Novel sequels hitting shelves this month include the conclusion of a bestselling YA faerie series, a fourth grade detective infiltrating a scout troop, the final clash over the fate of humanity in a world where death has been conquered, and more.

Charlie Numbers and the Woolly Mammoth

by Ben and Tonya Mezrich (Simon & Schuster, Nov. 5, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-5344-4100-2)

This third installment of the middle grade Charlie Numbers series follows Charlie Numbers and his friends the Whiz Kids, along with a few new allies, as they attempt to figure out why billionaire Blake Headstrom is smuggling mammoth tusks into the city.

Deadly Little Scandals

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Freeform, Nov. 5, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-368-01517-2)

Sawyer Taft, who reluctantly became a debutante to discover the identity of her biological father in the first book, returns in this new installment of Barnes’s Debutantes series. Sawyer joins a secret all-female society called the White Gloves with her cousin Lily, but things get complicated when the White Gloves discover a body and a long-buried secret.

Girls of Storm and Shadow

by Natasha Ngan (Little, Brown/Patterson, Nov. 5, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-316-52867-2)

In this sequel to the queer fantasy YA novel Girls of Paper and Fire, the Moonchosen Lei and her love Wren journey across the kingdom to seek support from the rebel clans as evil forces prepare a counterattack.

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Legacy

by Shannon Messenger (Aladdin, Nov. 5, $21.99, ISBN 978-1-5344-2733-4)

The eighth installment of Messenger’s bestselling middle grade fantasy series brings new secrets and revelations for Sophie Foster and her friends as Sophie attempts to find out the identity of her parents.

The Princess Who Flew with Dragons

by Stephanie Burgis (Bloomsbury, Nov. 5, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-5476-0207-0)

Set in the same world as The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart and The Girl with the Dragon Heart, Burgis’s latest middle grade novel follows 12-year-old Princess Sofia of Drachenheim and her pen pal Jasper, a young dragon who gets turned into a human. When the ice giants of the north attempt to reclaim their old lands, Sofia and Jasper must figure out a way to rescue their families and the kingdom.

Tears of Frost

by Bree Barton (HarperCollins/Tegen, Nov. 5, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244771-5)

Following Heart of Thorns, this second book in the YA feminist fantasy trilogy of the same name features Mia, Pilar, and Quin forging new alliances in the snow kingdom, in a world where magic stems from discrepancies in power.

The Toll

by Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster, Nov. 5, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-4814-9706-0)

The Arc of a Scythe trilogy comes to a close with Shusterman’s latest novel, which picks up three years after the events of Thunderhead. Rowan, Citra, Greyson, and others return to face the villainous Scythe Goddard, who is now Overblade of all North Merica and is attempting to become dictator of the global scythedom.

The Treacherous Seas

by Christopher Healy (Walden Pond, Nov. 1, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-06-234200-3)

Despite thwarting the egomaniacal inventor Ambrose Rector at the 1883 World’s Fair in A Dastardly Plot (the first book in A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem series), Emmett Lee and Molly Pepper have failed to earn a place in the Inventors’ Guild. Now, the duo, along with Molly’s mother Cassandra, aim to prove themselves by becoming the first people to discover the South Pole—sailing in an experimental ship along the same path where Emmett’s father vanished years ago.

Wonder Undercover

by Matthew Swanson, illus. by Robbi Behr (Imprint, Nov. 5, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-338-54056-7)

This third illustrated middle grade novel in the Real McCoy series finds fourth grade detective Moxie McCoy infiltrating the Wonder Scouts in order to deduce whether her nemeses, the Dublinger twins, are sabotaging each other’s ability to earn all 20 badges. Meanwhile, Moxie’s younger brother and protégé investigates the mysterious break-in at Tiddlywhump’s Local House of History.

Charlie Hernández & the Castle of Bones

by Ryan Calejo (Aladdin, Nov. 12, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-5344-2661-0)

Morphling Charlie and his friend Violet return in this middle grade sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which brings more Latinx-inspired monsters and magic.

Dead Moon Rising

by Caitlin Sangster (Simon Pulse, Nov. 12, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-5344-2784-6)

After the events of Shatter the Suns, Sev is Asleep, imprisoned by Dr. Yang after refusing to reveal her secrets to him. Though Sev knows where the cure to Sleeping Sickness is, she can’t access it while she lies immobilized. Meanwhile, Tai-ge, Howl, and June navigate their own struggles in the final multi-perspective installment of Sangster’s Last Star Burning YA trilogy.

The Forbidden Expedition

by Alex Bell, illus. by Tomislav Tomić (Simon & Schuster, Nov. 12, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-5344-0649-0)

Ice princess Stella and the other junior explorers are back in this fantastical sequel to The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club. When a witch abducts Stella’s adoptive father Felix, it’s up to the junior explorers to venture to Witch Mountain and get him back.

Cold Falling White

by G.S. Prendergast (Simon & Schuster, Nov. 19, $18.99, ISBN 978-1-4814-8187-8)

A war brews among the Nahx in this sequel to Zero Repeat Forever, where the race of aliens first began their invasion of Earth. Humans Xander and Raven, tied by their association to the rebel Nahx soldier August, find themselves on conflicting sides of the war.

Power of a Princess

by E.D. Baker (Bloomsbury, Nov. 19, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-68119-769-2)

In this middle grade sequel to More Than a Princess, half-fairy, half-Pedrasi Princess Aislin sets out to restore balance between humans and fairies with the help of her untraditional band of ladies-in-waiting. Meanwhile, an old foe rises again.

The Queen of Nothing

by Holly Black (Little, Brown, Nov. 19, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-316-31042-0)

The finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy features the return of ambitious exile Jude and her wicked paramour, Cardan, who is now the High King of Elfhame. As Elfhame becomes even more deeply mired in bloody political machinations, Jude must figure out how to return to Faerie when the life of her twin sister, Taryn, becomes imperiled and a curse afflicts the kingdom.

The Wickerlight

by Mary Watson (Bloomsbury, Nov. 19, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-68119-769-2)

Set in the magical Irish town of The Wren Hunt, this second novel features Zara, who’s investigating the mysterious death of her sister Laila. What she discovers instead is the dangerous game between the judges and the augurs, the Druidic societies introduced in Watson’s YA debut.

Ali Cross

by James Patterson (Little, Brown/Patterson, Nov. 25, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-316-53041-5)

Patterson brings his adult detective Alex Cross series to middle graders in this companion novel, which stars Alex’s son Ali. When 12-year-old Ali’s best friend Gabe goes missing, Ali is spurred into following his father’s footsteps.


by Brandon Sanderson (Delacorte, Nov. 26, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-399-55581-7)

In this second book of the YA sci-fi Skyward trilogy, starship pilot Spensa reckons with the truth of her father’s past in the midst of the escalating danger from the Krell aliens.