ANNO'S CHINA by Mitsumasa Anno
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"It's been a hair over two decades since a new book by Anno (Anno's Magic Seeds, 1995) last made its way to our shores; this tour, breathtaking in its own right, is therefore doubly welcome. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The Japanese master of quotidian detail takes readers up China's Yellow River in this new book, first published in Japan in 2009. Read full book review >
RORY THE RABBIT by Yimei Wang
by Yimei Wang, illustrated by Chunmiao Li, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Young children will relate to Rory's dilemma and respond to the adorable illustrations, but non-native readers will struggle to use the book as a learning tool. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-12)"
When Rory the rabbit discovers he's different from his rabbit friends, he feels self-conscious and decides to find another tribe. Read full book review >

CREATURES CLOSE UP by Gillian Watts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Hyper-realistic delights for young naturalists. (index) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Forty-five small animals, most native to Madagascar, pose with regal splendor in a French photographer's eye-widening sampler. Read full book review >
ENOUGH WATER? by Firefly Books
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Cogent statistics and topic somewhat diluted by a simplistic presentation. (index, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
An exploration of our "water footprint" in infographics, with suggestions for reducing it. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Generous swathes of inspiration, albeit over a foundation that seems shifty next to more-authoritative sources such as Ruth Ashby and Deborah Gore Ohrn's Herstory (1995). (index) (Collective biography. 11-13)"
Heartfelt tributes to over 200 women, from Sappho to Hillary Clinton, who made—or are making—history. Read full book review >

THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO CURSES by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A real treat. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A rollicking introduction to a fantasy trilogy set in Scotland. Read full book review >
THORFINN THE NICEST VIKING AND THE TERRIBLE TREASURE by David MacPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Brains trump brawn every time—at least for this horn-helmed peacemaker. (Historical farce. 8-10)"
Being some of the exploits of Thorfinn the Very-Very-Nice-Indeed. Read full book review >
KATHA SAGAR, OCEAN OF STORIES by Sarah Conover
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"The co-authors struggle with only limited success to bring a variety of memorable stories of Hindu mythology together into one cohesive tale. (authors' note, story notes and sources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Lakshmi, a pauranika (trained storyteller versed in the ancient Hindu epics), lives in a village in southern India and narrates legends and folk tales from various Hindu epics to its children. Read full book review >
ANCIENT STORIES FOR MODERN TIMES by Faye Mogensen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"For the storyteller with a particular mission. (Folklore. 6-10)"
Purposeful stories meant to enlighten older children and adults in both religious and secular settings. Read full book review >
LITTLE LEK LONGTAIL LEARNS TO SLEEP by Bette Killion
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"While Killion's efforts to highlight a little-known creature and teach a moral lesson are commendable, the preachy tone may turn off kids and adults alike. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Combining elements of the traditional folk tale and an Aesop's fable, Killion offers a moral tale about how the now-threatened argus pheasant learned to sleep through the night. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF WILDLY SPECTACULAR SPORTS SCIENCE by Sean Connolly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Worth the purchase just to learn the most effective angle to skip a stone across a water surface. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Hands-on demonstrations and explanations show how scientific principles apply in the wide world of sports. 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 >
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 >