Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a book about the French occupation, a YA high fantasy novel, a rhyming picture book, and a middle grade book about magical music.
Catherine’s War by Julia Billet, trans. from the French by Ivanka Hahnenberger, illus. by Claire Fauvel. HarperAlley, $21.99; ISBN 978-0-06-291559-7. Billet’s emotive historical graphic novel portrays a Jewish girl forced to hide her identity during the Nazi occupation of France.
Spellhacker by M.K. England. HarperTeen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-265770-1. In a world where 14 strains of magic, called maz, are regulated by the Maz Management Corporation, 18-year-old tech genius Dizmon “Diz” Hela and her best friends are pulling off their final maz siphoning heist.
Swim Swim Sink by Jenn Harney. Disney-Hyperion, $12.99; ISBN 978-1-368-05276-4. What begins as a simple rhyming picture book by Harney (Underwear!) morphs into a humorous metafictional tale about a resolute duckling’s dilemma.
The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury, illus. by Federica Frenna. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-328-62563-2. In this middle grade fantasy, a young woman achieves her dream of enrollment in a prestigious school where she creates magic through music.
Wardens of Eternity by Courtney Moulton. Blink, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-310-76718-3. An orphaned teenager discovers her heritage as part of a mysterious Egyptian tribe, in this fantasy adventure set in 1939.
For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of January, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.