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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 2018


Dragon Overnight by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Scholastic Press | 9781338111156 | Published January 30, 2018

Nory and Andres are in an Upside-Down Magic class with other kids who have unusual magic. Now they’re off on their first-ever overnight field trip! There’s only one downer. The UDM kids aren’t the only ones visiting Dragon Haven. There are other students there, too. Students with “normal” magic. Dragon rescue, bonfires and pajama breakfasts won’t be nearly as fun with a bunch of snooty strangers. Unless...maybe everything isn’t as bad as it first seems. Thrown together with kids who are probably enemies, but might be friends, the UDM kids dive into their topsy-turviest adventure yet.

Saint Philomene's Infirmary for Magical Creatures by W. Stone Cotter - Children's, Children's 10-14, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | 9781627792578 | Published January 30, 2018

Deep below ground, there is a secret hospital for magical creatures. At Saint Philomene's Infirmary, all creatures are welcome --- except humans. So when twelve-year-old human boy Chance Jeopard unearths a plot to destroy the hospital and its millions of resident patients, he is launched into the role of unlikely --- and unwelcome --- hero. His infinitely pragmatic and skeptical sister, Pauline, thinks it's all nonsense until she finds herself swept up in the mission. It will take all their wit and courage for the brother and sister to save Saint Philomene's --- and escape alive!

Smart Cookie by Elly Swartz - Children's, Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction

Scholastic Press | 9781338143560 | Published January 30, 2018

Frankie knows she'll be in big trouble if Dad discovers she secretly posted a dating profile for him online. But she's determined to find him a wife, even if she ends up grounded for life. But Operation Mom is harder to pull off than Frankie expects. Worst of all, Gram and Dad are definitely hiding secrets of their own. If a smart cookie like Frankie wants to save the B&B and find her missing piece, she's going to have to figure out what secrets are worth keeping and when it's time to let go.

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

Viking Books for Young Readers | 9780451479600 | Published January 30, 2018

THE THRIFTY GUIDE TO ANCIENT ROME contains information like: Where can I find a hotel in ancient Rome for under five sesterces a day? What are my legal options if I’m fed to the lions at the Colosseum? All this is answered and more, including advice on finding the best spots to watch Caesar’s assassination, as well as real estate tips to profit from the great Roman fire. There are even recommendations on which historical figures to meet for lunch, and a few pointers on how to avoid being poisoned, beheaded, or torn apart by an angry mob.

The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution (A Handbook for Time Travelers) by Jonathan W. Stokes - Children's, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction

Viking Books for Young Readers | 9780451479617 | Published January 30, 2018

THE THRIFTY GUIDE TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION provides useful information for the practical time traveler, like: Where can I find a decent hotel room in colonial New England? How do I join the Boston Tea Party without winding up in a British prison? How can I score a lunch with Alexander Hamilton? This guide answers these questions and more, including how to join Paul Revere’s spy ring, how to enlist in General Washington’s army and how to storm a British gun battery when you haven’t eaten for three days.


A Blind Guide to Normal by Beth Vrabel - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship

Sky Pony Press | 9781510727335 | Published January 2, 2018

Richie “Ryder” Raymond has a gift. He can find the punchline in any situation, even in his limited vision and prosthetic eye. During the past year at Addison School for the Blind, Ryder’s quick wit earned the respect and friendship of his classmates. Heading to mainstream, or “normal,” school for eighth grade is going to be awesome.

A Crack in the Sea by H. M. Bouwman - Children's 10+, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Puffin Books | 9780399545214 | Published January 2, 2018

No one comes to the Second World on purpose. The doorway between worlds opens only when least expected. The Raft King is desperate to change that by finding the doorway that will finally take him and the people of Raftworld back home. To do it, he needs Pip, a young boy with an incredible gift --- he can speak to fish; and the Raft King is not above kidnapping to get what he wants. Pip’s sister Kinchen, though, is determined to rescue her brother and foil the Raft King’s plans.

Bad Kitty Takes the Test by Nick Bruel - Animals , Children's 7-10, Fiction, Humor

Square Fish | 9781250143549 | Published January 2, 2018

Based on her previous bad behavior, the Society of Cat Aptitude has determined that Kitty is not only a bad kitty but a bad cat. In order to redeem her feline status, Kitty must take an aptitude test to determine if she deserves to be a cat. If she fails, she will no longer be able to be a cat. With the help of Chatty Kitty, who is the instructor at Cat School, and Uncle Murray, who thinks he's just there to renew his driver's license, Kitty learns all about being a cat and a little about herself.

Bad News (The Bad Books) by Pseudonymous Bosch - Children's 9-12, Family, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316320450 | Published January 2, 2018

At Earth Ranch, Clay encountered a haunted library, a castaway boy and a fire-breathing dragon--not to mention incredible magic. Now he faces his most dangerous foes yet: the mysterious white-gloved members of the Midnight Sun, whose scheming leads Clay to a dragon reserve. Up against impossible odds, will Clay and his Secret Series Allies be able to triumph over these villains once and for all?

Bodyguard: Target, Book 7 by Chris Bradford - Adventure, Children's, Children's 10-12, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Youth Fiction

Philomel Books | 9781524739355 | Published January 2, 2018

When surfing champion Charley Hunter is assigned to protect teenage rock idol Ash Wild on his sold-out US tour, she soon finds out what it really means to live the rock star lifestyle. Faced with a growing number of death threats, several suspicious accidents and an unruly celebrity, Charley has her work cut out for her keeping Ash alive on the tour. She knows how to catch a wave --- but can she catch a killer before it's too late?

Bodyguard: Traitor, Book 8 by Chris Bradford - Adventure, Children's, Children's 10-12, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Youth Fiction

Philomel | 9781524739379 | Published January 2, 2018

Ash Wild is the most successful teen rock star in history. Millions of fans adore him. But one fanatic wants him dead. Having been tasked to protect Ash in Bodyguard book 7, Charley Hunter learns the hard way that it's no simple task keeping up with the demands of a celebrity. Yet she is all the stands between him and the business end of a gun...and fame makes for an easy target. Can she spot a killer in a crowd of 50,000 screaming fans before it's too late?

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry - African American Interest, Biography, Children's 8-12, History, Racism

Amistad | 9780062668264 | Published January 2, 2018

Harriet Tubman was born a slave and dreamed of being free. She was willing to risk everything --- including her own life --- to see that dream come true. After her daring escape, Harriet became a conductor on the secret Underground Railroad, helping others make the dangerous journey to freedom.

Mayday by Karen Harrington - Children's 10-14, Coming of Age, Fiction

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316298032 | Published January 2, 2018

Wayne Kovok lives in a world of After. After his uncle in the army was killed overseas. After Wayne and his mother survived a plane crash while coming back from the funeral. After he lost his voice. He's always used his love of facts to communicate. Without his voice, how will he wow the prettiest girl in school? How will he stand up to his drill-sergeant grandfather? And how will he share his hopes with his deadbeat dad? It's not until Wayne loses his voice completely that he realizes how much he doesn't say.

Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes - Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Romance, Youth Fiction

Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 9781619630123 | Published January 2, 2018

Pugs and Kisses: A Wish Novel by J.J. Howard - Children's, Children's 9-12, Fiction, Romance

Scholastic Paperbacks | 9781338194579 | Published January 2, 2018

Ana Ramos may not have a dog of her own, but she does get to walk her neighbor's adorable pug, Osito. One day, at the park, Osito befriends another pug, Pancake, whose owner just happens to be a cute new boy named Calvin. When Calvin assumes that Osito belongs to Ana, she doesn't correct him. No big deal, right? Ana doesn't realize the trouble she has unleashed until Calvin shows up at her school. Calvin suggests setting up play dates for the two pugs, and Ana can't bring herself to admit that Osito isn't hers. Will Ana fess up and figure out how she feels about Calvin before her white lies catch up to her?

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Square Fish | 9781250073976 | Published January 2, 2018

Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She’s thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose’s obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different – not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father. When a storm hits their rural town, rivers overflow, the roads are flooded, and Rain goes missing. Rose’s father shouldn’t have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search.
Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic

Square Fish | 9781250129741 | Published January 2, 2018

In 12 year-old Giacomo's Renaissance-inspired world, art is powerful, dangerous and outlawed. A few artists possess Geniuses, birdlike creatures that are the living embodiment of an artist's creative spirit. Those caught with one face a punishment akin to death, so when Giacomo discovers he has a Genius, he knows he's in serious trouble. Luckily, he finds safety in a secret studio where young artists and their Geniuses train in sacred geometry to channel their creative energies as weapons. But when a murderous artist goes after the three Sacred Tools --- Giacomo and his friends must risk their lives to stop him.
Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama Written by Hester Bass with illustrations by E. B. Lewis. - African American Interest, Children's, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction, Picture

Candlewick | 9780763695163 | Published January 2, 2018

Mention the civil rights era in Alabama, and most people recall images of terrible violence. But something different was happening in Huntsville. For the citizens of that city, creativity, courage, and cooperation were the keys to working together to integrate their city and schools in peace. Hester Bass and illustrator E. B. Lewis show children how racial discrimination, bullying, and unfairness can be faced successfully with perseverance and ingenuity.

Space Runners #1: The Moon Platoon by Jeramey Kraatz - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Science Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062445988 | Published January 2, 2018

In the year 2085, Benny Love is pretty used to surviving on what he and his family can scavenge on Earth. But when he wins a scholarship for a life-changing trip to visit the Lunar Taj, the first-ever resort on the Moon, Benny thinks he finally has a chance to give his family a better life. Benny can’t wait to fly his very own Space Runner, practice reverse bungee jumping, and explore craters on the dark side of the Moon. But he gets more than he expected when he and the other kids discover the Moon has secrets no one else knows about. 
Team Awkward (The It Girl) by Katy Birchall - Children's 9-13, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Humor

Aladdin | 9781481463645 | Published January 2, 2018

There are good ways of starting school after Spring Break. But hiding in the bathroom because the video of you falling butt-first into a potted plant has gone viral is not one of them. If she’s going to be famous, Anna is determined to find a worthy “thing” to be famous for. Everyone else seems to have one --- especially the new girl at school who’s distracting her crush, Connor, with a shared love of art. Luckily sports day is looming and Anna is limbering up! What could go wrong?
The Forbidden Schoolhouse: The True and Dramatic Story of Prudence Crandall and Her Students by Suzanne Jurmain - Biography, Children's 10-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Racism

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9781328740847 | Published January 2, 2018

They threw rocks at the school windows. Villagers refused to sell Miss Crandall groceries or let her students attend the town church. Her schoolhouse was mysteriously set on fire. The town authorities dragged her to jail and put her on trial for breaking the law. Her crime? Trying to teach African American girls geography, history, reading, philosophy, and chemistry. 

The Haunting on Heliotrope Lane by Carolyn Keene - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

Aladdin | 9781481485463 | Published January 2, 2018

Nancy’s classmate, Willa, needs her help. Willa is convinced something is terribly wrong with her friend Izzy, but everyone has dismissed Willa’s concerns, saying it’s just teen angst. But Willa thinks it’s more than that; she thinks Izzy is possessed. Nancy is sure there’s a rational explanation for all of this and has a feeling she’ll find it at the “haunted” house. But what she finds has her questioning her resolve. Could Willa be right? Is Izzy possessed by the ghost of Heliotrope Lane?

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: The Wall of Fame Game by Crystal Allen - Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Friendship

Balzer + Bray | 9780062342379 | Published January 2, 2018

As the Tibbs household prepares for the new baby, Mya is extra excited to spend time with her mom watching their favorite Annie Oakley marathon before her new sister arrives. Until she’s cornered into a bet with her number-one enemy, Naomi Jackson, that she can beat her in the famous fourth-grade Wall of Fame Game --- which means Mya is stuck studying every night instead of hanging out with Mom.

The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla - Children's, Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Travel, Youth Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062445773 | Published January 2, 2018

Charlie’s perfectly ordinary life has been unraveling ever since his war journalist father was injured in Afghanistan. When his father heads from California to Virginia for medical treatment, Charlie reluctantly travels cross-country with his boy-crazy sister, unruly brothers, and a mysterious new family friend. He decides that if he can spot all the birds that he and his father were hoping to see someday along the way, then everything might just turn out okay.

The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Winston - African American Interest, Children's 9-12, Christian, Christian Fiction, Christianity , Fiction

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316302937 | Published January 2, 2018

For ten-year-old Cadence Jolly, birthdays are a constant reminder of all that has changed since her mother skipped town with dreams of becoming a singing star. Cadence inherited that musical soul, she can't deny it, but otherwise she couldn't be more different --- she's as shy as can be. She did make a promise last year that she would try to break out of her shell, just a little. And she prayed that she'd get the courage to do it. As her eleventh birthday draws near, she realizes time is running out. And when a secret recording of her singing leaks and catches the attention of her whole church.