FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE by Catherine Reef
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A vividly written, richly layered portrait of a fascinating woman whose life and work influenced and inspired many. (photos, source notes, bibliography) (Biography. 12-18)"
This complex portrait of the "Lady with the Lamp" offers an insightful look into the remarkable life and work of Florence Nightingale and the times in which she lived. Read full book review >
THE DOG, RAY by Linda Coggin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A powerful story brought to heart-beating life by its cogent craftsmanship. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
A 12-year-old girl dies and comes back to life as a dog while still remembering her previous life. Read full book review >

FOUR-FOUR-TWO by Dean Hughes
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Nuanced and riveting in equal parts. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
The story of two young Japanese-American men who enlist in the 442nd Regiment, a segregated unit of Japanese-American soldiers and white officers that fought in the European Theater. 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 >
LEGALIZING MARIJUANA by Margaret J. Goldstein
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Almost any substance can be abused; Goldstein convincingly argues that the illegalization of marijuana is increasingly looking like what happened to the baby in the bathwater. (Nonfiction. 10-16) "
A well-tempered examination of the current standing of marijuana in the United States, with important forays into its medicinal use. Read full book review >

SAVING HAMLET by Molly Booth
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This entertaining and original novel deals not just with growing up, but with a fresh and different interpretation of 'to be or not to be.' (Fantasy. 12-16)"
This debut novel combines a love of Shakespeare with the very real issue of gender expectations and the difficulty of fitting into roles defined by others. Read full book review >
A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Like stockings hung by the fire, this spellbinding opus may well become a yuletide tradition. (Fantasy. 6-13)"
Young Nikolas has a grand adventure while discovering his magical destiny as Father Christmas. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDSHIP EXPERIMENT by Erin Teagan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Highly enjoyable for aspiring scientists, budding artists, and regular kids. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A middle schooler who wants more homework might sound unusual, but Maddie is not your average sixth-grader. 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 >
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 >
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 >
RADIANT CHILD by Javaka Steptoe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Stellar bookmaking—a riveting portrait of a young artist. (author's note, bibliography, biography) (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
Steptoe chronicles the formative years and evolving style of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a Brooklyn-born graffiti artist with a rising career in the 1980s fine arts world; coverage ceases before his untimely drug-related death at age 27. 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 >