• CHILDREN'S

    <i>TITANIC</i> SINKS!

    NOV. 10, 2011

CHILDREN'S

<i>TITANIC</i> SINKS!

by Barry Denenberg

This is history at its best, an original and appealing way to mark the centennial of this familiar disaster. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    WHAT'S NEW AT THE ZOO?

    OCT. 1, 2011

CHILDREN'S

WHAT'S NEW AT THE ZOO?

by Betty Comden Adolph Green illustrated by Travis Foster

An initial double-page spread shows dozens of disgruntled animals—walrus and crab and monkey and camel and others—crammed... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    DIEGO RIVERA

    MAY 1, 2011

CHILDREN'S

DIEGO RIVERA

by Duncan Tonatiuh & illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Both solid introduction and exhortation, this book will thrill budding artists. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    COOKIEBOT!

    JUNE 1, 2011

  • CHILDREN'S

    RAH, RAH, RADISHES!

    JUNE 14, 2011

CHILDREN'S

RAH, RAH, RADISHES!

by April Pulley Sayre & photographed by April Pulley Sayre

The staccato rhymes suggest themselves for all sorts of exuberant oration, from simple read-alouds to more orchestrated... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    BLACKOUT

    MAY 24, 2011

CHILDREN'S

BLACKOUT

by John Rocco & illustrated by John Rocco

Not all young readers will have experienced a blackout, but this engaging snapshot could easily have them wishing for one. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    NAAMAH AND THE ARK AT NIGHT

    AUG. 1, 2011

CHILDREN'S

NAAMAH AND THE ARK AT NIGHT

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti & illustrated by Holly Meade

This captivating interpretation creates a remarkable partner for Noah, who uses her special talent in a memorable way.... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    BLUE CHICKEN

    SEPT. 15, 2011

CHILDREN'S

BLUE CHICKEN

by Deborah Freedman & illustrated by Deborah Freedman

Delicate and durable, visually sophisticated yet friendly: simply exquisite. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    MOUSE & LION

    OCT. 1, 2011

CHILDREN'S

MOUSE & LION

retold by Rand Burkert & illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert

A favorite ancient fable beautifully presented in the tradition of the finest picture books, this does not replace Jerry... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    LOVE, MOUSERELLA

    SEPT. 1, 2011

CHILDREN'S

LOVE, MOUSERELLA

by David Ezra Stein & illustrated by David Ezra Stein

Sometimes snail mail is just better. Here’s proof. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR

    OCT. 3, 2011

CHILDREN'S

TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR

adapted by Jerry Pinkney & illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Just another superb outing from a fixed star twinkling in the children’s-literature firmament. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SQUISH, SUPER AMOEBA

    MAY 24, 2011

  • TEEN

    THE FIRES BENEATH THE SEA

    MAY 1, 2011

  • CHILDREN'S

    HOUND DOG TRUE

    SEPT. 19, 2011

CHILDREN'S

HOUND DOG TRUE

by Linda Urban

This outstanding, emotionally resonant effort will appeal to middle-grade readers. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE INQUISITOR'S APPRENTICE

    OCT. 3, 2011

CHILDREN'S

THE INQUISITOR'S APPRENTICE

by Chris Moriarty & illustrated by Mark Edward Geyer

A marvelous, mystical romp that doesn’t ignore reality. A hint of a possible sequel whets readers’ appetite for more: Yes,... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    DEAD END IN NORVELT

    SEPT. 13, 2011

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

DEAD END IN NORVELT

by Jack Gantos

Characteristically provocative gothic comedy, with sublime undertones. (Autobiographical fiction. 11-13) Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    LIESL & PO

    OCT. 4, 2011

CHILDREN'S

LIESL & PO

by Lauren Oliver & illustrated by Kei Acedera

In her first work for middle-grade readers, the versatile Oliver (Before I Fall, 2010, and Delirium, 2011) deftly creates... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE CHESHIRE CHEESE CAT

    OCT. 1, 2011

CHILDREN'S

THE CHESHIRE CHEESE CAT

by Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright & illustrated by Barry Moser

Readers with great expectations will find them fully satisfied by this tongue-in-cheek romp through a historic public House... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF JACK

    AUG. 2, 2011

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF JACK

by Kelly Barnhill

An enticing read that is certain to keep both the hero and audience guessing at every carefully plotted reveal. (Fantasy.... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    DRAGON CASTLE

    JUNE 9, 2011

CHILDREN'S

DRAGON CASTLE

by Joseph Bruchac

The story recalls Lloyd Alexander at his wry, humane best; readers will be happy for every moment they spend at castle... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    CITY OF ORPHANS

    SEPT. 6, 2011

CHILDREN'S

CITY OF ORPHANS

by Avi illustrated by Greg Ruth

Heroic deeds, narrow escapes, dastardly villains, amazing coincidences and a family rich in love and hope are all part of an... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    DRAWING FROM MEMORY

    SEPT. 1, 2011

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

DRAWING FROM MEMORY

by Allen Say & illustrated by Allen Say

Aesthetically superb; this will fascinate comics readers and budding artists while creating new Say fans. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    HEART AND SOUL

    SEPT. 27, 2011

CHILDREN'S

HEART AND SOUL

by Kadir Nelson & illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Directly after the prologue, the narrative begins with the U.S. Capitol, built by slaves and freeman before Nelson steps... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE UNFORGOTTEN COAT

    SEPT. 1, 2011

CHILDREN'S

THE UNFORGOTTEN COAT

by Frank Cottrell Boyce photographed by Carl Hunter Clare Heney

Chingis explains to their teacher that little Nergui’s hat must stay on, like a hunting eagle’s hood. Such casual references... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    JEFFERSON'S SONS

    SEPT. 15, 2011

CHILDREN'S

JEFFERSON'S SONS

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A big, serious work of historical investigation and imagination; the tale has never before been told this well. (Historical... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    AROUND THE WORLD

    OCT. 11, 2011

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

AROUND THE WORLD

by Matt Phelan & illustrated by Matt Phelan

Three true tales of adventure as grand and admirable in the telling as they were in the doing. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    WONDERSTRUCK

    SEPT. 13, 2011

CHILDREN'S

WONDERSTRUCK

by Brian Selznick illustrated by Brian Selznick

Visually stunning, completely compelling, Wonderstruck demonstrates a mastery and maturity that proves that, yes, lightning... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    MOON PIE

    NOV. 8, 2011

CHILDREN'S

MOON PIE

by Simon Mason

Love conquers all in this big-hearted and heartbreaking story of Martha, Tug and their errant father who, in time, stops... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE FREEDOM MAZE

    NOV. 15, 2011

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE FREEDOM MAZE

by Delia Sherman

Multilayered, compassionate and thought-provoking, a timely read on the sesquicentennial of America’s Civil War. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ORANI

    JULY 19, 2011

CHILDREN'S

ORANI

by Claire A. Nivola & illustrated by Claire A. Nivola

Neither a story with a plot nor a full-blown memoir, this brief look at a town suspended in time resonates with happiness... Full review >

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