THE ANGEL TREE by Daphne Benedis-Grab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A light holiday read with little mystery or development but a lot of happy endings. (Fiction. 8-11)"
This quick tale of generosity is as warm and simple as a Christmas postcard. Read full book review >
BURIED SUNLIGHT by Molly Bang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Gorgeous illustrations and impressive, urgent scientific explanation. (Nonfiction.7-12)"
This fourth in Chisholm and Bang's series about the sun's relationship to life on Earth explores its ancient stores of fossil fuels and the effect of intense and rapid consumption of these in recent human history. Read full book review >

FAMOUS LAST WORDS by Katie Alender
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A compelling supernatural thriller. (Paranormal mystery. 12-16)"
Willa uses her mysterious ability to communicate with the beyond to track a murdering psychopath. Read full book review >
SPARKERS by Eleanor Glewwe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A compelling story on a difficult topic, addressed with maturity and grace. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
A fantasy debut grapples thoughtfully with all-too-mundane evil. Read full book review >
DELIVERY OF DOOM by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Readers with quirky senses of humor can look forward to being surprised—and then surprised again a few paragraphs later. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
There's a party game writers play from time to time. They'll try to improvise a story based on the objects in front of them in the room. If Yaccarino was playing that game, he got carried away and threw every item in his house into this story. Read full book review >

THE CASE OF THE WEIRD BLUE CHICKEN by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"New readers have a terrific new series to laugh over. (Mystery. 6-9)"
Chickens Dirt, Sugar, Poppy and Sweetie are back! Read full book review >
MAX AND THE WON'T GO TO BED SHOW by Mark Sperring
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A fun-filled revamp of the bedtime genre and a humorous choice for the not-quite-sleepy set. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Please put your hands together for…MAX THE MAGNIFICENT!" Read full book review >
IF YOU WERE A DOG by Jamie A. Swenson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Swenson's rhythmic cadences coupled with Raschka's wry, upbeat illustrations yield a title that's a cheery picker-upper. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Addressing both a winsome girl character and child readers, Swenson invites kids to speculate what sort of dog, cat, fish, bird, bug, frog and dinosaur they might want to be. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MUSK OX by Erin Cabatingan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Great art and (some) fabulous humor, but the geographical implications requiring correction make this a difficult choice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The wisecracking musk ox and buttoned-up zebra take off to travel the world. Read full book review >
FIRST TEAM by Tim Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"An exciting continuation of Brock's adventures on and off the field. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In this sequel to New Kid (2014), Brock discovers real life isn't all it's cracked up to be.Read full book review >
RANDOM KINDNESS AND SENSELESS ACTS OF BEAUTY by Anne Herbert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"The big idea is worth pondering, but it's presented in such abstract terms that younger readers may struggle to grasp it. (foreword by Desmond Tutu). (Picture book. 8-10, adult)"
Twenty years after its original issue, this expanded version of Herbert's pervasive catchphrase gets a fresh go-round with newly colored illustrations. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Full of the eww factor, up-to-date facts and kid appeal, this splendid, gory introduction is not for the faint of heart! (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Every fall, great white sharks return to feed on the seals and sea lions that migrate to the Farallon Islands just off the San Francisco coast, providing an opportunity for scientific study. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >