New Adventures for Karen and Olive, plus Cullen Bunn on Ghoul Trouble in Middle School
Posted by Brigid Alverson on April 26, 2021 @ 3:33 am CT
Release Date: July 7
Price: $10.99 Paperback/$22.99 Hardcover
Creators: Ann M. Martin (original story) and Katy Farina (artist/adaptor)
Format: 144 pgs., Full-Color, Paperback and Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-3383-5621-2 (Paperback)/978-1-3383-5622-9 (Hardcover)
Age Rating: 7-10
What It’s About: Inspired by her best friend’s new kitten, Karen starts a Kittycat Club, and she and her friends offer their services as cat-sitters. This book is adapted from a Baby-Sitters Club spinoff and is geared for early readers; in addition to the themes of cats and friendship, Karen is in a blended family.
Why It’s a Pick Hit: The Karen books have sold phenomenally well so far, and this one has cats!
Publisher: Harper Alley
Release Date: July 14
Price: $12.99 Paperback/$21.99 Hardcover
Creators: Cullen Bunn (writer) and Cat Farris (illustrator)
Format: 200 pgs., Full-Color Paperback and Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-0628-9609-4 (Paperback)/978-0-0628-9610-0 (Hardcover)
Age Rating: 8-12
What It’s About: Middle-schooler Grey makes friends with a ghoul, one of the secretive creatures that lives beneath his haunted New England town and consumes their dead. Their friendship breaks the bounds of tradition, though, bringing on a whole host of problems.
Why It’s a Pick Hit: This story puts a supernatural spin on the middle-school drama genre. Cat Farris’s lively artwork creates a strong sense of characters and action. Cullen Bunn is a prolific horror writer who already has an adult following.
Publisher: Etch/HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 21
Price: $12.99 Paperback/$24.99 Hardcover
Creators: Kayla Miller
Format: 224 pgs., Full-Color, Paperback and Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-3582-4219-2 (Paperback)/978-0-3582-4220-8 (Hardcover)
Age Rating: 8-12
What It’s About: Natasha, the new girl in Olive Branch’s sixth-grade class is super cool, and everyone wants to be friends with her, including Olive. But Natasha seems to be more interested in stealing Olive’s friends.
Why It’s a Pick Hit: Middle school drama continues to be a popular genre, and Miller has already built an audience with her previous Olive Branch books, Click, Camp, and Act. A good choice for fans of Raina Telgemeier.
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