RORY THE RABBIT by Yimei Wang
by Yimei Wang, illustrated by Chunmiao Li, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Young children will relate to Rory's dilemma and respond to the adorable illustrations, but non-native readers will struggle to use the book as a learning tool. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-12)"
When Rory the rabbit discovers he's different from his rabbit friends, he feels self-conscious and decides to find another tribe. Read full book review >
KATHA SAGAR, OCEAN OF STORIES by Sarah Conover
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"The co-authors struggle with only limited success to bring a variety of memorable stories of Hindu mythology together into one cohesive tale. (authors' note, story notes and sources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Lakshmi, a pauranika (trained storyteller versed in the ancient Hindu epics), lives in a village in southern India and narrates legends and folk tales from various Hindu epics to its children. Read full book review >

LOOK UP by Ruth A.  Musgrave
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A solid introduction to things seen above. (Board book. 1-3)"
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! A plane! And lots of other things! Read full book review >
ANNO'S CHINA by Mitsumasa Anno
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"It's been a hair over two decades since a new book by Anno (Anno's Magic Seeds, 1995) last made its way to our shores; this tour, breathtaking in its own right, is therefore doubly welcome. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The Japanese master of quotidian detail takes readers up China's Yellow River in this new book, first published in Japan in 2009. Read full book review >
PICKING TURNIPS by Xu Zhou
by Xu Zhou, illustrated by Xu Zhou, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"An ambitious but not entirely successful reboot of a familiar favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little mouse's "uncle's uncle's uncle" is the source of a lightly fractured version of Tolstoy's "The Gigantic Turnip." Read full book review >

KAMIK JOINS THE PACK by Darryl Baker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A keen introduction to a way of being in the world. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The fundamentals of dog sledding emerge in this story of two youngsters, one a boy and the other a dog, eager to join the team and run. Read full book review >
GHOSTS OF THE SAN JUAN by Donald Willerton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A miss. (Adventure. 10-14)"
A new middle-grade adventure series kicks off. Read full book review >
THE FROG AND THE BOY by Mao Xiao
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Little ones will have fun mimicking the characters without realizing they're learning Chinese at the same time. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 3-8)"
Who knew a human boy and a frog could have so much in common? Read full book review >
2017 YOUNG EXPLORER'S ADVENTURE GUIDE by Corie Weaver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Offering just the right amount of imagination, humor, and contemporary nuances to engage young readers, this is a must-have in science-fiction collections serving middle graders and teens. (Science fiction/short stories. 10-16)"
A diverse collection of futuristic stories set within contemporary emotional landscapes, tailor-made for millennials. Read full book review >
Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer by Mary Ann Domanska
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Let's hope for more from Domanska, as Emic the inventor is a very appealing invention herself."
In Domanska's debut adventure for middle-grade readers, a gadget-loving girl discovers that her grandfather was a spy in World War II—and that he knew about a secret invention. Read full book review >
ARE PIRATES POLITE? by Corinne Demas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"As a manners book, hide your doubloons. But as a pirate book, it's yo-ho-ho and away you go! (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mutinous manners and piratical politeness are the name of the game in this swashbuckling story. Read full book review >
BIG BEAR, SMALL MOUSE by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Fluent and friendly, this frolic will encourage preschoolers and emergent readers to recite and chant along with each reread. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Forest-animal friends launch a string of contrasting terms to illustrate opposites just as a storm brings everyone together in Bear's cozy lair. 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 >