Released: July 1, 2013

"Just plain monstrous fun. (Graphic fantasy. 9-12)"
In an alternative 19th-century England, monsters both thrill and protect their towns. Read full book review >
GOLEMITO by Ilan Stavans
Released: July 1, 2013

"This competent picture book addresses the problem of bullying and offers an original, if not completely successful, blend of Jewish and Aztec culture and folklore. (Picture book. 7-11)"
Stavans presents the story of Sammy and Ilan, two Jewish boys living in Southern California, who combine their individual strengths to face bullying. Read full book review >

HOW TO BE HUMAN by Florida Frenz
Released: July 1, 2013

"A distinctive addition to the chorus of writers who are proving that 'spectrum disorders' do not equal 'silence.' (Self-help. 10-14)"
A teenage author addresses others with autism with a mix of expressive drawings and insights from her own experiences intended to help "give your brain the right tools to reconfigure its hardware." Read full book review >
AVATI  by Mia Pelletier
Released: July 1, 2013

"A brief but informative look at an extraordinary ecosystem. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
An ecologist who lives and works in Earth's far, far north describes the changing seasons in the part of the world the Inuit call Nunavut—"our land." Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2013

"Eerie, riveting eye candy for budding biologists and casual browsers alike (though it is a shame there is no bibliography). (index) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Close-up photos of 50 creatures—gathered, mostly, from ocean deeps—demonstrate that even our own planet's residents can look really, really alien. Read full book review >

Released: July 1, 2013

"Educators may find this an instructive reminder that big pictures often don't reveal much. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Facts about native peoples in the United States and Canada presented in infographic form make up the substance of this visually interesting but problematic title. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2013

"Knowing why something costs so much might make you appreciate it, and the people who get it to you, more—and, perhaps, to act on that knowledge. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Ka-ching! The sound says it all, but it is only the end of a long journey, as Sylvester and Hlinka explain. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2013

"Tidbits of information and crisp, engaging photographs will entice browsers, while students needing information for substantive research projects will need additional resources on many topics. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
An introduction to the Arab world through the arts and sciences developed in the many countries of the Middle East and North Africa and other regions where Arab culture flourished. Read full book review >
GREEK MYTHS by Sally Pomme Clayton
Released: July 1, 2013

"A well-crafted, straightforward collection of the myths everyone needs to know. (map, notes, index of gods and heroes, sources) (Mythology. 7-9)"
The fabled world of ancient Greece comes alive through these 10 myths that feature some of the most powerful gods, fearless heroes and amazing animals in literature. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2013

"This thoughtful collection will be useful for Christian families or for teachers in church school classes, best for dipping into over time. (Religion. 9 & up)"
A petite trim size and an inviting cover design in soft aqua invite readers in to peruse this wide-ranging compendium of Christian prayers, meditations and Bible verses. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2013

"A goofy romp through suddenly fungible reality, not as self-consciously clever as the previous episode and all the better for it. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
It's all about the chocolate in this episode, but Ed's struggles with the literal-minded magic coin he found in the series opener (Stranger Things, 2013) continue. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2013

"Suspenseful, with captivating illustrations. (Picture book/folktale. 6-10)"
A delightfully spooky picture-book rendering of the famed Jersey Devil legend. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >