THE FLAT RABBIT by Bárdur Oskarsson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"As perfectly, honestly childlike in its approach as Margaret Wise Brown and Remy Charlip's classic The Dead Bird, this title should provoke both thought and discussion. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Upon seeing a flattened rabbit on the road, a dog and rat try to honor her in this secular story about compassion and respect. Read full book review >
RACHEL'S HOPE by Shelly Sanders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Alas, not tight enough to resonate deeply. (historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Rachel Paskar, now 16 in 1905 San Francisco, begins life anew, a refugee with her older sister, brother-in-law, and Menahem, a young boy with whom they escaped from the 1903 Kishinev, Russia, pogrom (Rachel's Secret, 2012). Read full book review >

PING WANTS TO PLAY by Adam Gudeon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This playful story offers plenty of support to new readers. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Ping and Pong are canine companions who demonstrate caring cooperation in this pleasant, predictable story for emergent readers. Read full book review >
LITTLE MAN by Elizabeth Mann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Exceptional. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A tale of finding a place to belong with a specific setting but universal appeal. Read full book review >
HUNTER MORAN DIGS DEEP by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"The nonstop action and near-slapstick humor will surely please Hunter's middle-grade fans. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Moran family follies continue as Hunter and Zack search low and high for town father and soup magnate Lester Tinwitty's storied buried treasure. Read full book review >

HOW TO SAVE A SPECIES by Marilyn Baillie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"An appealing and effective way to convey an important message. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Striking photographs and clear explanatory text introduce 15 highly endangered species and two brought back from the edge of extinction, examples of the "very wonderful, very rare" living things with which humans share our world. Read full book review >
THE MAGICIAN OF AUSCHWITZ by Kathy Kacer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Though its sourcing is lacking, this is nevertheless a poignant, inspiring story of friendship, hope and survival. (Biography. 7-10)"
A moving Holocaust story for younger readers about a young boy sent to Auschwitz and befriended by a magician. Read full book review >
THE STORY STARTS HERE! by Caroline Merola
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Nifty concept; imperfect execution. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A contrarian wolf insists on starting his story from back to front. Read full book review >
OUR HEROES by Janet Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"An admirable effort to engage today's youth. (websites) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
In this third offering about young activists, Wilson takes a look at true stories of children who are giving and helping worldwide. Read full book review >
WHY WE LIVE WHERE WE LIVE by Kira Vermond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This unusual book offers a surprising amount of information, organized and presented in an appealing way for upper-elementary students. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Why do people choose to live where they do in our world? Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS TRUCE by Aaron Shepard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Among the many entries celebrating this event's centennial, librarians and teachers should welcome this historically accurate telling for ages 9 and up."
Veteran children's author Aaron Shepard (The Baker's Dozen, 2010, etc.) tells the true story of how World War I troops on both sides of the trenches spontaneously observed Christmas 1914 together. Read full book review >
THE MUSES by N. L. McEvoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Older readers may scratch their heads at some story elements, but 10- to 12-year-olds will eat this fantasy tale up."
In McEvoy's debut YA adventure, two American kids discover more than they'd bargained for when they're sent to live with their great-aunt in Australia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Lawrence Wright
September 15, 2014

Lawrence Wright has written books that investigate Scientology, al-Qaida, religion in America and the psychology of twinship, among other topics. He received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for The Looming Tower. His new book, Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David is about “one of the great diplomatic triumphs of the twentieth century,” when an unpopular president was able behind the scenes to convince two proud, intransigent leaders of the Middle East to compromise. We ask Wright about uncovering the details of the story in this Kirkus TV interview. View video >