ROBINSON'S HOOD by Jeff Gottesfeld
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Misses the mark almost completely. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The first in a planned series is slight in length as well as in concept. Read full book review >
FINDING ZASHA by Randi Barrow
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"This effort will especially appeal to readers of Saving Zasha, but those who enjoy historical fiction will also find it to be an engaging read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In a prequel to Saving Zasha (2011), Barrow provides a mildly harrowing depiction of life in Russia during World War II. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Readers of this moving refugee story will celebrate as well. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
New in Canada and unable even to understand the language, Tuyet faces a painful operation to straighten an ankle bent by polio years earlier in Vietnam. Read full book review >
THE MARBLE QUEEN by Stephanie J. Blake
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"This one is for keepsies, and it would be perfect paired with a how-to book on marble games. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Freedom Jane McKenzie, 10, has written her "Last Will and Testimony," and in it, she passes her most treasured worldly possession, her bag of marbles, on to her best friend, Daniel. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Professionals and parents can probably pull a few interesting activities and anecdotes from this book, but the individual parts do not add up to a cohesive whole. (resources, bibliography, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Ralph Nader, Khalil Gibran and Danny Thomas: What do they have in common? Read full book review >

IF THE SHOE FITS by Sarah Mlynowski
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Readers bewitched by this lively series will enjoy this adventurous sequel. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Intrepid siblings Abby and Jonah continue their adventures through the realm of fairy tales in this comical story (Fairest of All, 2012). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"It stands alone well enough, but it will be best enjoyed by established series fans. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Can't solve your problem in the present? Try time travel, superhero-style! Read full book review >
SHADOW BREAKERS by Daniel Blythe
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A relatively tame paranormal mystery with interesting and likable, if not memorable, characters, this one is a good choice where demand for the genre is strong—which will be just about everywhere. (Paranormal suspense. 9-12)"
A fresh and often funny paranormal mystery for the middle school set. Read full book review >
THE STONE OF FIRE by Geronimo Stilton
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Geronimo Stiltonoot has the right combination of familiarity and newness to satisfy Stilton fans. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Warp back in time for a prehistoric spinoff adventure with Geronimo Stilton's ancestor, Geronimo Stiltonoot, in Old Mouse City. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Regardless of the permissiveness of their parents, children of a certain age will flock to this book. (Humor. 7-10)"
This British import is something of a psychological test; parents who read it will find out exactly how permissive they are. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A good, ghoulish read despite slow spots. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
On election eve in 1876, the Chicago Tribune was dominated by election coverage, except for a curious story on page 5 about body snatchers attempting to rob the grave of Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >
33 MINUTES by Todd Hasak-Lowy
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Occasional hand-lettered black-and-white sketches add to the appeal of this satisfying school story. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Brainy seventh-grader Sam Lewis actually takes 1 hour and 35 minutes to let go of the idea that he and former best bud Morgan Sturtz can still be friends. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >