“Do you know when the next …. is coming out?”
We get that question a lot at the library. Kids love a good series, and when they finish one book they’re eager to get their hands on the sequel. So in a break with tradition, these are not reviews, but some hot titles due out in the next few months.
These will be INSANELY in demand as soon as libraries get them, so watch your library catalog and get your name on the request list as soon as the catalog record is available. For really popular books, our library system will often get a record in the catalog well before the book is available, so patrons can start requesting in advance.
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, by Dav Pilkey (304 pp; released August 28, 2012)
Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers, by Dav Pilkey (192 pp; released January 15, 2013)
Pilkey’s last epic adventure of George, Harold, and their principal-turned-superhero-in-briefs came out in 2006, and I have long presumed he was done with them. But no, two more are on the horizon. I can’t wait. Yeah, they’ll only take me a half-hour to read, but I’ll laugh a lot.
The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3), by Rick Riordan (608 pp; released October 2, 2012)
Read (or re-read) Riordan’s wonderful Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (see my review here), then The Lost Hero, then The Son of Neptune. And go ahead and get your name on the request list for The Mark of Athena — it’s already in our library catalog.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel (Wimpy Kid #7), by Jeff Kinney (224 pp; released November 13, 2012)
This, of course, will be known to kids as the “Brown Wimpy Kid” — most know them not by title or series number, but by color of the cover.
Super, by Matthew Cody (304 pp; released September 25, 2012)
Dragonbreath: When Fairies Go Bad (Dragonbreath #7), by Ursula Vernon (208 pp; released September 13, 2012)
Some younger boys in our library got me hooked on this series, ideal for those just getting into chapter books. See my review of the first book here, read them all, and get ready to jump on #7 when it comes out.