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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


The Memory of Forgotten Things by Kat Zhang - Children's, Children's 8-12, Coming of Age, Family, Fiction, Science Fiction, Youth Fiction

Aladdin | 9781481478656 | Published May 15, 2018

One of the happiest memories 12-year-old Sophia has is of her tenth birthday. This memory, and a few others like it, are all Sophia has of her mother, so she keeps them close and secret, because she shouldn’t have them at all. The truth is, Sophia’s mother died when she was six. Sophia has never told anyone about her unusual memories, but everything changes when she becomes convinced that an upcoming eclipse will let her enter a world where her mother never died. With the help of two misfit boys, she must figure out a way to bring her mother back to her --- before the opportunity is lost forever.

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall - Family, Family Life, Fiction

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9780385755665 | Published May 15, 2018

Now it's summertime, and eleven-year-old Lydia is dancing at the bus stop, waiting for big sister Batty to get home from college. This is a very important dance and a very important wait because the two youngest sisters are about to arrive home to find out that the Penderwicks will all be returning to Arundel this summer, the place where it all began. And better still is the occasion: a good old-fashioned, homemade-by-Penderwicks wedding.
You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World written by Caroline Paul with illustrations by Lauren Tamaki - Children's 10+, Education, Nonfiction

Bloomsbury Children's Books | 9781681198224 | Published May 15, 2018

Being a good citizen means standing up for what's right --- and here's just the way to start. This is a book for those with a fierce sense of justice, a good sense of humor and a big heart. This guide features change-maker tips, tons of DIY activities, and stories about the kids who have paved the way before, from famous activists like Malala Yousafzai and Claudette Colvin to the everyday young people whose habit changes triggered huge ripple effects. So make a sign, write a letter, volunteer, sit-in, or march! There are lots of tactics to choose from, and you're never too young to change the world.

A Whale in Paris written by Daniel Presley and Claire Polders and illustrated by Erin McGuire - Children's, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Youth Fiction

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781534419155 | Published May 22, 2018

Ever since the Germans became the unwelcome “guests” of Paris in the early days of World War II, Papa and Chantal have gone out in the evenings to fish in the Seine. Tonight Chantal spies something special: a whale! Chantal soon opens her heart to the loveable creature and names him Franklin. Yet Franklin is in danger: The Parisians are starving and would love to eat him, and the Nazis want to capture him as a gift to Hitler. But can one small girl manage to return a whale to the ocean and reunite him with his parents? And will she ever see her own family again?

Paddington Takes the Air by Michael Bond and Peggy Fortnum - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062312389 | Published May 22, 2018

What other bear but Paddington could find himself sent home on his first day of school? Or questioned as a prime witness in court? Or taking a crash course in water-skiing? Trust Paddington to follow his nose for adventure, with a suitcase full of marmalade sandwiches in tow!

This Moment Is Your Life (and So Is This One): A Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga written by Mariam Gates with illustrations by Libby VanderPloeg - Children's 10-14, Fitness, Health, Health/Fitness, Lifestyles , Nonfiction

Dial Books | 9780399186622 | Published May 22, 2018

This engaging guide, packed with simple exercises and endearing full-color artwork, provides a handy starting point for bringing mindfulness into your daily life. Chapters on meditation, yoga, and mindful breathing explain the benefits of these practices, and you are free to pick and choose what to try. There are quick exercises throughout, and a more extensive tool kit at the end of each chapter. The final chapter offers satisfying five-day challenges that map out ways to pull all of the book's mindfulness techniques together in your day-to-day life.

Welcome to Wonderland #3: Sandapalooza Shake-Up by Chris Grabenstein - Fiction, Friendship

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9781524717582 | Published May 22, 2018

P.T. and his best friend, Gloria, are getting ready for St. Pete Beach's first-ever Sandapalooza! The Wonderland's biggest rival, the Conch Reef Resort, is doing everything it can to win the sand sculpture contest, but P.T. has bigger problems: The Wonderland has opened a new restaurant --- the Banana Shack --- and running a restaurant is harder than it looks! And to make matters worse, a royal guest's priceless tiara has gone missing, and the prime suspect is the Wonderland's beloved housekeeper! Can P.T. and Gloria win the contest, keep the restaurant going, and clear Clara's name?
William Wenton and the Secret Portal Written by Bobbie Peers and Translated by Tara F. Chace - Fiction, Science Fiction

Aladdin | 9781481478281 | Published May 22, 2018

After William begins to suffer from mysterious fits that leave him unable to control his body --- let alone crack codes --- he begins to worry that the metal inside him is acting up. There’s only one place he can go for answers: the Institute for Post-Human Research. But nothing at the Institute is the same. His room is more like a cell, and outside the window, huge searchlights sweep the skies and robot vehicles roam the grounds. William’s old teachers won’t tell him what’s going on although it’s obvious that everyone is frightened of something or someone.
Annie's Life in Lists by Kristin Mahoney - Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9781524765095 | Published May 29, 2018

Annie's a shy fifth grader with an incredible memory and a love of making lists. It helps her keep track of things when they can seem a little out of control, like her family, her friends, and her life in a new place. Annie has an incredible memory (really, it's almost photographic) that can get her in trouble, a desire to overcome her shyness, a brother who is mad at her because he thinks she is the reason they had to move to Clover Gap, a best friend who she is (almost) certain will always be her best friend, new classmates, some of whom are nicer than others and a rocky start finding her place in her new home. 

Bug Girl: Fury on the Dance Floor Written by Benjamin Harper and Sarah Hines Stephens, Illustrated by Anoosha Seyd - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Superhero , Youth Fiction

Imprint | 9781250106636 | Published May 29, 2018

Amanda Price never dreamed she’d turn into Bug Girl, a hero with the powers of the insect kingdom. Turns out superpowers aren’t much help with Geri, the new bully terrorizing the seventh grade. Or with Emily. She’s supposed to be Amanda’s partner in crime-fighting, but she’s too busy freaking out about the upcoming dance. When a mystery monster appears in town and seventh graders start disappearing, Bug Girl needs Emily's help more than ever. Soon both girls are tangled in a dastardly scheme --- and the fate of their school, their town and their very lives will be decided on the dance floor.
Confusion is Nothing New by Paul Acampora - Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fiction, Performing Arts

Scholastic Press | 9781338209990 | Published May 29, 2018

Ellie Magari just learned that her mother is dead. Perhaps that would be sad if Ellie had ever met the woman. Exactly who was Ellie's mom? Does it even matter that she's gone? Perhaps a dead mom can still help Ellie figure out what it means to be a girl in the world today. Either way, Ellie wouldn't mind a role model beyond her master chef Dad. CONFUSION IS NOTHING NEW is about friendship, family mysteries, and the perfect pizza. It's also about fathers and daughters and girls who understand that it's good to make things, but breaking things is okay too. In fact, sometimes breaking things is required.

Float by Laura Martin - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction

HarperCollins | 978-0062803764 | Published May 29, 2018

Emerson can float...he just can’t do it very well. His uncontrollable floating is his RISK factor, and the last place Emerson wants to be is at a government-mandated summer camp for RISK kids like him, so he’s shocked when he actually starts having fun at camp --- and he even makes some new friends. But it’s not all canoeing and capture the flag at Camp Outlier. The summer of fun takes a serious turn when Emerson and his friends discover that one of their own is hiding a deadly secret that puts all of their lives in danger. It’s up to the Red Maple boys to save themselves --- and everyone like them.

From You to Me by K. A. Holt - Children's, Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Scholastic Press | 9781338193305 | Published May 29, 2018

After losing her big sister, Clara, a few years ago, Amelia can't handle any more change. But when she starts eighth grade, she receives a letter that Clara had written to herself. In it, there's a list of things she'd wanted to do before the end of middle school and never finished. But as she makes her way through, Amelia finds that there's no going back, only forward. And she realizes she'll have to put her own spin on Clara's list to grow and change in the ways she needs to.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang - Children's, Children's 8-12, Culture, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Arthur A. Levine Books | 9781338157796 | Published May 29, 2018

Mia Tang lives in a motel. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms,10 -year-old Mia manages the front desk and tends to its guests. But her parents hide immigrants, and if the motel owner finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Mia also wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language? Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests and go for her dreams?

Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9781524717018 | Published May 29, 2018

Since he was a dwarfling, Borlen "Grump," has dreamed of visiting The Surface, so when opportunity knocks, he leaves his cavern home behind. At first, life aboveground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best friend Grump always wanted. But as time goes on, Grump starts to suspect that Queen E.V.I.L. may not be that nice. When the queen commands him to carry out a horrible task against her stepdaughter Snow White, Grump is in over his head. He'll have to dig deep to find a way out of this pickle, and that's enough to make any dwarf Grumpy indeed.

Halfway to Happily Ever After (The Wish List #3) by Sarah Aronson - Fantasy, Fiction

Scholastic Press | 9780545941624 | Published May 29, 2018

With two levels of fairy godmother training behind her, Isabelle is actually looking forward to Level Three. But when half the trainees go on strike, regular training seems to go up in sparkles again. But Isabelle's too close to becoming a real fairy godmother to let her skills get rusty. And when she finds out her first two princesses are unhappy at summer camp, she has to do something! Can Isabelle grant a few wishes without crossing the picket line?
MiNRS 3 by Kevin Slyvester - Fiction, Science Fiction

Simon & Schuster | 9781501195280 | Published May 29, 2018

The children of Perses must return to Earth. They defeated Major Kirk Thatcher on their adopted planet, but his evil plans are still unfolding. People need to know the truth. Christopher has a video of Thatcher killing an injured grinder in cold blood. If they can show that to the people of Earth, they might just turn the tide. The MiNRs need to bear witness. A transport ship might get them back home, or it might send them spinning off into the deepest recesses of space. Is it worth the risk?
Most Valuable Players: A Rip & Red Book Written by Phil Bildner and Illustrated by Tim Probert - Fiction, Sports

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | 9780374305109 | Published May 29, 2018

It’s fifth-grade graduation time for Rip and Red, and this year’s festivities are going to be extra special. Hoops Machine, the exhibition basketball team, is paying a visit, and Rip may be playing a surprise role. But he and his friends need to finish their schoolwork first, which includes taking a newly required standardized test. However, when the students of Room 208 begin to question the need to take the test, a mini opt-out movement gains momentum. But luckily for Rip, Red, their classmates and their teacher, when you stand up for what you believe in, the people you’ve touched along the way rally to your corner.
Return to the Jungle: New Jungle Book Adventures by Bear Grylls - Animals , Fiction, Nature

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250164568 | Published May 29, 2018

In RETURN TO THE JUNGLE, the middle-grade sequel to Bear Grylls’s SPIRIT OF THE JUNGLE, Mak returns to the jungle where he is determined to set a captured endangered elephant free...

The Chosen Ones by Scarlett Thomas - Fantasy, Fiction

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781481497879 | Published May 29, 2018

Effie Truelove has just been expelled from magic class and now she can’t even get back to the Otherworld --- the place she most loves and where she feels she belongs. If she can find a copy of The Chosen Ones by Laurel Wilde to give her father then she might be able to fix everything. The only problem is that there are suddenly no copies of the book anywhere, because Albion Freake, the richest man in the world, is paying for them to be destroyed so that he can own the single-volume limited edition that publisher Skylurian Midzhar is making for him.
The Spirit of Cattail County by Victoria Piontek - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Suspense, Youth Fiction

Scholastic Press | 9781338167054 | Published May 29, 2018

Sparrow doesn't have many friends. Some kids believe her house is haunted. Others think there's something "unusual" about her. But Sparrow's has a best friend who's always with her. Yet Sparrow is the only one who can see him...because the Boy is a ghost. So when her mama passes away, Sparrow doesn't give up hope. After all, if the Boy can linger after death, then surely Mama can return as well. But the Boy has a secret of his own, one that Sparrow will need to uncover before the ghost will lead her to Mama. To solve the mystery, Sparrow joins forces with some unlikely allies.

The Supernormal Sleuthing Service #2: The Sphinx's Secret by Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Greenwillow Books | 9780062459978 | Published May 29, 2018

It’s only been a few weeks since Stephen started living at the New Harmonia --- a hotel that caters to a supernormal clientele. His latest discovery? The lions in front of the New York Public Library are actually sphinxes, guarding a secret treasure trove of magical objects. When a mysterious wizard steals a powerful wand from the collection and casts a spell on the entire supernormal world, Stephen and his friends must find a way to reverse the magic before it becomes permanent. 
Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word written by Sarah Jane Marsh with illustrations by Edwin Fotheringham - Biography, Children's 8-12, History

Disney-Hyperion | 9781484781449 | Published May 29, 2018

As an English corset-maker's son, Thomas Paine was expected to spend his life sewing women's underwear. But as a teenager, Thomas dared to change his destiny, enduring years of struggle until a meeting with Benjamin Franklin brought Thomas to America in 1774 --- and into the American Revolution. Within fourteen months, Thomas would unleash the persuasive power of the written word in "Common Sense" --- a brash wake-up call that rallied the American people to declare independence against the mightiest empire in the world. 

Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School, Book 1 Written by Julie Falatko and Illustrated by Colin Jack - Animals , Fiction, Humor

Scholastic Inc | 9781338189513 | Published May 29, 2018

Sassy and Waldo are good dogs. They spend the day keeping their house safe. Has a squirrel ever gotten inside? No! But every day their boy, Stewart, comes home from this terrible place called school smelling like anxiety and looseleaf paper. Sassy and Waldo decide to save Stewart. But they don't let dogs into school. So Sassy and Waldo decide to get creative. They put on an old trench coat, and now everyone at Bea Arthur Elementary thinks they are a new student named Salty from Liver, Ohio. 


Amina's Voice by Hena Khan - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Prejudice , Racism

Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 9781481492072 | Published May 1, 2018

Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized. AMINA'S VOICE brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani American.