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Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN MAY 2017
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Against the Odds by Amy Ignatow
A follow-up to The Mighty Odds finds the Odds struggling to find practical uses for their less-than-valuable superpowers, which begin to expand in dangerous ways when they discover the involvement of a chemical company that employs half the town. Odds series No. 2
Bayberry Island: An Adventure About Friendship and the Journey Home by Henry Cole
A sequel to Brambleheart continues the fantastical adventures of Twig, who embarks on a dangerous downriver journey, along with his friends Basil and Lily, to bring Char home. By the creator of Spot, the Cat. Brambleheart No. 2
Beach Party Surf Monkey by Chris Grabenstein. Illus by Brooke Allen.
The best-selling author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library continues the story of P.T. and his friend Gloria, who attempt to convince the producers of an exciting new movie that the Wonderland motel would be a perfect filming location. Welcome to Wonderland No. 2
Benjamin Franklin: You’ve Got Mail by Adam Mansbach & Alan Zwiebel
An uproarious sequel to Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My … follows 13-year-old Ike Saturday as he travels back in time to save Benjamin Franklin and the future of the country from angry mobs, nefarious innkeepers and bad oysters.
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
Set adrift on the ocean in a small skiff as a newborn, 12-year-old Crow embarks on a quest to find the missing pieces of her history. By the award-winning author of Wolf Hollow.
Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur and the Attack of the Mysterious Lunch Meat by Luke Sharpe. Illus by Graham Ross.
When a mysterious new lunch lady’s terrible menu begins transforming the students into zombies, Billy Sure races against time to invent something to reverse the outbreak. Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur No. 12
The Bonaventure Adventures by Rachelle Delaney
A youth from a long line of talented circus performers struggles with a complete lack of acrobatic skills and decides to enroll in a Montreal circus school so that he can be useful to his father before making friends with two fellow misfits and discovering that the school needs his business savvy to overcome financial troubles.
Bow Wow by Spencer Quinn
When shark fever spreads through their hometown, sharp-eyed Birdie and her loyal canine companion, Bowser, investigate the disappearance of a talented fisherman, the activities of a suspicious bounty hunter and the conservation plans of a marine biologist. By the Edgar Award-nominated author of the Echo Falls series. Bowser and Birdie No. 3
Bring Me the Head of Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp. Illus by Barbara Cantini.
The completely unreliable Ivy Pocket must orchestrate a most daring and brilliant rescue of her best friend, Rebecca, while eluding a man in a white suit who is following her everywhere and foiling yet another dastardly plot hatched by the Butterfields to lock Ivy away, in this wickedly funny conclusion to the Ivy Pocket trilogy.
Bubble by Stewart Foster
A lonely little boy whose fragile immune system prevents him from leaving his protective bubble observes the rooftops of London through the hospital window until a new nurse offers him the possibility of venturing outside. A first children’s book.
Bug Girl by Benjamin Harper & Sarah Hines-Stephens. Illus by Anoosha Syed.
Manifesting superpowers characteristic of her favorite insects, Amanda is challenged to set aside her dispute with her bug-eschewing best friend in order to stop a monster invasion and save their moms, who they discover are famous superheroes. Bug Girl No. 1
Camp Half-Blood Confidential by Rick Riordan
A companion to the Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus and Trials of Apollo series invites new fans to learn about the Divine Cabins, Magical Landmarks and Training Arenas as well as the rivalries and stories that have shaped the lives of the major characters. Percy Jackson: Trials of Apollo series
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Feeling most alive when he plays music with his grandfather, aspiring bluesman Clayton Byrd is devastated when his grandfather passes away and his
mother forbids him from playing the blues, losses that compel him to run away in the hope of joining other bluesmen on the road. By the Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of One Crazy Summer.
Code Name Flood by Laura Martin. Illus by Eric Deschamps.
A sequel to The Ark Plan finds Sky receiving a letter from her long-missing father, who informs her that she must save the world by securing vital information left in the dinosaur-ruled world above ground. Edge of Extinction No. 2
Cyclone by Doreen Cronin
Blaming herself when the cousin she dragged onto a roller coaster falls into a coma, Nora struggles with unendurable guilt and tries to help when her cousin awakens with challenging disabilities. By the best-selling author of the Chicken Squad series.
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
Leaving the relative safety of the demigod training ground with his companions, a disgraced Apollo embarks on a quest across North America to fi nd a dangerous ancient-world Oracle while navigating the challenges of the evil Triumvirate. Trials of Apollo No. 2
Do Not Open! by Mark Parisi
A young artist with crackerjack observation skills discovers that an alien is watching him and preparing to take over the world, a dilemma he must resolve on his own when nobody believes him. Marty Pants No. 1
Dog Trouble! by Galia Oz
When the beloved but troublesome dog she has only had for two weeks goes missing, Julie worries that a school bully is behind her pet’s disappearance and taps the help of her friends and mischievous twin brothers to bring the dog home safely.
The Doorman’s Repose by Chistopher Raschka
An anthology of 10 stories set at a craggy, mysterious New York City apartment building includes the tale of a new doorman whose inability to discuss baseball from an informed perspective challenges his job. By the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of A Ball for Daisy.
Double Dare by Tia Mowry & Tamera Mowry
Setting aside their afternoons to hone their supernatural gift of foresight that becomes stronger when they turn 12, identical twins Cassie and Caitlyn
become worried when they have visions about a friend getting hurt, a situation that is complicated by a teacher’s suspicions. Twintuition No. 3
Dragon’s Green by Scarlett Thomas
When a mysterious incident nearly costs her magic-avoiding grandfather his life, Effie Truelove receives an unusual silver ring and responsibility over her grandfather’s magical library before being confronted by a shady scholar who would use the books for his own dark purpose. A first children’s book by the author of PopCo. Worldquake No. 1
Edgeland by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski
Coming of age on an island where people prepare for the afterlife before entering a turbulent whirlpool from which nobody returns, orphan Wren dreams of escaping her home on a trading boat only to be accidentally sucked into the whirlpool, where she discovers a reality beyond the abyss that is
worse than anyone could have imagined. By the best-selling authors of Nightfall.
The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang
Accompanying her Aunt Lin on a trip to China, Mia Chen investigates when her aunt goes missing after reconnecting with an old acquaintance, a mystery that compels Mia to follow clues to the site of a reputed treasure.
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
A relaxing summer under the banyan trees in Miami is turned upside-down by Arturo’s cute new neighbor, who helps him in his quest to use the power of poetry, protest and family stories to stop the plans of a land developer who wants to demolish his Abuela’s restaurant and surrounding community.
Fairest of Them All by Sarah Darer Littman
The daughter of Sleeping Beauty becomes plagued by a curse of her own during a big design competition that forces her to rely on ancient advice in order to pursue her dreams despite the constraints of her overprotective family.
A Fiery Friendship by Lisa Fiedler. Illus by Sebastian Giacobino.
When her peaceful life in Oz is shattered by her mother’s imprisonment for witchcraft, Glinda is torn from her home by a bounty hunter and makes startling discoveries about the powers of good and evil in her homeland. Ages of Oz No. 1
Frank Einstein and the Bio-Action Gizmo by Jon Scieszka. Illus by Brian Biggs.
A latest collection of science experiments, funny jokes and robot hijinks complement the story of kid genius Frank Einstein, who teams up with his brainy sidekicks in an effort to outmaneuver archrival T. Edison while developing a newest invention. Frank Einstein No. 5
Funny Girl: Funniest Stories Ever by Betsy Bird, ed.
From a pet advice column, to a babysitting horror story, to a series of letters demanding that Grandpa hand over $1,000 in small, unmarked bills, this anthology of humorous short stories, personal essays, comics, poems and more, written by 25 of the funniest, most talented women writing for kids today, offers a smorgasbord of silliness that will have middle-grade readers rolling with laughter.
Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer. Illus by Marta Kissi.
Funny illustrations, sports facts and blooper-reel moments combine in a tween sports series starring all-star pitcher Gabby Garcia, whose resolve to achieve an ultimate season is challenged by her enrollment in a new school where her winning streak is nonexistent. Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook No. 1
Georgia Rules by Nanci Turner Steveson
Moving to a tiny Vermont town where everyone fondly remembers the father she never knew, Magnolia learns unexpected secrets after befriending a
loud and wild family that does not follow the rules of social decorum.
Gnome-a-Geddon by K. A. Holt. Illus by Colin Jack.
When his favorite author goes missing, Buck, an avid fan of a popular fantasy series, discovers that the world he loves may be less fictional than he realized before embarking on an adventure that reveals unexpected truths about famous characters he idolizes.
Grandfather and the Moon by Stéphanie Lapointe. Illus by Rogé.
An award-winning graphic novel from France traces the story of a loving granddaughter who worries about her grandfather’s depression after the loss of her grandmother and enters a contest to travel to the moon, with unexpected results.
The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff
A difficult custody arrangement in the aftermath of a divorce compels Winnie to barricade herself in a treehouse, where she is joined by friends who have grievances of their own. By the National Book Award-winning author of A Tangle of Knots.
Hang Ten for Dear Life! by Nicholas O. Time
Journeying back in time to turn-of-the-20th-century Hawaii, class clown Kai and his crush, Maria, meet an ancestor who was the first to emigrate from Japan, a reunion that is challenged by the nefarious schemes of Tim Raveltere. In Due Time No. 6
Heart of the Land by Sarah Prineas
The four heroes of Erdas find themselves on the run in a latest entry of the bestselling series that began with Immortal Guardians. Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts No. 5
How to Be a Supervillain by Micheal Fry
A polite and responsible little boy whose supervillain parents want him to be evil disappoints them by keeping his room clean, eating his veggies and refusing to run with scissors before he is mentored by a disgraced supervillain who becomes an unlikely friend. By the co-creator of the Over the Hedge comic strip. How to Be a Supervillain No. 1
Hurricane Rescue by Jennifer Li Shotz
When a hurricane strikes their community, Hero and Ben race against time to find their missing friend, Jack, and his dog, Scout, only to be trapped in the forest by a dangerous storm surge. Hero No. 2
Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath by Jacob Sager Weinstein
Discovering that her new home in London is marked by a secret magical history, Hyacinth embarks on a quest to save her mom from kidnappers in an adventure involving an intelligent pig, a boy with amnesia, a sketchy unicorn and other fantastical helpers.
Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson
The lives of two middle school girls, one a quiet artist, the other a popular overachiever, intersect on a day shaped by a misdelivered note, crushes, humiliations, boredom and drama. A first graphic novel.
Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin
Pitching a tent on the roof of her home during a summer when she gets fed up with her dysfunctional relatives, Joyce bonds with a boy who is grieving the loss of his brother before concocting a plan to build and sell tickets to a UFO display. By the author of Cake.
The Journey to Dragon Island by Claire Fayers
A sequel to The Voyage to Magical North finds Brine, Peter and Cassie embarking on another swashbuckling adventure in search of dragons, a quest that is complicated by flesh-eating vines, violent locals, mischievous magi, an infamous ghost and an erupting volcano.
June Sparrow and the Million-Dollar Penny by Rebecca Chace. Illus by Kacey Schwartz.
Forced to move with her miniature pig to the home of a relative she has never met, once-wealthy orphan June is intrigued by her late mother’s mysterious penny collection and resolves to find a rare penny so that she can return to her former life of privilege.
Keys to the City by Lisa Schroeder
Assigned a summer project that requires her to “find her passion,” Lindy enlists the help of a friendly dog while writing in her journal about her experiences on the streets of New York, where she endeavors to unlock her secret talents.
A Kingdom Rises by J. D. Rinehart
A conclusion to the popular series finds Tarlan struggling with the certain death of fellow triplet Gulph and power-hungry Elodie’s betrayal of their family, challenges that compel him to abandon his quest and animal companions to pursue a more peaceful existence in the north. Crown of Three No. 3
Knock About With the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding. Illus by Sydney Smith.
A follow-up to Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts finds the self-reliant siblings continuing their search for a home only to be confronted by a flood, illegal carnivorous plants and a chance to win an extraordinary carnival prize.
Lemons by Melissa Savage
Struggling to stay positive after the death of her mother, Lem moves in with the grandfather she has never met and befriends a kid detective who invites her to be his assistant as he tries to capture a photograph of Bigfoot. A first novel.
The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
In a romantic prequel to the best-selling The Two Princesses of Bamarre, a noble girl learns that her parents were of the despised underclass and that she must raise a rebellion on behalf of her people. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of Ella Enchanted.
The Lost Legacy by Gwenda Bond & Christopher Rowe. Illus by Glenn Thomas.
Moving to a hotel that caters to such unusual clientele as bigfeet, vampires, mermaids and even dragons, Stephen and his single-parent dad become embroiled in a monstrous mystery with potentially dire consequences. A first middle-grade collaboration co-written by the author of Girl on a Wire. Supernormal Sleuthing Service No. 1
Love You Like a Sister by Robin Palmer
When her divorced father announces his imminent marriage to a woman with three daughters, Avery agrees to help with wedding preparations along with her reluctant stepsisters-to-be and endures a series of wacky blended family setbacks, from spilling chocolate on an expensive dress to accidentally dyeing the bride’s hair blue.
The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge
A highly anticipated, humorous tale written in part to help connect students with STEM science concepts follows the adventures of a boy in search of his mother in a parallel universe after her cancer-related passing, a journey that leads to surprising discoveries.
Mia Measures Up by Coco Simon
Reaching a compromise with her parents when they say she is too young to attend a concert without adult supervision, Mia discovers that she is being cyberbullied on social media and teams up with her fellow Cupcake Club members to discover who is behind the attacks. Cupcake Diaries No. 30
The Moon Platoon by Jeramey Kraatz
Scavenging for supplies to help support his family on a resource-strapped Earth in the year 2085, 12-year-old Benny Love becomes one of 100 kids
hand-picked by a trillionaire genius inventor to explore craters on the dark side of the moon, where his team makes a discovery that threatens the planet’s survival. Space Runners No. 1
Moon Shadow by Erin Downing
Struggling with her eccentric mother’s new age beliefs, her parents’ divorce and an estrangement from her best friend, Lucia is shocked when a shadow double of herself emerges on her 13th birthday and begins living the life Lucia always wanted.
My Future Ex-Girlfriend by Jake Gerhardt
A sequel to Me and Miranda Mullaly continues the haphazard romantic pursuits of class clown Sam, intellectual Duke and athletic Chollie as they navigate graduation exercises at the end of eighth grade while trying to meet the challenges of having girlfriends.
Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman. Illus by Fred Fordham.
A graphic novel adventure by the awardwinning author of the His Dark Materials trilogy and the illustrator of children’s comic The Phoenix follows the adventures of a ship’s captain trapped in time who agrees to help a shipwrecked girl only to fall prey to the ambitious schemes of a powerful corporation. Adventures of John Blake series
Oakwing: A Fairy’s Tale by E. J. Clarke
Missing the mother who disappeared seven years earlier, 12-year-old Rowan wakes up in London’s Hyde Park to discover that she has been transformed into a fairy before embarking on a perilous mission to develop her powers and rescue her mom. A first novel.
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
Living on an idyllic but sinister island where one child is delivered each year while the eldest is taken away, nine children share bountiful food and security under the leadership of new elder Jinny, who trains the latest newcomer and wonders what will happen when her own departure occurs. By the award-winning author of Bigger Than a Breadbox.
Orphan Train Girl by Christina Baker Kline
Ordered to perform community service helping an elderly woman, an embittered foster child is welcomed by her nonagenarian host, who reveals her own past as an orphan while organizing personal mementos.
The Other Side of Summer by Emily Gale
Struggling with the breakdown of her world in the aftermath of her brother’s death in a catastrophic bombing, a grieving Summer moves with her family to Australia, where she experiences nearly magical healing as she learns to play her brother’s guitar.
Pixie Piper and the Matter of the Batter by Annabelle Fisher
A sequel to The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper finds Pixie and her adorable gosling, Destiny, visiting Chuckling Goose Farm, where alongside new friends she practices her magic skills and defends the farm from the evil Sinister Sisters. Pixie Piper No. 2
Planet Jupiter by Jane Kurtz
Having spent her life on the road with her family, moving from town to town in a trusty old van, young Jupiter feels out of place when her family rents a house for the summer and takes in an adopted cousin from Ethiopia who hatches a plan to return home.
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When cell phones are banned at their school, Frost and his friends start communicating through sticky notes left all over the school before other kids start following their example, triggering a wave of bullying activities in the wake of a new girl’s arrival.
The Principal’s Underwear Is Missing by Holly Kowitt
When a shopping bag containing a very personal item goes missing from the principal’s office, a sixth-grade nobody is recruited by the eighth-grade’s most popular girl to help solve the mystery. By the author of the Loser List series.
P.S. Send More Cookies by Martha Freeman
Struggling to reacclimate after leaving summer camp, the Flowerpot Cabin girls endure dog-sitting challenges, the loss of a grandparent, an older sibling’s controversial decision and the return of an absent parent, while their counselor, Hannah, endures the fallout of a summer romance. Secret Cookie Club No. 3
Quicksand Pond by Janet Taylor Lisle
Spending a pivotal summer near a teeming pond where people are rumored to disappear, a girl from a dysfunctional family and a girl enduring a reluctant visit become fast friends before uncovering a decades-old secret that reverberates throughout the town. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of Afternoon of the Elves.
Ransom by Chris Bradford
When pirates hijack an Australian media-mogul’s yacht in the middle of the ocean, take his twin daughters hostage and demand a multimillion-dollar ransom for their return, bodyguard Connor Reeves embarks on a daring rescue mission that tests the limits of his skills. Bodyguard No. 4
Restart by Gordon Korman
A standalone novel in the vein of No More Dead Dogs follows the experiences of a former bully who gets a chance at redemption after a memory-impairing accident tests whether he can change or will revert to his previous ways. By the award-winning author of the Swindle series.
Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
A latest entry in the best-selling series that includes Return to the Isle of the Lost finds Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay scrambling to protect Auradon when a villain from their past returns. Descendants No. 3
Robots! by R. McGeddon
When Arty creates a chore-completing robot for the science fair that malfunctions and begins destroying the town in the name of cleaning, the trio race to stop the robot’s laugh-out-loud rampage. Disaster Diaries No. 4
Roll by Darcy Miller
Baffled when birds begin plummeting to the ground, 11-year-old Ren discovers that a new neighbor is training the birds for competitive pigeon rolling and discovers his own potential for bravery when he begins learning how to train pigeons himself. A first novel.
The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel & Alexis Siegel. Illus by XantheBouma; Matt Rockefeller; & Boya Sun.
A debut entry in a groundbreaking sci-fi fantasy adventure series depicts five imperiled worlds that will be rendered extinct unless five ancient and mysterious beacons can be lit in the wake of erupting wars during which three unlikely heroes make surprising discoveries about their homes and themselves. 5 Worlds No. 1
The Secret Diary of Apple White by Heather Alexander
When a prank gone awry wreaks havoc throughout Ever After High, Apple White offers to help but only makes things worse, causing the school dance to be canceled and compelling Apple to prove her innocence in collaboration with the real perpetrators of the prank. Ever After High No. 2
The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
A debut entry in an alternate-history series depicts three kids who try to solve a modern-world puzzle and complete a treasure hunt laid into the streets and buildings of New York City. By the National Book Award finalist author of Bone Gap. York No. 1
Something Stinks in Hamlet by M. E. Castle. Illus by Daniel Jennewein.
Transported into the story of Hamlet by a mysterious Narrator, reluctant reader Kyle, his neighbor Halley and his baby brother, Gross Gabe, endeavor to prove that the beleaguered Prince of Denmark is not crazy and that Uncle Claudius is seriously evil, in a companion mystery to Starcrossed in Romeo and Juliet.
Spirit of the Jungle by Bear Grylls
A contemporary adventure inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s classic follows the experiences of 13-year-old Mak and his conservationist mother, who journey from London to a remote village in India before a monsoon strands Mak in the wild, away from other humans and in the company of a wolf. New Jungle Book Adventures No. 1
Starcrossed in Romeo and Juliet by M. E. Castle. Illus by Daniel Jennewein.
Transported by a mysterious Narrator into the story of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, avid reader Becca and her friends are challenged to arrange a date between two members of rival families while avoiding Juliet’s scary cousin, in a companion story to Something Stinks in Hamlet. Fakespeare No. 2
The Summer of Bad Ideas by Kiera Stewart
Two mismatched cousins from estranged branches of a family spend an adventure-filled summer together in Florida, completing a list of “Good Ideas for Summertime” as recommended by their eccentric late grandmother. By the author of Fetching.
This Would Make a Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy
When her summer plans are upended by a surprise cross-country train trip with her two moms, her sisters and her sister’s activist boyfriend, Sara participates in an adventure that is shaped by a gaggle of wild Texans, the diverse landscape and her mom’s tell-all book about the journey.
Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder
Referring to a pair of favorite self-help and spiritual books and a trio of goodluck pennies whenever she is bounced to a new foster home, Marin finds herself in a place that feels like a potential forever home while trying to find her birth mother, before receiving unwelcome news. By the author of Audacity.
Time Shifters by Chris Grine
Investigating an eerie blue glow in the woods behind his house, Luke encounters a scientist, a robotic Abraham Lincoln riding a friendly dinosaur and a sassy ghost before tackling a bickering trio of bumbling henchmen who would steal a device locked to his arm that compels him into a parallel dimension. By the Eisner Award-nominated creator of Chickenhare.
Totally Crushed by Kristen Tracy
Two middle-grade BFFs experience the highs and lows of friendship, boys, sixth-grade politics, sibling drama and popularity in a sequel to Project (Un)Popular. Project Un-Popular No. 2
Under Pressure by Alex Morgan
Excitedly reuniting with her teammates at the beginning of a new school soccer season, Devin aspires to win a championship and faces the escalating pressures of higher expectations that her teammates worry they will not be able to meet. Kicks No. 7
The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: Being an Absolutely Accurate Autobiographical Account of My Follies, Fortune, and Fate by Avi
When Oliver awakens to find his father missing and his home flooded, he must fend for himself among cruel orphan masters, corrupt magistrates and conniving thieves, in a high-adventure story from the master storyteller and Newbery Medal-winning author of Crispin: The Cross of Lead.