New Releases: Children’s and YA Books to Look Forward to in 2015

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Happy New Year!  There’s a lot to look forward to in 2015.  Personally, I’m ecstatic to already be on the hold list for The Shadow Cabinet which is FINALLY coming out in February!  Been waiting years for the resolution to that cliff hanger, thank you very much Maureen Johnson. . . .

But there are a lot of new children’s and YA books slated to come out this year, so here is sampling of some that I am personally excited about, as well as some from authors I have on my watch lists.

The Top of My Reading List:

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper (January 6, 2015)
A historical fiction novel about the rise of the KKK in a Southern town during the Depression by the brilliant Sharon Draper.  This will be a good one!

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (January 13, 2015)
This promises to be an awesome creepy fairytale from one of the best authors of awesome creepy fairytales.

Eye of the Falcon by Michelle Paver (January 22, 2015)
The third installment of the Gods and Warriors series by the brilliant author of Wolf Brother.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman (January 27, 2015)
I haven’t met a Gayle Forman book I didn’t like.  This new novel about a girl coming to terms with her best friend’s suicide promises to be heartbreaking but powerful.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer (January 27, 2015)
Winter
by Marissa Meyer (November 2015)
This will be a good year for fans of the Lunar Chronicles.  Marissa Meyer is releasing two full length novels in 2015!  Fairest will tell Queen Levana’s back story, while Winter (the official book #4) will pick up where the main plot left off in Cress.  

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson (February 10, 2015)
The long-awaited continuation of The Shades of London series and the resolution of the cliff hanger that annoyed YA librarians everywhere.  Okay, maybe not all of them are annoyed.  Just the ones that I vent with…

The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale (April 21, 2015)
The fifth installment in the hilarious yet informative historical graphic novel series Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales tells the story of Harriet Tubman!

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (May 26, 2015)
Another dystopia from the Printz Award-winning author of Ship Breaker!

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (July 7, 2015)
A sequel to the Newbery Honor book The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (October 6, 2015)
October wouldn’t really be the same without a Rick Riordan release.  We may be done with Camp Half-Blood (maybe) but soon we will be headed to Asgard with the new Magnus Chase series!

More Children’s:

Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony by Nikki Grimes (January 6, 2015)
“Inspired by historical fact,” this illustrated book will show glimpses of the lives of these historical figures through a fictionalized (and no doubt beautifully written) narrative.

A Plague of Bogles by Catherine Jinks (January 6, 2015)
An historical fantasy set in Victorian London from the author of Evil Genius.

Unleashed by Gordon Korman (January 6, 2015)
A new Swindle mystery.

Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner (January 6, 2015)
The first book in the adventures of a time-traveling dog: Ranger in Time!

Danger in the Darkest Hour by Mary Pope Osborne (January 6, 2015)
A new Magic Tree House “Super Edition” takes Jack and Annie to WWII England.

Knight-napped by Ursula Vernon (January 6, 2015)
Dragonbreath #10.

Beasts of Olympus: Beast Keeper and Beasts of Olympus: Hound of Hades by Lucy Coats (January 8, 2015)
A new series that may be of interest to fans of the Goddess Girls and other Greek mythology books for younger readers.

I Totally Funniest by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (January 26, 2015)
The latest installment in the popular I Funny series.

Mermaid Tales: A Tail of Two Sisters by Debbie Dadey (January 27, 2015)
A new mermaid book for younger readers in the Mermaid Tales series.

License to Thrill by Dan Gutman (January 27, 2015)
Another adventure for Coke and Pepsi McDonald in book five of the Genius Files.

Big Bad Detective Agency by Bruce Hale (January 27, 2015)
A fairytale mystery from the author of Chet Gecko.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams Big by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams (January 27, 2015)
A new book in the Grimmtastic Girls series (by the authors of the Goddess Girls).  

All the Answers by Kate Messner (January 27, 2015)
A tale of a magic test-taking pencil.

Masterminds by Gordon Korman (February 3, 2015)
A group of kids learn they are living in a town full of criminal masterminds in this new mystery series.

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan (February 24, 2015)
A magical adventure surrounding a mysterious harmonica in the forbidden forest.

Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi (March 10, 2015)
An historical novel about the Red Scare.

Public School Superhero by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts (March 16, 2015)
A new illustrated middle-grade humor novel from the creators of the Middle School books.

Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger by Jon Scieszka (March 17, 2015)
The second installment of the humorous Frank Einstein series.

More YA:

Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly (January 6, 2015)
The second book in the mermaid series Waterfire Saga.  

All Fall Down by Ally Carter (January 20, 2015)
The bestselling author of the Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series is releasing a new thriller series called Embassy Row.

Chaos by Lanie Bross (January 27, 2015)
The sequel to the paranormal romance Fates

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd (January 27, 2015)
The conclusion to The Madman’s Daughter trilogy.

Burning Kingdoms by Lauren DeStefano (March 10, 2015)
The Heir Apparent by Lauren DeStefano (April 7, 2015)
The bestselling author of Wither releases two more books in the dystopian Internment Chronicles this year.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (March 10, 2015)
Having finished her wildly successful dystopian Delirium trilogy, Lauren Oliver is now releasing a realistic fiction mystery about the disappearance of two teen girls.

Catalyst by Lydia Kang (March 24, 2015)
The sequel to Controla sci-fi dystopia about genetic mutation.

The Heir by Kiera Cass (May 5, 2015)
The latest book in The Selection series.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (May 5, 2015)
A new realistic fiction romance.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (May 5, 2015)
A new high fantasy series from the bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series.

Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson (May 18, 2015)
The final installment in the popular Maximum Ride series.

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon (May 19, 2015)
Parallel worlds, plagues, and shared hallucinations–this fantasy novel has piqued my interest.  But hopefully the writing is tighter than her first novel, Entwined.

The Cage by Megan Shepherd (May 26, 2015)
A new dystopia about a human zoo from the author of The Madman’s Daughter.

Boy Mostly Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick (June 2015)
A romantic realistic fiction novel about an unlikely relationship.

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent (June 9, 2015)
A new paranormal thriller/romance involving soul-sucking demons.

Blood Will Tell by April Henry (June 16, 2015)
The second book in the mystery/thriller series Point Last Seen.

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent (September 29, 2015)
A fantasy that takes place in a macabre carnival from the author of the Soul Screamers books.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Fall 2015)
New series maybe coming this Fall from Alexandra Bracken, author of Brightly Woven and the Darkest Minds series.

Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger (2015?)
The Finishing School adventures will continue to unfold in book #4 which is “expected” to come out this year.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (2015?)
The start of a companion trilogy to Mortal Instruments is rumored to be released this year.

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