The Adventures of Piratess Tilly Easter Island by Elizabeth Lorayne
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An eye-pleasing picture book that offers a winning mix of adventure, science, and poetry, with a strong heroine who invites readers to view the world as a place of natural wonder."
In this second installment of an ecologically based adventure series for children, a young naturalist and ship's captain sails to a remote island and discovers a threat to the local wildlife. Read full book review >
Good Boy, Achilles by Eddie Ellis
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"A high-quality tear-jerker about man's best friend."
A moving children's tale about the ineffable bond between a boy and a canine as they come to terms with God's plan for them. Read full book review >

Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler by Elana Ashley
Released: Nov. 19, 2015

"Young readers should sympathize with the compassionate heroine, and perhaps start to feel empathy for others."
An alien detective and his elephant friends return in this second issue-based adventure for grade schoolers, filled with brightly colored photographs of puppet characters. Read full book review >
A Scary Tail by John O'Driscoll
Released: Oct. 12, 2016

"This offbeat tale delivers a winning mix of quirky humor, real-life dilemmas, plot-propelling canine aeronautics, and a dash of compassion."
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Twelve Feet Down by John Penteros
Released: Oct. 24, 2016

"An infectious coming-of-age story about a self-effacing but gifted young man trying to discover his place in the world."
A debut YA novel chronicles a teenager's crusade to construct a refuge. Read full book review >


"Pack's teen curators grow a bit wiser, and more lovable, in this latest volume."
In the latest volume of Pack's (Becoming Johanna, 2016, etc.) YA fantasy series, curators Johanna and Jackson try to stave off a Terrorian invasion of the interdimensional library system.

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The Fall of Beth Anderson by Meaghan B. Parent
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Nothing new, but a satisfactory story of finding happiness in difficult circumstances."
A young girl tries to find herself after moving to a new town in Parent's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
Code 7 by Bryan Johnson

"An animated, if uneven, group of inspiring tales."
Several children work together and separately to make their small community a better place in this debut middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
Red Boots and Assorted Things by Warren Ross
Released: Jan. 30, 2016

"A collection of beautiful images and engaging ideas that never coheres."
A small, hard-to-define work that falls somewhere between a picture book, a poetry collection, and an art portfolio. Read full book review >
Leftover Girl by C.C. Bolick
Released: Nov. 3, 2016

"A young heroine copes with bizarre dreams in a surprisingly fresh paranormal romance."
This debut YA novel, the first installment in a series, follows an adopted teenager who moves to Alabama. Read full book review >
Krazy Kathleen by William Tellem
Released: Feb. 10, 2016

"A lighthearted ode to books featuring eye-catching, funny pictures of an eccentric character."
A children's librarian who keeps everything in seemingly random piles teaches local residents a lesson in this tale by Tellem (Zen the Zebra, 2015, etc.), featuring illustrations by Coules. Read full book review >
A GIFT FROM GREENSBORO by Quraysh Ali Lansana
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A book that creatively glances backward and forward, offering hope for an America that wants to be post-racial but isn't yet.(Picture book. 5-10)"
A book that gives voice to a little-known piece of history. 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 >