FORBIDDEN by Syrie James
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"Lightweight, but the story has some thrills, and the aforementioned genre addicts will enjoy it. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Yet another paranormal romance, this time with an assortment of angels in a chick-lit setting, that will appeal to those addicted to the genre if few others. 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 >

GOODNIGHT, ANGELS by Melody Carlson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Older preschoolers will find this too babyish, and toddlers (and adults) will prefer Brown's classic. (Picture book/religion. 2-4)"
A little boy says goodnight to his friends, family, toys and household items in this earnest but unsuccessful effort that is a pale imitation of the concept and structure of the classic Goodnight, Moon. Read full book review >
THE CATS IN THE DOLL SHOP by Yona Zeldis McDonough
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 10, 2011

"A quiet treasure. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In this companion book to The Doll Shop Downstairs (2009), Anna learns the joys and challenges of adding a same-age cousin to her family. Read full book review >
THREE CUPS by April Willy
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"A good introduction that should be paired with some other books to round out and develop kids' understanding of money and allowances. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Three mismatched teacups from the cupboard are not exactly what a 5-year-old boy hopes to receive for a birthday gift, but with some parental guidance, they help set them on a path to sound financial well-being. Read full book review >

FRANCIS WOKE UP EARLY by Josephine Nobisso
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Heartfelt, if florid. (creators' note, author's postscript) (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
An imagined tale of Francis of Assisi as a boy doing good foreshadows later saintly activities. Read full book review >
WITHOUT TESS by Marcella Pixley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Pixley (Freak, 2007) once again plumbs the emotional depths of a tough subject with sensitivity and insight into the complexities of human nature and sibling bonds. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Tess' drowning five years ago weighs heavily on sister Lizzie, who, at 15, struggles with her feelings of guilt and betrayal for not doing enough to save Tess from herself. Read full book review >
IRENA'S JARS OF SECRETS by Marcia Vaughan
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Powerful. (afterword, glossary, sources) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
Irena Sendler is enshrined at Yad Vashem as "righteous among nations" for her courage in rescuing Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. Read full book review >
SNOW ANGELS by Angel Randall
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An afterschool special in picture-book form. (cookie recipe) (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this too-good-to-be-true debut, best friends Krystal and Angel get the help of snow angels to make a difference in the lives of people around them. Read full book review >
BOY VS. GIRL by Na’ima B. Robert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Simple but interesting, and certainly timely. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A pair of Pakistani twins, a boy and a girl, struggles to grow up in England while trying to follow Islam. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDSHIP WISH by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Although it may not be eventful enough for the masses, this quiet story could be just right for a preschooler who is about to begin school, has just moved or is shy about meeting new peers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dreams of angels help the new dog in the neighborhood make friends. Read full book review >
KISHKA FOR KOPPEL by Aubrey Davis
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A fresh look at an old favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The traditional tale of three wishes gone wrong is here retold with a Jewish flavor as a magic meat grinder helps a junk man and his wife remember what's important in life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >