MARATHON by Boaz Yakin
Kirkus Star
by Boaz Yakin, illustrated by Joe Infurnari
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 19, 2012

"Among the most historically and culturally significant battles ever fought, Marathon gets righteous due—and so does its greatest hero. (Graphic historical fiction. 12-15)"
Retold in expressionistic blurs of action, this account of the battle of Marathon chronicles at once a glorious win for the underdogs and an awe-inspiring personal achievement. Read full book review >
MOM, IT'S MY FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN! by Hyewon Yum
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 2012

"Yum has perfectly captured the emotional ups and downs of both parent and child in a visually expressive work that will shore up adults as they send their children off on that momentous day. (Picture book. 4-7, adult)"
Yum, known for using text and artwork to explore emotions (There Are No Scary Wolves, 2010, etc.), looks at the first day of school from two points of view—that of a little boy who is more than ready and a nervous mother not quite prepared to let him go. Read full book review >

MOUSTERPIECE by Jane Breskin Zalben
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"The joyful clarity of both vision and execution thrills. (notes on 22 artists referenced) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Who needs a cookie? Give a mouse a paintbrush! Read full book review >
DUST GIRL by Sarah Zettel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2012

"This cracking good mixture of magic and place will leave readers eagerly awaiting the sequel. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A mixed-race girl in Dust Bowl Kansas discovers her long-lost father isn't just a black man: He's a fairy. Read full book review >