Sour Apple

Linda Liu

Henry Holt and Co., 2024

Agent: Thao Le

From the creator of Hidden Gem comes a funny and delightful new picture book about an apple who learns the importance of self-acceptance and patience after being left behind during picking season.

Ever been picked last? Well, this sour apple knows a thing or two about what it feels like to be forgotten. When apple season passes and he’s left on the cold, hard ground, he questions his place in the world.

As his introspection branches out into different ideas of what could have been if he was chosen, he learns some core truths about what it means to be alive.


"A tremendous homage to self-esteem, individuality, thoughtfulness, ­surrender, and hope." School Library Journal, starred review

"An uplifting tale of triumph." —Kirkus Reviews