Hitting shelves next week are a picture book adaptation of a bestselling middle grade title, a middle grade novel from an acclaimed adult author, and the launch of a YA duology that melds realism with the divine.
Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko, illus. by Dan Santat. Putnam, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-399-24353-0. Even though Nicholas’s father, Big Nick, is “not afraid of anything,” Nicholas is afraid of “the dark outside his door, the bushes where the giant bugs lived, and the undersides of manhole covers.” A small plastic dinosaur Nick keeps in his pocket gives him courage in this picture book about growing up. The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue, illus. by Caroline Hadilaksono. Scholastic/Levine, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-545-92581-5. In this middle grade novel, a diverse family, the Lotterys – whose name was inspired by the winning lottery ticket that made a dream for a family come true – are four longtime friends turned coparents whose dynamics change when visitors arrive at their house.
Blood Rose Rebellion Rosalyn Eves. Knopf, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-101-93599-6. In this debut YA novel, set in London 1847, Highborn magicians known as Luminates rule Europe, and a spell dubbed the Binding precludes the use of magic to those with noble blood. Enter Anna Arden, a 16-year-old of noble birth who can’t cast spells, and will therefore never be accepted into Luminate society. When an incident reveals that Anna has a singular talent for breaking spells, she is beset by requests from rebels to undo the Binding.
Higher, Steeper, Faster: The Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies by Lawrence Goldstone. Little, Brown, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-316-35023-5. Goldstone (Drive!) covers the history of early aviation up to 1915 in his first book for young readers. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg. Scholastic/Levine, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-545-85826-7. In this follow-up to Openly Straight, 17-year-old Ben Carver is under a lot of pressure at school and in his personal life as he confronts his feelings for a male friend. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Mama’s Kisses by Kate McMullan, illus. by Tao Nyeu. Dial, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-525-42832-9. Four animal mothers know that it’s bedtime, but the kids – a little panda, monkey, elephant, and leopard – are anything but tired. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. HarperTeen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-233571-5. Oseman (Solitaire) explores sexual identities, the weight of expectation, and the intensity and fickleness of fandom in a YA novel revolving around a mysterious, Welcome to Night Vale–esque podcast called Universe City. The book earned a starred review from PW.
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio. Knopf, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5247-6649-8. Dispensing with the plot and multicharacter perspective of her much-lauded middle grade novel, Wonder (which also inspired the Choose Kind antibullying movement), Palacio focuses this picture book spin-off on the reflections of her hero and narrator, Auggie.
Jake the Fake Keeps It Real by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach, illus. by Keith Knight. Crown, $13.99; ISBN 978-0-553-52351-5. Actor/comedian Robinson, Go the F**k to Sleep author Mansbach, and The Knight Life cartoonist Knight team up for a slightly edgy spoof of touchy-feely, experiential education in this heavily illustrated story.
Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, illus. by Brian Floca. Candlewick, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-4822-0. Legions of schoolchildren will empathize with overscheduled Princess Cora, whose well-meaning but misguided royal parents insist that a regimen of boring reading, mindless exercise, and frequent bathing is the only way to ensure that she’ll be fit to inherit the throne. The book, written by a Newbery Medalist and illustrated by a Caldecott Medalist, earned a starred review from PW.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Little, Brown, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-316-34168-4. In the first book of a YA duology, Taylor (the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy) again creates a complex and layered world of battling gods and humans. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Horizon: Book 1 by Scott Westerfeld. Scholastic, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-545-91677-6. This first book in the Horizon multiplatform series, which incorporates a digital game for desktop and mobile devices, begins as an airplane carrying four members of a Brooklyn robotics team – Javi, Molly, Anna, and Oliver – crashes over the Arctic while en route to Japan.
How to Raise a Mom by Jean Reagan, illus. by Lee Wildish. Knopf, $17.99 ISBN 978-0-553-53829-8. Following How to Babysit a Grandma and other picture books, Reagan and Wildish introduce two brown-haired siblings who offer tips on raising a “happy, healthy mom.”
Old Turtle: Questions of the Heart: From the Lessons of Old Turtle #2 by Douglas Wood, illus. by Greg Ruth. Scholastic Press, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-439-32111-2. Wood’s Old Turtle, last seen in 2003’s Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, returns in his third picture book, in which a group of children and adults with pressing questions seek his counsel.
For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of March, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.