Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle and James Dashner's Maze Runner trilogy are both drawing to a conclusion, while noteworthy collaborations from Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman, and Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, set sail. Also look for fresh ventures from William Joyce, Maggie Stiefvater, Lane Smith, Jack Gantos, Hilary Knight, and Richelle Mead, among others, as well as a picture book debut for a charismatic little mollusk with a lot of YouTube fans, and a middle-grade debut from the lead guitarist of the Decemberists.
Dear Hot Dog by Mordicai Gerstein. $16.95, ISBN 978-0-8109-9732-5; Aug.
Caldecott Medalist Gerstein's poetry collection celebrates the simple joys of living every day. He will participate in the BEA/CBC author tea on Wednesday, May 25, at 3 p.m.
The Jewel Fish of Karnak by Graeme Base. $19.95, ISBN 978-1-4197-0086-6; Sept.
Readers can use a decoder to unravel a mystery as two thieves travel down the Nile to retrieve the priceless Jewel Fish, in Base's vision of ancient Egypt.
Tilly the Trickster by Molly Shannon, illus. by Ard Hoyt. $16.95, ISBN 978-1-4197-0030-9; Sept.
Saturday Night Live alumna Shannon debuts with a picture book starring a sly but good-natured girl with lots of personality.
Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger. $12.95, ISBN 978-1-4197-0027-9; Aug.
Darth Vader stars in the sequel to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.
The Barefoot Books World Atlas by Nick Crane, illus. by David Dean. $19.99, ISBN 978-1-84686-333-2; Oct.
In this atlas, explorer and TV presenter Nick Crane examines how environments shape world communities.
After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel. $17.99, ISBN 978-1-59990-681-2; Sept.
Fantasy author Jones (the Need series) pairs with Wedel for a ghostly romance told from alternating points of view.
Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-5652-2; May.
This supernatural thriller, which launches a trilogy, pits a psychic girl against malevolent angels; a second book, Angel Fire, follows in fall 2011.
The Flint Heart by Katherine and John Paterson, illus. by John Rocco. $19.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-4712-4; Sept.
A magical amulet is at the center of this history-sweeping fantasy novel from the Newbery Medalist and her husband; film rights have already been acquired by Cary Granat's Bedrock Studios.
Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter, illus. by Axel Scheffler. $12.99, ISBN 978-0-85763-005-6; Dec.
This series launch explores toddler social dynamics and introduces friends Pip (a rabbit) and Posy (a mouse).
Nina in That Makes Me Mad by Hilary Knight, concept by Steven Kroll. $12.95, ISBN 978-1-935179-10-8; Sept.
Knight (illustrator of the Eloise books) reimagines the late Kroll's expressive heroine in a graphic novel format.
One Love by Cedella Marley. $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4521-0224-5; Oct.
Bob Marley's eldest daughter pairs the lyrics to her father's song with Newton's illustrations of a community renovating a park.
The Orphan of Awkward Falls by Keith Graves. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-8118-7814-2; Oct.
Picture book creator Graves, who had a hit in 2010 with Chicken Big, jumps to middle-grade with this story of heroine Josephine, who befriends a peculiar orphan named Thaddeus.
The Bridge to Never Land by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. $18.99, ISBN 978-1-4231-3865-5; Aug.
The authors of the Starcatchers series put a fresh spin on the Never Land legend, as a curious document leads a modern-day brother and sister to discover that Peter Pan isn't just a story.
The LEGO Ideas Book. $24.99, ISBN 978-0-7566-8606-2; Sept.
Advice and inspiration for LEGO lovers to build bigger, better, and more amazing projects.
LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia. $18.99, ISBN 978-0-7566-8697-0; Oct.
This illustrated guide to LEGO Star Wars characters includes an exclusive Star Wars LEGO minifigure.
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick. $17.99, ISBN 978-1-60684-175-4; Sept.
When a cataclysm decimates much of the world's population, the survivors are forced to battle "the Changed," who have developed cravings for human flesh.
People by Blexbolex. $19.95, ISBN 978-1-59270-110-0; Sept.
The companion book to the richly illustrated, sparsely worded Seasons, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated title.
Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars by Nick James. $9.95, ISBN 978-0-7387-2341-9; Sept.
James debuts with a novel set in a futuristic world in which space orbs called pearls are the last remaining fuel source.
Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey. $9.95, ISBN 978-0-7387-2595-6; Sept.
A teen's unusual powers make him a target for witches in this debut.
Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein. $19.99, ISBN 978-0-06-199816-4; Sept.
In the tradition of Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic, this collection contains more than 100 previously unpublished poems and illustrations drawn from the late Silverstein’s personal archives.
Eve by Anna Carey. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-06-204850-9; Oct.
In the year 2032, following the wrath of a deadly virus, a young heroine witnesses the rise of the New America.
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver, illus. by Kei Acedera. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-06-201451-1; Oct.
Bestseller Oliver moves from teen fiction (Before I Fall; Delirium) into middle-grade with the story of a girl locked in an attic bedroom who meets a ghost.
HARPERCOLLINS/BALZER + BRAY
If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-06-026683-7; Oct.
The ninth book in this bestselling picture book series stars the ebullient dog that readers first met in If You Give a Pig a Party.
Wildwood by Colin Meloy, illus. by Carson Ellis. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-06-202468-8; Aug.
The lead singer from The Decemberists makes his children's book debut with this middle-grade fantasy illustrated by his wife.
Dark Eden by Patrick Carman. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-06-200970-8; Nov.
Set in a shadowy realm where teenagers confront their fears, Carman's thriller will premiere as a downloadable app before it becomes a print book.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-06-208548-1; Nov.
Twenty-three-year-old Mafi's dystopian debut features a girl who has the ability to kill people just by touching them. Film rights have been sold to Fox.
Variant by Robison Wells. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-06-202608-8; Oct.
In Wells's dystopian novel, Benson Fisher discovers that his scholarship to the exclusive Maxfield Academy isn't the blessing he thought it was.
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales, illus. by Chris Van Allsburg. $24.99, ISBN 978-0-547-54810-4; Oct.
Fourteen authors, including Louis Sachar, M.T. Anderson, and Kate DiCamillo, tell the stories behind the enigmatic illustrations from Van Allsburg's 1984 classic.
Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-547-49638-2; Sept.
Pfeffer's Last Survivors trilogy may be done, but she still has dark stories to tell. Here, a shocking crime reveals buried secrets in a teen's family.
The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-547-58135-4; Oct.
SF author Moriarty's YA debut kicks off a trilogy set in the early 1900s on the Lower East Side of New York City, where the brands of magic are as diverse as the ethnic communities.
Ivy and the Meanstalk by Dawn Lairamore. $16.95, ISBN 978-0-8234-2392-7; Oct.
In this sequel to Ivy’s Ever After, spirited Princess Ivy and gentle dragon Elridge return for an adventure featuring a magical harp and a thief named Jack.
The Lion and the Mouse by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley. $14.95, ISBN 978-0-8234-2357-6; Aug.
The father-and-daughter team have collaborated on a picture book about friendship, one of four planned titles in the I Like to Read series.
Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff. $17.95, ISBN 978-0-7613-7526-5; Sept.
Brezenoff pens an unconventional love story, in which the genders of the two main characters are never revealed.
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson. $17.95, ISBN 978-0-7613-7408-4; Sept.
A 16-year-old with synesthesia and tetrachromacy wakes up in a mental institution, having confessed to the murder of a classmate.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. $18.99, ISBN 978-0-316-13402-6; Oct.
National Book Award finalist Taylor's fantasy novel centers on Karou, an enigmatic girl who may not be human.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jerry Pinkney. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-316-05696-0; Oct.
The Caldecott Award winner (The Lion & the Mouse) reimagines the speaker of this song as a chipmunk who revels in the cosmos and the natural world.
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, illus. by Maira Kalman. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-316-12725-7; Jan. 2012
Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) teams with Kalman for their YA debut, in which a 16-year-old prepares a box of mementos for her ex-boyfriend.
You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-316-07030-0; Sept.
In this companion to Children Make Terrible Pets, Lucy is determined to make a friend.
MACMILLAN/FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-374-30210-8; Sept.
The first novel in Zevin's Birthright series centers on forbidden romance and family bonds in 2083 New York City.
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. $15.99, ISBN 978-0-374-37993-3; Sept.
In a semiautobiographical story, a boy's vacation plans are thwarted when his parents ground him, leading to two surprising months in his hometown.
MACMILLAN/FEIWEL AND FRIENDS
Ten Rules for Living with My Sister by Ann M. Martin. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-312-36766-4; Sept.
Martin's newest middle-grade story is about a girl who comes up with 10 rules to make sharing a room with her sister tolerable.
The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-8050-8829-8; Aug.
Pearson returns with a companion to her acclaimed 2008 novel, The Adoration of Jenna Fox.
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith. $16.99, ISBN 978-1-59643-607-7; Aug.
This reflective book with a foldout surprise centers on nature, family, and the passage of time.
Treasury of Greek Mythology by Donna Jo Napoli, illus. by Christina Balit. $24.95, ISBN 978-1-4263-0844-4; Oct.
An accessible, heavily illustrated guide to Greek myths.
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, illus. by Barry Moser. $16.95, ISBN 978-1-56145-595-9; Oct.
Teaming up with Wright and Moser, Deedy (14 Cows for America) switches gears with this story of an alley cat with a fondness for cheese, set in Victorian England.
Crossed by Ally Condie. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-525-42365-2; Nov.
Cassia is back in this sequel to Condie's bestselling and critically acclaimed dystopian novel, Matched.
The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-525-42304-1; Sept.
A Scrabble tournament brings together three unusual seventh-graders, in the novelist's first book for younger readers.
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-399-25627-1; Oct.
Well-regarded adult author Meloy (Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It) makes her debut for young readers this fall, just like her younger brother, Colin (see HarperCollins, above).
Shelter by Harlan Coben. $18.99, ISBN 978-0-399-25650-9; Sept.
In Edgar Award–winning mystery novelist Coben's first book for young adults, a grieving teen unlocks a conspiracy.
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. $18.99, ISBN 978-1-59514-317-4; Aug.
Mead's new series kickoff is set in the world of her bestselling Vampire Academy books, but with a few new faces.
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me by Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp. $18.99, ISBN 978-1-59514-455-3; Nov.
Based on a popular Web video, this picture book introduces an iconoclastic mollusk.
Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-670-01232-9; Aug.
Dewdney's beloved Llama Llama takes care of Mama when they both catch a cold.
The Death Cure by James Dashner. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-385-73877-4; Oct.
In the final book of the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas doesn't believe that he can trust WICKED—or their cure for the Flare.
Modelland by Tyra Banks. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-385-74059-3; Sept.
Supermodel and celebrity Banks presents the first novel in a trilogy about a misfit teen selected to attend a modeling academy.
Passion by Lauren Kate. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-385-73916-0; June.
The third book in the bestselling Fallen series centers on Luce's and Daniel's past lives.
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. $27.99, ISBN 978-0-375-85611-2; Nov.
After more than a decade, Paolini's bestselling Inheritance Cycle draws to a close with this fourth and final book.
ZooZical by Judy Sierra, illus. by Marc Brown. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-375-86847-4; Aug.
The animals from Wild About Books (now a bestseller both in picture book and app form) are back in a sequel.
RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
The Dragon's Tooth by N.D. Wilson. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-375-86439-1; Aug.
Wilson (100 Cupboards) kicks off the five-book Ashtown Burials series about two siblings who join an ancient order of explorers.
Bailey by Harry Bliss. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-545-23344-6; Aug.
Bailey, a dog, feels right at home at school in this humorous story from the New Yorker cartoonist and picture-book illustrator.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-545-22490-1; Oct.
The popular author of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy introduces a new world in this stand-alone novel. Stiefvater will be featured at the CBC Author Tea.
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. $29.99, ISBN 978-0-545-02789-2; Sept.
In the style of his Caldecott Medal–winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret (soon to be a motion picture), Selznick combines two children's narratives—one told in words, and the other in pictures. Selznick is a featured speaker at the Children's Book and Author Breakfast, Tuesday, May 24.
The 39 Clues: Cahills Versus Vespers: The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman. $12.99, ISBN 978-0-545-29839-1; Aug.
Opening a new chapter in the popular franchise, Amy and Dan Cahill become embroiled in a heist that involves stealing a priceless painting.
Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers by Dav Pilkey. $9.99, ISBN 978-0-545-17532-6; June
After an almost decade-long hiatus, Super Diaper Baby is back in the latest from Captain Underpants creator Pilkey.
Can You See What I See? Toyland Express by Walter Wick. $13.99, ISBN 978-0-545-24483-1; Oct.
The eighth title in Wick's bestselling photographic puzzle series follows a toy train's journey.
Seriously, Norman! by Chris Raschka. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-545-29877-3; Oct.
In Raschka's first novel, goofy Norman and his friends try to get to the bottom of what makes adults so crazy.
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann. $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4424-0768-8; Aug.
The bestselling author of the Wake series moves to middle-grade dystopia with the story of a world in which creative children are pronounced unnecessary.
Man in the Moon by William Joyce. $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4424-3041-9; Sept.
Joyce's first picture book in a decade, part of the new Guardians of Childhood series, reveals the true identity of the Man in the Moon. A DreamWorks film, Rise of the Guardians, is in production.
M.O.M (Mom Operating Manual) by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Laura Cornell. $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4169-6150-5; Oct.
A tongue-in-cheek picture book about how to deal effectively with mothers, from a pair of bestsellers (and mothers themselves).
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray, illus. by Marla Frazee. $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4424-2249-0; Oct.
Ray and Caldecott Honoree Frazee team for a colorful tribute to stars—those in the sky and in the imagination.
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins. $18.99, ISBN 978-1-4169-8324-8; Sept.
In a companion to Impulse, four high school seniors long to achieve personal perfection, despite the costs.
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld. $19.99, ISBN 978-1-4169-7177-1; Sept.
Westerfeld wraps up the steampunk trilogy that began with Leviathan and Behemoth.
Moo by Matthew Van Fleet, photos by Brian Stanton. $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4424-3503-2; Aug.
Following this duo's cat- and dog-themed collaborations, this interactive novelty book takes readers on a tour of a farm.
Frog and Friends by Eve Bunting, illus. by Josée Masse. $3.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-58536-689-7; Aug.
Eve Bunting's first early chapter book series introduces Frog, who enjoys the simple life, and his friends Rabbit, Possum, Raccoon, and Squirrel.
Magic Most Foul by Leanna Renee Hieber. $8.99, ISBN 978-1-4022-6052-0; Nov.
The bestselling romance author makes her YA debut with a gothic paranormal love story.
Laddertop, Vol. 1 by Orson Scott Card and Emily Janice Card, illus. by Honoel Ibardolaza. $10.99, ISBN 978-0-7653-2460-3; Oct.
In a graphic novel series kickoff, two 11-year-olds become involved in a mystery surrounding technology brought to Earth by mysterious alien "Givers."
Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham, illus. by Mark Buckingham. $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7653-2792-5; Sept.
In this middle-grade title from the author of the Fables graphic novels, a boy scout gets lost in an unfamiliar forest.
Between by Jessica Warman. $17.99 ISBN 978-0-8027-2182-2; Aug.
A murder mystery told from the perspective of a girl hovering between life and death.