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Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2017
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Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up by Jessica Brody
Looking forward to growing up even though her parents will not let her have her own phone and her best friend isn’t the least bit interested in makeup or boys, seventh-grader Addie Bell wakes up to discover that she is four years older and that being a teen may not be quite what she expected. By the author of the Unremembered trilogy.
Adventure Time: The Brain Robbers by Josh Trujillo. Created by Pendleton Ward. Illus by Phil Murphy & Zachary Sterling.
When Lumpy Space Princess summons Tree Trunks out of a mysterious retirement to help her through the most important moment of her life, Finn and Jake secretly tag along to offer protection but discover that more is going on than they realized. Adventure Time Original Graphic Novels No. 9
Ally’s Mad Mystery by Jessica Brody
The School of Secrets series of chapter books based on the Disney hit movie, Descendants, continues the story of Mal and her friends, and features new Villain kids and Auradon kids that were introduced in the popular Wicked World short form videos. Disney Descendants School of Secrets No. 3
Attack of the Bayport Beast by Franklin W. Dixon
When their summer is marked by more claims of sasquatch sightings than usual, an ensuing media blitz prompts Frank and Joe to investigate the truth, an effort that is complicated when some of their friends are attacked by a furry creature. Hardy Boys Adventures No. 14
Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur vs. Manny Reyes Kid Entrepreneur by Luke Sharpe. Illus by Graham Ross.
Preparing to roll out his next great invention, Manny enlists Billy to be his associate only to discover that Billy has his own considerable talents as an innovator. Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur No. 11
Blueberry Pancakes Forever by Angelica Banks
Grieving the passing of Denis McGillycuddy, Tuesday and her famous author mother, Serendipity Smith, comfort each other through their dreadful loss, while in the land of story, Vivienne Small confronts a terrible villain in a world frozen by a perpetual winter. Finding Serendipity No. 3
Bone Jack by Sara Crowe
Enduring difficult challenges in his northern England home, including his father’s PTSD and an outbreak of disease that has decimated local livestock, Ash trains for a legendary race to restore his father’s spirits only to be confronted by terrible forces of magic at the boundary between the worlds of life and death.
The Bone Snatcher by Charlotte Salter
Working as a servant in a dilapidated house surrounded by sea monsters, an abandoned girl endures danger and exploitation before her employers’ nephew offers to help her escape in exchange for finding a dangerous relic with ties to a years-long mystery. A first novel.
Boom Boom Mushroom by Paul Tobin. Illus by Jacob Chabot, et al. Created by Popcap Games & EA Games.
When brainy Patrice, daredevil Nathan and a batch of bold plants discover Zamboss’ nefarious plan to use a zombie army to swallow up everyone living above ground, the heroic team races against time to fi nd a powerful mushroom to save the city. Plants vs. Zombies No. 6
Boy X by Dan Smith
Waking up in a medical facility on a remote tropical island, Ash McCarthy, the son of a scientist and a soldier, embarks on a 24-hour race for answers about the nature of his captors and a mysterious chemical that has been injected into him.
Calico Girl by Jerdine Nolen
Enduring slavery through the American Civil War, 12-year-old Callie and her family look forward to freedom and becoming educated when the State of Virginia ratifies the Contraband Law in 1861, granting a measure of safety for runaways.
The Castle in the Mist by Amy Ephron
Looking for excitement during a boring summer in the English countryside, Tess discovers a hidden castle where wishes come true and carnival games are in abundance before discovering that her family and friends are at risk of being trapped in a world of sinister hawthorn trees. A first novel.
The Doll’s Eye by Marina Cohen
Discovering a glass eye in the empty attic of a new home where she lives with her dull stepfather and annoying stepbrother, Hadley meets an eccentric baker before finding a doll house replica of her own home and making a wish that changes everything she knows to be true.
Dragon Captives by Lisa McMann
A debut entry in a spin-off series to The Unwanteds follows the adventures of identical twins Fifer and Thisbe, whose amazing but uncontrolled magical abilities cause a terrible accident before they are enslaved by the evil ruler of the dragon land. Unwanteds Quests No. 1
Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary E. Lambert
Struggling to keep her friends at arm’s length so that they will not discover her mother’s painful hoarding disorder, Annabelle is challenged to confront the severity of the situation when her sister is injured, her father leaves, her grandmother steps in to help and she develops a first crush. A first novel.
Finders Keepers by Peter Speakman & Michael Galvin
Awakening a centuries-frozen immortal sorcerer in their effort to defeat the evil genie Xaru, Parker and his friends travel the globe to collect the pieces of a powerful ancient relic to prevent the sorcerer from taking over the world. Rebels of the Lamp No. 2
The Forbidden Fortress by Diana Peterfreund
Frustrated by her mother’s plan to move the family across the country and her conspiracy-theorist father’s latest endeavor, Gillian is invited to visit a mysterious technological organization, where she and her friends discover evidence of sinister Shepherd activities. Omega City No. 2
Found by S. A. Bodeen
Upon the return of a time-traveling adversary who is the only other person who knows about their island, Sarah Robinson is challenged to save her shipwrecked family from his plan to claim the treasure he seeks and leave the Robinsons stranded. Shipwreck Island No. 4
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
Suffering from a severe obsessive-compulsive disorder that prevents him from going to school and subjects him to terrible episodes, Matthew is challenged to step outside of his insular world when he realizes he is the last person who saw a missing toddler. A first novel.
Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams. Illus by Tony Ross.
When his World War II pilot grandfather becomes confused and needs to live in a retirement home, young Jack plots his grandfather’s wacky escape from a sinister matron. By the National Book Award-winning author of Demon Dentist.
The Great Big Boom by Judd Winick
Venturing through a mysterious portal to rescue Gina, D.J. and Hilo team up with magical warrior cat Polly to confront bad guys, worse food and an angry mom. Hilo No. 3
The House of Months and Years by Emma Trevayne
Moving to the home of her late aunt and uncle when her parents become her cousins’ guardians, Amelia is challenged to stop a powerful creature from stealing the family’s warmest memories. By the author of Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times.
Into the Shadows by Erin Hunter. Illus by Laszlo Kubinyi & Julia Green.
When the Wild Pack discovers that a traitor is in their midst, the ensuing tensions and suspicions threaten the precarious peace among the survivors, challenging protective Storm to do whatever she can to keep everyone safe. Survivors No. 3
It’s a Mystery, Pig Face! by Wendy McLeod MacKnight
Returning from a disappointing family vacation, 11-year-old Tracy resolves to make the rest of the summer great while attracting the attention of a crush, an effort that is challenged by the discovery of an envelope of stolen money.
Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine by Caroline Starr Rose
Longing for riches and freedom, two brothers escape an abusive father and embark on a treacherous journey to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. By the author of Blue Birds.
Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson
Moving to Mars with his scientist parents and the other survivors of Earth when the sun inexplicably starts to go supernova, Liam, a boy from the early 23rd century, makes a profound discovery about the nature of time and space. Chronicle of the Dark Star No. 1
Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
A tale inspired by a lesser-known aspect of World War II describes how young Lida loses her parents and is torn from her sister, even though she is not Jewish, by Nazis who place her in a brutal work camp with other Ukrainian children to make bombs for the German army.
The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats
Bravely taking part in an effort to move Civil War widows and orphans to the Washington Territory, high-spirited Jane, who has been caring for a young sibling since her father’s death, finds that her grit and humor are her best attributes to meet the challenges of a life that is far different than her expectations.
The Mesmerist by Ronald L. Smith
Supporting her mother’s business as a sham spiritualist before discovering that she really has the ability to talk with the dead, 13-year-old Jess is plunged into Victorian London’s supernatural underbelly, where she discovers the malevolent presence of aggressive ghouls and spirits.
One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High
Loving her family but disliking the circus that is her grandparents’ life, 12-year-old Lily is devastated when her grandfather passes away, a loss that leads her to develop an unexpected bond with her grandfather’s equally grieving elephant.
Otherwise Known As Possum by Maria D. Laso
Enrolled in school after the tragic loss of her mother, Possum Porter resolves to preserve her mother’s homeschooling lessons by attempting to prove she already knows everything she needs, an unsuccessful endeavor that is complicated by her new teacher’s attraction to Possum’s father.
Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Unicorn Training by Maggie Stiefvater & Jackson Pearce
A second installment in the series bursting with magical creatures and whimsical adventures finds Pip and Tomas solving the mystery of the exploding Fuzzles only to be confronted by a troublemaking unicorn that is endangering the town. Pip Barlett No. 2
Saturdays at Sea by Jessica Day George
A conclusion to the best-selling series finds Celie and her family setting sail on a ship made from their beloved Castle only to find themselves in uncharted waters heading toward an unknown destination. Tuesdays at the Castle series
Sci-Fi Junior High by Scott Seegert. Illus by John Martin.
Misleading his classmates about his genius, Sci-Fi Junior High newcomer Kelvin Klosmo is forced to confront his fibs when a mad scientist plots to take over the universe. Sci-Fi Junior High No. 1
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Aspiring to send his golden iPod into space the way his hero, Carl Sagan, launched his Golden Record on Voyager, 11-year-old Alex documents a road trip to New Mexico as a record of what life is like on Earth, an endeavor that leads to a greater understanding about his late father.
Snoodles! by Patrick Carman. Illus by Brian Sheesley
When the evil Snoods steal all the Fuzzwonker Fizz to create the world’s crummiest candy, Harold Fuzzwonker and his best buddy, Floyd, orchestrate a daring plan to save Fizzopolis once again. Fizzopolis No. 3
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan & Robert Venditti. Illus by Orpheus Collar & Antoine Dodé.
A graphic novel rendition of the best-selling sequel follows the experiences of Percy, who has lost nearly all of his memory after a long sleep; Hazel, who is faced with the devastating consequences of misusing her gift; and Frank, who struggles to know his true heritage. Heroes of Olympus No. 2
Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers by John Dougherty. Illus by Sam Ricks.
When naughty badgers steal his $20 bill, Stinkbomb and his little sister, Ketchup-Face, report the theft to King Toothbrush Weasel, who sends them on a daring quest the rid the land of their enemies.
Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World by P.J. Hoover
Embarking on a mission to find his missing brother, eighth-grade immortal Tut discovers that his brother is being held prisoner by the vengeful Egyptian god Apep, who is plotting to swallow the sun to plunge the world into eternal darkness. Tut: My Immortal Life No. 2
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
The award-winning team behind the Princess in Black series presents an original “tail” of Marvel’s cute, quirky and downright furry superheroine, Squirrel Girl.
Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail
Setting aside her crush on a boy who prefers her best friend, Gracie plays Cyrano de Bergerac to help her friend write clever texts to the boy, whose equally witty replies suggest that he may be getting assistance with his own romantic communiqués. By the author of Unfriended.
Witch Switch by Sibéal Pounder. Illus by Laura Ellen Anderson.
The second book in this hilarious black and white illustrated series follows young, fashionable witches as they rush to solve a centuries-old mystery and save their city. Witch Wars No. 2
You Throw Like a Girl by Rachele Alpine
Staying at her grandmother’s house while her father is deployed overseas, Gabby is disappointed when a lack of local interest causes the summer’s softball season for girls to be cancelled, a situation that forces her to choose between fighting to get on the boys’ team and competing in a beauty pageant. M!X series