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Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN AUGUST 2017
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Battlesong by Lian Tanner. Ed by Liz Szabla.
A conclusion to the trilogy that includes Sunker’s Deep finds Gwin endeavoring to rescue Papa from the devious Brother Poosk, while the crew of the Oyster and the Sunkers fight against the ruthless Devouts without their Sleeping Captain. Icebreaker Trilogy No. 3
Beast & Crown by Joel Ross
Tiring of life as a servant, sneaky Ji encourages his friends to risk everything by accompanying a young nobleman to the site of a magical ceremony where their kingdom’s heir will be identified, an expedition that reveals unexpected surprises. By the author of The Fog Diver.
Best. Night. Ever.: A Story Told From Seven Points of View by Rachele Alpine, et al.
A lighthearted novel written by seven authors about a group of classmates preparing for their middle-school dance describes how five students prepare to make the most of an epic night while two consider sacrificing anything to go.
Beyond Infinity by Martyn Ford
Breaking the rule about not removing his Imagination Box from his hotel room, Tim discovers that he is being followed by strangers who steal the box, forcing him to team up with friends and contacts from a top-secret scientific institution to save the Imagination Box from corruption of the worst possible kind. Imagination Box No. 2
Beyond the Doors by David Neilsen
When a family disaster causes the four Rothbaum siblings to relocate to the home of their aunt Gladys, their immediate encounters with their new
home’s scary qualities, from a four-story drawbridge to endless boxes of silly cereal, give way to revelations about their aunt’s secret activities. By the
author of Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom.
Bones of the Sun God by Peter Vegas
A follow-up to The Iron Tomb finds Sam Force traveling to Belize to investigate an ancient and evil secret society that challenges his efforts to uncover the truth behind his parents’ mysterious disappearance. Pyramid Hunters No. 2
Confessions From the Principal’s Kid by Robin Mellom
Treated like an outsider by classmates who think she will tattle on them, fifth-grader Allie, the daughter of the school principal, hangs out with other misfit students who are the children of the school’s teachers and resolves to join an elite math team of popular kids led by her former best friend.
The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky
Miranda, one of six elite kids training for the world’s first-ever mission to Mars, begins receiving death threats from hatemongers who do not consider her worthy, until a terror attack on the training base places the team and mission in Miranda’s hands.
The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo! by Stephen Bramucci. Illus by Arree Chung.
Resolving to prove himself in the wake of his parents’ kidnapping, 12-year-old adventurer Ronald Zupan teams up with his trusty butler, a fencing nemesis and his pet cobra for a mission in the jungle of Borneo, where they confront natural dangers before entering a pirate’s secret lair. Danger Gang No. 1
11 Before 12 by Lisa Greenwald
Best friends Kaylan and Arianna kick-start middle school with a list of 11 things they want to do to transform themselves, from makeovers and making guy friends to sharing candid conversations with their moms and helping humanity, before their shared 12th birthday party.
The Eye of the North by Sinéad O’Hart
Fleeing toward a safe house and protective allies in the wake of her scientist parents’ mysterious disappearance, Emmeline is kidnapped by the villainous Dr. Siegfried Bauer, who hopes to unleash a mystical creature in Greenland as part of a plot to control the world. A first novel.
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
When her first day at a new school is overshadowed by a clash with a queen bee and her dress code violating punk-rock clothes, 12-year-old Malú listens to her faraway dad’s advice and resolves to be herself by pursuing the interests she loves and standing up to an anti-punk administration. A first novel.
The Forever Court by Dave Rudden
Elevated to the rank of a true Knight in the wake of a shattered boundary between the human world and the world of the dark, Denizen is summoned to the sinister Forever Court and catapulted into battle at the same time he is challenged by a mysterious order of dark worshippers. Knights of the Borrowed Dark No. 2
The Friendship Code by Stacia Deutsch. Illus by Andrea Fernandez.
Looking forward to joining the new coding club at school so that she can develop her app idea, Lucy is disappointed by the lukewarm reception she gets from the club’s other members, who work with her to decipher mysterious coding notes that she starts receiving. By author of Mean Ghouls. Girls Who Code No. 1
Guardians of the Gryphon’s Claw by Todd Calgi Gallicano
Haunted by a dream of a mythical gryphon, Sam London is astonished to learn that mythological creatures are real and is recruited by an eccentric zoologist into a secret protective task force to safeguard magical animals from an adversary who wants to exploit their powers to overthrow humankind. Sam London Adventures No. 1
The Half-True Lies of Cricket Cohen by Catherine Lloyd Burns
Preferring science and excitement to a mundane autobiographical essay assignment, Cricket is persuaded by her mischievous grandmother to join her on a crosstown adventure through Manhattan that reveals how her grandmother’s fantasies are getting the better of her. By the author of The Good, the Bad & the Beagle.
Karma Khullar’s Mustache by Kristi Wientge
Struggling with her dadima’s death, her parents’ reversed roles and her best friend’s unexpected preference for a new friend, Karma Khullar prepares for middle school and is horrified to discover that she has grown faint hairs on her upper lip. A first novel.
Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske
A fifth-grader in a progressive New York City school navigates the challenges of a boy-crazy best friend, an overzealous partner in a school play and her obsessive-compulsive mother’s worsening condition. A first novel.
The Last Panther by Todd Mitchell
Possessing a secret ability to summon wild animals, 11-year-old Kiri embarks on a dangerous journey to save a last known Florida panther from her conservationist father, who wants to put the panther in a zoo, and village poachers, who would sell the panther to feed their families. By the author of The Traitor King.
Laugh Out Loud by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein. Illus by Jeff Ebbeler.
A book-loving boy who has impossible ideas about starting his very own book company relies on the support of friends and inspiration from his favorite stories to make his dream come true. By the award-winning authors of House of Robots.
The List by Patricia Forde
A Wordsmith’s apprentice responsible for safeguarding forbidden language in a neomedieval world where all but 500 sanctioned words are strictly censored uncovers a sinister plan to suppress all remaining language by robbing everyday citizens of their ability to speak, in a U.S. release of an award-winning book from Ireland.
The Losers Club by Andrew Clements
Made an example of by a strict principal who forbids reading in classes that require attentive participation, Alec starts a club of one, intending to devote whatever time he can to his favorite books, before he is unexpectedly joined by a crush and an ex-best friend turned bully. By the award-winning author of Frindle.
Lost Boys by Darcey Rosenblatt
Urged by his mother to enlist in the wake of a tragedy, 12-year-old Reza reluctantly joins the war effort in Iran, receiving reassurance of achieving paradise if he dies, before encountering the horrors of battle and finding himself in a prisoner-of-war camp, where inmates are tortured by their Iraqi guards.
Lucy and the Rocket Dog by Will Buckingham. Illus by Monica Arnaldo.
Building a Prototype I rocket ship in her backyard, space enthusiast Lucy is horrified when her beloved dog wanders into the ship and is rocketed into space, an accident that leads the dog on a wild adventure and compels Lucy’s lifelong scientific quest to bring her dog home.
Monsterland by James Crowley
Preferring to spend Halloween alone after losing his cousin, Charlie runs into the woods to escape a band of candy-stealing bullies and follows a kid who eerily resembles his cousin before finding himself in a mysterious world of monsters who offer to help him see his cousin again. By the author of Starfish.
My Little Pony: The Movie by Hasbro
Youngsters are invited to join Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rarity and Fluttershy in a series of books, written for various reading levels, that are based on the new My Little Pony: The Movie, opening in theaters in October of 2017!
No Rules by R. A. Spratt. Illus by Phil Gosier.
When Highcrest Academy is thrown into chaos by a prank involving the expulsion of all of the teachers, Friday Barnes confronts the questionable behavior of a new vice principal while struggling to prove the innocence of her smitten nemesis, Ian Wainscott. Friday Barnes No. 4
No Way Out by Dan Poblocki
Poppy, Dash, Azumi and Dylan manage to escape sinister Shadow House only to confront the nightmarish challenges of its grounds, where they flee from an awakened shadow creature and discover they are being hunted by someone they thought was a friend. By the author of The Stone Child. Shadow House No. 3
Olive and the Backstage Ghost by Michelle Schusterman
Running away after freezing up during a theater camp audition, Olive finds herself at a beautiful old theater that inspires her to sing on its stage before a glamorous actress who overhears her recruits her into a cast of eclectic misfits for an increasingly unsettling, history-inspired production. By the author of the Kat Sinclair Files.
Pablo and Birdy by Alison McGhee. Illus by Ana Juan.
A boy who drifted into the seaside town of Isla as a baby searches for answers about where he and his mysterious parrot came from. By the bestselling author of Someday.
Paddington Goes to Town by Michael Bond. Illus by Peggy Fortnum.
Paddington, the little bear from Darkest Peru, encounters nothing but trouble when he serves guests at a dinner party, visits a hospital and joins a wedding party.
Patrick Griffin’s First Birthday on Ith by Ned Rust
Patrick and Oma travel in the company of a protective griffin to foil Ith’s plot to destroy Earth, while jackalope Mr. BunBun and his numbat companions race to warn humans of impending doom. By the co-author of Witch and Wizard: The Gift. Patrick Griffin and the Three Worlds No. 2
The Professor and the Puzzle by Carolyn Keene
Attending the annual Greek mythology gala at Oracle College, Nancy, Bess and George race to assist when a student falls from a balcony in the middle of her speech, an accident the sleuthing trio links to collegiate sabotage. Nancy Drew Diaries No. 15
Promise Keeper by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
A debut entry in a Guardian Herd story arc finds the members of the newly formed Storm Herd seeking a peaceful home away from Anok only to encounter a land of deadly humans and monsters, before a gentle boy helps herd leader Echofrost navigate a perilous conflict and a difficult choice. The Guardian Herd: Dark Water Trials No. 1
A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander. Illus by Kelly Murphy
Reluctantly moving with her librarian mother to the world’s only ghost-free town, Rosa teams up with local kid Jasper, the son of Renaissance Festival performers, to appease angry spirits who thunder into the quiet community. By the National Book Award-winning author of Goblin Secrets.
The Real Us by Tommy Greenwald. Ed by Lauren Burniac. Illus by J. P. Coovert.
Marginalized by peers who value attractiveness and popularity more than anything else, two misfits become the only students who do not turn against their school’s queen bee when she develops an embarrassing blemish on the night of a school dance. By the author of the Charlie Joe Jackson series.
Room of Shadows by Ronald Kidd
Struggling with anger issues after the departure of his father, David Cray gets into a fight and is grounded in his creepy new house, where he discovers a secret room with an old-fashioned desk, a chest and a raven before experiencing violent dreams with themes from the stories of Edgar Allan Poe.
Royal Crush by Meg Cabot
Anticipating her 13th birthday at the same time her older half-sister, Mia, prepares to give birth to twins, Olivia reluctantly anticipates the Royal School Winter Games while navigating the challenges posed by her imperious Grandmère, her snobby cousin’s complaints and gossip about her relationship with Prince Khalil. From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess No. 3
School of Secrets: Lonnie’s Warrior Sword by Jessica Brody
A latest entry in the popular chapter book series continues the mysterious and magical adventures of Mal and her School of Secrets friends as well as the new Villain and Auradon kids. Disney Descendants series
The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade by Jordan Sonnenblick
Struggling with bullies, pranksters and critical teachers while navigating the challenges of sixth grade, Maverick begins carrying around a toy badge left to him by his late sheriff father, whose memory inspires him to try to make school a better place for everyone.
The Silver Mask by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
A latest entry in the series that includes The Copper Gauntlet and The Iron Trial continues the magical adventures of Call and his friends in the Magisterium. Co-written by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Doll Bones. Magisterium No. 4
The Stone Cold Age by Jeffrey Brown
Finding their cave home overcrowded with humans, Neanderthal siblings Lucy and Andy resume their mischievous pranks in an effort to secure more leg room, in a second entry in the riotous graphic novel series by the best-selling author of the Jedi Academy series. Lucy and Andy Neanderthal No. 2
Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari
A 12-year-old girl learns to navigate the challenges of middle school and shifting friendships, while at home her older sister recovers from an eating disorder that has affected their entire family.
Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley
Two descendants of a cursed family whose hapless encounter with a golden swamp gator centuries earlier has consigned them to lives of hopeless bad luck attempt to reclaim their rightful destinies on a quest that forces them to consider if the story is pure legend. By the award-winning author of Circus Mirandus.
Unschooled by Allan Woodrow
When their beleaguered principal announces a Spirit Week competition that he hopes will impart the value of teamwork, fifth-grade best friends and team leaders George and Lilly resolve to stay true to both the competition and each other when their classes become rivals.
Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos by Lulu Delacre
A latest collection by the award-winning author of Salsa Stories includes the tales of a girl who has a surprising day of work on her father’s burrito truck, two sisters who work to change one’s immigration status and a Texas boy who struggles to overcome the prejudices of his Border Patrol family.
The Van Gogh Deception by Deron R. Hicks
Discovered in Washington D.C.’s National Gallery with no memory of who he is, a young boy begins a high-stakes race to piece together disjointed clues about his origins while using his limited knowledge to prevent one of the greatest art frauds ever committed, in a story complemented by QR codes about depicted masterpieces.
Vanished! by James Ponti
Florian, kid assistant to the director of the FBI, is challenged to uncover the truth behind a series of middle school pranks that may or may not involve the daughter of the president of the United States. Framed! No. 2
The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy by M. A. Larson
A conclusion to the trilogy that includes The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy finds Evie and Maggie ambushed by witches who nearly prevent their return to the Academy, where a full-scale attack and dwindling supplies challenge their efforts to bring the princesses and knights to safety. Pennyroyal Academy No. 3
Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors. Illus by Barbara Fisinger.
An exuberant little dog and a disdainful guinea pig who become housemates in a newly blended family are challenged to overcome respective
differences in a first entry of a new series told from alternating perspectives.
The Witch’s Glass by Holly Grant. Illus by Josie Portillo.
A young descendant of a family at the center of an evil wizard’s curse that triggered a terrible magical war centuries earlier teams up with an adventurous band of friends to decipher clues to opening an unbreakable glass cabinet in the hope of solving the mystery of her grandfather’s disappearance. League of Beastly Dreadfuls No. 3
The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine by Frank L. Cole
Winning a contest to be the first kids to ride a fantastic new roller coaster, a prankster, a kid being pushed by his ambitious father, a girl with a disapproving grandfather and a self-proclaimed genius discover that there is more to the group, and the roller coaster, than they realized.