Prepping for the holidays means buying a turkey, cleaning the house for guests, digging out a decent sweater that hasn’t been attacked by moths, and making sure your kids have plenty of reading material to keep them distracted from making new messes. And this month we’ve rounded up an awesome batch of new releases to keep them entertained while you get ready for entertaining. We have new additions to popular series Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Keeper of the Lost Cities, new books from popular authors James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, new books with movie tie-ins to Frozen 2 and the upcoming adaptation of Little Women, and more. See what’s cooking in young reader picks this month.
Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #14), by Jeff Kinney
Since 2007, Jeff Kinney has been chronicling the life of everyone’s favorite underdog, Greg Heffley. And in book 14, the hilarity continues as things get a bit shaky for the Heffleys when they unexpectedly inherit some money and decide to renovate their house. Per usual, things do not exactly go according to plan. Rotten wood, toxic mold, nasty critters, and something even worse lurk beneath the surface of those walls that are coming down. Will the Heffleys be able sort through the wreckage and make things work? Find out in the latest addition to Kinney’s bestselling series.
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Legacy (Keeper of the Lost Cities Series #8), by Shannon Messenger
The eighth installment in the bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series finds Sophie Foster looking for answers. Her entire life has been filled with lies, and she’s determined to uncover the truth—but at what cost? Her friends are also on a quest to fill in the blank spots in their pasts, and with each new secret they uncover, they’re forced to question everything they know about their lives and each other. This first edition has an exclusive extra scene from Tam’s point of view and illustrated endpapers from the author. Bonus: This exclusive Barnes & Noble edition includes a special annotated scene from an early draft of the book.
The Fowl Twins, by Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer’s incredible spin-off to the Artemis Fowl series focuses on Artemis’s fraternal twin younger brothers—11-year-old Miles and Beckett. With their big brother away on Mars, the pair are left for one night in the care of a high-tech house security system for an evening, but they end up being kidnapped by a 150-year-old duke in search of eternal life. Lord Teddy Bleedham-Drye thinks the key to immortality lies in a little troll the boys have befriended, so Miles, Beckett, and their new troll pal escape and have to go on the run, dodging all manner of dangerous obstacles in this page-turning new read.
Shine!, by J.J. Grabenstein and Chris Grabenstein
Coauthoring husband-and-wife team J.J. Grabenstein and Chris Grabenstein deliver an inspiring middle-school story about self-discovery. Seventh-grader Piper thinks that only some people are “meant to shine. Others are better off blending in.” And she firmly believes she falls into the latter category, particularly once she finds herself at a fancy new prep school where her father just got a job as choral director and her late mother once excelled as a student. But even though she’s in the crosshairs of the school mean girl, she soon finds friends, an enthusiasm for astronomy, and the fact that she’s been shining brightly all along thanks to her kind heart.
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel is getting an exciting new film adaptation—out on Christmas day—from Greta Gerwig, the talented writer-director of 2017’s Lady Bird. Get amped for the movie’s release with this stunning new keepsake edition of the book, featuring black-and-white images from the film starring starring Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, and Emma Watson. A new generation will come to know and love the March women—sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy and their beloved Marmee—as they attempt to navigate life in post-Civil War Massachusetts.
Epoca: The Tree of Ecrof (Epoca Series #1), by Ivy Claire and Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant and Ivy Claire bring young readers the first book in a brand-new series, which deftly combines sports fiction and fantasy into one amazing new story. In it, two children with very different backgrounds—impoverished Rovi and crown princess Pretia—have both just arrived at the most prestigious sports academy where only the best young athletes attend to hone their athletic skills and their magical prowess known as grana. But both girls soon realize something evil lurks beneath the school’s pristine exterior, and they will have to draw on a well of inner strength in order to overcome it.
Ali Cross, by James Patterson
James Patterson has been enthralling adult readers for nearly three decades with tales of homicide detective and FBI agent Alex Cross. And now Patterson is bringing the thrills to a new generation with the first book about Alex’s son, Ali Cross, who is eager to follow in his famous father’s footsteps. When Ali’s best friend, Abraham, is reported missing, Ali fears the worst. Alex warns his son not to get involved, but that won’t stop Ali from trying to solve this mystery and find his friend. But the clues Ali is following aren’t quite what they seem in this exciting page-turner from master storyteller Patterson.
Frozen 2: The Deluxe Junior Novelization, by David Blaze and the Disney Storybook Art Team
Fans of Disney’s Frozen aren’t going to want to let this one go! The highly anticipated sequel to the 2013 movie that made Elsa and Anna household names hits theaters November 22, and young readers can get excited for the film’s release with this deluxe junior novelization of Frozen 2, which finds actors Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff reprising their popular roles. The book expands upon the new story that follows sisters, Queen Elsa and Princess Anna, and their friends, Olaf and Kristoff as they embark on an all-new adventure. Bonus for super-fans: This new book includes deleted and alternate scenes from the film!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey, by Harry Potter Theatrical Productions and Jody Revenson
While Harry Potter fans are awaiting their acceptance letters from Hogwarts, they can entertain themselves with this official behind-the-scenes book all about the award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened in London’s West End in 2016 and still has new productions coming around the world. The beautiful book includes gorgeous full-color photographs, interesting new interviews, and more insights into what went into the exciting eighth story in the Harry Potter series.
What are your young readers into this month?