FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Sure to become a standard go-to for elementary teachers and gardeners alike, this is bound to spark some backyard explorations. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Zoehfeld's latest is a wonderfully informative and enjoyable journey through one family's backyard garden, from spring planting to fall harvest. 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 >
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"The empowering message of acceptance of self and others permeates this text, providing inquiring readers a starting point for their journey of self-reflection. (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
Thoughtful and thought-provoking, Stillman's guide addresses many topics pertinent to contemporary teens. 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 >

WHEN COMES WHAT DARKLY THIEVES by Ben Rubin
FICTION
Released: Dec. 7, 2011

"An unusual, artfully rendered story that will appeal to children as well as adults."
A dark, dreamy tale illustrated with rich, textured collages. 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 >
NONFICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A solid yet playful tour of the huckster's world. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Schroeder unfurls eight stellar scams—perpetrated from the Philippines to your Phillips radio—that shook the gullible for all they were worth. Read full book review >
BEATRICE'S DREAM by Karen Lynn Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Informative and affecting. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Life for a girl in the slums of Nairobi. Read full book review >
R IS FOR RUSSIA by Vladimir Kabakov
NONFICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"The series is starting to suffer from its now-overfamiliar pattern, but those seeking a glossy, positive image of Russia complete with 'E is for Easter eggs' (with its wooden folk-art eggs contrasted with Fabergé eggs), can glean a sense of contemporary life and the rich history behind it. (Informational photo essay. 6-9)"
Using a combination of Russian and English words to fit into the English alphabet structure, the author tries to summon up a grand picture of Mother Russia. Read full book review >
MAYA, AZTECS AND INCAS by Oldrich Ruzicka
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Reductionist history in an unnecessary novelty format. (Informational novelty. 8-11)"
A miscellaneous collection of factlets about three pre-Columbian civilizations are presented on board pages suggesting a Mesoamerican step pyramid in this latest title in the publisher's "shape book" series. Read full book review >
50 UNDERWEAR QUESTIONS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
NONFICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A popular subject, but Lloyd Kyi never gets to the bottom of it. (further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Snappy writing gives this history some "briefs" appeal, but it's too scantily clad in specifics. 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 >