Hitting shelves next week are a picture book about an airplane learning to write, a middle grade novel about a kid fused with a hyperintelligent being, and a YA novel about moving forward from loss.
The Possible by Tara Altebrando. Bloomsbury, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-61963-805-1. In this YA novel, a teenager’s family secret is exposed for OR “IN”? a podcast focusing on her mother, who received national attention at age 14 for having telekinetic powers, and again at 23 for being convicted of murdering her two-year-old son. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker. Viking, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-425-28850-4. Felix Yz, the 13-year-old narrator of Bunker’s debut novel, is just like everyone else. Well, mostly. At age three, Felix was fused with Zyx, “a hyperintelligent being from the fourth dimension,” during an accident involving one of his father’s inventions, which also killed his father. A dangerous procedure to separate Felix from Zyx is scheduled to take place in 29 days, and Felix is determined to make the most of the intervening time. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. Knopf, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-101-93764-8. In this YA novel set in Australia, mostly at a bookstore, Crowley (Graffiti Moon) conveys the complexities of love, death, and time through two teens’ alternating narratives, as well as letters and notes stored in the pages of old books.
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen. Viking, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-425-29033-0. Seventeen-year-old Louna was in love once, but it ended in tragedy when her long-distance boyfriend was killed in a school shooting. In this YA novel, flashbacks of Louna’s past, interspersed among the present-day chapters, juxtapose her loss with her tentative efforts to move forward.
The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano. Bloomsbury, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-68119-444-8. Emmaline Beaumont was 10 years old when her mother died; two years later, her father remains so consumed by grief that it’s almost as if Emmaline has lost both parents. In a desperate attempt to bring his wife back, Monsieur Beaumont tinkers with his “ghost machine” night and day in this heavy-hitting middle grade novel.
Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney. Viking, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-101-99920-2. In this rhyming picture book from the late creator of the Llama Llama series, the smallest construction vehicle at a site is eager to join in on the work.
Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger. Sourcebooks Fire, $10.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-4926-4523-8. Battling agoraphobia triggered by an event she refuses to discuss, Tessa Hart defers her freshman year of college and spends her days locked away; social media is her primary connection to the outside world.
This Impossible Light by Lily Myers. Philomel, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-399-17372-1. In this YA novel in verse, slam poet Myers debuts with a commentary on maternal inheritance and eating disorders. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Boy by Blake Nelson. Simon Pulse, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-8813-6. Popularity isn’t something Gavin Meeks sought; it’s the byproduct of where he lives, how he dresses and looks, his athletic skills, and the fact that his tennis partner is the most popular guy in their class. But he hasn’t thought much about his status—until he grows interested in a new girl who’s unimpressed by (and unqualified for) the golden circle.
Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2: Middle School Mayhem by Rachel Renée Russell. Aladdin, $13.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-6003-3. In the second volume of Dork Diaries creator Russell’s new series, protagonist Crumbly faces middle school.
Little Plane Learns to Write by Stephen Savage. Roaring Brook/Porter, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-62672-436-5. Certain letters often bedevil those who are new to writing. For Savage’s newbie skywriting picture book hero, it’s O: “loopity-loops made him dizzy.”
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts. Hyperion, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-4847-6765-8. First in a planned series, Shvarts’s action-packed debut champions diversity, counsels perseverance, and highlights the human cost of war.
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