Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a middle grade novel featuring a determined horse rider entering competition, a picture book spotlighting dancehall music, a YA fantasy about the discovery of the member of a fallen house, a YA fantasy featuring six wizards struggling to get home after a failed spell, and more.
Bea and the New Deal Horse by L.M. Elliott. HarperCollins/Tegen, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-063219-00-7. Set against a precisely drawn Great Depression backdrop, the middle grade novel centers 13-year-old Beatrice Davis entering horse competitions with a difficult horse to stave off bankruptcy at her adopted home. The middle grade book received a starred review from PW.
Big Tune: Rise of the Dancehall Prince by Alliah L. Agostini, illus. by Shamar Knight-Justice. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-3743-8994-9. Shane dreams of being crowned dancehall king like his father—an honor reserved for those with the best moves. When the big bashment is canceled, Shane puts his own plans on hold to save “Big Tune Saturday.” The picture book received a starred review from PW.
Chaos & Flame by Tessa Gratton and Justina Ireland. Razorbill, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-593-35332-5. Seventeen-year-old Darling Seabreak discovers she’s the last of the House Sphinxes, and when House Dragon’s prince announces the Sphinx reinstatement, she follows along hoping this could be the first step toward a peaceful future.
A Door in the Dark by Scott Reintgen. McElderry, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-66591-868-8. Ren Monroe and five fellow wizard peers are stranded in the wilderness with dangerous monsters after a spell goes awry, and they must rely on each other to find their way back home. The YA book received a starred review from PW.
Girl Forgotten by April Henry. Little, Brown/Ottaviano, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-316-32259-1. Murder podcast enthusiast Piper Gray attains notoriety at North High for her investigation into a former student, but grows concerned that the killer may be listening.
Greymist Fair by Francesca Zappia. Greenwillow, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-06-316169-6. Incorporating elements from several Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, this YA novel follows teenage tailor Heike discovering worrisome remains of her best friend, and braving the woods in search of answers from an enigmatic forest witch.
Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine by Hannah Moushabeck, illus. by Reem Madooh. Chronicle, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-7972-0205-1. In this picture book, siblings of Palestinian descent listen to their father’s stories of visiting his grandparents in the Old City of Jerusalem.
I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know by Leslie Odom Jr. and Nicolette Robinson, illus. by Joy Hwang Ruiz. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-250-26564-7. Parents highlight the love they have for their children, through their ups and downs.
Into the Light by Mark Oshiro. Tor Teen, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-250-81225-4. Two boys with connections to a religious camp begin to unravel the camp’s intentions and its powerful effect on their lives. The YA book received a starred review from PW.
Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, illus. by Tom de Freston. Union Square Kids, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-4549-4868-1. Ten-year-old Julia becomes fascinated with the shark that her marine biologist mother is searching for. The middle grade book received a starred review from PW.
Love Makes a Garden Grow by Taeeun Yoo. S&S/Wiseman, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-534-44286-3. When a grandfather gives his granddaughter a flower from his garden for her to care for, she learns the secret ingredient that ensures a great bloom.
My Friend, Loonie by Nina LaCour, illus. by Ashling Lindsay. Candlewick, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5362-1393-5. A girl creates an attachment to her yellow balloon Loonie and learns how to move on when she loses it.
Night in the City by Julie Downing. Holiday House/Neal Porter, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-5206-4. As most of the city dwellers head to bed, workers keep the city bustling as they begin their day. The picture book received a starred review from PW.
Rising Class: How Three First-Generation College Students Conquered Their First Year by Jennifer Miller. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-37-431357-9. In this narrative nonfiction work, three first-generation college students navigate university orientation jitters, social and identity-based clubs, FAFSA applications, and more.
Soon, Your Hands by Jonathan Stutzman, illus. by Elizabeth Lilly. Knopf, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-593-42707-1. Three families help guide its youngest children into new experiences, hand-in-hand. The picture book received a starred review from PW.
Spin by Rebecca Caprara. Atheneum, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-6659-0619-7. Skilled weaver Archane goes up against the Greek gods when her talents warrant attention from jealous Athena. The YA book received a starred review from PW.
Stars and Smoke by Marie Lu. Roaring Brook, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-250-85281-6. Chinese American superstar Winter Young is paired with operative Sydney Cossette as a newly initiated spy, with the mission of infiltrating a crime boss’s inner circle by pretending to perform for his daughter’s birthday.
The Story of the Saxophone by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome. Holiday House, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-3702-3. This picture book highlights early 19th-century Belgian Joseph-Antoine Adolphe Sax, whose musical contributions heavily influenced American jazz. The picture book received a starred review from PW.
Strictly No Heroics by B.L. Radley. Feiwel and Friends, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-250-81847-8. In a world of warring superheroes and villains, 17-year-old Riley Jones becomes a henchperson and discovers the normal people behind the villain industry. The YA book received a starred review from PW.
This Is Tap: Savion Glover Finds His Funk by Selene Castrovilla, illus. by Laura Freeman. Holiday House, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-3863-1. Readers discover the early life and career of American performer Savion Glover.
The World and Everything in It by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-06-324564-8. This picture book helps illuminate humans’ comparative scale in the wide, variously populated world.
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