HEDGEHUGS by Steve Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"It's sweet, but it thematically (and eponymously) replicates Dan Pinto and Benn Sutton's Hedgehug (2011)—with much less verve. (Picture book. 2-5)"
How do you hug if you're a hedgehog? Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF THE CHOCOLATE PHOENIX by Kate Saunders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"It's official: more magical chocolate equals even more perceptive and magical fun for all. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Magical 11-year-old twins Lily and Oz Spoffard must stop an evil witch from the malicious use of time-traveling chocolate and talking animals in this sequel to The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop (2013).Read full book review >

A JOURNEY THROUGH THE HUMAN BODY by Steve Parker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Skips a few stops but should leave young tourists with a taste for further outings into their innards. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Even the broccoli and green peas sport happy smiles on their ways down the hatch in this effervescent tour of human body systems. Read full book review >
AN ENGLISH YEAR by Tania McCartney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"No more than a quick shuffle, but for young readers who can Mind the Gap, the flavour does come through. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Foods, festivals, and frolics mingle in this 12-month tour through England's calendar of traditions old and, well, older. Read full book review >
LOLA AND I by Chiara Valentina Segré
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A truly inclusive, heartfelt (guide) dog tale. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A picture book honored internationally for its depiction of disability portrays the friendship between a girl and her dog. Read full book review >

NUGGET ON TOP OF THE WORLD by Hans de Beer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"While there is a nugget of appeal in the illustrations of the endearing puppy, this effort falls short in its intended thematic journey. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this Swiss import, a young dachshund puppy named Nugget explores the world outside his home, comparing his own small stature with larger animals and structures. Read full book review >
THE BLUE VASE by Katarina Jovanovic
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Bullying is a hot topic, so this average effort joins an already crowded field. (Fiction. 7-11)"
After she accidentally breaks what she believes to be a valuable vase at the home of her babysitter, Sonia, a recent immigrant from Moldova, is blackmailed by the woman's granddaughter Marta, a classmate. Read full book review >
THE BLITZ NEXT DOOR by Cathy Forde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Forde's a prolific U.K. writer and a welcome addition to our side of the pond. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A boy's adventures in his new home include ghosts from the last world war. Read full book review >
THE FINDING PLACE by Julie Hartley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Although at first glance this unremarkable novel is about international adoption, set against a well-realized Chinese backdrop, the true focus is on the consequences of abandonment. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Adopted by Canadians as a baby from China, Kelly's trying to deal with her disheartening new life since her previously loving father walked out on the family. Read full book review >
CODING GAMES IN SCRATCH by Jon Woodcock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An absolutely wonderful introduction to programming games. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7 & up)"
A comprehensive guide to creating games in Scratch, a beginner-oriented programming language that uses visual blocks instead of raw code. Read full book review >
THE NOISY FOXES by Amy Husband
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Familiar ground, with an effulgent new look. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three urban-dwelling foxes head to the countryside in search of a little quiet. Read full book review >
I'M WITH THE BAND by Jen Calonita
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"This tale of ultimate wish fulfillment is a must-read for starry-eyed fans of boy bands. (Fiction. 7-12)"
A preteen girl obsessed with a boy band learns that her biggest dream is coming true—she's joining the band on their tour! Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >