Undated 2023 New Releases

 











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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Untitled by Kalynn Bayron (Bloomsbury)
"
...An untitled YA fairy tale reimagining.."

 










No releases currently scheduled.
 


  







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.


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. 

Untitled by Robby Weber (Inkyard Press)

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

 






 


 


Untitled by Aiden Thomas (Fiewel and Friends)

Desciption not yet released.



















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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

Sweet Stakes by Alechia Dow (Inkyard Press)
From author on twitter: "
NEWS: Inkyard told me I can tell you so Imma tell you. My 2023 book is called SWEET STAKES! It’s a foodie Dracula retelling: it’s got vampires! doughnuts galore! A big Black family on vacation and a super cute Van Helsing boy who is in trouuuuble!! YUP!! Eeeeeeeee!!!"

Untitled by Rati Mehrotra (Wednesday Books)
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...With a second untitled novel scheduled for 2023..."

Untitled by Kendare Blake (HarperTeen)

Untitled by Anna Fraistat (Delacorte) 

Untitled by Jennifer Baker (Putnam)

Untitled by Julian Winters (Viking) 

Untitled by Rachel Lynn Solomon (Simon and Schuster)

Untitled by Elizabeth Lim (Knopf) 

Untitled by Naz Kutub (Bloomsbury)

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 Vanessa L. Torres (Knopf)

Untitled by Mariama J. Lockington (FSG)

Untitled by Echo Brown (Macmillan/Otaviano) 

The Valedictorians #2 by Phil Stamper (Bloomsbury) 

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

Deathless #3 by Namina Forna (Delacorte)

Monsters #2 by Vanessa Len (HarperCollins)

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

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

Realm Breaker #3 by Victoria Aveyard (HarperTeen)

Fallen City #2 by Adrienne Young (Wednesday Books)

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

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

The Bone Spindle #2 by Leslie Vedder (Putnam)

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