Here are 12 upcoming children’s books being released this month. They have all gotten starred reviews and plenty of buzz. Enjoy!
Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling
Fly on the Wall by Remy Lai
The Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar
Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron
Pea, Bee, & Jay: Stuck Together by Brian “Smitty” Smith
The Radium Girls: The Scary but True Story of the Poison that Made People Glow in the Dark by Kate Moore
The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman
Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Spindlefish and Stars by Christiane M. Andrews
Three Keys by Kelly Yang
Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner
Summer We Found the Baby by Amy Hest (9780763660079)
Bruno and Julie aren’t really friends anymore, but in the small town of Belle Beach, Long Island, they still see one another. That’s how Bruno sees Julie discover the baby that was left on the steps of the new children’s library. Julie carries the baby off, leaving Bruno to discover the note that Julie never found. Bruno though is on a mission for his brother who is overseas fighting in World War II, and he must decide if he will miss the train to New York or not. Told through flashbacks that show the story of Bruno, Julie and Julie’s little sister, Martha, this book explores the impact of the war on families and also how one complicated situation can somehow tie their entire summer together.
Hest creates a marvelous story told in brief chapters by each of the three characters. Their perspectives are beautifully individual, filled with misunderstandings about one another, views that are entirely their own, and opinions that they form along the way. The book is almost a puzzle, where one must figure out what is actually happening through these independent lenses that show a fractured image of the truth.
Each of the three characters has their own personality, deftly created and shown by Hest. Her writing is brief and clear, allowing each character’s words to stand strong as their own. It is the quality of her writing and the profound respect she shows her young characters that really let this delight of a novel work, revealing the moments and experiences of a single sun-drenched summer on the beach.
Ideal for summer reading, this work of historical fiction is masterful. Appropriate for ages 9-12.
Reviewed from copy provided by Candlewick.