ARCHIE GREENE AND THE ALCHEMISTS' CURSE by D.D. Everest
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An engaging if not terribly original continuation of an enjoyable series. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When the words begin to fade from the tomes kept in the Museum of Magical Miscellany, it is up to five young apprentices to rewrite the spells and recapture the power of magic. Read full book review >
A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Like stockings hung by the fire, this spellbinding opus may well become a yuletide tradition. (Fantasy. 6-13)"
Young Nikolas has a grand adventure while discovering his magical destiny as Father Christmas. Read full book review >

TEDDY & CO. by Cynthia Voigt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Although the tone is decidedly different from her earlier work, Voigt's writing remains masterful, and her attention continues to be on what makes a family, how we can live together in harmony, and how individuals overcome their difficulties. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A group of toys lives together on an island, ironing out their differences and sharing small adventures. Read full book review >
WINNER TAKES ALL by Suzy Becker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A zippy little visit with a likable 10-year-old. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Kate juggles new and old friendships. Read full book review >
THE BONE SPARROW by Zana Fraillon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"If the strong lyrical voice can't quite compensate for the plot's awkward execution, it points to a reservoir of underutilized talent in an author worth watching. (afterword) (Fiction. 9-12)"
In the Australian detention camp where he was born and still lives, Subhi, 10, a Rohingya boy, shares a crowded tent with his mother, older sister, and other refugees and dreams of an unbounded world and the Night Sea. Read full book review >

THREADS by Ami Polonsky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A courageous story filled with hope. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
An urgent message for help and a family picture found in a department-store purse connect two girls, one in China, the other in the United States, and set in motion a life-saving journey. Read full book review >
LEGALIZING MARIJUANA by Margaret J. Goldstein
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Almost any substance can be abused; Goldstein convincingly argues that the illegalization of marijuana is increasingly looking like what happened to the baby in the bathwater. (Nonfiction. 10-16) "
A well-tempered examination of the current standing of marijuana in the United States, with important forays into its medicinal use. Read full book review >
A CELEBRATION OF BEATRIX POTTER by Frederick Warne & Co.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Enjoyable perusing; best as an adult coffee-table book. (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
Alongside some of Beatrix Potter's own work, 32 contemporary author/illustrators each offer a testimonial and a piece of original art in homage to this grande dame of children's books. Read full book review >
CAVEBOY DAVE by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A lively series opener. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
In a time when brawn is prized, a scrawny caveboy must use his brains to pass an initiation and hunt a fierce beast. Read full book review >
ANIMALS BY THE NUMBERS by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A special treat for all who love animal statistics. (bibliography, websites) (Informational picture book. 6-12)"
A visual compendium of facts and figures about the animal world. Read full book review >
A SPY CALLED JAMES by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"With new historical narratives complicating the period for adults, this well-meant picture book comes off as timid rather than disruptive, leaving children with the usual incomplete story, albeit with an African-American protagonist. (further reading) (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
Built from an exhaustive search of a mostly unwritten history, Rockwell's account recasts the American Revolution from the experience of one of the courageous thousands who fought to gain independence from British rule—an independence that did not equate to freedom for the enslaved black population. Read full book review >
PUG MAN'S 3 WISHES by Sebastian Meschenmoser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Wonderfully grouchy, with a touch of wickedness and a soupçon of warmth and color. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Introducing Pug Man, a wrinkled sack of grump…when things aren't going his way. 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 >