MONSTER NEEDS A CHRISTMAS TREE by Paul Czajak
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Save this for kids who will love Monster's scary demeanor—there should be many. (Picture book. 4-8)
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A little boy narrates the story of how he and the monster who lives at his house spend the day before Christmas together getting ready for the holiday. Read full book review >
THE CLOSER by Mariano Rivera
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Though a bit scrubbed, Rivera's account offers engaging insight into the thrills and trials of getting the last out of the season. (photos, 'Notes from Mo,' glossary) (Memoir. 10-16)"
Baseball's all-time save leader tells his story. Read full book review >

THE SECRET AT HANEY FIELD by R. M. Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A home run, though not a grand slam."
Two young baseball buffs stumble onto a mysterious occurrence at a minor league baseball stadium in Clark's (Center Point, 2013, etc.) novel. Read full book review >
EL DEAFO by Cece Bell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Worthy of a superhero. (Graphic memoir. 8 & up)"
A humorous and touching graphic memoir about finding friendship and growing up deaf. Read full book review >
ABC INSECTS by American Museum of Natural History
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"This ABC book with its parade of interesting insects will have special appeal for budding naturalists, who will be inspired to head outdoors and root around in the dirt to see what exciting creatures they might uncover in their own backyards. (Board book. 2-6)"
A boldly designed, oversized board book features a creepy-crawly for every letter of the alphabet. Read full book review >

PIG AND SMALL by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"It's a fine message, but it lacks a certain pizzazz. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Can a pig and a bug become friends, or will the matter of size get in their way? Read full book review >
THE BOY ON THE PAGE by Peter Carnavas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"The impressive kindness of the art has its own power and could make it work—the ambiguity inherent in this sort of question does not guarantee success. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture-book allegory about life and, to some extent, love. Read full book review >
MADAME MARTINE by Sarah S. Brannen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Enchanting. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Adopting a stray dog inspires a routine-bound woman to take a new view of the world. Read full book review >
ANDREW DRAWS by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Inspiring. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young boy discovers he can work magic with his drawings. Read full book review >
A BOOK IS A BOOK by Jenny Bornholdt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"The diminutive size—approximately 5 inches by 7 inches—negates group use but makes this perfect for a child on a lap or as a stocking stuffer for older bibliophiles. (Picture book. 4-9)"
This whimsical ode to the codex is an endorsement both of reading and of what has been coined the "thingyness" of books—and it avoids the fatal, superior tone that concludes Lane Smith's similarly themed, otherwise-ingenious It's a Book.Read full book review >
SADIE, ORI, AND NUGGLES GO TO CAMP by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Children will appreciate the sweet reassurance on display here. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Experienced camper and older sister Sadie helps younger brother Ori get ready for his first year at sleep-away camp. Read full book review >
CATS ARE CATS by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Certainly not Gorbachev's best, though it's agreeable enough. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Miss Bell's kitten, Tiger, is just a typical cat—maybe. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >