THE CROW'S TALE by Naomi Howarth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A heartfelt debut. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
Colorful and eye-catching artwork accompanies this rhyming story of bravery and kindness. Read full book review >
O.K. is Great by David Tiefenthaler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 22, 2015

"This well-observed, funny book for middle schoolers scores high marks for the true-to-life observations, trials, and successes of its lively 12-year-old protagonist."
A spirited 12-year-old thinks he'll never be anything but average until he recognizes his own gifts in this witty and wise novel for middle schoolers from a first-time author/illustrator. Read full book review >

SPACE CREATURES by Barbara Weisberg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2015

"An intriguing picture book with an abstract theme and illustrations that invite young readers to reimagine themselves as citizens of the planet."
A boy describes his identity as an Earthling in this clever, enchantingly illustrated picture book by veteran author Weisberg (Talking to the Dead, 2005, etc.) and artist Arnold. Read full book review >
YOUNG CHARLOTTE, FILMMAKER by Frank Viva
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Similar in tone and feel to Young Frank, Architect (2013), this companion acts as both promotion for the MoMA and an encouragement to budding artists to think outside the box and pursue their dreams. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Tiny, bespectacled Charlotte is a young filmmaker who has discovered the joy of black-and-white cinematography. Read full book review >
THE FIRST FLUTE by David Bouchard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"If a bit patchwork, the package is still powerful. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-12)"
As he has in the past, Bouchard (The Song within My Heart, 2015, etc.) joins talents with a multicultural team, in this case New Zealand-American illustrator Oelze, Kalapuya flautist Jan Michael Looking Wolf, and Dakota translator Goodwill, to present an uplifting tale. Read full book review >

SPOOKY POOKIE by Sandra Boynton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)"
One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween. Read full book review >
I DON'T KNOW HOW THE STORY ENDS by J.B. Cheaney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Impressive on all fronts. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The early days of cinema change a young girl's perspective on war. Read full book review >
TELL THE STORY TO ITS END by Simon P. Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Savvy readers and would-be writers will love this exploration of story as an art form, a panacea, and an endless part of life. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A boy whose life is turned upside down by paternal scandal finds solace with an imaginary creature who preaches the power and value of storytelling. Read full book review >
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP by Matt Doeden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An enjoyable if unfocused walk through football history. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
A hodgepodge of football history pivots around the controversial ranking systems. Read full book review >
PABLO & JANE AND THE HOT AIR CONTRAPTION by José Domingo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Original art and visually engrossing worlds will have readers visiting this book over and over again.(Graphic adventure. 5-7)"
A duo's blasé afternoon deviates into an unexpected journey crossing dimension and time. Read full book review >
WAKE UP, SPRING by Katherine Ferrier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"This daffy adventure kicks off a series, and readers will be hoping for a speedy return to Hotel Strange. (recipe for sponge cake) (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
The diminutive staff members of Hotel Strange find themselves dismayed when their guests all show up on opening day—March 21—and they are both completely unready and still swathed in snow. Read full book review >
RETURN OF THE FORGOTTEN by Lisa Fiedler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A satisfying, exciting, and fitting finale to a memorable mouse saga. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
In this final volume of the Mouseheart Trilogy, warrior mouse Hopper seeks his estranged brother while a new traitor threatens the peace of underground Atlantia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >