Hitting shelves next week are a picture book featuring women activists, a middle grade novel about an aspiring rower, and a YA novel featuring a teen with a superhuman sense of smell.
SpacePop: Rocking the Resistance by Erin Downing. Imprint, $14.99; ISBN 978-1-2501-0228-7. In the latest volume of this middle grade series, a girl band operate as secret agents at night.
The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee. HarperCollins/Tegen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-242832-5. Mimosa has inherited an ultra-sensitive nose. Besides being able to smell people’s moods, she and her mother are skilled at mixing scents to create personalized aphrodisiacs for lovelorn clients. Mimosa enrolls in public school but discovers that her private life and the high school social scene don’t blend as smoothly as the ingredients in her potions.
The Charming Life of Izzy Malone by Jenny Lundquist. Aladdin, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-6032-3. The start of sixth grade has been tough for “class outcast” Izzy, the only girl at her school who isn’t interested in clothes and boys. Instead, Izzy is interested in a competitive rowing club, which is controlled by a group of popular girls, and Izzy’s attempts to fit in with them fail.
Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts, illus. by Diane Goode. HarperCollins, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-078005-0. Roberts and Goode (Founding Mothers) again adapt one of Roberts’s adult bestsellers into a picture book. Thorough research into letters, diaries, and other writings underpins brief biographies of 10 women who made positive impacts in the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries. The book features mostly lesser-known, reform-minded activists.
The Bear Books: Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman. S&S/McElderry, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-5971-6. This is more an opposites primer than a full-fledged story, but it’s still a fine addition for fans of Wilson and Chapman’s Bear series. “Big, big, big!” Bear is friends with “small, small, small!” Mouse, proof that opposites not only attract but are also fun to look at.
For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of November, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.