BIRDS VS. BLADES? by Rebecca E. Hirsch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Practical, topical science in the field for middle-grade and middle school readers. (author's note, source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Scientists study seabirds to see how they might be affected by wind farms and to suggest appropriate placement for turbines to generate that nonpolluting, renewable energy. Read full book review >
BREAK THE SIEGE  by Rob Ives
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An excellent resource that will spark the imaginations of many readers. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Everything you need to know to create your own tabletop medieval battlefields. Read full book review >

UNDERNEATH MY BED by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Whether capturing fun or chronicling items that disgust, Cleary and Watson again brilliantly open the world of verse, enticing young readers to dive in. (further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
The sixth installment in the growing list of Poetry Adventures focuses on just that: lists. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A cogent, well-documented, handsomely designed treatment of a heretofore forgotten hero of labor. (author's note, glossary, timeline, quotation notes, sources, websites, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Farrell chronicles Fannie Sellins' life as a garment worker, organizer, and martyr for workers' rights at the turn of the 20th century. Read full book review >
ROOSTER JOE AND THE BULLY / EL GALLO JOE Y EL ABUSÓN by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"Well-meaning but a miss. (Fiction. 10-12)"
After observing the roosters in his artist grandpa's backyard, seventh-grader Joe López can't get enough of these indomitable avians. Read full book review >

EL TORNEO DE TRABALENGUAS / THE TONGUE TWISTER TOURNAMENT by Nicolás Kanellos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"A great read for anyone learning to grapple with the musicality of two languages at once, the book more than makes up for the paltry story with the bounty of tongue-twisting treasures on offer. (Bilingual picture book. 6-10)"
Words and phrases are bent, massaged, twisted, and thrown together in tricky sequences in this bilingual book about a competition for performers of tongue twisters. Read full book review >
HOW THINGS WORK by T.J. Resler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Rewarding fare for browsing, but David Macaulay's The Way Things Work Now (2016) or National Geographic's aforementioned broader compendium will build sturdier foundations. (index, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Revealing looks at the science behind over two dozen vehicles, household appliances, technological gadgets, and recreational challenges. Read full book review >
HEROES FOR MY SON by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An earnest if jumbled effort to point out character-building values. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Fifty-two portraits of real-world heroes, from that "troublemaker" Abe Lincoln to Miep Gies, the "lawbreaker" who hid Anne Frank and her family. 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 >
TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A brilliant tapestry woven not of yarn but of stories, both fresh and faithful to its historical roots. (introduction, index, extensive source notes) (Folk tales. 10-14)"
Forty-five (compressed from the original 1,001) nights of interwoven stories map Scheherazade's courageous campaign to heal the heart of her murderous and disillusioned husband—and save her own life in the bargain. Read full book review >
PARTNERS IN SLIME by Adriana Brad Schanen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An excellent, emotionally rich choice for readers ready for a sizable chapter book. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Following their eponymous first outing (2015), Quinny and Hopper are back for a second, exploring friendship. Read full book review >
THE WISHING WORLD by Todd Fahnestock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Overstuffed. (Fantasy. 9-12) "
Lorelei is an 11-year-old white girl whose parents and little brother disappeared mysteriously while the family was on a camping trip in the mountains to view a comet. 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 >