Abrams takes a stroll down memory lane with When the Silliest Cat Was a Kittenby Gilles Bachelet, about how a certain pet adapted to living with its owner; Library Mouseby Daniel Kirk, in which an author rodent inspires others' creativity; The Witch's Childby Arthur Yorinks, illus. by Jos. A. Smith, about a witch who desires a child of her own; Sawdust and Spangles: The Amazing Life of W.C. Coup by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills, illus. by Giselle Potter, a true story of a boy who ran away with the circus and became a famous circus leader; and The Discovery of Dragons: Revised and Expandedby Graeme Base, a catalogue of these creatures.
Amulet sharpens its No. 2 pencils for Testedby William Sleator, a futuristic thriller in which teens uncover a conspiracy involving a school-testing company; The Hour of the Outlawby Maiya Williams, third in the series about time detectives; Fellby David Clement-Davies, the sequel to The Sight, a fantasy adventure; The Lighthouse War, second in the series that began with The Lighthouse Land; and Book Five in the Sisters Grimm series.
Allen & Unwin head to the artist's studio with How to Draw Krappy Kartoons Really Wellby Geoff Kelly, a guide offering a professional cartoonist's tips; and Brian Banana Duck Sunshine Yellowby Chris McKimmie, about a boy who earns three color-inspired nicknames from his grandparents.
Barron's meets the masters with Matisse: King of Colourby Laurence Anholt, the story of the artist in his later life; and Renoir and the Boy with the Long Hairby Wendy Wax, which recounts an anecdote about the painter and his young son, Jean.
Bloomsbury turns the page for Book of a Thousand Daysby Shannon Hale, a tale of forbidden love set in medieval Mongolia; Freckle Face Strawberryby Julianne Moore, illus. by LeUyen Pham, about freckles, friends and individuality; The Declarationby G.R. Malley, a drama starring teens struggling to survive in a dystopian society; The Seemsby John Hulme and Michael Wexler, a fantasy introducing the "fixers," people living in a world just behind ours and helping things in our world to run smoothly; and Starcross: Larklight IIby Philip Reeve, illus. by David Wyatt, in which a family visiting an asteroid resort gets swept up in a dastardly scheme.
Blue Apple pirouettes into fall with A Dictionary of Danceby Liz Murphy; Can You Moo?, a finger-puppet board book about animal sounds by Simms Taback; The Miracles of the Bibleby Josh Hanft, illlus. by Seymour Chwast, featuring tales from the Old Testament; and And to Name but Just a Few: Red, Yellow, Green, and Blueby Laurie Rosenwald, a poetry collection with a color theme.
Candlewick bears tidings of the season with Great Joyby Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Bagram
Ibatoulline, a holiday tale about the power of kindness; Judy Moody, Stink and the Holly Jolidayby Megan McDonald, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, a holiday novel featuring color artwork; The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Wavesby M.T. Anderson, the follow-up to the National Book Award winner; Mythologyby Ladia Hestia Evans, ed. by Dugald A. Steer, latest in the "ology" series; and Maisy Big, Maisy Small by Lucy Cousins, a concept book starring the popular mouse.
Marshall Cavendish rises and shines with Cock-a-Doodle Christmasby Will Hillenbrand, about a rooster who learns to crow after meeting Baby Jesus; Sleepover Larryby Daniel Pinkwater, illus. by Jill Pinkwater, about a memorable sleepover at the Hotel Larry; Frankie Steinby Lola M. Schaefer, illus. by Kevan J. Atteberry, in which the Frank N Steins' new baby shows the family a new kind of "scary;" The Great Texas Hamster Drive by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Bruce Whatley, about a trail drive; and The Return of Light: A Christmas Taleby Dia Calhoun, about a small evergreen's special gift to others.
Charlesbridge warms up with A Mountain of Mittensby Lynne Plourde, illus. by Mitch Vane, about a school's winter lost-and-found pile; Wiggle and Waggleby Caroline Arnold, illus. by Mary Peterson, a beginning reader starring two wormy best friends; Piano Pianoby David Cali, illus. by Éric Heliot, in which Marcolino discovers his musical talent; The Golden Dreydlby Ellen Kushner, illus. by Ilene Winn-Lederer, a mix of Jewish history and fantasy; and Camel Riderby Prue Mason about two unlikely friends trying to survive in the war-torn Middle East.
CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
Chicago Review Press harvests four fall titles for its interactive history line: Abraham Lincoln for Kidsby Janis Herbert, Chicago History for Kidsby Owen Hurd, Franklin Delano Roosevelt for Kidsby Richard Panchykand George Washington for Kids by Brandon Marie Miller; and also serves up some science with How High in the Sky? An Activity Guide to the Sun, Moon, Stars and Planetsby Nancy Castaldo.
CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS/ ZEPHYR
Zephyr figures a fine fall with Big Ideas for Growing Mathematicians: Exploring Elementary Math with 20 Ready-to-Go Activitiesby Ann Kajander.
CHILDRENS BOOK PRESS
Children's Book Press gets local with On My Block: Stories and Pictures by Fifteen Artists, ed. by Dana Goldberg, a multicultural anthology.
Chronicle jangles its spurs for Cowboy Stories, illus. by Barry Moser, a collection of tales by contemporary and classic authors; Olive the Other Reindeer Deluxe Editionby J.otto Siebold and Vivian Walsh, with new novelty elements to celebrate this picture-book's 10th anniversary; Worst Case Scenario: Junior Editionby Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, offering step-by-step instructions for the worst that lower education has to offer; N Is for Navidadby Susan Middleton Elya and Merry Banks, illus. by Joe Cepeda, a Latino holiday tale; and Taro Gomi Seasons, an art-activity title.
Clarion sails the ocean blue with Who Discovered America?by Russell Freedman, a look at the debate over who reallymade this discovery; The Real Benedict Arnoldby Jim Murphy, which digs behind the rumors and folktales about this historical figure's act of national betrayal; Tap Dancing on the Roof: A Collection of Sijoby Linda Sue Park, illus. by Istvan Banyai, an anthology of traditional Korean poetry; Cat Jumped In:by Tess Weaver, illus. by Emily Arnold McCully, starring a mischievous feline; and Five Little Monkeys Go Shoppingby Eileen Christelow, weaving basic math lessons into the monkeys' shopping trip
COMPASS POINT BOOKS
Compass Point Books twirls into Ballroom Dancing by Jennifer Blizin Gillis, a part of the For Fun! Sports series; Teens in Iran by David Seidman, part of the Global Connections series; Elizabeth Dole: Public Servant and Sentor by Dana Meachen Rau, part of the Signature Lives series; A Day Without Immigrants by Jeannine Ouellette, part of the Snapshots in History series; and Write Your Own Tall Tales by Natalie Rosinsky, part of the Write Your Own series.
Crabtree takes a giant leap with Neil Armstrong and the Lunar Landing; Changing Time, about time passing from day to night and season to season; The Sun and the Earth, an exploration of these celestial bodies; Baseball Math, which uses sports stats to introduce math concepts; and Science in the Renaissance, about how discoveries of scientists from this era changed the course of history.
Creative Company hops into fall with The Frog Who Wanted to See the Sea by Guy Billout, a modern fairy tale; So Said Ben by Michael McCurdy, a tribute to Benjamin Franklin; I Still Hate to Read! by Rita Marshall, illus. by Etienne Delessert, in which a boy attempts to keep his love of reading a secret; and Michelangelo's World by J. Patrick Lewis, a collection of sonnets that depict the world of this artist.
DK gets up-close-and-personal with Alive: The Ultimate Human Body Pop-up Book, an interactive title that includes a beating heart sound; Do Not Open, a book that shares the world's best-kept secrets and mysteries; More Cool Stuff and How It Works, an exploration of gee-whiz technology from the outside in; Quest for the City of Goldby Stephen Biesty, an adventure tale filled with hidden clues; and Eyewitness Experts, a series of kits focusing on such topics as Ancient Egypt and dinosaurs.
Darby Creek sinks its teeth into fall with Venomby Marilyn Singer, the latest on animals that harm or kill with their bite or sting; Pocket Babies (And Other Amazing Marsupials)by Sneed B. Collard, III, a look at these mammals; The Wayby Joseph Bruchac, about an American Indian boy adjusting to a new school; Love According to Kaleyby Dian Curtis Regan, in which Kaley negotiates Valentine's Day in her wacky way; and Underwaterby Debbie Levy Hoffman, about an anxious 12-year-old who finds solace in all things aquatic.
Dawn snuggles down with Grandma's Feather Bed by John Denver, illus. by Christopher Canyon, a picture-book adapted from the lyrics of a song by Jim Connor and recorded by the late Denver.
Dial sharpens its blades for Hans Brinkerby Bruce Coville, illus. by Laurel Long, a picture-book adaptation of the Mary Mapes Dodge novel; The First Amendmentby David Catrow, a look at the freedom of speech; Seeing Reddby Frank Beddor, the sequel to The Looking Glass Wars; The Revolution of Ramon De La Roseby Sally Gardner, a YA novel set during the French Revolution; and Oscar Invincible by Michelle Green, spotlighting the early African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux.
Disney Press prepares for the fall ball with Walt Disney's Cinderellaby Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Mary Blair, a picture-book adaptation; Enchanted Stables, about the horse friends of Disney Princesses Belle, Cinderella and Snow White; Enchanted: The Novelization, based on the forthcoming feature film about a princess who tumbles down a well and lands in New York City; National Treasure Presents…#1first in a line of novels starting young Benjamin Franklin Gates uncovering history's secrets; and three new High School Musical Original Junior Novels.
DISNEY PRESS/PLAYHOUSE DISNEY
Playhouse Disney bounces into the season with My Friends Tigger and Pooh Magnix Book, an interactive story; The Firebirdand Pirate's Treasure are two new Little Einsteins concept titles by Marcy Kelman; and Mickey Saves Santaand The Mystery of the Missing Muffinsare added to the Disney's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse line.
Disney Editions sprinkles fall magic dust with Peter Pan and the Secret of Rundoonby Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the finale to the series of Peter Pan prequels; Disney's Animation Magic by Don Hahn, an illustrated introduction to animated filmmaking; and The Disney Mountains: Imagineering at Its Peak by Jason Surrell, a look at a popular theme park attraction.
Dogtown Artworks wags into fall with Happy Tails: Hounds on Holiday by Cindy and Kirby Pringle, in which pups Pearl Barker and Earl hit the road for a vacation.
Dutton buzzes for the birds and the bees with Changing Youby Gail Saltz, M.D., an upbeat look at how bodies change during puberty; Skippyjon Jones and the Big Digby Judy Schachner, in which the Siamese kitty-boy enters the land of the dinosaurs; Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Caseby Donald Sobol, in which the boy detective gets 10 new cases; Fire from the Rockby Sharon M. Draper, about a Little Rock, Ark. girl selected to be one of the first students who will change history in her town; and Safeby Susan Shaw, a gripping story of recovery and hope about a girl who is raped on her way home from school.
Eerdmans enjoys fall's flavors with Little Apple Goatby Caroline Jayne Church starring a goat with an unusual taste for fruit; Four Feet, Two Sandalsby Karen Lynn Williams and Khandra Mohammed, illus. by Doug Chayka, about two Afghani girls who share a precious pair of sandals; Still My Grandmaby Véronique Van den Abeele, illus. by Claude K. Dubois, in which Camille finds a way to continue family traditions after her grandmother develops Alzheimer's disease; Eli Remembersby Ruth Vander Zee and Marian Sneider, illus. by Bill Farnsworth, about a boy's discovery of the meaning of Rosh Hashanah; and Annie's Warby Jacqueline Levering Sullivan, in which a girl copes with having a father missing in action just after WWII.
FARRAR, STRAUS GIROUX
FSG savors the season with Deliciousby Helen Cooper, which features more tasty fun for Cat, Duck and Squirrel; I Am Not Joey Pigzaby Jack Gantos, in which screwy and fragile plans for a future come together for Joey and his father; Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiacby Gabrielle Zevin, about a 16-year-old girl recovering from a head trauma; The Corps of the Bare-Boned Planeby Polly Horvath, in which two orphaned cousins are sent to live with an eccentric uncle; and Defectby Will Weaver, about a boy born with a defect that allows his arms to function as bat wings.
Frances Foster Books fills in its appointment book with What Happens on Wednesdaysby Emily Jenkins, illus. by Lauren Castillo, in which a child describes all that happens on this day of the week; The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtainby Peter Sís, about the artist's formative years in communist Czechoslovakia; Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to Youby Peter Cameron, in which an 18-year-old boy in New York City searches for direction in his life; Off-Colorby Janet McDonald, about a girl who discovers she's biracial; and Kissing the Beeby Kathe Koja, about three best friends who face senior year and their changing feelings for each other.
Melanie Kroupa Books is up to the challenge in Dolores Meets Her Matchby Barbara Samuels, in which Dolores pits her pet cat against Hillary's; The Prince Won't Go to Bed! by Dayle Ann Dodds, illus. by Krysten Brooker, which explores why the royal routine is disrupted; What's So Bad About Being an Only Child?by Cari Best, illus. by Sophie Blackall, about a girl who finds a clever way to make her sibling-free situation more satisfying; Freakby Marcella Fleischman Pixley, starring a budding poet and proud outsider adjusting to seventh grade; and Mistik Lakeby Martha Brooks, a YA novel following the ripple-effect of tragedy following a teen's car crash at the lake.
Flashlight keeps it all in the family with Grandfather's Wrinklesby Kathryn England, illus. by Richard McFarland, in which Lucy asks her granddad about his "crinkly" skin and receives a kindhearted explanation.
Frances Lincoln pounces on fall with The Snow Leopardby Jackie Morris, an illustrated folktale; Patrick Paints a Pictureby Saviour Pirotta, illus. by Linzi West, in which a budding artist learns about colors and their combinations; Big Brave Brianby M.P. Robertson, starring a brave man who has a surprising fear; King Pom and the Fox by Jessica Souhami, a Japanese version of "Puss in Boots"; and Nail Soupby Eric Maddern, illus. by Paul Hess, a twist on the "Stone Soup" tale.
Free Spirit takes control with three entries in the Be the Boss of Your Body series: Be the Boss of Your Pain, Be the Boss of Your Sleep and Be the Boss of Your Stress, all by Timothy Culbert and Rebecca Kajander, teaching children how to be more healthy using natural techniques.
Getty is on the go with My Travels with Claraby Mary Tavener Holmes, illus. by Jon Cannell, the true story of Clara the rhinoceros's novelty tour of Europe in the 18th century and the ensuing "rhinomania."
Grosset & Dunlap packs some Dramamine for Hank Zipzer #12: Barfing in the Backseat, about a family road trip to a crossword puzzle tournament; Halloween Is Here, Corduroy!based on the character by Don Freeman, illus. by Emilie Kong, in which the titular bear goes trick-or-treating; Dick and Jane: My First Wordsby Larry Ruppert and Ted Enik, an oversize, lift-the-flap board book emphasizing word recognition; Christmas in Mouselandby Katharine Holabird, illus. by Helen Craig, in which Angelina the ballerina auditions for a lead dance part; and Pretty Freekin' Scary: You Smell Deadby Chris P. Flesh, in which Freekin', an undead boy, falls in love with a very live high school girl.
Groundwood is on the lookout for Secret Hiding Placesby Ann Alma, the true story of a Dutch couple who risked their lives to hide Jews during WWII; Sacred Leafby Deborah Ellis, sequel to I Am a Taxi, about the cocaine trade in Bolivia; Please, Louiseby Frieda Wishinsky, illus. by Marie-Louise Gay, featuring Jake and his pesky little sister; Be a Baby/Sea un bebeby Sarah Withrow, illus. by Manuel Monroy, a rhyming lullaby; and Funny Weather: Everything You Didn't Want to Know About Climate Change but Probably Should Find Outby Kate Evans.
Harcourt pricks up its ears for If a Tree Falls at Lunch Periodby Gennifer Choldenko, a book about two kids with an unlikely connection; Mother Goose Numbers on the Looseby Leo and Diane Dillon, a collection of number rhymes; Where the Giant Sleepsby Mem Fox, illus. by Vladimir Radunsky, a look at bedtime in fairyland; The Aurora County All-Starsby Deborah Wiles, in which 12-year-old House Jackson learns lessons about family and baseball; and Powersby Ursula K. LeGuin, a coming-of-age tale.
Red Wagon Books has its eyes peeled for Peek in My Pocketby Sarah Weeks, illus. by David A. Carter, a novelty book; Bow-Wow Napsand Bow-Wow Orders Lunch by Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash, two concept books; a board-book edition of Won't You Be My Kissaroo?by Joanne Ryder, illus. by Melissa Sweet; and a lap-sized board-book edition of Growing Vegetable Soupby Lois Ehlert.
HarperCollins casts a spell with M Is for Magicby Neil Gaiman; The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up: Based on the Books by C.S. Lewis, paper engineering by Robert Sabuda, illus. by Matthew Armstrong; Russell's Christmas Magic by Rob Scotton, in which the affable sheep receives a special gift from Santa; Yellow Flagby Robert Lipsyte, a novel that takes an inside look at NASCAR racing; and The Nutcrackerby Susan Jeffers, a picture book inspired by the titular ballet.
HARPERCOLLINS/JULIE ANDREWS COLLECTION
The Julie Andrews Collection hatches a fall list with The Tiger's Egg: The Wednesday Tales No. 2by Jon Berkeley, in which Miles searches for his long-lost father; Pebbleby Susan Milord, about a pebble that wishes for a place to belong; and a paperback reprint of The Palace of Laughter: The Wednesday Tales No. 1 by Berkeley.
Collins waddles into fall with Penguinsby Seymour Simon, a Smithsonian Institution title looking at 14 penguin species; Baseball Treasuresby Stephen Wong, an array of the game's most treasured memorabilia, a Smithsonian Institutions co-branded book; Extreme Dinosaurs: Q&Afeaturing web links to Smithsonian Institution exhibits and artifacts; and Malls, Meals, and Messaging: Teen Manners for Real Lifeby Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post, an etiquette guide.
Joanna Cotler Books is a-buzz with Diary of a Flyby Doreen Cronin, illus. by Harry Bliss, about a little fly who dreams big; The Castle Coronaby Sharon Creech, illus. by David Diaz, in which two peasants transform a family of spoiled royals; The Man with the Red Bagby Eve Bunting, a mystery about a boy suspicious of an exotic-looking stranger; and Fiona Loves the Nightby Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest, illus. by Amanda Shepherd, about a girl who discovers that nighttime can be filled with beauty, wonder and magic.
Eos serves upHungryby Alethea Eason, a tongue-in-cheek novel in which an alien must eat a best friend for dinner; Interworldby Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves, a fantasy-adventure tale; Darkwingby Ken Oppel, a saga about the world's first bat; The Last Knightby Hilari Bell, which kicks off a new Knight and Rogue fantasy series; and the paperback reprint of Samuraiby Jason Hightman.
HarperFestival plays dress-up with What's in Grandma's Closet, illus. by Tammie Lyon, a novelty book with a charm bracelet; The Twelve Days of Christmasby Betty Ann Schwartz, illus. by Judith Moffatt, a novelty book; The Berenstain Bears Trim the Treeby Jan and Mike Berenstain, the Bears' lift-the-flap debut; Biscuit's Christmas Eveby Alyssa Satin Capucilli, a holiday gatefold book; and Fancy Nancy Loves! Loves! Loves!by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser and Carolyn Bracken, a sticker activity book.
Laura Geringer Books dons a disguise for Undercoverby Beth Kephart, novel inspired by Cyrano de Bergerac; Frannie in Piecesby Delia Ephron, in which 15-year-old Frannie's father dies leaving behind a mysterious hand-painted puzzle she puts together; In the Space Left Behindby Joan Ackerman, a debut novel about a boy who reunites with the father who abandoned the family; Merry Christmas, Mouse!by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond, a holiday counting book; and a reissue of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Mini Book and CD by Numeroff and Bond, narrated by Carol Kane.
Greenwillow races the clock for Deadlineby Chris Crutcher, about a kid with one year to live; The V.O.E. of Merilee Marvelousby Suzanne Crowley, a debut coming-of-age novel set in Jumbo, Tex.; The Wizardby Jack Prelutsky, illus. by Brandon Dorman, about a mischievous wizard; Christmas at Stony Creekby Stephanie Greene, illus. by Chris Sheban, about a heroic mouse; and A Closer Lookby Mary McCarthy, a debut picture-book.
HarperTeen crosses its fingers with Jinxby Meg Cabot, in which a girl wonders if she's a witch; Bullyvilleby Francine Prose, an exploration of school bullying; Avalon High: Coronationby Meg Cabot, next in the manga saga of a teenager who is the reincarnation of King Arthur; Beastlyby Alex Flinn, a spin on "Beauty and the Beast"; and the paperback reprint of Street Loveby Walter Dean Myers.
Katherine Tegen Books minds its manners with No Biting, Louiseby Margie Palatini, illus. by Matthew Reinhart, spotlighting a common preschool problem; Araminta Spookie 4: Vampire Bratby Angie Sage, about Araminta's creepy vampire neighbor; Christmas Magicby Sue Stainton, illus. by Eva Melhuish, a hide-and-seek story; Total Constant Orderby Crissa-Jean Cappell, a debut novel about a teen with obsessive compulsive disorder; and Hunter's Big Sisterby Laura Malone Elliott, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, in which Hunter comes to realize the importance of a sibling.
HarperTrophy is at full gallop with Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island #2: The Shining Stallion by Terri Farley; My Sister the Vampire #1: Switchedand #2: Fangtastic!by Sienna Mercer, a series containing twin and vampire hijinks; I Can Read 50th Anniversary Box Setfeaturing such classics as Frog and Toad Togetherby Arnold Lobel; and a paperback reprint of Sun & Spoon by Kevin Henkes.
Holiday House serves an ace with Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibsonby Karen Deans, illus. by Elbrite Brown, a picture book of the tennis star; The Three Bears' Halloweenby Kathy Duval, illus. by Paul Meisel, in which the bears trick-or-treat at Goldilocks's house; Coral Reefsby Gail Gibbons, a nonfiction picture book; Zombie Nite Caféby Merrily Kutner, illus. by Ethan Long, featuring funny, spooky verse; and Eyes of the Unicornby Theresa Bateson, illus. by Greg Spalenka, an original fairy tale.
Henry Holt rocks the cradle for Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?by Bill Martin, Jr., illus. by Eric Carle, a tribute to mothers and babies, and a celebration of wildlife; The Curious Adventure of the Abandoned Toysby Julian Fellowes, illus. by S.D. Schindler, about the escapades of stuffed animals lost or discarded by child owners; Do Unto Ottersby Laurie Keller, highlighting the importance of the Golden Rule; Piper Reed, Navy Bratby Kimberly Willis Holt, starring a full-of-life middle child; and Derby Dollby Shauna Cross, a YA novel set in the world of roller derby.
Houghton Mifflin heads for the locker room with Gym Candyby Carl Deuker, a YA novel about steroid use among high school athletes; Living Colorby Steve Jenkins, an introduction to the science of color in the animal world; Still Just Graceby Charise Mericle Harper, starring quirky third-grader Grace; Four Legs Bad, Two Legs Goodby D.B. Johnson, an adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm; and Boy Toyby Barry Lyga, in which a boy is molested by his teacher.
Walter Lorraine Books pulls the wool over our eyes with The Sheep in Wolf's Clothingby Helen Lester, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, a case of mistaken identity; The Way We Workby David Macaulay, a look at the ultimate machine-the human body; The Parakeet Papersby Susan Meddaugh, in which a parakeet saves a friend from the Tropical Village traveling circus; Whaleportby Mark Foster, illus. by Gerald Foster, an exploration of the whaling industry and its evolution; and How the Ladies Stopped the Windby Bruce McMillan, illus. by Gunnella, starring some clever Icelandic ladies and their chickens.
Hyperion waves the flag for American Hero: The Story of Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil Warby Robert F. Kennedy Jr., illus. by Andreev, a biography of this historical figure; Heroby Perry Moore, a tale of a superhero's coming of age; Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identityby Mo Willems, in which Trixie accidentally swaps Knuffle Bunny with another girl at school; The True Meaning of Smekdayby Adam Rex, a debut novel about a cross-country road-trip adventure shared by a girl and an alien; and The Night Touristby Katherine Marsh, in which a 14-year-old Jack explores New York City's ghostly underworld.
Miramax climbs into the cockpit with Airmanby Eoin Colfer, a historical adventure in which a boy falsely accused of a crime builds the first flying machine to save himself; Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel, adapted byEoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illus. by Giovanni Rigano and Paolo Lamanna; The Mistmantle Chronicles Book Three: The Heir to Mistmantleby Margi McAllister, in which King Crispin's daughter is kidnapped; and paperback reprints of Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colonyby Eoin Colfer and The Last Dragonby Silvana De Mari.
HYPERION/JUMP AT THE SUN
Jump at the Sun hits nothing but net with Jabberwockyby Lewis Carroll, illus. by Christopher Myers, a re-imagining of the poem as a face-off on the basketball court; The Shadow Speakerby Nnedi Okorafor, a futuristic fantasy-adventure set in Africa; a 25th anniversary edition of Marked by Fireby Joyce Carol Thomas; and paperback reprints of Martin's Big Wordsby Doreen Rappaport, illus. by Bryan Collier and These Handsby Hope Lynne Price, illus. by Bryan Collier.
Immedium kowtows for Julie Black Beltby Oliver Chin, illus. by Charlene Chua, about a girl impatient to earn a black belt; and The Octonauts and the Sea of Shadeby Meomi, in which the Octonauts help the ocean animals find their missing shadows.
JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY
JPS ushers in fall with The Power of Song and Other Sephardic Talesby Rita Roth, a collection of Jewish folktales from the Mediterranean region.
Kar-Ben celebrates the season with Hanukkah Moonby Deborah da Costa, illus. by Gosia Mosz, in which a Jewish girl learns a Hispanic holiday custom; Always an Olivia: A Remarkable Family Historyby Carolivia Herron, illus. by Jeremy Tugeau, the history of a black/Jewish family; Papa Jethroby Deborah Bodin Cohen, illus. by Jane Dippold, about the biblical lessons a non-Jewish grandfather imparts upon his Jewish granddaughter; Abraham's Search for Godby Jacqueline Jules, illus. by Natascia Ugliano, in which Abraham discovers there is only one God; and Mezuzah on the Doorby Amy Meltzer, illus. by Janice Fried, about how a Jewish custom helps a child adjust to his new home.
Dafina Books knows the score with Prime Choice, Pressing Hardand Problem Solvedby Stephanie Perry Moore, the first three novels in the Perry Skyy Jr. Christian fiction series about a teenage boy's struggles of conscience; Get More: A Boy Shopping Novelby Nia Stephens, a choose-your-own-ending tale in which a privileged girl looks for the perfect guy; and Don't Get It Twisted: A Del Rio Bay Clique Novelby Paula Chase, starring Mina, a teen girl eager to start dating her latest crush.
Kids Can tries to win the longest book title contest with The Faceless Fiend: Being the Tale of a Criminal Mastermind, His Masked Minions and a Princess with a Butter Knife, Involving Explosives and a Certain Amount of Pushing and Shoving, new to the Mad Misadventures of Emaline and Rubberbones middle grade fiction series by Howard Whitehouse, illus. by Bill Slavin; Mrs. Marlowe's Miceby Frank Asch, illus. by Devin Asch, a game of cat and mouse; Chesterby Mélanie Watt, featuring the work of an egotistical cat; Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose: The Story of a Painting by Hugh Brewster, illus. by John Singer Sargent, a true story about Sargent's best-loved painting; and Out Came the Sun: A Day in Nursery Rhymes, a collection illus. by Heather Collins.
Kingfisher is shaken, not stirred by How to Be a Spy in 7 Days or Lessby Justine Smith, illus. by Steve May, a novelty craft book for budding James Bonds or Mata Haris; Brat Princessby Cathy Hopkins, new to the Zodiac Girls fiction series; Tree Shaker: The Life of Nelson Mandelaby Bill Keller, a New York Times Book biography penned by the paper's executive editor; Around the World in 80 Talesby Saviour Pirotta, illus. by Richard Johnson, a folktale collection; and Don't Kiss the Frog: Princess Stories with an Attitudeby Fiona Waters, an anthology featuring sassy heroines.
Lectorum flashes back for Juana Inés by Georgina Lázaro, illus. by Bruno González Preza, a part of the When They Were Young series; El Rey de las Octavas (The King of Octaves) by Emma Romeu, illus. by Enrique Moreiro tells the story of the Cuban violin virtuoso; and ¡Yo puedo leer con los ojos cerrados! (I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!) by Dr. Seuss, trans. by Yanitzia Canetti, a translation of this popular beginning reader.
Lee & Low hangs 10 with Surfer of the Centuryby Ellie Crowe, illus. by Richard Waldrep, a biography of Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic swimmer who popularized surfing; Armando and the Blue Tarp Schoolby Edith Hope Fine and Judith Pinkerton Josephson, illus. by Hernán Sosa, in which a boy living in Tijuana's colonia gets a chance to go to school; Jimmy Winkfield: The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derbyby Crystal Hubbard, illus. by Tami Oyler, a biography of the jockey; Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Qué rico! America's Sproutings by Pat Mora, illus. by Rafel López, a collection of haiku about foods indigenous to the Americas; and Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shortyby Greg Neri, illus. by Randy DuBurke, a graphic novel inspired by the life of an 11-year-old gang member.
Carolrhoda takes a field trip with Class Two at the Zooby Julia Jarman, illus. by Lynne Chapman; ROAR!by Margaret Mayo, illus. by Alex Ayliffe; Christmas Is Comingby Anne Bowen, illus. by Tomek Bogacki; Dino-Hockeyby Lisa Wheeler, illus. by Barry Gott; and Honestly, Mallory!by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Barbara Pollak.
Millbrook sets up the easel for Nature's Paintbox: A Seasonal Gallery of Art and Verseby Patricia Thomas, illus. by Craig Orback; Quirky, Jerky, Extra Perky: More About Adjectivesby Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Brian Gable; Jenny Found a Pennyby Trudy Harris, illus. by John Hovell; Artful Readingby Bob Raczka and How Long or How Wide?: A Measuring Guideby Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Brian Gable.
Little Brown is off to visit Granny with Little Red Riding Hoodby Jerry Pinkney; Hug Timeby Patrick McDonnell, about a kitten's quest to spread love all over the world; The Name of This Book Is Secretby Pseudonymous Bosch, a debut middle-grade mystery containing hidden clues; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indianby Sherman Alexie, a YA novel by this adult author; and Betwixtby Tara Bray Smith, in which three teens learn of their true origins and intertwined destinies.
Megan Tingley Books flashes the peace sign for America Dreaming: How the 60s Changed Americaby Laban Carrick Hill, a follow-up to Harlem Stomp; Look-Alikes Around the Worldby Joan Steiner, a seek-and-find book featuring world landmarks; We Belong Togetherby Todd Parr, about adoption and families; Eclipseby Stephenie Meyer, the third vampire romance in this series; and Grl2Grl: Short Fictionsby Julie Anne Peters, a look at teenage love and loss.
LBKids raises the skull and crossbones for Everything…Pirates! My First Pirate Book & Treasure Chest, a creative activity kit; Stop Kissing Me!by Ethan Long, a follow-up to Tickle the Duck; Bye-Bye, Big Bad Bullybug!by Ed Emberley, a novelty storybook; The Cranium Ultimate Book of Fantastic Fun & Games, a game-and-activity title; and Paw Pals: Love Tailsby Rachel Hale, first in a board-book series featuring animal photographs.
Flux gets the last word with Back Talkby Alex Richards, in which a small-town girl gets a high school internship at a talk show in New York City; and Epochby Tim Carter, a satirical fantasy novel about fundamentalism, the end of the world, eco-terrorists and corporate conglomerates.
Luna Rising ends the evening with Hello Night/Hola Noche by Amy Costales, in which a mother and baby take a walk and greet everything they see; and My Name Is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez/Me llamo Gabito: la vida de Gabriel Garcia Marquez by Monica Brown, illus. by Raul Colón, a bilingual title.
Rising Moon zips up its parka for Way Up in the Arcticby Jennifer Ward, illus. by Ken Spengler, a concept book featuring Arctic animal babies; Because You Are My Babyby Jennifer Ward, illus. by Sylvia Long, a tale of the bond between mothers and offspring; A Day with No Crayonsby Liz Rusch, illus. by Chad Cameron, in which a girl discovers a new world of color when her crayons are taken away; The Planet Hunterby Liz Rusch, illus. by Guy Francis, a picture-book biography of scientist Mike Brown; and My Name Is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquezby Monica Brown, illus. by Raul Colón, is the English edition of this biography.
ORANGE AVENUE/ ZEST
Zest Books is in the know with Psst!-Uncoolby Erin Elisabeth Conley, a book for teens about how being uncool can actually be very cool; and 97 Things 2 Do B4 U Finish High Schoolby Steven Jenkins.
Pauline Books puts out the welcome mat for My Jewish Friend: A Young Catholic Learns About Judaism, which includes detailed information about both faiths; Saint Faustina Kowalskaby Susan Helen Wallace and Saint Paulby Mary Lea Hill, both new to the Encounter the Saints biography series; My First Christmas Sticker Bookby Sally Ann Wright, illus. by Moira Maclean; and Joseph from Germany: The Life of Pope Benedict XVI for Childrenby Claire Jordan Mohan.
Peachtree checks the weather forecast for I Need a Snow Day!by Lester Laminack, illus. by Adam Gustavson, in which a teacher hopes for a wintry day off; Martina the Beautiful Cockroachby Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Michael Austin, a retelling of a Cuban folktale; Santa's Eleven Months Offby Mike Reiss, illus. by Michael Montgomery, which imagines Santa's downtime; The Best-Worst Soccer Game Everby Sherry Shahan, illus. by Tatjana Mai-Wyss, in which Mikey's dad shows him how to have fun; and Street Horsesby Dori Chaconas, illus. by Ted Lewin, about a boy dealing with his fears while his father is fighting in WWII.
Peachtree Jr. signs, seals and delivers a fall list with The Sorta Sistersby Adrian Fogelin, in which two pen pals bond through their correspondence; Giving Up the Ghostby Sheri Sinykin, about a teenager and her cancer-survivor mother who care for an elderly relative; and Gabriel's Triumphby Alison Hart, second in a trilogy about former slave Gabriel who heads to Saratoga, N.Y. to become a horse-racing jockey.
Pelican has visions of sugar plums with The Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmasby Joe Gribnau, a Western twist of the classic poem; Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painterby Lois Harris, a biography; The Thanksgiving Bowlby Virginia Kroll, illus. by Philomena O'Neill, in which a family's bowl filled with "I'm thankful for…" notes has a series of adventures; and Hiddenby Dottie Enderle, about a 12-year-old girl's exploration of her recently deceased grandmother's house.
Firebird blasts into fall with Indigaraby Tanith Lee, in which Jet and her robotic dog, Otis, set off for adventure in an intergalactic movie capital.
Razorbill's gone wild with Those Girlsby Sara Lawrence, about the rowdy exploits of two 17-year-old boarding school students; SPUDby John van de Ruit, a debut novel about a 13-year-old boy in a South African boarding school; Thirteen Reasons Whyby Jay Asher, in which Clay receives a box of mysterious tapes from his first love and follows the tapes to clues about her suicide; and Love, Megby C. Leigh Purtill, in which Meg finds out a secret about her beloved older sister.
Speak hits the slopes with S.A.S.S.: The Finnish Lin, in which the Students Across Seven Seas gang spends a semester in Finland; The Specialists: Down to the Wireby Shannon Greenland, second in the series about teen spies; and Drama Club #1and #2by Peter Lerangis, a new series in the spirit of High School Musical.
Warne offers magical garden guidance with How to Find Flower Fairies; Sweet Pea's Precious Promiseand Poppy's Perfect Home, all Flower Fairies titles by Cecily Mary Barker as well as A Beatrix Potter Treasuryby Beatrix Potter, featuring unabridged texts and original illustrations; and Peter Rabbit Lift-the-Flap Shapes, Opposites and Sizes, a novelty title.
Philomel sails into fall with The Toy Boatby Randall DeSeve, illus. by Loren Long, about a boy's adventures moving beyond the bathtub and into the deep blue sea; Swiftby Robert J. Blake, the story of a courageous dog that leads a boy on a dangerous mission to save his dad from a grizzly bear; Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art, an anthology; and Hot Handand Extra Pointby Mike Lupica, the debut titles in the Comeback Kids sports series for middle graders.
PICTURE WINDOW BOOKS
Picture Window flies into fall with Amelia Earhart by Lori Mortensen, illus. by Robert McGuire, part of the Biographies series; Farmer Cap by Jill Kalz is part of the new Feffernut County series; Max Goes to the Zoo by Adria Klein, illus. by Mernie Gallagher-Cole, joins the Life of Max series; Rainforest is part of the new Troll Hunters series; and Elephants Can't Jump and Other Freaky Facts About Animals by Barbara Seuling, illus. by Matthew Skeens, is part of the new Freaky Facts series.
Pippin greets the season with a historical novel by Ryan Graham set in Philadelphia just prior to the American Revolution; and a novel by Annie Hughes about her childhood years in Ireland.
PRICE, STERN SLOAN
Price, Stern Sloan stirs the cauldron for The Witches' Ballby David Steinberg, illus. by Liz Conrad, a nonsensical Halloween celebration; Baby Loves Jazz: On the Roadby Andy Blackman Hurwitz, illus. by Teresa Lester, in which the band sings songs to pass time on the tour bus; Mr. Bean's Holiday: The World According to Mr. Bean: Mr. Bean's Photo Albumby Rebecca Horowitz, in which Mr. Bean shows off some of his favorite vacation photos; My First Mad Libs: Merry Christmas!by Roger Price and Leonard Stern; and Apples, Apples!by Salina Yoon, a lift-the-flap title.
Puffin saddles up for fall with Hoofbeats, Silence and Lily: Boston 1773by Kathleen Duey, in which a girl named Silence longs to own a mare; Al Gore: Prescriptive Solutionsby Al Gore, focusing on how young readers might take part in effecting change in their homes, schools and communities; and Hank the Cowdog #50: The Case of the Most Ancient Boneby John R. Erickson, illus. by Gerald L. Holmes celebrating the canine Head of Ranch Security's golden anniversary.
Putnam wings it with The United Tweets of Americaby Hudson Talbott, a humorous parade of state birds and fun facts; Time to Smell the Roses: A Hermux Tantamoq Adventureby Michael Hoeye, featuring the titular mouse's trip to a mysterious island that's home to a kooky scientist; The Three Snow Bearsby Jan Brett, an Inuit take on the nursery tale; Mud Season, North Country Whoppers, and Other Long Winded Storiesby Tomie dePaola, a collection of anecdotes; and Sure Fireby Jack Higgins and Justin Richards, a YA novel by the bestselling adult author starring twins whose long-lost father is a spy.
Random House consults its compass for Raleigh's Pageby Alan Armstrong, a historical adventure about a boy who travels with Sir Walter Raleigh; Whoo's There?by Mary Serfozo, illus. by Jeffery Scherer, a picture book about the sounds of nighttime; The Hound of Rowanby Henry Neff, first in the Tapestry fantasy trilogy with threads of Celtic mythology; Beka Cooper: Bloodhoundby Tamora Pierce, second of a trilogy set in the medieval realm of Tortall; and Wackitivityby Catherine Rondeau and Peggy Brown, one of two titles kicking off a activity/creativity/scrapbooking series.
Delacorte sets the table for The Pain and the Great One, Soupy Saturdaysby Judy Blume, illus. by James Stevenson, first in a chapter book quartet about sibling rivals; Muddle Earthby Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, about an ordinary boy who is summoned by Muddle Earth's leading wizard; The Sweet Far Thingby Libba Bray, the conclusion to the Gemma Doyle trilogy; Grimpow: The Invisible Roadby Rafael Abalos, in which a boy begins an epic journey at the dawn of the 14th century; and Gert Garibaldi's Rants and Raves: One Butt Cheek at a Timeby Amber Kizer, featuring a brash, outspoken protagonist.
Disney flies into fall with Tink, North of Never Land, illus. by Judith Holmes Clarke, Adrienne Brown and Charles Pickens, a Disney Fairies title that has Tinkerbell on the hunt for pixie dust.
David Fickling Books makes a special delivery with Sadie the Airmail Pilotby Kellie Strom, the adventures of a fearless flyer; Butterfingersby J.M. Trewellard, illus. by Ian Beck, in which clumsy Ned must face a dragon to rescue the princess; and The Edge Chronicles #10: Clash of the Sky Galleonsby Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, the penultimate novel in this series.
Golden Books makes the rounds with Richard Scarry's Busiest Pop-up Everby Richard Scarry, a novelty title starring Huckle Cat Lowly Worm and all the beloved Busytown characters; Where's God When I'm S-Scared?and The Ballad of Little Joeby Karen Poth, illus. by Paul Conrad, two board books launching the VeggieTales publishing program; and Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children's Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way by Leonard S. Marcus, a look at the company and its books and writers.
Knopf rocks the cradle with Who Will Sing a Lullaby?by Dee Lillegard, illus. by Dan Yaccarino, a bedtime book; Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolfby Judy Sierra, illus. by J.otto Seiblold, in which old, recovering Big Bad Wolf tries out his newly learned manners on various fairy tale characters; Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Natureby Robin Brande, about a girl who's having a rough start in high school, until she is inspired by a new teacher; Naomi and Ely's No Kiss Listby Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, in which two best friends draft a list of people neither is allowed to kiss; and Love, Stargirlby Jerry Spinelli, a companion to Stargirl, picking up a year after the titular character has moved away.
Wendy Lamb Books shouts en garde with My Swordhand Is Singingby Marcus Sedgwick, in which a father and son must battle the living dead; What They Found: Love on 145th Street by Walter Dean Myers, a collection of intertwined stories set in Harlem; Night of the Howling Dogsby Graham Salisbury, in which a boy learns about leadership when his scout troop faces a natural disaster; Angel Isleby Peter Dickinson, the action-fantasy sequel to The Ropemaker;and a paperback reprint of A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Lifeby Dana Reinhardt.
Laurel-Leaf harvests a fall crop of reprints with Queen Bby Laura Peyton Roberts; The End of Foreverby Lurlene McDaniel; The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materialsby Mary and John Gribbin; and Andy Warhol: Prince of Popby Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan.
RANDOM HOUSE/SCHWARTZ WADE
Schwartz & Wade Books makes a list and checks it twice with The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Dollby Patricia McKissack, illus. by Jerry Pinkney, a Depression-era story about three African-American sisters; Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterflyby Alan Madison, illus. by Kevin Hawkes, a celebration of everything butterflies; Waking Up Wendellby April Stevens, illus. by Tad Hills, in which noisy neighbors wake a sleepy street; Mary and the Mouse, The Mouse and Maryby Beverly Donofrio, illus. by Barbara McClintock, about a girl and a mouse living in the same house; and How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?by Margaret McNamara, illus. by G. Brian Karas, in which a first-grade class does basic math.
Yearling augments its autumn list with reprints of The King of Mulberry Streetby Donna Jo Napoli; Billy Hooten: Owlboyby Tom Sneigoski; Counting on Graceby Elizabeth Winthrop; Corydon and the Island of Monstersby Tobias Druitt; and Lucy Rose: Busy Like You Can't Believeby Katy Kelly.
Reader's Digest takes its turn with Play Fair, Have Fun: A Book About Making Good Choicesby Tisha Hamilton, illus. by Kristine Stephenson; Sesame Street: Guess Who, Abby?, a lift-the-flap title; What a Team! Together Everyone Achieves Moreby Fran Shaw, illus. by Miki Sakamoto, an activity book; Nickelodeon: Go, Diego, Go! My Animal Friends Storybook and Spotting Scope,five stories with facts about the featured animals; and Thomas and Friends Storybook & Movie Projector: Thomas the Tank Engine.
Roaring Brook Press begins at the beginning with First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, a concept book in which the commonplace becomes extraordinary; Poor Puppyby Nick Bruel, a picture book starring Bad Kitty's best friend; Hairy Hezekiahby Dick King-Smith, about a very hairy camel that escapes from the zoo; To Paint the Portrait of a Birdby Jacques Prévert, illus. by Mordicai Gerstein, a newly illustrated version of a classic French poem; and Lizard Peopleby Charlie Price, a fantasy-tinged novel about a teenage boy coping with his mother's mental illness.
ROARING BROOK/FIRST SECOND
First Second programs a full fall with Robot Dreamsby Sara Varon, a graphic novel about a dog and a robot; Laikaby Nick Abadzis, an exploration of the life of the Soviet space dog; and Life Sucksby Jessica Abel and Gabriel Soria, illus. by Warren Pleece, a graphic novel starring a reluctant vampire.
Running Press dusts off its paleontologist's kit for Dinosaur Huntersby Bob Nicholls; Wings, Horns, and Clawsby Christopher Wormell; Cathy's Book 2 by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman, second in a YA trilogy; The Flim-Flam Fairies, about a group of fairies trying to invade the Tooth Fairy's under-the-pillow enterprise; and Night of the Living Duckies, a book packaged with four collectible ducks donning Halloween garb.
Scholastic puts one foot in front of the other with Righty and Leftyby Rachel Vail, about two feet on the same body who sometimes get along, sometimes not; Bounceby Natasha Friend, in which Evyn faces her widowed father's remarriage; Zen and the Art of Faking Itby Jordan Sonnenblick, about a boy who tells his classmates he's a Zen master; Into the Mistby Patrick Carman, a prequel to the Land of Elyon fantasy trilogy; and Elijah of Buxtonby Christopher Paul Curtis, the story of a recently freed slave in 1860 who must travel to a state where slavery is still allowed.
Blue Sky Press gets ready to jam with Jazz on a Saturday Nightby Leo and Diane Dillon, a picture book introduction to such legendary musicians as Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk; How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?by Jane Yolen, illus. by Mark Teague, a new volume starring the prehistoric troublemakers; A Dog Needs a Boneby Audrey Wood, about a pet pup who longs for a treat; Island of the Volcano Monkeysby Wiley Miller, an illustrated fantasy adventure; and The Pumpkin Elf Mysteryby Abby Klein, illus. by John McKinley, featuring the star of the Ready, Freddy beginning reader series.
Cartwheel Books straps on its backpack for Off to Kindergartenby Tony Johnston, illus. by Melissa Sweet, a rhyming story about first-day jitters and hopes; My First Taggies Book: Jingle Bells; Fly Guy #4: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Guyby Tedd Arnold, a takeoff on the popular song; and Can You See What I See? Dream Machineby Walter Wick, a redesigned search-and-find title.
Chicken House hops to it with Bunny Wishes: A Winter's Taleby Michaela Morgan, illus. by Caroline Jayne Church, a holiday story starring two bunny BFFs; Fight Gameby Kate Wild, in which a Gypsy boy infiltrates a high-tech fight club; and Igraine the Braveby Cornelia Funke, about a girl who faces her fears when her magician parents mistakenly turn themselves into pigs.
Arthur A. Levine Books laces up its toe shoes for The Nutcracker Dollby Mary Newell DePalma, in which a budding ballerina makes her stage debut; Clicksby Linda Sue Park, David Almond and others, a collaboration by top authors featuring a mystery about the adventurer George "Gee" Keane, benefiting Amnesty International; The Book of Timeby Guillaume Prevost, first in a time-travel trilogy; The Arrivalby Shaun Tan, a wordless graphic novel focusing on an immigrant's experiences in a new land; and Wildernessby Roddy Doyle, about two boys on a desperate sled dog journey to save their lost mother.
Little Scholastic twinkles with five interactive concept board books for youngest readers: Five Shiny Stars, Colors, Shapes, Five Little Ducksand Peek-a-Zoo.
Orchard Books wears its heart on its sleeve with The Story of My Feelingsby Laurie Berkner, illus. by Caroline Jayne Church, a picture-book-and-CD set from this children's musician; Down to Earthby Laurie David and Cambria Gordon, which addresses the dangers of global warming; Star Wars Holocronby Matthew Reinhart and Lucas Films, a 3-D pop-up of the Star Wars universe; and The Magic Caneby María Celeste Arrasás, illus. by Pablo Raimondi, an original fable.
Point keeps things under wraps with Secret Santaby Sabrina James, in which presents and kisses are exchanged; The Heartbreakersby Pamela Wells, in which a girl's three best friends are all dumped on the same night; 666: The Number of the Beastby Peter Abrahams, Joyce Carol Oates and others, a YA collection from 18 masters of horror; Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher, about 16-year-old Samantha's unpredictable but romantic winter vacation; and Loves Me, Loves Me Not: An In or Out Novelby Claudia Gabel, featuring the freshman-year dramas of two best friends.
Scholastic Reference preheats the oven for The Spatulatta Cookbookby Isabella and Olivia Gerasole, featuring recipes from the Web site Spatulatta Cooking 4 Kids Online; The Boys' Bookand The Girls' Book,guides to all things boy (popping wheelies, tying knots, and all things girl (doing a handstand, love potions); Tales of Famous Americansby Connie and Peter Roop, highlighting 17 notable figures; and Every Minute on Earthby Steve and Matthew Murrie, a tabulation of all the things that can happen around the world in just one minute.
S&S gets out the swaddling blanket for Angela and the Baby Jesusby Frank McCourt, illus. by Raul Colón, a Christmas story about the childhood of Angela from McCourt's Angela's Ashes;Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: Nixie's Songby Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, in which a girl who buys Spiderwick's field guide experiences strange occurrences; Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix, the story of the Triangle Shirtwaist strike; Children's Crusade by James Owens, the sequel to Here, There Be Dragons; and The Tar Man #2by Linda Buckley-Archer, sequel to the fantasy Gideon theCutpurse.
Aladdin steps into the light with fall reprints of Shadow Children #7: Among the Freeby Margaret Peterson Haddix; Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secretby Obert Sky; Pendragon #7: The Quillan Gamesby D.J. MacHale; and The Ashleysby Melissa de la Cruz.
Atheneum decks the halls for Olivia Helps with Christmasby Ian Falconer, starring the irrepressible piglet; Edwards Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan, a story of love, loss, family and remembrance; When Dinosaurs Came with Everythingby Elise Broach, illus. by David Small, a picture book; Santa's Reindeer by Rod Green, the companion to Santa Claus; and November Blues by Sharon Draper, the sequel to The Battle of Jericho.
Richard Jackson Books lets it all go to the dogs with Ivan the Terrier by Peter Catalanotto, in which the titular character runs wild through the pages of the story until it is all about him; and The Land of the Silver Applesby Nancy Farmer, in which the children from The Sea of Trollshave their worst nightmares.
Little Simon mounts its telescope for Swing to the Moon, a swinging, swaying pop-up; Sabuda Winter Themed Pop-Up(working title)by Robert Sabuda, the latest from this paper-engineering artist; 600 Black Spotsby David A. Carter, a novelty/concept title; Counting Christmas by Karen Katz, a companion to Counting Kisses;and Katy Duck, Big Sisterby Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Henry Cole, about webbed duck feet and a ballerina dream.
SS/LITTLE SIMON INSPIRATIONS
Little Simon Inspirations flows into fall with The Land of Milk & Honey: Catch a Ride to the Moon: More Whimsical Rhymes to Read and Singby Lizzie Mack, a new line for babies; VeggieTales: The Puggslyville Fairby Karen Poth, illus. by Warner McGee, a novelty board book; and God Must Really Love... Opposites!by Rondi DeBoer, a concept title focusing on God's creation.
Margaret K. McElderry Books sips some chicken soup with Bear Feels Sickby Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, new adventures of the popular ursine character; Princess Meby Karma Wilson, illus. by Christa Unzer, a let's pretend scenario; The Dark Reflections Trilogy: The Glass Worldby Kai Meyer, conclusion of this trio of fantasy titles; Sightby Adrienne Maria Vrettos, in which a teenager with second sight helps police solve crimes against children; and Questorsby Joan Lennon, a debut novel about three heroes from three different worlds.
Simon Pulse has a high-speed connection to Hacking Harvardby Robin Wasserman, a teen version of Bringing Down the House, about the high stakes world of college admissions; Extrasby Scott Westerfield, an expansion of the futuristic trilogy that began with Uglies; Private #5by Kate Brian, more adventures of the Billings Girls clique; Indie Girlby Kavita Daswani, a blend of The Nanny Diariesand The Devil Wears Prada, with an Indian twist; and Untitled Sequel to Honey Blond Chicaby Michele Serros.
Ginee Seo Books gets in front for Race by Marc Aronson, a history of racial prejudice; The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic Worldby E.L. Konigsburg, a novel about art, history and friendship; Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff, a memoir of a young man's addiction; and Middle School Is Worse than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm, a seventh-grade girl's year told in scrapbook format.
Simon Spotlight feels the love with Everybody Hates Chris #3: Everybody Hates First Girlfriendsby Felicia Pride, an original story based on the TV show; Sprouse Brothers #3: R.O.N.I.N. Untitledby Marc Cerasini, in which twins Tom and Mitch travel the globe; Avatar: #3 The Earth Kingdom Chronicles: The Tale of Tothby Michael Teitelbaum, a chapter book based on the Nickelodeon TV show, packaged with 3-D glasses; Go Diego, Go!: Diego's Arctic Adventureby Emily Sollinger, illus. by Art Mawhinney; and Dora the Explorer by Christine Ricci, illus. by Victoria Miller, highlighting the preschool heroine in a new novelty format.
Paula Wiseman Books gains some yardage with Kickoff!by Rondé and Tiki Barber, a middle-grade novel from the NFL-playing brothers; Henry the Dog with No Tailby Kate Feiffer, illus. by Jules Feiffer, a picture-book about being oneself; Bear's First Christmas by Robert Kinerk, illus. by Jim LaMarche, in which Bear learns the true meaning of Christmas; Clorinda Takes Flight by Robert Kinerk, illus. by Steven Kellogg, a picture book about learning to fly; and City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male by Meghan McCarthy, about a hawk in New York City.
SMITH KRAUS/SMITH SONS
Smith & Kraus jumps into fall with The Jaguar Stones by J&P Voelkel, illus. by Andrea Voelkel and Jon Voelkel, first in the Middleworld series.
Sterling tries to get comfortable with The Princess and the Pea, retold by John Cech, illus. by Bernhard Oberdieck; Nobody Notices Minervaby Wednesday Kirwan, about a toddler's moods; Stable in Bethlehem: A Christmas Counting Bookby Joy Hulme, illus. by Dan Andreasen; Puff the Magic Dragonby Peter Yarrow, an adaptation of the popular folk song; and Benjamin Franklin, one of six Sterling Biographies.
Sylvan Dell digs around for fall with Julie the Rockhound by Gail Langer Karwoski, illus. by Lisa Downey, about a girl who searches for minerals; My Even Day by Doris Fisher and Dani Sneed, illus. by Karen Lee, a sequel to One Odd Day; Little Skink's Tailby Janet Halfmann, illus. by Laurie Allen Klein, in which an animal tries on different tails; A Day in the Salt Marsh by Kevin Kurtz, illus. by Consie Powell, in which hourly changes to a salt marsh are chronicled; and Burro's Tortillas by Terri Fields, illus. by Sherry Rogers, a Southwestern retelling of this childhood favorite.
Tara Publishing takes a good look with That's How I See Thingsby Sirish Rao, illus. by Bhaiju Shyam, a tale about the power of art and the imagination.
Tokyopop is up to the challenge with Bombos vs. Everything (Vol. 1)by Maximo Lorenzo, an epic manga showdown with the mysterious Qualifiers; Ai-Land Chronicles The Book of the Second Revolution (Vol. 1)by Brian James and D.J. Milky, prequel to all three Princess Ai manga; Ai-Land Collection (Vol. 2)by D.J. Milky, illus. by Misaho Kujiradou, a fan art book and bracelet; Return to Labyrinthby Jake Forbes, illus. by Chris Lie, based on the titular film; and Trinity Blood-Reborn on the Mars: The Star of Sorrow (Vol. 1)by Sunao Yoshida, illus. by Thores Shibamoto, about the war between the New Human Empire and the Kingdom of Ablion.
Starscape gathers kindling for Curse of the Campfire Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Talesby David Lubar, a third collection of bizarre tales.
Tor Teen howls at the moon for Weregirls #1: Birth of the Packby Petru Popescu, a YA novel in which a group of girls discovers their supernatural guardian spirit animals, the weregirls and a movie tie-in edition of Jumperby Steven Gould.
Tricycle gets the message out with The Mighty Pigeon Clubby Daniel San Souci, in which the club adopts a flock of homing pigeons; Camofoolersby David Schwartz, photos by Dwight Kuhn, a poetry collection accompanied by animal photos; The Pen that Pa Builtby David Edwards, illus. by Ashley Wolff, in which a pioneer family demonstrates all that goes into making a woolen blanket; When the Shadbush Bloomsby Carla Messinger, illus. by David Fadden, the tale of a contemporary Native American family and their ancestors; and Inside the Slidy Dinerby Laurel Snyder, illus. by Jaime Zollars, in which a girl tells a tall tale about a creepy eating establishment.
Tundra works up an appetite with Eatsby Marthe Jocelyn, illus. by Tom Slaughter, a concept book that matches critters with their favorite foods; Eye of the Crow: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His First Caseby Shane Peacock, a new mystery series starring the famous detective as a lad; Into the Ravineby Richard Scrimger, an exploration of the blight and beauty of a suburban ravine; A Star for Christmasby Trisha Romance, a holiday story; and Villainologyby Arthur Slade, illus. by Derek Mah, a who's who of characters from the underworld.
Viking is up in arms with Cowboy and Octopusby Jon Scieszka, illus. by Lane Smith, a tale of unlikely friendship; Llama Llama Mad at Mamaby Anna Dewdney, in which the cuddly titular character goes shopping with Mama; I Miss You Every Dayby Simms Taback, about missing someone you love; Little (Grrl) Lostby Charles de Lint, about a farm girl who moves to the big city; and Pippi Longstockingby Astrid Lindgren, trans. by Tiina Nunnally, illus. by Lauren Child, a new translation with fresh artwork.
Walker Books for Young Readers ties the noose with How the Hangman Lost His Heartby K.M. Grant, a romantic adventure; Captain Raptor and the Space Piratesby Kevin O'Malley, illus. by Patrick O'Brien, in which the captain faces a new foe; Teen Inc.by Stefan Petrucha, about a boy who is adopted and raised by a corporation, and his ultimate rebellion; Lily Daleby Wendy Corsi Staub, in which a girl who can see the future needs to know about her past; and Blackbeard for Hireby Matthew McElligot, about a pirate's job hunt.
White Star takes flight with Alex & Penny Ballooning inItaly Jigsaw Bookand Alex & Penny in the Wild West Jigsaw Bookby Giada Francia, starring a brother-sister special-agent duo on adventures accompanied with four bound-in 96-piece puzzles; and Alex & Penny in the Wild Westby Giada Francia, an activity book.