Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a graphic novel about a soccer player finding his footing off the field, the story of a new sixth grader navigating the hardships of middle school, a YA fantasy born from TikTok fame, a graphic novel following a music lover, and many more.
Booked (Graphic Novel) by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Dawud Anabwile. HarperAlley, $12.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-358-16182-0. Twelve-year-old soccer player Nick navigates a school bully, his parents’ recent divorce, nursing a crush, and a big upcoming game in Alexander’s follow up to his Newbery Medal–winning The Crossover.
Isaiah Dunn Saves the Day by Kelly J. Baptist. Crown, $16.99; ISBN: 978-0-593-42921-1. In this sequel to the award-winning Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero, while struggling in the new world of middle school and trying to keep his mentee Kobe from getting into trouble, Isaiah learns to trust his own instincts.
A Broken Blade by Melissa Blair. Union Square & Co, $17.99 trade paper; ISBN 978-1-4549-4787-5. Keera acts as the kingdom’s most notorious warrior, despite the treatment of elves, faes, and halflings like herself under his rule. When she’s sent to investigate a potential threat to the throne, Keera discovers the dark truth about her kingdom, leaving her to question her loyalty to the king.
Forever Truffle by Fanny Britt, trans. from the French by Susan Ouriou, illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. Groundwood, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-77306-070-5. Truffle, a kid with a passion for all things music, tries to start a band, learns how to be vulnerable with a new girlfriend, and struggles with the concept of mortality after his grandmother dies.
Flipping Forward Twisting Backward by Alma Fullerton, illus. by Sarah Mensinga. Peachtree, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-68263-366-3. When gymnast Claire discovers she may have a learning disability after struggling academically, she finds her voice to advocate for her needs. The middle grade book earned a starred review from PW.
Invisible: A Graphic Novel by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, illus. by Gabriela Epstein. Graphix, $24.00; ISBN 978-1-338-19454-8. When George Rivera gets placed in his school’s community service initiative, he befriends a disparate group of kids, and after they discover an unhoused family in need of assistance, they come together to help.
My Imaginary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. HarperTeen, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-06-293007-1. 50,000 copies. In this twist on the story of author Mary Shelley, Mary and her best friend Ada accidentally put together a boy who begins to think for himself, piquing the interest of a mad scientist who wants to uncover their secret.
The King Will Kill You by Sarah Henning. Tor Teen, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-84103-2. In the final book of the Kingdoms of Sand and Sky trilogy, Queen Amarande attempts to make peace among the Kingdoms of Sand and Sky, but a king determined to rule the continent alone stands in her way.
Here We Are: Book of Colors and Here We Are: Book of Opposites by Oliver Jeffers. Philomel, $9.99 each; ISBN 978-0-593-52788-7 and 978-0-593-52785-6. Two board book companions to the bestselling picture book Here We Are introduce children to colors and opposites.
A Very Big Fall by Emmy Kastner. Clarion, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-35-841945-7. Friends Birch, Oak, and Maple enjoy their lives as leaves, but when an autumn cool begins to settle and the leaves take a literal fall, they will navigate periods of change together.
Hummingbird by Natalie Lloyd. Scholastic Press, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-338-65458-5. After being homeschooled because of her bone disease, Olive is excited to take on the new year at a traditional school. When she hears whispers of a secret wish-granting hummingbird, she takes her new friends on an adventure in hopes it can grant her secret wish.
My Life Begins by Patricia MacLachlan, illus. by Daniel Miyares. HarperCollins/Tegen, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-06-311601-6. Jacob Black has a new role as a big brother to his triplet little sisters and navigates the adjustments going from only child to eldest.
Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows by Tehlor Kay Mejia. Disney/Rick Riordan Presents, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-368-07687-6. Paola must make her way back into the void to rescue her friend but looks for a new path when her visions no longer work.
A Little Ferry Tale by Chad Otis. Atheneum, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-8769-7. Little Ferry wishes to be loved the way the other sea vehicles seem to be, but when an emergency on an island calls for a job only she can finish, she beings to appreciate the qualities she’s had all along.
Bloody Fool for Love by William Ritter. Hyperion, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-368-07198-7) Slayer killer Spike searches for an ancient relic to help his girlfriend, but when a monster gets to it before he does, he plans a heist of epic proportions to gain it back.
The Stars Between Us by Cristina Terrill. Wednesday Books, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-78376-9. When barmaid Vika Hale is listed as a beneficiary of a billionaire living on another planet, she is whisked off to live the life of her dreams. But someone is going after recipients from the will and Vika will have to find a way to survive if she wants to keep her new life.
Giant Island by Jane Yolen, illus. by Doug Keith. Flashlight Press, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-947-27718-2. Two children and a dog go exploring on a small island only to discover that everything there adds up to something much bigger.
If Animals Trick-or-Treated by Ann Whitford Paul, illus. by David Walker. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-374-38852-2. This new addition to the If Animals Kissed Goodnight series considers how a group of animal friends would enjoy Halloween night.
How to Catch a Witch by Alice Walstead, illus. by Andy Elkerton. Sourcebooks Wonderland, $10.99; ISBN 978-1-7282-1035-3. The Halloween Witch has opened a portal on Halloween night, unleashing haunting creatures to roam the neighborhood, and it’s up to the Catch Club kids to capture her.
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