ONE OF THE SURVIVORS by Susan Shaw
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"The wrenching premise and Joey's first-person point of view make this a story with broad appeal. (Fiction. 10-14)"
What do you do when the world stops making sense? Read full book review >
ROAD TO TATER HILL by Edith M.  Hemingway
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"For a great discussion, pair this title with Marilynn Taylor McDowell's Carolina Harmony (2009), which tackles similar themes while conveying an even richer sense of this intriguing time and place. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Set in the 1960s in the North Carolina mountains, this heartbreaking offering tells the story of ten-year-old Annie Winters, who has just lost her brand-new baby sister, Mary Kate. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"As revealing as it is entertaining. (Biography. 10-14)"
P.T. Barnum is likely to bring to mind the famous circus, but there is much more to the legendary showman, and Fleming brings all of him boldly to life. Read full book review >
JASPER DASH AND THE FLAME-PITS OF DELAWARE by M.T. Anderson
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Cyrus's illustrations are integral and pretty darn amusing, too. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Metafiction at its most weirdly satisfying. Read full book review >
BACK HOME by Julia Keller
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Most likely to resonate with children of seriously wounded veterans (who may find the lack of hope discouraging but accurate), Rachel's slow-paced tale lacks significant general appeal. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Rachel's father, a member of the National Guard, has come back from Iraq with a serious head injury and without one arm and one leg. Read full book review >

ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"A bright light in the fantasy genre, this debut novel will leave fans eager for further illumination. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Confined to three rooms for most of his life, Theo finds his situation radically changed after he accidentally melts a burglar on his 12th birthday. Read full book review >
STEALING DEATH by Janet Lee Carey
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Fans of the author's earlier Dragon's Keep (2008) and readers of heroic quest fantasies won't be disappointed by this suspenseful, satisfying read. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Seventeen-year-old Kipp swears to keep Death at bay forever after most of his family dies in a fire. Read full book review >
THE GEORGES AND THE JEWELS by Jane Smiley
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"It's the minute details of work with the horses that make this book sing, and horse-mad readers will snap it up. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Abby's father names all the male horses that come through their farm George and all the female horses Jewel, and Abby knows it's to keep the family from becoming too attached to them. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY DRAGON by Kate Coombs
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 7, 2009

"This sequel is more scattered and less consistently riveting than its precursor, but admirers of the brave, noble Meg and her colorful entourage won't want to miss it. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
In this funny, lighthearted follow-up to The Runaway Princess (2006), it's the dragon's turn to spread his wings and fly the coop. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >