Fall 2018 edition

A Note from the Ed/Lib Team

As anyone who has joined us in our offices over the years knows, we love hosting our seasonal previews to meet local teachers and librarians and introduce them to our upcoming titles and authors. Now we’re even more excited to be able to bring our previews to teachers and librarians around the country! From this page, you can watch the preview speaker’s presentation, enter for the chance to win signed copies of their books, download materials distributed at the event, and discover upcoming titles courtesy of S&S editorial staff. So sit back, get your TBR lists ready, and enjoy this preview of our Fall 2018 season from the comfort of your own home, school, or library. Excited about one of these books? Interested in what we’re reading? Tweet us at @SSEdLib using #SSKidsPreview.

Meet Fall 2018 Preview Speaker Leah Tinari

“In Limitless: 24 Remarkable Women of Vision, Grit and Guts, fine artist Leah Tinari’s spellbinding portraits honor the groundbreaking achievements and indelible impact of twenty-four extraordinary American women, among them Louisa May Alcott, Lozen, Sojourner Truth, Dian Fossey, Aretha Franklin, and Abby Wambach.

They are an eclectic, diverse, sometimes well-known, sometimes little-known group who led by compelling example. Limitless, too, is the lasting influence these women have had on politics, literature, the arts, sports, science, the environment, civil rights, education, fashion, design, and technology--in a nutshell, the whole of history.

Limitless also includes backmatter with dates of birth and death; another defining moment in the person’s life, and a ‘Story Behind the Story,’ in which Leah discusses her inspirations for this project: Carrie Fisher, “a fearless fighter, and advocate, both on the screen and off;” and Leah’s son Mars. She says: “I wanted to celebrate these women’s vision, uniqueness, and perseverance…Perhaps most importantly, I wanted my son Mars and other boys to know that these women could be role models or heroes for them…”

For just a moment, think about what it means to be limitless: That your dreams, your hopes, your passions, your path is without border or boundary. Wouldn’t that be one of the greatest gifts to give a child?

Leah has done just that.”

Preview Fall 2018 Titles by Imprint

Editorial Speed-Dating

Spend a few minutes with each S&S editor as they highlight a title from their Fall 2018 lists!

People Kill People

By Ellen Hopkins

The stats about gun violence in our country are sobering: on an average day, forty-seven American teens and children are shot. Seven are killed. Gun-related deaths are now the third-leading cause of death in the United States. This is not okay. We need to talk to our young people about gun violence. And with #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s newest novel, we address the very real problem of gun violence in our country.

People kill people. Guns just make it easier. A gun is sold in the classifieds, bought by a teenager for needed protection. Each character we meet has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression? One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions, in novel that Booklist calls: “A compelling, page-turning story.” Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?

HC: 9781481442930; EB: 9781481442954; September 4, 2018; ages 14 & up


By Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Dry is a very timely book, in light of the California and Capetown, South Africa, droughts. It isn’t hard to imagine how the good intentions imposed on citizens by Capetown and elsewhere could easily become the catastrophic situation described in Dry. This is a terrifying novel of what could be. And what could be very soon. The amazing thing about this book is that just as in Unwind or the Scythe books, Neal and Jarrod look at every possible side of the issue. This is the sort of book that will be eagerly sought after as water conservation becomes more and more front and center in news reports. And it is currently on the fast track as a feature film.

HC: 9781481481960; EB: 9781481481984; October 2, 2018; ages 12 & up

Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows

By Ryan Calejo

Charlie Hernández’s life couldn’t get worse. His home was destroyed in a mysterious fire and his parents have disappeared. The only good news is the police didn’t find their bodies in the ashes so they may be alive…somewhere. Then Charlie begins to experience freaky bodily manifestations—he grows horns and feathers…and it all seems strangely familiar. Like something out of the myths his grandmother used to regale him with. Soon he’s surrounded by bruja (witches), calaca (living skeletons) and a sombrero wearing, guitar toting bogeyman known as El Sombreron. With the help of his crush, Violet, he’s got to figure out what is going on – and fast. This is the start of a brand new middle grade fantasy series that draws on Hispanic and Latino folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America. The author, Ryan Calejo, grew up hearing these stories and he’s woven them into something unique. I honestly could not be more excited to launch this series. I think it fills a gap in the market, but more importantly, I think kids are going to love it.

HC: 9781534426580; EB: 9781534426603; October 23, 2018; ages 10–14

A Nancy Drew Christmas

By Carolyn Keene

This fall, Nancy is returning in this holiday-themed Nancy Drew Diaries. Of course, no winter vacation can go smoothly when Nancy is involved. A ski accident leaves her bedridden, but mysterious break-ins at the hotel leave Nancy no choice but to investigate. There is no rest for this teenage sleuth—and this holiday will be no exception. This is a beautiful exclusive edition of a very special Nancy Drew. A Nancy Drew Christmas is going to make a one-of-a-kind collectible, and we are publishing this as a hardcover original with some exciting tweaks to the traditional series design. The package embodies Christmas cheer, and will truly evoke the feeling of holding a precious book. That being said, this will still retain the familiar, beloved look of Nancy Drew Diaries. And as with all the other installments, the story incorporates a fresh approach while still staying true to the classic mystery series—a combination that has kept Nancy Drew popular over generations.

HC: 9781534431645; EB: 9781534431652; September 18, 2018; ages 8–12

Stop That Yawn!

By Caron Levis

Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Pack your toothbrushes—but no pajamas—and leave your pillows and slippers behind for this one-of-a-kind bedtime story! You may be familiar with Caron Levis’s beautiful picture book Ida, Always, which the New York Times called “an example of children’s books at their best.” Well, her new picture book Stop That Yawn! is wildly different—there are no bear deaths, I promise!—but no less wonderful. This story follows Gabby Wild and her granny to a place where beds are for bouncing, hushes are shushed, and it’s never too late for ice cream. But what will happen to Never Sleeping City when there’s a yawn on the loose? Caron’s lively text makes for a delightful read-aloud—in fact, bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham says she knew she had to illustrate the book when it passed the read-aloud (and the humor) test with her sons. LeUyen has completely outdone herself here with her expressive, energetic, intricately detailed artwork; I notice something new every time I read it. I cannot wait for the world to meet this book. But be careful, reader…whatever you do, DON’T YAWN!

HC: 9781481441797; EB: 9781481441803; October 16, 2018; ages 4–8

Analee, in Real Life

By Janelle Milanes

Analee, in Real Life follows a Cuban-American teen named Analee Echevarria, who has had a lot of trouble articulating the thoughts that sit in her head ever since her mother died three years ago. So rather than face the real world and all the difficult, weird feelings that come with it, she spends most of her time role-playing as Kiri, the night elf hunter at the center of her favorite online game. But when circumstances (and maybe a few cute boys) force Analee out of her comfort zone, she navigates big truths about herself, her family, and how to step into the real world without losing herself in the process. This is a book about taking risks, and the spectacular things that can happen when you go after the things you really want. Analee, with her sharp wit and thoughtful observations, is one of the most loveable YA heroines you’ll meet, whose opinions on family, self-esteem, grief, and first love will make you laugh and cry, often at the same time. Trade reviews are coming in, and they agree! In their glowing review, Kirkus called this “funny and affecting, well-balanced, and simply fun. A romantic comedy that reminds readers why the genre has such lasting appeal.”

HC: 9781534410299; EB: 9781534410312; September 18, 2018; ages 12 & up

I'm Ok

By Patti Kim

“You know how they say the best fiction is true even though it’s made up? This book is true. So funny and heartfelt.” As former acclaimed author Gene Luen Yang notes, this book rings true. It’s the heartbreaking yet hilarious story of Ok Lee, a kid with more than his share of trouble to deal with, but more than enough personality to get him through. Ok is funny, he’s ingenious, he’s smart—and he’s a bit of a smarty-pants, too. And underneath it all he’s struggling with a heartbreak that he tries so hard to hide, and to hide from. As an own-voices story of a boy who immigrated here from Korea, and as an honest portrayal of what it’s like to live in poverty, this is a story that will speak to a lot of kids who don’t often get to see themselves in books.

HC: 9781534419292; EB: 9781534419315; October 9, 2018; ages 10 & up

This Cruel Design

By Emily Suvada

In a world devastated by a horrifying plague, a young hacker must decode the encrypted vaccine her father discovered before his death.  Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Illuminae trilogy, says the first book in this trilogy (This Mortal Coil) “redefines ‘unputdownable,’” and I couldn’t agree more. But if you think This Mortal Coil was a wild ride, just wait for This Cruel Design, a sequel that somehow manages to be even more explosive than the first book with twists that will shatter everything you thought you knew. As a science nerd myself, the jaw-dropping concepts presented in this series take my breath away, not just because they stretch my mind but also because they feel startlingly possible. This is sci-fi the way sci-fi was always meant to be: complex and dynamic, with ideas that will challenge your core beliefs about the very nature of human identity. In short, this is not a series to miss.

HC: 9781481496360; EB: 9781481496384; October 30, 2018; ages 14 & up

Journey of the Pale Bear

By Susan Fletcher

Here is what Katherine Applegate says about Journey of the Pale Bear: “I simply adore this novel. It has it all:  gorgeous prose, fascinating history, riveting adventure. But it’s the unlikely tender friendship between a lonely boy and a polar bear that makes this a story to cherish. A lovely little miracle of a book.” This is a timeless adventure tale about Arthur, a twelve-year-old boy who is taking care of a polar bear. It’s the thirteenth century and the bear is being taken from Norway to England as a gift for the king of England. Arthur has to feed and clean up after the bear aboard ship, and he develops an affection for this animal who, like him, is alone and friendless. When the ship founders, Arthur frees the bear so it won’t die in its cage, and together they make an escape for freedom. And it’s all based on records of a real bear that swam in the river Thames and was kept in the Tower of London. An author’s note gives us the known facts about the real bear, and more. Kirkus, in a starred review, said: “A stupendous coming-of-age tale stuffed with adventure and laced with deeper questions.”

HC: 9781534420779; EB: 9781534420793; October 2, 2018; ages 8–12

Hey, Wall

By Susan Verde

Illustrated by John Parra

“Ordinary people can band together to transform big things,” Publishers Weekly raved in its review of Hey, Wall. I love books that empower kids, showing them that they have the ability to fix a problem and make change. Hey, Wall starts with a regular old wall. Ángel sees this wall as a backdrop to everything that happens in his urban neighborhood. Together with his friends and neighbors, he transforms it into a celebration of the past, present, and future of their diverse neighborhood. I’m thrilled to be uniting author Susan Verde and acclaimed illustrator John Parra, fresh off his New York Times Best Illustrated designation and Pura Belpré Honor for Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, to bring this inspiring story to the hands of future world-changers.

HC: 9781481453134; EB: 9781481453141; September 4, 2018; ages 4–8

I'm an Immigrant Too!

By Mem Fox

Illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh

Many of you will remember that in February of last year, right after Trump’s first immigration ban, Mem Fox was detained and questioned at length at LAX when she was on her way to deliver the keynote speech at the Wisconsin State Reading Conference in Milwaukee. Her story about that experience made international news. The Australian edition of this book, I’m Australian Too! was published by Scholastic Australia last March. It’s a celebration of the many different people who have come to Australia from many different countries all over the world and who are now, as Mem says, “Australians all!” We were very moved by the book—and, given the current immigration climate in this country—we decided we needed to publish it here as I’m An Immigrant Too!. We have added two maps: one at the beginning of all the places in the world the immigrants in the book came from, and one at the end of all the places in Australia those immigrants live now. We hope the maps will provide interesting geographical context for young readers and that the important story will resonate and spark discussions.

HC: 9781534436022; October 23, 2018; ages 4–8

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?

By Chris Barton

Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

This stunning book is written by New York Times bestselling author Chris Barton and illustrated by Caldecott Honor medalist Ekua Holmes, and it’s a biography of the groundbreaking late Texas congresswoman Barbara Jordan, whose voice, as an orator and as a voice for her people, was truly like no other. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first Southern African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. This book is a story of tenacity—Barbara ran and lost twice before being elected to the Texas Senate. It’s a story of helping those with less power—she fought for better pay for farmers and for the voting rights of Mexican Americans. A story of finding common ground—Barbara was known for befriending colleagues on both sides of the political aisle so that they could find a way to work together. Barbara Jordan passed away in 1996, but the things she fought for and the way she fought for them are more relevant than ever.

HC: 9781481465618; EB: 9781481465625; September 25, 2018; ages 4–8

Watch This Book!

By Pocket.Watch

Watch This Book! features the stars from four of today’s biggest YouTube channels for kids: Ryan ToysReview, EvanTubeHD, JillianTubeHD, and HobbyKidsTV. If you are not familiar with them, Ryan is considered the #1 YouTuber in the world…and he’s only six years old! He earned $11 million from his channel in 2017 alone. These kids are a big deal! All these stars post fun, family-friendly videos with their parents about toys, crafts, games, and more. Kids love watching them because they feel like these YouTubers are really relatable, just like a friend they made at school. This book has 224 pages of full-color, exclusive “behind-the-screen” content and advice for kids who want to make their own videos. We’ve even included science experiments, craft projects, recipes, and other content that could tie into school curriculums. All combined together, these YouTubers have 24 and a half million subscribers. Every time this book comes up in our meetings, the parents in the room say how much their kids love watching these videos. Watch This Book is very exciting for us and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of all the fans out there!

HC: 9781534428706; EB: 9781534428713; November 6, 2018; Ages 6–12

Can a Cat Do That?

Written and Illustrated by Eric Carle

We’re thrilled to offer a new Eric Carle book: Can a Cat Do That?. As you might know, we’ve published existing Eric Carle books in our Ready-to-Read format before, but this is our first new Eric Carle Ready-to-Read, and our first Eric Carle book in the Ready-to-Go level as well! Like all of our Ready-to-Go level books, Can a Cat Do That? is under one hundred words and has a word list in the front so new readers can sound out the words before they start reading. The story is told with twenty-four sight words and two word families…and it’s all about what a cat can do: A horse can run. Can a cat do that? Yes! A girl can read. Can a cat do that? No. But luckily for early readers, they can read all about what cats can and cannot do in this adorable book that we hope will be a new classic.

HC: 9781534427259; PB: 9781534427242; EB: 9781534427266; August 28, 2018; ages 3–5

Spotlight on Audio

Enjoy an audiobook excerpt playlist from our children’s audio group. Many of these are clips of previous books from authors with new books on the Fall 2018 list.