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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.

March 2019

Hardcover

Can You Crack the Code?: A Fascinating History of Ciphers and Cryptography written by Ella Schwartz with illustrations by Lily Williams - Biography, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, Science, Technology

Bloomsbury Children's Books | 9781681195148 | Published March 26, 2019

Codes can carry big secrets! Throughout history, lots of good guys and lots of bad guys have used codes to keep their messages under wraps. This fun and flippable nonfiction features stories of hidden treasures, war-time maneuverings and contemporary hacking as well as explaining the mechanics behind the codes in accessible and kid friendly forms. Sidebars call out activities that invite the reader to try their own hand at cracking and crafting their own secret messages. 

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story written by Susan Tan with illustrations by Dana Wulfekotte - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship

Roaring Brook Press | 9781250183637 | Published March 26, 2019

It’s time for Cilla to write an Epic Story. Epics are all about brave heroes overcoming Struggles to save the world, and this year, Cilla is facing her toughest struggles yet: Cilla is in fifth grade and, unlike her classmates, not at all ready to start middle school. She has two younger sisters to look after now and they don't exactly get along. Her beloved grandfather YeYe has had a stroke and forgotten his English, and it’s up to Cilla to help him find his words again. With humor, heart and her mighty pen Cilla Lee-Jenkins will use her powers to vanquish every foe , help every citizen and save the world.

Dragonfell by Sarah Prineas - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062665553 | Published March 26, 2019

Rafi Bywater is unlike anyone else. The people in his village don’t trust him because he spends too much time in an abandoned dragon lair. When a stranger, Mister Flitch, accuses Rafi of being “dragon-touched,” Rafi sets off to discover the truth about dragons --- and about himself. On his journey, Rafi befriends a brilliant scientist, Maud, who has secrets of her own. Together they search for dragons while escaping from a dangerous dragon hunter, engaging in a steam-engine car chase, and figuring out what Mister Flitch really wants with Rafi. And, oh yes, they do find the dragons.

Elementals: Scorch Dragons by Amie Kaufman - Adventure, Animals , Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Magic

HarperCollins | 9780062458018 | Published March 26, 2019

Anders and his twin sister, Rayna, have been reunited, but now the temperature all over Vallen is starting to drop. And Anders quickly learns that the wolves have stolen a weather-altering artifact called the Snowstone, and every dragon, including Rayna, is now in danger. Anders enlists the help of a few new flame-breathing friends to stop the wolves’ next plan of attack. Together, these former rivals must go on a dangerous quest to find the scattered pieces of the Sun Scepter, the only artifact that can counteract the Snowstone. Because if either device goes unchecked, all hope for a truce will be lost.

Focused by Alyson Gerber - Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mental Health, Social Issues

Scholastic Press | 9781338185973 | Published March 26, 2019

Clea can't control her thoughts. She knows she has to do her homework. She knows she can't just say whatever thought comes into her head. She know she needs to focus. It's starting to be a problem. When Clea fails one too many tests, her parents take her to be tested, and she finds out that she has ADHD, which means her attention is all over the place instead of where it needs to be. Clea knows life can't continue the way it's been going. She's just not sure how you can fix a problem that's all in your head. But that's what she's going to have to do, to find a way to focus. 

Friendroid by M. M. Vaughan - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Science Fiction

Margaret K. McElderry Books | 9781481490658 | Published March 26, 2019

Eric is an android, but he doesn’t know. Danny Lazio doesn’t have any friends, but he doesn’t care. Even if his classmates don’t accept him, he still has Land X, the online role play game that he’s actually really good at. But then Eric takes an interest in Land X, and suddenly Danny thinks he might have found a real friend…if he can figure out the mystery behind Eric’s sudden disappearances and strange lifestyle. But uncovering the secret behind Eric’s identity is an act that might cost them both as powerful forces soon move in around them.

Maybe a Mermaid by Josephine Cameron - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Coming of Age, Fairy Tale, Fiction, Friendship, Social Issues

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | 9780374306427 | Published March 26, 2019

Anthoni is not the kind of kid who believes in fairies, unicorns or even the word “maybe.” She’s more of a comic-books girl. So when her mom brings her to Thunder Lake for a summer at the Showboat Resort, she doesn’t believe the local rumors about the Boulay Mermaid. But she’s always wanted a True Blue Friend and Anthoni has a plan --- a foolproof checklist for making lifelong friends! But as she grows entangled in local gossip, and her mother stretches the truth, Anthoni must decide if she’ll “stick to the plan” or dive into a summer full of extraordinary possibilities.

Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Mystery

Scholastic Press | 9781338118490 | Published March 26, 2019

Mallie knows better than to dream. In Coal Top, boys toil in the mines and girls work as servants. Mallie can't bear the idea, but her family is counting on her wages. Before the Dust came, the people of Coal Top could weave starlight into cloth. When Mallie is chosen for a dangerous competition in which daring (and ideally, orphaned) children train flying horses, she jumps at the chance. Maybe she'll change her story. But the situation proves even more dangerous when Mallie uncovers a sinister mystery at the heart of Coal Top's struggles --- a mystery some powerful people will do anything to protect.

Poison in the Colony: James Town 1622 by Elisa Carbone - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Prejudice , Racism, Youth Fiction

Viking Books for Young Readers | 9780425291832 | Published March 26, 2019

Virginia Laydon, an infant at the end of BLOOD ON THE RIVER, has now grown up in a colony that is teetering dangerously on the precipice of conflict with the native Algonquins. Virginia has the gift, or the curse, of the knowing --- an ability that could help save the colony, and is equally likely to land her at the burning stake as an accused witch. When accusations and danger threaten, Virginia learns that she is on her own; her mother must protect her young sisters rather than stand up for her. So begins a journey of self-realization and increasing strength, as Virginia goes from being a self-protective young girl to someone who knows she must live her own truth even if it will be the end of her.

Revenge of the Sis (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #7) written by Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Amy Ignatow with illustrations by Jarrett J. Krosoczka - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Science Fiction

Scholastic Inc. | 9781338295382 | Published March 26, 2019

Christina Starspeeder has graduated from the Jedi Academy at Coruscant. Now Christina is a student at the advanced Jedi Academy at Jedha City. At Coruscant, Christina was top of her class. But at this new school, it seems like everyone is on a different level. To make matters worse, she's apprenticing under legendary Jedi Skia Ro, whose droid seems to have it out for Christina. Every time Skia Ro gives Christina a task, she manages to screw it up. Can Christina step it up at this new school? Or will she get booted out to the outer rim?

Riders of the Realm #2: Through the Untamed Sky by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez - Adventure, Animals , Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Magic

HarperCollins | 9780062494368 | Published March 26, 2019

Rahkki Stormrunner is officially a rider in the Sky Guard army. Rahkki is terrified of heights though, and Echofrost doesn’t want to be tamed. But with Echofrost’s herd captured by the giants and a fierce battle on the horizon, the duo will have to conquer their fears if they want to fly with the army and free the herd. Then, Rahkki learns of a growing rebellion to overthrow Queen Lilliam. As Rahkki and Echofrost escape to Mount Crim to save Storm Herd, Rahkki worries that the greatest danger may not come from the impending battle against the giants, but from within his own clan.

Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry) written by Gary Golio with illustrations by Ed Young - Biography, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, Humor, Performing Arts

Candlewick | 9780763697617 | Published March 26, 2019

His dad long gone and his actress mother ailing, five-year-old Charlie found himself onstage one day taking his mum’s place, singing and drawing laughs amid a shower of coins. When Charlie described a wobbly old man he saw in baggy clothes, with turned-out feet and a crooked cane, his mother found it sad, but Charlie knew that funny and sad go hand in hand. Gary Golio and Ed Young interpret Charlie Chaplin’s path from his childhood through his beginnings in silent film and the creation of his iconic Little Tramp. 

Susan B. Anthony: The Making of America #4 by Teri Kanefield - Biography, Children's, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Human Rights, Nonfiction, Women's History, Women's Studies, Women’s Issues

Abrams Books for Young Readers | 9781419734014 | Published March 26, 2019

In the fourth installment in the Making of America series, SUSAN B. ANTHONY, Teri Kanefield examines the life of America’s famous suffragette. Anthony was born into a world in which men ruled women. While the young nation was ablaze with the radical notion that people could govern themselves, “people” were understood to be white and male. Women were expected to stay out of public life and debates. Anthony began her public career as a radical abolitionist, and after the Civil War, she became an international figurehead of the women’s suffrage movement.

The Astonishing Maybe by Shaunta Grimes - Adventure, Children's 10-14, Coming of Age, Family Life, Fiction, Social Issues

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250191830 | Published March 26, 2019

Gideon hates the idea of moving to Nevada from the East Coast. It's so empty and hot in his new neighborhood. Only one person his age lives nearby: the girl next door, Roona. Gid notices right away that Roona is...different. She wears roller skates and a blanket as a cape when she needs to feel strong. What he doesn't bargain for, however, is how far outside his comfort zone Roona will take him as she enlists his help in finding her long-gone father. For a kid who's not allowed to ride his bike more than a few blocks from home, this will be an adventure of a lifetime

The Book of Unwyse Magic by Claire Fayers - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Coming of Age, Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Magic

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | 9781627794220 | Published March 26, 2019

Years before, Ava’s family left the town of Wyse in a shroud of mystery --- some scandal to do with magical mirrors. Now returning as indentured servants, 12-year-old Ava and her brother, Matthew, suspect their new master, Lord Skinner, is up to no good. Ava is determined to discover the truth --- about what happened to her family, and about the connection between the human and fairy worlds. Along the way, she meets friends and foes and faces real danger. Will she survive and solve the mystery?

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake - Children's 9-12, Coming of Age, Family Life, Fiction, Health, Social Issues

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316515535 | Published March 26, 2019

When Sunny St. James receives a new heart, she decides to set off on a "New Life Plan": 1) do awesome amazing things she could never do before; 2) find a new best friend; and 3) kiss a boy for the first time. Her "New Life Plan" seems to be racing forward, but when she meets her new best friend Quinn, Sunny questions whether she really wants to kiss a boy at all. With the reemergence of her mother, Sunny begins a journey to becoming the new Sunny St. James. This sweet, tender novel dares readers to find the might in their own hearts.

The Rambling by Jimmy Cajoleas - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Coming of Age, Fairy Tale, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062498786 | Published March 26, 2019

Buddy is headed to river country, hoping his luck might change. He’ll be better off with his daddy, a wandering soul and a local legend for his skills at Parsnit, a mysterious card game of magic, chance and storytelling. But Pop’s old enemies arrive to take him away. Boss Authority is ready to collect on an old debt Buddy’s father owes. Now Buddy must set out on a dangerous rescue mission, learning to play Parsnit with the best of them as he goes. In this game, you’re only as strong as the story you tell.

The Tragical Tale of Birdie Bloom by Temre Beltz - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Magic

HarperCollins | 9780062835833 | Published March 26, 2019

In the fairy-tale kingdom of Wanderly, everyone has a role. Birdie Bloom is a Tragical --- an orphan doomed to an unhappy ending. Agnes Prunella Crunch is a witch. The wicked kind. In Wanderly, a meeting between a witch and a Tragical can only end one way: tragically. But with the help of some mysterious Winds, a few wayward letters and a very unusual book, the two might just form the kingdom’s unlikeliest friendship --- and together, rewrite their story into one that isn’t very Tragical at all.

The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd - Children's, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Social Issues, Youth Fiction

Kathy Dawson Books | 9780525428459 | Published March 26, 2019

Lyndie B. Hawkins loves history, research and getting to the truth no matter what. But when it comes to her family, her knowledge is full of holes. Determined to mold recalcitrant Lyndie into a nice Southern girl even if it kills her, her fusspot grandmother starts with lesson number one: Family=Loyalty=keeping quiet about family secrets. Especially when it comes to Lyndie's daddy. Then DB, a boy from the local juvenile detention center comes to stay with Lyndie's best friend, Dawn. But it puts Lyndie in direct opposition to her grandmother who'd rather keep up appearances than get her son the help he needs.

Tin by Pádraig Kenny - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

Chicken House | 9781338277555 | Published March 26, 2019

In an alternative England of the 1930s where the laws of mechanics govern even the most talented engineers, a mismatched group of mechanicals want nothing more than to feel human. Under the guardianship of the devious and unlicensed Gregory Absalom, an engineer who creates mechanical children, they have no choice but to help him in his unlawful practice. When the story's protagonist, Christopher, discovers a devastating secret about himself, it's up to his friends to find him. What they'll discover is the secret about the dark experiment that ended in disaster many years before... 

Transformed: The Perils of the Frog Prince (Tyme #3) by Megan Morrison - Adventure, Animals , Children's 8-12, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic

Arthur A. Levine Books | 9781338113921 | Published March 26, 2019

Syrah is a frog. Once he was a Prince of the Olive Isles, a champion launchball player, a beloved favorite of all. After accidentally (OK, intentionally) letting a love letter from the cloying Deli Gourd get published, his family kicks him out and an encounter with a Wishing Well leaves him trapped in the body of a frog. A year later, Syrah finds himself alongside who else: Deli. A deadly plague has started to run through the country. Syrah isn't sure he'll ever become himself again, or if anyone will ever realize that it's HIM in there, but he is sure he might be able to help stop whatever evil is going on...

Tree of Dreams by Laura Resau - Adventure, Animals , Children's 8-12, Environment, Fiction, Friendship, Nature

Scholastic Press | 9780545800884 | Published March 26, 2019

Prepare for a journey into a world filled with what so many crave --- the sweet savoring of a chocolate drop. A drop that can melt even the most troubled realities. But in this nuanced, heartrending story, before good can emerge, there is destruction, the bombarding of a people, their culture, heritage, sacred beliefs and the very soul that drives their traditions. This urgent novel explores the ugly realities that surround the destruction of the Amazon rain forest and its people, and it shows us that love is more powerful than hatred, and that by working together, hope can be magically restored, root and branch.

Paperback

Andy, That's My Name by Tomie dePaola - Children's, Children's 4-8, Fiction, Picture, Youth Fiction

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 9781534430143 | Published March 5, 2019

Andy may be the littlest kid on the block, but he’s very important. Andy has a wagon full of letters that spell his name, and he takes it with him wherever he goes. When the big kids decide that using Andy’s letters would be a lot of fun, Andy is left out of the game. But what can the big kids do if Andy takes his name and heads for home?

Michael Bird-Boy by Tomie dePaola - Children's, Children's 4-8, Fiction, Picture, Youth Fiction

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 9781534430150 | Published March 5, 2019

Michael is a young boy who loves birds. Every morning he puts on his bird suit and does his work in the countryside, until one day an ominous black cloud appears. What could be causing the black cloud? When Michael discovers that an artificial honey factory is to blame, he comes up with a very sweet solution; one that will keep everyone healthy, including his beloved birds --- and the environment.

Strega Nona's Magic Lessons by Tomie dePaola - Children's, Children's 4-8, Fiction, Humor, Magic, Picture, Youth Fiction

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 9781534430136 | Published March 5, 2019

Bambolona is tired of working in her Papa’s bakery. There is far too much to do! So she decides to go to wise Strega Nona and learn a little magic, instead. But here comes Big Anthony. He wants to learn, too…if he doesn’t make a big mess of things first!