HAMSTERSAURUS REX by Tom O'Donnell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A certain pleaser where furry fictions are well-loved. (Science fiction. 7-11)"
Taking care of a pet can be time-consuming, but caring for a secret mutant hamster could take over your life. Read full book review >
SCARIEST STORIES EVER TOLD by Roberta Simpson Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"'Mom, there's an eye in the sink.' Read on if you dare. (Horror/short stories. 10-13)"
A new collection of original short chillers just right for sharing with unsuspecting middle graders. Read full book review >

RALPH, FLYING HOUND by Dave Paddon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 2, 2016

"A fresh and charming narrative reminiscent of the tall-tale storytelling tradition with illustrations that are its ideal complement. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Ralph, an intrepid dog in Williams Harbour, Labrador, has an adventure with a helicopter. Read full book review >
UP by Joe Cepeda
by Joe Cepeda, illustrated by Joe Cepeda
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An accessible and imaginative title for emergent readers just learning to decode and understand the written word. (Early reader. 3-7)"
One gusty fall morning, a surprise blows through an open window into the bedroom of two sleeping children, both with dark hair and light-brown skin. It's a pinwheel! Read full book review >
THE THIEF'S APPRENTICE by Bryan Methods
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The fight choreography needs work but otherwise, a promising debut and series opener. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
An English schoolboy hones both wits and breaking-and-entering skills after the family butler enlists him for a series of dangerous secret missions. Read full book review >

LITTLE NIGHT CAT by Sonja Danowski
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A gentle story that children will return to time and time again. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy's generosity toward animals in need reaps great rewards. Read full book review >
JOSEPH THE DREAMER by Becky Laff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A lively version of a biblical story of wisdom, wits, treachery, and repentance. (Graphic fiction/religion. 8-11)"
The Old Testament story of Joseph, the brother sold into slavery who becomes the pharaoh's grand vizier, is interpreted in graphic-novel format. Read full book review >
PUG by Ethan Long
Kirkus Star
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"New readers will be happy to yap along with this pup. How about a sequel? (Picture book/early reader. 3-7)"
"Yap yap yap" has never been so expressive or so insistent. Read full book review >
ODD SOCKS by Michelle Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Sure to delight young readers as well as the young at heart. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When a pair of new socks find themselves in a drawer, they rejoice because they are "a match made in heaven." Read full book review >
PETE LIKES BUNNY by Emily Arnold McCully
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This solid beginning reader in picture-book format offers a sympathetic take on a seldom-discussed situation. (Picture book/early reader. 5-8)"
McCully's newest addition to the I Like to Read series is a fresh take on a common school experience: a first crush. Read full book review >
MADELINE FINN AND THE LIBRARY DOG by Lisa  Papp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A good bet for dog lovers and for readers too young for the excellent, lengthier Thank You, Mr. Falker. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A library dog helps a struggling reader. Read full book review >
CAT ON THE BUS by Aram Kim
by Aram Kim, illustrated by Aram Kim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This sweet, nearly wordless tale is likely to find an appreciative audience among cat lovers and children just beginning to sound words out on their own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A stray cat finds a new home after hopping onto a passing bus. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >