ABC ANIMALS! by Rufus Butler Seder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"The Scanimation entices, but it does not carry this alphabet book to fulfill its function. (Novelty board book. 2-6)"
In sturdy board-book style, this alphabet book is the latest addition to Seder's bestselling Scanimation books. Read full book review >
Spindle by Shonna Slayton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A well-constructed take on a famous fairy tale and heroine."
Slayton (Liz and Nellie, 2016, etc.) offers a 19th-century update of "Sleeping Beauty" in this YA novel.Read full book review >

FOUR SEASONS IN ONE DAY by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Sound quality aside, a sprightly introduction to program music and also to one of its greatest exemplars. (Novelty picture book. 5-8)"
Pressure-sensitive sound chips waft strains from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" over a child's daylong outing. Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH AN ELF by Adam Wallace
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A forgettable effort that fails to capture any of the magical charm of Santa's story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wallace and Elkerton continue their series about catching elusive mythical creatures (How to Catch a Leprechaun, 2016, etc.) with this Christmas story about an elf who must avoid traps constructed by children before Santa's annual visit. Read full book review >
ALLIUM by Lisa Gabory
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A thrilling and educational tale for young and old alike."
A young plant learns about the natural world in this debut eco-adventure for middle-grade readers. Read full book review >

THE MAGIC WORD by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Parents beware: there are a lot of 'magic' words kids will have to try out before getting to 'please,' and if you see a walrus, run! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Getting everything you want isn't all it's cracked up to be. Read full book review >
HAMSTERSAURUS REX by Tom O'Donnell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A certain pleaser where furry fictions are well-loved. (Science fiction. 7-11)"
Taking care of a pet can be time-consuming, but caring for a secret mutant hamster could take over your life. Read full book review >
INVESTIGATING JULIUS DRAKE by Daisy Harris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"Not a breakout but worth a look. (Mystery. 13-15)"
New school, new rules, and a mysterious new…friend? Read full book review >
SCARIEST STORIES EVER TOLD by Roberta Simpson Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"'Mom, there's an eye in the sink.' Read on if you dare. (Horror/short stories. 10-13)"
A new collection of original short chillers just right for sharing with unsuspecting middle graders. Read full book review >
BUT WHAT IF THERE'S NO CHIMNEY? by Emily Weisner Thompson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"An amateurish effort that offers no Christmas magic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy named Ben is worried that Santa won't be able to visit on Christmas Eve because the new house he's moved to with his father doesn't have a chimney. Read full book review >
RALPH, FLYING HOUND by Dave Paddon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 2, 2016

"A fresh and charming narrative reminiscent of the tall-tale storytelling tradition with illustrations that are its ideal complement. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Ralph, an intrepid dog in Williams Harbour, Labrador, has an adventure with a helicopter. Read full book review >
UP by Joe Cepeda
by Joe Cepeda, illustrated by Joe Cepeda
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An accessible and imaginative title for emergent readers just learning to decode and understand the written word. (Early reader. 3-7)"
One gusty fall morning, a surprise blows through an open window into the bedroom of two sleeping children, both with dark hair and light-brown skin. It's a pinwheel! 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 >