August 2021: Children's Previews

My August Book of the Month is Femi Fadugba’s The Upper World, an exceptional YA début and the latest in a very strong line-up of new talent to hit Children’s and YA publishing in 2021. Choosing Books of the Month is not an exact science, of course. Much depends on the density of key titles in a given month, but looking back over the past few years I have typically chosen only one début a year: Hana Tooke’s The Unadoptables in 2020, no débuts in 2019, and Sophie Anderson’s The House with Chicken Legs in 2018. This year I have, so far, selected an unprecedented five débuts as Books of th...

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