I LOVE MOM by Joanna Walsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Books about moms and their appreciative children abound. Pass on this lackluster offering. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A mother tiger and her two cubs show their love for each other in this slim tale. Read full book review >
Andy Lightfoot and the Time Warp by S. Henshon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"A story held back by a plethora of similarities to the Potter world, though it has plenty of shine on its own."
Henshon's debut novel treads familiar ground, pitting an orphan and two friends against forces beyond their ken. Read full book review >

Analogies for Young Kids Book 2 by Jan Zebrack
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An engaging, imaginative way to teach critical thinking to kids."
Zebrack (Analogies for Young Kids: Book 1, 2014, etc.) illustrates simple analogies to further a child's analytical and critical thinking skills. Read full book review >
Reconstruction: First a Body, Then a Life by Ara Lucia Ashburne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 2014

"Verbose at times but astonishing and inspirational nonetheless."
Ashburne's debut memoir recounts her extraordinary journey toward recovery from the physical and emotional scars of a near-death experience with flesh-eating bacteria. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PATTY MEETS HER MATCH by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"This proactive princess will captivate readers with her charmingly unconventional tale. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When her Prince Charming fails to materialize, Princess Patty takes matters into her own hands. Read full book review >

EWE AND AYE by Candace Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Lots of fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A sporty sheep and an equally sporty primate find a way to realize a common aspiration: to fly. Read full book review >
THE BEE WHO SPOKE by Al MacCuish
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"This book's likable French protagonist makes its environmentalist message go down easy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Once upon a time in the great city of Paris, near Rue Saint-Rustique in the 18th arrondissement, there lived a girl named Belle." Read full book review >
BO AT IDITAROD CREEK by Kirkpatrick Hill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Overall, another warm and charming outing, and the family's move to a different town and larger, permanent home is a satisfying ending—though Bo's ever changing family dynamic may summon another sequel. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
This sequel to Bo at Ballard Creek (2013) continues the adventures of the 5-year-old gamine and her "two papas," Alaskan gold miners in the late 1920s. Read full book review >
YUMMY STORIES by Lil L. Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A cheerful, fun approach to good food with the authentic flavor of folk tales for kids 4 to 8."
In this illustrated children's book, modern fairy tales encourage children to eat delicious fruits and vegetables. Read full book review >
Mistake, Wisconsin by Kersti Niebruegge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Despite the cute quips, the storyline lacks intrigue for a broader audience; best for readers fond of fishing, Wisconsin, and small-town quirks."
A teenage blogger tries to bring down a crooked politician when scandal hits a fishing-obsessed community. Read full book review >
NINE DIGITS by Jay Duret
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"An action-filled story full of funny, topical, and sympathetic observations about the world today."
An eccentric family competes in a reality show in Duret's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
WAR OF THE WORLD RECORDS by Matthew Ward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 4, 2014

"An exciting premise destroyed by tedious plotting. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The world record-setting Whipple family faces off against the rival Goldwins in the World Record World Championships. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >