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The Best Children’s and YA Books of April

by the Brightly Editors


April showers bring May flowers — and lots of fantastic new books! These are the best, boldest, and brightest books coming out this month. Whether you’re looking for sweet bedtime stories for your preschooler or the hottest must-have releases for your tween or teen, we have you covered.

  • YA

  • Hotel Magnifique

    by Emily J. Taylor

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    Caraval meets “Hotel California” in this imaginative and breathtaking YA fantasy novel. The Hotel Magnifique appears in town, and Jani and her younger sister Zosa jump at the chance to join the staff. The girls expect adventure, glamor, and celebrity sightings — but they don’t know that once you check in to the hotel, you can never check out.

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  • The Matchbreakers Summer

    by Annie Rains

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    Plots, shenanigans, and romance combine into a swoony summer rom-com that will steal your heart! Paisley’s mom is getting married and shutting down the summer camp they run together. She teams up with Hayden, a boy working at the camp, and they hatch a scheme to break up her mom and her fiancé. With both teens focused on destroying a relationship, neither one expects to fall in love.

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  • BookTok Bestsellers Boxed Set

    by E. Lockhart, Namina Forna, Erin A. Craig, and Holly Jackson

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    An all-in-one collection of some of the hottest YA books on BookTok? Yes, please! Readers everywhere are obsessing over these YA novels, and now, they’re available in a special four-book boxed set that fantasy and thriller lovers need. The collection features runaway reader favorites When We Were Liars, The Gilded Ones, A House of Salt and Sorrows, and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.

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  • Year on Fire

    by Julie Buxbaum

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    Friendship drama, messy romance, and secrets collide during fire season in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next. Five teens flirt, fight, and fall in love — and someone sets the high school bathroom on fire. This coming-of-age novel gives readers a glimpse into the beautiful and tumultuous teen years and the challenges they bring.

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  • Flirting with Fate

    by J. C. Cervantes

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    When Nana passes away, her magical blessing misses Ava (its intended target) and lands on a cute boy instead. Now, Nana’s spirit can’t cross over, and Ava must somehow get the blessing back and set Nana free. YA readers who enjoy their rom-coms with a side of magic will adore this swoon-worthy novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm Runner.

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  • Harley Quinn: Reckoning

    by Rachael Allen

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    Everyone’s favorite female villain gets her own origin story in this new DC Icons series book. Looking to get revenge after being sexually harassed at her psych lab internship, Harleen Quinzel joins a notorious girl gang. There, she finds romance and excitement as they wreak havoc everywhere they go — until a gang member turns up dead. This book is a must-read for DC enthusiasts and Harley Quinn fans!

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