Workman and Algonquin Young
Readers; prequel to run exclusively on a
top SF/fantasy site prepublication.
In this coming-of-age fairy tale from
the author of The Witch’s Boy, a girl—
who is raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a perfectly tiny dragon—must
unlock the dangerous magic buried deep
inside her. Ages 10 and up.
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-
Soaking Stream of Inventions
Charlesbridge, out now; $16.95, hardcover
Publicity plans: Advertising; author
appearances; school visits.
The Super Soaker, one of the top toys
of all time, was invented by accident.
NASA engineer Lonnie Johnson was
working on alternatives for the use of
Freon- 12 in refrigerators, but instead
created the mechanics for the iconic toy.
Illustrator Don Tate will not attend.
Serafina and the Twisted Staff
Disney-Hyperion, July; $16.99 hardcover
Publicity plans: Regional author tour
and select appearances in the fall.
Set in 1899 at the sumptuous
Biltmore Estate, the latest installment
of this fantasy series pits 12-year-old
Serafina against a sinister man who can
control animals. Ages 8–12.
Gertie’s Leap to Greatness
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Oct.; $16.99,
Publicity plans: Author tour, including
book festivals and regional trade shows;
middle grade Great Like Gertie blog
Gertie Reece Foy is a girl on a mission
to be the best fifth grader ever so she can
show her absent mother that she doesn’t
need her—not one bit. There’s just one
problem: new girl Mary Sue Spivey
wants to be the best fifth grader, too.
Carolrhoda Lab, Oct.; $18.99,
Publicity plans: Film adaptation in production; print and
online advertising; promotional
Authors and Illustrators
to Meet at CI 4
;is year, some of the best-known writers and illustrators in the industry are attending
the institute’s author reception and/or the Scholastic Meet & Treat party
COMPILED BY JUDITH ROSEN
Laurie Halse Anderson
Atheneum/Dlouhy, Oct.; $16.99, hardcover
Publicity plans: Monthlong author
tour; radio tour; regional trade shows.
Return to the American Revolution in
this conclusion to the trilogy that began
with the National Book Award finalist
Chains and continued with Forge, which
the New York Times called “a return not
only to the colonial era but to historical
accuracy.” Ages 10–14.
Razorbill, Oct.; $18.99, hardcover
Publicity plans: Author tour with
school visits; advertising; extensive
blogger outreach; promotion at fall book
festivals and national school and library
conferences; online promotion and social
Sierra lives two lives: her life in
Oregon and her life at Christmas, when
her family packs up their tree farm to set
up a Christmas tree lot in California.
Leaving one always means missing the
other, until this particular Christmas,
when Sierra meets Caleb and one life
eclipses the other. Ages 12 and up.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Algonquin Young Readers, Aug.;
Publicity plans: Five-city tour,
as well as participation in the
iLoveMG tour, which pairs
middle grade authors from