A Clearing in the Forest by Kim Love Stump
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 14, 2016

"Spellbinding and untraditional, this fantasy with a brave royal could teach Disney a few things about princess adventures."
A debut YA fantasy stars a princess who must venture forth into the world before she's allowed to rule. Read full book review >
MOVE IT, MISS MACINTOSH! by Peggy Robbins Janousky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 13, 2016

"A nicely diverse addition to the teacher-doesn't-want-to-go-to-school shelf. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Miss Macintosh does not want to go to school.Read full book review >

A Case of Sense by Songju Ma Daemicke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 10, 2016

"A folktale retelling that's well-suited to a new generation of young readers."
What is the cost of a smell? Debut author Daemicke and veteran artist Bersani (Ocean Counting, 2016, etc.) answer this question by bringing a traditional tale into a present-day setting.Read full book review >
MAKOONS by Louise Erdrich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A warm and welcome addition to the unfolding saga of a 19th-century Ojibwe family. (map, author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In this fifth book of the Birchbark House series, Omakayas, her twin sons, Makoons and Chickadee, and their extended family adjust to life on the Great Plains following their 1866 migration from the Minnesota woods to Dakota Territory. Read full book review >
HORUS AND THE CURSE OF EVERLASTING REGRET by Hannah Voskuil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A very nice historical mystery with a sweet dose of the paranormal. (Paranormal suspense. 8-12)"
A boy and girl try to rescue a kidnapped heiress for the reward money, aided by a boy mummy who suffers from a curse inflicted on him thousands of years ago. Read full book review >

WHERE DID THEY GO? by Emily Bornoff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Seek-and-find fans will enjoy the challenge, but both the point and much of the informational detail are lost amid the artsy touches. (Picture book. 6-8)"
To give readers ways to visualize the idea of rarity, Bornoff invites viewers to pick out 13 threatened creatures hidden in as many intricately patterned landscapes. Read full book review >
WHO'S THE GROSSEST OF THEM ALL? by Susan McElroy Montanari
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Since the most natural audience for a grossness contest is typically past picture books, subject and format seem to be a classic mismatch. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The latest in the unquenchable who's-the-most horrible, hideous, revolting, repulsive, disgusting, gross, and vile genre. Read full book review >
PIPER MORGAN JOINS THE CIRCUS by Stephanie Faris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A fun and wise little romp under the big top. (Fiction. 6-9)"
A 7-year-old girl goes to live with a traveling circus when her mom gets a job there. Read full book review >
KID ARTISTS by David Stabler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Noncanonical entries make this a natural companion or follow-up for Kathleen Krull's essential Lives of the Artists, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (1995). (bibliography) (Collective biography. 10-13)"
For budding artists, here's a heartening reminder that 17 unconventional greats—not to mention all the rest—started out as children too. Read full book review >
FRIDAY BARNES, UNDER SUSPICION by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A cliffhanger ending will have readers drumming their fingers as they wait for the next episode. (Mystery. 8-12)"
As in series opener Friday Barnes, Girl Detective (2016), instead of just one mystery, Friday confronts a series of strange happenings in her school, posh Highcrest Academy. Read full book review >
APPLESAUCE WEATHER by Helen Frost
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Light yet poignant, this multigenerational family tale shows age proves no barrier when it comes to offering solace. (Verse/fiction. 8-12)"
Young and old bridge the generational gap to find comfort amid loss. Read full book review >
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING by Arthur A. Levine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Both lovely and deeply empathetic. (Picture book. 5-7)"
When old age takes its toll on Grandpa's memory, Noah learns to value every moment with him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >