CURSE OF THE IRIS by Jason Fry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Good, old-fashioned, outer-space pirate fun. (charts, ship plans, nautical glossary) (Science fiction. 10-12)"
In this episode, teenage hotshot Tycho Hashoone and his privateering clan are swept up in both interplanetary politics and a scramble for hidden treasure. Read full book review >
WHAT DOES BABY LOVE? by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"A board book that's about as exciting as plain oatmeal. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Babies play with things they love in this lift-a-flap book. Read full book review >

I LOVE MOM by Joanna Walsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Books about moms and their appreciative children abound. Pass on this lackluster offering. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A mother tiger and her two cubs show their love for each other in this slim tale. Read full book review >
BLUE SUN, YELLOW SKY by Jamie Jo Hoang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 11, 2014

"A touching exploration of identity and reinvention painted with gentle yet precise brush strokes."
In Hoang's assured debut, a young artist makes peace with a crushing diagnosis and takes a stab at reinvention.What would you do if your very identity were about to be erased? Read full book review >
PRINCESS PATTY MEETS HER MATCH by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"This proactive princess will captivate readers with her charmingly unconventional tale. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When her Prince Charming fails to materialize, Princess Patty takes matters into her own hands. Read full book review >

EWE AND AYE by Candace Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Lots of fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A sporty sheep and an equally sporty primate find a way to realize a common aspiration: to fly. Read full book review >
THE BEE WHO SPOKE by Al MacCuish
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"This book's likable French protagonist makes its environmentalist message go down easy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Once upon a time in the great city of Paris, near Rue Saint-Rustique in the 18th arrondissement, there lived a girl named Belle." Read full book review >
BO AT IDITAROD CREEK by Kirkpatrick Hill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Overall, another warm and charming outing, and the family's move to a different town and larger, permanent home is a satisfying ending—though Bo's ever changing family dynamic may summon another sequel. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
This sequel to Bo at Ballard Creek (2013) continues the adventures of the 5-year-old gamine and her "two papas," Alaskan gold miners in the late 1920s. Read full book review >
WAR OF THE WORLD RECORDS by Matthew Ward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 4, 2014

"An exciting premise destroyed by tedious plotting. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The world record-setting Whipple family faces off against the rival Goldwins in the World Record World Championships. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT ALREADY! by Jory John
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"That's all, though, folks. With its one-joke plot and dramatic potential, it's better suited to school and library use than repeat readings in a lap at home. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Animals with differing internal rhythms find it challenging to be neighbors in this nocturnal tale. Read full book review >
SQUARE CAT ABC by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Not as 'Ick'y as the spinach is in Eula's estimation but far from Mouse's opening observation of 'Amazing!' (Picture book. 4-7)"
An abecedary follow-up to Schoonmaker's debut, Square Cat (2011). Read full book review >
SKATEBOARD PARTY by Karen English
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A welcome series addition that emphasizes familiarity instead of difference and treats its message with an affectionately light hand. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Richard dreams of landing the perfect flat-ground Ollie, but before he can attempt the daring skateboard feat, he must recover from an earlier trick that he played on his parents by concealing a teacher's note informing his parents of lackluster effort. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Celeste Ng
December 16, 2014

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins Celeste Ng’s novel Everything I Never Told You, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A story of family, secrets and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait. “Ng's emotionally complex debut novel sucks you in like a strong current and holds you fast until its final secrets surface,” our reviewer wrote. View video >