On offer are Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland, the first memoir to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience; Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff, a YA novel about an abbey at which a girl with a dark past arrives; The Graces by Laure Eve, a YA novel about a family of well-connected teenage witches; Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger, about a girl who befriends the new robot at school; the latest in the Inspector Flytrap series by Tom Angleberger, illus. by Cece Bell; the first volume of The Mighty Odds, a new series by Amy Ignatow that centers on a group of classmates who become superheroes after an accident; The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch, a debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking; The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Booty Myth by Kara LaReau, the beginning of a middle grade series about two sisters who, though they try to avoid excitement, are kidnapped by a band of female pirates; The Haters by Jesse Andrews, a YA novel about three friends on a quest to play a gig despite being pursued by the law; The Romantics by Leah Konen, about Love personified stepping in to help a hapless-in-love teenage boy; and The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, a YA fantasy about a girl’s attempt to uncover who murdered her father.

Amazon/Two Lions and Skyscape

Titles include Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley, illus. by Lauren Castillo, a debut picture book from Pulitzer Prize–winner Smiley, with illustrations from a Caldecott Honor artist; and The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker, launching a series that follows a teen who unwillingly picks up “mental hitchhikers” and becomes the center of a government conspiracy.


Featured are The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg, a middle grade twist on Sherlock Holmes; Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart by Lauren DeStefano, a novel about friendship found and fought against a haunting danger; Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige, the story of the Snow Queen from the point of view of the “villain”; and The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles, in which a Montana girl named Zoe and a bounty hunter called X grapple with sacrifice, in the launch of a series.

Boyds Mills

On offer is This Book Is Not About Dragons by Shelley Moore Thomas, illus. by Fred Koehler, a picture book in which a mouse is certain there isn’t a dragon accompanying him, and A Number Slumber by Suzanne Bloom, a counting book that prepares readers for bed.


Among the featured galleys are Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner, in which three teens struggle to accept profound absences in their lives; Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina, a new illustrated series about a girl from Colombia who practices her English in order to visit America; Cloud & Wallfish by Anne Nesbet, a YA novel set behind the Iron Curtain in a world full of espionage and family intrigue; The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs, featuring seven interwoven stories unfolding alongside a cross-country plot led by an Internet savant known as the Mastermind; The Catalyst by Helena Coggan, a debut by a 16-year-old author; Still a Work in Progress by Jo Knowles, a novel about the complexities of navigating middle school while feeling helpless in the face of a family crisis; It Looks like This by Rafi Mittlefehdlt, a story about first love and loss that exposes the undercurrents of a tidy suburban world; Snow White, Matt Phelan’s graphic novel retelling of the fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan; The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau, illus. by Matt Myers, which launches a series; and Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman, about a lost boy with a surprising knack for magic who apprentices with a very old, vaguely evil wizard.


Among the featured titles are Be Light like a Bird by Monika Schröder, which follows 12-year-old Wren as she tackles issues including peer pressure and bullying after losing her father; Fuchsia Fierce by Christianne Jones, illus. by Kelly Canby, a picture book about the importance of self-confidence and believing in yourself; When Penny Met POTUS by Rachel Ruiz, illus. by Melissa Manwill, a picture book about a girl whose mother works for the president of the United States; Bedtime for Batman by Michael Dahl, illus. by Ethen Beavers, a picture book that prepares little superheroes for bedtime; Origami Chic: A Guide to Foldable Fashion by Sok Song, which offers 30 original fashion origami models from origami master Sok Song; Pedro, First Grade Hero by Fran Manushkin, illus. by Tammie Lyon, a new series about a young soccer lover; Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith, in which two friends are chosen to enter a labyrinth and must fight to survive; Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Bonn, in which a teen discovers the courage to declare her own beauty and self-worth, no matter what others might think; Lazy Crafternoon by Stella Fields, with step-by-step instructions to help readers create craft projects; and Firestormers by Carl Bowen, featuring stories about wildfire fighting.


The featured galley is Memory Girl by Linda Joy Singleton, a YA novel set in a future in which memories can be transplanted into a new body after death.


Galleys on offer include Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young, about girls at the age between elementary and middle school; Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell, about the couple at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races; The Doorway and the Deep by K.E. Ormsbee, the follow-up to The Water and the Wild; and Lowriders to the Center of the Earth by Cathy Camper, illus. by Raúl III, the follow-up to Lowriders in Space.


Titles to look for are Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems, a new picture book about Nanette’s first solo trip to the bakery; Elite by Mercedes Lackey, the sequel to Hunter; Amateurs by Sara Shepard, the launch of a YA thriller series; Spindle by E.K. Johnston, a retelling of “Sleeping Beauty”; Iron Man: The Gauntlet by Eoin Colfer, a new story featuring the comic book character; A List of Cages by Robin Roe, a debut YA novel about how friendship saves a boy’s life; The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon, about a friendship that blossoms under unlikely circumstances; Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Cookie Fiasco! by Dan Santat, the first in a new series about a simple problem involving four friends and only three cookies; and Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! We Are Growing! by Laurie Keller, which continues the series with a gang of grass as her protagonists.

Dundurn Press

The featured galley is Everton Miles Is Stranger than Me by Philippa Dowding, the sequel to The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden.

EDC Publishing/Usborne/Kane Miller

Galleys on offer include The Impossible Quest, Book 1: Escape from Wolfhaven Castle by Kate Forsyth, the beginning of a five-book fantasy quest series featuring four unlikely heroes, and Girl Hero, Book 1: Hot and Cold, by Susannah McFarlane, launching a middle grade series about a young secret agent.


The featured title is Caraval by Stephanie Garber, launching a new fantasy series.

Graphic Arts Books

On offer are Dan Walker’s Secondhand Summer, a coming-of-age story set in Alaska; Sojo by Pam Flowers, illus. by Bill Farnsworth, an illustrated middle grade novel about a sled dog; and Bobbie the Wonder Dog by Tricia Brown, the true story of a dog who traveled 2,800 miles to be reunited with his family.

Harlequin Teen

Titles to look for: The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics, in which a girl is haunted by generations of women family member’s voices in the walls of her Victorian home; The Continent by Keira Drake, the story of a privileged cartographer stranded on an isolated continent populated by two warring nations; Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman, which continues the Blood of Gods and Royals series; The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout, a story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice; and a sampler of Something In Between, the latest from Melissa de la Cruz.


Titles to look for include Moo by Sharon Creech, the author’s 20th novel, about a family’s adventure-filled move from the city to rural Maine; The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, the launch of a YA series, set on the thousandth floor of the tallest tower in Manhattan; Lock and Key: The Initiation by Ridley Pearson, the first book in a trilogy that reimagines the origins of the rivalry between Sherlock Holmes and his arch-nemesis, James Moriarty; Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, a novel about the lives of three teens connected by violence; Frazzled by Booki Vivat, a debut middle grade novel that launches a series about Abbie Wu, a neurotic middle school girl, as she tries to figure out who she is, where she belongs, and how to survive the everyday disasters of growing up; Going Wild by Lisa McMann, launching a new series about a girl who discovers a power-giving bracelet; Replica, the latest YA novel from Lauren Oliver, about two very different girls connected by dark pasts; Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley, which continues the Magonia series; Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, launching a fantasy series about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen; and Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin, a YA novel about the daughter of a famed inventor in a devastated city who sets out to create the one being who may understand her. The Zondervan imprint will offer A Night of Great Joy by Mary Engelbreit (Zonderkidz), a Christmas picture book; Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon (Blink), a contemporary YA thriller; and One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank (Blink), a YA novel about a girl with divorced parents who is pulled between Paris and the U.S.

Holiday House

Featured galleys include Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West, a YA fantasy debut woven together from familiar fairy tales; 27 Magic Words by Sharelle Byars Moranville, about an irrepressible 10-year-old with a vibrant imagination who must reconcile her fantasies with reality; and The Devil’s Banshee by Donna Hosie, a YA novel that continues the Team Devil adventures.


On offer are The Thief’s Apprentice by Bryan Methods, launching the Master Diplexito and Mr. Scant middle grade series set in the Edwardian era; Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson, a nonfiction story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui’s miraculous survival of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki; The Stand-In by Steve Bloom, a YA novel about 17-year-old Brooks, who agrees to be the homecoming date of a friend’s geeky but wealthy cousin; Top Prospect by Paul Volponi, a YA novel about a star high school football player; Naked ’76 by Kevin Brooks, a YA novel about a teen bassist with one of the wildest punk bands in town, who meets a guitarist haunted by the life he left behind; Wired Man and Other Freaks of Nature by Sashi Kaufman, about two high school friends growing apart; Stone Cold, the launch of the Stone Man series by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, illus. by Orion Zangara, which follows a demon gargoyle, a scrappy runaway, and a weary priest; The Giant by Lex Thomas, fourth in the Quarantine series; The Immortal Throne by Bree Despain, the final book in the Into the Dark trilogy; and Incognita by Kristen Lippert-Martin, the sequel to Tabula Rasa.

Little, Brown

Among the featured titles are The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart, in which a 12-year-old boy finds a watch that turns the wearer invisible; When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin, an illustrated fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore; Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist, a debut novel from the YouTube personality; The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White, the launch of a fast-paced middle grade series; Frostblood by Elly Blake, a fantasy adventure about a fireblood girl and her quest to bring down a bloodthirsty frostblood king; And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich, a horror novel about a house the color of blood and two sisters who are trapped there; Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin, the sequel to Wolf by Wolf; The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker, in which magic, suspense, and political intrigue collide in this sequel to The Witch Hunter; The Memory Book by Lara Avery, an epistolary YA romance in which the protagonist faces a degenerative disease; and Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse, a YA debut romance novel set in Tokyo.

Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson

Featured galleys include Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, a middle grade novel about a mouse who can read and write, and Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, a YA murder mystery novel.


Be on the lookout for Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley (FSG), a middle grade debut documenting the emotional highs and lows of Gertie’s journey to winning her mother’s heart by being the best fifth grader ever; Hand in Hand by Rosemary Wells (Holt), a picture book about all that parents do with and for their children; Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino (Roaring Brook), first in a new fantasy adventure series from the cocreator of the animated show Avatar, set in a Renaissance-like world where art is powerful, dangerous, and outlawed; Little Elliot, Big Fun by Mike Curato (Holt), in which Little Elliot and Mouse head off in search of adventure at an amusement park inspired by Coney Island; The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia (Imprint), a contemporary romance full of loss, love, and redemption; Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure by Ann M. Martin, with Annie Parnell and Ben Hatke (Feiwel and Friends), in which the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is reinvigorated for a new generation in a new series starring her niece; In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson, illus. by Jerry Pinkney (Roaring Brook), about a girl and her grandfather playing a hiding game that connects their generations; Tetris: The Games People Play by Box Brown (First Second), a work of graphic nonfiction about the world’s most popular video game; Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends), a standalone prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illus. by Eric Rohmann offers a nonfiction look at the elusive sea creature; Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet by Nick Bruel, in which the irascible cat character is up against something truly scary; Little Bot and Sparrow by Jake Parker, about first friendships; and Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (Feiwel & Friends), a debut in which a teen girl goes missing, and her ex-boyfriend may have played a role in her disappearance.


The featured galley is Trish Trash: Roller Girl of Mars, Vol. 1 by Jessica Abel, the launch of a new graphic novel series.


On offer are Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan, about the September 11 attacks; Never Follow a Dinosaur by Alex Latimer, in which two children discover what they believe to be dinosaur tracks; Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp, about a reluctant reader whose mind is changed by the library dog; Charlie Bumpers vs. the Puny Pirates by Bill Harley, illus. by Adam Gustavson, a middle grade novel about three friends on the same soccer team; Little Red by Bethan Woollvin, offering a new twist on the Red Riding Hood tale; Stanley the Mailman by William Bee, in which the character delivers letters to his friends; and The Somewhat True Adventures of Sammy Shine by Henry Cole, an illustrated middle grade novel in which a mouse finds himself in a new world.


Featured galleys include A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, the follow-up to An Ember in the Ashes; Kids of Appetite by David Arnold, a tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss; The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz, a middle grade adventure about class, history, religion, and farting dragons; Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi, a middle grade fantasy novel in which color and magic combine; What Light by Jay Asher, a YA novel that promises a moving and life-affirming love story; Addison Cooke by Jonathan Stokes, the launch of a middle grade adventure series; Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland, a YA novel of first love, broken hearts, and the seams that put them back together again; The Best Man by Newbery Medalist Richard Peck, a middle grade novel about gay marriage from a child’s perspective; Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor, a debut YA novel in which Skip O’Rourke is dragged into one last con, not knowing the con’s on him; Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer, a darkly humorous YA about friendship, good-byes, and spontaneous combustion; and The Reader by Traci Chee, a debut YA novel set in a world where reading is unheard of.

PRH Canada

Among the featured titles are The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim by Shane Peacock, the launch of a gothic trilogy; Once, in a Town Called Moth by Trilby Kent, a YA novel about a Mennonite girl who flees her colony for Canada; Narwhal by Ben Clanton, the launch of a graphic novel series; and Shimmer by Paula Weston, the third volume in the Rephaim series.

Polis Books

On offer are Into the River by Ted Dawe, briefly banned in the author’s home country of New Zealand and now published for the first time in North America, about a boy whose life is turned upside down when he accepts a scholarship to a prestigious prep school, far away from his tribal upbringing, and Heartless by Leah Rhyne, a contemporary YA take on Frankenstein.


Featured galleys include Way Down Dark by J.P. Smythe, a debut YA novel that launches the Australia trilogy, and Wilf the Mighty Worrier: Battles a Pirate by Georgia Pritchett, second in a middle grade series about the bravest, most anxious kid in the world.


The featured galley is Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends, a middle grade nonfiction title featuring true tales from the childhoods of a wide range of renowned artists before they were famous.

Random House

On offer are The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, a YA novel about two teens who fall in love despite differences; Penguin Problems by Jory John, illus. by Lane Smith, in which a penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like; Welcome to Wonderland #1: Home Sweet Motel by Chris Grabenstein, launching a new illustrated middle grade series; A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess, first in a YA fantasy series about a female sorcerer; Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow, pitched as Girl, Interrupted for a new generation; A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig, a middle grade adventure story about the boy who would one day grow up to become Santa Claus; and Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings, a memoir from the teen transgender activist.


Featured galleys include Dog Man by Dav Pilkey, the first book in a new graphic novel spinoff series from the Captain Underpants creator; Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier, a graphic novel about the power of family and friendship; The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron, set in a society that loses its collective memory, but one girl remembers everything; The Call by Peadar O’Guilin, a YA horror in which 14-year-old Nessa lives in a world where every teen will be “Called” at any time and have to face the banished “Sidhe”; Last Descendants #1 by Matthew J. Kirby, the first in a new series based on the video game franchise Assassin’s Creed; Shadow House #1: The Gathering by Dan Poblocki, launching a multiplatform middle grade series; The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen, a YA novel set in a plague-ridden land and in which a teen is sent to quarantine; Groovy Joe #1: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin, illus. by Tom Lichtenheld, in which a new picture book character is introduced in a musical writing style; King Baby by Kate Beaton, a modern take on life with a new baby; Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon, a follow-up to Duck on a Bike; Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick, in which a girl looks for humor in life despite experiencing tragedy; The Baby by Lisa Drakeford, a YA novel about a teen giving birth told from five perspectives; Riding Chance by Christine Kendall, a debut novel about an urban kid’s redemption through the grit and power of polo; The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough, in which a teen’s dream to compete in the Tour de France takes an unexpected turn as WWII hits; Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific: The Incredible Story of U.S. Submarines in WWII by Deborah Hopkinson, a portrait of the WWII battles in the Pacific; In Case You Missed It by Sarah Darer Littman, about a teen with a high-profile father targeted by hackers, who then leak the contents of the protagonist’s digital life online; Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Alan Gratz, a middle grade spy story about the Hitler Youth; Running Girl by Simon Mason, a YA novel introducing a new character to the world of crime fiction, so lazy he’d only get out of bed for murder; No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood by Calvin Trillin, illus. by Roz Chast, the author’s first collection of poems for children (and nearby grown-ups); and I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony, a picture book that teaches the value of patience and the importance of saying “thank you.”

Second Story

The featured galley is Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell by Liane Shaw, a YA novel about a teen with Asperger’s whose new friend disappears and he is called in for questioning.

Shadow Mountain

Featured galleys include She Stood for Freedom by Loki Mulholland, illus. by Charlotta Janssen, the untold story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a civil rights hero; The Fablehaven Book of Imagination by Brandon Mull, a companion to the middle grade fantasy series; The Alien That Ate My Socks by Brandon Dorman, continuing the Hoolie and the Hooligans series; and Gears of Revolution by J. Scott Savage, the second volume in the Mysteries of Cove series.

Simon and Schuster

On offer are The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid, about a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter; Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson, concluding the author’s Seeds of America trilogy; and The Littlest Bigfoot by bestselling adult author Jennifer Weiner, a middle grade novel about friendship and furry creatures.

SoHo Teen

The featured galley is History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, a YA novel about a teen boy grieving his first boyfriend, who drowned.


Among the featured titles are The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty, illus. by Thomas Docherty, a picture book about a knight in training who would rather sit home and read, but out in the world he discovers that monsters enjoy a good book as much as anyone; Max at Night by Ed Vere, continuing the series in which Max is on a mission to find the Moon before bedtime; Bedtime Blessings by Marianne Richmond, a celebration of thankfulness for all the gifts a child is given; The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti, a debut YA novel about Hawthorn Creely, who is searching for the missing Lizzie Lovett, but may end up finding herself; Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, in which bruja magic runs in Alex’s blood, but a curse meant to banish it may cost her more than her power; The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat, where Izzy must save her sister from a fairy land as dangerous as it is magical; Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah, in which Dara Palmer is destined to be a star, and she’s writing herself the role of a lifetime; Just Like Me by Nancy Cavanaugh, a middle grade novel about a girl who spends summer at a camp with another girl adopted from the same Chinese orphanage; and One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards, in which a group of teens wake up in the woods with words inked onto their skin, and they must find the truth before a killer finds them.


On offer are Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings, about a girl on a quest to save her father from the sea; Can You Canoe? And Other Adventure Songs by the Okee Dokee Brothers by Joe Mallander and Justin Lansing, a picture book of lyrics from the folk duo; Howard Wallace, PI by Casey Lyall, about a 12-year-old detective; Cici Reno: #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker by Kristina Springer, about the go-to girl for middle school advice; and Just My Luck by Jeff Anderson, continuing the Zack Delacruz series.

University of Minnesota Press

The featured title is Ice-Out by Mary Casanova, about a 19-year-old boy in Prohibition-era Minnesota.

Weinstein Books

Be on the lookout for The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull, about the power of sisterhood, fate, and magic.


Featured titles include The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate! by Mike Lowery, the second volume in the Doodle Adventures series, and Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring, which launches a new series, Spy on History.

See also: BEA 2016: Adult Galleys to Grab.

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