GROUNDHOG'S RUNAWAY SHADOW by David Biedrzycki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Delightful. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A groundhog mutiny! Will Phil's shadow ever return? Read full book review >
WHAT COLOR IS A KISS? by Rocio Bonilla
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Likely to be a kiss for artists-in-training but a miss for others. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl who knows her mind when it comes to what she likes is stymied when she ponders the color of a kiss. Read full book review >

THE INVINCIBLE KINGDOM by Rob Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Admire the pictures, skip the thoroughly overblown text. (Illustrated fiction. 11-13)"
A fugitive king finds his queen and his true calling in this trilogy closer. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS FOX by Ross McDonagh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Compassionate and imaginative (Picture book. 5-9)"
A young fox wonders how he can discover what makes him unique in this big world. Read full book review >
LADIES OF LIBERTY by Cokie Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"These short pieces may start young people on the search for more information about these intriguing figures. (Informational picture book. 8-11)"
Highlighting women writers, educators, and reformers from the 18th and early 19th centuries, Roberts brings a group of women, many not so well-known, into focus and provides a new perspective on the early history of the United States in this picture-book version of her adult book of the same title (2008). Read full book review >

YOGA BUNNY by Brian Russo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This may inspire little yogis, but for accurate examples of the asanas, consult an actual instruction book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The popularity of yoga for kids guarantees a market for this lesson book, based on the author's website of the same name. Read full book review >
THE FRIEND SHIP by Kat Yeh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A sweet, simple story with a nicely offbeat heroine. (Picture book. 3-6)"
All the animals are welcome to come aboard. Read full book review >
ANIMALS SPELL LOVE by David Cundy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"The sentiment is true even when obscured, as here, by ostentatious graphic design. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A series of fanciful animal portraits, constructed using only the letters or signs for "Love" or "I love you" in 16 languages (or 18, depending how you count). Read full book review >
WORD OF MOUSE by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"With smart witticisms to launch each quick-paced chapter, Isaiah is truly a mouse that roars. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Prolific Patterson and frequent collaborator Grabenstein offer this charming tale of Isaiah, a blue (yes—bright blue!) mouse, and his effort to break his family out of a very bad place. Read full book review >
IRIS AND THE TIGER by Leanne Hall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A quirky, cleareyed enchantment. More like this, please! (Mystery. 10-14)"
A biracial (Chinese/white) Australian girl unravels art-historical and familial mysteries at a relative's estate in rural Spain. Read full book review >
SILO AND THE REBEL RAIDERS by V. Peyton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Convincing, humorous, and appealingly odd. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
In a flooded, post-apocalyptic United Kingdom, a young boy travels from his marshlands home to the Capital to make his way in the world as a government-approved seer. Read full book review >
FIVE DAYS OF FAMOUS by Alyson Noël
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"An amusing Christmas story for preteens. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Almost 13-year-old Nick thinks that the only way he can get his dream girl is by becoming famous. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >