THE CARPENTER by Bruna Barros
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 7, 2017

"A joyful invitation to participate in invention. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Creativity abounds in this wordless tale of an overalls-clad adult and similarly dressed child spending time together in a wood shop. Read full book review >
YOURS TRULY by Heather Vogel Frederick
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Truly's fans cheer the return of the likable sleuth in this family-oriented mystery in which past and present collide. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Following Absolutely Truly (2014), this second Pumpkin Falls Mystery follows middle schooler and gumshoe Truly Lovejoy as she tackle mysteries surrounding a local feud and a family secret. Read full book review >

MAXIMILIAN AND THE LUCHA LIBRE CLUB by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Pretty darn good fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the third book of Max's Lucha Libre Adventures, the titular hero struggles through the complexities of young love as he prepares to fulfill his luchador destiny. Read full book review >
PATRICK AND THE PRESIDENT by Ryan Tubridy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A bit histrionic for easy belief, but meeting the president is always going to be a memorable moment, whoever's holding the office. (historical note with photos and itinerary) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
It's not every day that an Irish lad gets to shake hands with the president of the United States. Read full book review >
MAGNETS PUSH, MAGNETS PULL by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"Not much here to attract interest—particularly as clearer, more carefully written primers on the topic abound. (index, glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A first introduction to magnets of both the simple and "on and off" sorts, with basic demonstrations of what they can do. Read full book review >

DEFENDER OF THE REALM by Mark Huckerby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2017

"A thrilling mashup of history and fantasy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A reluctant heir to the throne learns that the king of England's job is more dangerous and fantastic than he imagined. Read full book review >
WILD CARDS by Jeff Szpirglas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A good choice for emergent readers who might like to promote improvements to their schools. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The kids in Matt's class love to play with Monster Zap cards during recess, but now their principal has banned them, leaving the child scrambling to find a solution for recess despair. Read full book review >
MAYDAY MOUSE by Seb Braun
by Seb Braun, illustrated by Seb Braun
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A tiny tale with a tiny protagonist that is full of big values. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this picture book, Capt. Mouse overcomes sailing mishaps to bring her brother a birthday present. Read full book review >
YOKKI AND THE PARNO GRY by Richard O'Neill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2017

"A Romani story to share and treasure. (authors' note, glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy's dream gives his family hope. Read full book review >
THIS OR THAT? by Brandon T. Snider
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This is Book 1. One is more than enough for just about anybody, but Book 2 is available for the very, very avid. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
A compendium of silly, gross, or otherwise oddball dilemmas to solve. Read full book review >
WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT'S JOB? by Allison Singer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A sunny opener for more-nuanced overviews like Judith St. George and David Small's classic So You Want to Be President (2000) or the newest edition of Eyewitness: Presidents (2017). (index, reading guide for parents) (Informational early reader. 6-8)"
A starter volume for newly independent readers curious about what presidents of the U.S. are supposed to do. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF MONTHS AND YEARS by Emma Trevayne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A just-scary-enough adventure that might send readers to investigate more about real-life 'calendar houses' like Amelia's new one. (Horror. 8-12)"
An awkward protagonist takes on an unconventional "haunted" house in this dark middle-grade fantasy from England. 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 >