Featured galleys include The Backstagers and the Ghost Light by Broadway actor Andy Mientus, illus. by Rian Sygh, launching a paranormal middle grade series based on the graphic novels; Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria, a fantasy following four teens and a fateful prophecy, from the author of Iron Cast; The Monster Detector by Ellen Potter, book two in the Big Foot and Little Foot chapter book series about a boy and his Sasquatch friend; Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix, which tells the story—in text and art—of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his fight against the oppression of the German people during WWII; The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas, a YA debut about one girl’s exorcism and her desperate quest to reunite with her demon; Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier, focusing on the power of friendship; Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley, a middle grade story about the foulest fairy of all; and Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty, the chapter book debut of Rosie Revere. Also on offer are the following finished picture books: I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde, a celebration of empathy and family from the creators of the bestselling I Am Peace; and The Very Last Castle by librarian and kidlit blogger Travis Jonker, illus. by Mark Pett, a picture book that celebrates courage and embracing the unknown.
The featured f&g is Liza Jane & the Dragon by Laura Lippman, illus. by Kate Samworth, the author’s picture book debut, which is a parable about family values and social justice. The galley on offer is Changers Book Four: Forever by T. Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper, the final installment in the Changers series of YA novels.
Galleys to look for are Here to Stay by Lambda Literary Award winner Sara Farizan, a YA novel about identity and prejudice; A Room Away from the Wolves by Edgar Award finalist Nova Ren Suma, a ghost story set in a refuge for troubled girls in the heart of New York City; and Tell Me No Lies by two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin, a story about secrecy, complicated friendships, and teen heartbreak, set in the late 1980s.
Featured galleys are The Girl King by Mimi Yu, a YA Editor’s Buzz panel pick, about two sisters who become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor; The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs, a middle grade debut pitched as Stranger Things meets The Goonies; A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, a contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast; and Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen, second in the Elementae series.
The f&g on offer is Ode to an Onion by Alexandria Giardino, illus. by Felicita Sala, a picture book about poet Pablo Neruda and his muse, Matilde Urrutia.
Available are the following galleys: Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina, in which thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between; Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground by T.R. Simon, a fictionalized account of author Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood adventures; Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith, the story of a Native teen navigating the complicated, confusing waters of high school and first love; Dungeons & Dragons: Escape the Underdark by Matt Forbeck, in which readers become the hero of the story and choose their own fate; Lost Soul, Be at Peace by Maggie Thrash, a follow-up to her graphic memoir Honor Girl; Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt, in which 13-year-old Jimmy struggles to give a eulogy at his cousin’s funeral when he can’t think of one good thing to say; The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eagar, a story blurring the line between reality and magic; 1968: Today’s Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change, edited by Marc Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti, a collection of essays, memoirs, and more by 14 award-winning authors; and Otherwood by Pete Hautman, a middle grade novel touching on secrets and mysteries, and the power of connections with family and friends.
Featured galleys include Meet Yasmin! by debut children’s author Saadia Faruqi, illus. by Hatem Aly, starring a creative thinker and curious explorer and her multigenerational Pakistani-American family; The Kiddie Table by Colleen Madden, in which an eight-year-old girl gives an empowered speech to be moved to the adult table at Thanksgiving; A Place for Pluto by debut children’s author Stef Wade, illus. by Melanie Demmer, about Pluto’s quest to find his place in the solar system; Coding from Scratch by debut author Rachel Zitler, a hands-on visual guide to coding tools, where to find them, and how to use them; Harrison P. Spader, Personal Space Invader by Christianne Jones, illus. by Cale Atkinson, a picture book teaching early learners about self-awareness; Copyboy by Vince Vawter, sequel to the Newbery Honor novel Paperboy; Earth to Dad by Krista Van Dolzer, in which 11-year-old Jameson O’Malley copes with separation from his father, who is on Mars; and Definitely Daphne by Tami Charles, about a girl with a double life as a rising vlog star and an awkward seventh grader.
Galleys on offer are Art Boss by Kayla Cagen, followup to Piper Perish; What Can a Citizen Do?by Dave Eggers, illus. by Shawn Harris, a new picture book by the creators of Her Right Foot; and The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee, a middle grade fantasy pitched as Stranger Thingsmeets The Haunted Mansion.
The publisher will be giving away a limited number of autographed copies of What Do You Do with a Chance? by Kobi Yamada, illus. by Mae Besom, the final addition to the What Do You Do With...? picture book series.
The featured f&g is Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins, next in the author-illustrator’s Mother Bruce series. Galleys to look for are The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken, book two in the Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding series; Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks, a middle grade debut about best friends living on a dilapidated space station at the end of the galaxy; and The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes, a contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology, from Rick Riordan Presents.
The featured galley is Bonjour Girl by Isabelle Lafleche, a YA novel set in the New York City fashion scene.
The galley to look for is The Slithery Shakedown by Tracey Hecht, illus. by Josie Yee, latest in the Nocturnals early reader series.
Galleys on offer include When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer, about a high school senior at risk of developing schizophrenia; The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest, sequel to The Black Witch; and Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa, a YA fantasy starring a young shape-shifter.
Available middle grade galleys include Voyage of the Dogs by Greg van Eekhout, pitched as Homeward Bound set in space; Mascot by John Antony, a story about perseverance in the face of adversity, about a boy who was left paralyzed after a car accident; This Is War by Margaret Stohl and Lewis Peterson, kicking off the Cats vs. Robots series for middle graders; Resist by Veronica Chambers, a collection of profiles of individuals who resisted tyranny and fought the odds to defend their communities; Saving Winslow by Newbery Medalist Sharon Creech, about a boy who befriends an ailing newborn donkey and nurses him back to health; The Collectors by Jacqueline West, new from the author of the Books of Elsewhere series. YA galleys on offer are What If It’s Usby Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, a collaborative novel about two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together or pulling them apart; A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, a contemporary novel about fear, first love, and the devastating impact of prejudice from the author of the Shatter Me series; Broken Things by Lauren Oliver, a YA thriller blurring the lines between past and present, fiction and reality; and Pride, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Brooklyn, by National Book Award finalist and PW Flying Start author Ibi Zoboi.
The featured giveaways include Dino-Christmas by Lisa Wheeler, illus. by Barry Gott, in which dinosaurs big and small deck the halls; Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illus. by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, about two children of different backgrounds who work together on a poetry project; The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just by Mélina Magnal, illus. by Luisa Uribe, a picture book biography of this oft-overlooked scientific pioneer; A Valentine for Frankenstein by Leslie Kimmelman, illus. by Timothy Banks, in which Frankenstein realizes his friendly behavior is out of place at a Valentine’s Day bash; The Magic of Melwick Orchard by Rebecca Caprara, in which a girl discovers a magical tree in the orchard behind her family’s new home; Girls on the Line by Jennie Liu, the story of a teen pregnancy that puts two friends in a difficult position in contemporary China; A Dog Named Haku: A Holiday Story from Nepal by Margarita Engle, Amish Karanjit, and Nicole Karanjit, illus. by Ruth Jeyaveeran, about two brothers celebrating Nepal’s Festival of Lights; and My Best Friend Is a Goldfish by Mark Lee, illus. by Chris Jevons, in which a boy decides it’s time to find a new companion after a fight with his former best friend.
The following f&gs will be on offer: A Paintbrush for Paco by Tracey Kyle, illus. by Joshua Heinsz, a picture book sprinkled with Spanish words, featuring an artistic boy named Paco who can’t seem to concentrate during school; Jack (Not Jackie) by Erica Silverman, illus. by Holly Hatam, the story of a big sister who realizes her little sister, Jackie, identifies more as “Jack”; and Operation Rescue Dog by Maria Gianferrari, illus. by Luisa Uribe, about a lonely child and a lonely dog who come together. Middle grade galleys to look for are The Flourishing of Floralie Laurel by Fiadhnait Moser, a magical realism debut about a girl who sets out to discover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance; Fadeaway by Maura Ellen Stokes, a story of friendship, grief, and self-discovery; Stu Truly by Dan Richards, a humorous coming-of-age story; The Prophet Calls by Melanie Sumrow, a suspenseful debut; and The Colors of the Rain by R.L. Toalson, a historical novel-in-verse of loss and human connection during an era fraught with racial tension.
Galleys to look for include Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul, inspired by the Tony Award–winning musical; Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart, a fantasy tale of fierce sisterhood, action, and political intrigue; Light Years by Kass Morgan, pitched as Ender’s Game meets The 100; The Second Story by Neil Patrick Harris, sequel to The Magic Misfits; Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor, sequel to Strange the Dreamer; Phantom Wheel by Tracy Deebs, following a group of teenage hackers who have been conned into creating a devastating virus; Rule by Ellen Goodlett, in which three teenage girls discover they are sisters and heirs to the throne; Middle Grade Buzz pick Short & Skinny by Mark Tatulli, a graphic memoir; The War Outside by Monica Hesse, a story of friendship, identity, and persistence set in Crystal City, a U.S. internment camp during WWII; and The Wicked King by Holly Black, sequel to The Cruel Prince.
Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson
Galleys on offer include Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, illus. by Beverly Johnson, launching an adventure series created in partnership with the Albert Einstein estate; Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, a YA Editors Buzz selection, pitched as The Selection meets Memoirs of a Geisha; Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco, third in the bestselling series that started with Stalking Jack the Ripper; Ernestine, Catastrophe Queen by Merrill Wyatt, a middle grade story starring a precocious biracial heroine who accidentally uncovers clues that help her solve a mystery; and Campfire by Shawn Sarles, a YA horror novel that imagines what happens when the scary stories told around the campfire start to come true.
Featured giveaways include The Train to Impossible Places: A Cursed Delivery by P.G. Bell, first in a planned middle grade trilogy; Potato Pants! by author-illustrator Laurie Keller, starring a spud on a shopping mission; Wonderland by Barbara O’Connor, about the meaning of friendship, the challenges of growing up, and one lovable runaway dog; Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh, about the bond between a young Syrian refugee and an American boy living in Brussels; and former Politics and Prose bookseller Somaiya Daud’s YA debut, Mirage, starring teen Amani, who is kidnapped to act as the body-double for the Vathek Empire’s hated Princess.
Titles on offer from Sports Illustrated Kids include United States of Sports and Greatest Football Teams of All Time. Also available is She Changed the World by Time for Kids.
National Geographic Kids
The galley to look for is Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit, illus. by Scott Plumbe, the first title in National Geographic's new middle grade fiction imprint, Under the Stars. Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers.
The featured galley is The Goodbye Girls by Lisa Harrington, a YA novel about breakups.
Titles to look for are To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer, the story of two girls who try to get their gay fathers back together; Seafire by Natalie C. Anderson, which follows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a vicious warlord’s powerful fleet; Small Spaces by Katherine Arden, a middle grade ghost story about a school trip gone wrong; Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond by Max Brallier, illus. by Douglas Holgate, next in the bestselling middle grade series; Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram, a YA Editors’ Buzz selection starring a teen boy who feels out of place in America and Iran; Wildcard by Marie Lu, sequel to Warcross; Monstrous Devices by Damien Love, a debut middle grade adventure, in which a 12-year-old boy receives a mysterious tin robot from his grandfather; Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, a new picture book from the Newbery Medal– and Caldecott Honor–winning team; and I Am Neil Armstrong by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos, next in the Ordinary People Change the World series.
Penguin Random House Canada
The featured galleys are Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari, pitched as a YA Silence of the Lambs; and Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney, about an aspiring journalist who is relegated to covering boring news stories for her school paper and worse... the horoscopes.
On offer are Hocus & Pocus: The Legend of Grimm’s Woods by Manuro, illus. by Gorbei, introducing a series of interactive graphic novels, first published in France; Knights Club: The Bands of Bravery by Shuky, first in a series of interactive graphic novels for middle graders; and Kid Scientists by David Stabler, illus. by Anoosha Sayed, a look into the childhoods of some of the world’s most brilliant scientists.
Galleys featured are Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak, a family saga from the author of The Book Thief; We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, edited by Just Us Books co-founders Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, in which 50 diverse authors and illustrators respond to the question, “In this divisive world, what shall we tell our children?”; The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White, a reimagining of the Mary Shelley classic, told from the point of view of Elizabeth; and Squirm by Carl Hiaasen, the Newbery Honor –winning author’s first middle grade novel in five years.
Giveaways include Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan, a middle grade novel about a little mouse with big dreams; The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl by Christina De Witte, a humorous guide for teens; and The Reckless Club by Beth Vrabel, a middle grade Breakfast Club drama set in a retirement home.
Galleys to look for are Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett, illus. by Mark Lowery, first in the Mac B., Kid Spy adventure series; Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older, kicking off a series that blends history and fantasy; Impostors by Scott Westerfeld, which launches a series set in the world of Uglies; That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger, an exploration of the aftermath of a school shooting; Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka, a graphic memoir about growing up with a drug-addicted mother, a missing father, and two opinionated grandparents; Grenade by Alan Gratz, follow-up to Refugee; City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, an adventure for fans of Stranger Thingsand Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; Hello Neighbor: Missing Pieces by Carly Anne West, illus. by Tim Heitz, a prequel novel from the creators of the blockbuster horror video gameHello Neighbor; You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P. by Lambda Literary Award–winning author Alex Gino, another tale based on contemporary social justice issues; and Unpunished Murder by Lawrence Goldstone, the story of how the Supreme Court stripped away the equal rights promised to all Americans and ushered in the era of Jim Crow.
The featured galleys are Wrath of the Dragon King by Brandon Mull, second in the Dragonwatch series; and Squint by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown, authors of Mustaches for Maddie, about a 12-year-old boy who is losing his sight.
Simon & Schuster
Galleys to be given away are People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins, a YA novel tackling gun violence and white supremacy; Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, a teen survival story in which the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions; A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti, a YA novel about the impact of gun violence, everyday sexism, rape culture, and guilt; The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell, sequel to The Last Magician; and Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo, a middle grade fantasy debut inspired by Hispanic folklore.
Galleys on offer are Zen and Gone by Emily France, a novel set in Colorado, about a teen girl’s search for her missing younger sister; and Hole in the Middle by Kendra Fortmeyer, a magical realist YA debut about body image and self-acceptance.
Featured galleys include Furyborn by Claire Legrand, first in a new fantasy trilogy about two young women with the power to save their world or destroy it; The Similars by Rebecca Hanover, a YA Buzz Selection, about a group of clones joining a prestigious boarding school; After the Fire by Will Hill, inspired by the teens who survived the Waco siege of 1993; Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illus. by Giovanni Rigano, a graphic novel that explores the plight of undocumented immigrants; After Zero by Christina Collins, a middle grade debut about a girl who believes the answer to her problems is speaking zero words a day; Misfits by Jen Calonita, first in a new series set in the world of Fairy Tale Reform School; Lorraine by Ketch Secor, illus. by Higgins Bond, an Americana story about the power of music and family; The Star in the Jar by Sam Hay, illus. by Sarah Massini, about a brother and sister who find a fallen star; The Steves by Morag Hood, a picture book comedy that examines the competitiveness of human nature; and Miracle on 34th Street, a storybook edition of the Christmas classic.
Available are 24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling, about a group of friends in search of treasure in the desert; The Haunted Serpent by Dora M. Mitchell, a spooky middle grade novel; Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts by Katie and Kevin Tsang, illus. by Nathan Reed, a ghost-hunting adventure; If You’re Going to a March by Martha Freeman, illus. by Violet Kim, a picture book introduction to activism; and What’s on Your Plate? by Whitney Stewart, illus. by Christiane Engel, an illustrated tour through the cuisines of 14 countries.
Featured galleys are The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse, in which two strangers with fractured memories escape a mysterious prison only to realize they weren’t locked in—but locking someone, or something, out; and Finding Baba Yaga by Jane Yolen, a novel-in-verse about a young woman who discovers the power to speak up and seize control of her fate.
The galley giveaway is Gods and Heroes: Mythology Around the World by Korwin Briggs, an A–Z compendium of global myths and legends.