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Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN January 2017
Act 3 by Andrew Keenan-Bolger & Kate Wetherhead. Illus by Kyle Webster.
A latest entry in the popular series by the Broadway stars and Internet sensations finds Jack and Louisa returning from a Broadway-themed camp to audition for a local production of The Sound of Music, an ambition that is overshadowed by a chance to participate in a student-run drama competition. Jack & Louisa No. 3
Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt by George O'Connor
Destined to live a life of solitude, Artemis, goddess of the hunt, protects the innocent and helpless with her unrivaled hunting abilities and powerful bow, in a latest entry in the best-selling graphic novel series by the creator of Ball Peen Hammer. Olympians No. 9
Audacity Jones Steals the Show by KIrby Larson
Meeting the famous Harry Houdini as he prepares to make an elephant disappear from a crowded New York theater, Audacity and her best friend, Bimmy, discover a nefarious plot that puts the master magician’s illusion in jeopardy. Audacity Jones No. 2
Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee
A latest entry in the popular series finds the students at Super Hero High welcoming Batgirl, the most intelligent classmate in the school. By the award-winning author of Millicent Min, Girl Genius. DC Super Hero Girls
Calvino by Whitney A. Robinson. Illus by Ruth Sanderson.
Catching the eye of King Philip II's horse master in 16th-century Spain, a dapple-gray Andalusian stallion is challenged to master the complicated moves of doma clásica riding so that he and his young rider can represent the king in a deadly bullfight. Horse Diaries No .14
The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals by Jordan Stratford. Illus by Kelly Murphy.
When a celebrated dinosaur fossil hunter is blackmailed by dognappers who want her to fake an authentication in exchange for the return of her beloved pooch, the Wollestonecraft girls are given three days to track down the culprits and save the scientist's reputation, in a latest entry in the series that includes The Case of the Girl in Grey. Wollstonecraft Detective Agency No. 3
Clone Camp! by B. A. Frade
Summer camp archrivals Kaitlyn and Noah are forced to work together when they discover that their camp counselors have evil doppelgangers who are replicating and running amok. Tales From the Scaremaster No. 3
A Crack in the Sea by H. M. Bouwman. Illus by Yuko Shimizu.
Three historical fantasy tales set in an oceanic Second World include the story of a loyal sister’s efforts to rescue her kidnapped brother from a desperate Raft King who seeks to use the brother’s talents for speaking to fish to open a doorway between worlds.
The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell. Illus by Karl James Mountford.
Forced to flee their home when their grandmother is hospitalized and they are targeted by mysterious intruders, Ivy and Seb find themselves in a fantastical world of enchanted objects where they learn about their family’s connection to a magical treasure. Uncommoners No. 1
Crushing It by Joanne Levy
Navigating the challenges of junior high in spite of her best friend's newfound popularity, awkward Kat develops feelings for the boy next door who has recently morphed into a heartthrob, a situation that is challenged by her best friend's attraction to the same boy. By the author of Small Medium at Large.
The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim
Teased for having a name that sounds similar to that of a medieval Chinese deity, 12-year-old Li Jing, the daughter of a poor tea farmer, is sold as a bride to a wealthy family that treats her poorly until she is forced, with the help of animal friends, to run away.
An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo
When the train he is riding on takes shelter in a dark tunnel during a bombing during World War II, a young boy fleeing 1940 Germany learns from a fellow passenger the story of how the man was once a British soldier who met a young Adolf Hitler and might have prevented World War II. By the best-selling author of War Horse.
The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish
Ethan's carefree, adventurous life in Boston alongside his best friend Kacey comes to an abrupt end when Kacey is lost to him in an accident, a life-changing event that upends his world until a move to a small town in Georgia and an introduction to the exuberant Coralee teaches Ethan that life can be transformed in one moment, but that one moment doesn't have to define him for life. A debut novel.
Ever After High: The Secret Diary of Raven Queen by Mattel
A middle-grade Ever After High tale featuring Evil Queen's daughter, Raven Queen, is written in the style of her diary and follows her experiences during a fun-filled spring break marked by best friends and suspicions about a baffling curse.
Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang by Victoria J. Coe
When a fiendish rabbit sneaks onto the property and begins wreaking havoc in Food Lady's vegetable garden, Fenway, an endlessly energetic Jack Russell Terrier, is wrongly blamed for the mess and feels supplanted when his beloved Hattie adopts a stinky pet bunny.
Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis. Illus by Susan Meyer.
Captured by a band of rebel soldiers in the Congo, children Imara and Bobo swear to return a captive baby gorilla to the wild to keep it from being sold into captivity. By the award-winning author of One White Dolphin.
Hideout by Watt Key
Using his fishing boat to explore the forbidden swampy areas near his Gulf Shore home, 12-year-old Sam discovers a mysterious boy in an abandoned cabin and resorts to telling lies to help his new friend as danger increases for both boys and hidden truths become harder to uncover.
The Icarus Show by Sally Christie
A boy who evades bullying by refusing to react and another boy who is branded a weird outcast because of his responses to bullying discover important lessons about safety, friendship and loneliness in the wake of a mysterious note.
The Impossible Clue by Sarab Rubin
When a famous local scientist vanishes from a locked room, math whiz Alice Jones uses her fledgling detective skills to investigate the case and its relation to the scientist's work on a top-secret invisibility suit.
The Jolly Regina by Kara Lareau. Illus by Jen Hill.
Patiently awaiting the return of the parents who went missing a year earlier, two sisters who avoid excitement at any cost are kidnapped by an all-female band of pirates who subject them to a high-seas romp. By the author of Ugly Fish. Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters No. 1
The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff
Enduring a boring summer with relatives while his scientist father is stationed far away, Brian and his cousin, Nora, discover a huge wooden castle in the forest where an eccentric family battles fantastic monsters and a crazed demolitionist.
Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King
When his family's farmland is taken over by developers, Obe Devlin, a boy with health problems he doesn't like to think about, encounters a remarkable plastic-eating animal who becomes his best friend and biggest secret. By the award-winning author of Please Ignore Vera Dietz.
Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
Living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man's mid-20th-century cotton plantation, Rose Lee Carter joins local resistance activities in the wake of a black youth's murder by a white mob that has been unjustly acquitted.
Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars by Martine Murray
Wishing for a normal and tidy home instead of a messy house where a rooster irritates the neighbors and her mother tromps about looking for potion ingredients, Molly is challenged to save her mother when she is accidentally turned into a tree with long branches that the neighbors want to cut.
Newsprints by Ru Xu
A first graphic novel by the creator of the popular Saint for Rent webcomic follows the experiences of orphan Blue, who during a terrible war disguises herself as a newsboy for the only newspaper in town that tells the truth while forging a bond with a boy who is also not what he seems.
Revenge of the Green Banana by Jim Murphy
Repeatedly embarrassed by a teacher he believes has it out for him, vengeful underachiever Jimmy thinks of a prank to humiliate his teacher in front of the whole school. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Real Benedict Arnold.
Riverboat Roulette by Carolyn Keene
When donations for a charity gala on board a riverboat casino mysteriously go missing, Nancy and her friends race against time to fi nd the stolen funds before the ship docks and allows the thief to escape. Nancy Drew Diaries No. 14
The Runaway by Kate O'Hearn
Freya searches for a missing Valkyrie in the human realm, where she uncovers a dark secret that leads her into enemy territory in the Land of the Frost Giants. Valkyrie No. 2
Secret Origins by James Riley
Transported by a strange portal into a comic book city where a formidable darkness has terrified everyone, Bethany and Owen are challenged to defeat the darkness despite a lack of superpowers and discover important clues about Bethany's secret origins. Story Thieves No. 3
The Shadow Fox by H. K. Varian
Going on a class trip to a Changers boarding school during spring break, Fiona, Mack, Gabriella and Darren compete in the annual Youngling Games before Mack glimpses a fellow kitsune following him. Hidden World of Changers No. 5
Shadows of the Lost Sun by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis
When an effort to find his missing mother leads to an encounter with his own people, Fin and his adventurer companion, Marrill, are disappointed when the people they meet prove less than friendly and compel them to tackle the evil Pirate Stream to find a destructive magical object. Map to Everywhere No. 3
Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
A girl who is rather petite for her age is cast as a Munchkin in a regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz before she bonds with a director who admires her can-do attitude, an adult with dwarfism who does not let size define her and an artistic neighbor who encourages her resolve to stand out. By the author of Counting by 7s.
The Silver Gate by Kristin Bailey
Siblings Elric and Wynn embark on a perilous but magical journey in search of a safe haven when Wynn, a developmentally delayed child who was supposed to be abandoned at birth, is accused of being a changeling and condemned to a life of harsh servitude.
Siren Sisters by Dana Langer
Destined to become a siren like her older sisters who are required by the Sea Witch to lure sailors to their doom, Lolly embarks on a daring sea rescue with her best friend when her sisters are targeted by curse-reversing fishermen. A first novel.
The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla. Illus by Julie McLaughlin.
A 12-year-old boy who maintains a life of careful organization and comfortable routines struggles to adapt during a cross-country road trip with his boisterous siblings to visit their father, an Afghanistan War veteran who is undergoing major surgery.
Stealing Starlight by Shana Zappa (Disney)
Visiting Earth as a group for the first time to prevent bully Vivica from granting a Bad Wish, the Star Darlings discover romance and the power of music before teaming up to help a Wisher choose positive instead of negative wishes. Star Darlings No. 1
Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
Hating her family's taco truck and wishing that her father would take a "normal" job, Estefania becomes the truck's unlikely champion when her family's livelihood is threatened. By the author of Finding the Music / En pos de la musica.
Storm Horse by Nick Garlick
Menaced by bullies in his new home on a remote Dutch island farm after the death of his father and disappearance of his mother, 12-year-old Flip risks his life to rescue a drowning horse that becomes his devoted friend as they endeavor to earn their keep together.
Strawberry Noir by Georgia Ball & Kristen Gudsnuk. Illus by Amy Mebberson & Nico Peña.
An anthology containing Issues 3 to 5 of the Strawberry Shortcake comics includes the story of a smooth-talking salesman who tries to convince Strawberry Shortcake that her café needs an overhaul. Strawberry Shortcake No. 2
The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Winston
Inheriting musical abilities from the mother who abandoned her for her career, 10-year-old Cadence prays for the ability to overcome her shyness before a recording of her voice catches the attention of her whole church.
There's No WiFi on the Prairie by Nicholas O. Time
Wanting to travel back a few years to a time when her mother almost moved to glamorous Hollywood, Ava is accidentally sent to 1891, where she struggles with the period's complete lack of digital technology. In Due Time No. 5
Train I Ride by Paul Mosier
Taking a train journey from her elderly grandmother's home in California to live in Chicago with an unknown relative, young Rydr holds a suitcase filled with memories and bonds with fellow passengers while seeking the hope and forgiveness she needs to start over. A first book.
The Wall of Fame Game by Crystal Allen
A follow-up to Spirit Week Showdown finds cowgirl-loving fourth-grader Mya looking forward to the arrival of a new baby sister before she is cornered into a bet to compete in an annual chili contest despite her limited culinary skills. Magnificent Mya Tibbs No. 2
The Warden's Daughter by Jerry Spinelli
Living with her warden father in an apartment above a 1950s county prison, Cammie struggles to come to terms with the mother who died to save her from harm while interacting with some of the reformed inmates, including one who makes a staggering sacrifice.
Warrior Bronze by Michelle Paver
A conclusion to the popular series finds Hylas returning to his homeland of Messina to rescue his sister, locate the fated dagger of Koronos and save the country from falling into the hands of the usurping Crows. By the award-winning author of Gods and Warriors. Gods and Warriors series
The Wizard's Dog by Eric Kahn Gale
A comedic rerendering of the Excalibur legend, told from the perspective of a talking dog who wants to be a magician, finds spunky Nosewise embarking on a daring journey to rescue his kidnapped master, Merlin, by confronting unusual Fae people and tangling with the mysterious Sword in the Stone.
Wrath of the Storm by Jennifer A. Nielsen
A conclusion to the popular trilogy finds Nicolas navigating around corrupt government officials and reawakened magical beasts in order to protect his loved ones and save the empire, an effort that is complicated by the increasingly negative influence of magic. Mark of the Thief No. 3
Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
A follow-up to Absolutely Truly finds Truly rallying the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes when someone begins to sabotage the maple trees on a friend's family farm, a mystery that is complicated by the discovery of a centuries-old diary found under the floorboards of Truly's home. Pumpkin Falls Mysteries No. 2