fantasy set in a world in which magic is patented by corporations and potions are produced in factories and sweatshops. In the story, a teenage girl’s best friend goes missing; to find her she must enter the long-forgotten nuclear power plant on the edge of town, and try not to set free the wild magic that has long been trapped there. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management sold North American rights.

Spin by Rebecca Caprara (Antheneum)
Julia McCarthy at Atheneum has acquired North American rights, in a preempt, to Spin by Rebecca Caprara, a feminist reimagining of Ovid's myth of Arachne. Pitched as Blood Water Paint meets Circe, this YA novel-in-verse follows a young weaver learning to find her place in the world, while also seeking to amplify the voices of other women, even if it means defying the gods. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Allison Hellegers at Stimola Literary Studio brokered the deal.

Spell Bound by F. T. Lukens (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Kate Prosswimmer at McElderry Books has bought, in an exclusive submission, a YA contemporary fantasy called Spell Bound, plus another book, by F.T. Lukens (In Deeper Waters; So This Is Ever After). In the novel, a non-magical sorceress's apprentice must team up with his grouchy rival apprentice when a device he invented that would allow non-magical individuals to access magic results in his boss's kidnapping and threatens his dreams of wielding the magic that enchants him in the first place. Publication of the first book is planned for spring 2023; Eva Scalzo at Speilburg Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.

The Fight for Midnight by Dan Solomon (Flux)
Meg Gaertner at Flux has acquired Dan Solomon’s YA debut, The Fight for Midnight. During Wendy Davis's historic filibuster of the abortion bill HB2 in June 2013, the political gets personal as an Austin teen tries to make up for his past mistakes and do the right thing—if he can figure out what that even is. Publication is planned for spring 2023; the author represented himself.

Cursebreaker by Katy Rose Pool (Henry Holt)

Brian Geffen at Henry Holt has bought, in an exclusive submission, Cursebreaker, a YA fantasy duology by Katy Rose Pool, the Morris Award-nominated author of There Will Come a Darkness. Desperate to follow a new lead in the mystery of her mother's disappearance, Marlow Briggs agrees to help a powerful and infuriating noble break a deadly curse placed on him, even though it means pretending to be in love with him. Publication is set for spring 2023 and spring 2024; Alexandra Machinist and Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners did the deal for world English rights.

A Catalog of Burnt Objects by Shana Youngdahl (Dial)
Jessica Garrison at Dial has bought world English rights to A Catalog of Burnt Objects by Shana Youngdahl (As Many Nows As I Can Get). The YA novel follows Caprice, a teenage girl who aches to escape her tiny Northern California town, where her addict brother's legacy looms large. When a catastrophic fire tears through her community—and her home—she's forced to rethink everything in this story about loss and hope. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Elizabeth Bewley at Sterling Lord Literistic handled the deal.

Heart-Shaped Lies by Elizabeth Agyemang (Delacorte)
Krista Marino at Delacorte has acquired, in an exclusive submission, Heart-Shaped Lies by Elizabeth Agyemang. The YA debut, a thriller pitched as "The Boy Is Mine" meets John Tucker Must Die, follows three feuding exes of a social media prank star who must work together to solve his disappearance after his deactivated account claims that one of them murdered him. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary brokered the deal for world English rights.

Look No Further by Rioghnach Robinson and Siofra Robinson (Abrams/Amulet)
Anne Heltzel at Abrams/Amulet has acquired a YA novel, Look No Further, by sisters Rioghnach Robinson (l.) (Seven Ways We Lie and Noteworthy, published under the pen name Riley Redgate, and Siofra Robinson. In the book, two half-Asian half-siblings collide by chance at summer art camp, and, once they discover their relationship, hunt for truths about their mutual errant parent, while exploring their own identities and finding their eyes opening to their specific, unusual roles in the world. Publication is expected in spring 2023; Caryn Wiseman at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.

Camp Mirror Lake by Kalynn Bayron (Bloomsbury)
Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury has acquired three titles by Kalynn Bayron. The first, Camp Mirror Lake, is a YA horror novel in which 17-year-old Charity plays the "final girl" in a full-contact terror simulation where guests pay to recreate scenes from a slasher film, but when her co-workers start dying for real, Charity and her girlfriend must uncover the camp's connection to a murderous cult and a long-dead serial killer if they hope to survive the night. Publication is set for spring 2023; the other two books, a sequel to The Vanquishers and an untitled middle grade novel, are scheduled for fall 2023 and fall 2024. Jamie Vankirk at Rainbow Nerds Literary did the six-figure deal for world rights.

No Planet B: 15 Contemporary Women Solving the Climate Crisis by Rachel Sarah (Chicago Review Press) - YA non-fiction.
Kara Rota at Chicago Review Press has acquired No Planet B: 15 Contemporary Women Solving the Climate Crisis by Rachel Sarah. The YA nonfiction book shares the triumphs and struggles of climate scientists, policy makers, and activists from around the world who are on the frontlines to save our only planet. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Eric Myers at Myers Literary Management brokered the deal for world rights.

The Alchemy of Moonlight by David Ferraro (Page Street)
"David Ferraro's THE ALCHEMY OF MOONLIGHT, a gothic mystery pitched as a queer retelling of the seminal gothic novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho, in which a young man on the run from his overbearing aunt is embroiled in the mystery and intrigue of a wealthy family and caught between the affection of the young lord and the apprentice to the local doctor, complete with roiling fog, secret passages, and literal monsters, to Tamara Grasty at Page Street Kids, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2023, by Eva Scalzo at Speilburg Literary Agency (world English)."

The Other Pandemic: An AIDS Memoir by Lynn Curlee (Charlesbridge) - YA memoir.
Yolanda Scott at Charlesbridge has bought The Other Pandemic: An AIDS Memoir by author-illustrator Lynn Curlee for Charlesbridge Teen. The deeply personal, illustrated YA memoir is the author's account of coming of age during the gay liberation movement in New York City and living through the AIDS pandemic, losing multiple friends and his life partner. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Liz Nealon at Great Dog Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

The Infinity Courts #3 by Akemi Dawn Bowman (Simon and Schuster)
"Author of the forthcoming THE INFINITY COURTS Akemi Dawn Bowman's third and final book in the series, which follows a teen girl who wakes up in an afterlife called Infinity, only to discover it's been taken over by an artificial intelligence posing as a queen, to Jennifer Ung at Simon & Schuster Children's, with Alyza Liu editing, for publication in spring 2023, by Penny Moore at Aevitas Creative Management (NA)."

French Kissing in New York by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau (Delacorte)
"My next novel, French Kissing in New York, will be out in Spring 2023, also with Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House. it involves a French girl, some kissing, and is set in an undisclosed location."

Don't Ask If I'm Okay by Jessica Kara (Page Street)

Manslaughter Park by Tirzah Price (HarperCollins) - moved from Winter 2023.

Untitled by Kalynn Bayron (Bloomsbury)

Untitled by Kristen R. Lee (Crown)

Untitled by Louisa Onomé (Fiewel and Friends)






Girl Forgotten by April Henry (Little, Brown)

Seventeen years ago, Layla Trello was murdered and her killer was never found. Enter true-crime fan Piper Gray, who is determined to reopen Layla’s case and get some answers. With the help of Jonas—who has a secret of his own—Piper starts a podcast investigating Layla’s murder. But as she digs deeper into the mysteries of the past, Piper starts receiving anonymous threats telling her to back off the investigation, or else. The killer is still out there, and Piper must uncover their identity before they silence her forever.












Promise Boys by Nick Brooks (Henry Holt)
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group has swooped for Promise Boys, the debut YA thriller by award-winning filmmaker Nick Brooks, in a seven-figure pre-empt.

Henry Holt Books for Young Readers and Macmillan UK jointly acquired world English rights for Promise Boys. Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary & Media brokered the deal on behalf of Cake Creative. More details about the UK publication are to follow.

Promise Boys tells the story of three boys at an urban charter school investigating their principal’s murder during a high-stakes day. It is billed as “a page-turning, murder mystery thriller that shines a light on themes of social justice and educational inequities”.

The synopsis explains: “Promise Boys is set at Urban Promise Preparatory School, which promises to turn boys into men, plucking inner-city youths from their homes for around-the-clock academics, sports and extracurriculars. But when the principal ends up dead and the cops come sniffing around, a trio of friends come face-to-face with a slew of rotten secrets about the school, the community, their teachers and especially themselves.”

“This is the most important, most groundbreaking submission I've read in my entire career,” said Brian Geffen, senior editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. “It’s a book that is essential for today's reader, but also has the potential to be an influential part of the literary canon for decades to come.”

Brooks' short film “Hoop Dreamin'" earned him the George Lucas Scholar Award and was recognised by film festivals around the world. His newest film “Bee” earned him the James Bridges and Jack Larson Award for Writing and Directing. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Brooks worked as an educator with at-risk youth, and Promise Boys is a reflection of his first-hand experience of “how the system can condemn these boys to failure before they have even had a chance at success”.

He said: “Promise Boys is a classic whodunit that mystery fans will love. But even more than that it’s a social thriller, told through the perspective of Black and Brown boys, that highlights the inequity in our education system. This is a story that needs to be told, to speak for our kids who far too often are unable to advocate for themselves, and to inspire them to tell their own story."

A Coffeeshop in an Alternate Universe by C.B. Lee (Feiwel and Friends)
Holly West at Feiwel and Friends has bought contemporary YA fantasy A Coffeeshop in an Alternate Universe by Sidekick Squad series author C.B. Lee. When two polar opposite girls hit it off at a coffeeshop, little do they know that what should be a meet cute is actually the symptom of an impending catastrophic collision of multiverses, and their romance plunges them into a race against time to prevent the collapse of their worlds. The book is set for spring/summer 2023; Thao Le brokered the deal for North American rights.

Royal Blood by Aimee Carter (Delacorte) - moved from October 2022, release date not yet updated on Goodreads.
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.

Darkhearts by James L. Sutter (Wednesday Books)
Sara Goodman at Wednesday Books has acquired North American rights to James L. Sutter’s YA debut, Darkhearts, a contemporary romance aimed at readers of More Happy Than Not and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. When David quit his band, he missed his shot at fame, trapping him in ordinary high school life while his former best friends Chance and Eli became the hottest teen pop act in America. When Eli commits suicide, David and Chance are thrown back into contact, trading their frenemy status for a confusing, tentative romance. Publication is set for spring/summer 2023; Josh Adams at Adams Literary did the two-book deal.

I'd Rather Burn Than Bloom by Shannon C.F. Rogers (Feiwel and Friends)
Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends has acquired world rights to I'd Rather Burn Than Bloom by Shannon C.F. Rogers, a debut YA novel set in the desert Southwest in which Marisol Martin, a multiracial Filipino-American teen, must return to school after her mother's death, learn to drive, and somehow avoid the (now ex) best friend she punched in the face. Publication is scheduled for spring/summer 2023; Serene Hakim at Ayesha Pande Literary brokered the deal.

Love and Other Wicked Things by Philline Harms (Wattpad Books)
Rebecca Sands at Wattpad Books has bought world rights to Love and Other Wicked Things by Philline Harms (Never Kiss Your Roommate), a witchy, sapphic romance set in a small, magical town. It's slated for spring/summer 2023; the author represented herself.

The Books of Clash: Legendary Legends Legendarious Achievery #1 by Gene Leun Yang (First Second) - YA graphic novel.
Mark Siegel at First Second has acquired a YA graphic novel series based on the Clash gaming franchise from Supercell. The series title is The Books of Clash: Legendary Legends Legendarious Achievery, scripted by Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese). The first of eight books will begin releasing in spring 2023. Charlie Olsen at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for world rights for Supercell; Judy Hansen of Hansen Literary represented the author.

Silver in the Bone by Alexandra Bracken (Random House)
"The story centers on a cynical teen treasure hunter willing to do anything – including cross into legendary Otherlands – to find the one relic that can reverse her brother's terrifying curse."

Defiant by Brandon Sanderson (Random House) - UK release date announced but not US.






A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid (HarperTeen) - moved from Winter 2023.
Stephanie Stein at HarperTeen has acquired debut YA novel A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid (The Wolf & the Woodsman), a feminist literary thriller and romantic fantasy pitched as The Hazel Wood meets Possession. When architecture student Effy Sayre wins a contest to design her favorite author's family manor, she finds herself on a remote, crumbling estate filled with disturbing secrets. With the help of a rival student, Effy must unravel a decades-old mystery, but there are dark forces, both mortal and magical, conspiring against them, and the truth may bring them both to ruin. Publication is set for winter 2023; Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic did the deal for North American rights.








Fake Dates and Mooncakes by Sher Lee (Underlined)
Bria Ragin at Underlined has bought debut author Sher Lee's Fake Dates and Mooncakes, a contemporary YA rom-com pitched as Crazy Rich Asians meets What If It's Us, in which an aspiring teen chef enters a mooncake-making contest to bring publicity to his aunt’s struggling Chinese takeout restaurant, but discovers the recipe for love is more complicated when a new customer—the attractive son of a business magnate—asks him to be his fake date for a glitzy wedding. Publication is slated for summer 2023; Jess Regel at Helm Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.





Threads That Bind by Kika Hatzopoulou (Razorbill)
Gretchen Durning at Razorbill has bought Threads That Bind by debut author Kika Hatzopoulou, a genre-bending YA fantasy noir set in a half-sunken city where the descendants of the gods have inherited their powers. After Io—a descendant of the Greek Fates—witnesses a murder committed by a woman who should be dead, she's drawn into a conspiracy that reaches from the darkest underbelly of the city to its shiniest heights. Publication is set for summer 2023; Michaela Whatnall at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.










Ocean Dark by Amy Goldsmith (Delacorte)
Lydia Gregovic at Delacorte has bought debut author Amy Goldsmith's Ocean Dark, a YA speculative horror novel in which a teen girl attending a semester-at-sea program grows suspicious when her best friend and fellow student disappears their first night on board, leading her to wonder if the ship may contain something sinister at its core. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Claire Friedman at Inkwell Literary Management brokered the deal for North American rights.













Kismat Connection by Ananya Devarajan
(Inkyard Press)
Seventeen-year-old Madhuri Iyer is doomed. According to her astrology-obsessed mother, Madhuri’s upcoming senior year will be a total failure. To make matters worse, she’s also the victim of a family curse that sentences her to a happily ever after with her first boyfriend whether she likes it or not. In an attempt to prove the existence of her free will, Madhuri devises an experimental relationship with Arjun Mehta, a boy she’s convinced will never escape the friendzone.

Arjun Mehta is also at the mercy of the stars, but he isn’t complaining. His astrological reading destines him for success and Arjun resolves to use his year of good luck to impress his absentee parents and Madhuri, both of whom have rejected him on multiple occasions. So when Madhuri offers him the opportunity to be her relationship lab rat, he can’t help but agree. To him, it feels like the universe is finally granting his wishes.

As their prophecies slowly become true and real feelings emerge between the two childhood best friends, Madhuri faces an impossible choice. She must decide if destroying her family curse in an act of self-determination is worth breaking Arjun’s heart.

Her Good Side by Rebekah Weatherspoon (Razorbill) - moved from 2022, release date not updated on Goodreads.
"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."


Frontera by Julio Anta and Jacoby Salcedo (HarperAlley)
Carolina Ortiz at HarperAlley has bought, at auction, Frontera by Julio Anta (l.) and Jacoby Salcedo. In a supernatural borderland story that combines social commentary with a touch of magical realism, the debut YA graphic novel follows Mateo as he makes the dangerous journey back home to Arizona through the Sonoran Desert with the help of a new friend, a ghost named Guillermo. Publication is set for summer 2023; Jessica Mileo at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for world English rights.


The King Is Dead by Benjamin Dean (Little, Brown) - previously published in the UK.
Erika Turner at Little, Brown has acquired, in a preempt, Benjamin Dean's The King Is Dead, a gay YA romantic thriller set against the backdrop of a reimagined Royal Family, about a newly crowned young Black king facing media scrutiny and blackmail, pitched as Ace of Spades meets Red, White and Royal Blue. Publication is set for summer 2023; Chloe Seager at Madeleine Milburn Ltd. sold North American rights.

Magic Has No Borders by Various YA Authors (HarperTeen)
Megan Ilnitzki at HarperTeen has acquired, at auction, Magic Has No Borders, a YA anthology of short stories that reimagine South Asian folklore, legends, and epics, edited by Samira Ahmed and Sona Charaipotra, with stories from Sabaa Tahir, Tanaz Bhathena, Swati Teerdhala, Naz Kutub, Sangu Mandanna, Nikita Gill, Sayantani DasGupta, Preeti Chhibber, Olivia Chadha, Tracey Baptiste, Nafiza Azad, and winners from a contest run by the book's editors. Publication is slated for summer 2023; Joanna Volpe and Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media brokered the deal for world rights.

Starlings by Amanda Linsmeier (Delacorte)
Krista Marino at Delacorte has acquired debut author Amanda Linsmeier's Starlings, a YA feminist horror novel pitched as Midsommar set in Stars Hollow in which a teen girl visits her father's hometown for the first time following his death, only to discover that her family is strangely revered among the locals, and that she has an important role in the town's future. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Juliana McBride at Rebecca Friedman Literary sold world English rights.

Saint Juniper's Folly by Alex Crespo (Peachtree Teen)
Ashley Hearn at Peachtree Teen has bought Saint Juniper's Folly by debut author Alex Crespo, a queer YA gothic mystery, pitched as Cemetery Boys meets The Devouring Gray, in which a straight-laced golden boy and a novice witch team up to rescue Jaime, a Mexican-American teen with a cryptic past, who's become trapped inside a haunted mansion in Vermont. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Mary C. Moore at Kimberley Cameron Associates brokered the deal for world rights.

Margo Zimmerman Gets the Girl by Brianna R. Shrum and Sara Waxelbaum (Inkyard Press)
Claire Stetzer at Inkyard Press has acquired Margo Zimmerman Gets the Girl by Brianna R. Shrum (l.) and Sara Waxelbaum. This YA rom-com follows Margo, who realizes that she's gay but has no clue how to express her identity, so she enlists out-and-proud Abbie to act as her tutor on everything "Queer 101." Publication is planned for summer 2023; Rebecca Podos at Rees Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

The Shadow Sister by Lily Meade (Sourcebooks Fire)
Annette Pollert-Morgan at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired, in a preempt, two novels by debut author Lily Meade. The first novel, The Shadow Sister, is a YA speculative thriller rooted in Hoodoo tradition and folklore about a biracial Black girl whose sister returns from her abduction changed in ways that trauma alone can't explain. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Elana Roth Parker at the Laura Dail Literary Agency handled the deal for world English rights.

We’ll Never Tell by Wendy Heard (Little, Brown/Ottaviano)
Jessica Anderson at Little, Brown/Ottaviano has acquired the YA thriller We’ll Never Tell by Wendy Heard (She's Too Pretty to Burn), about a group of teens who stumble into a vintage Hollywood murder mystery. One of them is stabbed at the scene of a homicide from the 1970s, leaving the others to solve crimes old and new… or die trying. The book is scheduled for summer 2023; Lauren Spieller at Triada US brokered the two-book deal for world rights.

If You're Not the One by Farah Naz Rishi (Quill Tree Books)
Alexandra Cooper at Quill Tree has bought world English rights to the YA rom-com If You're Not the One and an untitled YA novel by Farah Naz Rishi (It All Comes Back to You). The book follows Anisa, an overachiever with the "perfect" life—and perfect soon-to-be-fiancé —until a string of bad news forces her to enlist the irksome classmate who sees through her facade as her love coach. Publication is slated for summer 2023; Hannah Bowman at Liza Dawson Associates represented the author.

Artifacts of an Ex by Jennifer Chen (Wednesday Books)
Vicki Lame at Wednesday Books has acquired, in a two-book deal, Artifacts of an Ex by Jennifer Chen. The debut YA novel follows Chloe, who, after receiving a shoebox of memories from her ex-boyfriend, decides to host a break-up box art show, only to meet Daniel, a boy who she can't help but start to fall for. There's only one problem: Daniel is tired of being a rebound. Publication is tentatively set for summer 2023; Caitie Flum at Liza Dawson Associates negotiated the deal for world rights.

Things I'll Never Say by Cassandra Newbould (Peachtree Teen)
Ashley Hearn at Peachtree Teen has acquired Things I'll Never Say, a debut novel by Cassandra Newbould, editor and contributor of the body-positive anthology Every Body Shines. For fans of Becky Albertalli and Julie Murphy, this cathartic epistolary YA follows bi, fat surfer girl Casey who, after her twin brother's death, turns to journaling to navigate her grief and her crushes on the remaining members of their tight-knit friend group. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Ernie Chiara at Fuse Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

Love Letters to Joy Corvi by Melissa See (Scholastic)
Tiffany Colón at Scholastic has bought Love Letters to Joy Corvi by Melissa See (You, Me, and Our Heartstrings). In this YA contemporary retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, Joy, a panromantic asexual girl with cerebral palsy who is determined to be valedictorian, seeks love advice from an anonymous student at her academy. But she's unknowingly writing to—and falling for—the last person she ever expected. Publication is set for summer 2023; Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary sold world English rights.

Borrow My Heart by Kasie West (Delacorte)
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte Press has bought, in a two-book deal, Kasie West's Borrow My Heart and an untitled sequel. When a girl overhears a guy getting verbally destroyed by his friends for being catfished, she jumps in to save the day, pretending to be his online crush. Publication is slated for summer 2023 and summer 2024; Michelle Wolfson at Wolfson Literary Agency negotiated the deal for U.S., Canada and non-exclusive open market rights.

Something Close to Magic by Emma Mills (Atheneum)
Reka Simonsen at Atheneum has acquired the first YA fantasy novel by romance author Emma Mills. In Something Close to Magic, a baker's apprentice with an old-fashioned magical skill is enlisted to help find a missing prince, only to find herself swept into an adventure that could upend her careful life. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Bridget Smith at JABberwocky sold world English rights.

The Rules of Us by Jennifer Nissley (Labyrinth Road)
Liesa Abrams at Labyrinth Road has acquired North American rights to The Rules of Us by Jennifer Nissley (The Mythic Koda Rose), pitched as the intersection between Becky Albertalli and Nina LaCour in a queer YA love story about longtime couple and best friends Jillian and Henry, who have dated throughout high school only to come out to each other on prom night, challenging their meticulously planned future as they try to disentangle their lives and identities, explore their sexualities, and learn not only a new way to be together, but how to be alone. Publication is slated for summer 2023; Danielle Burby at Mad Woman Literary Agency represented the author.

Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball by Jason June (HarperTeen)
Megan Ilnitzki at HarperTeen has bought, in an exclusive submission, Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball by Jason June (Jay's Gay Agenda) and a standalone second book. In this contemporary YA novel, gay, femme 16-year-old Riley hopes to enter the Gaybutante Society, a world-renowned organization full of queer tastemakers. When he's told by a gay cis classmate that gay guys aren't attracted to femme gays, Riley bets he'll find a boyfriend in time for the Gaybutante Ball. Publication is set for summer 2023; Brent Taylor at Triada US negotiated the deal for world English rights.

The Unstoppable Bridget Bloom by Allison L. Bitz (HarperCollins)
Erika DiPasquale at HarperCollins has bought The Unstoppable Bridget Bloom, a body-positive coming-of-age YA novel pitched as Glee meets Once, and an untitled second YA novel from debut author Allison L. Bitz. When 16-year-old, pansexual, fat, musical theatre ingenue Bridget Bloom is challenged not to sing for an entire year by her Broadway-pipeline boarding school's dean, she must choose: find a new way to shine, or return to the stifling rural hometown where she's never belonged. Publication is slated for summer 2023; Natascha Morris at the Tobias Literary Agency sold world rights.

Once a Queen by Sarah Arthu (Waterbrook) - some editions dated Spring 2023.
Sarah Rubio at WaterBrook has bought Once a Queen and two sequels by nonfiction author Sarah Arthur, in her fiction debut. This YA portal fantasy series begins when American teenager Eva spends the summer with her estranged English grandmother, whom she suspects was once a queen in a fairy tale world that Eva has always hoped was real. As Eva has her own portal adventures, she must wrestle with the fallout of broken family relationships, grief for a vanishing childhood, and the fear that becoming an adult means giving up fairy tales forever. Publication for book one is slated for summer 2023; Alice Fugate at the Joy Harris
Literary Agency sold world rights.


Vengeance of the Pirate Queen by Tricia Levenseller (Feiwel and Friends)
"Holly West at Feiwel & Friends has acquired Tricia Levenseller's VENGEANCE OF THE
PIRATE QUEEN. Full of action and romance, this companion novel to her acclaimed Daughter of the Pirate King series is best described as Pirates of the Caribbean meets The Mummy. When assassin Sorinda is ordered by Pirate Queen Alosa to investigate a missing ship with navigator Kearan, what started as a rescue mission quickly becomes a fight to save the world, as they accidentally awaken the King of the Undersea. Publication is set for summer 2023; Rachel Brooks at BookEnds negotiated world rights."

Night Swimming by Rachel Ekstrom Courage (Delacorte)
Hannah Hill at Delacorte has bought Night Swimming by Rachel Ekstrom Courage, in her YA debut. Pitched as They Wish They Were Us meets The Wicked Deep with a mythical twist, this darkly feminist YA thriller debut follows Lucia, who falls in with a group of glamorous new friends while spending the summer on Nantucket. But as Lucia becomes part of their shimmering world, breaking hearts and wreaking havoc on the elite island community, she realizes her new friends have a shockingly violent secret. Publication is set for summer 2023; Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.

A Crooked Mark by Linda Kao (Razorbill)
Ruta Rimas at Razorbill has bought A Crooked Mark by debut author Linda Kao, in which a teen boy has spent his life traveling with his father, a member of a secret society who hunts those marked by Lucifer. When he's sent on his first solo mission, he begins to question if there truly is a devil at work or if the real evil lies closer to home. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Jennifer March Soloway at Andrea Brown Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.

The Queens of New York by E.L. Shen (Quill Tree Books)
Jennifer Ung at Quill Tree has acquired, in a two-book preempt, The Queens of New York by E.L. Shen, pseudonym for editor and former Quill Tree intern Elizabeth Lee. This contemporary YA novel, pitched as an Asian American Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, follows three best friends as they navigate first love, grief, racism, and heartbreak during one life-changing summer apart. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Marietta Zacker at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American rights.

Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler (Wednesday Books)
Vicki Lame at Wednesday Books has bought Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler (Cool for the Summer), a YA contemporary pitched as a bi Sliding Doors that follows a Jewish teen through two versions of the summer before senior year, one in NYC (with a cute girl) and one in L.A. (with a cute boy); plus My Name Is Everett, a sunshine-meets-grump boarding school romance in which a girl who wants to try being bad meets a boy who's desperate to be good, leading to an ill-conceived deal that quickly goes awry. Publication is set for summer 2023 and summer 2024; Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency did the two-book deal for North American rights.

All the Yellow Suns by Malavika Kannan (Little, Brown)
Samantha Gentry at Little, Brown has acquired, in a preempt, the YA novel All the Yellow Suns by essayist and feminist advocate Malavika Kannan. For fans of Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, the immersive novel tells the story of a queer Indian-American protagonist living in a conservative Florida suburb who falls for her white female classmate, wealthy, complicated Juneau Zale, when she is asked to join a secret society of artists, vandals, and mischief-makers who fight for justice at their school. Publication is set for summer 2023; Stephanie Rostan at Levine Greenberg Rostan did the deal for world rights.

Good as Gold by Candace Buford (Disney Hyperion)
Kieran Viola at Disney has acquired world rights to Good as Gold by Candace Buford (Kneel), with Kelsey Sullivan editing. Pitched as a Black, Southern reimagining of The Outer Banks meets Gossip Girl, this soapy YA suspense novel brings together the haves of Langston Lakes and the have-nots in a quest to find their town's mythical hidden treasure. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Carrie Pestritto at the Laura Dail Literary Agency negotiated the deal.

Bellegarde by Jamie Lilac (HarperTeen)
Elizabeth Lynch at HarperTeen has acquired Bellegarde, a YA historical rom-com with a modern twist by debut author Jamie Lilac. Pitched as She's All That reimagined in 18th-century France, a second-born son makes a deal: if he can turn the unapproachable baker's daughter into the winner of the Court Ball, making her the most desired bachelorette in Paris, he inherits the family fortune, but his target has plans of his own. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Kristy Hunter at the Knight Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.

Solving For the Unknown by Loan Le (Simon and Schuster)
"Loan Le's SOLVING FOR THE UNKNOWN, a YA contemporary and a companion novel to A Pho Love Story, which follows the main character's best friend and an older sister as they navigate new and old relationships, and grow closer during their college's upcoming forensic science competition, to Krista Vitola at Simon & Schuster Children's, for publication in summer 2023, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret (world). "

Clementine and Danny Save the World (and Each Other) by Livia Blackburne (Quill Tree Books)
Jennifer Ung, in her first acquisition at Quill Tree Books, has bought Clementine and Danny Save the World (and Each Other) by Livia Blackburne. This hopeful YA romantic comedy is You've Got Mail meets Yes No Maybe So, following two teens who fall in love while working together to protect their Chinatown community from a gentrification project, only to discover that their respective anonymous internet alter egos have been clashing with each other for years. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret negotiated the deal for world rights.

Plus One by
Kelsey Rodkey (HarperTeen)
Elizabeth Lynch at Harper Teen has bought two contemporary romances from Kelsey Rodkey (Last Chance Books). In Plus One, a girl who plays matchmaker for all her classmates tries to use her skills to find a date for her cousin's Sweet 16, but keeps running afoul of the cute but irritating boy next door. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Bridget Smith at JABberwocky Literary Agency sold world English rights.

Transmogrify! by Various YA Authors (HarperTeen)
Stephanie Guerdan at HarperTeen has acquired world rights to Transmogrify!, edited by g. haron-davis, an anthology of trans and non-binary authors reclaiming a seat at the table of children's fantasy. It has love spells gone wrong, magical road trips, a truth-reflecting mirror, baby dragon care, and more. Contributors include Nik Traxler, Renee Reynolds, JL Kastin, Francesca Tacchi, Sonora Reyes, Mason Deaver, Cam Montgomery, Saundra Mitchell, Ash Nouveau, and A.R. Capetta and Cory McCarthy. In addition, an open call will be extended to trans and/or non-binary writers for a slot in the collection. Publication is set for summer 2023; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret brokered the deal.

A Warning About Swans by R.M. Romero (Peachtree Teen)
Ashley Hearn at Peachtree Teen has acquired A Warning About Swans by R.M. Romero (The Ghosts of Rose Hill), a YA fairy tale in verse, set at the court of King Ludwig II, in which swan maiden Hilde, feeling imprisoned by the responsibility her father Odin created her for, gives up her magical wings to forge her own fate in the human world. But after making a pact with an upstart baron, she finds herself trapped in a different prison, one that only Jewish artist Franz, who has the power to paint souls, can help free her from. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Rena Rossner at the Deborah Harris Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Epicenter by Mahogany L. Browne (Crown)
Phoebe Yeh at Crown has acquired Epicenter by inaugural Lincoln Center poet-in-residence Mahogany L. Browne. The YA novel is a collection of interconnected stories about teens in Brooklyn growing up and finding strength, community, and love amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Charlotte Sheedy at Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Love & Resistance by Kara H.L. Chen (Quill Tree Books)
Jennifer Ung at Quill Tree has bought Love & Resistance by debut author Kara H.L. Chen in a preempt. The YA contemporary novel follows a Taiwanese American teen who joins forces with a secret society of students intent on ending the school's culture around bullying—all while making friends and falling in love along the way. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Alex Slater at Trident Media Group negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights.

Give Me a Sign by Anna Sortino (Putnam)
Polo Orozco at Putnam has acquired Deaf author Anna Sortino's Give Me a Sign, a YA contemporary debut novel pitched as Jenny Han meets Crip Camp, in which a teen girl with hearing aids returns to camp for the Deaf and Blind as a counselor, eager to improve her ASL and find her place in the community—not expecting to also find summer romance along the way. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Kari Sutherland did the deal for world English while at Bradford Literary Agency.

We Ship It by Lauren Kay (HarperTeen)
"Lauren Kay's WE SHIP IT, in which a type-A teen is dragged aboard her family's first vacation since her older brother's death, only to meet a fellow teen on the week-long cruise whose magnetic energy throws all of her carefully-constructed plans overboard, and a second untitled YA novel, to Kristen Pettit at HarperTeen, in a six-figure deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2023 and summer 2024, by Sabrina Taitz at William Morris Endeavor (NA)."

Untitled by Yoon Ha Lee (Delacorte)
Hannah Hill at Delacorte has acquired, in a preempt, Lancers, the debut YA trilogy by author Yoon Ha Lee (Dragon Pearl). This adrenaline-fueled sci-fi adventure follows Hwa Young, a teen training to become an Imperial lancer pilot after her rebel moon home is literally ripped apart. But when she uncovers a terrible secret that the Empire has been hiding from its citizens, she must return to her rebel roots to save her world. Book one is planned for summer 2023; Seth Fishman at the Gernert Company did the deal for North American rights.

All the Dead Lie Down by Kyrie McCauley (Katherine Tegen Books)
Ben Rosenthal at HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books has acquired Kyrie McCauley's All the Dead Lie Down, a YA Gothic romance pitched as The Turn of the Screw meets Taylor Swift's Ivy, following a teenage girl, who accepts a position as a summertime nanny at a Maine estate, watching two children while their mother, an acclaimed horror writer, finishes her latest novel. But once there, the children grow more feral, the family dog keeps bringing her dead things, and when her charges' compelling older sister returns from boarding school, she learns that Lovelace House possesses a dark secret. Publication is set for summer 2023; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media did the two-book deal for world English rights.

Liar's Test by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Knopf)
Nancy Siscoe at Knopf has bought, in an exclusive submission, Liar's Test, a YA fantasy novel by Aboriginal writer Ambelin Kwaymullina. The story follows a teen girl who, after being held captive since childhood by the ruling sun priests of the Risen, has now been selected as a candidate for the Queen's Test, giving her one chance to win the crown, topple the kingdom, and free her people, drawn from and inspired by the history of Aboriginal women and their resistance to settler-colonialism. Publication is slated for summer 2023; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management did the deal for North American rights.

Under This Forgetful Sky by Lauren Yero (Atheneum) - previously titled The Vines In the Wall.
Sophia Jimenez at Atheneum has bought world English rights to debut novel The Vines in the Wall by Lauren Yero, a star-crossed YA love story set in a near-future Chile where walled-in cities protect the world's wealthy few from the outside world's environmental devastation, in which a boy, desperate to save his father, must rely on Paz, a girl working in secret with rebels who want to destroy his whole world. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger negotiated the deal.

Picture Perfect Boyfriend by Becky Dean (Delacorte)
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has acquired Picture Perfect Boyfriend by Becky Dean (Love & Other Great Expectations), in which an aspiring photographer is forced to play along when, after lying about having the ideal boyfriend, the fictional guy shows up during her family vacation to Maui. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Eva Scalzo at Speilburg Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

Writing in Color: The Lessons We've Learned by Various YA Authors (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Karen Wojtyla at McElderry Books has acquired Nafiza Azad and Melody Simpson's Writing in Color: The Lessons We've Learned. The YA anthology will feature essays from BIPOC children's authors reflecting on craft and the lessons learned over the course of their literary careers, with contributions from Julie C. Dao, Joan He, Kosoko Jackson, Adiba Jaigirdar, Darcie Little Badger, Yamile Mendez, Axie Oh, Laura Pohl, Cindy Pon, Karuna Riazi, Gail D. Villanueva, Julian Winters, and Kat Zhang, among others. Publication is set for summer 2023; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management and JL Stermer at Next Level Lit did the deal for North American rights for Azad and Simpson respectively.

Punk Rock Karaoke by Bianca Xunise (Viking) - YA graphic novel.
Aneeka Kalia at Viking has acquired, in a six-figure, five-house auction, Punk Rock Karaoke, a YA graphic novel by cartoonist Bianca Xunise. Although going to college may be the most traditional path post-high school, for Ariel and her bandmates Michele and Gael that dream seems as impossible as becoming punk rock stars. But at least in becoming famous, they'll finally be able to escape a cycle of poverty that plagues them all. Publication is set for summer 2023; Linda Camacho at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.

Golden State by Isabel Quintero (Kokila)
Namrata Tripathi at Kokila has acquired, in a six-figure preempt, Golden State by William C. Morris Award-winning author Isabel Quintero (Gabi, a Girl in Pieces; My Papi Has a Motorcycle). The YA novel follows 18-year-old Maricela, who, after finding out her father has another family he's been keeping secret from her, embarks on a road trip through California to meet her half-brother for the first time. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Peter Steinberg, in his first sale at Fletcher & Company, brokered the deal for world rights.


Bonesmith by Nicki Pau Preto (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Sarah McCabe at S&S/McElderry has acquired, in an exclusive submission, Bonesmith and its sequel, the next YA fantasy series by Nicki Pau Preto (Crown of Feathers). Pitched as Gideon the Ninth meets The Cruel Prince, the story follows a failed ghost-fighting warrior who must journey into the haunted wasteland of the Breach to rescue a kidnapped prince, but to do so, she is forced to team up with the very person responsible for the kidnapping. Publication is set for summer 2023; Penny Moore at Aevitas Creative Management brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.

House Party by Various YA Authors (Joy Revolution)
Bria Ragin with Nicola and David Yoon at Joy Revolution have acquired House Party, a multi-authored YA contemporary rom-com edited by justin a. reynolds (Opposite of Always; Early Departures). House Party is told through a series of interconnected stories in which 10 teens intermingle for one epic, life-changing night at the last house party before high school graduation. Contributors include (clockwise from top l.) Angeline Boulley, Jerry Craft, Natasha Diaz, Lamar Giles, Ryan La Sala, Jasmine Warga, Randy Ribay, justin a. reynolds, Christina Hammonds Reed, and Yamile Saied Méndez. Publication is set for summer 2023; Beth Phelan at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency did the deal at auction for world English rights.

I'm Not Here to Make Friends by Andrew Yang (Quill Tree Books)
Jennifer Ung at HarperCollins/Quill Tree has acquired, in a preempt, I'm Not Here to Make Friends, a YA debut by Andrew Yang. Pitched as Terrace House meets Loveboat, Taipei, it follows two teens who navigate love, friendship, and betrayal when they spend their summer on a reality show featuring an all-Asian cast. Publication is slated for summer 2023; Stephanie Kim at New Leaf Literary & Media brokered the deal for North American rights.

Hex and Havoc by Nilah Magruder and Sonia Liao (Harpercollins) - YA graphic novel.
Stephanie Guerdan at HarperCollins has bought world rights to the queer YA fantasy duology Hex and Havoc, written by Nilah Magruder (Reel Love; M.F.K.), illustrated by Sonia Liao (Thief in the Trees; The Marie Curie Society). The books follow two girls in a caste-based magical society as they fall in love and spark a revolution. Publication is planned for summer 2023 and 2024; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself. Magruder is now represented by Patrice Caldwell at New Leaf Literary.

The Wicked Unseen by Gigi Griffis (Underlined)
Alison Romig at Underlined has bought world rights to The Wicked Unseen by debut author Gigi Griffis. In 1996, 16-year-old Audre is having trouble fitting into her new town, where everyone seems to believe there's a Satanic cult in the woods. But when the pastor's daughter—Audre's crush—goes missing, she starts to wonder if the town's obsession with evil isn't covering up something far worse. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Veronica Park originated the deal, and the author is now represented by Paige Terlip at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

The Third Daughter by Adrienne Tooley (Little, Brown/Christy Ottaviano Books)
Jessica Anderson at Little, Brown/Christy Ottaviano Books has acquired, at auction, world rights to The Third Daughter and The Second Son, a sapphic YA fantasy duology by Adrienne Tooley (Sweet & Bitter Magic). Pitched in the tradition of Three Dark Crowns and Girl, Serpent, Thorn, this dual PoV series features a crown under siege, an enchanted well of sadness, a ruthless antiheroine, and a slow-burning romance. Book one is scheduled for summer 2023; Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich negotiated the deal.

At the Speed of Lies by Cindy L. Otis (Scholastic)
Jody Corbett at Scholastic has acquired At the Speed of Lies, a YA novel by Cindy L. Otis, former CIA analyst and author of the nonfiction book True or False. A high school Instagrammer in a wheelchair is caught up in the world of disinformation when her social media posts about an alleged local child kidnapping turn out to be linked to a QAnon-like cult. The conspiracy theory group takes over not just her social media account, but her entire school as she races to figure out how to stop the viral spread of lies. Publication is set for summer 2023; Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary brokered the deal for world rights.

Thin Air by Kellie M. Parker (Razorbill)
Julie Rosenberg at Razorbill has acquired world rights to Thin Air, Kellie M. Parker's debut YA novel. For fans of One of Us Is Lying and All Your Twisted Secrets, this thriller set on an eight-hour luxury flight to Paris features 16 high school students competing for a prestigious scholarship—one someone is willing to kill to win. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Ali Herring at Spencerhill Associates brokered the deal for world rights.

Manifest Atlas by Samuel Miller (Katherine Tegan Books)
Ben Rosenthal at HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books has bought, in an exclusive submission, Manifest Atlas by Samuel Miller, a YA thriller set in a forgotten town in the Ozarks, which follows an unlikely group of teenagers who discover a dead body while playing an app-based adventure game. Through the game, they uncover the dark underbelly of their community, and must rely on each other to survive as the murder throws their town into chaos. Publication is slated for summer 2023; Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media handled the two-book deal for North American rights.

Chasing Pacquiao by Rod Pulido (Viking)
Jenny Bak at Viking has bought world English rights to the YA debut Chasing Pacquiao by Rod Pulido. Bobby Agbayani is trying to navigate his way out of the closet when his personal idol, Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, makes a statement denigrating all gay people, forcing Bobby on a journey to self-acceptance as he learns what happens when your heroes let you down. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret did the deal.

Out of Left Field by Jonah Newman (Little, Brown)
Andrea Colvin at Little, Brown has bought, at auction, Jonah Newman's debut, a semi-autobiographical YA graphic novel, Out of Left Field, in which a gay teen boy, determined to excel at baseball but decidedly more at home in a history book, discovers his true self. Publication is set for summer 2023; Chad Luibl at Janklow & Nesbit handled the deal for world rights.

What Comes After by Abby Elenko (Knopf/Wendy Lamb Books)
Dana Carey at Knopf/Wendy Lamb Books has acquired world rights to debut author Abby Elenko's YA novel What Comes After. The story follows 17-year-old Nora Radford in two timelines, before and after her best friend Julia dies. But what does it mean when your best friend dies and your first reaction is relief? Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Ali Herring at Spencerhill Associates handled the deal for world rights.

Tilly's Great Escape by Mazey Eddings (Wednesday Books)
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired, in an exclusive submission, Tilly's Great Escape, a YA debut by romance author Mazey Eddings. Recent high school graduate Tilly (who has masked her ADHD for years) is spending the summer touring Europe where she meets an attractive stranger on the plane in a series of opposites-attract in-flight disasters, in a story that celebrates neurodivergent love and making your own space in a world that wasn't built for you. Publication is slated for summer 2023; Kelli Martin at Wendy Sherman Associates negotiated the deal for world rights.

The Terrifying Tales of Vivian Vance by Joshua Ulrich (Razorbill) - YA Graphic Novel.
Ruta Rimas at Razorbill has bought The Terrifying Tales of Vivian Vance, a YA graphic novel by Joshua Ulrich, described as Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets Veronica Mars by way of Lovecraft. While on a case for a classmate, teen detective Vivian Vance stumbles on a dark secret about her town's history and finds herself face-to-face with horrifying monsters—so she must team up with her new (and only) friends to defeat the monsters and keep the townspeople safe. Publication is set for summer 2023; Jennifer Azantian at Azantian Literary handled the deal for world rights.

One of Us is Back by Karen M. McManus
(Delacorte)
Krista Marino at Delacorte has bought, in an exclusive submission, two new YA thrillers from One of Us Is Lying author Karen M. McManus, including the final book in the One of Us Is Lying trilogy, One of Us Is Back, and a second, untitled standalone thriller to follow. Publication is slated for summer 2023 and summer 2024, respectively; Rosemary Stimola with Allison Remcheck at Stimola Literary Studio did the seven-figure deal for North American rights.


A Song of Salvation by Alechia Dow (Inkyard Press)
Author on twitter:"...Another scifi-fantasy in the same universe as The Sound of Stars and The Kindred!!! Coming summer 2023!! This one is WAY more space opera than the other two, it's more fantasy too, and has strong Rogue One meets The Fifth Element vibes. It is fun, it is deep, and it is––I think––brilliant. Features: Black, fat, ace, queer rep! Please get ready for it!!"

Untitled by Robby Weber (Inkyard Press)

Untitled by Kelis Rowe (Crown)

The Last Finestra #2 by Emily Thiede (Wednesday Books)







Together We Rot by Skyla Arndt (Viking)
Maggie Rosenthal at Viking has acquired Together We Rot by debut author Skyla Arndt, a YA horror novel pitched as Hereditary meets Winterwood about two former best friends—tough-as-nails Wil and shy, sheltered Elwood—who must confront an ancient evil living in the forest before it's too late. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Claire Friedman at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for U.S. and Canadian rights.














Gorgeous Gruesome Faces by Linda Cheng (Roaring Brook Press)
Kate Meltzer at Roaring Brook has acquired, at auction, Gorgeous Gruesome Faces, Linda Cheng's debut YA and its sequel. Pitched as Wilder Girls meets Loveboat, Taipei, it's a supernatural sapphic YA horror novel set in the glittering, cut-throat world of Asian pop. The story follows a disgraced teen idol who comes face to face with a former bandmate and the demons of their shared past when the two enter a competition that devolves into a deadly nightmare. Publication is slated for fall 2023; John Cusick at Folio Literary Management/Folio Jr. brokered the deal for world rights.





Blades of Furry by Deya Muniz and Emily Erdos (Little, Brown)
Andrea Colvin at Little, Brown has acquired Deya Muniz (l.) and Emily Erdos's YA graphic novel Blades of Furry, based on their webcomic of the same name, in which Emile, a promising rookie in the high-stakes world of battle ice skating, learns the deepest secret of reigning champion Radu's and must decide whether to use it to take his rival down, while getting closer and closer to him. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Britt Siess at Britt Siess Creative Management brokered the deal for world rights.







How to Find a Missing Girl by Victoria Wlosok (Little, Brown)
Alexandra Hightower at Little, Brown has acquired, in an exclusive submission, How to Find a Missing Girl by debut author Victoria Wlosok. In this YA thriller, 17-year-old amateur sleuth Iris and her sapphic detective agency decide to investigate when Iris's ex-girlfriend—notorious for creating a polarizing true-crime podcast about Iris's missing sister—disappears too. Publication is planned for fall 2023; Jessica Errera at Jane Rotrosen Agency sold world rights.














The Sunbearer Duology #2 by Aiden Thomas (Fiewel and Friends)
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Outcasts by Claire McFall (Walker Books US) - originally published in the UK.
Tristan and Dylan have escaped death and conquered destiny. Nothing is stopping them from being together.

But every action has a consequence, and their exile to the real world has caused an imbalance in the afterlife. It's owed two souls – and it wants them back.

When the world of the dead claims Dylan's parents to restore the balance, Dylan and Tristan are offered a terrible bargain: stay together and condemn innocent souls to death, or return to the wasteland to take their place and be separated. Forever.

Are they willing to make the ultimate sacrifice?

The stunning final instalment of Dylan and Tristan's epic love story, Outcasts is the much-anticipated follow-up to the award-winning Ferryman, and heart-pounding sequel Trespassers.

With more than two million copies sold worldwide, Ferryman is a cult sensation in China, staying in the top 10 bestseller chart for three years before securing a Hollywood movie deal in early 2018.

Call Him by Name by Hannah V. Sawyerr (Abrams)
Sixteen-year-old Amina Conteh has always believed in using her tongue as her weapon—even when it gets her into trouble. Her father believes silence is safety, but Amina is her mother’s daughter. Her voice is her weapon, words her shield. The very tongue she used to fight goes silent the night Amina is sexually assaulted by her pastor, a popular community figure. For the first time, she finally understands her father’s silence. Amina has to find her voice again, confronting her abuser in the courtroom and her heart—and call him by name.

Told through court transcripts, journal entries, and poetry, CALL HIM BY NAME centers the many different avenues to healing, strength of self, and leaning on those you love. The novel will appeal to fans of Joy McCullough's BLOOD WATER PAINT and Elizabeth Acevedo's THE POET X and has tonal similarities to HBO's I MAY DESTROY YOU.

The Vanishing Station by Andrea Ellickson (Abrams)
Maggie Lehrman at Abrams has acquired, at auction, Andrea Ellickson's debut YA novel The Vanishing Station. Ruby Santos just graduated from high school, but unlike her classmates who are backpacking or off to college, finances keep her anchored to San Francisco. But soon she's forced to navigate a magic underground train system, keep her father alive, and save her late mother’s home, all while falling for the heir of a dangerous crime family. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Kerry Sparks and Rebecca Rodd at Levine Greenberg Rostan negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.

People to Follow by Olivia Worley (Wednesday Books)
Sarah Grill at Wednesday Books has bought People to Follow by Olivia Worley in an exclusive submission, for six figures. Pitched as And Then There Were None meets Hype House, this twisty YA debut is about 10 teen influencers, brought to a remote Caribbean island for what they think is a new reality show about detaching from their phones and living IRL. But when one of them winds up dead, they realize someone has discovered the secrets they've been hiding—and the price of being "canceled" will be their lives. Publication is set for fall 2023; Claire Friedman at Inkwell Management did the two-book deal for world English rights.

Rez Ball by Byron Graves (Heartdrum)
Rosemary Brosnan and Cynthia Leitich Smith at HarperCollins / Heartdrum have bought Rez Ball by Byron Graves (Ojibwe), in an exclusive submission. This YA debut tells the story of an Ojibwe basketball player who must navigate social landmines and manage the heavy weight of community expectations, all while grieving the loss of his big brother. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Terrie Wolf at AKA Literary Management brokered the deal.


The Queer Girl Is Going to Be Okay by Dale Walls (Levine Querido)
Meghan Maria McCullough at Levine Querido has bought The Queer Girl Is Going to Be Okay by Dale Walls, a YA novel about a tightknit group of three queer girls navigating love, friendship, and changes during their senior year of high school in Houston. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Garrett Alwert at Emerald City Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.

Whisper of the Ravens #1 by Malene Sølvsten (Arctis Books USA) - translated from Danish.
Joy Bean at Arctis Books USA has acquired the Whisper of the Ravens YA trilogy by Malene Sølvsten, which follows 17-year-old Anne, who can see events from the past, and glimpses an old bestial murder. The books are at once a fantasy, crime novel, and coming-of-age story with its basis in a universe with Norse mythological roots. The first book will be translated from the Danish by Adrienne Alair and published in fall 2023. Lise Broen Rosenberg Dahm at Gyldendal Group Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.

Being Ace by Various YA Authors (Page Street)
Tamara Grasty at Page Street has bought Being Ace, a YA anthology edited by Madeline Dyer, including short stories and poetry in multiple genres from contemporary to fantasy to science fiction that celebrate and explore the sub-identities of the asexual spectrum from a mixture of established and emerging YA writers. Contributors include Akemi Dawn Bowman, Lara Ameen, Rosiee Thor, Moniza Hossain, Linsey Miller, Ayida Shonibar, and Kat Yuen, among others. Publication is set for fall 2023; Erin Clyburn did the deal for world rights while at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.

Holly Horror #1 by Michelle Jabès Corpora (Penguin Workshop)
Gabriela M. Taboas Zayas at Penguin Workshop has acquired, in an exclusive submission, two books in the new YA Holly Horror series by Michelle Jabès Corpora, in association with Cloudco Entertainment. The first book follows a girl to a new home known by locals as the Horror House, where a teen mysteriously vanished without trace many years ago, and she begins to be haunted by a terrifying bonneted specter. Publication is planned for fall 2023; Allison Hellegers at Stimola Literary Studio sold world rights.

Raeth by Ashley Wilda (Rocky Pond Books)
Lauri Hornik at Rocky Pond Books has acquired Ashley Wilda's debut YA novel, Raeth, a magical realism tale about a teen struggling with heartbreak and depression. When she is sent to a remote mountain retreat to recover, she soon discovers that her surreal surroundings change each time she ventures out, challenging her reality. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Liz Nealon at Great Dog Literary sold world rights.

How to Get Over the End of the World by Hal Schrieve (Seven Stories Press)
Dan Simon and Lauren Hooker at Seven Stories Press have bought How to Get Over the End of the World by NBA nominee author Hal Schrieve (Out of Salem), about queer and trans teens in the Pacific Northwest creating community and creating art, finding love, and being rocked by alien visions that offer hope for a sustainable future. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Hannah Fergesen at KT Literary brokered the deal for world rights.

Steam by Shaenon K. Garrity and Emily Holden (McElderry Books) - YA graphic novel.
Karen Wojtyla at McElderry Books has bought world rights to Steam by The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor author Shaenon K. Garrity, illustrated by Emily Holden. The YA graphic novel follows the adventures of Ruby, a "hypercognitive humanoid" designed to solve science's greatest problems, who escapes from a university lab and finds a job as a barista in a kooky coffee shop, where she finds plenty of problems to solve. Publication is slated for fall 2023; Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency represented the author, and Britt Siess at Britt Siess Creative Management represented the illustrator.

Wake Now in the Fire by Jarrett Dapier and AJ Dung (Chronicle Books) - YA graphic novel.
Taylor Norman at Chronicle Books has bought world rights to Wake Now in the Fire, a graphic novel by Jarrett Dapier, illustrated by AJ Dungo, based on a true story that attracted national attention and was the subject of the author's award-winning investigative reporting. The story follows a group of Chicago high school students who take on the censors when Persepolis is banned from their school system. It's set for fall 2023; Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties represented the author, and the illustrator represented himself.

Storm of Olympus by Claire Andrews (Little, Brown)
"Claire Andrews' STORM OF OLYMPUS, the final installment in the DAUGHTER OF SPARTA series, an epic fantasy pitched as a reimagining of Greek mythology that follows Daphne as she rises from the ashes of the Trojan war to face an enemy who can defeat even the all-powerful gods of Olympus, to Caitlyn Averett at Little, Brown Children's, for publication in fall 2023, by Amy Elizabeth Bishop at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret (world English)."

Just Another Epic Love Poem by Parisa Akhbari (Dial)
Ellen Cormier at Dial has bought, in a preempt, debut contemporary YA Just Another Epic Love Poem by Parisa Akhbari. The novel, which pairs poetry and prose, tells the story of best friends Mitra and Bea, who have been writing a never-ending poem together for five years, and how that poem—and their friendship—changes when the two girls fall in love. Publication is planned for fall 2023; Lanie Davis at Alloy Entertainment sold world English rights on behalf of Quressa Robinson at Nelson Literary.

A Monstrous Vengeance by Aden Polydoros (Inkyard Press)
Stephanie Cohen at Inkyard Press has bought world English and audio rights to A Monstrous Vengeance and an untitled second YA book by Sydney Taylor Award-winning author Aden Polydoros, a horror novel set in 1943 Lithuania, in the vein of Inglorious Basterds meets Frankenstein, following Vera, a golem torn between fulfilling her creator's vengeful mission against the Nazis and collaborators who murdered his daughter, the very girl Vera was modeled after, and protecting the humans she's come to call her friends. Publication is set for fall 2023; Thao Le at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency did the deal.

Your Lonely Nights Are Over by Adam Sass (Viking)
Kelsey Murphy at Viking has bought North American rights to Adam Sass's YA thriller Your Lonely Nights Are Over, a darkly comedic slasher pitched as Scream meets Clueless in which two gay teen BFFs find their friendship tested when one of them is accused of being the mysterious killer who has been stalking their school's Queer Club. Publication is planned for fall 2023; Eric Smith at P.S. Literary Agency brokered the deal.

Dust by Alison Stine (Wednesday Books)
Alex Brown at Wednesday Books has acquired Philip K. Dick Award-winning author Alison Stine's YA contemporary novel Dust, about a partially deaf girl in a strict, reclusive family who meets someone else in the Deaf community for the first time, finding connection in a land ravaged by climate change. When a second Dust Bowl of apocalyptic proportions approaches, she and the boy who has begun to secretly teach her sign language must convince their skeptical rural community to flee to safety. Publication is planned for fall 2023; Eric Smith at PS Literary handled the deal for world English rights.

Season of the Butterfly by Jennifer D. Lyle (Sourcebooks Fire)
Wendy McClure at Sourcebooks Fire has bought debut author Jennifer D. Lyle's Season of the Butterfly, a near-future YA thriller in which a group of teens band together to survive a climate change-related invasion of terrifying hybrid creatures; and a second untitled novel. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Amy Giuffrida at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

Deathlings by Coco Ma (Viking)

Jenny Bak at Viking has acquired, at auction, world English rights to Deathlings by Coco Ma. The first in an urban fantasy duology pitched as Warcross meets These Violent Delights, the book is set in a near-future New York City where an organization known as The Syndicate protects the city against deadly underground creatures who rule the night, and follows a teenage maverick hell-bent on winning a tournament held by The Syndicate in order to secure her dream job and destroy the monsters that changed everything. Publication is planned for fall 2023 and fall 2024; Holly Root at Root Literary did the two-book deal.

With or Without You by Eric Smith (Inkyard Press)
Claire Stetzer at Inkyard Press has acquired Eric Smith's new YA novel, With or Without You, a rom-com about two teens whose families have orchestrated a feud between their South Philadelphia cheesesteak food trucks in order to drive up business. But when the fake rivalry lands them a gig on reality TV, the teens have to hide their very real romance from the world. Publication is set for fall 2023; Jennifer Azantian at Azantian Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Here Lies Olive by Kate Anderson (Flux)
Ashtyn Stann at Flux has acquired debut author Kate Anderson's sapphic paranormal YA novel Here Lies Olive, in which a 16-year-old girl summons a ghost to find out what happens after people die, unleashing an otherworldly danger that threatens everyone she loves. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Sharon Belcastro at Belcastro Agency handled the deal for world rights.

Bad Like Us by Gabriella Lepore (Inkyard Press)
Connolly Bottum at Inkyard Press has bought This Is Why We Lie author Gabriella Lepore's newest YA mystery, Bad Like Us, following two teens as their classmate is found dead in a coastal cave on spring break, and the only clues are a lost phone and the victim's final words. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Whitney Ross at Irene Goodman Agency negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.

Canceled by Farrah Penn (Viking)
Jenny Bak at Viking has acquired Farrah Penn's Canceled, a contemporary YA novel aimed at fans of Jenny Han and Netflix's Sex Education. When a salacious after-party video puts 18-year-old senior Brynn Whitaker at the center of a school-wide scandal, she finds her reputation—and her dating advice side hustle—on the brink. She's left with two options: take up the fight against sexist double standards, or expose another girl to save her own skin. Publication is slated for fall 2023; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

Phoebe's Diary by Phoebe Wahl (Little, Brown)
Susan Rich at Little, Brown has bought Phoebe's Diary, a highly illustrated YA novel in journal format by picture book creator Phoebe Wahl. Based on the author's own teenage diaries, it illuminates the turmoil and ecstasy of adolescence woven with themes of body- and sex-positivity. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Jennifer Laughran at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency sold world rights.

The Homecoming War by Addie Woolridge (Underlined)
Wendy Loggia at Underlined has acquired Addie Woolridge's The Homecoming War . When plunging enrollment forces two rival high schools to merge, two class presidents must work together to make rival schools unity. And when it turns out that they don't only not hate each other—but might have crushes on each other—they'll both have to figure out what they each want and where their loyalties lie. Publication is slated for fall 2023; Nalini Akolekar at Spencerhill Associates handled the deal for world rights.

Artifice by Sharon Cameron (Scholastic)
Lisa Sandell at Scholastic has acquired, in an exclusive submission, Artifice by Sharon Cameron (The Light in Hidden Places), set in 1940s Amsterdam about a girl who sells art forgeries to the Nazis in order to fund the rescue of Jewish babies through the Dutch resistance. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

The Summer I Ate the Rich by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite (FSG)
Trisha de Guzman at FSG has acquired, at auction, in a two-book deal, world English rights to The Summer I Ate the Rich by Maika Moulite (l.) and Maritza Moulite, a contemporary fantasy YA about a Haitian American teen zombie who uses her skills in the kitchen—and taste for human flesh—to get revenge on the wealthy elite responsible for her family's pain. Publication is slated for fall 2023; JL Stermer at New Leaf Literary brokered the deal.

The Numbers Girl by Cambria Gordon (Scholastic)
Lisa Sandell at Scholastic has bought The Numbers Girl, a YA novel by Cambria Gordon. Based on true events, this is a tale of hidden female brain power during WWII in America, when math geniuses were plucked from high schools and colleges to work in a secret ballistics lab computing firing tables for soldiers overseas. The novel follows Eleanor Schiff from Philadelphia to Muroc Air Force Base to Pearl Harbor and finally, to the skies over Guadalcanal, and asks the question, what happens when ordinary people do extraordinary things? Publication is planned for fall 2023; Steven Chudney at the Chudney Agency negotiated the deal for North American rights.

Death Is My BFF by Katarina E. Tonks (Wattpad Book)
Fiona Simpson at Wattpad Books has bought world rights to three novels in a series by Katarina E. Tonks. Death Is My BFF, Death Is My BFFLAD, and Death Is My Frenemy tell the coming-of-age story of Faith Williams, an ordinary teenage girl who discovers that she is the product of a prophecy, which makes her responsible for protecting the balance of all good and evil on earth. Publication is slated to begin in fall 2023; Elaine Spencer at the Knight Agency negotiated the three-book deal.

Untitled by Laura Taylor Namey (Atheneum)

Alex Borbolla at Atheneum has bought two YA novels from author Laura Taylor Namey. The first is a companion to Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, following Flora Maxwell from England to Miami after the death of her mother. The second novel, Echo Park, pitched as Clap When You Land meets Gilmore Girls, follows Clary who clashes with lifelong frenemy Emilio as she fights to preserve the unique Cuban history of her community and reconcile a family secret. Publication is set for fall 2023 and fall 2024, respectively; Natascha Morris at the Tobias Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.

The Voice Upstairs by Laura Weymouth (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Nicole Fiorica at S&S/McElderry has acquired The Voice Upstairs, a YA historical fantasy by Laura Weymouth (The Light Between Worlds). Pitched as "Downton Abbey with ghosts," in which a young housemaid's supernatural gifts warn her that an opulent manor house is connected to a string of murders, jeopardizing her secret romance with the wealthy family's youngest son. Publication is set for 2023; Lauren Spieller at TriadaUS Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Roses & Violets by Gry Kappel Jensen (Arctis Books USA) - previously published in Denmark.
Joy Bean at Arctis Books USA has acquired the YA Rosenholm trilogy by Gry Kappel Jensen (l.). This dark fantasy series, set in a magical boarding school, follows four girls who become involved in solving an old murder case. The first book, Roses & Violets, will be translated from the Danish by Sharon E. Rhodes and published in fall 2023. Tine Nielsen at Babel-Bridge Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.

Sinner's Isle by Angela Montoya (Joy Revolution)

Bria Ragin, David and Nicola Yoon at Joy Revolution have acquired debut author Angela Montoya's Sinner's Isle, a dual-POV Latinx YA fantasy romance, bought at auction in a two-book deal and pitched as Pirates of the Caribbean meets Serpent & Dove. In the story, a powerful witch being held captive on a remote island will do anything to escape it before the Offering—a week-long fiesta for the wealthy to consort with Majestics like her—including blackmailing an infamous, charming pirate who washes up on shore. Publication is slated for fall 2023; Larissa Melo Pienkowski at Jill Grinberg Literary Management did the deal for world English rights.

Caught in a Bad Fauxmance by Elle Gonzalez Rose (Joy Revolution)

Bria Ragin, David Yoon, and Nicola Yoon at Joy Revolution have acquired debut author Elle Gonzalez Rose's Caught in a Bad Fauxmance, a queer, Latinx YA rom-com pitched as To All the Boys I've Loved Before meets Schitt's Creek, in which aspiring artist Devin Báez's winter vacation devolves into hijinks after his family's long-time rivals, the affluent Seo-Cookes, challenge them to a bet that could cost the Báezes their beloved lake cabin. But when the enemy's attractive son comes to Devin in desperate need of a fake boyfriend, he reluctantly agrees to set aside loathing for love to take down the Seo-Cookes once and for all. Publication is set for fall 2023; Uwe Stender at Triada US did the deal for world rights.

Sisi Americanah by Jane Igaharo (Feiwel and Friends)
Foyinsi Adegbonmire at Feiwel and Friends has acquired, at auction, Sisi Americanah by Jane Igharo. Pitched for fans of Never Have I Ever, this YA contemporary romance follows a 17-year-old Nigerian immigrant who turns to classic teen movies to get up to speed on American high school life in order to navigate her senior year, only to discover that while her Upstate New York school includes all the same players from the movies she’s watched—the jock, the cheerleader, the brains—they aren't playing the typical roles, and maybe she doesn't have to either. Publication is set for fall 2023; Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.

Pritty by Keith F. Miller Jr. (HarperCollins)
Carolina Ortiz at HarperCollins has acquired educator Keith F. Miller Jr.'s debut coming-of-age YA novel Pritty, the inspiration behind the forthcoming short film of Kickstarter fame, and its sequel —which follows 17-year-old Jay and Leroy, who on the cusp of their own love story must scramble to uncover old secrets between their families and fight to save their older brothers and their community from a deep well of intergenerational damage, even if the cost might be their own electric connection. Publication is slated for fall 2023; Ellen Goff at HG Literary sold North American rights.

The Wolf of High Street by Sabrina Cotugno (Razorbill) - previously published as a web comic, YA graphic novel.
Chris Hernandez at Razorbill has won, in a six-figure auction, The Glass Scientists, a YA graphic novel series by debut author-illustrator and animation director Sabrina Cotugno. Set in a Victorian-era world of misunderstood monsters, this reimagining of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde follows Henry Jekyll, the charismatic leader of a ragtag group of mad scientists trying to reform their public image, as he deals with forces that want to destroy everything he helped build. Publication for the first book is scheduled for fall 2023; Jennifer Azantian at Azantian Literary handled the three-book deal for North American rights.

Rising from the Ashes: How the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising Bridged Two Communities by Paula Yoo (Norton Young Readers) - YA non-fiction.
Simon Boughton at Norton Young Readers has acquired, in an exclusive submission, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry author Paula Yoo's new work of YA nonfiction, Rising from the Ashes: How the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising Bridged Two Communities. The book will explore the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest movement, focusing on the destruction and rebirth of L.A.'s historic Koreatown, taking an in-depth look at the relationship between the Korean American and Black communities during these events and since. Publication is slated for fall 2023; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.

Out of Body by Nia Davenport (Balzer + Bray)
Tiara Kittrell at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired, at auction, North American rights to Out of Body plus an untitled second book by The Blood Trials author Nia Davenport, making her YA debut. Set in Atlanta, this speculative thriller tells the story of a teen girl whose best friend uses dangerous near-future tech to swap bodies with her and steal her life, forcing her to untangle a web of sinister secrets and reclaim her identity before it’s too late. Publication is set for fall 2023 and fall 2024, respectively; Chelsea Eberly at Greenhouse Literary did the deal on behalf of Dovetail Fiction/Working Partners, and Caitie Flum at Liza Dawson Associates represented the author.

Positive Space by Jenny Laden (Blackstone)
Daniel Ehrenhaft at Blackstone has acquired Positive Space by writer and artist Jenny Laden, an illustrated YA novel set in the early ’90s about a high school senior finding out that her gay dad has AIDS, illustrated by the author. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Kevin O'Connor at O'Connor Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.

Wren Martin Ruins It All by Amanda DeWitt (Peachtree Teen)
Ashley Hearn at Peachtree Teen has acquired Wren Martin Ruins It All, an asexual YA rom-com by Amanda DeWitt (Aces Wild: A Heist), pitched as Netflix's Love Is Blind meets Red, White, and Royal Blue. As student council president, Wren Martin's first order of business is to abolish the annual Valentine's Day Dance, but after his rival sabotages his plan by securing a sponsorship from an anonymous dating app, Wren takes matters into his own hands and develops an inconvenient crush on a mysterious app user. Publication is planned for fall 2023; Cate Hart at Harvey Klinger Literary Agency brokered the two-book deal for world rights.

Camp Nordland by Barbara Krasner (Astra/Calkins Creek)
Carolyn Yoder at Astra/Calkins Creek has acquired Camp Nordland by Barbara Krasner (Ethel's Song: Ethel Rosenberg's Life in Poems) in an exclusive submission. The YA novel in verse explores the story of two Newark, N.J., teens whose friendship is torn apart by growing anti-Semitism and Nazism. Publication is planned for fall 2023; Emelie Burl at Susan Schulman Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Hatchet Girls by Diana Rodriguez Wallach (Delacorte)
Alison Romig at Delacorte has bought Hatchet Girls by Diana Rodriguez Wallach, a Latinx YA horror novel in which a teenager living in Fall River, Mass., home to New England's infamous Bridgewater Triangle, must prove her brother innocent of murdering his girlfriend's parents with an axe, a mystery that proves all too close to the Lizzie Borden murders 100 years earlier. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Lane Heymont at the Tobias Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Untitled by Candace Fleming (Random/Schwartz)
Anne Schwartz at Random/Schwartz has bought world rights to the next YA nonfiction title from Candace Fleming (The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh). This untitled project will explore American cults of past and present—such as Jim Jones and the People's Temple, and Mathias the Prophet and the Mount Zion Group—and the influence they've had in our culture and on our lives. Publication is slated for fall 2023; Ethan Ellenberg at the Ethan Ellenberg Agency brokered the deal.


Wolfpack by Amelia Brunskill (Little, Brown)
Margaret Raymo at Little, Brown has acquired, in a preempt, Amelia Brunskill's Wolfpack, a YA mystery written in verse, about a group of teenage girls living in a cult, and the suspicion and paranoia that emerges when one of them goes missing, pitched as Wilder Girls meets Yellowjackets. Publication is planned for fall 2023; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal for world rights.

Bittersweet in the Hollow by Kate Pearsall (Putnam)
Polo Orozco at Putnam has bought, at auction, supernatural YA mystery debut Bittersweet in the Hollow by Kate Pearsall, as well as a companion novel. Each member of the James family has been born with an unusual talent—to charm bees, to smell a lie, to speak with the dead—but for 17-year-old Linden James, tasting the emotions of others is more curse than blessing. When a former friend goes missing from their Appalachian town during the hottest summer on record, everything comes to a boil. Publication is planned for fall 2023; Pete Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media handled the two-book deal for North American rights.

The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books)
Stacey Barney at Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books has acquired The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland, a contemporary fantasy thriller about three lonely teenage girls—one cursed, one hunted, one out for revenge—who team up to track down and take out a brutal supernatural killer in a world where only women can use magic and the men who know about it seek to eradicate them. Publication is planned for fall 2023; Catherine Drayton at InkWell Management brokered the deal for North American rights.

Break Wide the Sea by Sara Holland (Wednesday Books)
Mara Delgado Sánchez at Wednesday Books has bought, at auction, North American rights for Break Wide the Sea and Strike Down the Sun, a YA fantasy duology by Sara Holland. In a world fueled by magic harvested from whales, Annie Fairfax is heiress to its most eminent whaling company, until her fiance betrays her and takes over. Forced into hiding, Annie must place her trust in a young renegade captain who promises to restore her to power if she helps him find the legendary underwater city of the whalers' ancient enemies, the deadly finfolk—but he's keeping secrets too. Publication is slated for fall 2023; Peter Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media did the deal.

Bad Blood by Morgan Rhodes (Razorbill)
Gretchen Durning at Razorbill has acquired the next YA novel by Morgan Rhodes, bestselling author of the Falling Kingdom series, in a three-book deal. Bad Blood launches an epic saga about a wealthy vampire family, their badly behaved heirs, and the long-lost sibling who never even knew she was half-vampire. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal for world rights.

Midnight at the Houdini by Delilah S. Dawson (Delacorte)
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has acquired rights to Midnight at the Houdini by bestselling author Delilah S. Dawson along with an untitled book. In the tradition of Caraval and The Starless Sea, with whispers of The Tempest, a 16-year-old girl betrayed by her sister discovers a surreal hotel that's home to a boy who has spent his entire life there, because no one ever leaves. When the clock strikes midnight she'll be trapped there forever unless she's able to break free from magic that in turn breaks all her rules. Publication is slated for fall 2023; Stacia Decker at Dunow Carlson & Lerner negotiated the deal for world English rights.


No Harm Done by Various YA Authors (Chicago Review Press)

Alicia Sparrow at Chicago Review Press has acquired world rights to speculative fiction writer Circe Moskowitz's No Harm Done, pitched as a cross between Slasher Girls and Monster Boys and Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone. The YA anthology is a collection of Black horror stories from both debut and established Black writers, including Kalynn Bayron, Ryan Douglass, Sami Ellis, Brent Lambert, Ashia Monet, Linda Raquel Nieves Pérez, Joel Rochester, Liselle Sambury, and Joelle Wellington, for publication in fall 2023. Natascha Morris at Tobias Literary Agency did the deal.

The Space Between Here and Now by Sarah Suk (Quill Tree Books)
Jennifer Ung at HarperCollins/Quill Tree has acquired, in a preempt, The Space Between Here and Now, a speculative YA novel by Sarah Suk (Made in Korea). It follows a teen with a mysterious condition that causes her to briefly transport back in time whenever she smells a scent linked to her memories, who discovers that all the answers she's seeking about herself and her past may lie in finding her estranged mother living in Korea. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Linda Epstein at Emerald City Literary negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.

Before & After You & Me by Dallas Woodburn (Owl Hollow Press)
Hannah Smith at Owl Hollow Press has bought world rights to Dallas Woodburn's (The Best Week That Never Happened) YA contemporary novel Before & After You & Me. Told in alternating before and after chapters, high school junior Emma Mason blames herself for the accident that leaves the town's rising track star, her former boyfriend, paralyzed from the waist down. When she begins obsessively painting portraits of his legs and feet, what started as therapeutic ends up deepening her guilt, until she learns to reconcile the before and after parts of herself. Publication is slated for fall 2023; the author represented herself.

Firsts and Lasts by Various YA Authors (Penguin Workshop)
Anuoluwapo Ohioma at Penguin Workshop has acquired world rights to Firsts and Lasts, a YA anthology including multiple genres from classic contemporary to suspense to fantasy that celebrates all of the thrilling first experiences and momentous last experiences of your teenage years. Edited by Laura Silverman, the contributors include Adi Alsaid, Keah Brown, Monica Gomez-Hira, Kika Hatzopoulou, Shaun David Hutchinson, Amanda Joy, Loan Le, Joy McCullough, Yamile Saied Méndez, Anna Meriano, Nina Moreno, Tess Sharpe, Rachel Lynn Solomon, Diana Urban, and Julian Winters. Publication is set for fall 2023; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal.

Seven Minutes in Candyland by Brian Wasson (Quill Tree Books)
Alyssa Miele at Quill Tree has bought, at auction, Brian Wasson's debut YA romcom Seven Minutes in Candyland. Pitched as Sex Education with #BlackBoyJoy, the story follows a teen who runs a candy-themed therapy gig at his high school to raise money for a lavish vacation he hopes will save his parents' failing marriage. But when he starts falling for his very first client, he finds himself in an ethical quandary that will threaten his friendships and his morals. Publication is planned for fall 2023; Jon Cobb at HG Literary handled the two-book deal for North American rights.

Adoptee to Adoptee by Various YA Authors (HarperCollins)
Megan Ilnitzki at HarperCollins has won, at auction, world rights to Adoptee to Adoptee, edited by Shannon Gibney (l.) (Dream Country) and Nicole Chung (All You Can Ever Know), a YA anthology featuring new stories by adoptee authors, with contributions from Mariama Lockington, Rebecca Carroll, Matthew Salesses, Sun Yung Shin, Jenny Heijun Wills, Mark Oshiro, Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom, Eric Smith, Meredith Ireland, and Susan Devan Harness, among others. The book is set for fall 2023; Tina Dubois at ICM Partners represented Gibney, and Maria Massie at Massie & McQuilkin represented Chung.

There's No Way I'd Die First by Lisa Springer (Delacorte)
Bria Ragin at Delacorte has acquired Lisa Springer's There's No Way I'd Die First, a YA contemporary horror comedy debut pitched as There's Someone Inside Your House meets Get Out, in which a horror movie buff hosts an elaborate Halloween party but finds the festivities upended as she and her guests are forced to put their survival skills to the test in a deadly game of tag started by the low-budget It clown she hired. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Danielle Burby at Mad Woman Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

The Great and Powerful Gracie Byrne (Candlewick)
"EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW author Shannon Takaoka's THE GREAT AND POWERFUL GRACIE BYRNE, about a daydreaming 16-year-old girl who discovers a journal that gives her the power to rewrite reality, but as her ability to change "what is" into what she wishes it to be grows stronger, so do the consequences, again to Kaylan Adair at Candlewick, for publication in fall 2023."

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The Darkening #2 by Sunya Mara (HMH)
 
Songbird Inn #2 by Maya Prasad (Disney Hyperion)





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Gwen and Art Are Not in Love by Lex Croucher
(Wednesday Books)

Gwen, the quick-witted Princess of England, and Arthur, future duke and general gadabout, have been betrothed since birth. Unfortunately, the only thing they can agree on is that they hate each other. When Gwen catches Art kissing a boy and Art discovers where Gwen hides her diary (complete with some racy entries about Bridget Leclair, the kingdom’s only female knight), they become reluctant allies. By pretending to fall for each other, their mutual protection will be assured, won’t it? But how long can they keep up the ruse, with Gwen growing closer to Bridget and Art becoming unaccountably fond of Gabriel, Gwen’s infuriatingly serious, bookish brother?

Flowerheart by Catherine Bakewell (HarperTeen)
Stephanie Guerdan at HarperTeen has bought world English rights to YA debut Flowerheart by Catherine Bakewell, a romantic fantasy set in a cottagecore world. Seventeen-year-old Clara Lucas's wild magic sets fires and breaks windows— and has now grown flowers in her father's lungs. To save him, she makes a dangerous bargain with the local wizard, who happens to be her childhood best friend. Publication is planned for winter 2023; Jordan Hamessley at New Leaf Literary and Media brokered the deal.

This Town Is on Fire by Pamela N. Harris (Quill Tree Books)
Karen Chaplin at Quill Tree has acquired, in a preempt, This Town Is on Fire by Pamela N. Harris. Pitched as Little Fires Everywhere meets I'm Not Dying with You Tonight, the book is a mystery about a Black girl whose best friend becomes the latest "Becky" on the internet, unraveling her past and culminating in another teen's death. Publication is planned for winter 2023, with an untitled second book to follow; Natalie Lakosil at Irene Goodman Literary Agency did the deal for North American rights while at Bradford Literary Agency.

The Inevitability of Home by Ciera Burch (FSG)
Elizabeth Lee at FSG has bought, in a six-figure preempt, The Inevitability of Home by Ciera Burch. Pitched for fans of Nina LaCour and Jesmyn Ward, this debut YA contemporary novel follows a Black girl who is forced to meet her estranged dying grandmother one sweltering summer. Meanwhile, she grapples with ancestral ghosts, a girl who wants to be more than friends, and a trove of secrets. Publication is slated for winter 2023; Patrice Caldwell at New Leaf Literary & Media negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.


Rhythm & Muse by India Hill Brown (Quill Tree Books)
Jennifer Ung at Quill Tree has bought, in a preempt, Rhythm & Muse by India Hill Brown. Pitched as Cinderella meets Cyrano, this YA debut is a romantic comedy about a Black teen boy who, after deciding to admire his dream girl from afar, anonymously writes a romantic song for her that becomes the front runner in a theme song contest for her popular podcast. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023; Holly Root at Root Literary negotiated the deal for North American rights.

Bridges and Islands by Various YA Authors (Inkyard Press)
Rebecca Kuss while at Inkyard Press bought, at auction, world rights to Bridges and Islands, a YA anthology centering multiracial and multicultural experiences edited by Rebecca Balcárcel (l.) and Ismée Williams; Stephanie Cohen will edit. In addition to contributions from Balcárcel and Williams, the volume will include short stories from Adi Alsaid, Akemi Bowman, Anika Fajardo, Shannon Gibney, I.W. Gregorio, Veera Hiranandani, Rainey Nasugraq Hopson, Emiko Jean, Erin Entrada Kelly, Torrey Maldonado, Melina Mangal, Goldy Moldavsky, Randy Ribay, Loriel Ryan, Tara Sim, Eric Smith, Jasmine Warga, and Karen Yin. Publication is set for winter 2023; Katie Grimm at Don Congdon Associates represented Balcárcel and Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret represented Williams.

The Karma Map by Nisha Sharma (Skyscape)
Tiffany Shelton and Carmen Johnson at Skyscape have acquired world rights to The Karma Map by Nisha Sharma, author of Radha and Jai's Recipe for Romance. Sharma's newest YA novel is a redemption romance in which a grumpy girl and a sunshine boy team up on a youth group temple tour through India to retrace a love story and explore their Desi roots. Publication is set for winter 2023; Joy Tutela at David Black Literary Agency handled the two-book deal.

Teach the Torches to Burn: A Romeo and Juliet Remix by Caleb Roehrig (Feiwel and Friends) - moved from 2022, titled announced on Goodreads.
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.

Nerdcrush by Alisha Emrich (Running Press Kids)
Britny Brooks at Running Press Kids has acquired Nerdcrush by Alisha Emrich, a coming-of-age teen romance about a Black girl who uses cosplay as a way to feel seen and escape the real world but who finds herself in a tricky situation when her crush starts to fall for her online persona, pitched as You Should See Me in a Crown meets You've Got Mail. Publication is planned for winter 2023; Laura Cameron at Transatlantic Literary sold world English rights.

Reggie & Delilah's Year of Falling by Elise Bryant (Balzer + Bray)
Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has bought Reggie & Delilah's Year of Falling by Elise Bryant (Happily Ever Afters). The YA rom-com follows two Black teens, the lead singer of a punk band and a D&D Dungeon Master, as they fall in love through a series of missed connections and chance meetings on holidays over the course of one year. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023; Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights.


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Laura Godwin at Godwin Books has bought two YA nonfiction books on political activist Emma Goldman and Anne Frank's sisters by Deborah Heiligman, the National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor author of Torpedoed, Vincent and Theo, and Charles and Emma. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023 and spring 2025 respectively; Susan Ginsburg at Writers House handled the deal for North American rights.

The Chaperone by M Hendrix (Sourcebooks)
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks has bought The Chaperone, the debut YA novel by Molly McCaffery, writing as M Hendrix. After her first chaperone dies under mysterious circumstances, 17-year-old Stella's whole life changes when her new chaperone introduces her to a world of freedoms normally forbidden in oppressive New America, opening her eyes to dark secrets that the government, and even her family, are keeping from her. Publication is set for winter 2023; John Cusick at Folio Literary Management handled the deal for world rights.

We Are Mayhem by Beck Rourke-Mooney (Feiwel and Friends)
Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends has acquired world rights to We Are Mayhem by debut author Beck Rourke-Mooney. Pitched as Glow meets Moxie and set against the very male world of underground indie wrestling, the YA novel follows Birdie as she is befriended by Abigail Rose, who thinks Birdie could be the perfect performer to help her take her family's wrestling promotion in a new, more feminist direction, if only Birdie can get over her desire to blend in. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023; Lauren MacLeod at the Strothman Agency negotiated the deal.


The Faint of Heart by Kerilynn Wilson (Greenwillow Books) - YA graphic novel.
Martha Mihalick at Greenwillow has acquired the YA graphic novel The Faint of Heart by debut author-illustrator Kerilynn Wilson in a five-house auction. Living in a world where humans remove their hearts to avoid feeling pain, June is the only person left with a heart. When she finds a heart in a jar abandoned in an alley, June hopes to return her sister to normal with it, and begins an unexpected adventure with a heartless boy who is somehow beginning to feel again. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023; Rebecca Sherman at Writers House negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.

The Next New Syrian Girl by Ream Shukairy (Little, Brown)
Ruqayyah Daud at Little, Brown has acquired YA debut novel The Next New Syrian Girl by Ream Shukairy. Pitched as Furia meets I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, the book is about the unlikely friendship between a Syrian American boxer and Syrian refugee, the pressures and expectations of being the perfect Syrian daughter, and the repercussions of the Syrian Revolution both at home and abroad. Publication is set for winter 2023; Serene Hakim at Ayesha Pande Literary brokered the deal for world rights.

Apocrypha by Anthony Oliveira (HarperTeen)
Stephanie Guerdan at HarperTeen has acquired Anthony Oliveira's graphic novel Apocrypha, pitched as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Paradise Lost, in which a teen guided by an angel and another possessed by a demon find themselves at the center of a terrible cosmic war—and their own confusing queer awakenings. Publication is planned for winter 2023; Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret brokered the deal for world rights.

Bianca Torre Is Afraid of Everything by Justine Pucella Winans (Clarion)
Lily Kessinger at Clarion has acquired, at auction, world English rights to YA debut Bianca Torre Is Afraid of Everything by Justine Pucella Winans, a campy thriller in which an introverted nonbinary birder finds themself solving a murder mystery with their popular jock classmate, all while falling for a cute girl from their birding group... and trying not to get murdered. Publication is planned for winter 2023; Jordan Hamessley at New Leaf Literary and Media represented the author.

Under the Same Stars by Libba Bray (FSG)
Elizabeth Lee and Grace Kendall at FSG have bought, in a six-figure deal, Under the Same Stars by Printz Medalist Libba Bray. This YA historical fiction novel follows two unnamed teens murdered under a mystical oak tree during the height of World War II. The branches of their mystery stretch to Cold War Germany and present-day New York City as love, resistance, and justice entangle to reveal shocking truths. Publication is tentatively scheduled for winter 2023; Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media negotiated the deal for world English rights.


Carlos Alejos Has to Lose His Chichos by Mathew Rodriguez and Charlot Kristensen (FSG)
Trisha de Guzman at FSG has bought, in an exclusive submission, world rights to cultural critic Mathew Rodriguez's debut YA graphic novel, Carlos Alejos Has to Lose His Chichos, with Charlot Kristensen illustrating, about a queer Puerto Rican teen of size as he grapples with body image, friendship, and his burgeoning sexuality in suburban New Jersey. Publication is slated for winter 2023; Melissa Edwards at Stonesong Literary represented the author, and Thao Le at Sandra Djikstra Literary represented the artist.











Full-Court Crush by Hannah Vardit (First Second) - note: author has changed name since annoucement.
Kiara Valdez at First Second has acquired, in a 10-house auction, Hannah Blumenreich's graphic novel Full-Court Crush and a second untitled YA graphic novel. Full-Court Crush is about Marcy, a basketball player whose team is being shut down, and her bookish girlfriend Althea, who is struggling alone with her chronically depressed mother. Together, they learn how to navigate the troubles of life and 11th grade. Publication is scheduled for 2023; Linda Camacho at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.











What Monstrous Gods by Rosamund Hodge (Balzer + Bray) - moved from October 2021, Goodreads lists a October 2022 release date, but the author confirms a 2023 release date.
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.











A Supercut of Us by Steven Salvatore (Bloomsbury)
Allison Moore at Bloomsbury Children’s Books has bought tentatively titled A Supercut of Us by Pride Book Fest co-founder Steven Salvatore (Can't Take That Away). The YA novel, pitched as Jandy Nelson's I’ll Give You the Sun meets Dawson's Creek, follows twins who have different ways of dealing with their father's incarceration—and then his untimely death—and the complications that arise when one discovers a secret third sibling and keeps them from his sister. It’s set for publication in 2023; Jessica Regel at Helm Literary sold North American rights.










The Isles of the Gods by Amie Kaufman (Knopf)
Melanie Nolan at Knopf has bought solo YA debut The Isles of the Gods by Amie Kaufman. Pitched as the magic of Tamora Pierce's Tortall meets the glamour and gangsters' dens of Boardwalk Empire, this fantasy duology featured a girl raised on the high seas, a playboy prince called to sacrifice, a sleeping god, and a war on the horizon. The Isles of the Gods will publish in 2023, with a sequel to follow; Tracey Adams at Adams Literary handled the deal for North American rights.













Foxglove by Adalyn Grace (Little, Brown)
Sequel to Belladonna.













The Wicked Powers by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books) - moved from 2022.
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.)"

Mall Goth by Kate Leth (Simon and Schuster) - moved from 2022, release date not yet changed on Goodreads.
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.

Where Shadows Reign by Patrice Caldwell (Wednesday Books) - previously dated September 2022.
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...

Enter the Body by Joy McCullough (Dutton) - moved from 2022, release date not yet updated on Goodreads.
Andrew Karre at Dutton has bought Enter the Body, a YA novel in verse and script by Morris Award finalist Joy McCullough. Beneath an unseen stage, Shakespeare’s tragic heroines grapple with their own stories and challenge each other to take them back from the Bard. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret negotiated the deal for world English rights.


Burned and Buried by Nino Cipri (Henry Holt) - moved from Spring 2021, then from 2022. Release date not yet updated on Goodreads.
Tiffany Liao at Holt has acquired, at auction, North American rights to Nino Cipri's debut novel Burned and Buried. This YA supernatural horror follows Riley, who wakes up at the bottom of a grave with a hole in her chest and strange new powers. She's soon joined by three other dead girls, each with abilities born out of violence. Publication is planned for spring 2021; DongWon Song at Howard Morhaim Literary negotiated the two-book deal.


Viewfinder by Christine Chung and Salwa Majoka (Tundra) - moved from 2022, release date change announced by authors on social media, not yet updated on Goodreads.
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.


Cress & Petra by Ashanti Fortson (HarperCollins) - moved from 2022, release date not yet updated on Goodreads.
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. 

Highly Suspicious, Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert (Random House) - moved from Fall 2022.
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.

Luminous Beings by David Arnold and Jose Pimienta (Viking) - YA graphic novel, moved from 2024.
Dana Leydig at Viking has bought North American rights to Luminous Beings by David Arnold (Mosquitoland) and illustrated by Jose Pimienta (Suncatcher). It's a YA graphic novel about a group of teens who decide to film a documentary about humanity's recent brush with extinction (via undead squirrels), which leads them on a series of misadventures throughout the night. Publication is planned for fall 2024; Daniel Lazar at Writers House represented the author, and Elizabeth Bennett at the Transatlantic Agency represented the illustrator.


Fallen City by Adrienne Young (Wednesday Books) - moved from 2022.
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. 

Guardians of Dawn by S. Jae-Jones (Wednesday Books) - moved from 2019, then from 2022.
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.


What Stalks Among Us by Sarah Hollowell (Clarion)
Lily Kessinger at Clarion has bought What Stalks Among Us by Sarah Hollowell (A Dark and Starless Forest). This speculative story follows two best friends who find themselves trapped in a mysterious maze that shouldn't exist; their curiosity turns into horror when they discover a corpse in the maze, a corpse that looks exactly like one of them. Publication is slated for 2023; Thao Le at Dijkstra & Associates handled the deal for North American rights.

Shipshock by Caroline O'Donoghue (Walker Books US)
Susan Van Metre at Walker Books US and Gráinne Clear at Walker UK have bought world rights to two books from novelist and podcaster Caroline O'Donoghue (All Our Hidden Gifts). The first book is the third installment in O'Donoghue's Gifts series, a conclusion to the supernatural drama about a group of Irish teenagers with remarkable gifts, haunted by a spirit summoned from a tarot deck, planned for spring 2023. The second novel, Skipshock, follows Irish teenager Margo Madden as she sets out on a journey to her new boarding school, but finds herself on a track she wasn't expecting: instead of her train ending up in southwest London, she's traveling across time and dimensions. Bryony Woods at Diamond Kahn & Woods negotiated the deal.

Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy by Faith Erin Hicks (First Second)
Calista Brill at First Second has bought the romantic YA graphic novel Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy, about a hotheaded hockey player who falls for the cool, calm boy in drama club, written and illustrated by Eisner winner Faith Erin Hicks. Publication is scheduled for 2023, Bernadette Baker-Baughman at Victoria Sanders & Associates brokered the deal for world rights.

Chloe and the Kaishao Boys by Mae Coyiuto (Putnam) - moved from 2022.
Arianne Lewin at Putnam has acquired, at auction, YA romcom Chloe and the Kaishao Boys by Mae Coyiuto, about a Chinese-Filipino girl from Manila whose father sets her up on a marathon of dates in hopes that she'll get a boyfriend and want to stay in the Philippines for college instead of going to school in the U.S. The book is slated for fall 2022; Thao Le at the Dijkstra Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.

Monster by Jessica Lewis (Delacorte) - moved from fall 2022.
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 Ghosts Call Us Home by Katya de Becerra (Page Street)
Lauren Knowles at Page Street has acquired When Ghosts Call Us Home by Katya de Becerra (What the Woods Keep), pitched as Night Film meets The Haunting of Hill House, in which Sophia Galich goes back to the haunted mansion in which she starred in her older sister's cult horror movie to find out what happened to her sister, who disappeared two years before, only to discover that all the ghosts of her past are real. Publication is set for 2023; Rena Rossner brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

I Like Me Better by Leah Benavides Rodriguez (Scholastic)
Aimee Friedman at Scholastic has bought world rights to I Like Me Better by TV writer/producer Leah Benavides Rodriguez (Dune: The Sisterhood; Washington Black). Pitched as a YA Latinx Roman Holiday, the book tells the story of Camila Torres, a Mexican-American teen movie star, who takes time off in Puerto Rico after a devastating and very public breakup, and falls for a charming local who works at an old-school cinema. Together they work to restore a theater damaged by a tropical storm, until a secret is revealed that threatens to tear their fairy tale love story apart. Publication is set for 2023; Leslie Conliffe of Intellectual Property Group and Gordon Bobb of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein and Lezcano represented the author.

The Only Girl in Town by Ally Condie (Dutton)

Julie Strauss-Gabel at Dutton has acquired North American rights to The Only Girl in Town and an untitled YA novel by Ally Condie. The Only Girl in Town tells the story of a teen who wakes up to discover that everyone she knows and loves has disappeared. Publication is scheduled for 2023; Jodi Reamer at Writers House represented the author.

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Debbie Rigaud (Scholastic)
Aimee Friedman at Scholastic has acquired the next YA novel by Debbie Rigaud, author of Truly Madly Royally and the forthcoming Simone Breaks All the Rules. The currently untitled novel follows Atlanta teenager Claire Hastings, who, after an embarrassing incident at her school, jumps at the chance to visit her cousin in London for the summer where she falls for a cute British boy, and may even be discovered by a top choreographer. Publication is set for 2023; Laura Dail at Laura Dail Literary did the deal for world English rights.

Monstrous by Sarah Myer (First Second) - YA graphic memoir
Robyn Chapman at First Second has bought, in an exclusive submission, world rights to Monstrous, a YA graphic memoir by Sarah Myer. The story follows a Korean American adoptee growing up in a primarily white farming community where she faces bullying and struggles to fit in. Michael Moccio will also edit. Publication is set for 2023; the author was unagented.

Trans History: A Graphic Novel by Alex L. Combs (Candlewick)
Andrea Tompa at Candlewick has acquired, at auction, cartoonist Alex L. Combs's debut nonfiction YA graphic novel, Trans History: A Graphic Novel. Written and illustrated from an #OwnVoices perspective, this book introduces readers to the history of transgender identities, the transgender rights movement, and what it means to be trans in the U.S. and beyond. Publication is set for 2023; Zabé Ellor at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.

The Forest Grimm by Kathryn Purdie (Wednesday Books)
Sara Goodman at Wednesday Books has bought North American rights to Kathryn Purdie's latest YA fantasy, The Forest Grimm, in a preempt, pitched as Once Upon a Time meets The Village. Despite the ever-present warning from her fortune-teller grandmother that two cards, the Midnight Forest and the Fanged Creature, will spell an untimely death for her, 17-year-old Clara embarks on a dangerous journey into the Forest Grimm to procure a magical book with the power to reverse the curse on her village and save her mother who’d been lost there years ago. It will publish in 2023, followed by the sequel, The Deathly Grimm, in 2024; Josh Adams at Adams Literary negotiated the two-book deal.

49 Days by Agnes Lee (Levine Querido)
Nick Thomas at Levine Querido has acquired, in an exclusive submission, world rights to 49 Days by New York Times Metropolitan Diary illustrator Agnes Lee. This YA graphic novel debut, inspired by a Buddhist belief regarding death and the afterlife, is about a Korean American girl who has died and must journey for 49 days. Publication is scheduled for 2023; Abigail Frank at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates negotiated the deal.

Untitled by Kirya Traber (Dutton)
Andrew Karre at Dutton Children's Books has bought, in an exclusive submission, an untitled debut YA novel by playwright and performing artist Kirya Traber. Set on the rural coast of Northern California in the 1990s, the story centers on a teen girl who begins to question everything she thinks she knows when a new boy, the only other Black person around for miles, appears in town shortly after the body of a stranger is discovered in the woods. Publication is planned for 2023; Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.

The Crimson Moth by Kristen Ciccarelli (Wednesday Books)
Vicki Lame at Wednesday Books has acquired Kristen Ciccarelli's The Crimson Moth, a romantic Scarlet Pimpernel-inspired YA fantasy duology. Set in the aftermath of a revolution that has diminished witches from rulers to outcasts, it follows the dangerous dance of a strategic courtship between Rune, a socialite with a hidden identity who illegally rescues witches, and Gideon, the witch hunter loyal to the revolution who is out to unmask her; the closer they get, the more treacherous their romance becomes. Publication is slated for 2023; Danielle Burby at Mad Woman Literary Agency did the deal for North American rights.

Salt the Water by Candice Iloh (Dutton)
Andrew Karre at Dutton has acquired Salt the Water by National Book Award finalist and Printz Honoree Candice Iloh (Every Body Looking). In this YA novel-in-verse, a free-spirited genderfluid teen drops out of 12th grade after a confrontation with a teacher. But when a family crisis forces them to take on adult responsibilities, their dreams of living life off the grid with their friends crash into the harsh realities of a world full of roadblocks. Publication is planned for 2023; Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

The Baker & the Bard by Fern Haught (Feiwel and Friends)
Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends has bought Fern Haught's debut graphic novel The Baker & the Bard, a YA fantasy in which two best friends set out on a journey for ingredients to fulfill an unusual bakery order and get caught up in matters of ecological destruction in the realm of the fey. Publication is scheduled for 2023; Maria Vicente at P.S. Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.

Butcherbirds by Liselle Sambury (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Sarah McCabe at S&S/McElderry has bought, in an exclusive submission, in a six-figure deal, Butcherbirds by Liselle Sambury (author of the forthcoming Blood Like Magic). In this standalone YA, a 17-year-old reluctant medium must confront the ghosts—both literal and figurative—of her mother's past when an inherited mansion in northern Ontario is not as idyllic as it would seem. In a parallel timeline years later, a budding investigative journalist attempts to uncover what happened to her. Publication is set for 2023; Kristy Hunter at the Knight Agency did the two-book deal for world English rights.

The Scorpion Queen by Mina Fears (Flatiron Books)
Sarah Barley at Flatiron Books has bought, in a preempt, Mina Fears's The Scorpion Queen, inspired by a Malian fairy tale and steeped in West African traditions, pitched as Uprooted meets Children of Blood and Bone. The crossover fantasy fairy tale is about a disgraced merchant's daughter who is forced to become a chambermaid to an emperor's daughter, a princess whose suitors are challenged to gruesome and impossible trials to win her hand, and who makes a choice between escaping Timbuktu and ending the trials forever. Publication is tentatively scheduled for 2023; Jenny Bent at the Bent Agency acquired North American rights.

Untitled by Thien Pham (First Second)
Calista Brill at First Second has acquired world rights to an untitled YA graphic memoir by Thien Pham; Alex Lu will edit. The book follows the author's experience as a Vietnamese child refugee who immigrates to America with his family, telling the story of his childhood and teen years in the U.S. through the lens of food and meals. Publication is scheduled for 2023; the author was unagented.

Kloud 9 by AJ O. Mason and Dominic Bustamante - YA graphic novel.
Erika Turner at IDW has bought, in a three-book deal, a YA graphic novel series by debut writer and illustrator team AJ O. Mason (l.) and Dominic Bustamante, called Kloud 9. The queer space opera is about Kal, a lonely orphan trying to keep himself afloat with odd jobs, and Cosmo, an extraterrestrial Star Soldier. After falling in love, the two are forced to go on the run and flee the solar system, joined by a motley crew. Publication of the first book is set for 2023; Britt Siess at Britt Siess Creative Management represented the duo for world rights.

Court of the Undying Seasons by A.M. Strickland (Feiwel and Friends)
"Author of BEYOND THE BLACK DOOR and IN THE RAVENOUS DARK AdriAnne Strickland’s COURT OF THE UNDYING SEASONS, a lush fantasy about a reluctant initiate to a school for vampires trying to survive the deadly politics of her kingdom’s blood-drinking rulers, her sexy-but-hostile mentor, and a string of student murders, to Rachel Diebel at Feiwel & Friends, by Hannah Bowman at Liza Dawson Associates, for publication in 2023."

Untitled by Tracey Baptiste (Del Rey)  - moved from 2018.
Sarah Peed at Del Rey has bought world rights to Tracey Baptiste's YA untitled Minecraft tie-in novel. The book is about 14-year-old gamer Bianca Marshall, who gets trapped in the game world after an accident and can't ascertain what's real and what's not. Publication is set for summer 2018; Marie Lamba at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency did the deal on behalf of Minecraft creator Mojang.

Band Nerd by Sarah Clawson Willis and Ana Hinojosa (HMH/Etch)
Lily Kessinger at HMH/Etch has bought world rights to debut graphic novel Band Nerd by Sarah Clawson Willis (l.), illustrated by Ana Hinojosa. Seventh-grader Lucy Carver is determined to make first chair flute at Windley School of the Arts, but two things stand in her way: snobby Tolli Claybourne and Lucy's loving but dysfunctional parents. Publication is set for 2023; Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties represented the author, and Maria Vicente at P.S. Literary represented the artist.

The Moon Conch by David Bowles and Guadalupe García McCall (Bloomsbury)
Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury has acquired world rights to The Moon Conch by novelists David Bowles (l.) and Guadalupe García McCall, in a two-book deal. In the YA fantasy romance, a young Aztec warrior and a contemporary immigrant Mexican girl, connected across the centuries by a sacred conch, flee oppression and fight to survive. Against all odds, they struggle to find their way to each other, for even 500 years isn't enough to keep them apart. Publication is slated for 2023; Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary represented Bowles, and Andrea Cascardi at Transatlantic Agency represented McCall.

Sunhead by Alex Assan (Harper Alley)
Andrew Arnold at HarperAlley has acquired, in a preempt, Sunhead, a YA graphic novel written and illustrated by transmasc Israeli creator Alex Assan, in which the somewhat odd and outspoken Rotem finds an unlikely friend in her shy classmate when the two bond over their shared love of a vampire book in 2008 Tel Aviv. Publication of the first book is planned for 2023; Britt Siess at Britt Siess Creative Management brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.

The 12th House by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (First Second)
Calista Brill at First Second has acquired The 12th House, a YA graphic novel by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, co-author of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, about a young woman named Camille who, following the sudden death of her grandmother, finds herself haunted by the 11 monstrous envoys of a mysterious creature that seems bent on her destruction. As she struggles to outrun what hunts her as well as her own grief, she enlists the aid of an otherworldly stranger who promises to help her look her demons in the eye so she can reclaim her life. Kiara Valdez will also edit. Publication is slated for 2023; Charlie Olsen at Inkwell Management negotiated the deal for world rights.

They Hate Each Other by Amanda Woody (Viking)
Dana Leydig at Viking has acquired They Hate Each Other, a debut novel by Amanda Woody. Told in dual POVs, the queer enemies-to-lovers romance follows 17-year-olds Jonah and Dylan, who turn to fake dating after a homecoming disaster. Their ploy begins to fail spectacularly, though, when unexpected chemistry and past scars interfere. Publication is slated for 2023; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

Monster Crush by Oli Franey (Dark Horse)
Brett Israel at Dark Horse has acquired Monster Crush by Oli Franey, a YA graphic novel pitched as Beetle and the Hollowbones meets Teen Wolf, where 16-year-old Ruby Reid closes herself off from the world after her parents split, until she meets Ella. As the duo fights off school bullies, Ella accidentally reveals her ability to transform into a monstrous beast, and exposes the world of monsters. Publication is slated for 2023; Claire Draper at the Bent Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.

The Hills of Estrella Roja by Ashley Robin Franklin (HMH)
Lily Kessinger at HMH has acquired the YA graphic novel The Hills of Estrella Roja by Ashley Robin Franklin. A mysterious email lures Kat to a small Texas town to investigate the strange red lights that float above its hills for her paranormal podcast, where she meets and crushes on Mari, a girl with family secrets connected to the lights. Publication is scheduled for 2023; Maria Vicente at P.S. Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Pillow Talk by Stephanie Cooke and Mel Valentine Vargas (HMH/Etch)
Lily Kessinger at HMH/Etch has acquired world rights to YA graphic novel Pillow Talk by Stephanie Cooke (l.), illustrated by Mel Valentine Vargas, about Grace Mendes aka Cinderhella, a fierce competitor in the Pillow Fight Federation (PFF), an underground pillow fight league that's part roller derby, part professional wrestling. Publication is scheduled for 2023; Maria Vicente at P.S. Literary represented the author, and the artist was unagented.

You Don’t Have a Shot by Racquel Marie (Feiwel and Friends)
Rachel Diebel at Feiwel and Friends has bought YA contemporary novel You Don’t Have a Shot by Racquel Marie, pitched as a queer Bend It Like Beckham, set at a soccer camp where two arch rivals must come together to redeem their reputations and lead their team to victory. Publication is scheduled for 2023; Thao Le at the Dijkstra Agency negotiated the deal for North American rights.

The Glass Fortress by Tessa Barbosa (Entangled Teen)
Filipina Canadian fantasy writer Tessa Barbosa's THE GLASS FORTRESS, in which a girl cursed by the sins of her past lives enters a deadly competition in a desperate attempt to save her imprisoned mother, only to come face to face with her immortal enemy who is tasked with destroying her once and for all, to Alexander Te Pohe at Entangled Teen, by Leonicka Valcius at Transatlantic Literary Agency (world).

The Hollow Star Saga #3 by Ashley Shuttleworth (Margaret K. McElderry Books) - moved to 2023.
"Ashley Shuttleworth's untitled books 3 and 4 in the HOLLOW STAR SAGA, in which four people will either become legends of the mortal realm, or the villains responsible for its ruin, to Sarah McCabe at Margaret K. McElderry Books, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2022, by Mandy Hubbard at Emerald City Literary Agency."

The Girl With Three Faces by Mara Rutherford (Inkyard Press)
From author on instagram:
My Masque of the Red Death retelling…with vampires. It’s my first retelling and I’m really excited to share it with you all. Think gothic romance/horror. It will be out some time in 2023".

Sweet Stakes by Alechia Dow (Inkyard Press)
From author on twitter: "A Dracula retelling, with vampires, doughnuts!, a big Black family on vacation, a super cute Van Helsing boy who is in trouuuuuble, and a bipolar Black girl who IS trouble. Prepare to LAUGH!!"

The Exile's Gift by Tamora Pierce (Random House) - originally dated September 2021, author estimates release date of 2023.
In which we learn of Numair's last years at the university of Carthak, the beginning of his conflict with the newly-made Emperor Ozorne (Numair's best friend), his quick departure from Carthak, and how he survives afterward.

Untitled by Margarits Engle
(Unknown Publisher)
Author on twitter: "
About Cubans who walk from South America because they can't get visas to enter the U.S. directly. It's a love story and an environmental STEM book."
 
Untitled by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen) - moved from 2021.
Multigenerational story of one Dominican American family through the lives of its women as they await the wake of one of the family's matriarchs, who has decided she wants the ritual to happen while she is still alive.


Untitled by Kendare Blake (HarperTeen) - moved from 2022.
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.

Of Dreams and Destiny by Sandhya Menon (Simon Pulse) - Goodreads lists a February 2022 release date, but the author lists this as releasing in 2023. Title not yet listed on Goodreads.
"Book 3 of the Rosetta Academy series is a Sleeping Beauty retelling and will follow Daphne Elizabeth (DE) and a brand new hero! Stay tuned!"

King Cheer by Molly Horton Booth, Stephanie Kate Strohm and Jamie Green (Disney Hyperion) - YA Graphic Novel.

Dawnbreaker by Jodi Meadows (Holiday House)

Stardust in their Veins by Laura Sebastian (Delacorte)  - moved from 2022.

Roar of the Tides by Veronica Rossi
(HarperCollins) - uncomfirmed date and publisher.

Five Second Violation by George M. Johnson (Little, Brown) - uncomfirmed publisher.

Finding Life's Story: Volume Two by Joy Hakim (MITeen/Candlewick Press) - YA Non-fiction.



The Witchlands #5 by Susan Dennard (Tor Teen) - moved from 2022.

Untitled by Rati Mehrotra (Wednesday Books)

Untitled by Erik J. Brown (Balzer + Bray)

Untitled by Anna Fraistat (Delacorte)

Untitled by Jennifer Baker (Putnam)

Untitled by Julian Winters (Viking) - suspect that this is a duplicate entry for Walk On By (see January 2023), and will be deleted with time.

Untitled by Rex Ogle (Norton Young Readers)

Untitled by Talia Hibbert (Joy Revolution)

Untitled by Naz Kutub (Bloomsbury)

Untitled by Ryan La Sala (Scholastic)

Untitled by Brandy Colbert (Balzer + Bray)

Untitled by Melissa de la Cruz (Putnam)

Untitled by Vitor Martins (Scholastic Press)

Untitled by Hannah Vardit (First Second)

Untitled by Rose Egal (Page Street)

Untitled by Liz Montague (Random House Studio)

Untitled by Grace Shim (Kokila)

Untitled by S. Isabelle (Scholastic)

Untitled by Eric Gansworth (Levine Querido)

Untitled by Vanessa L. Torres (Knopf)

Untitled by Susan Lee (Inkyard Press)

Untitled by Mariama J. Lockington (FSG)

Untitled by Echo Brown (Macmillan/Otaviano)

Untitled by Alex Aster (Abrams)

Golden Boys #2 by Phil Stamper (Bloomsbury)

Blood Scion #2 by Deborah Falaye (HarperTeen)

Charm City Heights #2 by Paula Chase (Wednesday Books)

Deathless #3 by Namina Forna (Delacorte)

Princes YA #2 by Linsey Miller (Disney)


Foul Lady Fortune #2 by Chloe Gong (Simon and Schuster)

A Tempest of Tea #2 by Hafsah Faizal (FSG)

Shades of Rust and Ruin #2 by A.G. Howard (Bloomsbury)

Forging Silver Into Stars #2 by Brigid Kemmerer (Bloomsbury)

River City #2 by Rose Szabo (FSG)

Lightlark #2 by Alex Aster (Abrams)

City of Villains #3 by Estelle Laure (Disnye Hyperion)

Mary #3 by Brodie Ashton, Jodie Meadows and Cynthia Hand (HarperTeen)

The Luminaries #2 by Susan Dennard (Tor Teen)

Realm Breaker #3 by Victoria Aveyard (HarperTeen)

Fallen City #2 by Adrienne Young (Wednesday Books)

The Scarlet Veil #2 by Shelby Mahurin (HarperCollins)

Royal Blood #2 by Aimee Carter (Delacorte)

Legacy of Orisha #3 by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt) - moved from 2020, then from 2021.

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