Undated 2023 New Releases














Midnight Strikes by Zeba Shahnaz (Delacorte)
Hannah Hill at Delacorte has acquired, in a six-figure preempt, Midnight Strikes by Zeba Shahnaz. This YA fantasy debut with a Russian Doll-inspired twist follows lowborn Anaïs, whose attendance at the royal ball is disrupted by an explosion that rips through the palace at the stroke of midnight, killing everyone—again and again and again. To escape this nightmarish time loop, Anaïs must figure out who's targeting the royal family with the help of the charming prince Leo, and hope they can survive past midnight. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Claire Friedman at InkWell Management did the deal for world rights.









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.

There Goes the Neighborhood by Jade Adia (Disney Hyperion)
Fifteen-year-old Rhea and her best friends, Zeke and Malachi, are South L.A. born and raised, but a recent wave of gentrification has been transforming the place that they call home. When an eviction notice from a greedy landlord threatens to split up the crew, Rhea and her friends manipulate social media to form a fake gang in hopes of scaring off developers. Their scheme appears to work at first… until a murder is pegged on the nonexistent gang. Yikes.

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD is a love letter to South L.A., a middle finger to the destructive powers of gentrification, and a hilarious adventure about three teens who have the best intentions, if not always the best solutions. Perfect for fans of Tiffany Jackson's Let Me Hear a Rhyme and Netflix's On My Block, this is an uproarious novel about power, friendship, and what really makes a neighborhood.

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.

A Crane Among Wolves by June Hur (Feiwel and Friends)
Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends has bought A Crane Among Wolves by June Hur, a YA historical mystery that follows a girl and a prince who must join forces to save her sister and the kingdom from King Yeonsangun, one of Korea's most hated tyrants. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Amy Elizabeth Bishop at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret negotiated the deal for North American 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.

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.

Viva Lola Espinoza by Ella Cerón (Kokila)
Zareen Jaffery at Kokila has acquired, in a preempt, North American rights to Viva Lola Espinoza, the debut novel by author Ella Cerón. It's a coming-of-age romance with a dash of magical realism, about a booksmart teen whose summer plans are derailed when she is sent to live with her grandmother in Mexico City and learns a family secret that changes her life forever. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Viana Siniscalchi and Joelle Hobeika at Alloy Entertainment handled the two-book deal.

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.

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.

Always the Almost by Edward Underhill (Wednesday Books)
Sylvan Creekmore at Wednesday Books has bought Always the Almost by debut author Edward Underhill, plus a second standalone YA novel. In this YA rom-com, a trans classical pianist resolves to spend his junior year winning back his ex-boyfriend and defeating his arch-nemesis at the biggest piano competition of the year, only to have his carefully laid plans in both love and music disrupted when a new boy moves to town and makes a play for his heart. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Dance of the Starlit Sea by Kiana Krystle (Peachtree Teen)
Ashley Hearn at Peachtree Teen has bought Dance of the Starlit Sea by debut author Kiana Krystle, a cottagecore paranormal YA, in which disgraced ballet dancer Lila Rose Li is sent away by her parents to Luna Island, where every seven years a girl is sacrificed as a bride to the Devil. To protect herself, Lila seeks the guardianship of the angel who keeps appearing in her dreams, but unbeknownst to her, is the Devil's servant in disguise. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Naomi Davis at BookEnds Literary brokered the deal for world rights.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You Bet Your Heart by Danielle Parker (Joy Revolution)
Bria Ragin with co-founders and editors David and Nicola Yoon of Joy Revolution have acquired You Bet Your Heart by debut author and Pitch Wars alum Danielle Parker, a contemporary YA rom-com, bought at auction in a two-book deal, in which a star student finds herself academically tied for high school valedictorian with her childhood best friend-turned-rival and agrees to settle the score through a series of bets, even if it means putting her heart and happiness on the line. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Pete Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media negotiated the deal for U.S., Canada, and non-exclusive OPM rights.

The Davenports by Krystal Marquis (Dial)
Jessica Garrison at Dial has bought, in a preempt, world English rights to The Davenports , a debut YA novel by Krystal Marquis, inspired by the forgotten history of wealthy Black Americans at the turn of the last century. Set in 1910, this YA romance follows the daughters of William Davenport, a formerly enslaved man and now wealthy entrepreneur, as they find their way — and unexpectedly find love — in a rapidly changing country. Publication is slated for spring 2023; Viana Siniscalchi and Sara Shandler at Alloy Entertainment negotiated the two-book deal with Tamar Rydzinski at Context Literary Agency. Foreign rights have been sold in 11 countries, many at auction.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)







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.






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.

Out of Our Leagues by Various YA Authors (
Feiwel and Friends)
Rachel Diebel at Feiwel and Friends has bought world rights to Out of Our League, a YA anthology of contemporary short stories about girls in sports, co-edited by Dahlia Adler (l.) And Jennifer Iacopelli
. Contributors include Carrie Allen, Sara Farizan, Juliana Goodman, Maggie Hall, Leah Henderson, Sarah Henning, Naomi Kanakia, Miranda Kenneally, Yamille Saied Méndez, Cam Montgomery, Marieke Nijkamp, ​​Amparo Ortiz, Aminah Mae Safi, and Kayla Whaley. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency represented Adler, and Chloe Seager at Madeline Millburn Literary Agency represented Iacopelli; Alice Sutherland-Hawes at ASH Literary now represents Iacopelli.

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.


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.

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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.

The Vines in the Wall by Lauren Yero (Atheneum)
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.

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.

Nightbirds by Kate J. Armstrong (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books)
Stacey Barney at Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books has acquired, in a preempt, North American rights to YA fantasy debut Nightbirds and its sequel, Fyrebirds, by Kate J. Armstrong. Pitched as Carnival Row meets The Great Gatsby, the story is set in a 1920s-inspired world where magic is illegal, but you can taste its delights if you know where to look. The mysterious Nightbirds—girls who can bestow their rare powers with a kiss, provided you can pay the price—are the city's best-kept secret until their identities are unmasked, forcing them into the shadows, where they discover their true powers. Josh Adams at Adams Literary negotiated the two-book deal for publication beginning in summer 2023.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Night Is Ours by Ronni Davis (Little, Brown)
Nikki Garcia at Little, Brown/Poppy has bought This Night Is Ours by Ronni Davis, a YA novel that follows a teen girl's uncertainty about the future, familial pressure, and a budding romance with one of her best friends the summer before college. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Caitie Flum at Liza Dawson Associates brokered the deal for world rights.

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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.












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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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.


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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The Darkening #2 by Sunya Mara (HMH)

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





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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.








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?

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.

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.

You Wouldn't Dare by Samantha Markum (Wednesday Books)
Vicki Lame at Wednesday Books has bought, in an exclusive submission, You Wouldn't Dare, a YA novel by Samantha Markum. It's been seven months since Junie unintentionally sabotaged her friendship with Graham. But thanks to an impending move with her mom's boyfriend and his surly daughter, a community theater production threatened by poor turnout, and a rare upcoming visit from her dad, things with Graham are the least of Junie's problems—until unexpected feelings threaten their friendship once again. Publication is set for winter 2023; Ashley Blake at Rees Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English 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.

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.

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.

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.

Witch's Dice by Kaylie Smith (Disney Hyperion)
Cassidy Leyendecker at Disney Hyperion has acquired, in a six-figure, two-book deal, Witch's Dice from debut YA author Kaylie Smith. In a world on the brink of war where one more roll from a magical dice may set you down a dangerous path, Calla Rosewood joins a ragtag group of witches who venture into a demonic enchanted forest to find a way to reset their fate, only to discover the forest may be more than any of them bargained for. Publication is slated for winter 2023 and winter 2024; Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary brokered the 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.

Untitled by 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.

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.

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.

She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran (Bloomsbury)
Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury has acquired, at auction, She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran. This YA coming-of-age ghost story sets a girl's navigation of her Vietnamese American bisexual identity against both the dark legacy of colonialism and a blossoming summer romance, when she visits her estranged father in Vietnam and learns that the house they share is haunted. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023, and an untitled YA novel is scheduled for winter 2024; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management negotiated the six-figure deal for world English 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)









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.










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.










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.)"

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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 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 Rose Egal (Page Street)

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)

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

River City #2 by Rose Szabo (FSG)

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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