ZERAFFA GIRAFFA by Dianne Hofmeyr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Not a tall tale at all but a captivating bit of history. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Stories of animal feats that sound as if they can't possibly be true are always intriguing, and this tale is one that bears repeating. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF THE GREASER HOTEL by J. Scott Fuqua
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"A grotesque gothic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A 15-year-old girl who has spent the last nine years serving cruel overlords in a dilapidated hotel breaks free and discovers who she truly is. Read full book review >

ADVENTURES AT PEBBLE POND by Joy Ann Daffern
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"A little duck discovers what he's really good at in this reassuring tale, although it might have been better served by more refined illustrations."
In this debut children's book, a little duck has an adventure of self-discovery. Read full book review >
MY SISTER ABBY by Allison Barberi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Sweet and simple without preaching, this book would be a welcome addition to any library collection and is a must-read for families with young adopted children."
This picture book about sisterhood and adoption celebrates similarities and differences within families. Read full book review >
SLEEPOVER WITH BEATRICE AND BEAR by Mônica Carnesi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Winningly sweet. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a gentle tale for the very young, a rabbit named Beatrice finds an ingenious way to share winter with her hibernating best friend, Bear. Read full book review >

BAD APPLE'S PERFECT DAY by Edward Hemingway
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Though Mac's 'bad apple' moniker is strictly marketing, his core belief that it is 'never too late to turn things around' is a nutritious notion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An outing doesn't quite go as planned for Mac the apple and his resident worm, Will—first met in Bad Apple (2012) and still best buds. Read full book review >
THE HAUNTED LIBRARY by Dori Hillestad Butler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Simple text, brief chapters and a high-interest topic all combine to make this, the first of a series, an easy sell to readers newly transitioned to chapter books. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A young ghost named Kaz is swept away from his home and ghost family by a strong wind, finally coming to rest in a library. Read full book review >
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES by Lauren Magaziner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Readers will banish themselves from the ordinary world to finish this book in a flash. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Fifth-grader Rupert Campbell lives in a world that combines Roald Dahl's Witches and Louis Sachar's Wayside School. Read full book review >
BLIND by Rachel DeWoskin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"A vivid, sensory tour of the shifting landscapes of blindness and teen relationships. (Fiction. 14-18)"
With traces of John Green's Looking for Alaska (2005), DeWoskin's first teen novel explores death and darkness. Read full book review >
BAKING DAY AT GRANDMA'S by Anika Denise
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Just in time for Grandparents' Day. (recipe) (Picture book. 3-7)"
A rollicking, rhyming salute to the grandmother-grandchild bond. Read full book review >
CATCH THAT COOKIE! by Hallie Durand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Cute concept; uneven execution. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Some peripatetic gingerbread men make a believer of a skeptical grade schooler. Read full book review >
COUNTRYSIDE by J.T. Cope IV
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Solid introduction to a potentially vast magical world."
In this YA fantasy debut, dark forces target a young man after learning he has roots in a magical community. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >