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Asked and Answered | February 27, 2018


In this month’s Asked and Answered feature, the Early Career Committee answered the following question: “What book are you most looking forward to in 2018?” Check out their answers below!

I can’t wait for Grim Lovelies, by Megan Shepherd! All her books are must-purchases, but this dark, magical tale set in opulent contemporary Paris is an absolute standout.  –Hannah Allaman, Assistant Editor, Disney-Hyperion

I am so looking forward to Angela Cervantes’ Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring (Scholastic, March 2018). I love middle grade artsy mysteries that draw from real-life figures and legends. After visiting Mexico for the first time in the last few years and getting a tour of Frida and Diego’s Casa Azul, I have grown all the more enamored with the iconic Frida Kahlo. I’m eager to find out how this mystery unfolds–and what threads might be woven in from Frida’s life. Plus, the cover is stunning! – Jessica Anderson, Assistant Editor, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

The book I am most looking forward to reading in 2018 is The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. There is nothing I love more than family sagas, especially ones with siblings that couldn’t be more different from each other and this one has a very interesting twist to it! –Lauren Carr, Publicity Coordinator, Scholastic

In 2018, I am most looking forward to Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot EscapesThe Wild Robot is one of my top ten favorite books of all time, so I preordered its sequel back in May!  The first book was a beautiful take on friendship, community, and finding one’s purpose, and I can’t wait to see our heroine, the robot Roz, in a new environment, faced with new challenges. –Stevie Durocher (Chair), School & Library Marketing Coordinator, Random House Children’s Books

Like so many other readers, I cannot wait for the publication of Cynthia Rylant’s first standalone novel in 20 years, Rosetown. There is a sense of nostalgia for book lovers, young and old, and while the book takes place in the early 1970s, the problems main character Flora faces will ring true to anyone who has dealt with divorce and making new friends. –Jessica Harold, Marketing Assistant, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

In 2018, I’m really looking forward to On the Come Up by Angie Thomas because I loved The Hate U Give and I’m also looking forward to Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi because I loved Indian folk lore as a kid and I’m excited to see what the first book from Rick Riordan’s new imprint is like. –Aneeka Kalia, Editorial Assistant, Penguin Young Readers

I’m really looking forward to reading From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon. Her first book, When Dimple Met Rishi was such a fun, adorable, and relatable read, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store in her latest book! –Shifa Kapadwala (CBC Liaison), Publicity Manager, The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader

Sadie by Courtney Summers—I saw the cover reveal the other day and knew instantly that I had to have it! Can’t wait for September! –Elizabeth Lynch, Assistant Editor, HarperCollin’s Children’s Books

To say I’m looking forward to reading Puddin’ by Julie Murphy is an understatement. I loved Dumplin’, and I’ve just finished reading Murphy’s last novel, Ramona Blue. I want more! May 2018 can’t come soon enough. –Angela Taldone, Design Assistant, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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