POETRY
Released: July 1, 2009

"As a no-pressure, just-for-poetry's-sake tool to start the day in the classroom, it could be a teacher's best friend. (Poetry. 8-14)"
As the subtitle indicates, 180 poems are here gathered to be enjoyed on a vitamin-like one-a-day basis. Read full book review >
WHICH WAY TO THE WILD WEST?  by Steve Sheinkin
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 2009

"Inevitably superficial due to its scope, this is nonetheless an accessible and engaging historical overview. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Similar in format and style to King George: What Was His Problem? and Two Miserable Presidents (both 2008), Sheinkin offers another fast-paced, irreverent look at American history. Read full book review >

THE HOMESCHOOL LIBERATION LEAGUE by Lucy Frank
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2009

"Many of this likable girl's experiences ring true as she explores the boundaries of education and friendship in a story that is ultimately entertaining enough but not compelling. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After spending an inspiring summer at an environmental camp, Kaity walks out in the middle of the first day of eighth grade, determined to become a homeschooler to escape the mindnumbing drudgery of the classroom. Read full book review >
THE YOUNG INFERNO by John Agard
POETRY
Released: July 1, 2009

"Steer readers who can't face the original to Marcus Sanders and Sandow Birk's weirdly campy but grand illustrated rendition, Dante's Divine Comedy (2004). (Poetry. 12-15)"
"In the middle of my childhood wonder / I woke to find myself in a forest / that was—how shall I put it—wild and sombre." Read full book review >
GHOST TOWN by Richard W. Jennings
FANTASY
Released: June 29, 2009

"Those unfamiliar with the author's style, however, may find themselves working a bit to acquire a taste for it. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Offbeat, quirky, peculiar, unusual—take your pick of adjectives; any (or all) could be used to describe the latest effort of a Midwestern writer known for original characters and unpredictable plots. Read full book review >

ALIBI JUNIOR HIGH by Greg Logsted
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 23, 2009

"Funny and fast paced, this fits right in with the beach-read crowd. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Growing up with a covert operative for a father, 13-year-old Cody Saron is prepared for almost anything that comes his way. Read full book review >
FAIRY TALE by Cyn Balog
FANTASY
Released: June 23, 2009

"The fairy world has got to be better than being in Morgan's orbit. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
In most high schools, the psychic girl would be the weird supernatural student, but Morgan's precognitive powers just aren't the strangest thing around. Read full book review >
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON by Mary Downing Hahn
FICTION
Released: June 15, 2009

"The 'cold case' mystery, the over-the-top fun of the Magic Forest scenes and the even darker mysteries of friendship and school life will make this a sure hit. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Logan Forbes will have a lot to say in his "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" report in seventh grade next fall. Read full book review >
THE FROST CHILD by Eoin McNamee
ADVENTURE
Released: June 9, 2009

"Here's hoping for another threat to the universe! (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this final volume of the Navigator Trilogy, the Harsh have returned after a very short interval, determined to reverse time permanently and eliminate life from the universe. Read full book review >
FAITH, HOPE, AND IVY JUNE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FICTION
Released: June 9, 2009

"Highly recommended. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Ivy June worries that all Lexington girls are rich, arrogant snobs. Read full book review >
LOVE, AUBREY by Suzanne LaFleur
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 9, 2009

"Her detailed progression from denial to acceptance makes her both brave and credible in this honest and realistic portrayal of grief. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In this touching debut novel, a devastating accident leaves an 11-year-old girl grieving and alone until her grandmother and some new friends provide comfort and support. Read full book review >
FRANNY PARKER by Hannah Roberts McKinnon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 3, 2009

"Believable dialogue and well-developed characters enhance this promising debut novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A first-person narration recounts Franny's 13th summer, in a drought-stricken Oklahoma town. 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 >