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For Young Readers: Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2012

The most exciting picture books and YA on the horizon.

Toads on Toast is the latest picture book by the award-winning Linda Bailey (her many works including the Stanley books and Goodnight Sweet Pig), illustrated by Colin Jack. Genevieve Cote, whose honours include the 2007 Governor General's Award for illustration, releases Mr. King's Things, the story of a materialistic cat who has to change his ways. Andrea Curtis's What's For Lunch?, with photographs by Yvonne Duivenvoorden, is a non-fiction book about school lunches around the world. The Shade and the Sorceress launches "The Last Days of Tian Di", a trilogy by Catherine Egan, about a young girl who discovers she's connected to a line of great sorceresses, but is incapable of magic herself. My Name is Parvanna is the sequel to Deborah Ellis's The Breadwinner.

Mr Zinger’s Hat is a new picture book by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Dusan Petricic, about a boy who learns to build a story. Sheree Fitch's marvelous collection of nonsense poems Toes in My Nose has been reissued, reimagined with new illustrations by Sydney Smith. Marie-Louise Gay's Stella stories have been collected for the first time in Stella: A Treasury. Poet and spoken-word artist Shauntay Grant's latest is Apples and Butterflies: A Poem for Prince Edward Island, illustrated by Tamara Thiebaux-Heikalo.

Book Cover The Tooth Mouse

Check out Noisy Poems for a Busy Day by Robert Heidbreder, author of Eenie Meenie Manitoba and Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, illustrated by Lori Joy Smith. The Tooth Mouse is written by Susan Hood, and is the latest book by illustrator Janice Nadeau, whose most recent book was the gorgeous Cinnamon Baby. Polly Horvath's One Year in Coal Harbour is the sequel to the Newbery Award-winning Everything on a Waffle. And Jon Klassen follows up I Want My Hat Back with This is Not My Hat, which is not quite a sequel, but the hat on the cover (which is blue and round) looks like something we've heard described before.

The Body at the Tower

The latest novel by Governor General's Award nominee Martine Leavitt is My Book of Life by Angel, a harrowing tale of street life on Vancouver's East Side. Dennie Lee's Ice Cream Store and Bubblegum Delicious are coming back into print. The Body at the Tower by YS Lee is the second book in the acclaimed Mary Quinn Mystery Series, about an all-female detective agency in Victorian London.

Book Cover Wishes

"If wishes were ice cream, our cones would be doubles." We're excited about Wishes by Jean Little, illustrated by Genevieve Cote. Lesley Livingston, author of the award-winning Wondrous Strange, launches a brand new YA series with Starling. Historical fiction master Janet Lunn has written biography Laura Secord: A Story of Courage, illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse. Award-winning crime writer Norah McLinktock's latest is I, Witness, with illustrations by Mike Deas.

How To

Everything Julie Morstad makes is wonderful, and so we're excited about the first picture book she's written, How To. Novelist/Poet Susan Musgrave will delight wee ones with her new board book Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug. Illustrator and internet/social media personality Debbie Ridpath Ohi's first picture book is I'm Bored, written by comedian Michael Ian Black. Kenneth Oppel follows up the award-winning This Dark Endeavour with Such Wicked Intent. And another big sequel is Kit Pearson's follow-up to The Whole Truth, her latest And Nothing But the Truth.

Book Cover Checkers and Dot

Lois Simmie and Cynthia Nugent's Mr Got to Go and Arnie is back in print, the story of a cat and a dog at Vancouver's Sylvia Hotel. Kevin Sylvester's latest is Neil Flambe and the Tokyo Treasure. Mariko Tamaki, whose graphic novel Skim (with Jillian Tamaki) was nominated for the Governor General's Award, has written a new YA novel, (You) Set Me On Fire. We love the look of Checkers and Dot, a new series board books specially designed to be visually appealing to babies.

Mac in the City of Light is the story of a young girl set loose in Paris, written by songwriter Chris Ward whose claims to fame include having written the Alannah Myles hit "Black Velvet". Escape to Gold Mountain is a graphic nonfiction book by David H. T. Wong, the history of Chinese immigration to Canada. Cybele Young follows up her acclaimed picture book A Few Blocks with A Few Bites, in which Viola implores her brother to eat his lunch. And Moira Young's Rebel Heart is the follow-up to Blood Red Road, which was winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize.

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