THE DOLPHINS OF SHARK BAY by Pamela S. Turner
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An exemplary addition to an always thought-provoking series. (more about dolphins, latest news, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
If dolphins learn how to use tools from their mothers, does that mean they have a culture? Read full book review >
NAVIGATING EARLY by Clare Vanderpool
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Navigating this stunning novel requires thought and concentration, but it's well worth the effort. (author's note, with questions and answers, list of resources) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Returning to themes she explored so affectingly in Moon Over Manifest (2011), Newbery Medalist Vanderpool delivers another winning picaresque about memories, personal journeys, interconnectedness—and the power of stories. Read full book review >

LOULA IS LEAVING FOR AFRICA by Anne Villeneuve
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A paean to imagination and an artful acknowledgment of children's needs and frustrations, leavened with poignancy and humor. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Loula seethes. Sick of three ugly brothers and ignored by dotty parents, she sets out for Africa, making it only as far as the tree in the front yard until Gilbert (the family chauffeur) arrives to assist her on an imaginative safari. Read full book review >
MR. WUFFLES! by David Wiesner
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Expertly imagined, composed, drawn and colored, this is Wiesner at his best. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A house cat pooh-poohs most proffered toys and gets his comeuppance tangling with a tiny alien spacecraft and its penny-sized adventurers. Read full book review >
P.S. BE ELEVEN by Rita Williams-Garcia
Released: May 21, 2013

"This thoughtful story, told with humor and heart, rings with the rhythms and the dilemmas of the '60s through characters real enough to touch. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Readers will cheer the return of the three sisters who captured hearts in the Newbery Honor-winning One Crazy Summer (2010).Read full book review >

THE ENDURING ARK by Gita Wolf
Kirkus Star
retold by Gita Wolf, illustrated by Joydeb Chitrakar
Released: May 14, 2013

"A gorgeous re-envisioning of an old, old story. (Picture book/art book. 3 & up)"
A fresh take on an enduring tale retells the story of Noah and Na'mah and the great flood. Read full book review >