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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.

August 2015

Hardcover

After Dark by James Leck - Paranormal, Young Adult 10+

Kids Can Press | 9781771381109 | Published August 1, 2015

Fifteen-year-old slacker Charlie Harker is stuck in the sleepy town of Rolling Hills for the summer, helping his mom renovate his great-grandfather's creaky old inn. It's not entirely dull, thanks to Charlie's new neighbor Miles Van Helsing, who insists there's paranormal activity happening in Rolling Hills. Charlie chalks it up to Miles being the town nutcase. But many townspeople are falling prey to a mysterious illness, and wisecracking Charlie quickly gets wise: there's something sinister going on in Rolling Hills.

Change Is in the Air, Mallory written by Laurie Friedman with illustrations by Jennifer Kalis - Children's 7 - 11

Darby Creek Publishing | 9781467709248 | Published August 1, 2015

Everything in Mallory McDonald's life is changing! Fourth grade is over and summer is off to a shaky start. The Winstons are moving from Wish Pond Road to a bigger house across town, so Mallory's best friends, Mary Ann and Joey, won't be living next door anymore. And her friend Chloe Jennifer will be gone for the whole summer. 

For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story by Rebecca Langston-George and Janna Bock - Biography, Children's Nonfiction

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623704261 | Published August 1, 2015

She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. She defied the Taliban's rules, spoke out for education for every girl and was almost killed for her beliefs. This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference.

Jars of Hope by Jennifer Roy and Meg Owenson - Holocaust

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623704254 | Published August 1, 2015

This gripping true story of a woman who took it upon herself to help save 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust is not only inspirational; it's unforgettable.

Lilliput written by Sam Gayton, illustrated by Alice Ratterree - Adventure, Children's, Fantasy

Peachtree Publishers | 9781561458066 | Published August 1, 2015

Have you heard of the tale that's short and tall? There's an island in the world where everything is small! She is a girl three inches tall with eyes like drops of dew. Her clothes are cut from handkerchiefs and stitched with spider silk. For half her life, she has been trapped in a birdcage while her giant kidnapper sits beside her, writing in a leather-bound book the size of a house. Her name is Lily, and tonight she is escaping. She is going home. To Lilliput. 

Tales of a Fifth-Grade Knight by Douglas Gibson and Jez Tuya - Fantasy

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623702557 | Published August 1, 2015

One day, Isaac Thompson is just your average fifth grader playing the part of a porcupine in the school play. The next, he has strayed into a mysterious subterranean realm that has been lurking beneath his school Castle Elementary and launches his quest to knighthood. When Isaac's little sister Lily goes missing from their school's creepy basement, he and his best friends Max and Emma set out in search of her.

The Specific Ocean written by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Katty Maurey - Children's

Kids Can Press | 9781894786355 | Published August 1, 2015

A young girl does not want to go away for summer vacation; she wants to stay in the city with her friends. But after a few days at the beach, she falls under the ocean's spell and begins to wonder how she can bring it and its magic back home with her. A lyrical, thoughtful look at the deep connection to be made with the natural world.

The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi - Children's

Kids Can Press | 9781771381079 | Published August 1, 2015

Kikko sets out after her father with a forgotten pie for Grandma. When she arrives at a strange house in the wintry woods, a peek in the window reveals that the footprints Kikko had been following did not belong to her father at all, but to a bear in a long coat and hat! ALICE IN WONDERLAND meets LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD in this charmed tale.

Watch Out for Flying Kids! How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community by Cynthia Levinson - Culture, Nonfiction

Peachtree Publishers | 9781561458219 | Published August 1, 2015

The author of WE’VE GOT A JOB explores the world of social circus-a movement that brings kids from different worlds together to perform remarkable acts on a professional level.  As the kids' relationships evolve over time, the members learn how to overcome assumptions, animosity and obstacles both physical and personal.

A Prince Without a Kingdom: Vango Book Two by Timothee de Fombelle - Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Candlewick | 9780763679507 | Published August 4, 2015

Fleeing dark forces and unfounded accusations across Europe in the years between World Wars, a young man named Vango has been in danger for as long as he can remember. Narrow escapes, near misses and a dash of romantic intrigue will rivet adventurous teens to their seats as Vango continues to unravel the mysteries of his past. In the shadow of a rapidly changing world, can Vango find those who have hunted him for so long and uncover his true identity?

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Panorama Pops written by Lewis Carroll with illustrations by Graham Baker-Smith - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction

Candlewick | 9780763681876 | Published August 4, 2015

Presented in a charming slipcase, the book unfolds to reveal ten of the most famous moments in this classic story, from Alice falling down the rabbit-hole to the Mad-Hatter's tea party. The beautiful illustrations by Grahame Baker-Smith were commissioned by Royal Mail for a set of special commemorative stamps to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND.

Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko - Family

Wendy Lamb Books | 9780385742535 | Published August 4, 2015

San Francisco, 1900. The Gilded Age. A fantastic time to be alive for lots of people…but not 13 year old Lizzie Kennedy, stuck at Miss Barstow’s snobby school for girls. Lizzie’s secret passion is science, an unsuitable subject for finishing-school girls. Lizzie lives to go on house calls with her physician father. On those visits to his patients, she discovers a hidden dark side of the city --- a side that’s full of secrets, rats and rumors of the plague.

Cold War on Maplewood Street by Gayle Rosengren - History

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399171833 | Published August 4, 2015

Joanna can’t get over how her brother broke his promise to never leave like their dad did. Sam is thousands of miles away on a navy ship, and no matter how often he sends letters, Joanna refuses to write back. When she makes a promise, she keeps it. But then President Kennedy comes on TV with frightening news about Soviet missiles in Cuba --- and that’s where Sam’s heading. Maybe sometimes there are good reasons to break a promise.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans written and illustrated by Don Brown - Biography, Nonfiction, Young Adult 12+

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544157774 | Published August 4, 2015

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under 20 feet of water; property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion; and 1,833 people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism and courage --- and also of incompetence, racism and criminality. Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.

Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls Written by Liz Kessler with illustrations by Sarah Gibb - Children's 8 - 12, Children's, Fantasy, Fiction

Candlewick | 9780763676889 | Published August 4, 2015

A field trip to a mysterious island quickly turns into an adventure when Emily Windsnap and Aaron discover a secret lookout point from which they spot a ghostly ship that no one else seems to be able to see. Only Emily, with her ability to transform from mermaid to human, can enter Atlantis to try to bring the ship’s passengers back before the portal is closed forever. Emily knows that if she fails, not only will the passengers never see their loved ones again, but Emily won’t be able to return either. Will she be able to resist the allure of Atlantis and return home before it’s too late?

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar - Young Adult 10+, Youth Fiction

Delacorte Books for Young Readers | 9780385743785 | Published August 4, 2015

Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Hilligas challenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya, unaware of the reason for the detour, reluctantly follows. They soon get lost. And then they find trouble. Bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined.

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead - Young Adult 10+, Youth Fiction

Wendy Lamb Books | 9780385743174 | Published August 4, 2015

Bridge is an accident survivor who’s wondering why she’s still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybody’s games --- or so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through seventh grade? This year everything is different for Sherm Russo as he gets to know Bridge Barsamian. What does it mean to fall for a girl --- as a friend? 

I Thought This Was a Bear Book Written by Tara Lazar with illustrations by Benji Davies - Children's, Picture

Aladdin | 9781442463073 | Published August 4, 2015

After an unfortunate bookcase collapse, Alien suddenly finds himself jolted out of his story and into a very strange world, complete with talking bears. Desperate to return to his book, Alien asks the Bear family for help so he can get back to his story and save his beloved Planet Zero from total destruction before it’s too late.
I Will Chomp You! Written by Jory John with illustrations by Bob Shea - Children's, Picture

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780385389860 | Published August 4, 2015

STOP RIGHT THERE. Don’t move a muscle, buster. Stay out of this book or I WILL CHOMP YOU! So says the not-so-fierce inhabitant of I WILL CHOMP YOU!, a tale of deception, greed...and cake!
Old Wolf written by Avi with illustrations by Brian Floca - Children's, Environment

Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books | 9781442499218 | Published August 4, 2015

In the computer game world of Bow Hunter --- Casey’s world --- there are no deaths, just kills. In the wolf world --- Nashoba’s world --- there have been no kills. For this is March, the Starving Time in the Iron Mountain region of Colorado, when wolves and ravens alike are desperate for food. And when 13 year old Casey crosses their path, two very different approaches to hunting collide.

Say Hello! by Linda Davick - Humor

Beach Lane Books | 9781481428675 | Published August 4, 2015

Howdy! Hi! Hello! This friendly and fun picture book celebrates the greatness of greetings. With zippy, rhyming text and bold, exuberant illustrations, this book celebrates the many wonderful ways to say hello to friends, families, pets --- or anyone!

Field Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen - Young Adult 10+, Youth Fiction

Wendy Lamb Books | 9780553496741 | Published August 4, 2015

Ben has been invited to try out for a special hockey academy. But Dad wants Ben to catch up to the school field trip instead. So Ben, Dad, and their dogs Atticus and Conor, jump into their truck. Ben concocts a secret plan to make the tryout, but Atticus and Conor are on to him. Ben and Dad’s road trip turns into a wacky adventure full of new friends and surprises.

I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Charlesbridge | 9781580896122 | Published August 4, 2015

Maria is from Guatemala, Jin is from Korea, and Fatima is from Somalia. All three are new to their American elementary school, and each has trouble speaking, writing and sharing ideas in English. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language and identity. 

Angelina and the Rag Doll by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig - Children's 3 - 6, Children's, Fiction, Performing Arts

American Girl | 9781584857457 | Published August 11, 2015

Angelina is feeling very grown-up. Miss Lilly has asked her to help out in the beginners’ ballet class. So Angelina gives away her babyish toys, including the little rag doll she’s had since she was a tiny mouseling. But what happens when Angelina starts missing her doll? Is it too late to get her back?

Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson - Graphic Novel

Graphix | 978-0545565417 | Published August 25, 2015

Highly acclaimed graphic novelist Craig Thompson's debut book for young readers about a plucky heroine on a mission to save her dad.

For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can't just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is vast and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad is in big, BIG trouble. With her father's life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together.

Visionary graphic novel creator Craig Thompson brings all of his wit, warmth, and humor to create a brilliantly drawn story for all ages. Set in a distant yet familiar future, SPACE DUMPLINS weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world.