April 2024 New Releases

April 2nd
Something Kindred by Ciera Burch (FSG) - previously titled The Inevitability of Home, moved from Winter 2023.

Welcome to Coldwater. Come for the ghosts, stay for the drama.

Jericka Walker had planned to spend the summer before senior year soaking up the sun with her best friend on the Jersey Shore. Instead she finds herself in Coldwater, Maryland, a small town where her estranged grandmother lives—a grandmother she knows only two things about: her name and the fact that she left Jericka’s mother and uncle when they were children. But now Jericka's grandmother is dying, and her mother has dragged Jericka along to say goodbye.

As Jericka attempts to form a connection with a woman she's never known, and adjusts to life in a town where everything closes before dinner, she meets Kat, a girl eager to leave Coldwater and more exciting than a person has any right to be. But Coldwater has a few secrets of its own. As Jericka wrestles with the ghosts of her family’s past, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her mother, her childhood, and the lines between the living and the dead.

Better Left Buried by Mary E. Roach (Disney Hyperion)

Kelsey Sullivan at Disney has acquired Better Left Buried by debut author Mary E. Roach. Pitched as Knives Out meets Two Can Keep a Secret, this contemporary YA mystery follows two teen girls in a small Appalachian town who must solve the murder of a local amusement park millionaire. As the town's secrets come to light, the girls must face their own pasts—along with their growing feelings for each other—or risk becoming the next victim. Publication is planned for winter 2024; Claire Friedman at InkWell Management did the deal for world English rights.

April 16th
Dear Wendy by Ann Zhao (Feiwel and Friends) - details not yet updated on Goodreads.
Dear Wendy's Sophie and Jo, two aromantic and asexual students at Wellesley College, engage in an online feud while unknowingly becoming friends in real life, in this dual POV Young Adult contemporary debut from Ann Zhao

Sophie Chi is in her first year at Wellesley College (despite her parents’ wishes that she attends a “real” university) and has long accepted her aromantic and asexual identities. Despite knowing she’ll never fall in love, she enjoys learning about relationships and putting that research to use to help people. And what better way to do that than by running an Instagram account that offers advice to the students at her college, somewhere in between classes, morning runs, and extracurriculars? No one except her roommate knows that she’s behind the incredibly popular "Dear Wendy" account.

Meanwhile, Joanna “Jo” Ephron is also a first-year student at Wellesley but when they create the account “Sincerely Wanda” to show one of their roommates why she needs to dump her boyfriend, they don’t expect it to amount to anything more. After all, Jo’s account isn’t meant to be serious—not like Dear Wendy’s. But it seems more and more students appreciate her humorous answers to followers’ dilemmas, and she may end up encroaching on Wendy’s territory a little. And now the two accounts might have a rivalry of sorts? Oops. As if Jo’s not busy enough having existential crises over the fact that she’ll never truly be loved or be enough, gender, and her few friends finding The One and forgetting her!

Tensions are rising online, but Sophie and Jo start getting closer in real life, especially after they realize their shared aroace identity. As their friendship develops and they work together to start a campus organization for other a-spec students, can their growing bond survive if they learn just who’s behind the Wendy and Wanda accounts?

With its exploration of a-spec identities, college life, and more, this platonic comedy perfect for fans of Netflix’s The Half of It and Alice Osman’s Loveless, is ultimately a love story about two people who are not—and will not—be in love!

The One That Got Away With Murder by Trish Lundy (Henry Holt)

Ann Marie Wong and Mark Podesta at Henry Holt have bought, at auction, in a six-figure deal, Trish Lundy's The One That Got Away with Murder, a debut YA thriller about a teen with a dark past who gets pulled into a murder investigation after discovering her new hookup and his brother have a pair of dead ex-girlfriends. Publication is scheduled for winter 2024; Stephen Barbara and Kristin van Ogtrop at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for North American rights.

April 30th
Heavenly Tyrant by Xiran Jay Zhao
(Tundra Books) - moved from 2022, then from August 2023.

“The false ruler Lady Wu has an unpleasant personality and a lowly birthright. She has the heart of a snake or lizard and the nature of a wolf. She is hated by both men and gods, and heaven and earth cannot allow her to exist.”

After suffering devastating loss and making drastic decisions, Zetian finds herself at the seat of power in Huaxia. But her world is not as it seems, and revelations about an enemy more daunting than she imagined forces her to share her power with a dangerous man she can no longer simply remove from her way.

Despite having vastly different ideas than him on what they are to each other and how the world should change, Zetian must join him in a dance of truth and lies and perform their roles to perfection in order to take down their common enemy and get back the loved one she lost.

Sound the Gong by Joan He (Roaring Brook Press) - moved from October 2023.
From New York Times and Indie bestselling author Joan He, come the dazzling and sweeping conclusion to The Kingdom of Three duology, Sound the Gong, the breathtaking sequel to the critically-acclaimed Strike the Zither.

All her life, Zephyr has tried to rise above her humble origins as a no-name orphan. Now she is a god in a warrior’s body, and never has she felt more powerless. Her lordess Xin Ren holds the Westlands, but her position is tenuous. In the north, the empress remains under Miasma’s thumb. In the south, the alliance with Cicada is in pieces.

Fate also seems to have a different winner in mind for the three kingdoms, but Zephyr has no intentions of respecting it. She will pay any price to see Ren succeed—and she will make her enemies pay, especially one dark-haired, dark-eyed Crow. What she’ll do when she finds out the truth—that he worked for the South all along…

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