Novel sequels hitting shelves this month include the latest installment of a popular middle grade mermaid series; the finale of a bestselling sextet featuring a girl with the power to kill with a touch; the further undertakings of a girl intent on saving the multiverse; a fantastical basketball sequel created by the late Kobe Bryant; and more.

Awesome Dog 5000 vs. Mayor Bossypants

by Justin Dean (Random House, Mar. 3, $13.99, ISBN 978-0-525-64485-9)

Following the illustrated middle grade novel Awesome Dog 5000 comes this return to the video game-influenced world of Marty, Ralph, and Skyler, who must face Mayor Bossypants when he decides to battle the titular robotic canine.

The Chaos Curse

by Sayantani DasGupta, illus. by Vivienne To (Scholastic, Mar. 3, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-338-35589-5)

In this third installment of the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series, after Game of Stars, Kiran must return home to Parsippany, N.J., to rescue Prince Lal, who was kidnapped by a bhoot from the Kingdom Beyond and stashed in a tree in the Jersey suburbs. But there are darker plans afoot, and Kiran has to keep her wits about her if she wants to save her friends and stop her evil Serpent King father from condensing the multiverse.  

Legends: Dragonslayer

by Tui T. Sutherland (Scholastic, Mar. 3, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-338-21460-4)

Set in the same world but taking place long before the events of the bestselling middle grade fantasy series Wings of Fire, this second installment in the Wings of Fire: Legends series follows Legends: Darkstalker. Revealing the truth of Queen Oasis’s death, this book finds Ivy, Leaf, and Wren crossing paths with dragons in a way that will transform the future of Pyrrhia.

Ronan Boyle and the Swamp of Certain Death

by Thomas Lennon, illus. by John Hendrix (Amulet, Mar. 3, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-4113-5)

Anxious, allergy-prone 15-year-old Ronan Boyle, the newest recruit to the secret Irish police force, the Garda, is back in this sequel to Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. Determined to pursue the harpy who dragged his captain into Tir Na Nog, Ronan will face a multitude of mythological creatures—as well as impostor syndrome.

The Shadow Arts

by Damien Love (Viking, Mar. 3, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-451-47861-0)

Alex and his grandfather’s adventures resume in this sequel to Love’s debut, the folklore-inflected middle grade novel Monstrous Devices. When Alex’s grandfather calls upon Alex to help save Harry, their friend, the dynamic duo must traverse Europe, navigating an art theft crisis, stolen ancient artifacts, and an age-old conspiracy to defeat a familiar foe.

Defy the Sun

by Jessika Fleck (Swoon Reads, Mar. 10, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-250-15477-4)

Veda Adeline, Nico Denali, and Dorian Winters return in this sequel to YA dystopian novel Beware the Night. Bellona is beset by civil war, and Veda and Nico are on opposing sides of the battle. With each leveraged as a hostage, will the duo be able to defy the odds and unite their divided people?

Emily Windsnap and the Tales of Time

by Liz Kessler, illus. by Erin Farley (Candlewick, Mar. 10, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-5362-0969-3)

The ninth book in the Emily Windsnap series finds part-time mermaid Emily in a liminal space: she’s restless after returning from her pelagic adventures, and her friendships with Mandy and Shona are on the rocks. When Emily receives a wishing stone, her first two wishes give her glimpses of futures inhospitable to either Brightport’s humans or Shiprock’s merpeople—and no way of knowing how to save them all.

Girls with Razor Hearts

by Suzanne Young (Simon Pulse, Mar. 17, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-5344-2616-7)

Weeks after fleeing Innovations Academy, and still reeling from the events of Girls with Sharp Sticks, Mena and her friends must decide how to reckon with their cyborg origins and their corporation-funded pasts. Seeking revenge against the investors and freedom for their sisters, the girls enroll in Ridgeview Prep while learning to navigate the outside world.

The Odd 1s Out: The First Sequel

by James Rallison (TarcherPerigee, Mar. 17, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-593-08763-3)

In this follow-up to The Odd 1s Out, popular YouTuber Rallison, who has 14.1 million followers on his primary channel, returns with more humorous vignettes and comics about his life experiences, adulthood, and the world at large.

Vera Vance: Comics Star

by Claudia Mills, illus. by Grace Zong (Holiday House/Ferguson, Mar. 17, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-8234-4094-8)

The second book in the After-School Superstars chapter book series finds third grade comics enthusiast Vera Vance excited for the start of afterschool comics camp. But her mother is not quite as enthused, and Vera will have to convince her mom of her passion if she wants to attend the field trip to the local comic convention.

Between Burning Worlds

by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell (Simon Pulse, Mar. 24, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-5344-1066-4)

In this second book in the System Divine series, Marcellus, Chatine, and Alouette, three renegades on the French planet of Laterre, resume their struggles. On the brink of war, Laterre is suffering from uprisings and military assaults; the trio must band together to save the planet.

Warren the 13th and the Thirteen-Year Curse

by Tania del Rio, created and illus. by Will Staehle (Quirk, Mar. 24, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-68369-090-0)

The finale in the illustrated middle grade Warren the 13th trilogy picks up where Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods left off. Having discovered the Warren Hotel’s ship transformation capabilities, Warren and his friends are in for another adventure, this time involving pirates, kidnappings, and a family curse.

Imagine Me

by Tahereh Mafi (Harper, Mar. 31, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-06-267642-9)

The bestselling Shatter Me saga comes to an end in this sixth book, which follows Defy Me. Juliette Ferrars has uncovered the full truth about herself—including her real name, Ella Sommers. Now, Ella and Warner must reckon with their pasts to dismantle The Reestablishment and have a chance at happily ever after.

The Wizenard Series: Season One

Created by Kobe Bryant, written by Wesley King (Granity Studios, Mar. 31, $18.99, ISBN 978-1-949520-14-9)

After The Wizenard Series: Training Camp, the low-ranking West Bottom Badgers and their enigmatic coach Rolabi Wizenard make their return in this story centering on Reggie, a benchwarmer who dreams of improving his basketball game.