Week of October 17 2022

Here we round up new and upcoming children’s titles, including an upcoming YA story set during World War II, a picture book focusing on a bison’s beauty routine, a YA romance with seasonal themes, a graphic novel about a brick dancer incorporating a new hobby into his style, and much more.

Under the wide silk sky by Emily Inoue Huey. Scholastic Press, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-338-78994-2. On the brink of World War II, Japanese teenager Sam struggles with growing feelings for his classmates while competing in a photography competition. The middle grade book received a starred review from PW.

Blue Bison needs a haircut by Scott Rothman, Illus. by Pete Oswald. Random House Studio, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-593-42816-0. Blue Bison explores feelings of agency and independence when the barbershop is closed for the day.

Spray, dreams, and lovestruck things by Maya Prasad. Disney Hyperion, $17.99; ISBN 9781368075800 . Brothers Rami, Avani, Nidi, and Sirisha live at the Songbird Inn, voted America’s Best Inn, and navigate romantic relationships compatible with the four seasons.

free by Jill Galligan. Scholastic/Graphix, $12.99, Paper; ISBN 978-1-338-04580-2. Eighth-grade student Corey struggles to maintain his newfound friendship with his teacher and commitment to his dance crew while preparing for the changes that come with the end of middle school. The graphic novel received a star review from PW.

frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega, illus. Written by Rose Bousemra. 1st 2nd, $21.99; ISBN 978-1-250-25963-9. After a disastrous explosion sparked unwelcome comments on her cousin’s quince, the middle Marilyn begins a journey to understand and appreciate her natural hair. The graphic novel received a star review from PW.

glass witch by Lindsey Bucket. Scholastic Press, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-338-80342-6. When young witch Adelaide moves to Cranberry Hollow to live with her grandmother, she accidentally causes a family curse, turning her bones into glass and alerting the witch-hunt family to her presence.

Grayorin by Maggie Stevefter. Scholastic Press, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-338-18839-4. In the conclusion of the Dreamer Trilogy, the Lynch family grapples with the weight of retaining this power and will have to band together or face the downfall of the world.

Hazel Hill will win this by Maggie Horn. HarperCollins, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-358-66470-3. Hazel Hill’s preparations to discuss a letter lead her to reveal her best friend and on the path to justice for a new ally. The middle grade book received a starred review from PW.

here and near by Elaine Potter. McElderry, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-6659-1038-5. Stuck in an after-school program devoted to teaching magic, Neil Batista finds traces of her lost brother in the alternate world, Nigh, and cuts between the two kingdoms to find him.

I can’t draw by Stephen W. Martin, Elos. Written by Brian Biggs. McElderry, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-9341-4. When Max questions his ability to draw, he takes pointers from a skilled and helpful classmate.

I was born for this by Alice Osman. Scholastic Press, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-338-83093-4. Jimmy, the star of the popular TV series Boyband the Ark, and Angel, a fan who attends one of the Ark concerts, meet in a twist of fate and help each other overcome the struggles of identity, religion, and online fans.

If you are a city by Q. Maclear, Illus. by Sana Francesca. Chronicle, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-452-15519-7. A series of rhyming inquiries invite readers to consider the characteristics of an attractive and livable city.

I will be your polar bear by Justin Roberts, Elos. by Chuck Gronink. Putnam, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-525-51639-2. Father and son polar bear share a playful demeanor on their way home, as the father always ensures the safety and well-being of his cub.

smallest elephant by Kate Reed Peachtree, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-68263-494-3. Ellie, an excited elephant who has just learned to swim, learns the virtue of kindness and respect when his rush into the water interrupts other animals during play.

maybe an artist by Liz Montague. Random House Studio, Sheet $17.99; ISBN 978-0-593-30782-3. Montague traces her inspiration for drawing by examining the impulses she discovered in her childhood, which led to her publication as one of the first black women cartoonists to appear in New Yorker. The graphic novel received a star review from PW.

My name is Malala By Malala Yousafzai, illus. By Maryam Qureshi. Little Brown $8.99; ISBN 978-0-316-34027-4. Yousafzai’s first picture book shows readers that seemingly larger than life characters have in common with everyone else.

live my silence by Matt Faulkner. Atheneum, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-534-47762-9. [Japanese American Mari grieves for her brother when he enlists in the U.S. army in WWII while her family struggles under Manzanar’s increasingly squalid conditions. The graphic novel earned a starred review from PW.

Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by Rati Mehrotra. Wednesday, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-82368-7. Katyani, guard to the Queen, must protect the Prince following an assassination attempt, and discovers that loyalties to the royals are not as they seem.

Nothing Sung and Nothing Spoken by Nita Tyndall. HarperTeen, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-06-308744-6. Charlotte Kraus befriends members of the underground swing movement in Berlin, leading to a journey of friendship and self-discovery amid WWII.

Prunella and the Cursed Skull Ring by Matthew Loux. First Second, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-16261-8. After Prunella finds a cursed ring while working in her garden, it morphs her into a living skeleton, resulting in exile from her monster-hating town.

Road of the Lost by Nafiza Azad. McElderry, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-8499-3. Croi discovers that her true magical abilities have been trapped under layers of magic and she must venture into the Otherworld to strip away the layered enchantments and unearth her memories.

Sardines by Sashi Kaufman. Quill Tree, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-06-299561-2. A group of children bond during an afterschool program and work together to help the others attain their goals.

Secrets of Stone and Sea by Allison K. Hymas. Roaring Brook, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-2507-9947-0. After awakening a vicious sea monster, twins Kai and Peter Syracuse enlist the help of their family and friends to banish the monster back to its maritime prison.

The Talk by Alicia D. Williams, illus. by Briana Mukodiri Uchendu. Atheneum/Dlouhy, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-9529-6. As playful Black boy Jay starts to grow up, Jay’s relatives offer tips for how he might survive in an anti-Black world. The picture book earned a starred review from PW.

Tell Me No Lies by Andrea Contos. Scholastic Press, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-3387-2620-6. Distant sisters Sophie and Nora must work together when Sophie’s boyfriend disappears, and Nora becomes the prime suspect.

Tell the Truth, Pangolin by Melinda Beatty, illus. by Paola Escobar. Random House/Schwartz, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-593-18013-6. When Pangolin accidentally breaks the queen’s swing, he faces the problem of how to communicate the damage.

Three Billy Goats Gruff by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen. Orchard, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-338-67384-5. Barnett and Klassen put a new spin on the classic fairy tale of sibling goats fooling a troll to go after their larger, tastier brother. The picture book earned a starred review from PW.

The Truth About Mrs. Claus by Meena Harris, illus. by Keisha Morris. Little, Brown, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-316-23227-2. Amalia the Elf struggles with holiday preparations and receives help from the one and only Mrs. Claus.

Twelve Dinging Doorbells by Tameka Fryer Brown, illus. by Ebony Glenn. Kokila, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-9848-1517-0. In this revamp of the classic holiday carol “12 Days of Christmas,” a Black family gathering is connoted with doorbell dings, marking the arrival of more relative and tasty dishes. The picture book earned a starred review from PW.

Walter Had a Best Friend by Deborah Underwood, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier. Beach Lane, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-7700-1. Walter faces the difficult feelings of losing a friend for the first time. The picture book earned a starred review from PW.

We Are the Scribes by Randi Pink. Feiwel and Friends, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-82031-0. Ruth Fitz is spurred to action amid present-day political unrest when she’s visited by the ghost of an enslaved woman from the 1900s.

What Are You? by Christian Trimmer, illus. by Mike Curato. Roaring Brook, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-78602-9. Pug navigates the assumptions and stereotypes placed on him by new friends because of his breed.

The Whispering Dark by Kelly Andrew. Scholastic Press, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-338-80947-3. Lane Meyers’ attendance at an exclusive school for students of the occult is met with the deaths of several classmates and the discovery of a conspiracy to bend the boundaries of the supernatural.

Whose Footprints Are These by Gerda Muller. Floris, $17.95; ISBN 978-1-78250-810-6. Readers follow along on a boy’s nighttime adventure by tracing his footsteps through the snow. The picture book earned a starred review from PW.

The Woman Who Turned Children into Birds by David Almond, illus. by Laura Carlin. Candlewick Studio, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5362-1996-8. An old woman proclaims the ability to transform children into birds, and one child’s belief in her capabilities makes bright new additions to the town.

The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks. Quill Tree, $16.99; ISBN 978-0-06321-160-5. Eleven-year-old Fred grapples with her feelings when refugees arrive in her community and her family extends a helping hand.

For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of October, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.

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