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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.

August 2018


Earth to Dad by Krista Van Dolzer - Children's, Children's 9-12, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Science Fiction

Capstone Editions | 978-1684460120 | Published August 1, 2018

Eleven-year-old Jameson O'Malley's dad is on Mars. The only way to see him is through his Interplanetary Communication Console, but Jameson's starting to realize no transmission can replace his real, actual father. And when Jameson's Dad stops sending transmissions as frequently as he used to, Jameson begins to realize there's more to the story than he knows --- and plenty people aren't telling him. Jameson and his new friend Astra embark on a journey exploring life, loss and friendship that will take them to the edge of their universe.

A Bunch of Punctuation Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins with illustrations by Serge Bloch - Anthology, Children's, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction

Wordsong | 9781590789940 | Published August 7, 2018

In this land of punctuation, the exclamation mark is a superhero who tells a story chock-full of bops and bams, the comma lets you pause to enjoy the weather and the period is where you must come to a full stop --- or else the Grammar Police will get you. Award-winning poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins has compiled a unique collection of poems featuring brand-new works by well-known poets, accompanied by inventive artwork by illustrator Serge Bloch.

A Festival of Ghosts written by William Alexander with illustrations by Kelly Murphy - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Margaret K. McElderry Books | 978-1481469180 | Published August 7, 2018

Rosa Ramona Diaz, the ghost appeasing assistant librarian, has unleashed all the ghosts who were previously shut out of the small town of Ingot. Now ghosts are everywhere, and the town’s living residents are either learning to cope or trying to do the one thing no one can successfully do --- banish the ghosts. At school, something supernatural is stealing kids’ voices and leaving them speechless. And it’s Rosa’s job to solve the mystery and set things right. Somehow Rosa and her best friend Jasper are going to have to find a way to bring Ingot back to normal.

Almost Invisible by Maureen Garvie - Children's, Children's 10+, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship

Groundwood Books | 978-1773060781 | Published August 7, 2018

When one of her father’s friends comes into her bedroom at night, 13-year-old Jewel finds herself on the run and she chances upon a new place to live --- the cupboard of the art room at school. Jewel carefully eases into her new life. It turns out to be surprisingly easy to live under the radar when you have perfected the art of being invisible. That is, until Jewel’s classmates, Maya and Lily, discover her washing her hair in the girls’ washroom at school and making breakfast in the lunchroom. They are eager to help her, and the girls help keep Jewel and her secret safe --- until they no longer can.

Ancient Warriors by Iris Volant and Joe Lillington - Adventure, Children's, Children's 7-10, Children's Nonfiction, Culture, History, Military

Flying Eye Books | 978-1911171935 | Published August 7, 2018

Tracing the history of warriors from the Stone Age all the way up to the Crusades, fascinating facts and insights into tactics from the battlefield are revealed alongside kid-friendly, detailed illustrations. Delve into the lives of Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc and Genghis Kahn. Follow the stories of Celtic warriors, Shaolin Monks, Vikings, Knights and Samurai, all while learning about weaponry such as sword fighting, bow and arrows, martial arts and even poisonous beetles!

Eat Your Words Written by Charlotte Foltz Jones with illustrations by John O'Brien - Children's, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction

Delacorte Books for Young Readers | 9781524766818 | Published August 7, 2018

Baked Alaska, melba toast, hush puppies and coconuts. You'd be surprised at how these food names came to be. And have you ever wondered why we use the expression "selling like hotcakes?" Or how about "spill the beans?" There are many fascinating and funny stories about the language of food --- and the food hidden in our language! Charlotte Foltz Jones has compiled a feast of her favorite anecdotes, and John O'Brien's delightfully pun-filled drawings provide the dessert. Bon appetit!

Echo's Sister by Paul Mosier - Children's, Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fiction

HarperCollins | 978-0062455673 | Published August 7, 2018

Twelve-year-old El planned on making her first week at a new school fantastic. She won’t go by her given name, Laughter. She’ll sit in the back of the classroom where she can make new friends. Everything will be great. But when her dad picks her up after school and tells her that her younger sister, Echo, has a life-threatening illness, her world is suddenly turned upside down. Then she befriends Octavius, the only other kid in school who gets what she’s going through. El finds that maybe a little hope and a lot of love can overcome any obstacle.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World by Ilene Cooper - Biography, Children's, Children's 10+, Children's Nonfiction, Politics, Women's History

Abrams Books for Young Readers | 978-1419722950 | Published August 7, 2018

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, FIGHTER FOR JUSTICE shows young readers how the former First Lady evolved from a poor little rich girl to a protector and advocate for those without a voice. Though now seen as a cultural icon, she was a woman deeply insecure about her looks and her role in the world. But by recognizing her fears and constantly striving to overcome her prejudices, she used her proximity to presidents and her own power to aid in the fight for Civil Rights and other important causes. This biography gives readers a fresh perspective on her extraordinary life.

Ernestine, Catastrophe Queen by Merrill Watt - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Mystery

jimmy patterson | 978-0316471589 | Published August 7, 2018

Ernestine Montgomery is the kind of kid who gets things done. She's smart, prepared and always knows just what to do. But there's big trouble brewing inside the walls of the rambling old mansion where she lives...and only Ernestine can decipher the clues that point in one direction-murder! Can Ernestine solve the mystery before catastrophe strikes?

Escape from the Badlands (Time Stoppers) by Carrie Jones - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Bloomsbury Children's Books | 9781619638655 | Published August 7, 2018

Annie's newfound home, the enchanted town Aurora, is in danger. Raiff will stop at nothing to steal the town's magic, and Annie is the only one who can defeat him --- even though it's prophesied that she'll “fall with evil.” Alongside her loyal band of friends Eva, Bloom, SalGoud and Jamie, Annie journeys deep into the Raiff's realm, the Badlands. The group will face everything from ruthless monsters to their own deepest fears. Can Annie find the courage to confront the Raiff and save everyone, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice?

Hurricane Heroes in Texas (Magic Tree House) Written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Ag Ford - Children's, Children's 6-9, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9781524713126 | Published August 7, 2018

Jack and Annie are on a mission! When the magic tree house whisks them back to Galveston, Texas, in 1900, they find out that a big storm is coming. But even though there is rain and wind, no one believes there is any danger. As the storm grows, seawater floods the city. Now everyone needs help! Jack and Annie have a little bit of magic and a lot of hope --- but will it be enough?

Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh - Children's, Children's 10-14, Culture, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Social Issues

Roaring Brook Press | 978-1250307576 | Published August 7, 2018

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed is stuck in a city that wants nothing to do with him. Newly arrived in Brussels, Belgium, Ahmed fled a life of uncertainty and suffering in Syria, only to lose his father on the perilous journey to the shores of Europe. Now Ahmed’s struggling to get by on his own, but he’s starting to lose hope. Then he meets Max, a 13-year-old American boy. Max is struggling at his new school, but with one startling discovery, Max and Ahmed’s lives collide and they become friends. Together, Max and Ahmed' will learn from each other what it means to be brave and how hope can change your destiny.

Royal Crown: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot - Children's, Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250111548 | Published August 7, 2018

Olivia Grace should be having fun. Her best friend is visiting from America, her sister’s royal coronation is only three days away and she’s even got a new boyfriend who is actually a very smart and charming prince! But it’s hard to celebrate when her royal cousins are scheming to take over the throne. And with everyone running around, Olivia and her friends have been saddled with royal babysitting duties. Then, to make matters worse, Olivia's snobby cousin Luisa insists on gossiping about her, especially about things that should be personal.

Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America by Gail Jarrow - Children's, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, Cultural Studies, Fiction, History, Performing Arts

Calkins Creek | 978-1629797762 | Published August 7, 2018

On the night of October 30, 1938, thousands of Americans panicked when they believed that Martians had invaded Earth. What appeared to be breaking news about an alien invasion was in fact a radio drama based on H. G. Wells's WAR OF THE WORLDS, performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre players. Some listeners became angry once they realized they had been tricked, and the reaction to the broadcast sparked a national discussion about fake news, propaganda and the role of radio. 

The Dollar Kids written by Jennifer Richard Jacobson with illustrations by Ryan Andrews - Children's, Children's 10-14, Family, Fiction, Loss, Marriage

Candlewick | 978-0763694746 | Published August 7, 2018

Twelve-year-old Lowen Grover is still reeling from the death of his friend Abe when he stumbles across an article about a former mill town giving away homes for a one dollar. It not only seems like the perfect escape from Flintlock, but an opportunity for his mum to run her own business. Fortunately, his family is willing to give it a try. But is the Dollar Program too good to be true? The homes are in horrible shape, the locals are less than welcoming. Will Millville and the dollar house be the answer to the Grovers’ troubles? Or will they find they’ve traded one set of problems for another? 

The Gift of Dark Hollow (Longburrow) by Kieran Larwood and David Wyatt - Animals , Children's, Children's 10-12, Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic

Clarion Books | 978-1328696014 | Published August 7, 2018

Hiding with fellow refugees, Podkin, Paz and Pook are temporarily safe in Dark Hollow Warren. But their enemies --- the evil Gorm --- still search for them. The rabbits’ only hope may be to locate twelve magical Gifts and use them to defeat the Gorm. The fate of all rabbitkind is at stake, and danger lurks at every turn. It will take all the siblings’ courage and ingenuity to find the Gifts, battle the Gorm and stay alive. Action and intrigue infuse the second installment of a series that shows that anyone --- even little rabbits --- can do great things.

Toaff's Way by Cynthia Voigt - Adventure, Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 978-1524765361 | Published August 7, 2018

Toaff is a small squirrel full of big questions. Why must I stay away from the human's house? Why shouldn't I go beyond the pine trees? His sister shrugs --- that's just the way things are. His brother bullies --- because I said so. And the older squirrels scold --- too many questions! When a winter storm separates him from his family, Toaff must make his own way in the world. Over the course of a year, Toaff will move into (and out of) many different dreys and dens, make some very surprising friends (and a few enemies) and begin to answer his biggest questions --- what do I believe and where do I belong?

Totally Middle School: Tales of Friends, Family, and Fitting In Edited by Betsy Groban - Anthology, Children's, Children's 9-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

Delacorte Books for Young Readers | 9781524772208 | Published August 7, 2018

From literary masterminds Lois Lowry, Gary D. Schmidt, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson, Karen Cushman, Gregory Maguire and more comes an anthology about middle school. With 11 short stories told in text messages, emails, formal letters, stories in verse and even a mini graphic novel, the anthology tackles a range of important subjects, from peer pressure, family issues and cultural barriers to the unexpected saving grace of music, art, friendship and reading.

Wish Upon a Sleepover by Suzanne Selfors - Children's, Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

Imprint | 9781250109743 | Published August 7, 2018

Leilani dreams of being friends with the most popular girls in her class who are always throwing awesome themed sleepovers. She devises a master plan: throw her own sleepover of the century and invite them! When Tutu, her grandmother, accidentally mails Leilani’s invitations to the DO NOT INVITE list, the best sleepover in the history of the world becomes the worst. Instead of the Haileys, the only guests are the three kids Leilani definitely did not want to show up. 

Case Closed #1: Mystery in the Mansion by Lauren Magaziner - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Mystery

Katherine Tegen Books | 978-0062676276 | Published August 14, 2018

In this wildly entertaining and interactive adventure, YOU pick which suspects to interview, which questions to ask, and which clues to follow. You pick the path --- you crack the case! Carlos Serrano has never solved a mystery in his life. But when Carlos’s mom gets sick with a nasty flu on the morning of an investigation that could save her failing detective agency, Carlos takes on the case. He must uncover a mystery involving an eccentric local millionaire, anonymous death threats and a buried treasure. Can you help Carlos and his friends find the culprit and save Las Pistas Detective Agency?

Finding Esme by Suzanne Crowley - Children's, Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

Greenwillow Books | 9780062352460 | Published August 14, 2018

After her grandfather died from a heart attack while driving his tractor on Solace Hill, Esme's been inextricably drawn to that spot, although her grandmother warns her to stay away. But when she follows her little brother and her dog up the hill, she makes an incredible discovery --- dinosaur bones peeking out from underneath the abandoned tractor. The bones must be a message from her grandfather. But when word gets out that the farm is hiding something valuable, reporters, researchers and neighbors arrive in droves. 

Ocean Renegades! (Earth Before Us #2): Journey through the Paleozoic Era by Abby Howard - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, History, Natural History

Amulet Books | 978-1419731365 | Published August 14, 2018

When Ronnie’s parents go on a business trip and leave her with Miss Lernin for the week, Ronnie is sure she’s in for a big, dinosaur-size adventure. After all, her last trip with Miss Lernin involved real-life dinosaurs! So, when they end up at the aquarium's jellyfish exhibit, Ronnie is confused. Surely jellyfish aren’t as cool as dinosaurs, right? Wrong! Determined to show Ronnie just how interesting prehistoric life was before the age of the dinosaurs, Miss Lernin takes her back in time to the six parts of the Paleozoic era to study the earliest lifeforms on Earth, and how many left the ocean for life on land.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief Illustrated Edition (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) written by Rick Riordan with illustrations by John Rocco - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Mythology

Disney-Hyperion | 978-1484787786 | Published August 14, 2018

When Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, Percy Jackson is the prime suspect. Percy and his friends have just ten days to find Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve an Oracle's riddle; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods. This deluxe gift edition of the internationally best-selling first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, lavishly illustrated by series artist John Rocco, is a must-have for Riordan fans.

Rules of the Ruff by Heidi Lang - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Education, Fiction

Amulet Books | 978-1419731372 | Published August 14, 2018

Twelve-year-old Jessie is in for a long summer at her aunt and uncle’s house. Her cousin Ann has a snotty new best friend, which leaves Jessie all alone. But Jessie is industrious, and she convinces Wes, a grouchy neighborhood dog walker, to take her on as his apprentice. Sure, dog walking turns out to be harder than she expected, but she has Wes’s dog-walking code, the Rules of the Ruff, to guide her. But when a charismatic rival dog walker moves to town, she quickly snatches up most of Wes’s business --- and Jessie decides she isn’t going to take this defeat with her tail between her legs.

Worth a Thousand Words by Brigit Young - Children's, Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fiction, Mystery

Roaring Brook Press | 978-1626729209 | Published August 14, 2018

Ever since a car accident left Tillie Green with lasting painful injuries, she's hidden behind her camera. She watches her family and classmates through the lens, tracking down misplaced items and spotting the small details that tell a much bigger story than people usually see. But she isn’t prepared for class clown Jake Hausmann’s request: to find his father. The detective duo begin searching for clues to the mystery of Jake’s dad’s disappearance. When the truth isn’t what Jake wants it to be, and the photographs start exposing people’s secrets, Tillie has to decide what is truly important to her.