PIG THE PUG by Aaron Blabey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Children who love dogs will find this amusing the first time through, but the humor palls quickly. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In rhyming text, a bug-eyed pug named Pig stubbornly refuses to share with the almost equally bug-eyed Trevor, the "wiener dog" he lives with—and soon gets his comeuppance. Read full book review >
LUCKY LAZLO by Steve Light
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"The title indicates that Lazlo is lucky, but readers of this delightful book will undoubtedly feel that they are really the lucky ones. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lazlo is in love with an actress playing Alice, and thus his adventure into the wonderful world of theater begins. Read full book review >

NINJA ON THE FARM by Luke Flowers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Amusing and accessible. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Moby Shinobi, a young ninja, is eager to use his many skills to help Farmer Bob with his myriad chores. Read full book review >
HOW DO DINOSAURS CHOOSE THEIR PETS? by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Mammoth fun for dinosaur and pet lovers alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Face it: when you think about dinosaurs and other animals, you think predator-prey, no? Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU by Rebecca Doughty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A celebration of friendship that uses metaphors to excellent effect. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Doughty explores the difference one person can make. Read full book review >

THAT'S ME LOVING YOU by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Combine this with a kissing hand, and children will be ready to set off on their own to explore the world, safe in the knowledge that they are loved. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Rosenthal describes the love an adult caregiver has for a child as expressed through nature metaphors. Read full book review >
POP GIRL by Tallia Storm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Sweet as a sticky piece of bubble gum. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Scottish teen singer Storm writes what she knows in this thinly fictionalized account of a Glasgow girl who turns overnight pop star. Read full book review >
BEDTIME FOR YETI by Vin Vogel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A good choice for young ones who are overcoming nighttime obstacles, from lost bedtime companions to fear of the dark. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Yeti loses his nighttime companion and must brave a storm at night alone. Read full book review >
HORIZON by Scott Westerfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A solid popcorn adventure. (Science fiction. 9-14)"
A mysterious plane crash lands a pack of kids in an impossible place in Scholastic's newest multiplatform series kickoff. Read full book review >
THE FORBIDDEN POWER by Max Brallier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Perhaps there is appeal for dyed-in-the-wool fans, but it's not likely to make converts. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A misfit toy strives to fit in at his new academy. Read full book review >
ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 30, 2016

"A bland if pretty treatment for adults who feel their children are not ready for the original. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Paired to creamy, surreal illustrations, an abbreviated and retold account of Alice's sojourn from her encounter with the Cheshire Cat on in this sequel to Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole (2015). Read full book review >
HUSH by Surya Sajnani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"A mostly satisfying addition to the interactive board-book shelf. (Board book. 1-3)"
Simple, repetitive text, familiar sounds, and developmentally appropriate graphics characterize this simple board book for little ones. 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 >