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by Tracy Gallagher, Becky Walton, Jenny McCluskey and Jill M. Barton
Collection Development Librarians, Youth Materials

Comprised of predicted bestsellers and promising debuts, Youth HITS (High Interest Title Selections) are monthly selection lists Ingram's librarians recommend our customers consider for purchase. Click here for a full listing of HITS titles.

Picture Books & Easy Readers
Iím Happy to say that the Story of Diva and Flea is going to help Cheer-Up Bird after Pussycat, Pussycat has scared her. I Canít Wait for Super Bunny to star in the Nonsense Show while Naughty Mabel lets Robo-Pete know that Iím Cool! With a Whisper, Jack Frost is telling us How to Catch Santa. Space Dog learns that Bear Can Dance!

What Does Otis See when he is Out to Lunch? Elephant and Piggie eating Slop! The Pig-Piggy-Pigs say I Can Help! when Pinkalicious has a Sick Day. On a Very Wet Day, Miss Bindergarten sees Big Dog and Little Dog Getting in Trouble. Good thing we have the 4-1-1 on Phones so we can report it!

October is a month of doing! Frank Sinatra sang, Beatrix Potter and Mary Cassatt painted, George Ferris invented a wheel, Tererai Trent dreamed, Aaron and Alexander dueled, Robert Battle danced, Harriet Powers sewed, Ada Byron Lovelace computed, and Ketzel the cat composed.

A new Rick Riordan mythological fantasy series? I know your library already has lots of holds on each copy of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Also, from Kenneth Oppel, a strange and downright unnerving thriller in The Nest, already garnering 4 chilling starred reviews. Plus, I want to call your attention to two 3rd book series entries that shouldn't be overlooked: Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection and Mo LoBeau's latest adventure in The Odds of Getting Even (isn't that just a wonderful title?) Last but not least, all your Potterheads young and old will want to pore over the new 256 page fully-illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!

Meanwhile, in YA Fiction, Rainbow Rowell's legions of fans will be rejoicing to discover she's publishing Carry On--the epic fantasy her protagonist from Fangirl created. Worlds within worlds. For another high concept fantasy, grab Patrick Ness' new The Rest of Us Just Live Here exploring what it would be like to be neither "The Chosen One" nor part of "The Scooby Gang" but still have to go to school with them, dodging the fallout of their battling demons and monsters between school bells. The big YA sci-fi release will be the dossier-format collaboration between Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff in Illuminae--don't miss it. And for something completely different, a difficult, heartbreaking story for younger teens showing the strength of love and desperation in a young father from master of realistic fiction Gary D. Schmidt--keep a tissue box handy when diving into Orbiting Jupiter.

Graphic Novels
October will see the publication of several juvenile and teen titles: in juvenile, the highly anticipated second volume of Lumberjanes, the second book in the Kane Chronicles, Avatar: The Last Airbender continues, Snoopy for middle graders, book two in the Battling Boy series, Human Body Theater, the next Bird & Squirrel adventure, and volume seven of Adventure Time.

In teen, the final volume of Naruto, an adaptation of Walter Dean Myersís Monster, volume one of new manga Qq Sweeper, the next volume of French manga, Last Man, watch out for Darth Vaderís new series, and manga Kamisama Kiss continues with volume 19.

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