A BOOK IS A BOOK by Jenny Bornholdt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"The diminutive size—approximately 5 inches by 7 inches—negates group use but makes this perfect for a child on a lap or as a stocking stuffer for older bibliophiles. (Picture book. 4-9)"
This whimsical ode to the codex is an endorsement both of reading and of what has been coined the "thingyness" of books—and it avoids the fatal, superior tone that concludes Lane Smith's similarly themed, otherwise-ingenious It's a Book.Read full book review >
SADIE, ORI, AND NUGGLES GO TO CAMP by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Children will appreciate the sweet reassurance on display here. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Experienced camper and older sister Sadie helps younger brother Ori get ready for his first year at sleep-away camp. Read full book review >

CATS ARE CATS by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Certainly not Gorbachev's best, though it's agreeable enough. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Miss Bell's kitten, Tiger, is just a typical cat—maybe. Read full book review >
THE SOUND OF THUNDER by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Hitting 'The End' will just make fans want to start over again. (Graphic fantasy. 9-12)"
In this trilogy conclusion, Rufus returns to the north woods, but can he do anything to save them without his mystic totem? Read full book review >
STORK'S LANDING by Tami Lehman-Wilzig
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A well-meaning but ultimately unsuccessful blend of eco-awareness and aquaculture. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A wild stork receives some loving care when it becomes caught in netting on Maya's kibbutz during the annual migration from Africa to Israel. Read full book review >

HADES SPEAKS! by Vicky Alvear Shecter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"'I'll see you on the other side,' Hades leers—'sooner or later.' At least the terra won't be completely incognita. (index) (Mythology. 10-13)"
A tour of the ancient Greek (and Roman) underworld, squired by Hades and his lovely wife, Persephone. Read full book review >
PIRATES OF THE SILVER COAST by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"This rollicking serial adventure continues to please. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
In their fifth outing, former circus acrobat Dessa and her nonhuman companions take ship for the "dark island" of Astaroth—first with a smuggler and then with a pirate king (who isn't exactly a king). Read full book review >
MATZO FROGS by Sally Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A Jewish audience will appreciate the overall significance of the concept and context; Gentiles will get a kick out of the kind frogs. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Amphibian neighbors come to Minnie's rescue when she accidentally spills all the matzo-ball soup she has prepared for Shabbat dinner and doesn't have time to prepare more before sundown. Read full book review >
PANTS FOR CHUCK by Pat Schories
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Ultimately, since Chuck ends up smartly eschewing the pants at book's end, the title even ends up seeming like a misnomer. (Early reader. 5-7)"
A beginning reader with a silly story that may or may not hold up to interrogation about anthropomorphic animals and story logic. Read full book review >
IF KIDS RULED THE WORLD by Linda Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"The reminder to play at all ages is important, but one wishes if kids did rule the world there might be an element of idealism as well, not just whimsy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From the expected to the surreal, Bailey imagines a world where kids make the rules. Read full book review >
ANIMALS WORK by Ted Lewin
by Ted Lewin, illustrated by Ted Lewin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Inviting. (Early reader. 2-6)"
Mechanization is not in sight in this look at how animals still help humans at work and at play. Read full book review >
CHARLIE BUMPERS VS. THE SQUEAKING SKULL by Bill Harley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Life is the best teacher, and if Charlie can survive all the troubles that come his way, maybe others can too. (Fiction. 7-10) "
Award-winning storyteller Harley serves up hilarious high jinks squirming with Halloween trouble. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >