by Megan Ciskowski, Associate Publicist

Check out the October new releases from Lerner Publishing Group!

Picture Books

Where We Come From by John Coy, Shannon Gibney, Sun Yung Shin, Diane Wilson and illustrated by Dion MBD

In this unique collaboration, four authors lyrically explore where they each come from—literally and metaphorically. Richly layered illustrations connect past and present in this accessible and visually striking look at history, family, and identity.

Praise for Where We Come From

“[The authors] individually and collectively tell the story of how this country has developed and how many unique parts are reflected in people today. . . . Children and adults will find much to study and contemplate in this unique and ambitious work.”—Booklist

“[A] quilt of many details that gives the reader less a feeling of understanding one person but more a sense of the rich tapestry that is America.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This collaboration of American voices offers an unusual and honest look at the complexity of identity.” –Shelf Awareness

Yuck, You Suck!: Poems about Animals That Sip, Slurp, Suck by Heidi E. Y. Stemple and Jane Yolen, illustrated by Eugenia Nobati

This appealingly icky poetry collection presents animals that suck—quite literally! From the mosquito and elephant to the lamprey and pigeon, discover how and why these animals sip, slurp, and suck.

Praise for Yuck, You Suck!

★”A delightful book that amuses and educates.”—starred, School Library Journal

Graphic Novels

Never Make a Giant Mad: Book 2 by Artur Laperla

(Felix and Calcite)

Felix’s favorite toy is lost in the land of trolls. When he and Calcite get close to finding it, a big problem stands in their way: Garganto, a giant who guards the path ahead!

Timothy Dinoman Saves the Cat: Book 1 by Steve Thueson

Some suspected supervillains have stolen a satellite! To learn why, Timothy Dinoman will visit a mountain fortress, a giant blimp, and diner with excellent pancakes—and run into a really cute cat along the way.

Praise for Timothy Dinoman Saves the Cat

“Action-packed, save-the-world drama mixed with humor and heart.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[U]ncomplicated paneling streamlines the plot, and bold color palettes vividly capture adrenaline-fueled fight sequences in this quirky adventure. “—Publishers Weekly


A Long Way from Home by Laura Schaefer

When anxious Abby meets two boys from the future who need her help, she decides to escape the depressing present by traveling to their time with them. But that’s not as simple as it seems.

Praise for A Long Way from Home

“This one is all about hope and not forgetting all the wonderful things life has to offer.”-Bookworm for Kids

New in Paperback

A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity by Nicole Valentine

Praise for A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity

“Valentine’s debut is an emotionally compelling and heartfelt tale of love and family that is reminiscent of Tuck Everlasting and A Wrinkle in Time.”—Booklist

“This soft-science-fiction debut will resonate with Madeleine L’Engle fans.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Any young reader who wants to believe that magic can change the harsh realities of life will find much to enjoy here. Recommended for all middle grade fantasy sections.”—School Library Journal


Ice Cycle: Poems about the Life of Ice by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Jieting Chen

Pancake ice, floebergs, glaciers, icicles . . . cold temperatures create an astonishing variety of ice forms! Welcome winter with a poetic exploration of ice on land and at sea in this evocative and atmospheric picture book.

Praise for Ice Cycle

“A rewarding exploration of a common substance’s complex nature.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The art is a smooth constant; the graphic design is exceptional, and most poems have their own spread, building a multilevel and vibrant world.”—School Library Journal

Operation Pangolin: Saving the World’s Only Scaled Mammal by Suzi Eszterhas

Pangolins are one of the most poached animals in the world. Yet scientists know very little about them. Discover how pangolin rescuers and researchers such as Thai Nguyen are working to protect these mysterious creatures.

Praise for Operation Pangolin

“Readers will come away feeling empowered to help and more knowledgeable about this amazing creature. Attractive and brimming with intriguing facts.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Lady and the Octopus: How Jeanne Villepreux-Power Invented Aquariums and Revolutionized Marine Biology by Danna Staaf

Follow the remarkable journey of Jeanne Villepreux-Power from her childhood in a small French village to her life as a naturalist in nineteenth-century Messina, Sicily, where she conducted groundbreaking research and invented aquariums.

Praise for The Lady and the Octopus

★”This author is as resourceful and ingenious in relating the story of her subject as Jeanne Villepreux-Power was in her scholarly endeavors. . . . This life story of an important female pioneer in the sciences is highly recommended.”—starred, School Library Journal

“[W]ell researched and expertly explained. A seaworthy bio of a revolutionary scientist.”—Kirkus Reviews

I Could Not Do Otherwise: The Remarkable Life of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker by Sara Latta

Meet the extraordinary, rebellious Mary Edwards Walker—a Civil War surgeon, a spy captured by the Confederacy, an advocate for women’s rights and social justice, and the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor, the US government’s highest military honor.

Praise for I Could Not Do Otherwise

★”[A] fascinating introduction . . . Latta utilizes primary sources, from contemporary newspaper articles to photographs, to make Walker’s remarkable life come alive for readers.”—starred, School Library Journal

“This clearly written chronological biography, full of lively quotes from Walker’s writings and her frequent mentions in the press, is ideal for research projects.”—Booklist

“An eye-opening and engaging tribute to a fascinating historical figure.” —Kirkus Reviews

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