Galleys to look for include The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz, in which the sole heir of the Dark Lord Elithor, 12-year-old Clementine Morcerous, has been groomed since birth to be Evil Overlord; How to Build a Heart by Maria Padian, about a young woman’s journey to find her place in the world as the carefully separated strands of her life begin to tangle; Naked Mole Rat Saves the World by Karen Rivers, starring a girl with an unusual superpower; and Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland, a humorous graphic memoir about growing up and finding one’s voice.
Available are Shadow Frost by Coco Ma, a debut YA fantasy by teen piano prodigy and author Ma; and Beasts of the Frozen Sun by debut author Jill Criswell, a Norse-inspired tale of forbidden love.
Featured galleys include Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg, the story of a teen searching for her identity while grappling with secrets and lies from the past; The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper, a YA debut starring two teens whose lives are uprooted as their parents join a NASA mission to Mars; Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson, a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, a middle grade novel about finding one’s roots; The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao, a middle grade debut inspired by Chinese mythology; A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer, sequel to the YA fantasy A Curse So Dark and Lonely; Havenfall by Sara Holland, a gothic fantasy set in the Rocky Mountains; The Beast by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs, sequel to The Darkdeep; and The Map from Here to There by Emery Lord, the follow-up to The Start of Me and You, featuring breakups, makeups, a road trip, and a wedding.
On offer are Weird Little Robots by Carolyn Crimi, illus. by Corinna Luyken, a Middle Grade Buzz selection, in which two science-savvy girls create an entire robot world; What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt, about a viral video that reveals a teen’s dark family history; Malamander by Thomas Taylor, illus. by Tom Booth, kicking off a fantasy trilogy about a mysterious sea monster; The Good Hawk by debut author Joseph Elliott, starring two teens in ancient Scotland who set out on a quest to rescue their clan from Nordic raiders; I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak, the tale of a golden retriever and his humans, told from the dog’s perspective; Color of the Sun by Hans Christian Andersen Medalist David Almond, the dreamlike tale of a boy rediscovering joy and beauty amid sorrow; and The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones, a YA psychological thriller set in the wilderness.
Galleys to look for include Becoming Beatriz by Tami Charles, a follow-up to Like Vanessa; Contagion by Teri Terry, first in the Dark Matter trilogy, about the effects of a biological experiment gone wrong, and an excerpt from Deception, book two in the series; and SumoKitty by David Biedrzycki, a picture book in which a cat trains like a sumo wrestler in order to catch more mice.
Featured titles are My Footprints by Caldecott Honor author Bao Phi, illus. by Basia Tran, the tale of a Vietnamese-American girl who imagines herself as different creatures as an escape from bullying; Ona Judge Outwits the Washingtons: An Enslaved Woman Fights for Freedom by Gwendolyn Hooks, illus. by Simone Agoussoye, recounting Judge’s heroic escape from George and Martha Washington; The Golden Acorn by Katy Hudson, in which Squirrel learns to control her competitive spirit and become a team player; The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero by Amalia Hoffman, a biography of Gino Bartali, Tour de France champion and member of the WWII resistance; Sadiq and the Desert Star by Siman Nuurali, illus. by Anjan Sarkar, an #OwnVoices series starter about a third grader and his Somali-American family; and The Friendship Lie by Rebecca Donnelly, a story of friendship and coming-of-age.
Galleys to look for include The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer, a spinoff adventure starring Artemis Fowl’s younger brothers, Myles and Beckett; Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, in which seventh-grader Nizhoni Begay must stay one step ahead of a monster as she connects with her Navajo ancestors and discovers her innate powers; Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kawame Mbalia, about a boy who accidentally rips open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place where he finds himself among African-American folk legends and West African gods; Loki Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee, a story of struggle and betrayal, told through the patchwork past of Marvel’s misunderstood trickster; Stuffed by Liz Braswell, a middle grade novel about a world where stuffed animals are the last line of defense between children and monsters; Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim, a biracial, gender-swapped Count of Monte Cristo retelling; Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas by William Lashner, in which the daughter of an attorney for the damned must solve her connection to a mysterious ghost; 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston, about a high school senior who lets members of her family set her up on dates after a painful breakup; Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake, a debut contemporary novel about a lost shipwreck, a missing piece of family history, and how to weather the storms of life; and Who Is the Mystery Reader? by Mo Willems, second in the Unlimited Squirrels series.
The featured galley is The Nocturnals: The Kooky Kinkajou by Tracey Hecht, illus. by Josie Yee, a new level three title in the Nocturnals: Grow & Read Early Readers series.
On offer is The Worst Christmas Ever by Kathleen Long Bostrom, illus. by Guy Porfirio, in which Matthew is not looking forward to Christmas in his new California home, especially after his dog goes missing.
Available galleys include The Remarkables by Margaret Peterson Haddix, a standalone middle grade novel about two children who discover an intriguing mystery next door; Dear Sweet Pea, the first middle grade novel by Dumplin’ author Julie Murphy, starring a sixth grader who takes on the role of town advice columnist; Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly, a debut Filipino fantasy by the Newbery Medalist; Cog by Greg van Eekhout, in which five runaway robots set out cross-country to prove their self-worth; The Best at It, a middle grade debut by actor Maulik Pancholy; Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, first in a fantasy duology set in a world of powerful women and dark magic; When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by debut author Jasmin Kaur, a story of undocumented immigration, sexual assault, mental health, love, and liberation; Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai, the National Book Award and Newbery Honor-winning author, a YA debut about siblings separated during the Vietnam War; Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan, in which a girl drives more than 900 miles with an old friend to obtain a legal abortion; and Angel Mage by Garth Nix, the story of an ageless woman with terrifying angelic powers, who is bent on reuniting with her lover.
The featured titles are Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika and Maritza Moulite, a debut novel featuring a Haitian-American teen who finds herself suspended from school and sent to Haiti for a volunteer immersion project; and The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey, in which a bookworm must face the reality of her mother’s hoarding problem.
Giveaways from this distributor include Offline by Brian Adams (Green Writers), a YA romantic romp through the dark side of technology; All the Better Part of Me by Molly Ringle (Central Avenue), in which a young actor grows into his bisexuality as he finds himself falling for his best friend; Noah Noasaurus by Elaine Kiely Kearns (Albert Whitman), the tale of a small dinosaur in a big, bad mood; The Earth Gives More by Sue Fliess (Albert Whitman), a rhyming story depicting the change in seasons and how we can all be stewards of the Earth; How I Met My Monster, Are You My Monster?, and I Love My Dragon by Amanda Noll, illus. by Howard McWilliam (Flashlight), about a boy meeting the monsters under his bed; Fearless Mary by Tami Charles, illus. by Claire Almon (Albert Whitman), the story of Mary Fields, a former slave who became the first African-American woman stagecoach driver in 1895; Lumber Jills by Alexandra Davis (Albert Whitman), a nonfiction account of the female lumberjacks who helped save the U.K.’s war effort; Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party by Erin Barker (Blue Manatee), a quirky counting book; My Mama Is a Mechanic by Doug Cenko (Blue Manatee), follow-up to My Papa Is a Princess; Odd Animal ABC’s by June Smalls (Blue Manatee), a humorous alphabet primer, featuring strange but real animals; Raising an Organized Child by Damon Korb (American Academy of Pediatrics), in which the pediatrician shares his program for helping kids develop organizational skills; How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters (Interlude), about a teen struggling to balance his cheery public persona with his inner identity; and Akarnae by Lynette Noni (Lost the Plot), starring a 16-year-old who changes worlds with a single step.
Galleys on offer are The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos, focusing on a 15-year-old girl who is struggling to meet her Puerto Rican mother’s expectations and starting to question her identity when she falls for Danny, a trans boy; A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity by Nicole Valentine, about a 12-year-old boy who discovers that the women in his family are time travelers; Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy by Joshua S. Levy, in which teen Jack and his friends accidentally catapult their public schoolship across the galaxy and into the clutches of aliens; I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon by Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, a close-up of Cameroonian environmentalist Tantoh Nforba; Thanku: Poems of Gratitude, edited by Miranda Paul, a poetry anthology that explores the many ways of being grateful; and Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman, a queer western adventure featuring a Latinx outlaw and a trans runaway.
Look for Crumbled! by Lisa Harkrader, first in an illustrated middle grade series pitched as The Sisters Grimm meets Shrek; Only the Stars Know Her Name by Amanda Marrone, in which Violet seeks revenge on those who tore her family apart with false accusations of witchcraft; The Woods by R.L. Toalson, a magical realist tale of loss, grief, and acceptance; The Inside Battle by Melanie Sumrow, about a teen living in the shadow of his father’s PTSD; The Forty Thieves by Christy Lenzi, a retelling of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”; and M Is for Melanin by Tiffany Rose, an alphabet picture book that celebrates African-American children.
Among the featured titles are A Tale of Magic... by Chris Colfer, in which 14-year-old Brystal is rescued from the oppressive Southern Kingdom and sent to the Academy of Magic, where she will learn to become a fairy; The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones, a fantasy starring teen Ryn, who only cares about two things: her family and their graveyard; Sunnyside Plaza by NPR Weekend Edition host Scott Simon, a debut middle grade novel set in a community center for adults with developmental disabilities; The Fresh New Face of Griselda by Jennifer Torrez, in which Griselda starts her own entrepreneurial venture, selling makeup to help pay the bills for her financially struggling family; The Light in the Lake by Sarah R. Baughman, about a girl who avoids the lake where her twin brother drowned, until she is offered a position to study it as a Young Scientist; A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai, the story of a girl who comes from a long line of Indian matchmakers; The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages by Trenton Lee Stewart, continuing the popular middle grade mystery series; Pavi Sharma’s Guide to Going Home by Bridget Farr, in which a girl runs a business sharing her insider knowledge of foster care with other children in the system; and The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert, following a girl caught between a new love and her desire to obey her parents.
Available are Ali Cross by James Patterson, launching a series that stars Ali, the son of detective and FBI agent Alex Cross; Rebels with a Cause by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, illus. by Beverly Johnson, continuing the adventures of girl genius Max Einstein; Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan, sequel to Girls of Paper and Fire; Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman, in which a case of mistaken identity puts a teen looking for a hookup on the run from both the FBI and a murderous cult; and Scouts by Shannon Greenland, about a group of friends in 1985 who journey to investigate a crashed meteor.
Look for All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey, a middle grade novel about a girl navigating the foster care system; Summer by Cao Wenxuan, illus. by Yu Rong, a picture book in which animals fight over shade on a blazing hot day; There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool, a debut YA fantasy; InvestiGators by John Patrick Green, kicking off a graphic novel series about a spy alligator duo; The Burning Shadow by Jennifer Armentrout (Tor Teen), second in the Origin series; signed posters for Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, sequel to Carry On; Rage by Cora Carmack (Tor Teen), continuing the fantasy romance series Stormheart; The Good Luck Girls by debut author Charlotte Davis (Tor Teen), an alternate Wild West adventure; and The Grace Year by Kim Liggett, a speculative YA thriller in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power.
Featured are Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You by Kathryn Gonzales and Karen Rayne, a guide for teens who are transgender, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming, gender-fluid, queer, or questioning their sexual and gender identity; and Neon Words: 10 Brilliant Ways to Light Up Your Writing by Marge Pellegrino and Kay Sather, a writing handbook that uses tools and activities to connect the word-organizing part of the brain with free-ranging imagination.
Giveaways include Frankly in Love by David Yoon, a contemporary YA debut about two Korean-American high school seniors who are caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing; The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys, following a Dallas high-society teen and son of an oil tycoon as he is confronted with General Franco’s fascist dictatorship on a family trip to Madrid; The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh, first in a paranormal romance series set in 19th-century New Orleans; My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, a middle grade debut that unfolds over one summer in Harlem, starring the sci-fi obsessed granddaughter of one of NASA’s first black engineers; Strange Birds by PW Flying Start author Celia C. Pérez, the story of four girls who form a rebel Girl Scout group in their quest for justice, independence, and an unforgettable summer; Pages & Co.: The Book-wanderers by Anna James, a debut novel about a bookish girl who discovers she has the ability to bookwander into any story she chooses; and Fireborne by Rosaria Munda, a YA fantasy debut set in a postrevolutionary world filled with dragon tournaments, political intrigue, and romance.
Featured are The GayBCs by author-illustrator Matt Webb, an alphabet book of LGBTQ vocabulary, celebrating the beauty of embracing one’s true self; and Kid Activists by Robin Stevenson, illus. by Allison Steinfeld, featuring childhood biographies of Helen Keller, Harvey Milk, Rosa Parks, and more.
Look for the following galleys: Jackpot by Nic Stone, the story of a teenage gas-station worker who sells a winning lotto ticket and teams up with her classmate to find the ticket holder who hasn’t claimed the prize; American Royals by Katherine McGee, an alternate history in which America is ruled by the House Washington, the royal family that has sat on the throne since the Revolutionary War; White Bird by R.J. Palacio, a debut graphic novel by the author of Wonder; Shine! by J.J. and Chris Grabenstein, about a girl struggling to fit in at her new posh private school; The World Ends in April by Stacy McAnulty, the story of a girl who starts a secret End of the World club at her middle school after she reads about a deadly asteroid predicted to hit Earth; Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett, in which an HIV-positive teen navigates fear, disclosure, and self-acceptance when she falls in love for the first time; Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart, about a girl who is living in the aftermath of a fire that has taken her home and her parents, and left her face covered in scars; and Who Put This Song On? by poet Morgan Parker, starring a black teenage girl who is searching for her identity.
Available titles are Just Feel by Mallika Chopra, a guide from the daughter of Deepak Chopra and author of Just Breathe that empowers kids to problem solve and gain emotional awareness; Mo’s Bows by Moziah Bridges with Tramica Morris, a primer on starting one’s own business, written by a successful kidpreneur; and The Humiliations of Pipi McGee by Beth Vrabel, in which eight-year-old Penelope has had her fill of embarrassment and embarks on a quest for redemption.
Titles include Guts by author-illustrator Raina Telgemeier, a true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face—and conquer—one’s fears; Allies by Alan Gratz, a tale of teamwork in the face of tyranny; Alyssa Milano’s Hope #1: Project Middle School by actor and activist Alyssa Milano and Debbie Rigaud, illus. by Eric S. Keyes, starring Hope Roberts, a girl who is determined to change the world; Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen, a historical novel in which a girl discovers the strength of her people united in resisting oppression; The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown, an #OwnVoices ghost story about reclaiming an abandoned segregated cemetery; Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963) by Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, a personal account of one of the most important years of the civil rights movement; Everything Awesome About Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts by Mike Lowery, a trove of weird and wild facts about dinosaurs, presented in a comics format; The Seventh Voyage: Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem, illus. by Caldecott Honor artist Jon J Muth, a sci-fi tale about an astronaut caught in a time loop in space; Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosie Thor, a queer #OwnVoices science-fantasy novel, in which uneasy allies must work together to put an end to a deadly epidemic; and Doc and the Detective in Graveyard Treasure by Tim Tingle, a middle grade mystery by the two-time winner of the American Indian Youth Literature Award.
Available are Paul, Big, and Small by David Glen Robb—which will be part of the Indie Insights “YA and New Adult” showcase at BookExpo—focusing on a trio of high school outcasts; Waiting for Fitz by Spencer Hyde, about a group of teens in a psych ward; and A Monster Like Me by Wendy S. Swore, about a girl with a facial deformity who relates to the creatures in her favorite myths.
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Galleys on offer include Cursed by artist, producer, and director Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler, a cinematic YA twist on the tale of King Arthur, in which the Lady of the Lake is the true hero; Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs, launching a middle grade series about the world’s youngest and smartest genius; Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds, a middle grade novel about what happens after the dismissal bell rings; Slay by Brittney Morris, which follows a teen game developer as she battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther–inspired video game she created; Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw, a YA romance where dark fairy tales and enchanted folklore collide; and The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner, a graphic novel about a half-witch who has just discovered the truth about herself and is doing her best to survive middle school.
The following giveaways are scheduled: There Was a Black Hole That Swallowed the Universe by Baby University creator Chris Ferrie, a cosmic spin on “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”; Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes, illus. by Elizabeth Zunon, a bedtime story about a mother, her son, and their imagination-fueled journey to get to sleep; Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children, edited by Kath Shackleton, a graphic novel that chronicles the true stories of six children and how they survived one of the darkest times in human history; The Star Shepherd by Dan Haring and MarcyKate Connolly, an illustrated middle grade novel about a boy’s race to save the stars before their light is extinguished forever; Jinxed by Amy McCulloch, a Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz title about Lacey Chu, a coding star whose rebuilding of a salvaged smart pet gains her entry into an elite tech academy; Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé, a story of sisterhood and secrets; Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco, launching an alternative history fairy tale series from the author of the Bone Witch trilogy; We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar, about three friends coming-of-age in the early 1980s; I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by #OwnVoices debut authors Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones, in which two teenage girls—one black, one white—are facing the race riots enveloping their city over the course of one night; and Reverie by Ryan La Sala, an #OwnVoices debut fantasy pitched as Inception meets The Magicians.
Featured titles are Martin McLean, Middle School Queen by Alyssa Zaczek, a middle grade debut about a boy’s quest to find his voice and his inner diva; Drew Pendous Travels to Ancient Egypt, second in the Drew Pendous series about a time-traveling boy; Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life by Laurie Wallmark, illus. by Katy Wu, a picture book biography of the movie star/inventor; and Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling, sequel to Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, following Aven Green as she confronts high school—the paperback edition of Bowling’s previous book will also be given away.
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Look for Franklin and Luna and the Book of Fairy Tales by Jen Campbell, illus. by Katie Harnett, in which the characters return for a trip to the dusty fairy tale kingdom inside the pages of a magical book; The Star in the Forest by Helen Kellock, a debut storybook about two sisters who embark on an adventure when it appears that a star has fallen in the forest that borders their grandparents’ cottage; and 1,001 Ants by Joanna Rzezak, an illustrated oversized book about ants, their home, their queen, and how they tend their colony.
There will be two featured galleys: Escape of Light by Fred Venturini, in which teenage burn survivor Wilder Tate faces heartbreak, plastic surgery, and a terrible secret; and The Ables: The Hero’s Journey by Jeremy Scott, illus. by Jeremy Simser, continuing the science fiction graphic novel series that follows teleporter James.
Available are The Heartwood Crown by Matt Mikalatos, follow-up to The Crescent Stone, in which Madeline Oliver must choose whether she will return to the Sunlit Lands to save the land and its people from destruction; and How Much Is a Little Girl Worth? by Rachael Denhollander, an anthem to girls everywhere.
Galleys on offer are HELIX by Mary Ting, sequel to ISAN, in which Ava returns to the International Sensory Assassin Network in search of answers; Realm by Alexandrea Weis, about a teen girl who is chosen to be the bride of Alexander the Great after he conquers her homeland; Speak No Evil by Liana Gardner, following the orphaned daughter of Appalachian snake handlers as she becomes a ward of the state after tragedy strikes; and The Night Weaver by Monique Snyman, in which the adults of a small New England town seem indifferent when children begin to disappear, leaving only Rachel Cleary and a few allies to investigate.
Look out for Glacier on the Move by Elizabeth Rusch, illus. by Alice Brereton, introducing the animals that live on glaciers and facts about climate change; Betty Builds It by debut author-illustrator Julie Hampton, about a determined robot girl who wants to build her ideal friend out of recycled junk; Catastrophe by the Sea by Brenda Peterson, illus. by Ed Young, created in partnership with the Seattle Aquarium, in which a sea anemone befriends a lost cat; Where Does a Cowgirl Go Potty?, companion to Where Does a Pirate Go Potty? (also available), a read-aloud that portrays animals answering nature’s call; and Play It! Children’s Songs, which teaches readers how to play classic children’s songs on the piano or keyboard.
Available are The Big Book of Monsters: The Creepiest Creatures from Classic Literature by Hal Johnson, illus. by Tim Sievert, a compendium of 25 spooky and nefarious monsters, from Dracula to the Jabberwocky; and Indestructibles, the series of chew-proof, rip-proof books for babies.