MY COUSIN'S KEEPER by Simon French
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A thought-provoking tale of family struggles, schoolyard bullies, masculinity, reaching out and intolerance, jealousy and friendship just right for middle-grade book discussions. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Do you have to be your brother's keeper? Read full book review >
THE GARDEN OF TIME by Jill Hammer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Not everyone will appreciate a picture book that requires a glossary and a guide to iconography, but those who do may find that they need to read this one. (Picture book/religion. 6-10)"
Can a book be too beautiful for its own good? Read full book review >

WHY? by Tracey Corderoy
by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Tim Warnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Look for a different title to entertain, rather than impersonate, young readers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
More character sketch than story, this title will feel familiar to parents of curious children. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE VANISHING LITTLE BROWN BATS by Sandra Markle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"The appealing design and presentation add value to this account of science in action. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Since 2007, with the first reports of hibernating bats dying in large numbers, scientists have worked from various angles to find the cause and cure, racing against the possibility of extinction. Read full book review >
NEW MONTH, NEW MOON by Allison Ofanansky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A nice blend of planetary science and religious observance. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
The beginning of a new month, known in the Jewish calendar as Rosh Chodesh, is explained via a family's camping trip in the Negev Desert. Read full book review >

MIA'S THUMB by Ljuba Stille
by Ljuba Stille, illustrated by Ljuba Stille, translated by Anja Mundt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Thumb-sucking solutions can walk a tricky line between cajoling and shaming; happily, this does neither, but it might not be the easiest solution to imitate in real life. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The whole family tries to help a little girl break a persistent habit in this German import. Read full book review >
THE CAKE by Dorothée de Monfreid
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"There's no moral to this story, just irreverent fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When a tiger wants to make a cake, he and his friends fight over its ingredients with humorous (if naughty) results. Read full book review >
SOMEBODY ON THIS BUS IS GOING TO BE FAMOUS by J.B. Cheaney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Cheaney effectively combines multiple layers of mystery with an uplifting message about resilience. (Mystery. 10-14)"
An intriguing mystery, a cataclysmic storm and a school bus accident converge with extraordinary results. Read full book review >
RED BERRIES WHITE CLOUDS BLUE SKY by Sandra Dallas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"An only average depiction of a compelling and important topic. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
After her father, a Japanese immigrant, is arrested on trumped-up charges of espionage at the outset of World War II, 12-year-old Tomi and the rest of her family, like many Japanese-Americans, are incarcerated in an internment camp for the remainder of the war. Read full book review >
WINTERFROST by Michelle Houts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A timeless story that upholds and nurtures the magical worlds of nature and childhood. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A magical middle-grade tale of a human child's encounter with nisse folk—tiny gnomelike creatures who, legend has it, inhabit the houses, barns and woodlands of Denmark. Read full book review >
TWENTY-TWO CENTS by Paula Yoo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A heart-gladdening testament to pulling your own suspenders tight, with a little help from your friends. (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Microbanks aren't new, although they are gaining prominence. Here is the story of the first—or at least the formal first—and the one that gained the most notoriety. Read full book review >
DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST by Irene Latham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Enlightening and engaging, a thrilling panorama of the diversity to be found throughout the animal kingdom. (glossary, further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
A poetic celebration of animal life found in the African grasslands. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nev Schulman
author of IN REAL LIFE
September 2, 2014

Nev Schulman is famous as the host of MTV’s Catfish, where he investigates situations where people fall in love online with…someone who’s not entirely the person they say they are. Schulman is a good investigator because the same thing happened to him. In his new book In Real Life, Schulman explains how to stay sane online (and why to occasionally stay off social media), all while honestly revealing his own vulnerabilities. View video >