Undated 2023 New Releases





 



Ander and Santi Were Here by Jonny Garza Villa (Wednesday Books)
The Santos Vista neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas is all Ander Lopez has ever known. The smell of pan dulce, the laughter of kids hitting at a piñata at the park, the mixture of Spanish and English filling the streets. And, most of all, their family’s restaurant, Taquería Guadalupe. With the days remaining of Ander’s gap year before heading to Chicago for art school quickly decreasing, their head continues to be filled with the same question: am I really ready to leave it all behind?

Santiago Garcia is the new waiter at Lupe's, hired by Ander’s grandmother when they're let go (not fired) in order to focus on their art, including a commission for murals to revitalize the décor of the taquería. And Ander is immediately crushing. So much so that they even wiggle their way into a few shifts to help train Santi. Because that’s what good grandchildren do.

A couple nights closing down the restaurant and they’re the last two there. Late night drives to drop Santi off. Dates at the park with easels, paints, and paletas. It all quickly becomes something undeniably romantic for the both of them. And when Ander learns Santi is undocumented, the happiness that they both feel in their blossoming relationship becomes something worth holding onto. Santi becomes the best tie to home Ander has ever known, and Ander becomes Santi’s first tie toward making Santos Vista and the United States feel like home.

But it's hard not to realize how fragile that sense of home is when it starts to seem like the whole world is against them. And when, eventually, the world starts to win.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Song of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amélie Wen Zhao (Delacorte)
Krista Marino at Delacorte has bought, in an exclusive submission, Song of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amélie Wen Zhao (the Blood Heir series), first in a YA xiānxiá Chinese fantasy series, and a second, untitled sequel. The story follows a song girl in a conquered land whose last remnant of her mother—and the fallen Hin dynasty of her ancestors—is the symbol seared onto her hand, which, if the mysterious boy she encounters is to be trusted, may be the key to freeing her people by mastering the ancient, forgotten magic of practitioning. Publication is set for spring 2023; Pete Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media did the deal for North American rights.

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.

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.

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.

Beneath the Wide Silk Sky by Emily Inouye Huey (Scholastic)
Lisa Sandell at Scholastic has acquired Beneath the Wide Silk Sky by debut author Emily Inouye Huey. Set on an island in Washington state in the days leading up to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, the YA novel features a 15-year-old Japanese American girl who uses her passion for photography to document what is happening to her family and her town, as she fights to save her family's farm with the help of the boy next door. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary did the deal for North American rights.

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.

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.

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.

Cool. Awkward. Black. by Various YA Authors (Philomel)
Liza Kaplan at Philomel has acquired, in a six-house auction, Cool. Awkward. Black., a YA fiction anthology that explores the joys of and multitudes within Black geekhood from a number of Black authors, edited by Karen Strong, with stories by Amerie, Kalynn Bayron, Terry Benton, Roseanne A. Brown, Elise Bryant, Tracy Deonn, Desiree S. Evans, Isaac Fitzsimons, Lamar R. Giles, Jordan Ifueko, Leah Johnson, Amanda Joy, Danny Lore, Kwame Mbalia, Tochi Onyebuchi, K. Arsenault Rivera, Ciannon Smart, Julian Winters, Ibi Zoboi, and one winner from a contest run by Strong. Publication is set for spring 2023; Patrice Caldwell and Jenniea Carter at New Leaf Literary & Media brokered the deal for world English 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.

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.

The Buried and the Bound by Rochelle Hassan (Roaring Brook Press)
Mekisha Telfer at Roaring Brook has bought The Buried and the Bound by Rochelle Hassan (The Prince of Nowhere). This first book in a planned contemporary YA fantasy trilogy follows a young witch charged with protecting her sleepy hometown from fae mischief. But when a dark entity takes root in the wood, she must seek help from the unlikeliest of allies to form a coven reckless enough to take on the new threat. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Erica Bauman at Aevitas Creative Management did the three-book 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 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.

Be Smarter Now by Jacob Sager Weinstein (Odd Dot) - YA Non-fiction.
Justin Krasner at Odd Dot has bought Be Smarter Now and Be Happier Now by Jacob Sager Weinstein, which consist of 100 quick and easy steps for teens to attain their goals in a practical and accessible way. Publication for both books is planned for spring 2023; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

Be Happier Now by Jacob Sager Weinstein (Odd Dot) - YA Non-fiction.
Justin Krasner at Odd Dot has bought Be Smarter Now and Be Happier Now by Jacob Sager Weinstein, which consist of 100 quick and easy steps for teens to attain their goals in a practical and accessible way. Publication for both books is planned for spring 2023; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy 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)."

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Universal Expansion #3 by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Teen)







No releases currently scheduled.






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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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







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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.

Belle of the Ball by Mari Costa (First Second)
Calista Brill at First Second has bought, in a preempt, YA graphic novel Belle of the Ball by Mari Costa, author-illustrator of web comics Peritale and Life of Melody. This comedic, lesbian love-triangle story between a wallflower, a star athlete, and a head cheerleader is set amidst the trials and tribulations of high school and the many social pressures therein. Publication is set for fall 2023; Peter Ryan at Stimola Literary Studio did the two-book deal for world rights.

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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.

Saints of the Household by Ari Tison (FSG)
Grace Kendall at FSG has bought, at auction, in a six-figure deal, Saints of the Household and a second untitled YA novel by debut author Ari Tison. Told in alternating points of view, in poetry and verse, the first book follows two Bribri American brothers navigating an abusive home, new love, and a secret at school as they try to understand who they want to be—saints or otherwise. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties negotiated the deal for world English 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.

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Untitled by Amy Tintera (Crown)

Untitled by Farrah Rochon (Disney Hyperion)

The Darkening #2 by Sunya Mara (HMH)

Fall Winter Spring Summer #2 by Maya Prasad (Disney Hyperion)





No releases currently scheduled.





This Dark Descent by Kalyn Josephson (Roaring Brook Press)
Kate Meltzer at Roaring Brook has acquired, at auction, a YA fantasy duology by Kalyn Josephson, beginning with This Dark Descent. Inspired by Jewish folklore, The Scorpio Races meets Peaky Blinders in this multi-POV story of forbidden magic, dangerous secrets, and equestrian adventure that follows a young woman desperate to save her family, a black market enchantress, and a wealthy, ambitious lord, who join forces to win a deadly cross-country race. Publication is set for winter 2023 and 2024; Carrie Pestritto at Laura Dail Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

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.

It Ends with December by Joan F. Smith (Feiwel and Friends)
Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends has acquired, in an exclusive submission, It Ends with December by Joan F. Smith (The Half-Orphan's Handbook). Pitched as They Both Die at the End meets The Butterfly Effect, the YA novel features 17-year-old December, who uses her gift of foreknowledge to help lifeguard Nick save a drowning man—only to discover that her actions have put Nick's life at risk. Publication is set for winter 2023; Kerry D'Agostino at Curtis Brown Ltd. negotiated the deal for North American rights.

6 Times We Almost Kissed (+ 1 Time We Did) by Tess Sharpe (Little Brown)
Lisa Yoskowitz at Little, Brown has acquired, at auction, 6 Times We Almost Kissed (+ 1 Time We Did) by Tess Sharpe. This YA novel follows two girls who have always clashed, but whose paths constantly cross because of their mothers' epic friendship. When a long-awaited surgery forces both families to live together, the girls can't ignore their reluctantly shared past… or all those times they've almost kissed. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret did the deal for world rights.

Dream to Me by Megan Paasch (Feiwel and Friends)
Camille Kellogg, while at Imprint, bought Dream to Me by Megan Paasch; Rachel Diebel at Feiwel and Friends will edit. In this debut YA contemporary novel about grief and forgiveness, a girl fears her dreams may be causing a rash of comas in a small Pacific Northwest town while she grapples with the untimely death of her father. Publication is set for winter 2023; Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary negotiated the deal for world rights; Natascha Morris at Tobias Literary now represents the author.

Last of the Talons by Sophie Kim (Entangled Teen)
"Sophie Kim's LAST OF THE TALONS, an OwnVoices fantasy, pitched as inspired by Korean mythology, in which a teen assassin has to kill a Dokkaebi emperor to save her sister, but falls for him instead, to Jen Bouvier at Entangled Teen, in a three-book deal, for publication in winter 2023, by Emily Forney at BookEnds (world)."

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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.

Blood Debts by Terry Benton (Tor Teen)
Ali Fisher at Tor Teen has bought Blood Debts by Terry Benton. Pitched as Dynasty with magic, the novel follows two Black 16-year-old twins who must put aside their differences and reunite their fractured family in order to take back the New Orleans magic council their family used to rule—while solving a decades-old murder that sparked the rising tensions between the city's magical and non-magical communities before it leads to war. Publication is set for winter 2023; Patrice Caldwell at New Leaf Literary & Media did the three-book, mid-six figure deal for North American rights.

Every Time You Go Away by Abigail Johnson (Inkyard Press)
Connolly Bottum at Inkyard Press has acquired, at auction, a YA contemporary novel by Abigail Johnson. In Every Time You Go Away, so much happened in the three years since childhood best friends Rebecca and Ethan last saw one another. Rebecca learned to navigate life from a wheelchair, and Ethan became caregiver to his addicted mother. But in rediscovering one another, they risk losing an enduring friendship on a love that neither feels they deserve. Publication is slated for winter 2023; Kim Lionetti at BookEnds Literary did the two-book deal for world rights.

A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid (HarperTeen)
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.

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Deborah Heiligman (Godwin Books)
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.

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.

Hot Dutch Daydream by Kristy Boyce (HarperTeen)
"Kristy Boyce's HOT DUTCH DAYDREAM, a standalone companion to HOT BRITISH BOYFRIEND, in which a girl gets the opportunity of a lifetime to attend a research conference in Berlin, but only if she agrees to spend the summer in Amsterdam as a live-in nanny for her advisor's toddler; she's willing to put up with the germy hands and tantrums, but she isn't prepared for her advisor's totally off-limits teenage son, who she can't get off her mind, to Elizabeth Lynch at Harper Teen, for publication in winter 2023, by Tara Gonzalez at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world English)."

Untitled by Kalynn Bayron (Feiwel and Friends)
Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends has bought a retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Kalynn Bayron for the publisher's new Remixed Classics line. The gothic reimagining will bring an intersectional twist to the classic tale by featuring queer Black teenagers navigating the oppressive society of the 19th century. Publication is set for winter 2023; Jamie Vankirk at Rainbow Nerds Literary brokered the deal for world rights.

The Long Run by James Acker (Inkyard Press)
Claire Stetzer at Inkyard Press has acquired The Long Run by screenwriter James Acker, pitched as Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets Friday Night Lights. This YA #OwnVoices debut follows two boys' track and field athletes, Bash and Sandro, as they fall in love during their senior year; their story touches on themes of identity, independence, and toxic masculinity in South Jersey. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023; Carlisle K. Webber at Fuse Literary negotiated the two-book deal for North American rights.

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.

Play the Game by Charlene Allen (Katherine Tegan Books)
Ben Rosenthal at HarperCollins/Tegen has bought YA novel Play the Game by debut author Charlene Allen, about a Black teenage boy who uses clues from a video game designed by his dead best friend to investigate the murder of the friend's killer, and is subsequently introduced to restorative justice. Publication is slated for winter 2023; Elizabeth Bewley at Sterling Lord Literistic handled the two-book deal for world English rights.

Promposal by RaeChell Garrett (Little, Brown)
Ruqayyah Daud at Little, Brown/Poppy has bought, at auction, YA debut Promposal by RaeChell Garrett, a rom-com about a Black girl who, determined to make it off the waiting list of the business school of her dreams, enlists the help of former crush turned rival to form a promposal service in hopes of impressing the admissions committee, but is unsure if she can she trust him with her business... or her heart. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023, with an untitled second novel to follow in 2024; Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary did the deal for world English 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.

And Other Mistakes by Erika Turner (Feiwel and Friends)
Foyinsi Adegbonmire at Feiwel and Friends has bought And Other Mistakes and a second book by debut author Erika Turner. The coming-of-age story takes place a year after 17-year-old Las Vegas teen Aaliyah Marshall is outed and her life falls apart. Now in her senior year, she grapples with family drama, her crush on the new girl, a best friend who may want more, regaining the trust of her cross-country team, and figuring out what's next. Publication is planned for winter 2023; Quressa Robinson at Nelson Literary negotiated the six-figure deal for North American rights.

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.

Waking Fire by Jean Louise (Inkyard Press)
Claire Stetzer at Inkyard Press has acquired debut Waking Fire by Jean Louise and an untitled sequel. This #OwnVoices YA fantasy duology follows a girl whose secret desert village is discovered by a dangerous warlord and his army of undead monsters, and she will stop at nothing until her home is safe again. Publication is slated for winter 2023; Claire Friedman at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for world rights.

The Wrong Kind of Weird by James Ramos (Inkyard Press)
Stephanie Cohen at Inkyard has bought world and audio rights to The Wrong Kind of Weird and a second book by debut author James Ramos. This YA contemporary love story celebrates a multicultural nerd culture club, and follows a Black teen on his journey to recognizing his own value and also his messiness in relationships that may not serve him anymore. The story explores geek humor, frenemy and clique culture, and a lighthearted yet introspective take on the identities and lives we live and shed in high school. Publication is slated for winter 2023; Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary brokered the deal

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.

Manslaughter Park by Tirzah Price (HarperCollins)

Heart of Severed Leaves #2 by Judy I. Lin (Fiewel and Friends)









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.










Hungry Ghost by Victoria Ying (First Second)
Calista Brill at First Second has acquired, at auction, Victoria Ying's YA contemporary graphic novel, Hungry Ghost. The book follows Valerie Chu as she grows up with an eating disorder in her Chinese-American family, navigates great loss, and ultimately comes to terms with how sometimes those you love most can hurt you most. Publication is slated for 2023; Jennifer Azantian at Azantian Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.

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.

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.

Seven Faceless Saints by M.K. Lobb (Little, Brown)
Nikki Garcia at Little, Brown has acquired a YA gothic fantasy by debut author M.K. Lobb, set in a fictionalized city in Italy, which follows a rebel who wants to dismantle the corrupt system responsible for her father's death, and the youngest captain and soldier who serves the city and the saints with unquestioning devotion. When something dark and sinister threatens all of Forenza, these former friends turned foes will have to join forces. Publication is slated for winter 2023; Claire Friedman at Inkwell Management brokered 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.

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.

Untitled by 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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

The Darkness Within Us by Tricia Levenseller (Fiewel and Friends)

Holly West at Feiwel and Friends has acquired the next four YA fantasy novels by Tricia Levenseller. The Chromamancer Chronicles, a trilogy in which an orphan, princess, and ranger must stop a magical serial killer from destroying their world, will follow an expedited schedule with titles releasing six months apart in 2024 and 2025. The Darkness Within Us will be a companion novel to the author's bestselling The Shadows Between Us focusing on Alessandra's sister, and is slated for 2023. Rachel Brooks at BookEnds Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

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.

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."

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!!"

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.

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

Dawnbreaker by Jodi Meadows (Holiday House)

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.

Untitled by Rati Mehrotra (Wednesday Books)

Untitled by Kendare Blake (HarperTeen)

Untitled by Erik J. Brown (Balzer + Bray)

Untitled by Anna Fraistat (Delacorte)

Untitled by Jennifer Baker (Putnam)

Untitled by Julian Winters (Viking)

Untitled by Rex Ogle (Norton Young Readers)

Untitled by Rachel Lynn Solomon (Simon and Schuster)

Untitled by Elizabeth Lim (Knopf)

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 Hannah Vardit (First Second)

Untitled by Liz Montague (Random House Studio)

Untitled by Grace Shim (Kokila)

Untitled by S. Isabelle (Scholastic)

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)

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

Deathless #3 by Namina Forna (Delacorte)

Princes YA #2 by Linsey Miller (Disney)

In Every Generation #2 by Kendare Blake (Disney Hyperion)

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

Monsters #2 by Vanessa Len (HarperCollins)

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

Mystiqiel #2 by A.G. Howard (Bloomsbury)


Lightlark #2 by Alex Aster (Abrams)

The Luminaries #2 by Susan Dennard (Tor Teen)

Realm Breaker #3 by Victoria Aveyard (HarperTeen)

Fallen City #2 by Adrienne Young (Wednesday Books)

Royal Blood #2 by Aimee Carter (Delacorte)

Castles In Their Bones #3 by Laura Sebastian (Delacorte)

The Bone Spindle #2 by Leslie Vedder (Putnam)

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