Parchment by Wes Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Despite some pacing issues, a promising start to a new series."
Three young siblings find themselves transported back in time to the 1453 fall of Constantinople at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in the first entry in Davies' YA saga. Read full book review >
Sock Monster by Stacey R. Campbell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"An unexpected twist and wacky, well-rendered illustrations keep this simple picture book from skewing a bit preachy and dark, despite its clean-your-room lesson."
In this mildly scary, funny picture book, a mom's bedtime-story ploy encourages her little boy to clean up his messy room or risk attracting the attention of a hungry "sock monster." Read full book review >

WHERE'S THE BABOON? by Michaël  Escoffier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2015

"In a word: outstanding. (Picture book. 5-12)"
"It's a book! It's a game! It's Super Bookgame!" Read full book review >
THE TIGER WHO WOULD BE KING by James Thurber
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2015

"A picture book that will be embraced due to its successful handling of difficult themes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cautionary tale about the futility of war by the late American humorist receives a stunning visual interpretation from Yoon. Read full book review >
The Mouse That Saved Christmas by Douglas Macdonald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2015

"A charming Christmas story that proves that even the smallest creatures can play a big role in saving the day."
A bilingual English/Spanish Christmas story about a small mouse who makes a big difference. Read full book review >

Daddy's Heart, My Heart, The Purple Heart by Angela Kohout
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2015

"A relatable, if limited, story about a veteran that centers on how children can help adults."
This illustrated book written by and for middle schoolers shows how a disorder affects a soldier and his daughter. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SNOWPLOW by Lora Koehler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"There's always room for another well-told yarn espousing the themes of small-is-beautiful, hard work pays off, and, of course, 'I think I can.' (Picture book. 3-6)"
Despite skepticism from bigger vehicles, the small, new-kid-on-the-block snowplow works to stay fit, sure that he will be useful one day soon. Read full book review >
THE STRUGGLES OF JOHNNY CANNON by Isaiah Campbell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A sprawling, good-hearted adventure—pure fun. (Historical fiction. 8-12) "
In the sequel to The Troubles of Johnny Cannon (2014), Johnny Cannon's life in little Cullman, Alabama, is anything but peaceful. Read full book review >
MAX AND MARLA by Alexandra Boiger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A fun-filled story that delivers the true nature of the Olympian spirit. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A boy and an owl learn what it takes to become true Olympians in this picture book. Read full book review >
BIG GAME by Stuart Gibbs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Monkey business included, this adventure strikes a neat balance between shenanigans and gravitas to inspire young conservationists. (Mystery. 9-13)"
Middle schooler Teddy has an enduring love for animals, a healthy dose of intellect, and a way with high jinks. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE PERFECT PRINCESS PARTY by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A chuckle-inducing, entirely worthy stand-alone follow-up to the terrific The Princess in Black (2014). (Fantasy. 5-7)"
Princess Magnolia's perfect birthday party's threatened by constant monster alarms, summoning her secret identity again and again. Read full book review >
SNOWY SUNDAY by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"The simple storylines will make Bonnie Bumble seem like a friend to preschoolers, who no doubt will want to start the week all over again. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This seventh and final tale about Bonnie Bumble completes the series of one story for each day of the week (Thirsty Thursday, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >