Atlas Forman & The Necessary Dream by Derek Holser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Fantasy elements may hook readers, but the characters will land them."
A magical destiny awaits a 12-year-old daydreamer, but he has real-life troubles to contend with first. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO NKAMBA by Piper Monique Dellums
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"An often engaging work that could be used as an introduction to Congo studies."
A spiritual prophecy comes true in Dellums' (Grandma Leola Celebrates Purim, 2015, etc.) colorful story of a Congolese culture and religion. Read full book review >

KEYS TO ATLANTIS by Sally Copus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 5, 2015

"A sensational, exhilarating adventure that will make new readers want to read the series' first."
Time traveler Jon Sinclair returns to the 17th century to find the lost city of Atlantis in the second installment of Copus' (BlackHeart's Legacy, 2012) middle-grade adventure series. Read full book review >
DOGS DON'T TALK by Nancy May
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 23, 2015

"A heartwarming and realistic YA story."
A young man explores the intricacies of friendships, family, and growing up in debut author May's keenly perceptive coming-of-age novel. Read full book review >
GREATER THAN GOLD by Gayle Eggen Aanensen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A fresh, openhearted Christmas story about grief and acceptance."
Aanensen's (Summer of the Suffragists, 2012, etc.) earnest chapter book tells the story of two Christmases, one ancient, one contemporary. Read full book review >

JUMA ON SAFARI by Lisa Maria Burgess
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 27, 2013

"Burgess has created a likable narrator in a striking setting not often represented in picture books."
What would a trip to Grandma's house be like if you lived in Tanzania? Burgess' (Juma's Dhow Race, 2013, etc.) young narrator, Juma, describes the experience. Read full book review >
BUFFALO CLOUDS by Craig Sanders
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"A charming coming-of-age story full of humor, mystery, and romance set in the Old West."
In Sanders' debut YA novel, a 17-year-old boy unravels the truth behind the mysterious circumstances of his father's death, discovering love and courage on the way. Read full book review >
Kwesi's Dad Saved The World by Zenobia
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2014

"A new perspective on World War II for children, but this telling suffers from limitations in prose and structure."
A children's book about contributions made by African soldiers during World War II. Read full book review >
FLUTTER AND HUM/ALETEO Y ZUMBIDO by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Readers would be hard-pressed to find a snappier introduction to language appreciation, poetry and vocabulary enrichment. (author's notes) (Bilingual picture book/poetry. 3-10)"
A striking exploration of the animal kingdom in bilingual poems. Read full book review >
THE GREAT AND MIGHTY NIKKO by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"One, uno; two, dos; three, tres¡LUCHA! (Bilingual picture book. 3-6)"
What's better than one wrestler jumping on the bed? Ten of them! Read full book review >
MISS MARY MACK by Lucy Bell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"An excellent take on an excellent song. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
The classic song gets put to the page. Read full book review >
THE GREEDY RAINBOW by Susan Chandler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Though unapologetically didactic, its lesson is nevertheless both valuable and deftly delivered. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When the rainbow goes on a forest frolic with Monkey, all the colors begin to fade. Can Monkey and his friends get them back? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >