RETURN TO PLANET TAD by Tim Carvell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"A smile or two for those with severely short attention spans, not much more. (Fiction. 8-12)"
More tidbits from Planet Tad, compiled from a fictional blog originally published in Mad Magazine (Planet Tad, 2012). Read full book review >
STARFIRE by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Readers should stick with the Warriors and the Guardians of Ga'hoole for better treatments of this formula. (list of characters, map) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Star, a pegasus fated to wield great power, must choose to use it to either heal or destroy, but only if he can survive until his first birthday. Read full book review >

YOU ARE NOT MY FRIEND, BUT I MISS YOU by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"There are no bad sock monkeys, not even the one or two who have forgotten themselves for a second. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A sock monkey goes to the dark side, or as dark as a sock monkey can get, in Kirk's dovelike tale of dawning self-awareness. Read full book review >
A BED FOR KITTY by Yasmine Surovec
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"While cat lovers will respond to the 'aww' factor here, this outing will not, unlike the first, stand up to repeated readings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this slight follow-up to I See Kitty (2013), Chloe's new kitty has made herself at home, draping herself almost everywhere for her catnaps. Read full book review >
SKINK—NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Hiaasen's fierce love for the wilds of Florida, his fundamental commitment to decency and his penchant for the bizarre are all on full display in this, a read as agreeable as his hero is. (Fiction. 10-15)"
If you were pursuing your cousin's kidnapper across Florida, you would want a man like Skink at your side. Maybe. Read full book review >

ALI by Barry Denenberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Ali makes a near-perfect subject for this eye-catching example of creative nonfiction. (timeline, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
The story of sports icon Muhammad Ali is told through created documents that explore his controversial life and its impact. Read full book review >
WHAT'S SO YUMMY? by Robie H. Harris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"An informational title that seems good for you without being a pill to swallow. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The fourth installment in Harris and Westcott's Let's Talk About You and Me series lives up to its predecessors' achievements in its plain talk about health. Read full book review >
THE SCANDALOUS SISTERHOOD OF PRICKWILLOW PLACE by Julie Berry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Droll farce yields to intriguing mystery, leaving the seams between them showing. (Farce/mystery. 11-13)"
When an overbearing headmistress and her odious brother drop dead, seven Victorian schoolgirls decide to run their school without adult interference. Read full book review >
WORK, DOGS, WORK by James Horvath
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Big trucks, jovial dogs and snappy rhyming text serve again as the building blocks of another successful entry in this solidly built series. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A crew comprising cheerful, cartoon-style canines and one cleverly camouflaged cat continues their construction careers in this third entry in an engaging series, following Dig, Dogs, Dig and Build, Dogs, Build (both 2013). Read full book review >
SEQUOIA by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Minor's paintings are glorious; the textual conceit is a little overdone. (Picture book. 3-7)
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A giant sequoia experiences the world around "him" in Johnston's romantic, image-laden, anthropomorphic rendering of the life experiences of the largest tree on the planet. Read full book review >
THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG by Hilary Audus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"A travesty. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A sequel of sorts—and a wordy one at that—to the lovely, wordless and beloved The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs (1978). Read full book review >
THE CONTRACT by Derek Jeter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Plenty of baseball action, but the paint-by-numbers plot is just a vehicle for equally standard-issue advice. (foundation ad and curriculum guide, not seen). (Fiction. 7-9)"
For his eponymous imprint, the New York Yankees star leads off with a self-referential tale of Little League triumphs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >