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Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN MARCH 2018
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The 78-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths. Illus by Terry Denton.
When Andy is cut out of the movie in which Terry is the star, the boys have a huge fight and decide that they do not want to be friends anymore, a situation that is complicated by a herd of sneaky, story-stealing spy cows. Treehouse No. 6
Aliens for Dinner?! by A. I. Newton
Meeting new neighbor Zeke’s unusual family, Harris and Roxy investigate suspicions that the newcomers are aliens, a situation that is complicated by an invitation to dinner. Alien Next Door No. 2
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Telling fibs in order to fit in better with her wealthier peers, 12-year-old Aru Shah spends her school break at the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, where her decision to light a cursed lamp unwittingly releases an ancient demon. By the author of The Star-Touched Queen. Pandava No. 1
Beast of Stone by Linda Sue Park. Illus by Jim Madsen.
A conclusion to the popular trilogy by the Newbery Medal-winning author of A Single Shard finds apothecary Raffa and his ragtag band of allies preparing to battle the heartless Chancellor’s armies, a conflict he fears will cause untold suffering for the animals being forced to fight. Wing & Claw No. 3
The Elephant Thief by Jane Kerr
Accidentally buying an elephant at auction, a young pickpocket is challenged to ride his new friend from Edinburgh to Manchester in a week’s time while outmaneuvering an unethical rival, in a story based on true events.
Elle of the Ball by Elena Delle Donne
The WNBA MVP, Olympic gold medalist and global ambassador to the Special Olympics presents a fi rst entry in a series starring a very tall girl who struggles to remain true to herself when she is required to dance with a shorter boy at the same time her basketball team reassigns her to a starting center position. Hoops No. 1
Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island by Liz Kessler. Illus by Erin Farley.
Looking forward to an adventure-free vacation with her friends and family, Emily is swept away by a powerful waterfall onto a forgotten, inaccessible island where she discovers that she and her boyfriend, Aaron, are at the center of a prophecy involving a dangerous earthquake and a mythical giant.
Frank Einstein and the Space-Time Zipper by Jon Scieszka. Illus by Brian Biggs.
A conclusion to the best-selling series finds kid genius Frank Einstein, his best friend Watson and their A.I. entities Klink and Klank in an ultimate competition against rival T. Edison involving the science and mysteries of the universe. Frank Einstein No. 6
From Hero to Zero by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts. Illus by Laura Park.
Excitedly visiting London during a class trip despite being under the watchful eye of his bad-tempered principal, Rafe is horrified when bully Miller the Killer is assigned to be his roommate, and Rafe’s unavailable crush, Jeanne, becomes his partner for a project. Middle School No. 10
Give a ‘Bot a Bone by Nancy E. Krulik & Amanda Burwasser. Illus by Mike Moran.
Needing to earn money quickly to replace an important broken item, Logan and Java organize a disastrous bake sale only to stumble on a winning recipe for doggy treats. Project Droid No. 5
Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart
The spirit of a faithful dog risks his well-earned afterlife to team up with two other wandering animal souls to find and protect a much-loved boy who is in danger. By the award-winning author of The Honest Truth.
Hamlet and Cheese by Megan McDonald. Illus by Peter H. Reynolds.
Signing up for Shakespeare camp during spring break, Stink looks forward to the swordplay and intrigues of a Shakespeare production before learning that he is the only boy there and that mean-spirited Riley Rottenberger is also participating.
Hardscrabble by Sandra Dallas
When her family loses their farm in 1910, a 12-year-old girl moves with her parents to Colorado, where an agreement to earn land from the government is challenged by the natural disasters and hardscrabble realities of homesteading.
The Hunt for the Colosseum Ghost by Geronimo Stilton
Geronimo Stilton investigates the truth about a gladiator ghost at the Colosseum that is chasing away tourists, in a latest special edition adventure that is complemented by a bonus mini mystery, “The Cheese Burglar.”
Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
Reviled as bad luck by her St. Thomas community because of her birth during a hurricane and her association with a ghost only she can see, a 12-year-old girl struggles to navigate her growing crush on her first and only friend, a situation that is complicated by a dangerous search for the mother who abandoned her. A first novel.
Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman
Growing up in a world where people shape-shift into one of two enemy species, 12-year-old orphan Anders is dismayed when his twin, Rayna, shifts into an opposing form and is stolen away by cruel and brutal dragon abductors. Elementals No. 1
In the Zone by Alex Morgan
Doubting her reliability as a goalie after an embarrassing blunder, Emma receives support from Devin, who is saddened by her boyfriend’s growing relationship with another girl. By the Olympic gold medalist and best-selling author of Settle the Score. Kicks No. 8
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
When her family is displaced by a tornado that rips through town and destroys her home, 12-year-old Ivy is dismayed when her drawings of girls holding hands begin to appear in her locker at school, possibly from Ivy’s crush.
Kicking and Screaming by Steve Moore
The nationally syndicated cartoonist of In the Bleachers presents a next entry in the middle-grade series starring benchwarmer Steve, who in his latest adventure steps away from the sidelines to play soccer on an all-girls team. King of the Bench No. 3
The Last Grand Adventure by Rebecca Behrens
A 12-year-old girl finds herself on a 1967 road trip with her grandmother as they search for a long-lost relative, the legendary Amelia Earhart, in a tale of family and revelations by the author of Summer of Lost and Found.
The Legend of Jack Riddle by H. Easson
Forced to visit a distant relative with the unusual name of Gretel, 12-year-old Jack dismisses his initial surprise over his elderly great-aunt’s youthful appearance, mysterious hat, nighttime ramblings and complete lack of wi-fi before discovering some of the darker aspects of fairytale life. A first novel.
Lights, Camera, Disaster by Erin Dionne
Eighth-grader Hester Greene suffers from ADHD as well as anxiety, which is why she loves making movies where she is behind the camera and in complete control of the action — but if she cannot improve her language arts grade she will not be allowed to enter her video into The Hoot, a showcase of student work, and write a satisfactory ending to her middle school career.
Lights, Music, Code by Jo Whittemore. Foreword by Reshma Saujani.
A latest entry in the series published in partnership with the Girls Who Code organization finds Maya and her coding club friends preparing a light-and-music show for the winter dance only to find their efforts complicated by a troublemaking old friend who encourages her to spend more time doing non-coding activities. Girls Who Code No. 3
Like Vanessa by Tami Charles. Illus by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.
A semiautobiographical debut novel set in the early 1980s follows the experiences of a girl living in public housing with an addict grandfather, a situation that compels her to enter a school beauty pageant to follow in the footsteps of Vanessa Williams, the first African-American Miss America.
Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin. Illus by Lucy Knisley.
A 10-year-old girl writes letters to her soon-to-be-born sibling about how their lives in Oakland with their two moms are changing in a special year when marriage equality and an NBA championship made California a place of celebration. By the award-winning author of The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook.
Lucky Enough by Fred Bowen
Crediting a treasured lucky charm when he finally lands a spot on his friend’s baseball travel team, Trey becomes increasingly superstitious as his sports performance improves until he loses his lucky charm and is forced to consider if he actually created his own luck through hard work.
The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras
A youngest member of a Scottish medieval war band must free her family from a castle prison after knights attack her home, a quest that is marked by her brothers’ perspectives about courage, a helpful witch and a bandit with a dark link to her past. A first novel.
Max and the Millions by Ross Montgomery
When his closest friend at a boarding school disappears the day before summer vacation, leaving behind a handful of sand and an amazing model collection, Max discovers a magical desert kingdom of tiny people that his hearing aids give him the ability to hear.
Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes
A novel inspired by the life of Frida Kahlo follows the experiences of a girl who visits her deceased father’s birthplace in Mexico City, where a pair of secretive siblings invite her to help find a missing ring that once belonged to her father’s favorite Mexican artist. By the author of Gaby, Lost and Found.
Midnight in the Piazza by Tiffany Parks
Moving to Italy when her father is named head of the history department at the American Academy in Rome, history-loving Beatrice endeavors to fit in before learning about a centuries-old unsolved mystery involving a beautiful turtle fountain she sees from her window. A first novel.
The New Kid by A. I. Newton. Illus by Anjan Sarkar.
Passing himself off as human while his scientist parents conduct research on Earth, Zeke, a young alien, struggles to adjust and fit in while his classmate, Harris, investigates suspicions that Zeke may not be quite what he claims to be. Alien Next Door No. 1
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
The 12-year-old daughter of a refugee family forced to fl ee their home in the aftermath of the 1947 separation of Pakistan and India embarks on a treacherous journey that she records in a series of letters written to her late mother. By the award-winning author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl.
The Not-So-Boring Letters of Private Nobody by Matthew Landis
A trio of seventh-graders become one another’s first friends as they work together on a class project about a lesser-known soldier from the Civil War, an assignment that challenges their enthusiasm, perceptions, study habits and writing skills.
Out of the Wild Night by Blue Balliett
The award-winning author of Chasing Vermeer presents the story of a small group of kids who are chosen by the ghosts of Nantucket’s past to help protect the island from those who would destroy its culture and history.
P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy
A girl questioning her sexual orientation in light of a crush on a new friend writes forbidden letters to an older sister who has been sent away from their strict Catholic home after becoming pregnant. A first novel.
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
Discovering in the attic of her family’s South Carolina home a letter written to the grandmother who left in disgrace decades earlier, young Candace teams up with a quiet neighbor boy who helps her uncover long-kept secrets in the hopes of claiming a mysterious fortune.
A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers
Dreaming of making friends with a transgender boy, finding a permanent home away from the paparazzi who hound her celebrity father and connecting with the mother who abandoned her as a baby, 12-year-old Natalia embarks on a journey of self-discovery that changes her life forever.
President of the Whole Sixth Grade: Girl Code by Sherri Winston
When she learns that a popular news broadcaster is looking to mentor an aspiring journalist, Brianna is thrilled at fi rst before discovering that she’s been assigned to a “boring” community news desk that puts her on an assignment to interview coding enthusiasts at an inner-city school, a task that challenges her to learn to ignore the stereotypes and open up to the world around her.
Riding Lessons by Jane Smiley
A spunky, 11-year-old student under the guidance of Abby Lovitt from The Georges and the Jewels forges an immediate bond with an injured former racehorse and endeavors to earn more riding time in the face of school challenges and the imminent arrival of a newly adopted sibling. Ellen and Ned No. 1
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
Given a challenging assignment in school to answer an important question using the scientific method, young Natalie endeavors to help her botanist mother fight depression, an effort that leads to a new understanding that parents are people too.
Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond by Sam Hearn
When his class goes on a field trip to one of London’s top museums, Baker Street Academy newcomer John Watson teams up with classmates Sherlock Holmes and Martha to uncover the truth behind the theft of an extraordinary gemstone, in a debut entry in a story told through blog entries, detective notes, school assignments, news reports and comic strips. Baker Street Academy No. 1
The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi
Discovering that his Afghan mother has been living illegally in the United States since his father was killed in Afghanistan, American-born Jason fears that she has been deported and runs away to New York City in the hope of connecting with a family member who might be able to help.
Sneak Thief by Faith Harkey
Hoping for a new start when she is caught stealing and ordered to volunteer at a local garden nursery, Hush discovers that she has the ability to see and take away pain in others and embarks on a mission alongside a new friend to rid their community of its pain.
The Spinner Prince by Matt Laney
The heir to the throne of a land ruled by highly evolved felines is challenged to defeat a deadly beast and overcome his own forbidden powers in order to save his realm from a rebellious cousin. A first novel. Pride Wars No. 1
Springtime Crime by Carolyn Keene. Illus by Peter Francis.
While competitors across River Heights organize floral works of art for the annual Flower Sculpture contest, Nancy, Bess and George look forward to a performance by a famous pop singer whose flower hat is found destroyed on the morning of the show. Nancy Drew Clue Books No. 9
Stick Dog Crashes a Party by Tom Watson
Scavenging through Picasso Park for tasty treats, Stick Dog and his friends stumble on a mysterious gathering that includes strings of lights, colorful fi reworks and a sumptuous buffet fi lled with amazing foods. Stick Dog No. 8
The Super Awful Superheroes of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee & Matthew J. Gilbert. Illus by Joelle Dreidemy.
Manifesting bizarre superpowers after they are struck by a mysterious bolt of purple lightning, the students of Classroom 13 struggle to control and fi nd uses for their newfound abilities to create wild weather, summon giant roaches, produce atomic gas and more. Classroom 13 No. 4
The Super Life of Ben Braver by Marcus Emerson
Wanting to wrap up his summer by watching television and eating his favorite candy, an all-too-ordinary middle school boy participates in a haphazard rescue effort that lands him in a special school for kids with superpowers. By the author of the Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series. Ben Braver No. 1
The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond. Illus by Alex T. Smith.
Discovering a tiny boy angel in his pocket and bringing him home to his wife, bus driver Bert Brown is delighted to have a child to care for before meeting skeptical teachers, a mysterious school inspector and a lumbering local who all have designs on the tiny angel.
This Book Is a Classic by Susan Tan. Illus by Dana Wulfekotte.
Having completed the memoir she knows will be a best-seller someday, Cilla aspires to write a following book that has all the great elements of a classic, an ambition that is complicated by her efforts to observe Chinese traditions while serving as a fl ower girl in her aunt’s wedding. Cilla Lee-Jenkins No. 2
Through the Dark Forest by Kiki Thorpe. Illus by Jana Christy.
When Tinker Bell goes missing during a trip beyond Never Land, the Never Girls team up with the Never Land Fairies to track down their lost friend. Never Girls: Finding Tinker Bell No. 2
Time Jumpers by Brandon Mull
In a final installment in the series that began with Sky Raiders finds Cole and his friends testing their limits in their efforts to restore magic to the world of the Outskirts. Five Kingdoms No. 5
The Titanic by Katrina Charman
When loyal Mutt stows away aboard the RMS Titanic to follow his best friend, he agrees to help the captain’s cat search for three abandoned kittens only to be swept up in the events of the ship’s tragic sinking. Survival Tails No. 1
The Train of Lost Things by Ammi-Joan Paquette
Devastated when the special denim jacket given to him by his dying father goes missing, young Marty embarks on a journey to find the mythical Train of Lost Things, where beloved lost objects are rescued and protected until they can be returned. By the author of Rules for Ghosting.
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
A sequel to the best-selling The Wild Robot finds a shipwrecked Robot Roz using her technological abilities to navigate the challenges of surviving on a remote, wild island inhabited by hostile animals. By the Caldecott Honor-winning author of Creepy Carrots!
Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye
Desperate to rescue his kidnapped parents but unable to reveal their top-secret research on mind control, 14-year-old Ozzy teams up with his father’s robotic raven, a curious girl from school and a self-proclaimed wizard who may or may not be responsible for a spate of odd coincidences. Wizard for Hire No. 1
Wizardmatch by Lauren Magaziner
Diligently practicing her fledgling magic powers and dreaming of the day she will be able to visit her wizard grandfather’s magical estate, 12-year-old Lennie enters a family competition to become her grandfather’s heir, a dangerously escalating rivalry that forces her to make a difficult choice. By the author of The Only Thing Worse Than Witches.
A Wrinkle in Time: A Guide to the Universe by Loter, Inc.
A companion to the upcoming Disney fi lm based on Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Medal-winning classic invites a new generation of fans to learn about the production’s characters and settings, from Meg and Charles Wallace to Mrs. Who and Aunt Beast.