MR. MOON by Michael Paraskevas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Better not read this at bedtime: curious children will want to see all that Mr. Moon does. (Picture book. 3-6)"
As Miss Sun heads to bed, Mr. Moon takes over supervisory duties for the world. Read full book review >
Sashi and the Puppy Mill Girl by Linda Greiner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A sweet tale in Sashi's series that should appeal to dog lovers."
Sashi, the formerly shy sheltie, returns in this third illustrated adventure, tackling the issue of puppy mills. Read full book review >

SOJO by Pam Flowers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An action-filled story about dog sledding and teamwork presented in just the right way for its readership. (Adventure. 8-12)"
An Alaskan sled dog narrates her adventures. Read full book review >
GARVEY'S CHOICE by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"This graceful novel risks stretching beyond easy, reductive constructions of black male coming-of-age stories and delivers a sincere, authentic story of resilience and finding one's voice. (Verse novel. 8-13)"
Written in poignantly poetic tanka verse, Grimes' newest follows a young black boy searching for his own unique voice, lost among his father's wishes and society's mischaracterizations. Read full book review >
MAGGIE MCGILLICUDDY'S EYE FOR TROUBLE by Susan Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Friendship between a little boy and an old lady is a lovely thing, but the story lacks cohesion and purpose. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A neighborhood busybody "keeps an eye out for trouble." Read full book review >

FOXHEART by Claire Legrand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Tedious and derivative. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A 12-year-old white girl discovers she is a witch and sets off to fight forces of evil with her magical animal companion. Read full book review >
THE LOST ONES by Michaela MacColl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Misses the cultural mark. (author's note, photos, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1877 the 4th U.S. Cavalry was ordered to annihilate the Indian problem in Texas. Read full book review >
MEMOIRS OF A SIDEKICK by David Skuy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Especially apt for an election year. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Can the least popular kid in school beat the most popular in an election? Maybe, if the unpopular kid's Boris Snodbuckle. Read full book review >
JUST MY LUCK by Jeff Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A bubbly, multicultural sequel with missed potential. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Things haven't really changed for awkward San Antonio middle schooler Zack Delacruz. Read full book review >
YOU ARE NOT A CAT! by Sharon G. Flake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Silly arguments abound in life, but readers who may be wishing for a duo to replace a certain dialogue-happy elephant and pig will not find it here. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A duck likes to pretend to be other animals, much to the consternation of a very pragmatic cat. Read full book review >
A GUIDE TO THE OTHER SIDE by Robert Imfeld
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"This series opener is funny, mystical, and endearing, if flawed; here's hoping Baylor continues his journey with a more multidimensional cast. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A pair of twins, one living and one dead, facilitate communication between the two communities. Read full book review >
THE PRUWAHAHA MONSTER by Jean-Paul Mulders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"While there are clever visuals and excellent cartoon-villain laughter, this book fails to deliver a satisfying story. (Picture book. 4-6)"
This Belgian picture-book debut introduces a boy who loves to swing, his father, and a monster. 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 >