FOR THE LOVE OF GELO! by Tom O'Donnell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 30, 2014

"Jalasu Jhuk be praised! Another sequel is on the way, given the wide-open (but still satisfying) ending. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Throw your thol'graz in the air: Chorkle and its human friends return to continue their adventures (Space Rocks, 2014).Read full book review >
THE ACADEMY OF PLANETARY EVOLUTION by David R. Shapiro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 29, 2014

"Edifying and entertaining; recommended for serious dinosaur aficionados looking for scholarly, in-depth information. (maps, glossary, bios) (Graphic informational fantasy. 8-14)"
Three exceptionally bright children find themselves at an exclusive time-traveling academy—and on the run from some fellow time travelers seeking them and their magical map. Read full book review >

KID PRESIDENTS by David Stabler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Lively but not reliable. (index) (Collective biography. 9-13)"
Stories from their child and teen years reveal that U.S. presidents were kids like any others­—with hobbies and families and escapades both amusing and alarming. Read full book review >
THE TREE OF WATER by Elizabeth Haydon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A bottom feeder: mannered of prose, patchwork of plot, built on artifice and coincidence. (Fantasy.11-13)"
Encounters with dragons, merfolk, and sea life modern, mythical and prehistoric await magic seeker Ven as he ventures into the depths with his fish-tailed friend, Amariel. Read full book review >
WALKING WOUNDED by Chris Lynch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A powerful antidote to those who would glorify war. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The fifth installment in Lynch's Vietnam series continues the story of four friends who entered the war together and have now been forever changed by it. Read full book review >

MY GRANDFATHER'S COAT by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Sweet and tender and joyful. (author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 4-9)"
An immigrant tailor passes the American dream on to new generations, one stitch at a time. Read full book review >
BLUE MOUNTAIN by Martine Leavitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A timeless yet fresh story that beautifully connects readers to the natural world. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
A middle-grade story rich in natural setting and life lessons. Read full book review >
AND AWAY WE GO! by Migy
by Migy, illustrated by Migy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"The mood is the same as a pajama storytime or a trip in the car just at bedtime—exciting yet contained and comforting. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An urbane, adventuresome fox provides an evening's entertainment for an eclectic company in this nighttime escapade aloft. Read full book review >
THE MITTEN STRING by Jennifer Rosner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A sentimental family story celebrating a close-knit community. (brief knitting glossary, brief sign language glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hand-knit mittens provide more than warmth. Read full book review >
OLIVE AND THE EMBARRASSING GIFT by Tor Freeman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"The too-simple resolution and final act of revenge blunt the impact of the story's message. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Joe's gift of matching hats, one pink, one purple, both sporting a heart design, heart tassels and pompoms, and reading "Best Friends" across the front, is pretty embarrassing. But is it worth throwing away a friendship? Read full book review >
TIMMY FAILURE by Stephan Pastis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Timmy Failure is a classic antihero: Some readers will be drawn to the book because of him; others will be drawn to it in spite of him. (Comic mystery. 8-12)"
This is a book about very nice people. None of them is Timmy Failure. Read full book review >
HUNTERS OF THE GREAT FOREST by Dennis Nolan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Quite a treat! (Picture book. 3-7)"
An intrepid band conquers a rugged landscape to capture an unusually tasty conquest in this funny, wordless story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Christian Rudder
author of DATACLYSM
October 30, 2014

Our personal data has been used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us stuff we don’t need. In Dataclysm, Christian Rudder, the founder of OkCupid, uses it to show us who we truly are. For centuries, we’ve relied on polling or small-scale lab experiments to study human behavior. Today, a new approach is possible. As we live more of our lives online, researchers can finally observe us directly, in vast numbers, and without filters. Data scientists have become the new demographers. Are you a racist? Plainer-looking than you might wish? Inclined to vote left? Big data knows—and it’s talking. Demographers, entrepreneurs, students of history and sociology, and ordinary citizens alike will find plenty of provocations in Rudder’s book. We met up with Rudder at the Texas Book Festival. View video >