April 2023 New Releases

 


Undated
Hot Dutch Daydream by Kristy Boyce (HarperTeen) - release month not yet updated on Goodreads.
"Kristy Boyce's HOT DUTCH DAYDREAM, a standalone companion to HOT BRITISH BOYFRIEND, in which a girl gets the opportunity of a lifetime to attend a research conference in Berlin, but only if she agrees to spend the summer in Amsterdam as a live-in nanny for her advisor's toddler; she's willing to put up with the germy hands and tantrums, but she isn't prepared for her advisor's totally off-limits teenage son, who she can't get off her mind, to Elizabeth Lynch at Harper Teen, for publication in winter 2023, by Tara Gonzalez at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world English)."

Silver in the Bone by Alexandra Bracken (Random House)
"The story centers on a cynical teen treasure hunter willing to do anything – including cross into legendary Otherlands – to find the one relic that can reverse her brother's terrifying curse."

April 1st
Promposal by RaeChell Garrett (Little, Brown)
Ruqayyah Daud at Little, Brown/Poppy has bought, at auction, YA debut Promposal by RaeChell Garrett, a rom-com about a Black girl who, determined to make it off the waiting list of the business school of her dreams, enlists the help of former crush turned rival to form a promposal service in hopes of impressing the admissions committee, but is unsure if she can she trust him with her business... or her heart. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023, with an untitled second novel to follow in 2024; Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary did the deal for world English rights.


April 4th
Pieces of Me by Kate McLaughlin (Wednesday Books)

The next gut-punching, compulsively readable Kate McLaughlin novel, about a girl finding strength in not being alone.

When eighteen-year-old Dylan wakes up, she’s in an apartment she doesn’t recognize. The other people there seem to know her, but she doesn't know them – not even the pretty, chiseled boy who tells her his name is Connor. A voice inside her head keeps saying that everything is okay, but Dylan can’t help but freak out. Especially when she borrows Connor’s phone to call home and realizes she’s been missing for three days.

Dylan has lost time before, but never like this.

Soon after, Dylan is diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and must grapple not only with the many people currently crammed inside her head, but that a secret from her past so terrible she’s blocked it out has put them there. Her only distraction is a budding new relationship with Connor. But as she gets closer to finding out the truth, Dylan wonders: will it heal her or fracture her further?

Kate McLaughlin’s Pieces of Me is raw, intimate, and surprisingly hopeful.


A Whole Song and Dance by Sarvenaz Tash (Disney-Hyperion)

Nasrin Mahdavi is a Broadway triple threat—but she’s living a double life.

A freshman in NYU’s prestigious musical theater program, Nasrin spends her days prepping for auditions, sweating through dance classes, and belting her heart out for the viral streaming show she’s been cast in. But on calls with her maman and baba, she’s their jigar talah, the golden child who put her theater dreams aside to follow in their entrepreneurial footsteps as a business major.

At least her whole life isn’t a lie—she is taking a single business course. Except she’s kind of failing it. Cue jazz hands?

Nasrin needs to bring her grade up fast if she’s going to keep her parents in the dark, so she grudgingly signs up for tutoring with the infuriatingly smug and annoyingly attractive Max. And yet...as the semester rushes by, the sparks of anger that first flew between them start to turn into a very different kind of spark. The kind she definitely does not have time for.

Except when Nasrin’s charming though devious cousin takes an interest in Max too, Nasrin has to figure out exactly what has been an act—and what’s for real. Can Nasrin decide what—and who—is truly worth fighting for, and find a way to step into the spotlight as her full self?


Blood Debts by Terry Benton (Tor Teen)
Terry J. Benton-Walker's contemporary fantasy debut, Blood Debts, is "a conjuring of magnificence" (Nic Stone) with powerful magical families, intergenerational curses, and deadly drama in New Orleans.

Thirty years ago, a young woman was murdered, a family was lynched, and New Orleans saw the greatest magical massacre in its history. In the days that followed, a throne was stolen from a queen.

Now, Clement and Cristina Trudeau—the sixteen-year-old twin heirs to the powerful, magical, dethroned family—discover their mother has been cursed. Cursed by someone on the very magic council their family used to rule. Someone who will come for them next.

Clement and Cristina’s only hope of discovering who is coming after their family, is to trust each other, to trust their magic, and solve the decades-old murder. If they don't succeed, New Orleans may see another massacre. Or worse.

As Long as We're Together by Brianna Peppins (Scholastic)
A heartstring-tugging, uplifting, modern spin on Party of Five -- a love letter to family, hope, and finding strength in unexpected places.

Even though she has six siblings, sixteen-year-old Novah still knows what it's like to feel lonely. Her friends never remember to invite her anywhere because they assume Novah will be too busy overseeing dinner, baths, and homework -- tasks that fall to her when her parents are at work. She wouldn't mind it so much if her "perfect" older sister, Ariana, wasn’t always excused from helping out. She's the star of the volleyball team, and their parents don't want anything to jeopardize the scholarships she'll need to become the first member of their family to attend college.

Needless to say, Novah feels like she's been given a raw deal, especially when she's forced to cancel a maybe-date with her crush, Hailee.

Then one terrible night, their parents don't make it back home. A car accident takes their lives and leaves seven heartbroken kids on their own. The Wilkinson siblings have no grandparents, no aunts or uncles. Since Ariana has just turned eighteen, she manages to convince the judge to give her temporary custody. If she can keep her family running smoothly, they'll get to stay in their home. If not, they'll be placed into foster care.

Novah will do whatever it takes to keep her family together but finds herself in a constant power struggle when Ariana refuses to take her advice, even once it becomes clear that they are all in way over their heads. Will Novah find her voice and summon the strength to do the impossible? Or will she be forced to say the hardest goodbyes of all?


Dance of the Starlit Sea by Kiana Krystle (Peachtree Teen)
WELCOME TO LUNA ISLAND, WHERE ONLY THE PURE OF HEART CAN STAY

Ballerina, Lila Rose Li, wasn’t supposed to be born beneath the Devil’s Blood Moon on Luna Island—for legend has it, no life can be formed on this day. However, when the Spirit of Luna Island blesses Lila with life, she survives. Only, the Devil marks her as his prey, for Lila is the one girl powerful enough to survive a birth beneath his Blood Moon. He vows that on her eighteenth birthday, Lila will become his eternal bride in Hell. For seventeen years, Lila is safe from harm, taking refuge in California. But when Lila’s obsession with becoming the perfect ballerina to please her parents leads to a violent fit of rage, they send her back to Luna Island to fulfill her curse as a sacrifice to the Devil.

Bound to do the Devil’s bidding, fallen angel, Damien Drake, must find a new bride as a Tithe for the Devil once every seven years. Only, Damien is through with sacrificing lives, even if the abandonment of his duties would lead to the collapse of the island, humiliation of his family, and most importantly—the wrath of the Devil. The only way to end the Tithe is to find the girl who survived her birth beneath the Devil’s Blood Moon. ​

When Lila shows up to Luna Island, Damien discovers she is the key to end his suffering. However, when Lila lashes out over her cursed fate and nearly falls to death at sea, Damien can’t help but save her out of sympathy. Together, they fight the destinies they’ve been bound to, meeting for forbidden dances in the forest and secret rendezvous in dreams. However, their fates can’t be ignored for long. While Lila will have to escape her fate as the Blood Moon Bride, Damien will have to trick her into fulfilling her curse in Hell.

Live Smarter Now by Jacob Sager Weinstein (Odd Dot) - YA Non-fiction, previously titled Be Smarter Now. Release date not yet updated on Goodreads.
Decades of research shows that intelligence is not fixed, and indeed, humans have anastonishing potential for intellectual growth. Live Smarter Now easily guides readers through 100 quick tips to teach their brains to instantly grow, create, learn, plan, and reason better. With a life-changing tip on every page, flip anywhere in this instant, browsable book to learn a new healthy skill. Plus, built-in habit trackers on the book’s inside jacket help you turn your favorite tips into lifelong habits.

Backed by the latest scientific research and vetted by a professional psychologist, author Jacob Sager Weinstein provides a holistic program to creating a smarter life by focusing on five key aspects: grow smarter, create smarter, plan smarter, do smarter and reason smarter.

Some tips are one-time lessons to learn (“Distrust Small Samples”), while others are habits readers can implement into their daily lives (“End Today by Setting Yourself Up for Tomorrow”).Vetted by a professional psychologist.

A Be Better Book: Helping readers live happier, smarter, healthier, and richer lives right now.

Be Happier Now by Jacob Sager Weinstein (Odd Dot) - YA Non-fiction, previously titled Be Smarter Now. Release date not yet updated on Goodreads.
Decades of research shows that happiness isn’t about what you have or what you look like, but what you do. Be Happier Now gives readers 100 simple things they can do right now to make an immediate and positive difference in their lives. With a life-changing tip on every page, flip anywhere in this instant, browsable book to learn a new healthy skill. Plus, built-in habit trackers on the book’s inside jacket help you turn your favorite tips into lifelong habits.

Backed by the latest scientific research and vetted by a professional psychologist, author Jacob Sager Weinstein provides a holistic program to creating a happy life by focusing on five key aspects: happy Mind, happy Body, happy Heart, happy Wallet and Happy Soul.

With a life-changing tip on every page, flip anywhere in this instant, browsable book to learn a new healthy skill.

A Be Better Book: Helping readers live happier, smarter, healthier, and richer lives right now.

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
(Wednesday Books)
- previously titled Iris at the Front. New title and release date announced on instagram but not yet updated on Goodreads so there is a duplicate title here.
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired, in a preempt, Iris at the Front, the start of a new fantasy duology by Rebecca Ross. The Lovely War meets You've Got Mail, in this World War I-inspired fantasy world where a teenage journalist desperate to find her missing brother writes him letters only for them to be magically delivered to her swoonworthy rival at the newspaper. Together they might be the only ones who can uncover the truth not only about what happened to her brother but about the real causes of the war itself. Publication is planned for winter 2023; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media handled the deal for world English rights.

Lucero by Maya Motayne (Balzer + Bray)  - previously dated November 2022, some editions dated March 28th.

Stealing Snow #2 by Danielle Paige (Bloomsbury)

April 11th
Ander and Santi Were Here by Jonny Garza Villa (Wednesday Books)
The Santos Vista neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas is all Ander Lopez has ever known. The smell of pan dulce, the laughter of kids hitting at a piñata at the park, the mixture of Spanish and English filling the streets. And, most of all, their family’s restaurant, Taquería Guadalupe. With the days remaining of Ander’s gap year before heading to Chicago for art school quickly decreasing, their head continues to be filled with the same question: am I really ready to leave it all behind?

Santiago Garcia is the new waiter at Lupe's, hired by Ander’s grandmother when they're let go (not fired) in order to focus on their art, including a commission for murals to revitalize the décor of the taquería. And Ander is immediately crushing. So much so that they even wiggle their way into a few shifts to help train Santi. Because that’s what good grandchildren do.

A couple nights closing down the restaurant and they’re the last two there. Late night drives to drop Santi off. Dates at the park with easels, paints, and paletas. It all quickly becomes something undeniably romantic for the both of them. And when Ander learns Santi is undocumented, the happiness that they both feel in their blossoming relationship becomes something worth holding onto. Santi becomes the best tie to home Ander has ever known, and Ander becomes Santi’s first tie toward making Santos Vista and the United States feel like home.

But it's hard not to realize how fragile that sense of home is when it starts to seem like the whole world is against them. And when, eventually, the world starts to win.

Promises Greater Than Darkness by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Teen)

April 18th

Where You See Yourself by Claire Forrest (Scholastic)

The stunning debut that Nina LaCour called "beautiful" and "important." Where You See Yourself combines an unforgettable coming-of-age tale, a swoon-worthy romance, and much-needed disability representation in this story about Effie, a wheelchair user who's determined to follow her dreams.

By the time Effie Galanos starts her senior year, it feels like she’s already been thinking about college applications for an eternity—after all, finding a college that will be the perfect fit and be accessible enough for Effie to navigate in her wheelchair presents a ton of considerations that her friends don’t have to worry about.

What Effie hasn’t told anyone is that she already knows exactly what school she has her heart set on: a college in NYC with a major in Mass Media & Society that will set her up perfectly for her dream job in digital media. She’s never been to New York, but paging through the brochure, she can picture the person she’ll be there, far from the Minneapolis neighborhood where she's lived her entire life. When she finds out that Wilder (her longtime crush) is applying there too, it seems like one more sign from the universe that it’s the right place for her.

But it turns out that the universe is full of surprises. As Effie navigates her way through a year of admissions visits, senior class traditions, internal and external ableism, and a lot of firsts--and lasts--she starts to learn that sometimes growing up means being open to a world of possibilities you never even dreamed of. And maybe being more than just friends with Wilder is one of those dreams...

The Headmaster's List by Melissa de la Cruz (Roaring Brook Press)

One of them was driving.
One of them was high.
One of them screamed.
And one of them died.

When fifteen-year-old Chris Moore is tragically killed in a car crash, Argyle Prep is full of questions. Who was at the wheel? And more importantly, who was at fault?

Eighteen-year-old Spencer Sandoval wishes she knew. As rumors swirl that her ex, Ethan, was the driver that fateful night, she can’t bring herself to defend him. And their messy breakup has nothing to do with it – she can’t remember anything from that night, not even what put her in that car with Ethan, Chris, and Tabby Hill, the new loner in school. Was it just a night out that went very wrong? And is it just a coincidence they were all part of Argyle’s esteemed honor roll, the Headmaster’s List? In a place ruled by pedigree and privilege, the answers can only come at a deadly price.

Set against the glitz and glamour of an elite LA private school, Melissa de la Cruz's first YA thriller is an addictive mystery perfect for fans of Gossip Girl and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder.

I Kick and I Fly by Ruchira Gupta (Scholastic)
A propulsive social justice adventure by renowned activist and award-winning documentarian Ruchira Gupta, I Kick and I Fly is an inspiring, hopeful story of triumph about a girl in Bihar, India, who escapes being sold into the sex trade when a local hostel owner helps her to understand the value of her body through kung fu.

On the outskirts of the Red Light District in Bihar, India, fourteen-year-old Heera is living on borrowed time until her father sells her into the sex trade to help feed their family and repay his loans. It is, as she's been told, the fate of the women in her community to end up here. But watching her cousin, Mira Di, live this life day in and day out is hard enough. To live it feels like the worst fate imaginable. And after a run-in with a bully leads to her expulsion from school, it feels closer than ever.

But when a local hostel owner shows up at Heera's home with the money to repay her family's debt, Heera begins to learn that fate can change. Destiny can be disrupted. Heroics can be contagious.

It's at the local hostel for at risk girls that Heera is given a transformative opportunity: learning kung fu with the other girls. Through the practice of martial arts, she starts to understand that her body isn't a an object to be commodified and preyed upon, but a vessel through which she can protect herself and those around her. And when Heera discovers the whereabouts of her missing friend, Rosy, through a kung fu pen pal in the US, she makes the decision to embark on a daring rescue mission to New York in an attempt to save her.

A triumphant, shocking account inspired by Ruchira Gupta's experience making the Emmy-award winning documentary, The Selling of Innocents, this is an unforgettable story of overcoming adversity by a life-long activist who has dedicated her life to creating a world where no child is bought or sold.


The Buried and the Bound by Rochelle Hassan (Roaring Brook Press)
A dark, alluring YA fantasy debut from Rochelle Hassan about monsters, magic, and wicked fae hiding deep in the woods, perfect for fans of Holly Black and Melissa Albert.

Seventeen-year-old Aziza El-Amin is a hedgewitch. Raised by her immigrant grandfather, she is burdened with the responsibility of protecting the humans in Blackthorn, Massachusetts from the vicious Fae that live in the neighboring wood.

But when a routine patrol ends in a late-night massacre, Aziza discovers that she’s been guarding against the wrong threat. A monster has slipped into Blackthorn—feeding on the townspeople and corrupting the border between the fae and human realm.

Too powerful for Aziza to defeat on her own, she’s forced to seek help from the unlikeliest of allies: Leo Merritt, a boy cursed to forget his true love, desperate to recapture what he lost, and a mysterious young necromancer Aziza isn’t sure they can trust.

Together, they hope to form a coven strong enough—reckless enough—to eradicate the threat in the woods.

With high-stakes, heart, and an other-worldly atmosphere, Rochelle Hassan's The Buried and the Bound is perfect for fans of The Hazel Wood, Cemetery Boys, and The Cruel Prince.

Stars in Their Eyes by Jessica Walton and Aśka (Scholastic/Graphix) - previously published in Australia.
In this lighthearted YA romance, Maisie and Ollie discover that nothing beats the feeling of falling in love for the first time.

Maisie is on her way to Fancon! She's looking forward to meeting her idol, Kara Bufano, the action hero from her favorite TV show, who has a lower-leg amputation, just like Maisie. But when Maisie and her mom arrive at the convention center, she is stopped in her tracks by Ollie, a cute volunteer working the show. They are kind, charming, and geek out about nerd culture just as much as Maisie does. And as the day wears on, Maisie notices feelings for Ollie that she's never had before. Is this what it feels like to fall in love?

Perfect for fans of Heartstopper and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, this graphic novel debut is a fresh, one-of-a-kind story that celebrates the excitement of meeting someone special for the first time.

April 25th

The Other Side of Infinity by Joan F. Smith (Feiwel and Friends) - previously titled It Ends With December.

They Both Die at the End meets The Butterfly Effect in this YA novel by Joan F. Smith, where a teen uses her gift of foreknowledge to help a lifeguard save a drowning man—only to discover that her actions have suddenly put his life at risk.

It was supposed to be an ordinary day at the pool, but when lifeguard Nick hesitates during a save,
seventeen-year-old December uses her gift of foreknowledge to rescue the drowning man instead. The action comes at a cost. Not only will Nick and December fall in love, but also, she envisions that his own life is now at risk. The other problem? They’re basically strangers.

December embarks on a mission to save Nick’s life, and to experience what it feels like to fall in love—something she’d formerly known she’d never do. Nick, battling the shame of screwing up the rescue when he’s heralded as a community hero, resolves to make up for his inaction by doing December a major solid and searching for her mother, who went missing nine years ago.

As they grow closer, December’s gift starts playing tricks, and Nick’s family gets closer to an ugly truth about him. They both must learn what it really means to be a hero before time runs out.


Hungry Ghost by Victoria Ying (First Second) - YA graphic novel, originally dated Februarty 2023.
A beautiful and heart-wrenching young adult graphic novel takes a look at eating disorders, family dynamics, and ultimately, a journey to self-love.

Valerie Chu is quiet, studious, and above all, thin. No one, not even her best friend Jordan, knows that she has been binging and purging for years. But when tragedy strikes, Val finds herself taking a good, hard look at her priorities, her choices, and her own body. The path to happiness may lead her away from her hometown and her mother's toxic projections--but first she will have to find the strength to seek help.










Becoming a Queen by Dan Clay (Roaring Brook Press)
A vibrant and emotional novel from debut author Dan Clay about a boy who turns toward love, self-acceptance, and drag performance when the unthinkable happens, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Julie Murphy.

If only Mark Davis hadn’t put on a dress for the talent show. It was a joke—other guys did it too—but when his boyfriend saw Mark in that dress, everything changed.

And now, fresh on the heels of high school heartbreak, Mark has given up on love. Maybe some people are just too much for this world—too weird, too wild, too feminine, too everything. Thankfully, his older brother Eric always knows what to say to keep Mark from spinning into self-loathing. "Be yourself! Your full sequin-y self.”

But Mark starts to notice signs that his perfect older brother has problems of his own.

When tragedy capsizes the Davis family, the source of Mark’s strength suddenly becomes the source of his greatest pain, and the path back to happiness seems impossible. Searing for a way out, Mark slips into a dress to just, briefly, become someone else, live a different life.

His escape, however, becomes an unexpected outlet for his grief—a path to authentic connection, and a provocation to finally see other people as fully as he wants to be seen.

Beautifully written, heart-wrenching, and ultimately uplifting, Dan Clay's Becoming a Queen is a stunning story about love, loss, and the ineffable power of a purple princess dress.
 


An Improbable Season by Rosalyn Eves (FSG)
Janine O'Malley at FSG has bought, at auction, world English rights to An Improbable Season by Rosalyn Eves, a YA historical romance inspired by Georgette Heyer's Regency romances with appeal for Bridgerton fans. When sisters Thalia and Kalliope and their cousin Charis set off to Regency London for their first season, they each have clear goals—few of which include matrimony. But even the best-laid plans of young ladies can go awry, and with so much at stake, can any of these young women find their increasingly improbable happy ending? Publication is set for winter 2023, followed by a sequel, An Unlikely Proposition, the following year. Josh Adams at Adams Literary did the two-book deal.









The Lake House by Sarah Beth Durst (HarperTeen)
Kristen Pettit at HarperTeen has bought Sarah Beth Durst's YA thriller, The Lake House. Pitched as Yellowjackets meets One of Us Is Lying, it's about three teenage girls stranded in the wilderness without food, water, or shelter, with a killer, or something far worse, hunting them. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger brokered the deal for world rights.


A Pretty Implausible Premise by Karen Rivers (Algonquin) - although Goodreads lists a July 2022 release date, the publisher confirms this date.
"
Focusing on the budding romance between two teen elite athletes who have given up their sports and Olympic dreams because they are haunted by the ghosts of their pasts."

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