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Continuations of Popular Middle-Grade and YA Series | Fiction Series Update

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Elementary and Middle School

ANGLEBERGER , Tom. Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! 205p. (Origami Yoda). Abrams/Amulet. 2014. Tr $13.95. ISBN 9781419710520; ebk. $13.95. ISBN 9781613126257.

Gr 4-7— The students at McQuarry Middle School resume their battle against FunTime, the Orwellian-named test program purchased by the school district in an effort to raise test scores.

COLUMBUS , Chris & Ned Vizzini. Battle of the Beasts. illus. by Greg Call. 480p. (House of Secrets: Bk. 2). HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062192493; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780062192523. LC 2013956357.

Gr 4-8— The action-packed adventures of the Walker siblings ramp up in this sequel. This time, the family travels to Ancient Rome, battles Nazis during World War II, and treks through the Himalayas.

FELDMAN , Jody. The Gollywhopper Games: The New Champion. illus. by Victoria Jamieson. 400p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. May. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062211255; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780062211279.

Gr 4-7— Due to the overwhelming success of the first Gollywhopper Games, the Golly Toy and Game Company decides to host another competition. Readers meet an all-new cast of characters as they compete to win.

HALE , Shannon. The Unfairest of Them All. 336p. (Ever After High: Bk. 2). Little, Brown. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780316282017; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780316281973. LC 2013046320.

Gr 4-7— The fun and pun-filled fantasy hijinks of Raven and Apple ensue. Raven, with the support of the Rebels, refuses to sign the Storybook and seal her fate as a villain. Her actions put Apple’s happy ever after in jeopardy and pit the kingdom’s subjects against one another, as students and royals take sides.

LERANGIS , Peter. Tomb of Shadows. illus. by Torstein Norstrand. 352p. (Seven Wonders: Bk. 3). HarperCollins/Harper. May. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062070463; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780062070487. LC 2014931071.

Gr 6-9— Jack, Ally, and Cass continue their quest to save the world—even as their friend Marco joins the enemy’s side. Epic battles and fast-moving chapters will keep fans of this “Percy Jackson”-like series engaged.

SUTHERLAND , Tui T. & Kari Sutherland . Dragon on Trial. 288p. (The Menagerie: Bk. 2). HarperCollins/Harper. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780060851439; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780062216830.

Gr 6-9— Zoe and Logan are trying to figure out who killed the goose that laid the golden eggs. With another cliff-hanger ending, readers will be eagerly awaiting the next title.

High School

CROSS , Kady. The Girl with the Windup Heart. 400p. (The Steampunk Chronicles: Bk. 4). Harlequin Teen. May. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780373211197; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9781460326664.

Gr 9 Up— In this dramatic final volume of the steampunk saga, part-automaton Mila, powerful Finley Jayne, and her motley crew of paranormal teens band together to rescue her love, Griffin King, and the world from the villainous The Machinist.

GRIFFO , Michael. Starfall. 384p. (The Darkborn Legacy: Bk. 3). KTeen. May. 2014. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9780758280763; ebk. $8.99. ISBN 9780758280770.

Gr 9 Up— Dominy Robineau, a teen cursed to change into werewolf, struggles to save her friends in this conclusion to the paranormal romance with roots in the “Little Red Riding Hood” tale.

LANGSTON , Elizabeth. A Whisper in Time. 384p. (Whisper Falls: Bk. 2). Spencer Hill. 2014. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781937053819; ebk. $6.99. ISBN 9781937053802.

Gr 8 Up—A f ormer 18th-century indentured servant, Susanna Marsh was rescued from her lifelong fate by modern teen, Mark Lewis. As he tries to help her fit into 21st-century life, Susanna learns that her sister Phoebe’s existence is at risk in this time-slip novel.

LAYBOURNE , Emmy. Savage Drift. 320p. (Monument 14: Bk. 3). Feiwel & Friends. May. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250036421; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9781250062079.

Gr 9 Up— Niko and the other survivors of the Monument 14 have finally made it to a Canadian refugee camp where Niko hopes to be reunited with presumed-dead Josie. However, he and the group must survive a final set of obstacles in this fierce conclusion.

TRESKILLARD , Robert. Merlin’s Nightmare. 432p. (The Merlin Spiral: Bk. 3). glossary. Blink. May. 2014. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780310735090; ebk. $5.99. ISBN 9780310735120.

Gr 9 Up— Merlin must battle against unthinkable foes as he prepares teen Arthur to take on the role of High King. When the young warrior disappears and Mórgana unleashes a horde of werewolves, Britain’s fate hangs in the balance in this last title of the fantasy series.

ZADOFF , Allen. I Am the Mission. 432p. (The Unseen: Bk. 2). Little, Brown. Jun. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780316199698; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780316255028.

Gr 9 Up— Teen assassin Boy Nobody has to prove to The Program that he isn’t a liability. His mission in a brand-new location goes awry and secrets are revealed that put him at the edge of his allegiances and the truth.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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