Abrams buckles up for Kel Gilligan: Semi-Professional Daredevil by Michael Buckley, illus. by Dan Santat, about a preschool Evel Knievel; Hit the Road, Jackby Robert Burleigh, illus. by Ross MacDonald, a Jack Kerouac–inspired picture book about a scat-singing jackrabbit traveling across the country; The Princess of 8th Street by Linas Alsenas, featuring a princess in an urban kingdom; Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox by Matthew Luckhurst, a retelling of the American folktale; and The Frank Show by David Mackintosh, a humorous story about why grandparents are both wonderful and weird.
The force is still with Amulet for the as-yet-untitled third installment in the Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger, about Dwight’s middle-school adventures; The Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus, a historical novel about a boy in the Norwegian resistance movement during WWII; Splintered by A.G. Howard, a debut novel set in a mysterious world made famous by Lewis Carroll; Hereville #2 by Barry Deutsch, next in the graphic novel series about an orthodox Jewish girl who wants to fight monsters; and Hale’s Hazardous History: One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale, first in a nonfiction graphic novel series serving up true stories of American history.
Appleseed gets to the point with Andrew Drew and Drew by Barry Saltzberg, a picture book tale of boy-meets-pencil; Apple by Nikki McClure, the life cycle of this fruit, illustrated with woodcuts; PANTONE: Mini Board Book Tower, featuring a mini book devoted to each color of the rainbow; Montessori: Letter Work & Number Work by Bobby and June George, a concept book based on Montessori teaching methods; and Now I Am Big! and I Can Do It Myself!, a two-book set about toddlers celebrating independence.
Albert Whitman pulls the lever for Today on Election Day! by Catherine Stier, illus. by David Leonard, which offers information about voting; A Boxcar Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm by Patricia MacLachlan, a tribute to the classic novel by Gertrude Chandler Warner; The Year Comes Round: Haiku Through the Seasons by Sid Farrar, illus. by Ilse Plume, a poetry collection; In Search of Goliathus Hercules by Jennifer Angus, in which a boy learns he has the ability to speak with insects; and The Spotlight Club: Blue Ridge Cemetery Mystery by Florence Parry Heide and Roxanne Heide Pierce, illus. by Sophie Escabasse, in which the club discovers a mystery involving a neighbor’s locket.
ALBERT WHITMAN TEEN
Albert Whitman Teen lands on its feet with The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake, a fantasy novel set in a world where cat breeding is strictly controlled; and A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master, about a boy who tries to shield his dying father from political news in 1947 India.
ANDERSEN PRESS USA
Andersen Press USA has tummy trouble with The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell, in which Sarah tries to rescue her brother who’s been gobbled up by a Gulper; Fly, Chick, Fly! by Jeanne Willis, illus. by Tony Ross, about a young owl who refuses to fly; Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis, illus. by Tony Ross, in which Hippopotamus has a spotamus on her bottomus; Friends by Michael Foreman, featuring the unlikely relationship between a Cat and Bubble the goldfish; and I Want My Mom! by Tony Ross, in which Little Princess has a play date.
Barefoot Books rides the wind with The Kite Princess by Juliet Clare Bell, illus. by Laura-Kate Chapman, about a tomboy princess who can’t be bothered with decorum; Finn at Clee Point by Richard Knight, illus. by Giovanni Manna, in which Finn gets to know the children of a rumor-plagued family; Robin Hood by David Calcutt, illus. by Grahame Baker-Smith, a tale of young Robin of the Greenwood before he becomes the hero of Sherwood Forest; and The Adventure of Achilles by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden, illus. by Carole Henaff, stories of the Greek warrior who is the progeny of a goddess and a king, including his role in the Trojan war.
Bloomsbury follows palace protocol with Princess Academy 2 (working title) by Shannon Hale, in which Miri goes from student to queen’s lady-in-waiting; Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas, a debut novel about an 18-year-old assassin offered her freedom by the crown prince for a steep price; The Princess and the Bear by E.D. Baker, a humorous sequel to The Wide-Awake Princess, starring a cast of fairy tale characters; No Other Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup, the third and final story about the Cheeseman family; and The Girl in Room 203 by Cylin Busby, a YA novel about a high school senior paralyzed in an accident.
Boyds Mills Press does a double take with Look... Look Again! by John O’Brien, a collection of cartoons from the New Yorker artist; and Oh! What a Surprise! by Suzanne Bloom, a fourth picture book starring Goose and Bear.
BOYDS MILLS/CALKINS CREEK
Calkins Creek keeps its cool with ICE!: The Amazing History of the Ice Business by Laurence Pringle, about how ice was harvested, used, and sold before the days of electric appliances like freezers.
WordSong offers sage advice with Never Eat Your Pretzels Straight by J. Patrick Lewis, illus. by Matthew Cordell, a collection of 120 humorous poems from the children’s poet laureate.
Candlewick Press turns a frown upside down with Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein, about the ripple effect of a small kindness; Squeak! Rumble! Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! by Wynton Marsalis, illus. by Paul Rogers, a picture book about the many sounds that fill a neighborhood; The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate by Scott Nash, starring a band of flying, feathered buccaneers; and Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz, a comic, Victorian-gothic thriller.
Nosy Crow issues a warning with Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley, illus. by Nicola O’Byrne, in which the story of the Ugly Duckling is invaded by a hungry crocodile; Mega Mash-Ups: Spies vs. Slugs in the Jungle by Nikalas Catlow and Tim Wesson, a Draw-Your-Own-Adventure title; Just Right for Christmas by Birdie Black, illus. by Ros Beardshaw, about a king’s humble, far-reaching gift for his daughter; Icky Sticky Monster by Jo Lodge, a rhyming pop-up book; and Playbook Farm by Corina Fletcher, illus. by Britta Teckentrup, a pop-up title that turns into a 3D farmyard play set.
Templar Books is all ears for Olive and the Big Secret by Tor Freeman, about a girl who has trouble keeping things on the QT; Super Science: Matter Matters by Tom Adams, illus. by Thomas Flintham, full of pop-up chemistry chaos; The Crimson Shard by Teresa Flavin, the fantasy sequel to The Blackhope Enigma; The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, retold and illus. by Helen Ward, a spin that sets the tale in a 1930s-era city at Christmas; and Black Dog by Levi Pinfold, in which the youngest member of the Hope family is the only one brave enough to face a black dog that appears outside their home.
Toon Books flips the switch with Benny and Penny in Lights Out by Geoffrey Hayes, in which the mouse siblings get ready for bed; Maya Makes a Mess by Rutu Modan, featuring Maya’s unique table manners; The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra, starring a brother and sister who wake up one day in an enchanted forest; and A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse by Frank Viva, about reluctant Mouse’s voyage to Antarctica.
Chronicle saves room for dessert with Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Emily Haynes, illus. by Sanjay Patel, a picture book account of how Ganesha came to write the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata; A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston, illus. by Sylvia Long, which looks at the world of rocks; Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack, about the ups and downs of Rabbit and Mouse’s adventurous day, told using just the four words of this book’s title; and The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner, illus. by Jeremy Holmes, first in a humorous, heavily illustrated middle-grade series.
Coteau is in the face-off circle with Breakaway by Maureen Ulrich, third in a YA trilogy about a female hockey team; The Piper of Shadonia by Linda Smith, a YA fantasy adventure featuring a band of puppeteers; and The Last Days of Tian Di by Catherine Egan, in which 12-year-old Eliza is kidnapped by creatures who believe she is the next Sorceress of Di Shang.
THE CREATIVE COMPANY
The Creative Company is all abuzz for Bee by Kate Riggs, a Grow-With-Me book about the life cycle of the honeybee; The CIA and Other American Spies by Michael E. Goodman, an exploration of the history of American espionage agencies; The Future of Architecture by Lori Dittmer, a What’s Next? title; The Story of Facebook by Sara Gilbert, a new entry in the Built for Success series; and Using the Internet by Valerie Bodden, a guide to conducting research on the Internet, part of the new Research for Writing series.
Disney-Hyperion is seeing red with The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima, part of the Seven Realms fantasy series; The Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, in which Greek and Roman demigods must band together to defeat the giants released by Gaea; The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, a dystopian thriller about teens on the run from an authoritarian government; Beta by Rachel Cohn, first in the Annex series about teenage clones who break free from their enslavement; and Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book! A Super Fun Book by Mo Willems and YOU, a 272-page volume filled with activities.
Disney Press revs up for fall with World of Cars 2 by Catherine Daly, a story collection starring characters from the two Cars movies; Disney’s Wonderful World of Animals, part of a new reference series featuring photography and illustrated Disney characters; It’s a Small World: Christmas Around the World, a peek at holiday traditions in an 8x8 picture book; Wreck-It Ralph Read-Along Storybook and CD and Phineas and Ferb: Read-Along Storybook and CD, both packaged with CDs that include narration, sound effects, and original character voices.
Marvel Press puts on its cape for Meet the Marvel Super Heroes by Scott Peterson, a guide to all the characters from Ant-Man to Wolverine.
DK is seeing double with Optical Illusions, featuring more than 50 interactive illusions; Make Your Own Dinosaur, a book and model-making kit; LEGO Batman: The Visual Dictionary and LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopedia, two new entries to the popular illustrated line; and Super Nature, a visual reference title that includes 3D images of animals.
Kane Miller hails Dan, the Taxi Man by Eric Ode, illus. by Kent Culotta, a picture-book celebration of music; and Monsters Aren’t Real by Kerstin Schoene, a picture book that wonders if its title is true.
EERDMANS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Eerdmans takes the stage with Starring Arabelle, a debut novel by Hillary Hall De Baun about a high school freshman who strives to prove herself as a budding actress; The Herd Boy by Niki Daly, the tale of a young South African herd boy who dreams of becoming a great leader; Back to Front and Upside Down by Claire Alexander, a story about perseverance and the fact that it’s okay to ask for help; All By Myself! by Emile Jadoul, in which Leon the penguin takes a significant step toward independence; and The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau, by Michelle Markel, illus. by Amanda Hall, a colorful look at the life of a beloved artist.
Free Spirit straps on its scuba gear for Make a Splash! by Cathryn Berger Kaye with Philippe Cousteau, a look at the Earth’s oceans and waterways with suggestions on how to take action; Building Character with True Stories from Nature by Barbara A. Lewis, in which the author draws analogies between animal and human behavior; Vicious, Rage, and Pressure, a collection of true stories from teens, developed in New York City’s Youth Communication’s writing program; and Bystander Power by Phyllis Kaufman Goodstein and Elizabeth Verdick, a humorous approach to the topic of bullying.
Groundwood bundles up with Snow Children by Masako Yamashita, in which two snow children plan to do something about global warming; A Few Bites by Cybèle Young, a picture-book with 3D illustrations starring siblings Viola and Ferdie; Nocturne: Dream Recipes by Isol, which imagines colorful nighttime dreams; Tecumseh by James Laxer, illus by Richard Rudnicki, an illustrated biography of the Native American leader; and La Malinche: The Princess Who Helped Cortès Conquer an Empire by Luis Barbeytia, illus. by Pablo Serrano, the story of the woman who became a translator for Cortès during the Spanish Conquest of Mexico.
Harper is up for adventure with The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech, a tale of amazing mysteries about family and identity; The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver, illus. by Iacopo Bruno, in which Liza faces otherworldly obstacles to rescue her brother, whose soul has been snatched; Thank You, Splat! by Rob Scotton, in which Splat the Cat learns to be thankful; and Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer by Jane O’Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser, the second chapter book starring the budding sleuth.
Amistad sees a sweet road ahead with In the Land of Milk and Honey by Joyce Carol Thomas, illus. by Floyd Cooper, a tale of promise inspired by the author’s journey west with her family from Oklahoma to California in 1948.
HARPERCOLLINS/BALZER + BRAY
Balzer + Bray has a season that’s just right with Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, retold by Mo Willems, a twist on the classic nursery tale; Under Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book Two by Colin Meloy, illus. by Carson Ellis, the sequel to the fantasy adventure Wildwood; Through to You by Emily Hainsworth, a SF thriller in which a teenage boy discovers a parallel dimension where his girlfriend is no longer dead; The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini, a YA novel about a boy sent to camp to become a man, but ends up on a fantastical journey; and Defiance by C.J. Redwine, in which Rachel attempts to escape her walled city-state to find her missing father.
Joanna Cotler Books gives it a go with My Brave Year of Firsts by Jamie Lee Curtis, illus. by Laura Cornell, a celebration of the everyday bravery of trying new things for the first time.
Greenwillow is saved by the bell with Period 8 by Chris Crutcher, an action thriller; Breathe by Sarah Crossan, a dystopian novel in which three teens have only two days of oxygen left in their tanks; The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, a murder mystery about a changeling and a sinister fairy from an 18-year-old debut author; Cat Tale by Michael Hall, a picture book about homophones and homonyms and three cats on a mission; and Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman by Esme Raji Codell, illus. by Lynne Rae Perkins, a tribute to the man who changed the landscape of the United States.
Katherine Tegen Books wags its tail for A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean, a tale of how one girl’s friendship with a stray dog can mend a family’s heart; Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson, a picture book biography; The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emilie Fairlie, a mystery that incorporates humorous lists, notes, and emails in the narrative; The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons by Barbara Mariconda, in which a 12-year-old girl learns her family’s Victorian mansion is magical; and Erasing Time by C.J. Hill, about two contemporary girls who travel to the future.
HarperFestival sounds it out with Little Critter’s Phonics Fun by Mercer Mayer, a 12-book phonics box for beginning readers; Nothing Ever Happens at the North Pole by Stan and Jan Berenstain, in which a penguin looking for adventure overlooks all the things happening around him; Santa on the Loose! by Bruce Hale, illus. by Dave Garbot, a look-and-find book that involves searching for toys; Splat the Cat: Fishy Tales by Rob Scotton, Splat’s collection of made-up facts about creatures at the aquarium; and Superman Classic: Attack of the Toyman by John Sazaklis and Jack Farley, illus. by Andy Smith, in which the Man of Steel faces a villain who sends explosive remote control cars across Metropolis.
HarperTeen never says never with Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, a reimagining of Peter Pan that romantically pairs a teenage Peter with Tiger Lily, a 15-year-old Native American princess; Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr, about three teens forging their own destinies in the daimon dimension; So Close to You by Rachel Carter, in which Lydia begins to unravel secrets about the abandoned military base near her home; What’s Left of Me: The Hybrid Chronicles, Book One by Kat Zhang, an alternate reality debut from a college-student author about a recessive soul inhabiting a girl’s body; and Lauren Conrad Beauty by Lauren Conrad with Elise Loehnen, beauty secrets from the reality show personality.
HARPERCOLLINS/I CAN READ
I Can Read greets fall with early reader titles Pinkalicious and the Pinkatastic Zoo Day by Victoria Kann; Splat the Cat: The Rain Is a Pain, based on the creation of Rob Scotton; Monster School: First Day Frights by Dave Keane; Marley: Firehouse Dog, based on the books by John Grogan; and Amelia Bedelia Sleeps Over by Herman Parrish, illus. by Lynne Avril.
HAPERCOLLINS/WALDEN POND PRESS
Walden Pond Press scores with Guys Read: The Sports Pages, edited by Jon Scieszka, illus. by Dan Santat, which features sports-themed stories from Tim Green, Dan Gutman, Gordon Korman, and others.
Holiday House goes overboard with The Boston Tea Party by Russell Freedman, illus. by Peter Malone, a historical picture book; Halloween Forest by Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by John Shelley, a holiday rhyming tale set in a forest made of bones; The Fly Flew In by David Catrwo, an I Like to Read title about a fly that bothers patrons of the opera; The Night Before Christmas Deep Under the Sea by Kathie Kelleher, illus. by Dan Andreasen, a reimagining of the Clement C. Moore poem with an underwater setting; and Hunter Moran Saves the World by Patricia Reilly Giff, a middle-grade novel about a large, rambunctious family.
HMH Books lathers up for Five Little Monkeys Jump in the Bath by Eileen Christelow, a board book starring these mischievous monkeys; Family Bedtime Treasury, a collection of eight picture books including The Napping House, eight poems, and a CD of classical lullabies; Happy Hanukkah, Curious George, a tabbed board book with poems about the holiday; Martha Speaks: Funny Bone Jokes & Riddles, which collects knock-knock and wordplay jokes and riddles for early readers; and Folk Tale Classics Heirloom Library, a value-priced gift set of four classic retellings by Paul Galdone.
Clarion looks to the night skies for What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt, a fantasy in which sixth-grader Tom receives an unusual gift from a besieged civilization across the cosmos; Will Sparrow’s Road by Karen Cushman, about a 12-year-old runaway on the loose in 16th-century England; The Twinning Project by Robert Lipsyte, in which middle-schooler Tom has an imaginary twin on another planet; Those Darn Squirrels Fly South by Adam Rubin, illus. by Daniel Salmieri, about squirrels wreaking havoc in a tropical locale; and Christmas Wombat by Jackie French, illus. by Bruce Whatley, in which a hungry wombat competes with Santa’s reindeer for the carrots left out on Christmas Eve.
Graphia can take the heat with Scorch by Gina Damico, second in a darkly humorous series about a teenage grim reaper; Dead Is a Killer Tune by Marlene Perez, in which Jessica and the other viragos must find out who is behind the haunting music compelling people to commit crimes; The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle, a dystopian tale set in an Amish community; and A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, part of a relaunch of the classic Earthsea Cycle.
Harcourt mixes up a tasty fall with Apple Cake: A Recipe for Love by Julie Paschkis, in which Alfonso makes a special treat for his beloved Ida; The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, a YA novel set in a future where magic is on the decline and technology replaces sorcerers and soothsayers; Viva Jaquelina!: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Over the Hills and Far Away by Louis A. Meyer, a journey to Spain, and a celebration of the 10th anniversary of this series; and Princess in Training by Tammi Sauer, about an unconventional princess who likes to wear pink but also likes skateboarding and moat swimming.
Houghton Mifflin knows that not a creature is stirring in The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood, illus. by Renata Liwska, celebrating calm moments in the midst of holiday hubbub; Son by Lois Lowry, the conclusion to the Giver Quartet, a novel told in the three parts; Perry’s European Playlist by Joe Schreiber, an action-packed sequel to Au Revoir Crazy European Chick; Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck, illus. by Brian Lies, a middle-grade mystery about a rat and a missing iguana; and Warrior’s Heart by Eric Greitens, about the author’s life of service as a Navy SEAL and humanitarian.
Sandpiper puts on its rally cap for Turning It Around by Glenn Stout, a Good Sports book featuring four stories of sports teams coming back from the brink of defeat.
Islandport Press forecasts snow with The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! by Rebecca Rule, illus. by Jennifer Thermes, in which seven children scramble up and race down a snowy hill on an old-fashioned sled; and Dahlov Ipcar’s Maine Alphabet, showcasing the natural wonders of Ipcar’s home state.
Kane Press calculates a good autumn list with The Right Place for Albert and Albert Keeps Score by Deborah Skinner, illus. by Deborah Melmon, and The Mousier the Merrier and Albert’s Amazing Snail by Eleanor May, illus. by Melmon, all joining to the Mouse Math series; and The Case of the Crooked Campaign by Lewis B. Montgomery, illus. by Amy Wummer, an election-themed Milo & Jazz mystery.
Dafina Books roams the halls with Hollywood High by Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams, first in a series set in the privileged world of four seniors at a private school; Charly’s Epic Fiasco by Kelli London, in which Charly plans to escape her tough life in Chicago by becoming a reality TV star; Time to Shine by Nikki Carter, new to the Fab Life series about the drama-filled world of hip hop; No Boyz Allowed by Ni-Ni Simone, a suspenseful urban teen romance; and Crazy Love by Amir Abrams, a novel about what happens when young love spirals out of control.
KTeen Books is on the run with Chasers by James Phelan, first in a YA trilogy set in a New York City filled with zombies; Otherkin by Nina Berry, a YA novel that kicks off a paranormal fantasy series about the power of friendship; Spark by Bridgette Kemmerer, second in the Elemental series about four brothers who can control the elements; and Touched by Corrine Jackson, first in a YA trilogy about a teenage girl who can heal people with her touch.
Leap Books checks the Doppler radar for Storm Watcher by Maria Snyder, in which a boy’s weather prediction talents prove vital for survival; Second Skin by Judith Graves, illus. by Val Cox, about a beast clawing at Eryn’s soul; Spirited by Shannon Delany, Maria Snyder, Candace Havens, and others, an anthology of 13 paranormal tales; Chase by Sydney Scrogham, a battle between an army of miniature horses and the snakelike Snyx; and Lethally Blonde by Patrice Lyle, in which Pitchfork Prep’s only blonde demon gets an after-school job spying for Devil.
Carolrhoda is ready to kick off fall with Dino-Football by Lisa Wheeler, illus. by Barry Gott, in which meat-eating and vegetarian dinosaurs square off on the field; Oopsy, Teacher! by Stephanie Calmenson, illus. by Sachiko Yoshikawa, a picture book in which everything in Mr. Bungle’s day goes awry; Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford, illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska, about a girl contemplating the concept of infinity; The Normal Kid by Elizabeth Holmes, the tale of two fifth graders struggling to fit in; and Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World by Sally M. Walker, the science and history surrounding a skeleton discovered in Washington state in the late 1990s.
Carolrhoda Lab takes wing with Skylark by Meagan Spooner, a post-apocalyptic debut in which Lark must escape to the ravaged wilderness to prevent the ruling class from using the power source within her; The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff, in which three YA authors lay bare the inner workings of their online critique group and share never-before-seen work; and Four Secrets by Margaret Willey about three friends who hatch a plot against a bully who has been tormenting them.
Darby Creek checks its gear for Fight the Wind by Elias Carr, new to the After the Dust Settled series about teenage survivalists in an post-apocalyptic America; Out of the Cold by Norah McClintock, a mystery starring a Canadian teen with a talent for getting into trouble; Case #01: The Haunting of Apartment 101 by Megan Atwood, starring Jinx, a teenage punk rocker and paranormal investigator for hire; Mallory McDonald, Super Snoop, in which Mallory spies on her brother and his girlfriend; and The Wizards of Wyrd World by Pamela F. Service, illus. by Mike Gorman, featuring a gizmo that lets Josh and Maggie think their way into other worlds.
Graphic Universe waddles into fall with Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Andrés Vera Martínez and Na Liu, illus. by Martínez, six short stories about growing up in China during the 1980s and 1990s; Raining Cats and Detectives by Colleen AF Venable, illus. by Stephanie Yue, in which Sasspants the pet shop private eye gets adopted; Down in the Dumps by Julien Neel, which follows a girl’s tween and teen years; The Mysterious Manuscript by Lars Jakobsen, first in the Mortensen’s Escapades series about a secret agent who travels through time; and A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return by Zeina Abirached, a memoir about growing up in war-torn Lebanon in the 1980s.
Millbrook makes change for A Dollar, A Penny, How Much and How Many by Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Brian Gable, an introduction to U.S. currency; Madam and Nun and 1001: What Is a Palindrome? by Brian P. Cleary, illus. by Brian Gable, a look at these words; The Royal Treasure Measure by Trudy Harris, illus. by Ivica Stevanovic, a rhyming picture book about units of measure; and Caleb’s Hanukkah by Lisa Bullard, illus. by Constanza Basaluzzo,and Carter’s Christmas by Lisa Bullard, illus. by Katie Saunders, two Cloverleaf Books that explore fall and winter holidays.
Little, Brown channels Dr. Frankenstein with The Monster’s Monster by Patrick McDonnell, in which three little monsters build their own big, bad monster; All the Awake Animals (Are Almost Asleep) by Crescent Dragonwagon, illus. by David McPhail, an alliterative bedtime story; The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer, a first novel from the Glee star about twins who enter the world of fairy tales and have trouble getting out; Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket, the first in the “autobiographical” All the Wrong Questions series; and The Diviners by Libba Bray, which kicks off a glitzy murder/mystery/occult series set in New York City during the Roaring ’20s.
LITTLE, BROWN/LB KIDS
LB Kids goes down on the farm for I Say, You Say Animal Sounds by Tad Carpenter, an interactive lift-the-flap book that challenges readers to name animals and their sounds; Transformers Prime: Autobots Versus Zombies, in which Optimus Prime and his friends face off against Transformer zombies; The Muppets: The Doodle Book, an activity title; The Muppets: The Twelve Days of a Muppet Christmas, A Chicken in a Pine Tree, a Muppet version of the traditional carol; and Super Hero Squad: King of the North Pole, a Passport to Reading book in which the team must help Santa after he’s been overthrown by villain Loki.
Poppy faces an economic crisis with The Boy Recession about a Midwestern high school that has a sudden, dramatic decrease in male students; The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette by Bianca Turetsky, which finds a precocious seventh-grader swept up in the glory of palace life with France’s famous queen; Winter White: A Belles Novel by Jen Calonita, another venture into high society secrets and scandals, this time during cotillion season; What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton, a debut novel about the aftermath of date rape; and Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan, the finale to the Immortal Beloved trilogy, featuring immortal ex–party girl Nastasya.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux makes a stitch in time with Crewel by Gennifer Albin, a fantasy about a girl with the ability to interweave time and matter; The Birthright Trilogy: Book Two by Gabrielle Zevin, an action fantasy set in 2083 New York City, where chocolate and caffeine are contraband; Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, which intertwines two story lines about mermaids and ghosts in 1872 and 2011; and The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, in which 16-year-old Darcy learns she’s a Shade, a creature capable of becoming invisible.
Margaret Ferguson Books goes to the head of the class with Third-Grade Reading Queen by Claudia Mills, illus. by Rob Shepperson, about a girl determined to win the all-school reading contest; A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle, illus. by Hope Larson, a newly illustrated edition of the classic; The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart, illus. by David Small, in which a girl newly settled in America writes letters to her aunt in Mexico; My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt, in which Angel tries to prevent a child from being coerced into her life of prostitution and drugs; Ava and the Real Lucille by Cari Best, illus. by Madeline Valentine, about a girl who enters a contest to win a pet and is disappointed that the prize is a bird instead of a dog; and Holding on to Zoe by George Ella Lyon, in which a 16-year-old is convinced she is going to have a baby.
Frances Foster Books says abra cadabra for The Magician’s Apprentice by Kate Banks, illus. by Peter Sís, in which Baz leaves his village to travel the world with a kindhearted and wise magician; The Bear in the Book by Kate Banks, illus. by Georg Hallensleben, a bedtime story within a story; On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s by Barbara O’Connor, about the excitement a one-legged pigeon brings to a small town in South Carolina; Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum, in which a mother is more anxious than her child on the first day of school; and Leave Your Sleep by Natalie Merchant, illus. by Barbara McClintock, a picture-book-and-CD set featuring favorite poetry that singer-songwriter Merchant has set to original music.
MACMILLAN/FEIWEL AND FRIENDS
Feiwel and Friends lets it rip with Tumford’s Rude Noises, in which Tum learns some manners; The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente, illus. by Ana Juan, about September’s return to Fairyland and her venture to dark Fairyland Below; Safekeeping by Karen Hesse, about a girl who returns from volunteering in Haiti to find her parents missing and all of America in panicked crisis; Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant, in which a teenage girl discovers unusual things about herself that may be related to her mother’s work at Spiker Biotech; and Outpost by Ann Aguirre, which finds Deuce and Fad protecting the town of Salvation from the encroaching Freaks.
Henry Holt plans a trip to Toad Hall with Return to the Willows by Jacqueline Kelly, illus. by Clint Young, a sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows; Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride, a follow-up to Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, in which Douglas tries to figure out how to use his power; Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier, trans. by Anthea Bell, second in the Ruby Red trilogy about the romantic time-traveling adventures of 16-year-old Gwyneth; and Lenore Finds a Friend by Jon Katz, the true story of a dog determined to make friends on Bedlam Farm.
Christy Ottaviano Books goes on a road trip with Chasing the Skip by Janci Patterson, a debut novel about a bounty hunter; Cool Castles by Sean Kenney, latest in the author’s line of LEGO-inspired titles; If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond by Robert Burleigh, illus. by Wendell Minor, a picture book featuring the famous naturalist; Potterwookie by Obert Skye, about a creature that’s a mash-up of Chewbacca from Star Wars and Harry Potter; and Treasure on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach, sequel to Missing on Superstition Mountain.
Roaring Brook Press makes a date with The Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac by Anita Silvey, featuring a different children’s book and a related event for each day of the year; Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit by Tommy Greenwald, illus. by J.P. Coovert, a sequel to Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading; Promised by Caragh O’Brien, the conclusion of the Birthmarked trilogy; Pickle*by Kimberly Baker, illus. by Tim Probert about a group of sixth-graders who start a club that pulls pranks around school; and Auracle by Gina Rosati, starring a teen with the skill of astral projection.
MACMILLAN/ROARING BROOK/FIRST SECOND
First Second Books takes down fall with Sumo by Thien Pham, about an American football player recruited to train at a Japanese sumo center; Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, in which Zita learns that fame has a price; Broxo by Zach Giallongo, a debut fantasy in which a teenage barbarian and a teenage warrior princess meet, clash, and try to save each other from zombies; and Adventures in Cartooning Christmas Special by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost, a holiday exploration of all things comics.
Neal Porter Books is mum about Monsieur Marceau by Leda Schubert, illus. by Gerard DuBois, a picture-book biography of the famous mime; Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin, a picture-book exploration of this habitat and its flora and fauna; Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead, illus. by Erin Stead, about Bear’s search for a friendly ear to listen to his story; Little Tug by Stephen Savage, starring a tough, reliable tug boat; and A Is for Muskox by Erin Cabatingan, illus. by Matthew Myers, a romp through the alphabet.
Square Fish storms the season with Castle: The Way It Works by David Macaulay, a version of his nonfiction classic adapted for beginning readers; and paperback reprints of A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy by Madeleine L’Engle, Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel, Hades by Alexandra Adornetto, and Ten Rules for Living with My Sister by Ann M. Martin.
Marshall Cavendish gobbles into autumn with Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano, illus. by Lee Harper, in which Turkey goes to Santa for help when he realizes he’s going to be eaten for Christmas dinner; and We’re Going on a Ghost Hunt by Susan Pearson, illus. by S.D. Schindler, a seasonal twist on the song “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.”
National Geographic has just the facts, ma’am, with 5,000 Cool Facts about Everything by National Geographic Kids; Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals, From-the-Field Reports, Maps, and More by National Geographic; The Skull in the Rock: The Story of a Scientist, a Dog, A Nine-Year-Old Boy, and the Largest Trove of Early Human Fossils Every Discovered by Marc Aronson, a look at paleontologist Lee Berger’s discovery of a brand new species of human; That’s Gross! Icky Facts that Will Test Your Gross-Out Factor by Crispin Boyer, which includes sticky, smelly, and slimy information; and National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Animal Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar, and Roar!, edited by J. Patrick Lewis, an anthology containing works by Robert Frost, Shel Silverstein, and others.
Orca is feeling lucky with the launch of the Seven series, which consists of seven simultaneously releasing titles by seven authors about the globe-trotting adventures of seven grandchildren given tasks by their late grandfarther; Three Little Words by Sarah Harvey, about a boy's journey from a remote island to the city in search of his unknown mother and brother; Uncle Wally's Old Brown Shoe by Wallace Edwards, in which a shoe meets various animals and insects; I, Witness by Norah McClintock, a graphic novel in which teenage Boone tries to stay one step ahead of murderers; and Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug by Susan Musgrave, a cozy book for babies and toddlers.
Papercutz sinks its teeth into the season with NINJAGO #4: Tomb of the Fangpyres by Greg Farshty and Paulo Henrique, more ninja team hijinks; The Three Stooges #2: Ebenezer Stooge by George Gladir, illus by Stan Goldberg, a holiday volume; Power Rangers Super Samurai #2: Terrible Toys by Stefan Petrucha, illus. by Paulo Henrique, in which the Rangers fight off toys made evil by Lord Xandred; Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #1 by Stefan Petrucha, illus. by Stan Goldberg, first in a new series featuring 8-year-old sleuth Nancy Drew; and Garfield & Co. #7: Home for the Holidays by Jim Davis, adapted by Cedric Michiels, in which Garfield argues with his girlfriend about the true meaning of Christmas.
Parragon tries to pack light for Around the World We Go, a never-before-published picture book by Margaret Wise Brown; Bambi,A Disney 3D Storybook, Spider-Man, a Marvel 3D Activity Center title featuring stickers and games; Baby Animals, new to the Discovery Explore Book & CD nonfiction line; and Muddypaws, a picture-book-and-plush set.
PENGUIN/PENGUIN YOUNG READERS
Penguin Young Readers floats into fall with Love Is in the Air by Jonathan Fenske, about a balloon that is smitten with a kite; The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle, in which the title character finds friends; We Are Twins by Laura Driscoll, illus. by Pascal Campion, about two sisters who are alike, but different, too; and Max Has a Fish by Wiley Blevins, illus. by Ben Clanton, in which a boy discovers his pet can’t dance.
Dial sees a pattern in Counting by Sevens by Holly Goldberg Sloan, a YA novel about the challenges faced by a 14-year-old prodigy who gives up on home schooling; Gods and Warriors: The Angry Ones by Michelle Paver, in which a boy and a girl fight for survival in the Bronze Age; Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole by Judy Schachner, about the kitty boy’s adventure at the circus; Puss in Boots by Jerry Pinkney, an illustrated retelling; and The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell, a middle-grade debut in which a girl uses her newfound magic to save an enchanted winter world from destruction.
Dutton flits into autumn with Summer & Bird by Katherine Catmull, a first book about two sisters who enter a magical world of birds to find their missing parents; Matched Trilogy Book 3 by Ally Condie, in which Cassia must face the choices she’s long been chasing; In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz, a companion to A Tale Dark & Grimm; Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield, the parallel stories of two young women in a small town after the discovery of an unidentified dead girl; and The Journey Back by Priscilla Cummings,a companion to the YA mystery Red Kayak.
PENGUIN/GROSSET & DUNLAP
Grosset & Dunlap holds its head up high with Operation Beautiful for Best Friends by Caitlin Boyle, a title inspired by Operation Beautiful, which encourages people to post notes with uplifting messages in public places; Gustav Gloom and the People Taker by Adam-Troy Castro, illus. by Kristen Margiotta, about a boy living in a forbidding house with ghostly shadows; The Treasure Chest #4: Prince of Air by Ann Hood, in which Maisie and Felix travel to Coney Island and meet a young Harry Houdini; Roald Dahl Sticker Activity Book, featuring excerpts from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other stories; and a new line of 8x8 books, sticker stories, and activity books based on the toy Zoobles.
Nancy Paulsen Books pictures a purrfect season with It’s All About ME-OW by Hudson Talbott, a look at how cats have charmed humans; Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by E.B. Lewis, about a girl who learns the importance of friendship and small acts of kindness; The Birds of Bethlehem by Tomie dePaola, the story of the first Christmas from the perspective of a flock of birds; This Is Not a Drill by Beck McDowell, a thriller about teens trying to protect children taken hostage by a soldier with PTSD; and There Was a Tree by Rachel Isadora, a rebus-style version of the folk song also known as “The Green Grass Grew All Around,” set in Africa.
Philomel gets been bitten by Venom by Fiona Paul, a YA murder-mystery debut set in Venetian high society; Clueless McGee by Jeff Mack, in which a fifth-grade amateur detective takes on his first case; Rift by Andrea Cremer, a prequel to the fantasy Nightshade trilogy; The Amazing Hamweenie by Patty Bowman, a debut picture book about the secret lives of cats; and True Legend by Mike Lupica, in which a high school basketball phenom veers off course until a former star shows him the way.
Poptropica makes the scene with a line of chapter books and Mad Libs inspired by the Poptropica Web site, created by Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney.
PENGUIN/PRICE STERN SLOAN
Price Stern Sloan says “ahhh” for Hello, Doctor by Michael Escoffier, illus. by Matthieu Maudet, a picture book in which doctor must treat a cunning wolf; Weenicons: Welcome to Pop Planet by Tony Crosswell, a book based on the Weeniworld/Weenicon toy figures that caricature pop-culture icons; Cool Crafts for Hip Kids by Katie Evans, a DIY title; and The Wit and Wisdom of the Land of Ooo, which kicks off a publishing program based on the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time with Finn & Jake.
Puffin turns green for Lights, Camera, Cassidy: #4 Envy by Linda Gerber, in which the budding starlet visits an Australian dude ranch; Sophie’s Mixed-Up Magic: Book #3 Out of Sight by Amanda Ashby, in which Sophie masters carpet flying and finds her long-lost father; and Josie Griffin Is Not a Vampire by Heather Swain, a YA novel about a girl who lands in anger management classes with teens who think they have supernatural powers.
Putnam looks to the future with Patriot: A Legend Novel by Marie Lu, in which June and Day strike a dangerous deal with Patriot rebels; Mossy by Jan Brett, about a turtle with a garden growing on her shell; Mickey Bolitar Series #2 by Harlan Coben, the sequel to Shelter; The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book Two by Maureen Johnson, in which Rory’s new powers leave her at the mercy of London’s secret ghost police; and Paula Danziger’s Amber Brown Is Tickled Pink by Bruce Coville and Elizabeth Levy, illus. by Tony Ross, featuring the return of a favorite character, written by the late creator’s best friends.
Razorbill has the Midas touch with The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead, in which alchemist Sydney risks her life to protect the princess; Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, an epic high fantasy about a princess fighting to reclaim her kingdom; Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, in which a boy with Asperger’s syndrome investigates when a birthday cake is blown up in the school cafeteria; Dead Cat Bounce by Nic Bennett, a financial thriller about a secret organization that creates and exploits disasters for financial gain; and Survive by Alex Morel, in which a girl who plans to kill herself on board a plane ends up fighting for her life when the plane crashes in the Montana mountains.
Viking turns on the GPS for The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George, first in a quartet in which a girl who can hear the thoughts of others tries to escape her stepfather by moving to an island under an assumed identity; The Creature from the 7th Grade: Boy or Beast by Bob Balaban, which kicks off a series about nerdy Charlie Drinkwater, who spontaneously morphs into an eight-foot-tall sea creature; Llama Llama Learns to Share by Anna Dewdney, featuring a face-off with new neighbor Nelly Gnu; Ready or Not, Here Comes Scout by Jill Abramson and Jane O’Connor, illus. by Deborah Melmon, a picture book starring Scout, the dog from Abramson’s memoir The Puppy Diaries.
Warne buttons up its blue jacket for The Further Tales of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson, illus. by Eleanor Taylor, an original tale that takes Peter all the way to Scotland, where he meets a gentle giant.
Random House has its knickers in a knot over Wedgieman: A Hero Is Born by Charise Mericle Harper, illus. by Bob Shea, about a superhero who will go to any lengths to promote healthy eating; Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark 20th Anniversary Edition by Mary Pope Osborne, illus. by Sal Murdocca, a jacketed hardcover with full color illustrations and additional pages; and Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Renée Watson, illus. by Christian Robinson, a picture-book biography of a beloved Harlem Renaissance performer.
Robin Corey Books strikes up the band for Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton, in which a troupe of favorite animal characters celebrates the holiday; Rumble! Roar! Dinosaurs! and A Princess Like Me, two interactive titles by Matthew Reinhart featuring pop-ups, pull tabs, and lift-the-flaps; Where’s Ellie? by Salina Yoon, a guessing game board book; and Big Girl Panties by Fran Manushkin, illus. by Valeria Petrone, which encourages potty training success.
Delacorte Press turns over the tarot cards with Foretold: 13 Tales of Prophesy and Prediction by Carrie Ryan, a collection of stories by YA authors about the fascination with life’s unknowns; Your Heart Like Quicksilver: A Mystic City Novel, Book 1 by Theo Lawrence, a thriller-romance set in futuristic Manhattan; Discovering Wes Moore: Chances, Choices, Changes by Wes Moore, about two kids named Wes Moore born blocks apart in Baltimore, whose lives took very different paths; Enders by Lissa Price, conclusion to the two-part thriller begun with Starters; and The Kill Order by James Dashner, the prequel to the Maze Runner series, in which sun flares hit the Earth and mankind falls to disease.
Golden Books soaks up the season with The Sponge Who Saved Christmas by Melissa Wygand, illus. by Fabrizio Petrossi, a SpongeBob Squarepants Big Golden Book; A Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books, illus. by Mary Blair, a never-before-published anthology of Golden Books including I Can Fly; Baby’s Christmas by Esther Wilkin, illus. by Eloise Wilkin, a rhyming story from 1959 that joins the Golden Baby board book line; Pat the Zoo, a touch-and-feel book based on the classic Pat the Bunny; and I Can Be President by Christy Webster, illus. by Kellee Riley, a Step into Reading book in which Barbie campaigns to be class president.
RANDOM HOUSE/ KNOPF
Knopf starts at the beginning with A by David Levithan, in which a genderless main character “A” inhabits a new person’s body every day and must learn how to navigate it before moving on; Wild About You by Judy Sierra, illus. by Marc Brown, a story about adoption and how it takes a whole village to raise an animal baby; The Fire Chronicle: Books of Beginning #2 by John Stephens, continuing the Wibberly siblings’ search for the Book of Life and their long-lost parents; The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan, a selkie tale; and All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin, featuring a fierce sibling rivalry.
Wendy Lamb Books blasts off with Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride by Graham Salisbury, in which Calvin’s pop singer father comes to Hawaii; Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead, starring two members of a club whose mission is to spy on the mysterious Mr. X.; Beyond: A Ghost Story by Graham McNamee, in which Sara’s shadow is out to get her; Island of Doom by Arthur Slade, the final book in the Hunchback Assignments series; and Sky High: Zigzag Kids 7 by Patricia Reilly Giff, illus. by Alisdair Bright, about inventor Charlie’s efforts to enter the afterschool invention fair.
RANDOM HOUSE/SCHWARTZ & WADE
Schwartz & Wade Books starts at the beginning with Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills, a sequel to How Rocket Learned to Read; Oh No! by Candace Fleming, illus. by Eric Rohmann, in which Frog and his friends fall into a big hole when hungry Tiger happens along; I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr., illus. by Kadir Nelson, a picture-book edition of the iconic speech packaged with a CD recording of King delivering it; One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath, a sequel to Everything on a Waffle; and On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming, in which nine teenage ghosts in a Chicago cemetery tell the stories of their deaths.
The Blue Sky Press checks its watch for It’s Duffy Time! by Audrey Wood, illus. by Don Wood, starring a pug puppy who finds reason to nap all day long --and help readers learn to tell time; How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? and How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen, illus. by Mark Teague, in which the dinos share holiday traditions; and Jangles: A Fish Story by David Shannon, a tall tale about an enormous fish that got away.
Cartwheel Books sends its meal back with There’s a Fly Guy in My Soup by Tedd Arnold, which finds Fly Guy in trouble at a fancy hotel dinner; Dinosaurs! by Thom Wiley, illus. by John Bendall-Brunello, a touch-and-feel book about these creatures; Let’s Get Dressed! by Caroline Jayne Church, a lift-the-flap title in which a toddler learns how to put on clothing; Who’s Hiding?, featuring characters from the Skip*Hop baby products line; and Me and My Turtle! by Owen Bernstein, illus. by Carol Thompson, a book with an embedded nightlight that shines on each page, inspired by Twilight Turtle nightlight toy.
Chicken House steps up to the barre with Someday Dancer by Sarah Rubin, about a country girl determined to make it as a ballerina in 1959 New York City; Claws by Mike and Rachel Grini, in which Emma uses her surprising powers and a sly talking cat to rescue her sister; Undead by Kirsty McKay, featuring two teens who fight off the zombie onslaught of their brain-dead classmates on a school trip; and Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse, in which Jody kidnaps a strung-out rock star “by accident.”
Michael di Capua Books has the meter running with The Other Side of Town by Jon Agee, in which a Manhattan cab driver picks up an odd little guy who leads him to a surprising world on “the other side of the town.”
Graphix takes center stage with Drama by Raina Telgemeier, about 12-year-old Callie’s experiences onstage and off when she gets involved in the school play; and Amulet #5 The Prince of Elves by Kazu Kibuishi, in which Emily and friends prepare to defend Cielis against the Elf King, who can now forge new amulets.
Klutz gets crafty with Gotcha Gadets, offering the lowdown on how to build a doorbell, door alarm, motion detector, and light sensor; Flying Dragons, a kit for building customized flying paper dragons; Disney Paper Purses, featuring purses inspired by Belle, Ariel, and Cinderella; Lightning McQueen Build and Race Body Shop, about how to build Cars characters; and Beaded Bands by Eva Steele-Saccio, which includes instructions and a custom loom.
Arthur A. Levine Books gets its wings with Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli, in which third-grader Suds wants to win the class halo trophy; The Granddaughter Necklace by Susan Dennis Wyeth, illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, about a necklace of beads that forms a necklace of stories as it’s passed from mother to daughter; The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron, starring an abandoned boy who survives winter and the dangers of the city with the help of a pack of dogs; The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda, a tale of a London-born boy who, on a trip to India, tries to protect his sister from monsters of Hindu myth; and The Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed, in which Sarah discovers connections with the past when she visits her ancestral home.
Scholastic Nonfiction slithers into the season with Nic Bishop Snakes by Nic Bishop, a nature photo-exploration; Scholastic Discover More: Bugs, a closer look at this topic; Super Grammar by Tony Preciado and Rhode Montijo, which features easy-to-remember tricks from sentence structure superheroes; While You Were Sleeping by Steve and Matthew Murrie, about all the amazing things that occur at night; and Animal Grossapedia by Melissa Stewart, a photographic encyclopedia about how animals use “gross” substances to survive.
Orchard wields a lightsaber for Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure by Matthew Reinhart, a 3-D look at the Star Wars universe; Monster Mash by David Catrow, a picture-book version of the popular Halloween song; Fiercely and Friends: The Big Something by Patricia Reilly Giff, illus. by Diane Palmisciano, first in a series starring best pals Jilli and Jim and mischievous dog Fiercely; Pluto Visits Earth! by Steve Metzger, illus. by Jared Lee, in which Pluto visits Earth to reclaim his planetary status; and Apples A to Z by Margaret McNamara, illus. by Jake Parker, an apple-themed alphabet book.
Scholastic Paperbacks gets nothing but net with STAT: Standing Tall and Talented #1: Home Court by Amar’e Stoudemire, in which 11-year-old Amar’e faces off against neighborhood bullies in a basketball game; Lucky Stars #1: Wish Upon a Friend by Phoebe Bright, which finds Cassie training to be a Lucky Star, someone who makes wishes come true; Goosebumps Most Wanted #1: Planted of the Lawn Gnomes by R.L. Stine, an all-new story arc featuring the most wanted Goosebumps characters; Rainbow Magic The Princess Fairies #1 by Daisy Meadows, in which Rachel and Kristy try to find the princesses’ missing tiaras and save the day; and Rotten Apple: #1 Mean Ghouls by Stacia Deutsch, spotlighting adventures at Zombie Academy, where the teachers are lifeless and the food stinks.
Point is the biggest loser with Skinny by Donna Cooner, about a 15-year-old obese girl who undergoes gastric bypass surgery, but discovers that shedding the weight doesn’t eliminate all her demons.
Scholastic Press strikes a chord with The Song That Stopped a War by Susan Robeson, illus. by Tonya Engel, in which Paul Robeson’s granddaughter recounts the story of how her grandfather’s singing halted the Spanish Civil War; Bailey at the Museum by Harry Bliss, which finds Bailey up to his funny dog tricks in the Museum of Natural History; The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron, about a girl who is sent to her eccentric’s uncle estate expecting to find a crazy person, but instead discovers a genius inventor; Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch, a mystery-adventure set in 2120; and Rootless by Chris Howard, featuring a young “tree builder” who braves outlaws, danger, and chaos to find the last trees on Earth in a devastated world.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Simon & Schuster sees orange with Creepy Carrots by Peter Reynolds, illus. by Peter Brown, a parable about a greedy rabbit; Nightsong by Ari Berk, illus. by Loren Long, starring a young bat setting out into the world; Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, first in a revenge-focused supernatural trilogy; UnWholly by Neal Shusterman, the sequel to Unwind, set in a future in which a second Civil War has been fought over the issue of abortion; and Untitled Hush, Hush Saga #4 by Becca Fitzpatrick, the conclusion of the Hush, Hush quartet.
It’s all Greek to Aladdin with Heroes in Training #1: Thunderbolt of Doom by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, illus. by Craig Phillips, first in a series that begins with 10-year-old Zeus pulling a magic thunderbolt from a stone; Dork Diaries #4 by Rachel Renée Russell, joining this series; Jack Blank: The End of Infinity by Matt Myklusch, the third book in this action-adventure series; Unwanteds: Island of Silence by Lisa McMann, a sequel to Unwanteds; and Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, which kicks off a contemporary middle-grade fantasy series from a debut author.
Atheneum waves a magic wand for Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer, about Olivia the pig’s quest for identity; Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst, illus. by Lane Smith, a chapter-book sequel to Lulu and the Brontosaurus; Sanderson Man Snoozy by William Joyce, second in the Guardians of Childhood picture book series; Santa from Cincinnati by Judi Barrett, illus. by Kevin Hawkes, a look at Santa’s childhood; and Marco Goes to School by Roz Chast, the continuing adventures of the red bird from Too Busy Marco.
Beach Lane Books puts its foot down with Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee, in which a piece of footwear goes missing and disrupts a comfy schedule; 1-2-3 Peas by Keith Baker, a counting-themed follow-up to LMNO Peas; Tell Me About Your Day Today by Mem Fox, a bedtime book in which a boy and his stuffed animals share their adventures; an untitled Revolutionary War spy novel by Avi; and Zombie Mummy by M.T. Anderson, a sixth Pals in Peril title.
Little Simon goes under the sea for The Little Mermaid by Robert Sabuda, a pop-up edition of the classic tale; Captain Awesome Takes a Dive by Stan Kirby, in which Captain Awesome heads for adventure in the pool; Heidi Heckelbeck in Disguise by Wanda Coven, a chapter book featuring a young witch; and Zolocolor! Christmas Doodling by Byron Glaser and Sandra Higashi, a holiday-themed doodling book.
Margaret K. McElderry Books balances its list with Tilt by Ellen Hopkins, about how love makes three teens’ worlds go off kilter; Darkbeast by Morgan Keyes, in which Keara is unable to kill her darkbeast, the keeper of her secrets; Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson, starring grateful Bear who throws a dinner party for his pals; Dustlands: Rebel Heart by Moira Young, a sequel to Blood Red Road; and The McElderry Book of Mother Goose by Petra Mathers, an anthology of favorite rhymes.
Simon Pulse fires up the cauldron with Witch World by Christopher Pike, a paranormal thriller launching a series; Michael Vey #2: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans, second in this series; Envy by Elizabeth Miles, second in the paranormal trilogy that began with Fury; 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues, about the mystery surrounding a teenager’s fatal drug overdose; and Ruins by Orson Scott Card, the second book in the Pathfinder fantasy series.
Simon Spotlight makes a splash with Pool Girls Volume 2: Heat Wave by Cassie Waters, new to the swim club-centric tween series; Dear Know-It-All: Level Playing Field by Rachel Wise, in which a star middle-school reporter cowrites a story with her crush; Inch and Roly Make a Wish by Melissa Wiley, illus. by Ag Jatkowska, a Ready to Read story starring playground insects; Olivia Dances for Joy, adapted by Natalie Shaw, illus. by Patrick Spaziante, featuring Ian Falconer’s Olivia the pig in a new storybook format; SaraNormal: Mischief Night, which finds the paranormal-series heroine dealing with ghosts galore; and a movie tie-in to Guardians of Childhood, an 8x8 book about William Joyce’s hero Jack Frost.
Paula Wiseman Books’ nose knows with SNIFF by Matthew Van Fleet, a novelty book about animal noses; Ballerina Rosie by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, a picture book starring a new character; Laugh-Out-Loud Baby by Tony Johnston, illus. by Stephen Gammell, a celebration of the sweet sound of a baby’s laugh; Spike the Mixed-Up Monster by Susan Hood, about a lovable monster looking for love; and Poison by Molly Cochran, which blends Arthurian legend with witchcraft in a paranormal romance.
Sky Pony crosses the finish line with Marathon Mouse by Amy Dixon, illus. by Sam Denlinger, about a New York City mouse training for the marathon; Mama, I Can’t Sleep by Brigitte Raab, illus. by Manuela Olten, a bedtime story that looks at how various animals go to sleep; Monster Hunter by Justin LaRocca Hansen, the tale of Billy’s messy battles with the monsters in his house; Mr. Big: A Graphic Novel by Carol and Matt Dembicki, colored by Jason Axtell, in which the denizens of a pond plan to eradicate the bullying snapping turtle Mr. Big; and Tara Duncan and the Forbidden Book by Princess Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian, illus. by William Rodarmor, second in a fantasy-adventure series.
Sleeping Bear grabs an eraser for The Book of Mistakes by Gloria Whelan, illus. by Stephen Costanza, in which a young monk known for his mistakes is assigned to assist Brother Bede in illustrating the Christmas story at an ancient Irish monastery; Dull Day for Delia by Any Myer, about a girl who doesn’t notice exciting things happening all around her; and The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas, the tale of a girl who makes a quilt to pass the time during her family’s covered wagon trip from Illinois to Oregon.
SMALL BEER PRESS
Small Beer Press grabs its telescope for The Shimmers in the Night by Lydia Millet, the second book in the Dissenters fantasy series in which Cara and her brothers face dangers large and small to find their missing mother.
Sourcebooks Fire puckers up with Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler, in which a teenage girl makes a mistake at a party that catapults her from new girl at school to media sensation; Entice by Jessica Shirvington, the sequel to Embrace about the ancient battle between angels and humanity; The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart by Leanna Renee Hieber, sequel to Darker Still, in which someone is trying to resurrect the ultimate evil; Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally, about a girl struggling to define herself in a forbidden relationship; and The Lies That Bind by Laura and Lisa Roecker, a follow-up to Liar Society starring sarcastic neon-haired detective Kate Lowry.
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky says “bonjour” to fall with With Love from Paris by Marissa Moss, first in an illustrated diary series that combines adventure, time-travel, art, and the mystery of Mira’s vanishing mother; Great Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs by Len Berman, in which the sportscaster shares some favorite highlights; Peace, Love and Cupcakes: The Cupcake Crisis by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk, the return of the PLC Club, which is baking up a storm; Croc Capers: Bindi Wildlife Adventures by Bindi Irwin, which joins the animal-themed fiction series; and How Does Sleep Come? by Jeanne Blackmoore, a bedtime story.
ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN
St. Martin’s Griffin heads inside the beltway with Capital Girls by Ella Monroe, starting a glitzy series about the children of Washington D.C.’s most powerful people; Wake by Amanda Hocking, a fantasy starring three beautiful girls who cast a spell over the seaside town of Capri; Hidden by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, the 10th volume in the House of Night series; Echo by Alyson Noël, featuring a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead;, and Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan, second in the Sky Chasers series in which Waverly, Kieran, and Seth race to save their parents and reach New Earth.
Sterling shows its stripes with Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck, the fourth and final title in the Tiger’s Curse fantasy adventure series; Betrayal by Gregg Olsen, a murder mystery in the Empty Coffin series starring 15-year-old twins Hayley and Taylor; and Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ and Shakin’ by Lisa Loeb, a songbook packaged with a CD that includes five classic kids’ tunes and five original compositions.
Tundra charts a course with The Geomancer’s Compass by Melissa Hardy, a novel that explores the role of time and space, against the backdrop of a dysfunctional modern family; Mr. Zinger’s Hat by Cary Fagan, illus. by Dusan Petricic, a picture book “story within a story” about writing stories; The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larson by Susin Nielsen, a dark YA novel about the tragic consequences of relentless bullying; Master Sherlock: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 6th Case by Shane Peacock, the final volume in the murder-mystery series; and Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport by Deborah Hodge, a compilation of survivors’ accounts and archival photos that look at how 10,000 children were taken to safety in Britain at the beginning of WWII.
Walker breaks out the Doritos for Even Aliens Need Snacks by Matt McElligott, in which the barber from Even Monsters Need Haircuts whips up culinary concoctions; Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman, about a teenager who is suffering physical traumas she knows must be happening to her missing twin sister; Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon, a picture book about friendship; Dark Lord—The Early Years by Jamie Thomson, which finds Dirk Lloyd waking up in a town he’s never seen before, powerless against the humans there; and Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt, an emotional look at a teen dealing with illness.
Zest Books strolls down memory lane with Dear Teen Me: Authors Write to Their Teen Selves, ed. by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson; The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions from Pop Culture You Should Know About Before It’s Too Late by Laura Barcella, a fact-filled look at predictions; The Book of Styling: An Insider’s Guide to Creating Your Own Look by Somer Flaherty, which explains what styling is, why it matters, and how to do it; Dead Strange: The Truth Behind 50 Myths that Just Won’t Die by Matt Lamy; and Regine’s Book: A Teen Girl’s Last Words by Regine Stokke, a 17-year-old Norwegian girl’s description of what it is like to live with leukemia.