Zombie Teddy Bears Attack and Readers Meet a Young Snow in the ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel | New Books Out This Week

Five titles for kids, tweens, and teens—including the much-anticipated prequel to The Hunger Games—are hot off the presses this week. 

Five titles for kids, tweens, and teens—including the much-anticipated prequel to The Hunger Games—hot off the presses this week. 

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Read Together

Three mermaids care for the delicate ecosystem in Coral, the latest picture book from Molly Idle, the Caldecott Medal–winning author/illustrator of Flora and the Flamingo.

For Tweens and Teens

Stepsiblings Lisa-Marie and Vernon find themselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, of sorts, when some seemingly cuddly teddy bears suddenly turn into ravenous zombies in the laugh-out-loud horror adventure, Night of the Living Ted.

The prequel to Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, comes out tomorrow, May 19. The narrative focuses on a young Coriolanus Snow, the man who becomes the villainous President Snow in the original trilogy. The book’s website offers a virtual party kit, including a discussion guide, excerpts, Zoom backgrounds, and trivia questions.

Teens looking for a light summer romance will want to pick up Sarah Mlynowski’s Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe. Sam’s boyfriend goes on a trip to Europe for the summer, so she takes a job as a camp counselor—never expecting to fall in love with her co-counselor, Gavin.

For readers looking for immersive, narrative nonfiction, Poisoned Water is a “stomach-churning, blood-boiling, tear-jerking account” of how the citizens of Flint, MI, fought for their lives amid the still-ongoing water crisis.

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