CHOICES by Deborah Lynn Jacobs
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Kathleen's melancholic tale does justice both to the moving story of a girl coming to terms with the death of her brother and to the magical adventure of a universe-shifting girl trying to find her way home. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
After the death of her brother Nick, Kathleen starts slipping between similar worlds. Read full book review >
THE POISON APPLES by Lily Archer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The Poison Apple members are not really mean enough to exact the punishment they want, but they are entertaining and their hyperbolic tales of woe might be what's most appealing to gossip-loving adolescents. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Three stepdaughters from very different backgrounds attend a posh New England boarding school and eventually plot to get even with their stepmothers by becoming the "Poison Apples" (alluding to the Snow White fairy tale). Read full book review >

THE NIGHT TOURIST by Katherine Marsh
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Teenagers knowledgeable about mythology and appreciative of sophisticated wordplay will especially enjoy this intricate read. (Fiction. 12-15)"
"It was just after dusk when the accident happened." Read full book review >
BENJAMIN DOVE by Fridrik Erlings
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"David Almond fans may take interest in the story's similar tone and themes, but unfortunately, other readers will be turned off by the translation's stilted dialogue. (Fiction. 11-14)"
An adult Benjamin recalls the pivotal childhood summer in which he learned friendship, forgiveness, death and the loss of innocence in this translated novel from Iceland. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This takes up where Gore's title leaves off, and schools and libraries will want multiple copies of both. (authors' note with new news, glossary, suggestions for reading and websites, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Hot on the heels of the rewritten-for-children version of An Inconvenient Truth, the film's producer and a former advertising copywriter offer another clearly written explanation of this hot topic. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Two species are described but not pictured (kowari and yellow-sided opossum), but this is a minor blemish in an otherwise splendid informational book. (bibliography, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This intriguing, comprehensive introduction describes marsupials from the common Virginia opossums to the brush-tail possum, a New Zealand pest. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF TIME by Guillaume Prévost
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A light read, with glimpses into other times and places, with the promise of better to come. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Sam Faulkner's mother is dead, his father's been missing for two weeks, he's being threatened by a bully at school and he's just turned 14. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Quick, creative, clever and thoroughly entertaining. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Amidst the plethora of mostly depressing Holocaust children's and YA literature, Fleischman introduces an ingenious approach to the topic and issues. Read full book review >
BE A BABY by Sarah Withrow
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Multiple read alouds will surely be welcomed. (Picture book. 6-18 months)"
This original lyrical homage to a baby offers metaphorical images for each kind of mood or action an infant might experience in her very young life. Read full book review >
ELI REMEMBERS by Ruth Vander Zee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"While its message is universally significant, its use will be most effective in introductory Holocaust discussions and curriculum. (Picture book. 12-15)"
On each Rosh Hashanah eve, Eli watches his great-grandmother light seven memorial candles, say a prayer and shed a tear over the blessing. Read full book review >
GRL2GRL by Julie Anne Peters
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"None of these stories is strong enough to stand alone; a collection whose raison d'être is ideological should be more inclusive. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Peters portrays a variety—but an inadequate one—of queer teenage girls. Read full book review >
THE CHICKEN DANCE by Jacques Couvillon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Eleven-year-old Don Schmidt lives on a chicken farm on Horse Island, La. 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 >