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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.

January 2019

High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction by David Sheff and Nic Sheff - Children's, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, Health, Nonfiction, Social Issues

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544644342 | Published January 8, 2019

From David Sheff, author of BEAUTIFUL BOY (2008), and Nic Sheff, author of TWEAK: Growing Up on Methamphetamines (2008), comes the ultimate resource for learning about the realities of drugs and alcohol for middle grade readers. This book tells it as it is, with testimonials from peers who have been there and families who have lived through the addiction of a loved one, along with the cold, hard facts about what drugs and alcohol do to our bodies. From how to navigate peer pressure to outlets for stress to the potential consequences for experimenting, Nic and David Sheff lay out the facts so that middle grade readers can educate themselves.

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Comet Rising (Shadow Weaver) by MarcyKate Connolly - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781492649984 | Published January 1, 2019

Emmeline and Lucas are safe from Lady Aisling and her soldiers for now. Then one night the Cerelia Comet returns...12 years too early. The comet can only mean one thing: Lady Aisling has a Sky Shaker under her control and is hoping for a new batch of talented children to add to her collection. Emmeline and Lucas decide to journey to find other magical children to help in the fight against Lady Aisling. But when the two friends realize many of the children they seek have already been taken, they know they are in for the fight of their lives.

1919 The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler - Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues

Bloomsbury Children's Books | 9781681198019 | Published January 8, 2019

1919 was a world-shaking year. America was recovering from World War I and black soldiers returned to the violent racism and the Red Summer. The suffrage movement gained women the right to vote. Laborers took to the streets to protest working conditions; nationalistic fervor led to a communism scare; and temperance gained such traction that prohibition went into effect. Each of these movements reached a tipping point that year. 100 years later, these same social issues are more relevant than ever. 

Flight of the Bluebird (The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters Book 3) written by Kara LaReau with illustrations by Jen Hill - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Amulet Books | 9781419731440 | Published January 8, 2019

Now that they’ve returned from the Uncanny Valley to find their home in Dullsville in absolute shambles, Jaundice and Kale Bland are rescued by aviatrix Beatrix Airdale. By way of Casablanca and after foiling multiple attacks along the way, the Bland Sisters are reunited with their parents. But it turns out that Mom and Dad aren’t as bland --- or as “Bland” --- as Jaundice and Kale remember. Thanks to their mother’s old archeology notebook, the Bland Sisters uncover their parents’ real identities and help them achieve victory in one final, family-filled adventure.

Funny Kid #3: Prank Wars by Matt Stanton - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor, Youth Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062572974 | Published January 8, 2019

Max is the Funny Kid and, given the choice, he’d always rather laugh than fight. But when a prank war breaks out just before the big overnight class trip, Max has no choice but to pull off the funniest prank ever! Gunker dragons, duck smugglings, stolen suitcases, lethal super-beans and the greatest prank ever played are just some of the hilarious antics in store. Paired with hilarious black-and-white illustrations from the author, Max’s mishaps will leave even the most reluctant reader laughing out loud. 

Lizzy Legend by Matthew Ross Smith - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Sports, Youth Fiction

Aladdin | 9781534420243 | Published January 8, 2019

Lizzy loves basketball. After fighting to join the boy’s team at her school, Lizzy is finally given the opportunity to show off her hard-earned skills. When she answers what she believes is another bill collecting phone call, Lizzy receives a magical wish: the ability to sink every shot. With the help of her BFF Toby and some viral video action, Lizzy goes all the way to the Philadelphia Bells’ starting lineup, making history and taking names. Then, just as she’s about to go face to face with her hero, the best player on the planet, things begin to fall apart. But Lizzy isn’t a quitter and she’ll play her hardest for the love of the game.

Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce - Children's, Children's 8-12, Comic Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fantasy, Youth Fiction

Crown Books for Young Readers | 9781101931080 | Published January 8, 2019

Max wants to be a knight! Too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max's uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act...and fast! Joined by a band of brave adventurers --- the Midknights --- Max sets out on a thrilling quest: to save Uncle Budrick and restore the realm of Byjovia to its former high spirits!

Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington's Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away; Young Readers Edition by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve - African American Interest, Biography, Children's, Children's 9-13, Children's Nonfiction, History, Prejudice , Racism

Aladdin | 9781534416178 | Published January 8, 2019

In this incredible narrative, Erica Armstrong Dunbar reveals a fascinating and heartbreaking behind-the-scenes look at the Washingtons’ when they were the First Family --- and an in-depth look at their slave, Ona Judge, who dared to escape from one of the nation’s Founding Fathers. Born into a life of slavery, Ona Judge eventually grew up to be George and Martha Washington’s “favored” dower slave. When she was told that she was going to be given as a wedding gift to Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Ona made the bold and brave decision to flee to the north, where she would be a fugitive.

Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII by Mary Cronk Farrell - African American Interest, Biography, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Military, Women's History

Abrams Books for Young Readers | 9781419731600 | Published January 8, 2019

STANDING UP AGAINST HATE tells the stories of the African American women who enlisted in the newly formed Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in World War II. They quickly discovered that they faced as many obstacles in the armed forces as they did in everyday life. They interrupted careers and left family, friends and loved ones to venture into unknown and sometimes dangerous territory. They survived racial prejudice and discrimination with dignity, succeeded in jobs women had never worked before and made crucial contributions to the military war effort. 

Star Wars: Pirate's Price (Star Wars Flight of the Falcon) written by Lou Anders with illustrations by Annie Wu - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Youth Fiction

Disney Lucasfilm Press | 9781368041515 | Published January 8, 2019

Hello, my friends! It is I, Honda Ohnaka, greatest pirate in the galaxy, hero of the Rebellion, and, if you listen to that Obi-Wan Kenobi guy, a villain too. But what does he know? I am here to tell you stories of that most amazing ship, the Millennium Falcon, including my very first time onboard and a few occasions when I actually flew the Falcon myself! Oh, there might be a familiar Wookiee in the story. And that Han Solo guy. He has a way of popping up. And some other people you may know. And some you do not.

Supergirl: Master of Illusion by Jo Whittemore - Adventure, Children's, Children's 9-12, Fiction, Science Fiction, Superhero , Youth Fiction

Amulet Books | 9781419731426 | Published January 8, 2019

Kara Danvers, the one and only Supergirl, continues to keep National City safe. Follow her in the final book of this middle-grade series, featuring more incredible adventures not seen on TV. Now more than ever, the world needs the Girl of Steel to keep the city free from evil, and author Jo Whittemore has crafted a series finale that fans won’t want to miss!

TBH #3: TBH, Too Much Drama by Lisa Greenwald - Children's, Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Youth Fiction

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062689962 | Published January 8, 2019

Cece, Gabby and Prianka can’t wait for Spirit Week, aka the last week of school before summer break! And they’re already making plans for the best summer ever --- including a friends-only camping trip, plenty of pool time,and a top-secret shared notebook. But between Pajama Day and pizza parties, Gabby accidentally leaks Cece’s most embarrassing secret to the whole school in a meme that goes viral. Half the squad thinks it’s no big deal, but Cece needs a time-out from all the drama --- even if that means taking a break from her best friends.

The Adventurer's Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It) by Wade Albert White - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Science Fiction, Youth Fiction

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316518444 | Published January 8, 2019

At Saint Lupin's Completely Ordinary School Where Nothing Bizarre Ever Happens Most Especially Not Illegal Quests That Destroy Famous Landmarks, students are not taught about pirates...which leaves the school completely open to pirate invasion. And on the first day of classes, that's what happens. When a pirate captain and her crew steal an ancient Prophecy Medallion, Anne, Penelope and Hiro are caught up in another adventure. Anne and her friends have no choice but to deliver a medallion to the supreme pirate ruler, Octo-Horse-Pirate. To complete the quest, Anne will have to uncover the truth about her mysterious past-and, just maybe, save the whole world in the process.

The Friendship War by Andrew Clements - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Youth Fiction

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780399557590 | Published January 8, 2019

Grace and Ellie have been best friends since second grade. Ellie's always right in the center of everything, and Grace is usually happy to be Ellie's sidekick. But this time it's Grace who suddenly has everyone's attention when she accidentally starts a new fad at school. It's a fad that has the entire school collecting and trading and even fighting over...buttons?! But Ellie's not used to being one-upped by anybody. With the help of Hank, the biggest button collector in the sixth grade, she will have to figure out a way to end the fad once and for all. But once a fad starts, can it be stopped?

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart - Children's, Children's 9-12, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | 9781250196705 | Published January 8, 2019

Five years ago Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash and began a new life on the road in an old school bus, criss-crossing the nation. When Coyote learns that a park in her old neighborhood is being demolished --- the very same park where she, her mom and her sisters buried a memory box --- she devises a plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington in four days...without him realizing it. Over the course of thousands of miles, Coyote will learn that going home can sometimes be the hardest journey of all...but that with friends by her side, she just might be able to turn her “once upon a time” into a “happily ever after.”

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods - African American Interest, Children's, Children's 10-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues, Youth Fiction

Nancy Paulsen Books | 9781524737092 | Published January 8, 2019

On Gabriel's twelfth birthday, he gets a new bike --- and accidentally rides it right into the path of a car. Fortunately, a Black man named Meriwether saves him. As a thank you, Gabriel gets him a job at his dad's auto shop. Gabriel's dad anticipates trouble with the other mechanic, who makes no secret of his racist opinions. Gabriel soon learns that Meriwether drove a tank in the Army's all-Black 761st Tank Battalion in WWII, but has to keep it a secret because talking about it could be dangerous When Meriwether's family receives a frightening threat, there's no guarantee that the police will help --- and Gabriel doesn't know what will happen if Meriwether feels forced to take the law into his own hands.

The Unteachables by Gordon Korman - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor, Youth Fiction

Balzer + Bray | 9780062563880 | Published January 8, 2019

The Unteachables are a notorious class of misfits, delinquents and academic train wrecks. The Unteachables have been removed from the student body and isolated in room 117. Their teacher is Mr. Zachary Kermit, the most burned-out teacher in all of Greenwich. He was once a rising star, but his career was shattered by a cheating scandal that still haunts him. After years of phoning it in, he is finally one year away from early retirement. But the superintendent has his own plans to torpedo that idea --- and it involves assigning Mr. Kermit to the Unteachables. Over the course of a school year, though, room 117 will experience mayhem, destruction --- and maybe even a shot at redemption.

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy - African American Interest, Biography, Children's, Children's 10-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Prejudice , Racism

Bloomsbury Children's Books | 9781681198521 | Published January 8, 2019

In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, 14-year-old Jo Ann Allen was one of 12 African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first things went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another. Jo Ann --- clear-eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular among both black and white students --- found herself called on as the spokesperson of the group. But what about just being a regular teen?

Warriors in Winter (Magic Tree House, No. 31) written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Ag Ford - Adventure, Children's, Children's 6-9, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Youth Fiction

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780525647645 | Published January 8, 2019

Jack and Annie have met knights, pirates, ninjas and Vikings, but they have never met the most fearsome warriors of all: Roman soldiers. When the magic tree house whisks them back to the early 100s AD, Jack and Annie find themselves in a Roman camp. The Roman soldiers are much scarier in person --- and suspicious of strangers. Then a mysterious man riding a black horse gives Jack and Annie some advice to help them on their mission. But the man may not be who he seems. Will Jack and Annie be good warriors? Can they learn what makes the Roman soldiers so great? And who is the mysterious rider...?

China: A History by Cheryl Bardoe - Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, Culture, History, Nonfiction

Harry N. Abrams | 9781419721212 | Published January 15, 2019

Based on the Cyrus Tang Hall of China exhibit at The Field Museum, CHINA: A History traces the 7,000-year story of this diverse land. Full-color maps, photos and illustrations of the people, landscape, artifacts and rare objects bring the history of this nation to life! Learn about prehistoric China, follow the reign of emperors and dynasties and come to understand how China became the world power that it is today. The book also explores the role of children and women in everyday life as well as how religion, politics and economics shaped the deep traditions and dynamic changes of modern China. 

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee - Adventure, Children's, Children's 9-12, Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Youth Fiction

Rick Riordan Presents | 9781368013352 | Published January 15, 2019

Min comes from a long line of fox spirits, but to keep the family safe, Min's mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic. Min feels hemmed in by the rules and would like nothing more than to escape her impoverished planet. She's counting the days until she can follow her brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds. When Jun is suspected of leaving his post to search for the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his post, even for a powerful mystical object. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name. Min will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams - African American Interest, Children's, Children's 9-13, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues, Youth Fiction

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | 9781481465809 | Published January 15, 2019

There are 96 things Genesis hates about herself. Like #61: Because when your dad is a gambling addict, eviction is a regular occurrence. What’s not so regular is that this time they all don’t have a place to crash, so Genesis and her mom have to stay with her grandma. Genesis actually likes her new school; her choir teacher says she has real talent and she even encourages Genesis to join the talent show. But how can Genesis believe anything her teacher says when her dad tells her the exact opposite? How can she stand up in front of all those people with her dark, dark skin knowing even her own family thinks lesser of her because of it? And when Genesis reaches #100 on the list of things she hates about herself, will she continue on, or can she find the strength to begin again?

How to Properly Dispose of Planet Earth by Paul Noth - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Science Fiction, Youth Fiction

Bloomsbury Children's Books | 9781681196596 | Published January 15, 2019

It's safe to say Happy Conklin Jr. is the only 10-year-old who accidentally sold his entire family to aliens. The good news is that Hap managed to save his family, but now the Conklins face an even bigger problem: Hap wants a girl to be his lab partner but lacks the courage to even talk to her. Through the mysterious powers of Squeep! the lizard, he finds a way to overcome this fear but also, unfortunately, opens a black hole in his middle school that will swallow the solar system unless he's able to stop it.

Not-So-Great Presidents: Commanders in Chief (Epic Fails #3) written by Ben Thompson and Erik Slader with illustrations by Tim Foley - Biography, Children's, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Humor, Nonfiction

Roaring Brook Press | 9781250150608 | Published January 15, 2019

From heroic George Washington to the dastardly Richard Nixon, the oval office has been occupied by larger-than-life personalities since 1789. The position comes with enormous power and responsibility, and every American president thus far has managed to achieve great things. However, the President of the United States is only human --- and oftentimes far from perfect. While some men suffered through only minor mishaps during their time in office, others are famously remembered for leaving behind much bigger messes.

The Whispers by Greg Howard - Children's, Children's 10-14, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Mystery, Youth Fiction

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9780525517498 | Published January 15, 2019

Eleven-year-old Riley believes in the whispers, magical fairies that will grant you wishes if you leave them tributes. Riley wishes bullies at school would stop picking on him and he wishes Dylan, his crush, liked him. But most of all, Riley wishes for his mom to come back home. She disappeared a few months ago, and, frustrated with the lack of progress in the investigation, Riley decides to take matters into his own hands. So he goes on a camping trip with his friend Gary to find the whispers and ask them to bring his mom back home. But Riley doesn't realize the trip will shake the foundation of everything that he believes in forever.