RADIANT CHILD by Javaka Steptoe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Stellar bookmaking—a riveting portrait of a young artist. (author's note, bibliography, biography) (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
Steptoe chronicles the formative years and evolving style of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a Brooklyn-born graffiti artist with a rising career in the 1980s fine arts world; coverage ceases before his untimely drug-related death at age 27. Read full book review >
MY NAME IS JAMES MADISON HEMINGS by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The strength of this telling is the way it encourages readers to empathize with Madison's plight, making it a solid entry in that class of picture books tackling tough topics. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The life of James Madison Hemings, believed by most scholars to be one of several children Thomas Jefferson had with enslaved Sally Hemings, is imagined in this picture book of historical fiction. Read full book review >

JOURNEY'S END by Rachel Hawkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A gently atmospheric ghost story with an intriguing setting and an appealing trio of protagonists. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The Boundary, a legendary fog bank, hovers off the Scottish coast, drawing welcome tourists and unwelcome scientists to the picturesque village of Journey's End; but as three preteens discover, it's anything but benign. Read full book review >
LOST IN THE PACIFIC, 1942 by Tod Olson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A riveting, completely engrossing true survival story. (glossary, author‘s note, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Olson tells the harrowing true story of how eight men in three tiny inflatable rafts, lost in 68 million square miles of shark-infested Pacific Ocean without food or water and near enemy-held territory, survived three weeks before being rescued. Read full book review >
THE GAUNTLET by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Ideal for readers who are breathlessly awaiting the next film in the Marvel superhero franchise. (Adventure. 8-13)"
With no time to assemble the Avengers, Iron Man must save the world solo in this fast-paced adventure novel. Read full book review >

IF THE MAGIC FITS by Susan Maupin Schmid
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A cheery start to a new series, this traditional-feeling fairy-tale-style fantasy will brighten the cloudiest of days. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Once upon a time, in the kingdom of Eliora by the White Sea, there lived an 11-year-old girl called Darling Dimple. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF LINCOLN JONES by Wendelin Van Draanen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Readers will love Lincoln Jones. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Lincoln Jones has seen a lot in his time and is struggling to make sense of it all and still fit in in sixth grade. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF HEXBRIDGE CASTLE by Gabrielle Kent
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Unoriginal but still enjoyable. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A young boy's life goes from dull to extraordinary in Kent's debut novel. Read full book review >
RYAN QUINN AND THE REBEL'S ESCAPE by Ron McGee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"With a fast pace, familiar characters, plenty of action, and little testing of the envelope, this trilogy opener is calculated to please genre fans. (Thriller. 10-14)"
Move over, Alex Rider: Ryan Quinn has come to town. Read full book review >
LOST AND FOUND by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A pleasurable way to explore China, complete with insightful author's notes for each locale in the backmatter. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Sometime around the turn of the 20th century, two white French children, Adèle and Simon, journey throughout historical China with their photographer uncle, Sidney. Read full book review >
AN EXCESSIVE ALPHABET by Judi Barrett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Young puzzle fans will find that this teases their perceptions and taunts their imaginations. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this alphabet book, letter identification is combined with a seek-and-find game. Read full book review >
EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE AND FASCINATING PLACES by Jody Revenson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Handsomely designed but, even as media tie-ins go, thin sauce. (Novelty. 7-10)"
Glimpses of sets, costumes, and characters from the Harry Potter films and 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. 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 >