GONE TO DRIFT by Diana McCaulay
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"A boy's home is a place in the heart of one whose heart makes a place for him. Beautiful. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Jamaican boy and his family are caught on the cusp of change. Read full book review >
MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS by Meg Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Medina delivers another stellar and deeply moving story. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-13)"
Merci navigates the challenges of being a scholarship kid at a posh South Florida private school and the expectations of and responsibilities to her intergenerational family. Read full book review >

THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACK BOY by Tony Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"The fascinating illustrations matched with the dazzling imagery of Medina's tanka make this a captivating release. (Poetry. 5-adult)"
In elegant tanka verse, veteran poet Medina focuses the spotlight on the beauty of black boys with the help of an all-star cast of illustrators. Read full book review >
A DASH OF TROUBLE by Anna Meriano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"A series opener that's proof that windows and mirrors can be magical ingredients. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In the small town of Rose Hill, Texas, the Logroño family runs a truly magical bakery in Meriano's debut. Read full book review >
THE HYENA SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"An appealing, elegantly designed introduction to another much-maligned species. (fast facts, bibliography, acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
A practiced and proficient team returns to the African plains to visit a field camp in Masai Mara, Kenya, where zoologist Kay Holekamp has been studying spotted hyenas for 30 years. Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF BOY by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Blend epic adventure with gothic good and evil, and add a dash of sly wit for a tale that keeps readers turning the page, shaking their heads, and feeling the power of choice. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Light and darkness have never clashed with such fierce majesty and eloquent damnation. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE VILLAINS by Clotilde Perrin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Splendid introductions, chock-full of villainous revelations and insights both figurative and literal. (Novelty/folklore. 6-10)"
The title can be taken literally, as the figures of a wolf, a giant, and a witch posing on the right sides of each big spread are kitted out with artful multilayered flaps that, lifted up, reveal contents of heads and stomachs as well as underclothes and pockets full of knives, captive children, or other treasures. Read full book review >
KNIGHTS VS. DINOSAURS by Matt Phelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Epic—in plot, not length—and as wise and wonderful as Gerald Morris' Arthurian exploits. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 9-11)"
Who needs dragons when there are Terrible Lizards to be fought? Read full book review >