We have some blockbusters coming our way soon. Some won't be published until September:
Third Grade Angels
The always popular Jerry Spinelli returns with third graders competing with each other for "halo" awards. That's all I know--no reviews yet (it's still early).
Andrew Clements's school-oriented novels are widely popular. He truly "gets" elementary school culture; his latest deals with bullying. This is receiving fine reviews: "What is extraordinary is how Clements can produce realistic examples of kid power year after year (Kirkus Reviews)." I completely agree.
Scary books for children are a tricky demand to fill; the comfort level for horror reading can vary widely. Bruce Coville is a reliable author for comfortable horror reading at this age level; he incorporates quite a bit of humor, which always helps. Kirkus gave it an admiring review.
The Boxcar Children: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm
I'm not a huge fan of prequels or sequels written by new authors, but I don't think I'll be able to resist the Boxcar Children prequel by Patricia MacLachlan. Not out until September.
Burn for Burn
Jenny Han's devoted fan base must wait until mid-September to read her latest YA novel, centered around three teenagers who seek revenge on those who have wronged them. Co-author Siobhan Vivian is a terrific author, so I have high hopes for this one. 1st in a trilogy.
Confessions of a Murder Suspect
Patterson begins a new YA series about a teen detective. Place your holds now! (Not out until 9/24.) Ditto for the final Maximum Ride, out in early August.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
I received a galley from HarperCollins, so I can confidently say that this is a rambunctious and hilarious retelling of the Goldilocks story, as can be expected from Mo Willems.
How to Steal a Dragon's Sword
Cressida Cowell continues her wildly popular series in this ninth adventure starring Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III.
Takeoffs on Peter Pan are nothing new, but Jodi Lynn Anderson's Neverland tale told from the perspective of Tiger Lily has received tremendous praise, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
There's a Fly Guy in My Soup
Tedd Arnold's Fly Guy series is one of the best things to happen to the early reader world. This won't be out until early September; once we receive it, it will be constantly checked out.
Rocket Writes a Story
The sequel to the New York Times bestselling How Rocket Learned to Read involves Rocket writing a story. Rocket is pretty stoked about being an author--at least, when the inspiration is flowing (when he's in the groove, his tail wags; when he has setbacks and writer's block, he growls). His very patient bird friend (who was also in the first book) offers encouragement and sage advice; this sounds like a great title to share with children learning how to write.
The Rise of Nine
The third installment in the Pittacus Lore series will be released in mid August.
The Raven Boys
The extremely popular (and Virginia resident) Maggie Stiefvater begins a new series about clairvoyance (much more than that, but it's tricky to explain).
Penny and Her Doll
The insanely adorable Penny (from Penny and Her Song) returns!
Palace of Stone
Eeek! The sequel to Newbery Honor Princess Academy will be published in mid August! Soooo excited.
I can't think of a better note on which to end this post.