WHEN MISCHIEF CAME TO TOWN by Katrina Nannestad
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This heartwarming and richly engaging tale explores grief and the sustaining support of humor with an abundance of love. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Irrepressible Inge Maria has been sent to live with her grandmother on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, after her mother's death. Read full book review >
WINTER'S BULLET by William Osborne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An intriguing alternative history lesson wrapped in a nail-biting adventure. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
Hitler plans to unleash his greatest weapon in a last-ditch effort to win World War II. Read full book review >

ELLA AND PENGUIN STICK TOGETHER by Megan Maynor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Maynor, in her picture-book debut, tackles an oft-addressed phobia in an appreciated nonbedtime setting. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl and a penguin conquer their shared fear of the dark. Read full book review >
MOUSE SCOUTS by Sarah Dillard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Strong characters plus lots of laughs make this a welcome series for new readers, who will look forward to reading about all 16 badges. (Animal fantasy. 7-10)"
Best friends Tigerlily and Violet earn merit badges and develop their leadership skills as newly minted Acorn Scouts. Read full book review >
MINE! by Susie Lee Jin
by Susie Lee Jin, illustrated by Susie Lee Jin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This nondidactic story is a natural for collections about sharing, effectively softening the natural tendency toward possessiveness of most living things through its sweet illustrations. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A minimalistic, humorous tale about competitive bunnies, a carrot, and the notion of sharing. Read full book review >

ARCTIC WHITE by Danna Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Despite lovely art, a stereotypically generic and romanticized portrayal of indigenous people. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The Arctic winter is white and gray until something special happens. Read full book review >
BAD KITTY GOES TO THE VET by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Even a brush with death (or a bad tooth) can't reform this Bad Kitty. Good thing. We'd miss her! (Graphic/nonfiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Bad Kitty isn't eating? It must be a sign of the apocalypse…or worse. Read full book review >
ALL YEAR ROUND by Susan B.  Katz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"While not many books combine the months or seasons with shapes, that's not enough of a reason for this to take shelf space from such books as Ellen Stoll Walsh's Mouse Shapes (2007) or Stella Blackstone's Ship Shapes (2006). (Picture/concept book. 3-6)"
A boy and girl explore shapes through a calendar year. Read full book review >
TERROR AT BOTTLE CREEK by Watt Key
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Fare to satisfy readers captivated by disaster, particularly outdoor enthusiasts, but less satisfying to aspiring feminists. (Adventure. 9-13)"
When a hurricane strikes the Alabama coastal swamps, it takes real expertise to survive. Read full book review >
BUNNY DREAMS by Peter McCarty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Arbitrary and lacking closure, this is more like a real dream than a sleepy-time tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Rabbits have group dreams—very peculiar ones. Read full book review >
COCKATOO, TOO by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Sure to become a read-aloud favorite. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Some quite extraordinary cockatoos and toucans meet and greet each other in a fun-filled romp. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT TREE by Chloe Bonfield
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A gorgeous reminder that the natural world is perfect and worthy of notice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a natural-world version of Leo Tolstoy's short story "The Three Questions," a boy goes in search of the perfect tree to chop for firewood and finds much more. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >