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Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 2017
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Abby in Wonderland by Sarah Mlynowski
A first Special Edition in the best-selling Whatever After series finds Abby spending a day with best friends Frankie and Robin as well as the snobby Penny, until a tumble down a mysterious rabbit hole lands them in the world of Lewis Carroll’s classic adventure. Whatever After Special Edition
Against the Odds by Amy Ignatow
A follow-up to The Mighty Odds finds the Odds siblings struggling to identify the culprit behind their unusual supernatural abilities, which they learn have been imparted to them as part of a nefarious scientifi c experiment. By the author of the Popularity Papers series. Odds No. 2
Alan Cole Is Not a Coward by Eric Bell
A middle-school student deals with insecurities, his demanding father and a challenging crush while endeavoring to come out about his sexual orientation in the wake of a high-stakes competition against his bullying brother.
All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Eleven-year- old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire and is eager to begin her own training as a squire, but fi rst she’ll need to prove her bravery while navigating the embarrassments caused by her eccentric family and outmaneuvering a clique of spiteful mean girls. By the author of the Newbery Honor-winning Roller Girl.
The Assassin’s Curse by Kevin Sands
In the third heartpounding installment of the award-winning series, Christopher, Tom and Sally face new codes, puzzles and traps as they race to fi nd the hidden treasure before someone else is murdered. Blackthorn Key No. 3
Auma’s Long Run by Eucabeth Odhiambo
Dreaming of winning a track scholarship so that she can attend high school and maybe even become a doctor, young Auma is alarmed by the spread of
AIDS through her small Kenyan village and is challenged to set aside her dreams to help her family when her father falls ill.
Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element by Jeannie Mobley
Leaving his orphanage home in the hope of finding better prospects in Prohibition-era Chicago, 13-year-old Bobby Lee Claremont fi nds himself investigating the case of a widow who is suspected of orchestrating her husband’s murder.
The Border by Steve Schafer
Narrowly escaping a narcos gang attack that has murdered their families, four Mexican teens discover that a reward has been set by the gang for their deaths, forcing the group to embark on a daring escape across the U.S. border.
Boy Seeking Band by Steve Brezenoff
When he’s forced to transfer from a private arts school to a public school in 8th grade, prodigy bass player Terence Kato sets out to build a rock band and, in the process, make a few friends.
The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas
Astonished when a black hole follows her home after a visit to NASA, an 11-year-old girl is challenged by her unusual new pet’s voracious appetite, which starts as a convenient way to get rid of unwanted things before the disappearances of important people force her to confront her grief about the death of her father.
Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 by Alex Alice
Draws on 19th-century romanticism and the themes of Jules Verne’s classics in a fantastical graphic novel adventure that imagines what may have happened if humanity’s space race had occurred a century earlier, in a tale told through the experiences of the husband and son of a missing balloonist. Castle in the Stars No. 1
Charlie Bumpers vs. His Big Blabby Mouth by Bill Harley. Illus by Adam Gustavson.
Getting carried away when his classmates boast about their parents’ jobs, Charlie exaggerates the glamour of his father’s work and claims his father would be the greatest Career Week speaker ever, a situation that is complicated by his father’s sudden job loss.
Children of Refuge by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Smuggled to Refuge City to stay with hostile family members in a strict, cold boarding school, Edwy searches for other former Fredtown children and discovers that Rosi and their friends from Cursed Town may be in danger, in a suspenseful follow-up to Children of Exile. Children of Exile No. 2
Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
Looking forward to sharing the friendship-themed scavenger hunt app she built at programming camp, Allie is delighted when her app goes viral and qualifi es her for a teen coding competition before she discovers a bug that forces her to seek a rival’s help. By the best-selling author of Every Last Word. Click’d No. 1
A Con Artist in Paris by Franklin W. Dixon & Kevin Keele
Looking forward to touring the museum exhibits and street art during their visit to Paris, brother detectives Frank and Joe witness an elaborate fi reworks display that is triggered in the early morning to cover up the theft of a priceless artifact. Hardy Boys Adventures No. 15
Danger at the Dinosaur Stomping Grounds by Judy Young
A sequel to The Missing Grizzly Cubs finds 11-year-old Buck Bray and his television crew venturing into Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, where they discover that someone has been vandalizing the region’s ancient dinosaur tracks and fossils. Wild World of Buck Bray series
Dawn and the Impossible Three by Ann M. Martin. Illus by Gale Galligan.
A latest graphic novel adaptation of an entry in the popular series fi nds the newest member of The Baby-sitters Club struggling to adjust to life away from her former home in California and clashing with club founder Kristy while navigating the challenges of three out-of-control charges. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of A Corner of the Universe. Baby-Sitters Club Graphix No. 5
Day Dreams and Movie Screens by Alena Pitts with Wynter Pitts.
Returning to school after a whirlwind summer of Hollywood glamour, 11-yearold actress Lena struggles with sudden fame and navigates unexpected challenges to her faith and personal life during a cross-country promotional tour with her fellow stars. Faithgirlz: Lena in the Spotlight No. 2
The Daybreak Bond by Megan Frazer Blakemore
When a newcomer is threatened by the rules that are supposed to protect the members of their utopian community, Mori and her friends run away to find help only to be confronted by different perspectives and unexpected challenges that force them to understand the complicated reality of their supposedly perfect world.
Daytime Nighttime, All Through the Year by Diane Lang. Illus by Andrea Gabriel.
Engaging rhymes and evocative artwork introduce the busy diurnal and nocturnal activities of the animal kingdom, from eagles that dive for fish and tortoises that dine on cactus flowers to bats that catch moths and cougars that prowl in the dark.
Deadzone by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Making their way out of the jungle only to stumble across an entirely new ecosystem fi lled with dangerous elements, the survivors from Horizon discover that the biggest threat to their safety is the transformation of one of their number. By the best-selling author of the Ascendance Trilogy. Horizon No. 2
The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero
A tale that blends folklore and history follows the experiences of a magical doll from an overthrown kingdom who is transported to pre-World War II Poland, where her compassionate nature leads to a friendship with a talented dollmaker before their Jewish friends are imperiled by Nazi forces.
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
A seemingly unremarkable youth races against time to break a curse when he discovers that his body is host to a vengeful demon that seeks to destroy the boy’s magical family. By the best-selling author of the Darkest Minds series. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding No. 1
Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller
A shy and neglected girl moves to her father’s family home in the aftermath of her mother’s abandonment and struggles to be patient with her fearless friend, Zenobia, who becomes increasingly obsessed with solving the mystery of a family member’s disappearance. A first novel.
Elsie Mae Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
Devastated to learn that a shipping company has decided to build a canal right through Okefenokee Swamp, young Elsie Mae writes a letter imploring President Franklin Roosevelt to save the beloved swamp before uncovering the nefarious activities of a gang of hog bandits. By the award-winning author of This Journal Belongs to Ratchet.
Embers of Destruction by J. Scott Savage
A conclusion to the trilogy that began with Fires of Invention and Gears of Revolution finds Trenton, Kallista and their friends searching for survivors in San Francisco only to discover that the humans there have been willingly enslaved. Mysteries of Cove No. 3
The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud
Breaking into the booby-trapped Fittes Mausoleum to examine the grave of a legendary psychic heroine, the Lockwood agents are challenged to survive attacks from foes, both spectral and human, in a series entry that reveals more about Lockwood’s family history. Lockwood & Co. No. 5
Enginerds by Jarrett Lerner
A member of a highly technical but socially awkward band of nerds is amazed when a member of his inner circle secretly constructs a personal robot for each of them, triggering riotous mayhem in the form of unexpected malfunctions.
Ethan Marcus Stands Up by Michele Weber Hurwitz
A story told from differing perspectives reveals what really happened when a kid turns a punishment into a protest, with hilarious results. By the award-winning author of The Summer I Saved the World… in 65 Days.
Everything You Need to Know About Nightmares! and How to Defeat Them: The Nightmares! Handbook by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller. Illus by Karl Kwasny.
A handbook for defeating nightmares by the best-selling team behind The Lost Lullaby and The Sleepwalker Tonic outlines side-tickling tools for combating dream-invading elements, from giant lizards and voracious zombies to evil twins and creepy-crawlies.
The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
When their plane crashes in the Amazon on their way back to England from Manaus, Brazil, four kids work together to survive before discovering a map that leads them to a ruined city and an astonishing secret. By the award-winning author of Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms.
Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill
A coming-of-age tale of community and unlikely friendship relates the experiences of a 12-year-old musical prodigy who notices incremental differences between her happy-go-lucky twin brother and herself during a summer marked by respective goals, a serious accident and the Minnesota State Fair. A first novel.
The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente. Illus by Rebecca Green.
Whisked away to a magical historical land of their own invention as they are about to depart for boarding school, sisters Charlotte and Emily Brontë fi nd themselves fighting Napoleon to obtain a potion that raises the dead, a situation that is complicated by the abduction of their siblings.
The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg
Practicing the art of observation as taught by plucky new friend Shelby Holmes, aspiring writer John Watson investigates the suspicious acts of his teacher only to discover that someone with talents that exceed Shelby’s may be responsible. By the best-selling author of Prom & Prejudice. Shelby Holmes No. 2
Halfway Normal by Barbara Dee
Beginning seventh grade after two years of treatment for leukemia, Norah struggles with former friends who avoid her before bonding with a cute boy who does not know about her past and who encourages her to pursue her interests. By the award-winning author of Solving Zoe.
In the Deep Blue Sea by Bill Nye & Gregory Mone. Illus by Nicholas Iluzada.
Traveling to the home of a famous tech genius who is working on a revolutionary power generator, Jack, his genius siblings and inventor Dr. Hank Witherspoon investigate numerous suspects who may be behind acts of sabotage. Jack and the Geniuses No. 2
Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid by Kara Lareau. Illus by Matt Myers.
A follow-up to the award-winning The Infamous Ratsos finds Louie and Ralphie attempting to renovate a cluttered lot into a community arcade only to be confronted by local fears that the lot is haunted. Infamous Ratsos series
Inside Hudson Pickle by Yolanda Ridge
When his chances for making the basketball team are compromised by his removal from the hockey team and an ill-timed asthma attack, a seventh-grade athlete worries, in the face of his uncle’s genetic respiratory illness, that his own health challenges may be more serious.
The Keymaster’s Quest by Jason Lethcoe
When his famous archaeologist grandfather goes missing during a search for a temple hidden deep within the Amazonian jungle, Andy receives a mysterious letter and key and is drawn into a quest to prevent several magical artifacts from falling into the wrong hands. Tales From Adventureland No. 1
The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King by Max Brallier. Illus by Douglas Holgate.
Discovering a one-way radio broadcasting live updates that strongly suggest that others may have survived, Jack and his friends struggle with confl icted feelings about their treehouse existence and reuniting with family while Jack contemplates an alliance with a supernatural monster king. By the best-selling author of the Galactic Hot Dogs web serial. Last Kids on Earth No. 3
Little Bits of Sky by S. E. Durrant. Illus by Katie Harnett.
Two weary siblings in foster care find themselves in a London children’s home where they befriend other kids and staff members while longing to be adopted, a wish that is granted in challenging ways when they arrive in the home of a retiree. A first book.
Littler Women: A Modern Retelling by Laura Schaefer
Complemented by crafts and recipes, a fresh and modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s perennial classic follows the experiences of four sisters who befriend their neighbors, attend school dances and parties, endure first crushes, and strengthen their sibling bond over the course of a year. By the author of The Teashop Girls.
Lone Stars by Mike Lupica
A star football athlete becomes increasingly alarmed at transformations he witnesses in the coach and former football hero who has become like a father to him, behaviors that are traced to the effects of post-concussion syndrome. By the best-selling author of Fantasy League.
The Marvelwood Magicians by Diane Zahler
An 11-yearold from a family that possesses unique magical abilities joins a traveling circus with an evil ringmaster who steals talents, forcing her to choose between forfeiting her powers and sacrifi cing her family. By the author of Baker’s Magic.
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke
A conclusion to the story that began in Mighty Jack finds Jack and Lilly traveling through the magic portal when Jack’s little sister, Maddy, is carried off by an ogre into another realm. Mighty Jack No. 2
Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Won’t-Walk-the-Dog Cure by Ann M. Martin with Annie Parnell. Illus by Ben Hatke.
A second entry in the spinoff series inspired by the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books and co-written by the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Babysitters Club series fi nds the young nanny using her great-aunt’s magic and wisdom to help the children of Little Spring Valley overcome negative habits. Missy Piggle-Wiggle No. 2
My Magical Life by Zach King
A debut installment in a planned middle-grade trilogy that blends text with graphic novel sections follows the efforts of a seventh-grader from a magical family who embarks on a quest to discover his own true powers. Zack King No. 1
Myths and Legends by Sandra Lawrence. Illus by Emma Trithart.
Uncover mythical legends and legendary myths in this beautifully illustrated handbook of stories that invite readers to delve into different cultures and religions, meet powerful gods and brave heroes, and travel on fabled quests from tales of old. 360 Degrees series
The Night Garden by Polly Horvath
Living with her parents on a Vancouver Island farm during World War II, Franny helps babysit a neighbor’s children for an extended period during which the children receive letters from their father that imply he is about to do something big to change their lives. By the Newbery Honor- and National Book Award-winning author of Everything on a Waffle.
No Place Like Home by Dee Romito
Feeling like she does not have a true home because her father’s job requires them to travel and stay in hotels, 12-year-old Kenzie is delighted when an extended assignment enables her to enroll in a Las Vegas middle school, where she takes risks by revealing her crush, auditioning for a play and running for student council. M!X series
Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes by Booki Vivat
A follow-up to Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom finds Abbie Wu once again losing her cool in the face of an unwanted science class partnership, a locker mix-up and a watchful new pet. Frazzled No. 2
Past Times at Super Hero High by Shea Fontana. Illus by Agnes Garbowska.
A time machine mishap during a field trip transports Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl and the rest of the DC Super Hero Girls back to the Jurassic period, where they struggle to return home while worrying that their presence in the past will affect their futures. DC Super Hero Girls series
Phase Three by Marvel.
Set to the all-new backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, an action-packed sequel continues the adventures of Peter Quill and his companions as they unravel the mystery of his true parentage. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy No. 2
Pick the Plot by James Riley
Trapped in a time-travel book where readers choose their own storyline adventures, Owen lands in a prehistoric prison for time criminals, where he is recognized by a girl he has never met. By the author of Twice Upon a Time. Story Thieves No. 4
Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood. Illus by David Wyatt.
On the run from a villainous tribe that has killed and enslaved their clan, Podkin, a once-spoiled leader-in-training, is challenged to find the courage to protect his older sister and his baby brother. Longburrow No. 1
The Portal and the Veil by Ted Sanders
Discovering that their talismans of power may be dying out, Chloe, Horace and their fellow Keepers begin a race to save their world and way of life from someone they thought was a friend. Keepers No. 3
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain & Philip C. Stead. Illus by Erin Stead.
A vibrantly adapted, previously unfinished children’s story completed from Mark Twain’s fragmentary notes follows the story of a quietly courageous boy who receives a gift of magical seeds that enable him to speak with animals during a quest to rescue a kidnapped prince.
Quests for Glory by Soman Chainani
Picking up immediately after the events of The Last Ever After, a much-anticipated latest entry in the New York Times best-selling series follows favorite characters Sophie, Tedros and Agatha as they leave the castles and embark on assigned quests for glory. School for Good and Evil No. 4
Quiz Whiz by Anna Humphrey. Illus by Lisa Cinar.
Discovering that their favorite game show is recruiting contestants in their area, Clara asks for Bradley’s help getting her selected, a situation that is complicated when Bradley is chosen to compete. Clara Humble No. 2
Rapunzel and the Lost Lagoon: A Tangled Novel by Leila Howland
Bonding over their shared distaste for the roles they are expected to play, Rapunzel and her would-be soldier lady-in-waiting, Cassandra, stumble on a secret lagoon said to hold the key to the kingdom’s greatest power. By the author of Nantucket Blue.
Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Targeted with suspicion when children begin going missing from her Caribbean island home, Corinne LaMer travels deep into the ocean to seek the help of dangerous jumbie Mama D’Leau, who commands her to travel with her friends and mermaids to fetch a powerful object. Jumbies No. 2
Saving Marty by Paul Griffin
Dreaming of surfing, playing the guitar or becoming a veterinarian while he lets his friend do all the talking, quiet Renzo forges a bond with an extraordinary pig who is there for him during hard times, a situation that is complicated by family difficulties that put the pig’s security at risk.
Shadow Warrior by Tanya Lloyd Kyi. Illus by Celia Krampien.
A young woman who secretly aspires to become a ninja in spite of an arranged marriage, a fi erce warlord in search of a superior weapon and an orphaned tavern girl become key players in an elaborate network of women ninjas who shift the balance of power in mid-16th-century Japan, in a story based on true events.
Skeleton Tree by Kim Ventrella
Taking a photo of a strange bone that is growing in his backyard, a would-be discovery contest winner is baffled when the bone does not appear in any of his photos and begins to transform into a sinister full skeleton that only children can see. A first novel.
Slider by Pete Hautman
Entering the world’s greatest pizza-eating contest after secretly putting thousands of dollars onto his mother’s credit card, a young competitive eater fi nds his efforts complicated by family denial about his younger brother’s autism. By the National Book Award-winning author of Godless.
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
Unable to celebrate the holidays in the wake of his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting, 12-year-old Lolly Rachpaul struggles to avoid being forced into a gang himself while constructing a fantastically creative LEGO city at the Harlem community center.
Suee and the Shadow by Ginger Ly. Illus by Molly Park.
Embracing eccentric clothing and behaviors to keep others away, a 12-year-old loner is astonished when her own shadow comes to life and her classmates begin transforming into zombies.
Suspect Red by L. M. Elliott
A tale inspired by the suspicion and xenophobia of the McCarthy era follows the friendship between an FBI employee’s son and a Czechoslovakian newcomer who share a common interest in literature until their bond is tested by spiraling national paranoia. By the award-winning author of Under a War-Torn Sky.
Swing It, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm. Illus by Matthew Holm.
A sequel to the bestselling Sunny Side Up finds Sunny embarking on her first year of middle school while wondering at the ways her brother has changed at boarding school. By the creators of the Babymouse and Squish series.
Trolled by Bruce Coville
Lovable troll Ned has a heart that swoons over poetry and craves true friendship, but when it comes to humans, Ned fi nds them so complicated that long ago, he fled the Enchanted Realm for New York City, the last place anyone would notice a troll in hiding — except for human boy Cody, with whom Ned ends up having a wild adventure that takes readers from the tunnels beneath Grand Central all the way to the Enchanted Realm (and back again!). The Enchanted Files series
The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
Writing haiku in invisible ink to work through her friendlessness and apprehensions about becoming a big sister, seventh-grader Bea is astonished when someone writes back, launching her connection with new friends, including one who is determined to find a way inside a nearby labyrinth.
The White Tower by Cathryn Constable
Accepted into an exclusive school for gifted students, Livy begins experiencing vivid dreams that she can fly before she is targeted by mysterious adversaries who will stop at nothing to exploit for their own ends her increasingly obvious talent. By the author of The Wolf Princess.
Who Killed Darius Drake?: A Mystery by Rodman Philbrick
Arthur and Darius, two boys who are social outcasts, embark on a search for a centuries-lost hidden treasure only to discover that the car crash that killed Darius’ parents was not an accident. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of Freak the Mighty.
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
A wise old oak tree that stands as the neighborhood’s “wishtree,” where people write wishes on cloth and tie them to her branches, shares her days with her crow friend and helps the community embrace differences when new neighbors move in and are not warmly welcomed. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan.
The Wonderling by Mira Bartok
A debut novel by the award-winning author of The Memory Palace follows the experiences of a fox-like foundling with one ear who endures an oppressive life in an orphanage for part-animal humans until an unexpected act of courage leads to a friendship and a quest to discover his destiny.
Zombies Attack! by Mark Cheverton
A young boy’s life is turned upside down when his village is destroyed by an evil zombie warlord, an act that prompts the boy and his friends to embark on a quest to save captured prisoners and bring the zombie leader to justice. Unofficial Interactive Minecrafter’s Adventures No. 1