New Titles For April

Another month, another batch of new books to add to your TBR list! If you find yourself at your local library or bookstore, make sure to keep an eye out for these

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A Duet for Home by Karina Yan Glaser

  • On Sale April 5, 2022

It’s June’s first day at Huey House, and as if losing her home weren’t enough, she also can’t bring her cherished viola inside. Before the accident last year, her dad saved tip money for a year to buy her viola, and she’s not about to give it up now. Tyrell has been at Huey House for three years and gives June a glimpse of the good things about living there: friendship, hot meals, and a classical musician next door. Can he and June work together to oppose the government, or will families be forced out of Huey House before they are ready?

 

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Warriors: A Starless Clan #1: River by Erin Hunter

  • On Sale April 5, 2022

A thrilling new adventure begins in Erin Hunter’s #1 bestselling Warriors series!

They have always lived by the code—but only change can keep the peace.

A new age is dawning on the warrior Clans. Now a new generation of warriors rises—one wrestling with the legacy of his great ancestor Firestar, one seeking to protect her troubled Clan, and one yearning to prove herself as a medicine cat—as leaders from all five Clans agree that the Warrior Code must be reformed.

But when tragedy strikes RiverClan, old fears will threaten the new peace… unless these three young cats can calm the coming storm.

 

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FGTeeV: The Switcheroo Rescue! by FGTeeV, illustrated by Miguel Díaz Rivas

  • On Sale April 5, 2022

The FGTeeV family have survived their fair share of glitchy gaming consoles! But now their luck has taken a decidedly strange turn-for-the-worse when Duddz bonks heads with Cecil and boom, the switcheroo happens. They wind-up flip-flopped into each other’s body.

Now Cecil has Duddz’s lightning fast reflexes and mad gaming skills, while Duddz is stuck with Cecil’s stubby fingers and really bad banana allergies. But the two frenemies have no choice but to work together if they want to get back into their own bodies and stop the mayhem-wrecking ghost that their antics has unleashed!

But when their plans backfire and Cecil turns them power mad, Moomy, Chase, Lexi, Mike, and Shawn to join have to step in to try to save the day. Can the family find a way to stop Cecil, save Duddz, banish a nasty ghost, and get everyone back into their rightful bodies before it’s too late?

Lightfall: Shadow of the Bird by Tim Probert

In the second installment of the award-winning, critically acclaimed Lightfall series, Bea and Cad continue their quest to stop Kest, the mythic bird who stole the sun. Perfect for middle grade fans of Amulet and Avatar the Last AirbenderLightfall: Shadow of the Bird is another breathtaking journey into the magical world of Irpa, where epic battles and powerful creatures abound.

After a battle that nearly cost them their lives, Bea and Cad awaken in the hidden settlement of the Arsai, mysterious creatures who can glimpse into the future. The Arsai’s vision paints a dire picture for their planet, as the bird Kest Ke Belenus—now awoken from a restless slumber—threatens to destroy all the Lights of Irpa. Desperate for a solution, Bea and Cad seek out the help of a water spirit known as Lorgon, whose ancient wisdom may help them find a way to take down Kest and save Irpa from utter destruction.

But when their time with Lorgon presents more questions than answers, Bea and Cad must decide what’s more important . . . stopping Kest or uncovering the truth.

Wow in the World: Wow in the Wild by Mindy Thomas, Guy Raz, illustrated by Jack Teagle

  • On Sale April 12, 2022

Feathers, fins, fur, feet—the animal kingdom is made up of nearly 9 million known species! From flying fish to flightless birds, each living creature has a unique role to play in the life of planet Earth. In this book, Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz, hosts of the mega-popular kids’ podcast Wow in the World, will take you on a fact-filled adventure to explore the funniest and most fascinating animals known to humankind.

Sections Include:

  • Build your own insect!
  • Play hide and seek, chameleon-style!
  • Look for six signs you might be a fish!
  • And much, much more!

Oh My Gods! 2: The Forgotten Maze by Stephanie Cooke and Insha Fitzpatrick, illustrated by Juliana Moon

  • On Sale April 5, 2022
  • Also available in paperback and make sure to check out the first book in the series, Oh My Gods!

When Karen moved to Mt. Olympus, she certainly didn’t expect to start junior high with a bunch of gods and goddesses—let alone discover she’s a demigoddess (who doesn’t yet know her powers)!

Having recently joined the school newspaper, Karen decides to investigate a mysterious online troll that goes by the moniker M1N0T4UR. This leads her to a treacherous maze beneath the school where Karen and her friends must complete a set of phases to leave the labyrinth.

The stakes are higher than ever and a wrong move could lead to some terri-BULL consequences in this a-maze-ingly action-packed, fast-paced, pun-filled companion to Oh My Gods!.

Now in paperback! 

Cinders and Sparks #3: Goblins and Gold by Lindsey Kelk, illustrated by Pippa Curnick

The final book in bestselling author Lindsey Kelk’s ridiculously entertaining trilogy is filled with adventure, snacks, and pure comic silliness. Perfect for readers age 8-12.

Cinders and her unlikely group of friends continue their quest to find Fairyland. But when the brave questers stop for lunch, calamity and chaos ensue as Cinders is kidnapped by a greedy goblin and Cinders’ fairy godmother, Brian, pairs up with Prince Joderick to rescue her.

Will Cinders escape the evil goblin? Will Sparks the talking dog sing karaoke? Will the Huntsman find and capture them?

The answers are: yes, not really, and kind of.

 

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Billy Miller Makes a Wish by Kevin Henkes

On his birthday, Billy Miller wishes for something exciting to happen. But he immediately regrets his wish when an ambulance rushes to his neighbor’s house. Is Billy responsible? Award-winning author Kevin Henkes delivers a short, funny, and emotionally complex novel complete with misplaced love letters, surprising critters, art projects, misguided tattoos—and another surprise for Billy and his family, maybe the best one yet!

 

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Both Can Be True by Jules Machias

  • On Sale April 19, 2022
  • And make sure to look for Jules’ upcoming book Fight + Flight, on sale May 24!

Ash is no stranger to feeling like an outcast. For someone who cycles through genders, it’s a daily struggle to feel in control of how people perceive you. Some days Ash is undoubtedly girl, but other times, 100 percent guy. Daniel lacks control too—of his emotions. He’s been told he’s overly sensitive more times than he can count. He can’t help the way he is, and he sure wishes someone would accept him for it.

So when Daniel’s big heart leads him to rescue a dog that’s about to be euthanized, he’s relieved to find Ash willing to help. The two bond over their four-legged secret. When they start catching feelings for each other, however, things go from cute to complicated. Daniel thinks Ash is all girl . . . what happens when he finds out there’s more to Ash’s story?

With so much on the line—truth, identity, acceptance, and the life of an adorable pup named Chewbarka—will Ash and Daniel forever feel at war with themselves because they don’t fit into the world’s binaries? Or will their friendship help them embrace the beauty of living in between?

 

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The Mending Summer by Ali Standish

  • On Sale April 5, 2022
  • And keep an eye of for Ali’s new historical fiction novel, Yonder, on sale May 3!

For Georgia, this summer is shaping up to be a big disappointment. Mama is busy studying for her biology degree. Daddy is working nights, and often the man who comes home isn’t Daddy. He’s a man who looks like Daddy, but walks a little wobbly. Who sounds like Daddy, but sings a little too loud. Georgia calls him the Shadow Man.

So now, instead of riding horses with her friends at camp, Georgia is sent off to the country to stay with her mysterious great-aunt for the summer to avoid her parents’ fighting.

There, a lonely Georgia meets a mysterious friend named Angela and together, they discover a magical lake—one that can make wishes come true. At first, the lake offers Georgia a thrilling escape from her worries and hope that she can use its magic to heal her family. But as things grow worse at home, a troubled boy appears at the lake and the wishes threaten to spiral out of control . . .

 

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Mostly the Honest Truth by Jody J. Little

  • On Sale April 5, 2022

After Pop is sent back to rehab, Jane Pengilly arrives at her newest foster home determined to stick to the straight and narrow and get back to her beloved dad as soon as she can. It’s not the first time they’ve been apart, but Jane’s determined it will be the last.

Twelve days out in the boonies of Three Boulders makes Jane miss Pop more than ever. But as the days go by, she realizes that family is more than who you’re related to—and that a home can be found in the unlikeliest of places.

 

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Root Magic by Eden Royce

  • On Sale April 5, 2022

It’s 1963, and things are changing for Jezebel Turner. Her beloved grandmother has just passed away. The local police deputy won’t stop harassing her family. With school integration arriving in South Carolina, Jez and her twin brother, Jay, are about to begin the school year with a bunch of new kids. But the biggest change comes when Jez and Jay turn eleven— and their uncle, Doc, tells them he’s going to train them in rootwork.

Jez and Jay have always been fascinated by the African American folk magic that has been the legacy of their family for generations—especially the curious potions and powders Doc and Gran would make for the people on their island. But Jez soon finds out that her family’s true power goes far beyond small charms and elixirs…and not a moment too soon. Because when evil both natural and supernatural comes to show itself in town, it’s going to take every bit of the magic she has inside her to see her through.

 

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The Secret Life of Sam by Kim Ventrella

  • On Sale April 5, 2022

When Sam’s dad dies in a car accident, Sam is shuttled off to the dusty town of Holler, Oklahoma, to live with a long-lost aunt. There he encounters a mysterious mangy cat who leads him to an unassuming tree that turns out to be a portal—a passage through which Sam can revisit his old life for a few minutes at a time.

Sam’s visits to the bayou become stranger and stranger. Pa’s old stories unfold around him in beautiful but sinister detail, and Pa is not quite himself. Still, Sam is desperate to find a way for them to stay together—no matter what it takes.

 

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Thornlight by Claire Legrand

  • On Sale April 19, 2022
  • And check out the companion novel, Foxheart, available now in paperback!

Centuries and centuries ago, the Vale was split in two in a war between witches. Ever since, an evil darkness has been climbing, climbing, climbing out of the Break, infecting everything it touches. The people of the Vale fight it with discs made of lightning—and with an ancient spell. Brier Skystone is the youngest, most talented lightning harvester the Vale’s ever seen. Her twin sister, Thorn, is a sensitive artist who’s braver than even she knows. And young Queen Celestyna Hightower is determined to be Mender of the Break, the last of her family to bear the weight of anchoring the spell—which is really more of a curse.

As the darkness keeps coming, these three girls will each undertake their own perilous journeys to try to save their home—and each quest reveals an electrifying surprise. Perhaps they’ve been fighting the wrong monster all along.

 

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A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi

  • On Sale April 26, 2022
  • And look for Saadia’s upcoming nonfiction collection, The Wonders We Seek: Thirty Incredible Muslims Who Helped Shape the World, on sale May 3!

Sixth graders Sara and Elizabeth could not be more different. Sara is at a new school that is completely unlike the small Islamic school she used to attend. Elizabeth has her own problems: her British mum has been struggling with depression. The girls meet in an after-school South Asian cooking class, which Elizabeth takes because her mom has stopped cooking, and which Sara, who hates to cook, is forced to attend because her mother is the teacher. The girls form a shaky alliance that gradually deepens, and they make plans to create the most amazing, mouth-watering cross-cultural dish together and win a spot on a local food show. They make good cooking partners . . . but can they learn to trust each other enough to become true friends?

 

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Warriors: The Broken Code #5: The Place of No Stars by Erin Hunter

  • On Sale April 5, 2022

The time has come to return to the Dark Forest.

ThunderClan’s deputy, Squirreflight, has vanished with the cat now known to be an impostor, sowing suspicion and mistrust among the five Clans. The cause of their ancestors’ silence is finally clear—but so is the terrifying truth of the danger they must face if they hope to bring light back to the darkness. . . .

Packed with action and intrigue, this sixth Warriors series is the perfect introduction for readers new to the Warriors world, while dedicated fans will be thrilled to discover the new adventures that unfold after the events of A Vision of Shadows.

 

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