CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Though Yousafzai's memoir never transcends her story, that story is a powerful and inspiring one; supplemented by contextualizing information, it should pack quite a wallop. (glossary) (Memoir. 10-14)"
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot for her activism for girls' education, tells her story for a middle-grade audience. Read full book review >
DEAR PANDA by Miriam Latimer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Latimer's story flirts with fantasy, and while Flo's solution won't help children living in reality, maybe they can use her tale to recall something just as remarkable (though true) to share with their own classes. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The new girl in town worries about making friends at her new school, but a panda from the zoo next door eases her fears. Read full book review >

WHO'S NEXT DOOR? by Mayuko Kishira
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Chicken and Owl's solution is ingenious and makes one wonder where the word 'birdbrain' ever came from. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A simple comedy of errors takes place when a chicken and an owl find their waking hours at odds. Read full book review >
ODDREY JOINS THE TEAM by Dave Whamond
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"A winning theme for the early sports shelf. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Oddrey and her friends learn about teamwork and fun on the soccer field in Whamond's newest offering about his kooky heroine. Read full book review >
WHEN EMILY CARR MET WOO by Monica Kulling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"A well-meaning story that unfortunately lacks the originality, creativity and spirit of its subject. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture book offers glimpses of the life of the iconic Canadian artist Emily Carr. Read full book review >

SKYDIVER by Celia Godkin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Old or new, this success story will be welcomed by nature lovers. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Threatened with extinction across North America, peregrine falcons were bred in captivity and provided with new territories until their populations rebounded. Read full book review >
WILL POOLE'S ISLAND by Tim Weed
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"This riveting portrayal of early Colonial New England shines a speculative but compelling light on the time and place. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
Will, resident of an English settlement on the edge of the American wilderness in 1643, risks everything when he lets a wise and powerful Native American shaman provide guidance. Read full book review >
MAX THE CHAMPION by Sean Stockdale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"This is not a subtle book, but its heart is absolutely in the right place. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A sports-obsessed boy makes his way through his day in winning style. Read full book review >
LET'S PLAY! by Debjani Chatterjee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"An anthology that's a little off the beaten path, for athletes and poetry lovers alike. (Picture book/poetry. 7-11)"
Sports and games are the stuff of everyday life, and poetry about these topics may appeal to many, both poetry readers and those who usually run far away. Read full book review >
SUPERFAB SAVES THE DAY by Bérengère Delaporte
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Up, up and away! (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's…Superfab! Read full book review >
THE VERY NOISY HOUSE by Julie Rhodes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Four children created the lively, magical artwork used for the endpapers; this book would charm if their art had been used throughout. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A simple, rhythmic text describes accelerating and decelerating noises at different levels of a house. Read full book review >
STAR GIRL by Karin Littlewood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Warm and sweet. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Can a little girl keep her favorite star? 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 >