CHERNOBYL'S WILD KINGDOM by Rebecca L. Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"An important story clearly and engagingly told by an experienced science writer. (author's note, glossary, source notes, bibliography, further resources, index) (Nonfiction.12-16)"
To the surprise of many, some wildlife flourishes in Chernobyl, Ukraine, more than 25 years after the explosion at the nuclear power plant there. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE MOON RAVEN by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"An important idea handled gently and tenderly if a little simplistically. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tiny, weak raven is so determined to win the friendship of the other ravens that he puts himself in harm's way. Read full book review >

RUBY VALENTINE AND THE SWEET SURPRISE by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A good choice for Valentine's Day as well as for kids who are coping with a new member of their household, whether animal or human. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Popular Ruby Valentine is back, and she has quite a dilemma on her hands. Will beloved pet Lovebird and new cat Sweetie Pie understand that Ruby has enough love for both of them? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A well-written, extensive history that doesn't seem to know its audience. (afterword, source notes, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
The latest installment of the For Kids series examines the history and functions of the United States Congress. Read full book review >
THE EXTRAORDINARY MR. QWERTY by Karla Strambini
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A picture book that celebrates creativity and imagination…and the courage to share them. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Imaginative illustrations and spare words present deep themes in this picture book. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Original and accessible, both an exuberant work of art and a uniquely valuable resource. (Anthology. 12-18)"
Who are North American Indians today? For answers, meet the poets, fashion models, chefs, scientists, Olympians, YouTube stars, graphic artists, activists, athletes and many others featured in this vibrant, kaleidoscopic anthology. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Schenker's illustrations and design combine with Bell's graceful translation to take the breath away. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-10)"
As she did with Hansel and Gretel (2013), Schenker employs intricate die cuts, patterned prints, bold lines and basic colors to create a haunting journey through the familiar Grimms tale.Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF THE BUTTONS by Anne Ylvisaker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Although the story is slow in places, the characters charm, and the material is enhanced by the author's well-realized rendition of time and place. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Like almost all the menfolk in the town of Keokuk, Ike is initially thrilled when Iowa, a free state, is called up by President Abraham Lincoln to fight in the Civil War, but his happiness turns to horror when he realizes that he's too young for combat and must stay behind with the women. Read full book review >
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT by Camilla de la Bédoyère
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Tailor-made for budding zoologists as well as casual browsers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A slickly produced if arbitrarily ordered gallery of nocturnal wildlife, from leopards to the giant desert hairy scorpion, featuring dozens of close-up portraits and quick, easily graspable facts. Read full book review >
WEIRD BIRDS by Chris Earley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A browser's delight. (index) (Informational picture book. 7-12)"
An album of captioned photographs of nearly 60 exotic birds offers dramatic evidence of astonishing diversity in the avian word. Read full book review >
TOP 10 OF EVERYTHING 2015 by Paul Terry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"For fans of the form, this compendium has plenty of juice. (index) (Reference. 8-14)"
This collection of top 10 goodies—including "Songs About the Body" and "Amazing Cars for Hire"—has plenty to entertain, if not educate. Read full book review >
EMILY AND THE MIGHTY OM by Sarah Lolley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A regrettably awkward introduction to yoga. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When a yogi moves in next door, Emily learns enough to help him when he gets stuck. 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 >