Archives de catégorie : Frankfurt 2020 Children’s Books


Based on their #1 kids podcast, Wow in the World, hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz take readers on a hilarious, fact-filled, and highly illustrated journey through the human body—covering everything from our toes to our tongues to our brains and our lungs!

by Mindy Thomas & Guy Raz
HMH Books for Young Readers, March 2021
(chez Writers House – voir catalogue)

WHY in the world do I have a belly button? And WHAT in the world does it do? WHEN in the world will my nose stop growing? And HOW in the world does my pee keep flowing? The human body is a fascinating piece of machinery. It’s full of mystery, and wonder, and WOW. And it turns out, every single human on the planet has one! Join Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz, hosts of the mega-popular Wow in the World podcast, as they take you on a fact-filled adventure from your toes and your tongues to your brain and your lungs. Featuring hilarious illustrations and filled with facts, jokes, photos, quizzes, and Wow-To experiments, THE HOW AND WOW OF THE HUMAN BODY has everything you need to better understand your own walking, talking, barfing, breathing, pooping body of WOW!

Praise for the Wow in the World Podcast:
How to entice your kids away from a screen—with a podcast.” —Washington Post
New scientific findings brought to life through the animated voices of the hosts and real kids, sound effects, and music to create a seamlessly produced podcast.” —Bustle
Although it is aimed at primary school-aged kids, there’s much for parents to enjoy, too. This is a podcast with pedigree.” —Guardian

Mindy Thomas has been living out her childhood radio dreams for almost two decades by creating radio and audio programs for kids. She’s the cocreator, cohost, and head writer of the award-winning Wow in the World and Two Whats?! and a Wow! podcasts. She is also a Gracie award-winning host of the Absolutely Mindy Show. Mindy believes that childhood thrives at the intersection of imagination and curiosity and finds that her best work does too. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband and two kids, and has no plans of ever growing up.

Guy Raz is the creator and host of the popular podcasts How I Built This, Wisdom from the Top and The Rewind on Spotify. He’s also the co-creator of the acclaimed podcasts TED Radio Hour and the children’s programs Wow in the World and Two Whats?! and a Wow!. He’s received the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, the National Headliner Award, and the NABJ Award, among many others and was a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard. He lives in the Bay Area.

Déjà paru dans la même collection : Two Whats?! and a Wow! Think & Tinker Playbook: Activities and Games for Curious Kids (HMH Books for Young Readers, juin 2020). Les droits de langue française sont disponibles.

MAGNOLIA MOON d’Edwina Wyatt

Irrepressibly joyful and utterly unique, with lavish illustrations by Katherine Quinn, MAGNOLIA MOON has all the spirited imagination and jubilance of Pippi Longstocking, and is a delightful reminder of just how much can happen in a year of being nine.

by Edwina Wyatt
Walker Australia, November 2019; October 2021; Winter 2022

Magnolia Moon is nine years old, likes Greek mythology, her best friend Imogen May (who understands the importance of questions like, “If you could be one fruit, any fruit, what would you be?”), wishing trees, and speaking crows. She knows instinctively that buffadillos are armadillos crossed with buffalos and believes there are walramingos living in her garden. She’s also the kind of person who can be entrusted with a great many secrets.
Each chapter in this novel, which captures Magnolia’s year of being nine and ends on Chapter Almost 10, reveals a secret that Magnolia is keeping. But the novel also chronicles a year of change for Magnolia. From her best friend moving to the birth of her little brother Finnegan, Magnolia navigates every challenge and secret that comes her way with the kind of authenticity and innocence that comes from being nine years wise.

CBCA Young Readers’ Book of the Year 2020
• Shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2020
• A Sydney Morning Herald 2019 ‘Stand Out’ Title

“Utterly sublime. . . Sophisticated and elegant with a nice splash of quirkiness and gentle humour.” —Children’s Book Review

Edwina Wyatt is an Australian children’s author. She grew up in Sydney and worked as a lawyer and a high school teacher before becoming a writer of books for young readers. Her debut junior fiction novel The Secrets of Magnolia Moon (Walker Books) was awarded the CBCA Honour Book of the Year for Younger Readers (Australia’s version of the Newbery), and shortlisted for the Readings’ Children’s Book Prize. She has twice been awarded a CBCA Notable for her picture books. Edwina lives in the Victorian High Country with her husband, two children, a dog, cat, and too many chickens.

SPICE ROAD de Maiya Ibrahim

The irresistibly compelling story of a girl who must go to extreme lengths to save her brother from a foreign kingdom across a desert, torn between duty to country and duty to family, this magical debut explores the trauma colonialism imposes on the people of a forcibly occupied land. It’s a book that is both bold in its thematic explorations, and deeply intimate in its portrait of a young woman who will do anything to save the people she loves.

by Maiya Ibrahim
Delacorte, Spring 2022
(via Park & Fine)

Seventeen-year-old Imani’s life and family fractured the day her older brother Atheer ventured into the desert and never returned. From an early age, Imani has looked up to Atheer, known for his charm, his courage, and eventually his mastery of tea magic. Now, a year has gone by, Atheer is presumed dead, and Imani has buried her grief under her duties as a member of The Shields—an elite guard charged with using their magical prowess to protect the Sahiran people from the beasts that threaten their border. Beyond the border is a vast sea of sand, and beyond that everyone knows there is nothing but a land laid to waste by monsters and madness.
Or at least that’s what Imani always thought, until she finds a cache of Atheer’s letters suggesting he’s not only alive but also may have fled across the desert to a foreign land besieged by an invading army—a land that, according to Imani’s many lessons growing up, doesn’t exist. Has her brother committed treason, or is he right to want to use the Sahiran’s magic to help an unknown—perhaps unreal—kingdom in need? And why would the Sahiran people’s governing council hide the truth of what lies across the desert from its own people?
Now, Imani must venture across a land ridden with giants, ghouls and ravenous hyenas to find her brother, accompanied by two unlikely allies: Qayn, a roguish and handsome djinni, and Taha, her nemesis in The Shields whose talents are an obvious asset to her mission, even if his arrogance makes for difficult company. But time is running out: a war is brewing across the desert, and if Atheer reveals the location of the Sahiran people before Imani can safely retrieve him, the invading army could arrive at the Sahiran nation’s doorstep in pursuit of land, power—and magic.

The only daughter of parents who immigrated to Australia from Lebanon, Maiya Ibrahim is a writer and reader born and raised in Sydney. When she’s not writing or reading, Maiya can be found indulging in Lebanese food with her family, playing Skyrim, watching Game of Thrones, or swimming with friends at one of Sydney’s many spectacular beaches. SPICE ROAD is her debut novel.

SISTERS OF THE SNAKE de Sarena & Sasha Nanua

A lost princess. A dark puppet master. And a race against time—before all is lost.

(Ria & Rani #1)
by Sarena & Sasha Nanua
HarperTeen, June 2021
(chez Park & Fine – voir catalogue)

The law in Abai—the last known magical kingdom—does not look kindly on street thieves, but for eighteen-year-old orphan Ria, stealing isn’t a choice of convenience: it’s a matter of survival. So when she and her friend Amir devise a plan to steal priceless jewels from the kingdom’s royal palace and use them to bribe their way into a new kingdom, it seems a new life may finally be within reach. Then, while sneaking into the palace, Ria runs into the princess, and everything she knows about herself is turned on its head—because Princess Rani looks exactly like Ria, down to the freckle. Running into her doppelgänger, Princess Rani doesn’t see her long-lost twin or a dangerous, thieving intruder. She sees an opportunity: a chance to escape the tight confines of her gilded prison before her marriage, and a chance to find the wife of her late, beloved tutor, recently executed for treason, so that Rani can give her the valuable possessions he left behind. After Ria and Rani strike a deal to temporarily switch places, Rani discovers that her father’s kingdom is not the place of prosperity she once thought, and that it’s hurtling toward a dangerous war. Living with the Raja and the queen, Ria learns that they—her family?—have their own dangerous secrets, and that there’s a treasonous conspiracy brewing in the royal court. Neither life inside nor outside the palace walls are safe, and Ria and Rani are in a race against the clock to unravel a conspiracy and stop a war with wits and magic—or else allow the kingdom of Abai to sink into ruin.

Sarena Nanua & Sasha Nanua are twin sisters living in Ontario, Canada. Born on Diwali ten minutes apart from each other, they grew up loving stories about twins and magic, and began writing books together when they were nine years old. They are graduates of the English and professional writing programs at the University of Toronto and are also the authors of the Pendant trilogy.


Maybelle Lane is looking for her father, but on the road to Nashville she finds so much more: courage, brains, heart—and true friends.

by Kate O’Shaughnessy
Knopf BYR, March 2020
(chez Park & Fine – voir catalogue)

Eleven-year-old Maybelle Lane collects sounds. She records the Louisiana crickets chirping, Momma strumming her guitar, their broken trailer door squeaking. But the crown jewel of her collection is a sound she didn’t collect herself: an old recording of her daddy’s warm-sunshine laugh, saved on an old phone’s voicemail. It’s the only thing she has of his, and the only thing she knows about him. Until the day she hears that laugh—his laugh—pouring out of the car radio. Going against Momma’s wishes, Maybelle starts listening to her radio DJ daddy’s new show, drinking in every word like a plant leaning toward the sun. When he announces he’ll be the judge of a singing contest in Nashville, she signs up. What better way to meet than to stand before him and sing with all her heart? But the road to Nashville is bumpy. Her starch-stiff neighbor Mrs. Boggs offers to drive her in her RV. And a bully of a boy from the trailer park hitches a ride, too. These are not the people May would have chosen to help her, but it turns out they’re searching for things as well. And the journey will mold them into the best kind of family—the kind you choose for yourself.

Kate O’Shaughnessy’s love of reading and writing stories began in early childhood and only grew stronger. She has been a chef, earned a fellowship with the Yale Sustainable Food Program, and backpacked around the world. She and her husband live in Berkeley, CA.