Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including the story of a classroom pet, a YA thriller, and a back-to-school story.
Life According to Og the Frog by Betty G. Birney. Putnam, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-5247-3994-2. This sparkling offshoot of Birney’s Humphrey the hamster series reveals the Room 26 goings-on from the perspective of amphibian Og, another classroom pet. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Shadow State by Elyse Brayden. Imprint, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-250-12423-4. In this YA thriller, high school sophomore Brynn Caldwell, a science superstar, starts having nightmares and terrifying flashbacks of being kidnapped and interrogated, and possibly brainwashed.
Hello School! by Priscilla Burris. Penguin/Paulsen, $16.99; ISBN 978-039-917202-1. With child-friendly simplicity, Burris (Five Green and Speckled Frogs) offers a gentle overview of the first day of school for a class of young, ethnically diverse children.
Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-Of-School Dilemma by Keith Calabrese, illus. by Juana Medina. Atheneum, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-0894-4. In this picture book, Lena is pumped to start kindergarten, but she may have to call the whole thing off. As she explains to Dad, her shoes, which are essential to her first-day ensemble, are having serious second thoughts.
Click, Clack, Quack to School by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin. Atheneum, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-1449-5. In this picture book addition to the Click Clack Moo series, Farmer Brown receives a letter requesting that he and the farm animals visit an elementary school.
Dreaming Dangerous by Lauren DeStefano. Bloomsbury, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-68119-447-9. Twelve-year-old Plum and her friends Artem, Vien, and Gwendle have a special bond: they’re able to dream in tandem, a strange skill that is right at home among those of their fellow orphans at Brassmere Academy for the Extraordinary.
Zen and Gone by Emily France. Soho Teen, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-61695-857-2. In this Zen Buddhist-centric novel, 17-year-old Essa, a native of Boulder, Colo., must care for her little sister. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! by Trudy Ludwig, illus. by Patrice Barton. Knopf, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-399-55713-2. Ludwig and Barton, the team behind The Invisible Boy, tackle the challenge of an overly talkative child in this picture book.
Mr. Monkey Visits a School by Jeff Mack. Simon Schuster, $8.99; ISBN 9781-5344-0429-8. Some days, just making it to school is an accomplishment. In book two of Mack’s series, the lanky Mr. Monkey is invited to a school to perform new tricks.
Not So Normal Norbert by James Patterson and Joey Green, illus. by Hatem Aly. Little, Brown/Patterson, $13.99; ISBN 978-0-316-46541-0. In this middle grade novel, one boy challenges a society where conformity is the ironclad rule on the United State of Earth.
It’s Your First Day of School, Busy Bus! by Jody Jensen Shaffer, illus. by Claire Messer. Beach Lane, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-9467-0. First-day jitters aren’t just for kids. As another school year dawns, a new-to-the-route school bus wonders if he’s up to the job of transporting students.
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