Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a YA high fantasy novel, a book about microscopic creatures, the story of a city, a middle grade novel about mysterious origins, and many more.
Soulswift by Megan Bannen. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-267418-0. Religion, doubt, and bodily autonomy are taken on in this harrowing yet ultimately hopeful YA high fantasy novel rife with action and intrigue.
Tiny Monsters: The Strange Creatures That Live on Us, in Us, and Around Us by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-358-30711-2. This illustrated guide to the “world of tiny, fantastic creatures that we seldom notice” provides zoomed-in views alongside remarkable facts.
Song of the Old City by Anna Pellicioli, illus. by Merve Atilgan. Putnam, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5247-4104-4. In this picture book, a child absorbs the sights and sounds of “a very old city filled with boats, people, prayers, and hot tea.”
The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars by Shivaun Plozza. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-358-24389-2. Twelve-year-old Bo, who was abandoned in the forest as an infant, has always been shunned by local villagers, who believe that he’s tainted by the Shadow Creatures that roam the Dark at night in this middle grade fantasy novel.
This Is Not a Ghost Story by Andrea Portes. HarperTeen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-0624-2244-6. In need of a job the summer before her first year at Bryn Mawr, 17-year-old Nebraskan Daffodil Turner is offered a position housesitting in Scarlett Mills, Pa. Despite the homeowner’s insistence that the “rumors” are not true, Daffodil starts to experience strange occurrences in this YA horror novel.
Surprising Spies: Unexpected Heroes of World War II by Karen Gray Ruelle. Holiday House, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-3757-3. Ruelle (The Grand Mosque of Paris) offers another middle grade nonfiction look at courage and sacrifice during World War II, this time focusing on Allied spies.
The Way Back by Gavriel Savit. Knopf, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-9848-9462-5. At once historical and tenderly intimate in scope, Savit’s (Anna and the Swallow Man) novel begins in the Eastern European shtetl of Tupnik in the 19th century, where the arrival of the Messenger of Death sets two Jewish youths on intersecting paths. The YA fantasy novel earned a starred review from PW.
Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon. Putnam, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-9848-1223-0. Yoon’s (Frankly in Love) endearingly winning coming-of-age novel begins when 17-year-old self-described nerd Sunny Dae, who is Korean American, meets the girl of his dreams: Korean American Cirrus Soh, the well-traveled daughter of commercial real estate developers.
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