FROM THE DEAD by Norah McClintock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An intriguing mystery that fails to deliver on its promise. (Mystery. 10-14)"
When David McLean dies, leaving behind a notebook filled with code, a dozen different passports and a trail of mysterious clues, his seven grandsons follow seven different paths to try and figure out exactly who their grandfather was. 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 >

BROKEN ARROW by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Informative but not inspired. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Steve's dream of a relaxing holiday in Spain is disrupted when he receives an email from his brother that makes him question everything he knows about his grandfather. 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 >
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 >

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 >
GHOST WALLS by Sally M. Walker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Though it doesn't sparkle like some of her earlier works, there's much here for patient readers. (author's note, timeline, source notes, bibliography, further reading suggestions, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The site of a 17th-century home owned by a colonial Maryland official reveals the story of its origins with the help of historians and archaeologists. Read full book review >
ODE TO A COMMODE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Signature silliness from Cleary and Rowland abounds in this children's celebration of concrete poetry. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
In this second Poetry Adventures outing, poet Cleary and illustrator Rowland (If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems, 2014) again team up to explore a poetic form well suited for young readers. Read full book review >
BENEATH by Gill Arbuthnott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Give this Scottish import to lovers of horses and folkloric fantasy. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Jess hasn't visited Roseroot Pool since the day she felt an unseen presence stalking her there (in 1577 Scotland, wolves still roam); letting Freya talk her into returning, Jess watches, helpless and horrified, as a dark horse first abducts, then disappears into the pool with her friend. Read full book review >
SOMETIMES YOU BARF by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A delightful and helpful treatment of a somewhat taboo topic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Everything you ever wanted to know about throwing up...and why you shouldn't be embarrassed. Read full book review >
CAT & DOG by Michael Foreman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Though the happy ending is far from hard-won, cat fanciers and dog lovers will be pleased nonetheless. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Pretty pictures and a feel-good plot combine to create a pleasant, if not especially compelling, tale. Read full book review >
THE MAYFLOWER by Mark Greenwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Strict facts, nicely presented: a winning treatment. (timeline, resources) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Straightforward text and folk-inspired artwork give just the right amount of information for youngsters, beginning with the Pilgrims' reasons for leaving England and ending with the first Thanksgiving. 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 >