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Cool & New

Looking for a great new read? Every month, our Cool & New Books feature spotlights new titles that we think you'll want to explore. In addition to hardcovers, we include books that are newly released in paperback --- as either reprints of hardcovers or original paperbacks.

January 2017

Our Cool & New roundup for January includes several books to help you begin your 2017 TBR list. Up first, we have STEF SOTO, TACO QUEEN, a charming novel from Jennifer Torres in which young Stef Soto must come to her family's aid when their livelihood is threatened. Next we have MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON from newcomer Linda Jackson. In this historical novel, a young girl realizes she may need to help her fellow African Americans in the south before she can move north to freedom herself. Finally we have SHORT, a hilarious book from Holly Goldberg Sloan about a young girl whose diminutive size ends up being a huge advantage when her school puts on a production of "The Wizard of Oz."

December 2016

This month's Cool & New roundup includes WORD OF MOUSE by James Patterson, which tells the story of a mouse with blue fur who can read, write and talk to humans! Next up is a book that will be a favorite for all nonfiction readers and sports fans: ALL HEART, in which Carli Lloyd tells the inspiring story of how she became one of the world's biggest soccer stars. Last, but not least, we have the first installment of Aaron Blabey's newest book series, THE BAD GUYS, where Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake and Mr. Shark go on a series of adventures to try and become the "Good Guys."

November 2016

This month's Cool & New roundup includes THE BEACH AT NIGHT, a children's fable from the point of view of a lost doll, reimagined by critically aclaimed and bestselling adult author Elena Ferrante; THE LOST PROPERTY OFFICE by James R. Hannibal, which follows a boy named Jack who is great at finding everything --- except his father, who was in a secret society of detectives; and, lastly, the second book in the The Secrets of the Pied Piper series, THE MAGICIAN'S KEY, where the main character, Max, has to go back to the Summer Isle to save her brother from the legendary Pied Piper. 

October 2016

This month's Cool and New roundup includes some great fairy tale books such as THE LAND OF STORIES: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales by Chris Colfer, which contains 35 classic fairy tales as well as a little bit of extra magic. The fun continues with DISENCHANTED: The Trials of Cinderella, where Megan Morrison continues her princess retelling series; and get ready to laugh out loud with BILLY SURE KID ENTREPRENEUR IS NOT A SINGER by Luke Sharpe, where Billy and Manny find out they are contestants on a T.V. singing competition.

September 2016

This month's Cool and New roundup includes NIGHTMARES! The Lost Lullaby, the third volume in Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller's hilariously scary series; THE OMINOUS EYE, the second book in Tracey Hecht's Nocturnals series, in which a new friend joins the Nocturnal Brigade to help fight a terrible beast; and BRIGHTWOOD by Tania Unsworth, the story of a young girl and the mysterious mansion she calls home.

August 2016

This month's Cool & New roundup includes FUZZY, a fast-paced story from bestselling authors Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger about a robot learning the ins and outs of middle school; THE BRONZE KEY, the magical third book in Cassandra Clare and Holly Black's Magisterium series; and David Stabler's KID ARTISTS, a collection of stories about the childhoods of 16 famous artists from Claude Monet to Dr. Seuss.

July 2016

This month’s Cool & New roundup includes TEDDYCATS, the first installment of a new series by Mike Storey about mysterious creatures and their hidden kingdom; Chris Colfer’s THE LAND OF STORIES: An Author’s Odyssey wherein the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man’s reign of terror; and THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL: The Ever Never Handbook written by Soman Chainani with illustrations by Michael Blank,  a handbook that offers the students of the School of Good and Evil a guide to surviving.

June 2016

This month's Cool & New roundup includes THE WOLF'S BOY by Susan Williams Beckhorn, an engaging tale about an outcast and a wolf making their way north during an Ice Age winter; PROJECT (UN)POPULAR BOOK #1 by Kristen Tracy, where two friends are determined to photograph more than just the popular kids for the yearbook; and THE GATHERING STORM (The Hidden World of Changers) by H.K. Varian, a story about four kids who must master their newfound shapeshifting abilities in time to save their home.

May 2016

This month's Cool and New roundup includes THE PARENT AGENCY, Daniel Baddiel's story about a magical world where kids choose their own parents; THE LOST TWIN, the start of a new series by Sophie Cleverly that follows a young girl as she tries to find her missing sister; and THE DRAKE EQUATION, a hilarious science fiction adventure from Bart King about a young boy with peculiar powers.

April 2016

This month’s Cool and New roundup includes MISCHIEF SEASON, the first book in a new series by John Bemelmans Marciano and Sophie Blackall that whisks children away to Benevento, an ancient town famous for its witches; DEADLY FLOWERS, Sarah L. Thomson's action-packed novel about a young ninja's first mission; and THE SECRET OF DREADWILLOW CARSE, Brian Farrey's spooky fairy tale that celebrates the power of friendship through two strong-willed young girls.