MARY WALKER WEARS THE PANTS by Cheryl Harness
Released: April 1, 2013

"Despite awkwardness, this is a welcome window into an important American life. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Pants: Women were not supposed to wear them. Read full book review >
ELLIE'S LOG by Judith L.  Li
Released: April 1, 2013

"Still, this combination of science and storytelling models good nature journaling and would be a helpful addition to a home or classroom in the region where such work is being encouraged. (suggested reading) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
After a huge tree falls in the forest behind her home, fifth-grader Ellie explores the area with her classmate Ricky, mapping and sketching and learning about what lives, dies and changes there. Read full book review >

JACKIE AND ME by Tania Grossinger
Released: April 1, 2013

"A lovely evocation of a man who changed baseball and America. (Picture book/memoir. 5-9)"
A young girl who feels herself an outsider finds a mentor and friend in Jackie Robinson. Read full book review >
HIDE AND SEEK by Kate Messner
Released: April 1, 2013

"Aptly titled, this energetic treasure hunt is sure to find an enthusiastic audience. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Three young members of the Silver Jaguar Society team up with a Costa Rican 10-year-old to find the stolen Jaguar Cup, a pre-Columbian gold artifact hidden at a rain-forest ecolodge. Read full book review >
CALL ME OKLAHOMA! by Miriam Glassman
Released: April 1, 2013

"Though it's not quite as layered as some other beginning chapter books, young readers who are searching for their own selves will certainly appreciate this new heroine. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nine-year-old Paige Turner is tired of being timid—but she needs a new name to go with her new identity. Read full book review >

WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Released: April 1, 2013

"Inconsistent voice and implausibility aside, middle-grade readers should respond to this perplexing puzzle and its resourceful heroine. (Mystery. 8-12)"
The day following her grandmother's funeral, butterflies begin visiting grieving 12-year-old Tara, who's swept into a bizarre mystery involving her grandmother, butterflies and a small Pacific island. Read full book review >
MY HAPPY LIFE by Rose Lagercrantz
by Rose Lagercrantz, illustrated by Eva Eriksson, translated by Julia Marshall
Released: April 1, 2013

"A sweet read for both children and their parents, who may be grateful at the reminder of the emotional complexity lurking behind their children's smiles. (Fiction. 6-10)"
A chapter book about childhood depression paradoxically delivers a very happy reading experience. Read full book review >
10 PLANTS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD by Gillian Richardson
Released: April 1, 2013

"Readers who took these plants for granted before may well not do so anymore. (maps, bibliography, suggestions for further reading) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A collection of stories that will enlighten readers on the fascinating and often tragic history behind the blue jeans they wear, the French fries and chocolate they consume, and the pepper and sugar they use for flavor. Read full book review >
WHEN I WAS EIGHT by Christy Jordan-Fenton
Released: April 1, 2013

"Utterly compelling. (Picture book/memoir. 5-9)"
The authors of Fatty Legs (2010) distill that moving memoir of an Inuit child's residential school experience into an even more powerful picture book. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2013

"A fully fleshed and crisply told story of forensics at its romantic best. (glossary, sources, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Was Napoleon poisoned? Did King Rama VIII shoot himself? And just whose bones were found in the Temple prison? Only the bones know. Read full book review >
THE LONG, LONG JOURNEY by Sandra Markle
Released: April 1, 2013

"Readers of Markle's Snow School (2013) and Waiting for Ice (2012), both illustrated by Alan Marks, will welcome this additional account of a baby animal's growth to independence. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
In four short months, a bar-tailed godwit chick becomes an adult that makes an incredible journey. Read full book review >
THIS MORNING SAM WENT TO MARS by Nancy Carlson
Released: April 1, 2013

"Valid the strategies may be, but it would be hard to present them in a less convincing way; it's 100 percent bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 6-9, adult)"
A perfunctory story barely masks a corrective agenda for children with major or minor attention issues. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >