LOVE IS MY FAVORITE THING by Emma Chichester Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Dog lovers will especially 'LOVE' this, and readers who can't get enough can follow the real-life Plum in the author's blog. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Clark captures a dog's exuberance and love of the simple things. Read full book review >
Escaping Elsewhere by Raea Gragg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A lively, smart novel for teens and imaginative adults alike."
In this fantastical novel, a teen is stolen from her home and taken to a place called Elsewhere, where nothing is as it seems. Read full book review >

MOON BEARS by Mark Newman
by Mark Newman, photographed by Mark Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Pair this with the collages and more lyrical text of Brenda Z. Guiberson and Ed Young's Moon Bear (2010) to extend the conversation with young readers and listeners. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A wildlife photographer's images and accompanying descriptions of individual Asian moon bears from animal-rescue centers in Vietnam and China introduce these appealing creatures. Read full book review >
The Alpha Drive by Kristen Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Engaging, real-world characters not in the real world; savvy and outright charming."
In Martin's YA sci-fi debut, the start of a proposed trilogy reminiscent of The Matrix, a teen girl learns that her world is a simulated reality, an organization having rendered all of humankind in a comatose state.Read full book review >
THE TIME BOX by Leon Capetanos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"An understated, grounded account of getting older."
Capetanos' debut middle-grade novel describes a year in the life of a 12-year-old boy as he grapples with the big questions of life. Read full book review >

ANIMAL HOSPITAL by Julia Coey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"A straightforward introduction to an appealing topic for upper-elementary and middle school readers. (photo credits, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife who share our city lives are rescued and rehabilitated in specialized treatment centers. Read full book review >
MEGA MOUSE by Séverine  Vidal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"Check that tongue is firmly in cheek before following these dedicated do-gooders into battle against a truly 'repellant' foe. (map) (Picture book. 5-7)"
A diminutive costumed superhero and friends defend the town of MegaCityVille from the thoroughly irritating Mosquito Man in this French import, one of a quartet. Read full book review >
MARGUERITE'S CHRISTMAS by India Desjardins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"Share with older children; it will give them a new understanding of Grandma. (Picture book. 6-10)"
"Marguerite Godin would be happy if she never had to set foot outside her house ever again." Read full book review >
The Gift by Carlos M. Valverde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"A sweet, beautifully illustrated story for families."
Children learn how God gives parents babies in Valverde's (The Grumpy Frog, 2013, etc.) picture book.Read full book review >
Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 14, 2015

"While it fails to reinvent the genre, this action-packed ride through a grim but fascinating world should delight fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent and leave many waiting impatiently for the sequel. "
A power-hungry government controls the populace through music, and one young woman accepts the formidable task of saving her family and helping to kick-start a revolution in this dystopian YA adventure. Read full book review >
The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham by Stephan von Clinkerhoffen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 13, 2015

"An engaging book for kids, with a particular interest for the budding mechanic."
A middle-grade fantasy novel continues the story of a young inventor and his hidden golden hometown of Chelldrah-ham. Read full book review >
RED SPIDER HERO by John Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"Just so, a story that celebrates the dreams of even the smallest of us—the really, really smallest. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Young Harry the red spider mite dreams of glory. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >