Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil by Anne Zoet
written and illustrated by Anne Zoet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"While the uneven cadence may pose a challenge for parents reading aloud to a young audience, this animal escapade should elicit plenty of giggles from confident independent readers in lower elementary school."
A lost cat, a sloth, and a cellphone combine to create a rhyming adventure in this debut picture book. Read full book review >
THE PECULIAR HAUNTING OF THELMA BEE by Erin Petti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"An inventive debut ghost story starring a contemporary girl with ancient powers. (Ghost story. 8-12)"
When a ghost kidnaps her father, a budding young scientist must complete a daunting task to save him. Read full book review >

CHIRRI & CHIRRA by Kaya Doi
by Kaya Doi, illustrated by Kaya Doi, translated by Yuki Kaneko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"A serene, feel-good outing with a cozy, old-fashioned feel. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this Japanese import, the first in a long-running series to appear in English, two girls ride bikes through a forest—with stops for clover-blossom tea and jam sandwiches. Read full book review >
THE BRANCH by Mireille Messier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Brimming with personality and passion, this protagonist is a joy to know. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Introductory scenes present a young pink-skinned girl with a brown pageboy struggling to fall asleep as she tracks the sights and sounds of the ice storm at her window. Read full book review >
SWALLOW THE LEADER by Danna Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Nothing fishy here: it's a delish addition to storytime collections. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Rhyming sea creatures count to 10 and back again. Read full book review >

THE MONSTER NEXT DOOR by David Soman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Listeners should absorb the book's elegantly executed common sense like a sponge. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An attack of peevishness is defused with a change in perspective. Read full book review >
THE VERY FLUFFY KITTY, PAPILLON by A.N. Kang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Puffy Papillon's the most charming puss to pop up in years! (Picture book. 3-8)"
Fluffy kitty Papillon is lighter than air! Read full book review >
I AM DRUMS by Mike Grosso
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This is a worthy and entertaining read about how talent develops and what the potential consequences of pursuing it are: drumroll, please, for a fine homage to spirited single-mindedness. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Sam hears drumbeats in her head, so it's hard for her to think about anything but her passionate need to become an accomplished drummer. Read full book review >
MISS PAUL AND THE PRESIDENT by Dean Robbins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Useful for discussions about women's rights and political influence. (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
In time for the national elections, the story of an ardent early-20th-century fighter for women's suffrage. Read full book review >
FARAWAY FOX by Jolene Thompson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Informative and empathetic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When human encroachment eliminates a young fox's forest habitat, it searches to find a new home. Read full book review >
OCEAN ANIMALS FROM HEAD TO TAIL by Stacey Roderick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"For toddlers and preschoolers, an inviting opportunity to swim into the underwater world. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
A guessing game introduces curious ocean animals from hammerhead sharks to sea horses. Read full book review >
HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. by Casey Lyall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Likely to see sequels; Howard and Ivy deserve them. (Mystery. 8-11)"
Grantleyville Middle School lowlifes beware: shamus Howard Wallace is on the case! Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >