The holidays aren’t the only reason for cheer! New releases due out this month, including a picture book etiquette lesson gone wrong, a queer YA fake romance, a YA heist taking place on the Titanic, and more are sure to be yet another bright light amid the festive season.
Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, illus. by Steve Jenkins. Clarion, $18.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-35-832569-7. Ages 6–10. This guide by Jenkins and Page presents some of the world’s 10,000-plus bird species through naturalistic portraits.
Cindy Derby. Roaring Brook, $18.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-2508-1035-9. Ages 3–6. An unruly student forces etiquette instructor Ms. Picklepop to remember the core value of manners: kindness. The book received a starred review from PW.
Ying Chang Compestine, illus. by Paula Pang. Holiday House, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-8234-4950-7. Ages 4–7. The animals of the zodiac prepare for a party for a special guest.
The Story of Ukraine: An Anthem of Glory and Freedom
Olena Kharchenko and Michael Sampson, illus. by Polina Doroshenko. Brown, $17.99 (36p) ISBN 978-1-61254-608-7. Ages 4–8. The lyrics to the Ukrainian national anthem offer readers a look into the “multi-ethnic, multi-language and multicultural” country’s values.
Z.R. Ellor. HarperTeen, $17.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-06-315788-0. Ages 13 and up. Queer actor Lily starts up a fake relationship with their costar to keep their characters on the air, while navigating their gender identity as an anonymous online gamer.
Simon James Green. Clarion, $18.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-358-61725-9. Ages 13 and up. After being dumped by their boyfriends, Jack and Nate fake a relationship while on a road trip in hopes of making their exes jealous, and rekindle their friendship.
Adiba Jaigirdar. HarperCollins, $17.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-291632-7. Ages 13 and up. An all-female heist crew face trouble getting to their target aboard the ill-fated Titanic.
Maureen Johnson. HarperCollins/Tegen, $19.99 (464p) ISBN 978-0-06-303265-1. Ages 14 and up.
In this mystery set in the author’s Truly Devious world, Stevie and the Ellingham Academy crew head to London where they discover a cold case featuring nine friends, a deadly game of hide-and-seek, two victims, and survivors with secrets they’re determined to keep. The book received a starred review from PW.