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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 2017


11 Before 12 by Lisa Greenwald - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062411747 | Published August 1, 2017

The first day of middle school means trading in freeze tag at the pool for new schedules, fabulous outfits, and a fresh start. But for eleven-year-old Kaylan, the chaos of new locker combinations, cafeteria cliques, and potential first kisses is more than she can handle. She dreads the start of sixth grade and feels like she wants --- no, needs --- a winning game plan. Luckily, Kaylan and her effortlessly chill BFF, Arianna, have a fool-proof plan for tackling transitions: a list of eleven things they need to do to totally transform themselves before they both turn twelve in November.
A Big Day for Baseball Written by Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by Ag Ford - Adventure, Children's 6-9, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9781524713089 | Published August 1, 2017

Jack and Annie aren’t great baseball players...yet! Then Morgan the librarian gives them magical baseball caps that will make them experts. They just need to wear the caps to a special ballgame in Brooklyn, New York. The magic tree house whisks them back to 1947! When they arrive, Jack and Annie find out that they will be batboys in the game --- not ballplayers. What exactly does Morgan want them to learn? And what’s so special about this game? They only have nine innings to find out!

Baseball: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #29: A Big Day for Baseball Written by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce and illustrated by Carlo Molinari - Biography, Children's 7-10, Children's Nonfiction

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9781101936429 | Published August 1, 2017

When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in MAGIC TREE HOUSE #29: A BIG DAY FOR BASEBALL, they had lots of questions. When was baseball invented? What are the rules? Who was Jackie Robinson? Who are some other baseball greats? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about America’s national pastime. 

Beyond the Doors by David Neilsen - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor

Crown Books for Young Readers | 9781101935828 | Published August 1, 2017

When a family disaster forces the four Rothbaum children to live with their aunt Gladys, they immediately know there is something strange about their new home. Strangest of all are the doors --- there are none. Every doorway is a wide-open passageway! Their unease only grows when Aunt Gladys disappears for long stretches of time, leaving them alone to explore the strange house. When they discover just what Aunt Gladys has been doing with all her doors, the shocked siblings embark on an adventure that changes everything they believe about their family and the world.

Confessions from the Principal's Kid by Robin Mellom - Children's 10-12, Family Life, Fiction, Social Issues

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544813793 | Published August 1, 2017

During the school day, fifth-grader Allie West is an outsider. Everyone knows the principal's kid might tattle to her mom! But after school, Allie is an insider. She's friendly with the janitor, knows the shortest routes around the building, and hangs out with the Afters, a group of misfits whose parents are teachers at their school. Although Allie secretly loves her insider life, she's sick of being an outsider—so she vows to join the Pentagon, the popular math team led by her ex–best friend. But can Allie change her status without betraying where she really belongs?

Dinosaur Empire! (Earth Before Us #1): Journey through the Mesozoic Era by Abby Howard - Animals , Children's 8-12, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, History

Amulet Books | 9781419723063 | Published August 1, 2017

Ronnie is just a normal fifth-grader trying to pass her science class’s impossible quiz on the history of dinosaurs...until she happens upon her neighbor --- Ms. Lernin --- a retired paleontologist. With the assistance of Science Magic, Ronnie and Ms. Lernin travel back through time and space to experience the Mesozoic Era firsthand. They visit three important time periods in the development of the Mesozoic Era: the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous. Along the way, Ronnie finds herself face-to-face with real-life dinosaurs and reptiles, like stegosauruses, velociraptors, and thalattosaurs. 

Hedy's Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust Written by Michelle Bisson and illustrated by El Primo Ramón - Biography, Children's 8-12, History, Holocaust

Capstone Press | 9781515782223 | Published August 1, 2017

It is 1941. Hedy and her family are Jewish, and the Nazi party is rising. Hedy's family is no longer safe in their home in Hungary. They decide to flee to America, but because of their circumstances, sixteen-year-old Hedy must make her way through Europe alone. Will luck be with her? Will she be brave? Join Hedy on her journey --- where she encounters good fortune and misfortune, a kind helper and cruel soldiers, a reunion and a tragedy --- and discover how Hedy is both lucky and brave. HEDY'S JOURNEY adds an important voice to the canon of Holocaust stories, and her courage will make a lasting impact on young readers.

Journeys: Young Readers' Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives Library of Congress Center for the Book and edited by Catherine Gourley - Biography, Children's 10+, Education, Letters

Candlewick | 9780763681012 | Published August 1, 2017

Culled from the Letters About Literature contest of the Library of Congress Center for the Book, the fifty-two letters in this collection --- written by students in grades four through twelve --- reveal how deeply books and poetry affect the lives of readers. Offering letters that are as profound as they are personal and as moving as they are enlightening, this collection, which also features artwork by some of the contest entrants, provides a glimpse into young people’s lives and their connections --- both expected and unexpected --- to the written word.

No Rules: A Friday Barnes Mystery Written by R.A. Spratt and illustrated by Phil Gosier - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

Roaring Brook Press | 9781626726390 | Published August 1, 2017

Friday Barnes has been deported to Switzerland...but we need her back! Highcrest Academy has descended into chaos. Someone's fired all the teachers as an epic prank, and suspicion falls on Ian Wainscott, Friday's nemesis (who's also desperately in love with her). There's also the problem of the new vice principal and his questionable behavior. It's hard to take someone seriously when he's wearing tie-dyed shirts, right? Can Friday prove Ian's innocence, find the prankster, and save her school? If it involves running, then probably not, but otherwise...Friday's on the case!

Paddington Goes to Town by Michael Bond - Animals , Children's 8-12, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062312280 | Published August 1, 2017

Paddington doesn’t intentionally turn his friend’s wedding into an uproar by getting the wedding ring stuck on his paw. Nor does he plan for Mr. Curry to slip on his marmalade sandwich in the middle of an important golf shot. But these sorts of things and more just happen when Paddington goes to town.

Room of Shadows by Ronald Kidd - Children's 9-12, Fiction, Horror

Albert Whitman & Company | 9780807568057 | Published August 1, 2017

Ever since his dad left, David Cray has had anger issues. So after he beats up school bully Jake Bragg, his mom grounds him in their creepy new house. Bored, David discovers a secret room with an old-fashioned desk, a chest, and a carving of a raven. Suddenly he's having strange dreams about the room and the house, and violence seems to follow him wherever he goes. Who is the Raven who is taking responsibility for these violent pranks? And why do the pranks resemble Poe's stories?

Royal Crush: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot - Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fiction

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250111524 | Published August 1, 2017

Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is turning thirteen. Even better, she’s finally starting to get the hang of this princess thing. Just in time, too, since her half-sister, Princess Mia Thermopolis, is expected to give birth to twins any day now! It’s pretty much the worst time possible for a school field trip, but everyone is insisting that Olivia must attend the Royal School Winter Games. Between Grandmère chaperoning, Olivia’s snobby cousin Luisa complaining about her relationship woes and everyone insisting that Olivia has a crush on Prince Khalil, things are quickly turning into a royal mess!

The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo! Written by Stephen Bramucci with illustrations by Arree Chung - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Humor

Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 9781619636927 | Published August 1, 2017

Ronald Zupan is a daring master adventurer! But he actually hasn't experienced any grand adventures...until his world-traveling parents are kidnapped on his twelfth birthday. Teaming up with his trusty butler Jeeves, his quick-witted fencing nemesis Julianne Sato and his pet cobra Carter, Ronald sets course for the jungle of Borneo where his parents were last sighted. If they can crash-land a plane and outrun a hungry snow leopard, surely they can find the secret lair of Zeetan Z, the world's most ruthless pirate! But as their adventure becomes more and more dangerous, can Ronald and his companions muster enough courage to see this adventure through?

The Imagination Box: Beyond Infinity by Martyn Ford - Children's 9-12, Fiction, Friendship, Science Fiction

Delacorte Books for Young Readers | 9781101936313 | Published August 1, 2017

Timothy Hart is getting used to the good life with his new Imagination Box. Anything he can imagine, he can create! There’s only one rule: the Box must not leave Tim’s room at the hotel where he lives. But Tim has never been good at following rules. Tim is feeling pretty good... Until he notices the strange people following him, and then chasing him, and then his beloved Imagination Box being ripped from his hands. He’ll need the help of a Top-Secret Scientific Institution if he’s going to save the Imagination Box from corruption of the worst possible kind.

The Losers Club by Andrew Clements - Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Social Issues

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780399557555 | Published August 1, 2017

Sixth grader Alec can’t put a good book down. So when Principal Vance lays down the law --- pay attention in class, or else --- Alec takes action. He can’t lose all his reading time, so he starts a club. A club he intends to be the only member of. After all, reading isn’t a team sport, and no one would want to join something called the Losers Club, right? But as more and more kids find their way to Alec’s club, Alec notices something. Real life might be messier than his favorite books, but it’s just as interesting.

Zinnia and the Bees Written by Danielle Davis and illustrated by Laura Horton - Animals , Children's 9-12, Contemporary Fiction, Family Life, Fiction

Capstone Young Readers | 9781623708672 | Published August 1, 2017

While Zinnia's classmates are celebrating the last day of seventh grade, she's in the vice principal's office, serving detention. Her offense? Harmlessly yarn-bombing a statue of the school mascot. When Zinnia rushes home to commiserate with her older brother and best friend, Adam, she's devastated to discover that he's gone. Zinnia’s day surely can't get any worse...until a colony of honeybees inhabits her hive-like hair!

Patrick Griffin's First Birthday on Ith by Ned Rust - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction

Roaring Brook Press | 9781626723443 | Published August 8, 2017

After learning Earth is about to be destroyed, 12-year-old Patrick Griffin is on a mission. Under the protection of a powerful griffin, Patrick and his friend Oma travel through abandoned cities on the planet Ith, hiding from the enemy while they work out a plan to overthrow the alternate world's sinister government. Back on Earth, the gigantic jackalope Mr. BunBun and nine adorable numbats race to warn humans about impending doom. But time is running out. The evil Rex Abraham is back on Ith and will stop at nothing to continue his domination of the Three Worlds.

The Forever Court by Dave Rudden - Adventure, Children's 10-12, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780553523010 | Published August 8, 2017

The door between our world and the world of the dark has been blasted open. Now the Knights must face the court of the Endless King. Denizen finally feels like a true Knight, and the court has requested a meeting to thank him for saving the King’s daughter. When the Knights encounter the members of the Forever Court, the meeting almost immediately dissolves into a battle. There is another order of people who can communicate with the monsters of the dark. A family who worship the dark. And they will stop at nothing to bring the shadows back to power.

The Good Fight: The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (and How They Shaped the Nation) by Anne Quirk and Elizabeth Baddeley - Children's 7-10, Children's Nonfiction, History

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9781524700355 | Published August 8, 2017

The Revolutionary War was full of bloody battles and broken treaties. But it wasn’t just about the colonies fighting the crown. In the 18th century, it seemed that everyone was at war with each other --- including the very people who were supposedly leading us on a path to independence! Don’t miss out on a ringside seat for these fascinating bouts!

The Real Us Written by Tommy Greenwald and illustrated by J. P. Coovert - Children's 9-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Humor

Roaring Brook Press | 9781626721715 | Published August 8, 2017

Laura Corbett and Damian White are loners. Kids make fun of smart, sarcastic Laura for her weight and artistic Damian for his tendency to sweat through his shirts. Calista Getz, however, is the prettiest and most popular girl in the whole school. But when Calista wakes up just before the school dance with the BIGGEST pimple she has EVER seen right in the middle of her face, Laura and Damian are the only ones who don't ignore her. In fact, they seem to see not only past her pimple, but past her popularity, too. Together, they'll challenge the school's status quo!

The World's Greatest Adventure Machine by Frank L. Cole - Adventure, Children's 9-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Science Fiction

Delacorte Books for Young Readers | 9780399552823 | Published August 8, 2017

CastleCorp and the famous Castleton brothers are unveiling the World’s Greatest Adventure Machine! The roller coaster is an experience like no other, and four lucky kids have won the chance to be the first to ride it. The whole world is watching. But as the kids set off on their journey, they begin to realize that there is perhaps more to their fellow contest winners than meets the eye. And the Adventure Machine? It might just have a mind of its own.

Battlesong by Lian Tanner - Adventure, Children's 9-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250052186 | Published August 15, 2017

With her Fletcher papa and twin brother, Nat, she travels West Norn, bringing joy to its downtrodden people through song and story. Proud and defiant, Fetchers have always been hunted by the Devouts for preserving the old ways. So when devious Brother Poosk captures Papa, Gwin must rescue him --- whatever the cost. Meanwhile, the Oyster's crew and the Sunkers lay siege to the Citadel. But without their Sleeping Captain, can they ever win against the ruthless Devouts? Can Petrel, Fin, Sharkey and Rain ever bring light back to such a dark world?

Crossing the Line by Bibi Belford - Children's 10-14, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Prejudice , Racism

Sky Pony Press | 9781510708006 | Published August 15, 2017

Billy’s family has fallen on hard times, what with his da hospitalized after the war and his ma barely scraping by. But it’s no hardship for him when there’s not enough money to pay the tuition for Nativity of Our Lord, the private Catholic school everyone in his neighborhood attends. Billy’s not big on education. When he transfers to James Ward, a Chicago public school, he finds out there’s a big difference at public school: the kids aren’t all Irish. It isn’t long before Billy’s found a new best friend in Foster, another fifth grader who also doesn’t have any money, loves baseball, and just happens to be black.
Lucy and the Rocket Dog by Will Buckingham and Monica Arnaldo - Animals , Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Science Fiction

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9780399554322 | Published August 15, 2017

While Laika takes off on an intergalactic adventure, Lucy begins a lifelong scientific quest to bring her dog home. Told from the two friends’ alternating perspectives and, in turns, heartbreaking and hilarious, this tale will win over anyone who has ever loved a pet, or who has looked at the stars and wondered just what might be going on in the here, there, and everywhereness.

Monsterland by James Crowley - Adventure, Children's 10+, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Magic, Young Adult 14+

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780399175893 | Published August 15, 2017

It’s Halloween, and everyone in Charlie’s small town is excited for this year’s festivities. Charlie's grandfather, Old Joe, is famous for his holiday haunts, and his pumpkin patch is the center of the town’s zealous celebrations. But for Charlie, Halloween’s just one more reminder that his cousin Billy isn’t around anymore. Charlie plans to keep to himself this year, hanging out in the haunted barn with his trusty dog Ringo. But when Charlie runs into some neighborhood bullies who are after his candy, he heads off into the woods to escape.