The Fall 2002 Children's Book Sense 76 Preview

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Booksellers -- Another fun one to do! Thank you for all the great nominations.

The 76 fliers will be to you in early September, and maybe late August. AND … this is the 76 that is the basis of the late September NEW YORKER insert. Kudos!!!

A sneak preview of the quotes being used will be up at next week. No matter what quote I end up using, thanks go to ALL who recommended each book!

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1. THE THIEF LORD by Cornelia Funke (Chicken House/Scholastic, $16.95, 0439404371; Sept.) Ages 9-12. Also a Listening Library Audio (0807209767)

2. MERCEDES AND THE CHOCOLATE PILOT: A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy That Dropped from the Sky, by Margot Theis Raven; illus. by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen (Sleeping Bear Press, $17.95, 1585360694; April) Ages 5-10.

3. WESLANDIA, by Paul Fleischman; illus. by Kevin Hawkes (Candlewick, $5.99 paperback, 0763610526; Aug.) Ages 4-8.

4. THE TREE, by Dana Lyons; illus. by David Danioth (Illumination Arts, $16.95, 0970190719; May) Ages 4-8.

5. STAND TALL, by Joan Bauer (Putnam, $16.99, 039923473X; Aug. 26) Ages 9-12.

6. STOWAWAY, by Karen Hesse (Aladdin, $6.99 paper, 0689839898; June) Ages 9-12. Also a Listening Library Audio (0807261696)

7. PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS, by Patricia Reilly Giff (Wendy Lamb Books/Delacorte, $15.95, 0385326556; Sept.) Ages 9-12.

8. THE TIGER RISING, by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick, $5.99 paperback, 0763618985; July) Ages 9-12. Also a Listening Library Audio (080726188X)

9. CRISPIN: The Cross of Lead, by Avi (Hyperion, $15.99, 0786808284; June) Ages 10-14.

10. OF BEETLES AND ANGELS: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard, by Mawi Asgedom (Little, Brown, $9.95 paperback, 0316826200; Sept.)

For Teens.
Some Famous, Best-Selling 'Grown-up' Writers Have Written New Books for Ages 10 and Up ... But They're Fun for ALL of Us!

ABU AND THE 7 MARVELS, by Richard Matheson; illus. by William Stout (Gauntlet, $21.95, 1887368493; March)

ABARAT, by Clive Barker (Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins, $24.99, 0060280921; Sept. 23) Also a HarperCollins Audio (0060510757, $39.95)

CORALINE, by Neil Gaiman; illus. by Dave McKean (HarperCollins, $15.99, 0380977788; July) Also a HarperAudio (0060504544; CD, 006051048X)

HOOT, by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf, $15.95, 0375821813; Sept. 10) Also a Listening Library Audio (0807209228)

SUMMERLAND, by Michael Chabon (Talk Miramax, $22.95, 0786808772; Sept. 17) Also on Highbridge Audio (1565117204, $39.95; CD, 1565117212)

For Everyone Missing Harry Potter

Diana Wynne Jones

Greenwillow $6.99 paperbacks:
CASTLE IN THE AIR (0064473457)

Coming in September, in paperback and hardcover:
HEXWOOD (0064473554)
THE TIME OF THE GHOST (0064473546)

And two other classics of hers (HarperTrophy, $6.95):

Diane Duane

THE WIZARD'S DILEMMA: Book 5, by Diane Duane (Magic Carpet/Harcourt, $6.95 paper, 0152024603; Aug.) The previous four paperbacks in the Young Wizards series ($6.50 ea.):
SO YOU WANT TO BE A WIZARD: Book 1 (015216250X)
DEEP WIZARDRY: Book 2 (0152162577)
HIGH WIZARDRY: Book 3 (0152162445)
(There's a boxed set of the first three: DIANE DUANE'S BOX OF WIZARDRY ($18.95, 0152045821)
A WIZARD ABROAD: Book 4 (0152162380)
And … Book 6 is due out in October: A WIZARD ALONE (0152045627; $17)

A Favorite from Recent Years for New Kindergarteners … and Their Parents … and a New One

MISS BINDERGARTEN TAKES A FIELD TRIP WITH KINDERGARTEN, by Joseph Slate; illus. by Ashley Wolff (Dutton, $16.99, 0525467106)

COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN, by Alison McGhee; illus. by Harry Bliss (Silver Whistle. $16, 0152025162; Aug.)

More New Gems for Ages 4-8

ALPHABEASTS, by Wallace Edwards (Kids Can Press, $15.95, 1553373863; Sept.)

THE BIRDWATCHERS, by Simon James (Candlewick, $15.99, 0763616761; May)

EARTHQUACK!, by Margie Palatini; illus. by Barry Moser (Simon & Schuster, $15.95, 0689842805; June)

FAIRY BOAT, by Tracy Kane (Great White Dog Press, $15.95, 0970810474; June)

HUNTER'S BEST FRIEND AT SCHOOL, by Laura Malone Elliott; illus. by Lynn Munsinger (HarperCollins, $15.99, 0060002301; July)

JAKE GANDER, STORYVILLE DETECTIVE: The Case of the Greedy Granny, by George McClements (Hyperion, $15.99, 0786806621; July)

KITE FLYING, by Grace Lin (Knopf, $14.95, 0375815201; June)

THE LITTLEST WOLF, by Larry Dane Brimner; illus. by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey (Harper Collins, $15.95, 0060290390; April)

MICAWBER'S MUSEUM OF ART, by John Lithgow; illus. by C.F. Payne (Simon & Schuster, $17.95, 0689833415; Oct.)

MUD IS CAKE, by Pam Munoz Ryan; illus. by David McPhail (Hyperion, $15.99, 0786805013; April)

THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA by Laurie Keller (Holt, $6.95 paper, 0805068317; April)

SISSY DUCKLING, by Harvey Fierstein; illus. by Henry Cole (Simon & Schuster, $16, 0689835663; May)

SMILE A LOT by Nancy Carlson (Carolrhoda, $15.95, 0876148690; Aug.)

SQUEAKY CLEAN, by Simon Puttock; illus. by Mary McQuillan (Little, Brown, $13.95, 0316788163; April)

THE THREE QUESTIONS, by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic, $16.95, 0439199964; May)

THE TURTLE SAVER, by Laurie Parker (Quail Ridge, $16.95, 1893062325; Jan.)

WHEN LIGHTNING COMES IN A JAR, by Patricia Polacco (Philomel Books, $16.99, 0399231641; June)

THE WHOOSH OF GADOOSH, by Pat Skene; illus. by Doug Keith (Illumination Arts, $15.95, 0970190700; May)

Three Favorites from Last Year for Ages 4-8

LEO, THE LIGHTNING BUG, by Eric Drachman; illus. by James Muscarello (Kidwick, $18.95 book with CD, 0970380909)

TANGLE FAIRIES, by Steve Tiller; illus. by Rob Cremeans (MichaelsMind, $6.95 paper, 097045970X)

WALTER THE FARTING DOG, by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray; illus. by Audrey Colman (North Atlantic, $15.95, 1583940537)

For Ages 9-12: New in Paperback

BOSTON JANE: An Adventure, by Jennifer Holm (HarperTrophy, $5.99 paper, 0064408493; Sept.)

ESPERANZA RISING, by Pam Munoz Ryan (Scholastic, $4.99, 043912042X; May)

SILENT TO THE BONE, by E.L. Konigsburg (Aladdin, $5.99, 0689836023; April)

THE YEAR OF MISS AGNES, by Kirkpatrick Hill (Aladdin, $4.99, 0689851243; May)

Two Featured Authors for Ages 9-12


Jon Scieszka

Here are the latest, in $4.99 Puffin paperbacks:
IT'S ALL GREEK TO ME (0141310979)
Coming in October: SAM SAMURAI (0142302139)

Gregory Maguire

THE GOOD LIAR (HarperCollins, $5.95, 0064408744; May)
More from Maguire, in a different vein; paperbacks from HarperTrophy:
FIVE ALIEN ELVES (0064407640)

A Huge Bookseller Favorite from the '80s, now in a movie tie-in edition. (Movie is due in October.)

TUCK EVERLASTING, by Natalie Babbitt (Farrar, $5.95, 0374480133; Aug.)

More For Ages 9-12: New in Hardcover

DILLON DILLON, by Kate Banks (Farrar, $16, 0374317860; Aug.)

DOUBLE FUDGE, by Judy Blume (Dutton, $15.99, 0525469265; Sept.) Also a Listening Library Audio (0807209422)

INDIGO, Alice Hoffman (Scholastic, $16.95, 0439256356; April)

THE JACKET, by Andrew Clements (Simon & Schuster, $12.95, 0689825951; Feb.)

SAFFY'S ANGEL, by Hilary McKay (McElderry Books/S&S, $16, 0689849338; May) Also a Listening Library Audio (080720823X)

Independent Bookseller Rediscoveries for Ages 10 and Up

AFTER HAMELIN, by Bill Richardson (Firefly, $8.95 paper, 1550376284; published in 2000)

ALONE ACROSS THE ARCTIC: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team, by Pam Flowers with Ann Dixon (Alaska Northwest Books, $15.95 paperback, 088240539X; from 2001)

TAGGER: Alone Along the Mystic River, by J.A. Louthain; illus. by Andrea Eberbach (Alexie Books, $14.95 paperback w/CD, 0967941601; Dec. 2001)

New Books for Teen Readers

ALL-AMERICAN GIRL, by Meg Cabot (HarperCollins, $15.99, 0060294698; Sept.) Also a Listening Library Audio (0807209015)

HORSE THIEF, by Robert Newton Peck (HarperCollins, $16.95, 0066237912; June)

THE LIGHTKEEPER'S DAUGHTER, by Iain Lawrence (Delacorte, $16.95, 0385729251; Sept.)

911: The Book of Help, ed. by Michael Cart with Marc Aronson and Marianne Carus (Cricket Books, $17.95, 0812626591; Aug.)