Novel sequels hitting shelves this month include the series finale of a popular YA fantasy fairy tale, the first new book in a series after a 10-year wait, a pair of twins on a journey to save their kingdom, and more.

Battle Born

by Amie Kaufman, illus. by Levente Szabo (HarperCollins, June 2, $16.99 ISBN 978-0-06-245804-9)

Tensions are high in the final book of the Elementals middle grade fantasy series. Powerful magical shapeshifters are locked in a conflict that has spanned generations, and although Anders and his friends have delayed all-out war between the Ice Wolves and Scorch Dragons, their mission is far from over.

Category Five

by Ann Dávila Cardinal (Tor Teen, June 2, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-250-29612-2)

In this supernatural thriller, sequel to Five Midnights, the island of Vieques off the coast of Puerto Rico is trying to recover from Hurricane Maria, but developers have come to take advantage of the battered island. Meanwhile Lupe, Javier, and Marisol are back to investigate the series of murders and a new threat in the wake of the hurricane.

The Gryphon’s Lair

by Kelley Armstrong (Puffin Canada, June 2, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-7352-6538-7)

In the follow-up to middle-grade duology starter A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying, Rowan is the new Royal Monster Hunter and her twin brother, Rhydd, is destined to be king. But not everyone is happy with the change, and Rowan is left to make a journey to return a baby gryphon to the wild, which isn’t an easy task when you’re a “monster magnet.”

Hilda and the Great Parade

by Luke Pearson, Stephen Davies, and Seaerra Miller (Flying Eye, June 2, $10.99, ISBN 978-1-912497-72-0)

Hilda faces new challenges as she moves from the wilderness to the city of Trolberg, in the second book in the Netflix TV tie-in series. Along the way, the heroine must adapt to a whole new way of life while making new friends, human and creature alike.

My Calamity Jane

by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows (HarperCollins, June 2, $18.99 ISBN 978-0-06-265281-2)

The authors of My Plain Jane are back with a historical retelling of the one and only Calamity Jane. When she finds a suspicious bite on her arm, Jane turns tail to Deadwood where talk of a cure is amiss, but things aren’t always as they seem. See our In Conversation with the three collaborators here.

One True King

by Soman Chainani (HarperCollins, June 2, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-06-269521-5)

In the finale for the School for Good and Evil fantasy series, Camelot’s crown and the fate of the Endless Woods are up for grabs. Who will sit on Camelot’s throne and rule the Endless Woods, and who will be the One True King? See our interview with Chainani on wrapping up the series here.

Thunder Run

by Daniel José Older (Scholastic Press, June 2, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-338-26887-4)

Magdalys’s connection with the dinosaurs has led the U.S. Army to some important victories in the third book in the Dactyl Hill Squad series, but the Civil War is not over yet and the squad members find themselves fighting deep in the Louisiana bayou. Read our Q&A with the author here.

Ragweed & Poppy

by Avi, illus. by Brian Floca (HarperCollins, June 9, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-06-267134-9)

In the first new Poppy book in more than 10 years, Newbery Medalist Avi and Caldecott Medalist Floca relate the previously untold tale of how mice Ragweed and Poppy first met and how their fateful friendship began.

Stella Endicott and the Anything-Is-Possible Poem

by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick, June 9, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-5362-0180-2)

Stella loves her teacher, Miss Liliana, and is thrilled when the class is assigned to write a poem. But an irritating classmate insists that Stella’s poem is filled with lies, resulting in a shouting match and a trip to the principal’s office. Finally, the two must find a way to turn the situation around.


by Jeff Sweat (Feiwel and Friends, June 23, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-250-13922-1)

The sequel to Mayfly follows Jemma, Lady, and Pico as they race against time to solve the mystery of why all children End at age 17. But there’s something the Old Guys aren’t telling them, along with something brewing in the tribes of the Children. It won’t be long before the fighting reaches Jemma and the Old Guys, if they live to see it.

The Unready Queen

by William Ritter (Algonquin, June 23, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-61620-840-0)

In the follow-up to Changeling (The Oddmire #1), human-raised brothers Tinn and Cole join forces with Fable, daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, to stop the fighting between the Endsborough and the creatures of the Wild Wood before violence turns into all-out war. Their journey brings Fable’s mother closer to the fulfilment of a deadly prophecy that could leave Fable a most Unready Queen.