DARKBEAST by Morgan Keyes
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Tightly woven and carefully constructed fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Life in Keara's world is determined by adherence to strictures unchanged through generations. Read full book review >
THE RAFT by S.A. Bodeen
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"A compelling survival adventure. (Adventure. 11-15) "
When her plane crashes, Robie's years of living with her researcher parents on Midway Island provide her with important knowledge. Read full book review >

UNGIFTED by Gordon Korman
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Frequent allusions to The Wizard of Oz—with Tin Man the robot, Oz the teacher and themes of brains, heart and courage—add to the charm of this tale of a boy finding his home. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The last thing troublemaker and mediocre student Donovan Curtis ever expected was a transfer from Hardcastle Middle School to the prestigious Academy for Scholastic Distinction. Read full book review >
THE KEY by Michael Grant
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Action, adventure, fantasy, humor and a glimpse of a potential budding romance are all here, making this a great end-of-summer read. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
As in the previous titles (The Call, 2010, and The Trap, 2011), this third installment in the Magnificent 12 series speeds forward with the help of over-the-top action sequences and rapid, clever dialogue. Read full book review >
THE EMPTY CITY by Erin Hunter
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Wild and wonderful adventure for middle-graders. (Adventure. 8-12)"
In this dog-themed series opener from the team behind the Warriors franchise, dogs must learn to face not only the results of the devastating earthquake that has turned their world upside down, but their own feelings of loyalty and independence. Read full book review >

CHICKADEE by Louise Erdrich
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"A beautifully evolving story of an indigenous American family. (map; glossary & pronunciation guide of Ojibwe terms) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Erdrich continues the saga of Omakayas and her family, who now embark in 1866 on a life-changing search that takes them from Minnesota's North Woods to the Great Plains in this fourth book of The Birchbark House Series.Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Deliciously scary and satisfying. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A pinch of Grimm, a dash of Greek mythology and a heaping helping of fresh chills make for an irresistible contemporary fairy tale centering around a food enchantment. Read full book review >
LIFE HAPPENS NEXT by Terry Trueman
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"A winning central and supporting cast provide strong compensation for a plot that seems overly worked and too tidily resolved. (afterword) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Trueman skates the edge of fantasy as he puts readers' hearts through a workout in this sequel to Stuck in Neutral (2000). Read full book review >
GODS AND WARRIORS by Michelle Paver
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Beautiful, but broken. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Set during the Bronze Age of Ancient Greece, this new adventure series attempts to navigate a land filled with fickle gods, dangerous spirits and even more dangerous men. Read full book review >
PALACE OF STONE by Shannon Hale
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Miri's story comes to a satisfying end; readers who have been waiting since 2005 will find their patience well rewarded. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Miri leaves her mountain of linder stone for another year of study and finds ethics and rhetoric to be powerful tools in the making of a revolution. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 19, 2012

"Not cute curios, but the seriously weird, which for some—hopefully many—will make the animals that much more appealing. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Hearst brings us 50 examples of Mother Nature in all her strange pageantry. Read full book review >
PIXEL AND PARKER by Spinlight Studio
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"With a longer shelf life than your average iPad storybook, this will nevertheless keep readers spinning for more. (iPad storybook app. 4-9)"
When a boy's cat goes missing, a world of possibilities opens up, all at the spin of a wheel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >