Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN APRIL 2019
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Adventure Time, No. 17 by Pendleton Ward, creator, et al.
A final collection of graphic-novel adventures from Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time finds Finn, Jake and other favorite characters facing off against a color-thieving Magic Man while navigating the challenges of a royal wedding. Adventure Time No. 17
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Aladdin: Far From Agrabah by Aisha Saeed
An original story set in the world of the live-action film finds Aladdin and Jasmine on a magic carpet ride filled with adventure, suspense and wonder. By the author of Written in the Stars.
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Apprentice Needed by Obert Skye
Rescued by Rin’s daughter when an unknown force takes over his mind, Ozzy searches for answers in New York, where he meets the mysterious man behind his parents’ scientific innovations and begins five tasks to qualify as a wizard’s apprentice. Wizard for Hire No. 2
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August Isle by Ali Standish
Sent by her mysteriously estranged parents to stay with friends in the coastal town where her mother spent her childhood summers, Miranda forges unexpected friendships, including a bond with an enigmatic seafarer, before stumbling on redemptive family secrets.
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The Becket List by Adele Griffin. Illus by LeUyen Pham.
Moving with her family to her Gran’s farm, young Becket tries to make sense of new routines and haphazardly applies her city smarts while selling too-sour lemonade, feeding hostile chickens and befriending a new neighbor. By the author of the National Book Award finalist, Where I Want to Be. Blackberry Farm series
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Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
Helping to care for her beloved special-needs brother in the years after their father’s passing, Cat suffers a personal setback that prompts her to visit the home of the grandparents she has never met, where she finds renewal in simply being able to be a kid.
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Chasing Helicity Into the Wind by Ginger Zee
Visiting Mia in Texas in the aftermath of a devastating tornado and flood in her Michigan home, Helicity helps out at her aunt’s bed-and-breakfast before a sailing adventure with new friends becomes subject to dangerous windstorms. Chasing Helicity No. 2
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Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal by Jeff Kinney
Greg Heffley’s best friend and biographer shares first-person insights into their middle-school experiences while making a decided mess of Greg’s life story. By the award-winning creator of Rodrick Rules and Getaway. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
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The Door at the End of the World by Caroline Carlson
Discovering that her boss has gone missing, that the doorway between her world and other dimensions is broken and that it all might be her fault, Gatekeeper’s deputy Lucy breaks the rules for the first time during a quest through seven worlds involving new friends and a swarm of magical bees.
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Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Stark-McGinnis
Imagining that she will transform into a bird and reconnect with her late mother, an 11-year-old foster child unexpectedly bonds with a new foster mom, a taxidermist and wildlife rescuer who helps her forge a new understanding of home. A first novel.
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The Hamilton-Burr Duel by Dan Gutman
Complemented by historical photos, a conclusion to the popular series finds a disgraced Miss Z’s work taken over by a top-secret agency that sends the Flashback Four on a final mission to record the fateful duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Flashback Four No. 4
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The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge
A 10-year-old science enthusiast awakens in another reality and must work with the laws of the universe while trusting in the love of her family in order to set things right. By the award-winning author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright.
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Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers by Shauna M. Holyoak
A first entry in a planned two-part series finds a spunky Japanese-American girl detective, her hacker best friend and her socially anxious pup investigating a string of dognappings in their Denver neighborhood. Kazu Jones No. 1
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The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles. Illus by Dapo Adeola.
When two adventurous cousins accidentally extend the last day of summer by freezing time, they discover that the secrets they find hidden between the unmoving seconds, minutes and hours are not as much fun as expected.
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Last of the Name by Rosanne Parry
Arriving in 1863 New York City with his older sister, 12-year-old Danny reluctantly pretends to be a girl in order to accompany his sister into domestic service and avoid recruitment into the army, a deception that is complicated by his love for Irish dancing and brewing tensions between the Irish and their free black neighbors.
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Lexie’s Little Lie by Emma Shevah
When a jealous lie tears apart her family and threatens her bond with her cousin best friend, Lexie endures calamitous escapades while learning about different kinds of truths and lies, including some truths that can be hurtful.
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The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander
Discovering an ultimate library containing every book in the universe, young Lenora becomes an apprentice librarian and must tap the library’s infinite knowledge about missions in space and the future before encountering a dark and destructive force. Library of Ever No. 1
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Lizzie Flying Solo by Nanci Turner Steveson
Hoping to get through school unnoticed while enduring life in a transitional housing shelter after her father is arrested for a white-collar crime, Lizzie St. Clair bonds with a frightened pony at a local stable while struggling to accept help from new friends. By the author of Georgia Rules.
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Middle School Misadventures by Jason Platt
When a year of mischief culminates in the threat of summer school and one last-minute option to get out of it, Newell endeavors to prepare a worthwhile performance for a school talent show without having any particular talent. A first graphic novel.
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My Life as a Meme by Janet Tashjian
Derek Fallon and his friends return for an uproarious meme-themed adventure in a latest entry in the popular series by the author of the Einstein the Class Hamster books. My Life No. 8
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Operatic by Kyo MacLear. Illus by Byron Eggenschwiler.
Challenged to pick just the right song for a music-class assignment, Charlie finds inspiration in the performances and life story of opera singer Maria Callas and starts to express herself in the face of middle-school challenges.
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Orange for the Sunsets by Tina Athaide
Two 12-year-old best friends who have never cared about their differences are torn apart by president Idi Amin’s decision to expel Indians from 1972 Uganda, an order that is complicated by an educational opportunity and escalating community unrest.
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The Polarshield Project by Ridley Pearson. Illus by Ile Gonzalez.
When global warming and climate change unleash deadly coastal weather and their fathers, Superman and Batman, are nowhere to be found, young Kent and Ian set aside their differences to uncover a conspiracy that threatens the planet. Super Sons series
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The Race to Kangaroo Cliff by Alexander McCall Smith. Illus by Iain McIntosh.
In a conclusion to the series that includes The Sands of Shark Island, Ben, Fee and the rest of the Tobermory crew sail to Australia to participate in a tall-ships race before a search for their missing dog leads to an astonishing discovery in the Outback. School Ship Tobermory No. 3
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The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson by Quinn Sosna-Spear
Running away in the family hearse when a famed inventor offers him an apprenticeship, Walter and his moody next-door neighbor journey through a strange landscape of fish-people, giantess miners and hypnotized honeybees on an adventure of family revelations and new prospects. A first novel.
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Riverland by Fran Wilde
Hiding under the bed and telling each other stories to endure difficult times at home, two sisters lose their mother’s safeguarding magic when their father breaks an heirloom witch ball, causing a rift in the boundary between the real and nightmare worlds.
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Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself by Matthew Gray Gubler
Rumple Buttercup the monster embraces his distinctively weird features, from asymmetrical feet to green skin, alongside his imaginary trash friend, Candy Corn Carl, in a celebration of individuality and the magic of belonging.
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Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story by Raina Telgemeier
The Eisner Award-winning illustrator of the Babysitters Club graphic novels presents an interactive journal for middle-grade students who enjoy writing and drawing, in a volume that includes idea prompts, spaces for personal photos and a sneak peak of Telgemeier’s next book, Guts.
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Silver Meadows Summer by Emma Otheguy
When the loss of her father’s job in Puerto Rico forces the family to move in with relatives in upstate New York, 11-year-old Carolina befriends a fellow artist at camp and builds a studio in an abandoned cottage before the camp’s future is thrown into jeopardy.
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Spill the Beans by Sarah Mlynowski
A dream-come-true arrival in Jonah’s favorite story, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” involves the sibling duo in a deal with a sneaky trader, a beanstalk climb into the sky, a decidedly hungry giant and a goose that lays golden eggs. By the best-selling author of the Magic in Manhattan series. Whatever After No. 13
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A Squirrelly Situation by Jacqueline Kelly
When Travis brings home a baby squirrel that he intends to keep as a pet, unexpected consequences ensue for the Tate family as the squirrel tries to make a place for itself around Thud the cat and Travis’ skeptical mother. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet No. 5
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Thisby Thestoop and the Wretched Scrattle by Zac Gorman. Illus by Sam Bosma.
When the king’s destructive overseer throws the Black Mountain dungeon into chaos, gamekeeper Thisby investigates the bizarre deaths of imps, banshees and a wyvern while entering the Wretched Scrattle tournament for control of the Black Mountain. Thisby Thestoop No. 2
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Trace by Pat Cummings
Spotting a ghost in historical clothing in the basement of the New York Public Library, a recently orphaned African-American middle school student makes unexpected discoveries about his own family’s past.
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