BRAVE CHICKEN LITTLE by Robert Byrd
retold by Robert Byrd, illustrated by Robert Byrd
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A handsome, most welcome addition to the now–sadly neglected, too-little–published literature of folk and fairy tales. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
Byrd retells the familiar tale of folly and trickery, adding some outsize bravery and a happy ending. Read full book review >
RE:VOLVER by Jin Myeong Seo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 6, 2014

"An exhilarating sci-fi debut. Teens especially will identify with Van's disdain for society."
Seo's debut is a sci-fi battle royal between good (the Spielers) and evil (the Hyndlers) in which a runaway, now in the afterlife, tries to avoid "Deletion." Read full book review >

Winsley Walker and Other Flying Objects by Nancy Cadle Craddock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 6, 2014

"A fun, fast-paced read that will please zany young readers."
In this middle-grade novel, a bookish young girl finds herself plagued with anxiety when her troublemaking grandfather decides to build the world's smallest passenger plane. Read full book review >
RUPERT CAN DANCE by Jules Feiffer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A happy romp for terpsichorean cat lovers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A feline and his girl become a dancing duo. Read full book review >
FROSTBORN by Lou Anders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Future fans of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin can happily cut their serial-fantasy teeth on this first book of an eventual series. (map, illustrated guide to the Thrones and Bones game) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An obsessive gamer and a sassy half-giant affirm that power lies in being underestimated. Read full book review >

GIGANTOSAURUS by Jonny Duddle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A delight for dinosaur devotees, with a rhyming text and repetitive structure that will make it a storytime winner as well. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A variation on "The boy who cried wolf," set well before Aesop existed—or, for that matter, boys and wolves. Read full book review >
BATS IN THE BAND by Brian Lies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Again with the bats, evoking another call of 'encore!' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Yet more bats tumble from Lies' belfry, this time to ignite a darkened summer theater with the gift of music. Read full book review >
ALVIN HO by Lenore Look
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Pack your bags and prepare to fly. (glossary) (Fiction. 6-10)"
Alvin Ho is at it again. Allergic to everything and all things girly, this 7-1/2-year-old worrywart hops a continent to visit relatives in Beijing. Is China ready for Alvin? Read full book review >
WHEN A GRANDPA SAYS "I LOVE YOU" by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"It's hard not to love this one—just like an indulgent grandpa. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"When a Grandpa says ‘I love you,' / he doesn't always say it / in the regular way. / That would be just a little too…regular." Read full book review >
THE WORST WITCH TO THE RESCUE by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Heartwarming magic with just the right touch of talking toads and tortoises. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
How can anyone resist a talking tortoise and a good-hearted young witch? Read full book review >
I'M MY OWN DOG by David Ezra Stein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A charming person-as-pet story that will leave dog lovers chuckling. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An independent dog teaches his human a few tricks in this amusing role reversal. Read full book review >
SHIP OF DOLLS by Shirley Parenteau
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Historically inclined readers will enjoy this heartwarming story and its feisty heroine. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
An 11-year-old girl living in Portland, Oregon, in 1926 learns about love when she plans to leave her protective grandparents to join her unconventional mother. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >