Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a middle grade novel about a boy too old for his stuffed animals, a ghost story that contends with segregation, a Queer Eye cast member’s printed pep talk, and a new series with familiar characters.
Stuffed by Liz Braswell. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-368-03701-3. Fourth grade has ended at the beginning of this middle grade novel, and ahead lies a summer of reading, swimming, and—most importantly for Clark, who lives in mortal fear of monsters—short nights.
The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown. Scholastic Press, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-338-31724-4. Both historically and culturally relevant, Brown’s ghost story explores the legacy of racism through segregation.
I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown, with Jason “Rachel” Brown, illus. by Anoosha Syed. Holt, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-23221-2. The culture adviser of Queer Eye teams up with one of his sons in a picture book tribute to both the parent-child relationship and the process of growing up.
The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer. Disney-Hyperion, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-368-04375-5. Colfer’s spin-off of his bestselling Artemis Fowl series focuses on Artemis Fowl’s twin younger brothers – hyperintelligent Myles and near-feral Beckett, both 11. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao. Philomel, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5247-3835-8. Dao’s latest YA novel fuses beats of Cyrano de Bergerac with elements from her Rise of the Empress duology to create an East Asian–influenced tale of love, greed, politics, addiction, and found family.
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw. Simon Pulse, $18.99 ISBN 978-1-5344-3941-2. In this YA novel, Nora Walker, a high schooler who comes from a long line of witches, is feared by everyone in her community, including those at the Camp for Wayward Boys, located across the lake from the Walkers’ ancestral home.
Shadowscent by P.M. Freestone. Scholastic Press, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-338-33544-6. In a land that values perfumes and poisons, a young woman with a knack for scents and a royal bodyguard with a dark secret join forces to heal a poisoned prince in this YA novel.
Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay. Scholastic/Fickling, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-338-34963-4. Steeped in Filipino tradition, this richly historic middle grade coming-of-age novel shows readers a rare view of the Philippines on the brink of American colonization.
The How & the Why by Cynthia Hand. HarperTeen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-269316-7. Growing up in Idaho with loving parents, Cassandra McMurtrey has always known she was adopted, but now, at 18, she begins to follow her curiosity about her birth mother.
Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner by Janice N. Harrington, illus. by Theodore Taylor III. Calkins Creek, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-62979-558-4. Full-color digital illustrations and Harrington’s conversational, sometimes lyrical prose tell the story of “indefatigable” African-American entomologist and zoologist Charles Henry Turner (1867–1923).
Wild Honey from the Moon by Kenneth Kraegel. Candlewick, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-8169-2. In episodes divided into seven short chapters for newer readers, Kraegel (Green Pants) writes a classic quest story with a twist: it follows the parent, not the child.
Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson. Tor Teen, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-250-20840-8. In this high fantasy YA novel, two sisters come into their magical powers.
The Apartment: A Century of Russian History by Alexandra Litvina, illus. by Anna Desnitskaya, trans. by Antonina W. Bouis. Abrams, $24.99; ISBN 978-1-4197-3403-8. In this striking view into Russian history, Litvina and Desnitskaya present four generations of the fictional Muromtsev family, living in the same Moscow apartment between 1902 and 2002.
Everybody Says Meow by Constance Lombardo. HarperCollins, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-268988-7. Lombardo’s bright picture book focuses on a cast who discover that not everybody says “meow”—and that more friends make things much more fun.
Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz. Entangled Teen, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-64063-732-0. Sixteen-year-olds Isabel and Sasha meet cute in the hospital drip room: your basic meet-cute, and Moskowitz’s story, about living with chronic illness, follows the teens through relationship issues and health challenges. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell. S&S/McElderry, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-3807-1. Featuring solid worldbuilding, unforgettable characters, and well-paced plot, this twisty, atmospheric YA novel grips readers like a siren song while examining questions about what really distinguishes humans and monsters.
Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend of Friendship and Sacrifice by Misty Schroe. Page Street Kids, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-62414-817-0. “Long, long ago, there was a mouse”—a mouse with a dream—newcomer Schroe begins, illustrating her retelling of what she calls an “old Native American tale” (provenance unspecified) with her engaging clay figurines photographed in wild landscapes.
The Toll by Neal Shusterman. Simon & Schuster, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-9706-0. The conclusion to Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe trilogy examines the fine human line between utopia and dystopia. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Call Down the Hawk (The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic Press, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-338-18832-5. Book one of Stiefvater’s new trilogy, spun off from her Raven Cycle, centers on orphaned high school dropout Ronan Lynch. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Goodnight, Rainbow Cats by Bàrbara Castro Urío. Chronicle, $10.99; ISBN 978-1-4521-8213-1. A kaleidoscopic cast of 12 cats say goodnight in this contemporary interactive die-cut board book, winner of a 2019 Bologna Ragazzi Award. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Fugly by Claire Waller. Carolrhoda Lab, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5415-4499-4. In this YA novel, a teen who struggles with body image issues starts causing havoc online with the help of a new friend.
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White. Delacorte, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-525-58167-3. After the real Guinevere, a princess preparing for marriage in a convent, dies, Merlin (banished from Camelot along with all magic) replaces her with a 16-year-old forest witch who has no clear memory of her early life.
The Boy with the Butterfly Mind by Victoria Williamson. Kelpies, $14.95; ISBN 978-1-78250-600-3. In this family drama, Williamson (The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle) alternates between two 12-year-old protagonists in Glasgow who share a desperate wish to mend their broken families.
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