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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.

February 2013


Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves and Other Female Villains by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple - Children's, Western

Charlesbridge | 9781580891851 | Published February 1, 2013

In BAD GIRLS, readers meet 26 of history’s most notorious women, each with a rotten reputation. But authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple remind us that there are two sides to every story. Was Delilah a harlot or hero? Was Catherine the Great a great ruler, or just plain ruthless? At the end of each chapter, Yolen and Stemple appear as themselves in comic panels as they debate each girl’s badness --- Heidi as the prosecution, Jane for context.

Daniel for Lunch: The Tasty Tale of Daniel in the Lions' Den by Kelly Pulley - Bible Studies, Children's, Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction

David C. Cook | 9781434703675 | Published February 1, 2013

What happens to Daniel after he refuses to pray to King Darius, and prays to God instead? He finds himself in a den full of hungry lions! Find out how Daniel is rescued --- and how the king's wicked helpers get a punishment they deserve!

The Biggest and Toughest: The Short Story of David's Big Faith by Kelly Pulley - Bible Studies, Children's, Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction

David C. Cook | 9780781406239 | Published February 1, 2013

Teach your children about God's strength and love for His people with this rhyming story about David and Goliath. With fun illustrations and a quirky rhyming text, your kids will discover that despite David's small stature, his courage and belief in God see him through when he stands up to the Philistine army.

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle - Fiction, Humor

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781442446892 | Published February 5, 2013

His whole life, Nate Foster has wanted to star in a Broadway show. But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one appreciates a good show tune? Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There’s an open casting call for "E.T.: The Musical" and it could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.

Big Nate Flips Out by Lincoln Peirce - Fiction, Humor

HarperCollins | 9780061996634 | Published February 5, 2013

Everyone knows N-A-T-E does not equal N-E-A-T! And when Nate's sloppiness gets out of hand, his best friend, Francis, is in serious trouble. Can Nate clean up his act, or will he flip out first?

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle - Children's, Picture

Chronicle Books | 9781452110066 | Published February 5, 2013

In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance.  Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!

If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay - Adventure, Fiction, Nature

Running Press Kids | 9780762447213 | Published February 5, 2013

Something magical happens when you plant a dream with a seed. With plenty of love and patience, they can blossom into an extraordinary gift. To be shared with those you love and those with big dreams, this book encourages us to never give up.

Infinity Ring, Book Three: The Trap Door by Lisa McMann - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller

Scholastic Inc. | 9780545386982 | Published February 5, 2013

The year is 1850, and the nation is divided over the issue of slavery. The Underground Railroad provides a light of hope, helping runaway slaves escape to freedom. But the SQ has taken control of the Underground Railroad from within. Now Dak and Sera are left wondering who to trust...while Riq risks everything to save the life of a young boy.

Ivy in the Shadows by Chris Woodworth - Fiction

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | 9780374335663 | Published February 5, 2013

After Ivy's stepfather disappears, Ivy's mama begins waitressing to make ends meet. She also takes in a boarder --- 12-year-old Caleb, who's weirdest guy she's ever met. With Mama working full-time, Ivy has to babysit her little brother, JJ; fend off the nosy Pastor Harold; stop Caleb from filling JJ's head with lies; and keep her best friend from knowing anything about her situation at home.
My Father's Arms are a Boat written by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter and translated by kari dickson

Enchanted Lion Books | 9781592701247 | Published February 5, 2013

It's quieter than it's ever been. Unable to sleep, a young boy climbs into his father's arms. Feeling the warmth and closeness of his father, he begins to ask questions about the birds, the foxes, and whether his mom will ever wake up. They go outside under the starry sky. Loss and love are as present as the white spruces, while the father's clear answers and assurances calm his worried son. Here we feel the cycles of life and life's continuity, even in the face of absence and loss, so strongly and clearly that we know at the end that everything will, somehow, be all right.

Play Makers: Game Changers, Book Two by Mike Lupica - Fiction, Relationships

Scholastic Press | 9780545381833 | Published February 5, 2013

Ben is known as the best point guard throughout the league. And now that Shawn O'Brien has joined their team, they are a shoo-in to win it all. But there is a new point guard in town, Chase Braggs, who seems to be better, stronger and faster. Ben's rivalry with Chase seems to take the fun out of playing ball with his best friends. Will Ben be able to pull it together for his team and for himself?

The Colossus Rises: Seven Wonders, Book One by Peter Lerangis - Fantasy, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062070401 | Published February 5, 2013

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he's going to die. The only way to save himself is to find and combine seven magic loculi. This won't be easy because The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven't been seen in thousands of years. They're hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The Fourth Stall Part III by Chris Rylander - Fiction, Humor, Mystery

Walden Pond Press | 9780062120052 | Published February 5, 2013

Mac and Vince think that their business is over and that they can take a break. But that was before things at their middle school started to go haywire. Before they found out that there's a new crime boss at a school another town over trying to consolidate power. And before their old nemesis, Staples, came back to town begging for help after his stint in the clink.

Unlucky Charms: The Cold Cereal Saga by Adam Rex - Adventure, Fiction, Humor

Balzer + Bray | 9780062060051 | Published February 5, 2013

Have you seen Scottish Play Doe? Last sighted en route to England, Scott is reportedly searching for a rift in the space-time continuum so that he might save the queen and convince the fairy court to stop their so-called invasion. Kids today, right? Too many wizard books, not enough fresh air, if you want our opinion.

Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff by Robert Paul Weston - Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Poetry

Razorbill | 9781595145673 | Published February 7, 2013

Prince Puggly of the muddy, terminally unfashionable Kingdom of Spud is surprised when he receives an invitation to a lavish ball in the Kingdom of Spiff. Puggly is sure that the Spiffs will laugh him out of their kingdom. And that’s exactly what they do...But then Puggly meets Francesca, the bookish Princess of Spiff, and together the two set out to teach the Spiffians an absurd lesson in style.

A Dash of Magic: A Bliss Novel by Kathryn Littlewood - Family Life, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062084293 | Published February 12, 2013

Rosemary Bliss will do anything to get back her family's magical Cookery Booke.That's why she challenges Aunt Lily to an international baking competition in Paris: If Rose wins, Lily agrees to return the Cookery Booke that she stole. If Rose loses . . . well, the consequences are too ugly to think about. But Lily is using a magical ingredient to cheat.Together with her long-lost grandpa, his sarcastic talking cat, and a French mouse, Rose and her brothers race around Paris to find essential—and elusive—magical ingredients that will help her outbake her conniving aunt. She has to win or the Bliss Cookery Booke will be lost to her family forever.

Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares - Autobiography, Biography, Children's Nonfiction

Candlewick | 9780763656461 | Published February 12, 2013

Matt Tavares's homage to one of baseball's legends offers a rare view into Babe Ruth's formative years in "the House that built Ruth."

Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco - Fiction

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9780375868368 | Published February 12, 2013

Bee is an orphan who lives with a carnival and sleeps in the back of a tractor trailer. Every day she endures taunts for the birthmark on her face. Then, a scruffy dog shows up, and Bee realizes that she must find a home for them both. She runs off to a house with gingerbread trim. There two mysterious women, Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Potter, take her in. And, strangely, only Bee seems able to see them.

Cloneward Bound: The Clone Chronicles, Book Two by M.E. Castle - Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction

EgmontUSA | 9781606842331 | Published February 12, 2013

After somehow surviving the explosion at TechX Enterprises, Two is in Hollywood looking for his "mother." Fisher must bring him back to Palo Alto before his cloning secret is discovered. When a class field trip to see the Dr. Devilish science show arises, it becomes the perfect opportunity for Fisher to find his clone. But all kinds of complications will get in the way.

Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun Written by Liz Kessler, Illustrated by Natacha Ledwidge - Children's 8 - 12, Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction

Candlewick | 9780763658243 | Published February 12, 2013

Strange storms are blowing up from the ocean, caused by the nightmares of Neptune, King of the Sea. Convinced that his dreams herald an approaching threat, Neptune enlists half-mermaids Emily Windsnap and Aaron for a top-secret mission to find and eliminate the source of the trouble. Deep within an alpine lake the two discover a trove of stolen memories and Neptune’s darkest secret.

Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Delacorte Books for Young Readers | 9780385737463 | Published February 12, 2013

After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream. She wants to be a reporter. Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper. But, Hattie must first tell Charlie that she will not join him in Seattle. Hattie holds her own in the big city, but can making headlines compensate for the pain of betrayal and lost love?

Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's 5-8, Children's, Fiction, Sports

Candlewick | 9780763661403 | Published February 12, 2013

Stink may be super smart, and Stink may be uber clever, but he’s been in the Polliwog swim class frog-ever and he still can’t bear to put his face in the water. Why would he want a geyser up his nose, on purpose? But then something weird happens: Stink starts to see frogs everywhere --- in the locker room, in his boot, in the bathtub. And when a freaky blue frog licks his arm, his froggy senses start tingling!

The Odd Squad: Bully Bait by Michael Fry - Fiction, Humor, Relationships

Hyperion Book CH | 9781423169246 | Published February 12, 2013

Seventh-grader Nick is forced to join the school’s lamest club by his well-intentioned guidance counselor  --- along with fellow misfits Molly and Karl --- in her quest to cure all three of their “peer allergies.” What starts off as a reluctant band of hopeless oddballs morphs into an effective and empowered team ready to face whatever middle school throws at them.

What Will Hatch? Written by Jennifer Ward with illustrations by Susie Ghahremani - Fiction

Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 9780802723116 | Published February 12, 2013

What is more exciting than waiting for an egg to hatch? Creatures of all varieties begin inside an egg-and those eggs also come in all shapes and sizes. From a squiggly tadpole to fuzzy robin to a leathery platypus, this charming text and unique illustrations show eight different animals as they begin life. With a cut-out on each page readers will have fun guessing...what will hatch?

Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Promise Library Edition by Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko - Fantasy, Fiction

Dark Horse | 9781616550745 | Published February 19, 2013

Aang and friends must join together once again as the four nations’ tenuous peace is threatened in an impasse between Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei! As the world heads toward another devastating war, Aang’s friendship with Zuko throws him into the middle of the conflict!