BALLERINA DREAMS by Michaela DePrince
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A title sure to attract ballet aficionados, with added appeal for its depiction of an adoptive family and a ballerina who just happens to be black. (Early reader/memoir. 6-8)"
This autobiographical title for newly independent readers will reward efforts with an inspiring story about ballerina Michaela DePrince's life and passion for dance. Read full book review >
RHYME SCHEMER by K.A.  Holt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"While Holt's simplistic plot resolves a bit too neatly, this transformative tale offers important lessons for all persuasions of middle graders, whether bullies or targets, complicit or horrified bystanders. (Verse fiction. 10-14)"
A class bully with poetic leanings gets a painful dose of his own medicine. Read full book review >

SNOWBOUND SECRETS by Virginia Kroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Though there is hardly an overabundance of picture books about cryptids, this is still one to skip. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Kroll offers an original tale about yetis. Read full book review >
NIGHT SKY DRAGONS by Mal Peet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"This dazzling, heartwarming story excites, soars and redefines 'go fly a kite.' (author's note) (Historical fiction. 4-10)"
Carnegie Medal winner Peet and Graham team up again (Mysterious Traveler, illustrated by P.J. Lynch, 2013) to tell the tale of how a boy with a mischievous streak and love for handcrafted kites helps keep his han, his home along Asia's Silk Road, from danger.Read full book review >
SABER-TOOTHED CAT by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A good introduction to both saber-toothed cats and paleontology. (Informational early reader. 6-9)"
The Ancient Animals series continues with a look at what's known about the saber-toothed cats that lived thousands of years ago. Read full book review >

PLAYING FOR THE COMMANDANT by Suzy Zail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"With fewer living Holocaust survivors each year, it's increasingly important to tell their story, and this is one, however soft-pedaled. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
A Jewish girl sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau lives because of the whims of a sadistic camp commandant. Read full book review >
ARE YOU MY BROWN BEAR?/¿ERES MI OSO PARDO? by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A simple story with cute illustrations, but the lack of care given to the Spanish translation results in an unbalanced bilingual book as a whole. (Bilingual early reader. 5-8)"
This title is one of several by Ziefert in the bilingual ¡Hola English! series, intended to appeal both to Spanish-speaking readers learning English and the reverse. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN BEASTLIE'S PIRATE PARTY by Lucy Coats
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"If you're going to select only one revolting, repulsive pirate book, this is arrrr-guably the best. (Picture book. 3-7)"
'Tis a bonny disgusting birthday celebration, it is! Read full book review >
FRANKENSTEIN'S FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Frightfully funny. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In their second collaborative parody, Walton and Hale join forces under the pen name of "Ludworst Bemonster" to create a comic tale combining elements of the Frankenstein story, "The Night Before Christmas" and the classic Madeline.Read full book review >
THE IRIDESCENCE OF BIRDS by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Glorious. (biographical note, artist's note, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
If indeed the "child is father to the man," Newbery medalist MacLachlan's poetic, careful and concentrated text captures the essence of Matisse's childhood experiences and draws powerful parallels with his later life and work. Read full book review >
PATHFINDER by Angie Sage
by Angie Sage, illustrated by Mark Zug
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An exciting reunion with a favorite series. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
With the help of ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap, 12-year-old Alice TodHunter "Tod" Moon must learn to navigate the Ancient Ways of the PathFinder in order to find her missing father and save her people. Read full book review >
THE HOCKEY SAINT by Howard Shapiro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"There are no simple answers in this thoughtful outing. (Graphic fiction. 8-14)"
A graphic novel slips home the fact that sports stars run the gamut of miseries we everyday Joes and Janes must confront. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >