BOUNDERS by Monica Tesler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A bland treatment of a familiar premise. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Young cadets enter training to become space explorers only to find that their real mission may be far more sinister than exploration. Read full book review >
MANATEE RESCUE by Nicola Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Previously published in England as Manatee Baby (2013), this appealing animal-survival adventure is based on a true episode described in an afterword. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a remote Amazon village, Manuela and her cousin Libia convince an entire village to cease manatee fishing after the two girls rescue, nurture, and release a manatee calf Manuela accidentally speared while hunting its mother. Read full book review >

THE SKELETON TREE by Iain Lawrence
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Unsettling and compelling, a gripping, evocative read. (author's note) (Adventure. 8-12)"
Chris, 12, is thrilled to sail from Kodiak, Alaska, down to Vancouver, British Columbia, with Uncle Jack but surprised (and not thrilled) to discover Frank, a sullen teen, is coming, too; the boys' mutual antipathy grows even after they're shipwrecked on the wild Alaskan coast, where cooperation is a precondition for survival. Read full book review >
WHEN MISCHIEF CAME TO TOWN by Katrina Nannestad
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This heartwarming and richly engaging tale explores grief and the sustaining support of humor with an abundance of love. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Irrepressible Inge Maria has been sent to live with her grandmother on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, after her mother's death. Read full book review >
WINTER'S BULLET by William Osborne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An intriguing alternative history lesson wrapped in a nail-biting adventure. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
Hitler plans to unleash his greatest weapon in a last-ditch effort to win World War II. Read full book review >

ELLA AND PENGUIN STICK TOGETHER by Megan Maynor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Maynor, in her picture-book debut, tackles an oft-addressed phobia in an appreciated nonbedtime setting. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl and a penguin conquer their shared fear of the dark. Read full book review >
MOUSE SCOUTS by Sarah Dillard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Strong characters plus lots of laughs make this a welcome series for new readers, who will look forward to reading about all 16 badges. (Animal fantasy. 7-10)"
Best friends Tigerlily and Violet earn merit badges and develop their leadership skills as newly minted Acorn Scouts. Read full book review >
MINE! by Susie Lee Jin
by Susie Lee Jin, illustrated by Susie Lee Jin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This nondidactic story is a natural for collections about sharing, effectively softening the natural tendency toward possessiveness of most living things through its sweet illustrations. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A minimalistic, humorous tale about competitive bunnies, a carrot, and the notion of sharing. Read full book review >
ARCTIC WHITE by Danna Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Despite lovely art, a stereotypically generic and romanticized portrayal of indigenous people. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The Arctic winter is white and gray until something special happens. Read full book review >
BAD KITTY GOES TO THE VET by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Even a brush with death (or a bad tooth) can't reform this Bad Kitty. Good thing. We'd miss her! (Graphic/nonfiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Bad Kitty isn't eating? It must be a sign of the apocalypse…or worse. Read full book review >
ALL YEAR ROUND by Susan B.  Katz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"While not many books combine the months or seasons with shapes, that's not enough of a reason for this to take shelf space from such books as Ellen Stoll Walsh's Mouse Shapes (2007) or Stella Blackstone's Ship Shapes (2006). (Picture/concept book. 3-6)"
A boy and girl explore shapes through a calendar year. Read full book review >
TERROR AT BOTTLE CREEK by Watt Key
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Fare to satisfy readers captivated by disaster, particularly outdoor enthusiasts, but less satisfying to aspiring feminists. (Adventure. 9-13)"
When a hurricane strikes the Alabama coastal swamps, it takes real expertise to survive. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >