CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An accessibly written, engaging introduction to a remarkable giant of science. (photos, further research, glossary, bibliography) (Biography. 9-12)"
This informative overview of the life and work of Marie Curie, one of the world's most famous scientists, recounts her remarkable life, from growing up in her native Poland under repressive Russian rule to her several decades of groundbreaking research in radioactivity. Read full book review >
SNAKES AND STONES by Lisa Fowler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Atmospheric and ultimately heartwarming but clichéd. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A Southern girl learns a troubling truth about her past. Read full book review >

OH, ICK! by Joy Masoff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A lighthearted compendium of interesting information and engaging, hands-on activities with gobs of kid appeal. (index, credits not seen) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
From arachnids to zits, 114 "ick-speriments, ick-tivities, and ick-splorations" invite young experimenters to investigate the workings of their world. Read full book review >
ESFIR IS ALIVE by Andrea Simon
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"For Holocaust and World War II completists. (author's note, Yiddish glossary) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
The mostly fictional history of a real survivor of Nazi and Soviet atrocities reads more like a history than a novel. Read full book review >
SERIOUSLY SHIFTED by Tina Connolly
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Accomplished plotting teams up with a winsome narrator to give readers a bewitching story. (appendix) (Fantasy. 13-16)"
An inexperienced 15-year-old witch struggles to establish her ethics as she fights to save fellow high school students from the predations of older wicked witches. Read full book review >

THE HOMECOMING by Stacie Ramey
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A stirring close-up of a family haunted by emotional trauma. (Fiction. 12-18)"
After years of alcohol and drug abuse, John reunites with his shattered family. Read full book review >
STORIES OF THE AURORA by Joan Marie Galat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A flawed but unique title, a useful supplement to other books about the night sky. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Legends and folklore connected to the heavenly light show we call the aurora accompany facts and explanations from present-day science. Read full book review >
BLOOD FOR BLOOD by Ryan Graudin
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Strictly for fans. (Historical fiction/fantasy. 12-16)"
Graudin returns to her what-if-Hitler-won alternate 1956, concluding the story begun in Wolf by Wolf (2015). Read full book review >
CHANGERS by T Cooper
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The identity and marginalization issues loom large, but instead of being shoehorned into side characters, they're scooped up and taken into a deeper, entertaining, fantastic narrative. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Ethan woke up his freshman year as a white girl, sophomore year as a black boy, and now junior year as a fat Asian girl named Kim. Read full book review >
NOTHING BUT TROUBLE by Jacqueline Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"With plenty of threads to hang sequels from, this series opener will make readers roar for more. (activities) (Fiction. 10-13)"
Sixth-grader and budding engineer Maggie Gallagher occupies her fertile mind and connects to the father who survives only in her head by planning and executing elaborate pranks at school. Read full book review >
FLIP THE BIRD by Kym Brunner
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An engaging story of a young teen finding what's most important in his life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Mercer Buddie is a falconer-in-training wanting desperately to earn the Best Apprentice pin and prove himself to his father at the same time. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON'S GATE by Barry Wolverton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Fans will wait with bated breath for the third book in the trilogy. (maps) (Historical fantasy. 9-14)"
In the sequel to The Vanishing Island (2015), 12-year-old Bren and his young companion, Mouse, struggle to reconcile their conflicting goals while staying true to their friendship. 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 >