On offer are The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying) by Neil Swaab, the first in a series in which Max teaches the reader how to survive the first week of middle school, offering advice and tips aimed at reluctant readers; The Bamboo Sword by Margi Preus, a companion to Heart of the Samurai; Brilliant by Roddy Doyle, illus. by Emily Hughes, in which the Black Dog of Depression has descended over the adults of Dublin, and siblings Raymond and Gloria set out to chase it away, whatever it takes; Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel, telling the story of Lorrie Hollander, who used to be a rich girl before she lost everything because of the secrets and lies of the people around her; and In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III, illus. by Jim Yellowhawk, in which Lakota boy Jimmy McClean embarks on a journey with his grandfather to learn more about his heritage.
The latest parody from Adam Mansbach, Seriously, You Have to Eat, illus. by Owen Brozman, is the kid-friendly version of the children’s book for adults, You Have to F—ing Eat; and What Is Punk? by Eric Morse, illus. by Anny Yi, is the first in a series of books introducing young readers to music genres; this one covers the punk revolution, recreated in 3-D clay illustrations.
Algonquin Young Readers
Titles include Beastly Bones by William Ritter, second in the Jackaby series, following Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R.F. Jackaby, on a new investigation; The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB by Adam Shaughnessy, which brings Norse mythology to life as 11-year-old Pru and her friend ABE find themselves face-to-face with a talking squirrel, frost giants, Norse gods, and a dangerous enemy who is determined to steal the Eye of Odin; and If You’re Lucky by Yvonne Prinz, the story of 17-year-old Georgia, whose brother drowns while surfing, then a stranger claiming to be her brother’s best friend shows up and insinuates himself in the family’s life.
On offer are new additions to the Mariella Mystery Investigates series by Kate Pankhurst, including A Kitty Calamity, in which Mariella must solve a catnapping epidemic; The Spaghetti Yeti, in which Mariella sets out to discover whether there is really a spaghetti-loving yeti stalking the woods; and A Cupcake Conundrum, in which Mariella attempts to tackle the case of who is trying to sabotage a baking contest.
Featured are A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano, the author’s middle-grade debut, launching a series in which a girl can see ghosts; Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den by Aimée Carter, a debut pitched for fans of Rick Riordan and Brandon Mull, about a boy who discovers he’s part of a secret race of animal shape-shifters; How to Capture an Invisible Cat by Paul Tobin, the first book in an illustrated series about genius inventor Nate Bannister who, with his new friend Delphine, is racing to stop Nate’s super-sized, invisible cat from crushing everyone in town; and The Perfect Match by E.D. Baker, in which former tooth-fairy-in-training Cory Feathering comes into her skills as a matchmaker.
Boyds Mills Press
The featured title is Woodford Brave by Marcia Thornton Jones, illus. by Kevin Whipple, a coming-of-age story set during WWII, when 11-year-old Cory Woodford and his friends spend the summer of 1944 tracking down Nazi spies, building go-karts, playing baseball, and learning that the world isn’t as black and white as they thought.
Offerings include M.T. Anderson’s latest, Symphony for the City of the Dead, an account of the siege of Leningrad and the role played by Russian composer Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony; The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz, the story of Joan, a hired cleaning girl in 1911 Pennsylvania, told through her diary; The Murdstone Trilogy, Mal Peet’s last book, a black comedy about an impoverished literary writer who makes a pact with a devil in order to write a fantasy trilogy; Tom Gates: Everything’s Amazing (Sort Of) by L. Pichon, third in the Tom Gates series; Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz, in which a gender nonconforming teen in a futuristic, gender-rigid society makes choices that will change her life, and possibly the world; The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones, in which ghosts of WWII reverberate across generations in a time-shifting story within a story; The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser, a reimagined Moby-Dick set in the future; Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Chris Van Dusen, second in the Deckawoo Drive series; Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco by Judith Robbins Rose, a coming-of-age story about a girl caught between two cultures; and Thirteen Days of Midnight, a debut by Leo Hunt in which a teen finds himself the unwitting beneficiary of eight enslaved and angry ghosts.
On offer are Scrap City by D.S. Thornton in which a boy befriends a citizen of an underground city that is endangered; DC Super Heroes Origami by John Montroll, illus. by Min Sung Ku; I Know Sasquatch by Jess Bradley, who documents her meeting with a Sasquatch in this picture book; Even Monsters Say Goodnight by Doreen Mulryan Marts, a bedtime story; Oscar and the Amazing Gravity Repellent by Tina L. Peterson, illus. by Xavier Bonet, the story of a klutz whose nemesis is gravity and his discovery of a potion that repels it; Make It, Gift It by Mari Bolte, a craft book; State of Grace by Hilary Badger, in which Wren’s utopian world is challenged, and she must decide whether to remain in blissful ignorance or face the truth; Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Brambles, a debut YA that tells the story of an alternate universe in which Hitler won WWII; Chloe by Design: Balancing Act by Margaret Gurevich, illus. by Brooke Hagel, in which a teen wins a position in the New York fashion industry; and Her Cold Revenge by Erin Johnson, the second book in the Wanted series.
Featured galleys include Currents by Jane Petrlik Smolik, the story of three girls whose lives are connected by a bottle tossed into the ocean; and Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner, illus. by Gareth Hinds, which tells the true story of Minamoto Yoshitsune, immortal warrior-hero of the Tale of the Heike, one of the most famous works of Japanese literature.
Books to look for include Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason, the third volume in the Stoker and Holmes series; A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz, in which Beckan’s fairy clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive a war; and House Arrest by K.A. Holt, the story of Timothy, who is on probation and must keep a journal for an entire year, and stay out of trouble.
Among the featured titles are A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell, which kicks off a new YA line that takes classic Disney films and twists them into adventures for older readers; Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My... by Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel, which poses the question: what if Benjamin Franklin could solve your girl problems?; Star Darlings: Sage and the Journey to Wishworld and Libby and the Class Election by Shana Muldoon Zappa and Ahmet Zappa, launching a series about 12 special students who take classes on how to grant wishes; Hunter by Mercedes Lackey, in which a fearless teen girl Hunter stands between bloodthirsty monsters and the safety of Apex City; A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, a retelling of The Arabian Nights; and Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, which launches a centuries-crossing romantic series.
Featured galley Operation Josh Taylor by Melody Fitzpatrick, illus. by Evan Munday, launches a new series, in which Hannah is prepared to face bullies, learn terrible secrets, and discover hidden talents in order to see teen idol Josh Taylor in concert.
On offer are Clockwork Lives by Kevin J. Anderson with Neil Peart, a follow-up to Clockwork Angels, pitched as a “steampunk Canterbury Tales”; and Leading Lines by Chantel Guertin, third in the Pippa Greene series.
Graphic Arts Books/WestWinds Press
Bryn Fleming’s Jasper and Willie: Wildfire is a continuation of the Range Riders series, in which Jasper and his blind dog Willie try to rescue a lost girl as wildfires rage across the land; and Runaway Tortilla by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Erik Brooks, in which a sassy tortilla leads an elaborate game of chase through the desert.
Advance copies will be available for Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman, pitched as Game of Thrones meets Alexander the Great, first in a new fantasy series, Blood of Gods and Royals,which re-imagines Alexander the Great’s youth; and Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid, the story of Dave and Julia, best friends who vowed never to fall prey to high school clichés, but as seniors they decide to try every Never on the list, and in the process learn a lot more about who they are and what their true feelings are for one another.
Galleys on offer include Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’, in which Willowdean Dixon decides to take on her small town’s beauty pageant; What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler, which examines the guilt and innocence of a group of friends at a party where a girl has been raped—and the truth has been covered up; Walk on Earth a Stranger, the latest from Rae Carson which launches a trilogy set during the California Gold Rush, about a girl with the ability to sense gold; Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head, kicking off a new middle-grade series by Lauren Oliver, about four orphans with extraordinary abilities who must solve a string of murders; The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon, a debut middle-grade novel about three friends who yearn for adventure; Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars by Constance Lombardo, the first book in an illustrated middle-grade series featuring a cat named Mr. Puffball who goes to Hollywood to be a famous actor; Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu, the YA author’s middle-grade debut, a sister story tinged with darkness, magic, and hope; The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, which weaves together two stories—one, about four friends about to graduate from high school, and the other about “chosen” kids battling forces of evil; A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern, which follows a disabled teen who is attacked and a fellow student who witnessed the crime but failed to act; and Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, a Regency romance spoof with a fantasy twist.
Titles to look out for include The Devil’s Dreamcatcher by Donna Hosie, the sequel to The Devil’s Intern; Clayton Stone, At Your Service by Ena Jones, in which a boy’s ordinary life gets turned upside down when he discovers that his grandmother is the head of a top-secret government organization that wants to recruit him for an undercover assignment; Stormstruck by John Macfarlane, in which 12-year-old Sam, trying to save his dog, sets sail with him in a boat, and Sam must finally face the grief he has been trying to escape—his brother’s death in Afghanistan.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Included in the giveaways: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure, in which 17-year-old Lucille’s dad goes crazy, her mom leaves town, she has bills to pay and a little sister to look after, and now is not the time for her to fall in love, especially with her best friend’s brother; Need by Joelle Charbonneau, a story about what we really need—and how far we’d go to get it; Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt, about 14-year-old Joseph, who joins his family as a foster child after leaving prison and seeks to find the daughter he’s never seen; The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Durst, in which Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents’ bookstore, but when it is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie and her best friend try to save them; Linda Urban’s Milo Speck, Accidental Agent, which seeks to answer what a regular kid from Downriver can possibly do about the startling events in a crazy place called Ogregon; Took by Mary Downing Hahn, the tale of a family newly arrived in West Virginia and the local witch who has them in her clutches; The Edge by Roland Smith, the sequel to Peak; Hoodoo by Ronald Smith, which follows Hoodoo Hatcher, born into a folk-magic-practicing family in 1930s Alabama, but he can’t seem to cast a simple spell; Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, in which Kate’s father is killed by a notorious gang for a secret, and she disguises herself as a boy to look for answers and justice; We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean, the story of Alice, committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle and haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend; Whippoorwill by Joseph Monniger, the story of a girl who saves a chained-up dog, and is surprised by the bond she forms with the dog owner’s son; and When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad, in which Inge Maria travels to a tiny island of Denmark to live with her grandmother, but mischief finds her no matter where she ends up.
Galleys include The Debt, Catch the Zolt by Phillip Gwynne, first in a simultaneous six-book middle-grade series launch in which 15-year-old Dom Silvagni learns he must perform six Herculean tasks or lose a pound of flesh in order to repay an ancient debt; and The Last Thirteen: 13 by James Phelan, first in a simultaneous 13-book series launch, in which Sam, the first of the 13 Dreamers, must follow the clues to find the remaining 12 and locate the long-lost key to Earth’s survival.
In Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde, illus. by Jing Jing Tsong, Marcus moves with his family from Berlin to Shanghai to flee the Holocaust, and with help from his new friend Liang, builds a unique sukkah for the harvest festival of Sukkot.
On offer: A 52-Hertz Whale by Bill Sommer and Natalie Haney Tilghman, a novel written entirely in emails between 14-year-old James, who worries that the young humpback whale he tracks online has separated from its pod, and 20-something Darren, who once volunteered in James’s special education classroom; The Nutcraker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition by Chris Barton, illus. by Cathy Gendron, which reveals how the 19th-century Russian ballet became such a big part of the holidays in modern America; The Christmas Coal Man by Joe Kulka, the story of the man who mines the coal for Santa; Wolf Trap by Benjamin Hulme-Cross, illus. by Nelson Evergreen, second in the Dark Hunter series, in which Edgar and Mary travel with Mr. Blood to an island to rid it of a werewolf; Freedom Flight by Patrick Jones, part of the Support and Defend series, in which a teen’s mother returns from a tour of duty addicted to pain pills; and The Confessional by Gabriel Goodman, which continues the Suspended series with the story of Jenny, who lies about hooking up with a teacher and gets suspended.
Featured galleys include James Patterson’s Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City; Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, sequel to The Diviners, which picks up with mysterious deaths turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness, and the Diviners descending into the dreamworld to try to catch the killer; Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith, which explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions; The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York, the second book in the series; The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, a debut in which Suzy, dealing with the death of her best friend, retreats into a silent world of imagination; City of Thirst by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis, the follow-up to The Map to Everywhere; The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, a debut psychological horror novel in which a character pieces together the truth of the aftermath of a high school fire 20 years earlier; I Crawl Through It by A.S. King, about four teenagers coping with anxieties from senseless high-stakes testing and the lingering damage of past trauma; The League of Unexceptional Children by Gitty Daneshvari, which kicks off a new spy adventure series in which mediocre kids join a league of spies; Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom, a YA debut about a blind teen girl navigating life and love in high school; VIP: I’m with the Band by Jen Calonita, which follows 12-year-old Mackenzie, who goes from boy band fanatic to official tour member of her favorite group; Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin, in which it is 1956 and the Axis powers rule the world, and Yael’s goal is to win a race in order to attend a ball and kill Hitler; After the Red Rain by Barry Lyga with Peter Facinelli and Robert DeFranco, i a postapocalyptic novel in which 50 billion people on Earth are confined to megacities and resources are scarce; Court of Fives by Kate Elliott, the story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege; A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery, about a girl grieving after her identical twin sister dies in a car crash, but she can’t bear to break the news to her boyfriend deployed in Afghanistan; Those Girls by Lauren Saft, which goes beneath the surface of the popular party girls at a Philadelphia high school; and The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker, a fantasy debut about magic, betrayal, and sacrifice.
On offer are finished copies of picture books and galleys of novels, including Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet by Nick Bruel, in which the mischievous cat reaps havoc at the veterinarian’s office; Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, inaugurating a two-book magical heist series; Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, a story about family, friendship, and resilience; Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales, about the hazards of falling for a person you haven’t met yet; Little Robot by Ben Hatke, about a lonely girl who befriends a robot; The Not-Very-Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna, a holiday-themed picture book; Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato, second in the Little Elliot series, about friendship and family; Lenny and Lucy by Philip C. Stead and Erin Stead, the story about a boy, a dog, and the importance of moving forward; Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall, an “adorkable” romance; Firewalker by Josephine Angelini, the second book in the Worldwalker Trilogy, in which worlds divide, magic slays, and love lies; Music Class Today! by David Weinstone and Vin Vogel, a story about overcoming shyness; and Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin, the story of how an ordinary man exposed two decades of government deception of the American public during the Vietnam War.
Look for Serpentine by Cindy Pon, illus. by Zachary Schoenbaum, which launches a series that follows Skybright, a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family, who begins to worry about her growing otherness brought about by a darkness that not even daybreak can quell; Nameless, a debut from Jennifer Jenkins, which follows 17-year-old Zo, on a suicide mission to infiltrate a powerful and deadly clan whose brutal war tactics have inflicted death and destruction on neighboring clans for centuries; Strange Country Day by Charles Curtis, illus. by Al Sirois, which launches the Strange series, in which three unlikely friends find themselves with sudden, unexpected, and seemingly uncontrollable abilities; and Minotaur by Phillip Simpson, the story of Asterion, who tells of his boyhood in Crete under the cruel hand of his stepfather Minos, including what really happened in the labyrinth.
Penguin Random House Canada
Coming from the north are The Masked Truth, a thriller from Kelley Armstrong; The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels, illus. by Emma Block, featuring the magical adventures of an eccentric Mary Poppins-esque heroine and her flying feline charges; in Seven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey, in which a shy boy comes to life and finds his voice when the ghosts of seven dead pirates appear in his bedroom; Heartache and Other Natural Shocks by Glenda Leznoff, told from the alternating voices of two teenage girls who compete for a role in the school production of Hamlet and for the same local bad boy, in a game of deception, betrayal, and sword play; and Every Word by Ellie Marney, in which sparks fly when Watts and Mycroft reunite in this second thriller about the teen sleuthing duo.
Penguin Young Readers
On offer is Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, in which three teens are accidentally left behind as a 28-year night sets; The Rose Society by Marie Lu, the second book in the Young Elites series, in which Adelina Amouteru, now known as the White Wolf, flees with her sister in order to find fellow Young Elites; Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s debut, The Accident Season, the story of Cara and her family, who inexplicably and unavoidably become accident-prone every October; Soundless by Richelle Mead, a standalone that explores the question: What if you lived in a world without sound, and the person closest to you starts to lose her sight?; Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings, about part Hawaiian, part mainlander Lea Lane, who feels like she doesn’t belong, until she becomes friends with Whitney West, and maybe more than friends with the gorgeous and unattainable Will West; Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan, illus. by Gary A. Rosen, in which an independent possum finds herself stuck in a human’s house, and has to rely on her family’s help to escape; Last in a Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Tyre, in which Lou digs into her family’s past in order to save her Civil War–era house The Wild Ones by C. Alexander London, launching a new series in which newly orphaned raccoon Kit finds himself in the feuding Ankle Snap Alley, where he follows the clues his parents left behind to uncover the secret that they died for; The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier, illus. by Doug Holgate, the launch of a series that follows 13-year-old Jack as he builds a team to defend his town after the monster apocalypse; and the middle-grade adaptation of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, the story of nine working class rowers in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Featured galleys include Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, which launches a series set during planetary invasion, told through a dossier of hacked documents; Another Day by David Levithan, a companion to Every Day, in which readers get the story of Rhiannon, A’s love interest from the first novel; Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world and has never left her house, but when a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known; Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead, which explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship; These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly, in which a privileged teen finds herself at the center of a sinister mystery, and must decide how much the truth is worth, and learns just how far people will go for love and revenge; Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar, which follows two middle-grade kids who take a shortcut through the forbidden woods to get home from school, then discover a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the world; Auggie and Me by R.J. Palacio, a bind-up of three e-original stories that continue the story of Wonder; The Golden Compass Graphic Novel, Vol. 1, by Philip Pullman, adapted and illus. by Stéphane Melchior-Durand and Clément Oubrerie, a full-color adaptation of the series; Voyagers #1: Project Alpha by D.J. MacHale, which launches a multiplatform series that is part eco-mystery, part science fiction; Hilo #1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick, kicking off a middle-grade graphic novel series pitched as “Calvin and Hobbes meets Big Nate”; Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr, which follows a teenage boy who has lost everything and joins a brutal race to win the chance to escape his dying world; Diary of a Mad Brownie by Bruce Coville, the tale of a brownie named Angus, an 11-year old named Alex, and the unusual curse that unites them; and Reawakened by Colleen Houck, the story of a teen girl whose visit to an Egyptian exhibit brings her face to face with a recently awakened mummy-turned-handsome-sun-god.
Running Press Teen
On offer: Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood, the launch of a series in which three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either form an alliance or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive; Finding Forever: A Deadline Diaries Exclusive by Ken Baker, launching a series following teen celebrity blogger Brooklyn Brant as she is pulled into Hollywood’s underbelly to solve mysteries involving young stars and starlets; and One of Us by Jeannie Waudby, in which a teenage girl must figure out who to trust and how to stay alive after she has been recruited to spy on an insurgent organization.
St. Martin's Press
Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt is a YA novel that explores of the complications of immigration, young love, and defying one's family.
Featured galleys include The Marvels by Brian Selznick, in which two unrelated stories—one in words, one in pictures—come together, one following Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a 1766 shipwreck, the other, set in 1990, following Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle’s house in London; George by Alex Gino, a middle-grade novel that tells the story of George, whom everyone perceives as a boy, though she knows she’s a girl; Foxcraft: The Taken by Inbali Iserles, the first book in a fantasy trilogy starring one of the animal kingdom’s most hunted heroes; Friends for Life by Andrew Norriss, in which Jessica sits next to Francis on a bench during recess and is surprised to learn that she isn’t actually alive—she’s a ghost—and also because Francis is the first person who has been able to see her since she died; Space Dumplins by graphic novelist Craig Thompson, about a heroine on a mission to save her father; Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm, illus. by Matthew Holm, the sister-brother team behind Babymouse, joining forces for a semi-autobiographical middle-grade graphic novel; Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins, launching a series about a group of magical misfits; Magisterium: The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, continuing the story that challenges the idea of the worlds of good and evil; The Survival Guide to Bullying by Aija Mayrock, an updated edition of the book written by a teenager, with advice about how to deal with bullying; Untwine by Edwidge Danticat, a story about sisterhood, family, love, and loss, by the acclaimed adult author; The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau, set in the remote mountains of Mexico in the 1950s, about an unlikely friendship that blends cultures, magic, and possibilities; Olive & Beatrix #1 by Amy Marie Stadelmann, launching an early chapter book series about twin sisters Olive and Beatrix, one a witch and one who is not; Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot by Dav Pilkey, the latest of the series; Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy’s Tales of Horror by R.L. Stine, illus. by Gabriel Hernandez, Ted Naifeh, Dave Roman, and Jamie Tolagson, featuring four full-color comic stories; Becoming Maria by Sonia Manzano, a coming-of-age memoir set in 1970s Bronx, following Sonia’s dreams to become an actress; Young Man with Camera by Emil Sher, illus. by David Wyman, in which photography offers a boy escape from bullying; A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher, inspired by Les Miserables, the story of street girl Eponine; and The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt, which tells of one boy’s battle against evil, set in an enchanted world of chivalry, courage, and friendship.
Simon & Schuster
Galleys to be given out include The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands, a middle-grade action-adventure debut with mysterious conspiracies, secret puzzles and codes; The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow, set in the future, in which the children of world leaders are held hostage and murdered to keep the peace; Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti, the launch of a new trilogy about a group of teens with superhero-like abilities; and The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, illus. by Jon Klassen, a gothic tale that explores fears, dreams, and what ultimately makes a family.
On offer are A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel, the story of Alice, who never felt hindered by her albinism until moving to Stinkville; Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel, in which Lucy is propelled into dorkdom and must decide whether to claw her way back to the popular table or sit among the solo eaters; and The Jungle Temple Oracle: The Mystery of Herobrine, the second Gameknight999 adventure, set in the Minecraft universe.
Sleeping Bear Press
In Stella Batts: Superstar by Courtney Sheinmel, illus. by Jennifer A. Bell, the eighth book in the series, Stella auditions for her favorite television show, but the role goes to her little sister.
In the debut HEAR by Robin Epstein, Kassandra Black’s senior prank goes horribly wrong, and she accepts an invitation to her great-uncle Brian’s summer study program to redeem herself, but the program turns out to be investigating ESP in teens, and Kass discovers psychic abilities she didn’t know she had; More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, in which 16-year-old Aaron Soto is coping with his father’s recent suicide; The Devil & Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow, illus. by David Ostow, in which 17-year-old Winnie Flynn takes a job on her aunt’s paranormal ghost-hunter reality show and finds herself drawn into a creepy world of paranormal believers and nonbelievers alike; and The Girl With the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller, in which a 17-year-old girl’s obsession with a boy she meets in a coffee shop plunges her into a search for his missing fiancée.
Galleys on offer include Max the Brave by Ed Vere, launching a series about a fearless kitten; Natasha Preston’s Awake, the latest thriller by the Wattpad author, in which Scarlett is on the run from a past she can’t remember; My Secret to Tell by Natalie Richards, which follows Hannah, who has long had a crush on her best friend’s brother, but when he shows up in her room with blood on his hands, she’s unsure whom to trust; Ali Novak’s Heartbreakers, in which Stella shares a moment with the lead singer of her sick sister’s favorite band; and Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins, a time-traveling love story about a teenage girl named Cass who, in the present day, meets a boy named Lawrence from the year 1925.
The booth will feature Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth by Jeff Anderson, launching a series that follows Zack Delacruz, who lives happily unnoticed at his middle school until an uncharacteristic moment of bravery lands him in charge of an impossible class fund-raiser.
Finished copies of Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers gives a peek over Henrietta’s shoulder as she draws the story of a brave girl, a three-headed monster, and a world of adventure.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is available, a fantasy novel pitched as “Graceling meets Avatar: The Last Airbender.”
Galleys of Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by Hal Johnson, illus. by Tom Mead, will be available, a middle-grade collection of 20 tales of macabre and fantastical beasts of American folklore.
On offer is UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir by Emily Lindin, which sheds light on sexual bullying, slut-shaming, and the murky mores of adolescent sexual development.