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Top Fives: Simon and Schuster Summer 2018 Preview #sskidspreview

Last week Simon and Schuster hosted their Summer 2018 preview to talk about upcoming titles.

If you want to see all of the tweets from the preview, you can check out of the #sskidspreview tag on twitter. (You can also find all of my tweets from the preview too!)

Here are the top five titles I’m excited about from the preview:

Picture Books

  1. Ocean Meets Sky by Terry and Eric Fan: Honestly all I needed to hear about this one is that it’s coming from the Fan Brothers. Comparisons to Wiesner and Van Allsburg are just an added bonus. May 2018.
  2. Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies by Christian Trimmer, illustrated by Jessia Sima: I love Sima’s illustrations and I am here for any and all Snow White retellings–especially one with ponies. August 2018.
  3. The Doll Hospital by Kallie George, illustrated by Sara Gillingham: As someone whose Molly doll headed to the doll hospital when I was a kid I’m excited for this behind-the-scenes look at Dr. Pegs’ doll hospital in this picture book with a retro feel. June 2018.
  4. Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James Ransome: This nonfiction picture book relates the story of Venus and Serena Williams from when they were children to champions. July 2018.
  5. It’s Your First Day of School, Busy Bus! by Jody Jenson Shaffer, illustrated by Claire Messer: This is a great season for back to school books. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for all the new ones. July 2018.

Board Books:

Usually I don’t pop out board books in these top five posts but Little Simon has some great ones coming that I had to point out!

  1. Here, George by Sandra Boynton, illustrated by George Booth: This board book is delightful. George is a dog who loves his family, food, and sitting. He’s also wild about dancing. But only you (the reader) knows that). May 2018.
  2. Wee Beasties: Roary the Lion Roars Too Loud by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Alex Griffiths: This is the first in a board book series teaching etiquette and manners to the littlest readers. May 2018.
  3. Celebrate the World: Dia de los Muertos by Hannah Eliot, illustrated by Jorge Gutierrez: This series featuring holidays around the world is always a winner. This latest one will be illustrated by Gutierrez (who was behind the film The Book of Life). July 2018.

Middle Grade

  1. Sprindrift and Orchid by Emma Trevayne: Crenshaw meets Circus Mirandus in this new middle grade fantasy. May 2018.
  2. Thunder Girls: Freya and the Magic Jewel by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams: Everybody freak out! The dynamic duo behind the Goddess Girls series is starting a new series with figures from Norse mythology. May 2018.
  3. The Memory of Forgotten Things by Kat Zhang: Zhang makes her middle grade debut with this story about a girl hopes a silver eclipse can open a portal to bring her to a world where her mother is still alive. May 2018.
  4. The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast by Samantha M. Clark: The Graveyard Book meets Hatchet in this eerie debut where a boy is stranded on a mysterious beach. June 2018.
  5. Sprinkle Sundays by Coco Simon: Sprinkle Sundays, a new series from the author of the Cupcake Diaries books, follows tween best friends in an ice cream shop. May 2018.

Young Adult

  1. Tradition by Brendan Kiely: Kiely was the guest author for this preview and he talked about how he wants to write books with listening hearts and he hopes that this book can add to the conversation to help young men learn to be good feminists. May 2018.
  2. Save the Date by Morgan Matson: What happens when you plan the perfect wedding and it all starts to go wrong? June 2018.
  3. From Twinkle With Love by Sandhya Menon: Aspiring filmmaker Twinkle shares her story in letters written to her favorite directors. I’m so excited for this one! May 2018.
  4. Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder: Parker tries to figure out how to cope with anxiety and be honest with herself while making a new relationship with her twin brother now that he is in remission. July 2018.
  5. Four-Letter Word by Christa Desir: Eight friends. One game. A dozen regrets. May 2018.



Top Fives: Harper Collins Spring 2018 Preview #harperpreview

Last month Harper Collins hosted their Spring 2018 preview to talk about upcoming titles.

If you want to see all of the tweets from the preview, you can check out of the #HarperPreview tag on twitter. (You can also find all of my tweets from the preview too!)

Here are the top five titles I’m excited about from the preview:

Picture Books

  1. I Am Enough by Grace Byers, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo: Grace Byers (of Empire fame) makes her picture book debut in this ode to self-confidence. While the text of the picture book is a little message-y, it’s a great message kids can always afford to hear more. Bobo’s illustrations are beautiful and fantastically inclusive. Publishing March 2018.
  2. Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Qin Leng: I got an early galley of this one at the preview and I am obsessed. A charming story that offers a glimpse of the circumstances that led to Jane Austen becoming the author so many of us know and love. Leng’s illustrations are gorgeous too. Backmatter includes a timeline of Austen’s life and a cheat sheet with famous lines and short plot summaries for all of her novels. Publishing January 18.
  3. Right Now by Jessica Olien: A picture book about being in the moment that both  acknowledges and honors kids’ feelings. Even the not so happy ones. Coming April 2018.
  4. Bloom: A Story of Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Denos: This story about influential fashion designer Schiaparelli is told in first person and accompanied with Denos’ lovely artwork. Coming February 2018.
  5. Just Being Jackie by Margaret Cardillo, illustrated by Julia Denos: The duo behind Just Being Audrey is back with this biography of one of the country’s most influential first ladies. I got a galley of this one at the preview and it’s even better than I expected. Publishing May 2018.

Middle Grade

  1. Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech: Sorry, I can’t actually tell you anything about this one. BUT new Sharon Creech seems like enough! Publishing September 2018.
  2. TBH #1: TBH, This is SO Awkward by Lisa Greenwald: What happens when a text goes to the wrong person? Find out in this consumable book written in texts. It might just be the format but I got a lot of TTYL vibes from this one. Hits shelves January 2018.
  3. You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly: Online friends get each other through the ups and downs of middle school through their online scrabble games. Publishing April 2018.
  4. The Frame-Up by Wendy McLeod Macnight: An artsy middle grade mystery caper where paintings come to life. Publishing June 2018.
  5. Midnight in the Piazza by Tiffany Parks: A Dan Brown style mystery set in Italy with artsy clues and all. But for the middle grade set. Publishing March 2018.

Young Adult

  1. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston: Anastasia meets Firefly! My jaw literally dropped at the preview as they were pitching this title. Out February 2018.
  2. All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor: The editor pitched this book as The Bling Ring meets Atonement which is almost too strange to parse but I’m into it. Publishing May 2018.
  3. Hooper by Geoff Herbach: Sports, first love, immigrant experience. Coming February 2018.
  4. Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist: True Grit meets 28 Days Later in post-Civil War Texas. Publishing April 2018.
  5. Everless by Sara Holland: Red Queen meets Downton Abbey in this story set in a fantasy world a lot like that Justin Timberlake movie In Time where time is currency and the poor never have enough. Coming January 2018.


Top Fives: Simon and Schuster Spring 2018 Preview #sskidspreview

Last month Simon and Schuster hosted their Spring 2018 preview to talk about upcoming titles.

If you want to see all of the tweets from the preview, you can check out of the #sskidspreview tag on twitter. (You can also find all of my tweets from the preview too!)

Here are the top five titles I’m excited about from the preview:

Picture Books

  1. People Don’t Bite People by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Molly Idle: This might by the number one picture book from the entire preview. There aren’t enough books for kids about model behavior (no biting, no hitting) and this one looks like a big winner. Publishing April 2018.
  2. Teddy’s Favorite Toy by Christian Trimmer, illustrated by Madeline Valentine: I can count on one hand the number of picture books that show boys playing with dolls (and in that even fewer where it’s not a Big Thing). Add this book to the list! When Teddy’s favorite doll is accidentally thrown away it’s up to Mama to rescue it in this delightful read-a-like to Knuffle Bunny. Publishing February 2018.
  3. Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima: I have been lucky enough to read a few of the upcoming S&S arcs and this one is hands down my favorite. Harriet has a costume for everything but when she wears a penguin costume to go with her dads to get supplies for a party she gets carried away by a group of actual penguins. Oops. Watch for this one in March 2018.
  4. Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illustrated by Ebony Glenn: I am so excited for this delightful picture book from Salaam Reads. This is a classic dress up story but about a little girl playing with her mother’s khimar (also known as a hijab head scarf). I haven’t seen this book yet but it looks so cute and centers the African Muslim experience. Coming in April 2018!
  5. I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Ashley Bryan: New poems and gorgeous illustrations all meant to remind children that they are loved. Publishing January 2018.

Middle Grade

  1. Craftily Ever After #1: The Unfriendship Bracelet by Martha Maker, illustrated by Xindi Yan: Klutz books. But with a story. This series follows four friends and includes craft project instructions in the back. Book one hits shelves in March 2018.
  2. R Is For Rebel by J. Anderson Coats: Honestly I don’t remember a lot about this because I stopped listening and started internally screaming when I realized 1. that it’s a new J. Anderson Coats and 2. that it’s being marketed as Princess Academy meets Megan Whalen Turner. I mean what?! Take my money now! Releasing February 2018.
  3. Running Through Sprinklers by Michelle Kim: A familiar story from a new perspective in this debut about two friends growing up and growing apart. Think of this as a middle grade version of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (ie a tried and true contemporary with Asian MCs). Hitting shelves April 2018.
  4. The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone: Freaky Friday meets Downton Abbey. I don’t think I need to say anything else. Publishing February 2018.
  5. Fly Girls by P. O’Connell Pearson: This non-fiction book is all about the female pilots of World War II. Publishing in February 2018.

Young Adult

  1. Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi: A novel for fans of Eliza and Her Monsters and Fangirl this story follows a girl who just started college. When she’s the only one around when a fellow freshman she ends up becoming his emergency contact leading to an online/text relationship that starts to blossom. But are either of them ready to take it into real life?
  2. The Place Between Breaths by An Na: I can’t tell you much about this one except that it deals with Schizophrenia. Na is one of the YA authors I read as an actual teen and baby blogger so it’s just very surreal to hear that she has a new title coming out as a librarian. Coming March 2018
  3. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw: This book sounds like all of my favorite things. Salem meets The Haunting. YA Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus. The shiniest cover ever. On shelves in March 2018.
  4. American Panda by Gloria Chao: A Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer has to balance her germophobia with her parents’ dreams that she become a doctor. Then there’s her crush on a Japanese classmate. Coming February 2018.
  5. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett: This is a love to hate to love story about a girl stranded in the wilderness–with the boy who broke her heart. This sex positive YA contemporary even has maps that the author made of the neighborhood. Publishing April 2018.


Top Fives: Sourcebooks Spring 2018 #SBKSPreview

I can’t believe it’s already time to talk about Spring 2018 titles! Earlier this month I got to attend the Sourcebooks Spring 2018 preview for librarians and educators. The preview lets librarians and teachers learn more about upcoming books they may want to make sure to order for their library collections. At the preview we also got to hear Claire Legrand talk about her forthcoming YA Furyborn and Patricia Forde talk about her recent middle grade The List.

If you want to see all of the tweets from the preview, you can check out of the #SBKSPreview tag on twitter. (You can also find all of my tweets from the preview too!)

Sourcebooks is a smaller publisher so instead of a top 5 for each age level, here are the five books I’m most excited about from the preview:

  1. NY is for New York by Paul Thurlby: This alphabet book features page spreads for different NYC landmarks and places–including quite a few on the outer boroughs. Coming your way October 31, 2017.
  2. Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels by Linda Skeers and Livi Gosling: If you liked Rad Women Worldwide or Boss Babes or the like, check out this one. I am not the most passionate non-fiction reader but I’m excited for this collection of short pieces on different women who . . . dared. On sale now!
  3. Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly: First book in a new dark middle grade fantasy where a girl can control shadows–except, perhaps, for her own. This book was compared to Doll Bones by Holly Black and The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill so watch for it if you like spooky, literary reads. First in a duology. Publishing January 2, 2018.
  4. The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz: For fans of Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt. A story about a boy searching for the perfect doughnut recipe and trying to sell them in his new small town. On shelves April 1, 2018.
  5. Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy: If her grandmother’s bestselling books are made into a movie, Iris knows it’s going to ruin her life. The only question is if she’s up to the task of sabotaging the production. Fans of Geekerella by Ashley Poston and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, look out! Publishing April 1, 2018.
  6. Furyborn by Claire Legrand: This is a bonus one because I have been waiting years for a new YA from Claire. She describes this book as the book of her heart and the reason she started writing. If that doesn’t entice you enough: epic fantasy about two queens–one with the power to save the world and one with the power to destroy it. Add this one to your to read list now and watch for its publication May 22, 2018.


Top Fives Simon & Schuster Fall 2017

On May 19 Simon and Schuster hosted their Fall 2017 Librarian and Educator preview to present upcoming titles from their imprints. You can find my Top Fives below and check out #SSKidsPreview and @SSEdLib on Twitter for even more.

Picture Books:

  1. The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Terry Fan and Eric Fan: An adventurous fox embarks on a seafaring adventure in this beautifully illustrated tale. Coming September 12, 2017.
  2. Bamboo for You, Bamboo for Me by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Purification Hernandez: Twin. Pandas. Rhyming. Text. Coming November 7, 2017
  3. Night Out with Mama by Quvenzhane Wallis, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton: The Academy Award nominated actress turns her hand to picture books in this story about a little girl preparing for a night out with her mother. October 3, 2017.
  4. Pocket Full of Colors by Jacqueline Tourville and Amy Guglielmo, illustrated by Brigette Barrage: This picture book biography tells the story of Mary Blair during her time at Disney. Blair’s career from her work on animated films including Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella to her work designing Disney’s It’s a Small World ride is framed in terms of colors throughout the story. Coming August 29, 2017.
  5. How the Cookie Crumbled by Gilbert Ford: This non-fiction picture book features three versions of the invention of the chocolate chip cookie. You’ll have to read the entire book to decide which is true. Recipe included. October 24, 2017.

Middle Grade:

  1. The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie: In this mystery a girl has to piece together a centuries-old mystery when her family moves into a haunted house and her little brother’s doll begins crying actual tears. Coming October 10, 2017.
  2. Forest World by Margarita Engle: In her first contemporary verse novel Engle follows a Cuban-American boy during his first visit to his family’s village in Cuba where he meets a sister he never knew about and takes on poachers in the nearby forest. Coming August 29, 2017.
  3. The Player King by Avi: Truth is stranger than fiction in this rags to riches and back to rags story of the boy who was pulled from obscurity to dethrone the King of England. Coming October 29, 2017.
  4. Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood’s Revenge by Susan Vaught: Twelve-year-old Max will need more than her knack for electronics and her super-charged wheelchair to solve the mystery surrounding a haunted mansion. Coming August 29, 2017.
  5. Littler Women by Laura Schaefer: A modern retelling of Little Women that is meant to be timeless. This book focuses on the first half of Alcott’s original story. Coming September 5, 2017.

Young Adult:

  1. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds: This book takes place over the course of sixty seconds as a boy rides in the elevator preparing to kill the gang member who shot his brother. Coming October 17, 2017.
  2. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman: This debut strikes a balance between literary and commercial as Kiko struggles to figure what happens when she’s rejected from her dream art school. Coming September 26, 2017.
  3. The Victoria in my Head by Janelle Milanes: Victoria Cruz is a rule following scholarship student at her fancy Manhattan prep school. Then she joins a rock band. Coming September 19, 2017.
  4. Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten: Sasha’s life gets out of hand when she tries to catfish her best friend’s horrible new girlfriend. Coming October 31, 2017.
  5. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed: This powerful novel takes apart the virgin/whore dichotomy at the core of rape culture in this story when three outsiders band together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate. Coming October 10, 2017.

BookExpo and SLJ Day of Dialog 2017 Recap: All the books, some of the pics, GIVEAWAYS

BookExpo was held earlier this month. After a bit of waffling, I wound up going again this year with Nicole. I was lucky enough to be involved with selecting the books for the 2017 Young Adult BookExpo Editors’ Buzz Panel and was thrilled to receive a Speaker badge and have the chance to see the panel in person. (I also received a Press badge but only heard about it several hours into the show but that’s another story.)

BookExpo itself was scaled back a lot this year with the event happening across two days instead of three and generally a more laid back feeling.

The day before I got to attend School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog which was a fun day of panels and conversations about upcoming titles and publishing trends. I got to hang out with Stacy, a librarian friend I met through Twitter, listen to publishing pitches about Fall 2017 children’s and YA titles.

SLJ DoD also had amazing keynotes from Gene Luen Yang (talking about being a nerd, finding his people, and his Read Without Walls challenge); Megan Whalen Turner talked about the process behind making the maps for Thick as Thieves and the new paperback reissues of the rest of her series; Kwame Alexander closed the day with a keynote about his upcoming title Solo. The day ended with Roger Sutton and Kwame Alexander announcing the winners of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Prize and I’m still thrilled that Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman took home the non-fiction prize! If you want to see some of my live tweets from the Day of Dialog you can find them on twitter.

While I tried to frame my week-long vacation to have down time before and after BookExpo, it was a lot to head to Javits immediately after Day of Dialog. Still, Nicole and I were ready bright and early.

For the first time I also got the point of free buttons–they look great on badge lanyards!

Day One was pretty chill with Nicole and I catching the YA Editors’ Buzz panel along with a few signings.We also got to meet up with Cecelia and Sajda for a lot of the day but because it’s me, I mostly forgot to take pictures.

I was very happy to catch Gabrielle Zevin who regular readers will know is one of my absolute favorite authors and a generally delightful person.

The afternoon saw signings with Megan Whalen Turner (which OMG still can’t believe it), Lynn Weingarten (I love seeing Lynn at real life events–definitely as fun as talking on Twitter!), and Charlie Jane Anders (who is easily the most enthusiastic author I’ve ever met and loved my Ruth Bader Ginsburg pin).

There was also a fair bit of waiting in lines for some “big” signings.

Jane, Unlimited has become a really important book for me–I’m not totally sure why since I’m not a Graceling superfan but it was very high priority to see her and, happily after a long wait in line, it all worked out! After that and a crazy line for E. Lockhart, Nicole and I decided to call it quits and haul our books and ourselves out of the Javits.

Day two started with exploring the floor and visiting Macmillan’s Grishaverse booth which had a photobooth, buttons, and samplers from Leigh Bardugo’s forthcoming The Language of Thorns.

I am all about these buttons which are matte and colorful and (for mine at least) say Queen and Witch.

Nicole and I also got to take some photos and even got this super cool gif version!

After exploring the floor for a bit, it was time for a crazy line for Marie Lu’s signing of Warcross.

The line was long but fast and I’m excited to dive into this sci-fi adventure soon!

Excitingly Isabel Bandeira was signing Dramatically Ever After in the afternoon. I love talking to Issy on Twitter and so enjoyed her debut Bookishly Ever After and interviewing her about it so it was amazing to get to see her again!

After that most of the afternoon was spent scoping out the kind of intense line for Holly Black’s signing and just wandering around the floor. I was skeptical of the Owlcrate booth but it wound up being really fun with a wheel to win different items, buttons, stickers, and cute tote bags.

I usually don’t do pictures with authors because it takes up time and I generally would prefer to use the time to talk to the authors. BUT I made an exception for Holly Black because, well, it’s Holly.

After that Nicole and I were fried so we headed home to have an early dinner with my mom before heading out for Macmillan’s publicist party.

Macmillan’s Fierce Reads party is an annual thing where bloggers get to mix and mingle, meet Macmillan’s wonderful publicity team, and chat with several authors. I am not the best at cold mingling (I need time to warm up) but I did get to meet Anna-Marie McLemore in person after tweeting her a few times. She is as lovely and mermaid-like in person as you’d expect. It was also great to catch up with Gina Gagliano–the excellent publicist for First Second Books.

My favorite moment of the night was definitely meeting Emmy Laybourne. Berserker already sounded like it was right up my alley but after talking to Emmy I’m even more excited to read it. Nicole and I also got to talk to Kami Garcia for a fair chunk of the party which made me think I have to give The Lovely Reckless a try soon!

Nicole, Cecelia, Sajda and I also finally remembered to take a picture together before the end of the night!

And with that BookExpo 2017 came to an end.

I’ll also leave you with some shots of all of the books I got from BookExpo!

Pretty stoked about these ARCs and samplers from @fiercereads' BookExpo party! After chatting with Emmy Laybourne about Berserker it is at the top of my to read list. Also included: samplers of Renegades by Marissa Meyer, The Language of Thorns, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi; Moxie by Jen Matthieu; You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins, Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. Also: nail polish for The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia. The tote is so much fun it gets its own picture. I have to research permanent fabric markers and buy some to get it signed by some authors. #bookstagram #goodreads #instabook #instareads #bibliophile #books #reading #currentlyreading #amreading #bookworm #bookish #bookgram #booktography #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookphotography #books #bookexpo2017 #bookexpoamerica #bookexpo #moxiegirlsfightback #wildbeauty #youbringthedistantnear #berserker #renegades #childrenofbloodandbone #thelanguageofthorns #grishaverse #thelovelyreckless

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Top Fives: HarperCollins Fall 2017 #HarperPreview

On May 12 HarperCollins hosted their Fally 2017 Librarian and Educator Preview to highlight upcoming titles from all of their imprints. Below you can find my Top Fives from the event. You can also check out #harperpreview and @harperstacks on Twitter for even more.

Picture Books:

  1. A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman, illustrated by Isabel Greenberg: This non-fiction picture book quantifies the world starting with the universe (and those stars) before narrowing in on the Earth, the house, and the reader. Includes helpful pronunciations for those large numbers and beautiful artwork. Coming in September.
  2. On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna: What happens when a boy drops his electronic game in a puddle and ventures outside? Turns out, a lot in this vibrantly illustrated picture book. Coming September 2017.
  3. The Bad Seed by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald: He used to be a good seed. Then he was picked, bagged, and spit out by a giant. The experience left him angry. And bad. Until . . . it doesn’t. A charming picture book about turning things around. Coming August 2017.
  4. Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Morstad: This house favorite is a colorful and charming picture book biography of the well-known fashion designer. Coming March 2018.
  5. Love, Triangle by Marcie Colleen, illustrated by Bob Shea: Marcie Colleen is the author of one of my favorite young reader series (Super Happy Party Bears). her picture book debut is inspired by a Cassandra Clare panel on love triangles in YA. It’s a charming story about making a three-person friendship work with introductions to many shape concepts (and puns). Coming October 2017.

Middle Grade:

  1. The Crims by Katie Davies: When the world’s most inept crime family is framed for a masterful heist it’s up to Imogen–the one promising criminal of this clan–to clear the family name. December 2017.
  2. Sisters of Glass by Naomi Cyprus: Powerless Halan is a princess in the Magi Kingdom where magic is everywhere. Halan is a glassblower’s daughter trying to hide her magic in New Hadar where magic is outlawed. When the two girls meet each other through a magical mirror they’ll have to work together to save both of their worlds. November 2017.
  3. 11 Before 12 by Lisa Greenwald: Two best friends make a list of the 11 things they have to do before turning 12 in this fun read perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Wendy Mass. First in a duology. Coming August 2017.
  4. Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh: A girl has to stop a dark spirit from haunting her brother in this spooky mystery perfect for fans of Doll Bones. First in a duology. Coming July 2017.
  5. The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis: Marseille, 1961. School of Seven Bells for pickpockets. Coming October 2017.

Young Adult:

  1. Nothing by Annie Barrows: Barrows makes her YA debut with this novel inspired by her now-teen daughters requesting she write a book that reflects the reality of their teenaged lives where nothing ever happens. Or does it? September 2017.
  2. Far From the Tree by Robin Benway: Three siblings given up for adoption when they were born find each other in this house favorite being compared to the show This is Us. Coming October 2017.
  3. The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz: This debut novel filled with magic realism and art is being pitched as the end result if a book like I’ll Give You the Sun was written by an author like Nova Ren Suma. Coming July 2017.
  4. Three Sides of a Heart edited by Natalie C. Parker: Parker edits this anthology with cross-genre stories featuring love triangles from a wide range of authors including Garth Nix, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Brandy Colbert, and Julie Murphy among others. Coming December 2017.
  5. This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes: When Genevieve wakes up from a coma she knows that she and her boyfriend Dallas were in a car accident. She knows that Dallas–a Youtube sensation whose star was on the rise–is dead. But as social media spirals out of control in the aftermath of the accident, Genevieve starts to realize that she still may not know the truth. Coming July 2017.
  6. The Grave Keepers by Elizabeth Byrne: Athena Windham’s family own a cemetery in upstate New York in this world almost like ours where young people are encouraged to treat their graves as a second home. Athena doesn’t know much outside of her family’s world thanks to her protective parents but now with a ghost haunting the property and a runaway hiding in the cemetery, Athena’s world is about to get a lot bigger. Coming September 2017.