Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a graphic novel about a preteen band, and another charting Goldilocks’ origins, a YA fantasy novel set on the American frontier, a picture book set on a train, and more.
Lucy in the Sky by Kiara Brinkman, illus. by Sean Chiki. First Second, $21.99; ISBN 978-1-62672-720-5. In this work by a married creator pair, Chiki’s bandes dessinées–style illustrations feature thin lines, flat colors, and character close-ups tell the story of preteen friends inspired by the Beatles to form their own band.
Goldilocks: Wanted Dead or Alive] by Chris Colfer, illus. by Jon Proctor. Little, Brown, $24.99; ISBN 978-0-316-35593-3. This graphic novel spin-off of Colfer’s The Land of Stories series centers Goldilocks in an origin story featuring full-color art with strong lines.
Small Favors by Erin A. Craig. Delacorte, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-59330-674-1. The terror of grudges spiraling into violence haunts Craig’s (House of Salt and Sorrows) American frontier YA fantasy novel.
I Can Make a Train Noise by Michael Emberley and Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick. Holiday House/Porter, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-4496-0. This picture book celebrates the power of children to live in many worlds at once—and, at the same time, the power of trains to make journeys communal.
Bad Sister by Charise Mericle Harper, illus. by Rory Lucey. First Second, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-250-21906-0. The layered and heartfelt vignettes comprising this graphic memoir depict the delights and burdens of older siblinghood, with each section dedicated to a different sisterly superpower.
When Grandfather Flew by Patricia MacLachlan, illus. by Chris Sheban. Holiday House/Porter, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-4489-2. In this elegiac story about love and loss, a youngest grandchild becomes his grandfather’s eyes when the older man begins to lose his sight. The book earned a starred review from PW.
When We Were Strangers by Alex Richards. Bloomsbury, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5476-0364-0. Richards (Accidental) poses challenging moral questions in this absorbing contemporary novel set in Santa Fe, centered on a grieving teen who turns to photography.
The Silver Blonde by Elizabeth Ross. Delacorte, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-385-74148-4. In a single busy day in 1946, 18-year-old Clara Berg is promoted to apprentice film editor at Silver Pacific Studios, discovers a murdered woman in the studio’s film archive vaults, and learns that her parents want to return to their German homeland in this historical YA novel.
Weird Kid by Greg van Eekhout. HarperCollins, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-06-297060-2. A shape-shifting alien faces middle school and strange local events in Van Eekhout’s (Cog) funny, riveting novel. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Red Wolf by Rachel Vincent. HarperTeen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-0624-1162-4. Blending fairy tale elements with the atmospheric horror of M. Night Shyamalan films, Vincent’s (Strange New World) swift pacing builds palpable tension in this fresh retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood.”
The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters. HarperTeen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-289425-0. This horror-tinged tale from Waters (Ghost Wood Song) set in Tennessee spotlights issues of racial and socioeconomic injustice.
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