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Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2018
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Adventure Time: Sugary Shorts, No. 4 by Pendleton Ward
A latest collection of short stories based on the hit Cartoon Network series features adventures with fan-favorite characters, from Fionna the Human to Billy the Hero, and includes contributions by such popular authors as Kat Leyh, Jake Wyatt and Kel McDonald.
The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton
Chosen to compete for a lucrative scholarship, an overlooked girl, an underachiever and a show-off begin traveling throughout Chicago to solve clues before discovering that the competition is a sham, a finding that compels the trio to secretly join forces. By the award-winning author of Project Jackalope.
Another Quest for Celeste by Henry Cole
A sequel to A Nest for Celeste finds the adventurous little mouse continuing her search for a home after accidentally traveling by steamboat to southern Indiana, where she meets a young Abraham Lincoln and witnesses the harsh realities of frontier life.
Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August
A debut novel by an acclaimed screenwriter follows the experiences of a 12-year-old newcomer to a small Colorado community who joins the local scouts only to encounter magical wonders in the wilderness near his home, where he discovers courage, strength and a destiny he never could have imagined. Arlo Finch No. 1
The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin & Jen Malone
The present-day daughter of a museum caretaker and the tween heiress subject of a painting that went missing during a legendary heist in 1905 mysteriously switch places with each other in ways that find the former struggling to prevent the theft while the latter is introduced to smartphones, pants and sports. By the author of Any Way You Slice It.
Arts and Thefts by Allison K. Hymas
When a saboteur threatens their community’s Summer Art Show, teen retrieval specialist Jeremy Wilderson is forced into a secret partnership with detective and rival Becca Mills to save his best friend’s burgeoning painting career. By the author of Under Locker and Key. MAX series
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick & David Serlin. Illus by Brian Selznick.
The Caldecott Medal-winning creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret blends the styles of a picture book, beginning reader and graphic novel in a story for younger audiences that conveys the imaginative adventures of Baby Monkey, Private Eye, who searches for lost jewels, sniffs out a missing pizza and tracks down a stolen spaceship.
Blue Window by Adina Gewirtz
Tumbling through a mysterious window to another time and place, five siblings are declared the subjects of an ancient prophecy that leads them into battle with unknown forces that threaten their bond and their ability to return home. By the author of Zebra Forest.
The Boggart Fights Back by Susan Cooper
The mischievous boggart returns with new tricks to stop an American developer from spoiling his beloved Scottish island with plans for a luxury resort that will destroy all the local businesses, including a store owned by twins Allie and Jay’s grandfather. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of the Dark Is Rising series.
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Bullied and marginalized because of the hump on his back and his tendency to talk to animals, Boy is engaged as a servant to a shadowy pilgrim who takes him on an expedition across Europe to steal seven religious artifacts from dangerous enemies. By the author of Dairy Queen.
Checked by Cynthia Kadohata
Setting aside his participation in sports while a beloved pet undergoes medical treatment, hockey enthusiast Conor discovers uncomfortable truths about his stepmother’s decision to leave, his father’s depression, a friend’s difficult family life and his own character qualities. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Kira-Kira.
Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race by Jen Breach. Illus by Douglas Holgate.
Fleeing from their orphanage to follow in their late archaeologist mother’s footsteps, Clementine Hetherington and her robot brother, Digory, agree to help a man from their past by entering a dangerous rally race to recover stolen artifacts. By the creators of Something’s Amiss at the Zoo. Clem Hetherington No. 1
Code of Honor by Erin Hunter
A sequel to Broken Pride follows the murder of the Great Mother elephant leader, a tragedy that prompts a young baboon, elephant and lion to forge an unlikely team to preserve a fragile balance of peace throughout the Bravelands. Bravelands No. 2
Crash Landing by John Martin. Illus by Scott Seegert.
When his secret about not being a genius becomes common knowledge, Kelvin scrambles to think of a way to render himself cool to his fellow classmates at Sci-Fi Junior High and finds opportunities in a mad scientist’s escape from prison and an imminent invasion by a Pinions army. Sci-Fi Junior High No. 2
Crypt Quest / Space Battles: A Play-Your-Way Book by Gabe Soria. Illus by Kendall Hale.
A latest role-playing adventure story is set in a 1980s haunted video arcade and invites readers to select one of two games to play before embarking on a sequence of choices and outcomes that lead to multiple possible endings. By the author of Fakespeare in the Park. Midnight Arcade series
Danger in the Jungle Temple by Danica Davidson
When their search for the hidden shards of the powerful Ender Crystal leads them straight into the jungle biome, Stevie and Alex outmaneuver the mobs of the Ender Dragon to protect the crystal piece from landing in the wrong hands. Unofficial Overworld Heroes Adventures No. 3
Dark Side of the Moon by Jeramey Kraatz
Spreading the word about the dangers still threatening Earth, Benny Love and his Moon Platoon friends track down Elijah West’s long-missing research partner and wonder if he is trustworthy enough to be part of the team protecting the planet from a next wave of alien invaders. By the author of the Cloak Society series. Space Runners No. 2
Dear Isaac Newton, You’re Ruining My Life by Rachel Hruza
A first novel, inspired by the author’s own experience with scoliosis, follows the endeavors of a semi-popular middle-school tween who struggles to hide the back brace she is required to wear at the same time she is entrusted with her crush’s own big secret.
Dragon Bones by Lisa McMann
An injured Fifer struggles to convince her head mage older brother, Alex, to trust her to help in an upcoming battle at the same time Thisbe, trapped underground in the catacombs where ancient dragon rulers are buried, works alongside his fellow prisoners to extract dormant magical properties from unearthed dragon bones. Unwanted Quests No. 2
Eva and the Lost Pony by Rebecca Elliott
Preparing to take the Owl Oath that they will help protect their fellow animal friends in the forest, Eva the owl and her classmates diligently work on nature projects only to find their skills put to the test by a storm that places a lost pony in danger. By the creator of Dalmatian in a Digger. Owl Diaries: A Branches Book No. 8
Frederik Sandwich and the Earthquake That Couldn’t Possibly Be by Kevin John Scott
Awakened by a completely implausible earthquake that he is forbidden to talk about, young Frederik Sandwich meets a mysterious stranger, Pernille, who suspects a conspiracy and invites Frederik along on an search for answers in abandoned train tunnels, hidden library rooms and a shadowy City Hall. Frederick Sandwich No. 1
The Friendship Mix-Up by Jimmy Gownley. Illus by Veronic Di Lorenzo, et al.
Thrilled by her new friendships after spending years locked in a tower, Princess Rapunzel organizes a holiday that she dubs “Friendship Day” and creates an elaborate puzzle gift for Eugene and Cassandra, a celebration that is thrown into turmoil by the kidnapping of Pascal the chameleon. Disney Tangled series
Granted by John David Anderson
A fairy-in-training who is among the select few who grant the wishes of unsuspecting people struggles to protect the fairy world in the face of waning magic levels, an effort that exposes her to the dangers of the human world. By the award-winning author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day.
Hazy Bloom and the Pet Project by Jennifer Hamburg. Illus by Jenn Harney.
Determined to prove her readiness to care for a pet, Hazy throws herself into a leadership project at school and organizes a Pet Day fundraiser that is continually disrupted by her glimpses into the future. By the author of A Moose that Says Moo. Hazy Bloom No. 2
The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley by April Stevens
A young nature lover who longs to follow in the footsteps of her idol, the anthropologist Margaret Mead, struggles to remain true to herself while making connections with others, including a sister who is changing in ways she does not understand. By the author of Edwin Speaks Up.
The Heat Is On by Charise Mericle Harper. Illus by Aurélie Blard-Quintard.
The young competitors of a Next Best Junior Chef reality show navigate the challenges of a second episode, which follows a theme of family traditions with culinary requirements related to a diner and a quinceañera celebration. Next Best Junior Chef No. 2
The Hidden Kingdom by Tracey Hecht & Sarah Fieber. Illus by Kate Liebman.
Required to travel to a distant watering hole during the Valley’s dry season, the animal companions of the Nocturnal Brigade are astonished by bizarre occurrences throughout their natural environment before strange noises reveal the workings of a mysterious phenomenon. Nocturnals No. 4
I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis
A high-action tale inspired by the Children’s Blizzard of 1888 features an 11-year-old child who fights for survival in the face of impossible odds, in a story that also explains what made the storm so deadly, how it particularly endangered students in the one-room schoolhouses of the time and what the real survivors experienced. I Survived No. 16
Infinity Base by Diana Peterfreund
Trapped in the Shepherds’ hidden base after her father is kidnapped, Gillian reaches out to a rogue Shepherd for help before following clues to a completely transformed Omega City and into outer space, where an astonishing secret is revealed. Omega City series
Iron Tide Rising by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis
A conclusion to the popular series that includes Shadows of the Lost Sun finds intrepid travelers Fin and Marrill fighting to protect their friends and the Stream during an ultimate confrontation with the evil wizard Serth. Map to Everywhere No. 4
Keep Your Paws Off! by Mark Parisi
The award-winning creator of the Off the Mark comic strip presents a sequel to Do Not Open! that finds Marty snooping in his sister’s diary only to discover a partially torn-out page that suggests he is a big-toothed, hairy-faced werewolf. Marty Pants No. 2
Legends of the Lost Causes by Brad McLelland & Louis Sylvester
A debut entry in a fantasy-adventure series set in the Old West follows the experiences of a ragtag team of orphans who embark on a quest for justice against the villain who destroyed their home, a mission that is shaped by the mysterious bonds they share and a legendary cursed stone.
Lily by Whitney Sanderson. Illus by Ruth Sanderson.
Loving to compete in Pony Club events with her beloved rider, a strawberry roan Welsh pony struggles to make friends with a talented but standoffish newcomer and her horse, who were sent away from London to escape the bombings of World War II. Horse Diaries No. 15
Lucy Castor Finds Her Sparkle by Natasha Lowe
Loving the life she shares with her family and not wanting anything to change, 10-year-old Lucy is dismayed when she learns that her mother is expecting a baby, a situation that causes her to be sure that her parents will no longer want her.
Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett
Growing up in the shadow of a twin brother who everyone assumes is the Chosen One in a realm where life is dictated by ancient prophecies, an overlooked princess practices sword-fighting in secret and must defy expectations when her brother is kidnapped by an evil queen.
The Midnight Gang by David Walliams. Illus by Tony Ross.
When Tom lands in the hospital with a nasty bump on the head after a gym class accident, he quickly learns that his time in the hospital will be anything but boring when he discovers that his fellow patients, The Midnight Gang, are able to turn the awful ward into the most wondrous world after lights out. By the New York Times best-selling author of Demon Dentist.
One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock
Follows the experiences of two girls in a 1970s middle school who discover that their friendship is something more, a situation that is challenged by the culture of silence and intolerance endured by anyone who is different in their community.
Payback on Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks
Twelve-year-old Peter Gronkowski, an aspiring entrepreneur, and Rachel Chambers, Peter’s former assistant who tires of his overbearing management style, become rivals with competing lemonade stands and utilize escalating tactics against one another before the duo learns that their friendship is more important than money. Poplar Kids No. 1
Playing Atari With Saddam Hussein: Based on a True Story by Jennifer Roy with Ali Fadhil
Traces the experiences of an Iraqi boy whose days of soccer, video games and American television were violently interrupted by the outbreak of war in 1991, when dictator Saddam Hussein engaged in a conflict against 34 other countries, subjecting citizens to bombings, food shortages and constant fear. By the award-winning author of Yellow Star.
Princess Posey and the Flower Girl Fiasco by Stephanie Greene. Illus by Stephanie Roth Sisson.
When Posey’s grandpa announces that he’s marrying her neighbor, Mrs. Romero, Posey is thrilled, but when she learns that Mrs. Romero and her dog, Hero, will be moving away, Posey wants nothing to do with the wedding or being a flower girl! Princess Posey No. 12
The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd. Illus by Julia Sarda.
Seven unusual siblings, each born on a different day of the week, are forced by the destruction of their swamp home to move into their grandpa’s abandoned mansion, where they engage in creative games and hobbies before greedy neighbors plot to steal their secrets and place them in homes far away from each other. The Problim Children No. 1
A Pup Called Trouble by Bobbie Pyron
Inspired by true stories, a heartwarming tale from the acclaimed author of A Dog’s Way Home follows the story of a coyote pup lost in the wilds of New York City and the family of friends he discovers far from home.
The Quest of the Cubs by Kathryn Lasky
A debut entry in a new series set in the world of Ga’Hoole finds polar bear cubs First and Second testing their fledgling survival skills to save the noble polar bears of the Northern Kingdoms from the power-hungry rivals who have kidnapped their mother. Bears of the Ice No. 1
R Is for Rebel by J. Anderson Coats
When her resistance fighter parents are imprisoned by the oppressive government that has conquered her people, a teen runs away from officials who would place her in a national reform school, prompting her resolve to form an army of girl rebels. By the author of The Wicked and the Just.
Raffie on the Run by Jacqueline Resnick. Illus by Joe Sutphin.
A pizza-loving rat who enjoys imagining his life as a superhero teams up with a sequence of new animal friends on an adventure across New York City when his little brother is caught by a group of kids and taken away to a different borough.
Rainbow Dash Rights the Ship by G. M. Berrow
A latest entry in the series that continues the story of the upcoming feature film stars intrepid fast-flyer Rainbow Dash, who endeavors to make friends with a feathered pirate crew. My Little Pony: Beyond Equestria No. 4
Revenge of the Beetle Queen by M. G. Leonard
A devious plan by cruel beetle fashionista Lucretia Cutter and the release of crooks Humphrey and Pickering prompt Darkus, Virginia and Bertolt to organize a defense that is complicated by restrictions against their participation, the torn loyalties of Lucretia’s daughter Novak and the sneaky presence of the villainess’s deadly yellow ladybug spies. Battle of the Beetles No. 2
The Ripple Kingdom by Gigi D.G.
A next volume in a pun-filled, middle-grade graphic novel series finds Cucumber teaming up with Princess Nautilus of the Ripple Kingdom to search for the missing Almond and Sir Carrot, who have been imprisoned by the Splashmaster. Cucumber Quest No. 2
Rodent Rascals by Roxie Munro
A lavishly detailed introduction to the world’s rodents features life-sized illustrations and engaging profi les of species ranging from ground hogs and guinea pigs to pygmy shrews and capybaras.
Salted Caramel Dreams by Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper
Dumped by her longtime best friend, who has joined the basketball team and considers herself too cool for less popular companions, Jasmine reluctantly participates in a dance class to work through her loneliness and bonds with new friends until her former friend reaches out to her. By the author of On the Line. Swirl No. 4
Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans by Russell Ginns. Illus by Barbara Fisinger.
Feeling left out when her siblings receive generous bequests from their eccentric missing uncle, Samantha, who only receives a rusty red umbrella, begins to suspect that the umbrella is a clue before she finds herself on the trail of the mysterious adversaries behind her uncle’s disappearance.
Seasick Sea Horse by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Excited when she is the first student in Ms. Harbor’s class chosen as the weekend host for the new class pet seahorse, Shelly, a half-kitten half-mermaid, is distraught when her charge goes missing, a dilemma that rallies her purrmaid friends to help in the search. Purrmaids No. 3
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
When a rakkhosh demon attacks her family on the morning of her 12th birthday, Kiranmala discovers that her parents’ fantastical stories about their ties to royalty are true and is whisked away by two crush-worthy princes to a parallel dimension filled with magic, winged horses, moving maps and talking birds. Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond No. 1
Shadow the Lonely Cat by Ella Moonheart
In an enchanting new chapter book series, Kitty, a girl who magically turns into a cat when she sneezes, eagerly takes her place as the Guardian of the local cats’ Cat Council, using her human knowledge to help them solve their feline problems. Kitty’s Magic No. 1
Simon Thorn and the Shark’s Cave by Aimée Carter
Having discovered the Animalgam identity that enables him to transform into various animals, New York City youth Simon Thorn joins his fellow shapeshifters on a deadly new adventure in the latest entry of the series that includes Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den. By the author of the Blackcoat Rebellion series. Simon Thorn No. 3
Snapstreak: How My Friends Saved My Social Life by Suzanne Weyn
Learning that she will be moving away from her BFFs, eighth-grader Vee gets an early start on her future social life by snap-chatting with a queen bee who becomes her partner in a snapstreak competition to win concert tickets, an endeavor that is challenged by an inconvenient injury.
Sticky Notes by Dianne Touchell
A 10-year-old boy who loves playing with toy soldiers, tadpole hunting and especially listening to his father’s stories is devastated when his father’s memory lapses escalate into early onset Alzheimer’s.
Stolen Identity by Franklin W. Dixon
When an original Sherlock Holmes manuscript is stolen from the Bayport Museum and pages start showing up among Frank and Joe’s possessions, the sibling detectives realize that the tactics being used by the culprit are copycats of the methods attributed to Arthur Conan Doyle’s infamous fictional villain, Moriarty. Hardy Boys Adventures No. 16
The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray by E. Latimer
A tale inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray finds young artist Bryony enduring a life locked in her greedy uncle’s attic, where she is forced to paint for rich clients before her paintings astonishingly come to life, causing people to go missing and exposing her family’s scandalous secrets. A first middle-grade novel.
Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen by Candace Fleming. Illus by Eric Rohmann.
Dramatically rendered in engaging text and evocative black-and-white artwork by the award-wining author of The Family Romanov and the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of My Friend Rabbit, a story based on true events follows the transformation of a fierce German shepherd police dog into a golden-era Hollywood star.
The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko
Worrying about the older sister who battled a mysterious illness the previous year, Claire moves with her family into Windermere Manor, where a ladder in the fireplace leads them to a magical land filled with turmoil and brutal wraiths that have chased away the realm’s beloved unicorns. The Unicorn Quest No. 1
Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
A “down the rabbit hole” adventure by the author of Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms places readers in the role of an 11-year-old protagonist who is accompanied by three eccentric companions on a quest to defeat a stuffed-animal dictator and an army of wacky monsters.
The Wheel of Life and Death by Julian Sedgwick. Illus by Patricia Moffett.
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. Mysterium No. 3
The Wishmakers by Tyler Whitesides. Illus by Jessica Warrick.
When 12-year-olds Ace and Tina accidentally release genies from seemingly ordinary jars, they are each given a week to complete two nearly impossible quests, and if they fail, the world will end in the most horrific (but cuddly!) way imaginable—because all cats and dogs will magically turn into zombies! Wishmakers No. 1