Books for tweens may get overshadowed by the enormous popularity of young-adult titles, but the category is still robust, as more bestselling authors of adult and teen books apply their talents to a younger audience.




Infinity Ring Book One: A Mutiny in Time

By James DashnerScholastic, 192 pp.: $12.99, for ages 8 and up

Three kids travel back through history to fix it and save the future in this kickoff to a new multimedia series that can be experienced as both a book and video game.

(August)




The Spindlers

By Lauren Oliver, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno. HarperCollins, 256 pp.: $16.99, for ages 8 and up

A young girl wakes up and discovers her brother is missing, forcing her to travel to an underworld populated with talking rats, music-loving moles and evil, spider-like beings known as the Spindlers who run this unusual kingdom.

(October)




The Peculiar

By Stefan BachmannGreenwillow Books, 384 pp.: $16.99, for ages 9 and up

A brother and sister becoming unwitting saviors of a city set in an alternative Victorian England where gnomes drive taxis, fairies live in slums and the birds are mechanical.

(September)




Who Could That Be at This Hour?

By Lemony SnicketLittle, Brown, 272 pp.: $15.99, for ages 9 and up

The first in a four-volume series about a young Lemony Snicket as he begins an apprenticeship in a secret organization, asks questions that shouldn't be asked, and writes an account of the ordeal that shouldn't be published, yet is.

(October)




The Last Dragonslayer

By Jasper FfordeHarcourt Houghton Mifflin, 296 pp.: $16.99, for ages age 12 and up