The Iron Trial
Scholastic, $17.99, ages 8-12
Young Callum Hunt is chosen to attend the Magisterium, a school for magicians, despite trying to fail the entrance exam, in the first of a planned five-book series.
Big Picture/Candlewick, $35, ages 7-12
Part book, part virtual museum, this volume leads young readers through a tour of the animal kingdom, with more than 200 color illustrations.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Long Haul
Amulet/Abrams, $13.95, ages 8-12
The ninth installment in the immensely popular series follows Greg Heffley and family on a bizarrely eventful road trip.
House of Robots
Little, Brown, $13.99, ages 8-12
In this new series, Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez's brilliant mother insists he take his dorky "brother" E to school. One problem: E is a troublesome, talking robot.
Graphix/Scholastic, $10.99, ages 8-12
Siblings Raina and Amara don't have much in common but come to terms with each other after their baby brother is born in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed graphic novel "Smile."
Brown Girl Dreaming
Nancy Paulsen/Penguin, $16.99, ages 9-12
In this National Book Award-winning title, Woodson writes about growing up in South Carolina and Brooklyn during the last days of Jim Crow in this memoir told through poetry.