Five Upcoming Books by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Until now, the award-winning “Ace of Spades” has been Àbíké-Íyímídé’s only major solo release. But Àbíké-Íyímídé has been busy writing and has at least five new books releasing in 2024.

Five Upcoming Books by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

In 2021, British Muslim author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé took the literary world by storm with her debut book “Ace of Spades,” a high-octane YA thriller that has been compared to both “Gossip Girl” (2007–2012) and “Get Out” (2017). The book follows the only two Black students at an elite private school, Devon & Chiamaka, as they struggle against an anonymous bully with deadly intentions.

Àbíké-Íyímídé captivated readers and critics alike with “Ace of Spades,” earning accolades such as the 2022 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens and a spot as one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2021, among others. Until now, “Ace of Spades” has been Àbíké-Íyímídé’s only major solo release. But Àbíké-Íyímídé has been busy writing and has at least five new books releasing in 2024 (in a cryptic Instagram post, she alluded to several projects that have yet to be announced this year). Read on to find out when Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s new books are publishing this year.

  1. “The Doomsday Date” — Feb. 15

First is “The Doomsday Date,” a YA book about teens falling in love at the end of the world. On the eve of an impending apocalypse, Sanjeet, fueled by a desire to truly live, dyes his hair pink and creates a "Doomsday List" of ten things to accomplish. Sola, his best friend, knows the world isn’t going anywhere but still supports him in completing the list. Facing the countdown to midnight, Sanjeet relies on both his courage and Sola's assistance, particularly for the most daunting item on the list.

“The Doomsday Date” was written for the U.K.-based charity World Book Day, which promotes reading for pleasure and aims to offer every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. Accordingly, this book will be free for children and students and will cost £1 or €1.50 for everyone else.

  1. “Where Sleeping Girls Lie” — March 19

"Where Sleeping Girls Lie" is Àbíké-Íyímídé’s long-awaited second YA novel, a contemporary mystery nestled in dark academia. The book follows Sade Hussein, a newcomer to a prestigious boarding school, who uncovers dark secrets and cover-ups after her roommate, Elizabeth, goes missing. Despite rumors implicating Sade in Elizabeth’s disappearance, she catches the attention of an enigmatic clique known as the “Unholy Trinity” and delves into their world. As Sade navigates class dynamics, a global lack of concern for Elizabeth's disappearance and a subsequent student death, Sade realizes that the secrets at Alfred Nobel Academy run deep, intertwining with her own.

In an Instagram post, Àbíké-Íyímídétime called the book “a dark academia mystery instead of a thriller [like “Ace of Spades”] but still queer and dark as hell.” She added that the story features a cast of characters who she loves very much.

  1. “Four Eids and a Funeral” — June 6

In this contemporary YA rom-cin co-written by Àbíké-Íyímídé and fellow Muslim YA author Adiba Jaigirdar, ex-best friends Tiwa and Said find themselves compelled to save their Islamic Center from demolition. Said returns home from boarding school after his favorite librarian's death, facing his ex-best friend Tiwa and the challenge of revealing his artistic aspirations to his Bangladeshi parents. Tiwa, dealing with family issues and organizing an Eid celebration at the Islamic Center, crosses paths with Said again. When the center faces the threat of demolition, the two must reluctantly join forces, aiming to change the mayor's decision and possibly mend their relationship in the process.

  1. “Spider-Man: Stories from the Spider-Verse” — July 2

This middle grade short story collection explores the vast Spider-Verse through the eyes of 10 unique Spider-Heroes. From the guitar-playing Spider-Punk to the Eid-celebrating Spider-UK and the fashion-forward Web-Weaver, each hero faces challenges on their own world. Some, like Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy, have traversed universes, while others are just discovering their extraordinary abilities. Written by renowned authors, including Tui Sutherland, Frederick Joseph and Àbíké-Íyímídé, these tales unfold as a mysterious villain threatens the entire Spider-Verse.

Àbíké-Íyímídé’s featured story is about Zarina Zahari aka Spider-UK as she “thwips across London” during a city-wide electrical fiasco, juggling Eid celebrations with a super-villain threat to her neighborhood.

  1. “The White Guy Dies First: 13 Scary Stories of Fear and Power” — July 16

The last of Àbíké-Íyímídé’s announced projects is “The White Guy Dies First,” an anthology of 13 chilling stories by a diverse group of authors. From killer clowns to hungry hedge mazes, these tales feature ancient terrors and modern villains. The collection was edited by Terry J. Benton-Walker, with contributions from bestselling, award-winning and emerging authors like Àbíké-Íyímídé and Jaigirdar, among others. The collection explores themes of survival, encompassing haunted houses, diaries of happy thoughts and mysteries. In this riveting journey into horror, only one thing is certain — this time, the white guy dies first.

Àbíké-Íyímídé’s story is a subversion of the killer clown horror subgenre, which she says she can’t wait to be able to speak more about soon.

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is the New York Times chart-topping, international bestselling and award-winning author of “Ace of Spades.” She is an avid tea drinker, a collector of strange mugs and a recent graduate from a university in the Scottish Highlands where she received a BA in English Literature. She is currently pursuing an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Kings College London. When she isn’t spinning dark tales, Faridah can be found examining the deeper meanings in Disney Channel Original Movies.

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