BILLIE'S YUMMY BAKERY ADVENTURE by Sally Rippin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"New-to-preschool tots will find a kindred spirit in both adventurous spirit and emotional development. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Billie B. Brown continues to learn preschool lessons in this trim, little series (Billie's Underwater Adventure, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
KNOCKS IN THE NIGHT by Tilde Michels
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Quiet and nifty. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sudden snowstorm leaves forest animals out in the cold. Read full book review >

MARGARASH by Mark Riddle
by Mark Riddle, illustrated by Tim Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A sweet tale of a mutual passion and an unlikely friendship. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young boy's misguided dismissal of legend lands him in the clutches of the possessive Margarash. Read full book review >
THE CHARMING LIFE OF IZZY MALONE by Jenny Lundquist
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"This story of an atypical girl, her family, and friends, laced with middle school drama, is indeed a charming one. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When her parents enroll her in a charm school, a nonconforming middle schooler finds her life transformed. Read full book review >
ARE PIRATES POLITE? by Corinne Demas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"As a manners book, hide your doubloons. But as a pirate book, it's yo-ho-ho and away you go! (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mutinous manners and piratical politeness are the name of the game in this swashbuckling story. Read full book review >

BIG BEAR, SMALL MOUSE by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Fluent and friendly, this frolic will encourage preschoolers and emergent readers to recite and chant along with each reread. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Forest-animal friends launch a string of contrasting terms to illustrate opposites just as a storm brings everyone together in Bear's cozy lair. Read full book review >
THE ILLUSTRATED ATLAS OF ARCHITECTURE AND MARVELOUS MONUMENTS by Sarah Tavernier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 25, 2016

"A well-designed compendium of information about world architecture, if a mite formal. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
From France, an elegantly designed atlas of world architecture, illustrated exclusively with drawings and packed with useful facts about a large selection of around 36 noteworthy monuments from each of six continents. Read full book review >
PLENTY OF LOVE TO GO AROUND by Emma Chichester Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A pleasant but not particularly fresh story that fails to capture the irresistible personality of Plum as established in her first outing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A female mutt named Plum makes friends with a neighbor cat in this sequel to Love Is My Favorite Thing (2015). Read full book review >
THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER by Hans Christian Andersen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A disturbing but, considering the storyline, entirely justified interpretation. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Relief-print illustrations in red and black give this retelling of Andersen's unhappy love story between a one-legged tin soldier and a ballerina doll a particularly dark edge. Read full book review >
HOW CITIES WORK by Jen Feroze
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Likely to prompt young city dwellers to a broader understanding of their environment. (Informational novelty book. 7-10)"
A survey of typical urban features and structures, with flaps and gatefolds offering peeks beneath the surface. Read full book review >
THE POLAR BEAR by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An uneven effort. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In this companion to The Blue Whale (2015), Desmond introduces the polar bear's habitat, physical characteristics, life cycle, and food sources.Read full book review >
LINES, SQUIGGLES, LETTERS, WORDS by Ruth Rocha
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"This will have many children looking for meaning all around them. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A child's transition to literacy is celebrated in this Brazilian import. 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 >