New Release Books by Lisa Papademetriou

Lisa Papademetriou is the author of Squad Goals (Hearts & Crafts #1) (2022), The Dreamway (2018), Apartment 1986 (2017), A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic (2015) and other 102 books.

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Squad Goals (Hearts & Crafts #1)

release date: Mar 01, 2022
Squad Goals (Hearts & Crafts #1)
A story of family, friendship, and making life work -- no matter what it throws at you! Mackenzie Miller has big goals For instance, conquering 7th grade -- with projects. There’s the Mom Project (finding her a boyfriend -- even if she says she’s not interested), the Friend Project (win back the BFFs who dumped her and make a new friend), and the Band Project (so what if she’s never planned a fundraiser? How hard can it be?). But finding real-life romance is a lot more complicated than her mom’s favorite movies make it look. And last year’s friends still won’t tell Mackenzie what she did wrong. And the fundraiser? It has to be beyond impressive, since Mackenzie sort of accidentally promised a live band so amazing it will “make everyone poop their pants.” The harder Mackenzie works to craft the perfect school year, the more she feels like she’s failing. She can do it all, can’t she? Or do her big goals require something more -- like a little help from her friends?

The Dreamway

release date: Oct 30, 2018
The Dreamway
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Papademetriou delivers her most fantastical, emotional story yet in this tale of a young girl’s journey into her dreams to save her brother from the darkness that surrounds him. Perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Echo. Every night, your sleeping body stays in your bed, while the you of you travels deep beneath the earth to ride the complex rails of the Dreamway.... Stella Clay thought it was just another ordinary day at her drab gray school. Then her twin brother, Cole, is attacked by a shadowy creature on their way home, and Stella’s world turns positively peculiar. Suddenly, her brother seems different, almost dimmer, like a candle about to flicker out. And then a talking mouse shows up in her bedroom. Stella discovers that the real Cole has been taken prisoner in the Dreamway. Determined to find him, she sets out with the “help” of a stuck-up rodent, a nervous dragonfly, and a mysterious pirate, and finds her way to the darkest edge of the Dreamway to bring her brother home…before he's trapped forever. In this allegorical exploration of childhood depression, with a moving author note that follows, Lisa Papademetriou gently and safely illustrates for her readers the emotional effects of anger, anxiety, and insecurity—and illuminates a pathway to hope and recovery.

Apartment 1986

release date: Apr 11, 2017
Apartment 1986
Bestselling middle grade author Lisa Papademetriou is back with a playful, poignant story that will resonate with anyone who’s ever had to learn that love means accepting people—even yourself—for who they really are. Callie never meant to let it go this far. Sure, she may have accidentally-on-purpose skipped a day at her fancy New York City prep school, but she never thought she’d skip the day after that! And the one after that . . . and . . . uh . . . the one after that. But when everything in your real life is going wrong (fighting parents! bullied little brother! girls at school who just. don’t. get. it!) skipping school starts to look like a valid mental-health strategy. And when Callie runs into Cassius, a mysterious and prickly “unschooled” kid doing research at museums all across the city, it seems only natural for her to join him. Because museums are educational, which means they’re as good as going to class. Right? Besides, school can wait. What can’t wait is the mystery of why her grandmother seems to wish she could travel back in time to 1986, or what she wants so much to relive there. As Cassius helps Callie see the world in a whole new light, she realizes that the people she loves are far from perfect—and that some family secrets shouldn’t be secret at all.

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic

release date: Oct 06, 2015
A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic
Bestseller and author of the popular middle grade series Confectionately Yours Lisa Papademetriou is back with a magical, page-turning adventure for readers of all ages—a touching tale about destiny and the invisible threads that link us all, ultimately, to one another. Kai and Leila are both finally having an adventure. For Leila, that means a globe-crossing journey to visit family in Pakistan for the summer; for Kai, it means being stuck with her crazy great-aunt in Texas while her mom looks for a job. In each of their bedrooms, they discover a copy of a blank, old book called The Exquisite Corpse. Kai writes three words on the first page—and suddenly, they magically appear in Leila's copy on the other side of the planet. Kai's words are soon followed by line after line of the long-ago, romantic tale of Ralph T. Flabbergast and his forever-love, Edwina Pickle. As the two take turns writing, the tale unfolds, connecting both girls to each other, and to the past, in a way they never could have imagined. A heartfelt, vividly told multicultural story about fate and how our stories shape it.

Homeroom Diaries

release date: Jul 21, 2014
Homeroom Diaries
After recovering from an emotional breakdown, a scrappy high school student dares to be happy and disrupt the social scene. Margaret "Cuckoo" Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she's turning over a new leaf with her "Operation Happiness". She's determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters. Cuckoo's also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves "the Freakshow") decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and "bring the Nations together". Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling . . . until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough. In James Patterson's first highly illustrated "diary fiction" story for teens, the mega-bestselling author's most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.

Middle School: Big Fat Liar

release date: Jun 23, 2014
Middle School: Big Fat Liar
From blockbuster author James Patterson comes the third installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling Middle School series! Georgia Khatchadorian-the sister of Rafe, the star of the first two Middle School books-plans to excel at Hills Village Middle School in all the places her troublemaking brother failed. She's even bet him that she'll quickly become one of the most popular girls in school, but no one will give her a chance! Even worse, Rafe has sneakily set her up to embarrass herself in front of the snooty "Princesses" who run the school and the boy who's caught her eye. Will she be able to overcome her fears and win her bet with Rafe? Find out THE TRUTH about Rafe Khatchadorian's sister in the first Middle School story from the point of view of the hilarious Georgia-a girl who's ready to speak her mind!

Something New

release date: Jul 30, 2013
Something New
Hayley finds herself overwhelmed when her family gets a puppy that isn't housebroken, she begins attending a new school, and the wedding cake she has been asked to make for her grandmother's big day isn't turning out as planned.

My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar

release date: Jan 23, 2015
My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar
Rafe Khatchadorian is getting the Hollywood treatment in a film version of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life starring Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle and Thomas Barbusca. Georgia Khatchadorian plans to excel at Hills Village Middle School in all the places her troublemaking brother failed. She's even bet him that she'll quickly become one of the most popular girls in school. But Rafe left a big mark at HVMS, and no one will give Georgia a chance! Even worse, Rafe has sneakily signed up her band to play at the school dance, and she's terrified to embarrass herself in front of the snooty 'Princesses' who run the school and the boy who's caught her eye. Will she be able to overcome her fears and win her bet with Rafe? Find out THE TRUTH about Rafe Khatchadorian's sister in the first Middle School story from the point of view of the hilarious Georgia - a girl who's ready to speak her mind!

Confectionately Yours #4: Something New

release date: Jul 30, 2013
Confectionately Yours #4: Something New
The delicious conclusion to a funny and heartwarming series! Hayley's family's tea shop is abuzz with some great news: Gran's getting married! It looks like Hayley's in charge of making the best wedding cake ever, and that will be . . . well, a piece of cake! Now that Hayley's mom is getting serious with her new boyfriend and Hayley's dad is acting like a parent again, everything seems to be falling into place. But will there be a happy ending for Hayley?

Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar

release date: Mar 18, 2013
Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar
From blockbuster author James Patterson comes the third installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling Middle School series! Georgia Khatchadorian-the sister of Rafe, the star of the first two Middle School books-plans to excel at Hills Village Middle School in all the places her troublemaking brother failed. She's even bet him that she'll quickly become one of the most popular girls in school, but no one will give her a chance! Even worse, Rafe has sneakily set her up to embarrass herself in front of the snooty "Princesses" who run the school and the boy who's caught her eye. Will she be able to overcome her fears and win her bet with Rafe? Find out THE TRUTH about Rafe Khatchadorian's sister in the first Middle School story from the point of view of the hilarious Georgia-a girl who's ready to speak her mind!

Confectionately Yours #3: Sugar and Spice

release date: Feb 01, 2013
Confectionately Yours #3: Sugar and Spice
Confession: Breaking up with my best friend is harder than I thought. . . .Hayley, her little sister, Chloe, and their mom have finally settled into their new home above their Gran's tea shop. But things at school aren't so peachy. Hayley's former best friend, Artie, is back in the picture and getting between Hayley and her new pal Meghan. Artie and Meghan are like oil and water -- they just don't mix! This looks like another recipe for disaster!

Fury's Fire

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Fury's Fire
Best friends Will and Gretchen continue to be haunted by otherworldly goings-on in their beach town on Long Island.

Save the Cupcake!: A Wish Novel (Confectionately Yours #1)

release date: May 01, 2012
Save the Cupcake!: A Wish Novel (Confectionately Yours #1)
Confession: My life is soooo not sprinkles and sunshine...Hayley's world is far from perfect: Her parents have divorced, her mom has lost her job, and she and her sister Chloe are stuck sharing a bedroom in their grandmother's apartment. Luckily, Hayley has a knack for baking cupcakes -- and cupcakes always make life just a little sweeter! But when she and her best friend Artie start drifting apart, she realizes that it's going to take more than sugar and spice to make things nice.

Disney Fairies: Rosetta's Daring Day

release date: Apr 17, 2012
Disney Fairies: Rosetta's Daring Day
Rosetta and Fawn are complete opposites. Rosetta loves fancy dresses and flowers. Fawn would rather go on adventures with her animal friends. So when the queen throws a fancy dinner, Rosetta and Fawn make a deal: If Fawn dresses up for the dinner and minds her manners, Rosetta will spend a day doing whatever Fawn wants. But can their friendship survive a day of frogs, mud, and . . . worms?

Middle School Boxed Set

release date: Oct 15, 2013
Middle School Boxed Set
The first four hardcover books of James Patterson's #1 bestselling series are collected for the first time! "Rafe Khatchadorian is the bad boy with a heart of gold," The New York Times said about the mischievous star of James Patterson's phenomenally successful Middle School series. Included in this hardcover boxed set is the #1 New York Times and #1 Indiebound bestseller that introduced the world to Rafe, along with his sparkplug sister Georgia's point-of-view on her brother's infamy. Rafe and Georgia's complete set of escapades--as well as a bonus poster included in the box--will provide countless hours of laughs for fans as well as newcomers to the series. Titles included are: Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill

Disney Fairies: Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon

release date: Aug 23, 2011
Disney Fairies: Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon
Rani doesn't fit in. Without wings, she doesn’t feel like she belongs with the other fairies. Rani sets off on a perilous journey to find a home, a journey that leads her underwater, deep into the lagoon, where the mermaids live.

Really?

release date: Sep 01, 2011
Really?
Sam has a new friend. Her name is Fern, and she's good at making stuff up. In fact, she's so good at it, it's hard to know when she's telling the truth!

Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar - FREE PREVIEW EDITION (The First 15 Chapters)

release date: Feb 04, 2013
Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar - FREE PREVIEW EDITION (The First 15 Chapters)
Catch a SNEAK PREVIEW of the first 15 chapters from James Patterson third installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling Middle School series! Georgia Khatchadorian plans to excel at Hills Village Middle School in all the places her troublemaking brother failed. She's even bet him that she'll quickly become one of the most popular girls in school. But Rafe left a big mark at HVMS, and no one will give Georgia a chance! Even worse, Rafe has sneakily signed up her band to play at the school dance, and she's terrified to embarrass herself in front of the snooty "Princesses" who run the school and the boy who's caught her eye. Will she be able to overcome her fears and win her bet with Rafe? Find out THE TRUTH about Rafe Khatchadorian's sister in the first Middle School story from the point of view of the hilarious Georgia--a girl who's ready to speak her mind!

Siren's Storm

release date: Jul 12, 2011
Siren's Storm
Nothing has been the same for Will ever since what happened last summer. One day, on an ordinary sailing trip with his brother, there is a strange accident. When Will wakes up, he learns his brother has disappeared, presumed drowned. Worst of all, Will can't remember what happened—his family finds him unconscious, with no memory of the accident. Now Will and his best friend and neighbor, Gretchen, are starting a new summer. Gretchen seems troubled—her sleepwalking habit is getting worse, and she keeps waking up closer and closer to the water. Will is drawn to Asia, the exotic new girl in town. Nobody knows where she's from—all Will knows is that her beauty and her mesmerizing voice have a powerful effect on people. Then there is another mysterious drowning, and Will and Gretchen begin to wonder: Is Asia just another beautiful, wealthy summer resident? Or is she something entirely more sinister . . . and inhuman?

Ice Dreams

release date: Jan 01, 2011
Ice Dreams
When Rosa moves to Chicago and begins taking ice skating lessons, she meets the reigning superstar, Jacqui, who is an ice queen in more ways than one.

You're in Big Trouble, Brad!

release date: Jan 01, 2011
You're in Big Trouble, Brad!
Brad loved playing tricks on people. So he got very nervous when the principal called him to her office. The only question was, which trick had gotten him in trouble?

Buzz Off!/Showtime!

release date: Jan 01, 2011
Buzz Off!/Showtime!
While Bonnie is out, her toys try to fix Buzz Lightyear, who has been knocked into Repeat mode, and put on a talent show, although Buzz has trouble finding an act that is right for him.

My Pen Pal, Pat

release date: Jan 01, 2011
My Pen Pal, Pat
Pat Scott and Pat Glenn are brand-new pen pals. They have the same first name. They both like baseball and pizza. They seem to have a lot in common—but do they really?

Taking the Cake!

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Taking the Cake!
Hayley helps out with the family tea shop by baking, but her talent may have pushed away her best friend, Artie, and the boy she is crushing on just may be Artie's new boyfriend.

Chasing Normal

release date: Jun 16, 2009
Chasing Normal
When her mother goes away and she is left in the care of her artist dad, Mieka struggles to find normalcy in her unconventional life, but after a summer trip to her Aunt Kate's where everything appears as perfect as could be, Mieka appreciates the special bond she and her father have. Reprint.
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