Debut novelist Alsaid follows seventeen-year-old Leila cross country in her quest to see the Northern Lights in Alaska. Along the way, she meets four young people who are changed by Leila's presence. At once familiar and time-honored, but with a structural twist, this road trip novel is full of coming of age characters brimming with possibility. Fourteen and Up. -Todd Krueger
Bear encounters a lost toy bunny in the forest and brings it home. He immediately goes to work trying to find the owner, while enjoying its company at the same time. When the bunny's owner comes forward, Bear's emotions tug in two directions, until a resolution is reached. Incredibly appealing without being saccharine, featuring bright colors and plenty of white space. Up to Seven. Todd Krueger
Mourning for his mother, Jack Baker enters boarding school and meets math savant Early Auden, obsessed with the number Pi and his brother, supposedly missing in action. Jack joins Early’s search. Daymond’s quiet narration creates the wilderness while Bramhall adds depth to philosophical Pi’s parallel quest.
While missing his dog and trying to protect his secret, Travis avoids other students at his despicable new school. But the flamboyant Velveeta notices and asks many questions. When she discovers Travis’s motives, the two become something each desperately needs--friends.
Ella, Gus’s elderly dog, promises Gus that she will always be with him, but after she dies, Gus spends a lonely Halloween cavorting with skeletons in the cemetery. Gus’s reappearance is part of the night’s spooky but endearing magic. Firm horizontals and thickly outlined figures keep the story grounded.