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April 2014 young adult book releases: Historical Fiction and Alternate History

Between Two Worlds
Wendy Lamb Books

These books are being released in April 2014. For other April releases, please see the links at the bottom of the article. Stay tuned for more April releases.

In this list:

  • "Between Two Worlds" by Katherine Kirkpatrick
  • "Deception's Princess" (Deception's Princess #1) by Esther M. Friesner
  • "Prisoner of Night and Fog" (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) by Anne Blankman
  • "Sekret" (Sekret #1) by Lindsay Smith
  • "What We Hide" by Marthe Jocelyn

The list only contains summaries of the stories. For more information and reviews, please check out the individual titles on goodreads.com.

Between Two Worlds
Between Two Worlds Wendy Lamb Books

Between Two Worlds

Title: Between Two Worlds
Author: Katherine Kirkpatrick
Release date: April 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

On the treeless shores of Itta, Greenland, as far north as humans can settle, sixteen-year-old Inuit Billy Bah spots a ship far out among the icebergs on the bay--a sight both welcome and feared. Explorers have already left their indelible mark on her land and its people, and a ship full of white men can mean trouble.

The ship carries provisions for Robert E. Peary, who is making an expidition to the North Pole. As a child, Billy Bah spent a year in America with Peary's family. When her parents went to America years later, they died in a tragic scandal. Now, Peary's wife, daughter, and crew are in Itta to bring him supplies. Winter comes on fast, and when the ship gets caught in the ice, Billy Bah sets out to find Peary. The journey will imperil her life, and that of the man she loves.

By turns lyrical and gripping, Between Two Worlds is an impassioned coming-of-age novel set in a land of breathtaking beauty and danger, where nature and love are powerful and unpredictable forces.

Deception's Princess
Deception's Princess Random House Books for Young Readers

Deception's Princess

Title: Deception's Princess (Deception's Princess #1)
Author: Esther M. Friesner
Release date: April 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Maeve, princess of Connacht, was born with her fists clenched. And it's her spirit and courage that make Maeve her father's favorite daughter. But once he becomes the High King, powerful men begin to circle—it's easy to love the girl who brings her husband a kingdom.

Yet Maeve is more than a prize to be won, and she's determined to win the right to decide her own fate. In the court's deadly game of intrigue, she uses her wits to keep her father's friends and enemies close—but not too close. When she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the son of a visiting druid, Maeve faces a brutal decision between her loyalty to her family and to her own heart.

Award-winning author Esther Friesner has a remarkable gift for combining exciting myth and richly researched history. This fiery heroine's fight for independence in first-century Ireland is truly worthy of a bard's tale.

Prisoner of Night and Fog
Prisoner of Night and Fog Balzer + Bray

Prisoner of Night and Fog

Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1)
Author: Anne Blankman
Release date: April 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

Sekret
Sekret Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children's

Sekret

Title: Sekret (Sekret #1)
Author: Lindsay Smith
Release date: April 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 337
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children's
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

An empty mind is a safe mind.

Yulia's father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she's captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she's thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can trust no one--not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for her attention--and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.

What We Hide
What We Hide Wendy Lamb Books

What We Hide

Title: What We Hide
Author: Marthe Jocelyn
Release date: April 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Americans Jenny and her brother, Tom, are off to England: Tom to university, to dodge the Vietnam draft, Jenny to be the new girl at a boarding school, Illington Hall. This is Jenny's chance to finally stand out, so accidentally, on purpose, she tells a lie. But in the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has something to hide. Jenny pretends she has a boyfriend. Robbie and Luke both pretend they don't. Brenda won't tell what happened with the school doctor. Nico wants to hide his mother's memoir. Percy keeps his famous dad a secret. Oona lies to everyone. Penelope lies only to herself.

Deftly told from multiple points of view in various narrative styles, including letters and movie screenplays, What We Hide is provocative, honest, often funny, and always intriguing.