All Ages

The Best Children’s and YA Books of March 2019

by the Brightly Editors

Spring is just around the corner, and we’ve gathered up March’s best new book releases to ring in the new season. From inspiring picture books to heart-pounding middle grade reads and YA titles that speak truth to power, your young readers are in for another great reading month.

  • Middle Grade

  • Far Away

    by Lisa Graff

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    From National Book Award nominee Lisa Graff comes a poignant coming-of-age story that blends genre to discuss the difficult but all-too-real topics of grief, loss, and family secrets. CJ’s Aunt Nic is a psychic medium who helps people communicate with their loved ones, just like she keeps CJ connected to her mother, who died when CJ was born. But when that connection is lost, CJ and her friend Jax set out on a journey to find a solution — if only they can separate reality from fantasy.
    (On Sale: 3/5/19)

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  • The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter

    by Diane Magras

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    In this breathtaking sequel to The Mad Wolf’s Daughter set in medieval Scotland, young warrior Drest has a bounty on her head, and the knights are closing in. She can choose to hide out as a typical maiden, or she can refuse to yield her power and continue the rescue mission for her war-band family. Your middle grade reader may find it tough to pace themselves with this one.
    (On Sale: 3/5/19)

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  • Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs

    by Russell Ginns

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    Samantha Spinner is back, and the action hasn’t slowed down one bit. Her missing Uncle Paul — who gifted her an old umbrella that unlocked a super-secret, global transit system — has sent her an odd pair of purple sunglasses. What secrets could they possibly contain? Samantha and her brother Nipper are on the case in this jampacked adventure stuffed with clues.
    (On Sale: 3/12/19)

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  • Escape This Book! Titanic

    by Bill Doyle, illustrated by Sara Sax

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    In this engaging and interactive doodle book, the reader is dropped into history and shown three paths ahead: they can be a passenger, a crew member, or a stowaway. Whichever path they choose, they’ll have to draw their way to safety, and there’s no turning back!
    (On Sale: 3/19/19)

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  • Jake the Fake Goes for Laughs

    by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Keith Knight

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    It’s not easy being the funny guy all the time — and it’s not easy being the friend of the funny guy all the time, either. These are the dilemmas for Jake and his other sixth-grade pals as Jake pursues his budding comedy career. With more than 200 illustrations (and twice as many laughs), Jake the Fake is the go-to hero for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate.
    (On Sale: 3/26/19)

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  • YA

  • Field Notes on Love

    by Jennifer E. Smith

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    When Hugo’s girlfriend dumps him, she graciously gives him the train tickets for their weeklong, cross-country trip — but they’re in her name, and can’t be transferred. Without much hope, he puts out an ad for another Margaret Campbell and finds Mae, who’s ready for a break from her own problems. The week-long whirlwind grows into something more, but will it last when the train makes its final stop?
    (On Sale: 3/5/19)

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  • Superman: Dawnbreaker

    by Matt de la Pena

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    In Matt de la Peña’s origin-story take on a superhero icon, Clark Kent discovers that people living in the undocumented worker community in Smallville are disappearing. With the help of his friend Lana Lang, Clark embraces his strength and compassion in equal measures, emerging into the Superman we know him to be.
    (On Sale: 3/5/19)

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  • SHOUT

    by Laurie Halso Anderson

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    Twenty years ago, Laurie Halse Anderson gave us Speak, a groundbreaking novel about a teenage girl reckoning with the aftermath of her sexual assault. Now, Anderson returns to continue advocating for survivors and condemning our society’s failures through a powerful memoir-in-verse — a rallying cry and love letter wrapped in one, and essential reading for all.
    (On Sale: 3/12/19)

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  • The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

    by Ally Condie

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    Seventeen-year-old Poe Blythe, a captain of the Outpost’s last mining ship, is hell-bent on revenge. Two years ago, river raiders took everything she loved, and her grief is too wide and deep to traverse. But there might be a traitor on her ship, and the time is now for Poe to decide who she’s been and — perhaps more importantly — who she wants to become.
    (On Sale: 3/26/19)

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