THE RIGHT WORD by Jen Bryant
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"In a word: marvelous! (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
After award-winning collaborations about poet William Carlos Williams and artist Horace Pippin, Bryant and Sweet return to investigate the life of Peter Mark Roget. Read full book review >
THE MUSES by N. L. McEvoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Older readers may scratch their heads at some story elements, but 10- to 12-year-olds will eat this fantasy tale up."
In McEvoy's debut YA adventure, two American kids discover more than they'd bargained for when they're sent to live with their great-aunt in Australia. Read full book review >

Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard by Janice Dean
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"A fitting sequel to Freddy's original adventure, packed with facts accompanied by cheerful illustrations."
Snow, snow, and more snow. What's a frog to do? Dean's (Freddy the Frogcaster, 2013) irrepressible amphibian puts his weather-safety skills to good use in this snowy sequel. Read full book review >
TAKE AWAY THE A by Michaël  Escoffier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 12, 2014

"Without a doubt, these inventive images are imaginative and engaging—chock full of inspiration for kids to try their own wordplay and a boon to teachers. (Alphabet picture book. 7-10)"
Amid the flood of alphabet books, now and then one rises to the surface. This one is a prize catch. Read full book review >
MELE THE MERMAID by J.A. Cecil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 12, 2014

"It's unclear what audience will appreciate this tale of a mermaid on land finding new life, love and loss."
A mermaid refuses to enchant a sailor to his death, and after being condemned to live among humans, eventually finds her redemptive purpose in life in this difficult-to-categorize picture book. Read full book review >

AS AN OAK TREE GROWS by G. Brian Karas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Young readers may be charmed to realize that the tree sprout near the old oak's stump could by now be a sapling. This will invite repeat visits. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
From acorn to huge tree, an oak provides the focal point for this clear and simple look at over two centuries of change in a single landscape. Read full book review >
The Balloon Is Doomed by Christopher Eyton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"With gentle wit, this engaging picture book takes an original look at the value of appreciating what is rather than what might be."
In this debut children's picture book, the loss of a favorite balloon convinces a little boy that his job is to prepare other kids for similar disappointments. Read full book review >
CLOUDS by Katharine Hall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 10, 2014

"Rather than this one-size-fits-none book, choose one that suits the age and developmental level of a specific intended audience. (Nonfiction. 4-7)"
Hall continues her Compare and Contrast series (Polar Bears and Penguins, 2014) with a brief look at the many ways clouds are different from one another. Read full book review >
DINO TREASURES by Rhonda Lucas Donald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 10, 2014

"Donald is no Douglas Florian (Dinothesaurus, 2009), but even rabid young dino fans will come away with a clearer sense of what fossil clues tell us. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
The author of Dino Tracks (2013) adopts a broader purview, introducing in verse 13 things we can infer about dinosaurs from fossil and other evidence. Read full book review >
RAPTOR CENTERS by Jennifer Keats Curtis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 10, 2014

"Future animal helpers of all sorts will be en-raptor-ed. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
This new Animal Helpers book considers raptors that have been injured or need help and the people and centers that care for them. Read full book review >
ANIMAL EYES by Mary Holland
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 10, 2014

"Less complex than other titles on the subject, this would be a good starting point for curious children just starting to read. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
With simple text and revealing close-up photographs, nature photographer Holland demonstrates how an animal's eyes can tell us something about their owner. Read full book review >
THE GHOST OF DONLEY FARM by Jaime Gardner Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 10, 2014

"A solid tale about two birds of prey that seamlessly blends in learning. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
This "ghost" story introduces children to the habits, habitats and adaptations of a red-tailed hawk and a barn owl. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >