ALLEN & UNWIN
Allen & Unwin experiences a growth spurt with Puberty Boy by Geoff Price, a guide to adolescence; and Hugo the Lifesaving Sailorby Lorette Broekstra, latest in the Hugo series.
Bloomsbury rides the rapids with River Secretsby Shannon Hale, in which a young warrior learns what it is to keep peace; Kids Cook 1-2-3by Rozanne Gold, illus. by Sarah Pinto, which teaches kids this skill; Coco All Year Roundby Sloane Tanen, photos by Stefan Hagen, a trip through a calendar year with chick Coco; No Place for Magicby E.D. Baker, newest in the Frog Prince series; and Return to the Faerie Realm: Faerie Wars IIIby Herbie Brennan.
BLUE APPLE BOOKS
Blue Apple trots into fall with A Dog Show for Murphy by Harriet Ziefert, illus. by Emily Bolam, in which a Labrador competes in the agility contest at a dog show; Flip-a-Face: Big and Little and Baby Flip-a-Face: Smiles, both by Sami, a concept book about size and a die-cut board book for babies; and Travels with Charlie: Travelin' the Northeast, illus. by Chuck Nitzberg, a hunt-and-find geography book.
Callaway is in bloom with The English Roses, Too by Madonna, a sequel to The English Roses; The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, illus. by Henri Galeron, first in a series of illustrated fairly tales and folktales; and Nova the Robot is back in I Smell the Future: Book and Toy Set and Nova's Christmas Creation, both by David Kirk.
Candlewick walks the plank with Pirateology by Dugald Steer, illus. by Anne Yvonne Gilbert et al., a pirate-hunter's diary; Library Lionby Michelle Knudsen, illus. by Kevin Hawkes, a picture-book ode to this mecca of books and information; The Astonishing Story of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to His Nation, Vol. I, The Pox Partyby M.T. Anderson, a young adult novel; So Few of Meby Peter H. Reynolds, a picture book fable about a boy with too much to do; and Moongirlby Henry Selick, illus. by Peter Chan, a picture book adaptation of the film (a DVD of which comes packaged with the book).
Marshall Cavendish straps on the tool belt for Building with Dad by Carol Nevius, illus. by Bill Thomson, in which readers see how a school is built; Cars: Rushing! Honking! Zooming! by Patricia Hubbell, illus. by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy, a picture book introducing all sorts of autos; Moose and Hildy: Pig Pickin' by Stephanie Greene, illus. by Joe Mathieu, in which Moose saves his porcine pal from a barbecue; and Rebound by Bob Krech, a YA novel about a white basketball player who makes the almost all-black varsity team at his high school.
Charlesbridge strikes up the band for Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue by Anna Harwell Celenza, illus. by JoAnn Kitchel, about George Gershwin's rush to finish his famous composition; The Legend of Hong Kil Dong by Anne Sibley O'Brien, a picture-book tale from 16th-century Korea; Pirate Bob by Kathryn Lasky, illus. by David Clark, a seafaring adventure; Our Seasons by Grace Lin and Ranida McKneally, illus. by Lin, a combination of haikus and prose; and Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush by Iza Trapani, featuring a group of mischievous animals.
CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
Chicago Review Press visits the bench for Our Supreme Court: A History with 14 Activities by Richard Panchyk, foreword by Senator John Kerry, a title focusing on some of the Court's landmark decisions; Africa for Kids by Harvey Croze, a look at plants, animals and people; and Weather Projects for Young Scientists by Mary Kay Carson, which features 40 experiments and science fair ideas.
CHILDREN'S BOOK PRESS
Children's Book Press hits the road for Kiki's Journey by Kristy Orona-Ramirez, illus. by Jonathan Warmday, about a trip to the Tiwa Indian village; and Where Sunflowers Grow by Amy Lee-Tai, illus. by Felicia Hoshino, in which Mari, living in a Japanese internment camp, watches her sunflower seeds grow and bloom.
Chronicle brews up toil and trouble with The Whitby Witches by Robin Jarvis, the beginning of a new trilogy about a family that moves to a town with a dark past; Up by Jim LaMarche, in which a boy discovers he has telekinetic powers; Santa Claws by Laura Leuck, illus. by Gris Grimly, about Christmas preparations in Monster Town; Hot Dog and Bob and the Seriously Scary Attack of the Evil Pizza Person by L. Bob Rovetch, illus. by Dave Whamond, in which a boy named Bob finds in his lunchbox a real, live, talking hot dog from another planet; and Spot 7: School by Makoto Fujimoto, a new puzzler series.
Clarion goes beach combing with Flotsam by David Wiesner, a wordless picture book about the seashore; Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson, about a girl's experiences during the mill workers' strike of 1912; Letters from a Desperate Dog by Eileen Christelow, about a pooch's correspondence with an advice columnist; Fergus and the Night-Demon by Jim Murphy, illus. by John Manders, an Irish ghost story; and May I Pet Your Dog? by Stephanie Calmenson, illus. by Jan Ormerod, in which a child learns how to meet a dog.
Concordia follows yonder star to Bethlehem with O Come, Little Children by Anita Reith Stohs, a board book; Three Wise Women of Christmasby Dandi Daley Mackall, illus. by Diana Magnuson; and The Town That Forgot About Christmasby Susan Leigh, illus. by David Gordon, a classic holiday tale.
Dial gets things just right with Goldilocks and the Three Bearsby Caralyn Buehner, illus. by Mark Buehner, a sassy new version of the fairytale; The Looking Glass Warsby Frank Beddor, first in a YA trilogy that tells the real story behind Alice in Wonderland; The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin, a novel about a family in crisis; The Little Drummer Mouse by Mercer Mayer, a tale of the first Christmas; and Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? by Jon Agee et al., in which 14 artists illustrate their favorite punch line to this famous joke.
Disney hops into fall with Disney Bunnies: Some Bunny Loves You by Laura Driscoll, the first in a picture book series about Thumper and his sisters; In the Realm of the Never Fairies: A Guide to Pixie Hollow by Monique Peterson is a guide to the world of Tinker Bell and her friends; Disney's Marie by Kitty Richards, first in a series about the spunky white kitten from The Aristocats; Disney's The Little Mermaid: Under the Sea Night-light and Storybook by Lara Bergen, a storybook with a detachable night-light; and Disney/Pixar Storybook Collection, a collection of more than 20 stories.
Disney Editions pops in with Mary Poppins—From the Page to the Stage by Brian Sibley, a behind-the-scenes look at bringing the Mary Poppins story to Broadway; Disney Comics Collector's Edition, a collection of hard-to-come-by Disney comics; Tarzan—The Staging of a Broadway Spectacular by Michael Lassell, a chronicle of the staging of Tarzan the musical; and Escape from the Carnivale—A Never Land Adventure Book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the first in a series of derivative adventures.
Disney Learning pats itself on the back with Good for You! by Connie Evers, containing health information; and Wonderful World of Space by Andrew Fraknoi, a look at the wonders of the universe with photos.
DK gets ready and set for fall with Go!, an exploration of the world of travel; Can You Feel the Force? by Richard Hammond, a guide to how the Earth works; Pick Me Up Put Me Down, a new approach to reference; Shipwreck Detective, a mock diver's journal; and How Nearly Everything Was Invented... by the Brainwaves, a look at some of the world's most important inventions.
Dutton dons a tiara for The Princess Primer: The Fairy Godmother's Guide to Being a Princess by Stephanie True Peters, a gift book; John Madden's Heroes of Football: The Story of America's Game by John Madden, in which the legendary coach offers a history of football for kids; Brr Said the Shivers by Fran Munishkin, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky, the story of refrigerator magnets stuck inside the fridge; It's a Wonderful Life for Kids, Too by Jimmy Hawkins, illus. by Doug Jones, a new story by an actor from the Frank Capra film that continues the Bailey family saga; and Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble by Judy Schachner, in which the irrepressible kitty travels into a pharaoh's tomb.
Eerdmans tames the season with The Wild Girl by Chris Wormell, about a girl who lives for a time in a cave in the wilderness; Mr. Ferlinghetti's Poem, illus.by David Frampton, about firefighters who treat local kids to a cooling spray of water on a hot summer day; Prairie Christmas by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk, illus. by Ronald Himler, set on the Nebraska prairie in 1880; The Attack of the Turtle by Drew Carlson, illus. by David Johnson, in which a boy helps to secretly build the first submarine used in naval warfare; and The Cricket Winter by Felice Holman, illus. by Robyn Thomas, about a nine-year-old boy who exchanges Morse code messages with a cricket.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
FSG works some magic with Danger in the Dark: A Houdini and Nate Mystery by Tom Lalicki, first in a series about 14-year-old Nate's adventures with Harry Houdini; Alabama Moon by Watt Key, a debut novel in which a boy adjusts to a new life in an institution after his father dies; Bringing Ezra Back by Cynthia DeFelice, the sequel to Weasel, set in the 1800s on the Ohio frontier; Parent Swap by Terence Blacker, in which a boy allows the ParentSwap company to match him with his ideal parents; and So Sleepy Story by Uri Shulevitz, a bedtime picture book.
Frances Foster Books has plenty to say with Max's Words by Kate Banks, illus. by Boris Kulikov, about a boy who collects words the way his brothers collect stamps and coins; The Braid by Helen Frost, a story of two sisters in the 1850s told via linked narrative poems; Firestorm by David Klass, the first book in a YA trilogy about a teen who has arrived from the future; Love You When You Whine by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier, about a mother cat who never stops loving her kitten; and Yoon and the Christmas Mitten by Helen Recorvits, illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska, in which a Korean-American girl learns to meld holiday traditions old and new.
Melanie Kroupa Books soars into spring with Wings by William Loizeaux, illus. by Leslie Bowman, about a bond formed between a boy and the fledgling mockingbird he nurtures; Night Boat to Freedom by Margot Theis Raven, illus. by E.B. Lewis, in which an enslaved African-American boy is inspired to risk his life and row other slaves across the Ohio River to freedom; Don't Forget Your Etiquette! by David Greenberg, illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott, a collection of poems about behavior; and Sparks Fly High by Mary Quattlebaum, illus. by Leonid Gore, in which Colonel Lightfoot challenges the devil to a dancing contest.
Greystone greets the season with David Suzuki: The Autobiography by David Suzuki, a chronicle of the life of this Canadian scientist and environmentalist.
GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap busts a move with Hip Hop Kidz #1: Bring It On by Laura Burns and Melinda Metz, about a group of teen dancers; Strawberry Shortcake Baby: Strawberry's Rainbow Day, a first color concept board book; Charlie and Lola: My Haircut Sticker Stories by Lauren Child, a novelty title about getting a haircut; Puppy Scooby Doo: A Yummy Mystery, a spin-off of the cartoon character; and Kung Fu Princess #1: Daughter of Light by Pamela Walker, in which Cassidy must battle demons to reveal her true identity as the Kung Fu Princess.
Groundwood Books keeps the meter running with I Am a Taxi by Deborah Ellis, about a Bolivian boy caught up in an international struggle; What Are You Doing, Sam? by Marie-Louise Gay, the picture book adventures of Sam and his dog; Skinny Bones and the Wrinkle Queen by Glen Huser, in which a girl and an elderly woman form a friendship during a crazy road trip; and two Groundwork Guides that profile major global issues: Empire by James Laxer and Genocide by Jane Springer.
Harcourt blows out all the candles for A Birthday Cake Is No Ordinary Cake by Debra Frasier, a cake recipe like no other; A Particular Cow by Mem Fox, illus. by Terry Denton, a picture book; Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex, a day in the life of an average ghoul; Saint Iggy by K.L. Going, in which Iggy learns there's more to his world than he thinks; and Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, in which Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable when a meteor hits the moon.
Red Wagon Books runs with the big dogs with Ruff! Ruff! Where's Scruff? by Sarah Weeks, illus. by David A. Carter, a puppy pop-up; My Little Yellow Taxi by Stephen T. Johnson, a follow-up to My Little Red Toolbox; The Little Prince Book of Fun and Adventure by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, an activity book based on the classic novel; and two lap-sized board books: Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert and Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh.
Libros viajerosleaps into fall with bilingual lap-sized board books of Who Hops?/¿Quién Salta? by Katie Davis; and I Went Walking/Salíde paseo by Sue Williams, illus. by Julie Vivas, as well as Spanish-language board book editions of Mouse Paint and Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh.
HarperCollins has something to write home about with The Beatrice Letters, a clue-filled novelty book by Lemony Snicket inspired by the mysteries in the Series of Unfortunate Events books; Mary Engelbreit's A Merry Little Christmas by Mary Engelbreit, in which a mouse celebrates the holiday from A to Z; Runny Babbit Book and Abridged CD by Shel Silverstein, featuring a shorter version of the HarperAudio recording of this title; The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls by Elise Primavera, a magical fantasy tale marking the author-illustrator's debut as a novelist.
HARPERCOLLINS/JULIE ANDREWS COLLECTION
Julie Andrews Collection has the giggles with The Palace of Laughter: The Wednesday Tales No. 1 by Jon Berkeley, the debut novel in a trilogy about an orphan boy and an angel; and Dumpy's Extra-Busy Dayand Dumpy's Valentine by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton, illus. by Tony Walton.
Joanna Cotler Books cuts a rug with Grandfather's Danceby Patricia MacLachlan, the last of the acclaimed Sarah, Plain and Tall books; Is There Really a Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis, illus. by Laura Cornell, asking what it means to be human; I'm Dirty by Kate and Jim McMullan, a day in the life of a backhoe loader that loves to get messy; and Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block, a seductive tale of transformation and Greek myths gone modern.
Eos unsheathes its sword for Samurai by Jason Hightman, the sequel to The Saint of Dragons; Avatars, Book One: So This Is How It Ends by Tui Sutherland, the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy starring five teens; The Moon Riders by Theresa Tomlinson, featuring a mythical Amazon warrior; Devil's Tango by Herve Jubert, the sequel to Dance of the Assassins; and a paperback reprint of The World of Eldaterra, Volume One: The Dragon Conspiracy by P.R. Moredun.
HarperFestival plays dress-up with What's in Grandma's Closet, a novelty book with a charm bracelet; Spinnables: The Spinning Alphabet Book, a novelty title; Biscuit's Pet and Play Christmas by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Pat Schories, a touch-and-feel title; and Just a Snowy Day by Mercer Mayer, an interactive novelty book featuring Little Critter.
Greenwillow hatches a fine season with The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones, a fantasy about a young witch who discovers a special egg; The Last Apprentice: Curse of the Bane by Joseph Delaney, in which Tom, apprentice to the Spook, must tame a bloodthirsty bane; The White Elephant by Sid Fleischman, about the chaos that ensues when a vindictive prince gives an elephant boy a rare white elephant as a gift; Behold the Bold Umprellaphant and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky, illus. by Carin Berger, a collection of 20 silly creature poems; and Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson, illus. by Tiphanie Beeke, in which Fletcher's favorite tree is losing all its leaves.
HarperKids Entertainment offers a broad range of fall tie-ins to the feature films Meet the Robinsons and Charlotte's Web, as well as new TV show The Time Warp Trio.
Katherine Tegen Books takes a bite out of fall with Vampire Kisses #3: Vampireville by Ellen Schreiber, My Haunted House by Angie Sage, which launches a series of funny, spooky stories; The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear, illus. by Anne Mortimer; Bad Boys Get Cookie by Margie Palatini, illus. by Henry Cole, a follow-up to Bad Boys, in which Willy and Wally go after the gingerbread cookie; and Give Me Liberty by L.M. Elliott, a historical novel set in colonial Williamsburg.
HarperTempest hangs with the cool kids for How to Be Popular by Meg Cabot, a novel; Pretty Little Liars, about four beautiful bad girls, based on a forthcoming TV series; After the Wreck I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates, a story of self-discovery and hope; Good Girlsby Laura Ruby in which a compromising cell phone photo puts a huge wrinkle in Audrey's life; and Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett, more adventures of witch-to-be Tiffany and her allies the Wee Free Men.
HarperTrophy circles the Big Top with Sparkle the Circus Pony, first in the Magic Pony Carousel series about girls whisked off on magical adventures; Princess Club #1: The Perfectly Proper Princeby Suzanne Williams, illus. by Chuck Gonzales, a new series about four adventurous princesses; The Annotated Charlotte's Web by E.B. White with foreword by Peter F. Neumeyer, illus. by Garth Williams; and fall reprints of Poppy's Return by Avi and Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure by Georgia Byng.
Holiday House turns up the volume for Jazz by Walter Dean Myers, illus. by Christopher Meyers, a picture book told in poems; Freedom Walker by Russell Freedman is an account of key events and figures in African-American history; The White Ram by Mordicai Gerstein is a retelling of the Abraham and Isaac story; Galaxies by Gail Gibbons is an exploration of galaxies; and Please Write in This Book by Mary Amato, illus. by Eric Brace, is a comic chapter book told in multiple voices.
Henry Holt moooves into fall with The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming, about a cow who wakes up clucking; Part of Me by Kimberly Willis Holt, a novel following the lives of four generations of one Louisiana family; Moon Plane by Peter McCarty, in which a boy imagines he is flying a plane; The Trap by John Smelcer, where a Native-American boy must decide if he should follow his instincts; and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., illus by Eric Carle, is released in a board book edition.
Houghton Mifflin decks the halls for Merry Christmas Curious George by Kathy Hapka, illus. by Mary O'Keefe Young, about how George hides in the Christmas tree at the local hospital; Horns and Wrinkles by Joe Helgerson, a debut novel about a girl who sprouts a rhino horn; The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga, starring a teenage comic book artist; Cats and Dogs by Steve Jenkins, a flip-book about these pets; and The Quest of the Fair Unknown by Gerald Morris, eighth in the medieval Squires Tales series.
Graphia kicks it with Kid B by Linden Dalecki, an Outsidersfor the hip-hop generation, offering a look at the art and violence of street dance; The Candy Darlings by Christine Walde, a coming-of-age story; What Your Mama Never Told You: True Stories About Sex and Love by Tara Roberts, a collection of personal essays; and The Dream Job Profiles: The Young and Successful Share their Secrets by Donna Hayden Green.
Walter Lorraine Books takes center field for Batter Up Wombat by Helen Lester, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, in which the new wombat in town joins the baseball team; Can't Catch Me by John and Ann Hassett, about an ice cube that sets off on a journey to the sea; Drop of Water by Gordon Morrison, an appreciation of the wonder of nature; Oops by Arthur Geisert, in which some milk spills out of control; and Stink City by Richard W. Jennings, a novel.
Hyperion travels abroad with Vive Paris! by Esme Raji Codell, a companion novel to Sahara Special; Sold by Patricia McCormick, a novel told in vignettes; Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Marla Frazee, the debut of a chapter book series; Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems, in which a boy is determined to prove that dinosaurs don't exist; and The Taker by Julia Steele, about a girl who goes to extreme lengths to ace the SATs.
Hyperion/Miramax breathes fire for The Last Dragon by Silvana de Mari, a fantasy about the Earth's last elf and last dragon; Urchin and the Heartstone by M.I. McAllister, the second book in the Mistmantle Chronicles; and reprints of Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud, The King in the Window by Adam Gopnik and Urchin of the Riding Stars by M.I. McAllister.
HYPERION/JUMP AT THE SUN
Jump at the Sun feels less than proper with the Big Book of Manners by Whoopi Goldberg, pictures by Olo, an irreverent lesson in manners; Moses, a presentation of Harriet Tubman's life in poems; Freedom Ship, in which a slave family uses a Confederate ship during the Civil War to sail to freedom; Shouting, a picture book about this expression of faith; and a reprint of Ella Fitzgerald by Andrea Davis Pinkney.
KIDS CAN PRESS
Kids Can Press puts a black feather in its cap with The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, illus. by Ryan Price, a new Visions in Poetry title; Stuff to Hold Your Stuff by Ellen Warwick, illus. by Bernice Lum, a craft book; The Extinct Files by Wallace Edwards, which posits the idea that the extinction of dinosaurs was just a cover-up for something else; Ryan and Jimmy by Herb Shoveller, about a boy's participation in a fund-raising project for Uganda, and the brother he finds in the process; and Augustine by Melanie Watt, about a shy penguin entering a new school at the North Pole.
Kingfisher puts the pedal to the metal with Joy Ride: How NASCAR Won America's Heartby David Caldwell; How to Be a Pirate in 7 Days or Less, a plan to turn readers into swashbucklers; Voyages: Ancient Egyptby Simon Adams with Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, which lets readers peek inside a hidden tomb; Encyclopedia of the Unexplained by Judy Allen, a reference guide; and Deadly Invaders: Terrifying Tales of Emerging Viruses by Denise Grady.
Carolrhoda Books watches the clock with What's the Time, Little Wolf? Another Little Wolf and Smellybreff Adventure by Ian Whybrow, illus. by Tony Ross, a second naughty picture-book adventure; Love, Ruby Valentine by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Lynne Avril Cravath, a Valentine-themed picture book; What DO Teachers Do (After You Leave School)? by Anne Bowen, illus. by Barry Gott; Heart to Heart with Mallory by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Barbara Pollak, a peek into Mallory's top-secret diary; and Finding Day's Bottom by Candice Ransom, a story of loss and healing.
Millbrook Press takes it away with The Action of Subtraction and A Lime, a Mime, a Pool of Slime: More About Nouns, both by Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Brian Gable.
First Avenue Editions makes a wish with Happy Birthday, Mallory by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Tamara Schmitz; and The Silver Child by Cliff McNish. The following titles join the Amazing Athletes series by Jeff Savage: Danica Patrick; Donovan McNabb and Dwyane Wade.
Frances Lincoln Bookssees the light at the end of Tulliver's Tunnel by Diana Reynolds Roome, illus. by Susan Winter, about a rabbit who leaves home; Children: A First Art Book by Lucy Micklethwait, which introduces readers to 18 works of fine art featuring children; Celebrity Cat by Meredith Hooper, illus. by Bee Willey, starring a talented feline artist; I Can Do It! by Jana Novotny, illus. by Lucy Richards about a guinea pig's first day of preschool; and Snap! by Mick Manning and Brita Granström, following a food chain that begins with a fly being snapped up by a frog.
Little, Brown sails the seven seas with Vampirates by Justin Somper, in which a twin sister and brother are torn between pirate and vampirate (vampire pirates) worlds; Haters by Alisa Valdez-Rodriguez, about a teenager adjusting to her new high school and living situation when she and her dad move to California; Everything I Ever Learned About Being a Girl by Kim Cattrall, part teenage confidential/part teen survival guide; Incantation by Alice Hoffman, in which a girl discovers her family's secret identity as Marranos; and Chowder by Peter Brown, a slobbery story about a quirky bulldog.
Megan Tingley Books is on the rise with New Moon by Stephenie Meyer, a continuation of the romance between a vampire and his teenage love begun in Twilight.
LITTLE, BROWN/LB KIDS
LB Kids signs, seals, and delivers the season with Love Letters by Sandra Magsamen, an accordion-style quilted book; My Blanket by Magsamen, featuring three "blanket" panels; Cranium FunFolio, containing activities and surprises; ALEX: Little Hands Art Studio & Book, packaged with art supplies and a small easel; and ALEX: The Three Little Pigs, packaged with a glove puppet and felt play page.
Peachtree Books hunkers down for Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon, illus. by Henri Sørenson, a recounting of the unofficial Christmas truce between German and British soldiers in WWI; Sweet Land of Liberty by Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Leonard Jenkins, a chronicle of events leading up to Marian Anderson's concert at the Lincoln Memorial; Springing the Griffin by Kristin Wolden Nitz, a fantasy in which two kids hide a baby griffin from family and neighbors; Flying Fish by Adrian Fogelin in which a stressed teenager takes a break and embarks on a strange road trip with a neighbor; and Fire Birds by Sneed Collard III, about a boy who quits high school sports to work with raptors.
Pelican is talkin' turkey with Thanksgiving Day Alphabet by Beverly Barras Vidrine, an ABC book; Texas Mother Goose by David Davis, which gives classic rhymes a Texas twang; Granny Gert and the Bunion Brothers by Dotti Enderle, in which Gert straightens out the dumbest boys in Texas; The Buffalo Soldier by Sherry Garland, a historical account of the newly freed slaves who became soldiers in the U.S. Army; and The Warlord's Alarm by Virginia Walton Pilegard, seventh in the series about Chuan and his friend Jing Jing battling warlords.
Firebird sight sees with The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones, a long-out-of-print title with a new design; the reissue of Tam Lin by Pamela Dean; and a fall reprint of The Magic and the Healing by Nick O'Donohoe.
Philomel gets nothing but net with Outside Shot by Mike Lupica, in which an NBA star's world is turned upside down after a 12-year-old girl claims to be his daughter; Things Hoped For by Andrew Clements, in which Gwen's search for her missing grandfather leads to unbelievable adventure; The Great Tree of Avalon: The Eternal Flame by T.A. Barron, the final installment of the epic fantasy series; Voyage of Slavesby Brian Jacques, a seafaring suspense story in The Castaways of the Flying Dutchmanseries; and Something About Hensley's by Patricia Polacco, in which the owner of a local general store shows kindness to a family in need.
Razorbill gets inked with The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven, about a boy who thinks he's been given superpowers, but who is really possessed by a demon; The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld, about five teens in a New York City reeling under a mysterious epidemic; Sleeper Code by Tom Sniegoski, about a teenager who discovers his narcolepsy is a cover for his life as a sleeper assassin; The After Life by Daniel Ehrenhaft, about teenage half-siblings on a revealing road trip back from their father's funeral; and Pretty Tough Book One: Kick Grass by Liz Tigelaar, about twin sisters recruited for their school's soccer team.
Sleuth grabs a flashlight for The Blackout Gang by John McCall, about three super-genius kids in the middle of a New York City blackout; The Black Tower by Betsy Byars, continuing the Herculeah Jones series; The House Where Nobody Lived by Brad Strickland, a thriller; Angel of Death by Alane Ferguson, in which high schooler Cameryn assists her county coroner father on a grisly case involving her teacher's murder; and Hannah West in Deep Water by Linda Johns, starring a 12-year-old aspiring detective in an environmental mystery.
Speak falls hard for the three titles in the paperback original Diary of a Crush trilogy by Sarra Manning; Dread Locks, one ofthe first two books in Neal Shusterman's new thriller series, Dark Fusion; and fall reprints of Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer and Black and White by Paul Volponi.
PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan is all shook up with Elfis by Alan Katz, illus. by Dani Jones, about an outcast Santa's workshop elf turned rock 'n' roll icon; Happy Feet: The Movie Storybook, starring Little Mumble the penguin and featuring a CD narrated by Robin Williams; Mr. Christmas by Roger Hargreaves, a Mr. Men title; The Fear Factor Cookbook by Bev Bennett and Siobhan Ciminera, containing disgusting-looking but delicious-tasting recipes; and Theo's Thanksgiving by David Steinberg, illus. by Julia Woolf, a counting adventure featuring 10 scratch-and-sniff stickers.
Puffin gets busy with The Amber Brown Friends-Family-Photos-Collecting-Party-Scrapping-Sticker-Activity Book, based on characters created by Paula Danziger; and fall reprints of Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon and You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown by Danziger, as well as Lionboy: The Truth by Zizou Corder.
Putnam plans a flavorful fall with Salt, an adaptation of Mark Kurlansky's adult book Salt: A World History; Big Sparkler by Jan Brett, in which Hedgie the hedgehog goes to outer space; The Beaufort Scale by Peter Malone, the historical backdrop of the creation of this scale charting the wind's effects (from calm to hurricane); Across the Alley by E.B. Lewis, a picture book about interracial friendship; and Payback by Andy McNab and Robert Rigby, the sequel to Traitor, in which Danny and his ex-spy grandfather try to clear the family name.
Random House dons an apron for The Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook by Georgeanne Brennan, photos by Frankie Frankeny, a collection of recipes (e.g., Who-Roast Beast) inspired by Dr. Seuss; Little Fur: The Legend Begins by Isobelle Carmody, about a half-elf/half-troll girl's dangerous journey; The Monstrous Memoirs of Mighty McFearless by Ahmet Zappa, a middle-grade fantasy; Penny From Heavenby Jennifer L. Holm, a family story set in 1953; and Beka Cooper: Terrier (A Tortall Legend) by Tamora Pierce, first in a trilogy about a rookie police woman who can magically hear the dead.
Delacorte molds a fall season with Clay by David Almond, about a boy who can bring clay sculptures to life; Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton, a debut fantasy adventure set in present-day Oxford and 15th-century Germany; The Boy Book by E. Lockhart, a companion to The Boyfriend List; A Dog for Life by L.S. Matthews, a magical story of a boy and a dog and their unforgettable journey; and The First Christmas Stocking by Elizabeth Winthrop, illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, which reveals the origin of this tradition.
Disney serves up a junior extreme home makeover with Project: Bedroom by Apple Jordan, containig Disney-themed decorating advice aimed at 'tweens.
Dragonfly answers the call with picture-book reprints of New York's Bravest by Mary Pope Osborne, illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher; They Called Her Molly Pitcher by Anne Rockwell, illus. by Cynthia Von Buhler; and The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.
David Fickling Books ushers in fall with Corby Flood by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, in which Corby Flood and her family set sail on a ramshackle cruise ship with an eccentric crew; Celandine by Steve Augarde, about a girl in 1915 Britain who runs away to the secret world of the Little People; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, in which young Bruno befriends another boy during WWII, with devastating consequences; and Set in Stone by Linda Newbery, about a tutor who unravels the mysteries behind his young charges and their family.
Golen Books pirouettes into fall with Barbie in The Twelve Dancing Princesses, illus. by Carlotta Tormey, a retelling of the fall 2006 direct-to-DVD movie; The Soldier's Night Before Christmas by Trish Holland and Christine Ford, illus. by John Manders, a story inspired by Clement C. Moore's Yuletide poem; The Red Lemon by Bob Staake, about a lemon that stands out in the crowd; and Foodfight! by I. Trimble, a novelization of the movie coming to screens this fall.
Knopf stays up late with Wide Awake by David Levithan, a novel set in the near future, where a gay Jewish man has been elected president of the U.S.; My Buddy, Slug by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, about best friends learning their limits; American Story by Jennifer Armstrong, illus. by Roger Roth, which collects 100 true tales that deliver a history of the country; London Calling by Edward Bloor, an explanation of family, faith and honor; and The Wrong Hands by Nigel Richardson, a debut novel in which 14-year-old Graham knows he was born with huge, strange hands—and a secret.
Wendy Lamb Books swims into the season with House of the Red Fish by Graham Salisbury, set in Hawaii under the shadow of the attack on Pearl Harbor; The Legend of Bass Reeves by Gary Paulsen, about a famous black sheriff in the Wild West; Water Street by Patricia Reilly Giff, the story of Nory Ryan's daughter Bird Mallon who is living in 1875 Brooklyn; Looking for Bapu by Anjali Banerjee, in which an Indian boy seeks a magical way to bring his beloved grandfather back to life; and Just in Case by Meg Rosoff, about a boy who reinvents himself to escape a rotten fate.
RANDOM HOUSE/ SCHWARTZ & WADE
Schwartz & Wade Books sets for a spell with Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters by Patricia C. McKissack, illus. by André Carrilho, a collection of flavorful tales; Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky, a series of six linked stories about friendship; Mama, I'll Give You the World by Ron Schotter, illus. by S. Saelig Gallagher, in which Luisa creates a birthday gift for her hardworking mother; Alphabet Explosion! An Astonishing and Bedazzling Counting Book by John Nickle, a counting and alphabet book in one; and The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven by Jonah Winter, illus. by Barry Blitt,a tale inspired by the fact that the composer lived in no fewer than 39 apartments.
Reader's Digest leaps the season in a single bound with Marvel Heroes Storybook and DVD and Marvel Heroes Movie Theater Storybook and Movie Projector; Pass It On: A Story of How Sharing Grows by Fran Shaw, illus. by Miki Sakamoto, packaged with a paper-doll chain; What I Do Best by Allia Zobel Nolan, illus. by Miki Sakamoto, a celebration of self-esteem; and My Pod: Making Friends—Storybook and Portable Music Player, accompanied by a personal music player loaded with 24 tunes.
Roaring Brook is very contrary with Black? White! Day? Night! by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, a lift-the-flap concept book about opposites; Who Is Melvin Bubble? by Nick Bruel, in which interviews with family and friends offer a portrait of a six-year-old boy; A Beautiful Girl by Amy Schwartz, a picture book about what makes a girl different from the animals she encounters on her way to market; Get Real by Betty Hicks, a novel about the search for identity and family connections; and The Notorious Izzy Fink by Don Brown, about a boy living on New York's Lower East Side in the 1890s.
ROARING BROOK/FIRST SECOND
First Second Graphic Novels goes to the drawing board for American Born Chinese by Gene Yang, about the Chinese-American high school experience; Kampug Boy by Lat, a memoir of a Muslim boy growing up in Malaysia; Missouri Boy by Leland Myrick, featuring autobiographical scenes from the author-illustrator's life; Journey into Mohawk Country by George O'Connor, based on the journals of a Dutch explorer in 1630s New York State; and Sardine in Outer Space Volume Two Evil by Emmanuel Guibert, illus. by Joann Sfar, in which Supermuscleman develops a brainwashing machine.
Running Press is in the pink with The Bubble Gum Kid by Stu Smith, illus. by Julia Woolf, about a gum-loving tyke; Steven Caney's Ultimate Building Book by Steven Caney, illus. by Lauren House, containing more than 100 projects; Cathy Was Here by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman, an interactive book that tracks Cathy through a typical day; Tickets to Ride by Mark Rogalski, an alphabet concept book with an amusement park theme; and The Nativity by Christopher Wormell, a newly illustrated holiday title.
Sasquatch honors its namesake with Dreaming of Sasquatch by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, illus. by Vicki Bradley; and Larry Gets Lost in Seattle: A Child's Guide to Seattle by John Skewes.
Scholastic Press greases the griddle for Pancakes for Supper by Anne Isaacs, illus. by Mark Teague, a tall tale based on a 19th-century classic; I Will Hold You 'Til You Sleep by Linda Zuckerman, illus. by Jon J Muth, a picture book; On Christmas Eve by Ann M. Martin, a tale about the true meaning of Christmas; Lush by Natasha Friend, in which a girl learns to deal with an alcoholic father and her changing life; and Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick, about a 16-year-old boy who makes an unlikely friend at the senior center during his community service sentence.
Blue Sky Press goes prehistoric with How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors? by Jane Yolen, illus. by Mark Teague, a concept board book; Alphabet Rescue by Audrey Wood, illus. by Bruce Wood, a picture-book ABC featuring a fire truck; Ready, Freddy! The Shark Shock! by Abby Klein, illus. by John McKinley, which includes facts about sharks; The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil: The Impossible Flight to Helios by Wiley Miller, a novel in which Basil travels to unknown worlds on his pet pteranodon; and Night on the Mountain of Fear by Dawn Barnes, second in the graphic-novel/chapter-book karate series.
Cartwheel is over the moon for My First Taggies Book: Hey Diddle, Diddle; Can You See What I See? Once Upon a Time by Walter Wick, a search-and-find book featuring 12 stories; ABC Sing-Along by Teddy Slater, illus. by Lisa Chauncey Guida, a novelty title packaged with a music CD; LeapFrog: My First Colors Book, an interactive learning title; and Let's Find Out: Farm Animals, featuring eight wipe-off activity pages and a wipe-off marker.
Chicken House gallops into fall with I Am the Great Horse by Katherine Roberts, an epic about Alexander the Great, from the horse's mouth; Mermaid Dreams by Mark Sperring, illus. by the Pope Twins, a bedtime tale; Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost! and Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost! by Cornelia Funke, debut titles in a fantasy series starring nine-year-old Tom; and When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke, a holiday fantasy about the last real St. Nick's efforts to save Christmas.
Arthur A. Levine Books puckers up for Kiss Me Tomorrow by Susan Shreve, in which Blister needs all her common sense and heart to deal with a best friend in trouble; Ella Sets the Stage by Carmela and Steven D'Amico, how Ella discovers her biggest talents behind the scenes at the school variety show; Dizzy by Jonah Winter, illus. by Sean Qualls, the story of jazz great Dizzy Gillespie; The Adventures of Marco Polo by Russell Freedman, recounting the journeys of this explorer; and The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty, the sequel to The Year of Secret Assignments.
Orchard gets a clue with Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, Casebook No. 1: The Fall of the Amazing Walendas by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin, a new series about Holmes and his young band of ragtag assistants; Sabuda and Reinhart Present Castle: Medieval Days and Knights by Kyle Olmon, illus. by Tracy Sabin, a pop-up; Hattie Hippo by Christine Loomis, illus. by Robert Neubecker, a rhyming picture book; Welcome, Precious by Nikki Grimes, illus. by Bryan Collier, a picture book welcoming a baby to the world; and The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo, first in a fantasy trilogy about a boy with magical powers.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
S&S maps out a fall list with Our 50 States by Lynne Cheney, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser, a cross-country family adventure; Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements, a mystery set in a one-room schoolhouse; G Is for One Gzonk by Tony DiTerlizzi, a picture book; Spiderwick Cycle II by Holly Black, illus. by Tony DiTerlizzi, in which an 11-year-old girl who purchases Arthur Spiderwick's field guide notices strange occurrences; and A Creature Was Stirring by Carter Goodrich, a debut picture book from a designer of Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc.
Aladdin is rawther enthusiastic about Kay Thompson's Eloise and the Secret Room, illus. in the style of Hilary Knight, new to the Ready-to-Read line; More Snacks! by Joan Holub, illus. by Will Terry, a Read-to-Read Thanksgiving title; and reprints of The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans, illus. by Jacob Collins; Among the Enemy (Shadow Children) by Margaret Peterson Haddix; and The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements.
Atheneum has something to smile about with Leonardo's Boy by Christopher Grey, a Renaissance thriller in which da Vinci's servant boy helps the grand master create The Last Supper; The Best Kid in the World: A SugarLoaf Book by Peter Reynolds, in which SugarLoaf learns that trying hard counts just as much as winning; Counting Ovejas by Sarah Weeks, illus. by David Diaz, a bilingual counting book; The Ratbridge Chronicles: Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow, a Monty Python—esque novel; and Dooby Dooby Mooby Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin, in which Duck tries to prove how talented his barnyard buddies are.
Richard Jackson Books pirouettes into fall with To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novella by Siena Siegel, illus. by Mark Siegel, which shows a young New York City Ballet dancer's life and career in comic-book style; Five for a Little One by Chris Rashka, an introduction to the five senses; No Dessert Forever!by George Ella Lyon, illus. by Peter Catalanotto, telling all that might happen when a girl is blamed for her brother's mischief; The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan, in which a clever girl keeps her family together in their Mojave Desert trailer; and Probably the World's Best Story About a Dog and the Girl Who Loved Me by D. James Smith, in which the Boys of San Joaquin solve a dog-napping with romantic consequences.
Ginee Seo Books hops into fall with Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow by James Howe, in which the bunny encounters a mysterious houseguest and his pet crow; and Alphabet of Dreams by Susan Fletcher, a biblical epic set in Ancient Persia that blends romance, fantasy and history.
Little Simon celebrates with The Twelve Days of Christmas Tenth Anniversary Edition by Robert Sabuda; Boynton Baby: The Going to Bed Gift Set and Boynton Baby: My Piggy Book by Sandra Boynton, which launch the new Boynton Baby line; The Jungle Book by Matthew Reinhart, a pop-up adaptation; and Two Blue by David A. Carter, a guessing-game book containin pop-up paper sculptures.
S&S/LITTLE SIMON INSPIRATIONS
Little Simon Inspirations praises fall's glory with All God's Icky Creatures by Karen Hill, illus. by Steve Johnson, a touch-and-feel book about appreciating all manner of critters; God Made Me by Dandi Daley Mackall, illus. by Hiroe Nakata, a board book with tabs; The Blessing Box by Karen Hill, illus. by Malene Laugesen, a story about the gifts of Christmas, packaged with a box for storing treasures; and a new line of novelty tie-ins featuring VeggieTales.
Margaret K. McElderry Books is cozy under the covers with Sleepyhead by Karma Wilson, illus. by John Segal, a bedtime adventure; Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean, the first-ever authorized sequel to J.M. Barrie's classic; Victory by Susan Cooper, a seafaring yarn set during the Battle of Trafalgar; Are You Quite Polite? Silly Dilly Manners Songs by Alan Katz, illus. by David Catrow, a look at good and bad manners; and Golden & Grey: The Nightmares That Ghosts Have by Louise Arnold, a new mystery for Tom Golden and Grey Arthur to solve.
Simon Pulse keeps it on the QT with Private by Kate Brian, first in a new teen series set in a boarding school; Fix by Leslie Margolis, a novel exploring the trend of plastic surgery among teens; Salem Witch Tryouts by Kelly McClymer, a two-book series combining magic and cheerleading; Meri's Revenge by M. Apostolina, a sequel to Hazing Meri Sugarman; and the reprint of Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie by Holly Black.
Simon Spotlight says "Come on, Vamanos" for Go, Diego, Go! Click Takes a Pic!, shaped like a camera with a die-cut viewfinder and push button; Telling Time with Dora, in which readers learn to tell time by helping Dora through a busy day; Dance with Uniqua! by Christine Ricci, illus. by Susan Hall; SpongeBob SquarePants: The Three Little Neighbors, a snarky underwater twist on the Three Little Pigs; and Barnyard Movie Novelization, a tie-in to the film about a partying cow who learns to reform his ways.
Paula Wiseman Books scores with Teammates by Tiki and Ronde Barber, illus. by Barry Root, a story of childhood determination; A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee, illus. by Harry Bliss, about a young witch's first Halloween; Once Upon a Banana by Jennifer Armstrong, illus. by David Small, the slapstick happenings set into motion by a monkey dropping a banana peel; The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra, illus. by Stephen Gammell, about a project gone berserk; and Amelia's Longest, Biggest, Most-Fights-Ever Family Reunion by Marissa Moss, in which Amelia dreads a reunion with the side of the family she's never met.
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS
Sleeping Bear walks down the aisle for Pinky's Mom Is Getting Married by Eve Bunting, illus. by Lisa Papp, a picture book about a mother who remarries; Black Beauty's Early Days in the Meadow, taken from Anna Sewell, illus. by Jane Monroe Donovan, a picture-book edition of this story; The Happy Prince, retold by Elissa Grodin, illus. by Laura Stutzman, a contemporary version of Oscar Wilde's classic tale; Why the Stomach Growls by Pamela Duncan Edwards, illus. by Bridget Starr Taylor, explains facts about the human body; and The Night Henry Ford Met Santa by Carol Hagen, illus. by Matt Faulkner, in which Henry Ford's Christmas wish comes true.
Sterling plays for keeps with Mine! Mine! Mine! by Shelly Becker, illus. by Hideko Takahashi, about a girl's struggle to share some of her toys with her cousin; and Ms. Rubenstein's Beauty by Pep Montserrat, a Valentine story that demonstrates that being loved is more important than being beautiful.
Tor Kids focuses on fall with Hurt Go Happy, about a deaf girl who befriends a scientist and his baby chimpanzee, from whom she secretly learns sign language.
Starscape keeps cool with The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin, about a girl who tames an ice dragon and her quest to save her homeland; Troll Bridge by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, a contemporary retelling of a fairy tale; Chance Fortune and the Outlaws by Shane Berryhill, the debut book in a series about an ordinary boy in a school for super humans; The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon, first in an epic fantasy series involving a quest at sea and pirates; and the reprint of Invasion of the Road Weenies by David Lubar.
Tor Teen casts a spell with The Yanti by Christopher Pike, the third book about a girl with magical powers; The Shaktra, a paperback reprint of the second book in Pike's adventures; and Keeper of the Earth by Jenna Solitaire, fourth in the Daughter of Destiny fantasy series.
Tricycle Press gets a grip with Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown, in which a girl adjusts to life with her father after her mother leaves home; The Book of Why by Christopher Phillips, illus. by Cliff Wright, starring an inquisitive panda bear; The Amazing Ghost Detectives by Daniel San Souci; and Courage of the Blue Boy by Robert Neubecker, a picture book about a blue boy and his pet cow.
Viking keeps looking over its shoulder with Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson, a suspense story of murder and an underground skate park; Corduroy's Lost and Found by B.G. Hennessy, writing in the tradition of Don Freeman, illus. by Jody Wheeler, a new story about Lisa's birthday party; Violet Comes to Stay by Jan Karon, illus. by Emily Arnold McCully, first in a picture-book series about a cat named Violet, a spin-off of Karon's Mitford Years books; Grumpy Gloria by Anna Dewdney, starring a grumpy but endearing bulldog; and Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages, about two girls whose parents are working on the Manhattan Project.
Walker Books carries a tune into fall with Jake the Philharmonic Dog by Karen LeFrak, illus. by Marcin Baranski, in which a pup becomes the principal stagepaw for the Philharmonic Orchestra; Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimons; Backyard Bear by Anne Rockwell and Megan Halsey, a nonfiction picture book exploring the clash between bears and humans; Melrose and Croc: A Christmas to Remember by Emma Chichester Clark, in which a dog and a crocodile find friendship just before the holiday; and It's a Mall World After All by Janette Rallison, about a girl who finds that her mall job is the perfect front for spying on her classmates.