MY THREE BEST FRIENDS AND ME, ZULAY by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Blind and sighted kids alike will enjoy this cheery outing, which appropriately treats learning to use a white cane with the straightforwardness another might treat learning to ride a bike. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A glimpse at blindness, friendship and perseverance. Read full book review >
A VIOLIN FOR ELVA by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though putting off a dream for decades is a foreign idea to most children, they should respond to the lilt of the words and the energy and charm of the pictures. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A long-deferred dream of music comes true. Read full book review >

THE YEAR OF THE SHEEP by Oliver Chin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The Year of the Sheep is cause for celebration, especially for fans of the series. (list of zodiac animals) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this 10th installment from the Tales of the Chinese Zodiac picture-book series, a curious lamb rallies her friends to keep the town from going thirsty. Read full book review >
28 DAYS by Charles R. Smith Jr.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A stellar achievement for the whole year—not just its shortest month. (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Three pivotal Supreme Court cases, one amendment, and 25 great men and women make for memorable entries. Read full book review >
THE TERRIBLE TWO by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Fluffy, fast, fun reading for fans of Clueless McGee and the Wimpy Kid. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Miles used to live near the sea. Miles had friends. Miles was his school's greatest prankster...how will he survive a move to Yawnee Valley? Read full book review >

AROUND THE CLOCK by Roz Chast
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Entertaining nonsense. (Picture book. 4-8)"
All kinds of things can happen in a 24-hour period. Read full book review >
WHALE TRAILS, BEFORE AND NOW by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This inventive look at maritime history has significant modern child appeal. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
The young first mate on the Cuffee sightseeing boat, descendant of generations of men who worked whaling ships, compares whaling long ago with a whale-watching excursion today.Read full book review >
PASSENGER ON THE <i>PEARL</i> by Winifred Conkling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A fine and harrowing true story behind an American classic. (timeline, family tree, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In her first work of nonfiction for young readers (Sylvia & Aki, 2011), Conkling presents the true story of Emily Edmonson and her five siblings who escaped from slavery only to be caught and sent further south.Read full book review >
GINGERBREAD FOR LIBERTY! by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This appealing concoction is a powerful reminder of the good one person can do. (sources, recipe) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Rockliff and Kirsch introduce a lesser-known figure who demonstrated patriotic fire by baking bread for the Continental Army. Read full book review >
NEIL FLAMBÉ AND THE BARD'S BANQUET by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The constant suspense, innocent romance, a lovely recipe for scones, and the flamboyant, irrepressible chef will captivate fans of the series and impel new readers to the nearest bookstore or library. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Neil Flambé, 15-year-old culinary genius, contends with Shakespearean lore in this fifth addition to the mystery series that highlights his name (and sensitive nose). Read full book review >
FREEDOM'S SCHOOL by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Readers don't need to have been recently emancipated to understand this eloquent testament to the overriding importance of school. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Emancipation means education. Read full book review >
THE QUIRKS AND THE QUIRKALICIOUS BIRTHDAY by Erin Soderberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This birthday-anxiety story is made fresh by both the twins' dynamics and the riddles. (illustrations not seen) (Fantasy. 8-11)"
The Quirk twins, about to turn 10, disagree about how to celebrate against a backdrop of magical mishaps. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >