If your kids are fans of popular book series like Ivy + Bean and The Heroes of Olympus, they have a lot to look forward to this fall. A raft of new series installments are arriving just in time for back-to-school reading assignments. And series are great for getting -- or keeping -- kids hooked on reading.
Other new releases include titles by authors kids are familiar with -- like I Funny co-authors James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein and The Beyonders' Brandon Mull -- who are exploring new territory. Here's a brief preview of some of the season's most intriguing books for all ages.
For young kids:
- Year of the Jungle, by Suzanne Collins, and illustrated by James Proimos, Sept. 10, ages 4-8. The Hunger Games author's picture book is an autobiographical look at how a kid feels when a parent's away fighting a war.
- Ivy + Bean Take the Case, by Annie Barrows, Sept. 28, ages 6-10. The 10th book in the popular Ivy + Bean series has the two plucky 7-year-olds playing detective on Pancake Court.
For middle graders:
- Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan, Aug. 29, ages 10-12. A genius outsider, who suffers a terrible loss at age 12, finds a way to move forward, make friends, and be part of a new multicultural family.
- The Lord of Opium, by Nancy Farmer, Sept. 3, ages 11-14. The long-awaited sequel to 2002's sci-fi classic The House of the Scorpion.
- Spirit Animals: Wild Born, by Brandon Mull, Sept. 10, ages 8-12. The author of the bestselling Beyonders and Fablehaven fantasy series starts a new multiplatform series "constructed in the tradition of The 39 Clues," says Kirkus Reviews, about kids with animal powers.
- Treasure Hunters, by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein with Mark Shulman and illustrated by Julia Neufeld, Sept. 16, ages 8-12. Shipwreck-scavaging kids must solve the mystery of their parents' disappearance and fight pirates and other treasure hunters along the way.
- From Norvelt to Nowhere, by Jack Gantos, Sept. 24, ages 10-14. Sequel to the Newbery Award-winning coming-of-age novel Dead End in Norvelt.
- House of Hades: Heroes of Olympus, Book 4, by Rick Riordan, Oct. 8, ages 10-14. Expect another thrill ride from the author of the mega-selling Percy Jackson series, of which the Heroes of Olympus series is a spin-off.
- "When Did You See Her Last?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 2, by Lemony Snicket, Oct. 15, ages 8-12. Young apprentice Lemony Snicket and his chaperone are hired to find a missing girl in this sequel to the captivating series start: "Who Could That Be at This Hour?"
- The Dream Thieves: The Raven Boys, Book 2, by Maggie Stiefvater, Sept. 17, ages 13-17. This sequel to The Raven Boys offers more adventures of Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam, with Ronan falling more deeply into his dreams and his dreams intruding upon his waking life.
- Allegiant, by Veronica Roth, Oct. 22, ages 13-17. The anxiously awaited third installment in the thrilling series that started with Divergent.
What do you think of the hype surrounding the latest installment in a book series? The perfect way to keep kids reading -- or obvious marketing ploy?