Welcome to Inspector Flytrap’s Detective Agency, home to the world-renowned solver of BIG DEAL mysteries. Inspector Flytrap, a Venus flytrap, works tirelessly with his assistant Nina the Goat, a goat, on his community’s unsolved cases. There’s no case too big, but there are definitely cases too small for this endearingly self-important plant detective
The INSPECTOR FLYTRAP Series
by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Cece Bell
THE GOAT WHO CHEWED TOO MUCH (#3)
The plant detective works tirelessly with his assistant, Nina, on his community’s unsolved cases. There’s no case too big, but there are definitely cases too small for this endearingly self-important plant detective. Celebrating the disabled yet enabled, the character Inspector Flytrap is wheeled everywhere (on a skateboard, of course) by his goat sidekick as this mystery-solving duo works on cases such as “The Big Deal Mystery of the Stinky Cookies” and “The Big Deal Mystery of the Missing Rose.”
THE PRESIDENT’S MANE IS MISSING (#2)
Inspector Flytrap and Nina the Goat return in a set of mysteries involving the president of the United States and a very large horse statue that mysteriously attracts a threat from outer space.
THE DA VINCI COLD (#1)
Inspector Flytrap heads to the Art Museum’s Secret Lab to discover what important message lies in a mysterious glob on a recently discovered Da Vinci flower painting. The ingenious solution: Da Vinci was allergic to flowers, and the glob is, er, evidence of that ancient sneeze.
New York Times bestselling authors Bill Nye the Science Guy and Gregory Mone take middle-grade readers on a scientific adventure in the launch of an exciting new chapter book series
JACK AND THE GENIUSES
(At the Bottom of the World #1)
by Bill Nye and Gregory Mone
Amulet Books, April 2017
In this series opener, readers meet Jack and his foster siblings, Ava and Matt, who are orphans. But they’re not your typical kind of orphans—they’re geniuses. Well, Ava and Matt are, which sometimes makes life difficult for 1twelve-year-old Jack. Ava speaks multiple languages and builds robots for fun, and Matt is into astronomy and a whiz at math. As for Jack, it’s hard to stand out when he’s surrounded by geniuses all the time. When the kids try to spy on Dr. Hank Witherspoon, one of the world’s leading scientists, they end up working for him in his incredible laboratory. Soon, Hank and the kids travel to Antarctica for a prestigious science competition, but they find that all is not as it seems: A fellow scientist has gone missing, and so has any trace of her research… Integrating real science facts with humor and suspense, and featuring an ensemble cast of loveable boy and girl characters, this uniquely engaging series is an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers.
Bill Nye is a science educator and media personality known for his children’s television show “Bill Nye the Science Guy”. He splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.
Another love story with a sicklit touch from Kira Gembri
WIR BEIDE IN SCHWARZ-WEISS
(The Two Of Us In Black And White)
by Kira Gembri
When Alex meets the exuberant art student Kris, he thinks he has found his soul mate. Kris also loves challenges and kicks and is particularly taken by performance art. Though Alex is not into art at all, he would risk just about anything for Kris. Together they go through a rollercoaster of emotions that pushes them to the limit – and puts Alex in great danger.
Kira Gembri was born in Vienna in 1990; After JUMP IF YOU DARE and A PART OF US, THE TWO OF US IN BLACK AND WHITE is the third book she published with Arena Publishing House. 30 000 copies of his books have been sold so far.
A compelling thriller set-up and a disturbing vision
GOODDREAMS: WIR KAUFEN DEINE TRÄUME
by Claudia Pietschmann
Leah doesn’t want to dream any more. She is too afraid of not being able to return to reality. Her twin brother, Mika, doesn’t understand Leah. He is a dreamer for profit who has made money with his dreams for a long time. Money the siblings urgently need for their father’s medication. But then everything changes: Mika receives an anonymous e-mail promisinghim the chance to win $ 250,000. He is to participate in a secret game and play against three other teens. The aim of the game? Unknown. The starting point? In his dream. The problem: Since Mika suffers from insomnia, he hasn’t been able to dream any more. His only chance: Leah. She has to overcome her fears and enter a stranger’s dream. A dream that turns into a nightmare that shocks Leah and all of humanity …
Claudia Pietschmann studied business administration in Berlin and subsequently worked as a marketing consultant and as a texter in advertising.
Fantastic ideas for boys and girls
(The Fantastic Ride On The Nevertime Express)
by Anna Ruhe
Jake has been an outsider all his life. The fact that he was now even sent to a boarding school for juvenile delinquents is really disgusting. Yet the strange school Mount Caravan is not what it pretends to be. The school secretly protects an ancient book that contains nothing less than the future of mankind! All of a sudden, it is up to Jake and his new friends, Ava and Finley, to protect the book from the power-hungry enemies of the school.
Anna Ruhe has worked as a corporate designer and co-founded a software company. SEALAND, her debut novel, was published in 2015 at Arena.
The first book in a thrilling trilogy for both boys and girls: in the best tradition of classic scientific novels, Thomas Thiemeyer invites his readers to make a mental experiment: What if mankind was no longer the master of our Earth; what if nature and animals had taken control of our planet once again? And what if we had to live in this world?
EVOLUTION. DIE STADT DER ÜBERLEBENDEN
(Evolution #1: The City of Survivors)
by Thomas Thiemeyer
In prehistorical times a comet brought life to planet earth; now a second comet will end human history. Lucie and Jem travel to the U.S. with a group of exchange students. But when their plane has to make an emergency landing at Denver Airport, they soon realize that the world they know no longer exists. The runway is overgrown, the terminal is abandoned, danger lurks everywhere. Even the animals seem to have teamed up against them: wolves, bears, birds keep attacking the youngsters in large hordes. What on earth happened? During their perilous trip through this new world they learn about a comet that has crashed into the ground. And about a few last survivors in a lost city. But how can they get there if the whole planet has aspired against them?
Thomas Thiemeyer‘s scientific thrillers and teen book cycles that have won numerous awards, sold over 500,000 copies and were translated into thirteen foreign languages, have established him as a renowned author of German entertainment literature.
Seven teenagers and a perfidious psycho game from which there is no escape
by Elisabeth Hermann
cbt, August 2016
« THE COURT » – those were the cool boys, inaccessible, the heroes of Lana’s schooldays. Why on earth should Lana, of all people, be sent an invitation to go on a short trip with the high-flying gang years after leaving her old school? The Kings and Queens of the cool gang are not exactly pleased when instead of the seventh member Lana turns up at the meeting place. But then things start happening fast and furious. The trip takes the gang to an old mill cut off from the world and in the middle of nowhere. Everything seems to have been prepared for them. But who sent the invitations? Who welcomes them with written messages? Who has organised strange games for them? When the first of the friends disappears, panic breaks out …
Elisabeth Herrmann works as a journalist. With “The Nanny” she landed an immediate success. It was chosen as the best German-language crime story in 2005 by the jury of the KrimiWelt critics list and was recently made into a film. Since then, Elisabeth Herrmann has been taking the world of books by storm with her thrillers and novels for adults and teenagers.
In this hilarious and unforgettable adventure, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski tells the story of a girl learning to navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube
I SEE LONDON, I SEE FRANCE
by Sarah Mlynowski
Harper Teen, July 2017
I see London, I see France
I see Sydney’s underpants
Nineteen-year old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks travelling through Europe with her childhood best friend Leela. Their plans include Eiffel – Tower- Selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex – boyfriend’s très-hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug of war. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera….wearing only her polka dot underpants.
Sarah Mlynowski is the New York Times bestselling author of “Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have)”, “Don’t Even Think About It”, “Think Twice”, “Milkrun”, “Fishbowl”, “ras & Broomsticks”, the “Whatever After” series, and more. Her books have been translated into 25 languages and optioned to Hollywood.
A first-ever Young Adult book from the author of the hugely successful Middle Grade series “Ivy and Bean” and co-author of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”
by Annie Barrows
Charlotte and Frankie are 15-year-old best friends who don’t recognize their lives in the “usual” Young Adult novel. After all, they’re not having steamy sex. They’re not addicted to drugs or being abused. They’re not battling mental illness or contemplating suicide or unsnarling paranormal phenomena. Their parents aren’t dead or insane, and no one they know has time-travelled or driven a Ferrari. Most of what they do is moan and lie around and moan some more about homework, boredom, Instagram, tolerance, YouTube, further moaning about the lack of parties, sex, parental interference, generally insufficient funds, and eating. And that’s when Charlotte has a brilliant idea: She’s going to write a book; it will be the true and awkward story of Frankie and Charlotte who are trying to figure out what it means to grow up…
Annie Barrow’s “Ivy and Bean” novels are consistent New York Times bestsellers. (The eleventh book will be published in 2017). A musical-theatre stage show of the series is now touring to rave reviews, and an animated TV series has been licensed.
From the author of the acclaimed Jinx trilogy comes a spellbinding fantasy, perfect for fans of “The School for Good and Evil”, about a young heroine fighting to save a world that would dare to tame her
MISS ELLICOTT’S SCHOOL FOR THE MAGICALLY MINDED
by Sage Blackwood
Katherine Tegen Books, March 2017
Chantel would much rather focus on her magic than on curtsying, which is why she often finds herself in trouble at Miss Ellicott’s School for Magical Maidens. But when Miss Ellicott mysteriously disappears along with all the other sorceresses in the city, Chantel’s behavior becomes the least of her problems. Without any magic protecting the city, it is up to Chantel and her friends to save the Kingdom. On a dangerous mission, Chantel will discover a cross-wielding boy, a dragon, and a new, fiery magic that burns inside her—but can she find the sorceresses and transform Lightning Pass into the city it was meant to be?
Sage Blackwood was born in Chicago and grew up in New York State. She graduated from Antioch College and the University at Albany, and taught ESL for many years. Her first fantasy novel, JINX, was selected as a Best Book of 2013 by Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, and Amazon.
Red has risen. The Society has fallen. Now the Dark Age begins…
The IRON GOLD Trilogy
(Iron Gold #1
Dark Age #2
by Pierce Brown
Del Rey, #1 – September 2017
#2 – Fall 2018
#3 – TBC
The revolution that toppled the establishment Society has unleashed chaos throughout the solar system. Ten years after the events of “Morning Star”, Darrow and Mustang—heroes of the revolution—struggle to rebuild a civilization now free from the slavery and caste system enforced by the Society. But perils await on the horizon: the Iron Golds, last remnants of the Society’s nobility caste, are regrouping, preparing to reclaim the birthrights stolen from them in the Rising. Criminal syndicates take advantage of the social disorder to expand their black-market empire. And the Obsidians, now freed from centuries of Society-dictated bondage, seek brutal justice. “Red Rising” fans’ favorite characters like Mustang and Sevro will be joined by thrilling new characters, drawn from many Colors and from all sides of the upcoming war, as IRON GOLD #1 takes readers even deeper into the conflicts and complexities that drove the unforgettable world of “Red Rising”.
Pierce Brown is the author of bestselling “Red Rising” fantasy series.
The only human in a world populated by 9 clone models and the girl who falls in love with him
YOUR ONE AND ONLY
by Adrianne Finley
Houghton Mifflin, Fall 2017
Jack is a walking fossil, a relic of the past. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague. And over time the clones have repopulated, altering and perfecting their genes, heightening the telepathic bond they share. But if they’re perfect, why did they create Jack, and what exactly do they want from him? While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different than her clone sisters – a dangerous idea when they all share thoughts and emotions. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help. If her telepathic bond with her sisters fractures, the consequences could be deadly. When the town is rocked by a series of attacks, Jack is the first and only suspect, but appearances can be deceiving. The truth might have to do with why he was created in the first place or with a mysterious journal and letter he finds that ends with a phrase no clone would ever use: “your one and only.”
Adrianne Finlay is the director of the creative writing program at Upper Iowa University where she teaches English, creative writing and a course on adolescent literature. She received her Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University.
The next young adult novel by Jessica Brody
IN SOME OTHER LIFE
by Jessica Brody
FSG, August 2017
Three years ago, Kennedy Rhodes made the most important decision of her life: she declined her acceptance to the prestigious Windsor Academy to attend the local public school wither her long-time crush, who had finally asked her out. It seems it was the right choice—she and Austin are still together, and Kennedy is now the editor-in-chief of the school’s award-winning newspaper. But then Kennedy’s world is shattered when she walks in on Austin kissing her best friend and she wonders if maybe her life would have been better if she’d made the other choice. As fate would have it, she’s about to find out… The very next day, Kennedy hits her head and mysteriously awakens as a student of the Windsor Academy. And not just any student: Kennedy is top of her class, she’s popular, she has the coolest best friend around, and she’s practically a shoe-in for Columbia University. But as she navigates her new world, she starts to question if this alternate version of herself is really as happy as everyone seems to believe. Or is it possible this Kennedy is harboring secrets and regrets of her own?
Jessica Brody is the author of many popular books for teens, including A Week of Mondays.
A new fantasy series by Amy Plum
by Amy Plum
HarperTeen, June 2017
Sleep comes easily for most people—but it is an unattainable dream for Cata Cordova, Fergus Willson, and the five other teens who volunteered to take part in a radical new treatment. They suffer from devastating insomnia and are desperate for help. So desperate that they’re willing to undergo an experimental procedure, which has only ever been tested on one other patient. They’re supposed to be the beta group. But this time, nothing goes as planned… Soon after the seven of them are put under, catastrophe strikes and they find themselves thrown together in a shared dreamworld with no memory of the experiment or any idea of how they got there. As Cata, Fergus, and the others try to figure out what’s happened to them, they come the terrifying realization that they are trapped inside a world where their worst nightmares come to life. Hunted by creatures from their deepest, darkest imaginations and tormented by terrible secrets they’d rather keep buried, the teens are forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if these dreamers can’t find a way to defeat them, they won’t have a hope of ever waking up.
The follow-up to DREAMFALL will be published in June 2018.
Amy Plum’s Die for Me (Indie Next List pick, Romance Times top pick, and recipient of a starred review from School Library Journal), Until I Die, and If I Should Die were international bestsellers. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed duology After the End and Until I Die, as well as three novellas in the Die for Me series. She lives in Paris.
A contemporary YA story of friendship, disability, sex, and video games that will appeal to fans of Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell
KAT AND MEG CONQUER THE WORLD
by Anna Priemaza
HarperTeen, Fall 2017
Gamer Kat has panic attacks. Skateboarder Meg has ADHD. Kat, fearing just about everything, prefers to be alone, which is convenient since she’s new in town. Meg also knows what it’s like to be alone—her hyperactivity scares everyone away, even her stepdad—and it’s the only thing she fears. But when Kat and Meg are teamed up on a year-long science project, they discover they have at least one thing in common: their obsession with LumberLegs, the YouTube star who does walkthroughs of Kat’s favorite videogame Legends of the Stone. Meg doesn’t play LotS, but that doesn’t stop her from wallpapering her bedroom with LumberLegs posters. One day they’re going to get married, she’s sure of it. Separately Kat and Meg are a mess, but together they might just be able to battle the negative voices in their heads…if they don’t kill each other first.
Anna Priemaza is a contemporary young adult author and a practicing family and immigration lawyer.
Grappling with the struggle for female empowerment and the endless complexities of love and what it means to have a heart, this is an utterly transfixing debut from a very talented author
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS
by Melissa Bashardoust
Flatiron Books, Fall 2017
When Mina sneaks into her magician father’s study, she finds her own rotting heart in a jar. At sixteen, her mother is dead, her father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never knew that her father had cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.
Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being her mother’s ghost made flesh, Lynet is determined to prove that she’s not the delicate creature her mother was. She’d rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father decides to make Lynet queen, displacing Mina. But now Mina is starting to look at her with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.
Melissa Bashardoust graduated with a degree in English from UC Berkeley, where she studied creative writing and children’s literature.
A hilarious send-up of a reality tv family, with a LA noir twist, from #1 NYT bestselling author Margaret Stohl
by Margaret Stohl
Freeform (Disney), April 2017
Sixteen-year-old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet. But after five seasons on her family’s reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her, without a hook for season six, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley’s family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear–without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable–save the show. But when her future brother-in-law’s car goes over a cliff with both Bentley and her sister’s fianc inside-on the day of the big made-for-TV wedding, no less-things get real.
Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times best-selling co-author of the “Beautiful Creatures” series. She is also the author of the instant best-seller “Black Widow: Forever Red”, and its sequel “Black Widow: Red Vengeance”.
A stunning Young Adult fantasy debut woven together from familiar fairy tales, with cursed princesses, thieves-turned-soldiers and a heroine destined for greatness
KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS
by Hannah West
Holiday House, September 2016
Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two – now three – after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince’s band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form.
Hannah West freelance writes for Modernize.com about renewable energy and sustainable living. KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS is her first novel.
The first in a series of middle-grade historical novels about the magical, dark forces contained within an Amber Cup
THE MYSTERY OF THE BLACK SUN
by Imogen White
THE MYSTERY OF THE BLACK SUN is set in Edwardian Hove and follows twelve-year old Rose Muddle as she’s given a life-changing opportunity to escape the workhouse, and work as a maid in a grand house. But it soon becomes apparent that her mistress, the sickly Miss Templeforth has much bigger plans for her. She intends to pass ownership of her amber pendant to Rose. And with that come huge responsibilities and danger… With the help Rui, her new friend from India, and Bahula the monkey Rose is flung into an action-packed adventure, pitting herself against the sinister forces that connect her pendant with the famous Bronze Age Amber Cup.
Imogen White won her place in the Undiscovered Voices 2014 Anthology with the opening to this novel. Imogen loves local history, and children’s stories that aren’t limited to beautiful countryside locations or secluded seaside coves.
The debut middle-grade series by famed actor and New York Times bestselling author Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met your Mother”) !
The MAGIC MISFITS Series
by Neil Patrick Harris
Little, Brown Children’s
Book 1: September 2017
Book 2: September 2018
Book 3: September 2019
Book 4: September 2020
Ladies and Gentlemen, come right inside. For the first time ever, behold, The Magic Misfits! A street cheat. An escape artist. A musical illusionist. An inventor of tricks. A pair of…dancing twins? Hold your breath as this gang of oddballs walks the barely invisible tightrope between what is and what cannot be. Don’t worry, you may breathe between chapters.
With his new and much-anticipated series, Neil Patrick Harris transforms what only he knows about magic, performance, childhood, and tuxedos into madcap adventures of magical proportions. Launching in 2017, this enchanting series tells the story of a group of magical children who discover that extraordinary things happen when they spend time at their local, small-town magic shop. The first book in the series reveals how the Magic Misfits first appeared on the scene, from their very first meeting in the backroom of Vernon’sMagic Shop. Set against the backdrop of BB Bosso’s crooked carnival and the legendary Palm Grand Hotel & Resort, runaway Carter and his fellow Misfits become entangled in a decades-old battle over the nature of magic itself…a battle that will require the kids to pull off the greatest disappearing act of their lives.
Neil Patrick Harris is a Tony and Emmy-award winning actor and the New York Times bestselling author of “Choose Your Own Autobiography”. He has a lifelong passion for magic and is President of the board of directors of the Magic Castle in Hollywood.
From National Book Award finalist Carrie Arcos comes a fresh take on happily-ever-after—and friendship— that is anything but a love story
CRAZY MESSY BEAUTIFUL
by Carrie Arcos
Philomel Books (Penguin Random House), February 2017
When your namesake is Pablo Neruda—the greatest love poet of all time—finding « the one » should be easy. After all, sixteen-year-old aspiring artist Neruda Diaz has been in love many times before. So it’s only a matter of time before someone loves him back. Callie could be that someone. She’s creative and edgy, and nothing like the girls Neruda typically falls for, so when a school assignment brings them together, he is pleasantly surprised to learn they have a lot in common. With his better half in reach and his artistic ambitions on track, everything is finally coming together.
But as Neruda begins to fall faster and harder than ever before, he is blindsided by the complicated nature of love –and art – in more ways than one. And when the relationships he’s looked to for guidance threaten to implode, Neruda must confront the reality that real love is crazier, messier, and more beautiful than he ever realized – and riskier, too, than simply saying the words. A refreshing perspective on love that is anything but a love story, this is a story for anyone who’s ever fought for that hard-won happily ever after.
Carrie Arcos is the author of “Out of Reach”, a National Book Award finalist, and the critically acclaimed novel, “There Will Come a Time”.
There may only be one killer, but none of them are innocent in this new thriller from Natasha Preston
by Natasha Preston
When Mackenzie treks to a secluded cabin in the woods with six friends, she expects a fun weekend of partying, drinking, and hookups. But when they wake to find two of their own dead and covered in blood, it’s clear there’s a killer among them.
As the police try to unravel the case, Mackenzie launches her own investigation. Before long secrets start to emerge, revealing a sinister web of sins among the original seven friends. The killer is still free. Every one of them is a suspect. And Mackenzie starts to realize that no one is innocent…
UK native Natasha Preston is the author of “The Cellar” and “Awake”.
Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous.Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything
ONE WAS LOST
by Natalie Richards
Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful. Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder – dolls dressed just like them. Suddenly it’s clear ; they’re being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wirst, Sera falls under suspicion…
After years as a professional paper- pusher, Natalie D. Richards decided to trade in reality for a life writing YA fiction. This is her fourth novel.
One fateful car crash completely derailed Lake Devereaux’s life. In one collision, she lost her boyfriend and best friend. But they don’t have to stay gone
THIS IS NOT THE END
by Chandler Baker
Disney-Hyperion, August 2017
After the development of resurrection technology, death became much less permanent. New laws imposed limits on this radical new process: each person gets only one chance to use a resurrection and they have to use it on their eighteenth birthday. Lake, nearly eighteen and reeling from her devastating loss, faces an impossible choice. Now, as Lake struggles to envision a future without one of the people she loves most, she becomes more deeply drawn into the secrets of her past. Old hurts never properly healed weigh on her until she meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before… who believes that all resurrections are wrong. Which path is the right one? How can Lake start to heal when she can’t move on?
Chandler Baker is the author of the young adult thriller, ALIVE, as well as the “High School Horror” series.
A middle grade adaptation of #1 New York Timesbestselling ORPHAN TRAIN
ORPHAN TRAIN GIRL
by Christina Baker Kline
HarperCollins, May 2017
Molly Ayer has been shipped from one foster home to another for as long as she can remember. After stealing a book from the library, Molly is forced to do community service, helping an elderly widow clean out her attic. Vivian isn’t like any adults that Molly has encountered before. She actually listens when Molly talks. Vivian, like Molly, was an orphan—an Irish immigrant to New York City who was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children. Molly can relate to being parentless, alone, and unwanted. She never realized it, but having someone to talk to has shown her how much hurt she’s been keeping inside. As Vivian and Molly make their way through what they find in the attic, they uncover parts of themselves that they haven’t shared with anyone, clearing boxes of things from the past out of their way, and forging a path of friendship, forgiveness, and new beginnings.
The adult edition, ORPHAN TRAIN, spent 38 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, sold in over 30 languages, and is being made into a major motion picture with Broad Green Pictures.
Sold at auction, this literary middle grade mystery will appeal to readers of Rebecca Stead and Blue Balliett’s “Chasing Vermeer”
by Sheela Chari
Abrams, May 2017
Along the train lines north of New York City, twelve-year-old neighbors Myla and Peter search for the link between Myla’s necklace and the disappearance of Peter’s brother, Randall. Thrown into a world of parkour, graffiti, and diamond-smuggling, Myla and Peter encounter a band of thugs who are after the same thing as Randall. Can Myla and Peter find Randall before it’s too late, and their shared family secrets threaten to destroy them all? Drawing on urban art forms and local history, FINDING MIGHTY is a mystery that explores the nature of art and the unbreakable bonds of family.
Sheela Chari is the author of VANISHED (Disney-Hyperion), an Edgar Award Nominee for best juvenile mystery, a Children’s Literature Honor Book by the Asian/Pacific American Library Association (APALA), and a selection of Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids on the Today Show.
In this rollicking middle-grade adventure, Michael Fry’s witty text and hysterical artwork combines superhero action with classic fish-out-of-water humor
HOW TO BE A SUPERVILLAIN
by Michael Fry
Jimmy Patterson (Hachette), May 2017
Victor Spoil comes from a long line of famous supervillains and he’s fully expected to join their ranks one day. But to his family’s utter disappointment, Victor doesn’t have a single bad-guy bone in his body. Hopeless! Victor’s exasperated parents send him to apprentice under a disgraced supervillain called The Stain. This matchup starts off as a complete disaster, but Victor and The Stain eventually find that they have a lot to learn from each other. The stakes get high when Victor is forced to choose between his mentor and his family morals (or lack thereof)… what will the world’s nicest bad guy do?
Michael Fry is the author of THE ODD SQUAD series as well as THE NAUGHTY LIST and its sequel, in addition to his comic strip, OVER THE HEDGE, which has been syndicated worldwide.
“The most lovable vampire of all time” – J. Gordon Melton
BUNNICULA is a bestselling, immensely popular series told from the point of view of a dog named Harold and featuring the Monroe family’s new pet… a vampire rabbit that sucks the juice out of vegetables. Over 8 million copies have sold in the US alone!
James Howe’s classic BUNNICULA series is premiering globally as an animated series this year. In some territories, it will be joining Cartoon Network’s prime Saturday morning line up, which also includes The Tom and Jerry Show, Wabbit, and Be Cool, Scooby Doo.
A debut middle-grade novel that reads like “The Lemonade War” crossed with “The Terrible Two”. A two book deal
PAYBACK ON POPLAR LANE
by Margaret Mincks
Viking, Spring 2017
Peter may only be in sixth grade, but he prides himself on being a professional businessman. Tired of clichéd lemonade stands and armed with new corporate schemes, Peter decides to hire an intern for (by his savvy reasoning) the free labor. When Rachel Chambers, a notoriously quiet sixth grader with writerly aspirations, applies and gets the internship, she quickly discovers that she does not agree with Peter’s make-money-at-any-cost policies. After Peter preemptively fires her, she decides to enter the market and compete with her new nemesis. Rachel vows to create a better model and fair production and battles it out with Peter for the best trade on Poplar Lane. But when Rachel’s goal switches from establishing an upright business to ousting Peter, she unwittingly absorbs his own ruthless tactics. With her success comes strife with her friends and a newfound—but unsettling—popularity. As their rivalry and sabotage tactics become more outrageous, Peter and Rachel ultimately must learn the hard way that “nothing gold can stay” and that money, truly, is not everything…
Margaret Mincks is a writer, editor, and former editor of Spider magazine.
In the long-awaited sequel to FABLEHAVEN, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons, and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies…
by Brandon Mull
Shadow Mountain/Aladdin (Simon & Schuster), March 2017
In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power. No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.
Brandon Mull’s New York Timesbestselling FABLEHAVEN series has been published in more than two-dozen languages and is beloved by children and adults all over the world.
Debut author Susan Tan has written a story bursting with love and humor, as told through a bright, standout protagonist who will win your heart
CILLA LEE-JENKINS: FUTURE AUTHOR EXTRAORDINAIRE
by Susan Tan
Roaring Books, March 2017
Priscilla “Cilla” Lee-Jenkins is asked “what” she is a lot. Luckily, she has an excellent answer: she’s a future bestselling author extraordinaire. But she’s on a tight deadline, because when her new baby sister comes, her family might forget about her. So Cilla writes about what she knows best—herself. Stories from her bestselling memoir include:
• How Cilla dealt with being bald until she was four.
• How she overcame her struggles with reading (crucial for a bestselling author).
• Why family traditions with her Grandma and Grandpa Jenkins, and her Chinese grandparents, are so different.
Book #2 is under contract.
Susan Tan grew up in a mixed-race family, and, like Cilla Lee-Jenkins, was bald until the age of five. She earned degrees from Williams College and the University of Cambridge, where she studied children’s literature. She currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.