Recent deals for my P.S. Literary clients, 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.
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.
NOT UP FOR DEBATE 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.
KID ACTIVISTS by Robin Stevenson (Quirk, 2019): The latest book in Quirk's illustrated Kid Legends series, introducing young readers to the childhood lives of over a dozen activists, including Harvey Milk, Rosa Parks, Janet Mock, and more.
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.
When beloved local fisherman John Staybrook is lost at sea his death stirs up more than grief. Hidden secrets throughout the small community begin to bubble to the surface, and everyone from the local librarian to the nurses at the hospital are swept up in the storm.
For fans of Kerry Lonsdale and Emily Bleeker, LOST AT SEA is a mysterious yet uplifting family drama with unexpected twists that explores a small town community caught up in the disappearance of one man, the resurgence of tightly held secrets, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.
Running Press, 2020
When You Get The Chance is the “super queer, super Canadian, road-trip-to-Toronto-Pride YA novel,” as described by Ryan, and is scheduled to be published by Running Press Kids in the spring of 2020.
The novel follows “cousins Mark [from the East coast of Canada, written by Ryan] and Talia [from the West coast of Canada, written by Stevenson] on a road trip to Pride in Toronto as they search for love and adventure and uncover family secrets along the way.” [More, Goodreads]
FSG, April 2020
In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.
Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren't Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. Johnson's emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults. [More]
MIRA, January 2020
Six years after a global pandemic, it turns out that the End of the World was more like a big pause. Coming out of quarantine, 2 billion unsure survivors split between self-governing 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 event planner; Moira, the ex-pop star in hiding; Rob, a widowed single father; and Sunny, his seven-year-old daughter.
As their lives begin to intertwine, reports of a new outbreak send the fragile society into a panic. And when the government enacts new rules in response to the threat, long-buried secrets surface, causing Sunny to run away seeking the truth behind her mother’s death. Now, Krista, Rob, and Moira must finally confront the demons of their past in order to hit the road and reunite with Sunny—before a coastal lockdown puts the world on pause again. [More]
Swoon / Macmillan, January 2020
Quinn and Grayson have been fierce speech and debate rivals for years. They can't stand one another, either in competition or in real life. But when their AP Government teacher returns their school assignments to the wrong cubbies, they begin exchanging anonymous notes without knowing who the other is.
Despite their differences, the two come together through their letters and find themselves unknowingly falling for the competition. Before the state tournament, the two of them need to figure out what they want out of life, or risk their own future happiness. After all, what’s the point of speech and debate if you can't say what's in your heart? [More]
Adams / Simon & Schuster, December 2019
Self-care is an important part of modern-day life, as we all strive to slow down and take better care of our minds, bodies, and souls. Now you can add some THC (or CBD) to your TLC—whether you prefer a warm bath with essential oils, lit by candlelight, and topped off with a soothing lungful of calming cannabis or relaxing in child’s pose, prefaced [More]
Soho Teen, November 2019
Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen has bought Sangu Mandanna's Color Outside the Lines, a YA anthology centered around interracial relationships and the complicated, rewarding and sometimes hilarious dynamics between friends, family, and first loves. The collection features Anna-Marie McLemore, Elsie Chapman, Karuna Riazi, Lydia Kang, L.L. McKinney, Lori M. Lee, Lauren Gibaldi, Tara Sim, Eric Smith, Caroline Tung Richmond, Kelly Zekas, Tarun Shanker, Samira Ahmed and Adam Silvera, and more
Sky Pony Press, September 2019
A starred review from Kirkus!
One kingdom. One crown. One family. “Maybe it’s time the great House of Rey came to an end. After all, what are we now? Just a house of rage and sorrow.” Esmae once wanted nothing more than to help her golden brother win the crown of Kali but that dream died with her best friend. Alexi broke her heart, and she vowed to destroy him for it. And with her sentient warship Titania beside her, how can she possibly fail? [More]
Katherine Tegen Books, September 2019
A starred review from Kirkus!
A teen girl responds to her school's overreaching book ban by starting an underground library-her secret book hustling sparks a reading rebellion that sweeps through the school, sparking a wildfire of unforeseen consequences, friendships, and conversations about the importance of empathy, pitched as THE BOOK THIEF meets Andrew Smith's WINGER.
Inkyard Press, September 2019
A starred review from Kirkus!
When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys—or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren’t exactly mainstream at St. Ann’s, her conservative Catholic high school.
Then a malicious rumor starts spreading through the halls…a rumor that her popular, pretty, pro-life sister had an abortion over the summer. A rumor that has the power to not only hurt Helen, but possibly see her expelled. [More]
Harper Perennial, August 2019
A New York Times Bestseller!
A Publishers Weekly Spring Preview Selection
A Starred Review from Library Journal!
A deeply personal collection of essays exploring Nigerian-American author Bassey Ikpi’s experiences navigating Bipolar II and anxiety throughout the course of her life.
Bassey Ikpi was born in Nigeria in 1976. Four years later, she and her mother joined her father in Stillwater, Oklahoma —a move that would be anxiety ridden for any child, but especially for Bassey. Her early years in America would come to be defined by tension: an assimilation further complicated by bipolar II and anxiety that would go undiagnosed for decades. [More]
Da Capo, July 2019
A beautiful full-color cookbook addressing a hot topic for new moms, with creative meals, snacks, and drinks created to support breast milk supply and overall health
For breastfeeding moms, "eating for two" continues long after the baby arrives. But eating well can be hard enough before there's a newborn in the house, and moms who experience low milk supply or milk slumps face additional challenges. In their debut cookbook, the founders of Oat Mama share 100 simple, delicious recipes for breakfasts, [More]
REUTS, July 2019
For Mer handler Finn Jarvis, the feral mermaid performers at Oceanica Marine Park are nothing more than ruthless aquatic predators, violent and unpredictable. That doesn’t stop the public from flocking to one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions. To them, the Mer are magical entertainment, too beautiful to be dangerous. They don’t see what happens to the ones who dare swim out of line.
Newly caught Erie doesn’t know what the evil landfolk want from her. Alone and voiceless, she watches the other merfolk from the confines of her tank. Broken into submission, they’ve become shells of the once vibrant creatures she knew. But Erie refuses to be subjugated. She’ll get the crowds to see her as something more than simple entertainment—starting with her captor, Finn. [More]
Andrews McMeel, June 2019
A cocktail book with recipes for re-creating adult versions of your favorite '90s childhood drinks as well as original craft cocktails inspired by that iconic decade, Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum? is '90s nostalgia in a glass!
Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum? is a tongue in cheek cocktail book for the former '90s kid and those just discovering how cool old-school Nickelodeon and Delia's once were. With recipes for alcoholic versions of childhood favorites like Ecto-Cooler and Mondo as well as creative pop-culture inspired originals like the Rum and Stimpy and Semi-Warmed Kind of Cider, this is a perfectly giftable mix of humor… [More]
Albert Whitman, May 2019
A starred review from Kirkus!
It’s been a year since the Catalog Killer terrorized the sleepy seaside town of Camera Cove, killing four people before disappearing without a trace. Like everyone else in town, eighteen-year-old Mac Bell is trying to put that horrible summer behind him—easier said than done since Mac’s best friend Connor was the murderer’s final victim… [More]
Adams Media, May 2019
Astrology isn’t just for romance anymore! Let your sign lead the way to find true friendship with this enlightening guide to the stars.
Think astrology is only for romantic relationships? Think again! With this guide, you’ll learn which sign is the perfect friendship match for you! Learn why bold Leo and adventurous Sagittarius make such a good match. Discover how your grounded Capricorn best friend can support your practical Taurus nature. Introduce dreamy Pisces to nurturing Cancers for a caring, supportive friendship… [More]
Source Books, April 2019
Daniel Green makes crop circles. As a member of a secret organization, he travels across the country creating strange works of art that leave communities mystified.
He's always been alone; in fact, he prefers it. But when a dying farmer hires him in a last-ditch effort to bring publicity to a small Vermont town, Daniel finds himself at odds with his heart. It isn't long before he gets drawn into a family struggling to stitch itself back together… [More]
Little Brown, March 2019
A New York Times bestseller!
Optioned for film by Gotham & the Chariot Group!
Starred reviews from Kirkus, BookList, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Connection!
Rebellions are built on hope.
Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside… [More]
Mira Books, January 2019
Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal
Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.
Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late. [More]
Flux Books, August 2018
Starred reviews from Kirkus and ForeWord
Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory's artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason's life. But that's about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it's much worse than anyone imagines. [More]
Harper Teen, July 2018
No one looking at Morgan Kemper would think she had a secret—at least not one that she’s deeply ashamed of.
To everyone she meets, she comes across as sweet, pretty, and put together. But Morgan knows that looks can be deceiving. For over a year, she’s shoplifted countless pieces of clothing and makeup. Each time, she tells herself it will be the last, and each time, it never is. [More]
Soho Teen, January 2018
A New York Times bestseller!
Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal!
In this unforgettable debut novel, an Indian-American Muslim teen copes with Islamophobia, cultural divides among peers and parents, and a reality she can neither explain nor escape. American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” [More]
Turner Books, November 2018
The summer before her junior year, paleontology geek Natalie Page lands a coveted internship at an Ice Age dig site near Austin, Texas. Natalie, who’s also a plus-size fashion blogger, depends on the retro style and persona she developed to shield herself from her former bullies, but vintage dresses and designer heels aren’t compatible with digging for fossils. [More]
Overlook Press, October 2018
Before Call of Duty, before World of Warcraft, before even Super Mario Bros., the video game industry exploded in the late 1970s with the advent of the video arcade. Leading the charge was Atari Inc., the creator of, among others, the iconic game Missile Command. The first game to double as a commentary on culture, Missile Command put the players’ fingers on “the button,” making them responsible for the fate of civilization in a no-win scenario, all for the price of a quarter. The game was marvel of modern culture… [More]