USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

1. “Sea Prayer” by Khaled Hosseini; illustrated by Dan Williams (Riverhead, fiction, on sale Sept. 18)

What it’s about: An illustrated poem inspired by the story of Alan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned trying to find refuge in Europe in 2015 and whose photo became famous worldwide; by the author of “The Kite Runner.”

The buzz: “Hosseini’s story, aimed at readers of all ages, does not dwell on nightmarish fates; instead, its emotional power flows from the love of a father for his son,” says Publishers Weekly in a starred review.

2. Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster, nonfiction, on sale Sept. 18)

What it’s about: The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian looks at the leadership qualities of four presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.

The buzz: “Beautifully written … a strong and resonant addition to the literature of the presidency,” says Booklist.

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3. Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness (Viking, fiction, on sale Sept. 18)

What it’s about: Characters from the “All Souls” vampire trilogy return as Harkness tells the back stories of the de Clermont family.

The buzz: Harkness’ “The Book of Life” hit No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list in 2014.

4. “The Land of Stories: The Ultimate Book Hugger’s Guide” by Chris Colfer (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, fiction, ages 8-12, on sale Sept. 18)

What it’s about: The “Glee” stars offers a guidebook to his popular series starring twins Alex and Conner and their adventures with fairy tale characters.

The buzz: Colfer wrapped up his best-selling kids’ series last year, and now the first book, “The Wishing Spell,” is slated for the movies.

5. To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope by Jeanne Marie Laskas (Random House, nonfiction, on sale Sept. 18)

What it’s about: Tells the story of the 10 handpicked letters that President Barack Obama received each evening written by ordinary American citizens, chosen by his Office of Presidential Correspondence.

The buzz: “A good book for those seeking encouragement that someone in Washington might care,” says Kirkus Reviews.

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