THE FLOCK FACTOR by Martin Howard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Fans will be in sheep-y stitches. (final art and activities not seen) (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 5-8)"
It's sheep vs. chicken in a farmyard talent showdown! Read full book review >
NOODLE MAGIC by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Playing with your food has never been quite so enticing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this slurp-worthy picture book, Mei loves to watch Grandpa Tu create noodles spun out of dough, magic and plenty of heart. Read full book review >

THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE by Carrie Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Multifaceted characters, high stakes, imaginative magic, and hints of hidden twists and complexities to come add up to a memorable start to a projected four-volume voyage. (numerous illustrations, not seen) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Two displaced young adventurers sail streams of raw magic from world to world in this vividly cast series opener. Read full book review >
TIPTOP CAT by C. Roger Mader
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Despite believable action and attractive pictures, this feels more like an amusing anecdote than a full-fledged adventure. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A Parisian tale inspired by a real-life feline. Read full book review >
ROGUE KNIGHT by Brandon Mull
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A flaccid, phoned-in sequel. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
In this second series installment, young Cole enters the second of five kingdoms in the otherworldly Outskirts, is exposed to a second culture and a second flavor of magic, and battles a second monster made of stolen magic as he continues the search for his fellow earthly kidnappees. Read full book review >

SNOWMAN'S STORY by Will Hillenbrand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A cozy read for bibliophiles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
With echoes of "Frosty the Snowman" in the background, a snowman's storybook within this wordless book delivers a comic wintertime romp. Read full book review >
THE SQUICKERWONKERS by Evangeline Lilly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"While it's gratifying to see a story that trusts readers with fear, the lack of a substantial plot and poor rhyme quality make this one to pass by, Peter Jackson's imprimatur in the introduction notwithstanding. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Actress Lilly makes her picture-book debut. Read full book review >
WHAT FOREST KNOWS by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Lyon's ability to see the connections among things and her affection for the natural world, amply demonstrated in earlier works, shine through this latest offering. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An extended poetic appreciation for what goes on in a forest through the seasons. Read full book review >
ISABEL'S WAR by Lila Perl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2014

"Published posthumously, an effective exploration of both character and times. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A young woman comes of age with World War II looming in the background. Read full book review >
GOBBLED BY GHORKS by Robert Paul Weston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Not exactly a rip-off of Monsters, Inc. but with plenty of shared DNA in the casting and dialogue, it's a yummy romp, served with generous sides of slapstick, satire and self-actualization topped with a dash of creaturely romance. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Conflicts in creaturedom continue as a new attack by the nefarious Ghorks leads to an epic food fight. Also monster dinner-theater cabaret. Read full book review >
THE MOUSE MANSION by Karina Schaapman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"A community in miniature, fully realized and elucidated by sensitive storytelling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In 17 episodes, two winsome, knitted mice—best friends Sam and Julia—explore the thriving, multistory apartment community where they both live. Read full book review >
PIRATE, VIKING & SCIENTIST by Jared Chapman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Waging peace through…science! That this debut is as funny as it is sneakily informative is icing on the cake. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-7)"
In a clear triumph for the scientific method, a young researcher systematically discovers how to keep his two close friends from punching each other out every time they meet. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Dean Hale and Shannon Hale
November 25, 2014

In Shannon and Dean Hale’s new book The Princess in Black, Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Our reviewer writes that The Princess in Black has “action, clever humor, delightful illustrations and expectation-defying secret identities—when does the next one come out?” The Princess in Black made it onto our Best Middle-Grade Books of 2014 list, which is one reason we’re delighted to talk to the Hales this week on Kirkus TV. View video >