Released: March 1, 2013

"Perhaps not the best, but better than many grammar books—definitely one to check out. (grammar rules) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Cleary and Gable, those relatively cool cats, continue their Words are CATegorical series with this entry about comparatives and superlatives. Read full book review >
THE CARE & KEEPING OF YOU 2 by Cara Natterson
Released: March 1, 2013

"Sure to be welcomed, and especially useful for families and collections where the more explicit It's So Amazing, by Robie Harris and illustrated by Michael Emberley (1999) would be unacceptable. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A straightforward explanation of growth and changes in puberty aimed at girls approaching their teens. Read full book review >

RECORD BREAKER by Robin Stevenson
Released: March 1, 2013

"Perceptive and quite lovely. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
It's 1963, and 12-year-old Jack struggles to cope with his mom's depression after his baby sister's sudden death. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2013

"Given its limited scope, both hoops fans—who will be familiar with this story from rule and sports-history books—and newbies may feel this book has left them circling the rim. (author's note; selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
This picture-book basketball history spotlights how James Naismith came to invent the game now played around the world. Read full book review >
CAT TALK by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: March 1, 2013

"Though published for the preschool audience, this will no doubt find enthusiastic fans of all ages. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
As they did previously for dogs (Once I Ate a Pie, illustrated by Katy Schneider, 2006), MacLachlan and Charest give voice to a collection of charming pets beautifully rendered by veteran illustrator Moser. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 2013

"More valuable as an entrée to Jewish literature than as a cookbook, but the recipes are a nice bonus. (Folklore/cookbook. 7-10)"
Veteran storyteller Yolen and her daughter Stemple combine Jewish folklore with culinary tradition in this selection of tales and correlating recipes sure to enhance a Jewish family's celebrations. Read full book review >
FREAKS by Kieran Larwood
Released: March 1, 2013

"There's a little too much reliance on stale tropes of fat villains and exotic (and unrealistic) foreigners, but this mystery, peppered by gentle gross-out humor, will appeal to young steampunk fans. (historical note) (Steampunk. 11-13)"
Debut novelist Larwood introduces Sheba, a 10-year-old crime-fighting Victorian werewolf. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2013

"Exciting, suspenseful, absorbing and informative. (epilogue, historical note, archival photographs, author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-13)"
National Book Award winner Blundell (What I Saw and How I Lied, 2008) explores the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires in this well-crafted, literary page turner. Read full book review >
MONEY RUN by Jack Heath
Released: March 1, 2013

"Take a deep breath, go with it, and never look back. (Adventure. 10-16)"
Ashley and Benjamin are two teen partners in crime—real crime, as in major heists—who rely on their youth to avoid suspicion. Read full book review >
COWBOY UP! by Nancy Bo Flood
Released: March 1, 2013

"Whether or not readers are swayed by Flood's enthusiasm for the sport, there is one universal lesson in the rodeo: Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep trying. Cowboy up! (afterword, resources) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Narrative poems, expository writings and the voice of a lively announcer combine to introduce a sport largely unknown outside of the West: the rodeo. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2013

"The poets invite and may well entice readers to write their own fairy-tale poems. (Poetry/fairy tales. 5-9)"
An intriguing idea becomes a thought-provoking collection of short poems from characters readers only thought they knew. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2013

"An uneven effort, but bug enthusiasts may latch on. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this Victorian adventure, Henri discovers that he can talk to insects and decides to travel to British Malaya to find his father and capture the elusive, man-eating insect, Goliathus hercules. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >