ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 7, 2009

"A bibliography of sources used is available online. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
It's no easy feat to write a book about one of the most charismatic yet notoriously elusive creatures on the planet without a single sighting, but Montgomery pulls it off with style. Read full book review >
THE TEAR COLLECTOR by Patrick Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Though the story construction can be awkward—a schoolful of stereotyped teens mumbles constantly, while Cassandra's antagonist is too evil for belief—this reworking of supernatural romance will surely please fans of the genre. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Most supernatural romances match an everyday young woman with a dangerous and Byronic magical boy. Read full book review >

THINANDBEAUTIFUL.COM by Liane Shaw
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The plain narrative voice sounds like it could have been written by any average teen, making this a realistic-feeling read, if not a particularly artistic one. (Fiction. 13-16)"
This single-focus anorexia novel includes the contemporary element of "pro-ana" Internet influence. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Clearly growing out of, but not a simple expansion of, the 2003 picture book of the same name, these pups' tale carries the same message of caring and concern and will likely worm its way into the hearts of readers able to persist through the problems and pain. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Breathed's fans won't be surprised by the dark tone of this outlandish tale, but readers expecting a heartwarming pet story may be taken aback by the difficulties that face Sam, the canine hero. Read full book review >
JOE RAT by Mark Barratt
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A chilling mystery that will haunt readers long after the final page. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Joe, orphaned and unschooled, doesn't know his own age or surname. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Unlike Henry's story, which only explores his life as a slave, Phillis's narrative is truly a story of slavery and freedom. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Partnered titles explore the worlds of enslaved African-Americans from a fictionalized first-person perspective. Read full book review >
LEIGH ANN’S CIVIL WAR by Ann Rinaldi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A mess. (author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Veteran Rinaldi spins a tale that combines low melodrama, cringeworthy faux-Indian mysticism, a back story only the author could possibly understand, a saccharine depiction of slavery, two pregnancies of convenience and only a passing regard for historical accuracy for a nearly 300-page slog that seems to have enjoyed zero editorial intervention. Read full book review >
ART FOR BABY by
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"An accompanying frieze 'for your nursery wall' gives baby an opportunity to enjoy the art one-on-one and provides additional information on each artist on the reverse. (3-18 mos.)"
Capitalizing on research on infant development, this handsome oversized board book features high-contrast black-on-white pieces of modern art. Read full book review >
Z.REX by Steve Cole
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"This story is well told, with a fast pace, lots of action and plenty of unanswered questions at the end to justify the sequel. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
What little boy hasn't played with model dinosaurs and dreamt of battling them in prehistoric times? Read full book review >
THE CUPCAKE QUEEN by Heather Hepler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Readers will root for Penny, a talented artist, as she develops her gifts and adapts to small-town life. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Jaded Manhattan eighth grader Penny is bemused when she is whisked away from her dad to spend the summer in her mom's tiny hometown. Read full book review >
RECIPE FOR DISASTER by Maureen Fergus
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Most readers will wish for a Harold Horvath-focused sequel, or a cookbook detailing Francie's scrumptious-sounding recipes. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Talented baker-entrepreneur Francie's comfortable perch at the margins of ninth-grade social life—half-heartedly playing clarinet in Performance Band to ensure class time with best friend Holly, flirting surreptitiously with adorable dolt Tate Jarvis—is upended by the unnervingly self-possessed newcomer Darlene. Read full book review >
THE STORM IN THE BARN by Matt Phelan
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"This is not to be missed. (Graphic fiction. 9-14)"
Eleven-year-old Jack Clark feels useless on his family's Kansas farm. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >