Bookshelves next week will groan under the weight of many big fall releases, including new picture books from the authors of classic books, a debut middle-grade in which three kids set out for Antarctica, several YA novels full of history, gold, and magic; body positive beauty pageants; teens defying doctor’s orders to pursue a relationship; and a bestselling author’s novel about one group of teens that unfolds over their high school years.
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. Greenwillow, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-224291-4. Carson, author of the Fire and Thorns trilogy, launches a new historical YA trilogy set during the American gold rush in which a girl disguises herself as a boy to harness her magical ability to find gold. The book netted a starred review from PW.
Saving Crafter: Herobrine Reborn Book One: A Gameknight999 Adventure: An Unofficial Minecrafter’s Adventure by Mark Cheverton. Sky Pony, $9.99; ISBN 978-1-5107-0014-7. The middle-grade book series based on the wildly popular game gets a new spinoff.
One by Sarah Crossan. Greenwillow, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-211875-2. Crossan’s latest YA novel-in-verse follows 16-year-old conjoined twins as they come of age amid difficult family decisions. The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon. Greenwillow, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-232094-0. Gannon’s debut middle-grade novel follows three very different friends who attempt to go to Antarctica to save missing explorer grandparents. The book features full-color illustrations by the author, and earned a starred review from PW.
Waiting by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-236843-0. The latest picture book from the Caldecott Medalist features a group of toys waiting in a windowsill. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Queen of the Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Bloomsbury, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-61963-604-0. The fourth installment (of a projected six) of Maas’s bestselling high-fantasy YA series Throne of Glass follows the vengeful return of protagonist Celaena Sardothien to the empire that claimed her family.
Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler. HarperTeen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-173107-5. Five teens write letters to their future selves during high school orientation, their stories unfolding as their high school years progress. The latest YA novel from bestselling author Mackler earned a starred review from PW.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-232718-5. Murphy’s YA novel follows plus-size Texas teen Willowdean as she enters a beauty pageant. Read more about the book, which earned a starred review, here.
Beautiful Hands by Kathryn Otoshi and Bret Baumgarten, illus. by Kathryn Otoshi. KO Kids/Blue Dot (PGW, dist.), $17.99; ISBN 978-0-9907993-0-6. A vibrant picture book transforms basic physical actions into more abstract concepts, and asks readers the question: “What will your beautiful hands do today?”
The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-06-242997-1. The final Discworld novel from the bestselling U.K. author, who died earlier this year, concludes Tiffany Aching’s story, begun in The Wee Free Men.
The Bamboo Sword by Margi Preus. Abrams/Amulet, $16.95; ISBN 978-1-4197-0807-7. The latest historical novel from Heart of a Samurai author Preus explores Japanese-American relations, with alternating chapters told from the perspective of a cabin boy on Commordore Perry’s ship, and Yoshi, a servant who longs to be a samurai.
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands. Aladdin, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-4651-8. A debut middle-grade from a former physicist follows a 14-year-old orphan as he apprentices an apothecary in the 17th century. PW gave this novel, filled with science, history, and puzzles, a starred review.
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith. Little, Brown/Poppy, $18; ISBN 978-0-316-33442-6. The author of The Geography of You and Me offers a YA novel in which couple Clare and Aidan are off to school on opposite sides of the country, and must decide whether to stay together or break up.
Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick. Random, $13.99; ISBN 978-0-385-38617-3. A new series by comics artist and former Real World star Winick kicks off, in which an ordinary pair of friends are confronted with an out-of-this world kid.
The Full Moon at the Napping House by Audrey Wood, illus. by Don Wood. Houghton Mifflin $17.99; ISBN 978-0-544-30832-9. Revisiting the house from the 1984 picture book, the Woods offer an inversion of the previous story, where the familiar characters doze under a full moon.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Delacorte, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-553-49664-2. Yoon’s debut follows biracial 18-year-old Madeline, whose severe immunodeficiency keeps her cooped up in the house, until she starts to break the rules to spend more time with her new, cute neighbor.
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