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Publishers are positioning their lead fall children’s titles—and upcoming spring books—to take full advantage of the season’s regional gatherings. Several presses are bringing out new works by beloved picture book authors like Maurice Sendak, others are promoting historical fiction, such as Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr.’s story of African-American cowboy Nat Love, Best Shot in the West. Still others aspire to capture the lucrative YA market by building on the dark themes of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. And a number of books offer tales of first love set in futuristic worlds, in which reality inevitably collides with magic, oftentimes with disastrous results.

* Books and galleys will be at all nine shows unless otherwise indicated. Suggested ages are included as indicated by publishers.

Bloomsbury

Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker. $16.99, ISBN 978-1599905273; July.

The pastor’s daughter dreams of getting the lead role in her fundamentalist church’s Hell House production, Abortion Girl. But things change when Ty Davis comes to town. Ages 12 and up. Appearing at: NAIBA.

Candlewick

Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed the World by Doug Wood, illus. by Barry Moser. $16.99, ISBN 978-0763633837; Sept.

This picture book from the author of Old Turtle, a 1993 American Booksellers Association ABBY award winner, features a holiday visit that sealed a friendship and steered the course of World War II. Ages 6 to 10. Appearing at: MBA.

Frost by Wendy Delsol. $15.99, ISBN 978-0763653866; Oct.

In the sequel to Stork, Katla Leblanc has to summon up her special gifts to rescue the boy she loves from the Snow Queen who holds him prisoner. Ages 12 and up. Appearing at: MBA.

The Sniffles for Bear by Bonny Becker, illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton. $16.99, ISBN 978-0763647568); Sept.

The relentlessly cheery Mouse pushes a cold-suffering Bear to new heights of melodrama. Ages 3 to 5. Appearing at: MBA.

Chanukah Lights by Michael J. Rosen, illus. by Robert Sabuda. $34.99, ISBN 978-0763655334; Sept.

A pop-up master and a poet celebrate the true spirit of Chanukah. Ages 5 and up. Appearing at: GLiBA.

Don’t Slam the Door by Dori Chaconas, illus. by Will Hillenbrand. $15.99; ISBN 978-0763637095; Aug.

Slamming the screen door sets off a comical chain of cause-and-effect. Ages 4 to 8. Hillenbrand appearing at: GLiBA.

Be Quiet, Mike! written and illus. by Leslie Patricelli. $14.99, ISBN 978-0763644772; Aug.

Digga-digga-digga-digga, zat, zoom, crash! Monkey Mike finds an ingenious way to create a sound all his own. Ages 3 to 6. Appearing at: MPIBA.

King Hugo’s Huge Ego written and illus. by Chris van Dusen. $16.99, ISBN 978-0763650049; July

The tale of a royal head swollen out of proportion—and a blowhard brought down to earth. Ages 3 to 6. Appearing at: NEIBA.

Tía Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina, illus. by Claudio Muñoz. $15.99, ISBN 978-0763664156; June

A girl pitches in to help her tía save for a big old car—and take the whole family to the beach. Ages 3 to 7. Appearing at: SIBA.

The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf. $21.99, ISBN 978-0763637033; Oct.

Offers a glimpse behind the Titanic disaster by evoking 24 voices from the tragedy, including the iceberg itself. Appearing at: SIBA.

I Want My Hat Back written and illus. by Jon Klassen. $15.99, ISBN 978-076365598-3; Sept.

The bear’s hat is gone in this cumulative tale told entirely in dialogue, with a mischievous twist. Ages 4 to 8. Appearing at: SCIBA.

Chronicle

A Zeal of Zebras by Woop Studios. $17.99, ISBN 978-1452104921; Sept.

An alphabet of collective nouns: a galaxy of fish; a shiver of sharks. Ages 5 and up.

Worst Cast Scenario Ultimate Adventure: Mars! by Hena Kahn et al. $12.99, ISBN 978-0811871242; Sept.

In this novel you decide how to survive. Your choices determine whether your mission on Mars is successful and you return to earth safely. Ages 10-13.

Ivy & Bean No News Is Good News (Book #8) by Annie Barrows. $14.99, ISBN 978-0811866939; Nov.

The girls are writing a newspaper about Pancake Court; all they need to do is snoop around the neighborhood. Ages 6-10.

E-mergency! by Tom Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields-Meyer. $16.99, ISBN 978-0811878982; Nov.

The Letter E took a tumble and the only way to get her back on her foot is for people to stop using her. O tries to save the day. Ages 5 and up.

The Orphan of Awkward Falls by Keith Graves. $16.99, ISBN 978-0811878142; Nov.

Josephine moves to Awkward Falls and befriend the odd boy in the creepy house next door. Soon they are on the run from an escapee from the Asylum for the Dangerously Insane. Ages 9-12.

Best Shot in the West: The Life and Adventures of Nat Love by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr., illus. by Rand DuBurke. $19.99, ISBN 978-0811857499; Feb.

This graphic novel tells the real-life biography of Nat Love, aka Deadwood Dick, who was born into slavery and because the most famous African-American cowboy in the Old West.

One Love adapted by Cedella Marley, illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. $16.99, ISBN 978-1452102245; Oct.

This picture book about a girl who enlists her friends, family, and community to transform her neighborhood is based on the Bob Marley song. Ages 3 to 6.

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