RORY THE RABBIT by Yimei Wang
by Yimei Wang, illustrated by Chunmiao Li, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Young children will relate to Rory's dilemma and respond to the adorable illustrations, but non-native readers will struggle to use the book as a learning tool. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-12)"
When Rory the rabbit discovers he's different from his rabbit friends, he feels self-conscious and decides to find another tribe. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Generous swathes of inspiration, albeit over a foundation that seems shifty next to more-authoritative sources such as Ruth Ashby and Deborah Gore Ohrn's Herstory (1995). (index) (Collective biography. 11-13)"
Heartfelt tributes to over 200 women, from Sappho to Hillary Clinton, who made—or are making—history. Read full book review >

THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO CURSES by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A real treat. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A rollicking introduction to a fantasy trilogy set in Scotland. Read full book review >
KATHA SAGAR, OCEAN OF STORIES by Sarah Conover
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"The co-authors struggle with only limited success to bring a variety of memorable stories of Hindu mythology together into one cohesive tale. (authors' note, story notes and sources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Lakshmi, a pauranika (trained storyteller versed in the ancient Hindu epics), lives in a village in southern India and narrates legends and folk tales from various Hindu epics to its children. Read full book review >
MALINI by Robert Hillman
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A well-plotted, harrowing journey and an engaging, worthwhile read. (author's note, glossary, historical timeline, map) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
A young Tamil teen flees into the forest near her home in Satham, Sri Lanka, in this entry in UNICEF's Through My Eyes series, which explores through fiction the lives of young people in flash points around the world. Read full book review >

RAISING ARCADIA by Simon Chesterman
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Though overstuffed with obscure allusions and unnecessary infodumps, this series opener is pleasurably packed with clever, solvable, well-explained puzzles; hits the spot for a mystery lover. (Mystery. 12-14)"
A 16-year-old girl detective stars in a mystery paying tribute to Sherlock Holmes. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF WILDLY SPECTACULAR SPORTS SCIENCE by Sean Connolly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Worth the purchase just to learn the most effective angle to skip a stone across a water surface. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Hands-on demonstrations and explanations show how scientific principles apply in the wide world of sports. Read full book review >
THE CHARMING LIFE OF IZZY MALONE by Jenny Lundquist
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"This story of an atypical girl, her family, and friends, laced with middle school drama, is indeed a charming one. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When her parents enroll her in a charm school, a nonconforming middle schooler finds her life transformed. Read full book review >
AVALANCHE by Melinda Braun
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Just the ticket for readers who like hearty doses of suspenseful adventure. (Adventure. 12-15)"
Seven friends head out to the backcountry to do some skiing and hiking. How many are going to make it home? Read full book review >
FROZEN CHARLOTTE by Alex Bell
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Gothic ghosts combine with crime for a fast read. (Horror. 12-18)"
After Sophie's best friend dies in a tragic accident, she travels to the isle of Skye in Scotland to visit her relatives, who live there in an old, possibly haunted mansion. Read full book review >
THE ILLUSTRATED ATLAS OF ARCHITECTURE AND MARVELOUS MONUMENTS by Sarah Tavernier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 25, 2016

"A well-designed compendium of information about world architecture, if a mite formal. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
From France, an elegantly designed atlas of world architecture, illustrated exclusively with drawings and packed with useful facts about a large selection of around 36 noteworthy monuments from each of six continents. Read full book review >
CATALYST by Kristin Smith
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"Conceptually interesting but too heavily reliant on convenience to succeed. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Investigating her recently deceased father's secret identity leads 17-year-old white, redheaded Sienna into the criminal underworld, a network of rebels, and uncharted romantic territory. 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 >