June 2024 New Releases




June 1st
Queer Beasties by Various YA Authors (Running Press Kids) - moved from May 2024.
From Grendel and the Big Bad Wolf to Godzilla and Pennywise the Clown, monsters have served as projections of what society fears, misunderstands, and rejects.

They are the quintessential metaphors for the other.

But in QUEER BEASTIES: 15 Weird & Wondrous Monster Tales, we present stories that proudly embrace monsters as an emblem for queerness. Stories that subvert the concept of “normal” and flip it on its head. Stories that celebrate monsters in all of their glorious strangeness, while reveling in what makes them fascinating, unusual, and powerful. Stories that affirm the beauty, strength, individuality, and worth of what society too often considers monstrous and unwanted.

Stories that queer the very notion of what it means to be a monster.

With contributions from both established and emerging voices in young adult and speculative fiction, QUEER BEASTIES: 15 Weird & Wondrous Monster Tales rehabilitates the image of the monster as a heroic symbol of difference.

June 4th
When Mimi Went Missing by Suja Sukumar (Soho Teen)
Alexa Wejko at Soho Teen has bought When Mimi Went Missing, a debut novel by Suja Sukumar.  In the YA thriller, Tanvi has no memory of the night her perfect, popular cousin Mimi disappeared, but she doesn’t dare tell the cops. If they discover the awful fight the cousins had, Tanvi’s violent past will make her the prime suspect. When the clues point to murder, Tanvi must revisit the darkest night of her life and discover what really happened to Mimi, before she is framed for the crime.  Publication is scheduled for 2024; Zabé Ellor at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Dance of the Starlit Sea by Kiana Krystle (Peachtree Teen) - moved from April 2022, then from June 2023.
“Hades and Persephone” meets Daughter of Smoke and Bone in a sweeping, romantic cottagecore paranormal YA from debut author Kiana Krystle.

Lila Rose Li’s mother always called her an ocean of a girl. For years, she pushed herself to become the ballerina her parents would approve of. But when she collapses on stage and her parents reproach her, she snaps. Sent away for losing her temper, Lila arrives at her aunt’s cottage on Luna Island with dashed dreams, but she’s quickly buoyed by the island’s charm. Perhaps here among the cobblestone streets, ivy-covered boutiques, and whispered myths of angels, she can finally curb the tempest inside her that’s made unworthy of love?

Damien Drake’s father always said he was too soft to carry on the family tradition. As Angel of the Night, it’s his duty to select a new bride for the Devil every seven years—a sacrifice which guarantees life on Luna Island will continue to thrive. During the last Tithe, Damien brought shame upon the family for trying to rescue his first love from sacrifice. This time, he’s determined to fulfill his duty with utmost obedience and earn back his family’s trust.

When Damien spots Lila on a yacht at sea, he knows he’s found the Devil’s perfect match. Her anger is powerful, and when she dances, flowers spring from her step. What he doesn’t expect is to find someone whose trauma reflects his own, who understands what it’s like to be a disappointment to one’s family, and whose power may actually be enough to end the Tithe once and for all.

June 24th
Feathervein by Tonya Hurley (Feiwel and Friends) - release date moved several times.
Wren, a lonely girl with a gift for communicating with birds. She leaves behind a fractured family to investigate her mother's mysterious disappearance on a birding expedition in the Louisiana bayous, and enters a world steeped in folk magic.

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