Mora Couch at Holiday House has acquired, in a pre-empt, Cristin Bishara's debut YA fantasy Vial of Tears, inspired by the author's family stories and by her grandfather's collection of numismatic antiquities, unearthed in the mountains of Lebanon. An ancient coin transports Lebanese-American sisters Sam and Rima to the Phoenician underworld, a plane of eternal twilight where they are caught in the machinations of deities, shapeshifters, and ghouls—and where the only escape may be to kill the god of death himself. Publication is set for Fall 2021; Minju Chang at BookStop Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can't come true; some things just can't be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to alternative realities. Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different variations of her life--if things had gone differently at key moments. Her ideal world--one with everything and everyone she wants most--could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?