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Dream Within a Dream

by Patricia Maclachlan Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 07, 2019)

A young girl finds herself—and so much more—during a summer stay with her grandparents in this tender novel from Newbery Award–winning author Patricia MacLachlan.

When Louisa (short for Louisiana) is sent...


Friendroid

by M.M. Vaughan Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 26, 2019)

“[An] unrelentingly funny sc-fi story.” —BCCB (starred review)

Stranger Things meets robots in this sweet and “noteworthy” (Booklist) story about an unlikely friendship between two boys—one human,...


Love to Everyone

by Hilary McKay Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 18, 2018)

A Boston Globe Best Book of 2018

A Horn Book Best Book of 2018

“Vivid, hilarious, and heartbreaking.” —Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity

“The best children’s book...


The Rhino in Right Field

by Stacy DeKeyser Margaret K. McElderry Books (July 10, 2018)

“Laugh-out-loud fun…A winner in every way.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Funny and good-hearted.” —Publishers Weekly

A boy who loves baseball must get past his hard-working immigrant parents—and...


His Royal Whiskers

by Sam Gayton & Sydney Hanson Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 14, 2017)

A young alchemist and a giant cat stage a meow-tiny to take down an evil czar in this charming Carnegie Medal–nominated middle grade adventure.

Something bad has happened to Prince Alexander, the only heir...


Breaker Boy

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 24, 2017)

In 1911 Pennsylvania Coal Country, can Corey overcome the panic attacks that prevent him from helping support his family?

Corey is just a kid, but his family needs him to chip in. He’s dropped out of school...


Just Dance

by Patricia Maclachlan Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 12, 2017)

“[A] memorable story.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

From Newbery Award–winning author Patricia MacLachlan comes a “quiet tale about finding your own voice” (Kirkus Reviews) while learning to...


A Properly Unhaunted Place

by William Alexander & Kelly Murphy Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 22, 2017)

From National Book Award–winning author William Alexander comes “a fun and fast-paced supernatural mystery with secret depths” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

Rosa Ramona Díaz has a very special talent....


Binny Bewitched

by Hilary McKay & Tony Ross Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 27, 2017)

When Binny finds some money left behind at an ATM—and then loses it—she unleashes an adventure full of “funny, poignant chaos” (The Wall Street Journal).

Binny Cornwallis is not a thief. Or is she? In...


Finest Kind

by Lea Wait Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 13, 2017)

WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE TWELVE YEARS OLD AND YOUR WORLD IS FALLING APART?

It's 1838. Jake's father has lost his job and his savings. Hearing of work in Maine, the family leaves their large home in Boston...


The Pudding Problem

by Joe Berger Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 09, 2017)

A boy must untangle the web of lies he’s created in order to prove his innocence in this humorous and cheeky illustrated middle grade novel that’s perfect for “fans of Timmy Failure and Big Nate” (Kirkus...


Gnome-a-geddon

by K. A. Holt & Colin Jack Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 02, 2017)

Buck discovers that his favorite book series might be less fictional than he thought in this “silly, clever, [and] fun” (BCCB) middle grade adventure.

Harry Potter. Percy Jackson. Custard the Gnome.

Buck is...


How Not to Disappear

by Clare Furniss Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 21, 2017)

A pregnant teen and her gin sling loving great-aunt go on the journey of a lifetime in this “absolutely gorgeous, heartfelt, and incredibly enjoyable” (Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike) novel...


The You I've Never Known

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 24, 2017)

How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? Find out in this “satisfied and moving story” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author,...


The Swan Riders

by Erin Bow Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 20, 2016)

Treacherous twists await Greta as the stakes get even higher in this stunning follow-up to the “masterful” (School Library Journal, starred review) novel, The Scorpion Rules.

Greta Stuart has become AI. New...


The Last True Love Story

by Brendan Kiely Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 13, 2016)

From the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed coauthor of All American Boys and author of The Gospel of Winter comes a cool, contemplative spin on hot summer nights and the classic teen love story...


Scavenger of Souls

by Joshua David Bellin Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 23, 2016)

Querry Genn must face the truth about the past and fight to save humanity and the future in this stunning sequel to Survival Colony 9, which New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry called “a terrific...


The Ballad of a Broken Nose

by Arne Svingen & Kari Dickson Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 14, 2016)

From award-winning Norwegian author Arne Svingen comes “an uplifting coming-of-age story” (The Wall Street Journal) about a relentlessly positive teenager who uses his love of opera to cope with his less-than-perfect...


The Language of Stars

by Louise Hawes Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 31, 2016)

Sarah is forced to take a summer poetry class as penance for trashing the home of a famous poet in this fresh novel about finding your own voice.

Sarah’s had her happy ending: she’s at the party of the year...


Draw the Line

by Laurent Linn Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 17, 2016)

After a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town, Adrian Piper must discover his own power, decide how to use it, and know where to draw the line in this “powerful debut” novel (Publishers Weekly, starred...


Daughters of Ruin

by K. D. Castner Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 05, 2016)

Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this thrilling debut that features four fierce princesses, “jewelry as weaponry, political double crosses, and surprise twists. What’s not to love?” (School Library Journal...


The Way I Used to Be

by Amber Smith Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 22, 2016)

A New York Times bestseller.

In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel “is a poignant book that realistically looks at the lasting effects of trauma on love, relationships, and life” (School...


The Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn

by Sam Gayton & Poly Bernatene Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 02, 2016)

An alchemist peddles a new magical invention—and the key that could unlock Lettie Peppercorn’s family secrets—in this quirky “tale of self-discovery, family, and friendship” (The Independent).

Lettie...


Traffick

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 03, 2015)

Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this “sincere and moving” (Booklist) companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Tricks from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank...


Return of the Forgotten

by Lisa Fiedler & Vivienne To Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 20, 2015)

Loyalties are tested and secrets are revealed in this third book of the epic animal adventure series set in the subway tunnels of Brooklyn, ideal for “fans of Erin Hunter, Brian Jaques, and Kathryn Lasky”...


The Scorpion Rules

by Erin Bow Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 22, 2015)

The children of world leaders are held hostage in an attempt to keep the peace in this “slyly humorous, starkly thought-provoking” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel.

Greta is a Duchess and a Crown Princess....


Nomad

by William Alexander Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 22, 2015)

Gabe Fuentes is in a race against time—and aliens—in this intergalactic sequel to Ambassador, which Booklist called “an exciting sci-fi adventure, perceptively exploring what it means to be alien,” from...


Paper Hearts

by Meg Wiviott Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 01, 2015)

A forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this “beautifully told true story about brave young women who refused to be victims and walked out of Auschwitz with...


Binny in Secret

by Hilary McKay & Micah Player Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 16, 2015)

School has started, and secrets and adventures await Binny and her family in this delightful sequel to Binny for Short, which Publishers Weekly called “a well-crafted story that balances moments of hilarity...


Of Shadows and Obsession

by Sarah Fine Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 02, 2015)

Experience Bo’s world before Wen in this prequel to Of Metal and Wishes, an enovella told from the perspective of the Ghost.

Since his grisly accident on the killing floor, Bo has “haunted” the Gochan slaughterhouse,...


Six

by M.M. Vaughan Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 12, 2015)

“An X-Files worthy mystery keeps the pages turning,” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) as Parker and his sister do whatever it takes to find their father in this cosmic adventure packed with action from the...


Fig

by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 07, 2015)

An NPR Best Book of 2015

Love and sacrifice intertwine in this brilliant debut of rare beauty about a girl dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia and her own mental illness.

Fig’s world lies somewhere between...


Hopper's Destiny

by Lisa Fiedler & Vivienne To Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 17, 2015)

A brave mouse attempts to rebuild a fallen empire in this second book of the epic animal adventure series set in the subway tunnels of Brooklyn, for “fans of Erin Hunter, Brian Jaques, and Kathryn Lasky”...


One Witch at a Time

by Stacy DeKeyser & Sonia Chaghatzbanian Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 10, 2015)

Magic beans quickly lead to danger in this standalone companion to The Brixen Witch, which Kirkus Reviews called “fresh and satisfying” in a starred review.

When Rudi Bauer sets out for town one morning,...


The Year of the Rat

by Clare Furniss Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 04, 2014)

Pearl deals with death, life, and family in this haunting, humorous, and poignant debut that School Library Journal calls a “well-written depiction of adolescence and the pervasive, perplexing nature of loss.”...


The Watcher

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 04, 2014)

After Wendy is kidnapped, the only way she can survive World War II Germany is with the help of a special dog and the family she never knew she had in this historically accurate, standalone companion to Shadows...


Survival Colony 9

by Joshua David Bellin Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 23, 2014)

In a futuristic landscape ravaged by war, a colony’s hopes for survival hinge on one teenage boy in this fast-paced, action-packed story “filled with interesting plot twists, compelling characters, and gripping...


Ambassador

by William Alexander Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 23, 2014)

Gabe Fuentes is in for the ride of his life when he becomes Earth’s ambassador to the galaxy in this alien sci-fi adventure from the National Book Award–winning author of Goblin Secrets.

Gabe Fuentes is reading...


Searching for Silverheels

by Jeannie Mobley Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 02, 2014)

A starry-eyed girl and a gruff suffragette decipher the myth of a dancer-turned-local-hero in this gorgeous novel from the author of Katerina’s Wish that Kirkus Reviews called “an engrossing, plausible story...


Rumble

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 26, 2014)

Does it get better? The New York Times bestselling author of Crank and Tricks explores the highly charged landscapes of bullying and forgiveness in this “strong and worthy” (Kirkus Reviews) novel.

Matthew...


Mouseheart

by Lisa Fiedler & Vivienne To Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 20, 2014)

The Warriors series meets Redwall in this first book in an epic animal adventure series set in the subway tunnels of Brooklyn and for “fans of Erin Hunter, Brian Jaques, and Kathryn Lasky” (School Library...


Girl in Reverse

by Barbara Stuber Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 13, 2014)

Being adopted isn’t easy—especially when you’re seen as a national enemy. A teen seeks the roots of her identity in this stirring novel from the acclaimed author of Crossing the Tracks.

When Lily was three,...


Sand Dollar Summer

by Kimberly K. Jones Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 13, 2014)

Twelve-year-old Lise watches her safe world fall apart when her strong, self-reliant mom is injured in a car accident. To recuperate, Mom takes Lise and her bright little brother to live in a rattletrap house...


Fly Away

by Patricia Maclachlan Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 08, 2014)

From the Newbery Award–winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall comes a story about one brave girl who saves her family from losing everything. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls this lyrical tale...


Mindscape

by M.M. Vaughan & Iacopo Bruno Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 11, 2014)

Telekinetic preteens use their powers for good—and evil—in this mind-bending sequel to The Ability, which Publishers Weekly called a “fast-paced, superhero-tinged spy novel.”

Everywhere that Christopher...


The Gospel of Winter

by Brendan Kiely Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 21, 2014)

“In a lyrical and hard-hitting exploration of betrayal and healing, the son of a Connecticut socialite comes to terms with his abuse at the hands of a beloved priest” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

As...


The Offering

by Kimberly Derting Margaret K. McElderry Books (December 31, 2013)

True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.

Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable...


The Legend of Buddy Bush

by Shelia P. Moses Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 12, 2013)

Celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Shelia P. Moses’s National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King Honoree, The Legend of Buddy Bush, with this new edition of a classic novel that’s more relevant...


Smoke

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 10, 2013)

Pattyn’s father is dead. Now she’s on the run in this riveting companion to New York Times bestseller Burned, which Kirkus Reviews calls “a strong, painful, and tender piece about wresting hope from the...


Back to Blackbrick

by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 03, 2013)

Cosmo must journey to the past to understand his future in this humorous, heartbreaking, and brilliantly original debut novel.

Cosmo’s granddad used to be the cleverest person he ever knew. That is, until his...