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Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN MAY 2018
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Across the Dark Water by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
A debut entry in a new fantasy trilogy by the author of the Guardian Herd series follows the experiences of a young stable groom who endeavors to forge a bond of trust with the leader of a herd of wild pegasi in order to protect both the winged horses and the groom’s clan from escalating conflicts with invading giants. Guardian Herd No. 1
Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader by Emily Calandrelli with Tamson Weston. Illus by Renée Kurilla.
Trying to fix a ham radio that she wants to use to try to contact people in distant regions or even outer space, tech-savvy third-grader Ada Lace hears a strange and distant voice on the radio that causes her best friend, Nina, to fear that the planet is about to be attacked by an alien swarm. By the producer and host of Xploration Outer Space. Ada Lace Adventures No. 3
The Alcatraz Escape by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. Illus by Sarah Watts.
Sleuthing duo Emily and James tackle their most challenging mystery yet during legendary game-maker Garrison Griswold’s extravaganza on Alcatraz Island, where they must discover who has been stealing important game objects, an act of sabotage that is linked to a tragic 19th-century mystery involving Harriet Beecher Stowe. Book Scavenger No. 3
Alien Scout by A. I. Newton. Illus by Anjan Sarkar.
Revealing his alien identity to his best friend Harris, Zeke hopes that Harris will help keep his secret when a fellow scout grows suspicious during a weekend scout trip in the wilderness. Alien Next Door No. 3
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
Forced to leave school to care for her siblings in accordance with Pakistani village tradition, a disappointed Amal suffers an accidental run-in with the son of a corrupt landlord and is forced into indentured servitude, where her witness to her master’s nefarious dealings compels her to make risky alliances in support of change. By the author of Written in the Stars.
Amelia Bedelia Digs In by Herman Parish. Illus by Lynne Avril.
Joining her family for an end-of-summer week at the beach, Amelia Bedelia stumbles on a clue from an old pirate captain and springs into action to find a long-lost treasure. Amelia Bedelia No. 12
Annie’s Life in Lists by Kristin Mahoney. Illus by Rebecca Crane.
A shy fifth-grader with an incredible memory and a penchant for organizing her life by making lists navigates her brother’s animosity over their recent move, her efforts to secure her bond with a best friend and the challenges of finding a place to belong.
Bad Mermaids Make Waves by Sibéal Pounder. Illus by Jason Cockcroft.
Ordered home from their summer vacation on land, stylish mermaid best friends Beattie, Mimi and Zelda pack up their clam car and nail polish before racing back to their ocean home in Hidden Lagoon, only to discover that their queen has been abducted by a pod of mermaid evildoers. By the author of Witch Wars and the award-winning Harry Potter UK cover artist.
Bad Moooove! by Nancy E. Krulik. Illus by Ben Balistreri.
When the livestock in the village of Ire-Mire-Briar-Shire mysteriously vanish, Princess Pulverizer and her timid friend, Lucas, launch a search in hopes of completing her Quest of Kindness and appeasing a cheese-loving dragon only to find herself captured by an angry, pink-haired troll. Princess Pulverizer No. 3
Belle Takes Flight by Kathy McCullough
The spell may be broken, but Belle’s adventures have just begun in this original middle-grade novel that continues the story of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, in which the Prince is being held prisoner in a far-away kingdom that is under a spell of its own and it’s up to Belle to save him with the help of Lumiere, Cogsworth and several new friends.
Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead. Illus by Nicholas Gannon.
Returning to her grandmother’s home in Australia years after visiting as a younger child, Livy slowly remembers a magical, mysterious green being in a chicken suit who she befriended years earlier and who has been eagerly awaiting her return so that she can keep her promise to him.
The Bolds on Vacation by Julian Clary. Illus by David Roberts.
Planning a summer camping trip by the sea, the Bolds befriend a chatty puffin and a cougar with a dark past while Uncle Tony becomes a surfing sensation and Bobby assumes a latest disguise, this time as the family dog, until trouble sniffs him out.
Born to Be Good by Michael Fry
A highly anticipated follow-up to the best-selling How to Be a Supervillain finds a reluctant Junior Super Academy student, Victor, aspiring to quit and become a librarian before he is called upon to rescue superheroes and villains, including his parents, who have been abducted as part of an evil scheme involving gladiator fights to the death. By the creator of the Over the Hedge comic strip. How to Be a Supervillain No. 2
Boy Bites Bug by Rebecca Petruck
Impulsively eating a stinkbug as a distraction to quell a racial conflict at school, Will is dubbed “Bug Boy” by his peers before he discovers the practice of entomophagy and decides to organize a fun class project involving a multicultural new friend, his angry best friend and recipes to make grasshoppers more appetizing.
An official Rick Riordan companion guide places readers in the identity of a magically powered descendant of ancient Egyptian royalty who must embark on Carter Kane’s “training program” by taking themed quizzes and learning about the culture’s deities, creatures and mysterious symbols. Kane Chronicles
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
Cast out of Mount Olympus and relegated to the body of a mortal teen, Apollo fights to regain his godhood by restoring, without his lost powers, five Oracles that have gone dark, a daunting task that is complicated by his responsibilities toward Demeter’s confounding young daughter, Meg. By the best-selling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Trials of Apollo No. 3
Carnival Magic by Amy Ephron
A companion to Castle in the Mist features a mysterious carnival, an ominous psychic and a mysterious wind that whisks Tess and Max away from their South Devon seashore vacation into a new, fantastical world.
The Chosen Ones by Scarlett Thomas
Expelled from magic training school and unable to return to the Otherworld, Effie searches for a copy of a rare book that is also being targeted by the richest man in the world, while Raven Wilde questions Skykurian’s suspicious plan and Maximillian goes missing deep in Napoleonic Europe. Worldquake No. 2
The Cobalt Prince by Mark Siegel & Alexis Siegel. Illus by Xanthe Bouma; Matt Rockefeller; & Boya Sun.
A follow-up to The Sand Warrior finds Oona Lee racing to light a next beacon in Toki, where she must confront her sister and expose the Cobalt Prince’s dark secrets, while An Tzu uses unique magic to fight his mysterious illness and starball hero Jax risks everything to save his friends. 5 Worlds No. 2
Cracks in the Cone by Coco Simon
Worrying when her coworker friends become casual about the small but frequent mistakes they make while working at the ice cream shop, Allie struggles to find a balance between being a friend and a boss to prevent the mistakes from adding up. By the author of Mia in the Mix. Sprinkle Sundays No. 2
Creeper Family Vacation: An Unofficial Minecrafter’s Novel by Greyson Mann. Illus by Amanda Brack.
When his family is unable to agree on how they should spend a month-long family vacation, Gerald eagerly supports his father’s idea that they try everyone’s preferences in turn only to be rapidly disenchanted by the long hours he is required to spend traveling in a minecart with his troublemaking sisters. By the author of the Secrets of an Overworld Survivor series. Creeper Diaries No. 5
The Cure for Cold Feet by Beth Ain
Young Izzy Kline tackles the drama of middle school and family life with honesty and heart, navigating the dynamics of social media while dreading a social studies assignment that requires her to ballroom dance with a boy, in a stand-alone companion to Izzy Kline Has Butterflies. By the author of the Starring Jules series. Izzy Kline No. 2
A Dark Descent by Lisa Fiedler. Created by Gabriel Gale. Illus by Sebastian Giacobino.
Having successfully vanquished the first of the four Wicked Witches from Oz, Glinda embarks on a search for a mysterious teacher whom she hopes can guide her magical training, while fiery Locasta attempts to track down an elementary fairy who can help them defeat a second Wicked Witch in Oz’s North. Ages of Oz series
Emma Catwalks and Cupcakes! by Coco Simon
Unexpectedly losing a modeling assignment to Katie, Emma finds her initial efforts to be happy for her friend challenged by her difficulties with sharing the spotlight and her changing perspectives about prioritizing her own happiness. Cupcake Diaries No. 31
Evangeline of the Bayou by Jan Eldredge. Illus by Joseph Kuefler.
Studying folk magic and practicing her monster-hunting skills to fight the supernatural beings throughout the Louisiana bayou, 12-year-old apprentice Evangeline anticipates her approval by the haunt huntress council only to uncover dark secrets during an unusual case in New Orleans.
Fairy Chase by Debbie Dadey. Illus by Tatevik Avakyan.
Listening to a relative’s amazing story about a fairy that visits mermaids while they sleep to purposely tangle their hair, Echo resolves to catch the fairy in the act before her skeptical friends prompt her to figure out whether or not fairies are even real. Mermaid Tales No. 18
A Fairy’s Courage by E. J. Clarke
A sequel to Oakwing finds newly transformed fairy Rowan embarking on a dangerous mission to rescue her mother from an evil fairy and his army of foxes, a quest with which she is assisted by her animal friends, including a tiger that has been released from the London Zoo. Oakwing No. 2
Fearless by Chris A. Bolton. Illus by Kyle Bolton.
A satirical followup to Trial by Fire finds Smash navigating his fears in spite of his burgeoning superhero abilities when he is targeted by power-thieving supervillain Magus, a situation that is further complicated by the realities of fifth-grade homework. By the creator of the webcomic, Fireborn. Smash No. 2
Float by Laura Martin
Relegated to a summer camp for kids with uncontrollable supernatural abilities, Emerson, a boy who must wear weights to prevent himself from floating away, teams up with his fellow misfits when he discovers that a time-traveling camper is hiding a dangerous secret. By the author of the Edge of Extinction series.
Freya and the Magic Jewel by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
The authors of the Goddess Girls adventures present the first book in a series inspired by Norse mythology, introducing 11-year-old Freya, who upon receiving a summons to the Asgaard Academy from the powerful god Odin loses her magical jewel before discovering a mysterious world under threat by a doomsday being. Thunder Girls No. 1
Fury on the Dance Floor by Benjamin Harper & Sarah Hines-Stephens. Illus by Anoosha Syed.
A sequel to Bug Girl finds Amanda and her former bestie, Emily, separated by seventh-grade popularity dynamics after a summer spent training together, a situation that is further complicated by a mean-spirited newcomer who reveals her true identity as a villain bent on unleashing destruction at Oyster Cove’s school dance. Bug Girl No. 2
Grump: The Fairly True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff
The best-selling author of Rump presents the story of a grumpy, surface-loving dwarf who becomes an unlikely hero when he is tangled up in Snow White’s feud with the wicked queen.
The Half-Court Hero by Mike Lupica
The #1 New York Times best-selling author begins an exciting new chapter book series featuring his trademark sports action and a lovable twin brother-sister duo, Zach and Zoe Walker, who solve sports-related mysteries. Zach and Zoe Mysteries No. 1
Here Comes Trouble by Kate Hattemer
Intending to give up his mischievous activities when his partner-in-crime moves away from their small Minnesota community, a notorious young prankster abandons his plans for reform when he meets his cousin, a former hipster from Brooklyn who is unimpressed by his most creative shenanigans.
Hyacinth and the Stone Thief by Jacob Sager Weinstein
Resolving to learn more about the secret enchanted rivers running through the sewers beneath London, Hyacinth Hayward is confronted by a spell-tattooed adversary with glowing fingers who is trying to steal all the ancient stones that keep the city in balance. Hyacinth No. 2
The Indredi-Files by John Edwards
The Incredibles 2 brings back everyone's favorite family of superheroes in an exciting, hilarious, and heartfelt super-sequel. Written and directed by Brad Bird (Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), this new chapter sees Mr. & Mrs. Incredible, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack encounter a brand-new nemesis who puts their powers--and their family--to the ultimate test!
The Inventors at No. 8 by A. M. Morgen
An orphaned young lord on the brink of losing his home and a friendless future Countess of Lovelace become unlikely companions during a cross-continent quest to recover a priceless family heirloom, a map to a unique gem said to bring its owner success in any conflict.
The Key to Every Thing by Pat Schmatz
Reluctantly attending camp away from the uncle who saved her from foster care and an elderly next-door neighbor who shares stories and warm cookies, 11-year-old Tash is dismayed when she returns home and discovers that her neighbor has gone missing, a situation that compels her to test the power of a key that the neighbor has always insisted possesses magic. By the award-winning author of Lizard Radio.
The Last by Katherine Applegate
Believed to possess mythical powers as the youngest member of her doglike dairne pack, Byx fears she has become the last of her species when her family is hunted to near-extinction, forcing her to band together with a ragtag group of animals and humans who help put into motion events that could trigger war throughout their kingdom. Endling No. 1
The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
Wanting nothing more than to find her birth parents as the day of her big bat mitzvah celebration approaches, Imani discovers her great-grandmother’s journal chronicling her escape from Holocaust-era Europe and begins to see family in new ways. By the author of the Nerd Camp series.
Lost in the Jungle by Bill Nye & Gregory Mone. Illus by Nicholas Iluzada.
When famed inventor Hank Witherspoon goes missing, Jack and his brilliant siblings discover clues in the inventor’s ransacked office and travel deep into the Amazon jungle, where they must overcome a series of dangerous obstacles to save their friend and protect his promising innovation. Jack and the Geniuses No. 3
The Magical Mix-Up by Zach King
A follow-up to Zach King: My Magical Life is complemented by a free downloadable app that renders the book’s artwork in 3D, in an entry that continues the story of Zach, whose nervous plan to ask his crush to a school dance is thwarted by a newcomer’s plot to embarrass the girl and ruin her chances of becoming class president. Zach King No. 2
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
Surviving a lightning strike that has given her genius-level math skills, 12-year-old Lucy is offered entry into college but reluctantly takes her grandmother’s advice to attend one year of middle school, make a friend, join a club and read a non-math book. A first middle-grade novel by the author of the Dino Files chapter books.
The Moon Is Up by Mariko Tamaki & Boom! Studios. Illus by Brooke Allen.
A latest entry in the graphic novel series based on cult-favorite comics focuses on Jo, the transgender genius inventor of the group, who helps the team gear up for the big Galaxy Wars competition only to receive unexpected support from a visiting Moon Pirate. Lumberjanes No. 2
Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue by Jeff Seymour. Illus by Brett Helquist.
Helping tend the cloud garden that powers their flying balloon cloudship, young Nadya Skylung narrowly escapes a pirate attack and teams up with four brave and loyal friends to rescue their captured crewmates before uncovering a plot that targets Nadya personally. Illustrated by the artist of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The Nerdiest, Wimpiest, Dorkiest I Funny Ever by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
Happily celebrating his smash hit TV show after winning a national funny-kid competition, young comedian Jamie Grimm takes his fame and fortune to the next level by competing in a world kid comic contest in the hope of proving that he is the funniest kid on the planet. Middle School: I Funny No. 6
Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages
Disguising herself as a boy to try out for the 1958 Little League season, talented 10-year-old Katy easily makes the team but is immediately ousted when her sercret is discovered, prompting her to tap her classroom knowledge of the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement to prove that girls can do anything that boys can do. By the award-winning author of The Green Glass Sea.
Paddington Takes the Air by Michael Bond. Illus by Peggy Fortnum.
In a tale about a busy day in the life of the lovable bear from darkest Peru, Paddington finds a way to make even a simple walk interesting and exciting.
Peeves by Mike Van Waes
Accidentally exposed to an experimental medicine, a boy prone to anxiety begins sneezing out creatures that embody his biggest fears and follow him wherever he goes, driving him crazy as they become increasingly more destructive. By the award-winning creator of the Vexed Wisecracker webcomic.
The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall
Happily anticipating the homecoming return of college-student Batty, 11-year-old Lydia is delighted to hear that their family is returning to Arundel for the summer for an old-fashioned wedding, in a conclusion to the series that includes The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. Penderwicks No. 5
Positively Izzy by Terri Libenson
The award-winning cartoonist of the syndicated comic strip, The Pajama Diaries, and author of the bestselling Invisible Emmie presents the story of two middle-school girls, one who loves theater, the other who wishes she were valued for more than her good grades, whose lives converge in unexpected ways during a school talent show.
Postcards From Venice by Dee Romito
A companion to The BFF Bucket List finds 12-year-old Skyler spending the summer in Venice, where she pursues a dream blogging internship about the city while navigating a hostile rival, writer’s block and her growing feelings for a cute fellow intern.
A Real Stretch: An Elastigirl Prequel Story by Carla Jablonski
Set before the events of The Incredibles, this original prequel story is focused on Elastigirl's crime-stopping adventures during the golden age of Supers.
The Rose Legacy by Jessica Day George
Shuttled among her family members all her life, an orphan is offered a permanent home with a long-lost uncle who secretly breeds forbidden horses, a situation that is further shaped by the girl’s strange ability to sense the horses’ thoughts and feelings in ways that prove fateful to the kingdom. By the best-selling author of the Tuesdays at the Castle series.
Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant
Struggling with the passing of her beloved dog the same year that her parents separate, 9-year-old Flora, a girl who loves to read vintage children’s books in her small Indiana community’s used bookshop, finds support, adventure and laughter alongside two friends, one old and one new. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Missing May.
Roxie and the Hooligans at Buzzard’s Roost by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Illus by Alexandra Boiger.
A sequel to Roxie and the Hooligans finds Roxie, Uncle Dangerfoot and Lord Thistlebottom using their unconventional cleverness to outwit a blunderprone rival who kidnaps Smoky Jo as part of a plot to steal their latest invention. By the Newbery Award-winning author of Shiloh.
A Royal Rescue by Helen Perelman. Illus by Olivia Chin Mueller.
Worrying about making friends when she starts going to a new school, Princess Mini, accompanied by her little troll companion, navigates the challenges of being a princess while discovering that her new school and friends can lead her to more adventures than she could possibly imagine. QUIX: Royal Sweets No. 1
Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth
A secret Buddhist in Tibet who must follow the strict laws imposed by occupying Chinese soldiers finds her life upended by an act of protest that results in her parents’ imprisonment, a situation that pits her and her best friend against harrowing natural dangers as they flee across the mountains to escape into India.
Sandapalooza Shake-Up by Chris Grabenstein
Preparing for St. Pete Beach’s first-ever Sandapalooza, P. T. and his best friend, Gloria, navigate a rival resort’s ambitions to win a sand sculpture contest at the same time they help a new Wonderland restaurant get established, challenges that are further complicated when their beloved housekeeper is wrongly accused of stealing. By the best-selling author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Welcome to Wonderland No. 3
Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis. Illus by Susan Meyer.
The award-winning author of Moon Bear presents the poignant story of a loyal 12-year-old who tracks a bird to reunite with her autism-spectrum little brother when their mother’s debilitating depression and a dangerous accident causes them to be placed in different foster homes.
Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins
Nervous about leaving home when her parents pack them up to spend a first family vacation at the beach, Alix, accompanied by her older sister, makes friends, goes exploring and shares adventures in picking periwinkles, discovering horseshoe crabs and making sandcastles. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Criss Cross.
The Sphinx’s Secret by Gwenda Bond & Christopher Rowe. Illus by Glenn Thomas.
A sequel to The Lost Legacy finds Stephen and his two best friends, Sofia and Ivan, racing against time to stop an evil warlock who has stolen a powerful wand from the library and placed the adults of their world under a spell as part of his plot to take control of the entire supernormal world. Supernormal Sleuthing Service No. 2
Spindrift and the Orchid by Emma Trevayne
Questioned about a relic by a mysterious stranger, an orphaned girl working in her grandfather’s curiosity shop discovers a clear glass orb in which a black orchid forms and blooms into a towering woman with the power to grant wishes, a manifestation that causes girl and orchid to become targeted by the forces that may have killed her parents. By the author of The House of Months and Years.
Sunday Sundaes by Coco Simon & Lucy Truman
When her recently divorced mother opens an ice-cream shop in their new hometown, Allie aspires to stay in touch with her BFFs from her former neighborhood by inviting them to come work with her at the shop on weekends, an effort that is challenged by her difficulties balancing her friendships with her responsibilities. Sprinkle Sundays No. 1
Tiny Infinities by J. H. Diehl
Retreating into her family’s old backyard Renaissance tent when her father moves out, leaving her with her troubled mother, Alice distracts herself by focusing on setting a swim team record while bonding with a science-loving new friend and advocating on behalf of an unusual babysitting charge who chooses not to speak. A first novel.
A Whale in Paris by Daniel Presley & Claire Polders. Illus by Erin McGuire.
A hopeful and heroic little French girl befriends a small, lost whale during World War II and teams up with him on a dangerous journey to liberate a starving France from German occupation and to find their families, in a story complemented by evocative black-and-white illustrations.
Whooooo Done It? by Paul Dubois Jacobs & Jennifer Swender. Illus by Stephanie Laberis.
The animals deal with a hair-raising haunting in this fifth zany novel in a chapter book series where the fur — and fun — flies at the Animal Inn, an all-inclusive pet resort/hotel/center/spa for animals, from dogs, rabbits and cats to ducks, parrots and lizards. Animal Inn No. 5
William Wenton and the Secret Portal by Bobbie Peers
Manifesting strange fits that leave him unable to control his body, code-breaking genius William Wenton checks into the Institute for Post-Human Research, where he is treated like a prisoner and where everyone he talks with, including his teachers and his friend Iscia, are discovered to be hiding frightening secrets. William Wenton No. 2
Yael and the Party of the Year by Tamsin Lane
Readers must decide which crush is the best match for the protagonist in a romantic choose-your-own-adventure story featuring a cast of diverse, relatable middle-school girls, introducing in a second installment shy Yael, who must deal with her mother’s grand plans for her bat mitzvah as well as her own conflicted feelings about three party guests. Yes No Maybe So No. 2