Alberic the Wise
And Other Journeys
Norton Juster, illustrated by Domenico Gnoli
Random House/Yearling, $5.99, ages 8-12
Idiosyncratic tales of adventure in mythic lands from the author of "The Phantom Tollbooth," with lots of curious ideas to chew over.
Bats at the Ballgame
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, ages 3-7
When night falls, bats go to the ballpark — and they're quite versed in baseball esoterica. For baseball fans of any age.
A Christmas Carol
A Pop-Up Book
Charles Dickens and Chuck Fischer
Little, Brown, $30, ages 4-8
With master paper engineer Bruce Foster's help, Chuck Fischer re-creates Dickens' classic tale with color pop-up scenes that teach little ones about the true meaning of Christmas.
DC Super Heroes
The Ultimate Pop-Up Book
DC Comics and Matthew Reinhart
Little, Brown, $29.99, ages 4-8
A light-up bat signal and a transparent invisible jet are just two of the cool interactive features bringing Batman, Wonder Woman and friends alive.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
Amulet Books, $13.95, ages 9-12
It's been three years since Greg Heffley entered middle school in the first "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," and in the newest one, Greg faces another terrifying moment: the morphing of young male bodies into pubescent men.
Far Away Across the Sea
Toon Tellegen, illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg
Boxer Books, $12.95, ages 5 and up
A collection of stories about philosophically inclined animals, full of charm and humanity.
A Good Horse
Random House, $16.99, ages 11 and up
Set in 1960s California horse country, eighth-grader Abby fears losing two of her beloved horses when a mystery unfolds involving their rightful owners.
A Year of Haiku for Boys
Bob Raczka, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.99, ages 5-8
Set against the backdrop of the four seasons, this book uses haiku and pictures of boys goofing off in nature to introduce children to the joys of poetry.
Sharon Robinson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Viking, $16.99, ages 4-8
The latest book in Sharon Robinson's series of stories about her father, baseball legend Jackie Robinson, takes place during the family's first year in Brooklyn, where not all the neighbors were happy to see a black family move in. One neighbor boy happily comes to help the family trim their Christmas tree, but when Jackie reciprocates with the gift of a tree, the boy's Jewish family has to consider how to respond. A lovely story about social assumptions.
The Lovesick Skunk
Joe Hayes, illustrated by Antonio Castro L.
Cinco Puntos Press, $16.95, ages 4-8
Move over Pepé Le Pew: A pair of black-and-white high-top sneakers become the love interest of a skunk — much to the chagrin of the boy who's wearing them.
Lucy and the Green Man
Random House, $16.99, ages 8-12
A sweet tale that celebrates the powers of the imagination centers on young Lucy, her Grandpa Will and Lob, the magical green man who tends Will's garden.
Scholastic: 400 pp., $17.99, young adult
The final act of the "Hunger Games" trilogy delivers a wrenching conclusion to this saga of a country in chaos and the 17-year-old protagonist who caused it.
St. Martin's, $17.99, young adult
The "Immortals" series continues with the love story of paranormal teens Ever and Damen and a harrowing showdown with Haven, Ever's enemy.
Philomel: 456 pp., $17.99, young adult
The "Twilight" crew will feast on this new series, featuring 17-year-old Calla Tor, a golden-eyed blond who shape-shifts between human and werewolf and is torn between two hotties as supernatural warfare looms.
Little, Brown, $19.99, ages 10 and up
Young Jacob must save his brother, who has turned into a living stone man, in an adventure fantasy set in a magical fairy-tale land accessible through a mirror in their father's study.
The Ring of Solomon
Disney/Hyperion, $17.99 ages 10 and up
A new addition to the bestselling "Bartimaeus Trilogy," this new tale describes the djinni Bartimaeus' adventures long before the trilogy opens as he travels to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon.
Dial Books, $17.99, ages 12 and up
In this sequel to the novel "Incarceron," readers return to a bleak prison-planet where 17-year-old Finn has escaped the prison and faces a surprising claimant to the planet's throne.
The Secret of Ka
Harcourt, $16, ages 12 and up
Flying carpets, monstrous genies and a cute local love interest make for an exciting vacation in this teen thriller set in Istanbul.
10 Little Penguins
Jean-Luc Fromental, illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet
Abrams, $17.95, ages 4-8
A counting pop-up book featuring mischievous penguins.
12 Days of Christmas
Putnam, $16.99, all ages
The words from the traditional song are set to African scenes, and work wonderfully well: Nine ladies dancing, 12 drummers drumming, indeed.
Razorbill, $17.99, young adult
Tory Brennan — the niece of Reichs' forensic heroine, Temperance Brennan ("Bones") — and her friends stumble on a government secret experiment involving dogs and a virus that can turn humans into wolves.
A Wish for Elves
Henry Holt, $12.99, ages 5 and up
You can always be surprised by one more genius variation on the Santa story. A kid overwhelmed by the business of the holiday season moans: "Life would be easier if I had elves, too!" Poof! He's got Santa's elves. What will he do with them? And what will Santa do without them?
Witch & Wizard
Little, Brown, $17.99, young adult
Siblings with magical powers return to fight the wicked forces of the New Order regime as the leaders of the teen resistance movement.