Happy Book Birthday: New Graphic Novels, Middle Grade, and YA

Check out October 1 new releases from Lerner Publishing Group!

Picture books

Love, Agnes: Postcards from an Octopus, written by Irene Latham and illustrated by Thea Baxter


After she comes across a postcard, Agnes, a giant Pacific octopus, strikes up a correspondence with various other creatures below—and above—the waves. Readers will delight in this unlikely introduction to the octopus life cycle.

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Praise for Love, Agnes

“Though Latham’s story is thoroughly fantastic, both author and illustrator have been respectful to this amazing creature, describing realistic behaviors and depicting her relatively accurately, right down to the rectangular pupils of her eyes and her senescent color change.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Graphic novels

Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper by Manuela Santoni


Before she was a beloved author, Jane Austen was a young woman wrestling with society’s expectations. This graphic imagining of Jane Austen’s youth envisions everything from her creative awakening to the thrills and pains of young romance.

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Praise for Jane Austen

“An engaging, creative addition to Austen’s many biographies.”—Booklist

“Young readers new to Austen will enjoy speculating on their romance and will admire Jane’s strength in an era that gave women very few options.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A good choice where Janeites are plentiful.”—School Library Journal

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Foul Play at Elm Tree Park: Case 3, written by Trisha Speed Shaskan and illustrated by Stephen Shaskan


Q just joined a baseball team. Ray would rather be reading. But when someone steals a famous signed baseball, they both put their skills to use. Will Q and Ray catch the crook? Or will the sleuths strike out?

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Praise for Foul Play at Elm Tree Park

“[A] gentle whodunit.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Coding with Anna and Elsa: A Frozen Guide to Blockly by Kiki Prottsman


Practice the basics of coding using Blockly. Activities featuring the cast of Disney’s Frozen and step-by-step instructions guide readers through exercises that teach sequencing, debugging, and more. Readers can try out the skills they learn at a code.org companion site.

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Middle grade

The Flight of Swans by Sarah McGuire


In this novel based on the Brothers Grimms’ fairy tale Six Swans, Princess Andaryn fights to save her father from his mysterious new queen. Not only that, she must also protect her brothers, who the queen has turned into swans.

Reviews for The Flight of Swans

★”[F]illed with magic, romance, and peril. . . . An imaginative retelling with an unforgettable heroine.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

“McGuire has the right balance of heroics, poetics, and pratfalls. . . . Brava performance!”—Jane Yolen

“Inventive twists on the original tale and a few last-minute reversals bring vitality to the well-known ending . . .”—The Horn Book Magazine

“A captivating adventure about power, memory, and love.”—Booklist

“A finely crafted and compelling fairy-tale retelling. Hand to voracious fantasy readers and fans of Gail Carson Levine and Shannon Hale.”—School Library Journal

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I, Claudia by Mary McCoy


Claudia never expected to be in charge of Imperial Day Academy. With her limp and stutter, she’s just hoping to survive high school. But Claudia discovers that power can be intoxicating . . . and that her prestigious school has some dark secrets.

Praise for I, Claudia

★”Smart, witty, and featuring an unforgettable (and possibly unreliable) narrator, as well as a seamless stream of political history, the audience that finds this novel will be unable to put it down.”—starred, Booklist

★”[A] gripping political thriller . . . about power, corruption, and the choices we make both for ourselves and the ones we love.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

“A must-read for YA fans of political thrillers . . .”—School Library Journal

Pretty Little Liars by way of ancient Rome—a wild, exciting ride, but full of caution about leadership run amok.”—Anthony Breznican, author of Brutal Youth

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