Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a YA novel about a broken friendship, a rainy day picture book, the story of a girl who is unafraid of monsters, the adventure of two middle grade mystery-solvers, and more.
Keep My Heart in San Francisco by Amelia Diane Coombs. Simon Pulse, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-5297-8. High school juniors Caroline “Chuck” Wilson and Beckett Porter were best friends until the year before, when he betrayed her by letting out a secret told in confidence, in this YA novel centered around a bowling alley.
Soaked! by Abi Cushman. Viking, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-9848-3662-5. A group of animals caught in the rain enjoy a day with puddles.
Poesy the Monster Slayer by Cory Doctorow, illus. by Matt Rockefeller. First Second, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-62672-362-7. In this picture book, the protagonist isn’t afraid of monsters, but welcomes them.
Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz. Dial, $20.99; ISBN 978-0-52555-285-7. Goerz’s debut, a Sherlock Holmes-tinged mystery set in Canada, follows 10-year-olds Jamila Waheed and Shirley Bones. The book earned a starred review from PW.
One Year at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks. First Second, $22.99; ISBN 978-1-2502-1910-7. Previously published in black-and-white, this edition of the graphic novel set at a literary boarding school sports updated line art and color work by Shelli Paroline.
Sun and Moon Have a Tea Party by Yumi Heo, illus. by Naoko Stoop. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-385-39033-0. This final picture book by the late Heo (Flabbersmashed About You) opens as the sun and the moon meet for tea one afternoon.
Do Not Go in There by Ariel Horn, illus. by Izzy Burton. Imprint, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-18949-3. Horn’s picture book debut tells of two creatures afraid of what lies beyond a door.
The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune. Tor Teen, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-20365-6. In this YA novel, protagonist Nick Bell is an apparently ordinary high school student whose megacrush on local superhero Shadow Star leads him into wild stunts in a quest for his own superpowers.
Rise of Zombert by Kara LaReau, illus. by Ryan Andrews. Candlewick, $15.99; ISBN 978-1-5362-0106-2. In this spooky series launch, friends Mellie and Danny find a scraggly cat after Danny, an aspiring filmmaker scouting for a horror movie location, drags Mellie to the YummCo Foods factory’s eerie grounds.
Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramée, illus. by Bre Indigo. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-06-283671-7. This middle grade novel stars 11-year-old Jenae, a girl who prefers to be alone and invisible until a new kid at school refuses to let her be either one. But when they are paired up for a project, Jenae’s fear of public speaking means she may have to risk everything to avoid speaking up.
The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby. Candlewick, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-536-20761-3. Lavender Cottage seems like the perfect place for 10-year-old Immy and her parents to rebuild their lives after moving to England from Australia, where a tragic incident with a patient overwhelmed her physician father with guilt.
Alien Tomato by Kristen Schroeder, illus. by Mette Engell. Page Street Kids, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-6241-4976-4. In Schroeder’s debut, something red and round bounces into a garden, and the vegetables convince themselves that it’s an alien tomato.
He Must Like You by Danielle Younge-Ullman. Viking, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-984-83571-0. When town grandee and notorious lech Perry Ackerman again harasses Libby at the restaurant where she works and she upends a pitcher of sangria over him (resulting in a viral video and attendant #MeToo blowback), it’s because his behavior is the last in a long series of straws.
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