The Best Children’s and YA Books of October 2021

by the Brightly Editors

Between the yummy pumpkin-flavored treats, vibrant colors, and incredible new book releases, it’s no wonder that fall is the best time of the year! Whether you’re in the market for a gorgeous new picture book or a novel to keep your tween or teen busy for a few hours, there are plenty of titles to fit your needs. So, sit back with a pumpkin spice latte and meet the best new children’s and YA books of the month!

  • Chapter Books & Middle Grade

  • Children of the Fox

    by Kevin Sands

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    A group of young criminals, magic, and the ultimate challenge combine in this fast-paced adventure. Five kids with superhuman abilities come together to pull off an impossible heist. To succeed, they must learn to trust each other and work as a team to take on a powerful group of sorcerers. Kids that love Artemis Fowl will get hooked on the first page of this thrilling series opener.
    (On sale: 10/5/2021)

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  • Long Road to the Circus

    by Betsy Bird, illustrated by David Small

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    Get ready to laugh and cheer your way to the finish line with this hilarious and thought-provoking historical novel. It’s about a girl named Suzy Bowles who dreams of life outside her small town. When she meets a local circus performer and learns how to ride ostriches, she realizes her dreams are within reach.
    (On sale: 10/5/2021)

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  • The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne

    by Jonathan Stroud

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    If your kids love all the heist action and anti-heroes populating middle grade books lately, they’re in luck. This adventure novel is perfect for kids who obsess over stories about criminals, secrets, monsters, and conspiracies. Set in a futuristic Britain that will feel familiar and new simultaneously, this story features two young criminals who team up to evade their pursuers. Kids won’t be able to set it down!
    (On sale: 10/5/2021)

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  • She Persisted: Margaret Chase Smith

    She Persisted: Margaret Chase Smith

    by Ruby Shamir and Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint

    Fans of Hidden Figures will love this biography of another woman involved with the space program—Margaret Chase. Even though Margaret didn’t work at NASA, her position in Congress allowed her to support the program in other ways. She also worked hard to give women more opportunities to succeed in the workplace and politics.
    (On sale: 10/5/2021)

  • Clarice the Brave

    by Lisa McMann

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    Kids who enjoy animal stories will want to read this novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds series. It’s about a little mouse named Clarice who gets separated from her brother Charles Sebastian during a mutiny on the ship where they live. The mice must use their wits, courage, and survival instincts to find each other again.
    (On sale: 10/12/2021)

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  • A Kind of Spark

    by Elle McNicoll

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    You’re going to fall in love with this heart-wrenching story about courage, persistence, and acceptance. When Addie learns about the witch trials in Scotland hundreds of years ago, she decides to create a memorial for the innocent people who lost their lives. As a person with autism, Addie will first have to overcome the prejudice she experiences in her small town, but she refuses to give up until she reaches her goals.
    (On sale: 10/19/2021)

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  • How Does My Body Work? Human Body Book for Kids

    by Sara LaFleur, MD

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    The human body is incredible, and kids are always curious about how it works. This fascinating nonfiction book uses STEM and STEAM activities, fun facts, photos, and experiments to teach kids about their bodies. Whether your child wants to become a doctor when they grow up, or they’re just a curious kid, this book is a must-have.
    (On sale: 10/19/2021)

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