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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.

April 2017

Noah Webster's Fighting Words Written by Tracy Nelson Maurer with illustrations by Mircea Catusanu - Biography, Children's 7-10, Education, History, Nonfiction

Millbrook Press | 9781467794107 | Published April 1, 2017

Noah Webster, famous for writing the first dictionary of the English language as spoken in the United States, was known in his day for his bold ideas and strong opinions about, well, everything. Spelling, politics, laws, you name it he had something to say about it. He even commented on his own opinions! With a red pencil in hand, Noah often marked up work that he had already published. So who edited this book? It certainly looks like the ghost of the great American author and patriot picked up a pencil once again to comment on his own biography!

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How to Stage a Catastrophe by Rebecca Donnelly - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Humor

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623708078 | Published April 1, 2017

ACT 1: The Juicebox Theatre is about ready for the recycling bin. ACT 2: Sidney and Folly consider a crime. [You have to read it to see if we commit a crime - that's called suspense.] ACT 3: Sidney and Folly save the Juicebox Children's Theatre! [It's not giving anything away to tell you that. We just don't want you to worry.] Sidney Camazzola plans to be the director of the Juicebox Theater when he grows up. But the theater is in danger of closing, and he and his friends know they need a plan to save it - and fast.

Strangers in Atlantis (Seaborne) by Matt Myklusch - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Carolrhoda Books | 9781512413755 | Published April 1, 2017

After breaking ties with the deadly Pirate King, Dean Seaborne thought he had left his life of spying and pirating behind. But when the merciless thief Captain Skinner threatens Dean's allies, Dean agrees to one last job. Along with his trusted friends Ronan and Waverly, he agrees to help rob a sea-based resort for the richest of nobles. They'll pose as a band of traveling performers and then lead Skinner to the loot. But the moment Dean reaches the resort, the plan changes. The getaway is actually a gateway --- to the undersea kingdom of Atlantis.

I Funny: School of Laughs Written by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein with illustrations by Jomike Tejido - Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship

jimmy patterson | 9780316349604 | Published April 3, 2017

Teaching other kids how to be funny is the toughest gig that Jamie Grimm has ever had, and with the highest stakes. If he fails, his school library will be shut down for good! Even though he has a national contest trophy and a TV show under his belt, Jamie Grimm isn't one to sit back and relax. When his school has a major funding crisis, Jamie hits on a bright idea to save the day --- a comedy class for the other students. Little does he know that making jokes and teaching jokes are two very different things...and he's only good at one of them.

A Whisper of Horses by Zillah Bethell - Animals , Children's 9-12, Fiction, Friendship, Science Fiction

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250093943 | Published April 4, 2017

Serendipity lives inside a walled city. Before her mother died, she gave Seren an old figurine of a horse. Horses no longer exist in Serendipity’s world, but when she discovers a map that may lead her to real horses, she starts on a journey that will take her far from everything she knows. Traveling with an orphan boy, Tab, and his beloved dog, she's soon on the run from a powerful and dangerous man who will do anything to make sure Serendipity never leaves the walled city again.

Ashes to Asheville by Sarah Dooley - Children's 10+, Fiction, Friendship

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399165047 | Published April 4, 2017

After Mama Lacy’s death, Fella was forced to move in with her grandmother, Mrs. Madison. The move brought Fella all sorts of comforts she wasn't used to at home, but it also meant saying goodbye to her sister Zoey (a.k.a. Zany) and her other mother, Mama Shannon. Though Mama Shannon fought hard to keep Fella, it was no use. The marriage act is still a few years away and the courts thought Fella would be better off with a blood relation. Already heartbroken, Fella soon finds herself alone in Mrs. Madison's house, grieving both the death of her mother and the loss of her entire family.
 

Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books by Michelle Markel and Nancy Carpenter - Biography, Children's 4-8, Education, Nonfiction

Chronicle Books | 9780811879224 | Published April 4, 2017

This rollicking and fascinating picture book biography chronicles the life of the first pioneer of children's books --- John Newbery himself. While most children's books in the 18th century contained lessons and rules, John Newbery imagined them overflowing with entertaining stories, science and games. He believed that every book should be made for the reader's enjoyment. 

Chester and Gus by Cammie McGovern - Animals , Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship

HarperCollins | 9780062330680 | Published April 4, 2017

Chester has always wanted to become a service dog. When he fails his certification test, though, it seems like that dream will never come true --- until a family adopts him. They want him to be a companion for their ten-year-old son, Gus, who has autism. But Gus acts so differently than anyone Chester has ever met. He never wants to pet Chester, and sometimes he doesn’t even want Chester in the room. Chester’s not sure how to help Gus since this isn’t exactly the job he trained for --- but he’s determined to figure it out. Because after all, Gus is now his person.

Counting Sheep: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet Written by Jacqueline Kelly and illustrated by Teagan White and Jennifer L. Meyer - Animals , Children's 7-10, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | 9781627798709 | Published April 4, 2017

In this second book in the Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet series, Callie takes a hands-on approach to animal doctoring. When Callie and Granddaddy go exploring by the river, Callie discovers a leaf covered with spots. Those spots, it turns out, are eggs, and those eggs become butterflies. One of her newly hatched butterflies has a problem, though --- its wing is broken. Can Callie find a way to help this butterfly fly? Mother's prize sheep, Snow White, is pregnant and about to give birth. With Dr. Pritzker off helping a colicky horse, it falls to Callie to deliver the lamb. Will Callie be able to take the situation in hand?

Down in Flames (Donny's Inferno) by P.W. Catanese - Children's 8-12, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor

Aladdin | 9781481438032 | Published April 4, 2017

After being rescued from a fiery death by Angela Obscura, an ancient demon from the underworld, Donny Taylor is settling into a new home in Sulfur. Life as Angela’s mortal assistant isn’t so bad. Donny gets to travel to exotic places through fire portals, money is no object, and he’s seeing amazing things that few mortal boys have ever laid eyes on. Plus Angela is fun to be around. What’s not to like? Well there is one minor detail. Being Angela’s assistant has almost gotten Donny killed a few times already.

First Class Murder (A Wells & Wong Mystery) by Robin Stevens - Children's 10+, Fiction, Friendship, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781481422185 | Published April 4, 2017

Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are taking a vacation across Europe on world-famous passenger train, the Orient Express --- and it’s clear that each of their fellow first-class travelers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: There’s rumor of a spy in their midst. Then, during dinner, a bloodcurdling scream comes from inside one of the cabins. When the door is broken down, a passenger is found murdered --- her stunning ruby necklace gone. But the killer has vanished, as if into thin air. The Wells & Wong Detective Society is ready to crack the case --- but this time, they’ve got competition.

Flashback Four #2: The Titanic Mission by Dan Gutman - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062236357 | Published April 4, 2017

Four very different kids are picked by a mysterious billionaire to travel through time and photograph some of history's most important events. This time, Luke, Julia, David and Isabel are headed to the deck of the doomed Titanic. Their mission? Capture a shot of the sinking ship, then come right back. The only problem is, once they arrive aboard the ship, the four friends can’t agree on what to do next. Should they try to save the passengers? Or maybe bring back a priceless book before it sinks with the ship?
Girl with a Camera: Margaret Bourke-White, Photographer: A Novel by Carolyn Meyer - Biography, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's History

Calkins Creek | 9781629795843 | Published April 4, 2017

Growing up, young Peggy White was interested in snakes and caterpillars and other unfeminine things. She intended to become a herpetologist, but while she was still in college, her interest in nature changed to a fascination with photography. As her skill with a camera grew, her focus widened from landscapes architecture to shots of factories, trains, and bridges. Her artist’s eye sharpened to see patterns and harsh beauty where others saw only chaos and ugliness. Totally dedicated to her work, and driven by her ambition to succeed, Margaret Bourke-White became a well-known and sought after photographer, traveling all over the United States and Europe.

Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World by Bill Nye, Gregory Mone, and Nicholas Iluzada - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Science, Science Fiction

Amulet Books | 9781419723032 | Published April 4, 2017

Meet Jack and his foster siblings, Ava and Matt, who are orphans. But they’re not your typical kind of orphans --- they’re geniuses. Well, Ava and Matt are, which sometimes makes life difficult for 1 twelve-year-old Jack. Ava speaks multiple languages and builds robots for fun, and Matt is into astronomy and a whiz at math. As for Jack, it’s hard to stand out when he’s surrounded by geniuses all the time. When the kids try to spy on Dr. Hank Witherspoon, one of the world’s leading scientists, they end up working for him in his incredible laboratory.

Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst - Children's 10-12, Family, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

Clarion Books | 9780544706798 | Published April 4, 2017

The traditional Emperor’s Journey is meant to be uneventful. But as the princesses Seika and Ji-Lin --- twin sisters --- travel to pay respects to their kingdom’s dragon guardian, unexpected monsters appear and tremors shake the earth. The Hidden Islands face unprecedented threats, and the old rituals are failing. With only their strength, ingenuity, and flying lion to rely on, can the sisters find a new way to keep their people safe?

Lexie the Word Wrangler Written by Rebecca Van Slyke with illustrations by Jessie Hartland. - Children's 5-8, Culture, Fiction, Humor

9780399169571 | Published April 4, 2017

Lexie is the best wrangler west of the Mississippi --- word wrangler, that is. She watches over baby letters while they grow into words and ties shorter words together into longer ones; she herds words into sentences, hitches sentences together and pens them all in to tell a story. But lately, something seems off at the ranch. 
Lines, Bars and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs Written by Helaine Becker with illustrations by Marie-Eve Tremblay - Biography, Children's 4-8, Children's Nonfiction, Education, Nonfiction, Science

Kids Can Press | 9781771385701 | Published April 4, 2017

Born in Scotland more than 250 years ago, William Playfair was a dreamer who saw the world differently from other people.Unfortunately, this difference sometimes got in the way of his success. Early on, as he attempted to apply his unique perspective to a series of career opportunities in order to gain riches! fame! glory! he instead suffered one failure after another. Then, while writing a book about economics, Will's innovative vision inspired an idea that would set him apart: he created the first modern line graph. Next came a bar graph and later a pie chart.

Magic in the City by Heather Dyer and Serena Malyon - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Kids Can Press | 9781771382038 | Published April 4, 2017

Brothers Jake and Simon Grubb are not happy they have to leave their home in Canada to move in with their cousin Hannah and her family in England. But things get interesting for the boys when, on the way there, they encounter a retiring magician at a highway rest stop who presents them with three gifts he claims have magical properties: a carpet, a camera and a stopwatch. Unfortunately, the magician doesn't provide them with any instructions. So when the boys and Hannah find themselves being swept away on a wild adventure fueled by the magic in these curious objects, they have to learn as they go.

Panda-monium (FunJungle) by Stuart Gibbs - Adventure, Animals , Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor, Mystery

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781481445672 | Published April 4, 2017

FunJungle is frenzied, awaiting the arrival of its most thrilling animal yet --- Li Ping --- a rare and very expensive giant panda that the zoo went to enormous lengths to secure. But when the truck transporting Li Ping shows up, its precious cargo has vanished into thin air. The FBI steps in to investigate, and Teddy is happy to leave the job in their (supposedly) capable hands. After all, FunJungle has never encountered a crime this serious!

Point Guard (Home Team) by Mike Lupica - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Sports

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781481410038 | Published April 4, 2017

Everyone assumes that Gus, whose family is from the Dominican Republic, is a baseball guy. But this year Gus is even more excited about basketball than any other sport he’s ever played. He’s been practicing some new moves and lately he’s more surprised when he misses his shot than when he scores. Plus now that he’s convinced his friend Teddy to try out for the team and Jack’s shoulder is healed, it looks like Walton’s home team will be unstoppable. But this isn’t going to be the season Gus expected, because their team is getting a new player.

Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic

Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 9781681191317 | Published April 4, 2017

When thirteen-year-old Valor is sent to jail, she couldn't be happier. Demidova's prison for criminal children is exactly where she wants to be. Valor's twin sister, Sasha, is serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family, and Valor is going to help her escape...from the inside. Never mind that no one has escaped the prison in centuries. Valor has a master plan and resources most people could only dream about. But she didn't count on having to outsmart both the guards and her fellow prisoners. If Valor's plan is to succeed, she'll need to make some unlikely allies.

Rocket and Groot: Keep on Truckin'! by Tom Angleberger - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Comic Books, Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction, Superhero

Marvel Press | 9781484781418 | Published April 4, 2017

It's ROCKET AND GROOT: Keep on Truckin'! and they are taking it to the next level as they continue their journey through the cosmos defeating baddies. Expect more zaniness, more chaos, more Rocket doodles, more "I am Groots", and tons of Veronica --- the totally awesome butt-kicking tape dispenser! Oh, and expect another drawing or two from Groot!

Speed of Life by Carol Weston - Family, Family Life, Fiction

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492654490 | Published April 4, 2017

Sofia lost her mother eight months ago, and her friends were 100% there for her. Now it's a new year and they're ready for Sofia to move on. Problem is, Sofia can't bounce back, can't recharge like a cellphone. She decides to write Dear Kate, an advice columnist for Fifteen Magazine, and is surprised to receive a fast reply. Soon the two are exchanging emails, and Sofia opens up and spills all, including a few worries that are totally embarrassing. Turns out even advice columnists don't have all the answers, and one day Sofia learns a secret that flips her world upside down.
Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy Graphic Novel by Alessandro Ferrari - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Disney Lucasfilm Press | 9781368002745 | Published April 4, 2017

Relive the beginnings of the ultimate tale of good versus evil! Join Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padm Amidala, Yoda, Darth Maul, and the rest of the heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe in this graphic novel collection that retells the prequel trilogy: THE PHANTOM MENACE, ATTACK OF THE CLONES, and REVENGE OF THE SITH.

The 65-Story Treehouse (The Treehouse Books) Written by Andy Griffiths with illustrations Terry Denton - Children's 6-10, Crafts & Hobbies, Fiction, Humor

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250102461 | Published April 4, 2017

Andy and Terry live in a 65-Story Treehouse. (It used to be 52 stories, but they keep expanding.) It has a pet-grooming salon, a birthday room where it's always your birthday (even when it's not), a room full of exploding eyeballs, a lollipop shop, a quicksand pit, an ant farm, and a time machine...which is going to be really, really useful now, since Terry messed up (again) and the treehouse just FAILED it's safety inspection.Join Andy and Terry on a whirlwind trip through time as they try to stop the treehouse from being demolished!