NELSON BEATS TO ODDS by Ronnie Sidney, II
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Engaging and inspirational tales for students coping with common problems."
Paired graphic novels explore learning disabilities and bullying—and touch on foster care—for middle-grade and YA readers. Read full book review >
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED ON...MARS by Carole P. Roman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 9, 2017

"A book that will expand readers' horizons with its scientific foray into the solar system."
Roman and Arkova's (Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?, 2017, etc.) picture book imagines what life might be like for the first colonists on Mars.Read full book review >

PETER & THE COAL CHRISTMAS by Tyler Brooke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2016

"A good potential resource for upper-elementary classroom discussions about motivation, social responsibility, and ethics."
Peter has a very good reason for behaving very badly in this workbooklike children's tale by debut author Brooke and illustrator Soldano (Path of the Outlaws, 2016, etc.).Read full book review >
WHO SHE WAS by Stormy Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"A deft, emotionally resonant tale about family, love, music, and finding oneself."
Two college freshmen struggle to break away from family dysfunction and forge their own identities in this New Adult romance. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN CITY OF CHELLDRAH-HAM by Stephan von Clinkerhoffen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A fresh, funny adventure and the best installment in the series so far.
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In the third book of the middle-grade Chelldrah-Ham series, von Clinkerhoffen (The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham: War of Chaos, 2015, etc.) brings its protagonists to a different world: Earth.Read full book review >

SWISH AND SQUEAK'S NOISY DAY by Birgitta Sif
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 13, 2017

"Sweet, sisterly sounds in a cacophonous day. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Swish, a young mouse with big ears (even for a mouse), hears all kinds of noises throughout her day—many produced by her little sister, Squeak. Read full book review >
GARCIA & COLETTE GO EXPLORING by Hannah Barnaby
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 20, 2017

"Telling one story well is enough of a challenge, but this book perfectly balances two stories and the characters within them, adding up to more than the sum. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A rabbit and a fox who are close friends decide to take trips to space and under the sea, separated by distance but in perfect harmony. Read full book review >
A VILLAGE IS A BUSY PLACE! by V. Geetha
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 13, 2017

"A clever format and appealing content provide a joyful glimpse at another culture. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Designed to suggest a scroll created by the Patuas, an artisan community in West Bengal, this title presents a day in the life of the Santhal people—an indigenous Indian people. Read full book review >
LITTLE EXCAVATOR by Anna Dewdney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 6, 2017

"An A+ for Little E and his creator. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A petite excavator named Little E finds his place among a crew of full-sized, heavy-construction equipment working together to build a park. Read full book review >
MARINE SCIENCE FOR KIDS by Josh Hestermann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2017

"Ideal for middle school classrooms and any marine science enthusiast. (glossary, resources, selected bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
Water covers more than 70 percent of the Earth and provides plenty of opportunity for scientific exploration and investigation. Read full book review >
THE QUEST TO THE UNCHARTED LANDS by Jaleigh Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 13, 2017

"A full-throttle fanfare for those with a predilection for alchemy, adventure, and a little anarchy. (map, glossary) (Steampunk. 11-15)"
Well-behaved girls seldom make history…or save ill-fated airships from menacing saboteurs. Read full book review >
RESTART by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 30, 2017

"Korman's trademark humor makes this an appealing read. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Will a bully always be a bully? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >