A Bountiful Fall of Children's Books


By Diane Roback | Publishers Weekly

MARSHALL CAVENDISH ANNOUNCED ITS NEW SHOFAR BOOKS IMPRINT, a line of Jewish children's books being done in partnership with the PJ Library. The imprint, edited by editor-at-large Melanie Kroupa, will launch in October with three books.

American Girl is introducing two historical characters whose lives are woven together in one six-book series set in 1853 New Orleans. The two girls come from different class and racial backgrounds: Cécile Rey is a girl from a well-to-do family of color, and Marie-Grace Gardner is from a white family that has recently moved to the city.

The books and companion dolls go on sale in September. Albert Whitman is starting a YA imprint this fall, Albert Whitman Teen, kicking off with two debut novels-Guantánamo Boy by Anna Perera and The Poisoned House by Michael Ford, both of which arrive in August.