Mid-February 2022 News, Deals, Reveals, & More


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

Melanin in YA News

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Book Deals

  • Keah Brown sold a contemporary novel, THE SECRET SUMMER PROMISE, coming spring 2023 from Levine Querido .
  • Mahogany L. Browne sold her contemporary novel, EPICENTER coming summer 2023 from Crown.
  • In a two-book deal, a good deal, Kosoko Jackson sold his paranormal thriller, THE FOREST DEMANDS ITS DUE, coming fall 2023 from Quill Tree.
  • Addie Woolridge sold her contemporary novel, THE HOMECOMING WAR, coming fall 2023 from Underlined.

Publisher Breakdown 2022 So Far

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Foreign Rights

  • LEGENDBORN by Tracy Deonn sold to Portugal.

Tinseltown – Adaptation News

  • Felicia D. Henderson and Black Bear Television are adapting LEGENDBORN by Tracy Deonn for television. – Deadline
  • WHITE SMOKE by Tiffany D. Jackson has been optioned for television under Two for the Road Entertainment and Kapital Entertainment. – Deadline

Cover Reveals

  • Charity Alyse unveiled the cover for OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS (October 25, 2022).
  • Achut Deng and Keely Hutton unveiled the cover for their book, a memoir about Deng’s youth, Don’t Look Back: A Memoir of War, Survival, and My Journey from Sudan to America  (October 11, 2022).
  • Lamar Giles unveiled the cover for THE GETAWAY (September 20, 2022).
    • Cover Design: Maeve Norton
  • A new cover has been released for Jas Hammonds‘s WE DESERVE MONUMENTS (November 29, 2022).
  • Justina Ireland unveiled the cover for RUST IN THE ROOT (September 20, 2022).
  • Tiffany D. Jackson unveiled the cover for THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD (September 9, 2022).
    • Cover Artist: Jeff Manning
  • Alicia Keys unveiled the cover for GIRL ON FIRE, co-written with Andrew Weiner, Illustrated by Brittney Williams.
  • Melanin in YA unveiled the cover for BRIARCLIFF PREP by Brianna Peppins (November 15, 2022)
    • Cover Design: Zareen Johnson
    • Illustrator: Kingsley Nebechi

Bestseller Lists

NYT: ALL BOYS AREN’T BLUE by George M. Johnson hit the list at #8 (22 months after its debut and 2 months after coverage of this book being banned across the nation).


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  • Elise Bryant appeared on ABC 7 to shortly after receiving her NAACP nomination. Watch the full clip here.


  • BLACKOUT by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon is a 2022 Audie Awards Finalist in the Short Stories/Collections category.
  • Indies Introduce selection, AND WE RISE by Erica Martin is also a March/April Indie Next Pick.

Buzz – Starred Reviews

  • School Library Journal: AFRICAN TOWN by Irene Latham & Charles Waters, Audiobook: BLACKOUT by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon

General Updates


February 2022 Joy

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