IMMORTAL LONGINGS by Diane DeKelb-Rittenhouse
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Lively feminist conceits dressed in too-familiar vampire garb."
Teenage love must overcome immortal evil in DeKelb-Rittenhouse's (Faerie Rings: The Book of Forests, 2009) young-adult vampire novel. Read full book review >
The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities by Vicki Marquez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A palatable mix of education and entertainment for kids that will go down easy."
In this debut children's book by a certified health coach, four young residents of an alien planet discover that they're destined to develop nutrition-based superpowers. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 4, 2015

"A bubbly and educational bilingual poetry anthology for children."
Occasions big and small are celebrated with kid-friendly poems in this English/Spanish anthology compiled by Vardell and Wong (The Poetry Anthology for Science, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU by Amy Parker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"With this ahistorical interpretation, this book shows a disregard for both free will and the gradual maturation of talents and personalities. (Picture book/religion. 4-7)"
God's address to the Hebrew exiles from the Old Testament book of Jeremiah is repurposed in this cheery picture book that emphasizes children's future careers. Read full book review >
Year of the Crystal Children by E. M. Chandler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 5, 2014

"Breezy sci-fi intrigue for the young set who (unlike the heroine) won't ask inconvenient questions."
After witnessing a secret bio-experiment at school, Bailey is sent to a juvenile center in the Adirondacks, where she finds unexpected allies in trying to uncover the truth behind the conspiracy. Read full book review >

SASHI ADOPTS A BROTHER by Linda Greiner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"A charming tale of friendship between dogs, and the love of owners who understand their pets."
Sashi, the formerly shy sheltie, returns to welcome a new misbehaving brother into her family in Greiner's (Sashi, The Scared Little Sheltie, 2015) second picture book. Read full book review >
Cotter Otter in Treasure Water by Kennedy Bleu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 16, 2014

"An enjoyable, visually appealing story that needs to clean up its telling."
Cotter Otter turns down different sea creatures who want to play pirates, until a storm leads them to work—and play—together. Read full book review >
BLUE SKY by Brian Kindall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 7, 2014

"A subject and telling too simple for teenagers, but younger readers will be enchanted."
A fairy tale-like story about growing up and claiming one's place in the wide, mysterious world. Read full book review >
OLLIE'S CLASS TRIP by Stephanie Calmenson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not as strong as Ollie's first outing but still a good choice to share with classes before a field trip. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Since Ollie already knows what to expect on the first day of school (Ollie's School Day, 2012), this time he tackles another school staple: field trips. Read full book review >
STEVE, RAISED BY WOLVES by Jared Chapman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Whether readers extrapolate from Steve's experiences to their own is open to question, but the story's message of the need to balance individuality with group expectations is neatly presented. (Picture book. 5-8)"
As the title indicates, Chapman plays with the raised-by-wolves trope in this first-day-of-school book. Read full book review >
SHARK BITE! by Beatrice Costamagna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Though slight, this story has compensatory interactive components and characters that are time-tested kid-pleasers. (Board book. 2-4)"
Poor Mark the shark can't make any friends because all the other fish are frightened of his teeth. Read full book review >
EMERGENCY VEHICLES by Rod Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2015

"A pleaser for fans of big rigs and disaster scenarios alike. (Informational novelty. 5-7)"
An international gallery of air, sea, and land firefighting and rescue vehicles, with hinged flaps offering peeks inside each. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >