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Fall preview 2014: YA and children’s fiction

In the June issue, Q&Q looks ahead at fall’s most anticipated titles for young readers.

41FbKHc8KML._SL500_Koyama Press, known for its graphica, comics, and art books, will release its first two children’s titles in September, and they’re both about cats! Ignatz Award winner John Martz will release A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories ($19.95 cl.), which combines traditional comic book elements with puzzle-book sections. • Meanwhile, from Adventure Time contributor Britt Wilson comes Cat Dad, King of the Goblins ($12 pa.), a zany tale in which Miri and Luey’s dad has been turned into a cat, and their garden is full of monsters.

Orca has tapped the authors of its highly successful Seven series for another round of books. In the Seven Sequels (each $10.95 pa., Oct.), Eric Walters, John Wilson, Ted Staunton, Norah McClintock, Sigmund Brouwer, Richard Scrimger, and Shane Peacock each contribute a follow-up to their original 2012 instalments. • Lesley Livingston has new additions to two series coming this fall. For middle-graders, The Haunting of Heck House (Puffin Canada, $14.99 pa., Oct.) sees cousins Cheryl and Tweed coming up agains91oCFG9HC9L._AA1500_t another creepy situation in this second book in the Wiggins Weird series, co-authored by Jonathan Llyr. • Meanwhile, YA fans will be Valhalla-bent on getting their hands on the finale to Livingston’s Norse mythology–­infused Starling trilogy. Transcendent (HarperCollins Canada, $17.99 pa.) arrives in August. • Catherine Egan wraps up her Last Days of Tian Di trilogy in September with the release of Bone, Fog, Ash & Star (Coteau Books, $12.95 pa.), in which heroine Eliza Tok must confront the dark prophesy revealed in the first book. • It was hard enough for teenage clairvoyant Amelia Mackenzie when her best friend Matthew died in author Gail Gallant’s haunting debut, Apparition. In Absolution (Doubleday Canada, $14.95 pa., Sept.), Matthew’s ghostly presence leads to growing conflict as Amelia struggles to balance her loyalty to him with her increasing attraction to Kip, who is definitely flesh and blood.

Maggie Johnson would be very happy if the ghost of bully and dumb jock Serge Popov would get out of her bedroom, but helping him transition to the other side proves difficult – and dangerous – in Natasha Deen’s Guardian ($14.95 pa.), coming from Great Plains Publications in October. • Eric and his friend Jessica find themselves in a battle with an evil tyrant in The Sphere of Septimus (Tradewind Books, $9.95 pa., Oct.), a middle-grade sci-fi fantasy novel by Calgary author Simon Rose. • Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow teams up with cartoonist Jen Wang on the graphic novel In Real Life (First Second/Raincoast Books, $19.99 pa., Oct.), in which Anda’s involvement with a multi-player online game leads to questions about morality, culture, and poverty.