WORD OF MOUSE by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"With smart witticisms to launch each quick-paced chapter, Isaiah is truly a mouse that roars. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Prolific Patterson and frequent collaborator Grabenstein offer this charming tale of Isaiah, a blue (yes—bright blue!) mouse, and his effort to break his family out of a very bad place. Read full book review >
IRIS AND THE TIGER by Leanne Hall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A quirky, cleareyed enchantment. More like this, please! (Mystery. 10-14)"
A biracial (Chinese/white) Australian girl unravels art-historical and familial mysteries at a relative's estate in rural Spain. Read full book review >

SILO AND THE REBEL RAIDERS by V. Peyton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Convincing, humorous, and appealingly odd. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
In a flooded, post-apocalyptic United Kingdom, a young boy travels from his marshlands home to the Capital to make his way in the world as a government-approved seer. Read full book review >
FIVE DAYS OF FAMOUS by Alyson Noël
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"An amusing Christmas story for preteens. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Almost 13-year-old Nick thinks that the only way he can get his dream girl is by becoming famous. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT EVERYONE by Chris Haughton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"An infectious bedtime story, sure to prompt yawns in readers and their preschool listeners as well. (Picture book. 1-5)"
When the sun sets and all the animals are sleepy, Little Bear is still wide awake, but finally, the cub too, yawns and, after a good-night kiss from Great Big Bear, drops off to sleep. Read full book review >

THE LONELY GIANT by Sophie Ambrose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Sweet and effective. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little yellow bird helps a menace mend his destructive ways. Read full book review >
CHICKEN STORY TIME by Sandy Asher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"This book may make free-range storytimes de rigueur. (Picture book. 3-7)"
One chicken at storytime might be fun, but more than one…. Read full book review >
HEDGEHUGS AND THE HATTIEPILLAR by Steve Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A delightful way to share metamorphosis with the littlest listeners. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hedgehog best friends Horace and Hattie are back, this time marveling at the wonder that is metamorphosis. Read full book review >
LOTUS AND FEATHER by Ji-li Jiang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Gracefully told and illustrated, a gentle, positive encounter with a beautiful bird in an unfamiliar world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The rescue of a crane restores an unhappy girl as well. Read full book review >
BLUE PENGUIN by Petr Horácek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Sweet. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Shunned by the other penguins, the titular penguin's days are filled with loneliness and his nights with dreams. Read full book review >
FISH TRICKS by Haude Levesque
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 15, 2016

"A show that is well worth the price of admission. (index, websites) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
The members of the oldest group of vertebrates on Earth have quite a few tricks up their sleeves. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 15, 2016

"What better way to make natural history slide down easily? (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Cusick floats a slick, select gallery of nature's spitters, nose-pickers, oozers, and slimers—most but not all nonhuman—atop nourishing globs of scientific information. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >