April brings us five wonderful middle grade reads.
Christina Matula's THE NOT-SO-UNIFORM LIFE OF HOLLY-MEI from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins on 4/5/2022
Packed with humor and heart, this debut middle grade series follows a girl finding her place in a brand-new world of private school and frenemies when her family moves to Hong Kong.
Lee Y. Miao's WEI TO GO! from Clear Fork Publishing on 4/5/2022
WEI TO GO! is a contemporary mystery about a twelve-year-old California girl who wants to help her dad’s threatened company. It features sibling rivalry, travel to Hong Kong, sports, and multicultural family dynamics.
Justyn Edwards' THE GREAT FOX ILLUSION from Walker Books (UK), Candlewick Press (US) on 4/7/2022
Secrets and illusions abound as a group of young magicians competes for the prize of a lifetime in this gripping adventure, the first in an enthralling new series from debut author Justyn Edwards.
Judi Lauren's JORDIE AND JOEY FELL FROM THE SKY from Jollyfish Press on 4/19/2022
Twin brothers Jordie and Joey have been in the foster care system since they were found abandoned in a crop circle as babies. Believing they crash landed there from a UFO, Jordie convinces Joey to follow him to the one place that might have answers about their origins, the center of extraterrestrial life: Area 51.
Karina Evans' GROW UP, TAHLIA WILKINS! from Little, Brown by 4/19/2022
Debut author Karina Evans gives modern-day readers their own version of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret with a fun and truthful romp about friendship, puberty, and growing up, in all its awkward glory.
Followed up by eight great young adult books.
Kaitlyn Hill's LOVE FROM SCRATCH from Delacorte/PRH on 4/5/2022
Rival interns with sizzling chemistry in and out of the kitchen? That’s a recipe for love. This delectable debut romantic comedy about two rival interns with the recipe for love is perfect for foodies, feminists, and fans of aspirational YA romance like LOVE & GELATO and AGAIN, BUT BETTER.
Betty G. Yee's GOLD MOUNTAIN from Lerner Publishing/Carolrhoda Lab on 4/5/2022
In 1867, fifteen year old Tam Ling Fan disguises herself as a boy and journeys from China to America to work on the transcontinental railroad. She vows to earn the money so desperately needed to save her father, but encounters far more danger than she ever anticipated. How far will she go to achieve her goal?
Emily J. Taylor's HOTEL MAGNIFIQUE from Razorbill/PRH on 4/5/2022
Decadent and darkly enchanting, this lavish YA fantasy debut follows seventeen-year-old Jani as she uncovers the deeply disturbing secrets of the legendary Hotel Magnifique.
Kate Murray's WE WHO HUNT THE HOLLOW from Hardie Grant Children's Publishing on 4/6/2022
A firecracker urban fantasy about the youngest daughter of a family of women warriors, and the power she wishes she had …
Samantha Markum's THIS MAY END BADLY from Wednesday Books on 4/12/2022
This May End Badly follows Doe, a senior at an all-girls boarding school whose life has revolved around a century-long rivalry with the boy’s school across the street. When she embarks on a fake-dating scheme to get under her worst enemy’s skin, she must contend with the lies she’s told, as well as the future of her beloved school.
Lotté Jean Elliott's THE MONSTERS CLUB from Northodox Press on 4/21/2022
Whilst exploring the dark web, Junie and her fellow hacker, Yamazaki, discover a site called the Monsters Club, a place where murderers post pictures of their victims. After Yamazaki disappears, will Junie, or someone she loves, become the next victim?
Jennifer Wilson's SOMEDAY WE'LL FIND IT from HarperTeen on 4/26/2022
Raw and unvarnished, Jennifer Wilson’s debut about one girl’s messy, unglamorous, very real summer in central Illinois is perfect for fans of Emergency Contact and Far from the Tree. This unforgettable debut takes readers on a heartbreakingly real journey of self-worth, understanding, and finding the people who believe in you.
Debbie Schrack's SAVING SOPHIE from Fire and Ice in 4/26/2022
A seventeen year old boy falls in love with the sole survivor of a devastating car accident caused by his half-brother.
And sixteen amazing adult books!
Ashley Winstead's FOOL ME ONCE from Graydon House/HarperCollins on 4/5/2022
Second chances are for suckers. In this fierce and funny battle of the exes, Ashley Winstead's Fool Me Once explores the chaos of wanting something you used to have.
N.E. Davenport's THE BLOOD TRIALS from Harper Voyager on 4/5/2022
Blending fantasy and science fiction, N. E. Davenport’s fast-paced, action-packed debut kicks off a duology of loyalty and rebellion, in which a young Black woman must survive deadly trials in a racist and misogynistic society to become an elite warrior.
Kirsten Bohling's WE'D KNOW BY THEN from Lake Country Press on 4/5/2022
In a monochrome world, Brighton Evans is a splash of brilliant color. Fans of bittersweet titles by Colleen Hoover and Jojo Moyes will have you invested in Brighton and Cain’s journey from the first page to the last.
Lisa Roe's WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD from Sourcebooks Casablanca on 4/5/2022
A heartwarming and life-affirming story of family dynamics, mother/daughter relationships, and second chances—perfect for fans of Maria Semple and Abbi Waxman.
Grace D. Li's PORTRAIT OF A THIEF from Tiny Rep Books/Dutton/PRH on 4/5/2022
Ocean's Eleven meets The Farewell in Portrait of a Thief, a lush, lyrical heist novel inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums; about diaspora, the colonization of art, and the complexity of the Chinese American identity.
Chloë Ashby's WET PAINT from Orion/Trapeze on 4/14/2022
Perfect reading for fans of Sally Rooney, Naoise Dolan and Raven Leilani, Ashby's electrifying fiction debut revolves around the rudderless Eve, who is forced to confront the traumatic events surrounding her best friend's death.
Laure Van Rensburg's NOBODY BUT US from Penguin Michael Joseph (UK) on 4/14/2022
In this locked room, high‑concept thriller that's part The Guest List, part The Girl Before, a couple's romantic weekend‑getaway is not what it seems.
Lis Angus' NOT YOUR CHILD from The Wild Rose Press on 4/18/2022
Ottawa psychologist and single mother Susan Koss discovers that a strange man has been following her twelve-year-old daughter Maddy. She fears he’s a predator, but it’s worse than that. He believes Maddy is his granddaughter, abducted eleven years ago, and he’s obsessed with getting her back.
Laura Stanfill's SINGING LESSONS FOR THE STYLISH CANARY from Lanternfish Press on 4/19/2022
Populated with strong women and one odd young man who doesn’t fit into the box society has chosen for him, Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary is a nineteenth-century fable about finding your place in the world—even if it’s all the way across the ocean.
Maggie Giles' THE THINGS WE LOST from Rising Action Publishing Collective on 4/19/2022
Maddie wakes up twenty-six years old and in a completely different life. But is this new do-over exactly what she needs, even if it means her daughters never existing?
Jendella Benson's HOPE AND GLORY from William Morrow / HarperCollins on 4/19/2022
A brilliant debut by a British-Nigerian author—a heartfelt family drama that will delight book club readers and fans of books like The Girl with the Louding Voice and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows.
Mahi Cheshire's DEADLY CURE from Harvill Secker/Penguin Vintage on 4/21/2022
Deadly Cure is about two rival scientists/best friends and the search for a cancer cure, which gets very messy when one is murdered and the other becomes prime suspect.
Jamie Liew's DANDELION from Arsenal Pulp Press on 4/26/2022
Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award winner: A debut novel in which a Chinese Canadian woman traces her mother’s past journey to discover who she really is and where she belongs.
KM Kelly's THE SLEEPERS from Bloodhound Books on 4/26/2022
A time bomb is ticking—but what if that time bomb is you? A chilling novel of intrigue, terror, and one man and woman in a race against the clock.
Liz Bowery's LOVE, HATE & CLICKBAIT from MIRA (Harlequin) on 4/26/2022
When political consultant Thom and analyst Clay fake a relationship for the liberal vote, it hurtles toward something very real, which could derail the campaign and cost them both their jobs…and their hearts.
Vaishnavi Patel's KAIKEYI from Redhook/Hachette on 4/26/2022
A stunning debut from a powerful new voice, Kaikeyi reimagines the life of the infamous queen from the Indian epic the Ramayana, weaving a tale of fate, family, courage, and heartbreak—and an extraordinary woman determined to leave her mark in a world where gods and men dictate the shape of things to come.
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