Random House Graphic sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles arriving in September and October 2020.

From Sophie Escabasse (debut writer! The Derby Daredevils)
Available Now!
Age Category: Middle-Grade
Published by: Random House Graphic

There’s a new witch in town! Effie lost her mom. Lost her home. And now she has to live with two strange aunts who she’s never met before.

Life in Brooklyn takes a strange twist for Effie as she learns more about her family—and that MAGIC is very real. With new friends who will do whatever they can to be there for her, a cursed pop-star, and her new magically-inclined family — Effie’s life is about to get interesting.

From Brian Yanish (ScrapKins Junk Re-Thunk, Pirate Chicken: All Hens on Deck!)
Available Now!
Age Category: Chapter Books
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers; part of the Random House Graphic line

A shark and a robot are unlikely friends. But in this hilarious young graphic novel series, what makes you different makes for an EPIC friendship.

It might not seem like Shark and Bot have much in common. Shark has some very sharp teeth and Bot has a saw for an arm. Who would have thought these two could become best friends? They can’t even shake hands! But friendship is surprisingly easy when you are both a little awkward, love comics, and want to have some fun. But not everyone is so friendly. What will these new pals do when some meanies don’t want to share the playground?

Readers won’t just laugh along, they’ll identify with the real life issues of making new friends, understanding differences, and dealing with bullies.

From Reimena Yee (The World in Deeper Inspection, The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya)
Available September 15!
Age Category: Middle-Grade
Published by: Random House Graphic

Growing up sounds terrible. No one has time to do anything fun, or play outside, or use their imagination. Everything is suddenly so serious. People are more interested in their looks and what others think about them than having fun adventures. Who wants that?

Not Lora.

After watching her circle of friends seemingly fade away, Lora is determined to still have fun on her own. A tea party with a twist leaves Lora to re-discovering Alexa, the ghost that haunts her house — and Lora’s old imaginary friend! Lora and Alexa are thrilled to meet kindred spirits and they become best friends . . . but unfortunately, not everything can last forever.

From Mika Song (children’s illustrator of Picnic with Oliver, A Friend for Henry)
Available September 29!
Age Category: Chapter Books
Published by: Random House Graphic

Two squirrels–and best friends–meet their match: a donut food truck! Norma and Belly plan to start the day with some pancakes, but when Norma accidentally burns them, these two best friends set out to find a new treat. Chestnuts might be nice . . . but what is that delicious smell in the distance? A new food truck has parked near their tree, and these two squirrels are going to figure out how to get their hands on these “donuts” that it seems to be selling.

Mika Song gives readers something to laugh at as these squirrels try their hardest to get some donuts while just about everything goes wrong. A fun “donut caper” graphic novel that focuses on madcap action, problem-solving, and the power of working together.


Available this October…

By John Gallagher (Debut author!)
Available: October 6!
Age Category: Young Middle Grade
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers; part of the Random House Graphic line

Max is just a regular cat in Kittyopolis, trying to make it big as a podcaster until he accidentally takes a bite of an radioactive space meatball at his best friend, scientist Mindy’s, secret lab. Then before you can say MEOWZA, Max becomes…(drum roll!)…The CAT CRUSADER!

Being a super hero is fun (Super strength? Check! Flying? Yes!)–but not if you get so cocky, you forget your best friend! Will Max learn to listen? Will he and Mindy make up? And together, can Max and Mindy save Kittyopolis from the evil Agent M and Big Boss?! Find out in Max Meow: Cat Crusader-a laugh out loud, furr-ociously funny, action-packed new series filled with so many twists, turns, and terrific jokes it makes bad guys FLEA and kids cheer with glee!

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By Trung Le Nguyen (Debut Author!)
Available: October 13!
Age Category: Young Adult
Published by: Random House Graphic

“Unique, powerful, and inspiring. Books like this give me hope that comics will
continue to transcend what has come before.”
—Tillie Walden, author of Spinning

“Beautiful and brave . . . an amazing graphic novel.”
—Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese

A Book Expo pick for Buzziest YA of the Year

Tiến loves his family and friends. As a child of Vietnamese immigrants, he enjoys helping his parents learn to speak better English using fairy tales he borrows from the local library. But Tiến has a secret, and he can’t find the words to share what he’s going through.

Is there a way to tell them he’s gay?

The Magic Fish is a story that will remind us all why we fell in love with storytelling. Finding a beautiful story that we can relate to, that seeps down and touches the very core of who we are as human beings, and its ability to bring people together. Told in three parts—past, present, and fairy tale—this powerful story of a young boy exploring his identity and dealing with his fear and inability to be fully open with his family will touch the lives of so many readers.

This is the debut of author-illustrator Trung Le Nguyen, who gained popularity on social media, where he is known as @Trungles, for his gorgeous illustrations. The Magic Fish was heavily inspired by Nguyen’s own experience of coming out to his parents and as a first-generation Vietnamese American.

via Random House Graphic


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