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 >
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 >

BLOOD SUN by David Gilman
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"While not as believable or as enjoyable as Max's last adventure, this is still a solid read from start to breathless finish. (Thriller. 11-15)"
The third installment in the adventures of British teen Max Gordon, who continues his quest to learn more about his family's past. Read full book review >
GHOST MOON by John Wilson
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A tale of the Old West with a sturdy historical base and nary a dull moment. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
A young wanderer lands in the middle of New Mexico's Lincoln County War in this middle volume of the oater Desert Legends Trilogy. Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN OF AWKWARD FALLS by Keith Graves
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Unfortunate Events galore, served with relish. (finished illustrations not seen) (Melodrama. 11-13)"
The creator of such picture books as Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (1999) and Three Nasty Gnarlies (2003) dishes up a first novel seasoned with the same delightfully twisted, ghoulish sensibility. Read full book review >

LIAR'S MOON by Elizabeth C. Bunce
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Simply put, a darn good read. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A solid fantasy sequel embroils its irresistible heroine in mystery, intrigue and romance (StarCrossed, 2010). Read full book review >
DARK EDEN by Patrick Carman
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Carman's dedication to integrating digital content with print is admirable, but as a standalone book, this thriller doesn't thrill. (Mystery. 10-14)"
The author of the Skeleton Creek and Trackers series continues to explore multiplatform narratives with this tale of phobia treatment gone awry. Read full book review >
THE POISON DIARIES:  NIGHTSHADE by Maryrose Wood
FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Promising Weed's continued pursuit (and, hopefully, reviving the intriguing issue of Mr. Luxton's poisoning), part three's sure to levy as much page-turning enthrallment as its predecessors. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Second of three, this fine paranormal gothic continues the tortured journeys of estranged teenage lovers Jessamine Luxton, a healer, and Weed, an orphan who communicates with plants. Read full book review >
THE SILENCE OF MURDER by Dandi Daley Mackall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Pass up this one for one of Judy Blundell's or Kathryn Miller Haines' whip-smart girl-centered mysteries instead. (Mystery. 13 & up)"
A teenager tries to clear her mute brother's name when he is accused of murdering the local high-school baseball coach. Read full book review >
THE GHOSTS OF GRIBBLESEA PIER by Deborah Abela
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A fast-paced, mildly funny, never-quite-suspenseful tale that lacks a magical spark. (Paranormal adventure. 10-14)"
Can 12-year-old Aurelie possibly save her family's deteriorating amusement-park-on-a-pier from evil Lucien B. Crook, even with help from some ghostly relatives? Read full book review >
IT HAPPENED ON A TRAIN by Mac Barnett
FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Mention of the next adventure at mystery's close will make Brixton fans smile. (Humorous mystery. 10-14)"
The Brixton Brothers Detective Agency is no more. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE DIAMOND DOG COLLAR by Martha Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"This little gem will be just right for grade-school detectives and budding politicians alike. (Mystery. 7-11)"
The vivacious daughters of the President of the United States, Cammie and her younger sister Tessa, are back at their sleuthing best in this follow up to The Case of the Rock 'n' Roll Dog (2010). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >