WINTERLING by Sarah Prineas
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"There's no flashy pyrotechnic wizardry to dazzle here, but the right readers will find refreshment in a tale as muted and miraculous as the return of spring. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An atmospheric middle-grade fantasy ties the coming of age to the turning of the year. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"In general, this is an enjoyable read about coping with bullying, an unfortunately evergreen situation. (Fiction. 9-11)"
This debut focuses on a familiar character in middle-grade lit, the perennially bullied kid—except this time, he's unexpectedly victorious, early in the story. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Nothing new here, but nothing that isn't both feasible and necessary, either. (Nonfiction. 11-16)"
Boosterish advice for teens and preteens looking for ways to board the eco-wagon and bring along some friends. Read full book review >
by Grace Lin, illustrated by Grace Lin
Released: Jan. 2, 2012

"Deftly weaving together historical anecdotes and simple line illustrations, Lin once again touches the heart of growing up in a multicultural family. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Pacy and her family travel to Taiwan for one month to celebrate her grandmother's 60th birthday, giving this Chinese-American girl another lens through which she can examine her identity. Read full book review >
ZERO TO HERO by Henry Winkler
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A purposeful but not simplistic opener from the creators of the Hank Zipzer series. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Eleven-year-old Billy Broccoli's move up to middle school is complicated by a teenage ghost determined to give him lessons in how to be cool. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A heaping plateful of adventure, spiced to perfection with dangers, deft humor and silly bits. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A seemingly ordinary lad boards a seagoing eatery and is swept up in a series of flights and pursuits that lead him to a higher destiny than he expects (or even wants, particularly). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A rip-roaring tale with a satisfying conclusion. (author's note, historical note) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A not-so-shy Angeline is a force for justice in a Wild West town that is out of control. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"The more engaging musical version is available separately through iTunes and other distributors. You won't hear the typos. (Poetry. 5-9)"
Purposeful and saccharine-sweet, these poems on religious and secular topics take on new life on the accompanying CD. Read full book review >
OOPSY DAISY by Lauren Myracle
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Milla, Violet, Yaz and Katie-Rose continue to charm; here's hoping they have more hijinks in store. (Fiction. 9-13)"
The flower friends play matchmaker in Myracle's (Violet in Bloom, 2010, etc.) third volume in the Flower Power series. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Caveat emptor. (bibliography, websites, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The title says it all, almost, about "The Golden State," from early history to the near-present. Read full book review >
WHEN GRANDMAMA SINGS by Margaree King Mitchell
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A gentle story that shows the everyday realities of segregation through the observant eye of a child. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Belle joins her beloved grandmother, a jazz singer, on a summer tour of Southern towns and sees that segregation is everywhere—not just at home in Mississippi. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"An entertaining and enjoyable read for dance fans and graphic-novel devotees. (Graphic novel. 8-12)"
Ballet, three BFFs, one frenemy and a handsome hip-hop teacher share the stage in this inviting graphic novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >