Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including an illustrated book about refugees, a YA novel about a runner, a father-child picture book, and a book about the place where lost luggage ends up.
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-328-81015-1. The author of Drowned City again humanizes a story that can seem remote and incomprehensible: this time, the Syrian refugee crisis, in this YA work of graphic nonfiction.
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti. Simon Pulse, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-1520-0. In this YA novel, a high school runner confronts a traumatic experience in her past. The book earned a starred review from PW.
I Love You More Than . . . by Taye Diggs, illus. by Shane W. Evans. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-250-13534-6. A father and his child remain connected even through times when they’re separated geographically, in this picture book.
Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-374-30606-9. What happens to the suitcases left unclaimed at airports? They go to stores that sort through, and sell, their contents. Doll’s first YA novel follows 16-year-old Doris, who works at just such a store in a small Alabama town. The book earned a starred review from PW.
American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott. Holt/Ottaviano, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-62779-741-2. In a story about mending broken ties, making sacrifices, and visiting landscapes and loved ones from the past, Flores-Scott (Jumped In) invites readers to follow a family on a road trip that brings to life their Latino heritage. The YA novel earned a starred review from PW.
She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lynn Fulton, illus. by Felicita Sala. Knopf, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-525-57960-1. Inspired by Mary Shelley’s introduction to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein, this imagining of the classic’s creation acquaints readers to a true story of literary ingenuity.
Spy Penguins by Sam Hay, illus. by Marek Jagucki. Feiwel and Friends, $13.99; ISBN 978-1-250-18838-0. In the first book of a series, two penguins want nothing more than to join the FBI (“Frosty Bureau of Investigation”); they hope that their detective skills and knack for inventing gadgets will get them in.
Wildcard by Marie Lu. Putnam, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-399-54799-7. This sequel picks up just three days after the finale of Warcross, and raises complicated questions about the consequences of technology and power. The novel earned a starred review from PW.
Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco. Little, Brown/Patterson, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-316-55170-0. The third book in Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series is a Gothic-inspired mystery set against the glamorous backdrop of trans-Atlantic sea travel.
Winnie’s Great War by Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut, illus. by Sophie Blackall. Little, Brown, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-316-44712-6. Expanding upon their Caldecott-winning picture book, Finding Winnie, Blackall and Mattick add Greenhut (the Flat Stanley series) to their team for this middle grade tale of the bear who traveled from the Canadian woods across the Atlantic during World War I to the London Zoo, where she became the inspiration for Milne’s Winnie the Pooh.
Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling by Philip Pullman, edited by Simon Mason. Knopf, $30; ISBN 978-0-525-52117-4. This collection of 32 talks, published articles, and prefaces written between 1997 and 2014 by the creator of His Dark Materials addresses “the business of the storyteller” with the quiet confidence of a master craftsman sharing the tricks of his trade.
You Are Loved: Welcome Wishes for New Babies by Nancy Tillman. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-250-18297-5. With euphoric, affirming verse and mixed-media art, Tillman (On the Night You Were Born) welcomes babies to a gentle, dreamlike world in this picture book.
Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini, illus. by Dan Williams. Riverhead, $15; ISBN 978-0-525-53909-4. Hosseini (The Kite Runner) says he was compelled to write about the refugee crisis after seeing the photograph of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian who drowned off the coast of Turkey in 2015. Yet Hosseini’s story, aimed at readers of all ages, does not dwell on nightmarish fates; instead, its emotional power flows from the love of a father for his son. The novel earned a starred review from PW.
Crash, Splash, or Moo! by Bob Shea. Little, Brown, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-316-48301-8. In his characteristic cartoon-style illustrations, Shea (the Ballet Cat series) creates an energetic game show in which readers become players.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06256-404-7. In a Brooklyn-based retelling of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Zoboi offers a YA novel that tackles race, gentrification, and young love. The book earned a starred review from PW.
For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of September, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.