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Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN January 2018
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All Three Stooges by Erica Perl
A coming-of-age comedy about friendship and loss follows the experiences of two seventh-grade best friends who become estranged in the aftermath of a parent’s sudden death, a situation that is complicated by an opinionated girl, Noa, who shares Noah’s name and bar mitzvah day.
Avalanche! by Terry Lynn Johnson. Illus by Jani Orban.
Skiing with their parents in Wyoming’s Grand Teton Mountains, twins Ashley and Ryan find their knowledge and survival skills brutally tested in the wake of a disaster, in a high-suspense tale complemented by avalanche survival tips. Survivor Diaries series
Battle With the Britons! by Gary Northfield
Sent by Emperor Hadrian on a mission to the distant land of Britannia to remind its people of the might of the Roman Empire, Julius Zebra is surprised when the Britons reveal their decided dislike of Romans. Julius Zebra series
Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson
A powerful middle-grade novel about the childhood activism of Malcolm X’s wife, written by their daughter, describes how young Betty finds confidence and purpose by volunteering for the Housewives League in 1945 Detroit, learning skills and developing awareness that inspires her future as a Civil Rights icon.
The Case of the Perilous Palace by Jordan Stratford. Illus by Kelly Murphy.
A conclusion to the popular series finds Ada’s imperious grandmother shutting down the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency until a royal request by a future Queen Victoria places them on the trail of a missing sketchbook. Wollstonecraft Detective Agency No. 4
D-Day: Battle on the Beach by Kate Messner. Illus by Kelley McMorris.
Arriving in Normandy on the morning of World War II’s D-Day invasion, Ranger the time-traveling golden retriever befriends a young African-American soldier and a Jewish boy in hiding from the Nazis. By the award-winning author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. Ranger in Time No. 7
Dark Wyng by Chris d’Lacey
Developing extraordinary new powers through his connection to two baby dragons, young Ren pursues an agenda that is treated with suspicion by other dragons, while a unicorn-riding stranger uses his affinity for crows to gather followers for a mysterious quest in dragon territory. By the author of the Last Dragon Chronicles. Erth Dragons No. 2
A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano. Illus by Mirelle Ortega.
Sneaking out of school and into the family bakery where she has been told she is too young to help prepare for the annual Dia de los Muertos festival, Leonora discovers that her female relatives come from a long line of brujas, Mexican witches, who pour a bit of sweet magic into everything they prepare. Love Sugar Magic No. 1
Dragon Overnight by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle & Emily Jenkins
Getting organized to participate in an exciting sleepover field trip, the students from the Upside-Down Magic class encounter unexpected challenges in the form of wonky spells and a tricky dragon. Upside-Down Magic No. 4
The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui Sutherland. Illus by Mike Holmes.
A first graphic-novel adaptation in the best-selling series follows the selection of Clay as one of a team of dragonets destined to fulfi ll a mysterious prophecy and end the war among the dragon tribes of Pyrrhia. Wings of Fire Graphic Novels No. 1
Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce
An aspiring young engineer builds helpful inventions and wonders what to give her best friend for her birthday before deciding to build her an amazing doghouse, a project that requires the help of rival neighbors. By the author of Sisters Red.
The Eternity Elixir by Frank L. Cole
Gordy, an apprentice potion master and son of the director of the hidden community known as the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide, or B.R.E.W., is challenged to protect a forbidden potion of considerable power when it mysteriously disappears and then ends up in Gordy’s possession. Potion Masters No. 1
Fairy Mom and Me by Sophie Kinsella. Illus by Marta Kissi.
Looking forward to growing up and embarking on the same magical adventures as her fairy instructor mom, young fairy Ella Brook pursues her dreams by helping out when her mother’s magical devices do not operate in the real world quite as expected.
Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks by Victoria J. Coe
Chasing the mischievous stripey chipmunks that have invaded the Dog Park behind his house, Fenway suffers insect stings and is carted off to the Place of Fear, where he is fitted with a devastating Cone of Doom despite his devotion to his favorite short human. Fenway and Hattie No. 3
Funny Kid for President by Matt Stanton
Wrongly blamed by an intimidating teacher for an act of vandalism, underdog Max decides to run for class president against an archenemy who challenges him to organize the campaign of a lifetime in spite of not being the smartest, fastest or best-looking kid in school. Funny Kid No. 1
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Goldie Blox and the Best Friend Fail by Stacy McAnulty
Accidentally disappointing a friend, Goldie Blox resolves to make amends by throwing a BFF celebration that spirals out of control as her plans grow increasingly more ambitious. By the author of the Dino Files series.
Grilled Cheese and Dragons by Nancy E. Krulik. Illus by Ben Balistreri.
A princess who would rather be a knight accepts her skeptical king father’s challenge to perform good deeds in order to prove her worthiness to attend knight school, an endeavor that is supported by a friendly dragon and a perpetually terrified knight-in-training. Princess Pulverizer No. 1
Hamstersaurus Rex Gets Crushed by Tom O’Donnell. Illus by Timothy Miller.
Encountering creepy, abnormal objects floating around Horace Hotwater Middle School, Sam Gibbs and his super-strong tiny buddy, Hamstersaurus Rex, set aside their disbelief when they learn that the apparitions are linked to a ghost. Hamstersaurus Rex No. 3
Harley Quinn at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee
Unable to resist getting involved in an interschool battle of the bands that is to be held during a rare cosmic carnival, fun-loving Harley Quinn dons her big mallet and uses her indefatigable sense of humor to tackle a tricky mystery that overshadows the festivities. By the award-winning author of Millicent Min, Girl Genius.
The Haunting on Heliotrope Lane by Carolyn Keene
Rallying around a drama-prone girl who has been acting strangely after exploring an abandoned house, Nancy and Willa investigate the house and become increasingly fearful that their friend has been possessed by a ghost. Nancy Drew Diaries No. 16
Hermes: Tales of the Trickster by George O’Connor
A latest entry in the graphic novel series inspired by iconic mythological figures focuses on the character of trickster-god Hermes, describing his supernatural abilities with animals, the acts of mischief that marked his youth and his relationship with his son, the equally irreverent Pan. Olympians No. 10
Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre
Sent to live with scheming relatives after the death of her mother, Wavie struggles to follow the list of instructions left by her mother about how to be brave and find her place in the world as part of an effort to secure a home with a loving guardian.
Into the Spiders’ Lair: An Unofficial Interactive Minecrafter’s Adventure by Mark Cheverton
When a young village girl is badly injured and needs the help of one of the missing witches of the Far Lands of Minecraft, Watcher and his friends discover that spiders have taken the witches captive and are hiding them somewhere in the wilderness. Rise of the Warlords No. 3
Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet by Harriet Muncaster
Looking forward to a class field trip to see a ballet performance of Alice in Wonderland, an exuberant Isadora Moon is dismayed when the curtain rises and her special best friend, Pink Rabbit, is discovered missing from his seat. Isadora Moon No. 3
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
Striking a deal with a formidable local in the aftermath of his father’s death, 12-year-old Charlie, the child of sharecroppers, agrees to track
down a band of thieves only to confront a difficult moral choice when he learns the true identities and circumstances of his targets. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963.
Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard
Teased by a school bully because she does not resemble the dark-skinned grandfather who is raising her, young Robbie wonders about her other family members and worries when her grandfather’s memory begins to fail. A first novel.
The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham
Fearlessly protecting his Boston building from haunting spirits, a grotesque stone gargoyle, the last of his kind, struggles to protect his newest ward from an underworld king at the same time he considers partnering with a mysterious young ally. By the award-winning author of The Luck Uglies.
The Lost Rainforest: Mez’s Magic by Eliot Schrefer. Illus by Emilia Dziubak.
Growing up in the darkness shared by their fellow Nightwalker panthers, young Mez and her beloved sister hear fearful stories about mythological animals who walk by day, until an eclipse and her fledgling magical abilities enable Mez to cross the Veil dividing the two worlds.
Magic, Madness, and Mischief by Kelly McCullough
In a middle-grade fantasy by the author of School for Sidekicks, a boy and his reluctant sidekick use their newly discovered fire magic to defeat an evil stepfather.
Monster High: I Spy Deuce Gorgon! by Misty von Spooks
A latest entry in the creeperific new Monster High: Monster Rescue series continues the adventures of Frankie Stein, Draculaura, Clawdeen Wolf and their fangtastic friends. Monster Rescue No. 4
My So-Called Superpowers by Heather Nuhfer. Illus by Simini Blocker.
A 12-year-old girl whose emotions come to life for all to see — from floating hearts when she thinks about her crush to dark clouds that rain on her when she is sad — struggles to solve the mystery of her embarrassing powers before they totally humiliate her.
Mysteries of the Overworld by Danica Davidson
Continuing their investigation into the mysterious Ender crystal and the sinister voice that seems to emanate from it, Stevie and Alex follow clues to a strange book in an unfamiliar language that seems to depict two adventurers trapping the evil Ender Dragon in the End. Unofficial Overworld Heroes No. 2
No Time to Lose by Geronimo Stilton
A threat that dangerously unbalances New Mouse City prompts Geronimo Stilton and his friends to take a journey through time to retrieve King Solomon’s ring, a quest marked by encounters with Napoleon, the Vikings and the ancient Cretans. Geronimo Stilton: Journey Through Time No. 5
Pinkie Pie Steps Up by G.M. Berrow
A latest entry in the original middle-grade series tied to the upcoming feature film expands the original My Little Pony world and continues the adventures of fan-favorite characters. My Little Pony: Beyond Equestria No. 3
A Problematic Paradox by Eliot Sappingfield
A first entry in a riotous debut duology features brainy student Nikola, who is recruited by aliens to attend a boarding school for geniuses, where she makes otherworldly friends and discovers her own unusual powers.
Quest for the City of Gold by James Patterson. Illus by Juliana Neufeld.
Discovering a hidden trove of pirate treasure that includes a map to a lost Incan city, the Kidds embark on a quest in the dangerous Amazon jungle to unlock the map’s secrets and find the fabled city before their rivals claim its treasures for themselves. Treasure Hunters No. 5
The Royal Rabbits of London by Santa Montefiore & Simon Sebag Montefiore. Illus by Kate Hindley.
When shy, quiet Shylo overhears the plan of a band of ratzis to embarrass the Queen, he must travel to Buckingham Palace and convince the Royal Rabbits of London to stop them.
A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson
A sequel to Midnight Without a Moon finds 13-year-old Rose struggling in her Mississippi community between her friends’ perspectives about violent versus peaceful protest during the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement in the aftermath of a wrenching murder.
Smart Cookie by Elly Swartz
Secretly posting a dating profile for her widower father, Frankie finds that her ambition to restore her family is more challenging than expected when none of the candidates who respond are right, a situation that is complicated by B&B cancellations, her former best friend’s silent treatment, family secrets and suspicions about a possible haunting.
Some Assembly Required by Brian Lynch. Illus by Edwardian Taylor.
Attending Toy Academy to train in the art of play, misfit little toy Grumbolt, who is not an action figure, a stuffed animal or a collectible, resolves to find his proper place before a rival plot by the Evil Toy Academy compels Grumbolt to take a dangerous risk to save his school. Toy Academy No. 1
Stormspeaker by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
A latest entry in the best-selling series that includes The Wildcat’s Claw finds the four heroes of Erdas on the run in the wake of dangerous accusations. By the award-winning author of The Red Umbrella. Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts No. 7
Supergifted by Gordon Korman
A sequel to Ungifted follows the experiences of a boy whose incredibly high IQ and struggles with high expectations prompt his transfer into Donovan Curtis’ school, where clashes with a competitive cheerleader and an alpha jock lead to unexpected popularity.
Susan by Kate Klimo. Illus by Tim Jessell.
A fact-filled entry in the popular series follows the experiences and observations of cherished Royal Corgi Susan, who is given to Princess Elizabeth as a teen and who accompanies the future queen of England on her honeymoon, keeps vigil while she serves as a World War II lorry driver and attends her coronation. Dog Diaries No. 12
The Terrible Two Go Wild by Mac Barnett. Created by John John. Illus by Kevin Cornell.
Running wild in the woods when school lets out for the summer, unapologetic pranksters Miles and Niles lead a band of fellow merrymakers in an epic battle against a local boot camp. By the Caldecott Honor-winning author of Extra Yarn. Terrible Two No. 3
That’s MY Tiny-Saurus Rex by Dustin Hansen
Forming a plan to render themselves the best Microsaur sitters ever, Danny and Lin are unexpectedly challenged by a pair of rampaging T-rex twins whose antics complicate a race against time to fix the Professor’s wrecked lab before they are kicked out of the Microterium. Microsaurs No. 3
The Truth As Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
An oversized youth with challenging learning disabilities is wrongly suspected of having a hand in his best friend’s death, a situation that compels him to create an underground haven for himself and a bullied new friend. By the award-winning author of Waiting for Normal.
The Uncanny Express by Kara Lareau. Illus by Jen Hill.
The efforts of Jaundice and Kale to settle back into a quiet life in Dullsville are interrupted by the arrival of a magician aunt who recruits them as her assistants in a show onboard the Uncanny Express, where her subsequent disappearance leads to an investigation alongside a famous detective. Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters No. 2
Waking the Monsters by Judd Winick
When Mega Robot Monsters begin suddenly turning up all over the place, Hilo teams up with Gina in the hopes that she and some of his brand-new superpowers will save the day, a situation that is complicated by dark revelations about his past. Hilo No. 4
War of the Realms by Kate O’Hearn
Doubting the trustworthiness of Loki’s claims about a secret route when their path home is barred, Freya and the Valkyries struggle to protect
both the human and Norse worlds as the War of the Realms expands beyond Asgard. Valkyrie No. 3
A Warp in Time by Jude Watson
A latest entry in the popular series that includes Jennifer A. Nelson’s Deadzone features unlocks for exclusive game rewards and finds Molly, Yoshi and their friends discovering that there are more than just monsters in the rift. Horizon No. 3
Warrior Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino
A second entry in the fast-paced fantasy adventure series by the co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender finds Giacomo, his fellow artists and their teacher fleeing to an Asian-inspired world of Genius warriors, where a power-hungry leader recruits them to track down the next Sacred Tool. Rebel Geniuses series
Whiskerella by Ursula Vernon
Preferring high-action adventures to the frilly dresses and extravagant parties enjoyed by typical princesses, Princess Harriet Hamsterbone dreads an upcoming ball in honor of a visiting ambassador before encountering a bewitchingly beautiful stranger who leads her on an adventure involving a wicked stepsister, an incontinent lizard and a fairy’s curse. Hamster Princess No. 5
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson. Illus by Chloe Bristol.
A first entry in a planned trilogy set in a magical hotel filled with secrets finds orphan Elizabeth Somers shipped away by her malevolent guardians to a mysterious hotel, where she discovers a magic book of puzzles with ties to her host’s sinister family and a fateful curse. Winterhouse No. 1
The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith
Training to inherit the isolated, technologically advanced African kingdom where his father rules, 12-year-old T’Challa is unexpectedly sent with his best friend to complete his education in America at a typical public school in the heart of Chicago. By the award-winning author of Hoodoo. Black Panther series