BOLOGNA CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR
A stunning picture book about memory and the power of the items we hold most dear
THE DRESS AND THE GIRL
by Camille Andros
Abrams Books for Young Readers, August 2018
A little girl and her favorite dress dream of an extraordinary life. They enjoy simple pleasures together on a beautiful Greek island. They watch the sunset, do chores, and pick wildflowers on the way home. One day, the dress and the girl must leave the island and immigrate to the United States. Upon arrival, the girl is separated from the trunk carrying her favorite dress, and she fears her dress is lost forever. Many years later, the girl—now all grown up—spots the dress in a thrift store window. As the two are finally reunited, the memories of their times together come flooding back. While the girl can no longer wear the dress, it’s now perfect for her own daughter—and the new journey of a girl and her dress begins.
Camille Andros has made her home in Israel, Utah, Arizona, California, Ohio, Nevada, and, now, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has her BA in health science, is an EMT, and danced ballet for fourteen years.
From the author-illustrator of “Hannah and Sugar” comes a back-to-school tale about facing your fears!
MAE’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
by Kate Berube
Abrams Books for Young Readers, July 2018
The first day of school can be scary for everyone—not just the students. As Mae gets ready for her very first day, she reflects on all the things she’s afraid of. What if the other kids don’t like her? What if she can’t learn to read? What if she misses her mom? On the way to school, she decides that instead of facing all the unknowns, it would be much easier to climb up into her favorite tree and wait there until school is over. As other kids pass by, they, too, share their own fears with Mae, and she learns that everyone gets nervous about trying new things, even her teacher! Together, Mae and her new friends decide to face the day and celebrate new beginnings, hand in hand.
Kate Berube grew up wanting to be an artist in a cow-filled Connecticut town. She earned her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Like so many artists, Kate’s career trajectory wasn’t a straight line – she’s been a nanny, a tax preparer in Massachusetts, a scenic painter in NYC, a decorative painter in Chicago, and a bookseller in Portland. Kate’s debut picture book as an author and illustrator is “Hannah And Sugar”, published by Abrams Books For Young Readers.
Based on the hit graphic-novel series, a refreshing portrayal of rich, rewarding female friendship
by Non Pratt
Amulet Books, August 2018
GIANT DAYS follows the hilarious and heartfelt misadventures of three university first-years: Daisy, the innocent home-schooled girl; Susan, the sardonic wit; and Esther, the vivacious drama queen. While the girls seem very different, they become fast friends during their first week of university. And it’s a good thing they do, because in the giant adventure that is college, a friend who has your back is key—something Daisy discovers when she gets a little too involved in her extracurricular club, the Yogic Brethren of Zoise. When she starts acting strange and life around campus gets even stranger (missing students, secret handshakes, monogrammed robes everywhere . . .), Esther and Susan decide it’s up to them to investigate the weirdness and save their friend.
Non Pratt is a British author whose debut novel, “Trouble”, was short-listed for the YA Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award and long-listed for the Carnegie Medal. Her other books include “Remix”, “Unboxed”, and “Truth or Dare”.
A fantasy novel that’s poised to be the next big hit
BENEATH THE CITADEL
by Destiny Soria
Amulet Books, October 2018
In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade. In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt. Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her, and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city—or themselves.
Destiny Soria is the author “Iron Cast”, a YA historical fantasy.
From Caldecott and Printz Honor-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki, a playful and poetic exploration of color and point of view that, in its depiction of a child pondering her world, invites comparisons with such classics as A Snowy Day and Owl Moon
THEY SAY BLUE
by Jillian Tamaki
Abrams Books For Your Readers, March 2018
Hardcover format with jacket; full color illustrations throughout, 40 pages
Playful and philosophical, THEY SAY BLUE is a book about color as well as perspective, about the things we can see and the things we can only imagine.
In detailed paintings full of movement, Tamaki follows a young girl through a year or a day, depending on your perspective, as she examines the colors in the world around her. Egg yolks are sunny orange as expected, yet water cupped in her hands isn’t blue like they say. But maybe a blue whale is blue. She doesn’t know, she hasn’t seen one.
Lushly painted and full of wonder, this first picture book from celebrated illustrator Jillian Tamaki will find equal appreciation among kids and collectors.
Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and comics artist best known for her graphic novels “Skim”, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated, and “This One Summer”, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, Printz Honor, and Eisner Award.
The WOODWALKERS Series
by Katja Brandis
CARAGS VERWANDLUNG #1
At first glance Carag looks like a normal boy. Yet his bright eyes conceal a secret: Carag is a shapeshifter. Growing up as a puma in the woods, he has been living in the world of humans for a short period of time. His new life is as strange as it is fascinating to him. But it is only when Carag learns about Clearwater High, an boarding school for woodwalkers like him, that he starts to feel a sense of home. He makes friends with Holly, a cheeky red squirrel, and Brandon, a timid bison. And friends are what Carag needs now – because his new life is full of perils …
GEFÄHRLICHE FREUNDSCHAFT #2
It is winter in the Rocky Mountains. Carag and his classmates are thrilled to go on their first expeditions. But suddenly strange accidents occur around Clearwater High. Carag is immediately alarmed. Could the revengeful shapeshifter Andrew Milling be behind the accidents? Is Andrew still out to get Carag and his family? While seeking answers to these questions, Carag gets unexpected help from Tikaani, the snow wolf. But can a cougar really trust a wolf?
HOLLYS GEHEIMNIS #3
What would be a shape-shifter without his friends? After his last fight against the vindictive Andrew Milling, Carag is happier than ever to have Brandon and Holly by his side. But somehow Holly is behaving very strangely lately. When suddenly strange thefts are happening around Clearwater High, Carag is immediately alarmed: Does Holly have something to do with it? Or are the wolves to blame who want to drive a wedge between him and his friend? Perhaps the new teacher for animal languages, Mr Goodfellow knows …
FREMDE WILDNIS #4
A dream comes true! Carag, Holly and Brandon participate in a student exchange programme and travel to Costa Rica. Yet upon their arrival they find out that not only endearing monkeys, snappy turtles and turbulent trips to the rain forest await the Clearwater High pupils. All too soon Carag learns from Jaguar King that his opponent, Andrew Milling, has got a large number of followers in Costa Rica. So Carag, Holly and Brandon do everything in their power to stop his evil conspiracy against the human race.
Katja Brandis has been writing since her childhood and has published numerous novels for young readers.
· WOODWALKERS volume 4 is No 2 on the March DER SPIEGEL Bestseller list and will also be No. 2 in April
· Sales numbers in Germany are now at 190,000 copies
· Volume 5 will be published in June 2018 and the series ends with volume 6 in spring 2019
· A sequel for WOODWALKERS is also in the making (ETA autumn 2019)
· Movie companies are interested in WOODWALKERS
Love is in the air… or is it?
Ein Geheimnis liegt in der Luft
(“The Magical Pharmacy” – Mystery Is In The Air)
by Anna Ruhe
Arena Verlag, January 2018
Well, certainly not if you open one of the small perfume bottles that Luzie, Matts and Benno find in a hidden room of an old villa. THE MAGICAL PHARMACY as they call it, is filled with shelves up to the ceiling that hold countless perfume bottles with iridescent and bubbling contents! Yet the bottles are not only full of surprises but they also contain a danger that has been concealed for a long time. And it should better have stayed locked away forever….
THE MAGICAL PHARMACY. Mystery Is In The Air is the first volume in a 3-book series. Volume 2 is due to be published in Autumn 2018.
The first in a new series perfect for fans of “The Selection”, THE BEHOLDER pulls threads from our greatest fairytales and weaves them into a new epic romance with a stunning sea-faring journey
by Anna Bright
Harper Teen, Summer 2019
As part of Potomac’s elect, 18-year-old Selah’s duty is to set an example for her people and marry young. Selah is happy to fulfill her responsibility—until her choice of consort turns her down at the very public Arbor Day ceremony. Selah’s rejection is the perfect excuse for her treacherous stepmother to send her away and seize power. With Selah’s father too weak to step in, her stepmother forces her to set sail across the Atlantic on the Beholder with young, enigmatic Captain Andrew Lang in command, and an itinerary stacked with suitors. The message is clear: come home with a worthy husband or don’t come home. So Selah begins her journey, finding much-needed camaraderie with the eclectic crew of the Beholder, though she often wonders if ferrying her across the sea is the ship’s only mission. But she can hardly wonder long. Selah soon realizes she’s been set up to fail: her suitors all have thrones to inherit, too bound to their own countries to help her lead hers. Marriage to any of them means abandoning Potomac, which Selah refuses to consider—until she meets Prinse Torden of Norge. Fierce, disciplined, and unwaveringly faithful to his kingdom, Torden and his inseparable, unruly siblings help Selah discover confidence and courage she didn’t know she possessed. And she can only hope that her newfound courage will help her make the hardest decision of her life.
Anna Bright lives in Washington, D.C., where she’s an indie bookseller by day and an author by night. THE BEHOLDER is her first novel.
The first in a series of true crime stories for a middle grade audience by an award-winning journalist
INSIDE FBI FILES:
Agent Kathy Puckett and the Case of The Unabomber
by Bryan Denson
Roaring Books Press, Spring 2019
FBI agents have many jobs, all of them very important. Each book in this series will begin with an introduction that explains the FBI in broad terms, then will follow a different FBI agent as he or she works to solve a fascinating case. This first book follows Agent Kathleen Puckett and her team as she figures out who has been sending bombs to people around the United States and brings him to justice.
Bryan Denson is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for journalism and winner of the George Polk Prize, among many other honors. The Spy’s Son was published by Grove/Atlantic in 2015 and was a finalist for the William E. Colby Award. This is his first book for young readers.
The first book in a hilarious middle-grade trilogy sure to captivate kids who dream of a future in outer space, full of alien encounters, zero-gravity dodgeball, and everything in between
SEVENTH GRADE VS. THE GALAXY
by Joshua Levy
Carolrhoda Books, February 2019
The P.S.S. 118 is just your run-of-the-mill school. Except that it’s a rickety old public school spaceship in orbit around Jupiter. Which gets captured by aliens on the last day of school. And caught in the middle of a galaxy-spanning war. As thirteen-year-old Jack Graham puts it, “You know, usual summer vacation stuff.” During the end-of-the-year assembly, the school is mysteriously attacked. Amidst the chaos, Jack receives a cryptic message from his father (the school’s recently-fired-for-tinkering-with-the-ship science teacher) and reluctantly follows it down to the engine room with his best friend, Ari, and his non-friend, Becka. There, Jack discovers that his dad has built humanity’s first light-speed engine—and given Jack voice control. To try and save the ship, Jack catapults the school hundreds of light-years away and right into the clutches of the first aliens humans have ever seen. School hasn’t just gotten out—it’s gone clear across the galaxy. Over the course of the trilogy (with each seventh-grader serving as the hero of their own book), Jack, Ari, and Becka will have to use their wits, brains, and (yes) brawn to dodge lasers, evil bureaucrats, and insubordinate robots as they whiz across the universe. They’ll quite literally have the fate of the entire human race on their awkward, adolescent shoulders. The trio has a lot to learn, namely that the galaxy is a pretty weird place—and that there are way worse things in the universe than going to school.
Joshua Levy is a former middle-school teacher and current lawyer. SEVENTH GRADE VS. THE GALAXY is his debut novel.
An intensely romantic story of love, faith, betrayal and redemption
by Donna Freitas
HarperTeen, October 2018
Marlena Oliveira has been given an extraordinary gift. She has been given the power to heal. She can cure paralysis, mental illness, even a broken heart. People with all kinds of ailments come from around the world seeking an audience with her, believing her to be a saint. But it all comes at a price. Marlena must remain untainted by the influences of the secular world. She can’t have friends or go to school. She can’t date. She can’t even touch anyone. And the older she gets, the more trapped she feels. Marlena has never questioned her abilities until she meets Finn, a boy who makes her want to be the kind of girl who could fall in love. For the first time, she begins to doubt her gift, and herself. Is her gift real? And even if it is, is it worth it to sacrifice her chance at a happy life? And who would—or could—she be without it? All Marlena wants is to experience what it is to be normal. To swim in a bathing suit. To eat lunch in the diner in town. To be kissed. But if she gives up her gift, will she ever be able to get it back?
Donna Freitas is the author of several young adult and middle grade novels. She is also the author of adult nonfiction. She has written for national newspapers and magazines about religion, sex, hookup culture, and life on a college campus today, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post.
An hilarious mix of mythology and middle-school angst, with a decidedly geeky and gross middle-school sensibility
by David Slavin, Daniel Weitzman and Adam J.B. Lane
Harper Children’s, 2019
In ODD GODS by David Slavin and Daniel Weitzman, hilariously illustrated by Adam J. B. Lane, there are, yes, the gods we know as youngsters: Adonis, Aphrodite, Hermes. They are the stars of the gymnasium and the cafeteria and the classroom, and shine brightly as the BGOC of middle school life— and are as insufferable as only middle school gods can be. But then there are the other kids we never knew were part of the heavenly realm: the Odd Gods, the ones destiny did not treat quite so gloriously. Oddonis. Puneous. Gaseous. Germes: The dorky, smelly geeks in a world of perfect specimens, with powers that, well, no one else really wants. The Odd Gods are used to being the ones who are picked on and ignored, of having the Formica bathroom when their siblings have marble, of being served mystery meat when their betters eat Ambrosia. When a strange wind (don’t ask where it comes from) pushes Oddonis’ hand up when the principal asks if anyone is willing to run against the perfect Adonis for class president, Oddonis and his mates have to pull every second-rate trick in their arsenal to run the uphill campaign of a lifetime.
David Slavin and Daniel Weitzman have both written in varied media for adults, and some short work for kids, but this is their debut novel for children. Adam J B Lane is the writer and illustrator of the picture books “Monsters Party All Night Long” and “Stop Thief!”. This is their first collaboration.
A classic in the making, this heartwarming story about empathy and imagination is one that families will treasure for years to come
ADRIAN SIMCOX DOES NOT HAVE A HORSE
by Marcy Campbell, illustrated by Corinna Luyken
Dial Books for Young Readers, August 2018
Adrian Simcox tells anyone who will listen that he has a horse–the best and most beautiful horse anywhere. But Chloe does NOT believe him. Adrian Simcox lives in a tiny house. Where would he keep a horse? He has holes in his shoes. How would he pay for a horse? The more Adrian talks about his horse, the angrier Chloe gets. But when she calls him out at school and even complains about him to her mom, Chloe doesn’t get the vindication she craves. She gets something far more important. Written with tenderness and poignancy and gorgeously illustrated, this book will show readers that kindness is always rewarding, understanding is sweeter than judgment, and friendship is the best gift one can give.
Marcy Campbell’s writing for adults has been published widely in journals and magazines, including Salon. This is her debut picture book. Corinna Luyken’s debut picture book, “The Book of Mistakes”, recieved four starred reviews and has been praised by Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Nerdy Book Club, and more.
In the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India’s partition, and of one girl’s journey to find a new home in a divided country
THE NIGHT DIARY
by Veera Hiranandani
Dial Books for Young Readers, March 2018
It’s 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn’t know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it’s too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can’t imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together.Told through Nisha’s letters to her mother, The Night Diary is a heartfelt story of one girl’s search for home, for her own identity…and for a hopeful future.
Veera Hiranandani earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of “The Whole Story of Half a Girl”, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and Writopia Lab.
Darius doesn’t think he’ll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA
DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY
by Adib Khorram
Dial Books for Young Readers, August 2018
Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian—half, his mom’s side—and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life. Darius has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn’t exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Soon, they’re spending their days together, playing soccer, eating faludeh, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city’s skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush—the original Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab. Adib Khorram’s brilliant debut is for anyone who’s ever felt not good enough—then met a friend who makes them feel so much better than okay.
Adib Khorram is an author and a graphic designer.
Perfect for fans of Three Dark Crowns and Red Queen, Reign of the Fallen is a gutsy, unpredictable read with a surprising and breathtaking LGBT romance at its core
The REIGN OF THE FALLEN Series
by Sarah Glenn Marsh
SONG OF THE DEAD #2
The adventure continues as master necromancer Odessa and her friends fight to protect their kingdom from the bloodthirsty Shades. In this follow-up, Sarah Glenn Marsh blurs the boundaries of genre, of past and present, and of life and death with pulse-pounding pace and breathtaking style.
REIGN OF THE FALLEN #1
Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their soul from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised: the Dead must remain shrouded. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, a grotesque transformation begins, turning the Dead into terrifying, bloodthirsty Shades.
Sarah Glenn Marsh is the author of “Fear the Drowning Deep”.
In this romantic road trip story perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson, a teen girl discovers the value of ordinary objects while learning to forgive her absent father
THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOST THINGS
by Jessica Brody
Simon Pulse, October 2018
After Ali’s father passed away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does? Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico. And Nico has other plans.
Jessica Brody is the author of more than 15 novels for teens, tweens, and adults including “In Some Other Life”, “The Chaos of Standing Still”, “Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up”, “A Week of Mondays”, “52 Reasons to Hate My Father”, the upcoming “Better You Than Me”, and the three books in the sci-fi “Unremembered” trilogy. She’s also the author of the” Descendants: School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, “Descendants”. Her books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and “Unremembered” and “52 Reasons to Hate My Father” are currently in development as major motion pictures.
When magic returns to the real world, only children can unlock its dangerous power in the thrilling new series from the author of the New York Times bestselling Story Thieves!
The REVENGE MAGIC Series
by James Riley
Aladdin, Spring 2019 (#1)
7 titles expected
Forsythe “Fort” Fitzgerald is on vacation with his father at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., when the ground beings to shake. Before Fort’s unbelieving eyes, chaos ensues as a giant hand and reptilian body bursts through the earth. Fort’s father heroically saves several people but then is lost to the beast, leaving Fort utterly devastated. Six months later, Fort’s living with his aunt when a man named Dr. Oppenheimer arrives at the house to talk about a very special boarding school run by the government. Dr. Opps explains that thirteen years ago, books of magic were discovered in various sites around the world alongside the bones of dragons and other mythical creatures. Only those born after this “Discovery Day” have the power to use this magic, as if the power emerged with the books. Dr. Opps recruits Fort, and Fort eagerly agrees, anxious to fight back against the creatures responsible for his father’s death. Once at the school, Fort is determined to master the most dangerous and powerful magic, but learns that might not be what it seems. But while trying to prove himself, Fort discovers many secrets Dr. Opps wants buried. Will Fort find out who’s behind the attack in D.C., or will he be too late to prevent the school’s destruction?
James Riley is the New York Times bestselling author of the “Half Upon a Time” and “Story Thieves” series, as well as many books too unwritten to count.
Bringing the trademark plot twists, compelling romance, and high-octane drama that made The Program a New York Times bestselling series, Suzanne Young launches a new series that confronts some of today’s most pressing ethical questions
GIRLS WITH SHARP STICKS
by Suzanne Young
Simon Pulse, Summer 2019
The girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears. As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.
Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Program” series. Suzanne is the author of eighteen novels for teens and adults.
A time-traveling love story by the acclaimed author of “In the Skin of a Monster”
by Kathryn Barker
Allen & Unwin, TBA
Heathcliff Ellis is a Deadender – part of a secret group of time-travellers who are trying to save humanity, one small “adjustment” to history at a time. Jules Capulet lives in the distant future, where an epic romance with her classmate Romeo left him in a coma and her a complete social outcast. Now, Jules spends her days writing Romeo & Juliet, a romanticized version of what really happened. She’s set her story in the past – the 1500s – complete with old-fashioned language, because the truth is just too painful. When Ellis is sent on a mission to “Wake Romeo,” Ellis and Jules are thrown together in the futuristic ruins of London, met with cryptic puzzles and deceptions… and secrets that go back hundreds of years. Because Emily Bronte, Shakespeare, and the Deadeners? Somehow they’re all connected…and Ellis and Jules are at the heart of everything.
As wildly inventive as it is sweepingly romantic, WAKING ROMEO combines two of literature’s most iconic love stories into a riveting and deeply moving narrative: the greatest love story of all times.
Kathryn Barker is a former attorney, trained film producer, and was the inaugural winner of Australia’s most lucrative TV award for Exceptional New Talent. Her debut novel In the Skin of a Monster received numerous accolades, including a national award for Best Young Adult Novel. Waking Romeo is her second novel.
Five Teenagers will bring the truth, one revolution at a time, in this terrifyingly relevant tale for fans of The Eye of Minds
THE FUTURE WILL BE BS FREE
by Will McIntosh
Delacorte, July 2018
In a Putin-esque near-future America, the gifted and talented high school has just been eliminated, and Sam and his friends have been using their unexpected free time to work on a tiny, undetectable, utterly reliable lie detector. They’re all in it for the money–except Theo, their visionary. For Theo, it’s about creating a better world. A BS-free world, where no one can lie, and the honest will thrive. Just when they finish the prototype and turn down an offer to sell their brainchild to a huge corporation, Theo is found dead. Greedy companies, corrupt privatized police, and even the president herself will stop at nothing to steal the Truth App. Sam sets his sights on exposing all lies and holding everyone accountable. But he and his friends quickly realize the costs of a BS-free world: the lives of loved ones, and political and economic stability. They now face a difficult question: Is the world capable of operating without lies, or are lies what hold it together?
Will McIntosh is the winner of a Hugo Award and his first young adult novel, “Burning Midnight”, was a Locus Award finalist and an ALA-YALSA Teen Top Ten Book. He is also the author of the Middle Grade novel “Watchdog” and several adult SciFi novels.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Margaret Stohl and Lewis Peterson’s hilarious middle grade debut has it all: robot overlords, secret feline agents, and earthling humans who in for a real catastrophe
CATS VS ROBOTS
by Margaret Stohl and Lewis Peterson
Katherine Tegen Books, September 2018
The Robot Federation and the Feline Empire have been at war for eons. And now that fight is coming to a tiny primitive planetoid…Earth. The mission for both cats and robots: retrieve the Singularity Chip. With it, cats can live past their nine lives, and robots are granted eternal battery life. Meanwhile, twin siblings Max and Min Wengrod are as different as can be. Min always gets good grades, and she loves to read and build robots. Max hates school, and prefers to play games and spend time online with friends. When Max rescues two kittens and is determined to keep them, Min is horrified that these furballs could ruin her changes at the Battle of the Bots competition. But with hidden forces at play in their own house, and the larger war between cats and robots is fast approaching, will the twins be able to put aside their differences before they get caught in the crossfire?
Margaret Stohl is the bestselling author of twelve books for children and teens, including coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling “Beautiful Creatures” series. She also cowrites “Mighty Captain Marvel” for Marvel Comics.
A hilarious illustrated novel from the bestselling author of the Middle School series
by Steven Butler and James Patterson
Jimmy Patterson, June 2018
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!
I’ve been waiting ages to tell my story, and now it’s finally happening!
Being Rafe Khatchadorian’s dog isn’t always easy, but it is always EXCITING!
I’ve got so much to tell you about:
The amazing Catch-a-doggy-bone kennel
My favourite places for hiding snacks
The terrifying doggy prison
And my ultimate nemesis – the vacuum cleaner
All the most important parts of a dog’s life.
James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 300 million copies worldwide and he has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past eight years in a row. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the “Middle School”, “I Funny”, “Treasure Hunters”, “House of Robots”, “Confessions”, and “Maximum Ride” series. James is the proud sponsor of the World Book Day Award and has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops.
With a narrative style as varied and intriguing as the mystery itself, this adventure involving clever clues, plenty of perks, and abhorrent adults is pure wish fulfillment
THE AMBROSE DECEPTION
by Emily Ecton
Disney Hyperion, February 2018
Melissa is a nobody. Wilf is a slacker. Bondi is a show-off. At least that’s what their middle school teachers think. To everyone’s surprise, they are the three students chosen to compete for a ten thousand-dollar scholarship, solving clues that lead them to various locations around Chicago. At first the three contestants work independently, but it doesn’t take long before each begins to wonder whether the competition is a sham. It’s only by secretly joining forces and using their unique talents that the trio is able to uncover the truth behind the Ambrose Deception–a truth that involves a lot more than just a scholarship.
Emily Ecton is the author of six middle grade books published under the names Emily Ecton and Emily Fairlie. The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck was a 2014-2015 nominee for the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award, and the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award, and Project Jackalope is a 2015-2016 Sunshine State Young Readers Award finalist. She was also a writer and producer on “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”, the Peabody award winning comedy news quiz on NPR, and is a member of SCBWI, AFTRA and the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Tackling the stigma of menstruation with humor, heart, a dash of mayhem, and cramps. Lots of cramps
REVENGE OF THE RED CLUB
by Kim Harrington
Alladin Books, Fall 2019
Riley Dunne loves being a member of the Red Club. It’s more than a group of girls supporting each other through Aunt Flo’s ups and downs; it’s a Hawking Middle School tradition. The secret locker has an emergency stash in case Shark Week comes unexpectedly. And the girls are always willing to lend an ear, a shoulder, or an old pair of sweatpants. But when school administration shuts the Red Club down because of complaints, the girls are stunned. Who would do that to them? An adult who thinks it’s inappropriate? A mean boy who thinks girl stuff is gross? The girls’ shock quickly turns into anger, and then they decide to get even. But wallpapering the gym with maxi pads and making tampon crafts in art class won’t bring their club back. Only Riley can do that. Using skills she cultivated as her school paper’s top investigative reporter (okay, only investigative reporter), she digs for the truth about who shut the club down and why. All the while dealing with friendship drama, a new and ridiculous dress code, and a support group that is now more focused on fighting back. Can she save the Red Club before this rebellion turns into a full scale war?
Kim Harrington is the author of multiple titles for teens and kids. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. Her first book, CLARITY, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, was a2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, sold to nine countries, and was optioned for television by Warner Brothers.
Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of “Anna and the French Kiss”
THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE
by Stephanie Perkins
Dutton Children’s Books, September 2017
One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted. Internationally bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.
Rights sold: Brazil (Intrinseca), Spain (La Galera), Denmark (Carlsen Forlag), German (Arena Verlag), and Turkish (Yabanci Yayinlari).
Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. She has always worked with books–first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist.
Pitched as E. Lockhardt’s “We Were Liars” by way of “Grey Gardens”, with echoes of a “Gone Girl” structure
THE LIARS OF MARIPOSA ISLAND
by Jennifer Mathieu
Roaring Brook, September 2019
Teenage siblings Elena and Joaquin Finney try to busy themselves with work and romance under the strict eye of their unstable, alcoholic mother, who is more than a bit out of touch. Set during the summer of 1986 on an island off of Texas, readers follow Elena as she falls for a new boy who has just arrived from California, and join Joaquin as he wrestles with the decision to stay on Mariposa Island and protect his sister or flee from his mother’s abuse.
As both teenagers struggle to figure out who they are and want to be, they are caught in a web of family dysfunction and secrets from their mother’s past. With flashbacks to Joaquin and Elena’s mother’s own tumultuous adolescence escaping communist Cuba, THE LIARS OF MARIPOSA ISLAND unfolds a multilayered story of a family in which lying has become normalized and even a fierce love between siblings might not be enough to save them.
THE LIARS OF MARIPOSA ISLAND may not be a traditional thriller, but a realistic contemporary novel with suspense at its core—Elena, Joaquin, and their mother all have a questionable relationship with the truth which sets up a compelling mystery.
Jennifer Mathieu is the award-winning author of several young adult novels from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press including “Moxie” (named to TIME magazine’s Top Ten YA novels of 2017) and “The Truth About Alice”, a Children’s Book Choice Award winner. Jennifer believes in writing books that treat teenagers like real people. A native of the East Coast and a former journalist, Jennifer currently works as a high school English teacher when she’s not busy writing books.pergf
A debut mash-up of The Hunger Games, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and the ancient story of the Minotaur
LIFESTYLES OF GODS AND MONSTERS
by Emily Roberson
FSG Books for Young Readers, September 2019
How do you keep a secret when every minute of your life is packaged up and sold to the world? In a Crete that could exist today, seventeen-year-old Ariadne has been famous for as long as she can remember. From sex tapes to shopping sprees, everything in her royal family’s entertainment empire is curated, recorded and shared. The crown jewel is The Contest, a bloody reality television spectacular where fourteen Athenian teenagers must fight against the Minotaur, a half-human/half-bull monster who is Ariadne’s little brother, condemned by vengeful gods to the darkness of the Labyrinth beneath the family estate. For eleven years, Ariadne has led the competitors down to the Labyrinth, to their imminent deaths. She hates it, but believes she must participate if the gods are ever going to cure her brother from his fate. But when Theseus, the new Athenian prince, volunteers to fight the Minotaur and asks Ariadne to help him, everything changes. For her family, Ariadne and Theseus provide an exciting and sexy new storyline with buzz and ratings. But as Ariadne really falls for Theseus, she is thrown into her own kind of maze, where she must uncover what is true, what is false, and who she can trust, all while under the watchful eyes of the cameras. In a world supposedly predestined by the gods, Ariadne must find a way to make her own destiny.
Emily Roberson has been a bookseller in Little Rock, a newspaper reporter in Vicksburg, a marketing manager in Boston, and a writer in Chapel Hill and Dallas. She graduated from Brown University and has a master’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She now lives in Little Rock with her husband and three sons.
“Adventures in Babysitting” meets “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in Kate Williams’ debut THE BABYSITTERS COVEN. The book follows magical teenage babysitters Esme Pearl and Cassandra Heaven as they try to enforce bedtimes and keep evil from taking over their small town. What if the portal to the netherworld was a deserted suburban mall in Kansas?
THE BABYSITTERS COVEN
by Kate Williams
Delacorte, October 2019
On the edge of seventeen, Esme Pearl just wishes her weird would go away. For the past 10 years, ever since her mom’s break with reality, Esme’s been the girl with “the crazy mom” and a secret. Well, she hopes it’s a freakin’ secret: She can move things with her mind. Until she can graduate and GTFO Spring Hill (no spring, no hills, school mascot the Bog Lemming), Esme tries her hardest to keep a low profile, biding her time with a passion for fashion and a babysitters club, both of which she shares with her best friend Janis. Enter Cassandra Heaven, who has a (very hot) brother and a strange family history of her own. Beautiful, confident, and unencumbered by the rules, Cassandra appears at school one day and takes an interest in Esme and the babysitters club. When Cassandra reveals that she’s a witch and knows Esme is too, her revelations force Esme to admit that fine just isn’t good enough anymore. With the help of a few spells and some good-old-fashioned shoplifting, they start to piece together clues that lead them down a dark path toward the truth about their interconnected past. With the help of spell-induced superpowers, loyal friends, and intrepid babysitting charges, Cassandra and Esme race to understand their heroic lineage and unravel the truth about their dark past before it’s lights out—for everyone.
Kate Williams has spent her entire career writing for teenagers and young adults. First as a magazine editor covering beauty, fashion, music and pop culture, and then working for powerhouse youth brands such as Urban Outfitters, Vans and Calvin Klein. Kate has ghostwritten numerous celebrity books, including Sophia Amoruso’s bestselling “#Girlboss”, and authored cover stories for Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, NYLON, Elle UK, Cosmo for Latinas, Women’s Health, Monster Children, and NME, among others. Kate is also the creator of “My Teenage Bedroom”. THE BABYSITTERS’ COVEN is her first novel.
Elana K. Arnold
Elana K. Arnold is the author of picture books, middle grade novels, and books for teens, including the National Book Award Finalist “What Girls Are Made Of”.
A funny, heartfelt, and irresistible young middle grade series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum
The BAT CHRONICLES Series
BAT AND THE WAITING GAME #2
For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life is pretty great. He’s the caretaker of the best baby skunk in the world—even Janie, his older sister, is warming up to Thor. When Janie gets a part in the school play and can’t watch Bat after school, it means some pretty big changes. Someone else has to take care of the skunk kit in the afternoons, Janie is having sleepovers with her new friends, and Bat wants everything to go back to normal. He just has to make it to the night of Janie’s performance…
A BOY CALLED BAT #1
For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together….
Young Adult Fantasy dealing with contemporary feminist issues
Balzer + Bray, October 2018
The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the king dies, his son the prince must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been. When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon or what horrors she faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny of sitting on a throne beside him. It’s all like a dream, like something from a fairy tale. As Ama follows Emory to the kingdom of Harding, however, she discovers that not all is as it seems. There is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows—and the greatest threats are not behind her, but around her, and closing in.
Though set long ago and far away, DAMSEL is truly a tale about the obstacles that modern-day “damsels” must navigate: gaslighting, mansplaining, patriarchal injustice, and rape culture.
Edith Pattou is the author of “East”, an ALA Notable Book; “Fire Arrow”, a Booklist Top Ten Fantasy Novel of the Year; and the New York Times bestselling picture book “Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden”.
From the author of the beloved high fantasy East, a thrilling tale of true love, magic, adventure, and revenge
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, October 2018
When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden storm destroys his ship and he is presumed dead. But Rose doesn’t believe the shipwreck was an act of nature, nor does she believe Charles is truly dead. Something much more sinister is at work. With mysterious and unstoppable forces threatening the lives of the people she loves, Rose must once again set off on a perilous journey. And this time, the fate of the entire world is at stake.
A multi-awarded, bestselling YA fantasy novel
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, May 2005
Rose has always felt out of place in her family. So when an enormous white bear mysteriously shows up and asks her to come away with him, she readily agrees. The bear takes Rose to a distant castle, where each night she is confronted with a mystery. In solving that mystery, she finds love, discovers her purpose, and realizes her travels have only just begun.
As fresh and original as only the best fantasy can be, East is a novel retelling of the classic tale « East of the Sun and West of the Moon, » told in the tradition of Robin McKinley and Gail Carson Levine.
A touching exploration of love and how it shapes us, both during a relationship and after it has ended
BRIEF CHRONICLE OF ANOTHER STUPID HEARTBREAK
by Adi Alsaid
Harlequin Teen, Summer 2018
The summer after senior year is not going as eighteen-year-old Lu Charles expected: after her long-time boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her, she finds herself unable to write her relationships column for Misnomer, the popular e-zine that feels so central to her identity. Then, she meets Cal, a handsome, charming and decidedly un-single stranger. Or is he? Cal’s ever-practical girlfriend Iris is looking ahead to her first year of college, and her plans do not include a long-distance boyfriend. When Lu learns that Cal and Iris have planned to end their relationship at the end of the summer, she becomes fascinated and decides to chronicle the last months the couple will spend together. But the closer she gets to both of them, the harder it becomes to untangle her own feelings toward Cal from the story she’s writing. When Lu’s ex-boyfriend Leo unexpectedly comes back into the picture, Lu will have to decide what she wants—and from whom—or risk losing it all.
Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After graduating, he packed up his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He’s now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches basketball, and makes every dish he eats as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he’s lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas and Monterey, California. Adi is the author of “Let’s Get Lost” and “Never Always Sometimes”.
An astonishing novel about navigating death and navigating life, at a time when the only map you have is the one you can draw for yourself
I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN
by Will Walton
Scholastic, May 2018
Writing poetry allows Avery Fowell to show what he’s feeling, without really even having to understand what he’s feeling. In I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN, Avery begins to chronicle the events of a tumultuous summer—an accident, an injury, and a problem that proves to be bigger than family—in an effort, finally, to understand it all and learn how to say goodbye.
Will Walton is a book-selling pop music fanatic who grew up on a farm and lives in a bookshop. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and currently lives in Athens, Georgia. His previous novel, “Anything Could Happen”, was published by Scholastic in 2015.
Saint Martin’s Press Children’s Books
House of Night meets X-Men in this exciting new series from #1 New York Times mother/daughter writing duo, P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. A graphic novel adaptation is scheduled for May 2019
THE DYSASTERS #1
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Wednesday Books, January 2019
Foster Stewart knows she’s different. Her life has never been « normal. » Talking to plants and controlling cloud formations aren’t things most seventeen year olds are into. Tate « Nighthawk » Taylor is perfect. Star quarterback and all around dreamy boy next door he never thought about his « extra » abilities. What quarterback wouldn’t want night vision? That’s not weird, right? It’s cool!
But on the night of their first meeting a deadly tornado brings them together and awakens their true abilities – the power to control the element air. Unbeknown to Tate and Foster, they are the first in a group of teens that were genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements. Which truly sucks for Foster, as she has to face the fact that Dr. Rick Stewart, her beloved scientist father, betrayed her and now wants to use her and the others for his own nefarious world domination plot.
Foster and Tate must stop Dr. Stewart and his minions before he destroys their lives and the world. In this new superhero multiverse the Cast duo again combine real world teens and an adventure filled with danger, romance, and superpowers that will thrill House of Night fans looking for their next action packed fix.
#1 New York Times & #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best, and many, many more. Kristin Cast is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the wildly successful HOUSE OF NIGHT series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal.
An emotional, twisty, and compulsively readable story about love, loss, and picking up the pieces, this atmospheric YA love-triangle delivers a shocking twist!
THE SOUND OF DROWNING
by Katherine Fleet
Page Street Publishing, March 2019
Every night, Meredith Hall takes the ferry to Hatteras Island to meet Ben, the boy she’s loved for as long as she can remember—the boy she broke with her lies. But after the ocean gives them a second chance, Ben becomes Mer’s safety net, the only thing keeping her from drowning. Then, the waves deliver Wyatt to her—a cocky, new boy with a Texas twang and a personality bigger than his home state. He’s flirting with her, making her feel reckless, excited, alive, and he keeps showing up when she needs him most. But nothing is as it seems in the Outer Banks. As secrets unfold, Mer finds her precarious reality slipping back into the surf, and she’ll soon discover that there are some decisions you can never take back.
Originally from eastern Canada, Katherine Fleet moved with her family to the Caribbean island of Curacao in 2007. The slower pace of island life gave her time to pursue a long-time goal – becoming a YA writer. She is a member of RWA and several of its chapters. She also loves NaNoWriMo and is an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program.
The first in a hilarious intergalactic adventure trilogy from David Lubar
EMPEROR OF THE UNIVERSE #1
by David Lubar
Starscape, July 2019
What’s the most destructive force in the universe? A twelve-year-old boy. So begins the first book in a hilarious intergalactic adventure trilogy for middle grade readers in the vein of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by the award-winning author of the multi-million-copy selling Weenies series, David Lubar. When seventh grader Nicholas V. Landrew, his beloved pet gerbil Henrietta, and a package of ground beef are beamed aboard an alien space ship, they soon find themselves on the run in a madcap chase across the universe. Before it’s all over, Henrietta will be safely ensconced back in her cage, Nicholas will be crowned Emperor of the Universe, and something even more surprising will happen to the package of ground beef.
David Lubar is the author of the popular “Weenies” short story collections, as well as the novels “Hidden Talents”, “True Talents”, and “Flip”.
In the style of “The Hunger Games” meet “The Lightning Thief”, this is the beginning of an explosive new young adult series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of American Sniper
by Scott McEwen and Hof Williams
St. Martin’s Griffin, July 2018
When Wyatt gets framed for a friend’s crime, he thinks his life is over. But then a mysterious stranger visits him in jail with an unusual proposal: spend three months in a secret government camp and have a ten-year prison sentence wiped clean. Wyatt agrees, and finds himself in a world beyond his wildest dreams, with teenagers like him flying drones, defusing bombs, and jumping out of helicopters. This is no ordinary camp. Camp Valor is a secret training ground for teenage government agents, filled with juvenile offenders—badasses who don’t play by the rules—who desperately need a second chance. If they can prove themselves over their three month stay and survive Hell Week, they will enter the ranks of the most esteemed soldiers in the United States military. But some enemies of the United States have gotten wind of Camp Valor, and they will do everything in their power to find out its secrets. Suddenly Wyatt and his friends have to put their training into practice, and find the bravery to protect their country.
Scott McEwen is the author of many books and the co-author of #1 New York Times bestseller “American Sniper”, which has sold more than one million copies and has been translated into over twenty languages. “American Sniper”, the movie, starring Bradley Cooper, and directed by Clint Eastwood, was the number one movie in the United States for that year, and was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning one.
“Pretty Little Liars” meets “Ocean’s 11” in this highly commercial, intrigue-filled contemporary drama from acclaimed author Kristen Simmons set at a school for aspiring con artists
THE PRICE OF DECEIT
by Kristen Simmons
Tor Teen, February 2019
When Brynn Hilder is recruited to the elite Vale Hall, she can’t believe her luck: Getting into Vale means a new life, away from her mom’s loser boyfriend Pete and her rundown neighborhood. But Brynn soon learns that she hasn’t been recruited because of her straight As–she’s been chosen because up until now, her extracurriculars involved conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances in an attempt to save up for college. At Vale Hall, she’ll be expected to use her skills for a much bigger purpose: ridding the city of crooked politicians and corrupt officials. The thought of giving entitled jackasses their comeuppance is the maraschino cherry on this too-good-to-be-true sundae. But that’s before Brynn meets her mark—a senator’s son. Before she understands that the headmaster of Vale Hall has secrets of his own and will stop at nothing to protect them. Before she realizes how in over her head she is. As the lines of right and wrong blur for Brynn, she must figure out who she can trust before it’s too late.
Kristen Simmons is the author of the “Article 5” series, “The Glass Arrow”, and “Metaltown”. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist.
This must-read for lovers of Stephen King’s The Shining will leave readers breathless as Seda and her family find themselves at the mercy of a murderer in an isolated and snowbound hotel. Get ready for what Kirkus calls « A bloody, wonderfully creepy scare ride »
by Cyn Balog
Sourcebooks Fire, May 2018
When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate―which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school. As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her. Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion―and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…
Cyn Balog is the author of a number of young adult paranormal novels.
Seven cats anywhere is probably too many. Seven BAD cats, all in one boat, is asking for trouble…
SEVEN BAD CATS
by Monique Bonneau
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, June 2018
Today I put on my boots and my coat
And seven bad cats jumped into my boat
There was one bad cat
Who ate from my traps
And two bad cats
On my oars taking naps
When a little girl and the band of bad cats who stow away on her boat take their antics too far and capsize her vessel, the cats must come to their captain’s rescue and help her and her boat safely to shore.
Monique Bonneau lives and works in San Francisco as a graphic designer and fine art illustrator.
The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it
(The Empirium Trilogy #1)
by Claire Legrand
Sourcebooks Fire, May 2018
When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first. A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
Claire Legrand is the author of several novels for children and young adults, most notably “The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls”, “Some Kind of Happiness”, and “Winterspell”.
Love turns deadly in a new heart-pounding thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Cellar and The Cabin!
YOU WILL BE MINE
by Natasha Preston
Sourcebooks Fire, February 2018
Layla is in love with her best friend, Chase, but the last thing she wants is to jeopardize their friendship by sharing her true feelings. So when Layla’s friendsdecide to boycott Valentine’s Day and pull a few funny pranks instead, she agrees. It might not be a romantic date, but at least she’ll get to spend time with Chase. Except the sweet turns sinister when the friends all start receiving notes from a secret admirer whose words of adoration quickly become deadly…
UK native Natasha Preston enjoys writing romance, thrillers, gritty YA, and the occasional serial killer. Her novels “The Cellar” and “The Cabin” are bestsellers.
A cross between The Spectacular Now and Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Kanakia’s novel aims to stay true to the experience of so many teens in trying to attach a label to the hot mess inside their own heart
WE ARE TOTALLY NORMAL
by Rahul Kanakia
Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, Fall 2019
Seventeen-year-old Nandan knows everyone, goes to every party, and can talk up even the most unapproachable girls. But after he drunkenly kisses a dude, he starts wondering: obviously, a kiss doesn’t need to mean anything, but…all his life he’s felt this terrible sense of unworthiness, and, well, maybe the answer is that he’s gay. Like, it’d almost be a relief if his problem turned out to be that simple. While sorting through these emotions, Nandan bullies his way into the life of Bowtie Dave, an outcast who’s desperate to get with nerd-girl Marisol. Nandan is put off by Dave’s bitterness and resignation, but he’s drawn to him in a way that’s strangely tender and physical. He also really clicks with the witty and well-dressed Marisol (though he’s not sure he’s attracted to her). Nandan’s feelings continue to confuse him, even as he relentlessly pushes Dave to admit to and take responsibility for his own loneliness. But when Dave’s sketchy behavior starts to undermine Nandan’s reputation, the older kid has to figure out what he truly wants from Dave and Marisol, and whether it’s something they’re even capable of giving.
Rahul Kanakia has an MFA in fiction from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. His stories have been published in the Indiana Review and Birkensnake and he’s received fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His debut “Enter Title Here” was published by Hyperion in 2016 and was a Junior Library Guild selection.
The first book in acclaimed children’s book author Alex London’s new epic trilogy!
BLACK WINGS BEATING
(The Skybound Saga #1)
by Alex London
FSG for Young Readers, October 2018
The people of Uztar have long looked to the sky with hope and wonder. Nothing in their world is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists. Brysen strives to be a great falconer—while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She’s nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe. Together the twins must journey into the treacherous mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer. Brysen goes for the boy he loves and the glory he’s long craved, and Kylee to atone for her past and to protect her brother’s future. But both are hunted by those who seek one thing: power. In this first young adult fantasy novel in a trilogy, Alex London launches a soaring saga about the memories that haunt us, the histories that hunt us, and the bonds of blood between us.
Alex London has written books for children, teens, and even a few grown-ups. He’s the author of the “Accidental Adventures” series, “Proxy”, and two titles in “The 39 Clues” series for young readers.
Next titles in this series: RED WINGS RISING #2 (October 2019), UNTITLED #3 (October 2020)
In the vein of All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven comes an emotionally resonant debut about an intense summer romance, the choices we make, and the choices we hope to never be given
AS MANY NOWS AS I CAN GET
by Shana Youngdahl
Dial Books For Young Readers, Winter 2020
In one crazy moment during the summer before they leave home for college, overachievers Scarlett and David plunge into an irresistible swirl of romance, particle physics, questionable decisions, and electrified emotion. Months later, while her fellow freshmen are enjoying goofy orientation activities, Scarlet realizes she pregnant. The father could be David, or Cody, Scarlett’s high-school boyfriend and David’s best friend.
Told in non-linear, vivid first-person chapters, the novel captures glimpses and moments from Scarlett’s last few years of high school and first year of college in Maine. With the help of Mina, her poetry-spouting and endlessly pragmatic roommate, Scarlett navigates her new reality. But, as Scarlett’s world begins to find order, David’s veers into a drug-fueled darkness.
AS MANY NOWS AS I CAN GET is the story of a physics-obsessed girl who experiences a beautiful tornado of a relationship and learns how to pick up the pieces on the other side. Witty, cerebral, and achingly poignant, Shana Youngdahl’s debut is for readers who love Jandy Nelson, Nina LaCour, and Jennifer Niven.
Shana Youngdahl has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. She has authored a poetry collection and three chapbooks, and currently teaches poetry and first-year writing at the University of Maine, Farmington.
A warm and engaging story for middle-grade readers about dealing with change and finding out who you are
THE PEACOCK DETECTIVES
by Carly Nugent
The last time William Shakespeare and Virginia went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called her ‘Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective’. So this time she knows what to do—she’ll look for clues and track them down. But the clues lead her in an unexpected direction and Cassie finds herself investigating a confusing mystery about her family.
Carly Nugent lives in Bright in Victoria. Her short fiction has featured in numerous publications, including the Bellevue Literary Review and Award Winning Australian Writing. THE PEACOCK DETECTIVES is her first novel.
After a tragedy befalls his legendary racing family, twelve-year-old Mace gets the chance to become a professional TURBO racer and redeem his family’s name. Can he beat the best racers in the world, or will his quest for greatness crash and burn?
TURBO RACERS #1 – #2
by Austin Aslan
Harpercollins, January 2019/2020
The roar of the crowd, the glow of the spotlight, the thrill of the race—twelve-year-old Mace Blazer dreams of going TURBO. TURBOnauts thrive with the thrum of tri-morpher’s rocket engines in their bones as they morph their craft between a roadster, an aircraft, and a torpedo-fast submarine, racing full-throttle. And Mace believes he’s got what it takes to join their ranks—he only needs the chance to prove it. So, when a reclusive, retired racer choses Mace to try out to be part of the next generation of TURBOnauts, Mace knows that this is his moment to show what he can do. But Mace quickly realizes that everything he’s ever hoped for comes at a price. He’ll have to decide between what is right and what is easy. Every morph counts in this heart-pounding, exhilarating new adventure series by acclaimed author Austin Aslan.
Austin Aslan is the author of The Islands at the End of the World and The Girl at the Center of the World.
James Bond meets DIARY OF A WIMPY KID with this groundbreaking new fully-illustrated chapter book series by esteemed New York Times bestselling and multi-award-winning author, Mac Barnett!
(The Kid Spy Series #1)
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery
Scholastic, September 2018
Before Mac Barnett was an author, he was a kid. And while he was a kid, he was a spy. Not just any spy. But a spy…for the Queen of England. The precious Crown Jewels have been stolen, and there’s only one person who can help the Queen of England: her newest secret agent, Mac B. Mac travels around the globe in search of the stolen treasure…but will he find it in time? From secret identities to Karate hijinks, this fast-paced, witty and historically inspired chapter book will keep readers guessing until the very last page. With full-color illustrations and fascinating historical facts masterfully sprinkled throughout, this series offers adven- ture, intrigue, absurdity, history and humor. Discover this totally smart and side-splittingly funny new series, and experience what it’s really like to be a kid spy.
Mac Barnett is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Terrible Two” series, sold in 26 foreing territories!
Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies and The Matrix in this addictive page-turner of a journey!
The PROJECT NEMESIS Series
by Brendan Reichs
It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.
For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.
The 64 members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning, and zero rules apply. But Noah’s deaths have trained him–hardened him–to lead the strongest into the future . . . whatever that may be. And at any cost.
Brendan Reichs graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He is the co-author (with her mother Kathy Reichs) of the six-volume Virals series.
A young alchemist turns to dark magic when a deadly plague sweeps through her homeland in this epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis
GIVE THE DARK MY LOVE
by Beth Revis
Razorbill, September 2018
Seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only one goal in mind: master the trade of me- dicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island’s wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn’t quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen. Until she meets Greggori “Grey” Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubbornNedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that’s for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it’s making its way toward the cities. With her family’s life–and the lives of all of Lunar Island’s citizens–on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague. Grey and Nedra grow close, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most danger- ous corners–and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.
Beth Revis is the author of the New York Times bestselling “Across the Universe” series, the twisty contemporary novel “A World Without You”, and the New York Times bestselling STAR WARS: REBEL RISING.
Erin Danielle Russell makes her picture book debut with a rollicking story, gleefully illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
HOW TO TRICK THE TOOTH FAIRY
by Erin Danielle Russell, Illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
Simon & Schuster, May 2018
Kaylee loves to pull pranks. No one—not her younger sister, not her best friend, not even Santa Claus—is safe from her tricky bag of trouble. But one night, the Tooth Fairy—the Princess of Pranks!—pays a visit, and Kaylee discovers she’s finally met her mischief- making match! Sure to delight losers-of-teeth and pranksters young and old.
Erin Danielle Russell is the co-author of New York Times bestselling series “Dork Diaries”, over 21 million copies in print worldwide!
Sold in a heated 2-bidder auction, this is an important #ownvoices story for the girls and women who can’t just say “Me Too”—even when they need to—and must trailblaze their own route to truth
THE ART OF BREAKING THINGS
by Laura Sibson
Viking, June 2019
Skye Anderson sees the world through her charcoal and pastels. If she drew her town, it’d be all blackened smudges, with a ray of light breaking through in the distance—she’s up for a scholarship at her dream art school. Maybe she parties a little too much, but isn’t that what senior year is for? Besides, she has it under control. She has to, for her little sister Emma’s sake. Skye’s feelings for Ben, her best guy friend (and supplier of excellent weed) are morphing into an intense attraction, but she has no intention of trashing her most reliable friendship for some doomed couplehood. If she can stay strong through the next few months and convince herself that Emma will be okay without her, she’ll be out of this crappy town and off to art school. But when Mom’s ex shows up claiming he has stopped drinking for good and Mom believes him, Skye’s control starts to break down. She ditches appointments, bails on promises, sleeps with Ben’s friends, and neglects her art. All the boys and weed in the world won’t hide the fact that Skye needs to face what happened those many years ago—and make sure it doesn’t happen to her little sister, too.
Laura Sibson holds a Masters in Education with a focus on young adult counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. This is her debut novel.
An incredibly important and moving book
BEAUTY FOR ASHES
by Erin Stewart
BEAUTY FOR ASHES tells the story of 16-year-old Ava Gardener, who is heading back to school one year after a house fire left her severely disfigured. Ava’s used to the names: Freddy Krueger. Melted Face. Zombie. But there’s one name she hates most of all: Survivor. What do you call someone who didn’t mean to survive? Who sometimes wishes she hadn’t? Now, with only her scar armor to protect her, she tries to tune out the whispers about the Burned Girl. More than anything, Ava avoids the girl in the mirror. When she meets a fellow survivor named Piper at therapy, however, Ava begins to feel like she’s not facing the nightmare alone. With her middle-finger-to-the-universe attitude and her hot pink compression garments, Piper helps Ava reclaim the pieces of Ava Before the Fire, a normal girl who kissed boys beneath bleachers and sang on stage. But Piper is fighting her own battle for survival, and when Ava almost loses her best friend, she must decide if the new normal she’s chasing has more to do with the girl in the glass—or the people by her side.
Erin Stewart is a freelance writer/editor, as well as a weekly columnist in Salt Lake City and a member of SCBWI. BEAUTY FOR ASHES is her debut novel.
As pioneers settle in a new world, things quickly become sinister. An exciting YA sci-fi that takes a look at how, when in a strange, new world, things aren’t always as simple as they seem—especially alliances…
THE PIONEER #1 – #2
by Bridget Tyler
Harpercollins, March 2019, 2020
When Jo steps onto Tau Cetie for the first time, it should be the happiest moment of her life. After all, she’s been training ever since she can remember to be a Cadet Pilot in the International Space Agency. She dreamt of the day she and her family would leave Earth forever and begin life as pio- neers on a new planet. But now, she can’t stop thinking of everything that has gone wrong on their mission: The terrible accident that nearly destroyed their craft, that set their voyage back years, that killed her brother, that left her unable to fly… As she helps her Commander mother establish a community on Tau, she starts to feel like her old self again, and remembers what it means to be a pioneer. That is, until she uncovers a devastating secret that could put an end to the entire mission. With the fate of her fellow explorers in her hands, Jo must decide how far she’s willing to go to expose the truth—before the lies destroy them all.
Bridget Tyler worked in the film and television industry for more than a decade. She has written on television shows including “Burn Notice” and “Hell On Wheels”. Her first original pilot, “Horizon”, was produced for Universal Television and USA by Gale Anne Hurd, Producer of “The Terminator” and “The Walking Dead”. She has since developed pilots for USA, FOX, AMC, WBTV, and BBC-AMERICA.