Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN APRIL 2018
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Atomic Frenchie: Sit. Stay. Rule by Tom Sniegoski. Illus by Tom McWeeney.
A freakishly intelligent and ruthlessly ambitious French Bulldog with a serious Napoleon complex stumbles on a forgotten secret laboratory and hatches dreams of planetary conquest before his plans are challenged by evil library robots, supernatural cat ladies and super-powered mail carriers. Atomic Frenchie No. 1
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The Battle of Junk Mountain by Lauren Abbey Greenberg
When her summer plans are overshadowed by her once-BFF’s new interest in boys and her grandmother’s escalating hoarding problems, 12-year-old Shayne bonds with the Civil War-enthusiast boy next door, whose own secret risks the wrath of his tough-as-nails lobsterman grandfather. A first novel.
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Black Panther Adventures by Joe Caramagna
In a series of high-action adventures, the Fantastic Four trigger an international incident when they acquire a shipment of the uncanny Vibranium metal found only in T’Challa’s homeland; Hawkeye and Panther have trouble trusting each other when they become unlikely partners; and T’Challa and the Hulk team up to stop Hydra’s Madbomb plot.
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The Boy Who Went Magic by A. P. Winter
Centuries after the mages of his world were outlawed and destroyed by the royal family, young orphan Bert endures a chain of inexplicable mishaps before he is rescued by a plucky girl adventurer and a mysterious professor, who must elude a ruthless prince in their efforts to restore magic.
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Bugging Out by John Kloepfer. Illus by Mark Oliver.
A sequel to Monsters Unleashed finds Freddie Liddle, his friends and their pet monsters working to stop an invasion of slimy, disgusting, self-replicating bugs that have been 3D printed and unleashed by Freddie’s troublemaking classmate, Trevor. By the author of the Zombie Chasers series. Monsters Unleashed No. 2
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Burning Magic by Joshua Khan
A conclusion to the trilogy that includes Dream Magic finds “witch queen” Lily and bat-rider extraordinaire Thorn swept up by a royal murder and an ensuing battle for the throne, a conflict that leads to shocking revelations about Lily’s life and a quest to find a phoenix that may save the sultanate. Shadow Magic No. 3
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Charles M. Schulz’ Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz & Jason Cooper. Illus by Vicki Scott & Paige Braddock.
A latest compilation of top-selected Charlie Brown comic-book adventures celebrates the series’ cultural endurance while introducing a new generation of fans to everyone’s favorite round-headed kid-next-door as he persists in trying to kick a football, fly a kite and make sense of the world.
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Charlie and Frog by Karen Kane
Left once again with his grandparents while his parents launch their latest effort to save the world, Charlie Tickler befriends hearing-impaired Frog, who becomes his partner in a quest to uncover the truth about a missing woman’s efforts to communicate a mysterious message in American Sign Language. Charlie and Frog No. 1
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Clash in the Underwater World by Danica Davidson
The author of Escape From the Overworld presents a latest entry in the Unofficial Overworld Heroes Adventure series, pitting multicultural Minecraft character Stevie against a formidable assembly of underwater monsters. Unofficial Overworld Heroes Adventures No. 4
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Class Action by Steven B. Frank
Fed up with endless tasks that keep him busy every day through bedtime, sixth-grader Sam Warren is suspended for an act of rebellion at school and recruits a retired attorney neighbor to help him fi le a class-action lawsuit to spread the message that homework is unconstitutional.
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Code Word Courage by Kirby Larson
Sharing a last weekend with her older brother before he leaves for the front during World War II, Billie, who has lived on her great-aunt’s ranch since her mother’s passing, bonds with Navajo Marine Denny and his injured stray, Bear, while learning about Denny’s war contributions as a Navajo Code Talker. Dogs of World War II series
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The Creature of the Pines by Adam Gidwitz, Jesse Casey & Chris Lenox Smith. Illus by Hatem Aly.
Preferring to read instead of facing the challenges of being the new kid at school in a class with an eccentric professor, Elliot and his outspoken friend, Uchenna, are caught up in a secret group of adventurers whose goal is to protect and defend the world’s mythical creatures, tackling during their first mission a duo of conniving billionaires who seek to capture a Jersey Devil. Unicorn Rescue Society No. 1
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The Crimson Serpent by Dan Jolley
A conclusion to the epic series that began with The Emerald Tablet and The Shadow City finds Gabe and his friends banding together with unexpected allies to combat the nightmarish consequences of the merger between Arcadia and San Francisco. Five Elements No. 3
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The Crooked Castle by Sarah Jean Horwitz
Invited to experience a mysterious magical flying circus after saving the fairies of Skemantis, magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III and his faerie companion, Grit, discover that there is something very wrong about the circus and that recent airship disasters may reveal a sinister truth. Carmer and Grit No. 2
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Curveball by Derek Jeter with Paul Mantell
A latest entry in the best-selling series inspired by the early life of iconic New York Yankee Derek Jeter finds young Derek spending the summer with his grandparents in Pequannock Township, New Jersey. Jeter Publishing No. 5
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Deep Water: A Story of Survival by Watt Key
Taking over for her ailing father as a scuba-diving guide for two clients, 12-year-old Julie finds herself in a fight for survival when her charges disregard her instructions and cause a dangerous accident that strands them in frigid, shark-infested waters.
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The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz
Dismayed when his family moves to a rural community that is missing the things he loves about city life, Tristan, a talented young baker, learns about a famous local recipe for doughnuts that has not been prepared in years and aspires to start a new business that proves to be more challenging than anticipated. A first novel.
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The Doughnut Whodunit by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar Children investigate a trendy new doughnut shop that is stealing popular recipes from a longtime store in Greenfield. Boxcar Children Mysteries No. 146
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The Dragon’s Eye by Sarwat Chadda
The four heroes of Erdas become fugitives on the run in a latest entry in the best-selling series that began with Immortal Guardians. Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts No. 8
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Drama at Mouseford by Thea Stilton
When the headmaster and teachers decide to stage a performance of William Squeakspeare’s favorite play, Mouseo & Juliet, to celebrate Mouse Academy’s 600th anniversary, the Thea Sisters all want the part of Juliet, as does their rival, Ruby Flashyfur. Thea Stilton Mouseford Academy No. 1
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Ebb and Flow by Heather T. Smith
A poignant story told in free verse traces the experiences of a secretive 11-year-old who in the wake of his father’s imprisonment attempts to start over in a new town before a series of bad decisions leads to the tragic betrayal of a friend and a summer spent with an unconventional grandparent.
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Escape From Castaway Island by Constance Lombardo
A conclusion to the trilogy that includes Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars finds Mr. Puffball landing a leading role on an island-themed reality show, where he uses his wits, killer stunt moves and big, dramatic heart to conquer wilderness challenges in the hopes of securing red-carpet fame. Mr. Puffball No. 3
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Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen & Laurie Morrison
A tale told half in prose and half in verse follows the efforts of two friends whose bond and perspectives change when one, the dedicated sister of a brother on the autism spectrum, tries to get the other to participate in a Robin Hood scheme to raise money for autistic kids who cannot afford quality care.
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Facing the Storm by Ginger Zee
A young weather enthusiast with an unusual name that means “to spin” distracts herself from her private worries during a long horseback ride that is interrupted by a life-changing storm. Chasing Helicity No. 1
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Fluttershy Balances the Scales by Sadie Chesterfield
A latest entry in the film-inspired series that includes Rainbow Dash Rights the Ship features Fluttershy in the underwater world of Seaquestria. My Little Pony: Beyond Equestria No. 5
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Following Baxter by Barbara Kerley
Thrilled when a professor and her magically perceptive dog move into the empty house next door, 11-year-old Jordie and her younger brother, TJ, become assistants in the professor’s lab before embarking on a daring rescue mission using the professor’s secret teleporter. By the award-winning author of A Home for Mr. Emerson.
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A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox & M. Shelley Coats
A fifth-grade newcomer to an unusual seaside town wonders about the region’s eccentricities, from bottomless coves and endless piers to school lockers at the bottom of the swimming pool, in a story told through news articles, surveys, notifi cations and more. Co-written by the author of the I Heart Band series. Secrets of Topsea series
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Furious Fowl by Paul Tobin. Illus by Corrado Mastantuono.
A collection of Angry Birds adventures starring such fan-favorite characters as Red, Chuck, Bomb and the Bad Piggies collects a new season of comics as originally created by some of today’s leading contributors. By the Eisner Award-winning author of Bandette. Angry Bird Comics
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A Girl in the Himalayas by David Jesus Vignolli
Brought to a magical sanctuary hidden beyond the Himalaya mountains for her own safety, a young girl is welcomed by her immortal hosts and must prove herself to be a capable human when her presence threatens the sanctuary’s peaceful environment.
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The Girl With More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass
Imagining that she has a new heart growing inside of her that speaks to her in the encouraging voice of her recently deceased father, Briana begins to see her world with new eyes that help her navigate difficult adjustments with her equally grieving relatives, in her school pursuits and in a possible new romance. By the award-winning author of Sign of the Qin.
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The Golden Paw by Jason Lethcoe
Having been named Keymaster of the mysterious Jungle Explorers’ Society, Andy Stanley finds his new leadership challenged during a mission to secure a legendary artifact more powerful than any the Society has tried to recover before. Tales From Adventureland No. 2
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Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay
A voice-driven, middle-grade novel set in Jamaica follows the experiences of a boy from a long line of fishermen who stumbles upon the activities of a violent dolphin smuggling ring while searching for his grandfather who went missing during a fishing trip.
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Hero Rising by Shane Hegarty
A conclusion to the tween fantasy series that includes Chaos Descends finds reluctant Legend Hunter Finn struggling with conflicted ambitions when a high-scale attack by Legend threatens Darkmouth. Darkmouth No. 4
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The Heroes’ Journey by Marvel
A middle-grade novelization of the Spring 2018 film finds the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man on a collision course with Thanos, in an adaptation that represents the climactic end to the blockbuster crossover series.
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How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens by Paul Noth
The acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist presents a first entry in an offbeat series about the son of a wacky inventor whose family of test-subject sisters is forced to live in a greedy grandma’s mansion basement before the boy accidentally sells the entire family to aliens.
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Into the Nightfell Wood by Kristin Bailey
A follow-up to The Silver Gate finds Wynn and Elric struggling to adapt to the complications of life under the strict protection of a benevolent Fairy Queen, whose grief over her long-lost child is weakening her protective shield around the kingdom, making it vulnerable to the Grendel’s forces.
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The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Living on an island in the Philippines for people with leprosy so that she can help care for her mother, Ami is sent to live in an orphanage by a malicious government official and finds a strange and fragile hope in a colony of butterflies that she hopes can lead her back home.
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Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl by Debbi Michiko Florence. Illus by Elizabet Vukovic.
Excitedly scrambling to come up with an idea for the school talent show, spunky 8-year-old Jasmine dismisses her talents for treeclimbing and mochi-making as inappropriate for a school performance and wonders if she can become skilled enough at playing a traditional Japanese taiko drum to make a show-worthy appearance. Jasmine Toguchi No. 3
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Johnny Quick by Barry Lyga
A follow-up to Hocus Pocus finds Barry Allen continuing his efforts to protect Central City from harm, encountering in the second series entry a new evil lurking beneath the city streets. By the best-selling author of the I Hunt Killers series. The Flash No. 2
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Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens
A new term at Deepdean School for Girls is turned upside-down by the bullying Prefects surrounding a mean-spirited new Head Girl, whose murder during the fireworks display on Bonfire Night catapults Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong into another mystery. Wells & Wong Mysteries
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Journey to the End by Greyson Mann
Will and Mina share a final adventure as they prepare for an ultimate battle against the Ender Dragon. By the author of the Creeper Diaries. Secrets of an Overworld Survivor: An Unofficial Minecraft Novel No. 6
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The Last of the Lost Boys by N. D. Wilson
Alex, the son of a future Sam and Glory, discovers his relationship to his favorite time-traveling heroes before he is transformed by the Vulture’s master into the powerful villain El Terremento, in a conclusion to the best-selling series that began with The Legend of Sam Miracle. By the author of the 100 Cupboards trilogy. Outlaws of Time No. 3
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The Lifters by Dave Eggers
When his difficult-to-impress friend opens a doorway to an extraordinary underground network of tunnels and passageways that run directly below their community, 12-year-old Gran embarks on a fantastical adventure to protect the town from mysterious forces running throughout the network. By the Pulitzer-nominated author of The Circle.
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Lou Lou and Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza by Jill Diamond. Illus by Lesley Vamos.
Busily preparing for their city’s 200th birthday celebration, which is being hosted in their own community of El Corazón, BFFs Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock Pearl sense trouble when the vice-mayor of a rival city argues that the festivities belong to his community, citing a mysterious diary as evidence. Lou Lou and Pea No. 2
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Love Double Dutch! by Doreen Spicer-Dannelly
When her dreams of competing in the double Dutch nationals are shattered by her parents’ marital difficulties and the need to spend the summer at a relative’s home in North Carolina, Brooklyn middle-schooler MaKayla is ecstatic to discover the popularity of double Dutch in the South and must stand up to a snooty cousin and diva rivals to build a winning team.
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Lucky’s Diary by Stacia Deutsch
A latest entry in the diary-format series inspired by the Oscar-nominated Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron continues the adventures and musings of young heroine, Lucky Prescott.
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Lulu Is Getting a Sister by Judith Viorst. Illus by Kevin Cornell.
Horrified when her parents announce that she is going to have a baby sister, an indignant Lulu reluctantly attends big-sister training at Camp Sisterhood, where she is assigned to practice being a big sister to a range of younger kids whom she taunts, teases and tricks until some of the brothers-in-training at the camp start to bully her charges. Lulu No. 4
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Maggie & Abby’s Neverending Pillow Fort by William C. Taylor
Talking her reluctant best friend into building an amazing pillow fort, Maggie discovers a secret tunnel at the back of the fort that leads to a massive network of linked-up pillow and sofa forts spanning the globe and under the control of disapproving kids who challenge Maggie to pass outrageous network entrance requirements at the risk of losing her link forever.
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Marc’s Mission by Jocko Willink. Illus by Jon Bozak.
A more empowered Marc uses what he learned from his Navy SEAL uncle the preceding summer about finding his inner strength and conquering his fears to help another kid who needs a boost. By the best-selling author of Extreme Ownership. Way of the Warrior Kid No. 2
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Mouselets In Danger by Thea Stilton
At the Mouseford Academy, the Thea Sisters are learning cool survival techniques, but will that be enough to get them through a perilous night in the woods? Thea Stilton Mouseford Academy No. 3
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Monsters at Midnight by Jeremy Lambert. Illus by Chris Fenoglio.
A long-awaited original Goosebumps graphic novel traces the story of Mia and Ginny, who while staying at their grandmother’s mothball-fi lled house for the summer venture into a dusty used bookstore only to find themselves in an upside-down world of terror. Goosebumps series
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My Life As a Youtuber by Janet Tashjian. Illus by Jake Tashjian.
Aspiring to create a web series with his friends, Derek rapidly discovers that online stardom can be a lot of work, a challenge that is complicated by his efforts to keep his foster monkey, Frank, from departing for monkey college. By the creators of the Einstein the Pet Hamster series. My Life series
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Nick the Sidekick by Dave Whamond
The syndicated cartoonist behind Reality Check presents the comic-illustrated story of a reluctant sidekick who longs to step out of the shadow of Super Fantastic Guy and prove himself a superhero in his own right, a dream that he hopes to achieve when he overhears a band of criminals planning a big-scale bank heist.
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Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien
Dreaming of becoming a legend of wu liu, the deadly and beautiful art of martial arts figure skating, Peasprout Chen becomes one of the first students from the rural country of Shin to attend the famous Pearl Academy of Skate and Sword, where she and her younger brother become top competitors before Peasprout is wrongly blamed by rivals for an act of vandalism. A first novel.
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The Pompeii Disaster by Dan Gutman
Traveling through time to photograph the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, the Flashback Four find themselves racing to get back home safely before they become a part of ancient history. Flashback Four No. 3
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Rainbow Dash Brings the Blitz by Arden Hayes
A latest entry in the series based on the popular My Little Pony spin-off movies finds the Equestria Girls relying on the strength of their friendship to guide them through the highs and lows of student life and magic at Canterlot High. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls No. 10
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Rebound by Kwame Alexander
A dynamic prequel-inverse to the Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover introduces readers to Josh and Jordan Bell’s father, Chuck, who as a young man visits his grandparents during a formative summer that shapes his love of jazz music and basketball.
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The Reckless Rescue by Adrienne Kress
In a sequel to The Door in the Alley, Evie teams up with famous explorer Catherine Lind to rescue Sebastian from a trio of troublesome thugs, a quest that is shaped by ongoing threats against Evie’s grandfather and an encounter with another Filipendulous Five member. Explorers No. 2
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Redemption by Mark Walden
Struggling to come to terms with his Illuminate powers after the death of his father, Sam follows a compelling summons to an ancient, living spaceship called the Voidborn that Sam hopes will help him defeat the Vore, before he discovers its mysterious agenda. Earthfall Trilogy No. 3
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Rescue by Jessie Haas
Clashing with a new friend who harbors provocative views about animal rights, global warming and responsible farming, a shy Vermont sheep farmer’s daughter begins questioning and defending her family’s livelihood and must stand up to her friend in the wake of an act of reckless vigilante activism. By the award-winning author of Sharper.
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The Ring of Honor by Sarah L. Thomson
Visiting New York City to search for the third Founding Fathers key, middle-school geniuses Sam, Martina and Theo follow clues, solve puzzles and navigate traps related to Alexander Hamilton in the hopes of outpacing dangerous enemy Gideon Arnold, who has kidnapped their chaperone, Evangeline. By the award-winning author of Dragon’s Egg. Secrets of the Seven No. 3
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River of Fire by Erin Hunter
The hoped-for peace among the fi ve warrior Clans in the aftermath of Darktail’s defeat is thrown into turmoil by simmering tensions and hardships that threaten to tear apart ShadowClan. By the best-selling author of the Seekers series. Warriors: A Vision of Shadows No. 5
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Road Trip With Max and His Mom by Linda Urban. Illus by Katie Kath.
A companion to Weekends With Max and His Dad finds third-grader Max embarking on a road trip with his mother to visit with cousins at a fun-filled amusement park, a trip that is overshadowed by Max’s worries about leaving his father behind and his feelings of trepidation about a tall roller coaster.
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Running Through Sprinklers by Michelle Kim
When one of them skips a grade and proceeds to high school, the lifelong best friendship between Sara and Nadine begins to slip away, causing Sara to think nostalgically about earlier times and explore herself as an individual for the first time. A first novel.
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Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick. Illus by Thomas Taylor.
The orphaned daughter of a family of monster hunters resolves to carry on her parents’ work and take out the corrupt hunter who killed her parents despite her youth and lack of licensing by the monster hunters union, a goal she pursues with the help of a loyal butler and a cache of high-tech gadgets.
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Seeker of the Crown by Ruth Lauren
A follow-up to Prisoner of Ice and Snow finds Valor and her rescued twin, Sasha, helping their desperate queen track down the missing princess Anastasia, a situation that turns chaotic when the queen also disappears. Prisoner of Ice and Snow No. 2
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Spring Shine Sparkles by Jennifer Castle
Preparing a fun-filled weekend to share with a visiting best friend from her former hometown, Addie is sad to learn that her friend has been struggling with self-esteem challenges that they navigate while helping a new butterfly, whose colorless, blank wings suggest that she has no magic. By the award-winning author of The Beginning of After. Butterfly Wishes No. 4
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The Stone Girl’s Story by Sarah Beth Durst
Brought to life by the stories etched into her body, a girl made of living stone worries that time is eroding her vital marks and embarks on a complex search for a stonemason to recarve them before uncovering a scheme endangering all stone creatures.
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Sunny by Jason Reynolds
A latest entry in the popular series by the National Book Award nominee focuses on Sunny, who behind his friendly smile blames himself for his mother’s death in childbirth while trying to earn his distant father’s approval by winning races, until a family fallout compels him to augment his track performance using skills from a new dance class. Track No. 3
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Tales From a Not-So-Happy Birthday by Rachel Renée Russell
Nikki Maxwell’s adventures continue in the latest installment in the bestselling series that includes Tales From a Not-So-Perfect Secret Crush Catastrophe. Dork Diaries No. 13
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Team Players by Mike Lupica
When a girl on the autistic spectrum with amazing softball skills but limited social capabilities joins the team, Cassie struggles to help the girl fi t in among jaded teammates who are more interested in an upcoming tournament, a situation that forces Cassie to learn that it is not always possible to fi x other people. By the best-selling author of Million-Dollar Throw. Home Team No. 4
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Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain by Zac Gorman. Illus by Sam Bosma.
Thisby Thestoop, the gamekeeper for the Black Mountain dungeon, becomes an unlikely heroine when the prince and princess of the land of Nth arrive for a Royal Inspection and wind up lost among the griffins, trolls and other fantastical beasts dwelling in the dungeon’s dark and winding tunnels. Thisby Thestoop No. 1
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Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce. Illus by Edith.
An evocative graphic-novel adaptation of the award-winning classic follows a young boy’s fantastical encounters in a garden from another time, where he shares a friendship that transcends age alongside a lonely girl who grows a bit older with every subsequent visit. By the author of Mrs. Cockle’s Cat.
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The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow by Jan Thornhill
A sumptuously illustrated history of the often-reviled House Sparrow shares insights into its adaptability and recently declining numbers, tracing the species’ origins in the Middle East and its spread with the growth of agriculture throughout India, North Africa and Europe before it was deliberately introduced in America.
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The Unflushables by Ron Bates. Foreword by James Patterson.
Having always admired Nitro City’s plumbers as the wrench-wielding warrior guards of the sewers, 13-year-old Sully Stringfellow becomes the champion of his heroes when the powerful Ironwater Corporation ejects the plumbers as part of a sinister scheme involving mutant creatures and burrito-festival mishaps.
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Waste of Space by Stuart Gibbs
A conclusion to the best-selling series that includes Spaced Out finds Dash Gibson pulled away from the calm, quiet life he seeks on Moon Base Alpha to investigate the mysterious poisoning of multibillionaire Lars Sjoburg. By the best-selling author of the Spy School series. Moon Base Alpha No. 3
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Wedgie & Gizmo vs. the Toof by Suzanne Selfors. Illus by Barbara Fisinger.
When Wedgie befriends the micropig next door and decides to enter the Pet Parade with her, a jealous Gizmo, who knows himself to be smarter than most supervillains and more powerful than Darth Vader, orders a flying machine online and plots to unleash a secret army of guinea pigs at the pet parade. Wedgie & Gizmo No. 2
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The Wishing-Well Spell by Holly Anna. Illus by Genevieve Santos.
When Daisy Dreamer’s “totally true imaginary friend” Posey casts a special wishing-well spell, the innumerable wishes cast in the well by their neighbors start coming true in very unexpected ways. Daisy Dreamer No. 6
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The Wither King by Mark Cheverton
Watcher confronts a dangerous wither king in the first book of a new unofficial Far Lands Minecrafter adventure trilogy by the best-selling author of the Gameknight999 series. Wither War: Far Lands Adventures No. 1
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Worlds Apart by James Riley
A conclusion to the best-selling series finds a split Bethany experiencing dual fiction and nonfiction lives in separate realms, while Owen becomes trapped in a dystopian reality five years in the future, where his limited imagination becomes vital to survival. Story Thieves No. 5
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You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
Connected only by their online Scrabble game, 12-year-old Charlotte, an aspiring geologist from Philadelphia, and 11-year-old Ben, a recycling enthusiast in small-town Louisiana, discover their common gifts during a week that causes their lives to intersect in unexpected ways. By the award-winning author of Blackbird Fly.
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