WILLIE'S REDNECK TIME MACHINE by John Luke Robertson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"There are certainly worse products out there put forth by celebrities looking for an extra buck. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
America's favorite redneck patriarch dips his beak into children's publishing with a wacky time-travel choose-your-own adventure. Read full book review >
DUNCES ROCK by Kate Jaimet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A cute and mildly amusing slobs-vs.-snobs tale. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Dunces return (Dunces Anonymous, 2009), and this time they're battling their school's decision to cut music and drama.Read full book review >

UP & DOWN by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A pleasing, low-key dip into the ocean of language as well as water. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Little Penguin sets out on a preposition-rich swim to visit a friend on a distant iceberg. Read full book review >
CALL ME TREE / LLÁMAME  ÁRBOL by Maya Christina Gonzalez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An exquisitely crafted call to honor ourselves, one another and the natural world. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The author of I Know the River Loves Me / Yo sé que el río me ama (2009) offers a bilingual picture book that presents the triumphant journey from seed to tree, conveying a deep appreciation for nature.Read full book review >
CAN I COME TOO? by Brian Patten
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"The evergreen 'dream big' message gets a gracious, nicely designed treatment here. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tiny mouse yearning for an outsize adventure sets out to find the biggest creature in the world. Read full book review >

FLOATER by Rick Goldsberry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A failed fantasy. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Morphing into a floater should be a good thing. Read full book review >
WHO WAS HERE? by Mia Posada
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Naturalists will be enthralled. (websites, further reading, answer key) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Even the very young can identify animal tracks when it's made this much fun. Read full book review >
TIN by Chris Judge
by Chris Judge, illustrated by Chris Judge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Just plain fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Big brother Tin must rescue his wandering little sister. Read full book review >
A BIG DAY FOR MIGS by Jo Hodgkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"From the endpapers labeling Migs' classmates, readers may infer that more titles are forthcoming—it'll be nice to see more of this agreeable crew. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Migs is nervous about his first day of school, but will his solution to shyness help him make friends? Read full book review >
HANSEL & GRETEL by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"The Grimm version is as frightening as a bedtime story gets, but this version will scare people in new ways, and some of those people may need to start drawing right away. (historical notes) (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-12)"
If this isn't the definitive edition of "Hansel and Gretel," it's absolutely necessary. Read full book review >
RHODA'S ROCK HUNT by Molly Beth Griffin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Rock collectors will smile at her cairns and will be better able to leave behind beloved rocks. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Rhoda goes hiking with Auntie June and Uncle Jonah, it's not a little day hike. Read full book review >
THE CARNIVAL by Brigitte Luciani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A warm, quiet and cozy tale that's a sweet-tempered reminder that even the longest of winters must eventually give way to spring. (Graphic animal fantasy. 6-9)"
A gentle tale of woodland creatures trying to chase away winter gloom with a festive carnival. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Lauren Oliver
author of ROOMS
September 29, 2014

Lauren Oliver is known for her best-selling young adult novels (including the Delirium trilogy) but her new novel Rooms is her first written for adults. We ask her about making the transition, finding new readers, and writing a ghost story. Rooms actually has two story lines that nicely collide: First, a ghost story in which the ghosts can’t leave the house but don’t know why. Second, an estranged family story in which the ex-husband dies, leaving his alcoholic ex-wife, angry daughter and disaffected teen son to clean out their former home, not knowing that it's haunted. We go ghost-hunting with Lauren Oliver this week at Kirkus TV. View video >