Undated 2023 New Releases

 











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.

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

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

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.

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.

The Jump by Brittney Morris (Simon and Schuster)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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...An untitled YA fairy tale reimagining.."

 










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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.

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.

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. 

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

 






 


 


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Oucasts by Claire McFall (Walker Books US) - originally published in the UK.
Tristan and Dylan have escaped death and conquered destiny. Nothing is stopping them from being together.

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

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

Are they willing to make the ultimate sacrifice?

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

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


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

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


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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)."

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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.

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.


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

Manslaughter Park by Tirzah Price (HarperCollins)

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







 





Full-Court Crush by Hannah Vardit (First Second) - note: author has changed name since annoucement.

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










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

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

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

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Sweet Stakes by Alechia Dow (Inkyard Press)
From author on twitter:
"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!!"

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

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

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Untitled by Melissa de la Cruz (Putnam)

Untitled by Hannah Vardit (First Second)

Untitled by Liz Montague (Random House Studio)

Untitled by Vanessa L. Torres (Knopf)

Untitled by Susan Lee (Inkyard Press)

Untitled by Mariama J. Lockington (FSG)

Untitled by Echo Brown (Macmillan/Otaviano) 

The Valedictorians #2 by Phil Stamper (Bloomsbury) 

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

Deathless #3 by Namina Forna (Delacorte)

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)

Realm Breaker #3 by Victoria Aveyard (HarperTeen)

Golden Boys #2 by Phil Stamper (Bloomsbury)

Fallen City #2 by Adrienne Young (Wednesday Books)

Royal Blood #2 by Aimee Carter (Delacorte)

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

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

The Bone Spindle #2 by Leslie Vedder (Putnam)

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