New Releases – January 2011

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It’s a New Year!!! And guess what? Go on… guess!! That’s right. We have some New Releases!!! This includes our own Mixed-Up Files member, Wendy Shang, who has a new title coming out this month. Congratulations, Wendy!


THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU – Wendy Shang (Author), Lucy Wu, aspiring basketball star and interior designer, is on the verge of having the best year of her life. She’s ready to rule the school as a sixth grader and take over the bedroom she has always shared with her sister. In an instant, though, her plans are shattered when she finds out that Yi Po, her beloved grandmother’s sister, is coming to visit for several months — and is staying in Lucy’s room. Lucy’s vision of a perfect year begins to crumble, and in its place come an unwelcome roommate, foiled birthday plans, and Chinese school with the awful Talent Chang.

Her plans are ruined — or are they? Like the Chinese saying goes: Events that appear to be good or bad luck often turn out to be quite the opposite, and Lucy finds that while she may not get the “perfect” year she had in mind, she can create something even better.


MAGIC TREE HOUSE #45: A CRAZY DAY WITH COBRAS – Mary Pope Osborne (Author), Sal Murdocca (Illustrator), Merlin’s beloved penguin, Penny, has been put under a spell! Jack and Annie must find four things to break the spell. The first is a rare and precious emerald. When the magic tree house whisks them back to India over four hundred years ago to search for the jewel, they discover an amazing and exotic world filled with great danger.

HORSE DIARIES #6: YATIMAH – Catherine_Hapka (Author), Ruth Sanderson (Illustrator), For all lovers of horses and history, it’s the next book in the popular Horse Diaries series. Born in the Arabian Desert in the ninth century, Yatimah is a black Arabian filly whose name means “orphan.” She enjoys her life at the oasis, with sheep to tease, other foals to race, and the daughter of her Bedouin owner to take care of her. But when the colt who is her foster brother is stolen in a raid, Yatimah realizes her true birthright.

FOUR CLUES FOR RANI (Disney Fairies) – Catherine Daly (Author), Judith Clarke (Illustrator), For two weeks, Pixie Hollow has been in a terrible dry spell. Everyone is frazzled, especially Rani and the other the water-talent fairies. When the dry spell finally ends, Queen Clarion decides it’s time for a treat—a fairy treasure hunt! But on the day of the treasure hunt, Rani wakes up late. Her friends all have partners already, so Rani is stuck with the slowest-moving sparrow man around. To make things worse, she has a bet with Vidia. If Vidia finishes before her, Rani will have to do whatever the fast-flying fairy wants. This is one contest Rani can’t let herself lose!

OKAY, SO MAYBE I DO HAVE SUPERPOWERS (Dear Dumb Diary) – Jim Benton (Author), Bestselling author Jamie Kelly has been keeping diaries for years . . . and each one just gets funnier! But she has no idea that anyone is reading them. So please, please, please don’t tell her. Something strange is happening at Mackerel Middle School. Even stranger than Jamie and Isabella becoming friends with Angeline. (Which is still really, really strange.) Jamie can suddenly and inexplicably understand the weirdest and most mysterious creatures around: Boys. And there’s only one logical explanation — superpowers.

THE SMURFS #4: (THE SMURFETTE) – Peyo (Author, Illustrator), Yvan Delporte (Author), For the first time in the Papercutz Smurfs graphic novels, the one and only Smurfette makes her dramatic debut! Here’s the original comics story that introduced her to the world. Where she comes from and how she first appeared may surprise her many fans! What sinister role did the wicked Gargamel play in her arrival? And how did Papa Smurf get involved in a way that would change Smurfette forever? This is the story Smurf-fans have been waiting for!

DADDY-LONG-LEGS (Looking Glass Library) – Jean Webster (Author, Illustrator), Ann M. Martin (Introduction), Bright and lively Judy Abbott is an orphan who dreams of escaping the drudgery of her life at the John Grier Home. One day she receives a marvelous opportunity—a wealthy male benefactor has agreed to fund her higher education. In return, Judy must keep him informed about the ups and downs of college life. From horrendous Latin lessons to falling in love, the result is a series of letters both hilarious and poignant.

TIMES SQUARED – Julia Devillers (Author), Jennifer Roy (Author), Everyone’s favorite dynamic duo is back for more twin-tastical adventures!

ALEXANDER HAMILTON: THE OUTSIDER – Jean Fritz Acclaimed biographer Jean Fritz writes the remarkable story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s most influential and fascinating founding fathers, and his untimely death in a duel with Aaron Burr. Born in the British West Indies, Hamilton arrived in New York as an “outsider.” He fought in the Revolution and became Washington’s most valuable aidede- camp. He was there with Washington, Madison, and the others writing the Constitution. He was the first Secretary of the Treasury as the country struggled to become unified and independent.

THE HORROR AT CHILLER HOUSE (Goosebumps Horrorland) – R. L. Stine (Author), Jonathan Chiller has called the kids from books #13-18 back to HorrorLand to collect payment. The only way for the kids to get back home is for them to win at a HorrorLand-style scavenger hunt. They each must find a red chest. Inside, the miniature Horror will act as a portal to send them back home.

YOUNG FREDLE – Cynthia Voigt (Author), Louise Yates (Illustrator),  Fredle is an earnest young fellow suddenly cast out of his cozy home behind the kitchen cabinets—into the outside. It’s a new world of color and texture and grass and sky. But with all that comes snakes and rain and lawnmowers and raccoons and a different sort of mouse (field mice, they’re called) not entirely trustworthy. Do the dangers outweigh the thrill of discovery? Fredle’s quest to get back inside soon becomes a wild adventure of predators and allies, of color and sound, of discovery and nostalgia. And, as Fredle himself will come to understand, of freedom.

SPACE, STARS, AND THE BEGINNING OF TIME: WHAT THE HUBBLE TELESCOPE SAW – Elaine Scott (Author), The Hubble’s dazzling images have transformed astronomy, shedding light on the deepest mysteries of the cosmos, sparking new discoveries and turning speculation into fact. Its gaze has helped astronomers find new galaxies, look back in time almost to the Big Bang, and verify the existence of dark energy, the mysterious force that is causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate.

LIKE THE WILLOW TREE (DEAR AMERICA) – Lois Lowry (Author), Lydia’s world turns upside down in 1918, when influenza kills her parents and baby sister. With no one left to care for her and her brother, they are taken to live with the Shakers in Maines Sabbathday Lake community. Since she has already lost so much, Lydia finds it hard to give up her favorite book and her grandmother’s ring as communal property, but little by little, she adapts to her new home. Lowry writes with simplicity and sensitivity, bringing Lydia’s world to life through concrete details and making the child’s resilience entirely believable.

A DAZZLING DISPLAY OF DOGS – Betsy Franco (Author), Michael Wertz (Illustrator), From the award-winning team behind A Curious Collection of Cats comes a new collection of visual poems celebrating all things canine—from obedience school, to backyard break outs, to flatulent Fidos. Whether your best friend is a plucky Jack Russell, an indecisive basset hound, or a poodle with an indiscriminate appetite, you’re sure to find this dazzling display doggone delightful.

SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS – Ellen Booraem (Author), Ever since she was teased for believing in fairies, Mellie has adopted a strictly scientific and logical approach to life. But when her parents inherit her grandfather’s inn, she learns that for generations, her family members have been fairy guardians. The fairies exchanged some of their powers for this protection but now they want their magic back.

FREEDOM STONE – Jeffrey Kluger (Author), Lillie’s papa believed in freedom for him, his family, and all the slaves on the Greenfog plantation. So when the Confederate Army promised freedom to the family of every slave who served in the Civil War whether they came home or not, Lillie’s papa decided he had to take the chance.

GOOD JOB KANANI (American Girl Today) – Lisa Yee (Author)

A PICTURE OF FREEDOM (Dear America) – Patricia C. McKissack (Author), Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack’s inspiring A PICTURE OF FREEDOM is now back in print with a gorgeous new cover! It’s 1859 and Clotee, a twelve-year-old slave, has the most wonderful, terrible secret. She knows that if she shares it with the wrong person, she will face unimaginable consequences. What is her secret? While doing her job of fanning her master’s son during his daily lessons, Clotee has taught herself to read and write. However, she soon learns that the tutor, Ely Harms, has a secret of his own.

BUBBLE IN THE BATHTUB (Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder) – Jo Nesbo (Author), Mike Lowery (Illustrator)

THE ROMEO AND JULIET CODE – Phoebe Stone (Author), Felicity’s glamorous parents have a secret. When they leave her with distant relatives in Maine, Felicity hopes they won’t leave her long. Her new Uncle Gideon hides things. Her Aunt Miami is star-crossed. And Derek, a kid her age, refuses to leave his room. But Felicity needs Derek’s help. Gideon is getting coded letters from Felicity’s parents, and she’s sure they’re in trouble. Can Felicity crack the code, heal the family and save her parents, all while surviving her first crush? It’s a tall order, but – like THE SECRET GARDEN’S Mary Lennox before her – Felicity’s up for the challenge.

SEASON OF SECRETS – Sally Nicholls (Author), Molly and Hannah have just lost their mother, and while Dad “figures things out”, they’re sent to stay with their grandparents in a quiet country town. Everything is different: there are only ten kids in their entire school; they have to walk home by themselves every day; and a phone call from Dad just isn’t the same as a hug. In fact, they’re not even sure when, or if, their dad will be back for them.

Brian Kell
  1. Thanks for the well-wishes, everyone! Please check back on January 11 for an interview and giveaway for The Great Wall of Lucy Wu!

  2. I knew I could get a list of MG releases here. There is no shortage of YA lists, but this is THE place for MG.

  3. Bought my first book of the new year today – Wendy’s LUCY WU — and that was before I saw the list of new releases. Interesting to see some of my favorite authors working on series: Lois Lowry’s DEAR AMERICA book and Lisa Yee’s American Girl story.

  4. Yay for Wendy’s release! Congrats! My reading list just got A LOT longer.

  5. Thank you, thank you for listing the Jan 2011 new releases! And…CONGRATS Wendy!