Drawn from the pages of PW’s Fall Children’s Announcements issue, here are our editors’ picks for the most notable and hotly awaited titles for children and teens out this fall. (Click here for PW’s list of most anticipated fall adult books.)
Here are the junior fiction pics
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson (Atheneum/Dlouhy, Oct.) – Anderson brings her Revolution War–era Seeds of America trilogy to a close as Isobel, a onetime slave, is finally reunited with her younger sister, Ruth. Much remains for the sisters to resolve, however, and Anderson provides a visceral account of the hardships, conflicting loyalties, triumphs, and losses that defined the birth of the nation.
The Best Man by Richard Peck (Dial, Sept.) – In his first book in three years, Newbery Medalist Peck combines the close-knit family stories he’s known for with a thoroughly modern setting as he introduces Archer Magill, a boy learning what kind of person he wants to be. Peck mixes media circuses, gay rights, budding friendships, and other topics with a featherlight sense of humor and a deep understanding of human character.
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix, Sept.) – Sisters Cat and Maya face the prospect of imminent loss as their family moves to a foggy, coastal California town, where the sea air may help Maya’s cystic fibrosis. Incisive dialogue and telegraphic comics paint a vivid picture of the sometimes uneasy dynamic between the sisters, as well as their growing awareness of mortality once they discover that the town is home to some very real ghosts.
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illus. by Hatem Aly (Dutton, Sept.) – Gidwitz, author of the bestselling Grimm trilogy, shifts from fairy tales to the illuminated manuscripts and oral storytelling traditions of 13th-century Europe in a dazzlingly inventive story about three (possibly miracle-working) children and one (possibly reincarnated) dog, told in multiple voices à la The Canterbury Tales.
The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner, (S&S, Sept.) – Fitting in isn’t easy, and that’s true whether you’re human or a not-so-mythical Bigfoot. Weiner, the bestselling author of numerous books for adults including Good in Bed and In Her Shoes, makes her children’s book debut with an entertaining yet empathetic story of cross-species friendship set at a boarding school in the country.
for Picture Book and YA picks visit The Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Fall 2016.