WORD OF MOUSE by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"With smart witticisms to launch each quick-paced chapter, Isaiah is truly a mouse that roars. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Prolific Patterson and frequent collaborator Grabenstein offer this charming tale of Isaiah, a blue (yes—bright blue!) mouse, and his effort to break his family out of a very bad place. Read full book review >
THE LONELY GIANT by Sophie Ambrose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Sweet and effective. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little yellow bird helps a menace mend his destructive ways. Read full book review >

CHICKEN STORY TIME by Sandy Asher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"This book may make free-range storytimes de rigueur. (Picture book. 3-7)"
One chicken at storytime might be fun, but more than one…. Read full book review >
HEDGEHUGS AND THE HATTIEPILLAR by Steve Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A delightful way to share metamorphosis with the littlest listeners. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hedgehog best friends Horace and Hattie are back, this time marveling at the wonder that is metamorphosis. Read full book review >
LOTUS AND FEATHER by Ji-li Jiang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Gracefully told and illustrated, a gentle, positive encounter with a beautiful bird in an unfamiliar world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The rescue of a crane restores an unhappy girl as well. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 15, 2016

"What better way to make natural history slide down easily? (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Cusick floats a slick, select gallery of nature's spitters, nose-pickers, oozers, and slimers—most but not all nonhuman—atop nourishing globs of scientific information. Read full book review >
SEE YOU LATER, AMIGO!  by Peter Laufer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 15, 2016

"A well-meaning but flawed representation of Spanglish. (references, glossary) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Friendship and Spanglish form a loose connection in this picture book about a young Latina girl who lives on the U.S.-Mexico border. Read full book review >
PIGGY by Trevor Lai
by Trevor Lai, illustrated by Trevor Lai
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"Pass on this porky paean to friendship; stick with Piggie with a side of Elephant. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Into the crowded field of porcine protagonists comes Piggy, a friendless pig who loves to read. Read full book review >
SUPER TURBO SAVES THE DAY! by Lee Kirby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"An episodic eyeful that's abundantly cute and silly. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 5-8)"
On an otherwise quiet snow day, a group of classroom pets discovers that there is evil afoot—or rather a-paw. Read full book review >
THE SNOW ANGELS' CHRISTMAS by M.J. Michaels
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"This muddled effort tries hard to be cute and clever, but it doesn't stand out among the many excellent choices available for Christmas Eve reading. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
The Nativity story is retold from the viewpoint of helpful snowman-shaped angels. Read full book review >
EMILY DICKINSON by Emily Dickinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"This arresting edition makes for a wonderful introduction to Dickinson's poetry that's sure to captivate all ages. (introduction, glossary, notes, bibliography) (Poetry. 8-12)"
An illustrated Dickinson primer for young and old. Read full book review >
THE HELLO ATLAS by Ben Handicott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"So many different ways to say hello or to wish someone a good day, a fine meal, or a happy birthday! (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
Children around the world offer greetings and conversational overtures in over 125 languages. 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 >