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Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN JUNE 2017
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A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting by Joe Ballarini
A debut entry in a rollicking series about a secret society of babysitters who protect children from the monsters that really live under their beds introduces reluctant middle school babysitter Kelly, who on Halloween must rescue her spoiled charge from the Bogeyman’s nightmare gang. Babysitter’s Guide to Monsters No. 1
The Battle for Amphibopolis by Doug Tennapel
A concluding entry in the Nnewts trilogy fi nds the team searching for a new hero to protect Amphibopolis from the Lizzard army in the wake of Blakk Mudd’s infl uence on Herk and the evil forces that are corrupting Sissy and Zerk. By the award-winning creator of Ghostopolis. Nnewts No. 3
Binny Bewitched by Hilary McKay. Illus by Tony Ross.
Taking money accidentally left behind at an ATM, Binny guiltily hides the money and decides to return it only to discover that it has gone missing, a situation that compels her to team up with her frenemy, Gareth, to figure out who might have taken the money. By the award-winning author of Indigo’s Star. Binny No. 3
The Book of Shadows by Ruth Hatfield
Remembering the cousin whose existence has been erased, Danny forges an uneasy partnership with Cath in an effort to restore civilization only to be
confronted by the dark presence of Sammael, in a conclusion to the trilogy that includes The Color of Darkness. Book of Storms No. 3
Broken Pride by Erin Hunter
A debut entry in a new series by the best-selling author of the Warrior novels is set in the African savannah and told from the perspectives of three different exotic animals, including a cast-out lion, an intuitive elephant and an honor-seeking baboon. Bravelands No. 1
Chasing Herobrine by Cara J. Stevens. Illus by David Norgren & Elias Norgren.
When the legendary ghost of Herobrine is sighted in Phoenix’s village before the community’s families begin suffering terrorizing attacks, Phoenix and T. H. race to help and discover a tangled string of clues before stumbling on a secret that raises questions about everything they believed. Unofficial Graphic Novel for Minecrafters No. 5
A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
Given 10 weeks to prove her usefulness, a rescued pit bull trains to follow commands and tolerate a leash so that she can become an assistance animal to a military veteran struggling with PTSD. By the award-winning author of The 13th Sign.
The Door Before by N. D. Wilson
A prequel to the bestselling series finds Hyacinth Smith longing for a real home where she can hone her unusual talents before her great-aunt’s mischievous magic opens a door between worlds, unleashing a battle with the witch-queen, Nimiane.
Emily and the Spellstone by Michael Rubens
Coming into the possession of a magical cellphone, quiet Emily embarks on a hair-raising adventure among giant canines, demons, clones, mean girls and rivals for her power. By the author of The Sheriff of Yrnameer.
The Emperor’s Ostrich by Julie Berry
Embarking on a search of the countryside to locate her missing cow with the assistance of a magical map, young dairymaid Begonia meets a series of
acquaintances, including an eight-foot-tall ostrich, while learning how her land’s emperor has gone missing under suspicious circumstances.
Exit Strategy by Lauren Allbright
When his father’s illness prompts their frequently moving family to settle down in a permanent home, 12-year-old Ross, a kid famed for pranks at his
previous schools, tries to master the art of being funny to secure his popularity.
Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker
Accidentally connected most of his life to a fourth-dimensional being whose presence would prevent him from reaching adulthood, 13-year-old Felix records in his secret blog their last shared month before a procedure that will separate or kill them. A first novel.
14 Hollow Road by Jenn Bishop
When a romantic school dance is interrupted by a tornado that destroys her home, sixth-grader Maddie is invited to stay in the same home as her crush while her family rebuilds, a situation that presents both opportunity and the potential for embarrassment. By the author of The Distance to Home.
The Frog Princess Returns by E.D. Baker
Rereleased to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the series debut, a magical adventure starring Princess Emma and her beloved frog prince finds them searching for their missing Fairy Queen to protect the kingdom from famine and dangerous enemies. By the author of the Fairy-Tale Matchmaker series.
From Hero to Zero by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts. Illus by Laura Park.
Returning to the dreaded Hills Village Middle School, Rafe joins the school’s football team only to find himself alongside bully Miller the Killer, a situation that is complicated by Rafe’s secret plans for a school art project. Middle School series
The Giant’s Seat by Dave Butler
Having learned the truth about his identity as a clockwork boy, Charlie is separated from his friends and lands in the service of a tough company of dwarves who regard him as a machine until a heroic act renders them allies in a plan to confront the Iron Cog. Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie No. 2
The Girl With the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano
When her father becomes obsessed with building a machine capable of bringing back her mother from the dead, Emmaline tires of being forgotten and resolves to either complete or destroy her father’s invention. By the best-selling author of the Internment Chronicles.
The Golden Lion by Mike Maihack
Blaming herself for the tragedy on planet Hykosis, Cleo embarks on a solo mission to an icy world to investigate a weaponized star of immeasurable power, where she is challenged to outmaneuver a mysterious assassin. Cleopatra in Space No. 4
Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong by Tom O’Donnell. Illus by Tim Miller.
Wrongly blamed when a gigantic squirrel crashes through the science lab at Horace Hotwater Middle School, Sam Gibbs and his tiny buddy, Hamstersaurus Rex, investigate mysterious mutations and deliciously gross snack foods to prove their innocence. Hamstersaurus Rex No. 2
The High Note by Harmony Jones, Harmony
Catching the attention of a record executive after winning a school talent show, eighth-grader Lark struggles with performance anxiety and worries that she is losing touch with her new friends in the British boy band Abbey Road, who ask her to be their opening act. Girl vs. Boy Band No. 2
Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy by Gareth Wronski
A laugh-out-loud debut novel follows the wacky adventures of a talented student who, in the aftermath of her accidental abduction by alien pirates with her teacher and the most annoying kid in her class, endeavors to escape in time for her big test on Friday.
I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
A 10-year-old student struggling with family abandonment issues writes letters to Michael Collins, the only astronaut whose responsibilities prevented him from walking on the moon during the historic 1969 first lunar landing.
In the Shadow of the Sun by Anne Sibley O’Brien
A sister and brother stationed in North Korea go on the run with explosive forbidden photographs about the country’s slave labor camps in the aftermath of their aid-worker father’s wrongful arrest.
Joplin, Wishing by Diane Stanley
Discovering magic in a beautiful Dutch platter that depicts the image of a girl, a middle-grade New Yorker wishes for a new friend before the girl depicted on the platter appears and reveals that she has been cursed for centuries and is being targeted by a sinister enemy.
Keeper of Myths by Jasmine Richards
When mythological gods posing as tourists begin arriving in Buzz’s hometown of Crowmarsh, he and his best friend team up on a dangerous search for a mysterious myth-keeper while endeavoring to unlock their own burgeoning powers. Secrets of Valhalla No. 3
Let’s Pretend We Never Met by Melissa Walker
Struggling to adapt when her family moves halfway through her sixth-grade year, Mattie makes friends with a fun and dynamic girl next door during winter break only to confront unpopularity when she learns that her new friend has a reputation for being the weird girl who no one likes.
Lord of Monsters by John Claude Bemis
Adjusting to his new life as the court prester alongside Princess Lazuli, Pinocchio embarks on a daring mission with the Celestial Brigade to investigate
a magical prison and make sure that the dangerous supernatural beasts being held there have not escaped. Out of Abaton No. 2
Mango Delight by Fracaswell Hyman
A first novel by an award-winning Disney and Nickelodeon writer and producer follows the experiences of a seventh-grader whose clumsy accident costs her social status, her spot on the track team and her father’s job before becoming an unexpected YouTube sensation and confronting difficult
choices about friendship.
Maya’s Story by Christine Heppermann & Ronald Koertge. Illus by Deborah Marcero.
Practicing for weeks for a school spelling bee, Maya is devastated when she loses until she receives support from mysterious witch Ms. M, who helps her overcome jealousy so that she can support the friend who did win. Backyard Witch No. 3
Middle School Mayhem by Rachel Renée Russell
A follow-up to Locker Hero picks up from the first story’s cliffhanger and finds Max confronting a band of burglars out to steal from South Ridge Middle School. By the best-selling author of the Dork Diaries series. Misadventures of Max Crumbly No. 2
One Shadow on the Wall by Leah Henderson
An orphaned boy in present-day Senegal must decide between doing what is right and what is easy in order to honor a promise made to his dying father to keep their family together in the face of malicious gang members. A first novel.
Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury
A 12-year-old boy living on the streets of Chandigarh, India, stumbles across a secret garden full of sculptures and discovers the possibility of another way of life as he bonds with the man who created them. By the author of Shift.
Pottymouth and Stoopid by James Patterson. Illus by Stephen Gilpin.
Tiring of being bullied, a pair of middle school underdogs with embarrassing nicknames finally win the day when their troubles inspire a hit television show, bringing hope and laughter to legions of fans.
Princess Juniper of Torr by Ammi-Joan Paquette
A conclusion to the popular series finds Juniper leaving the Hourglass Mountains to save her father from a Monsian invasion, while her cousin’s usurping stepmother pursues her claim to the throne of Torr against a backdrop of the annual Summerfest activities.
The Quest to the Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson
Unable to join her famous parents when they are sent on a historic mission to the Uncharted Lands, a devastated Stella takes matters into her own hands and sneaks aboard her parents’ airship only to discover another stowaway. By the author of The Mark of the Dragonfly.
The Rogue World by Matthew J. Kirby
Separated from her mother by the malevolent Dr. Watkins, Eleanor embarks on a perilous mission in the Himalayas in the hope of ending the threat
posed by the rogue planet only to witness a global crisis stemming from the crash-landing of an alien spacecraft. Dark Gravity Sequence No. 3
Rules for Thieves by Alexandra Ott
Joining the legendary Thieves Guild when a deadly spell is cast on her, 12-year-old orphan Alli uses her resourcefulness to survive life on the streets alongside a boy who possesses unusual talents while searching for a cure, the cost of which is astronomical in more dire ways than just monetary.
The Shadow Queen by Lee Bacon
Embarking on an epic quest to save her long-lost dad from the magical kingdom of Heldstone where he has been trapped, Kara and her royal BFF, Prince Fred, navigate through the preparations for the kingdom’s Luminary Ball and the machinations of the evil Sorceress, who has poisoned the prince’s parents. Legendtopia No. 2
The Silver Moon of Summer by Leila Howland
Visiting friends and family on Cape Cod during the town of Pruet’s 300th birthday celebration, the Silver Sisters resolve to avoid fighting all summer only to have their intentions tested by interpersonal disputes and private ambitions that prove to be more challenging than expected. Silver Sisters No. 3
The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu
Sharing a best friendship forged over respective interests, Clover and Danny find their bond tested when Danny suddenly falls ill from a mysterious malady that requires numerous visits to the doctor, while Clover uses the scientific method to catalog Danny’s symptoms and prove her usefulness toward his recovery.
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Separated from his aging caregiver grandfather and placed in a foster home, Prez forges an unusual friendship with an alien who appears as a dog to everyone else and entreats Prez to help compile a list of Earth’s redeeming qualities to prevent the planet from being destroyed. By the author of Millions.
Stealing Our Way Home by Cecilia Galante
Struggling with a range of difficulties in the aftermath of their mother’s death, Pippa, who has stopped speaking, and Jack, who has been picking fights, embark on a new school year that is further complicated by challenging assignments, a crush and their father’s failing business. By the award-winning author of The Patron Saint of Butterflies.
Superstar by Mandy Davis
Enrolling in public school after years of homeschooling, Lester, a mildly autistic fifth-grader, struggles to adapt and manage symptoms before becoming eager to win a science fair, discovering an unexpected truth along the way. A first novel.
Ten: A Soccer Story by Shamini Flint
A passionate soccer fan in 1986 Malaysia, who longs to play in spite of perceptions that soccer is a boys’ game, practices basic soccer skills in her backyard before persuading other girls to help her form a team, an endeavor that is complicated by her unpredictable biracial family.
This Is Just a Test by Wendy Wan-Long Shang. Illus by Madelyn Rosenberg.
A lighthearted coming-of-age novel follows the social dilemmas of a Chinese-Jewish-American youth preparing for his upcoming bar mitzvah while dealing with the disapproval of his rivaling grandparents, his friends’ respective obsessions and a crush who challenges his self-esteem.
The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey. Illus by Victoria Jamieson.
A shiny green bug who is passionate about reading ventures out from behind the chalkboard in Mr. Wang’s fourth-grade classroom when the disappearance of his aunt prompts a dangerous trek through an elementary school fraught with running sneakers, falling books and terrifying spiders.
Tournament of Champions by Phil Bildner. Illus by Tim Probert.
Excitedly participating in a weekend basketball tournament with other kids from Clifton United, fifth-graders Rip and Red are challenged to work outside their comfort zones when competitive Rip plays with teammates he does not like and autistic Red travels by bus without his mom. Rip and Red No. 3
Wicked Magic by Disney Book Group
When his book of all-new spells is once again stolen by the villain kids, Mal and his friends endeavor to reclaim the book and purge it of mischievous comments, irreverent sketches, inside jokes and an extrawicked VK. Descendants: Mal’s Spell Book No. 2
The World’s Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops by Ryan K. Sager
Establishing herself as the best cook in her town, 12-year-old Zoey aspires to open a restaurant of her own before realizing that the restaurant industry is competitive and that her rivals would try to prevent her unconventional menus from becoming a success.