January 2022 News, Deals, Reveals, & More

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  • Melanin in YA News
  • Book Deals
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  • Tinseltown – Adaptation News
  • Cover Reveals
  • Bestseller Lists
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  • Awards/Honors
  • Buzz – Starred Reviews
  • General Updates
  • Podcasts
  • February 2022 Releases

Melanin in YA News

  • Melanin in YA is ONE Year Old! Wooo!!!! If you’d like to celebrate, please spread the word about Melanin in YA with those around you both in person and online and consider joining our Patreon for as little as $1 a month! Thank you to those who have supported Melanin in YA in the past year!
  • Stay tuned tomorrow for our Black History Month Reading Challenge!

Book Deals

  • Kalynn Bayron sold a three-book deal (significant deal) starting with her horror, CAMP MIRROR LAKE, coming spring 2023 from Bloomsbury Children’s.
  • At auction, Nia Davenport sold a two-book deal (good deal) for her speculative thriller, OUT OF BODY, coming fall 2023 and the second novel coming fall 2024 from Balzer & Bray.
  • In a pre-empt, Chris Kindred sold his contemporary graphic novel, SCHOLAR’S MATE, coming 2024 from First Second with Coleman Engle illustrating.
  • At auction, Crystal Simone Smith sold her poetry novel, DARK TESTAMENT, coming Winter 2023 from Henry Holt.
  • Lisa Springer sold her horror, THERE’S NO WAY I’D DIE FIRST, coming Fall 2023 from Delacorte.
  • Julian Winters announced his next contemporary novel, coming 2023 from Penguin Teen.

Publisher Breakdown 2022 So Far

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Foreign Rights

  • ASHES OF GOLD by J. Elle sold to Turkey.
  • WHITE SMOKE by Tiffany D. Jackson sold to Sweden.
  • ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas sold to Israel.

Tinseltown – Adaptation News

  • The rights to CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi, which were previously with Lucasfilm, are now with Paramount. Adeyemi will now pen the script. – Deadline

Cover Reveals

  • Dahlia Adler unveiled the cover for AT MIDNIGHT (November 22, 2022), the anthology featuring a new short story from Tracy Deonn.
    • Art: Jon Contino
    • Design: Keith Hayes
  • Juliana Goodman recently shared her cover for her novel, THE BLACK GIRLS LEFT STANDING (June 28, 2022).
  • Ayana Gray and People unveiled the cover for BEASTS OF RUIN (July 26, 2022) as well as the new cover for the first book in the series, BEASTS OF PREY (paperback release: June 28, 2022)

Cover Artist: Elena Masci

  • Penguin Teen unveiled the cover for their sophomore novel, BREAK THIS HOUSE by Candice Iloh (May 24, 2022)
    • Cover Art: Yazmin Monet Butcher
    • Cover/Jacket Design: Anna Booth
  • Penguin Teen unveiled the cover for SETON GIRLS by Charlene Thomas (August 30, 2022).
  • Ashley Woodfolk unveiled the cover for OPENING MY EYES UNDER WATER (September 27, 2022).

Bestseller Lists

NYT: Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds, Illustrated by Jason Griffin debuted at #2 on the hardcover list. The Nsibidi Scripts by Nnedi Okorafor debuted at #10 on the Children’s Series list.

Indie: Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds, Illustrated by Jason Griffin debuted at #2 on January 26, 2022.


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  • The 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Winners include HOME IS NOT A COUNTRY by Safia Elhillo, REVOLUTION IN OUR TIME by Kekla Magoon, ME (MOTH) by Amber McBride and a Lifetime Achievement Award to Nikki Grimes.
  • The Cybil Awards announced the finalists for Young Adult Fiction and Young Adult Speculative Fiction. The finalists include:
    • Young Adult Fiction – WHY WE FLY by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal, CONCRETE ROSE by Angie Thomas
    • Young Adult Speculative Fiction – THE GILDED ONES by Namina Forna, BAD WITCH BURNING by Jessica Lewis
  • The 2022 Edgar Award Nominees were announced and include ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé and WHEN YOU LOOK LIKE US by Pamela N. Harris.
  • The NAACP Image Awards nominations for Outstanding Literary Work Youth/Teens are: ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, HAPPILY EVER AFTERS by Elise Bryant, THE COST OF KNOWING by Brittney Morris, WHEN YOU LOOK LIKE US by Pamela N. Harris, and WINGS OF EBONY by J. Elle. Congratulations!
  • 2022 Walter Award Winners and Honorees were announced and includes REVOLUTION IN OUR TIME by Kekla Magoon as a 2022 ​Walter​ ​Honor in the​ ​Teen​ ​Category.
  • The 2022 Printz Honor Books include CONCRETE ROSE by Angie Thomas and REVOLUTION IN OUR TIME by Kekla Magoon.

Buzz – Starred Reviews

General Updates


February 2022 Releases

February 1, 2022

Murder of Crows by K. Ancrum

Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman by Kristen R. Lee

And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems by Erica Martin

February 8, 2022

Mirror Girls by Kelly McWilliams

You Truly Assumed by Laila Sabreen

February 15, 2022

Reclaim The Stars17 Tales Across Realms & Space Edited by Zoraida Córdova

Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi

February 22, 2022

Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn Tara O’Neil

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