HUMPHREY'S REALLY WHEELY RACING DAY by Betty G. Birney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 28, 2014

"New readers will be "HAPPY-HAPPY-HAPPY" to see this promising new series. (Animal fantasy. 5-8)"
Humphrey, the classroom hamster, is back, this time in a new series for chapter-book readers. Read full book review >
BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 28, 2014

"For every dreaming girl (and boy) with a pencil in hand (or keyboard) and a story to share. (Memoir/poetry. 8-12)"
A multiaward-winning author recalls her childhood and the joy of becoming a writer. Read full book review >

365 DAYS OF WONDER by R.J.  Palacio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 28, 2014

"A big collection of inspiring words that will appeal to the legions of fans awaiting more wonder in their lives. (acknowledgments, list of contributors) (Anthology. 8-12)"
Thomas Browne, fifth-grade teacher from Palacio's best-selling Wonder (2012), returns in a companion volume offering a collection of inspiring precepts. Read full book review >
WHAT IF YOU MET A COWBOY? by Jan Adkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2014

"As Wild Bill Hickok "says" in his blurb: "Factual as far as it goes." (glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Following other books in the What if You Met…(a Pirate, 2004; a Knight, 2006) series, this title somewhat less successfully tackles the subject of cowboys. Read full book review >
THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Appealing and thought-provoking, with an ending that suggests endless possibilities. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
What would it be like if your grandfather turned up in your house as a 13-year-old boy? Read full book review >

IF YOU'RE READING THIS by Trent Reedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Readers will anticipate each letter right along with Mike, and they may receive some good guidance about life along with him. (Fiction. 10-16)"
A moving study of war's long-reaching effects on families. Read full book review >
HUMAN BODY by Simon Rogers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Far from comprehensive but visually arresting and, at times, provocative. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Stylized graphics rendered in saturated hues set this quick overview of body systems apart from the general run. Read full book review >
AW, NUTS! by Rob McClurkan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A thin rendering of an uninspired story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What self-respecting squirrel wouldn't take off in hot pursuit of the Platonic acorn? Read full book review >
FINDING RUBY STARLING by Karen Rivers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Totes bittersweet. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A separated-at-birth story for the digital age. Read full book review >
QUEST by Aaron Becker
Kirkus Star
by Aaron Becker, illustrated by Aaron Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Breathtaking in scope, consider this a wordless testament to the power of not just imagination, but art itself; picture books rarely feel this epic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On the coattails of Journey (2013), Becker gleefully expands and details his award-winning fantasyland, growing even more ambitious with his storytelling. Read full book review >
THE SWAP by Megan Shull
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Readers curious about how the other half lives will thrill at this view from the far side of the fence. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Seventh-grader Ellie O'Brien and eighth-grader Jack Malloy are given a surprising gift when they are suddenly able to literally view life through each other's eyes. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT PARADE by Lily Roscoe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A fine addition to the bedtime story shelf—it practically croons itself. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Nighttime can't just be for sleeping; what do toddlers really do at night? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Darcie Chan
August 25, 2014

During the week Darcie Chan returns to Mill River, Vermont in her new novel The Mill River Redemption, we talk to the former indie writer about her career as a bestseller published by a major house. View video >