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Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead so you can pre-order or reserve them? Then click on the months below.

Please note we have not included every book that is coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

November 2015


The Story I'll Tell Written by Nancy Tupper Ling with illustrations by Jessica Lanan - Children's 5-8, Family Life

Lee & Low Books | 9781620141601 | Published November 1, 2015

A young child asks his mother to tell the story of where he came from. “I might tell how you came from a land far away in a hot air balloon. The basket slowly drifted down like a feather into our yard. I dropped the firewood I was carrying and ran to you. ‘You’re home now,’ I said.” Or maybe it was a lark --- and not a stork --- that brought the child to the mother. Or perhaps he was rescued from a dragon! Each lyrical and fantastic tale contains a small kernel of truth that pieces together the baby’s journey across a wide ocean into his new mother's arms.

A Year in the Life of a Complete and Total Genius by Stacey Matson - Children's 8 - 12, Friendship , Humor

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492620747 | Published November 3, 2015

Arthur Bean, soon-to-be a rich and famous author, has set two goals for himself: to win the school writing contest and to win the heart of his secret crush, Kennedy. But his life has had some major twists and turns lately, and the recent loss of his mother definitely complicates things.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney - Children's

Amulet Books | 9781419717017 | Published November 3, 2015

Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going “old school” just too hard for a kid like Greg?
Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch - Children's, Graphic Novel

Amulet Books | 9781419708008 | Published November 3, 2015

Welcome back to Hereville, where Mirka, the world’s first time-traveling, monster-fighting Orthodox Jewish girl, faces her greatest challenge yet: babysitting! When Mirka pushes her sister into a stream, they both get in too deep with an angry magic fish. No matter how hard Mirka fights this fish-out-of-water, it gets stronger and stronger --- and it’s out for revenge. Mirka is in over her head, and this time, her whole family is on the line! When the fish kidnaps her sister, Layele, Mirka must find a way to save her little sister, and the clues she needs are hidden in her stepmother Fruma’s past. 

Is Mommy? written by Victoria Chang, illustrated by Marla Frazee - Children's, Family Life, Humor

Beach Lane Books | 9781481402927 | Published November 3, 2015

In this joyous ode to hardworking mothers everywhere --- who may not always be fun or organized or neat --- Victoria Chang asks, do their toddlers love them anyway? Of course! Marla Frazee’s colorful and humorous illustrations bring this simple text --- perfect for reading aloud --- to vivid life.

Lola Levine is Not Mean! by Monica Brown - Children's 6-9, Friendship

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316258364 | Published November 3, 2015

Lola loves writing in her diario and playing soccer with her team, the Orange Smoothies. But when a soccer game during recess gets "too competitive," Lola accidentally hurts her classmate Juan Gomez. Now everyone is calling her Mean Lola Levine!
Lola feels horrible, but with the help of her family and her super best friend, Josh Blot, she learns how to navigate the second grade in true Lola fashion --- with humor and the power of words. 
Lost. Found. by Marsha Diane Arnold and Matthew Cordell - Animals , Children's 3 - 6, Friendship

Roaring Brook Press | 9781626720176 | Published November 3, 2015

On a wintry day, a bear loses his soft red scarf. The wind carries it *whoosh* to a pair of raccoons who use it to play tug-o-war. When they run off, a beaver dons the scarf as the perfect winter hat...until it gets tangled on a tree branch. The scarf is lost and found by a series of animals, including a fox and a couple of rascally squirrels, who use it as everything from a swing to a trampoline.
Minna's Patchwork Coat by Lauren A. Mills - Children's 8 - 12, Cultural Studies, Prejudice

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316406215 | Published November 3, 2015

Minna and her family don't have much in their small Appalachian cabin, but "people only need people," Papa always reminds her. Unable to afford a winter coat to wear to school, she's forced to use an old feed sack to keep her warm. Then Papa's terrible cough from working in the coal mines takes him away forever, and Minna has a hard time believing that anything will be right again...until her neighbors work tirelessly to create a coat for her out of old fabric scraps. Now Minna must show her teasing classmates that her coat is more than just rags --- it's a collection of their own cherished memories, each with a story to share.

My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson - Children's 8 - 12, Fairy Tale, Fantasy

Aladdin | 9781442483873 | Published November 3, 2015

Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood has lived in Cliffden, Maine, her whole life. She’s a typical girl in an atypical world: one where sasquatches helped to win the Civil War, where dragons glide over Route 1 on their way south for the winter (sometimes burning down a T.J. Maxx or an Applebee’s along the way), where giants hide in caves near LA and mermaids hunt along the beaches and where Dark Clouds come for people when they die.

To Gracie it’s all pretty ho-hum...until a Cloud comes looking for her little brother Sam, turning her small-town life upside down. Determined to protect Sam against all odds, her parents pack the family into a used Winnebago and set out on an epic search for a safe place that most people say doesn’t exist: The Extraordinary World. It’s rumored to lie at the ends of the earth, and no one has ever made it there and lived to tell the tale. To reach it, the Lockwoods will have to learn to believe in each other --- and to trust that the world holds more possibilities than they’ve ever imagined.

My Wild Family by Laurent Moreau - Animals , Children's 3-5, Family Life

Chronicle Books | 9781452144238 | Published November 3, 2015

Animals of all kinds take center stage in this unique exploration of a very unusual family. An older brother is strong and respected, just like an elephant. A mother is stately and beautiful, but she prefers not to stand out --- a tall feat for a giraffe! How are animals like humans, and humans like animals? 

Ninja Baby Written by David Zeltser illustrated by Diane Goode - Children's 3-5, Family Life

Chronicle Books | 9781452135427 | Published November 3, 2015

From the day she was born, Nina was a ninja baby. She obliterated her applesauce. She concealed herself at bath time. And she was training herself in advanced infiltration (of movie night). Nina wants to do everything by herself, until the day her parents bring home a Kung Fu Master (a baby brother). Now with a sibling, Nina will face the one thing she cannot do alone: be part of a family. With verve and humor, David Zeltser and Diane Goode tell the story of an unusually gifted child and the family that is more than a match for her.

One Today Written by Richard Blanco with illustrations by Dav Pilkey - Children's 3 - 6, Fiction, Picture, Poetry

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316371445 | Published November 3, 2015

President Barak Obama invited Richard Blanco to write a poem to share at his second presidential inauguration. That poem is ONE TODAY. Brought to life here by beloved, award-winning artist Dav Pilkey, ONE TODAY is a tribute to a nation where the extraordinary happens every single day.

President of the Whole Sixth Grade by Sherri Winston - Children's 8 - 12, Friendship

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316377232 | Published November 3, 2015

Brianna Justice is determined to raise enough money for the big class trip to Washington, D.C., but she's up against a lot: classmates who all pretend to be something they're not, a new nemesis determined to run her out of office and the sinking feeling she's about to lose her two best friends. But just when she begins to lose hope, she comes to realize that sometimes surprises can turn out even better than the best-laid plans.

Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People by S. D. Nelson - Children's 8 - 12, Culture, History

Harry N. Abrams | 978-1419707315 | Published November 3, 2015

Sitting Bull (c. 1831–1890) was one of the greatest Lakota/Sioux warriors and chiefs who ever lived. From Sitting Bull’s childhood --- killing his first buffalo at age 10 --- to being named war chief to leading his people against the U.S. Army, SITTING BULL: LAKOTA WARRIOR AND DEFENDER OF HIS PEOPLE brings the story of the great chief to light. Sitting Bull was instrumental in the war against the invasive wasichus (white men) and was at the forefront of the combat, including the Battles of Killdeer Mountain and the Little Bighorn.

Specs for Rex by Yasmeen Ismail - Children's 4-8, Friendship

Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 9781619637108 | Published November 3, 2015

Rex has new glasses and he HATES them! He does NOT want to wear them to school and he tries to hide them --- in the strangest places! But it's pretty tricky hiding specs that are so big, and round and RED...
It's funny how things turn out, though, because Rex's specs end up winning him a gold star and a new friend. Even better, he can SEE properly.
The After-Room: The Apothecary Series by Maile Meloy - Magic, Children's 10+, Fantasy

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399175442 | Published November 3, 2015

It’s 1955, and Benjamin Burrows and Janie Scott are trying to live a safe, normal life in America. It’s not easy, when they have the power to prevent nuclear disaster, and sinister forces are circling. Soon the advice of a mysterious, unscrupulous magician propels Janie and Benjamin into danger, and toward the land of the dead.
Meanwhile, their friend Jin Lo washes up on a remote island where an American spy is stationed, and finds herself on the trail of a deadly threat in China. But she’s on the other side of the world --- how can Janie and Benjamin reach her?

The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst - Children's 10 - 12, Fantasy, Friendship

Clarion Books | 9780544464971 | Published November 3, 2015

Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents' bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend --- a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster --- she must decide whom to trust with her family’s carefully guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them? 

The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr - Children's 3 - 6, Fiction, Picture

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316404976 | Published November 3, 2015

Through the lens of a pet fish who has lost his companion, Todd Parr tells a moving and wholly accessible story about saying goodbye. Touching upon the host of emotions children experience, Todd reminds readers that it's okay not to know all the answers, and that someone will always be there to support them.

Voyagers: Game of Flames (Book 2) by Robin Wasserman - Mystery, Science Fiction, Youth Fiction

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780385386616 | Published November 3, 2015

Earth is in danger! The only thing that can save our planet are six essential elements  scattered throughout the galaxy. It is up to the Voyagers --- a team of four kids (plus one stowaway) --- to gather them all and return to Earth. Failure is not an option. The Alpha team knows that the second element is hidden on Meta Prime, a planet filled with metal mazes, catapults of fire and warring alien robots. 

Webster: Tale of an Outlaw by Ellen Emerson White - Animals , Children's 8 - 12, Friendship

Aladdin | 9781481422017 | Published November 3, 2015

Webster is too cool to be scared. Or alarmed. Or even a tiny bit nervous. So what if no one will adopt him? He’s had it with people anyway. He’s going to be a loner. Not going to get too comfortable in this new shelter, even if the home-baked treats are good. Not going to get used to the nice soft bed. Not going to make friends, no matter how much he kind of likes Jack the Terrier and even Florence the bossy cat. Nope, he doesn’t need friends. Acquaintances are just fine. And the first chance he gets, he’s hitting the road and living life on the range, just like one of the stoic cowboys he’s decided to model himself after.

But sometimes the best-laid plans (even those of a dog’s) have a way of backfiring. Will a tough pup like Webster find a home and family after all?

Wilf The Mighty Worrier: Saves The World by Georgia Pritchett - Children's 7 - 11, Friendship , Humor

Quercus | 9781623658229 | Published November 3, 2015

When The Most Evil Man in the World moves in right next door, Wilf is understandably alarmed. Panicked, in fact-totally and utterly freaked out. The neighbor, Alan, is a self-styled Evil Lunatic, with a grumpy robot sidekick and a dog named Kevin Phillips to prove it. Seriously, what kind of maniac gives his dog a surname? And why do the three of them always look like they're up to no good?
The only ally Wilf has in his desperate struggle to put a stop to Alan's ridiculous --- but also quite upsetting, really, when you think about it --- plans to destroy the world is his little sister, Dot (and her trusty "blanky," of course).
A Bitter Magic by Roderick Townley - Children's 9-12, Mystery, Performing Arts

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9780449816493 | Published November 10, 2015

Everything is in place: the packed theater, the Amazing Thummel and, center stage, the magician's mysterious assistant. Some have called her the most beautiful woman in Europe.
Then, in a swirl of light, she vanishes!
An astounding illusion, but she never reappears. All that remains are a bloodstained white scarf and her daughter, Cisley, who lives in a glass castle and walks her pet lobster each morning by the sea.
Enter Cole, a rambunctious boy from town and Cisley's first true friend. Together they hunt for clues to her mother's disappearance. They puzzle over broken mirrors, ever-shifting labyrinths, a closet full of whispering ball gowns and a fatal quest for a pure black rose.
Child Convicts by Janette Brennan - Children's 8 - 12, History

Candlewick | 9780763673260 | Published November 10, 2015

At the age of seven, children in eighteenth-century Britain were tried in court like adults. For crimes such as picking pockets or stealing clothes, they could be sentenced to death by hanging or transported to the then-perilous and isolated colonies of Australia. Life in the colonies was often as difficult and dangerous as the poverty from which many of the convicts came, but the dreaded sentence of transportation could also present opportunities.

Finding Fortune by Delia Ray - Children's 10 - 12, Family Life, Mystery

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | 9780374300654 | Published November 10, 2015

Running away from home isn't as easy as Ren thinks it will be. At least she isn't running very far-just a few miles to the ghost town of Fortune...or Mis-Fortune as everyone else calls it. Mis-Fortune on the Mississippi. Supposedly, there's an abandoned school on the outskirts with cheap rooms for rent. Ren knows her plan sounds crazy. But with only a few more weeks until Dad comes home from his tour of duty in Afghanistan, she also knows she has to do something drastic so Mom will come to her senses and stop seeing that creep Rick Littleton for good.

Scarlett: A Star on the Run by Jon Buller and Susan Schade - Children's 7 - 10, Graphic Novel

Papercutz | 978-1629912912 | Published November 3, 2015

Scarlett is a small, harlequin-colored cat and a huge movie star. And what's more --- she talks! However, abused by her producer, she dreams of but one thing: escaping! So, when the occasion presents itself, she runs for her life. In the company of Trotter, a dog who's escaped the same torment, she is taken in by Mr. Frank Mole. But with the noose getting tighter, will they manage to elude their terrible pursuers?