PETER AND THE COAL CHRISTMAS by Tyler Brooke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2016

"A good potential resource for upper-elementary classroom discussions about motivation, social responsibility, and ethics."
Peter has a very good reason for behaving very badly in this workbooklike children's tale by debut author Brooke and illustrator Soldano (Path of the Outlaws, 2016, etc.).Read full book review >
WHO SHE WAS by Stormy Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"A deft, emotionally resonant tale about family, love, music, and finding oneself."
Two college freshmen struggle to break away from family dysfunction and forge their own identities in this New Adult romance. Read full book review >

THE LEGEND OF THE SLEEPING DINOSAUR by Christopher Barnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"An unfocused consideration of a famed folk tale."
A retelling of the Filipino legend of the Sleeping Dinosaur, wrapped in a debut middle-grade historical novel. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN CITY OF CHELLDRAH-HAM by Stephan von Clinkerhoffen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A fresh, funny adventure and the best installment in the series so far.
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In the third book of the middle-grade Chelldrah-Ham series, Clinkerhoffen (The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham: War of Chaos, 2015, etc.) brings its protagonists to a different world: Earth.Read full book review >
SWISH AND SQUEAK'S NOISY DAY by Birgitta Sif
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 13, 2017

"Sweet, sisterly sounds in a cacophonous day. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Swish, a young mouse with big ears (even for a mouse), hears all kinds of noises throughout her day—many produced by her little sister, Squeak. Read full book review >

GARCIA & COLETTE GO EXPLORING by Hannah Barnaby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 20, 2017

"Telling one story well is enough of a challenge, but this book perfectly balances two stories and the characters within them, adding up to more than the sum. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A rabbit and a fox who are close friends decide to take trips to space and under the sea, separated by distance but in perfect harmony. Read full book review >
WILD ANIMALS OF THE SOUTH by Dieter Braun
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 9, 2017

"An impressive display of wonders in the animal world, a treat for browsers. (Informational picture book. 5-12)"
This companion to Wild Animals of the North (2016) portrays 88 common and lesser-known wild animals native to the Southern Hemisphere. Read full book review >
A VILLAGE IS A BUSY PLACE! by V. Geetha
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 13, 2017

"A clever format and appealing content provide a joyful glimpse at another culture. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Designed to suggest a scroll created by the Patuas, an artisan community in West Bengal, this title presents a day in the life of the Santhal people—an indigenous Indian people. Read full book review >
LITTLE EXCAVATOR by Anna Dewdney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 6, 2017

"An A+ for Little E and his creator. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A petite excavator named Little E finds his place among a crew of full-sized, heavy-construction equipment working together to build a park. Read full book review >
MONSTER BABY by Sarah Dyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 11, 2017

"While this book doesn't offer a new treatment of this well-trod theme, it's a gentle addition to a high-demand topic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little monster becomes a big sibling when the titular baby arrives. Read full book review >
MARINE SCIENCE FOR KIDS by Josh Hestermann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2017

"Ideal for middle school classrooms and any marine science enthusiast. (glossary, resources, selected bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
Water covers more than 70 percent of the Earth and provides plenty of opportunity for scientific exploration and investigation. Read full book review >
GRANDFATHER WHISKER'S TABLE by Eun-Jeong Jo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2017

"Visually evocative of time and place but spoiled by apparently incomplete research and debatable historical claims. (afterword, timeline) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Italy's famous horse race, the Palio di Siena, serves as background for a medieval child's first experience with a banker. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >