With school back in session and the promise of cooler weather ahead, it's time to take a look at hotly anticipated novels set for publication in the coming weeks. Here are five:
1) " Mockingjay," by Suzanne Collins. Due in stores Tuesday, this is the final installment of Collins' "The Hunger Games" trilogy, about a teenage girl who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution against a futuristic regime.
2) " Freedom," by Jonathan Franzen. In his first novel since the highly acclaimed "The Corrections," Franzen writes an "epic of contemporary love and marriage," according to a synopsis at barnesandnoble.com. The book is due in stores on Aug. 30.
3) " Safe Haven," by Nicholas Sparks. The popular author writes about a mysterious young woman named Katie who struggles with a dark past even as she is drawn into a romantic relationship with a widower in a small North Carolina town. Set for release on Sept. 13.
4) " Fall of Giants," by Ken Follett. Described as a historical epic, this book is the first in a century-spanning trilogy about the major events leading up to and immediately beyond World War I. It's due out on Sept. 27.
5) " The Confession," by John Grisham. The author of "The Firm" and other bestsellers spins a tale about a murderer who stands by as another man is convicted of his crime, but decides four days before the man is to be executed to confess. His challenge is to convince lawyers, judges and politicians that they're about to execute the wrong person. The book is due in stores on Oct. 26.