The Hippo


Mar 17, 2018








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...and 12 for kids
Year of Awesome 2016


Picture books

Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet by Nick Bruel
Expected publication: January
Plot: Kitty’s family finally manages to get their clawing, angry pet into the doctor’s office, and what’s waiting for her there is a shot and an eye-opening dream.
Anticipated by: Sarah St. Martin, Manchester City Library. “This is the ninth book in the Bad Kitty series, so be prepared for more hilarious dilemmas from the baddest kitty around!”
Let's Play by Hervé Tullet
Expected publication: March
Plot: The adventures of the dot continue.
Anticipated by: Grace Larochelle, Hooksett Public Library. “Acclaimed author of Press Here uses our beloved character (the dot) in a new adventure.”
The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
Expected publication: May 
Plot: The very last Gerald and Piggie book
Anticipated by: Grace Larochelle. “Fans of the previous Gerald and Piggie books will be sad to see them go.”
Middle grade books
Escaping Peril by Tui T. Sutherland
Expected publication: January 
Plot: Book 8 in the Wings of Fire series, centered around seven dragon tribes that have been at war for generations over an ancient, lost treasure
Anticipated by: Heather Weirich Roy, Gibson’s Bookstore. “A strong dragon series popular with both boys and girls in middle grade.”
The Extra Yard by Mike Lupica
Expected publication: January 
Plot: Book 2 from Lupica’s Home Team series. A young football player learns that sometimes bridging the distance in your family can be harder than stretching for an extra yard on the field.
Anticipated by: Hannah Weirich Roy. “Great sports writing and heart.”
The Stolen Chapters by James Riley
Expected publication: January 
Plot: Book 2 in the Story Thieves series, about a boy whose best friend is half-fictional, having climbed out of a book in the library.
Anticipated by: Heather Weirich Roy. “A half-fictional girl leads her classmates on an adventure to find her fictional father.”
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Expected publication: February 
Plot: A young boy and his pet fox struggle to reunite.
Anticipated by: Hannah Weirich Roy. “Beautiful coming-of-age novel.”
Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi
Expected publication: February 
Plot: Book 7 in the Amulet graphic novel series, in which its characters visit Algos Island, an island of lost memories
Anticipated by: Grace Larochelle
Young adult books
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Expected publication: February 
Plot: A teen has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her father’s time-traveling ship, but it may all come to an end when he gambles with her existence.
Anticipated by: Hannah Weirich Roy. “A really novel take on time travel, combining a pirate ship, old maps, magic and a modern young woman.”
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Expected publication: February 
Plot: Book 2 in the Red Queen series. The rebellion continues in the war between the reds and the silvers.
Anticipated by: Hannah Weirich Roy
The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule
Expected publication: March 
Plot: Eighteen-year-old Redwing always lived in hiding. Her father hoped she would grow up to be a real, human girl and not a wicked, mythological creature, so he secretly spared her life as an infant. But now the secret’s out.
Anticipated by: Katharine Nevins, MainStreet BookEnds. “Watch out for New Hampshire’s upcoming young adult author Adi Rule.”
The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow
Expected publication: Fall 
Plot: A new series about middle-schoolers with limited powers (like super strength but just in the thumbs; teleportation but only four inches to the left). From the author of The Popularity Papers series.
Anticipated by: Monica Bilson, New Hampshire Institute of Art creative writing department chair. 

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