THE MOST FRIGHTENING STORY EVER TOLD by Philip Kerr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A patchwork outing thicker of agenda than atmosphere and likely to prompt, title notwithstanding, a few mild snickers and chills. (author's note) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
What better place to haunt than a bookstore specializing in occult subjects and run by an ex-magician? Read full book review >
THE DAY I BECAME A BIRD by Ingrid Chabbert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Like the flimsy bird costume, this story flops to the ground due to lack of real substance. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The age-old theme of unrequited love is told in this monochromatic minimalist rendering of the story of an unnamed boy who creates a bird costume and wears it all day in order to attract the attention of a young girl, with whom he is hopelessly in love. Read full book review >

I AM DRUMS by Mike Grosso
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This is a worthy and entertaining read about how talent develops and what the potential consequences of pursuing it are: drumroll, please, for a fine homage to spirited single-mindedness. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Sam hears drumbeats in her head, so it's hard for her to think about anything but her passionate need to become an accomplished drummer. Read full book review >
MISS PAUL AND THE PRESIDENT by Dean Robbins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Useful for discussions about women's rights and political influence. (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
In time for the national elections, the story of an ardent early-20th-century fighter for women's suffrage. Read full book review >
BOUNCE by Megan Shull
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An over-the-top Christmas confection. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Frannie Hudson, an anxiety-ridden 12-year-old white girl, is about to have the strangest Christmas of her life. Read full book review >

FARAWAY FOX by Jolene Thompson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Informative and empathetic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When human encroachment eliminates a young fox's forest habitat, it searches to find a new home. Read full book review >
GEORGE AND THE UNBREAKABLE CODE by Stephen Hawking
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Star-quality co-authors will (as with the previous episodes) ensure good sales, but the broad gap between the ingenuous storyline and challenging informational content will frustrate some young readers and bore the rest. (Informational science fiction. 10-12)"
George and his impulsive friend Annie, both white, take more trips into space to save the Earth from a madman with a supercomputer. Read full book review >
UGLY by Robert Hoge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An apt choice for collections that already have stronger alternatives, such as R.J. Palacio's Wonder (2012). (Memoir. 8-12)"
A memoir of the first 14 years in the life of Australian Robert Hoge, born with stunted legs and a tumor in the middle of his face. Read full book review >
OCEAN ANIMALS FROM HEAD TO TAIL by Stacey Roderick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"For toddlers and preschoolers, an inviting opportunity to swim into the underwater world. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
A guessing game introduces curious ocean animals from hammerhead sharks to sea horses. Read full book review >
THE ALIEN THAT ATE MY SOCKS by Brandon Dorman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Proof that there is such a thing as too silly. (Science fiction. 8 -11)"
The Hooligan brothers' go-cart race takes an unexpected turn when a sock-eating, foul-smelling, giant purple alien enlists their help completing his extraterrestrial merit badges. Read full book review >
ON OUR WAY TO OYSTER BAY by Monica Kulling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Interesting but never compelling or heartfelt. (author's note, websites) (Picture book. 7-9)"
In 1903, 8-year-old millworkers Aiden and Gussie carry pickets demanding an end to child labor practices. Read full book review >
HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. by Casey Lyall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Likely to see sequels; Howard and Ivy deserve them. (Mystery. 8-11)"
Grantleyville Middle School lowlifes beware: shamus Howard Wallace is on the case! Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >