THRICE UPON A MARIGOLD by Jean Ferris
Released: April 16, 2013

"A delicious confection for fans of the previous operettas, reminiscent in tone and content to Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A royal kidnapping leads to romance for the rescuers and justice for the culprits in this airy series' latest episode. Read full book review >
WORLD FOOD ALPHABET by Chris Caldicott
Released: April 16, 2013

"Caldicott is a fine photographer—a writer, not so much. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A globe-spanning gallery of terrific food and food-related photographs is paired to a text that is not so terrific. Read full book review >

FYRE by Angie Sage
by Angie Sage, illustrated by Mark Zug
Released: April 16, 2013

"A disorganized but amiable farewell—with hints of a spinoff series in the works. (map, finely detailed character studies at chapter heads) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
To wrap up her deservedly popular series, Sage calls back nearly all of the first six volumes' cast members, living and dead, for a fresh flurry of Magykal feats and threats from the Darke.Read full book review >
OUR RIGHTS by Janet Wilson
Released: April 15, 2013

"A useful, if not artful awareness tool. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
An introduction to the positive action kids are taking globally to improve the lives of children everywhere. Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 2013

"A new and moving look at one of the most disgraceful events in U.S. history, effectively told with childlike surrealism. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Based on her great-grandfather's experience in a Japanese "internment camp," Yamasaki tells how Taro takes care of his younger brother, Jimmy, when he stops eating. Read full book review >

THE INCREDIBLE CHARLOTTE SYCAMORE by Kate Maddison
Released: April 15, 2013

"This steampunk novel has it all: deceptions, a brainy and courageous girl, violence, inventions and mystery set in Victorian England. Charlotte's tale is indeed incredible—in a good way. (Steampunk. 10-15)"
Can the bites of mechanical dogs induce artificial rabies? Read full book review >
WEIRDZONE: SPORTS by Maria Birmingham
Released: April 15, 2013

"Any sports aficionado will easily be lost in these pages. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The title says it all. Read full book review >
MY NEIGHBOR IS A DOG by Isabel Minhós Martins
Released: April 15, 2013

"Stylish and understated, this argument for tolerance is a welcome one—just like that saxophone-playing dog. (Picture book. 5-9)"
When animals begin to move into the narrator's apartment building, she welcomes their differences, but her parents are uncomfortable. Read full book review >
ADVICE TO LITTLE GIRLS by Mark Twain
Released: April 12, 2013

"An elegant curiosity for admirers of Twain, Radunsky or both. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Crisply satirical and a little subversive, Twain's short, acerbic sendup slyly exhorts little girls to take a calculating approach to manipulating friends, brothers and elders. Read full book review >
CAMP MYTH by Chris Lewis Carter
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 11, 2013

"Much of this story has yet to be told or even released; maybe it will flesh out some. (iPad storybook app. 6-10)"
At summer camp, a gathering of faes and elves, sprites and pixies, cyclops and kitsunes and leprechauns see what they can do about the birth of an unhappy dragon—that is if the hydra and sirens and dryads, cockatrice and basilisk and kraken don't make a mess of things. Read full book review >
BLUEBIRD by Bob Staake
Kirkus Star
by Bob Staake, illustrated by Bob Staake
Released: April 9, 2013

"Like nothing you have seen before. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
One little boy, one little bird and one big city come together in a wordless fable of friendship, school, loss and comfort. Read full book review >
NINE DAYS by Fred Hiatt
Released: April 9, 2013

"This engaging mix will have great appeal to middle school readers in search of adventure; the geopolitical education is a nice bonus. (Thriller. 11-16)"
Human rights abuses in China get all too personal for a couple of American high school students in this appealing thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >