Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 2018
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12 Before 13 by Lisa Greenwald
A follow-up to 11 Before 12 is told from Ari’s point of view and finds her teaming up with BFF Kaylan to pursue 12 new goals for a next middle school year marked by boys, bat mitzvahs, family trauma and friendship drama. Friendship List No. 2
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After Zero by Christina Collins
Recording tallies in a notebook that helps her stay absolutely, perfectly silent so that she will not call out wrong answers in class or accidentally disclose an agonizing secret, Elise makes a shocking discovery that causes her to realize the potential of her silence.
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All the Things That Could Go Wrong by Stewart Foster
A boy with OCD so severe that it is difficult for him to leave his house and a bully with rage issues who torments him at school are forced by their mothers to spend winter break together, an arrangement that leads to new understandings.
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Bah! Humbug! by Michael Rosen. Illus by Tony Ross.
The former UK Children’s Laureate and the illustrator of the Horrid Henry series present a whimsical holiday tale that is inspired by themes from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
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Begone the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan
When her father is abducted by a relentless group of witches, Mup and her mam travel to the glittering Witches Borough, where powerful magical distractions challenge their rescue attempts. By the award-winning author of Into the Grey. Wild Magic Trilogy No. 1
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Big Trouble by Matt Forbeck
A latest entry in the choose-your-own-fate series casts the reader in the role of a magic-wielding wizard who quests through the Ardeep Forest to rescue captured loved ones and defeat kidnapping giants. Dungeons & Dragons: Endless Quest series
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Bobbie Mendoza Saves the World by Michael Fry & Bradley Jackson
A follow-up to The Naughty List finds Bobbie and his friends tackling a menagerie of hostile imaginary creatures that have escaped into the real world.
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Call of the Wraith by Kevin Sands
Waking up shipwrecked in Devonshire with no memory of his identity, Christopher Rowe links a series of child abductions to a local legend about a malevolent ghost. By the award-winning author of Mark of the Plague. Blackthorn Key No. 4
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Check Out the Library Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales by David Lubar
A 15th-anniversary release of a treasury of popular short Weenies adventures from Lubar’s Warped and Creepy Tales features silly, chilly plotlines and laugh-out-loud illustrations that are designed for particular appeal to reluctant readers. Weenies Stories No. 9
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Clara Humble and the Kitten Caboodle by Anna Humphrey. Illus by Lisa Cinar.
A concluding entry in the series that includes Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz finds Clara and Bradley struggling to provide for a stray cat with kittens by creating a video to raise money, before construction plans threaten the cats’ shelter on an abandoned lot. Clara Humble No. 3
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Comeback Kid by Steve Moore
A latest entry in the whimsical series that includes Control Freak finds perpetual benchwarmer Steve using his savvy secret ritual to support his basketball team without ever having to actually play. King of the Bench No. 4
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Creeper on the Case: An Unofficial Minecrafter’s Novel by Greyson Mann. Illus by Amanda Brack.
Joining the school newspaper when his mom says he should get more involved, Gerald investigates a series of minor mysteries before his best friend begins demonstrating peculiar behavior. Creeper Diaries No. 6
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Crowfeather’s Trial by Erin Hunter
A standalone super edition adventure finds loyal warrior Crowfeather battling the ghosts of his past to safeguard WindClan from a terrible danger that is heightening tensions throughout the Dark Forest.
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The Cursed Ground by T. R. Simon
A young Zora Neale Hurston and her best friend discover a neighbor’s tragic history involving an enslaved girl, Lucia, whose struggle for freedom against the backdrop of America’s first incorporated black township is recounted through alternating narratives.
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A Dastardly Plot by Christopher Healy
A rip-roaring alternate-history adventure set in 1883 New York finds female inventor Molly Pepper and her mother, the brilliant but unknown inventor Cassandra Pepper, attempting to find a way to exhibit Cass’ work at the World’s Fair by breaking into the Inventor’s Guild, where they discover a mysterious plot to destroy New York, with all the evidence pointing to the involvement of one of the world’s most famous inventors. Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem No. 1
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Dodger Boy by Sarah Ellis
Keen to avoid the distasteful pitfalls of adolescence, the 13-year-old daughter of a Quaker family in 1970 Vancouver finds her perspectives transformed by the arrival of a Texan draft dodger who shares insights into war, civil disobedience and women’s liberation.
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The Doomsday Device by Jason Lethcoe
When the Potentate and her evil Collective army steal an ancient scroll unlocking a world-threatening secret, Andy Stanley and his friends race against time to track down the one person capable of stopping a doomsday device. Tales from Adventureland No. 3
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Eleanor Roosevelt’s in My Garage! by Candace Fleming. Illus by Mark Fearing.
An uproarious follow-up to Ben Franklin’s in My Bathroom finds two siblings surprised by the accidental arrival of a time-traveling Eleanor Roosevelt, who shares her views on civil protests, rejecting self-imposed limitations and doing a loop-de-loop in a single-engine plane.
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The Eleventh Trade by Alyssa Hollingsworth
Determined to recover his grandfather’s stolen Afghan musical instrument, a penniless young refugee finds the instrument selling for a high price at a music store and negotiates a series of trades in the hope of collecting enough money to buy it back. A first novel.
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Ella Unleashed by Alison Cherry
An aspiring expert dog handler bonds with her stepfather while diligently practicing for an upcoming show, a situation that is overshadowed by her father’s increasing anxieties and her idea to fix him up with someone.
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Escape the Underdark by Matt Forbeck
A choose-your-own-fate Dungeons & Dragons Endless Quest adventure places readers in the role of an imprisoned warrior who must decide about allying with demons in order to escape a life of slavery. By the author of Dungeonology. Dungeons & Dragons: Endless Quest series
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Everybody Is Somebody by Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver
Guiding a favorite author on a tour of his school, Hank introduces the author during an assembly and spins a creative story when he is too embarrassed to admit that his reading troubles prevented him from finishing the author’s books. Here’s Hank No. 12
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The Extraordinary Colors of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell
Living in a world of extreme water scarcity and rationing, a color-blind boy and his classmate investigate the truth about his scientist uncle’s suspicious death while following clues to uncover the purpose of an intelligent robot his uncle left behind.
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Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner
A laugh-out-loud, coming-of-age graphic novel depicts a middle school misfit who resolves to win the heart of his vampire-aficionado crush only to discover that she is actually a vampire slayer.
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Firefighter by Jennifer Li Shotz
A follow-up to National Hero finds military rescue dog Scout tackling a first official mission as a fully certified National Guard K9 when a group of hikers get trapped in a blazing forest fire. By the best-selling author of the Hero series. Scout No. 2
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Friday Night Stage Lights by Rachele Alpine
Frustrated when she moves to Texas with her newly blended family of devout football fans and the local team starts taking classes at her dance studio, a young ballerina is challenged to partner with a football player while auditioning for an arts high school.
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Genius Ideas, Mostly by L. Pichon
Doodling Tom’s attempt to gear up for sports day at school is complicated by his father’s embarrassing cycling shorts, his band’s unpreparedness for a talent show and the shock of seeing his sister for the first time without sunglasses. By the award-winning creator of My Big Brother, Boris. Tom Gates No. 4
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The Girl in the Locked Room: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
Feeling a sense of foreboding when her family moves into an old, abandoned house, Jules forges an unexpected friendship with the ghost of a girl who was imprisoned in the house more than a century earlier.
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The Golden Tower by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
A final installment in the best-selling series that began with The Iron Trial concludes the story of Callum Hunt and his friends as they prepare for an ultimate showdown against the evil Constantine in the magical world of the Magisterium. Magisterium No. 5
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The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case by Elizabeth Eulberg
Unexpected media attention in their Harlem neighborhood brings 9-year-old Shelby Holmes and 11-year-old John Watson a new case that sends them undercover as figure skaters.
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Haunting of Hounds Hollow by Jeffrey Salane
Alarmed to discover that his new hometown is haunted by ghostly dogs that prowl at night, Lucas learns that the ghost dogs are actually protecting the town from an even more terrifying threat. By the author of the Lawless series.
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Heidi Heckelbeck Is So Totally Grounded! by Wanda Coven. Illus by Priscilla Burris.
Using magic to create a cleaning helper named Dusty to do the housework, Heidi loses control of her less-than-careful creation and gets grounded when it breaks her mother’s favorite vase. Heidi Heckelbeck No. 24
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Humphrey’s Big Birthday Bash by Betty G. Birney. Illus by Priscilla Burris.
Confused when the students in Room 26 start whispering about a surprise backwards birthday bash, class pets Humphrey and Og are delighted when they discover that the party is for them. By the award-winning author of The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Spring.
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I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis
A latest entry in the best-selling series is inspired by the 1967 bear attack in Glacier National Park and offers insight into how the tragedy influenced the fate of the grizzly in the continental United States. I Survived No. 17
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Incognito by Shelley Johannes
Overenthusiasm and a misdelivered certificate challenge Beatrice and Lenny to recognize the correct person while going to considerable lengths to keep Operation Upside out of trouble. Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker No. 2
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Into the Jungle by Matt Forbeck
A latest entry in the popular choose-your-story format finds the reader hired to track down a missing adventurer in the jungle land of Chult, where the adventurer is also pursued by frost giants and zombies. Dungeons and Dragons: Endless Quest series
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The Isle of the Lost: The Graphic Novel by Melissa de la Cruz, Robert Venditti & Kat Fajardo
Discovering the location of the Dragon’s Eye, which holds the key to true darkness, Mal, the daughter of the banished Maleficent, teams up with her friends on a daring quest to capture the relic without triggering its thousand-year sleeping curse, in a graphic novel retelling of the first novel in the Descendants series.
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It’s the End When I Say It’s the End by Stephan Pastis
The creator of the acclaimed comic strip, Pearls Before Swine, presents a latest laugh-out-loud entry in the best-selling series that began with Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.
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Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party by Megan McDonald. Illus by Peter H. Reynolds.
Discovering while researching her family tree with Grandma Lou that their distant ancestors might have been related to British royalty, Judy Moody imaginatively prepares for a visit to Buckingham Palace before other, more colorful ancestors are discovered.
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The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond by Max Brallier. Illus by Douglas Holgate.
Planning a monster Christmas celebration when the first post-Monster Apocalypse winter arrives, Jack and his friends discover that they are being targeted by a human villainess who has stolen Jack’s prized monster-slaying tool. By the creator of the Galactic Hot Dogs series. Last Kids on Earth No. 4
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The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage
A conclusion to the popular series finds Tupelo Landing affected by pirate fever when an opportunistic treasure hunter arrives with claims about Blackbeard’s local hoard, prompting the Desperado Detectives to investigate clues about Mo’s long-lost Upstream Mother. Mo & Dale series
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The Legend of the Howling Werewolf by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Visiting a small town that is famed for its beautiful harvest festival, the Aldens hear disturbing rumors about a harvest-moon werewolf and begin searching for the culprit behind local fears. Boxcar Children No. 148
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The Library Machine by Dave Butler
A conclusion to the popular steampunk trilogy finds Charlie traveling to Germany, where he and his friends investigate the secrets of a hidden kobold library in order to save civilization from the dastardly Iron Cog. Extraordinary Jouneys of Clockwork Charlie No. 3
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Liz and the Nosy Neighbor by Callie Barkley. Illus by Tracy Bishop.
Disappointed when a newcomer rejects her overtures of friendship, Liz wonders why the boy keeps showing up everywhere she goes, a situation that complicates a big class project. By the creators of Ellie the Flower Girl. Critter Club No. 19
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Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett. Illus by Mike Lowery.
From the esteemed New York Times best-selling and multi-award-winning author comes a hilarious, fully illustrated new spy adventure series that introduces Mac B., the queen of England’s newest secret agent, who travels around the globe in search of stolen treasures. Mac B., Kid Spy No. 1
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The Magic of Melwick Orchard by Rebecca Caprara
Exploring the abandoned orchard behind her new home in spite of local rumors, Isa is saddened by misfortunes that challenge her troubled family and buries her outgrown sneakers only to discover a magical tree that is growing new shoes the next day.
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Mascot by Antony John
A witty, heartfelt story about perseverance in the face of adversity finds Noah Savino still in a wheelchair months after the car accident that paralyzed him and killed his father, struggling to come to terms with the changes in his life and the fears that are keeping him from moving forward.
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Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Alienated from her more privileged classmates at a Florida private school, sixth-grade scholarship student Merci Suarez is targeted by a competitive rival at the same time her beloved grandfather begins to develop memory problems. By the award-winning author of Mango, Abuela, and Me.
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Midnight Reynolds and the Agency of Spectral Protection by Catherine Holt
When a mysterious outbreak of robberies is tied to spectral manipulation, ghost helper Midnight Reynolds and her best friend, Tabitha, race to identify and stop the culprit before he endangers their spectral energy. Midnight Reynolds No. 2
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Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Sticky-Fingers Cure by Ann M. Martin & Annie Parnell. Illus by Ben Hatke.
Forced to quarantine her upside-down house when the Effluvia strikes, Missy fields calls from worried parents, including the family of Louie, whose sticky fingers are unable to resist taking other people’s things. Co-written by the award-winning author of Rain Reign. Missy Piggle-Wiggle No. 3
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Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens
Anticipating a cozy holiday season of Cambridge tea rooms and libraries, Hazel and Daisy navigate irritating grownups and a competitive rival agency to investigate an accident that has been staged to cover up a murder. Wells & Wong Mysteries No. 5
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The Mona Lisa Key by Liesl Shurtliff
Breaking their family rule against riding the subway without their parents, three siblings travel through time and space to 1911 Paris, where they become entangled in a notorious art heist at the same time they try to solve the mystery of their teleportation. Time Castaways No. 1
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The Monster Mall by Drew Weing
In the second volume of this monster-themed graphic novel series, Charles and Margo continue their efforts to keep Echo City’s monster community a secret while protecting the city from the monsters who are tired of hiding and ready to fight. The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo No. 2
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A Nancy Drew Christmas by Carolyn Keene
Spending Christmas break at a beautiful New England ski resort, an excited Nancy suffers an injury on her first run and is ordered 12 days of bed rest before witnessing suspicious activity through her hotel room window that she links to a series of break-ins. Nancy Drew Diaries Super Special No. 18
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Naomis Too by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich & Audrey Vernick
A sequel to Two Naomis finds newly blended stepsiblings Naomi Marie and Naomi E. working together to help establish new family routines, before unexpected challenges in their sixth-grade year transform their perspectives about compromise and friendship.
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Nate Expectations by Tim Federle
When his Broadway musical abruptly closes after a disappointing run, theater enthusiast Nate finds his latest big-break ambitions challenged by a persistent crush, slipping grades and a secret he longs to sing about, in a conclusion to the popular trilogy that began with Better Nate Than Ever. Nate No. 3
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The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit
Leaving tranquil Hawaii to join other students at Explorer Academy, where the world’s leading scientists train them to become the next generation of elite explorers, Cruz discovers that his family has a mysterious past that could jeopardize his future. Explorer Academy No. 1
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New School Nightmare by Carolyn Nowak
Told through comics, journal entries, class notes, doodles and texts, a middle-grade Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novel finds Cleveland newcomer Buffy Summers discovering her fate and making new friends when an army of evildoers descend on her school. Buffy the Vampire Slayer No. 1
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No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
Hiding his homeless state so that he will not be taken away from his mom, a tween trivia enthusiast auditions for his favorite game show in the hope of winning a big cash prize that turns out rather differently than expected. By the award-winning author of Optimists Die First.
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Otherwood by Pete Hautman
A boy reevaluates his late grandfather’s beliefs about quantum physics, ghosts and hate when an unbelievable event occurs during a fateful afternoon in the woods with a best friend. By the National Book Award-winning author of Godless.
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Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes
When her parents discover that she is reading a book they consider inappropriate, 12-year-old June watches in horror as strict parenting escalates into the suspension of a librarian, the cancellation of an author appearance and a mass banning of books.
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Quit Buggin’ Me! by Nancy E. Krulik. Illus by Ben Balistreri.
Embarking on a rescue mission when a mysterious evil beast begins kidnapping the townspeople, Princess Pulverizer is challenged to finish the quest on her own when her companions, Lucas and Dribble the dragon, are also taken captive. By the best-selling author of the George Brown, Class Clown series. Princess Pulverizer No. 4
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Rescue Run by Daniel José Older
The first book of a new series by the New York Times best-selling author is set in 1863 New York, where dinosaurs are roaming the streets, the Civil War is raging between raptor-mounted armies down South, and Magdalys Roca and her friends from the Colored Orphan Asylum who live in the Dactyl Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn train to fly on dactylback, discover new friends and amazing dinosaurs, and plot to take down the evil magistrate, Richard Riker. Dactyl Hill Squad No. 1
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The Right Hook of Devin Velma by Jake Burt
Even though he suffers from social anxiety, 12-year-old Addison agrees to help his best friend achieve social media fame while at a nationally-televised NBA game.
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Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
Caring for a sickly newborn mini-donkey despite everyone’s skepticism about the creature’s fragility, Louie finds their growing bond shaped by remarkable, life-altering events. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Walk Two Moons.
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The Second Story by Neil Patrick Harris. Illus by Lissy Marlin & Kyle Hilton.
The second book in the magical New York Times best-selling series by the award-winning actor finds Leila and her pals faced with a new mystery that’s heading their way, and the six friends must do all they can to keep Mineral Wells safe as well as protect themselves in the process. Magic Misfits No. 2
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Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Finding solace in books in the wake of a tragic loss, 11-year-old Ollie rescues a book from being destroyed and discovers within its pages the chilling story of a girl who made a fateful bargain with a sinister specter. By the best-selling author of The Bear and the Nightingale.
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The Splintered Light by Ginger Johnson
Ever since his brother Luc’s disappearance and his father’s tragic death, Ishmael has lived in a colorless world helping his mother on their meager farm until the morning a spectrum of color-filled light appears and he learns that Luc is in the final days of his training as a Color Keeper in the Hall of Hue, a place that also calls to Ishmael, who feels torn between loyalty to his mother and a destiny that would require him to let go of the past.
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Squirm by Carl Hiaasen
Discovering the address of the father who left when he was only four, Billy is forced to move repeatedly with his activist mother before embarking on a summer of unconventional travel and animal rescue. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of Hoot.
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The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes
A contemporary adventure inspired by Maya mythology follows the experiences of an avid explorer with a disabled leg who discovers that the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico is a gateway to another world.
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The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm
A sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish finds Ellie teaming up with her world-renowned scientist grandfather, who is in the body of a 14-year-old boy, for a groundbreaking science fair experiment involving her grandfather’s pursuit of eternal youth. By the three-time Newbery Honor-winning co-creator of the Babymouse series.
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This Is War by Margaret Stohl & Lewis Peterson. Illus by Kay Peterson.
Having fought so long that nobody remembers why, the Robot Federation and the Feline Empire take their battle to Earth, where disparate twins Max and Min find themselves in the crossfire of a battle over a life-extending technology. Cats vs. Robots No. 1
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Thundercluck by Paul Tillery & Meg Wittwer. Illus by Paul Tillery.
A first book in a hilarious new series that is stuffed with Norse mythology, black-and-white illustrations and a superhero chicken ready to ruffle some feathers.
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Tight by Torrey Maldonado
Admiring the superheroes he reads about in comic books but avoiding the dysfunctions that overshadow his community, Bryan is pressured by his father and a friend to cultivate a bad-guy reputation and engage in risky activities before resolving to stand up for what he feels is right. By the author of Secret Saturdays.
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To Catch a Thief by Matt Forbeck
A latest entry in the popular choose-your-own-fate series casts the reader in the role of rogue thief who must outwit the city’s powerful Thieves’ Guild leader to reclaim a stolen baby griffon at the risk of life imprisonment. Dungeons & Dragons: Endless Quest series
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Totally Middle School: Tales of Family, Friends, and Fitting In by Betsy Groban, ed.
An uplifting anthology inspired by the peer, family and cultural challenges of middle school includes contributions by such best-selling genre authors as Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson and Gregory Maguire.
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Trapped! by James Ponti
Middlegrade FBI investigator Florian Bates and his sidekick, Margaret, tackle a tricky mystery when their supervisor, Marcus Rivers, is framed for a crime he did not commit. By the author of Vanished! Framed! No. 3
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Two Cats and a Baby by Tom Watson
When newlyweds Goose and Tiffany leave Grandma Cobb to look after their baby, Grandma Cobb accidently locks herself in the bathroom, and while a disgruntled Edith must look after the crying mini menace who disrupted her from her catnap, Stick Cat is hatching up the perfect scheme to rescue Grandma Cobb. Stick Cat No. 4
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Unbelievably Boring Bart by James Patterson & Duane Swierczynski. Illus by Xavier Bonet.
The 12-year-old anonymous genius creator of a popular video game app is challenged to decide between revealing himself to his classmates to become instantly popular, or to use the game secretly to get back at bullies. Co-written by the award-winning author of I Funny.
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Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn
An everyday girl who longs for extraordinary experiences and a crown princess who wants nothing more than an ordinary life become roommates at an elite boarding school and impulsively swap identities, with unexpected consequences. Rosewood Chronicles No. 1
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Voyage of the Dogs by Greg van Eekhout
A specially trained dog crew that assists human astronauts on missions in space is stranded on a severely damaged ship and must figure out how to survive without human protection.
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We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson, eds.
A keepsake collection of original poems, letters, essays and art by such diverse contributors as Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson and Kwame Alexander shares answers to the question, “In this divisive world, what shall we tell our children?”
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Wedgie & Gizmo vs. the Great Outdoors by Suzanne Selfors. Illus by Barbara Fisinger.
Accompanying their blended family on a first vacation to a lakeside campground, a super-excited Wedgie the corgi looks forward to chasing squirrels and marking new territory, while evil-genius guinea pig Gizmo invites the forest critters to become his minions in a plot to take over the world. Wedgie & Gizmo No. 3
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Winnie’s Great War by Lindsay Mattick & Josh Greenhut. Illus by Sophie Blackall.
The creative team behind the Caldecott Medal-winning Finding Winnie draws on Captain Harry Colebourn’s real wartime diaries and family archives to present the story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, tracing her youth in the Canadian forest, her remarkable travels with the Veterinary Corps and her settlement in the London Zoo.
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You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino
Realizing she has a lot to learn when her baby sister is born with a hearing impairment, Jilly tries to connect with fellow reader Derek, a hearing-impaired African-American ASL communicator who helps her understand how to see life in different ways. By the award-winning author of George.
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