FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Kara's boy-crazy experiment lends refreshing perspective on teen relationships, and the results point to self-enlightenment. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Looking for a boyfriend takes on a whole new meaning when 14-year-old Kara starts her research project. Read full book review >
THE LOWDOWN ON DENIM by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
HUMOR
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Humor and information combine in appealing nonfiction for middle-grade and middle-school readers. (further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A lighthearted look at the history of everyone's favorite pants couched as a detention report written by a couple of middle-school pranksters. Read full book review >

THE ODYSSEY by Sam Ita
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Homer himself would be agog. (Pop-up classic. 10-13)"
A highlight-reel version of Odysseus' journey home, framed as a graphic novel and plastered with fantastically dramatic pop-ups and other special effects. Read full book review >
MANGAMAN by Barry Lyga
Kirkus Star
by Barry Lyga, illustrated by Colleen Doran
FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"An inventive offering, sure to please fans of both American and Japanese comics. (Graphic fiction. 13 & up)"
A daring piece of graphic-novel meta-fiction explores the tropes of manga versus Western comics. Read full book review >
STUCK by Oliver Jeffers
FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2011

"Floyd's stubbornness and the smorgasbord-filled tree remain funny through repeated readings, offering kids the special glee of knowing more than the protagonist. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Everything but the kitchen sink gets tossed up a tree to help Floyd retrieve his kite—oops, there goes the kitchen sink too! Read full book review >

JUSTINE MCKEEN by Sigmund Brouwer
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"While brief paperbacks for newly independent readers are too numerous to count, this one is slightly funnier and fresher than most. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Inventive and intrepid Justine McKeen, most likely a grade schooler, finds amusing ways to make classmates and community members more environmentally conscious. Read full book review >
A DAY IN THE OFFICE OF DOCTOR BUGSPIT by Elise Gravel
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Real visits to the doctor are rarely so hilarious. (Graphic picture book. 5-8)"
Expect delighted choruses of "Eeewww, gross!" at every turn from newer readers taking this tour of an outer-space clinic. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"The kind of big-hearted fun that may lose its element of surprise, but not its power to please young readers. (Graphic picture book. 6-9)"
A girl with strange powers and a subversive sense of humor bedevils the epic adventures of a young knight-aspirant and his Bigfoot sidekick. Read full book review >
THE SUPER-DUPER DOG PARK by Aron Nels Steinke
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Both colorful and high spirited, this title will give new readers a good run for their money. (Graphic early reader. 6-9)"
In cartoon format and awash with voice and thought bubbles, kids and canines make a day of it at the dog park. Read full book review >
ZOMBIE MOMMY by M.T. Anderson
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Ridiculous in all the best ways. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The latest in Anderson's madcap pastiche series takes on the undead of upstate New York. Read full book review >
IF I HAD AS MANY GRANDCHILDREN AS YOU by Lori Stewart
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A photo-rich picture book that engagingly suggests a myriad of fun activities brought to life by Stewart's bouncy, heartfelt verse."
In Stewart's debut picture book, a grandparent's dilemma about how to spend time with "a gaggle of grandchildren" is answered in rhyme by a wise old lion, backed by colorful photographs that illustrate his wide-ranging advice. Read full book review >
GINGERBREAD GIRL GOES ANIMAL CRACKERS by Lisa Campbell Ernst
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 13, 2011

"The girl heroine, large trim size, catchy rhymes and repeating refrain make this one sure to be a popular choice for group readings…just don't forget the animal-cracker snack. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The plucky Gingerbread Girl is back in her second outing, this time trying to save an animal-cracker menagerie from the wily fox (The Gingerbread Girl, 2006). 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 >