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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.

May 2018


Ask Emma (Ask Emma Book 1) by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk - Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Yellow Jacket | 9781499806472 | Published May 1, 2018

Starting an advice blog for her classmates at Austen Middle may be one of Emma's most brilliant ones yet! Who better to give advice on friendship, style, school and even crushes than someone who's going through it too? But when Ask Emma goes live, Emma is bombarded with peers asking her to help them postpone quizzes, get out of detention and cut gym class short. What's worse, someone is posting hurtful comments, telling her to mind her own business. Despite her good intentions, Emma's blog seems to only be getting her deeper into trouble.
Becca Fair and Foul by Deirdre Baker - Animals , Children's 9-12, Humor, Performing Arts

Groundwood Books | 9781554989577 | Published May 1, 2018

When 11-year-old Becca returns to her grandmother’s rustic cottage for another summer, she finds herself seeing her beloved island in new ways. Becca finds a dead bear on the beach and helps to give it a burial at sea. Aunt Meg is grieving over a miscarriage, and Aunt Clare’s medical work in Africa has brought on a sadness that even the love of family and the island’s beauty can’t cure. Meanwhile, cousin Alicia claims to be too old to participate in the kids’ summer project --- a performance of The Tempest, a play that seems to find unsettling echoes in the natural surroundings Becca thought she knew so well.

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead - Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250166623 | Published May 1, 2018

It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really important about the house. Bob, a short, greenish creature, didn’t forget Livy, or her promise. He’s been waiting five years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. He can’t remember who he is or where he came from. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him return home. Clue by clue, Livy and Bob will unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from, and discover the kind of magic that lasts forever.

Carnival Magic by Amy Ephron - Family, Fantasy, Fiction

Philomel Books | 9781524740214 | Published May 1, 2018

This companion to CASTLE IN THE MIST features a mysterious carnival, an ominous psychic and a wind that whisks Tess and Max away from their vacation in South Devon, England. Which fantastical world will they find this time?

Champions of Men's Soccer by Ann Killion - Biography, Children's 8-12, Sports

Philomel Books | 978-0399548987 | Published May 1, 2018

From Pele to Messi to Tim Howard, here is the ultimate guide to Men's Soccer for young sports fans from an award-winning sports journalist. From fields all across the United States to the streets of South America to pitches in Europe and Asia, the global passion and love for soccer knows no borders. It is simply the most popular sport in the world. Giants of the game like Cristiano Ronaldo, Tim Howard, and Lionel Messi have become international celebrities and role models to young fans across the globe. Featuring Top Ten Lists and stunning photos of history-making moments, this comprehensive men's pro soccer collection catalogs the greatest international players.

Champions of Women's Soccer by Ann Killion - Biography, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Sports

Philomel Books | 978-0399549014 | Published May 1, 2018

From the World Cup to the Olympics, from Mia Hamm to Carli Lloyd to Alex Morgan, here is the ultimate guide to Women's Soccer for young sports fans from an award-winning sports journalist. Featuring Top Ten Lists and stunning photos of history-making moments, this comprehensive collection catalogs the rise of women's soccer in America, the greatest American players such as Mia Hamm, and Alex Morgan, the greatest international stars, the future class of superstars; and the most thrilling matches.This is the perfect book for young sports fans eager to kick off their soccer schooling.

Endling #1: The Last by Katherine A. Applegate - Animals , Fantasy

HarperCollins | 9780062335524 | Published May 1, 2018

Believed to possess remarkable abilities, Byx's mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra. After her pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species. So Byx sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes are true. Along the way, she meets new allies who each have their own motivations for joining her quest. And although they begin as strangers, they become their own kind of family --- one that will ultimately uncover a secret that may threaten every creature in their world.
Evangeline of the Bayou written by Jan Eldredge with illustrations by Joseph Kuefler - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror

Balzer + Bray | 9780062680341 | Published May 1, 2018

Haunt huntress apprentice Evangeline Clement spends her days and nights studying the ways of folk magic, honing her monster-hunting skills while pursuing local bayou banshees and Johnny revenants. With her animal familiar sure to make itself known any day now, the only thing left to do is prove to the council she has heart. Then she will be declared a true haunt huntress, worthy of following in the footsteps of her female ancestors. But when Evangeline and her grandmother are called to New Orleans to resolve an unusual case, she uncovers a secret that will shake her to the soles of her boots.

Freya and the Magic Jewel by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams - Fantasy, Fiction

Aladdin | 9781481496407 | Published May 1, 2018

When eleven-year-old Freya hears that prophecy from her magical jewel, she isn’t sure what to make of it. Mere seconds after that prediction, she receives a mysterious invitation to Asgaard Academy from the powerful Odin, who commands her to “bring her magic” to Asgard. With encouragement from her twin, Frey, Freya reluctantly heads out on their new adventure. 
Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Sports, Youth Fiction

Viking Books for Young Readers | 9780425288597 | Published May 1, 2018

Every boy in the neighborhood knows Katy is their best pitcher. But when she tries out for Little League, it's a whole different story. Girls are not eligible, period. Inspired by what she's learning about civil rights in school, she sets out to prove that she's not the only girl who plays baseball. With the help of friendly librarians and some tenacious research skills, Katy discovers the forgotten history of female ball players. Why does no one know about them? Where are they now? And how can one 10-year-old change people’s minds about what girls can do?

Riders of the Realm #1: Across the Dark Water by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez - Fantasy, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062415394 | Published May 1, 2018

Rahkki is a stable groom for the Riders in the Sandwen army, taking care of his brother’s winged stallion. But when a herd of wild steeds flies over their village, Rahkki and his clanmates are stunned. Meanwhile, a small herd of pegasi have journeyed across a treacherous ocean to settle in a new, and free, land. Led by Echofrost and Hazelwind, the Storm Herd steeds are unaware of the Sandwens. But when the unthinkable happens, Echofrost and the rest of Storm Herd will have to come to trust the Sandwens, or both may not survive.
Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth - Adventure, Children's, Children's 10-14, Culture, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Algonquin Young Readers | 9781616208196 | Published May 1, 2018

Tash lives in Tibet, where as a Buddhist she must hide to avoid the wrath of the occupying Chinese soldiers. Life remains peaceful as long as Tash and her community hide their religion and don’t mention the Dalai Lama. But when a man publicly sets himself on fire to protest the occupation, soldiers break into Tash’s house and seize her parents. Tash escapes and soon she and her best friend, along with two borrowed yaks, flee across the mountains, where they face a treacherous landscape and the constant threat of capture on a long, dangerous trip to the Indian border.

The Alcatraz Escape by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Henry Holt and Co. | 9781627799638 | Published May 1, 2018

Legendary literary game-maker Garrison Griswold is back in action. For his latest game, Griswold has partnered with the famous mystery writer Errol Roy to plan an epic escape room challenge on Alcatraz Island. Emily and James are eager to participate, but the wave of fame they are riding from their recent book-hunting adventures makes them a target. When Emily’s brother is caught red-handed and blamed for all the wrong doings, Emily is certain Matthew is being framed. With Matthew’s record on the line, Emily and James can’t afford to leave this mystery uncracked.
The Flourishing of Floralie Laurel by Fiadhnait Moser - Art, Children's 10-14, Family Life, Fiction

Yellow Jacket | 9781499806687 | Published May 1, 2018

Floralie Laurel works as a flower seller in an English village. Floralie and her brother are drowning in debt until their Grandmama arrives to save them. Unfortunately, her idea of "saving" means sending Floralie to an orphanage to be a proper lady. But Floralie discovers a hidden box of dried flowers and a letter from her mysteriously missing mother that promises that the flowers will lead Floralie to Mama if Floralie decodes them with a floriography written by Claude Monet's gardener. Floralie sets off for Monet's house in France to find Mama. But Mama's fate may not be quite as Floralie expected, and the gardener may be hiding secrets deeper than Monet's water lily ponds...

The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman - African American Interest, Children's 10-14, Family Life, Historical Fiction, Holocaust

Dial Books | 978-0735229471 | Published May 1, 2018

Imani knows exactly what she wants as her big bat mitzvah gift: to find her birth parents. She loves her family in Baltimore, but she has always wondered where she came from, especially since she's black and almost everyone she knows is white. Then her mom's grandmother --- Anna --- passes away, and Imani discovers an old journal among her books. It's Anna's diary from 1941, the year she was 12 and fled Nazi-occupied Luxembourg, sent by her parents to seek refuge in Brooklyn. The diary records her journey to America, and as Imani reads the diary, she begins to see her family in a whole new way.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Mental Health, Social Issues, Youth Fiction

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9781524767570 | Published May 1, 2018

Lucy was struck by lightning and the zap gave her genius-level math skills, so she has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test: middle school! Lucy's not sure what a girl who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade. She has everything she needs at home, where nobody can make fun of her rigid routines or her superpowered brain. The equation of Lucy's life has already been solved. Unless there's been a miscalculation?

The Whirlpool: Stories by Laurel Croza and Kelsey Garrity-Riley - Children's 10-14, Fiction, Short Stories

Groundwood Books | 9781773060323 | Published May 1, 2018

In these seven stories by Laurel Croza (author of the award-winning picture books I KNOW HERE and FROM THERE TO HERE), five teenagers, a doll and a squirrel break out of the expectations placed upon them. Featuring beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Kelsey Garrity-Riley.

Time Tracers: The Stolen Summers by Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White - Fantasy, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062671424 | Published May 1, 2018

Twelve-year-old Taj Carter is on a high-stakes mission to track down the time thieves who stole his entire summer vacation --- before they steal all the fun on earth! It’s an all-new action-packed series by the authors of the critically acclaimed Shivers! series, Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White.

Zach King: The Magical Mix-Up by Zach King - Fantasy, Fiction

HarperCollins | 978- | Published May 1, 2018

Long homeschooled, Zach’s finally comfortable at public school. Even though he’s missing his magical powers, he’s got a best friend, a super-popular YouTube channel and a crush on Rachel, the prettiest girl in school. Zach is confident enough to muster up the courage to ask Rachel to the big school dance. Just as he’s just about to do it, Hogan, the new kid from Australia, shows up and steals his thunder. But when Zach learns that Hogan is just using the dance as a way to embarrass Rachel and ruin her chances of becoming class president, Zach knows he has to stop him somehow.
Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction

Wendy Lamb Books | 9781101938133 | Published May 8, 2018

Moose Flanagan lives on a famous island in California: Alcatraz, home to some of the most dangerous prisoners in the United States in the 1930s. He needs to watch his special older sister, Natalie --- and then the warden asks Moose to look after his daughter, Piper. In the cell house there are rumors that the cons will a strike, and that Moose's father might step up to a new job. Moose is worried: What will this mean for their family, especially for Natalie, who's had some scary run-ins with prisoners? Then the unthinkable happens: Natalie winds up someplace she should never, ever go. And Moose has to rescue her.
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed - Children's 10+, Coming of Age, Family Life, Fiction

Nancy Paulsen Books | 9780399544682 | Published May 8, 2018

Life is ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher. But one day, the unimaginable happens --- Amal must work as a corrupt family's servant. Life at the Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal. Most troubling, though, is Amal's growing awareness of the Khans' nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect themselves, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.

Boy Bites Bug by Rebecca Petruck - Children's, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Social Issues, Youth Fiction

Henry N. Abrams | 9781419721410 | Published May 8, 2018

When Will's friend Darryl called new kid Eloy Herrera a racial slur, Will ate a bug as a diversion. Now Will is Bug Boy, and everyone is cracking up inventing insect meals for him, like maggot-aroni and fleas. Turns out eating bugs for food is a real thing, called entomophagy. Deciding that means he can use a class project to feed everyone grasshoppers, Will bargains for Eloy’s help in exchange for helping him with wrestling, but their growing friendship only ticks off Darryl more. When things with Darryl and Eloy heat up, Will wrestles with questions of loyalty, honor --- and that maybe not all friendships are worth fighting for.

Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Superhero , Youth Fiction

Disney-Hyperion | 9781368004275 | Published May 8, 2018

Red mask, blue wig, silver swimsuit, rubber gloves, torn tights, high top sneakers and...a cape? Who would run through the halls of Deerwood Park Middle School dressed like this? And why? Janey-quick to stay in the shadows-can't resist the urge to uncover the truth behind the mask. The answer pulls invisible Janey into the spotlight and leads her to an unexpected friendship with a superhero like no other.

Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook #2: MVP Summer by Iva-Marie Palmer - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062391834 | Published May 8, 2018

Summer is here, and pitching phenom Gabby Garcia has another hot streak all planned out! After she’s invited to join an elite baseball league and asked out by her crush, it seems like Gabby is bound to achieve her MVP dreams. But life loves throwing Gabby curveballs. And when her BFF Diego returns from Costa Rica with a totally oddball new hobby, it feels like their once solid friendship is suddenly biting the dust. Thank goodness Gabby has her playbook!
Marge in Charge and the Stolen Treasure by Isla Fisher and Eglantine Ceulemans - Family, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062662217 | Published May 8, 2018

Marge the babysitter might look like a very tiny elfin grandmother at first, but in these three hilarious stories, she’s letting down her rainbow hair and getting in a brand-new heap of trouble. Siblings Jemima and Jake Button are used to things being very sensible: their babysitters always follow the lists of rules from Mommy and Dad. But sometimes sensible isn’t very fun --- and with Marge around, you’ve got to stay on your toes! Before you can say Kalamazoo!, there’s a pirate baby on the loose, lost treasure at the neighborhood pool and chaos at a very important wedding.