SPLIT THE SUN by Tessa Elwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The more intriguing aspects of this story are drowned out by the side-show melodrama. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
Kit Franks has inherited a legacy of trouble from her terrorist mother in this companion to Inherit the Stars (2015). Read full book review >
TROUBLE NEXT DOOR by Karen English
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Chronicling the importance of empathy and openness, this fourth in the Carver Chronicles is a pleasing addition to a series in which diverse readers can recognize themselves in starring roles. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Young Calvin Vickers must come to terms with an all-too-familiar new neighbor, the biggest bully at Carver Elementary. Read full book review >

LOVE YOU TOO by Alastair Heim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A rhyming invitation for adults and children to read together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A daughter finishes each one of her father's sentences as the two pink pigs go through their shared day. Read full book review >
JED AND THE JUNKYARD WAR by Steven Bohls
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A well-wrought debut with enough of a start on both the plot and worldbuilding to leave readers impatient for the follow-up. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Searching for his missing parents, a lad finds himself in a world where sky ships sail over oceans not of water, but of heaped-up appliances and other junk. Read full book review >
LEAGUE OF ARCHERS by Eva Howard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Perhaps a tad longer than necessary, this generally well-paced post-legend take on the Robin Hood myth will captivate action and adventure fans and lovers of historical fiction alike. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A young novice nun wrongfully accused of Robin Hood's murder must clear her name. Read full book review >

A FURRY FIASCO by Paul DuBois Jacobs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The didactic plot is further hampered by exposition and too many characters to keep straight. (preview of next book) (Fiction/animal fantasy. 7-10)"
A misunderstanding at Animal Inn leads to anxiety. Read full book review >
THE INVINCIBLE KINGDOM by Rob Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Admire the pictures, skip the thoroughly overblown text. (Illustrated fiction. 11-13)"
A fugitive king finds his queen and his true calling in this trilogy closer. Read full book review >
GROUNDHOG'S RUNAWAY SHADOW by David Biedrzycki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Delightful. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A groundhog mutiny! Will Phil's shadow ever return? Read full book review >
STORMWALKER by Mike Revell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An active and compassionate middle-grade primer on overcoming grief. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After a 12-year-old British boy's mum dies of leukemia, he finds himself teleported into the novel that his writer father has created to address his own grief. Read full book review >
WHAT COLOR IS A KISS? by Rocio Bonilla
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Likely to be a kiss for artists-in-training but a miss for others. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl who knows her mind when it comes to what she likes is stymied when she ponders the color of a kiss. Read full book review >
I HEART YOU by Meg Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The love is palpable in these pages, and adults and children will surely talk about their own ways of loving after sharing this. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Adult animals describe how they show their love for their little ones. Read full book review >
I WILL LOVE YOU ANYWAY by Mick Inkpen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A Valentine to dogs, though the message is mixed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even naughty dogs who can't behave need someone to love 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 >