Here we round up new children’s titles: a historical YA novel, an original fairy tale, a story of missing shoes, a YA novel about a teen with powers, and a story about magic and coping with loss.
Beyond the Mapped Stars by Rosalyn Eves. Knopf, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-984849-55-7. In this historical novel set in the 19th century, a teen who is expected to enter a polygamous Mormon marriage instead wants to study astronomy.
The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld. Holiday House/Porter, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-4698-8. When a king and a queen longing for offspring each see an expert about the topic, an inventor creates a wooden robot, and a witch charms a log into a princess who has a secret: she turns back into a log if she falls asleep in this invented fairy tale. The picture book earned a starred review from PW.
The Missing Pairs by Yvonne Ivinson. Greenwillow, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-284289-3. In this picture book, a group of forest animals join forces to recover missing items as they prepare for winter.
Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis. Delacorte, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-593-17738-9. A 16-year-old teen enmeshed in poverty and abuse discovers her ability to communicate with the dead, and risks utilizing the skill despite warnings from mentors. The YA novel earned a starred review from PW.
Edie in Between by Laura Sibson. Viking, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-451-48114-6. Alternating between Edie’s perspective as she discovers her ancestral witchy powers and her mother’s 2003 journal entries, Sibson (The Art of Breaking Things) mirrors their experiences with parental loss and personality elements, adding emotional depth to the tender depiction of grief while romances develop.
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