CHOMP by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION
Released: March 27, 2012

"Humorous adventure tales just don't get any more wacked…or fun to read than this. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Lots of kids think they live in a zoo; Wahoo Cray actually does. Read full book review >
CHRONAL ENGINE by Greg Leitich Smith
FICTION
Released: March 20, 2012

"Action and enthusiasm aplenty, but, like most time-travel tales, not much for internal logic. (recommended reading) (Science fiction. 10-12)"
A Back to the Future-style romp through time, though with more loose ends than a bowl of spaghetti. Read full book review >

KING OF THE MOUND by Wes Tooke
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Nourishing fare for Matt Christopher graduates. (Sports fiction. 10-12)"
A boy takes first steps on the road to physical and emotional recovery from a bout with polio, thanks to help from a solid new friend and a baseball hero. Read full book review >
THE GALAHAD LEGACY by Dom Testa
FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"While this is the conclusion of this particular voyage, there is enough material left to make Galahad fans hope there may be more: It's a new future out there. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
The starship Galahad left Earth on a mission with the last remnants of humankind: 250 teens chosen for their intellect, their areas of expertise and their ability to survive. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A wickedly funny ramble. With bunnies. (Satiric mystery. 9-14)"
Horvath takes on the world of talking animals with all the absurdist, satirical panache fans have come to expect from the award-winning author. Read full book review >

EARWIG AND THE WITCH by Diana Wynne Jones
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Earwig, as a spunky as any Jones heroine, keeps young and old readers chuckling through sadness at an era's end. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
A cunning heroine learns magic in Jones' last, posthumous offering. Read full book review >
THE MONSTER RETURNS by Peter McCarty
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"It might lack the mild menace of its predecessor, but it satisfies in its supply of companionship all around. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jeremy hatches a plan to cope with his monster's unexpected return. Read full book review >
ANOTHER BROTHER by Matthew Cordell
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"This is not just another new-baby book: Cordell's humorous text and mischievously silly, expressive cartoon art will have readers bleating to read it again and again. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Davy, a little sheep, has trouble adjusting to the arrival of not one but 12 baby brothers in this humorous twist on the tried and true new sibling theme. Read full book review >
THE SURVIVORS by Will Weaver
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"Sobering, thoroughly credible and, ultimately, optimistic about the chances of our better natures triumphing when the going gets rough. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
A family fleeing rapidly degenerating social order caused by world-changing volcanic eruptions finds respite and new heart in this well-crafted sequel to Memory Boy (2001). Read full book review >
PRINCESS OF THE WILD SWANS by Diane Zahler
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"A pleasant magical outing. (Fairy tale/fantasy. 8-12)"
In her third fairy-tale novelization, Zahler (The Thirteenth Princess, 2010, and A True Princess, 2011) dips into Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans" and mixes in a bit of Celtic folklore. Read full book review >
ANGEL FIRE by L.A. Weatherly
FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"This lengthy installment in the series has inventive premise and some thrilling moments, but both are largely smothered by adolescent angst. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
An epic fight against evil, predatory angels takes a back seat to romance in the second of this planned trilogy. Read full book review >
NEVER SAY GENIUS by Dan Gutman
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"Nothing spices up a boring road trip like moments of extreme terror. (Adventure. 10-12)"
Twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald squeak through numerous murder attempts at roadside attractions across the Midwest and on eastward. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >