The Beast Player

The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi, translated by Cathy Hirano

Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Orphaned Elin learns to use her ability to communicate with animals as she navigates through political unrest. The beauty and power of the natural world are at the heart of this captivating, nimbly translated Japanese fantasy. 

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

First Second/ Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Freddy is enamored with the magnetic Laura Dean, but their on-again, off-again relationship is far from healthy. Through soft-hued illustrations and cinematic scope, this graphic novel captures the intoxication of teenage love and the search for identity. 

Where the World Ends

Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean

Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers

In 1727, a group of men and boys from St. Kilda sail to a remote sea stack on a fowling trip, only to find themselves stranded. McCaughrean’s exceptional tale evokes the harsh beauty of its setting and the warm humor of its characters.