Cindy and Lynn: We picked up many great upcoming youth books at the recent ALA Exhibits and publisher events, but even so, there were a few that got away either because they went fast or won’t have an arc. The early bird gets the worm, and the hot new books. We try not to be greedy as we receive a bounty of books on our doorsteps throughout the year, but here are a few we are still eager to clutch in our hands.
All the Days Past, All the Days to Come, by Mildred Taylor (Penguin, Jan. 2020)
The 10th and final book in the wonderful Logan Family Saga that began with Newbery Medal Winner, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. If you haven’t seen the repackaging of this series, with new cover art by Kadir Nelson, check it out.
Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters, by Emily Roberson (Farrar, Oct. 2019)
This one sounds like the Minotaur meets Hunger Games! A debut book we really wanted to find!
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, by Jason Reynolds (S&S/Atheneum, Oct. 2019)
Reynolds crafts ten tales, one per block, about what happens on the walk home after the dismissal bell rings. We would have been heroes for sure if we’d scored this arc!
The Queen of Nothing, by Holly Black (Little, Brown, Nov. 2019)
Book 3 of the Folk of the Air series! Need I say more? We’re grateful that this publishing two months earlier than previously scheduled.
The Toll, by Neal Shusterman (S&S, Nov. 2019)
This concluding volume was probably the most begged-for galley from the older focus group and our Best Books Book Club.
(We wanted it too!)