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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.

February 2018


The Wheel of Life and Death (Mysterium, Book 3) by Julian Sedgwick and Patricia Moffett - Adventure, Children's 9-13, Fiction, Mystery, Performing Arts

Carolrhoda Books | 9781467775694 | Published February 1, 2018

Convinced by a close call with an assassin in Barcelona that his circus-performer parents died under suspicious circumstances, Danny accompanies the troupe to Berlin, where his efforts to unravel clues identify the workings of a traitor within the Mysterium.

ACTION PRESIDENTS #1: George Washington! Written by Fred Van Lente and Illustrated by Ryan Dunlavey - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, History

HarperCollins | 9780062394057 | Published February 6, 2018

We all know that George Washington was our first president and a hero of the American Revolution, but did you also know that he didn’t want to be president and had teeth so bad that he hated to smile? Historically accurate and highly entertaining, Action Presidents is perfect for curious minds. With timelines, maps, charts and more, readers will keep learning until the last page.

Action Presidents #2: Abraham Lincoln! by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey - Children's, Children's 8-12, Comic Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, History

HarperCollins | 9780062394071 | Published February 6, 2018

The second Action Presidents book is just as fun --- and funny --- as the first. Legendary lumberjack and paramount president Abraham Lincoln practically jumps off the page. Did you know that Lincoln never went to college, and that he kept important documents in his famous top hat? Even the most reluctant reader won’t be able to put this graphic novel down, and they’ll learn about an American icon along the way. Historically accurate and highly entertaining, Action Presidents is perfect for curious minds. With timelines, maps, charts and more, readers will keep learning until the last page.

Another Quest for Celeste by Henry Cole - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062658128 | Published February 6, 2018

Celeste is hundreds of miles from home following an unexpected journey aboard a Mississippi steamboat. After mishaps and disasters, she finds herself on the frontier in southern Indiana. It's 1822, and Celeste meets a tall, lanky boy wielding an ax: a young Abraham Lincoln. The journey reveals the harsh realities of frontier life for the Lincoln family. But with the help of Celeste’s new woodland animal friends and some creativity, she may just prove that even the littlest creatures can make a big difference. And it’s in losing her way that Celeste finds herself in a place she never expected --- home, finally.

Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Youth Fiction

Roaring Brook Press | 9781626728141 | Published February 6, 2018

Arlo Finch thought becoming a Ranger meant learning wilderness skills, like camping and knots. But upon arriving in the tiny town of Pine Mountain, Arlo soon learns there's so much more. His new friends Indra and Wu teach him how to harness the wild magic seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods --- a parallel realm of wonder and danger. A dark and ancient force is sending threats into the real world...our world. Through perilous adventures and close calls, Arlo is awakened to his unique destiny --- but the obstacles he faces will test the foundations of the Ranger's Vow: loyalty, bravery, kindness and truth.

Bravelands #2: Code of Honor by Erin Hunter - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062642066 | Published February 6, 2018

The code of the wild has been broken. The elephant leader known as Great Mother has been murdered. And Bravelands is on the edge of chaos. Now a young baboon, elephant and lion must come together to discover the truth --- before the fragile balance of Bravelands is destroyed forever.

Geeked Out: A Lame New World by Obert Skye - Children's 9-12, Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Humor

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | 9781627799393 | Published February 6, 2018

Waddle Jr. High has become a dystopian outpost with divided cliques --- Pepville, Jockstown, Staffland, and even Geekdom. Society may be in danger but middle school must go on. Enter geeky Tip and all his friends: easy-to-blush Owen, coding master Xennipher, and brilliant, dependable Mindy, who've all had enough of being bullied and decide to take a stand. Together, they form a secret vigilante group: the League of Average Mediocre Entities, better known as LAME. With everything that’s going on in the world, their school could use a few heroes.

Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett - Children's, Children's 9-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Little, Brown Books For Young Readers | 9780316433990 | Published February 6, 2018

In Magikos, life is dictated by the Book of Fate's ancient predictions, including the birth of a royal Chosen One who will save the realm. Princess Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco, who everyone assumes is the true Chosen One. But on the night of their 13th  birthday, Marco is kidnapped by an evil queen, and Marabel runs to his rescue. Outside the castle walls for the first time, Marabel embarks on a daring mission that brings her face-to-face with fairies, trolls, giants --- and the possibility that all is not as it seems in Magikos.

Marty Pants #2: Keep Your Paws Off! by Mark Parisi - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor

HarperCollins | 9780062427786 | Published February 6, 2018

When Marty finds a ripped page from his sister's diary, the most crucial piece --- revealing Marty's true identity --- is still locked inside his sister’s room. Undaunted, Marty pieces the clues together and comes to the most logical conclusion: he's on a one-way trip to werewolfville! Superhuman speed. Howling. Hairiness. The evidence is mounting against him, and with his werewolf powers growing stronger, Marty is determined to protect his classmates from himself before it's too late --- no matter what the cost!

Playing Atari With Saddam Hussein: Based on a True Story by Jennifer Roy and Ali Fadhil - Children's, Children's 10-12, Family, Family Life, History, Nonfiction, World History

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544785076 | Published February 6, 2018

At the start of 1991, eleven-year-old Ali Fadhil was consumed by his love for soccer, video games and American television shows. Then, on January 17, Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein went to war with 34 nations led by the United States. Over the next 43 days, Ali and his family survived bombings, food shortages and constant fear. Ali and his brothers played soccer on the abandoned streets of their Basra neighborhood, wondering when or if their medic father would return from the war front. Cinematic, accessible and timely, this is the story of one ordinary kid’s view of life during war.

Simon Thorn and the Shark's Cave by Aimée Carter - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction

Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 9781619637184 | Published February 6, 2018

Simon Thorn has only recently discovered that he's an Animalgam, a member of a secret race of people who can shift into animals. Simon's evil grandfather, Orion, is bent on taking over the entire animal kingdom, and to do so, he'll need to gather the pieces of a terrible weapon. So when Simon's dolphin Animalgam friend Jam is summoned home to the underwater kingdom's headquarters, Simon sees it as an opportunity to secure another piece. But their search is complicated by Jam's strict family --- and a potential traitor. Can they locate the piece before it falls into Orion's hands and puts the entire underwater kingdom at risk?

Snapstreak: How My Friends Saved My (Social) Life by Suzanne Weyn - Children's, Children's 10-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9781328713469 | Published February 6, 2018

Eighth-grader Vee is doomed to move to a new town, away from her BFFs Megan and Lulu. To get a jump on her new social life, she starts snapping with local Queen Bee, Gwynneth. Megan and Lulu have mixed feelings about G., but Vee's snapstreak with her is well under way when they get the biggest news EVER: The local radio station is hosting a Boys Being Dudes concert for the pair of students from different schools who can prove the longest running snapstreak! The girls' BBD dreams are in reach when a gym class concussion lands Vee in bed, under a strict phone ban. It's up to Megan and Lulu to keep the streak going.

Space Runners #2: Dark Side of the Moon by Jeramey Kraatz - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Science Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062446008 | Published February 6, 2018

Benny and his friends in the Moon Platoon are able to fight off the first wave of attacks on Earth, but their genius leader Elijah West has now gone missing. As Benny and the gang gear up for the aliens’ next attacks, they discover that Elijah’s research partner, who’s long been presumed dead, is actually alive and living on the dark side of the moon. He knows things about the aliens that can help the Moon Platoon defeat them --- but can he be trusted? They don’t have long to decide, because the aliens are on their way --- and they’re coming for Benny and his friends first.

Stanley Will Probably Be Fine Written by Sally J. Pla and Illustrated by Steve Wolfhard - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Comic Books, Fiction, Humor, Superhero

HarperCollins | 9780062445797 | Published February 6, 2018

Nobody knows comics trivia like Stanley knows comics trivia. And after he faints during a safety assembly, Stanley takes his love of comics up a level by inventing his own imaginary superhero, named John Lockdown, to help him through. Help is what he needs, because Stanley’s entered Trivia Quest --- a giant comics-trivia treasure hunt --- to prove he can tackle his worries, score VIP passes to Comic Fest and win back his ex-best friend. Partnered with his fearless new neighbor Liberty, Stanley faces his most epic, overwhelming, challenging day ever.

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Greenwillow Books | 9780062686206 | Published February 6, 2018

With a large hump on his back, a mysterious past and a tendency to talk to animals, Boy is often mocked by others in his town --- until the arrival of a shadowy pilgrim named Secondus. Impressed with Boy’s climbing and jumping abilities, Secondus engages Boy as his servant, pulling him into an action-packed and suspensful expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter. Boy quickly realizes this journey is not an innocent one. But Boy is determined to see this pilgrimage through until the end --- for what if St. Peter can make Boy’s hump go away? 

A Pup Called Trouble by Bobbie Pyron - Adventure, Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062685223 | Published February 13, 2018

Brimming with curiosity, Trouble can’t wait to explore the world beyond Singing Creek. So one morning the coyote pup stows away in the back of a truck and ends up lost in the heart of New York City. While Trouble misses his siblings, he quickly makes friends in Central Park’s Ramble: a prankster crow, a timid opossum and a poetic poodle. Before long, he goes from howling for home to wondering if he could make a life in the city forever. But when word gets out that a coyote is running wild on city streets, Trouble must choose between the risks of being caught and the dangers of a long journey home.

Disaster Diaries: Cursed! by R. McGeddon - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor

Imprint | 9781250135674 | Published February 13, 2018

During Sitting Duck Founder’s holiday, the town gathers to view the legendary pirate ship that brought the town’s founder to their shores. ButSam, Arty, and Emmie soon learn it carries more than just treasure and swords --- an ancient pirate curse is sweeping across the town, turning people to stone! Who has unleashed this deadly curse and why? Sam, Artie, and Emmie must take to the high seas before their town is wiped off the map for good!
Granted by John David Anderson - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Walden Pond Press | 9780062643865 | Published February 13, 2018

In a magical land called the Haven lives a young fairy named Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. Ophela is no ordinary fairy --- she is a Granter: one of the select fairies whose job it is to venture out into the world and grant the wishes of unsuspecting humans every day. Today, however, is anything but typical. Because today, Ophelia is going to get her very first wish-granting assignment. And she’s about to discover that figuring out how to truly give someone what they want takes much more than a handful of fairy dust.

Iron Tide Rising Written by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis - Children's, Children's 9-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Little, Brown Books For Young Readers | 9780316240932 | Published February 13, 2018

Intrepid travelers Fin and Marrill have shared countless thrilling and treacherous adventures on the magical waters of the Pirate Stream. But neither could have expected that their final adventure would force them to team up with their oldest enemy: the evil wizard Serth! With the fate of the Stream and all their friends hanging in the balance, can they challenge the most frightening power they've ever come up against? Find out in this mind-blowing conclusion to the Map to Everywhere series!

Omega City: Infinity Base by Diana Peterfreund - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Science Fiction

Balzer + Bray | 9780062310910 | Published February 13, 2018

Gillian Seagret thought she knew everything about the secrets of Omega City. Now Gillian’s father has been taken captive, and she and her friends are trapped in the Shepherds’ hidden base. New clues to Underberg’s past lead them back into an utterly transformed Omega City and farther than they even imagined, into outer space. There, Gillian, Eric, Savannah and Howard discover the Shepherds’ most precious secret, and they realize there’s more at stake than simply their family and Underberg’s legacy -- they also have to save the world.

The 11:11 Wish by Kim Tomsic - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Magic, Magical Realism

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062654946 | Published February 13, 2018

Megan Meyers has a foolproof plan to reinvent herself at her new school. When she’s dared to “make something exciting happen,” Megan is thrown into the middle of an epic power struggle between the two seventh-grade Spirit Captains. So with nothing to lose, Megan wishes for “some magic” as her classroom’s cat clock chimes 11:11 --- and is granted an enchanted teen magazine promising miracle makeovers and sure-fire secrets for winning friends and crushes. But magic can have dangerous side effects, and as her social life graws exponentially worse, Megan begins to wonder if wishing was ever a purrfect idea.

The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton - Children's, Children's 9-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mystery

Disney-Hyperion | 9781484788387 | Published February 13, 2018

Melissa is a nobody. Wilf is a slacker. Bondi is a show-off. To everyone's surprise, they are the three students chosen to compete for a ten thousand-dollar scholarship, solving clues that lead them to various locations around Chicago. At first the three contestants work independently, but it doesn't take long before each begins to wonder whether the competition is a sham. It's only by secretly joining forces and using their unique talents that the trio is able to uncover the truth behind the Ambrose Deception --- a truth that involves a lot more than just a scholarship.

The Heat is On (Next Best Junior Chef series, Episode 2) Written by Charise Mericle Harper and Illustrated by Aurélie Blard-Quintard - Children's, Children's 7-10, Cooking, Fiction

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544980280 | Published February 13, 2018

The competition heats up in episode two of this zesty series for fans of kids' cooking competitions!  With this episode's theme of family and tradition, from a diner challenge to a quinceañera to the farmer's market, the junior chefs will have to sauté their way through the chewiest challenges yet. They're the best in the nation, but can they handle the twists and turnovers week two has in store, on --- and off --- camera? Which junior chefs can stand the heat? And which one will need to get out of the kitchen?

The Oceans Between Stars by Kevin Emerson - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Science Fiction

Walden Pond Press | 9780062306746 | Published February 13, 2018

Liam and Phoebe, having barely escaped our exploding sun with their lives, are in stasis for the decade-long journey to the rogue planet Delphi, where they hope to meet up with the rest of the human refugees, find help for their injured parents and pass along the devastating things they discovered on Mars. Phoebe is carrying her own dark secret.  One that will decide the fate of the human race, and many more besides. One that, very soon, she must reveal to Liam, whether he’s ready for the truth or not.

Legends of the Lost Causes by Brad McLelland and Louis Sylvester - Adventure, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Western

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | 9781250124326 | Published February 20, 2018

This is Keech Blackwood’s new life after Bad Whiskey Nelson descends upon the Home for Lost Causes and burns it to the ground. With his home destroyed and his family lost, Keech will have to use the lessons he learned from Pa Abner to hunt down the powerful Char Stone. Luckily, he has the help of a ragtag team of orphans. Together, they’ll travel through treacherous forests, fight off the risen dead, and discover that they share mysterious bonds as they search for the legendary stone. Now it’s a race against the clock, because if Bad Whiskey finds the stone first…all is lost.