HENRY HOLTON TAKES THE ICE by Sandra Bradley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"It doesn't matter what you do on the ice, suggests Bradley, just do it with a song in your heart. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young ice skater finds his métier on the ice in a family full of hockey players. And it doesn't involve a stick. Read full book review >
WHERE BEAR? by Sophy Henn
by Sophy Henn, illustrated by Sophy Henn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"This gentle tale about friendship and home will give early readers and their grown-ups plenty of food for discussion. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The eternal quandaries of friendships between animals and children are given a new twist in this debut picture book by British artist Henn. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"An engaging primer on Scottish culture that can teach kids how similar their lives are to their peers' around the world."
Travel to Scotland and learn about life and culture from a child's perspective. Read full book review >
IN MY HEART by Jo Witek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Consider this beautifully designed French import a must-have for any storytime or one-on-one sharing regarding the somewhat sticky subject of feelings. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Vibrant die cuts, whimsical drawings, and a text that explores a wide range of feelings with just the right touches of imagination and wit combine for a most impressive picture-book experience. Read full book review >
BIRDOLOGY by Monica Russo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"For older readers or adults who hope to encourage young nature watchers, a thorough and interesting exploration. (Nonfiction. 9 & up)"
A longtime nature columnist invites young people to use their eyes, ears, hands and minds to learn about birds. Read full book review >

BUBBLES IN THE BATHROOM by Susan Martineau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"More foam than substance. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
Ten easy-to-perform demonstrations of scientific principles at work in the bathroom are presented with short explanations and related facts. Read full book review >
I GOT THIS HAT by Jol Temple
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Skip. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A peripatetic child shows off an impressive collection of toppers. Read full book review >
JUNA'S JAR by Jane Bahk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"While a little logically shaky, this fills a need for those children who find themselves adrift when their closest friends seemingly disappear. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A seemingly ordinary kimchi jar is anything but in this gentle tale of old friends and new. Read full book review >
ELEPHANTASTIC by Michael Engler
by Michael Engler, illustrated by Jöelle Tourlonias, translated by Ann Garlid
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A sweet celebration of the imagination. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Inattention results in a potential domestic tragedy in this German import. Read full book review >
SAND SWIMMERS by Narelle Oliver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A remarkably effective combination of history and natural history of a mysterious ecosystem. (bibliography, index of animals, author's note) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
The remote and forbidding central Australian desert called the "Dead Heart" appears lifeless, but it harbors curious creatures whose tracks appear in the early morning and evidence of an ancient, wetter world. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE MOUSE SANTI by David Eugene Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A clever picture book with an unexpected punch line that will delight young readers."
A mouse who wants to be a cat has a conversation that leads to an unexpected outcome in this delightful picture book by debut author Ray, featuring illustrations by Germano (The German King, 2013). Read full book review >
FUN WITH COLORS by Maxine Davenport
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Quibbles aside, the graphically simple pictures will serve as a way for parents and teachers to expand the vocabularies of their young charges and perhaps tempt them to try some of the less-familiar fruits. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
A bright, cheerful board book uses the colors of fruit as its organizing principle. 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 >