A CELEBRATION OF BEATRIX POTTER by Frederick Warne & Co.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Enjoyable perusing; best as an adult coffee-table book. (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
Alongside some of Beatrix Potter's own work, 32 contemporary author/illustrators each offer a testimonial and a piece of original art in homage to this grande dame of children's books. Read full book review >
CAVEBOY DAVE by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A lively series opener. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
In a time when brawn is prized, a scrawny caveboy must use his brains to pass an initiation and hunt a fierce beast. Read full book review >

ANIMALS BY THE NUMBERS by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A special treat for all who love animal statistics. (bibliography, websites) (Informational picture book. 6-12)"
A visual compendium of facts and figures about the animal world. Read full book review >
BIRDS VS. BLADES? by Rebecca E. Hirsch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Practical, topical science in the field for middle-grade and middle school readers. (author's note, source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Scientists study seabirds to see how they might be affected by wind farms and to suggest appropriate placement for turbines to generate that nonpolluting, renewable energy. Read full book review >
BREAK THE SIEGE  by Rob Ives
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An excellent resource that will spark the imaginations of many readers. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Everything you need to know to create your own tabletop medieval battlefields. Read full book review >

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

"A cogent, well-documented, handsomely designed treatment of a heretofore forgotten hero of labor. (author's note, glossary, timeline, quotation notes, sources, websites, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Farrell chronicles Fannie Sellins' life as a garment worker, organizer, and martyr for workers' rights at the turn of the 20th century. Read full book review >
ROOSTER JOE AND THE BULLY / EL GALLO JOE Y EL ABUSÓN by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"Well-meaning but a miss. (Fiction. 10-12)"
After observing the roosters in his artist grandpa's backyard, seventh-grader Joe López can't get enough of these indomitable avians. Read full book review >
MAXIMILIAN AND THE LUCHA LIBRE CLUB by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Pretty darn good fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the third book of Max's Lucha Libre Adventures, the titular hero struggles through the complexities of young love as he prepares to fulfill his luchador destiny. Read full book review >
HOW THINGS WORK by T.J. Resler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Rewarding fare for browsing, but David Macaulay's The Way Things Work Now (2016) or National Geographic's aforementioned broader compendium will build sturdier foundations. (index, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Revealing looks at the science behind over two dozen vehicles, household appliances, technological gadgets, and recreational challenges. Read full book review >
HEROES FOR MY SON by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An earnest if jumbled effort to point out character-building values. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Fifty-two portraits of real-world heroes, from that "troublemaker" Abe Lincoln to Miep Gies, the "lawbreaker" who hid Anne Frank and her family. Read full book review >
THE KINFOLK by G.A. Morgan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Teeming with adventure and philosophical richness, this trilogy closer excels. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The final installment in the Five Stones Trilogy pits the inhabitants of Ayda against power-hungry rogue leader Dankar. Read full book review >
TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A brilliant tapestry woven not of yarn but of stories, both fresh and faithful to its historical roots. (introduction, index, extensive source notes) (Folk tales. 10-14)"
Forty-five (compressed from the original 1,001) nights of interwoven stories map Scheherazade's courageous campaign to heal the heart of her murderous and disillusioned husband—and save her own life in the bargain. 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 >