UP DOWN ACROSS by Corina Fletcher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"While the premise is interesting, the execution is imperfect. (Board book. 1-2)"
Various marine animals explore the ins and outs of motion. Read full book review >
FARM ANIMALS by La Coccinella
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A simple game needlessly complicated. (Board book. 1-2)"
A baby's favorite game gets a barnyard setting. Read full book review >

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELEPHANT! by La Coccinella
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Toddlers ready for simple stories will find better choices among regular picture books. (Board book.1-3)"
This very busy board book seems to want to be a toy. Read full book review >
PINE AND THE WINTER SPARROW by Alexis York Lumbard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"A pleasing pourquoi tale. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
The evergreen-ness of the pine tree is explained in a tale that's possibly Cherokee but definitely Native American. Read full book review >
SCARLETT AND SAM by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Lively and thought-provoking. (historical note) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
While arguing over their role in a Passover Seder, twins Sam and Scarlett are whisked away to ancient Egypt on grandmother's magic carpet. Read full book review >

AND THEN ANOTHER SHEEP TURNED UP by Laura Gehl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"An amusing and appealing way to enlist little ones in the holiday's rituals. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
Preparation and plans for a small family Seder are altered when the Sheep family of four is continually interrupted by unexpected guests who successively show up throughout the evening. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PISTACHIO by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"A playful and entertaining take on children's perennial questions surrounding ideas of personhood, family and community. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The arrival of a tiara in the mail is the tipping point in evidence for Pistachio Shoelace that she is really a princess—but no one seems to believe her. Read full book review >
THE BELL BETWEEN WORLDS by Ian Johnstone
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Tailor-made for readers who prefer their coming-of-age fantasies thick, straightforward of plot, and unencumbered by complications or moral conundrums. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A preteen with a hidden heritage runs from slavering Ghorhund and into the arms of his destiny when a huge bell that few can hear summons him to a parallel world. Read full book review >
JUNETEENTH FOR MAZIE by Floyd Cooper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A quiet and informative picture of belated emancipation. (afterword) (Picture book. 4-9)"
A father shares an important holiday with his daughter. Read full book review >
MY FAMILY ADVENTURE by Jacqueline Jules
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"In all, Sofia is a likable new protagonist to add to the lineup of chapter-book heroines. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Everyday stories reminiscent of Ramona in an early chapter book. Read full book review >
THE VOLUME OF POSSIBLE ENDINGS by Barbara Else
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"An entertaining romp, more comical than scary and with a poignant but hopeful close. (endpaper map) (Fantasy. 10-12)"
One child raised in secret and another assembled from mechanical and magical parts find themselves enmeshed in a deadly scheme to usurp the throne of Fontania in this high-spirited second sequel to The Traveling Restaurant (2012).Read full book review >
ONE PLASTIC BAG by Miranda Paul
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Though Isatou Ceesay's country may be unfamiliar to young readers, they've probably done some handicraft recycling of their own. The easy connection makes this a welcome addition to the small shelf of examples of ingenuity in developing nations. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Distressed by the problem of plastic-bag disposal, a Gambian woman organizes her neighbors to turn trash into treasure. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >