THE BOY I LOVE by Nina de Gramont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"While not romantic, Wren and Tim's relationship becomes another powerful iteration of the book's message that '[l]ove is love,' and all loves deserve respect.(Fiction. 12-18)"
Wren's infatuation with handsome charmer Tim takes on an unexpected emotional depth after Tim reveals that he is gay. Read full book review >
RORY'S PROMISE by Michaela MacColl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Despite this point, children will find this an exciting, eye-opening read. (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
This first in the Hidden Histories series of middle-grade novels highlights an episode in which New York City's Foundling Hospital sent white youth to unfamiliar Arizona Territory to be adopted by Mexican Catholics, raising the ire of Protestant Anglos and revealing the depths of their prejudice. Read full book review >

I'M BRAVE! by Kate McMullan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"For those kids who dream of the station, the fire pole and the calls, this will be an exciting ride. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The McMullans' latest collaboration, following other transportation-themed books (plus a T. Rex), looks at the important job of a fire engine. Read full book review >
DIGGING A HOLE TO HEAVEN by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A useful and thorough piece of work combining fiction and nonfiction, with an extensive author's note detailing the history of coal mining. (timeline, notes, bibliography, index) (Fiction/nonfiction hybrid. 8-12) "
Nelson departs from his usual Native American stories in this informative look at child coal miners. Read full book review >
SUPER SNIFFERS by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Too many topics result in an ambitious but ultimately rather dry work. (index, resources) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An exploration of the many jobs dogs, with their superior sense of smell, do for humans. Read full book review >

MY YEAR OF EPIC ROCK by Andrea Pyros
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Slightly bland, though valuable for its portrayal of a young person living with serious food allergies. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The start of seventh grade is supposed to be filled with excitement for Nina and her best friend, Brianna, but Nina suddenly finds herself adrift when Brianna ditches her for a new, more sophisticated and ultracool best friend. Read full book review >
GO TO SLEEP, LITTLE FARM by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"It's difficult indeed for a bedtime book to stand out, and this one doesn't quite deliver. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Ray and Neal tackle the tried-and-true theme of bedtime on the farm. Read full book review >
THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS by Nancy Tillman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"For Tillman, predictability and preciosity have been profitable, and this is likely to be another best-seller to add to her list. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fans of Tillman's sentimental rhyming couplets, pretty pictures and relentlessly positive worldview will welcome this vision of a happy heaven populated by pampered pets, ethereal angels and friendly animals of all sorts. Read full book review >
THE GRAHAM CRACKER PLOT by Shelley Tougas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Readers will find themselves rooting for Daisy and Graham and for it all to turn out all right. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Daisy's life is messy, out of control, and filled with madly improbable characters and crazy escapades. Read full book review >
AND TWO BOYS BOOED by Judith Viorst
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Viorst ably returns to the familiar trope of vanquishing childhood fears, nicely abetted by the talented Blackall. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy waits with increasing trepidation for his turn in the class talent show in this cumulative story. Read full book review >
LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY by Mike Curato
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"This feels far more like a parable for adults than a picture book for children, who may also miss the elegance of the New York City images in their dark, soft palette. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The big city is clearly New York, but it's a grayed and sepia city sometime in the late 1940s, judging from the cars and clothing. Read full book review >
THE SCAVENGERS by Michael Perry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Comparisons to other gritty, engaging tough-girl-with-a-strong-moral-compass stories are inevitable, but Maggie has originality and grit to spare. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 8-12)"
Teen Ford Falcon (nee Maggie) headlines a fast-paced, post-apocalyptic Laura Ingalls Wilder wilderness story, complete with morning chores and Ma's dreams of a cabin with windows. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >