Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles, including a shapely picture book sequel, a story about an enterprising canine, a wordless book following a family, and a YA novel about two best friends torn apart.
Square by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen. Candlewick, $15.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-9607-8. Square, who squabbled with Triangle in the first volume of Barnett and Klassen’s Shape trilogy, suffers from a case of imposter syndrome in this second picture book offering. The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson, illus. by Sara Ogilvie. Holt/Godwin, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-250-15676-1. A canine with a sophisticated olfactory sense saves the day in this picture book showcasing Donaldson’s (The Gruffalo) finesse with rhythm and rhyming.
A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker. Candlewick, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-6596-8. Becker’s wordless epic starts as a family—mother, father, daughter, and son—bury their dog, Sascha. The book earned a starred review from PW.
We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss. Greenwillow, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-249427-6. Before Luke ended up on death row, he and his best friend Toby dreamed of escaping rural North Carolina in a beat-up crop duster that they discovered in a wooded area. This YA novel unfolds through third-person chronicles of Luke and Toby’s senior year of high school and Luke’s letters to his friend from behind bars. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Period: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth edited by Kate Farrell. Feiwel and Friends, $16; ISBN 978-1-250-14194-1. Twelve contributors discuss their personal experiences with and thoughts about menstruation. The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Handsome Girl Her Beautiful Boy by B.T. Gottfred. Holt, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-62779-852-5. All their classmates think that Zee is a lesbian and Art is gay. However, Zee likes boys, and Art likes girls (at least, they are pretty sure). Soon after meeting, they fall for each other. The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall, illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. Atheneum, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-6997-5. The plight of the endangered honeybee is the raison d’être of this picture book.
The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard. Candlewick, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-9272-8. This YA novel is told through two characters—a girl struggling with a brain injury and a teenage refugee from Sierra Leone. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Night Out by Daniel Miyares. Random/Schwartz Wade, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-5247-6572-9. In this picture book, a lonely boy finds a host of friends at night when he follows his pet turtle to a party. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Puddin’ by Julie Murphy. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-241838-8. Junior Millie Michalchuk, who also appeared in Murphy’s Dumplin’, may be a lifer at fat camp, but that doesn’t mean she buys into how the world sees her. The YA novel earned a starred review from PW.
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. Penguin/Paulsen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-399-54468-2. Saeed (Written in the Stars) infuses this true-to-life story of unjust power dynamics in a poor Pakistani village with a palpable sense of dread regarding the fate of the inquisitive, industrious, poetry-loving titular character. The book earned a starred review from PW.
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