TUNIIT by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A valuable introduction to a vanished North American people, told with nuance, engagement, and rue. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Before the Inuit came to the Arctic, there were the Tuniit. Read full book review >
TOBY AND THE ICE GIANTS by Joe Lillington
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A skimpy alternative to Adrian Lister and Martin Ursell's Ice Age Tracker's Guide (2010). (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A small bison meets some ice age megafauna in this prehistoric ramble. Read full book review >

THE RISE AND FALL OF OSCAR THE MAGICIAN by Matthew Porter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine first caper for budding fans of mystery, monkeys, or magic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Who will be the Magician of the Year? Will honesty or treachery win the day? Read full book review >
SEX IS A FUNNY WORD by Cory Silverberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"This carefully thought-out explanation may surprise but should be widely appreciated. (glossary) (Nonfiction.7-10)"
Moving up in target audience from their explanation of reproduction, What Makes a Baby (2013), Silverberg and Smyth explore various meanings for the word "sex." Read full book review >
FIREFLY HOLLOW by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"This sweet and memorable tale deserves both a sequel and a film version. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
Firefly and Cricket, two tiny animals with big dreams, challenge the status quo by befriending a miniature giant (a boy named Peter)—and by pursuing their destinies with the help of an old river vole. Read full book review >

SEEING IS BELIEVING by Gareth Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Visually appealing starter volumes for readers who take pleasure in giving their powers of perception and deduction a workout. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A slender but diverse gallery of line and color illusions, with bright, crisply printed graphics. Read full book review >
FUZZY MUD by Louis Sachar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An exciting story of school life, friends, and bullies that becomes a quick meditation on the promise and dangers of modern science. (Speculative fiction. 8-12)"
When fifth-grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh-grader Marshall Walsh cut through the woods to avoid school bully Chad Hilligas, they unwittingly set off a chain of events that threatens global catastrophe. Read full book review >
POPPY'S BEST PAPER by Susan Eaddy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Poppy's paper is hard-won but worth the A it gets. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Following her decision to become a writer when she grows up, Poppy takes a significant step in the right direction—after a few false starts. Read full book review >
RUFUS THE WRITER by Elizabeth Bram
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"The idea is original and appealing, but the execution is less than inspiring. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Rufus was watching a cloud shaped like a cushion turn into a cat when the idea first came to him. ‘I'm not going to have a lemonade stand this summer,' he said. ‘I'm going to have a story stand!' " Read full book review >
IRA'S SHAKESPEARE DREAM by Glenda Armand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 15, 2015

"Shakespeare, racial discrimination, and strong doses of inspiration and determination—all in one notable life. (photograph, afterword, quotation sources, books, and websites) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
In the 1800s, an African-American boy dreamed of performing on stage and found success in Europe. Read full book review >
BILLY AND GOAT AT THE STATE FAIR by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Billy's experience may encourage young children who share his attitude toward new adventures to screw their courage to the sticking place. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A shy lad and his horned, adventurous best buddy take in the state fair. The lights! The rides! The corn dogs! Read full book review >
RUBY AND GRUB by Abi Burlingham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"A doggy love note, but it's no better than a bland alternative to Harry the Dirty Dog (1956) or such descendants as Lori Mortensen and Michael Allen Austin's Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg (2013). (Picture book. 5-7)"
Grub is such a muddy, mucky, messy dog! What to do? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >