COLORS by Susan Steggall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Aside from the spinnable color wheel insert at the end of the book, there is little here to hold the attention of even the most digger-crazy toddler. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Another contribution to the crowded field of big-truck picture books, with a focus on color. Read full book review >
THE COLORS OF ISRAEL by Rachel Raz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A nice, basic introduction to language, Israel, and some of its vibrant highlights. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Bold, bright photography illustrates this color-concept picture book set in Israel. Read full book review >

MEG GOLDBERG ON PARADE by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Readers in search of an upbeat slice of New York City life will find it here. (glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
An eager spectator happily becomes an enthusiastic participant in a New York City parade. Read full book review >
THE FIRST FLUTE by David Bouchard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"If a bit patchwork, the package is still powerful. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-12)"
As he has in the past, Bouchard (The Song within My Heart, 2015, etc.) joins talents with a multicultural team, in this case New Zealand-American illustrator Oelze, Kalapuya flautist Jan Michael Looking Wolf, and Dakota translator Goodwill, to present an uplifting tale. Read full book review >
FIVE NICE MICE BUILD A HOUSE by Chisato Tashiro
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Readers will want to move in with these mice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Five mice build a house, and what a house it is! Read full book review >

SLEEPING BEAUTY by Sarah Gibb
adapted by Sarah Gibb, illustrated by Sarah Gibb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A sugary take, distinguishable only in minor ways from those illustrated by Maja Dusíková (2012), Kuniko Craft (2002), and a fairy coachful of like romantics. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-8)"
Borders of lacy wisteria and thorny wild roses add elegant atmosphere to this sweet version of the classic tale. Read full book review >
BOOK by John Agard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"A pleasing visit with an occasionally—if justifiably—immodest world-changer. (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Book chattily narrates its memoir, as "transcribed" by Guyanese-English poet Agard. Read full book review >
LENNY & LUCY by Philip C. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Hypnotic artwork and storytelling invite children to linger in the wild woods of worry and emerge intact, enriched, and utterly invigorated by this complex, contemporary fairy tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Peter, his dad, and his dog, Harold, move to a narrow house just on the other side of "dark unfriendly woods," across a rickety bridge. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE BEGINS by Devon Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Captivating but disturbing. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Only humans and animals acting together will be able to save the Unnaturals, a group of animals hybridized in a laboratory to fight like gladiators. Read full book review >
WOODFORD BRAVE by Marcia Thornton Jones
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A mild and appealing historical tale with relevance to current events, as the author points out in her note. (bibliography, further resources.) (Historical fiction/graphic hybrid. 8-12) "
Cory Woodford is eager to prove his bravery, just like his grandpa, a World War I hero, and his dad, serving in World War II. Read full book review >
PLEASE, OPEN THIS BOOK! by Adam Lehrhaupt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Joining a growing array of coy, self-referential works, this one's handsomely designed but a bit light on concept. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lehrhaupt and Forsythe reverse an earlier premise, as the manic animals from Warning! Do Not Open This Book! (2013) return, now exhorting readers not to close the book.Read full book review >
LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FAMILY by Mike Curato
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Young children will easily relate to Elliot's experience of loneliness and his relief at inclusion, both convincingly captured in this elegant tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The pachyderm who searched for friendship in Little Elliot, Big City (2014) returns to seek a family in this follow-up.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >