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Books for Young People fall preview: titles for play


When Anne Michaels published Fugitive Pieces in 1996, few could have predicted the astounding success the poet would achieve with that debut novel. Fast forward almost 20 years (egads!) and Michaels is embarking on a new literary adventure: writing for children. Taking the idea of a crazy cat lady in a charming direction, The Adventures of Miss Petitfour (Tundra, Nov.) is an early reader about a Mary Poppins–esque heroine and her 16 flying feline companions. With names such as Purrsia, Captain Catkin, Grigorovitch, and Your Shyness, the cats and the adventures they embark on with their eccentric human chaperone (including a quest for “birthday cheddar”) are a far cry from the brooding moodiness of Michaels’ writing for adults.

(illustration: Emma Block)

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour (illustration: Emma Block)


Starring Shapes! by Tania Howells (Kids Can Press, Sept.)

Dojo Daytrip by Chris Tougas  (Owlkids Books, Sept.)

(illustration: Chris Tougas)

(illustration: Chris Tougas)

The fine print: Q&Q’s fall preview covers books published between July. 1 and December 31, 2015 • All information (titles, prices, publication dates, etc.) was supplied by publishers and may have been tentative at Q&Q’s press time • Titles that have been listed in previous previews do not appear here