FINDING WONDERS by Jeannine Atkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Inspirational and informative, Atkins shows how pursuing one's passion for science, math, or any field considered nontraditional is worth the risk. (author's note, bibliographic essay, bibliography) (Verse historical fiction. 10-14)"
The verse biographies of three pioneering women who made their marks on science. Read full book review >
LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN by Mike Curato
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Gorgeous illustrations and an evocative time period support a somewhat staid story. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The third book featuring Little Elliot, a polka-dot elephant, and Mouse brings them to Coney Island. Read full book review >

ICE CREAM & DINOSAURS by Eric Litwin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Joe isn't quite as cool as Pete, but a catchy tune, dancing dinosaurs, and strawberry ice cream are an enticing combination. Here's hoping Groovy Joe soon meets a female counterpart—perhaps Hep Hilda or Beatnik Betty? (Picture book. 3-8)"
The author of the first few entries in the wildly popular Pete the Cat series debuts a new series starring Groovy Joe, a guitar-playing, ice cream-loving hound dog. Read full book review >
REBELS by David Liss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Grade-A geeky fun. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
After a brief stay on Earth after Randoms (2015), Zeke struggles with a new space mission and the possibility of the Phandic Empire striking back. Read full book review >
BETWEEN WORLDS by Skip  Brittenham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This fantasy relies on technology to stand out. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Teen misfits accidentally discover a portal to a dangerous fantasy world in this immersive book/app combo. Read full book review >

MISSION TO MOON FARM by K.E. Rocha
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"While more stuffed bear than gruff bear, a fast adventure story. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Waiting for his parents after Secrets of Bearhaven (2016), Spencer deals with an imperiled member of his bear family. Read full book review >
FAIRY TALE FRANKIE AND THE TRICKY WITCH by Greg Gormley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Whether on the fairy-tale shelf or the Halloween one, this notably nondiverse book may tickle readers with similar interests, though perhaps only once. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A white girl who really loves fairy tales is surprised one day when a bunch of fairy-tale characters visit her home and ask Frankie to hide them from the witch. Read full book review >
GHOST by Jason Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An endearing protagonist runs the first, fast leg of Reynolds' promising relay. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Castle "Ghost" Cranshaw feels like he's been running ever since his dad pulled that gun on him and his mom—and used it. Read full book review >
WISH by Barbara  O'Connor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A warm, real, and heartfelt tale. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sent to stay with her aunt and uncle in Colby, North Carolina, an angry girl makes the same wish daily. Read full book review >
OLIVIA LOVES OWL by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"McPhail's soft but unsentimental pen-and-ink drawings completed with muted watercolors strike a pleasant balance between real toddler activities and imaginative play. (Board book. 1-4)"
Following the formula established in Ben Loves Bear (2013), Bella Loves Bunny (2013), and Peter Loves Penguin (2014), McPhail here completes his board-book tour of the seasons. Read full book review >
THE BRONZE KEY by Holly Black
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Only unevenly entertaining and suffering from middle-book syndrome. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Book 3 in the Magisterium series continues the escapades of 14-year-olds Call, Tamara, and Aaron as they pursue their Bronze Year studies at the Magisterium. Read full book review >
FIRST WORDS by Scholastic Inc.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"While an admirable effort to give toddlers what they love, this and its companions are overly busy and prove that less is more with young children. (Board book. 1-3) "
In this primer of common words for toddlers to learn, there are flaps to lift, textures to feel, and photos to name. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >