‘The Prison Healer,’ by Lynette Noni (HMH Books for Young Readers, April 13)
The first book in a planned fantasy trilogy, “The Prison Healer” follows Kiva Meridan, a 17-year-old healer in the death-row prison where she is incarcerated. When the Rebel Queen is captured and brought to the prison, Kiva receives a message from her long lost (and presumed dead) family: “Don’t let her die. We are coming.” It’s a task easier said than done considering the Rebel Queen is slated to participate in the Trial by Ordeal, a series of challenges given to dangerous criminals, none of whom have survived. To save the Rebel Queen, Kiva volunteers in her place, hoping to win freedom for both of them.
‘Kate in Waiting,’ by Becky Albertalli (Balzer + Bray, April 20)
Albertalli, author of “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” (a.k.a. “Love, Simon”), returns with a new tale of young love and the challenges of being a teenager trying to figure it all out. Kate and Andy are best friends who do everything together, including theater and crushing on the same boys. When Matt, their mutual crush from summer camp, transfers to their school and joins the school musical, suddenly the two have to figure out how to chase the love they want and also protect the friendship they cherish.
‘Hurricane Summer,‘ by Asha Bromfield (Wednesday Books, May 4)
Bromfield, best known for her role as Melody on “Riverdale,” makes her debut as a Y.A. author with this love letter to Jamaica. “Hurricane Summer” follows Tilla, a Canadian who yearns for her father during his long and frequent trips back to his native Jamaica. When Tilla finally gets permission to go there herself, she thinks it’s the chance she’s always wanted to connect with her father. But as secrets come out and a hurricane barrels toward the island, Tilla realizes that perhaps the person she needs to find is herself.
‘From Little Tokyo, With Love,’ by Sarah Kuhn (Viking Books for Young Readers, May 11)
Part rom-com, part contemporary fairy tale, “From Little Tokyo, With Love” follows Rika, a Japanese-American girl in Los Angeles who has never fit in. While her sisters love princesses, Rika practices judo and has a temper. Rika, who is adopted, was always told that her birth mother was dead, but a chance encounter at a parade leads her to believe that her mom is actually a Japanese movie star. To crack the mystery, she teams up with Hank Chen, heartthrob and actor, to follow a series of clues and maybe find a place where she fits in too.