DID YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU? by Christa Pierce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"An overlong greeting card. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Debut author/illustrator Pierce matches a litany of loving expressions to illustrations. Read full book review >
ROCKET'S 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL by Tad Hills
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"Rocket's fans will enjoy practicing their skills and their own countdowns to (and collections for) Day 100. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Rocket, the dog of reading fame, spends the first few months of school collecting 100 "special things," but when the 100th day of school finally arrives, five are missing. Read full book review >

WRITER TO WRITER by Gail Carson Levine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"A well-meaning and friendly resource that may well save young writers much time and distress and, perhaps, lead to success in getting published. (Nonfiction. 11 & up)"
A best-selling children's author offers a comprehensive guide for aspirants. Read full book review >
LEONTYNE PRICE by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"Weatherford and Colón's beautiful book does children a service by giving them one more African-American performer to applaud. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Rising from the Mississippi Delta to the stages of the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala, Price had a groundbreaking operatic career. Read full book review >
A PLAGUE OF UNICORNS by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"Sweet and engaging but less than the sum of its parts. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A whimsical fairy tale is stretched rather thin in this low-key novella. Read full book review >

Pig Snouts and Quarterbacks by Judy Levering-Duff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 21, 2014

"A humorous, resonant teen-girl novel fueled by issues of family, identity, and fitting in."
With humor and real-life truths, this lively novel careens through the ups and downs of a 14-year-old girl's plot to join the in-crowd. Read full book review >
NALAH GOES TO MAD MOUSE CITY by Anne Sawyer-Aitch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 20, 2014

"A wonderfully illustrated, not-too-serious story that may make children eager to visit a mouse town and try taffy hairstyles."
A mischievous young girl visits a mouse city and invites all its residents to a picnic in this boldly illustrated tale by Sawyer-Aitch (Nalah and the Pink Tiger, 2013). Read full book review >
Porsché Porscha The Pink Pig by Edith Lamira Odiwo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 19, 2014

"A modest but appealing picture book that combines simple storytelling and empowering messages with unforced charm."
In the first of a planned series, Odiwo offers gentle lessons in character building through the adventures of a talking, mischief-minded little pig. Read full book review >
STUBBY, THE MAGIC PENCIL by Heather Hobson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 18, 2014

"Engaging but in need of some fine tuning to realize its imagination-stirring potential."
In this uneven but enjoyable fantasy, a young girl finds that a seemingly ordinary little pencil opens the door to a magical adventure. Read full book review >
CURSE OF THE IRIS by Jason Fry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Good, old-fashioned, outer-space pirate fun. (charts, ship plans, nautical glossary) (Science fiction. 10-12)"
In this episode, teenage hotshot Tycho Hashoone and his privateering clan are swept up in both interplanetary politics and a scramble for hidden treasure. Read full book review >
WHAT DOES BABY LOVE? by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"A board book that's about as exciting as plain oatmeal. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Babies play with things they love in this lift-a-flap book. Read full book review >
I LOVE MOM by Joanna Walsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Books about moms and their appreciative children abound. Pass on this lackluster offering. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A mother tiger and her two cubs show their love for each other in this slim tale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >