Country Store by Tim Noah
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An impressive work that takes a mundane journey and makes it a hilarious, melodious adventure."
A veteran children's musician captures the epic proportions of a childhood trek to the country store in this debut sing-along picture book. Read full book review >
Mystery of the Thief in the Night by Janelle Diller
Released: May 28, 2014

"A spirited, engaging tale filled with intriguing nautical details and local color."
Two resourceful 9-year-old girls, one from the U.S. and one from Mexico, solve the mystery of dinghies stolen from sailboats at a popular anchorage spot in a lagoon. Read full book review >

Rudolfoletto by Douglas Lanphier Wheeler
Released: Dec. 4, 2015

"For readers unfamiliar with opera, this adventure will likely soar over heads like reindeer over rooftops; but for fans, it should generate a Christmas 'Bravo!' with the promise of many requested encores."
A new Christmas tale to share with children features singing reindeer and a treatment of the traditional Rudolph story with all the trills and leitmotifs of an opera. Read full book review >

"A fast-paced romantic drama with a touch of Roma magic."
When a teenage girl in 1925 Chicago kills her violent stepfather, her mother takes the blame in this YA novel. Read full book review >
CLEO by Sassafras De Bruyn
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"In comparison with other fanciful journeys, this has moderate appeal, mostly due to the interesting illustrations. (Picture book. 5-7)"
This Dutch-to-English translation relates a tale of a lonesome girl who fantasizes a journey into the sea and the sky. Read full book review >

THE BLUE BIRD'S PALACE by Orianne Lallemand
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"With its folkloric elements, positive but not preachy message about sharing, and strong visual presentation, this will make an excellent read-aloud. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Natasha, deprived of maternal love by her mother's death but adored by her farmer father, grows into a selfish young woman in this original tale "inspired by the Russian folk tradition" and first published in France. Read full book review >
LAST MAN OUT by Mike Lupica
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Believable pain and recovery against a solid football backdrop. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A middle school football player grieves his father's death both on and off the field. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL by Stacy McAnulty
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Celebrated here for their particularity and their diversity, girls are given the space to find beauty in all kinds of ways. (Picture book. 4-8)"
McAnulty and Lew-Vriethoff shatter the cultural definition of "beauty" by showing young girls of all races and abilities studying nature, dressing up as pirates, experimenting in chemistry, and more. Read full book review >
GOING WILD by Lisa McMann
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A beginning full of potential. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Life gets strange for 12-year-old Charlie Wilde after she moves to a new town and finds a bracelet that grants her animal-based powers. Read full book review >
CRASH! THE CAT by David McPhail
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A sadly run-of-the-mill effort from such a name as McPhail. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Crash is a feline wrecking crew! Read full book review >
POCKET CHANGE by Michelle Mulder
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Ambitious in scope and mission but uneven in execution; nevertheless, valuable in its illustration of alternative models of commerce. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A serious recalibration of our consumerist lifestyle is in order according to Mulder in this valiant attempt to historically situate an economic practice run amok. Read full book review >
FISHBONE'S SONG by Gary Paulsen
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A beautifully written elegy to coming of age in bygone days that, unfortunately, oversimplifies complex issues. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
A white boy narrates his upbringing by a solitary old white man in a tiny cabin in the woods. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >