Hitting shelves next week are a picture book about an exploring fox, a middle grade novel about stranded kids fighting for survival, and a YA novel about a possible future Earth.
Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson. Candlewick, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-8789-2. Anderson (Symphony for the City of the Dead) sets this biting and brilliant satire on a near-future Earth where an alien race called the vuvv has brought advanced technology and cures for disease—and ushered in the collapse of Earth’s economy. The book earned a starred review from PW.
It Takes a Village: Picture Book Edition by Hillary Rodham Clinton, illus. by Marla Frazee. SS, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-3087-6. Inspired by her 2006 adult book of the same name, Clinton’s unadorned text celebrates how civic spirit emerges: “We all have a place in the village, a job to do, and a lot to learn.”
The Adventures of Honey Leon by Alan Cumming, illus. by Grant Shaffer. Random House, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-399-55797-2. Honey is a big “rescue mutt” with the airs of a diva, and Leon is a supportive Chihuahua. They live with two human “dads” in New York City, and life is good; the characters are based on actor/author Cumming and artist Shaffer and their own pets (now deceased).
Slider by Pete Hautman. Candlewick, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-9070-0. Hautman’s (Eden West) novel—about a teen who enrolls in a competitive eating contest in order to help alleviate a family debt—is both humorous and uplifting. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Too Shattered for Mending by Peter Brown Hoffmeister. Knopf, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-553-53805-2. Gavin “Little” McCardell attempts to navigate life in his small Idaho town, but it’s not easy with his dysfunctional family, learning disability, and crush on his imprisoned older brother’s girlfriend. The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Night Garden by Polly Horvath. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-374-30452-2. The witty voice of 12-year-old Franny drives this historical adventure, set during WWII in a coastal town in British Columbia.
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren. Simon Schuster, $18.95; ISBN 978-1-4814-8168-7. Tanner Scott, 18, relocated to Provo, Utah, from Palo Alto, Calif., three years ago, but he has never quite fit in. Half Jewish, half lapsed Mormon, and 100% bisexual, Tanner is eager to finish his final semester of high school so he can move somewhere more accepting.
Trell by Dick Lehr. Candlewick, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-9275-9. Former reporter Lehr (Black Mass) recounts a suspenseful story inspired by a case he investigated in the 1980s. Fourteen-year-old Trell Taylor was just a baby when her father, Romero, was wrongly convicted of murdering a 13-year-old girl. Since then, things have been difficult for Trell and her mother, but two important adults—Nora, a rookie attorney, and Clemens, a seasoned reporter for the Boston Globe—believe that there’s a chance for Romero’s release if they can gather evidence that his trial was unfair.
Just Dance by Patricia MacLachlan. SS/McElderry, $15.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-7252-4. In a characteristically subtle novel set in rural Wyoming, MacLachlan intertwines past and present as she explores the truest meaning of family, home, and fulfillment. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick, illus. by Iacopo Bruno. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-229259-9. Bruno’s stylized realism vividly brings to life the story of Sergeant Reckless, the only animal to officially hold military rank in the United States. The book earned a starred review from PW.
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-374-30490-4. Perkins (Bamboo People) delivers a novel that spans decades and continents as it moves among three generations of Indian women, some new immigrants to the U.S., all struggling to bridge cultures. The book earned a starred review from PW.
The 12 Days of Christmas by Greg Pizzoli. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-4847-5031-5. A classic carol gets a dose of reality as Pizzoli (Good Night Owl) pokes fun at the material excess of the holidays. The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Explorer by Katherine Rundell. Simon Schuster, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-1945-1. A plane crash strands four children in the Amazon in this middle grade tale of courage and adventure from Rundell (The Wolf Wilder). The book earned a starred review from PW.
Imagine That!: How Dr. Seuss Wrote the Cat in the Hat by Judy Sierra, illus. by Kevin Hawkes. Random House, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-553-51097-3. “1954 was a great year to be a kid, unless you were trying to learn how to read,” quips Sierra in this picture book look at how Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, endeavored to create a beginning reader “so exciting that [children] couldn’t stop turning the pages.” The book earned a starred review from PW.
The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, illus. by Eric Fan and Terry Fan. SS/Beach Lane, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-5160-4. Marco, a fox, thirsts to know everything, and when a ship appears off the coast of his forest, he embarks on a nautical adventure in hopes of locating answers to his questions. The book earned a starred review from PW.
Spinning by Tillie Walden. First Second, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-62672-940-7. In this graphic memoir, Walden (The End of Summer) immerses readers in an adolescence dominated by competitive figure skating. The book earned a starred review from PW.
In Your Hands by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Atheneum, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-4814-6293-8. A mother dreams about the future as she cuddles her newborn son in this picture book. The volume earned a starred review from PW.
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Eric Velasquez. Candlewick, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-7636-8046-6. In graceful free verse, Weatherford delivers a remarkable tribute to Arturo Schomburg, the Afro-Puerto Rican historian, collector, and activist who unearthed the hidden history and achievements of “Africa’s sons and daughters.” The book earned a starred review from PW.
All about MIA by Lisa Williamson. Scholastic/Fickling, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-338-16397-1. Being the middle sister is tough, especially for 16-year-old Irish-Jamaican Mia, whose older sister is academically perfect and whose younger one is a potential Olympian. When Grace the genius comes home pregnant, Mia can’t help thinking how differently her parents would react if she were in the same situation.
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