Recent deals in my P.S. Literary agenting life, and current books out and about!

THE DUST ALPHABET by Rebecca Podos (Balzer + Bray, 2021): On her 17th birthday, a girl is cursed by a sheyd (a Jewish demon) as the price for a desperate bargain her mother made long ago; to break the spell, she and her brother must track down their mom's estranged family and discover a legacy they never dreamed of—one that traces back to the famous Golem of Prague.

TRASHLANDS by Alison Stine (MIRA, 2021): At a strip club at the end of the world, a single mother has to choose between love and survival in the region-wide junkyard that Appalachia has become after climate change floods re-draw the coasts of America, pitched as an Appalachian THE CHILDREN OF MEN.

SURRENDER YOUR SONS by Adam Sass (Flux, 2020): A gay teen is kidnapped and taken to a conversion camp on a forgotten island, where he’ll have to team up with the other LGBTQ+ teens to uncover the camp’s dark secrets and expose them to the world, pitched as a queer Lost.

I HOPE YOU’RE LISTENING by Tom Ryan (Albert Whitman, 2020): Ten years after witnessing her best friend's kidnapping, a teen copes by anonymously launching a podcast to help solve missing persons cases, but when a new abduction is revealed to have links to the original case, she has to decide how much she's willing to reveal to discover the truth.

A BEGINNING AT THE END by Mike Chen (MIRA, 2020): Six years after a global pandemic, it turns out that the End of the World was more of a new beginning. Coming out of quarantine, 2 billion unsure survivors split between big cities, hippie communes, and wasteland gangs. When the father of a presumed-dead pop star announces a global search for his daughter, four lives collide: Krista, a cynical wedding planner; Moira, the ex-pop star in hiding; Rob, a widowed single father; and Sunny, his seven-year-old daughter.

THE GROWER by Alison Stine (MIRA, 2020): A young marijuana farmer must free a teen mom and her daughter from an anarchist cult in a rural West Virginia ravaged by climate change, pitched as a feminist take on THE ROAD meets an Appalachian THE GIRLS.

RUINSONG by Julia Ember (FSG, 2020): Set in a world where magic is sung and a gifted teen girl is forced to use her powerful voice to maintain control over a kingdom, while her childhood best friend tries to encourage her to figuratively, and literally, use her voice to fight back, all the while the two wrestle with their feelings for each other.

HOW TO SPEAK BOY by Tiana Smith (Swoon, 2020): Pitched as You've Got Mail meets high school speech and debate, in which two rivals find themselves exchanging anonymous letters, and soon, their friendly notes turn into something more, but their competitive natures put everything at risk.

FINDING BALANCE by Kati Gardner (Flux, 2020): A companion novel to the author's debut BRAVE ENOUGH, in which teen cancer survivors Jase and Mari start to fall for one another during their time at cancer camp over the summer, only for Jase, who has kept his diagnosis a secret, to completely ignore Mari when school starts up again, afraid of being revealed.

THE QUEEN OF COIN AND WHISPERS by Helen Corcoran (O'Brien, 2020): In which a young queen and her young spymaster wrestle with feelings for one another, amidst a financially crumbling kingdom, treason, and the spymaster's investigation into who murdered her father, pitched as THE WINNER'S CURSE meets GRACELING.

MAD BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Samira Ahmed (Soho Teen, 2020): A Muslim-American teenager partners with a descendant of French author Alexander Dumas to unravel the mystery of a 19th-century Muslim woman who appears in letters between Dumas and Eugene Delacroix, told in dueling narratives that weave between past and present.

LOST AT SEA by Erica Boyce (Sourcebooks, 2020): Pitched as Liane Moriarty meets Celeste Ng, in which the disappearance of a beloved fisherman from a small village stirs up more than grief as hidden secrets bubble to the surface, touching friends, family, and colleagues.

MEET ME HALFWAY by Tom Ryan & Robin Stevenson (Running Press, 2020): Two cousins are on a roadtrip to Pride in Toronto as they search for love and adventure and uncover family secrets along the way.

ALL BOYS AREN'T BLUE by George M. Johnson (FSG, 2020): A joyous, difficult, and ultimately triumphant memoir that takes powerful stories from his life growing up as a queer black teen to show readers how they can fight for themselves or be allies in the struggle for equity and equality.

SPEAK THE OCEAN by Rebecca Enzor (REUTS, 2019): Pitched as THE LITTLE MERMAID meets BLACKFISH, in which a trainer at the world's first mermaid theme park has to risk his life and turn his back on the people he cares about, to let the world know that the park's ill-treated mermaids are just as human as we are.

PAX NOVIS by Erica Cameron (Entangled, 2019): A YA trilogy pitched as THE EXPANSE meets STAR TREK: VOYAGER, in which the human colonies spread across the Milky Way have been at war for centuries and everyone depends on the resources carried by massive cargo ships, and though they don't know it, some stowaway teens hiding on-board the NOVIS may be humankind's only hope when these ships start to vanish