Hitting shelves next week are a picture book about America, an illustrated middle grade nonfiction book about an Amazonian adventurer, and a YA novel about the everyday problems of a Muslim teen.
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali. Salaam Reads, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-9924-8. Sophomore Janna Yusuf is caught between her Muslim faith and the parts of her life that clash with it: her nonpracticing father; her crush Jeremy, who isn’t Muslim; and the pious boy from her mosque who attempts to sexually assault her during a party.
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson. HarperTeen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-239354-8. Anderson (The Vanishing Season) interweaves the stories of three young women across centuries in this sprawling saga. The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault. Soho Teen, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-61695-782-7. In high school junior Marnie Wells’s small town, the disappearance and presumed death of star athlete Andrea Quinley is sad but old news. Andrea’s onetime best friend, Matt, remains haunted by her disappearance, and he turns to Marnie, hoping that her rumored ability to read tea leaves might provide new insight or that she’ll be a sympathetic shoulder.
The Emperor’s Ostrich by Julie Berry. Roaring Brook, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-59643-958-0. Berry’s (The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place) middle grade novel is a lively, magic-laced folktale featuring a self-centered emperor, a dairymaid, a farmer boy with grand romantic ideals, and two very stubborn animals.
The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano. Disney-Hyperion, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4847-2659-4. In this YA novel, a teenage girl gets caught up in a centuries-old family feud with a magical twist in a grim story of grief, recovery, and witchcraft.
An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder. Philomel, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-399-16900-7. Righteous anger, heartache, and desperation transform 17-year-old Francisco from a half-hearted student into a young man who realizes that education provides the only opportunity to rescue his family from an unjust political system. Set in 1999 Bolivia, the story addresses the implicit social prejudices infiltrating Francisco’s country. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Littles: And How They Grow by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by AG Ford. Doubleday, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-399-55526-8. In this picture book documenting early childhood, newborns grow into babies, who become toddlers, and—in a final spread—reach school age. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-374-30563-5. In this debut novel inspired by real-life events, Hutton addresses the horrors of the Ugandan civil war through two child soldiers. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Hell and High Water by Tanya Landman. Candlewick, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-8875-2. In a YA adventure set in 18th-century England, Landman (The Goldsmith’s Daughter) introduces a desperate, on-the-run hero who is trying to solve a mystery. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus, illus. by Kadir Nelson. Dial, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-8037-3700-6. Nelson’s (If You Plant a Seed) paintings bring life and power to Naberhaus’s (Boom Boom) understated patriotic tribute. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Pottymouth and Stoopid by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, illus. by Stephen Gilpin. LB/Patterson, $13.99; ISBN 978-0-316-34963-5. The team behind the I Funny series introduces two beleaguered but resilient seventh graders.
The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon by Greg Pizzoli. Viking, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-670-01653-2. Pizzoli takes readers to the pre-GPS era, when “maps of the world still included large ‘blank spots,’ ” and introduces cartographer/explorer Percy Fawcett, who disappeared in 1925 while looking for the remnants of an ancient city deep in the Amazon rainforest.
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend by Susan Goldman Rubin. Abrams, $21.95; ISBN 978-1-4197-2131-1. In this illustrated work of nonfiction, Rubin (Hot Pink: The Life and Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli) tells the story of a folk art form passed down through generations in a small corner of the Deep South.
The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton. Flying Eye (Consortium, dist.), $16.95; ISBN 978-1-911171-25-6. The young protagonist of this picture book is eager to unlock the local legend of Black Rock, which some say “never stays in the same place and... could smash a boat to pieces.” The book earned a starred review from PW.
For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of June, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.