THE DRAGON'S GATE by Barry Wolverton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Fans will wait with bated breath for the third book in the trilogy. (maps) (Historical fantasy. 9-14)"
In the sequel to The Vanishing Island (2015), 12-year-old Bren and his young companion, Mouse, struggle to reconcile their conflicting goals while staying true to their friendship. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR RAP by John Foster
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Though the rhymes are rather weak, this book does encourage pretend play, the backmatter is enlightening, and the diversity is refreshing. (Picture book. 2-6)"
On the tail of the Rappy the Raptor books, by Dan Gutman and illustrated by Tim Bowers (2015, etc.), comes this rapping, participatory look at the dinos that lived long ago. Read full book review >

SNAKES AND STONES by Lisa Fowler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Atmospheric and ultimately heartwarming but clichéd. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A Southern girl learns a troubling truth about her past. Read full book review >
WILDINGS by Eleanor Glewwe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Bittersweet but hopeful. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
After the revolution, the hard work begins. Read full book review >
THE GREAT BIG BODY BOOK by Mary Hoffman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Cheerful and informative, this is a splendid introduction for humans of all shapes and sizes to share. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
What is a body? Read full book review >

BREAK THE SIEGE  by Rob Ives
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An excellent resource that will spark the imaginations of many readers. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Everything you need to know to create your own tabletop medieval battlefields. Read full book review >
OH, ICK! by Joy Masoff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A lighthearted compendium of interesting information and engaging, hands-on activities with gobs of kid appeal. (index, credits not seen) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
From arachnids to zits, 114 "ick-speriments, ick-tivities, and ick-splorations" invite young experimenters to investigate the workings of their world. Read full book review >
A POEM FOR PETER by Andrea Davis Pinkney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A loving and forceful reminder that Keats' Peter is our Peter—always. (author's notes, Keats bibliography, resources, photographs) (Picture book/poetry/biography. 6-10)"
A love letter to the man who gave readers the beautiful and enduring image of a black boy in a red hooded snowsuit. Read full book review >
ADRIFT AT SEA by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An adequate introduction to the Vietnamese refugee journey for young readers (Picture book. 7-10)"
A young Vietnamese boy and his family flee Vietnam in search of a better life. Read full book review >
A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Louis Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A pleasant if somewhat misleading invitation for armchair and lap-sitting travelers. (index) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
To meet the animals who live there, a young boy travels to different habitats around the world, including his own backyard. Read full book review >
TEDDY & CO. by Cynthia Voigt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Although the tone is decidedly different from her earlier work, Voigt's writing remains masterful, and her attention continues to be on what makes a family, how we can live together in harmony, and how individuals overcome their difficulties. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A group of toys lives together on an island, ironing out their differences and sharing small adventures. Read full book review >
STORIES FROM THE BIBLE by Kathleen Long Bostrom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This beautifully illustrated collection will be useful in larger library collections and for reading aloud in Christian families and in church settings. (Religion. 5-9)"
Seventeen well-known stories from the Christian Bible are retold in contemporary language accompanied by intriguing gouache illustrations. 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 >