Publisher Preview for Spring 2015 from Simon & Schuster

I’m getting to this a little later than I wanted, but I was invited to the Simon and Schuster Spring preview and got a peek at some of what’s coming up for the new year.   I thought I’d share some of the up and coming speculative fiction with my readers.

The Courage of Cat Campbell by Natasha Lowe (Expected Publication, January 2015)

A companion novel to the author’s The Power of Poppy Pendle (2012).  In this book, young Cat is passionate about magic, but her mother wants nothing to do with it and is convinced it only ruins lives.  Like the first book, this story is about pursuing your dreams and being true to yourself.  Readers who enjoyed the first story will undoubtedly enjoy this one.





The Incredible Space Raiders from Space! by Wesley King (Expected Publication, February 2015)

This new science fiction adventure is described as Lord of the Flies meets Star Trek.  Jonah is an ordinary kid who suddenly finds himself transported aboard The Fantastic Flying Squirrel and a part of the Incredible Space Raiders who are out to save the universe! Looking forward to trying out this space opera story.




Great Ball of Light by Evan Kuhlman (Expected Publication, March 2015)

Twins discover a strange ball of light in their backyard that can bring dead things back to life. But having the dead back among the living can lead to quite a few unintended consequences . . . I’m definitely curious about this one.






First Born by Tor Seidler, illustrated by Chris Sheban (Expected Publication, March 2015)

Lamar is s wolf-pup who is not growing up to be the kind of wolf his father would wish. The first-born youngster would rather watch butterflies and make sure his younger siblings are keeping up with the hunt than behave like his father, the alpha.  But while his differences are troubling enough, it’s Lamar’s friendship with a coyote that cannot be tolerated.  How can Lamar keep his family happy without losing his only friend?  A new animal fantasy  from the author of The Wainscott Weasel.




Mouseheart: Hopper’s Destiny by Lisa Fiedler (Expected Publication: March 2015)

The second installment of Mouseheart is here!  This epic fantasy adventure of mice in the Brooklyn subway system continues as Hopper comes to accept his new role and destiny.  But making the tunnels safe for rodent-kind once more will not be an easy undertaking. I love this new cover with the Brooklyn Bridge captured in the background!





One Witch at a Time by Stacy DeKeyser (Expected Publication, February 2015)

A loosely connected companion novel to the author’s The Brixen Witch (2012),  this novel takes on the familiar fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk  and provides it with a fresh new twist. Looking forward to this one, and love the cover treatment.






Good Ogre by Platte F. Clark (Expected Publication, April 2015)

Be prepared for more magical mayhem with the third book in the Bad Unicorn series.  Max may be back home in Madison, but his adventures with magic are only just beginning!  Earlier titles are:  Bad Unicorn (2013) and Fluff Dragon (2014).







Story Thieve by James Riley (Expected publication: January 2015)

The author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy is back with a brand new series.  Owen is a kid who wishes he could escape the real world of homework and dull school classes.  So when he discovers that his classmate Bethany can magically enter book worlds, he’s determined to have her take him into his all-time favorite fantasy series.  But Owen’s ambitions open a whole mountain of troubles when he changes the story and gets trapped in the book.  Great new book magic series!






A big thank you to Simon and Schuster for the invite and the preview!  What books are you looking forward to next year? Comments welcome!

About Stephanie Whelan

I'm a children's librarian with a life-long love of all things science fiction and fantasy.

Posted on November 24, 2014, in General Posts, Publisher Previews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. thanks! I’m looking forward to Stacy DeKeyser’s book in particular.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: