Sequels hitting shelves this month include the latest installment for a beloved mouse detective, the return to the world created by Eva Ibbotson, the farewell to a particular orphanage for peculiar children, and more.

Picture Books and Graphic Novels

I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis and Álvaro Sarraseca (Graphix, Feb. 2 $10.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-338-66637-3)

In the third volume in the I Survived graphic novel series, it’s been years since the Nazis invaded Max Rosen’s home country of Poland. All the Jewish people have been forced to live in a ghetto, until two months ago, when the Nazis took Papa away. Now Max and his sister are on their own.

Jack Gets Zapped! by Mac Barnett, illus. by Greg Pizzoli (Viking, Feb. 2 $9.99; ISBN 978-0-593-11401-8)

In the eighth installment of the Jack Book series, Jack loves playing video games on rainy days. But when lightning strikes and Jack finds himself trapped inside his favorite game, will he find a way out before it’s game over?

Off the Hook by John Patrick Green (First Second, Feb. 23 $9.99; ISBN 978-1-250-22000-4)

Armed with new Very Exciting Spy Technology and fresh from simulation training, Mango and Brash are back in the third book of the InvestiGators series. The scaly secret agents are going undercover as Investibankers—investment bankers—to flush out a felon.

Slime for Dinner by Geronimo Stilton and Tom Angleberger (Graphix, Feb. 2 $12.99; ISBN 978-1-338-58735-7)

This is the second installment in the new Geronimo Stilton series interpreted by author, artist, and longtime fan Tom Angleberger, based on the story by Elisabetta Dami. The adventure kicks off when Geromino receives an invitation to a mystery dinner at Cacklefur Castle.

Uni Paints a Rainbow by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Random House, Feb. 23 $8.99 board; ISBN 978-1-984850-26-3)

In a new board book spinoff of Rosenthal’s bestselling series, Uni’s magical horn taps the prettiest flowers in the Land of the Unicorns and turns a drab world into a brilliant burst of color.


All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace (Imprint, Feb. 2 $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-30781-1)

In the conclusion to the All the Stars and Teeth duology, Amora has conquered a rebellion and taken her throne, but she’s lost her magic. Desperate, she takes her crew on a quest for an artifact that may resurrect her powers, but at a terrible cost.

Beyond Platform 13 by Sibéal Pounder and Eva Ibbotson (Viking, Feb. 2 $16.99; ISBN 978-0-593-20417-7).

In this new novel inspired by Eva Ibbotson’s classic, The Secret of Platform 13, the Island of Mist is under siege and Prince Ben and his best friend Odge are in hiding. Desperate to find out why the island’s protective mist is disappearing, Odge travels through an enchanted gump to Vienna, in search of a mistmaker expert. Read our q&a with Pounder about putting her spin on the world created by Ibbotson.

Claudette Colvin by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint (Philomel, Feb. 2 $5.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-593-11584-8).

Inspired by She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger, this chapter book series focuses on women who rose up against the odds. Before Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin made the same choice, fighting for equality and justice.

Dance Party and Field Trip by Pip Bird, illus. by David O’Connell (Imprint, Feb. 16 $5.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-250-76875-9; ISBN 978-1-250-77446-0)

The third and fourth installments of the Dave the Unicorn series follow Mira and her unicorn Dave as they face new challenges: a school dance, and a field trip in the real world.

Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease (Flatiron, Feb. 2 $18.99; ISBN 978-1-250-29555-2).

In this sequel to All That Glitters (originally published as Enchantée), Camille gambled everything she had to keep herself and her sister safe. But in this new Paris where allegiances shift and violence erupts, the answers Camille seeks set her on a perilous path, one that may cost her the boy she loves and her life.

Kidnap on the California Comet by M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman (Feiwel and Friends, Feb. 23 $16.99; ISBN 978-1-250-22293-0)

In this second book of the Adventures on Trains series, amateur sleuth Hal Beck travels to the U.S. with his uncle to ride the California Comet. Feeling homesick and out of place in America, he soon finds himself drawn into another mystery when the daughter of a billionaire tech entrepreneur goes missing.

Living the Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman (HarperCollins, Feb. 23 $14.99; ISBN 978-0-06-295411-4)

Journalists Kay and Shipman return for the follow-up to the bestselling The Confidence Code for Girls. Aiming to inspire confidence in young readers, this middle grade biography collection stars today’s brightest, most determined girls around the world.

Midnight Train by Angie Sage (HarperCollins/Tegen, Feb. 2 $16.99; ISBN 978-0-06-287517-4).

In the second volume of the Enchanter’s Child duology, Alex is on a mission to destroy the Twilight Hauntings. And to do so she must find the very thing that created them: a magical talisman called the Tau.

The Desolations of Devil’s Acre by Ransom Riggs (Dutton, Feb. 23 $22.99; ISBN 978-0-7352-3153-5).

In the conclusion of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series, Jacob and Noor are back in the place where everything began—his Jacob’s grandfather’s house. Meanwhile, Caul has returned and his apocalyptic agenda seems unstoppable.

The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book: A Greenglass House Story by Kate Milford (Feb 23 $17.99; ISBN 978-1-328-46690-7

Set in the same world as Greenglass House, Milford’s book features 12 guests of the Blue Vein Tavern who are trapped by flooded roads and the rising Skidwrack River. To pass the time, they begin to tell stories—each a different type of folklore—that eventually reveal more about their own secrets than they intended.

Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron (HarperTeen, Feb. 16 $18.99; ISBN 978-0-06-287098-8)

In this sequel to Kingdom of Souls, after so many years of yearning for the gift of magic, Arrah has the one thing she’s always wanted—at a terrible price. The last surviving witchdoctor, she’s been left to sort out the pieces of a family that betrayed her, a kingdom in shambles, and long-buried secrets about who she is.

Stick Dog Takes Out Sushi by Tom Watson (HarperCollins, Feb. 9 $12.99; ISBN 978-0-06-301427-5)

These pups are up to their usual food-snatching antics in the 11th of the Stick Dog series. This time, they’re on a quest for a food they’ve never had before: sushi. Stick Dog, Mutt, Poo-Poo, Karen, and Stripes will stop at nothing to get a taste.

Stormbreak by Natalie C. Parker (Razorbill, Feb. 9 $18.99; ISBN 978-0-451-47886-3)

In the conclusion to the Seafire trilogy, Aric Athair is dead but the fight for the Bullet Seas is far from over. Meanwhile, Caledonia’s nemesis Lir has seized control of the warlord’s army. As Caledonia and her crew flee to Cloudbreak to prepare for war, rogue ships and a few defecting Bullets come to join the fight.

The Vanished by Nic Stone (Scholastic, Feb. 2 $17.99; ISBN 978-1-338-58718-0)

In the follow up to Shuri: A Black Panther Novel, Shuri hears whispers of exceptionally talented young girls across the world going missing. When this mystery hits home, Shuri is determined to take action.