Abrams is in tune with Frankie Liked to Sing by John Seven, illus. by Jana Christy, a biography of crooner Frank Sinatra’s childhood and early career; Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson, illus. by David Shannon, the tale of Hiawatha, a Mohawk, who helped bring peace to the five warring Iroquois nations during the 1500s; McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angleberger, illus. by John Hendrix, chronicling the complicated journey McToad makes each Thursday to mow the grass on Tiny Island; Funny Bones by Duncan Tonatiuh, an exploration of the life of artist Jose Posada whose skeleton drawings are often seen during Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations; and The Bear Report by Thyra Heder, in which a real polar bear whisks Sophie away to the Arctic where she learns more than enough to put in her school report on the species.
Amulet arms itself with The Bamboo Sword by Margi Preus, a follow-up to Heart of a Samurai, in which Yoshi, a Japanese boy who longs to be a warrior, befriends a cabin boy from Commodore Matthew Perry’s ship; Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier, a sequel to Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, which finds young orphan thief Peter and his horse-cat companion in search of a rare, mysterious book; The Terrible Two Get Worse by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illus. by Kevin Cornell, a tale of pranksters Niles and Miles joining forces for more adventures; Frank Einstein Book 3 by Jon Scieszka, illus. by Brian Biggs, spotlighting the showdown between kid genius Frank and archrival T. Watson as they try to unlock the power behind the science of the human body; and Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10 by Jeff Kinney, the latest exploits of Greg Heffley.
Appleseed shifts gears with Whose Truck? by Toni Buzzeo, illus. by Jim Datz, a nonfiction picture book featuring six kinds of trucks and the workers who operate them; Dinoblock by Christopher Franceschelli, illus. by Peskimo, introduces 24 different dinosaurs via thick pages die-cut into dino silhouettes; Good Night! by Ethan Long, in which various parent-and-child animal pairs bid each other good night; Mini-Myths: Please Share Aphrodite! by Joan Holub, illus. by Leslie Patricelli, imagining the goddess and her friends as they learn how to get along; and Winter by David A. Carter, first in a pop-up series about the seasons.
Albert Whitman blows a fuse with The Lights Went Out at Christmas by Ellis Paul, illus. by Scott Brundage, a tale inspired by singer Paul’s song about what happens when neighbors try to outdo each other with Christmas light decorations; Madame Martine Breaks the Rules by Sarah S. Brannen, which finds Madame Martine and her adopted dog Max on a wild chase through the Louvre in Paris; JP and the Polka-Dotted Aliens and JP and the Giant Octopus by Ana Crespo, illus. by Erica Sirotich, inaugural titles in a picture book series about emotions; and Night On Fire by Ronald Kidd, about a 13-year-old girl in Alabama who wishes she could join the Freedom Riders she sees riding on the buses that pass her house on their way to protest segregation.
ALBERT WHITMAN TEEN
AW Teen greets the season with Has to Be Love by Jolene Perry, in which Clara, an Alaskan teen who has been disfigured by a bear attack, wonders if she can go through with her dream of attending college in New York City; Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak, about a girl struggling to hold things together following the explosion of her stepfather’s meth lab which leaves her disfigured, and the suicide of her addict mother; and Are You Still There by Sarah Lynn Scheerger, focusing on Mallory’s participation in a top-secret crisis helpline at her school.
Algonquin calls “All aboard!” for Anton and Cecil: Cats on Track by Lisa Martin, illus. by Valerie Martin, which finds the adventurous kitties traveling West by train to rescue a friend; Beastly Bones by William Ritter, a new murder-mystery outing for detective of the paranormal R.F. Jackaby and his assistant Abigail Rook; The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB by Adam Shaughnessy, in which Pru and her classmate engage the Fantasy Investigation Bureau and a rude squirrel to save their town from an attack by Viking gods; If You’re Lucky by Yvonne Prinz, which follows Georgia’s struggle to deal with suspicions about a charming stranger and questions about her brother’s accidental death; and Radioactive! How Irene Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World by Winifrid Conkling, the little-known story of how the discoveries of two brilliant female physicists led to the creation of the atomic bomb.
ANDERSEN PRESS USA
Andersen climbs under the covers for Go to Sleep, Monty! by Kim Geyer, featuring a boy and his new puppy; Elmer and the Flood by David McKee, in which Elmer the elephant helps out when the jungle is flooded; Lovely Old Lion by Julia Jarman, illus. by Susan Varley, about a young lion’s efforts to aid his increasingly forgetful grandfather; Slug Needs a Hug! by Jeanne Willis, illus. by Tony Ross, the tale of a slug who wants to make himself more huggable; and The Snow Beast by Chris Judge, about how Beast and Snow Beast put aside differences for the winter fair.
Andrews McMeel checks its watch for Ghostly Thief of Time: An EMU Club Adventure by Ruben Bolling, in which the Club swings into action when they suspect the school janitor is an evil ghost, and Go Fun! Monster Doodle Book, a project book that includes monster trivia and drawing ideas.
Arbordale keeps pace with Tortoise and Hare’s Amazing Race by Marianne Berkes, illus. by Cathy Morrison, a twist on the Aesop fable that incorporates math and measurements; They Just Know: Animal Instincts by Robin Yardi, illus. by Laurie Allen Klein, a look at how animals learn how to get around, find food, and stay safe; Amphibians and Reptiles: A Compare and Contrast Book by Katharine Hall, which details these animals’ characteristics; The Hungriest Mouth in the Sea by Peter Walter, introducing the sea’s top predator; and The Sparrow and the Trees by Sharon Chriscoe, illus. by Susan Detwiler, an adaptation of a Cherokee folktale explaining why leafy trees lose their leaves in the winter.
Bloomsbury takes center court with Little Shaq by Shaquille O’Neal, first in an early chapter book series inspired by the life of this basketball superstar; A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano, the middle-grade tale of a girl who befriends ghosts; Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, in which an assassin becomes queen of the empire; and Penguin’s Big Adventure by Salina Yoon, about Penguin’s expedition to the North Pole.
Boyds Mills gets personal with The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine, Book 2: Secrets Out by Julie Sternberg, illus. by Johanna Wright, a peek into 10-year-old Celie’s feelings about all the big changes in her life; This Orq. (He Say “Ugh!”) by David Elliott, illus. by Lori Nichols, pitting cave boy Orq and his woolly mammoth against cave bully Dorq and his cave bear; One Day, The End (Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories) by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illus. by Fred Koehler, a collection of illustrated two-sentence stories; The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Kids by Dan Richards, illus. by Robert Neubecker, presenting a cast of monsters who just want to be friends; and Bear Can Dance! by Suzanne Bloom, in which Bear learns that not getting what you want may lead to something surprising.
BOYDS MILLS/CALKINS CREEK
Calkins Creek will offer Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation by Peggy Thomas, illus. by Stacy Innerst, focusing on this founding father’s interests as a gardener, inventor, and foodie; Woodford Brave by Marcia Thorton Jones, illus. by Kevin Whipple, in which 11-year-old Cory tries to carry on his family’s legacy of bravery in the summer of 1944; Freedom’s Price by Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols, an account of Dred Scott’s efforts to sue his master for freedom, as viewed by his 11-year-old daughter; and The Rain Wizard: The Amazing, Mysterious, True Life of Charles Mallory Hatfield by Larry Dane Brimner, offering a look at the man who in the early 1900s believed he had discovered a secret solution to drought.
WordSong checks out fall with Jumping off Library Shelves by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illus. by Jane Manning, an anthology of 15 original poems that celebrate books and librarians.
Candlewick checks the weather forecast for The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler, illus. by Jake Parker, in which a small plow trains hard to be ready for a big storm; Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson, a nonfiction title about Soviet composer Shostakovich and the symphony he wrote for his city—Leningrad—during WWII; The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz, the story of a young woman’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to a society household, inspired by true events; Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Chris Van Dusen, introducing the greatest animal control officer in Gizzford County, and the only critter that has ever frightened her; and Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash, a debut work and graphic-novel memoir set at an all-girls summer camp.
CANDLEWICK/BIG PICTURE PRESS
Big Picture Press plays docent with Welcome to the Museum: Historium by Katie Daynes, illus. by Richard Wilkinson, featuring chapters on various ancient civilizations and artifacts from those eras; and Design Line: History of Women’s Fashion by Natasha Slee, illus. by Sanna Mader, a fold-out book that covers the history of design in a visual timeline.
Nosy Crow makes a splash with Get Out of My Bath!, illus. by Britta Teckentrup, in which an elephant’s tub time is interrupted by a menagerie of animals who want to join her; Cinderella’s Stepsister and the Big Bad Wolf by Lorraine Carey, illus. by Migy Blanco, a fractured fairy tale; Dinosaur Rocket! by Penny Dale, spotlighting the dinos plan to take a trip to the moon; Use Your Imagination! by Nicole O’Byrne, featuring Wolf’s writing tips for his pal Rabbit; and The Princess and the Giant by Caryl Hart, illus. by Sarah Warburton, which reveals Princess Sophie’s strategy for helping a grumpy giant to get to sleep.
Templar bundles up for Snow by Sam Usher, chronicling Sam’s impatient wait for Granddad to arrive and take him to the park on a snow day; Troll and Oliver, which follows a boy named Oliver and the troll who wants to eat him; Winter’s Child by Angela McAllister, illus. by Graham Baker-Smith, a modern fable about a wish for unending winter; The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull, a debut picture book starring under-the-sea BFFs; and The Wonder by Faye Hanson, in which a boy discovers that in art class he can take all the wonder from his daydreams and share them with the world.
Candlewick Entertainment waves the checkered flag for Peg + Cat: The Race Car Problem, which finds these characters from the animated TV show building a car from things they find lying around; Peekaboo Presents, illus. by Corey Lunn, a sturdy Christmas board book; Peppa Pig and the Day at the Museum and Peppa Pig and the I Love You Game, new adventures inspired by the popular pig’s TV program; and Shaun the Sheep: Flock to the Seaside by Martin Howard, illus. by Andy Janes, which finds the whole flock led away from a herding competition to explore a seaside carnival.
Capstone puts the pedal to the metal with March Grand Prix: The Fast and the Furriest by Kean Soo, a graphic novel featuring March Hare, the fastest racecar driver around; I Know Sasquatch by Jess Bradley, a picture book about the author’s first encounter with a Sasquatch; Jars of Hope: How One Woman Saved 2500 Children During the Holocaust, profiling unsung hero Irena Sendler, who defied the Nazis to help children; DC Super Heroes Origami: 45 Folding Projects for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and More by John Montroll, illus. by Min Sung Ku, containing paper and instructions; and Scrap City by D.S. Thornton, a journey into a parallel underground city populated by Scrappers, people made of metal and glass.
Switch Press serves up Her Cold Revenge by Erin Johnson, the second Wanted series entry about the only female bounty hunter in the Wild West; State of Grace by Hilary Badger about a girl who lives in a utopia but has strange visions of another world; and Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles, a debut YA novel set in an alternate universe where Hitler won WWII and modern technologies never evolved.
Chronicle glides into fall with Swan by Laurel Snyder, a picture book biography of Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova; Leo by Mac Barnett, illus. by Christian Robinson, the tale of a friendship between a girl and a ghost who makes delicious snacks; Big Bear, Little Chair by Lizi Boyd, focusing on unexpected opposites; The Chess Queen Enigma: Stoker & Holmes Book III by Colleen Gleason, a new adventure in the steampunk adventure series starring Sherlock Holmes’ niece and Bram Stoker’s sister; and A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz, a fantasy adventure featuring an unlikely wartime alliance between fairies and gnomes.
Handprint Books offers First TouchThinkLearn: Farm and First TouchThinkLearn by Xavier Deneux, two tactile, concept board books.
Twirl Books joins the hustle and bustle with The Ultimate Book of Cities by Anne-Sophie Bauman, illus. by Didier Balicevic, a novelty book that explains how a city works from a child’s point of view; My Soft and Cuddly Animals by Xavier Deneux, offering a look at animals in a touch-and-feel format; The Wonderful World of Pascal the Brave by Magali Le Huche, introducing a platypus character and his friends; and New Homes for Our Little Friends by Peggy Nille, featuring magnetic tiles and five animal families who are moving into different homes.
Disney-Hyperion adjusts its spectacles for Benjamin Franklin: Pain in My… by Adam Mansback and Alan Zwiebel, a middle-grade novel in which a 13-year-old kid in 2015 communicates with the founding father in 1700s Philadelphia; Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan, launching a new series inspired by Norse mythology; This Is the Story of Diva & Flea by Mo Willems, illus. by Tony DiTerlizzi, a friendship tale about a dog and his best friend, a street cat named Flea; Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, a romantic novel about love that crosses centuries; and A Thousand Nights by Emily Kate Johnston, which reimagines The Arabian Nights.
DISNEY/JUMP AT THE SUN
Jump at the Sun welcomes fall with Frederick’s Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass by Doreen Rappaport, illus. by London Ladd, a new Big Words entry, depicting Douglass’s journey from boy to man and slavery to freedom.
Lucasfilm uses the force for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Illustrated Novel by Tom Angleberger, illus. by Iain McCaig, a retelling of the story.
Disney Press rolls into fall with Olaf Welcomes Spring, a novelty board book featuring the snowman character from Frozen; Star Darlings, Book One: Sage’s Story by Ahmet Zappa and Shana Muldoon Zappa, launching a fantasy series in which students at the Star Academy learn how to grant the wishes made on birthday candles and other traditional items; A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell, the inaugural title in a YA series of tales, featuring a dark twist on Aladdin; Cloud Country by Bonny Becker and Noah Klocek, illus. by Noah Klocek, about a cloudlet struggling to fit in; and Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino, the finale of the Villains trilogy, presenting the story of the Little Mermaid from the perspective of sea witch Ursula.
Kingswell looks for happily ever after with Once Upon a Time by Wendy Toliver, a tie-in to the ABC program inspired by the world of fairy tales.
Marvel Press sizes up the season with Ant-Man: Small World, Big Problems, a tie-in to the Disney feature film about the comic superhero who can shrink; and Black Widow by Margaret Stohl, an all-new origin story for this comic-book heroine.
Dundurn stakes out fall with Myles and the Monster Outside by Philippa Dowding, continuing a series of scary tall tales; and Hanna Smart: Operation Josh Taylor, the debut title in a trilogy starring an outgoing 13-year-old heroine.
Kane Miller collects on The Debt by Phillip Gwynne, in which a teenager, according to a family curse, must perform six Herculean tasks or lose a pound of flesh; Double Trouble by Atinuke, illus. by Lauren Tobia, focusing on the arrival of Anna Hibiscus’s two new baby brothers; Do Nice Be Kind Spread Happy by Bernadette Russell, an activity book inspired by the author’s 366 Days of Kindness project; Here in the Garden by Briony Stewart, a picture book about love and loss; and The Last Thirteen by James Phelan, the first volume in a 13-book sequential thriller series that will release all its 13 titles at once.
Eerdmans rounds up creatures great and small in Furs, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo, by Cassandre Maxwell, a picture book biography; Brother Giovanni’s Little Reward: How the Pretzel Was Born by Anna Smucker, illus. by Amanda Hall, introducing the history and symbolism of a popular snack; Just Like I Wanted by Elinoar Keller and Naama Peleg Segal, illus. by Ava Gordon-Noy, in which a girl uses her creativity to change a “mistake” in her drawing into something new; Little Big by Jonathan Bentley, about a child who realizes little can sometimes be the perfect size; and The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have by Edward van de Vendel, illus. by Anton van Hertbruggen, featuring a lonely boy who dreams up an imaginary dog, then gets the real thing and it’s not what he expected.
Egmont will offer Scar Girl by Len Vlahos, the companion to The Scar Boys chronicling how the boys deal with Johnny’s amputation and go on to become a successful rock band.
Gecko catches a wave with The King of the Sea by Heinz Janisch, illus. by Wolf Erlbruch, a collection of brief stories about a small king with big thoughts; and When Dad Showed Me the Universe by Ulf Stark, illus. by Eva Eriksson, in which a father and son discover the universe in unexpected places.
GRAPHIC ARTS/WESTWINDS PRESS
Westwinds Press will have The Runaway Tortilla by Eric Kimmel, illus. by Erik Brooks, a Tex-Mex spin on the Gingerbread Man tale; and Jasper and Willie by Bryn Fleming, second in the Range Riders series, in which ranch boy Jasper gets a dog for his twelfth birthday.
Harlequin Teen shuffles into autumn with A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter, the conclusion to the White Rabbit Chronicles series featuring star-crossed romance and zombie slaying; Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman, the inaugural volume in a fantasy-history series that reimagines the teen years of Alexander the Great; Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics, a historical horror tale featuring an abandoned cabin whose walls are covered with blood; and What We Left Behind by Robin Talley, focused on the relationship between two teens, one lesbian and one genderqueer, as they face going away to college.
HarperCollins takes out its telescope for Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague, a middle-grade adventure about two misfits who think they’ll never have any friends; Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester, launching a middle-grade series starring four orphans with extraordinary abilities who must locate a missing fake shrunken head; The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Chris Riddell, a novel of dark magic that reimagines a combination of the Snow White and Sleeping Beauty fairy tales; Enzo and the Christmas Tree Hunt by Garth Stein, illus. by R.W. Alley, a holiday tale featuring the dog from The Art of Racing in the Rain; and Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer, illus. by Oliver Jeffers, a quirky friendship tale.
Amistad steps lively with Juba! by Walter Dean Myers, a historical teen novel, and the late author’s last published novel, inspired by the true story of a young black dancer known as Master Juba.
HARPERCOLLINS/BALZER + BRAY
Balzer + Bray scares up a cure for Little Penguin Has the Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley, in which a penguin asks his friends to stop his hiccups by giving him a fright; Beyond the Pond by Joseph Keffler, a debut picture featuring a boy who goes on a wild imaginary journey in his backyard; This Kid Can Fly: It’s About Ability (Not Disability) by Aaron Philip with Tonya Bolden, the memoir of a 13-year-old with cerebral palsy; Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, about a girl who decides to take on her small town’s beauty pageant and rock it; and Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa, a debut novel about a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy who loves them both.
HarperFestival shakes things up with Pinkalicious and the Snow Globe by Victoria Kann, focused on Pinkalicious’s discovery of a winter wonderland; Alien in My Pocket #6: Forces of Nature by Nate Ball, illus. by Macky Pamintuan, a new interstellar adventure; Fart Squad #2: Fartasaurus Rex, by Seamus Pilger, illus. by Stephen Gilpin, in which a boy’s flatulence brings a dinosaur to life; and Kids’ Guide to America’s Bill of Rights by Kathleen Krull, illus. by Anna DiVito, an updated and revised edition featuring this document.
Greenwillow makes some noise with The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett, a teen fantasy novel from first-time author Everett, about a girl-clone who kills her original and slips seamlessly into her life; Waiting by Kevin Henkes, depicting the toys in a child’s room who wait for marvelous things to happen; The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon, an adventure novel featuring a character who grew up in a house with polar bears; Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, set during the California Gold Rush, about a girl who has the ability to sense gold; and This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang, a contemporary YA novel about secret best friends on a collision course with reality.
HarperTeen reflects on Mirrored by Alex Flinn, a modern retelling of Snow White; What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler, in which a girl unravels the shocking story behind the rape of a girl at a high school party; Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins, joining the Sweet Evil series, this time told from Kaidan’s point of view; Dreamland by Robert Luis Anderson, a YA debut focused on the faint separation between our world and the world of dreams and nightmares; and The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, the tale of a boy who tries to stay normal while faced with extraordinary circumstances.
Katherine Tegen Books draws up a fall list with Da Vinci’s Tiger by Laura Elliott, the historical romance of Ginevra de Benci, real-life poet and muse, and Leonardo da Vinci set during the Italian Renaissance; This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee, a gothic historical fantasy in which a boy brings back his brother from the dead with mechanical parts, a la Frankenstein; Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Pizza Slice by Marilyn Sadler, illus. by Eric Comstock, showcasing how simple fractions and deductive reasoning help solve a mystery on family pizza night; Unnaturals: The Battle Begins by Devon Hughes, the kickoff of a series featuring DNA-changing serum that’s used to create hybrid animals; and Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu, a middle-grade sister story flavored with darkness, magic, and hope.
HARPERCOLLINS/WALDEN POND PRESS
Walden Pond Press gets a vitamin boost with The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce, involving the misadventures of a boy who suddenly turns green; The Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton, an alternate history/fantasy adventure set on the High Seas during the age of exploration; and Guys Read: Terrifying Tales, edited by Jon Scieszka, illus. by Gris Grimly, the sixth collection in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading, which includes 10 all-new original horror stories from such authors as R.L. Stine and Michael Buckley.
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT
HMH shields its eyes for This Raging Light by Estelle Laure, a debut YA novel about a teen girl’s struggle to hold things together for her sister when their mother leaves and their father is institutionalized; The Full Moon at the Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood, a companion to the classic picture book The Napping House; NEED by Joelle Charbonneau, a YA thriller examining the dark side of social media; Milo Speck, Accidental Agent by Linda Urban, a comic fantasy-adventure which finds regular kid Milo in a place called Ogregon; and Before Morning by Joyce Sidman, illus. by Beth Krommes, capturing a child’s dream of a different sort of day when snow begins to fall.
Clarion blasts off with Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt, starring a teen father damaged by time in prison, and his new foster brother; Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith, in which a boy in Alabama must learn to conjure when his family and town are threatened by an evil stranger; Took by Mary Downing Hahn, a middle-grade tale featuring a family newly arrived in the wilds of West Virginia; The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst, about two friends’ attempts to save one girl’s kidnapped parents and find the dreams stolen from the secret dream shop beneath the family’s bookstore; and Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier, a counting-book adventure.
Holiday House empties its piggy bank for All for a Dime by Will Hillenbrand, in which Bear and Mole go to the farmer’s market with their friend skunk; Look and Be Grateful by Tomie dePaola, a meditative picture book about living in the moment; Vincent Paints His House, an homage to van Gogh, whose house gets a colorful paint job; Mousetropolis by R. Gregory Christie, a play on the Aesop’s fable of the town mouse and the country mouse; and The Devil’s Dreamcatcher by Donna Hosie, the sequel to YA action-fantasy novel The Devil’s Intern.
Kane Press tallies up a full fall list with Make a Wish, Albert by Lori Haskins, illus. by Deborah Melmon and If the Shoe Fits by Jennifer Dussling, illus. by Deborah Melmon, two new Mouse Math titles focusing on the concepts of 3-D shapes and measurement, respectively; and A Thousand Theos by Lori Haskins Houran and Odd Man Out by Lisa Harkrader, the latest Math Matters concept books featuring lessons on doubling and odd/even numbers.
KIDS CAN PRESS
Kids Can packs a picnic for The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi, about a girl who comes upon someone unexpected when she thinks she’s been following her father’s snowy footprints through the woods; Child Soldier by Michel Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphreys, illus. by Claudia Dávila, the account of a boy kidnapped and forced to be a child soldier in Democratic Republic of Congo in 1993; Stanley at School by Linda Bailey, illus. by Bill Slavin, in which a pup and his pals head to school to see what their human kids are doing all day; The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear, illus. by Katty Maurey, the tale of how a girl falls under the spell of the ocean after a few days at the beach; and Jasper John Dooley: Lost and Found by Caroline Adderson, illus. by Mike Shiell, featuring Jasper’s discovery of his father’s favorite childhood toy.
LEE & LOW
Lee & Low goes to the head of the class with The School the Aztec Eagles Built by Dorinda Makanaōnalani Nicholson, a photo-essay chronicling the efforts of the Aztec Eagles, Mexico’s WWII Air Force squadron, who build a village school to honor Sergeant Angel Bocanegra.
Lerner stirs the pot with Feeding the Flying Fanellis: And Other Poems from a Circus Chef by Kate Hosford, illus. by Cosei Kawa, offering a new perspective on circus life; The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, the story of the historic National Memorial African Bookstore, founded by the author’s great-uncle, Lewis Micheaux; The Christmas Coalman by Joe Kulka, a holiday picture book featuring the man who brings Santa his coal; Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game by John Coy, illus. by Randy DuBurke, offering a true story from the Civil Rights era that spotlights a secret 1944 basketball game played between Duke University and the North Carolina College of Negroes; and A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Armistead Lafayette, Revolutionary Double Agent by Anne Rockwell, illus. by Floyd Cooper, a portrait of the other spy of the American Revolution (besides notorious Benedict Arnold).
Carolrhoda Lab shines a light on See No Color by Shannon Gibney, about a teen mixed-race girl brought up in a white family and how she comes to terms with her adoption and race; Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez, a YA novel inspired by a Texas school explosion in 1937; The Way Back from Broken by Amber J. Keyser, the story of how a family tries to heal when they lose a child; and A 52-Hertz Whale by Bill Sommer and Natalie Tilghman, a debut novel told through emails about the relationship between James, who is obsessed with whales, and Darren, who’s struggling to succeed in the movie business.
Darby Creek keeps the home fires burning with Always Faithful by Patrick Jones, joining the Support and Defend series focused on teens with a parent who has been deployed in the military; Change Is in the Air, Mallory by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Jennifer Kalis, added to the Mallory series; Not What I Expected by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Natasha Shaloshvili, the latest ninth-grade drama in The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair series; The House of Memories by Benjamin Hulme-Cross, illus. by Nelson Evergreen, one of six volumes in the Dark Hunter series of illustrated horror stories of vampires, withes, and other monsters; and The Confessional by Gabriel Goodman, part of a six-volume series about teens suspended from school and how they got into trouble.
Graphic Universe plants a flag with First Man: The Voyages of Matthew Henson, a tribute to the African-American explorer whose efforts to reach the North Pole in the early 20th century were not given the same credit as his colleagues’; Wake Up, Spring by Katherine Ferrier and Florian Ferrier, illus. by Katherine Ferrier, trans. by Carol Klio Burrell, the inaugural volume in the Hotel Strange series; The Planet of Bamalias by Christel Gonnard and Cédric Pilot, and The Planet of the Snake by Julien Magnat, trans. by Anne Smith and Owen Smith, entries in The Little Prince series; and SheHeWe by Lee Nordling, illus. by Meritxell Bosch, second in the Three-Story Books series of wordless comics.
Hungry Tomato sounds a big bang with The Dawn of Planet Earth by Matthew Rake, added to Field Guide to Evolution; It’s Only Logical by Dr. Gareth Moore, a new Brain Bender title; Be an Adventurer by Chris Oxlade, illus. by Eva Sassin, which joins the Go Wild series; A Medieval Knight, a How to Live Like… volume; and Creatures of the Deep by Matthew Rake, illus. by Simon Mendez, a Real-Life Monster book providing an up-close look a nature’s most monstrous creatures.
Millbrook pirouettes into fall with The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition by Chris Barton, illus. by Cathy Gendron, the journey of the Russian ballet to American stages; A Spectacular Selection of Sea Critters: Concrete Poems by Betsy Franco, illus. by Michael Wertz, an introduction to various undersea animals via this poetry form; Bow-tie Pasta: Acrostic Poems by Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Andy Rowland, a collection of these puzzle-like poems, and Can We Make a Hurricane?: Noticing Weather Patterns by Martha E.H. Rustad, illus. by Holli Conger; and Do Chicks Ask for Snacks?: Noticing Animal Behaviors by Martha E.H. Rustad, illus. by Mike Moran, entries in the Nature’s Patterns series.
Flux fans the flames with The Firebug of Balrog County by Oppegaard, the darkly comic story of a small-town pyromaniac; The Boy Meets Girl Massacre by Ainslie Hogarth, in which Noelle chronicles all the weird things that happen during the night shift at a possibly haunted inn; Hardwired by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie, a future-set novel exploring humans with the warrior gene, a predisposition toward violence; and Gathering Deep by Lisa Maxwell, the companion novel to Sweet Unrest, picking up the action following the murders committed by Chloe’s dark witch mother.
Little, Brown ventures to the Hundred Acre Wood for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, offering a documented history of the real bear rescued by Captain Harry Colebourn en route to WWI, which became the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh; The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, a middle-grade debut about a girl who turns to science to deal with her grief over a friend’s sudden death; The League of Unexceptional Children by Gitty Daneshvari, first in a series starring two unmemorable, hopelessly average kids who may make great spies; After the Red Rain by Barry Lyga with Peter Facinelli and Robert DeFranco, a survival adventure set on the ruined planet Earth; and The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, an epistolary psychological horror novel, sparked by a deadly fire and a missing girl.
LBKids talks turkey with I Love to Gobble You Up! by Sandra Magsamen, a Thanksgiving board book introducing a silly turkey and featuring soft and tactile feathers; All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep by Crescent Dragonwagon, illus. by David McPhail, a bedtime ABC board book, and A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger, illus. by Dan Santat, in which the world’s crankiest kid returns for the lovey-dovey holiday.
Poppy gives a greeting to Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith, about a couple trying to decide whether to stay together or breakup on the night before leaving for college; Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood, featuring the six biggest problems in Dan’s current mess of a life; Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom, a YA debut that follows a bold, blind 16-year-olf girl as she navigates high school and relationships, and Truly Madly Famously by Rebecca Serle, the sequel to Famous in Love, catching readers up with bona fide star Paige, now caught in a scandal involving her two leading men.
LITTLE PICKLE PRESS
Little Pickle stretches into fall with Yawning Yoga by Laurie Jorda, a collection of poems describing traditional yoga poses that will help children get a good night’s sleep; and What Does It Mean to Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio, illus. by Stephane Jorisch, an addition to the What Does It Mean to Be…? series.
LITTLE PICKLE/RELISH MEDIA
Relish Media inhales with Breath to Breath by Craig Lew, in which a teen boy finds the love and compassion he needs to survive his painful memories of abuse.
MACMILLAN/FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX
FSG fires up the skillet for Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Eric Wright, a cautionary tale about a little slice of bacon with a big ego; Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Debbie Diesen, illus. by Dan Hanna, an underwater holiday adventure starring the expressive blue fish; The Followers by Jack Gantos, a sharp-edged misadventure for teens; Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales, exploring the hazards of falling for a person you haven’t yet met; and The Devil’s Engine: Hellraisers by Alexander Gordon Smith, kicking off a horror trilogy about an ordinary kid caught in an invisible war against the worst enemy imaginable.
Margaret Ferguson Books looks it up with W Is for Webster by Tracey Fern, illus. by Borisa Kulikov, a picture book biography of Noah Webster who created the first American dictionary; Simon Ellis, Spelling Bee Champ by Claudia Mills, illus. by Rob Shepperson, the latest Franklin School Friends outing; Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Ozge Samanci, a graphic novel about a girl growing up and becoming an artist in the turbulent Turkey of the 1980s and 90s; On the Run by Tristan Bancks, in which a boy and his sister are forced to go on the run when their parents steal money that was accidentally placed in their bank account, and Calvin by Martine Leavitt, which explores a boy’s mental illness and his attachment to the cartoon Calvin and Hobbes.
MACMILLAN/FEIWEL AND FRIENDS
Feiwel and Friends explains it all with The Boy Who Knew Everything by Victoria Forester, the sequel to The Girl Who Could Fly, in which Piper and her friend Conrad harness the powers of other kids with exceptional abilities; You’re Here for a Reason by Nancy Tillman, celebrating the ways we all have an impact on the world around us; Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs, illus. by Shane W. Evans, in which a mixed-race boy describes the ways other people see him and how he sees himself; and Winter: Book 4 in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, the conclusion to the fantasy series.
MACMILLAN/FEIWEL AND FRIENDS/SWOON
Swoon musters its courage with How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo, a contemporary romance in which Jordyn tries to tell Alex how she really feels—and the truth about her autistic brother—before it’s too late.
Henry Holt turns the page with We’re in the Wrong Book! by Richard Byrne, which finds Bella and Ben bumped from their familiar naughty book into another volume; Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato, featuring the polka-dot elephant in a tale of friendship and family; Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, a heist novel set in the world of the Grisha trilogy; First & Then by Emma Mills, about a high school girl dragged out of her personal bubble by her cousin into a world that includes football and new relationships, and Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight, a 75th-anniversary edition with a foreword by Ann M. Martin.
Christy Ottaviano Books is on top of the world with The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris by Betsy Harvey Kraft, illus. by Steven Salerno, a portrait of this innovator; Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter by Barbara Herkert, illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska, the biography of the free-spirited painter; Night of the Living Worms: A Speed Bump and Slingshot Misadventure by Dave Coverly, the debut volume of a series that follows brothers Early Bird and Speed Bump; The Spinny Icky Showdown by Laurie Keller, in which Arnie the Doughnut competes on a game show; and James to the Rescue by Elise Broach, illus. by Kelly Murphy, second in the Masterpiece Adventure series starring Marvin the Beetle.
Priddy Books gets a feel for fall with the following toddler novelty books: Best Friends: We Are a Family; Playtown: Construction; Hello Kitty: My Alphabet; Animal Buddies: Tiger; and Alphaprints: Ho, Ho, Ho! all by Roger Priddy.
Roaring Brook tunes in to Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney, showcasing the music style that defined a generation and its impact on the world; The Rule of Mirrors by Caragh O’Brien, sequel to The Vault of Dreamers; Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard and Tanya Simon, illus. by Mark Siegel, in which a young refugee from Nazi Germany receives eight acts of kindness as he walks the length of Manhattan; and The Pentagon Papers by Steve Sheinkin, a look at how an ordinary man exposed two decades of government deception of the American public during the Vietnam War.
Neal Porter Books faces up to fall with I Used to Be Afraid by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, a picture book with die-cuts that explores the format that fears can take and the importance of overcoming them; Lenny & Lucy by Phillip C. Stead, illus. by Erin E. Stead, focusing on moving to a new house and making new friends; Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds, illus. by Matt Davies, featuring a nerdy bird who just wants to hang out with the cool birds; Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet by Nick Bruel, which mimics the terror that most kids feel at having to go to the doctor; and Lost. Found. by Marsha Diane Arnold, illus. by Matthew Cordell, about how a bear’s lost scarf serves a variety of uses for the various animals who find it.
Month9Books is on the run with Hunted by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki in which Lexi and Cole from the previous book, Branded, have a chance at a new life; The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham, a romantic adventure set in 17th-century France and Canada; I Heart Robot by Suzanne van Rooyen, about a young love trying to survive during a war between humans and robots; Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty, centered on Noll who’s been matched with the mysterious lord of the village, and The Artisans by Julie Reece, starring a young clothing designer who makes a dangerous deal to help her father out of debt.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS
National Geographic sets the table for Edible Science: Experiments You Can Eat by Jodi Wheeler Toppen, illus. by Rachel Fuller, a cookbook turned science lab; Mastermind: Over 100 Games, Tests, and Puzzles to Unleash Your Inner Genius by Stephanie Warren Dimmer, an opportunity to exercise the brain; National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Float, Tremble, and Blossom! by J. Patrick Lewis, a celebration of the natural world; National Geographic Kids Photo Guide with Basics, Tips, and Tricks from the Pros at My Shot by Nancy Honovich and Annie Griffiths, containing essentials for aspiring photographers; and Treasury of Norse Mythology: Stories of Intrigue, Trickery, Love, and Spite by Donna Jo Napoli, illus. by Christina Balit, third in the Mythology trilogy.
NorthSouth counts sheep with The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep by Caroline Nasto, illus. by Vanya Nastanlieva, featuring an insomniac bear who wanders to New York City where no one sleeps; Dino Mite: The Pet Project by Ute Krause, in which Dino Mite sets out to prove to his parents that he’s responsible enough for a pet; Mole City by Torben Kuhlmann, a nearly wordless tale about an imaginary underground world; and The Fairytale ABC by Silke Leffler, an abecedary spotlighting fairy tale characters.
Orca keeps things on the QT with Secrets, a set of seven novels by various authors featuring the experiences of seven orphan girls in 1964; A Carnival of Cats by Charles Ghigna, illus. by Kristi Bridgeman, introducing cat breeds amidst a carnival backdrop; Up Hamster, Down Hamster by Kass Reich, a concept board book; Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth, in which twins Justine and Perry embark on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest; and What’s the Buzz?: Keeping Bees in Flight by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox, a look at the ways bees help us, and how we can help them.
Owlkids Books has sticky fingers with The Case of the Snack Snatcher by Liam O’Donnell, illus. by Aurélie Grand, first in the West Meadows Detectives series featuring a third-grade detective on the autism spectrum; The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics by Edward Keenan, illus. by Julie McLaughlin, in which an answer to “why do we need politics?: is offered; in Dojo Daytrip by Chris Tougas, mischievous ninjas take a class trip to the farm; Kyle Goes Alone by Jan Thornhill, illus. by Ashley Barron, an informational book about a sloth’s first time going to the bathroom alone; and Koala Hospital by Suzi Esterhas, the debut of the nonfiction Wildlife Rescue series highlighting rescue centers for endangered species around the globe.
Peachtree commands its fall list with Stay! by Alex Latimer, which finds Grandpa looking after Ben’s very naughty dog; Believarexic by J.J. Johnson, a semi-autobiographical tale of a girl trying to persuade her family that her eating disorder and mental illness are real; Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton, recounting how a slave boy grew up to be the first African-American man to publish a book in the South; Watch Out for Flying Kids: How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community by Cynthia Levinson, exploring the world of social circus; and Lilliput, the story of a Lilliputian trying to escape from Gulliver and find a way home.
Pelican puts its lips together for Whistling Willie from Amarillo, Texas by Jo Harper and Josephine Harper, illus. by David Harrington, in which a young man’s powerful whistle might save the day; Twelve Cowboys Ropin’ by Susan Kralovansky, a Texas-flavored spin on the Twelve Days of Christmas; Twenty-One Heroes by Sam Forman, a novel following a young soldier during the Revolutionary War; Gaston Joins the Circus by James Rice, in which the famous Alligator joins the circus, and What’s Up with This Chicken? by Jane Sutton, illus. by Peter J. Welling, a picture-book containing facts about chickens.
Kathy Dawson Books plays a numbers game with The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage, the third Mo & Dale mystery companion to Three Times Lucky; Pieces of Why by K.L. Going, spotlighting a young singer in a high-risk neighborhood who tries to understand why people do bad things; Trouble Is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly, a contemporary humorous first novel starring a Sherlock Holmes-type character and his partner in crime; and The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle, presenting a magical-realism debut about a girl and her family who become inexplicably accident-prone at the same time each year.
Dial changes things up with Switch by Ingrid Law, in which Gypsy develops the ability to see into the past and future; Dewey Bob Crocket by Judy Schachner, introducing a sweet raccoon learning about friendship; Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin, illus. by Daniel Salmieri, the story of a boy who drinks a secret sauce that turns him into a robot; Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg-Sloan, an animal adventure novel; and Quiet Power: The Secret Thoughts of an Introvert by Susan Cain, illus. by Grant Snider, a nonfiction exploration of the challenges and advantages of being an introverted kid or teen.
Dutton goes to the head of the class with Sophomore and Other Oxymorons by David Lubar, the sequel to Sleeping Freshman Never Lie, chronicling Scott Hudson’s sophomore year of high school.
PENGUIN/GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap does a sound check with The Kat Sinclair Files #1: Dead Air by Michelle Schusterman, kicking of a series about a girl who chronicles her father’s gig as host of a ghost-hunting TV show; Husky by J.E. Sayre, a middle-grade debut featuring a boy struggling with weight and identity issues; Who Is YOUR NAME HERE? The Story of My Life by Paula Manzanero, an interactive journal encouraging kids to create their biography; Been There, Done That: Turning Real Life into Stories, edited by Mike Winchell, which collects nonfiction stories from a variety of authors, and the fiction stories they inspired; and Get Lost in the Amazon Rainforest (Get Lost! #1) by Ginjer L. Clarke, inaugural volume in a nonfiction series.
Nancy Paulsen Books fluffs up its tutu for Bea in the Nutcracker by Rachel Isadora, a version of the ballet starring a class of toddlers; Maple & Willow Apart by Lori Nichols, in which two sisters find a way to stay connected when one starts school; The Magical World of Strega Nona: A Treasury by Tomie dePaola, a collection of six classic stories and some new material; Love Is My Favorite Thing by Emma Chichester Clark, a celebration of unconditional love; and The Poe Estate by Polly Shulman, the story of a girl haunted by her sister’s ghost.
Philomel lets loose with Wild Ones by C. Alexander London, an animal fantasy in which a raccoon turns a rag-tag group of critters into a community worth fighting for; The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, illus. by Oliver Jeffers, which finds the crayons begging to be returned to the crayon box; Little Tree by Loren Long, a story of growing up and the change of seasons; Legends: The Best Players, Teams and Games in Football by Howard Bryant, a guide to the game; and Tournament of Gorlan: Rangers Apprentice, The Early Years by John Flanagan, a new spin-off origin series.
Puffin goes down the rabbit hole with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illus. by Anna Bond, a jacketed hardcover gift edition; and Challenge Yourself: Amazing Places and Challenge Yourself: Outrageous Animals, the launch titles in a new nonfiction series by Jeff Probst.
Putnam prepares to harvest The Turnip by Jan Brett, a retelling of the familiar folktale; Marla and Max by Alexandra Boiger, starring determined Olympians who overcome setbacks; The After-Room by Maile Meloy, the final book in the Apothecary trilogy; Juniors by Kaui Hart Kemmings, a debut YA novel; and Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, a YA horror/thriller title.
Razorbill looks to the heavens for Wandering Star by Romina Russell, second in the Zodiac series featuring a new enemy in the Zodiac Galaxy; Soundless by Richelle Mead, about a girl who is the key to restoring harmony to a land where the residents of a soundless village begin to go blind; Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche, focused on interracial half siblings who embark on a cross-country road trip to confront their absentee father before he dies; Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes, fourth in the Falling Kingdoms series; and Rookie Yearbook 4 by Tavi Gevinson, featuring articles, interviews, and more from rookiemag.com.
Viking casts off with The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, an adaptation of Brown’s novel about the American crew team that won gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics; The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier, illus. by Doug Holgate, starring four seventh graders who have the time of their life following the monster apocalypse; Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa by Anna Dewdney, chronicling Llama Llama’s first sleepover at his grandparents’; Mitford at the Fashion Zoo by Donald Robertson, showcasing Mitford the giraffe’s entrance into the fashion world; and The Broken Wonderous World by Jon Skovron, in which the teen son of Frankenstein’s monster finds himself in a battle against Dr. Moreau.
Warne turns on the nightlight for Bedtime Tales (Peter Rabbit), inspired by Beatrix Potter, abridged versions of four classic tales packaged in one board book; Celebrating 150 Years of Children’s Books, selections by Beatrix Potter, Kate Greenaway, Randolph Caldecott, and Edward Lear, a collection of favorite tales that also includes a never-before-published Potter story; and Spot’s Christmas by Eric Hill, a reissued board book edition.
PENGUIN YOUNG READER
Penguin Young Reader flies into fall with the following additions to their line of leveled readers: Ladybug Girl: I Love You, Bingo (Level 1) by Jacky Davis and David Soman; What Does Otis See? by Loren Long, Home Address ISS by James Buckley Jr., Hi-Ho, Tiny (Level 1) by Cari Meister, illus. by Rich Davis; and Max & Ruby: Fireman Max (Level 2) by Rosemary Wells.
PETER PAUPER PRESS
Peter Pauper Press focuses its binoculars for No Yeti Yet by Mary Ann Fraser, a tale of two brothers’ wintry day spent on a yeti-spotting mission; Mina’s White Canvas by Hyeon-Ju Lee, a debut picture book showcasing a girl’s creative adventure in a snowy forest; and All the Lost Things by Kelly Canby, in which a girl finds underground lost things from all over the city, including keys, homework, and memories.
Pow! lines up a babysitter for The Night Our Parents Went Out by Katie Goodman and Soren Kisiel, a reassuring tale about parents’ leaving and coming back; The Monkey Suit by Mark Gonyea, part alphabet book, part career guide in which “what do you want to be when you grow up?” receives 26 answers; and Mokomaki by Benjamin Mott, illus. by Satu Kontinen, a concept book featuring a flock of birds.
Random House takes a bite out of fall with I Will Chomp You by Jory John, illus. by Bob Shea, in which the pages are guarded by a big-headed chomp monster; The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin, expressing parents’ dreams for their children; HILO #1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick, the kick-off of a humorous middle-grade graphic novel series, Voyagers #1: Project Alpha, first in a eco-mystery/sci-fi multi-platform series; and Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein, which finds teams of kids gathering to compete in Mr. Lemoncello’s first-ever Library Olympics.
Crown orbits fall with The Galaxy Pirates: Hunt for the Pyxis by Zoë Ferraris, first in an intergalactic adventure series set in a magical universe; Dead Boy by Laurel Gale, in which a cadaver goes looking for a best friend; Your Move, Ben Franklin by Leila Hirschfeld and Tom Hirschfeld, which kicks off an interactive biography series that invites readers to make decisions alongside famous figures at pivotal moments; and Up from the Sea by Lez Lowitz, a free-verse novel about a boy who lost most of his family in the 2011 tsunami and his attempt to reconnect with his estranged American father.
Delacorte pulls on its boots for Fuzzy Mud, in which two kids discover a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the world; These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly, a dark mystery set in turn-of-the-century Manhattan; Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, focused on a girl who is literally allergic to the outside world and has never left her house; and Reawakened by Colleen Houck, the story of a teenage girl whose visit to an Egyptian exhibit brings her face-to-face with a recently awakened mummy.
Doubleday dons some fuzzy slippers for Mother Goose’s Pajama Party by Danna Smith, illus. by Virginia Allyn, a storytime romp with favorite characters; Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime by Marcie Wessells, illus. by Tim Bowers, in which a young pirate pulls out all the stops to avoid going to bed; A Christmas Carol by Adam McKeown, illus. by Gerald Kelley, a picture-book version of the holiday tale; and Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein featuring a Jewish girl who is resolute about celebrating Christmas.
Golden Books decks the halls for Little Golden Book of Christmas Stories by various authors and illustrators, an anthology of holiday favorites, and Everything I Need to Know About Family I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow, featuring art and quotes from the Golden Books library of titles.
Knopf baits a trap for How to Catch Santa by Lee Wildish, an humorous instructional holiday book; Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, launching a series about how Kady confronts her planet being invaded; Another Day by David Levithan, the companion to Every Day featuring events told from A’s love interest Rhiannon’s perspective; The Golden Compass Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Philip Pullman, adapted and illus. by Stéphane Melchior-Durand and Clément Oubrerie; and Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan, the inaugural title in a fantasy-thriller trilogy about a 16-year-old thief and spy for hire.
Wendy Lamb Books unveils its fall list with Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead, a mysterious tale of friendship, love, and change told from multiple perspectives; Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko, a tale set in 1900 San Francisco imbued with humor, tragedy, and medical mystery; The Girl at the Center of the World by Austin Aslan, sequel to The Islands at the End of the World, in which a cosmic event disrupts technology and isolates Hawaii; Yard War by Taylor Kitchings, which brings the civil rights-era-South alive in a friendship story set in 1964 Jackson, Miss.; and Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli, a fairy tale exploring beauty and the transformations of love.
RANDOM HOUSE/LICENSED PUBLISHING
Licensed Publishing lets it go with Anna & Elsa #6: The Arendelle Cup by Erica David, a chapter book tie-in to Disney’s Frozen; A Fairy’s Gift by Kiki Thorpe, the latest entry to The Never Girls series about four best friends who travel to Never Land; and Disney/Pixar The Good Dinosaur Big Golden Book, a tie-in to the November feature film The Good Dinosaur.
RANDOM HOUSE/SCHWARTZ & WADE
Schwartz & Wade Books cuts a rug with Duck & Goose, Let’s Dance by Tad Hills, song by Lauren Savage, a book-and-CD package featuring an original tune by bookseller Savage; Hillary by Jonah Winter, illus. by Raul Colón, a picture book biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton; Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky, a picture book outing for the toys from the chapter books including Toys Go Out; The Only Child by Guojing, a debut wordless graphic picture book about a mysterious stag in a fantasy world; and A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Ko, a debut title about a girl who finds a lost dog and wants to keep him.
Scholastic gives a fall wedgie with Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot by Dav Pilkey, the reunion of George, Harold, and the Waistband Warrior in order to face a malicious gym teacher; and Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy: The Phoenix of Destiny by Geronimo Stilton, in which Geronimo must help the Queen of the Fairies.
Blue Sky Press gets emotional with When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt by Molly Bang, which tells what happens when Sophie’s feelings are hurt by her classmates.
Cartwheel sounds the alarm with Let’s Go to the Firehouse!, an interactive book that lets readers hitch a ride on a fire truck; Giraffes Can’t Dance Book and Plush by Giles Andreae, illus. by Guy Parker-Rees, featuring a board book and stuffed giraffe; Love Is Everywhere by Jim Benton, kicking off a new line of toddler board books; Can You See What I See? A Christmas Board Book by Walter Wick, a holiday seek-and-find title; and Fly Guy #15: Prince Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold, in which Buzz writes a fairy tale for a class assignment.
Chicken House wears its heart on its sleeve with A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher, the story of street girl Eponine, inspired by Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables; City of Halves by Lucy Inglis, in which girls are disappearing in an unseen world hidden within modern London; and Flashes by Tim O’Rourke, a detective thriller with a supernatural twist about a girl who has visions she believes are clues to a crime.
David Fickling Books is on guard with The Watchmen of Port Fayt by Conrad Mason, first in a fantasy-adventure trilogy; Friends for Life by Andrew Norriss, which centers on Jessica’s friendship with a ghost, and The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt, the story of a boy’s dangerous journey to deliver a secret letter to a mysterious king, available in the U.S. for the first time since its 1962 publication in Dutch.
Graphix serves up Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson, featuring a girl’s quest to rescue her father from a planet-eating space whale; Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, a graphic memoir about finding family and home where you least expect it; Bird & Squirrel On the Edge by James Burks, in which Bird and Squirrel must save a lost bear cub from a pack of hungry wolves; and Slappy’s Tales of Horror (Goosebumps Graphix) by R.L. Stine, illus. by Dave Roman, Jamie Tolagson, Gabriel Hernandez, and Ted Naifeh, four tales starring Slappy the evil talking dummy.
Klutz gets messy with the following craft-kit titles by the Klutz editors: Make Glitter Clay Charms, Gold Charm Bracelet Studio, Fabric Doodles: Design & Dye with No-Heat Batik, Finger Knitting: The Fastest Easiest, Funnest Way to Knit, and Pop Collage: Make Your Stuff Stand Out.
Arthur A. Levine Books strikes a pose with Young Man with Camera by Emil Sher, a portrayal of bullying that includes a crime captures on film; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illus. by Jim Kay, first of the newly illustrated volumes; A Lucky Author Has a Dog by Mary Lyn Ray, illus. by Steven Henry, offering both answers and inspiration about the author’s life; and The Mean Girl Meltdown by Lindsay Eyre, illus. by Charles Santoso, a companion to The Best Friend Battle that finds Sylvie facing mean-girl tricks.
Orchard sees sugar plums with The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, illus. by David Ercolini, a humorous rendition of the holiday poem.
Point puckers up for Frosted Kisses by Heather Hepler, which follows former Manhattan girl Penny’s adjustment to small-town life; and The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alexander, which centers on a girl who is trapped inside a haunted asylum.
Scholastic Nonfiction goes undercover with Lincoln’s Spymaster: Allan Pinkerton, America’s First Private Eye by Samantha Seiple, presenting tales of Pinkerton’s cases; Game On 2016: All the Best Games, Awesome Facts, Coolest Secrets by Imagine Publishing, the gaming annual; Warriors: The Greatest Fighter of History by Sean Callery, tracing soldiers from ancient Rome to the Civil War to today’s special forces; #Presidents: Follow the Leaders by John Bailey Owen, which imagines that all the U.S. presidents were online and readers could follow their activity; and How Rude! Bugs Who Won’t Mind Their Manners by Heather Montgomery, illus. by Howard McWilliam, profiling 10 of the crudest bugs around.
Scholastic Paperbacks takes cover with I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis, the fictional account of one boy who struggles to escape this disaster alive; Goosebumps Most Wanted #8: Night of the Puppet People by R.L. Stine, in which twin siblings come across a group of mad marionettes; Emma Is on the Air #2: Party Drama! by Ida Siegal, involving the search for a missing party costume; Shelter Pet Squad #2: Merlin by Cynthia Lord, a chapter book about second-grader Suzannah’s adventures volunteering at the local animal shelter, and Battle Bugs #4: The Chameleon Attack by Jack Patton, illus. by Brett Bean, chronicling the descent of chameleons on the Battle Bugs camp.
Scholastic Press flips for Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins, launching a new series starring a group of magical misfits who set out to prove that living upside down beats right side up; The Marvels by Brian Selznick, featuring a family of actors over five generations depicted partly in words, partly in pictures; Zen Socks by Jon J Muth, more deep thoughts from Stillwater the panda; Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. by Tom Lichtenheld, introducing four shapes who celebrate the gift of friendship; and Where’s Walrus? And Penguin? by Stephen Savage, following Walrus’s and Penguin’s escape from the zoo.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
S&S gathers fall feathers for The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, illus. by Jon Klassen, a gothic tale that explores fears, dreams, and the meaning of family; We Forgot Brock! by Carter Goodrich, about an imaginary friend who gets lost; Stand-Off by Andrew Smith, the sequel to Winger, serving up more adventures in life, love, and rugby; Naughty Mabel by Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliott, illus. by Dan Krall, introducing a sassy, classy French bulldog character; and Big Game by Stuart Gibbs, which finds Teddy facing down danger to save an endangered white rhino from hunters.
Sky Pony steps into fall with Ava the Monster Slayer by Lisa Maggiore, illus. by Ross Felten, a picture book about a glasses-wearing monster hunter out to save her stuffed pig from the dark basement; I Want to Eat Your Books by Karin Lefranc, illus. by Tyler Parker, follows a destructive little zombie who learns that books are for reading not eating; A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel, a middle grade novel about a young albino and visually impaired girl who learns to navigate her new town and make friends; It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah Schmitt, a snarky young adult novel in which Death is a surfer and life is something you don’t normally get to do over; and The Fix by Natasha Sinel, a young adult novel about pain, choices, and finding your fix.
Aladdin unlocks the season with The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands, a middle-grade action-adventure debut with puzzles and codes; The Power of Henry’s Imagination by Skye Byrne, illus. by Nic George, a picture book about a boy, his favorite toy and a very special power; and Somewhere There Is Still a Sun by Michael Gruenbaum and Todd Hasak-Lowy, a Holocaust narrative memoir of a boy who survived the Terezin camp due to the actions of his heroic mother.
Atheneum is nipping at your nose with Jack Frost by William Joyce, a tale about this wintry character; Shiloh Christmas by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, a new story about pup Shiloh; Sail Away by Langston Hughes, illus. by Ashley Bryan, a collection of ocean-and-water-themed poems; and Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin, a trip back to the farm with Duck at holiday time.
Beach Lane Books digs fall with Holey Moley by Lois Ehlert, a tribute to Mole, underground protector of the garden; and Nelle Belle by Mem Fox, illus. by Mike Austin, the debut of a loveable pup.
Little Simon can’t believe its eyes with Invisible Thread Christmas Story by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowsky, illus. by Barry Root, the story of how a woman’s decision to help a boy on the street changed both their lives.
Margaret K. McElderry Books gets tangled up with Traffick by Ellen Hopkins, a sequel to Tricks, continuing the story of five teens forced into prostitution; and Duddle Puck by Karma Wilson, illus. by Marcellus Hall, featuring a duck who just won’t quack.
Simon Pulse checks in to the season with Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young, a romantic suspense story; Michael Vey #5 by Richard Paul Evans, continuing the saga of a boy with extraordinary power; Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti, launching a trilogy about a group of teens with amazing abilities; Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano, the account of a teen girl and the haunting she experiences when moving into a new home, written in a mixed-media journal format; and Field Party #1 by Abbi Glines, first in a new YA series set in a small, football-crazy town.
Paula Wiseman Books preps a fall palette with Color Dog by Matthew Van Fleet, an interactive novelty book that introduces the concept of color, and Tucky Jo and Little Heart by Patricia Polacco, showcasing how a young WWII soldier’s kindness to a girl and her family during the War is returned many years later.
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS
Sleeping Bear pinky swears with Promise by Judy Young, in which Kaden’s dad comes home after 11 years in prison; Papa’s Backpack by James Christopher Carroll, about a cub’s dreams of tagging along with his father when he goes away; Nutcracker’s Night Before Christmas by Keith Brockett, illus. by Joseph Cowman, featuring a bungled production of the ballet that is straightened out when Santa appears; Zacktastic #1 by Courtney Sheinmel, kicking off a series that follows a boy genie with magic powers; and Grandma’s Christmas Wish by Helen Foster James, illus. by Petra Brown, a holiday-flavored celebration of Grandma’s love for her baby bunny.
STAR BRIGHT BOOKS
Star Bright creates a flap with City Birds by Dean Norman, a graphic novel featuring the real-life peregrine falcons who nested on the window ledge of a Cleveland building; Grandma Is a Slowpoke by Janet Halfmann, illus. by Michele Coxon, in which a girl initially believes her grandmother’s pauses to appreciate things on their walk is a waste of time; Jake’s Great Game by Ken Spillman, illus. by Chris Nixon, spotlighting Jake’s enthusiastic attitude when he starts playing soccer; and Cake Day by Ellen Mayer, illus. by Elivia Savadier, about the baking fun—and learning—had by a boy making a cake with his grandmother.
Sterling phones home for Your Alien by Tammi Sauer, illus. by Goro Fujita, the story of a stranded baby alien and the human boy who befriends him; Monster Trouble by Lane Frederickson, illus. by Michael Robertson, in which a fearless girl finds a way to quiet the neighborhood monsters so she can get some sleep; Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth by Jeff Anderson, about how Zack uneasily bears the mantel of class hero when he stands up to a bully; Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of Seasons by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by various artists, a volume of newly discovered verse paired with art from 12 contemporary children’s book illustrators and packaged with a 12-song CD; and Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk, illus. by Brendan Kearney, which finds these breakfast items racing to obtain the last drop of maple syrup.
Wisdom Tales looks for a pot of gold with Princess Rosie’s Rainbows by Bette Killion, illus. by Kim Jacobs, a look at how true happiness doesn’t come from possessions; The Hunter’s Promise: An Abenaki Tale by Joseph Bruchac, illus. by Bill Farnsworth, a traditional Native American story about a hunter’s loyalty to a family of New England’s Abenaki nation; The Green Musician by Mahvash Shahegh, illus. by Claire Ewart, a Persian tale starring a young musician who dreams of playing for the king; and Whispers of the Wolf by Pauline T’so, in which a Pueblo boy finds and raises an abandoned wolf pup and has a difficult time returning him to the wild when he’s grown.
Zest bends the truth with Whoppers: History’s Most Outrageous Lies and Liars by Christine Seifert, presenting stories of more than 50 people who lied for money, fame, honor, or the thrill of it; Prison Island: A Graphic Memoir by Colleen Frakes, in which a teen comes of age on a prison island; Slut/UnSlut: A School Diary by Emily Linden, featuring the true story of a girl who was branded a slut in middle school and her desire to help others avoid similar experiences; The Young Ben Franklin: Future American by Daniel Harmon, illus. by Julian Hanshaw, a graphic-novel biography focusing on Franklin’s early years; and Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of the World’s Largest Animals by Jeff Campbell, chronicling the life and death of the giant animals and apex predators who were pushed to extinction in the modern era.