Thank you, Tanita, for alerting me to the fact that the new, and the last (meep) Diana Wynne Jones book (completed by her sister Ursula) has a cover! (actually 2 covers, UK and US)
It comes out February 27, 2014 in the UK, and April 22, 2014 in the US. I will be ordering the UK edition, because of not being able to wait, and because I like the cover better. (I have a vague feeling that UK fantasy books for kids are less gender marketed--in this case the purples and pinks of the US cover look to me like the book is being marketed more to girls...and the UK cover, what with the boy and his sword, looks more friendly to both genders).
From Amazon: "Aileen was supposed to grow up magical - just like the other women in her family. Unfortunately, she's just found out that the magic seems to have skipped a generation...but that's not her biggest problem right now. In her world, there are four Islands of Chaldea. The largest and most magical island has been cut off from the other three for decades - and is slowly draining the magic from them. But now a prophecy has come to light. Someone from Aileen's island will gather a man from each of the three islands, bring down the magical barrier, and unite them with the fourth island again. And according to the king, that someone is Aileen's Aunt - who insists on dragging Aileen along. AND the boy Aileen is sure she'll marry (one day); AND the local boy with more brawn then brain. Someone seems to want to stop them too...someone with an interest in keeping the Islands apart. But still, with magic on their side, nothing can go wrong. Right?"
Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.