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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.

September 2018

Hardcover

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina - Children's 9-12, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship

Candlewick | 978-0763690496 | Published September 11, 2018

Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school, because she and her older brother are scholarship students. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service for their free tuition. So when Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy. At home, Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally has been acting strangely lately, and no one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she’s left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. 

Naomis Too (Two Naomis) by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick - Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction

Balzer + Bray | 9780062685155 | Published September 11, 2018

Now that Naomi Marie’s mom and Naomi E.’s dad are married, the girls have learned to do a lot of things together. Until sixth grade presents a whole new set of challenges. Trusting her gut has worked for Naomi E. all her life, and she figures that it will be an asset as a Peer Mediator --- until she realizes how much of the job requires the Art of Compromise. Naomi Marie is excited about making new friends. And when she sees that some in the school community have a hard time with the realities of “diversity in action,” she wonders if the new members of her family can see those realities as well. 

No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen - Children's 10+, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

Wendy Lamb Books | 9781524768348 | Published September 11, 2018

Felix Knutsson has a knack for trivia. His favorite game show is Who What Where When. Felix's mom, Astrid, is loving but can't seem to hold on to a job. So when they get evicted from their apartment, they have to move into a van. Astrid swears him to secrecy; he can't even tell Dylan and Winnie, his best friends at his new school. If he does, he'll be taken away from her and put in foster care. Then, Felix gets a chance to audition for a junior edition of Who What Where When. Winning the cash prize could make everything okay again. But things don't turn out the way he expects... 

Odds & Ends (The Odds Series #3) by Amy Ignatow - Children's, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction

Amulet Books | 978-1419731327 | Published September 11, 2018

The ragtag Odds crew’s useless gifts have gotten out of control. Farshad’s thumbs are so strong that just trying to send a text will break his phone, and Cookie can now send mental directions instead of just listening in on them with her telepathy. To make matters worse, a bunch of their less-than-gifted classmates have become town celebrities thanks to their suspiciously good exam results. But Jay and Nick realize that all these whiz kids have parents who work for Auxano, so they race off to find out what’s really going on. 

Otherwood by Pete Hautman - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Nature, Science

Candlewick | 978-0763690717 | Published September 11, 2018

“Hatred combined with lies and secrets can break the world.” Grandpa Zach used to say that before he died, but Stuey never really knew what he meant. But then one day, after Stuey and his best friend, Elly Rose, spend countless afternoons in the deadfall in the middle of the woods, something totally unbelievable happens. As Stuey and Elly Rose struggle to come to grips with their lives after that reality-splitting moment, all the things Grandpa Zach used to say start to make a lot more sense. This is about the way friendship, truth and perseverance have the ability to knit a torn-apart world back together.

Ready for a Scare? (You're invited to a Creepover Book 3) by P. J. Night - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Simon Spotlight | 978-1534421097 | Published September 11, 2018

Birthday girl and queen of all things spooky, Kelly Garcia is all set to have the perfect night. First her parents are going out of town. And although they hired a babysitter, Kelly is excited to basically be on her own. And then there’s the sleepover she’s having --- a virtual, webcam sleepover where she and her friends can scare each other silly by telling ghost stories and summoning the spirit of Miss Mary, a woman from their small town who died tragically a long time ago. But when her friends start disappearing one by one and the babysitter is nowhere to be found, Kelly starts getting scared…for real. Will she be next?

Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech - Animals , Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062570703 | Published September 11, 2018

Louie doesn't have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures. So when his father brings home a sickly newborn mini donkey, he's determined to save him. He names him Winslow. Taking care of him helps Louie feel closer to his brother, Gus, who is far, far away in the army. Everyone worries that Winslow won't survive, especially Louie’s quirky new friend, Nora, who has experienced loss of her own. But as Louie's bond with Winslow grows, surprising and life-altering events prove that this fragile donkey is stronger than anyone could have imagined. 

Ski Soldier: A World War II Biography by Louise Borden - Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Military, Sports

Calkins Creek | 978-1629796741 | Published September 11, 2018

Ever since he first strapped on his mother's wooden skis when he was seven, Pete Seibert always loved to ski. At 18, Pete enlisted in the U.S. Army and joined the 10th Mountain Division, soldiers who fought on skis in World War II. In the mountains of Italy, Pete encountered the mental and physical horrors of war. When he was severely wounded and sent home to recover, Pete worried that he might never ski again. But with perseverance and the help of other 10th Mountain ski soldiers, he took to the slopes again and fulfilled his boyhood dream --- founding the famous ski resort in Vail, Colorado.

Someone Else's Shoes by Ellen Wittlinger - Children's, Children's 10+, Family Life, Fiction

Charlesbridge | 978-1580897495 | Published September 11, 2018

Twelve-year-old Izzy is already miserable about her father's new marriage and the new baby on the way. Then 10-year-old cousin Oliver and his father, Uncle Henderson, move in with Izzy and her mom  because Oliver's mother committed suicide. To make matters worse, Ben, the rebellious 16-year-old son of Izzy's mother's boyfriend, winds up staying with them, too. But when Uncle Henderson --- who has been struggling with depression after his wife's suicide --- disappears, Ben, Izzy and Oliver set aside their differences and hatch a plan to find him, finding a surrogate family in each other on the way.

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall by Drew Weing - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror, Supernatural

First Second | 9781626724921 | Published September 11, 2018

Charles meets a lot of monsters in his line of work. While assisting Margo Maloo, he’s had close encounters with trolls, ghosts, imps and ogres. And lately, they’re all saying the same thing: living in Echo City is getting harder. As the human population of the city is grows, monsters are being forced to abandon their homes. Teenagers are creeping into their territory, smartphones in hand, eager to photograph paranormal activity. Some monsters are tired of hiding and ready to fight. How can Margo and Charles keep Echo City’s monster community a secret, when it’s teetering in the brink of war? 

The Golden Tower (Magisterium, Book 5) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Youth Fiction

Scholastic Inc. | 9780545522403 | Published September 11, 2018

A generation ago, powerful mage Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn't succeed...but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt. Facing up to what he is, Callum has battled chaos and evil across four years of magical training at the Magisterium, eventually defeating the armies of chaos in an epic battle. It came at a cost. Now, triumphant and heartbroken, Callum Hunt has just about had enough, and is ready to complete his training. But the evil Callum faced has not given up just yet...
 

The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage - Adventure, Children's 10+, Fiction, Mystery

Kathy Dawson Books | 9780803739628 | Published September 11, 2018

Pirate fever sweeps through Tupelo Landing after a treasure hunter shows up looking to lay claim to Blackbeard's lost gold buried somewhere nearby. When Mo and Dale and Harm are hired by Mayor Little's mother to find the pirate loot for her, the race for riches is on! Meanwhile, Mo LoBeau unearths new clues that may lead to her long-lost Upstream Mother. Can the Desperados sidestep Blackbeard's curse and outsmart a professional treasure hunter? Will Dale faint under the pressure of Valentine's Day? To top things off, Mo, Dale and Harm realize one of them may have to leave Tupelo Landing. For good.

The Library Machine (The Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie) by David Butler - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9780553513035 | Published September 11, 2018

Charlie's life used to be quiet, but now it's full of adventure and surprises --- none more surprising than the discovery that he is not a regular boy but one of his father's inventions --- a living clockwork boy! Charlie's weeks have been filled with dwarves, kobolds, pixies and humans, as he's sought to avenge his father's death and stop the dastardly Iron Cog from their plans to sow chaos throughout the world. Now his journey takes him to Marburg, Germany, where he and his friends must uncover the secrets of a hidden kobold library in order to save civilization--and their own skins.

The Show Must Go On! (You're invited to a Creepover Book 4) by P. J. Night - Children's, Children's 8-12, Horror, Performing Arts

Simon Spotlight | 978-1534421080 | Published September 11, 2018

Becca Hart has secretly wanted to act on stage for as long as she could remember --- it’s all she ever thinks about. Determined to make her dream come true Becca tries out for this year’s school play, "The Last Sleepover," and gets the starring role! After a few creepy incidents on set and persistent nightmares at home, Becca quickly learns that this is no ordinary school play. Is it stage fright? Or is the play haunted? This creepy tale is a level 4 on the Creep-o-Meter.

The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Greece: A Handbook for Time Travelers by Jonathan W. Stokes - Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History

Viking Books for Young Readers | 9780451480279 | Published September 11, 2018

THE THRIFTY GUIDE TO ANCIENT GREECE: A Handbook for Time Travelers is a snappy, informative travel guide containing information vital to the sensible time traveler: How can I find a decent tunic that won't break my bank account? Where can I score cheap theater tickets in ancient Athens? What do I do if I'm being attacked by an army of Persians? Filled with humorous maps, reviews of places to stay and top attractions and tips on who to have lunch with, if you had a time travel machine and could take a vacation anywhere in history, this is the only guidebook you would need.

Weather or Not (Upside-Down Magic #5) by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Magic, Youth Fiction

Scholastic Press | 9781338221473 | Published September 11, 2018

When Willa's upside-down magic rains, it pours. Clouds form under ceilings. Classrooms get flooded. Umbrellas must always be nearby, just in case Willa has an outburst. Willa hates being the source of such sogginess. Even worse, the more she rains, the badder she feels...and the badder she feels, the more she rains. All the storminess is threatening to drown her good grades and flood all her friendships. Is there any way to use magic to make the clouds disappear? Or is the storm of the century on its way?

Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground by T. R. Simon - African American Interest, Children's, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Prejudice , Racism

Candlewick | 978-0763643010 | Published September 11, 2018

When Zora Neale Hurston and her best friend, Carrie Brown, discover that the town mute can speak after all, they think they’ve uncovered a big secret. But Mr. Polk’s silence is just one piece of a larger puzzle that stretches back half a century to the tragic story of an enslaved girl named Lucia. As Zora’s curiosity leads a reluctant Carrie deeper into the mystery, the story unfolds through alternating narratives. In a riveting coming-of-age tale, award-winning author T. R. Simon champions the strength of a people to stand up for justice.

Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream by Julissa Arce - Children's, Children's 10+, Children's Nonfiction, Culture

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 978-0316481748 | Published September 18, 2018

From a young age, Julissa Arce secretly lived in Texas as an undocumented immigrant, went on to become a scholarship winner and an honors college graduate, and climbed the ladder to become a vice president at Goldman Sachs. This moving, at times heartbreaking, but always inspiring story will show young readers that anything is possible. Julissa's story provides a deep look into the little-understood world of a new generation of undocumented immigrants in the United States today --- kids who live next door, sit next to you in class or may even be one of your best friends.

A Nancy Drew Christmas (Nancy Drew Diaries) by Carolyn Keene - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Holiday, Mystery

Aladdin | 9781534431645 | Published September 18, 2018

Nancy is spending her winter vacation at the most beautiful ski resort in Montana. Everything looks perfect, from the spectacular mountain views to the cozy rooms inside complete with fireplaces and holiday decorations. Unfortunately, not all is as jolly as it seems. Things started to go wrong on her very first day; she hit a bad patch of ice on a run down the slopes and broke her leg in a couple of different places. Then a doctor decided she needed a giant cast and lots of bed rest. It’s been a week of unfortunate events for rest the resort too; there was a sabotaged opening dinner, multiple hotel room break-ins, and a dangerous trap was set for the star chef. 
In the Land of Happy Tears: Yiddish Tales for Modern Times Collected and edited by David Stromberg - Anthology, Children's 10+, Short Stories

Delacorte Books for Young Readers | 9781524720339 | Published September 18, 2018

These 18 stories for a changing world by writers from Eastern European countries focus on excellent storytelling, strong characters and creative ideas. The stories express solid principles and open-minded attitudes, and a sense of both familiarity and adventure in the face of difficult times. Authors include some of the most respected Yiddish writers of their time, who were known in their homelands and then in America. The ethos binding the stories focuses on messages that continue to ring true today while reinvigorating the idea of values largely usurped from contemporary society.

King of the Bench: Comeback Kid by Steve Moore - Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Sports

HarperCollins | 9780062203366 | Published September 18, 2018

Steve is King of the Bench. No brag. It’s just a fact. And this season, Steve and his athletically challenged best friends Joey and Carlos --- along with super athlete Becky O’Callahan --- are joining the Mighty Plumbers basketball team. But instead of playing on the court, Steve is waiting on the sidelines to perform his top-secret ritual that turns the tide of every game in an instant. Why is it a secret? Well, big, drooly duh, everyone knows it’s a strict rule when selling a book not to blurt out the whole juicy plot! 

Love to Everyone by Hilary McKay - Children's 10-14, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Margaret K. McElderry Books | 9781534427105 | Published September 18, 2018

Clarry Penrose finds the good in everyone. Even in her father, who isn’t fond of children, and especially girls. He doesn’t worry about her education, because he knows she won’t need it. Her grandparents, who care for her in the summers, assume that she’ll play nicely and do what she’s told. It’s the early twentieth century, after all, and the only thing girls are expected to do is behave. But Clarry longs for a life of her own. She wants to dive off cliffs and go swimming with her brother Peter and cousin Rupert. And more than anything, she wants to get an education.
Mistletoe and Murder (A Wells & Wong Mystery) by Robin Stevens - Children's 10+, Fiction, Friendship, Historical Fiction, Holiday, Mystery

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 9781481489126 | Published September 18, 2018

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas holidays in snowy Cambridge. Hazel is looking forward to a calm vacation among the beautiful spires, cozy libraries, and inviting tea-rooms. But there is danger lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College and two days before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident --- until the Detective Society looks a little closer, and realizes a murder has taken place. Faced with several irritating grown-ups and fierce competition from a rival agency, they must use all their cunning and courage if they’re going to find the killer before Christmas dinner.
Nate Expectations by Tim Federle - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Gay & Lesbian, Performing Arts

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 9781481404129 | Published September 18, 2018

When the news hits that E.T.: The Musical wasn’t nominated for a single Tony Award --- not one! --- the show closes, leaving Nate both out of luck and out of a job. And while Nate’s cast mates are eager to move on (the boy he understudies already landed a role on a TV show!), Nate knows it’s back to square one, also known as Jankburg, Pennsylvania. Where horror (read: high school) awaits. Desperate to turn his life from flop to fabulous, Nate takes on a huge freshman English project with his BFF, Libby: he’s going to make a musical out of GREAT EXPECTATIONS. (What could possibly go…right?)
Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes - Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9781524771478 | Published September 18, 2018

When June's parents discover what they deem an inappropriate library book, they take strict parenting to a whole new level. Librarian Ms. Bradshaw is suspended, an author appearance is canceled, the library is gutted and all books on the premises must have administrative approval. But June realizes she doesn't have to give up books when she spies a Little Free Library. Soon June starts a banned book library in a locker at school. The risks grow alongside her library's popularity, and a movement begins. If it's powerful enough, maybe it can save Ms. Bradshaw and the freedom to read.