THE CARNIVAL by Brigitte Luciani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A warm, quiet and cozy tale that's a sweet-tempered reminder that even the longest of winters must eventually give way to spring. (Graphic animal fantasy. 6-9)"
A gentle tale of woodland creatures trying to chase away winter gloom with a festive carnival. Read full book review >
SAVING TURTLES by Sue Carstairs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An accessible, informative introduction to fascinating, threatened reptiles and what can be done to help them. (glossary, websites, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A veterinarian with a turtle-conservation center introduces readers to myriad threats facing these reptiles and what can be done to protect them from extinction. Read full book review >

FROM THE DEAD by Norah McClintock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An intriguing mystery that fails to deliver on its promise. (Mystery. 10-14)"
When David McLean dies, leaving behind a notebook filled with code, a dozen different passports and a trail of mysterious clues, his seven grandsons follow seven different paths to try and figure out exactly who their grandfather was. Read full book review >
CAN I COME TOO? by Brian Patten
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"The evergreen 'dream big' message gets a gracious, nicely designed treatment here. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tiny mouse yearning for an outsize adventure sets out to find the biggest creature in the world. Read full book review >
BROKEN ARROW by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Informative but not inspired. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Steve's dream of a relaxing holiday in Spain is disrupted when he receives an email from his brother that makes him question everything he knows about his grandfather. Read full book review >

TIN by Chris Judge
by Chris Judge, illustrated by Chris Judge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Just plain fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Big brother Tin must rescue his wandering little sister. Read full book review >
WHO WAS HERE? by Mia Posada
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Naturalists will be enthralled. (websites, further reading, answer key) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Even the very young can identify animal tracks when it's made this much fun. Read full book review >
WILLIE'S REDNECK TIME MACHINE by John Luke Robertson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"There are certainly worse products out there put forth by celebrities looking for an extra buck. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
America's favorite redneck patriarch dips his beak into children's publishing with a wacky time-travel choose-your-own adventure. Read full book review >
GHOST WALLS by Sally M. Walker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Though it doesn't sparkle like some of her earlier works, there's much here for patient readers. (author's note, timeline, source notes, bibliography, further reading suggestions, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The site of a 17th-century home owned by a colonial Maryland official reveals the story of its origins with the help of historians and archaeologists. Read full book review >
ODE TO A COMMODE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Signature silliness from Cleary and Rowland abounds in this children's celebration of concrete poetry. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
In this second Poetry Adventures outing, poet Cleary and illustrator Rowland (If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems, 2014) again team up to explore a poetic form well suited for young readers. Read full book review >
BENEATH by Gill Arbuthnott
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Give this Scottish import to lovers of horses and folkloric fantasy. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Jess hasn't visited Roseroot Pool since the day she felt an unseen presence stalking her there (in 1577 Scotland, wolves still roam); letting Freya talk her into returning, Jess watches, helpless and horrified, as a dark horse first abducts, then disappears into the pool with her friend. Read full book review >
SOMETIMES YOU BARF by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A delightful and helpful treatment of a somewhat taboo topic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Everything you ever wanted to know about throwing up...and why you shouldn't be embarrassed. 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 >