Abingdon discovers Treasure Rock by Mary Lou Carney, in which a girl's mother tells her the family history of a seemingly unremarkable rock.


Abrams hits the road with Babar's USA by Laurent de Brunhoff, in which the elephant family visits such sites as New York City and the Grand Canyon; Enigma: A Magical Mystery by Graeme Base, a puzzle book; Lazy Little Loafers by Susan Orlean, a humorous picture book about the true nature of babies; Ballots for Belva by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, a picture book biography of the first woman to officially run for U.S. president; and a reissue of Babar Comes to America by Laurent de Brunhoff.


Amulet gets all wet with The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo, about a smart-mouthed middle schooler who gets sucked into his school's Mafia-like syndicate; Gay America: Struggle for Equality by Linas Alsenas, a nonfiction look at some of the milestones of gay and lesbian life in the U.S.; Bliss by Lauren Myracle, a gothic novel; Diary of a Wimpy Kid Journal: A Do-It-Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney, a diary for readers; and The Elf Realm 1: The Low Road by Daniel Kirk, first in a fantasy series about a family caught in an upheaval in the fairy world.


Allen & Unwin heads into fall with Little Wing by Joanne Horniman, a novel about the hardships of teenage pregnancy.


Bloomsbury lets down its hair for Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, illus. by Nathan Hale, a graphic novel that reimagines Rapunzel's story in the Wild West; Bobo and the New Neighbor by Gail Page, which puts Bobo the dog on his best behavior; How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier, about two kids dealing with their personal fairies; Appetite for Detention by Sloane Tanen, which offers the quick-witted, fluffy chick heroine's snarky take on high school; and The Seems: The Split Second by John Hulme and Michael Wexler, in which Becker must fix time-related problems.


Blue Apple opens wide for ABC Dentist by Liz Murphy, about the things one finds at a dentist's office; Snow Party by Harriet Ziefert, illus. by Mark Jones, in which snowmen and snow women celebrate the first day of winter; Posey Plays Piano by Harriet Ziefert, illus. by Yukiko Kido, about a girl's piano lessons; and Cartoons to Go by Mike Herrod, a fill-in-the-story book for aspiring cartoonists.


Bright Sky Press adds the biographies Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston and David Crockett to its Texas Heroes series.


Candlewick takes field notes with Monsterology: The Complete Book of Monstrous Creatures by Dr. Ernest Drake, ed. by Dugald A. Steer, illus. by Helen Ward et al., an exploration of fantastical beasts; Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda, a pop-up peek at the fairy realm; The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom and the Waves by M.T. Anderson, in which Octavian allies with the British in Virginia hoping to secure his freedom; God's Dream by Demond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, illus. by LeUyen Pham, a distillation of Tutu's philosophy of unity and forgiveness for children; and Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out by the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, in which more than 100 authors and illustrators share essays, poetry, art and more with a White House theme.


Marshall Cavendish fires up the oven for The 2nd International Cookbook for Kids by Matthew Locricchio, which explores international cuisines; Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson, illus. by Laura Bryant, about a feline's morning routine; Ms. Wiz by Terence Blacker, first in a series about a paranormal operative; The Hanukkah Mice by Steven Kroll, illus. by Michelle Shapiro, in which a mouse family celebrates the holiday in a dollhouse; and Stolen by Vivian Vande Velde, about a girl who thinks she was stolen by a witch who took away her memory.


Charlesbridge sizes up the season with If the Shoe Fits by Krista Bell, illus. by Craig Smith, about a stage-shy dancer; Rufus and Friends: Rhyme Time by Iza Trapani, a twist on traditional nursery rhymes; Winter Trees by Carole Gerber, illus. by Leslie Evans, in which a boy identifies trees on a winter walk; Metal Man by Aaron Reynolds, illus. by Paul Hoppe, featuring an artist who creates projects out of junk; and Sea Queens by Jane Yolen, illus. by Christine Joy Pratt, which profiles female pirates.


Children's Book Press greets fall with Quinito Day and Night/Quinito día y noche by Ina Cumpiano, illus. by José Ramírez, a concept book about opposites; and Poems of the Iguazu/Animalario del Iguazu by Francisco X. Alarcón, illus. by Maya Christina Gonzalez, a collection of environmental poetry featuring Argentina's Iguazu rain forest.


Choose Your Own Adventure keeps the action going in two new entries to the Fabulous Terrible series by Sophie Talbot, set at the Emma Woodhouse boarding school; and Project UFO by R.A. Montgomery, a Choose Your Own Adventure Classic reissue.


Chronicle rushes into the season with Hurry, Hurry, Have You Heard? by Laura Krauss Melmed, illus. by Jane Dyer, a noisy Nativity story; Vunce Upon a Time by J.otto Siebold and Siobhan Vivian, about a shy, vegetarian vampire; The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas by Anne Muecke, illus. by Nathan Hale, a twist on the classic poem; Knuckleheads by Joan Holub, illus. by Michael Slack, a collection of punny finger-related tales; and The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Extreme Junior Edition by David Borgenicht and Justin Heimberg, illus. by Chuck Gonzales, containing humorous instructions on surviving extreme situations at school, home and beyond.


Clarion faces the three-way mirror with Does This Book Make Me Look Fat?, compiled by Marissa Walsh, in which 14 authors weigh in on body image; Walking to School by Eve Bunting, illus. by Michael Dooling, about a Catholic child and a Protestant child in Northern Ireland who find common ground; Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues by Karen English, illus. by Laura Freeman, about two African-American best friends; I'll Pass for Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War by Anita Silvey, a look at this little-known aspect of the conflict; and Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis by Robin Gourley, based on the childhood of an acclaimed African-American chef.


Concordia sings along with Away in a Manger, illus. by Mike Jaroszko, which pairs realistic illustrations with the traditional carol; The Wonder of Christmas by Dandi Daley Mackall, illus. by Dave Hill, offering biblical answers to children's questions about the holiday; Fear Not, Joseph by Julie Stiegemeyer, illus. by Cheri Bladholm, focusing on Joseph's story; The Christmas List by Susan Leigh, illus. by Alan Flinn, which centers on Jesus' birth; and The Real Story of the Flood by Paul Maier, illus. by Robert Barrett.


Dial outwits the Secret Service with The Great White House Breakout by Helen Thomas, illus. by Chip Bok, about a First Kid's humorous adventure; Wonder Bear by Tao Nyeu, a whimsical oversize picture book; The Moon Over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston, illus. by Jerry Pinkney, about a girl who is inspired by the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969; Paisley Hanover Acts Out by Cameron Tuttle, first in a teen girl series that explores popularity and individuality in high school; and Impossible by Nancy Werlin, a YA suspense/romance/fantasy novel.


Disney Editions experiments with Science Fair by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, a humorous thriller for middle-graders; Blood Tide by Barry and Pearson, a third novel starring the characters of Neverland; The Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn by Pearson, a thriller in which kids must save Disney World; Walt Disney Animation Studios The Artist Series: Story, which showcases story artwork from Disney films; and The Imagineering Field Guide to Disneyland, a guide to the theme park featuring Disney Imagineer tips.


Disney Press slips down the rabbit hole with Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland by Jon Scieszka, illus. by Mary Blair, a picture book retelling of the classic; Hannah Montana Backstage Pass by M.C. King, an interactive behind-the-scenes look at the teen pop star; World of Cars by Kitty Richards featuring the backstory of several characters from the Disney/Pixar film Cars; High School Musical: The Graphic Novel by Suzanne Harper, based on the hit TV movies; and Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court, Book I by T.T. Sutherland, first in a series starring Captain Jack Sparrow.


DK dons a lab coat for Dr. Frankenstein's Human Body Book, an anatomy volume with whimsical extras; Animals: A Visual Dictionary, a catalogue of the animal world with an emphasis on superlatives like biggest and fastest; First People, the story of the American Indians; and The History Book, an exploration of world history enhanced by photographs and illustrations.


Kids Play makes it work with Fashion Queen Design Kit, which allows readers to design clothes and jewelry; Cooking with Crumbs, a cookbook with recipes by Mia Bauer, founder of Crumbs Bakeshop; Precious Pals: Dancing Duck, first in a new touch-and-feel board book line; The Nativity Story, a novelty picture book with lights and music; and Little Red Riding Hood, new to the Read-Along Stories book-and-CD series.


Down East is on the trail with Who's Been Here? by Fran Hodgkins, illus. by Karel Hayes, in which kids identify animal tracks in the snow; The Dump Man's Treasures by Lynn Plourde, illus. by Mary Beth Owens, about a community effort to help the “dump man” learn to read; and Spirit of the Snow People by Diane Keyes, illus. by Helen Stevens, in which a north woods community sculpts a world of snow people.


Duo Press pricks up its ears for Sounds Funny! Things That Go by Kevin Somers, a board book that uses comic panels and pop-art to introduce sounds; and 123 California by Somers, a counting board book that highlights California landmarks.


Dutton strikes a pose with The Smile by Donna Jo Napoli, the story of the girl behind the Mona Lisa masterpiece; Discover the World of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, illus. by Ernest Shepherd, an oversize novelty gift book; The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson, in which boarding school students rescue a prince whose father has been assassinated during WWII; Antsy Does Time by Neal Shusterman, about a boy who signs over a month of his life to a “dying” classmate; and Paper Towns by John Green, in which a teenage girl goes missing after an all-night adventure with her neighbor.


Eerdmans saddles up with Tenth Avenue Cowboy by Linda Oatman High, illus. by Bill Farnsworth, about a family's move from the West to New York City in 1910; A River of Words by Jen Bryant, illus. by Melissa Sweet, a picture-book biography of William Carlos Williams; Nanuk Will Fly by Christa Holtei, illus. by Astrid Vohwinkel, about polar bears returned to their natural home; Heart in the Pocket by Laurence Bourguignon, illus. by Valérie d'Heur, starring a baby kangaroo; and Alice's World Record by Tim Kennemore, illus. by Mike Spoor, in which Alice gets a chance to best her older brother.


FSG bundles up with Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Friendship and Survival in the Antarctic by Richard Farr, a tale of the 1910 Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica; Little Audrey by Ruth White, a novel set in mining country in 1948; Nobody Here but Me by Judith Viorst, illus. by Christine Davenier, about a boy who feels alone when his family is distracted; Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski, a fantasy-adventure set in Prague; and Starlight Goes to Town by Harry Allard, illus. by George Booth, about a chicken with big dreams.


Frances Foster BOOKS looks back on Last Night by Hyewon Yum, about a dream-induced adventure; Adèle and Simon in America by Barbara McClintock, in which the title characters tour the U.S.; Holes, 10th Anniversary Edition by Louis Sachar, featuring new material; The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas, in which 15-year-old Antonia Lucia Labella prays to assorted patron saints for help; and Headlong by Kathe Koja, about an unlikely friendship at a posh private school.


Melanie Kroupa BOOKS cheers for The House of Joyful Living by Roni Schotter, illus. by Terry Widener, about a family celebrating a new baby; There Was a Wee Woman... by Erica Silverman, illus. by Rosanne Litzinger, a twist on Mother Goose; Too Much Flapdoodle by Amy Macdonald, illus. by Cat Smith, in which a gadget-obsessed kid wonders how he'll survive summer on a farm; and A Life in the Wild: George Schaller's Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts by Pamela S. Turner, about this scientist's efforts to save endangered species.


Feiwel and Friends goes a-haunting with Steinbeck's Ghost by Lewis Buzbee, a mystery featuring a book-loving boy and a library threatened with closing; It's Time to Sleep, My Love by Eric Metaxes, illus. by Nancy Tillman, a bedtime book; Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse, a coming-of-age story set at the turn of the century; Lincoln Shot!: A President's Life Remembered by Barry Denenberg, illus. by Christopher Bing, a picture-book biography in 19th-century-newspaper style; and the first four titles in the Wind Dancers series in partnership with Breyer Animal Creations, about girls fascinated with horses.


Frances Lincoln puts the kettle on for Eddie's Kitchen by Sarah Garland, in which Eddie and Mom prepare for a party; Fussy Freya by Katherine Quarmby, illus. by Piet Grobler, about a very picky eater; Mrs. Muffly's Monster by Sarah Dyer, which speculates about why Mrs. Muffly lives alone atop a hill; Measuring Angels by Lesley Ely, illus. by Polly Dunbar, a gardening story of friendship, cooperation and tolerance; and Declaration of Human Rights, celebrating the 60th anniversary of this document's signing, with an illustration to accompany each declaration.


Grosset & Dunlap picks up the mic for Singing in Seattle by Tracey West and Katherine Noll, illus. by Aly Michalka, new to Aly and AJ's Rock 'n' Roll Mysteries; Midnight Mystery by Rebecca McCarthy, kicking off the Ruby Gloom series; All Mixed Up! by Kim Wayans and Kevin Knotts, illus. by Soo Jeong, first in the Amy Hodgepodge series about a homeschooled girl; Snow Bunny Tales by Rosemary Wells, a volume of wintry tales that joins the Max and Ruby series; and Stories for Two-Year-Olds, a collection for toddlers.


Groundwood dons its mittens for The Winter Book by Rotraut Susanne Berner, a treasury of songs, poems and stories about the season; Abuelos by Pat Mora, illus. by Amelia Lau Carling, focusing on a New Mexican tradition; Off to War: Voices of Soldiers' Children by Deborah Ellis, featuring letters by North American children whose parents are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq; Wolf Talker by Anne Laurel Carter, a novel set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and Crystal by Edeet Ravel, a YA novel about a girl dealing with grief.


Harcourt gives fall a scare with Boo, Bunny! by Kathryn O. Galbraith, illus. by Jeff Mack, about two bunnies at Halloween; Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illus. by Helen Oxenbury, focusing on things babies have in common; Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex, about a hungry monster; and Graceling by Kristin Cashore, a romantic medieval fantasy.


Harcourt Paperbacks vaults into the season with four titles in The Kinetics series by Penelope Allsing, illus. by Opal Nen, about a team of everyday superheroes that uses dance moves to solve community problems; Girl by Lynn Messina, about a high school student's internship at a fashion magazine; and Dead Is the New Black by Marlene Perez, first in a series set at creepy, campy Nightshade High.


Red Wagon makes a good guess with Whooo's That?: A Lift-the-Flap Pumpkin Fun Book by Kay Winters, illus. by Jeannie Winston, a seasonally spooky book with flaps; and The Most Dinosaur Fun Ever! by Bernard Most, a boxed set of Most's books and bonus novelty items.


Harpercollins digs up The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, about a boy raised by ghosts; Coraline Graphic Novel by Gaiman, illus. by P. Craig Russell, an adaptation of the author's fantasy novel; A Very Marley Christmas by John Grogan, illus. by Richard Cowdrey, about the famous puppy's first big holiday; Fancy Nancy's Let's Get Fancy Kit by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser, a go-to package for all things dress-up; and Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales by Mary Engelbreit, a collection of 12 tales for toddlers.


Amistad hits all the right notes with Do-Wop Pop by Roni Schotter, illus. by Bryan Collier, about a janitor who uses music to reach children; Burn My Heart by Beverly Naidoo, a story of the struggles between black Kenyans and white colonists in 1950s Kenya; Guardian by Julius Lester, in which a lynching breaks up a friendship; Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told by Walter Dean Myers, illus. by Bonnie Christensen, a picture-book biography of this civil rights pioneer; and a reprint of Little Divas by Philana Marie Boles.


Collins fuels its fall list with What's So Bad About Gasoline? by Anne Rockwell, illus. by Paul Meisel, about the negative impacts of burning fossil fuels; The Human Body by Seymour Simon, a Smithsonian co-branded book that covers the body; To the Dungeon and To the Grave by James Swanson, about Jefferson Davis's capture and the funeral pageant of Abraham Lincoln; Mozart: The Wonder Child by Diane Stanley, a picture-book biography; and a reprint of Marley and Me (Illustrated) by John Grogan.


Joanna Cotler BOOKS speaks up with Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis, illus. by Laura Cornell, featuring words and concepts that aim to empower kids; Louise: The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Harry Bliss, featuring an intrepid fowl; Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech, a novel in poems and sequel to Love That Dog; How to (Un)cage a Girl by Francesca Lia Block, a poetry collection celebrating women and girls; and The Leanin' Dog by K.A. Nuzum, a novel about a girl, a dog and the friendship that saves them both.


Eos wakes up early for Daylight Runner by Oisín McGann, a fantasy-adventure about a boy seeking the truth about his father's disappearance; Rogue's Home: A Knight and Rogue Novel by Hilari Bell, continuing the adventures of Sir Michael and his reluctant squire; Avatars, Book Three: Kingdom of Twilight by Tui T. Sutherland, the concluding volume in the trilogy; and reprints of Doppelganger and The Seer by David Stahler Jr. and The Lost Queen by Frewin Jones.


Laura Geringer BOOKS bakes a better batter with If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond, following in Mouse's cookie-eating footsteps; RuneWarriors by Jim Jennewein and Tom S. Parker, first in a humorous Viking action-adventure series; The Forbidden Bookstore: Sword by Da Chen, a tale of ancient China filled with romance, adventure and martial arts; Mascot to the Rescue! by Peter David, illus. by Colleen Doran, an action story starring superheroes; and Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe, a debut novel in which Kyle wrestles with having accidentally shot and killed his best friend.


Greenwillow heads to the mailbox with Dear Julia by Amy Bronwen Zemser, about a teenager's culinary dreams and adoration of chef Julia Child; Old Bear by Kevin Henkes, an introduction to the four seasons; Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney, focusing on the Montgomery bus boycott; The Cardboard Piano by Lynne Ray Perkins, a book and DVD starring the heroine of Criss Cross; and Freefall by Anna Levine, in which a teen girl joins the Israeli army's Special Forces.


HarperBlessings follows the star to Tonight You Are My Baby: Mary's Christmas Gift by Jeannine Norris, illus. by Tim Ladwig, a Nativity story.


HarperFestival steps into the waiting room with Biscuit Visits the Doctor by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. in the style of Pat Schories, about the puppy's first check-up; The Berenstain Bears' Valentine Party by Jan and Mike Berenstain, a lift-the-flap title; Fisher-Price Baby's First Christmas by Lyn Fletcher, a board book introducing colors; Neopets by Vivian LaRue, second in the Grey Faerie Chronicles and Ghoul Catchers series; and Little Critter: To the Rescue! by Mercer Mayer, which teaches readers to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.


HarperTeen takes a bite out of fall with Vamps by Nancy Collins, first in a series about wealthy vampires in an exclusive New York prep school; Nation by Terry Pratchett, a fantasy-survival tale in which two teens face the aftermath of a tsunami; Darkest Powers: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong, first in a trilogy starring teens with supernatural powers; Sloane Sisters by Annabelle Vestry, a new series about teen stepsisters living the high life; and Love & Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson, the conclusion to the author's series about friendship and romance.


HarperTrophy says abracadabra with Magic Trixie by Jill Thompson, kicking off a graphic novel series starring a feisty witch; Mo's Mischief #5: Best Friends by Hongying Yang, a humorous chapter book; Warriors: The New Prophecy Box Set by Erin Hunter, collecting the first three stories in the New Prophecy story arc; Enchanted Collection Box Set by Gail Carson Levine, which includes three of the author's fairy tale novels; and a reprint of Floods #1: Good Neighbors by Colin Thompson.


Rayo pounces on fall with Here, Kitty, Kitty!/¡Ven, gatita, ven! by Pat Mora, illus. by Maribel Suarez, about a Latino family's pet; I'm Just Like My Mom/Me parezco tanto a mi mamá; I'm Just Like My Dad/Me parezco tanto a mi papá by Jorge Ramos, illus. by Akemi Gutiérrez, a bilingual flip-book; and ¡Tu sí puedes, Gabriela!: ¿Cómo puedo crecer fuerte y sana? by Dra. Isabel, illus. by Priscilla Garcia Burris, second in a picture book series dealing with issues that affect young children.


Katherine Tegen BOOKS is stylin' with Geek Chic by Margie Palatini, in which Zoey discovers that being yourself is cool; The Nutcracker: A Pop-Up Book by Patricia Fry, based on the holiday tale; Santa's Snow Kitten by Sue Stainton, illus. by Anne Mortimer, about a kitten who explores Santa's house on Christmas Eve; Mucumber Mcgee and the Lunch Lady's Liver by Patrick Loehr, starring lunch ladies who aren't all they appear to be; and Araminta Spookie 5: Ghostsitters by Angie Sage, featuring two teenage ghosts.


TokyoPop goes undercover with manga titles Spy Goddess #2: The Quest for Lance by Mike Spradlin, about a Beverly Hills princess turned spy; Bad Kitty 1: Catnipped! by Michelle Jaffe, in which a teenager solves mysteries while looking stylish; Vampire Kisses, Blood Relatives, Vol. 2 by Ellen Schrieber, a blend of action and goth romance; Warriors: Tigerstar and Sasha, #1: Into the Woods by Erin Hunter, which explains what really happened between these two feline warriors; and Faerie Path #1: Lamia's Revenge: The Serpent Awakes by Frewin Jones, further adventures of Tania, lost princess of Faerie.


Holiday House spins a web with Anansi's Party Time by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Janet Stevens, about the comic exploits of this spider; One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox, illus. by Jeffrey Ebbeler, which reminds readers to be thankful for mouse-sized blessings; The Dog Who Saved Santa by True Kelley, a humorous Christmas story; A Dog on His Own by M.J. Auch, a middle grade novel about an irrepressible mutt; and Survival at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman, spotlighting the Continental army's tumultuous winter in 1777—78.


Henry Holt tunes up for Ralph's World Rocks! by Ralph Covert, illus. by Charise Mericle Harper, a book-and-CD from the children's performer; An American Friendship: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass by Nikki Giovanni, illus. by Bryan Collier, about the bond between two great leaders; The Scrambled States of America Talent Show by Laurie Keller, another kooky geography lesson; Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls by Lynne Jonell, in which Emmy and her rodent friends foil an evil nanny; and Masterpiece by Elise Broach, about a boy who teams with a beetle to recover a famous painting.


Houghton Mifflin checks the stacks for Bats at the Library by Brian Lies, a nocturnal bookfest; Merry Christmas, Ollie! by Olivier Dunrea, a holiday adventure for the gosling gang; Hero-Type by Barry Lyga, a YA novel in which an unlikely hero becomes an unwarranted villain; The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb, a supernatural love story based on the Romanovs and Rasputin; and Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R.L. LaFevers, a mystery-adventure tale with mummies and more.


Walter Lorraine BOOKS offers a detailed and humorous anatomy lesson with The Way We Work by David Macaulay.


Hyperion crosses its heart for Abe's Honest Words by Doreen Rappaport, illus. by Kadir Nelson, a picture-book biography of Abraham Lincoln; The Runaway Dolls by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, illus. by Brian Selznick, third in the Doll People series; Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea, in which a dinosaur comes up against his biggest challenge; Glamsters by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illus. by Jackie Urbanovic, in which Harriet the hamster gets a glamorous makeover; and Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz, a YA thriller about a new boy in school who has a secret.


Jump at the Sun pirouettes into fall with Sugar Plum Ballerinas by Whoopi Goldberg, illus. by Nancy Cato, a chapter book series about six girls attending ballet school in Harlem.


Immedium introduces The Woollyhoodwinks vs. The Dark Patch by Phil Dumesnil and Asa Sanchez, illus. by Jeff Root and Scott Runcorn, about five forest creatures that solve a mystery.


Jewish Publication Society hits the books with Rashi's Daughter, Secret Scholar by Maggie Anton, about a girl who wishes to study the Talmud in 11th-century France; and Checkpoints by Marilyn Levy, in which an Israeli teenager copes with a terrorist attack and starts a friendship with a Palestinian girl.


Kar-Ben walks down the aisle with The Wedding That Saved a Town by Yale Strom, illus. by Jenya Prosmitsky, a folktale about a Jewish wedding held in a cemetery; Harvest of Light by Allison Ofanansky, photos by Eliyahu Alpern, in which a family presses the olive oil that fuels their menorah; Jodie's Hanukkah Dig by Anna Levine, illus. by Ksenia Topaz, about an archeological dig; Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride by Deborah Bodin Cohen, illus. by Shahar Kober, based on an 1892 train ride from Jaffa to Jerusalem; and The Princess and the Ziz by Jacqueline Jules, illus. by Katherine Janus Kahn, in which the Ziz guards King Solomon's daughter.


Key Porter Books knows who to call for Ghost Hunters: The Proof That Ghosts Exist by Carol Matas and Perry Nodelman, first of three humorous ghost stories; The Freak: Betrayal by Carol Matas, about a teen with psychic abilities; four Alligator Tales board books by Dennis Lee, illus. by Nora Hilb; and The Heretic's Secret by John Wilson, a historical YA novel.


Kids Can readies its pen for Sir Reginald's Logbook by Matt Hammill, the field journal of an armchair adventurer; Chester's Back! by Mélanie Watt, about a mischievous, marker-wielding cat; My Mother Is a French Fry and Further Proof of My Fuzzed-Up Life by Colleen Sydor, a YA novel about the rocky relationship between a mother and daughter; No Girls Allowed by Susan Hughes, illus. by Willow Dawson, tales about women who dressed as men for love, freedom or adventure; and This Is My Letter to the World and Other Poems by Emily Dickinson, illus. by Isabelle Arsenault, a new visual interpretation of the poet's work.


Kingfisher studies the birds and bees with Biology by Dan Green, illus. by Simon Basher, a manga-style approach to basic science; Explore, a one-volume encyclopedia; Charles Darwin by Alan Gibbons, a look at Darwin's life through a boy's diary; Classic Animal Stories by Sally Grindley, containing illustrated versions of stories from Watership Down and other works; and Don't Kiss the Frog! Princess Stories with Attitude, fairy tales with a modern twist.


Langensheidt sets its compass with Hammond Children's World Atlas, which includes spreads on World, Climate and Biomes as well as physical and political continent maps.


Lectorum travels through time with Spanish editions of four Magic Tree House titles by Mary Pope Osborne, trans. by Marcela Brovelli, illus. by Sal Murdocca, including Buffalo Before Breakfast and Tigers at Twilight; Olivia se prepara para la Navidad (Olivia Helps with Christmas) by Ian Falconer, trans. by Teresa Mlawer; and Yoruga la tortuga y otros cuentos (Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories) by Dr. Seuss, trans. by Yanitzia Canetti.


Lee & Low takes wing with Bird by Zetta Elliot, illus. by Shadra Strickland, in which a boy struggles with his brother's drug addiction and death; Friend Power by Trish Marx, photos by Ellen B. Senisi, a photo-essay about friendship featuring children in the U.S. and China; Jimmy Winkfield: The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby by Crystal Hubbard, illus. by Robert McGuire, a picture-book biography of this African-American jockey; No Mush Today by Sally Derby, illus. by Nicole Tadgell, featuring a rebellious girl at breakfast; and Soichiro Honda and the Power of Dreams by Mark Weston, illus. by Katie Yamasaki, a biography of the Honda Motor Company founder.


Carolrhoda goes to the head of the class with I Know an Old Teacher by Anne Bowen, illus. by Stephen Gammell, a school-themed twist on “I Know an Old Lady”; Angel Girl by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Ofra Omit, based on a true story about a Jewish boy struggling to survive in a Nazi concentration camp; Hush Harbor: Praying in Secret by Freddi Williams Evans, illus. by Erin Bennett, about a religious tradition among African slaves; Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illus. by Tyrone Geter, a biography of this slave turned deputy U.S. Marshall; and Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally Walker, which uses forensic anthropology to investigate these colonies.


First Avenue Editions waves the checkered flag with six additions to the Science of NASCAR series, all by Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy, including NASCAR at the Track, NASCAR Behind the Scenes and NASCAR Designed to Win.


Millbrook takes a trip to the museum with a fall reprint of The Art of Freedom by Bob Raczka, which examines the work of Georgia O'Keeffe, Jasper Johns and other artists.


Little, Brown introduces Fanny by Holly Hobbie, starring a quirky heroine who makes her own doll; South by Patrick McDonnell, a wordless tale about a bird trying to get back to his family; America by George Grey, a celebration of our nation; Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut! by Paul Feig, a humorous middle-grade novel about a trip to another frequency; and ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley, in which Charlotte Usher continues her quest for popularity even after she dies.


LB Kids spreads its wings with Little Angel by Sandra Magsamen, which includes a finger puppet; Santa Paws by Rachael Hale, a Paw Pals board book; The Beginner's Guide to Bears by Gillian Shields, illus. by Sebastien Braun, about the care and keeping of teddy bears; and Hanukkah! by Roni Schotter, illus. by Marylin Hafner, which returns in a holiday gift edition.


Poppy struts the runway with Gag Me with a Cardigan: A Poseur Novel by Rachel Maude, about prep school fashion designers; Gossip Girl, The Carlyles: You Just Can't Get Enough, created by Cecily von Ziegesar. about the scandalous N.Y.C. triplets; a new It Girl novel, created by von Ziegesar, in which a barn goes up in flames during a wild party; and The Clique Summer Collection Gift Set by Lisi Harrison, five novellas published with a makeup gift.


Megan Tingley Books stays up all night for Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer, the fourth vampire tale about Bella and Edward; and The I Love You Book by Todd Parr, a funny but reassuring celebration of love.


Flux is faster than a speeding bullet with Girl, Hero by Carrie Jones, in which a teenager writes letters to John Wayne, her idea of a perfect father; Band Geek Love by Josie Bloss, in which a band geek has a crush on the new trumpet player; and Nothing by Robin Friedman, about two siblings' desperate attempts to be noticed.


Lobster Press waddles into fall with Lemon the Duck by Laura Backman, illus. by Laurence Cleyet-Merle, about a classroom egg-hatching project; and Posing as Ashley by Kimberly Joy Peters, about a teenager's attempts to break into the modeling industry.


National Geographic serves as docent for The Dinosaur Museum, an interactive novelty book; African Critters by Robert Haas, a National Geographic photographer's firsthand account of the African savanna; Animal Tracks and Signs by Jinny Johnson, in which life-size illustrations teach how to track animals; National Geographic Visual Encyclopedia of Earth by Michael Allaby, a guide to the planet; and Lost Childhood by Annelexa Hofstra Layson, an autobiography of a Dutch girl forced to live in a Japanese prison camp during WWII.


Thomas Nelson checks its papers for Passport into the Wild by Jungle Jack Hanna, a photo- and fact-filled world tour; God Knows All About Me by Kate Toms, a reminder of God's love with hand-stitched illustrations; and One Special Me by Allia Zobel Nolan, illus. by Pauline Stewart, which teaches kids that they are unique and special.


New Horizon wags its tail with The Smith Family's New Puppy: Helping Children Cope with a New Family by Danna Smith-Mansell, which includes discussion of adoption and new siblings; and When Devon Met Oz: Helping Children Cope with Depression by Magy Martin, Don Martin and Erin Martin, focusing on a boy's bond with his dog.


Nomad connects the leg bone to the foot bone with Great Human Body Projects You Can Build Yourself by Kate Reilly, featuring hands-on learning activities; Amazing Arctic and Antarctic Projects You Can Build Yourself by Carmella Van Vleet and Amazing Medieval Life Projects You Can Build Yourself by Kris Bordessa, two more activity learning books; and Explore Ancient Greece! 25 Great Projects, Activities, and Experiments by Van Vleet.


Pelican lassos Texas Aesop's Fables by David Davis, a modern cowpoke's take on the classic stories.


Firebird looks to the skies with Firebirds Soaring: An Anthology of Original Speculative Fiction, ed. by Sharyn November, with works by Nancy Farmer, Ellen Klages, Margo Lanagan and illustrator Mike Dringenberg, among others.


Razorbill takes center stage with Almost Famous: A Talent Novel by Zoey Dean, new to the series about the Los Angeles elite; Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston, a novel written in rhyme about a girl and a friendly monster; In Your Bedroom by Jordana Frailberg, in which two families swap houses for the summer; The Madness Continues: A Spud Novel by John van de Ruit, about a prep school boy's coming-of-age; and The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman, a post-apocalyptic YA thriller.


Philomel plays pa rum pa pum pum with Drummer Boy, illus. by Loren Long, based on the holiday carol; Love Is a Good Thing to Feel by Barbara Joosse, illus. by Jennifer Plecas, in which a girl says “I love you” in different ways; Pete & Pickles by Berkeley Breathed, about a free-spirited elephant and his pig pal; Highway Cats by Janet Taylor Lisle, illus. by David Frankland, about a band of feral cats; and The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan, fifth in the Ranger's Apprentice series.


Price Stern Sloan opens wide with Crocodile, an exploration of this animal; The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, featuring a parade of pooches; Five Hooting Owls by Ed Heck, a counting book; The Nutcracker: Junior Novel, a version of the Christmas fantasy; and Star Wars Mad Libs, a new fill-in-the-blank book.


Puffin goes west with Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen, about a teenage boy with Tourette's syndrome on a cross-country quest; Let It Snow: Three Original Novellas from John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, three interconnected holiday stories; and reprints of An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz and Angelina's Christmas by Katharine Holabird, illus. by Nancy Craig.


Putnam runs as fast as it can with Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett, a sequel to Gingerbread Baby; Brava, Strega Nona: A Pop-Up Book by Tomie dePaola with Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, featuring dePaola's beloved character; Keeper of the Grail: Book 1 of the Youngest Templar Trilogy by Michael Spradlin, in which a young squire must escape the Holy Land during the Crusades; The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World by Nathaniel Philbrick, a middle grade adaptation of the adult book; and Chalice by Robin McKinley about a young woman forced to serve the half-human master of her land.


Raincoast stirs the cauldron with The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams #1 by Rhonda Hayter, starring a young witch and her family; A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King, new to the Coyote series; Saint Hollywood #1 Where Lily Goes... and Saint Hollywood #2: Model Behavior both by Tracy Macmillan, starting a YA series about an unusual guardian angel.


Random House pieces together its fall list with Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt by Patricia McKissack, illus. by Cozbi Cabrera, in which quilting helps a girl learn about her family and the history of her Alabama hometown; Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale Basye, illus. by Bob Dob, about an otherworldly reform school; Dragon Keepers #1: The Dragon in the Sock Drawer by Kate Klimo, about modern kids raising dragons; The Fourth Book of Ember: Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne Duprau, the final volume in the fantasy series; and Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin, in which high schooler Jill turns into Jack, a boy, for four days each month.


Robin Corey Books cuts a rug with Let's Dance, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton, in which Pookie learns how to shimmy, hop and bop; What Color Should I Be? by Betty Ann Schwartz, illus. by Barry Gott, introducing color identification; Flip-Up: Counting and Flip-Up: Shapes by Chuck Murphy, two concept board books; Sammy's Suitcase by Sachiko Yoshikawa, paper engineering by Bruce Foster, a travel-friendly pop-up book; and Nick Jr.'s Pop-Up Songs by Sarah Albee, paper engineering by Bruce Foster, which stars Dora the Explorer, Diego and others.


Delacorte Press makes an entrance with The Debs by Susan McBride, about the adventures of budding debutantes in Houston; The Devil's Breath by David Gillman, an eco-thriller; Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling, about a girl who has strange visions; Going, Going Gone with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume, the third title about these siblings on the go; Lang Lang's Story: Playing with Flying Keyes by Lang Lang, about this Chinese prodigy's great success in classical music; and What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson, a debut novel about the bond between two brothers.


David Fickling Books takes the reins of Time's Chariot by Ben Jeapes, a time-travel mystery; Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night Wolf by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, first in a new gothic horror series; Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd, about a teen boy caught up in the chaos and conflict of Ireland in the 1980s; and Catcall by Linda Newbery, in which Josh tries to figure out his younger brother's strange behavior and keep the family together.


Golden Books preps the deep fryer for The Donut Chef by Bob Staake, about a showdown between two donut makers; Barbie and the Diamond Castle, which ties in to a direct-to-DVD film; and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Alan Benjamin, illus. by Paul Conrad, Peter Emslie et al., retelling the 1964 TV special as an illustrated hardcover.


Alfred A. Knopf measures its ingredients for How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman, which explores the country's natural resources; Born to Read by Judy Sierra, illus. by Marc Brown, in which young reader Sam uses books to save his town; Brisingr by Christopher Paolini, third in the Inheritance series; Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan, a dark fantasy for young adults; and Traction Man Meets Turbodog by Mini Grey, the return of the can-do action toy.


Wendy Lamb Books gets goosebumps with Bonechiller by Graham McNamee, about a boy who moves to a haunted town and is attacked by a creepy creature; Would You by Marthe Jocelyn, in which two sisters' lives change after an accident; and 10 Lucky Things That Have Happened to Me Since I Nearly Got Hit by Lightning by Mary Hershey, in which her mother's mysterious college friend alters Effie's seemingly perfect life.


Laurel-Leaf checks its locker combination with reissues of Sweet Valley High #3 by Francine Pascal and The Face on the Milk Carton and three other Janie books by Caroline B. Cooney; and reprints of Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp, The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman and Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce.


Schwartz & Wade Books shakes it with Toy Dance Party by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Paul Zelinsky, a sequel to Toys Go Out; Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou, illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, a picture book version of the poet's bestselling holiday poem; Duck and Goose 1,2,3 by Tad Hills, a counting book; The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming, an portrait of the couple presented through letters, clippings and more; and My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath, about a girl yearning for adventure in her seaside town.


Yearling heads to the Cineplex for The City of Ember Movie Tie-in by Jeanne Duprau; Holes 10th Anniversary Edition by Louis Sachar, containing new material; and reprints of Cover Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl by John Feinstein, Tapestry #1: Hound of Rowan by Henry Neff and Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky.


Roaring Brook Press draws the water for Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel, about the titular horrible pet; The Midnight Charter by David Whitley, a fantasy-adventure set in a plague-infested city; Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson, in which a move separates two best friends; One Boy by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, a counting book that introduces words within words; and ABC-3D, in which the letters of the alphabet morph into each other.


Flash Point blasts off with Mission: Planet Earth by Sally Ride, about the ecological problems of our world and possibilities for the future; Growing Up Short in an Extra-Large World by John Schwartz, exploring the science and cultural perceptions of height; Titanic and Minuteman by Don Brown, kicking off a series of illustrated history books; Punk Rock Etiquette by Travis Nichols, a tongue-in-cheek guide for aspiring musicians; and Is It Still Cheating if I Don't Get Caught? by Bruce Weinstein, aka the Ethics Guy, tackling ethical issues.


Running Press sets sail with The Animals Came Two by Two: The Story of Noah's Ark by Christopher Wormell, which includes information about exotic animals; Free to Be... You and Me by Marlo Thomas, an updated and repackaged edition; Say a Little Prayer by Dionne Warwick, a picture-book-with-CD version of this popular song; Creepers by Joanne Dahme, a debut graphic novel about a spirited teen under a mysterious spell; and The Flim-Flam Fairies by Alan Katz, in which the Fart Fairy and others try to take over the Tooth Fairy's job.


Blue Sky Press takes the heat with Into the Volcano by Don Wood, an graphic novel; and Too Many Toys by David Shannon, in which a boy's collection of playthings gets out of hand.


Cartwheel asks for extra guacamole with Build a Burrito: A Counting Book in English and Spanish by Denise Vega, illus. by David Diaz, featuring tasty-looking art and shaped pages; Can You See What I See? On a Scary Scary Night by Walter Wick, a photographic search-and-find; and Fly Guy #6: Hooray for Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold, in which Fly Guy joins Buzz's football team.


Chicken House puts out an APB for Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee, about an abandoned pup in search of her boy; Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke, the conclusion to the Inkheart trilogy; and Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks, a mystery in which two teens disappear on the same summer night.


Michael di Capua Books packs its passport for Gully's Travels by Tor Seidler, illus. by Brock Cole, in which Gulliver is forced to give away his beloved dog; What a Trip! by Arthur Yorinks, illus. by Richard Egielski, in which Mel trips and falls into another dimension; and Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie by Norton Juster, illus. by Chris Raschka, starring Nanna and Poppy's granddaughter from The Hello, Goodbye Window.


Graphix keeps an eye on BSG Graphix #4:Claudia and Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin, adapted by Raina Telgemeier, the latest graphic novel based on the Baby-Sitters Club.


Arthur A. Levine Books checks its watch for The Book of Time #2: The Gate of Days by Guillaume Prévost, trans. by William Rodarmor, which includes ancient Greek prophecies, exploding volcanoes and Chicago gangsters; Her Mother's Face by Roddy Doyle, illus. by Freya Blackwood, in which a girl must deal with the loss of her mother; Carlos Is Gonna Get It by Kevin Emerson, about a bully who has second thoughts about a prank; Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls, in which Sam looks for answers while coping with leukemia; and Crossing to Paradise by Kevin Crossley-Holland, about a medieval girl who makes a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Scholastic Licensed Publishing

Scholastic Licensed Publishing targets Muggles with several activity and novelty titles based on the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie; five titles based on Wow! Wow! Wubbzy; and two Littlest Pet Shop titles.


Little Scholastic ushers in the season with My Body and Welcome Winter, both by Jill Ackerman, illus. by Nancy Davis, two tactile board books introducing babies to the world around them.


Orchard hangs its stockings with care for Santa's Little Helper by Angela McAllister, illus. by Daniel Howarth, in which a bunny wakes up on Santa's sleigh; Penguins by Liz Pichon, about a girl who drops her camera into the penguin area at the zoo; Alec Flint, Super Sleuth: The Niña, the Pinta and the Vanishing Treasure by Jill Santopolo, in which a Christopher Columbus exhibit disappears from the town museum; The Fire Eternal by Chris d'Lacey, the fourth book in the Dragons series; and Darkside Book 2: Lifeblood by Tom Becker, in which Tom gets tangled up in a dangerous murder mystery.


Scholastic Paperbacks gets to the point with Schooling Around #2: Pencil of Doom! by Andy Griffiths, in which a student inherits a pencil that can make everything he draws come true; Meet the Kreeps by Kiki Thorpe, first in a funny, spooky series; Along Came Spider by James Preller, about two best friends; Candy Apple: Accidentally Famous by Lisa Papdemetriou, about the most popular girl at super-exclusive Allington Academy; and Rainbow Magic Special Edition: Stella the Star Fairy by Daisy Meadows, illus. by Georgie Ripper, in which Stella's magical holiday ornaments go missing.


Point campaigns with Popular Vote by Micol Ostow, about student council elections; This Book Isn't Fat, It's Fabulous by Nadia Cornier, about a queen-sized queen bee at fat camp; The Crushes by Pamela Wells, in which four friends' relationships are tested by the arrival of some new boys; If Only You Knew: A Hotlanta Novel by Denene Milner and Mitzi Miller, starring the fabulous Duke twins; and Top 8 by Katie Finn, in which a girl's online profile is hacked.


Scholastic Press keeps its eyes peeled for The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan, a new series about the powerful Cahill family; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, a YA novel set in a grim futuristic world; Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce, starring Evvy, a young mage-in-training; Spuds by Karen Hesse, illus. by Wendy Watson, in which three children have a late-night adventure harvesting potatoes; and Cyberia by Chris Lynch, a futuristic novel about Zane's fight against false technology that lets animals “talk.”


Simon & Schuster takes the field for Go Long! by Tiki and Ronde Barber, a story of perseverance inspired by their middle school years; We the People: The Story of Our Constitution by Lynne Cheney, about how this essential document came to be; Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gavett, in which Little Mouse receives reassurance; A Giant Problem: Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, second in the series; and Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi, a fantasy chapter book.


Atheneum goes down on the farm with Thump, Quack, Moo by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin, in which Duck and Framer Brown design corn mazes; Forever Young by Bob Dylan, illus. by Paul Rogers, a story of growing up; Illuminaries by Stephen Alcorn, celebrating the birthdays of 365 history makers; Sacred Scars by Kathleen Duey, a sequel to Skin Hunger; and Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos, a YA novel from the adult author.


Margaret K. McElderry Books does a double-take with Identical by Ellen Hopkins, about twins who must come to terms with their abusive father; Where Is Home Little Pip? by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, introducing a new character from the team behind the Bear books; and Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz, a counting book.


Simon Pulse sets tongues wagging with Private: Revelation by Kate Brian, continuing the series about the posh Easton Academy; and Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott, a tale of a girl who has been abducted.


SmartLab gallops ahead with ArtLab Horse Drawing Studio by Frank Young, an activity kit for horse lovers; SmartLab Animal Challenge and SmartLab Slap Shot Science, both by Ben Grossblatt and Paul Beck, a quiz game and a snap-together air hockey set, respectively; and SmartLab Special Edition You Explore It Human Body by Lucille Kayes, which includes a 12-inch plastic human body and replicas of nine vital organs.


Sterling hosts the sails for A Pirate's Christmas: A Visit from Sir Peggedy by Philip Yates and Sebastiá Serra, a buccaneering twist on the classic poem; Who's Haunting the White House?, which focuses on ghosts said to be haunting the mansion; Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards by Serge Bloch, about a boy's bewilderment with expressions of speech; Go! Go! Go! by Roxie Munro, a flap book about all things that move; and The Peter Yarrow Songbook: Favorite Folk Songs and Sleepytime Songs by Peter Yarrow, two sing-along collections.


Heian unfolds OriGrafix Animal and OriGrafix Holiday, two origami books by Studio Cochae.


Tara Books strikes a chord with The Old Animals' Forest Band by Sirish Rao, illus. by Durga Bai, in which four unlikely animal pals show they are not past their prime.


TokyoPop gives the gift of Fruit Baskets Vol. 20 and Vol. 21 by Natsuki Takaya; The Mysterians Vol. 1 by Chuck Russell and Michael Uslan, about five teenagers battling an alien invasion; Gakuen Alice Vol. 3 by Tachibana Higuchi, in which Leo appears to be involved in a kidnapping plot; Kyo Kara Ma Oh! Vol 1. by Temari Matsumoto, in which Yuri becomes king of another world and must lead a war against humanity; and the manga novel Bizenghast: The Novel by M. Alice LeGrow, about Dinah, Vincent and the ghosts of Bizenghast past.


Starscape sneaks into The Dragon's Lair by Elizabeth Haydon, the third adventure in the Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme series; Chance Fortune in the Shadow Zone by Shane Berryhill, a second outing for action-seeking hero; The Night Children by Kit Reed, about the creepy MegaMall that's home to hundreds of lost kids; and The Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby, which follows a slave in the 1830s and a contemporary girl in Louisiana.


Tor Teen gets hairy with Weregirls: Through the Moon Glass by Petru Popesu, the second book in the YA series, in which a new girl strikes a deal with the Breed.


Tricycle picks up orders with Inside the Slidy Diner by Laurel Snyder, illus. by Jaime Zollars about an eerie restaurant; What Does Mrs. Claus Do? by Kate Wharton, illus. by Christian Slade, a raucous Christmas story; Shifty by Lynn Hazen, about a boy who struggles in foster care; Twelve Terrible Things by Marty Kelley, a line-up of familiar childhood crises including long car rides and clowns; and What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio, an adaptation of Hungry Planet for kids.


Tundra Books takes a sick day with Iris Has a Virus by Arlene Alda, illus. by Lisa Desimini, the story of a girl who fights the “nasty bugs” she contracts; Thing-Thing by Cary Fagan, illus. by Nicolas Debon, about a toy in search of a child; Time Is When by Beth Gleick and Marthe Jocelyn, a concept book on the nature of time; Dear Toni by Cyndi Sand-Eveland, about a girl's struggle with a class time-capsule project; and Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen, a YA novel about a sheltered boy who shares a love of Scrabble with an ex-con.


University of New Mexico Press is upside-down over The Real Story of Bats by Karen Taschek, an introduction to these animals and their habitats.


Viking welcomes Madeline and the Cats of Rome by John Bemelmans Marciano, the first new Madeline book in 50 years; Simms Taback's Big Book of Spacey, Snakey, Buggy Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg, illus. by Taback; Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka, a part memoir, part scrapbook look at the formation of a creative mind; White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages, sequel to The Green Glass Sea, set just after WWII; and Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link, a collection of YA/adult crossover short stories.


Walker catches a wave with Gone Fishing by David McLimans, a graphic look at endangered oceans; Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery, illus. by Jean Cassells, the true story of a dog and cat's friendship during Hurricane Katrina; Lily Dale: Connecting by Wendy Corsi Staub, in which Calla discovers what happened to her mother; and Wild Magic by Cat Weatherill, the story of what happens after the Pied Piper led the children away from Hamelin.


Workman puts its best foot forward with The Zoo's Shoes: Learn to Tie Your Shoelaces by Lynn Brunelle, illus. by Emilie Chollat, a shoe-shaped board book with shoelaces to tie and untie; and Bobo Glove by Raquel Jaramillo, a board book and activity glove.


Zonderkidz harvests P Is for Pumpkin by Kathy-Jo Wargin, illus. by Yawen Ariel Pang, an alphabet book celebrating autumn activities.