An overhead image looking down on a woman in a sun hat with her feet in a clear pool of water. Across the image are the words "The BFF Pact"

The Adult Hint

We are so beyond pleased to share our April Adult Hint, The BFF Pact! 🦞

From the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation comes a glittering and introspective new novel!

The perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t. They broke up five months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.
Which is how they find themselves sharing a bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. Only this year, they're lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because let's be honest, after years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week...in front of those who know you best?
Named the most anticipated book of 2023, this is a title we at Once Upon a Book Club are so incredibly honored to be bringing to life for our Book Clubbers! Featuring a set of gorgeous gifts that are pulled directly from the story, we cannot wait for readers to enjoy this unique experience!
On sale now through April 14th (or until we sell out - quantities are limited!), this is not a box to be missed! Boxes are expected to ship at the end of April.

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The Young Adult Hint

We are thrilled to present our April Young Adult hint, Mysterious Creatures!🩸

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From New York Times Bestselling Author of Girls with Sharp Sticks and The Program series comes a tale perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Lost Boys!
In the quaint town of Nightfall, Oregon, it isn't the dark you should be afraid of - it's the girls. When a set of siblings throw the biggest party of the year and get sent to live with their grandmother in Oregon for the summer, she gives them only one rule: always be home before dark.
Determined to make the most of their summer, they meet an enigmatic group of girls; beautiful and charismatic, they have a magnetic pull that make them impossible to resist. But it quickly becomes apparent these charming girls are far from what they appear. And that one rule? They should have listened. Because something emerges after dark that doesn't plan to let them leave.

Dark and enthralling, you'll find it difficult to put this addictive novel down! A beloved author of much of our team, you'll love taking a 'bite' out of this book! Paired with a stunning set of gifts that bring the most shocking moments to life, you do not want to miss out!

On sale now through April 14th (or until we sell out), be sure to grab this box before they're gone! Boxes are expected to ship at the end of April.

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A copy of Winston Chu vs the Whimsies stands in front of a shelf of vintage toys. The words 'Toy Shop of Wonders' is written across the top.

The Middle Grade Theme

We are so excited to reveal our April Middle Grade box theme, Toy Shop of Wonders! 🧹

This month's incredible book selection is a hardcover edition of Winston Chu vs. the Whimsies by bestselling author Stacey Lee! Regular subscribers may remember Stacey from our past young adult selection, Luck of the Titanic!

Bestselling author Rick Riordan presents Stacey Lee's modern reimagining of a classic Chinese folktale—replete with magic, boba, and lots of trash talking.

Twelve-year-old Winston Chu inadvertently stops a robbery at Mr. Pang's Whimsies, an oddities shop in Chinatown. As a reward, Mr. Pang invites Winston to choose any item in the store, but warns Winston to browse carefully, for the first thing Winston touches will be the thing he gets. Before Winston can decide, a magpie flies under a shelf, and he impulsively grabs an old broom to sweep it out. Mr. Pang hands him the broom, along with a dustpan. "Two for one. Congratulations."

When some of his possessions start to go missing, all Winston can think about are the broom and dustpan. Did they somehow take his stuff? And what—or who—will they dispose of next? It's time to break into Mr. Pang's Whimsies and fight magic with magic! And this time, Winston better have a plan.

This whimsical tale will take readers on a magical adventure they surely will not see coming! Paired with a set of incredibly fun gifts, this is a box you will not want to miss!

Boxes are on sale now through April 4th (or until we sell out!). Boxes are expected to ship in early April.