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Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER 2017
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The Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos
In one of the last cities still standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed and Brock aspire to become members of the Mages and Merchants guilds only to find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers guild working as defenders against otherworldly beasts, a situation that is complicated by their discovery of a plot against their new allies. A first novel.
The Audition by Maddie Ziegler
The Dance Moms star and judge from So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation presents a debut entry in a middle-grade trilogy that follows the ambitions of a tween dancer who must rebuild when her parents relocate from small-town Connecticut to sunny Florida. Maddie Ziegler No. 1
The Axe of Sundering by M. L. Forman
Two apprentice wizards, one light, one dark, are forced to work together to claim a legendary weapon when an evil force threatens to overwhelm their land, in a conclusion to the series that includes Sands of Nezza. Adventurers Wanted No. 5
The Beginning Woods by Malcolm McNeill
A supernatural epidemic that causes thousands of people to disappear every day triggers a bookstore orphan’s fantastical journey in search of answers in a realm of magic and terror. A first book.
Better Off Undead by James Preller
Returning from the dead after a mishap that ended his mortal life, a young zombie outcast notices that the world around him is changing in disturbing ways, from bees going missing to the outbreaks of super-flus, and teams up with new friends to investigate these and other environmental mysteries. By the author of the Jigsaw Jones series.
Black Moon Rising by D. J. Machale
When an evil force begins shattering windows, collapsing bleachers and causing other suspicious accidents at a Massachusetts middle school, Marcus and his fellow Library agents begin to suspect that someone is practicing dark witchcraft. By the author of Surrender the Key. Library No. 2
The Bone Thief by Alyson Noël
A ragtag team of 11-year-olds with otherworldly abilities investigates the mystery behind a sudden onset of ordinary events that are plaguing their anything but typical community. By the award-winning author of Fly Me to the Moon.
The Chocopocalypse by Chris Callaghan
Searching for a science project that will help her get a good grade, Jelly is astonished by breaking news that the world is about to run out of chocolate, a disaster that compels her to follow a mysterious trail of clues. A first novel.
Coco Middle Grade Novel by Diana Lpez
Young boy Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music.
The Downward Spiral by Ridley Pearson
Fearing that her brother may be succumbing to a dark obsession with their father’s death, Moria, the sister of James Moriarty, bonds with her brother’s roommate, Sherlock Holmes, during a search for a missing rare jewel. By the best-selling author of the Kingdom Keepers series. Lock and Key No. 2
Escape From Vodran by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker. Illus by Annie Wu.
Captured by the First Order and betrayed by a team member, Mattis, Lorica and AG-90 are forced to overcome their differences in order to prevent interrogations and AG’s reprogramming as a villainous First Order droid. Star Wars: Join the Resistance No. 2
The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner
Living in a world of circuits, lights and comfortably safe electronics that he believes will never let him down, Zig becomes suspicious when his father’s latest visit is cancelled without explanation, a mystery that compels Zig’s use of a garage sale GPS to find answers. By the award-winning author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.
Fire the Depths by Peter Lerangis
Desperate to save his family in the wake of his mother’s dangerous illness and the bank’s plans to foreclose on their home, Max finds an unpublished manuscript by his ancestor, Jules Verne, and embarks on a submarine adventure beyond his imagining. Max Tilt No. 1
Frank Einstein and the Bio-Action Gizmo by Jon Scieszka. Illus by Brian Biggs.
Pairing up with artificial life forms Klink and Klank, kid genius Frank Einstein and his best friend, Watson, pit themselves against rival classmate T. Edison in an effort to unlock scientific mysteries about the planet Earth. By the award-winning author of the Time War Trio series. Frank Einstein No. 5
Game On! The Graphic Novel by Ali-A & Cavan Scott. Illus by Aleksandar Sotirovski.
Published to coincide with the launch of Alien Liberator 2, an original graphic novel by the world record-holding YouTube celebrity behind Call of Duty follows the transformation of gamer Ali-A, who must become a real-life hero to stop a merciless band of aliens. Ali-A Adventures series
Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Spending another holiday season stuck in a house full of unusual guests who are not what they seem, 13-year-old Milo uncovers fresh clues alongside old and new friends who help him search for a mysterious map and a famous smuggler’s lost haul, in a sequel to the Edgar Award-winning Greenglass House.
Greetings From Witness Protection! by Jake Burt
A foster-care girl is placed with a family in the Witness Protection Program where she discovers that hiding in plain sight can be complicated and dangerous.
Hip-Hop Alphabet by Howie Abrams. Illus by Michael McLeer. Foreword by Darryl McDaniels.
An alphabetical chronicle of the history of hip-hop blends high-energy rhymes and graffiti-style illustrations to introduce the essential elements of the music and its culture as well as the stories of preeminent hip-hop artists, including LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys and Jay-Z.
Hocus Pocus by Barry Lyga
A first entry in a trilogy based on the top-rated CW television series follows Barry Allen’s ongoing mission to protect the citizens of Central City. By the bestselling author of the I Hunt Killers series.
In a Dark Land by Christina Soontornvat
A conclusion to the story that began in The Changelings finds Izzy and the Changelings racing against time to find the lost King’s Key to open a passage between worlds and save the Earth. Changelings No. 2
The Incredible Magic of Being by Kathryn Erskine
An optimistic youth who navigates the challenges of his stressed family by resolving to discover a comet interacts with a disapproving neighbor who wants to put an end to the family’s dream of opening a B&B. By the National Book Award-winning author of Mockingbird.
It’s Treason, by George! by Chris Kientz & Steve Hockensmith. Illus by Lee Nielsen.
Returning to school after their first two successful time-travel adventures, schoolmates Eric, Dominique, Ajay and Josephine discover that a time meddler is trying to turn America from a democracy into a monarchy. Co-written by the best-selling author of the Nick and Tesla series. Secret Smithsonian Adventures No. 3
Laura Ingalls Is Ruining My Life by Shelley Tougas
When her fangirl mother relocates the family to the childhood town of Laura Ingalls Wilder, a reluctant Charlotte is frustrated by the region’s cold winters and small-community activities before discovering her own fascination with the famed author’s life and writings. By the author of The Graham Cracker Plot.
The Legend of Shadow High by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
When cracks in their World of Stories cause Frankie and Draculaura to be accidentally transported from Monster High to Ever After High, they team up with Raven Queen and Apple White to foil an escaped Evil Queen’s plot. Co-written by the author of the Newbery Honor-winning Princess Academy. Monster High/Ever After High series
Little Bigfoot, Big City by Jennifer Weiner
Determined to discover the truth of her identity, 12-year-old Alice Mayfair sneaks away with her best friend to New York City, where her friend’s ambitions to become a television star are overshadowed by Jeremy Bigelow’s orders to secure a dangerous Bigfoot chemical. Littlest Bigfoot No. 2
Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt. Illus by Isabelle Arsenault.
Shuffling back and forth between his alcoholic father and worried mother, young Louis finds companionship with his sensitive younger brother and a best friend who supports him while he musters the courage to speak to a crush. By the award-winning creators of Jane, the Fox and Me.
Mabel Opal Pear and the Rules for Spying by Amanda Hosch. Illus by Ira Sluyterman van Langeweyde.
When her spy parents leave town without warning right before her beloved aunt is locked up amid false accusations, Mabel uses her self-authored spy
handbook to clear her aunt’s name and figure out where her parents have gone.
Marge in Charge by Isla Fisher. Illus by Eglantine Ceulemans.
A middle-grade debut by the award-winning actress and comedienne introduces zany babysitter Marge, who helps young charges Jemima and Jake rediscover fun through a series of topsy-turvy adventures.
Miriam’s Secret by Debby Waldman
Spending the Passover holiday with her loving grandparents in 1930 upstate New York, a lonely girl discovers another girl hiding in the barn who is on the run from an abusive family member before their
budding friendship is tested by a difficult choice. By the award-winning author of A Sack Full of Feathers.
Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy by Serena Valentino
An adaptation of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, told from Maleficent’s point of view, shares insights into how she became an evil fairy and why she resolved to curse an innocent princess. By the best-selling author of Fairest of All. Villains No. 4
Molly in the Middle by Ronni Arno
Twelve-year-old Molly finds herself having to make a big choice between following the “in-crowd” and following her heart when she’s invited to attend a splashy New Year’s party instead of participating in a Muscular Dystrophy walk with her friend, Kellan. M!X series
Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein
Aspiring to join other lucky finalists who are testing Mr. Lemoncello’s fabulous new game, Kyle researches interesting facts about notable Americans only to stumble on a few less-than-encouraging truths about his hero. Mr. Lemoncello’s Library No. 3
Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown
A poignant tale based on a true story follows the experiences of a girl with an irrepressible comic imagination who endures trauma and bullying when she is diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor.
My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson
A Cuban teen volunteers for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign and embarks on journeys through the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read, learning about her students’ lives while sharing the dangers posed by counter-revolutionaries. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of
Bridge to Terabithia.
The Night of Wishes by Michael Ende. Illus by Regina Kehn. Trans by Heike Schwarzbauer & Rick Takvorian.
By the author of The Neverending Story, a story about the Shadow Sorcery Minister, who still hasn’t fulfilled his quota of evil deeds for the year. His aunt, a witch, comes with a plan: brew the fabled Notion Potion, and every evil wish will be granted. The only thing standing in their way is an unlikely team — a cat and a raven — who have just hours to save the world from destruction.
Not on Fifth Street by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
Struggling with growing differences that are straining their relationship, two brothers in 1937 Ohio become estranged over the relationship one shares with a girl their parents do not approve of, before the record-breaking Ohio River flood forces them to draw on respective strengths in order to survive. By the author of the award-winning Like a River.
Open If You Dare by Dana Middleton
Discovering a box that has “Open If You Dare” written on its lid, three best friends struggling with respective challenges are swept up in a mystery from decades earlier, following clues planted by a dead girl. By the author of The Infinity Year of Avalon James.
Paper Chains by Elaine Vickers. Illus by Sara Not.
The efforts of two best friends to understand their respective views on family and their place in the world are complicated by one’s questions about her
biological family and the other’s abandonment by her father.
The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea
Five sixth-graders struggle with questions about their futures, a learning disability, a dysfunctional home environment, good intentions gone wrong and new priorities, in a story set against a backdrop of high-pressure standardized testing. By the award-winning author of Because of Mr. Terupt.
The Piper’s Apprentice by Matthew Cody
A conclusion to the best-selling trilogy finds Max struggling to reunite with her lost brother, restore her parents’ stolen souls and escape the Summer
Isle, while Carter faces a one-on-one confrontation against the sinister Piper. By the author of The Peddler’s Road. Secrets of the Pied Piper No. 3
The Player King by Avi
Enduring a hardscrabble existence working in an Oxford tavern kitchen, young Lambert is bought from the tavern keeper by a mysterious friar, Brother Simonds, who whisks him away in the dead of night and reveals that Lambert is actually Prince Edward, the true king of England. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Crispin.
Predator vs. Prey by Lisa McMann
Struggling to figure out the nature of the mysterious masked beings who are following her, Charlie investigates her abducted father’s link to Project Chimera and the bracelet that gives her incredible abilities from the animal kingdom, like the speed of a cheetah and the strength of an elephant. Going Wild No. 2
Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar
When her famous marine scientist parents are killed in a tragic accident, 11-year-old submarine innovator Fidelia is abducted by a treasonous pirate who demands that she help him retrieve a treasure from the ocean floor. By the author of Hour of the Bees.
Red Moon Rising by Erin Hunter. Illus by Laszlo Kubinyi & Julia Green.
In the gripping fourth book of the second Survivors series, the Wild Pack is in high spirits after rescuing Alpha and Beta’s pups, but Storm believes that danger still walks among them — and that it won’t be long before the traitor dog strikes again. Survivors: The Gathering Darkness No. 4
Rescue Mission by Jennifer Li Shotz
Placed in charge of tracking down an escaped convict, Ben’s father and Scout forbid Ben and his retired search-and-rescue dog, Hero, from joining the search before a sinister disappearance compels the boy and canine to save the day. Hero No. 3
Robots & Repeats by Gene Luen Yang. Illus by Mike Holmes.
When a weird advanced chemistry class is added to the curriculum, the Coders investigate clues that they hope will lead to Hopper’s missing dad, an effort that tempts them to use Professor Bee’s powerful Turtle of Light weapon. Secret Coders No. 4
Saturdays With Hitchcock by Ellen Wittlinger
Spending time with her uncle, who is staying with her family while recuperating from an injury incurred while making a Hollywood movie, 12-year-old
film buff Maisie struggles to accept her best friend Cyrus’ friendship with Gary Hackett, a boy she does not like, who seems to have a crush on her. By the
author of the award-winning Hard Love.
The Search for the Lost Prophecy by William Meyer
A sequel to The Secret of the Scarab Beetle finds Horace and his friends traveling back in time to 1920s Detroit, where they are tasked with protecting a sacred stone to safeguard the Time Keepers from a threatening adversary. Horace j. Edwards and the Time Keepers No. 2
The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange
Finding herself alone in the wake of her mother’s illness, her father’s job abroad and her caregiver’s busy schedule, Henrietta, a girl growing up in the early 20th century, explores ghostly secrets in her new home. A first novel.
The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
When Loki prepares the Ship of the Dead to attack the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok, Magnus and his friends embark on a perilous voyage facing hostile gods and monsters to outwit their wily adversary. By the best-selling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard No. 3
Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin
A reimagining of the classic fairy tale features two sisters whose life of privilege gives way after their father’s disappearance and their mother’s descent into sorrow before they embark on a magical adventure in an enchanted wood to break a set of terrible spells. By the creator of Dream Animals.
Spirit Riding Free by Suzanne Selfors
Forging an unbreakable bond of friendship and mutual respect, Lucky Prescott and wild stallion Spirit team up with new friends Abigail and Pru in a series of daring adventures that push their limits and help them discover what it means to be truly free. DreamWorks Spirit No. 2
Spy School Secret Service by Stuart Gibbs
Dispatched on a solo mission to infiltrate the White House and prevent a presidential assassination, 13-year-old Spy School trainee Ben Ripley attempts to track down an enemy operative despite the lack of cooperation offered by the president’s son. Spy School No. 5
The Summer of Owen Todd by Tony Abbott
When a well-liked babysitter from his church begins to molest him, 11-year-old Sean confides in his best friend, Owen, who struggles to figure out what to do, in a sensitively told tale about friendship and courage. By the award-winning author of Firegirl.
Team BFF: Race to the Finish! by Stacia Deutsch. Foreword by Reshma Saujani.
Signing up for a “hackathon” day of coding and meeting other tech enthusiasts, Sophia and her coding club friends welcome a robotics expert, Leila, into their group only to find their teamwork challenged by conflicting opinions. By the award-winning author of the Blast to the Past series. Girls Who Code No. 2
Time Jumpers by Brandon Mull
A conclusion to the popular series that includes Death Weavers finds Cole and his friend racing to restore magic to the world of the Outskirts so that they can find their way back home. By the best-selling author of the Fablehaven series. Five Kingdoms No. 5
Timeless Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by Armand Baltazar
A debut entry in an illustrated epic fantasy adventure is set in a world where a space-time cataclysm has torn apart time and space, reshaping the Earth into a place where people from all historical eras and cultures coexist and where a 13-year-old boy discovers he has a secret destiny. Timeless No. 1
Touchdown Kid by Tim Green
Leaning on their shared love of football to navigate the challenges of their rough neighborhood, Cory and his best friend, Liam, are saddened when Liam sustains an injury that costs him a football scholarship, a situation that turns complicated when Cory is offered his friend’s scholarship and must learn how to fit in with his privileged new classmates.
The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Born on the unluckiest day of the year and blamed for all misfortunes that occur in her community, a girl doomed to die at midnight on her 11th birthday is unexpectedly whisked away by a stranger on horseback who brings her to a magical city, where she learns she has been chosen to compete for a position with an organization comprised of highly talented individuals. A first novel. Nevermoor No. 1
Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki. Illus by Brooke Allen.
A debut installment in a new series based on the cult-favorite graphic novels follows the experiences of five summer campers who share supernatural
adventures in the mysterious woods near their cabin. Lumberjanes No. 1
The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall. Illus by Pascal Campion.
Falling in love with a tiny pig rescued by her brother from a nearby farm, a little girl in a cramped city house struggles to find her porcine friend a safe forever home, in a present-day homage to Charlotte’s Web.
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A sequel to the Newbery Honor-winning The War That Saved My Life continues the story of Ada, who in the aftermath of the surgery that corrects her disability struggles to welcome a Jewish-German girl into the crowded cottage where her loved ones are enduring the horrors of World War II.
We Are Party People by Leslie Margolis
A shy 12-year-old girl who is quite the opposite of her gregarious parents is challenged to step outside of her comfort zone when the needs of an ailing grandparent require the girl to work in her family’s party-planning company.
Watchdog by Will McIntosh
Building a loyal robot watchdog that is targeted by a local crime boss who wants to add the dog to her robot army, twins Vick and Tara struggle to keep the mob from tearing their family apart. By the Hugo Award-winning author of Burning Midnight.
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy. Illus by Carson Ellis.
Intrigued by the activities of a young band of pickpockets who steal from him and others in a busy square in Marseille, lonely Charley Fisher, the son of an American diplomat, infiltrates the group before enrolling in the mysterious School of Seven Bells to learn the tricks of the trade to become an elite Whiz Mob thief.
The Wild Book by Juan Villoro. Trans by Lawrence Schimel.
Sent to live with his kooky bibliophile uncle when his parents separate, Juan discovers that his uncle’s extensive library includes books that seem to
have supernatural powers before he discovers his ability to use books in magical ways, a talent that compels his search for a special Wild Book that has never allowed itself to be read. Yonder series
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
A sequel to The Wild Robot finds a shipwrecked Robot Roz struggling to survive the challenges of the civilized world and find her way home to Brightbill and the island. By the award-winning author of Creepy Carrots!
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
The magically inept son of a wizard king and the magic-possessing daughter of a warrior queen meet on the wildwood trail of a deadly witch before embarking on an adventure that changes the fabric of their worlds. By the best-selling author of How to Train Your Dragon. The Wizards of Once No. 1