FIRST MOTHERS by Beverly Gherman
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"There's not much for kids about presidential mothers, and at least this book covers every White House resident so far. (bibliography, author's note) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Behind every great man….And behind many of our presidents, there's also an unknown woman. This book sheds light on our leaders' mothers and how their influences possibly shaped the founding dads. Read full book review >
THE GEOMANCER'S COMPASS by Melissa Hardy
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Notable for originality but limited by forced writing and shallow characters. (Science fiction. 11-14)"
Chinese-Canadian cousins must lay to rest the hungry ghost of an improperly buried ancestor in this debut for teens set in the very near future. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Levinthal's children's-book debut lacks the laugh-out-loud silliness that is Margie Palatini and Richard Egielski's mashup The Web Files (2001), but this will find an audience. (Fractured fairy tales. 5-9)"
In language reminiscent of old-time-radio detective stories, Officer Binky narrates a few of his cases, which will be very familiar to young readers. Read full book review >
ANNIE AND HELEN by Deborah Hopkinson
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"The story of this remarkable pair does not grow old, and here is a charming way to learn it for the first time. (author's note; list of acknowledgments, print and online sources) (Picture book biography. 5-10)"
A clear, simple narrative retells a powerful story of determination and triumph for a team of two: Anne Sullivan and her famous student, Helen Keller. Read full book review >
FOLLOWING GRANDFATHER by Rosemary Wells
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Poignant and sweet. (Animal fantasy. 6-9)"
When her beloved grandfather dies, a grieving little mouse imagines she sees him in their favorite Boston haunts in this gentle story of intergenerational love and loss. Read full book review >

ONE YEAR IN COAL HARBOR by Polly Horvath
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Ever respectful of the capacity of her audience to comprehend the big words and concepts she deals in, the author delivers a gothic tragicomedy that is both a worthy sequel and as able as Primrose to stand on its own. (Fiction. 9-12)"
One year after the events of Newbery Honor-winning Everything on a Waffle (2001), Primrose Squarp returns, no longer orphaned but just as determined to make everything turn out right. Read full book review >
BUTTON DOWN by Anne Ylvisaker
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Short chapters, simple yet meticulous language, a wholesome feel and the universal story of a boy with a dream combine to give this one widespread appeal. (Historical fiction. 8-11)"
Ylvisaker (The Luck of the Buttons, 2011) returns to the lovably unlucky Button family, this time with a gentle story about 11-year-old Ned and his love of football. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF SILENCE by Lisa McMann
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"A cliffhanger ending with plenty of unsolved mysteries ensures the return of readers in the next installment. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
This Unwanteds (2011) sequel lacks the magic of the first book in more ways than one. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"A spectacular collection—'And,' the editor notes with remarkable understatement, 'the pictures are pretty nice too!' (Poetry. 7-12)"
Gathered by the United States children's poet laureate, 200 (mostly) lighthearted poems from the likes of Basho and Ben Franklin, Leadbelly, Jack Prelutsky and Joyce Sidman share space with eye-popping animal photographs. Read full book review >
THE OGRESS by Francine  Pellaud
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 9, 2012

"Unfortunately, the worthy message is overshadowed by its single-minded, intense delivery, which feels more like propaganda than storytelling. (iPad storybook app. 6-10)"
A heavy-handed allegorical tale about consumerism, fair trade and social conscience. Read full book review >
DANDELION by Galvin Scott  Davis
by Galvin Scott Davis, illustrated by Anthony Ishinjerro, developed by Protein
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 8, 2012

"The visuals may be more than enough for some, but as a story for the bullied, it fails to adequately stand up for itself. (iPad storybook app. 5-12)"
A visually striking container for an extended metaphor about bullying, this overbuilt app gets too caught up in its own design to allow the story to breathe and enchant. Read full book review >
THE SPORTS PAGES by Jon Scieszka
Released: Sept. 8, 2012

"The stories here offer action, humor and lessons about life and may well do the trick of connecting boys and books. (Short stories. 9-13)"
Ten writers and athletes contribute sports stories written exclusively for this volume. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >