32 Excellent New Releases by Neal Shusterman, Gail Jarrow, Karen M. McManus, and More | Starred Reviews, July 2024

A new thriller from Joelle Wellington, a nonfiction title from Paula Yoo, and an illustrated poem from Ada Limón are of note among this month's stars. Along with poetry, board books and audio are also featured this month.

A Star Shines Through (Desnitskaya)  ©2024 by Anna Desnitskaya
A Star Shines Through (Desnitskaya) 
©2024 by Anna Desnitskaya


Board Books

BEER, Sophie. How to Say Hello. Hardie Grant/Bright Light. 

BYATT, Jo. BeachChild’s Play. 

CHEN, Kat. Play with Me. illus. by Lorraine Nam. Penguin Workshop/Rise X. 

Five Enormous Dinosaurs. illus. by Annie Kubler & Sarah Dellow. Child’s Play.

ZOMMER, Yuval. Little Snail’s Book of BugsThames & Hudson. 


Picture Books

DARKS, Taylor. Be, Black Girl, Be. illus. by Sharee Miller. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 

DESNITSKAYA, Anna. A Star Shines ThroughEerdmans. 

MÁRQUEZ, Melissa Cristina. Sea of Constellations. illus. by Rocío Arreola Mendoza. Penguin Workshop. 


Middle Grade

DAVIS, Tanita S. The Science of FriendshipHarperCollins. 

ELLIS, Deborah. The OutsmartersGroundwood. 



BAGUCHINSKY, Jill. So Witches We Became. Little, Brown. 

MCMANUS, Karen M. Such Charming LiarsDelacorte. 

MARKUM, Samantha. Love, Off the RecordAtheneum/McElderry. 

SHUSTERMAN, Neal, Debra Young & Michelle Knowlden. Break to YouHarperCollins/Quill Tree. 

TREUER, Anton. Where Wolves Don’t DieLevine Querido.

WELLINGTON, Joelle. The Blonde Dies First. S. & S. 


Graphic Novels

ULRICH, Josh. The Terrifying Tales of Vivian Vance. Putnam. 

WANG, Jen. Ash’s Cabin. First Second.



BAJRAMOVIC, Hana. Whose Right Is It?: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equality. Holt. 

BRUNELLE, Lynn. Life After Whale: The Amazing Ecosystem of a Whale Fall. illus. by Jason Chin. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 

ELLIS, Tonya Duncan. They Built Me for Freedom: The Story of Juneteenth and Houston’s Emancipation Park. illus. by Jenin Mohammed. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 

JARROW, Gail. Spirit Sleuths: How Magicians and Detectives Exposed the Ghost Hoaxes. Astra/Calkins Creek. 

WEINBERG, Steven. What Is Color?: The Global, Brain-Exploding Story of Pigments, Paint, and the Wondrous World of Art. Roaring Brook. 

YOO, Paula. Rising from the Ashes: Los Angeles, 1992; Edward Jae Song Lee, Latasha Harlins, Rodney King, and a City on Fire. Norton. 



BLAKE, Melissa. Beautiful People: My Thirteen Truths About Disability. narrated by Melissa Blake. Hachette Audio. 

GORDON, Tyler. The Boy Who Found His Voicenarrated by Tyler Gordon. Macmillan Young Listeners. 

HAMMOND, Tiffany. A Day with No Wordsnarrated by André Santana. Row House by Spotify Audiobooks. 

KAYLOR, Serena. The Calculation of You and Me. narrated by Stephanie Willing. Dreamscape Audio. 

LARSON, Kirby & Quinn Wyatt. Gut Reaction. narrated by Jen Taylor. Scholastic Audio.

VAN WAGENEN, Maya. Chronically Dolores. narrated by Maya Van Wagenen & Victoria Villarreal. Listening Library. 



LIMÓN, Ada. In Praise of Mystery. illus. by Peter Sís. Norton. 

POSEY, Alexander. Autumn (Petite Poems). illus. by Paige Pettibon. Cameron Kids. 

In Praise of Mystery (Limón)  ©2024 by Peter Sís
In Praise of Mystery (Limón) 
©2024 by Peter Sís

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