THE NORMAL KID by Elizabeth Holmes
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Pre-adolescent angst—funny, perplexing humiliating—is perennially fertile ground for middle-grade fiction. Holmes shows us where it comes from and where it can take us if we let it. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a changing world, what can "normal" mean? Read full book review >
STEALING AIR by Trent Reedy
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Part Hardy Boys, part Gary Paulsen, part Skateboard Magazine for Kids, this can appeal to mechanical-minded, skateboarding enthusiasts. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Skateboarders, boy or girl, will know the terms getting air, half-pipe and ollie, but, can three boys "steal" enough air to fly a homemade airplane? Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"There are hints that Ash may have unfinished business with India and its gods—let's hope so. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
This fantasy riffs on events from the Ramayana—the takeoff point for a knock-down, drag-out adventure that draws a 13-year-old into the unfinished business of the Indian gods. Read full book review >
CROWN PRINCE by Linda Snow McLoon
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Worse, it's first in a series. (Fiction. 10-13)"
It's time for the Dream Horse to die. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Now, some will find these devilishly delinquent developments positively beyond the bounds of good taste. But many others will say, 'Naughty. But nice.' (Picture book. 5-9)"
A beady-eyed brat sits in a red, thronelike chair, glaring out of the cover in this hilarious, bizarre holiday story. What's that machinery behind him, and what is that kid up to? Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Though there aren't many family holiday books of this sort available, this version is suitable only for large library collections with heavy demand for Christmas activity books. (Nonfiction. 5-9, adults)"
This compendium of old-fashioned craft projects, recipes and stories was written by a Waldorf kindergarten teacher in Germany and translated for English-speaking countries, though the focus remains European and is not well-suited to the U.S. market. Read full book review >
SLEEPING BEAUTY by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A fine choice for princess lovers and traditionalists. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-10) "
"Once upon a time, a king and a queen used to say to each other every day, ‘If only we could have a child!' " Read full book review >
TEN BIRDS by Jürg Amann
by Jürg Amann, illustrated by Helga Gebert, translated by David Henry Wilson
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Even children who can't yet read will get at least a portion of the joke. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Ten birds frolic in fractured count-down number rhymes. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"It's an odd and very European tale, and a very brave one. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Downtrodden Daisy imagines a much less restricted life for herself in amusing and ultimately hopeful ways. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Jones shows that the best professional wrestling is a kind of primal theater, and a far cry from the much more brutal mixed martial arts, which is sadly eclipsing its fan base. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
A tight yet thorough history of wrestling as "sports entertainment"—read that as meaning staged—from Jones. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"The book never completely escapes cliché. Every chapter has lines like 'SOON EVERYONE WILL KNOW WHO I AM, CAPTAIN STUPENDOUS!' But this is a genuinely new sort of superhero story, and it will surprise even people who are tired of sound effects and capital letters. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This is a superhero story for people who've read too many superhero stories. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Science writing at its grossest and best, though as the title (not to mention the blood-spattered pages) warns, not for the squeamish. (author's note, glossary, notes, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Solid (sometimes writhing) proof that the scariest zombie flicks have nothing on Nature. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >