IVAN by Katherine Applegate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Gently paced, with moving but reassuring images, this is an age-appropriate introduction to the issues of captivity and animal welfare. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Applegate reinterprets her Newbery-winning story about Ivan the shopping-mall gorilla for a younger audience of up-and-coming animal activists. Read full book review >
THURSDAYS WITH THE CROWN by Jessica Day George
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Here's hoping the next installment (Fridays, coming in fall 2015) will recover the series' early bounce and zip. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Tossed into a faraway land, Celie and company try to figure out how to heal their sentient castle in this third entry to the series. Read full book review >

A PERFECTLY MESSED-UP STORY by Patrick McDonnell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A playful, funny and friendly treatment of anxiety and life's unpredictable messes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Here's an existential dilemma: What if you were a character in a book, and sandwich fillings fell onto your page from above? Read full book review >
HOW TO BAKE A BOOK by Ella Burfoot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"As the trend of picture books praising the codex continues, few will match the light tone, originality and quirkiness of this one. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Clever text and mixed-media artwork use the procedure of baking a cake as an obvious, comical metaphor for the process of creating a book. Read full book review >
GO, SHAPES, GO! by Denise Fleming
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The title will surely inspire children to create and deconstruct their own geometric dramas. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Fleming's signature pulp-painted backgrounds set the stage for a performance featuring an assemblage of shapes; created from patterned handmade papers, the forms are choreographed in their activity by a madcap mouse on wheels. Read full book review >

PENNYROYAL ACADEMY by M.A. Larson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Flashes of inspiration light up a protagonist with plenty of spine, a plot too dependent on set pieces and a colorful but quickly sketched supporting cast. A sequel-worthy debut nonetheless. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Larson weaves a patchwork mix of trite and truly excellent ideas into this chronicle of a young fugitive's first year at princess school. Read full book review >
THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY MUTTON by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Fifteen graphic stories collected in one tight package for a new generation of fans. (Graphic collection. 6-10)"
Johnny Mutton, he's so him! Read full book review >
KID SHERIFF AND THE TERRIBLE TOADS by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A crowd-pleasin' knee-slapper that'll have 'em rolling in the aisles, yessirree. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young sheriff comes riding high—atop a tortoise—toward the troubled, "cumin-scented" town of Drywater Gulch. Just give him a minute. Read full book review >
SHARE! by Anthea Simmons
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Not much to share or sink one's teeth into here. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Rhyming text from a little girl delivers an idealized vision of big sisterhood. Read full book review >
THE FAIRY-TALE MATCHMAKER by E.D. Baker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Those in it for the long haul, particularly loyal fans of Baker's other books, will appreciate this lighthearted search for one's true self. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this new middle-grade series from princess aficionado Baker (A Question of Magic, 2013, etc.), a dissatisfied tooth fairy wants to make a difference in a fairy-tale world.Read full book review >
A BEAN, A STALK AND A BOY NAMED JACK by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Engrossing illustrations and quirky humor, hitched to Joyce's renown, will earn this its audience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Moonbot Studios collaborators Joyce and Callicutt royally fracture the familiar folk tale in this high-concept romp. Read full book review >
THE JUNKYARD BOT by C.J. Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Young robot enthusiasts will surely be amused. (Science fiction. 8-11)"
A mildly techy science-fiction series makes its debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >