MARTIN FINDS A WAY by T.H. Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Mundane illustrations aside, this extended play on words is likely to spark both discussion and rumination. (Picture book. 10-13)"
A traveler finds many Ways to follow and to share before finding one of his own. Read full book review >
BAD KITTY TAKES THE TEST by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Standardized-test companies may want to hurl hairballs, but the loopy humor and silly kitty cast will have fans purring with laughter. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-12)"
How good is Bad Kitty at actually being a cat? Read full book review >

THE WIZARD'S DOG by Eric Kahn Gale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An ingenious and entirely credible (at least dog lovers will agree with this) twist on the familiar tale. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A tardy corrective for previous versions of the legend of the Sword in the Stone—which leave out the dog. 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 >
THE ULTIMATE BOOK OF SPACE by Anne-Sophie Baumann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A launch-pad fizzle. (Informational pop-up picture book. 7-9)"
Flaps and pull-tabs in assorted astro-scenes reveal several wonders of the universe as well as inside glimpses of observatories, rockets, a space suit, and the International Space Station. Read full book review >

JED AND THE JUNKYARD WAR by Steven Bohls
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A well-wrought debut with enough of a start on both the plot and worldbuilding to leave readers impatient for the follow-up. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Searching for his missing parents, a lad finds himself in a world where sky ships sail over oceans not of water, but of heaped-up appliances and other junk. Read full book review >
SCHOOL SHIP <i>TOBERMORY</i> by Alexander McCall Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An accessible, unpretentious story full of timeless values and goodness. (nautical glossary) (Fiction. 7-12)"
Adventure and derring-do abound on the Tobermory, a sailing-ship boarding school based off the coast of Scotland. 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 >
A YEAR FULL OF STORIES by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2016

"Quibbles aside, this attractive anthology will prove useful. (Folk tales. 7-11)"
A seasonal collection of world folk stories. Read full book review >
DESTINATION: SPACE by Christoph Englert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An indigestible jumble likely to be left on the launch pad by many of the available higher-powered surveys. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A tour of the universe, from the Big Bang to today's search for life on other worlds. Read full book review >
THE KINFOLK by G.A. Morgan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Teeming with adventure and philosophical richness, this trilogy closer excels. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The final installment in the Five Stones Trilogy pits the inhabitants of Ayda against power-hungry rogue leader Dankar. Read full book review >
STORMWALKER by Mike Revell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An active and compassionate middle-grade primer on overcoming grief. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After a 12-year-old British boy's mum dies of leukemia, he finds himself teleported into the novel that his writer father has created to address his own grief. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >