This season, publishers are continuing to bring popular adult fiction and nonfiction books to a younger audience, as a way of expanding their reach. We’ve compiled a list of some noteworthy new and forthcoming adult titles reinterpreted for children of all ages.

The Radium Girls: The Scary but True Story of the Poison That Made People Glow in the Dark

by Kate Moore (Sept. 8, Sourcebooks, $10.99; ISBN 978-1-72820-947-0)

This adaptation tells the true story of the young women working in factories during World War I who were exposed to the “wonder drug” radium, and their struggle for justice. Their courage and tenacity saved many others, led to world-changing regulations, and even prevented nuclear war.

Sisters of the War: Two Remarkable True Stories of Survival and Hope in Syria

by Rania Abouzeid (Sept. 15, Scholastic Focus, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-338-55112-9)

Abouzeid, one of the foremost journalists on the topic of the revolution-turned-civil war in Syria, follows two pairs of sisters from opposite sides of the conflict to give readers a firsthand glimpse of the turmoil and devastation.

Becoming a Good Creature

by Sy Montgomery, illus. by Rebecca Green (Sept. 29, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-358-25210-8)

In this picture book adaptation of her bestselling memoir How to Be a Good Creature, Montgomery recounts her life and career as a naturalist. The edition is repackaged featuring full-color illustrations from Green.

When They Call You a Terrorist

by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele (Sept. 29, Wednesday, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-19498-5)

From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity, now updated for the YA audience with photos and journal entries.

The Racers: How an Outcast Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Challenged Hitler’s Best

by Neal Bascomb (Oct. 6, Scholastic Focus, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-338-27741-8)

In the years before World War II, Adolf Hitler wanted to prove the greatness of the Third Reich in everything from track and field to motorsports. Bascomb tells the exhilarating story of an unlikely band of ragtags who took on Hitler’s Grand Prix driver.

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

by Sandy Tolan (Nov. 3, Bloomsbury, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-5476-0394-7)

This middle-grade adaptation of the award-winning adult book, which explores the human story behind the conflict in the Middle East, includes a discussion guide, an updated “where are they now?” section, and additional context on the politics of the area.   


by Abby Wambach (Nov. 6, Macmillan, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-250-76686-1)

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Wambach aims to inspire the next generation to find their voice. Updated with stories that trace her journey from youth soccer to the hall of fame, the young readers’ edition is launching with a media campaign featuring a virtual launch and book trailer.

The Impossible First: An Explorer’s Race Across Antarctica

by Colin O’Brady (Nov. 17, Simon & Schuster, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-6198-7)

In this retelling of The Impossible First, O’Brady recounts his 54-day, unsupported, record-shattering solo crossing of Antarctica drawing on all of his strength, years of training, and sheer force of will.

The Beautiful Struggle

by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Jan. 12, 2021 Random House, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-984894-02-1)

Adapted from the adult memoir, this father-son story explores how boys become men, and quite specifically, how Coates became who he is today. His gripping coming of age story lays bare the struggles of inner-city kids.