Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Unusual and useful. (acknowledgements, credits, index, map) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Surprising schools to be found around the world include new schools that work with the environment, schools in places where none existed and schools that meet children more than halfway. Read full book review >
PLANET MIDDLE SCHOOL by Nikki Grimes
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A work that should help adolescent readers find the courage and humor to grow into the individuals they already are. (Verse fiction. 9-14)"
A young tomboy comes of age on and off the basketball court. Read full book review >

NOWHERE GIRL by A.J. Paquette
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A culturally tone deaf exercise in narcissism. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Opening with a flash-forward teaser, this unpersuasive debut quickly fizzles. Read full book review >
NO ORDINARY DAY by Deborah Ellis
CLASSICS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A true-to-life portrait of a young girl's cheerful selfishness in this surprisingly optimistic novel of unrelenting poverty. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Homeless orphan Valli is always friendly, if amoral. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Packaged to recall other diary tales of middle school (faux-spiral binding, scratchy, faux-handprinted type—often hard to read—and roughly drawn illustrations), this take on the rotten inner life of a true bully is a mixed bag. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Combine Roald Dahl's Twits and other villains, mix with the first-person-journaling trope and the comedic result might look something like this. Read full book review >

WAITING FOR THE MAGIC by Patricia MacLachlan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"An endearing testimonial to interspecies family relationships. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Pet lovers know that their nonhuman friends are magical beings imbued with preternatural wisdom, and anyone who's experienced the special bond between humans and animals firsthand is fortunate indeed. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"The gimmick doesn't compensate for an overall lack of internal logic, lazy plotting and 'clues' that lead nowhere. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Young ghost hunters barely start their search for a magical artifact in this fragmentary series opener. Read full book review >
DEAD END IN NORVELT by Jack Gantos
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Characteristically provocative gothic comedy, with sublime undertones. (Autobiographical fiction. 11-13)"
An exhilarating summer marked by death, gore and fire sparks deep thoughts in a small-town lad not uncoincidentally named "Jack Gantos." Read full book review >
CREATION by Castle Builders
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Half-baked dogma served with a heaping dose of glitchy kitsch; the creation story deserves better. (iPad storybook app. 7-11)"
A tawdry, bug-ridden account of the Biblical creation story. Read full book review >
THE ONLY ONES by Aaron Starmer
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Both literary and engaging, this is the kind of book readers will want to return to for new discoveries. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
One afternoon, nearly everyone in the world disappeared, leaving Martin Maple and a village of kids to try to survive long enough to find them again. Read full book review >
ALL THE EARTH, THROWN TO THE SKY by Joe R. Lansdale
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A solid yarn with just a hint of romance. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Three orphans with nothing to lose embark on a road trip that reaches epic proportions. Read full book review >
THE TANGLEWOOD TERROR by Kurtis Scaletta
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

Creeping, invasive, blue-glowing mushrooms threaten to destroy a Maine town unless the intrepid hero, eighth-grader Eric, can fend them off. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >