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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

Hardcover

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!
Lumberjanes: The Moon Is Up (Lumberjanes #2) Written by Mariko Tamaki and Illustrated by Brooklyn Allen - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Amulet Books | 9781419728686 | Published May 8, 2018

The five scouts of Roanoke cabin --- Jo, April, Molly, Mal and Ripley --- love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen...and go on supernatural adventures. That last one? A pretty normal occurrence at Miss Qiunzella’s, where the woods contain endless mysteries. As the camp gears up for the big Galaxy Wars competition, Jo and the gang get some help from an unexpected visitor --- a Moon Pirate!
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.
Peeves by Mike Van Waes - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062653833 | Published May 8, 2018

Steven (Slim) Pickings is on the edge of a breakdown --- but then, it always feels like Slim is teetering on the edge of something. The difference this time is that something’s caused Slim’s worries to come alive! He’s set loose a bunch of annoying, pesky, outrageously contagious creatures --- and they’re infecting everyone they meet and massing to take over the town! Now Slim and the rest of the town are trailed by the things that annoy them most. To stop them, Slim will have to do more than just team up with his family and friends --- he’ll have to face his fears, literally.

Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant - Children's, Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Beach Lane Books | 9781534412774 | Published May 8, 2018

For nine-year-old Flora, Rosetown, Indiana, is full of surprises, many of the best of which happen at the Wing and a Chair Used Book Shop, where she loves to read vintage children’s books after school. But lately, those surprises haven’t been so good: her parents decided to take a breather from marriage, and Flora has to move back and forth between their two houses. Plus, she’s just begun fourth grade, and it is so much different than third. Luckily Flora has two wonderful friends --- one old and one new.

Ruby Redfort Blink and You Die by Lauren Child - Children's, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Youth Fiction

Candlewick | 9780763654726 | Published May 8, 2018

A bunch of people want Ruby dead, and worst of all, one of them is on her team. When your name is first on a mastermind’s hit list, do you lock the doors, switch off the lights and wait for someone else to do something? Or do you get out there and save yourself? If you’re Ruby Redfort, genius code breaker and undercover agent, the choice is clear: death or glory. In a satisfying series finale, surprises are in store and Spectrum’s backstory comes to light as fans bid good-bye to Ruby Redfort, every smart kid’s smart kid.
Spindrift and the Orchid by Emma Trevayne - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781481462594 | Published May 8, 2018

When a man walks into her grandfather’s curiosity shop and asks about a black orchid, Spindrift turns him away. She’s never seen such a thing. Until one night it appears. Spindrift, an orphan, has one keepsake from her parents…a clear glass orb. Except it’s not quite clear anymore. She watches as a black orchid forms inside the crystal. Then the flower blooms into a towering woman in a dress of midnight silk and air, a woman with the power to grant wishes. Soon, Spindrift --- and her orchid --- are being hunted. Left running for her life, Spindrift must ask herself who her parents really were, and whether a wish is really just a curse in disguise.

Super Dorks by Beth Vrabel - Fiction, Friendship, Superhero

Sky Pony Press | 9781510731448 | Published May 8, 2018

Lucy loves her best friends --- her pack of dorks. But this year, everyone in the pack has become a hero...except for her! So Lucy decides she's going to do something heroic. She'll be a super dork! This might be her chance to find her awesome. Unfortunately, all her attempts to help save the day seem to go awry, and usually end up making the situation much worse. Is ordinary dorkdom her destiny --- or can Lucy ever find a way to be a hero?
The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural Fiction, Youth Fiction

Amberjack Publishing | 9781944995614 | Published May 8, 2018

Josie and Alec both live at 444 Sparrow Street. They sleep in the same room, but they’ve never laid eyes on each other. They are 12 years old and a hundred years apart. The children meet through a hand-painted talking board --- Josie in 1915, Alec in 2015 --- and form a friendship across the century that separates them. But a chain of events leave Josie and her little sister Cass trapped in the house and afraid for their safety, and Alec must find out what’s going to happen to them. Can he help them change their future when it’s already past?

The Cure for Cold Feet by Beth Ain - Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Poetry

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780399550843 | Published May 8, 2018

Junior high school girls, meet your new BFF! Izzy Kline faces all the drama of middle school with total honesty and deep heart. There is a LOT going on in middle school. New experiences and shifting dynamics are around every turn. And it's not just her friends --- Izzy's family is shifting as well. It's anxiety-inducing but also thrilling as Izzy learns to stake her claim.For fans of FISH IN A TREE and verse novels like BROWN GIRL DREAMING, Beth Ain's books perfectly capture the drama of adolescence with a ton of light humor and deep heart.

The Inventors at No. 8 by A.M. Morgen - Animals , Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction

Little, Brown Books For Young Readers | 9780316471497 | Published May 8, 2018

Meet George, the third Lord of Devonshire and the unluckiest boy in London. Why is George so unlucky? First, he's an orphan. Second, unless he sells everything, he's about to lose his house. George knows that there is no one less lucky --- or more alone --- than he is. That is until Ada Byron, the future Countess of Lovelace, bursts into his life. She promises to help George recover a stolen heirloom, and is determined to find her own father as well --- in a flying machine she built herself. Ada and George take off on a cross-continent journey through the skies that will change their lives forever.

The Key to Every Thing by Pat Schmatz - Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction

Candlewick | 9780763695668 | Published May 8, 2018

Tash didn’t want to go to camp, didn’t want to spend the summer with a bunch of strangers, didn’t want to be separated from the only two people she has ever been able to count on: her uncle Kevin, and Cap’n Jackie, who lives next door. When Tash returns home, Cap’n Jackie is gone. And Tash needs her --- the stories of dolphin-dragons, the warm cookies that made everything all right, the key Cap’n Jackie always insisted had magic in it. The Captain always said all Tash had to do was hold it tight and the magic would come. Was it true? Could the key bring Cap’n Jackie back? 

Tiny Infinities by J.H. Diehl - Children's 10+, Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Family, Family Life, Young Adult 10+

Chronicle Books | 9781452163352 | Published May 8, 2018

When Alice's dad moves out, she does the only thing that feels right: she retreats to her family's tent in the backyard, determined to live there until her dad comes home. In an attempt to keep at least one part of her summer from changing, Alice focuses on her quest to swim freestyle fast enough to get on her team's record board. But soon Alice meets an odd new friend, Harriet, whose obsession with the school's science fair is equal only to her conviction that Alice's best stroke is backstroke, not freestyle. Most unexpected of all is a babysitting charge, Piper, who is mute—until Alice hears her speak. 

Twintuition: Double Cross by Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry - Fiction, Science Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062372956 | Published May 8, 2018

Cassie and Caitlyn Waters are excited to be returning to their hometown, San Antonio, on a class trip. But as they reach their destination, trouble finds them as quickly as a vision, and one of their friends soon disappears. Using their Sight and their street smarts to try and save the day, the twins also begin to see things they didn’t expect --- a man in captivity who looks exactly like their father’s pictures. Could he really be alive? And can they use the clues they see to save him before it’s too late?
A Dark Descent Written by Lisa Fiedler, Created by Gabriel Gale and Illustrated by Sebastian Giacobino - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Margaret K. McElderry Books | 9781481469746 | Published May 15, 2018

With the fate of all of Oz hanging in the balance, Glinda struggles to locate a mysterious teacher called Mythra, who is the only one who can guide her in reaching her mystic potential and becoming the powerful Sorceress she is destined to be. While Glinda searches far and wide for her mentor, the fiery-spirited Locasta finds herself undertaking an equally important search --- for the Elemental Fairy of Lurl, and the means by which to destroy the second Witch, Marada, Wicked Warrior of the North. 
A Fairy's Courage by E.J. Clarke - Fantasy, Fiction

Aladdin | 9781481481946 | Published May 15, 2018

Ever since Rowan was transformed into a fairy, her life has been filled with perilous adventure. And when her mom is kidnapped by an evil fairy called Vulpes and his army of foxes, Rowan sets off on her most dangerous mission yet. With the help of her fairy friends --- plus a tiger released from London Zoo! --- she’s sure she can rescue her mom and save the fairy realms. But Vulpes is cunning and sly. And he’s luring Rowan right into a trap.
Belle's Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight written by Rob Bierregaard with illustrations by Kate Garchinsky - Children's 8-12, Environment, Nature, Picture

Charlesbridge | 9781580897921 | Published May 15, 2018

Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha's Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back--a journey of more than 8,000 miles. Dr. B. and Dick observe ospreys and their offspring, tagging one special fledgling with a transmitter to better study migration habits. Follow Belle as she attempts her first flight, conquers her first fishing endeavour and heads south for her first migration all while her tracking device transmits information about her jounrey. Based on information garnered through years of research by the author, BELLE'S JOURNEY will soar into reader's hearts.
Hyacinth and the Stone Thief by Jacob Sager Weinstein - Fantasy, Fiction

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780399553219 | Published May 15, 2018

Now that Hyacinth Hayward knows about the enchanted rivers under London, she's determined to find out more. Unfortunately, London isn't cooperating. Instead, Hyacinth stumbles on a new adversary --- a girl who is trying to steal all the ancient stones that keep the city in balance. To stop her, Hyacinth will need help from stone itself--specifically, a giant talking lion statue and his talking statue friends. Can this enthusiastic but scattered company defeat Minnie before London sinks like a stone?

Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue written by Jeff Seymour with illustrations by Brett Helquist - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Youth Fiction

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | 9781524738655 | Published May 15, 2018

It takes a very special crew to keep the cloudship Orion running, and no one knows that better than Nadya Skylung, who tends the cloud garden that keeps the ship afloat. When the unthinkable happens and pirates attack, Nadya and the other children escape, but the rest of the crew is captured. Only Nadya and her four friends can take back the Orion and rescue the crew. But this attack was no accident. What exactly are the pirates looking for? Could it be Nadya they've been after all along?

Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins - Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Travel

Greenwillow Books | 9780062499660 | Published May 15, 2018

Alix and her sister, Jools, have never seen the ocean. When their parents pack them up for a week at the shore, Alix is nervous about leaving home, but excited, too. At the beach, the girls make friends, go exploring, and have adventures both big and small. They pick periwinkles, spot crabs, and discover that the beach is full of endless possibilities. As the week comes to an end, Alix is surprised to find she doesn’t want to leave!

The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker written by Matilda Woods with illustrations by Anuska Allepuz - Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Magical Realism

Philomel Books | 9780525515210 | Published May 15, 2018

Alberto lives alone in the town of Allora. He is a coffin maker and widower, spending his quiet days creating the final resting places of Allora's people. Then one afternoon a magical bird flutters into his garden, and Alberto, lonely inside, welcomes it into his home. a kindhearted boy named Tito follows the bird into Alberto's kitchen and a door in the old man's heart cracks open. Tito is lonely too--but he's also scared and searching for a place to hide. Fleeing from danger, he just wants to feel safe for once in his life. Can the boy and the old man learn the power of friendship and escape the shadows of their pasts?

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin - Children's, Children's 8-12, Classics, Fiction, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Puffin Books | 9780451480989 | Published May 15, 2018

This highly inventive mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. They could become millionaires --- it all depends on how they play the tricky and dangerous Westing game, a game involving blizzards, burglaries and bombings! Ellen Raskin has created a remarkable cast of characters in a puzzle-knotted, word-twisting plot filled with humor, intrigue and suspense.