Abrams goes for nothing but net with The Basket Ball by Esme Raji Codell, illus. by Jennifer Plecas, about a girl who finds a happy medium between basketball and dolls; Babar’s Worldwide Games and a Wedding by Laurent de Brunhoff, in which Babar, Celeste, and their children have an eventful trip to Celesteville; Dear Hot Dog by Mordicai Gerstein, a collection of poems about a day in the life of three friends; Tilly the Trickster by Molly Shannon, illus. by Ard Hoyt, a debut picture book from comedian Shannon about a girl who loves to play tricks; and Little Pim: Colors and Little Pim: Feelings by Julia Pimsleur Levine, trilingual concept books in English, Spanish, and French.
Amulet the publisher will be, for Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger, the follow-up to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda; NERDS: Book Three by Michael Buckley, illus. by Ethan Beavers, featuring Matilda “Wheezer” Choi, an asthmatic who can fly courtesy of her inhalers; Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier, a fantasy-adventure starring a blind orphan who steals a box containing three pairs of magical eyes; and Misfit by Jon Skovron, a paranormal adventure about a half-demon teenage girl.
Albert Whitman gets spooky with Poisoned House by Michael Ford, featuring the ghostly adventures of Abi, maidservant in a spooky London household; Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera, about a Muslim teen from England, who is abducted while on vacation in Pakistan and taken to Guantanamo Bay; Vampire School by Peter Bently, illus. by Chris Harrison, an early chapter book series set in an elementary school for vampires; What Am I? by Anne M. Lewis, illus. by Tom Mills, a novelty series of guessing-game/lift-the-flap books; and a reissue of Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and Their New Skates by Maj Lindman.
ANDERSEN PRESS USA
Andersen lets the streamers flow for I Want a Party! by Tony Ross, in which Little Princess plans a fab party; and Elmer’s Christmas by David McKee, about the special holiday treat Elmer has in store for his elephant pals.
Accord gets goosebumps with One Spooky Night: A Halloween Adventure by Kate Stone, a novelty book about the things a young monster encounters walking through the woods.
Bailiwick Press can’t say enough about Dumbstruck by Karla Oceanak, illus by Kendra Spanjer, a graphic novel in which Aldo Zelnick finds himself speechless in the presence of his cute new art teacher.
Barefoot Books cuts a rug with Lola’s Fandango by Anna Witte, illus. by Micha Archer, in which Lola finds her mother’s old flamenco shoes, and teaches herself to dance; The Barefoot World Atlas by Nick Crane, illus. by David Dean, an exploration of how communities and cultures have been shaped by their environment; and The Wise Fool, retold by Shahrukh Husain, illus. by Micha Archer, a collection of 22 Middle Eastern folktales.
Bloomsbury marks its calendar for Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George, in which resourceful children in an enchanted castle must outwit a dangerous foe; Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever by Julianne Moore, illus. by LeUyen Pham, the tale of unlikely BFFs Freckleface and Windy Pants Patrick; Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker, a story of first love set against the backdrop of extreme religion; After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven Wendel, a paranormal story for teens told in alternating boy/girl points of view; and a collectible edition of Forest Born by Shannon Hale.
Boyds Mills Press evolves its point of view with Billions of Years, Amazing Changes: The Story of Evolution by Laurence Pringle, illus. by Steve Jenkins, a look at how Darwin developed his view of evolution, and how research supports it; and Heebie Jeebie Jamboree by Mary Ann Fraser, a trick-or-treating romp.
BOYDS MILLS/CALKINS CREEK
Calkins Creek sees both sides with Black and White: The Confrontation of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Connor by Larry Dane Brimner, about two Alabama men who clashed over Civil Rights issues in the 1950s and 1960s.
Wordsong finds birds of a feather with Ostrich and Lark by Marilyn Nelson, a collection of poems celebrating the unlikely friendship between the two titular species, illustrated by the Kuru Artists in western Botswana.
CAMPFIRE GRAPHIC NOVELS
Campfire blasts off with Space Race by C.E.L. Welsh, illus. by K.L. Jones, inspired by the true events of the 20th century space race between the U.S. and Russia; Sita: Daughter of the Earth by Saraswati Nagpal, illus. by Manikandan, a tale of love, honor, and sacrifice inspired by the Indian epic the Ramayana; and Conquering Everest by Lewis Helfand, illus. by Amit Tamal, a biographical tale chronicling the dangerous ascent of the mountain by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
Candlewick creates sparks with The Flint Heart retold by Katherine and John Paterson, illus. by John Rocco, an action-filled fairy tale about a Stone Age man seeking a talisman to harden his heart; Love Waves by Rosemary Wells, a picture book designed to ease separation anxiety; I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, about a bear’s search for his missing item of clothing; Chanukah Lights by Michael J. Rosen, illus. by Robert Sabuda, an original story to celebrate the holiday; and The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf, which tells the story of this historical tragedy from 24 perspectives, including that of the iceberg itself.
Templar decks the halls for Christmas in the Mouse House by Amanda Wood, illus. by Maggie Kneen, about a mouse family’s efforts to decorate its home; The Monstrous Book of Monsters by Libby Hamilton, illus. by Johnny Duddle and Aleksei Bitskoff, a collection of foul facts about monsters; Super Science: Feel the Force! Full of Pop-up Physics Fun by Tom Adams, illus. by Thomas Flintham, a novelty book that kicks off a new series on the sciences; Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet by Paul Thurlby, a concept title marking the children’s book debut of the graphic artist; and The Blackhope Enigma by Teresa Flavin, a first novel about the mystery behind centuries-old Blackhope Tower.
Toon Books hits the books with Classroom Warrior by Jayr Pulga and Randy DuBurke, in which 10-year-old Barry adjusts to a new school and prepares for the arrival of his absent father, Barack; Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray, starring Benjamin Bear in a series of silly gags; and Nina in That Makes Me Mad! by Hilary Knight, based on text by Steven Kroll, a reimagining of Nina, one of Knight’s spunky heroines.
CBAY Books covers the bases with The Book of All Things by David Michael Slater, an addition to the Sacred Books series in which the twins must determine vampire Lilith’s motives.
Charlesbridge adds it up with Teddy Bear Math by Barbara Barbieri McGrath, illus. by Tim Nihoff, a sequel to Teddy Bear Counting; Aggie Gets Lost by Lori Ries, illus. by Frank Dormer, about a lost pup; Little Man by Dionne Warwick and David Freeman Wooley, illus. by Fred Willingham, about an aspiring young drummer working toward his dream; The Mystic Phyles: Beasts by Stephanie Brockway, illus. by Ralph Masiello, in which Abigail keeps a journal of her research on mythical creatures; and Freda Is Found by Stuart J. Murphy, new to the I See I Learn series.
Imagine looks to the night sky for When You Wish Upon a Star by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington, illus. by Eric Puybaret, a picture-book version of the well-known song, which includes a audio CD featuring Judy Collins.
CHARLESBRIDGE/MACKINAC ISLAND PRESS
Mackinac Island Press finds its way with Escape from Zobadak by Brad Gallagher, a novel in which Billy discovers his missing uncle is somehow trapped inside a fantastic world within a nightstand; and Miss Martin Is a Martian by Colleen Murray Fisher, illus. by Jarod Chapmon about a boy who is convinced his new teacher is from Mars.
CHILDREN’S BOOK PRESS
Children’s Book Press greets the season with Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown in which a soccer-playing pirate princess with brown skin and red hair doesn’t care that she “doesn’t match.”
Chronicle feels alright with One Love by Cedella Marley, illus. by Vanessa Newton, a picture book adaptation of the late Bob Marley’s song by his eldest child; Ivy & Bean #8: No News is Good News by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall, another madcap adventure starring the two pals; Twist It Up by Jack Witherspoon, a cookbook by the 9-year-old chef, surfer, and cancer-survivor; The Worst-Case Scenario Survive-o-Pedia by David Borgenicht, a science-based nonfiction guide to dangerous animals, weather, and more; and What Puppies Do Best by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, a celebration of playful, cuddly pups.
Handprint is in the spirit with The Story of Christmas by Pamela Dalton, a rendition of the Nativity story illustrated with cut-paper artwork.
Disney-Hyperion celebrates Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems, latest in the Elephant and Piggie series; Heroes of Olympus Book 2 by Rick Riordan, in which Roman and Greek demigods must combine forces to save the world; Bridge to Never Land by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, in which two contemporary teens discover that the fantastical world of the Peter and the Starcatchers stories could actually exist; The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima, third in the Seven Realms fantasy series; and Lost in Time by Melissa de la Cruz, new to the Blue Bloods series.
Disney Press fastens its seatbelt for Meet the Cars, starring the vehicles/characters from the Cars movies; Baby Einstein Touch and Feel Christmas by Marcy Kelman, a holiday novelty board book; Winnie the Pooh: Friendly Tales, a book packaged with a Pooh Bear plush toy; Phineas and Ferb’s Guide to Life, a guide featuring the Disney Channel cartoon’s stars; and Disney Princess: Royal Friends Book and Magnetic Play Set, a package of two books about Tiana and Rapunzel and various novelty items all in a plastic carrying case.
DK Publishing balances the season with Amazing Circus of Mechanical Possibilities, a model kit packaged with a science reference book focusing on physics, mechanics, forces, motion, and more; To the Extreme, which explores daredevil feats and risky jobs; How Cool Is This?, a peek at some of the world’s niftiest inventions; You’ve Got Talent, a behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry, including activities; and LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, which profiles more than 200 characters (via their corresponding LEGO minifigures).
EarlyLight Books gets its back up for Animal Fights and Animal Naps by Catherine Ham, and Animal Tails by Beth Fielding, which investigate the behavior and anatomy of various creatures.
Kane Miller gets cozy with The Big Snuggle-Up by Brian Patten, illus. by Nicola Bayley, in which a scarecrow who comes into the house out of the snow isn’t the only one seeing a warm place to snuggle; and Anna Hibiscus’ Song by Atinuke, illus. by Lauren Tobia, about a girl who discovers and shares the meaning of happiness.
Eerdmans tosses the chew toy for Do You Have a Dog? by Eileen Spinelli, illus. by Geraldo Valério, a rhyming volume about such famous dog owners as Annie Oakley and Jackson Pollack; Uh-Oh! by Mary Newell DePalma, a nearly wordless picture book about a hapless dinosaur’s disastrous day; Otto Carrotto by Chiara Carrer, about a character obsessed with carrots; Willy by Geert De Kockere, illus. by Carll Cneut, in which Willy embraces the physical differences that make him unique; and Library Lily by Gillian Shields, illus. by Francesca Chessa, starring a girl who adores reading and her new friend who abhors it.
Egmont ignites the season with The Invisible Order, Book Two: The Fire King by Paul Crilley, in which Emily and her friends travel to 1666 to save London from the Great Fire and otherworldly creatures; Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick, a post-apocalyptic thriller for teens; Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Rule the School, about supervillain Vordak’s mishap with a shrinking ray and his subsequent adventures in school; The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegan, a tale of forbidden romance rich in mythology; and Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison, a novel of crushes, best friends, and a love potion.
Frances Lincoln has the best of times with Charles Dickens: Scenes from an Extraordinary Life by Mick Manning and Brita Granström, a biography celebrating the author’s 200th birthday.
GAUTHIER PUBLICATIONS/HUNGRY GOAT PRESS
Hungry Goat Press heads into the forest for Robin and the Little Hoods by Robert Bresloff, a Get “Into” the Classics title in which Bobby and pals travel into a magical volume of Robin Hood; and Deadly Pride by Nicole Nicolodemos, about two girls who win a vacation to a remote mountain resort where they learn the meaning of a recurring nightmare.
Groundwood Books puts one foot in front of the other for A Few Blocks by Cybèle Young, a picture book about a sister who cajoles her brother into walking to school; Caramba and Henry by Marie-Louise Gay, starring a lovable cat family; Beautiful Griselda by Isol, trans. by Elisa Amado, a tale of the folly of narcissism; No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis, a middle-grade novel about an orphan living on the streets of Kolkata, unaware that she has leprosy; and Suffer the Children by Pamela Porter, a multi-voiced novel, told in verse, which recounts the struggles of four orphaned children in the 1940s.
Harlequin Teen has a taste for fall with Crave by Melissa Darnell, about the romance and clashes between vampires and powerful magic users; Legacy by Cayla Kluver, a romantic fantasy-adventure highlighting the choice between duty and love; If I Die by Rachel Vincent, new to the Soul Screamers series; Twisted by Gena Showalter, which joins the Intertwined series; and The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa, fourth book of the Iron Fey series.
HARPERCOLLINS/BALZER + BRAY
Balzer + Bray is sweet on If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond, about the consequences of feeding this treat to a dog; Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book One by Colin Meloy (of the band The Decemberists), illus. by Carson Ellis, in which two classmates discover a secret, magical world in the middle of Portland, Ore.; Everything Goes: On Land by Brian Biggs, an interactive large-format picture book about vehicles; Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson, about the African-American experience; and The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon, illus. by Jake Parker, the author’s first picture book, about a superhero with a secret.
Collins metamorphoses with Butterflies by Seymour Simon, a full-color photographic science book about butterflies and moths.
Greenwillow hops on the toboggan for Little Bea and the Snowy Day by Daniel Roode, in which Bea and her pals enjoy outdoor activities on a winter day; The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, the first book in Carson’s fantasy-adventure trilogy; There Is No Long Distance Now: Very Short Stories by Naomi Shihab Nye, a collection of 40 stories of 1000 words or less; Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones, a new fantasy for younger readers; and You: A Story of Love and Friendship by Stephen Michael King, a picture book celebrating uniqueness.
HarperCollins works it with Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin, illus. by James Dean, about a movin’, groovin’ kitty; Untitled Poetry Book #4 by Shel Silverstein, a collection of 140 never-before-seen poems and illustrations; Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver, a middle-grade novel about a friendship between a human and a ghost; Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Peirce, in which Nate faces his archrival, foreign exchange student Arthur, in a scout troop showdown; and a picture-book edition of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, illus. by Laura Cornell.
HarperFestival opens its arms for Hedgehug: A Sharp Lesson in Love by Dan Pinto and Benn Sutton, about a hedgehog looking for someone to accept his valentine; and Biscuit’s ABCs by Alyssa Satin-Capucilli, illus. by Pat Schories, a lift-the-flap board book starring the popular puppy.
HarperTeen puckers up for Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey, a teen debut in which Wren brings her boyfriend back from the dead; A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies, starring two opposing angels sent to protect a teenage girl; and Eve by Anna Carey, a dystopian novel about Eve’s dangerous escape from a school for orphaned girls who have been separated from and taught to fear men.
JoAnna Cotler Books sets the alarm for Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker, a dystopian fantasy-adventure in which Candy must save Abarat from destruction and rescue her loved ones from eternal darkness.
Katherine Tegen Books slithers into the season with Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs, first in a series about three teenage descendants of Medusa; Kindergators: Hands Off Harry! by Rosemary Wells, a picture book about personal space that kicks off a series focusing on kids’ behavioral issues; A Christmas Goodnight by Nola Buck, illus. by Sarah Jane Wright, a bedtime-Nativity book; The Magnificent 12: The Trap by Michael Grant, the second story about Mack’s quest to save the world from the Pale Queen; and Dark Eden by Patrick Carman, a multi-platform book featuring phone apps in which seven teens with severe phobias must face their fears.
Walden Pond Press tracks through the forest with Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, a fairy tale of growing up in contemporary America inspired by Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”; and Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka, illus. by Brett Helquist, a new story collection in the Guys Read Library featuring tales by Margaret Peterson Haddix, James Patterson, Anthony Horowitz, and others.
Holiday House bundles up for It’s Snowing by Gail Gibbons, a nonfiction picture book about winter weather; Help Me Learn Numbers 0-20 by Jean Marzollo, illus. by Chad Phillps, first in a concept book series featuring rhymes and photos; Too Many Dinosaurs by Mercer Mayer, a picture book about a boy and his toys; Haunted House, Haunted Mouse by Judy Cox, illus. by Jeff Ebbeler, about a mouse in search of Halloween treats; and The Traitor’s Smile by Patricia Elliot, a sequel to The Pale Assassin.
Clarion has a flashlight under the covers for Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed by Eileen Christelow, about rambunctious monkeys who won’t go to sleep; A Stick Is an Excellent Thing by Marilyn Singer, illus. by LeUyen Pham, a collection of poems that celebrate different kinds of play; The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park, illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, a Christmas tale about the gift of myrrh given to the infant Jesus by the Magi; Also Known As Rowan Pohi by Ralph Fletcher, in which a boy from a working-class neighborhood creates a false identity so he can attend a prestigious private school; and Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton, the second volume of the Goblin Wars trilogy.
Graphia ushers in autumn with Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic, a debut novel about a young man facing his own death and trying to find answers.
Harcourt wags its tail for Dog Parade by Barbara Joose, illus. by Eugene Yelchin, featuring some pups in costume; Hound Dog True by Linda Urban, in which the new girl in school hopes to protect her secrets from classmates; Inquisitor’s Apprentice by Chris Moriarty, first in a planned trilogy set in NYC’s Lower East Side during the early 1900s; Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey, sequel to the vampire romance Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side; and Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer, a novel about love and deception.
HMH Books heats up alphabet soup for Martha Speaks 20th Anniversary Edition by Susan Meddaugh, a treasury of all six Martha titles; Family Storybook Treasury, which contains eight classic picture books and assorted poems; Curious Baby My Growing World, a board book/growth chart package; Curious George Says Thank You, a picture book bundled with a stationery kit; and a reissue of Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone.
Houghton Mifflin gets ready for Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Murdock, a magical tale that features diaries, letters, a stage play, and a cat; The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, a collection of stories inspired by Chris van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, written by such authors as Kate DiCamillo, Jon Scieszka, Cory Doctorow, and Lois Lowry; Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber, a YA novel in which a normal teen meets a girl who’s a trained assassin; Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman, illus. by Beth Krommes, a poetic celebration of the beauty and usefulness of the spiral shape in nature; and a gift edition of The Giver by Lois Lowry, illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline.
Sandpiper leads off the fall line-up with Soldier Athletes by Glenn Stout, third in the Good Sports series, about four athletes who put their careers on hold to serve their country; Zinnia’s Zaniness by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, with Jackie and Greg Logsted, the eighth book in the Sisters Eight series; The Complete Adventures of the Borrowers boxed set by Mary Norton; Haunting Tales, a boxed set by Mary Downing Hahn; and a paperback repackaging of Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.
Kane Press dives into fall with The Case of the Purple Pool by Lewis B. Montgomery, illus. by Amy Wummer, a Milo & Jazz mystery; and eight titles including Sammy Skunk’s Super Sniffer and Zachary Zebra’s Zippity Zooming join the Animal Antics A to Z series by Barbara deRubertis, illus. by R.W. Alley.
Kar-Ben sets the table for Joseph and the Sabbath Fish by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Martina Peluso, in which Joseph always welcomes guests to Sabbath dinner; Talia and the Rude Vegetables by Linda Elovitz Marshall, illus. by Francesca Assirelli, about a girl who mishears her grandmother’s request to gather “root” vegetables for a Rosh Hashanah stew; Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap by Deborah Bodin Cohen, illus. by Shahar Kober, in which a train conductor has an unusual holiday celebration; Marcel Marceau by Gloria Spielman, illus. by Manon Gauthier, a biography spotlighting mime Marceau’s work in the French resistance during WWII; and Green Bible Stories for Children by Tami Lehman-Wilzig, illus. by Durga Yael Bernhard Kober, which collects Bible stories and activities with an eco-friendly emphasis.
KIDS CAN PRESS
Kids Can Press brown bags it with What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World by Andrea Curtis, illus. by Yvonne Duivenvoorden, which includes photos of school lunches from around the globe and an emphasis on activism projects; Reaching by Judy Ann Stadler, illus. by Susan Mitchell, about a baby taking his first steps; My Name Is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee, illus. by Matthew Forsythe, in which a girl takes a stand against nicknames; Binky Under Review by Ashley Spires, starring Binky the space cat; and The Sign of the Black Rock by Scott Chantler, second in the Three Thieves adventure series.
Kingfisher monitors study hall with Basher Flashcards: The Periodic Table, Rocks and Minerals, and Music, three entries in the hiply illustrated Flashcards series by Simon Basher; Popposites, a pop-up title about opposites; and a newly updated and revised The Kingfisher Children’s Illustrated Dictionary and Thesaurus.
LEE & LOW
Lee & Low make a list for Sunday Shopping by Sally Derby, illus. by Shadra Strickland, in which a girl and her grandmother use newspaper flyers to do their pretend bargain shopping; Irena’s Jars of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan, illus. by Ron Mazellan, pays tribute to Irena Sendler, who rescued 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII; It Jes’ Happened by Don Tate, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, a biography of which reveals the inspirations behind the work of outsider artist Bill Traylor; Love Twelve Miles Long by Glenda Armand, illus. by Colin Bootman, a peek into the life of young Frederick Douglass; and Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure by Naomi Rose, in which a girl tries to help her ill grandfather with a traditional healing method.
LEE & LOW/TU BOOKS
Tu Books makes its debut with Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac, in which Lucas discovers his Abenaki family’s secret—a skin that will let him walk as a wolf; Galaxy Games: Challenge Season by Greg Fishbone, featuring kid athletes in an Olympics-style outer space competition; and Tankborn by Karen Sandler, about genetically engineered slaves on the planet Loka who become best friends.
Carolrhoda goes to the head of the class with Back-to-School Rules by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Teresa Murfin, offering tips for young students; Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka, illus. by Chad Cameron, a picture book in which leaves fly up and squirrels fly south for the winter; Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Seaside Shenanigans by Chris Monroe, about monkey Chico Bon-Bon’s efforts to help his elephant friend Clark; You Will Call Me Drog by Sue Cowling, about a sarcastic puppet that takes over 11-year-old Parker’s life; and Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Ša, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist by Q.L. Pearce and Gina Capaldi, illus. by Capaldi, a biography for middle-graders.
Carolrhoda Lab rings the alarm for Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff, in which a young runaway becomes a suspect in a warehouse fire; In Trouble by Ellen Levine, about two teens in 1950s New York who deal in very different ways with unplanned pregnancy; and Ultraviolet, a paranormal YA novel about a girl who can see the ultraviolet light of the spectrum, and who may be a murderer.
Darby Creek is on the case with Ghost Diamond and Spooky Ballet, one of four new titles in the Agent Amelia series; Mallory’s Super Sleepover by Laurie Freedman, illus. by Jennifer Kalis, the 16th book in the series, in which Mallory discovers that keeping friends and parents happy isn’t easy; Escape from Planet Yastol by Pamela F. Service, illus. by Mike Gorman, first in a fantasy series starring a young writer who discovers the alien worlds in his stories are real; and five additions to the Night Fall series by Megan Atwood.
Graphic Universe goes off leash for Night of the Living Dogs by Trina Robbins, illus. by Tyler Page, an addition to the Chicagoland Detective Agency series; Fish You Were Here by Colleen AF Venable, illus. by Stephanie Yue, more adventures of Sasspants the guinea pig and the other residents of Mr. Venezi’s pet shop; Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Andrés Vera Martinez and Na Liu, illus. by Martinez, which offers six short stories about growing up in China in the 1980s and ’90s; and two entries in the My Boyfriend Is a Monster series of supernatural teen romances: My Boyfriend Bites by Dan Jolley, illus. by Alitha Martinez, and Under His Spell by Marie Croall, illus. by Hyeondo Park.
Millbrook assembled its parts with A Fraction’s Goal—Parts of a Whole by Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Brian Gable, a humorous math title; Thumbtacks, Earwax, Lipstick, Dipstick: What Is a Compound Word? by Cleary, illus. by Gable, new to the Words are CATegorical series; and Say Something, Perico by Trudy Harris, illus. by Cecilia Rebora, about a Spanish-speaking parrot in the pet store looking for an owner who can understand him.
Little, Brown is up above the world so high with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jerry Pinkney, an interpretation of the classic lullaby; You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown, a companion to Children Make Terrible Pets; You Have to Stop This by Pseudonymous Bosch, the fifth and final book in the Secret series; The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict’s Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums by Trenton Lee Stewart, illus. by Diana Sudyka, a companion title to Stewart’s novels; and Sweet Sorrow by Laini Taylor, the first in a trilogy about star-crossed lovers from another world and an age-old war between their races.
LITTLE, BROWN/LB KIDS
LB Kids starts its engine with Riding in My Car by Woody Guthrie, illus. by Scott Menchin, an interactive novelty book based on Guthrie’s children’s song; Baby’s Best Friend by Rachael Hale, a board book starring baby animals; I Ruff You by Sandra Magsamen, a book with bendable, plush, touch-and-feel puppy ears; Snowflake Baby by Elise Broach, illus. by Cori Doerrfeld, a lift-the-flap board book about playing in the snow; and Marvel Superhero Squad Flips Out: A Mix and Match Book by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr, featuring pages die-cut into three panels that flip around to create more than 200 different stories.
Poppy pirouettes into fall with Bunheads by Sophie Flack, a debut novel about life at one of the world’s best ballet companies; How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston, a YA debut about a girl suddenly on the lowest level of the social food chain who discovers it’s not so bad; Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer by Cecily von Ziegesar, a gruesome and humorous take on the first Gossip Girl novel, which paints Serena and Blair as trendsetting serial killers; Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray, a retelling of Hamlet by a modern-day Ophelia; and Luststruck by Kody Keplinger, a contemporary version of Lysistrata, exploring issues of teen sexuality.
Flux celebrates with Best. Ramadan. Ever by Medeia Sharif, in which a 15-year-old girl discovers that temptation comes in many forms during this holiday; Faking Faith by Josie Bloss, a girl finds herself the social pariah of her competitive Chicago high school after a sexting incident; and The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie by S. Adams, in which Debbie has a crush on her best friend and does everything she can to spend time with her.
FSG takes a road trip with Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, a true history-mystery set in the author’s dying hometown in Pennsylvania; All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin, book one of the Birthright series set in a dystopian future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband; Desert Angel by Charlie Price, in which 14-year-old Angel is on the run from her mother’s killer; The Jewel of the Kalderash by Marie Rutkoski, which concludes the Kronos Chronicles trilogy; and Rebel Fire by Andrew Lane, second in the Young Sherlock Holmes series.
Margaret Ferguson Books makes a point with Dot by Patricia Intriago, a spare concept book about circular shapes and opposites; Samantha on a Roll by Linda Ashman, illus. by Christine Davenier, in which Samantha tears through town on her new roller skates; The Money We’ll Save by Brock Cole, a picture book about a family that can’t kill their pet turkey for Christmas dinner; A Month of Sundays by Ruth White, in which a girl and her terminally ill aunt visit different churches trying to find God; and Without Tess by Marcella Pixley, about two sisters in an imaginary world.
Frances Foster Books mixes a palette for The Masterwork of a Painting Elephant by Michelle Cuevas, illus. by Ed Young, about a boy and his artistically gifted guardian, an elephant; Max’s Castle by Kate Banks, illus. by Boris Kulikov, in which Max and his brothers build a castle—and a word game—out of alphabet blocks; Spunky Tells All by Ann Cameron, illus. by Lauren Castillo, about a dog adjusting to his family’s adoption of an aristocratic cat; The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas, in which a girl works through her grief by finding meaning in a survival kit her late mother left behind; and My Brother’s Shadow by Monika Schröder, about the effects of war on a teenager who has been on the front in 1918 Berlin and on his family.
MACMILLAN/FEIWEL AND FRIENDS
Feiwel and Friends does some navel gazing with The Belly Book by Fran Manushkin, illus. by Dan Yaccarino, a book starring this body part; Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs, illus. by Shane W. Evans, a picture-book celebration of self-acceptance; The Humming Room by Ellen Potter, a novel inspired by The Secret Garden; Ten Rules for Living with My Sister by Ann M. Martin, in which Pearl comes up with 10 rules to make sharing a room with her sister bearable; and Hades by Alexandra Adornetto, second in a trilogy about angels on earth.
First Second Books fires up the oven for Bake Sale by Sara Varon, in which Cupcake’s baking doesn’t go as planned; The First Second Book of Nursery Rhymes, a comics-format treasury of 50 classic rhymes by various artists; and Americus by M.K. Reed, illus. by Jonathan Hill, in which one teenager must stand up against a town determined to ban his favorite book.
Henry Holt goes up and down with The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz, a new version of the classic kids’ song; Cows to the Rescue by John Himmelman, in which the Greenstalk family’s cows are heroes during the trip to the county fair; Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin, about 10-year-old Sasha’s struggle to find his own beliefs in a time of upheaval; Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students by Mignon Fogarty, illus. by Erwin Haya, a guide to writing; and The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson, second in the Jenna Fox Chronicles trilogy.
Christy Ottaviano Books falls for My Life as a Stuntboy by Janet Tashjian, illus. by Jake Tashjian, in which Derek gets the chance to work on a major movie, but finds it’s not as glamorous as he thought; Cool City by Sean Kenney, featuring cityscapes built by the LEGO designer; Henry’s Heart: A Boy, His Heart, and His New Best Friend by Charise Mericle Harper, an exploration of the heart’s role within the body; The Creature in My Closet: Wonkenstein by Obert Skye, about a boy who encounters a creature that is a mix of two characters from books he’s tried to ignore; and Melody Burning by Whitley Strieber, a YA debut about a Hollywood starlet who meets a mysterious “Heathcliff”-type manchild who’s determined to save her life.
Roaring Brook Press sends change-of-address notices for Moving House by Mark Siegel, about a house that gets up and walks to a new neighborhood; Jackhammer Sam by Peter Mandel, illus. by David Catrow, a rhyming picture book about a boastful and destructive jackhammer operator; Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann, in which a boy’s pet dog dies but comes back to help protect him from scary bone dogs; Grandpa Green by Lane Smith, in which a boy explores his grandfather’s life via the older man’s garden topiaries; and Prized by Caragh O’Brien, a sequel to Birthmarked, starring 16-year-old midwife Gaia Stone.
Neal Porter Books counts on a fine fall with 10 by Marion Bataille, an interactive book about numbers; Ten Little Beasties by Rebecca and Ed Emberley, a twist on the “Ten Little Indians” children’s song; The Prince’s New Pet by Brian Anderson, in which a colorful new pet brings excitement to a dreary kingdom; A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel, a holiday picture book about the irrepressible feline; and Coral Reefs by Jason Chin, a story within a story, in which a girl reading about coral reefs finds herself among them.
Square Fish drifts into Dreamland: A Riley Bloom Book by Alyson Noël, which continues the afterlife adventures of Riley (younger sister of Ever from the Immortals series).
Marimba Books gets down with Bottle Cap Boys Dancing On Royal Street by Rita Williams-Garcia, illus. by Damian Ward, about two boys who compete to see who is the better dancer.
Marshall Cavendish gets things flapping with 10 Turkeys in the Road by Brenda Reeves Sturgis, illus. by David Slonim, a counting book about birds who won’t get out of the road; The Golem’s Latkes by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Aaron Jasinski, in which the golem makes so many latkes they start to take over the town; Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov, a picture book celebration of the holiday; and Maddie’s Monster Dad by Scott Gibala-Broxholm, in which Maddie makes a monster dad to play with when her real father is too busy.
Owlkids Books zips up its backpack for Off to Class by Susan Hughes, a look at some of the planet’s most unusual schools; Sir Seth Thistlewaite and the Kingdom of the Caves by Richard Thake, illus. by Vince Chui, second in this alliterative fantasy adventure series; Learn to Speak Dance by Ann-Marie Williams, illus. by Jeff Kulak, an exploration of the world of dance, including tips on costume and choreography; On an American Day by Rona Arato, illus. by Ben Shannon, which gathers nine pieces of historical fiction from 1750-1899; and The Vole Brothers by Roslyn Schwartz, about two vagrant voles exiled from their country home to an urban drainpipe.
Papercutz takes a microscopic view of Ernest & Rebecca #1: My Best Friend Is a Germ by Guillaume Bianco, illus. by Antonello Dalena, about a sick girl who befriends a microbe that’s her size and can talk; Monster Christmas by Lewis Trondheim, in which Jean, Peter, and their monster friend, Kriss, meet a monster who is in hot pursuit of Santa; Sybil the Backpack Fairy #1: Nina by Michel Rodrigue, illus. by Manuela Razzi and Antonello Dalena, about a magic fairy and some demons that turn up in Nina’s backpack; Geronimo Stilton #8: Play It Again, Mozart! by Geronimo Stilton, in which the Pirate Cats travel to Milan, Italy in 1770 to steal a symphony composed by Mozart; and Papercutz Slices #3: Percy Jerkson and the Ovolactovegetarians by Margo Kinney-Petrucha and Stefan Petrucha, illus. by Rick Parker, a parody of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians books.
Peachtree is purrfectly poised for fall with The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, illus. by Barry Moser, about a mouse and cat that form an unusual alliance in Victorian London; Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Was Created One Hot Day in Savannah, Georgia, Of All Places by John Harris, illus. by Adam Gustavson, the origins of the holiday song; and Chasing the Nightbird by Krista Russell, in which a boy forced into servitude by his brother links up with a fugitive slave and a Quaker ship captain’s daughter.
Pelican has its mouth full with I Know a Librarian Who Chewed on a Word by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton, illus. by Herb Leonhard, about a librarian who chomps her way through the library’s offerings; The House That Witchy Built by Dianne de Las Casas, illus. by Holly Stone-Barker, a spooky spin on The House That Jack Built; The Texas Twelve Days of Christmas by David Davis, illus. by Candace Camling, in which gifts include three oil wells and four javelinas; The Cajun Nutcracker by Chara Dillon Mock, illus. by Jean Cassels, a New Orleans–spiced retelling; and Voices of the Dust Bowl by Sherry Garland, illus. by Judith Hierstein, an illustrated history of the catastrophe, told through the voices of participants.
Dial buzzes into fall with The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy by David Soman and Jacky Davis, a picture book about a spirited, imaginative lad, from the creators of Ladybug Girl; King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bentley, illus. by Helen Oxenbury, knight-and-dragon derring do in picture-book format; Listen to the Children: The Story of Dr. Greg and Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson, illus. by Susan Roth, adapted from Mortenson’s book about his aid efforts in Afghanistan, Stones into Schools; Dragonbreath: No Such Thing as Ghosts by Ursula Vernon, in which Danny and friends get trapped in a haunted house with a candy-crazed ghost; and Secrets at Sea: The Story of a Voyage by Richard Peck, a historical adventure starring a cast of mice.
Dutton has the touch with The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer, a tale of competitive Scrabble and a touch of magic; Skippyjon Jones, Class Action by Judy Schachner, in which the kitty boy is off to school; The Ogre of Oglefoot by Eva Ibbotson, about an orphan, a hag, a wizard, and a troll who set off to rescue a princess from an ogre; Crossed by Ally Condie, the sequel to Matched; and The Slayer Chronicles: The Beginning by Heather Brewer, a new series that gives Joss, the vampire slayer in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod books, his say.
PENGUIN/GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap builds a fall list with LEGO Universe Guide Book, a full-color guide to the multiplayer online game; Being Wendy by Fran Drescher, illus. by Amy Blay, about a girl who doesn’t want to choose just one label for herself; Madeline and Her Dog by John Bemelmans Marciano, in which Madeline’s pup Genevieve gets into some mischief and has to get a bath; The Treasure Chest #1: Angel of the Battlefield by Ann Hood, illus. by Karl Kwasny, in which siblings Maisie and Felix discover they can time travel from their home to meet Clara Barton; and Poptropica: The Official Guide by Tracey West, a game guide containing behind-the-scenes content.
Nancy Paulsen Books launches with Strega Nona’s Gift by Tomie dePaola, in which Strega Nona and Big Anthony feast their way through the holidays; Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, about a girl who learns that each small act of kindness can make the world a bit better; Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman, a look at the president’s life; and Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods, about a boy and his dog living in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
Philomel keeps things on the QT with Shhh! by Valeri Gorbachev, in which a big brother struggles to keep quiet while the baby is sleeping; Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long, the return of Otis the tractor and his farm friend; The Outlaws of Sherwood Street: Magic Strikes by Peter Abrahams, in which kids fight injustice with help from magic that may have originated with Robin Hood; Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1 by John Flanagan, first in a nautical spinoff trilogy from the Ranger’s Apprentice books; and Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsay, a novel of love, death, and danger, set on the beaches of Galveston, Tex.
PENGUIN/PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan cracks the code with The Boys’ Book of Spycraft by Martin Oliver, illus. by Simon Ecob, a how-to adventure title; The Fabulous Girls’ Book by Veena Bhairo-Smith, illus. by Nellie Ryan, a guide to being fabulous inside and out; Spin by Ido Vaginsky, an interactive title that flips, spins, and twirls images of animals to create different faces; Mr. Men: 12 Days of Christmas by Adam Hargreaves, about Mr. Muddle’s plans for the holidays; and Happy Feet 2: The Novel, based on the film in which Mumbles and Erik have to save the penguins of Emperor Island.
Puffin welcomes fall with Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson, adapted by Sarah Thomson, a young readers’ adaptation of his adult book; Hank the Cowdog #58: The Case of the Mysterious Voice by John R. Erickson, illus. by Gerald Holmes, a new ranch adventure for Hank and his sidekick Drover; and Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker: Book 4: Take My Advice by Robin Palmer, in which Lucy becomes the advice columnist for the school paper.
Putnam has the prescription for fall with The Apothecary by Maile Meloy in which Janie Scott moves to 1952 London and meets a mysterious apothecary and gets swept into saving the world from nuclear war; Home for Christmas by Jan Brett, about a wild troll boy who leaves home to avoid chores and tries living with various animal families; Legend by Marie Lu, first in a dystopian trilogy in which June hunts down her brother’s suspected murderer; and The Name of the Star: The Shades of London, Book One by Maureen Johnson, about a teenage girl with magical abilities who may be able to stop a Jack-the-Ripper copycat in London.
Razorbill takes it outside for Playground by 50 Cent, a fictionalized YA memoir by the rapper about a playground bully who reveals all to his therapist; The Autobiography of Marcel the Shell by Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp, a picture book adapted from the viral Internet sensation; The Battle of Riptide: A Shark Wars Novel by E.J. Altbacker, about intrigue in the sharks’ underwater empire; Seizure: A Virals Novel by Kathy Reichs, a sequel to Virals; and The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder, about a terminally ill girl who moves with her family to Promise, Maine, where she learns to believe in love and miracles.
Speak lights the way with Illuminated by Erica Orloff, in which a teenager discovers a diary within an antique book chronicling the doomed love of Heloise and Abelard.
Viking stays up late for Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan, a bedtime book about this nocturnal creature; Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney, in which Llama Llama is home with a cold; Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman, a picture book that plays with colors and perspective; Titanic Sinks! by Barry Denenberg, a blend of fact and fiction chronicling the building, launch, and sinking of the legendary ship; and Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf by Curtis Jobling, first in a adventure series about a kingdom of shape-shifters.
Frederick Warne spiffs up its blue jacket for The Tale of a Naughty Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, a retelling of Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit;and Friends Forever by Beatrix Potter, a board book about friendship.
Pineapple Press goes a-haunting with Ghosts of the Carolinas for Kids by Terrance Zepke, a collection of 16 spooky tales.
PomegranateKids sizes up the season with a reissue of The Treehorn Trilogy by Florence Parry Heide, illus. by Edward Gorey, featuring the adventures and mishaps of a curious boy named Treehorn.
Random House Books for Young Readers hews its list with The Carpenter’s Gift: A Christmas Tale About the Rockefeller Center Tree by David Rubel, illus. by Jim LaMarche, which traces the origins of this holiday tradition; Babymouse #15: A Very Babymouse Christmas by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, in which Babymouse is very excited about presents; The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss, a collection of seven rarely seen stories; Ashtown Burials #1: Ashtown by N.D. Wilson, first in a five-book fantasy adventure about an ancient order of explorers who have kept the world’s secrets; and The Project by Brian Falkner, in which two boys steal a book that contains a mystery linked to Leonardo da Vinci.
Robin Corey Books pops into fall with the following novelty titles: Little Pookie Boxed Set by Sandra Boynton; Lots of Bots by David Carter; Penguin by C. Nash, illus. by Luana Rinaldo; The Power of Cute by Charise Harper; and Puppies, Kittens, and Other Pop-up Pets by Matthew Reinhart.
Delacorte Press works the runway with Modelland by Tyra Banks, first in a trilogy about a misfit teen girl selected to attend a modeling academy; The Other Countess by Eve Edwards, a historical romance set in Elizabethan England; Ingenue by Jillian Larkin, second book in the Flappers series, set in Chicago circa 1923; Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié, first in the Wolf Springs Chronicles trilogy about werewolves; and My Name Is Mina by David Almond, a prequel to Skellig.
David Fickling Books draws a line with You Against Me by Jenny Downham, a novel told in alternating perspectives about the fallout that follows a girl’s claim that she was assaulted; Moon Pie by Simon Mason, about two young siblings’ struggles living with an alcoholic father; Pocket Cats: Shadow Magic and Pocket Cats: Feline Charm by Kitty Wells, illus. by Joanna Harrison, debut titles in a series starring Maddy and her three ceramic cats, who come to life whenever she needs help helping others.
Golden Books calls “All aboard,” for Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs A to Z by Andrea Posner-Sanchez, a concept tie-in book to the animated PBS program; The Golden Book of Family Fun by Peggy Brown, a compendium of games, activities, party ideas, snacks, crafts, and more; Princess Potty Time by Sue DiCicco, an interactive novelty book about using the potty; Nickelodeon Nursery Rhymes, illus. by Dave Aikins, featuring more than 20 classic rhymes starring Nickelodeon characters; and Pat the Bunny Deluxe Edition by Dorothy Kunhardt, an oversized edition of the classic touch-and-feel book.
Alfred A. Knopf saddles up with True Blue by Jane Smiley, an almost-ghost-story horse novel; Zoozical by Judy Sierra, illus. by Marc Brown, a song-and-dance sequel starring the zoo animals from Wild About Books; An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner, illus. by Michael Emberley, an A-to-Z chain reaction of bad behavior; and The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition by Norton Juster, illus. by Jules Feiffer, including photos and short essays about the book by esteemed authors.
Wendy Lamb Books unlocks the season with Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur, in which a girl discovers a mysterious key with her name on it; R My Name Is Rachel by Patricia Reilly Giff, a Depression-era novel in which three children move with their father from the city to a rundown farm; The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt, about a cautious girl embarking on her first true friendship with a charismatic boy; Paintings from the Cave by Gary Paulsen, in which the author explores the healing power of art and animals in three novellas; and Empire of Ruins by Arthur Slade, third in the Hunchback Assignments fantasy series.
RANDOM/SCHWARTZ & WADE
Schwartz & Wade Books puts on its safety glasses for 11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Offill, illus. by Nancy Carpenter, a humorous how-to of “science” experiments dreamed up by an imaginative kid; Never Forgotten by Patricia McKissack, illus. by Leo and Diane Dillon, a mythic story-in-verse about a father left behind in West Africa when his son is sold into slavery; Neville by Norton Juster, illus. by G. Brian Karas, about a new boy in the neighborhood who finds a unique way to make friends; Toys Come Home by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky, a prequel to Toys Go Out; and The Three Little Aliens and The Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara, illus. by Mark Fearing, which sets “The Three Little Pigs” tale set in outer space.
Tricycle Press whets appetites with An Edible Alphabet: 26 Reasons to Love the Farm by Carol Watterson, illus. by Michela Sorrentino, a collection of food-related farm lore and fun facts; I Am a Tyrannosaurus by Anna Grossnickle Hines, in which a boy mimics the behaviors of different dinosaurs; Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, illus. by John Parra, a true story celebrating the effort behind a special burro-powered bookmobile in rural Colombia; The Bravest Woman in America by Marissa Moss, illus. by Andrea U’Ren, inspired by the story of Ida Lewis, the only woman to have been individually honored by Congress for bravery; and Sylvia & Aki by Winifred Conkling, which reveals the never-before-told story of Mendez vs. Westminster School District, the California court case that desegregated schools for Latino children.
WaterBrook Press comes out of its shell with Turtlebane by Jonathan Rogers, a frontier-fantasy sequel to The Charlatan’s Boy, about a boy adjusting to his new life in the swamps with his feechifolk family; and The Dragons of the Watch by Donita Paul, a fantasy in which Bealomondore and Effie try to find their way out of a deserted, magical city.
Yearling dons its armor for Roland Wright: At the Joust? by Tony Davis, illus. by Gregory Rogers, in which the young knight attends his first jousting tournament.
RAVEN TREE PRESS
Raven Tree Press swings from the trees for The Rain Forest Party by Lorraine Dey, in which Hector shares a hidden talent with friends; Mr. Biggs at the Circus by Kevin Bloomfield, featuring highlights of a trip to the Big Top; The Adventures of Marco Flamingo in the Cave by Sheila Jarkins, more adventures for this tropical bird; and Pedro the Pirate by Tim Hoppey, illus. by Dianna Bonder, about a boy who discovers being a real pirate involves stealing, something he knows is wrong.
Sasquatch Books hitches up the wagon for Oregon Trail: The Road to Destiny by Frank Young and Davis Lasky, a graphic novel about one family’s experiences on the historic journey.
Scholastic Inc. looks back with Dear America: With the Might of Angels by Andrea Davis Pinkney, the firsthand experiences of Dawnie Rae Johnson, an African-American girl allowed to attend a previously all-white school following the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision of 1955.
Blue Sky Press makes a wish for How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? by Jane Yolen, illus. by Mark Teague, an introduction to birthday parties and proper party behavior.
Cartwheel Books has its eyes peeled for Can You See What I See? Toyland Express by Walter Wick, a photographic search-and-find adventure; You Are My Cupcake by Joyce Wan, a board book about the sweet nicknames for children; How Do Dinosaurs Go Up and Down? by Jane Yolen, illus. by Mark Teague, a novelty book of opposites; A Little Hand Can Blow a Kiss by Joan Holub, illus. by Caroline Jayne Church, featuring lots of things that hands can do; and Fly Guy vs. The Flyswatter by Tedd Arnold, in which Fly Guy accompanies Buzz on a field trip to the flyswatter factory.
Chicken House knows there’s an app for that with iBoy by Kevin Brooks, a wi-fi thriller starring high-voltage antihero Tom Harvey; Flyaway by Lucy Christopher, a novel about hope and healing; Six Days by Philip Webb, about four teens in the future wastelands of London racing to find a mysterious relic; Ravenwood by Andrew Peters, a fantasy in which a plumber’s apprentice must climb down to the darkest roots and rescue the endangered tree world; and Pretty Bad Things by C.J. Skuse, about the outrageous adventures of teen twins searching for their dad.
Michael di Capua Books noses into fall with My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee, which reveals it’s not easy to have a rhino for a pet; Mouse & Lion, retold by Rand Burkert, illus. by Nancy Ekholm Burkert, a new version of Aesop’s fable; and Seriously, Norman! by Chris Raschka, the author/illustrator’s first foray into fiction, in which goofy Norman and his pals try to figure out why grownups are so insane.
SCHOLASTIC EN ESPAÑOL
Scholastic en español has fall covered from a to zeta with El gran diccionario de Clifford (Clifford’s Big Dictionary), a reference that also includes sections on numbers, colors, opposites, and more; ¿Cómo dicen feliz cumpleaños los dinosaurious? (How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday?) by Jane Yolen, illus. by Mark Teague, a board book about birthdays; El libro fantástico (The Wonderful Book) by Leonid Gore, in which a lost book finds multiple uses; Eric & Julieta: En el museo (At the Museum) by Isabel Muñoz, illus. by Gustavo Mazali, a bilingual story about a class’s museum trip; and Escalofríos HorrorLandia #6: Quién es tu momia? (Goosebumps HorrorLand #6: Who’s Your Mummy?) by R.L. Stine, in which two siblings stay with their Egyptologist uncle.
Graphix battens down the hatches for Bad Island by Doug TenNapel, about a family shipwrecked on a mysterious island; Pilot & Huxley: The Next Adventure by Dan McGuiness, featuring the duo’s exploits in a bizarre world between Halloween Land and Christmas Land; and Amulet #4: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi, in which Emily must fight through a series of tests that will determine which Stonekeepers join the Guardian Council.
Arthur A. Levine Books time travels with Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter, in which Cleopatra and Mark Antony’s only daughter reveals her life of splendor in Egypt, and later, romance and treachery in Rome; Big Wig by Kathleen Krull, illus. by Peter Malone, a history of hair from the first blonde cavewoman to modern ’dos; Liar’s Moon by Elizabeth C. Bunce, a sequel to StarCrossed; The Pet Shop Revolution by Ana Juan, in which a girl helps the pet shop animals make a break for it; and The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills by Joanna Pearson about an aspiring anthropologist observing the mating rituals and coming-of-age ceremonies in her small Southern town.
SCHOLASTIC LICENSED PUBLISHING
Scholastic Licensed Publishing feels the Force with Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which compiles the saga of the films into one book with stills from the movies; Chuggington: Chug-of-War, a tie-in to this TV show that includes eight magnets; Lego Star Wars: Fly, Anakin, Fly! by Aaron Rosenberg, a 3-D tour of Anakin Skywalker’s various space flights; Star Wars: Darth Vader: A 3-D Reconstruction Log, which offers cross-sections of Darth Vader’s suit; and Lego Ninjago Official Guide by Greg Farshtey, a guide to the game’s characters and statistics.
Scholastic Nonfiction faces its fears with Phobiapedia by Joel Levy, an encyclopedia of the things that scare us most; Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion by Samantha Seiple, about Japan’s occupation of the Aleutian Islands; I Grew Up to Be President by Laurie Calkhoven, illus. by Rebecca Zomcheck, an encyclopedia compiling biographies of the presidents; Every Day on Earth by Steve and Matthew Murrie, illus. by Tom Bloom, a compendium of facts on such topics as the human body, pop culture, and space; and Scholastic Reader Level 2: Ugly Animals by Melvin and Gilda Berger, which includes full-color photos.
Orchard Books has a lead on Detective Blue by Steve Metzger, illus. by Tedd Arnold, in which Little Boy Blue, a detective, tries to find Miss Muffet; Not Inside This House! by Kevin Lewis, about all the specimens Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse brings home from his travels; The Kiss Box by Bonnie Verburg, illus. by Henry Cole, a love story celebrating mother and child; Farmy Farm by Chris Raschka, a touch-and-feel animal book; and Tom Thumb by Eric Carle, which offers retellings of Brothers Grimm stories.
Scholastic Paperbacks changes it up with reissues of The Encounter and two other Animorphs titles by K.A. Applegate; Show & Tell by Abby Klein, illus. by John McKinley, first in the Double Trouble series about Ready, Freddy’s twin cousins; Clocks and Robbers and Monsters and Mischief by Dan Poblocki, two new Mysterious Four books; Destiny and the Superstar Fairy by Daisy Meadows, in which Rachel, Kirsty, and Destiny try to save a Christmas concert; and With the Enemy and Set Me Free by Eva Gray, additions to the Tomorrow Girls series.
Point clicks the mouse with Unfriended: A Top 8 Novel by Katie Finn, which deals with social networking drama and intrigue; and Dark Souls by Paula Morris, in which a girl who can see ghosts gets caught up in romance and an ancient mystery.
Scholastic Press blows out the candles for Happy Birthday, Hamster by Cynthia Lord, illus. by Derek Anderson, a follow-up to Hot Rod Hamster; Bailey by Harry Bliss, about a dog enrolled at Champlain Elementary; Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, an illustrated adventure novel in the style of The Invention of Hugo Cabret; Floors by Patrick Carman, in which Leo, the son of a hotel maintenance man, uncovers mysteries, hidden floors, and puzzles; and The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, about a teenage boy’s search for refuge in an America devastated by war and plague.
PUSH catches the subway to Bronxwood by Coe Booth, in which Tyrell stresses about his father just out of jail, his brother in foster care, and his disinterested mother.
Second Story Press plants a fall list with Dear Baobab by Cheryl Foggo, illus. by Qin Leng, in which a boy who has moved to North America from Tanzania adopts the spruce tree in his new yard as a replacement for the Baobab tree that was at the center of his former village.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers puts on its pads for Home-Field Advantage by Justin Tuck, illus. by Leonardo Rodriguez, in which the defensive tackle for the New York Giants shares what it was like growing up with five sisters; Tempest by Becca Fitzpatrick, which concludes the Hush, Hush trilogy; Elixir #2 (working title) by Hilary Duff, second in this series; Vengeance by Kate Brian, the final volume in the Private series; and Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, in which people around Mara keep dying.
Aladdin spills it all in How to Dork Your Diary by Rachel Renée Russell, in which the star of the Dork Diaries series tells readers how to keep their own diaries; The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann, a middle-grade fantasy debut; and Match It Up by Lauren Barnholdt, in which a school project gone wrong results in matchmaking mayhem.
Atheneum follows directions with My Mom: An Owner’s Manual by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Laura Cornell, a picture book about how to handle Mom; I’m Here by Peter H. Reynolds, in which a boy tries to connect with his peers; Making a Friend by Alison McGhee, illus. by Marc Rosenthal, a story about the power of friendship; and City of Orphans by Avi, in which boy detective Maks confronts a world of wealth and crime in tenement-era New York City.
Beach Lane Books goes looking for brains with Zombie Mommy by M.T. Anderson, fifth in the Pals in Peril series; Star Book by Mary Lyn Ray, illus. by Marla Frazee, an exploration of stars both near and far; and Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox, illus. by Jill Barton, about two monkeys trying to outwit a creature on the prowl for lunch.
Little Simon is the life of the party with Hootenanny! by Kim Ainsworth, illus. by Jo Brown, a counting book starring five jazzy owls; My First Soccer Game by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, photos by Leyah Jensen, an interactive book highlighting soccer basics; and Aesop’s Fables by Chris Beatrice, illus. by Bruce Whatley, pop-up versions of the animal tales.
S&S/LITTLE SIMON INSPIRATIONS
Little Simon Inspirations salutes the season with Gifts from the Heart by Victoria Osteen, illus. by Diane Palmisciano, a Christmas picture book.
Margaret K. McElderry Books is all smiles for Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, in which Bear’s pals reassure him that losing a baby tooth is perfectly natural; Perfect by Ellen Hopkins, a novel exploring what people would give up to be perfect; and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, a sequel to Clockwork Angel, a supernatural romance.
Simon Pulse takes the battlefield with Goliath by Scott Westerfeld, illus. by Keith Thompson, final book in the Leviathan trilogy; Ruins by Orson Scott Card, book two in the Pathfinder series; Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez, a debut novel about love and a girl caught in a downward spiral; Damned by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié, new in the Crusade series, and Hidden by Jessica Verday, the conclusion to the Hollow trilogy.
Simon Spotlight fetes fall with the following media tie-ins: Puss in Boots Movie Novelization by Michael Teitelbaum; Olivia Claus by Karma Einhorn, illus. by Jared Osterhold; Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure by Lauryn Silverhardt, illus. by Robert Roper; Kai-lan, Princess of Friends by Veronica Paz; and Charm Girls Club: Welcome to Charm Valley by Ruby Sweet.
Paula Wiseman Books gallops into fall with Christmas Horse by Mary Higgins Clark, illus. by Wendell Minor, a holiday tale that spans generations; Superhero Joe by Jacqueline Price Weitzman, illus. by Ron Barrett, a picture book about a boy with superpowers; and Moo! by Matthew Van Fleet, photos. by Brian Stanton, an interactive trip to the farm.
Simply Read Books stomps its feet with Oliver’s Tantrums by Boriana and Vladimir Todorov, in which a boy befriends three magical creatures who promise him whatever he wants; Wild Swans by Thomas Aquinas Maguire, a retelling of a classic magical tale in a format that allows the story to unfold with or without text; and When I Was Small by Sara O’Leary, illus. by Julie Morstad, about the adventures of Henry’s mother when she was small.
Sleeping Bear Press weaves a fall list with The Christmas Spider by Trinka Hakes Noble, illus. by Stephen Costanza, a traditional Ukrainian holiday story; Frog and Friends by Eve Bunting, illus. by Josée Masse, first in a series of beginning readers in which friends explore the world beyond their pond; When Anju Loved Being an Elephant by Wendy Henrichs, illus. by John Butler, starring a young elephant stolen from Sumatra and sold to the circus; The Boy Who Wanted to Cook by Gloria Whelan, illus. by Steve Adams, a Tales of the World entry about a French boy who longs to follow in his chef father’s footsteps; and Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Tim Bowers, in which animals introduce jazz music and the musicians who originated it.
Sourcebooks Fire crosses the goal line with Score! by Miranda Kenneally, about a YA love triangle between the high school quarterback, her wide receiver, and the guy who wants her position on the team; Profile by Christine Seifert, in which teen behavior is analyzed and predicted by a program named PROFILE; Magic Most Foul by Leanna Renee Hieber about a girl drawn into a relationship with a British lord trapped in a portrait; and All That Jaz by Janet Gurtler, in which Jaz sees her mother’s new boyfriend making out with her own best friend.
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky makes some noise with Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead by Francesca Simon, illus. by Tony Ross, four terrible tales in one volume; The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Gary Rubinstein, illus. by Mark Pett, about a perfect nine-year-old who makes a very public mistake; Sally’s Bones by Mackenzie Cadenhead, starring a skeleton dog named Bones; My UnFairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski, a middle-grade debut about a girl who’s overwhelmed by her responsibility to a magical kingdom and wishes to retreat to her normal life; and Zeke Bartholomew by Jason Pinter, which features a bumbling boy who becomes a Superspy.
Griffin knows what’s coming with Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, latest in the House of Night series; Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan, in which a boy and girl en route to New Earth are attacked and separated; Journal of a Schoolyard Bully by Farley Katz, starring a troublemaker who finds a way to derail his journal-writing punishment project; Shattered Dreams by Ellie James, in which a young psychic discovers the truth behind her terrifying visions; and LIE by Caroline Bock, the story of a Long Island town ravaged by a hate crime, told from different points of view.
STERLING CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Sterling has the answer, my friend, with Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan, illus. by Jon J Muth, a picture-book version of the song, packaged with a CD recording of the singer performing it; Quiet Bunny & Noisy Puppy by Lisa McCue, a hop through a winter wonderland; Snowed Under and Other Christmas Confusion by Serge Bloch, an exploration of well-known idioms, with a Christmas twist; Puff, the Magic Dragon Pop-Up Book by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton, paper engineering by Bruce Foster, illus. by Eric Puybaret, an interactive, 3-D rendition of the picture book, including a four-song CD; and Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs by Lisa Loeb, illus. by Ryan O’Rourke, featuring songs, activities, recipes, and a CD.
Tanglewood follows the yellow silk road with Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan by Hildi Kang, about a 13-year-old orphan who works for a caravan in hopes of learning about his father; My Dog, My Cat by Ashlee Fletcher, in which readers learn about the differences between dogs and cats; Wild Rose Weaving by Ginger Churchill, illus. by Nicole Wong, in which a girl’s grandmother teaches her about rug weaving and the intersection of art, life, and nature; and Ashfall by Mike Mullin, in which a teenage boy, caught in the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano, must search for his parents in a completely transformed world.
Starscape puts its oars in the water for Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham, a graphic novel in which top-notch Boy Scout Max “the Wolf” finds himself lost in an unfamiliar wood where he meets creatures that can talk and mysterious hunters with deadly hounds.
Tundra Books slays the season with The Dragon Turn, The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 5th Case by Shane Peacock, based on the imagined life of the young detective; Everything but Gray by Arlene Alda, a photo-essay that introduces readers to the concept of color; and Ella May and the Wishing Stone by Cary Fagan, illus. by Genèvieve Côté, a story about make-believe and friendship.
Walker Books salutes the red, white, and blue with Americapedia by Andisheh Nouraee, Daniel Ehrenhaft, and Jodi Anderson, a blend of humor and information that introduces the U.S. government; Between by Jessica Warman, part mystery, part tale of love and redemption; Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey, fourth in the Drake Chronicles vampire series; and Battle Fatigue by Mark Kurlansky, an exploration of a boy’s struggle to understand himself amid life’s harsh realities during the Vietnam War.
Walter Foster sharpens its pencil for these drawing books: How to Draw Magical, Monstrous & Mythological Creatures by Bob Berry and Merrie Destefano; Fashion Design Workshop: Stylish Step-by-Step Projects and Drawing Tips for Up-and-Coming Designers by Stephanie Corfee; Learn to Draw Planes, Choppers & Watercraft: Step-by-Step Instructions for 22 Helicopters, Boats, Jets, and More! by Tom LaPadula; and Learn to Draw Tanks, Aircraft & Armored Vehicles: Step-by-Step Instructions for 23 Military Machines by Tom LaPadula.
Zonderkidz scans the heavens for The Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones, a celebratory Nativity story; Black, White, Other by Joan Steinau Lester, about a biracial child torn between the cultures of her divorced parents; Sketchy Behavior by Erynn Mangum, in which a girl’s forensic sketch helps catch a man wanted for murder; and Carrying Mason by Joyce Magnin, about a 13-year-old girl who must learn how to say goodbye.