BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"Wonderfully simple, sweet and engaging. (author's note, source notes) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Theodore Roosevelt's 1903 trip to the western parks included a backcountry camping trip—complete with snowstorm—with John Muir in the Yosemite Wilderness and informed the president's subsequent advocacy for national parks and monuments. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 16, 2012

"Moving and inspiring; Wallenberg's is a name to remember for all time, and Borden has done an admirable job of ensuring readers will. (epilogue, author's note, bibliography, sources) (Biography. 11 & up)"
An exceptional individual is brought at last to the up-close-and-personal attention of young readers. Read full book review >

MY HEART WILL NOT SIT DOWN by Mara Rockliff
FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"The human capacity to reach out to those who suffer is lovingly and inspiringly rendered. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A moment of communal compassion is remembered in this fictionalized retelling of a too-little-known tale. Read full book review >
A BOY CALLED DICKENS by Deborah Hopkinson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"This thoughtful and entertaining portrait offers a model for reading critically that will bear fruit as readers grow. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Metafictive techniques and atmospheric graphite, ink and acrylic compositions effectively pull readers into the life and soul of 12-year-old Charles Dickens. Read full book review >
MAY B. by Caroline Starr Rose
FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"If May is a brave, stubborn fighter, the short, free-verse lines are one-two punches in this Laura Ingalls Wilder-inspired ode to the human spirit. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
As unforgiving as the western Kansas prairies, this extraordinary verse novel—Rose's debut—paints a gritty picture of late-19th-century frontier life from the perspective of a 12-year-old dyslexic girl named Mavis Elizabeth Betterly… May B. for short. Read full book review >

CROW by Barbara Wright
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"An intensely moving, first-person narrative of a disturbing historical footnote told from the perspective of a very likable, credible young hero. (historical note) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Growing up in Wilmington, N.C., in 1898, a naive black boy and his family are devastated by a racist uprising in this fictionalized account of a little-known historical event. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Still, what baseball fan won't thrill at this game that included the likes of the Brown Bomber, Willie 'the Devil' Wells and the Tan Cheetah? (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Some of the best-ever baseball players face off in 1934 at the second annual Negro League All-Star game in Chicago. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A missed opportunity to offer something special. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Starting with the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 and working back to the early 1960s, Hunter-Gault covers many of the significant moments in the civil rights movement, including her own pivotal role in desegregating the University of Georgia. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A rip-roaring tale with a satisfying conclusion. (author's note, historical note) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A not-so-shy Angeline is a force for justice in a Wild West town that is out of control. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Caveat emptor. (bibliography, websites, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The title says it all, almost, about "The Golden State," from early history to the near-present. Read full book review >
THOSE REBELS, JOHN AND TOM by Barbara Kerley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Humorous, respectful and affectionate: a solid invitation to learn more. (author's note, facsimile of Declaration, quotation source notes) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
A graceful and good-humored account introduces the very human sides of the disparate duo who came together in the Continental Congress to give birth to American independence in an extraordinary achievement in 1774-1776. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE TOWER by Nils Johnson-Shelton
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"Gives new life to Arthurian legends and may just send readers back to more traditional tellings. (Adventure. 10-14)"
In his first novel for middle-grade readers, Johnson-Shelton serves up the first installment of an Arthurian trilogy starring 12-year-old video-gamer Artie Kingfisher. 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 >