NEW ARRIVALS – MARCH 2019

ADULT FICTION

“Circe” by Madeline Miller — “Circe,’ [is] a bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story that manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right.”―Alexandra Alter, New York Times

“Darksoul: The Gods of Light are Falling” by Anna Stephens — “Outstanding and savage…The desperate tone gives way to breathtaking action….” — Grimdark Magazine

“Dead Men’s Trousers” by Irvine Welsh — “Raunchy, profane, violent, and frequently hilarious… Dead Men’s Trousers delivers a strangely life-affirming dose of dark absurdity, ensuring that, if this is the last we see of these characters, they won’t soon be forgotten.” – starred Booklist review

“The Forgiving Kind” by Donna Everhart — “….(Everhart) follows 12-year-old Sonny as she struggles to maintain the life she has always known while everything around her changes. Sonny loves working with her family on their farm in 1950s North Carolina and exploring the land with her best friend, Daniel. It’s Sonny’s dad who knows her best, even revealing a little bit of magic in passing on his ability to divine water. When Sonny’s father dies, unexpected help arrives in the form of next-door neighbor Frank Fowler. Sonny’s mama is taken in by Fowler’s charm and accepts his offer to fund their cotton crop for the season, but Sonny and Daniel suspect he is not the benevolent savior he appears to be. By picking on Daniel, who is still trying to understand how he is different from his friends, and aligning himself with known Klansmen, Fowler’s true nature reveals itself, leading Sonny on an exploration of what kind of person she wants to be. Reminiscent of the novels of Lee Smith, Kaye Gibbons, and Sandra Dallas, Everhart builds a firm sense of place, portraying the tiredness and hope of a dry southern summer and voicing strong southern women.” — Tracy Babiasz. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018

“Gentleman Sinner” by Jody Ellen Malpas — “A magnetic mutual attraction, a superalpha, and long-buried scars that are healed by love. Theo is irresistible.”―Booklist

“The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai — ” “Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers is a page turner… among the first novels to chronicle the AIDS epidemic from its initial outbreak to the present—among the first to convey the terrors and tragedies of the epidemic’s early years as well as its course and repercussions…An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The Highland Renegade: A Lord of the Highlands Novel” by Amy Jarecki — “Jarecki further enhances her reputation for crafting stellar Scottish romances by giving readers a knockout love story, with an action-packed plot richly imbued with colorful period details and a perfectly matched hero and heroine whose sensual exploits are hot enough to warm the coldest of Scottish nights.” — Booklist

“Just Once: Contemporary Women’s Fiction” by Lori Handeland — “…a gripping, if predictable, tearjerker. Francesca “Frankie” Sicari, who is “close enough to Social Security to smell it,” is awakened one night by persistent pounding on her front door in Whitefish Bay, Wis. The man standing outside is her ex-husband, Charley Blackwell, to whom she has hardly spoken since their divorce 24 years ago. Charley, a photojournalist, has just returned from a long assignment in Africa. It soon becomes disturbingly apparent to Frankie that, for Charley, the last 26 years have ceased to exist. In his mind, he’s still married to her and not his current wife, Hannah. What follows is a literary duet featuring the two wives. Through flashbacks, readers come to understand how Frankie’s marriage fell apart and how Hannah’s began, as well as a full picture of the peripatetic man who was always on his way to the next dramatic photo assignment, be it a riot, an explosion, or a war. Those who like to run through a full box of tissues in an afternoon will be satisfied.” — Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2018.

“The New Iberia Blues” by James Lee Burke — “With his lush, visionary prose and timeless literary themes of loss and redemption, Burke is in full command in this outing for his aging but still capable hero.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill” by James Charlesworth — “Charlesworth’s debut novel takes a sweeping sideways look at American ambition and even the
great American novel. However, the tone is never cynical in this family tragedy. Rather, there is a beautiful sadness as well mournful anger as Charlesworth evokes the loss following consequential choices.”—Booklist, starred review

“The Perfect Nanny” by Leila Slimani — “Expertly probes [a mother’s] guilt at leaving her children with a stranger . . . Those seeking a thought-provoking character study will appreciate this gripping anatomy of a crime.” —Publishers Weekly

“There There: A Novel” by Tommy Orange — “Commanding…The propulsion of both the overall narrative and its players are breathtaking as Orange unpacks how decisions of the past mold the present, resulting in a haunting and gripping story.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan — “High adventure fraught with cliffhanger twists marks this runaway-slave narrative, which leaps, sails, and soars from Caribbean cane fields to the fringes of the frozen Arctic and across a whole ocean . . . One of the most unconventional escapes from slavery ever chronicled . . . Edugyan displays as much ingenuity and resourcefulness as her main characters in spinning this yarn, and the reader’s expectations are upended almost as often as her hero’s. A thoughtful, boldly imagined ripsnorter that broadens inventive possibilities for the antebellum novel.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

BIOGRAPHY

“Churchill: Walking with Destiny” by Andrew Roberts The best single-volume biography of Churchill yet written. . . . Roberts tells this story with great authority and not a little panache. He writes elegantly, with enjoyable flashes of tartness, and is in complete command both of his sources and the vast historiography.” — —Richard Aldous, The New York Times

“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” by David W. Blight — “David Blight has written the definitive biography of Frederick Douglass. With extraordinary detail he illuminates the complexities of Douglass’s life and career and paints a powerful portrait of one of the most important American voices of the 19th century. . . . The resulting chronicle enriches our understanding of Douglass and the challenges he faced and offers a lesson for our own troubled times. . . . Magisterial.” — (Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. The Boston Globe)

“Small Fry: A Memoir” by Lisa Brennan-Jobs — “An epic, sharp coming-of-age story from the daughter of Steve Jobs. It’s rare to find a memoir from a celebrity’s child in which the writing is equal to―or exceeds―the parent’s reputation, but that is the case with Brennan-Jobs’ debut. In a lesser writer’s hands, the narrative could have devolved into literary revenge. Instead, Brennan-Jobs offers a stunningly beautiful study of parenting that just so happens to include the co-founder of Apple… An exquisitely rendered story of family, love, and identity.”―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

ADULT MYSTERY

“The Boy: A Novel” by Tami Hoag — “Hoag puts on quite the juggling act here, dazzling us with multiple theories about the boy’s murder, numerous potential suspects, and plot twists that keep us just slightly off-balance. A welcome return for a compelling investigative duo.”—Booklist

“Crucible : A Thriller (Sigma Force Novels)” by James Rollins — “Sigma Force commander Gray Pierce and his best friend, Monk Kokkalis, return to Monk’s house in Silver Spring, Md., after a night out to find the place a wreck. Monk’s wife, Kat, is lying unconscious on the kitchen floor, and Monk’s two daughters, six-year-old Penny and five-year-old Harriet, and Gray’s pregnant wife, Seichan, have been abducted. The operatives learn that the home invasion occurred shortly after a massacre in Portugal that claimed the lives of five women who led an international network of female scientists, which funded groundbreaking AI research conducted by 21-year-old genius Mara Silviera. Mara, who believes that accessing her work was the killers’ goal, is on the run for her life, a plot line that overlaps with the search for Penny, Harriet, and Seichan.” — Agents: Russ Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency; and Danny Baror, Baror International. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2018.

“The Golden Tresses of the Dead: A Falvia de Luca Novel” by Alan Bradley — “Flavia de Luce hasn’t lost a sister, she’s gained a case—and what a case. . . . Perhaps the most consistently hilarious adventure of the alarmingly precocious heroine.”—Kirkus Review”

“Never Tell: A Novel (A D.D. Warren and Flora Dane Novel)” by Lisa Gardner –“Never Tell is another nail-biting page-turner from Lisa Gardner, the undisputed queen of suspense, and the kind of thriller that’ll stay with readers weeks after turning the final page.”—The Real Book Spy

“The Rule of Law : a novel” by John Lescroart — “Lescroart plots so cleverly that he has you believing his split-level thriller is really a single foreshortened novel. The perfect read for those who agree that “it’s only trouble if somebody’s shooting at you.” (Kirkus)

“The Smiling Man” by Joseph Knox — Detective Aidan Waits’ meth habit, propensity for violence, and general disregard for authority have eclipsed his recent implosion of a Manchester drug organization …, and he’s been exiled to the night shift, where he and his barely tolerable partner, Sully, can’t muster much enthusiasm for investigating a series of trash-can fires. That changes when a routine alarm check at a shuttered luxury hotel leads to the discovery of a man’s body. Aidan and Sully have found a solid mystery: the dead man has taken unusual steps to hide his identity by having his fingertips and teeth surgically altered. Aidan’s focus on diving into the secrets of feuding hotel owners, Manchester prostitutes, and the intentionally disappeared is compromised, however, by the fact that his vicious stepfather has hunted him down, determined to settle old scores. The interspersed narrative of a terrified young boy forced to assist his stepfather’s violent crimes offers insight into a past that could breed Aidan’s brand of determined self-destructiveness.” — Christine Tran. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018.

“That Old Scoundrel Death: A Dan Rhodes Mystery” by Bill Crider — “Riding high in his final murder case, Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes helps a man run off the road who says his name is Cal Stinson, then finds his body in the condemned schoolhouse Cal said he was going to visit. Only he told the caretaker that his name was Bruce Wayne, and it looks as if a bunch of dim-bulb criminals and powerful local families are set to make the sheriff’s life hell.” — Barbara Hoffert. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2018.

ADULT NON-FICTION

“21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari – “Magnificently combining historical, scientific, political, and philosophical perspectives, Harari . . . explores twenty-one of what he considers to be today’s ‘greatest challenges.’ Despite the title’s reference to ‘lessons,’ his tone is not prescriptive but exploratory, seeking to provoke debate without offering definitive solutions. . . . Within this broad construct, Harari discusses many pressing issues, including problems associated with liberal democracy, nationalism, immigration, and religion. This well-informed and searching book is one to be savored and widely discussed.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment” by Shane Bauer — “Bauer’s amazing book examines one of slavery’s toxic legacies, using convicted people to make profit . . . He observes an acutely dangerous and out-of-control environment created by CCA’s profit-driven underpaying of staff and understaffing of prisons. Bauer’s historical and journalistic work should be required reading.” —Booklist

“Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America” by Beth Macy — “Americans, representing 5 percent of the world’s population, consume 80 percent of its opioids.” Macy… relates individual stories of OxyContin use in the United States, while also tracing its regulatory history and legal, medical, and social ramifications. The intertwined factors that have led to today’s opioid epidemic play out in stories of health-care providers, patients, pharmaceutical companies, politicians, drug dealers, users, and family members. …, Macy effectively shows how opioid abuse plays no favorites as it works its way into all socioeconomic levels, races, and ethnicities. The accounts of addicts and their families leave no doubt about the power the chemicals hold over the brains they alter. Addicts soon begin using to avoid the symptoms of withdrawal (dopesick) rather than gaining any pleasurable high. Controversies abound over what treatments work. Abstinence versus medication-assisted therapy is an ongoing debate, while profit motives and insurance problems are also factors.” — Richard Maxwell, Porter Adventist Hosp. Lib., Denver. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2018.

“How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence” by Michael Pollan — “… He now investigates a very different sort of comestible, psychedelics (from the Greek: “mind manifesting”), and what they reveal about consciousness and the brain. Pollan’s complexly elucidating and enthralling inquiry combines fascinating and significant history with daring and resonant reportage and memoir, and looks forward to a new open-mindedness toward psychedelics and the benefits of diverse forms of consciousness.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Current and Flourishing as We Age” by Mary Pipher — “Pipher offers warm, empathetic guidelines for navigating aging and for recognizing its unexpected gifts.” – BookPage

ADULT AUDIO BOOK

“The Devil’s Triangle” by Catherine Coulter — “…Wildly creative and twisty plots that take readers on crazy rides around the world are anchored by a core cast of unforgettable characters. Another element that has been great in this series is the developing relationship between Nicholas Drummond and Michaela “Mike” Caine. Thrillers do not get better than this!” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick )

“Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic” by Ace Atkins — “Atkins . . . again captures all the qualities Spenser fans love in the series: smart-ass humor, a touch of romance, plenty of violence, and, of course, Spenser’s complex sense of honor. Atkins adds his own touch in the form of complex plots with genuine mysteries at their center.”—Booklist

“The President is Missing” by Bill Clinton & James Patterson — “This book moves like Air Force One. Big and fast. Clinton and Patterson are a dream combo. Two great storytellers, one inside and one outside, both at the top of the game. They’ve put together an undeniably gripping ride through the hidden passageways of power and politics. This book teaches as much as it entertains.” ―Michael Connelly, #1 bestselling author of the Ballard and Bosch series

LARGE PRINT

“Target: Alex Cross” by James Patterson –“A leader has fallen, and Alex Cross joins the procession of mourners from Capitol Hill to the White House. Then a sniper’s bullet strikes a target in the heart of DC. Alex Cross’s wife, Bree Stone, newly elevated chief of DC detectives must solve the case or lose her position. The Secret Service and the FBI deploy as well in the race to find the shooter. Alex is tasked by the new President to lead an investigation unprecedented in scale and scope. But is the sniper’s strike only the beginning of a larger attack on the nation? ” — Amazon

MUSIC

“Disney Karaoke Series: Frozen”
“Ella Mai”
“Gospel Greats – Aretha Franklin”

“Songs Kids Really Love to Sing: 17 Playtime Songs”

BLUE/DVD

“Brothers in Arms: The Making of a Platoon”
“Christopher Robin”
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“First Man (BD/DVD Combo)”
The Hate U Give”
“Hereditary (BD/DVD Combo)”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Peter Rabbit”
“Poldark: The Complete Third Season
“A Star is Born”
“Trolls Holiday”
“Victoria: The Complete Second Season”

BOARD BOOK

“Good Night, Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann
“Look Look!” by Peter Linenthal

PICTURE BOOK

“Because” by Mo Willems
“The Day You Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson
“Girl Running Bobbi Gibbs and the Boston Marathon” by Annette Bay Pimentel
Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Bewaty
“Julian is a Mermaid” by Jessica Love
“Potato Pants!” by Laurie Keller
“The Tall Man and the Small Mouse” by Mara Bergman
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga” by Traci Sorell
“What If…? Then We…: Short, Very Short, Shorter-than-Ever Possibilities” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Yes I Can! A Girl and Her Wheelchair” by Kendra J. Barrett, Jacqueline B. Toner and Claire A. B. Freeland

JUVENILE AUDIO

“The Unicorn Rescue Society Books 1-2: The Creature of the Pines: The Basque Dragon” by authors Adam Gidwitz and Jesse Casey, read by January Lavoy. On his first field trip with his new school, Elliot discovers a magical Jersey Devil with the power of invisibility. Terrifying Professor Fauna recruits Elliot and his new friend Uchenna for a secret society devoted to the protection of mythical creatures. After rescuing the Jersey devil, the three travel to the Basque Country to aid a kidnapped dragon. LaVoy shines at creating distinct voices for the motley cast while maintaining a clear third-person narrator’s voice for the portions between speaking parts. Elliot is often nervous, and LaVoy conveys the boy’s prudence and fears. For audacious Uchenna, she speaks with verve and bold energy to suit; Uchenna’s songs and made-up rhymes sparkle with humor. The banter between timid Elliot and brave Uchenna is buoyantly entertaining. The bizarre Professor Fauna’s Peruvian accent is a madcap delight punctuated with occasional Spanish phrases. The villainous Schmoke brothers ooze with cartoon evil as they discuss using magical creatures’ powers for personal profit. Historical details of the mythical creatures’ habitats and a message of conservation add scientific and cultural richness to the society’s tales. These first two books in the new series offer cryptid lovers smart, gripping adventures, and LaVoy’s wonderful narration elevates the already appealing package.” — Amanda Blau. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018.

JUVENILE BIOGRAPHY

“Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13” by Helaine Becker — “A picture-book biography of a humble genius who excelled in a career once out of reach for most African-Americans. An excellent biography that will inspire young readers, especially girls, to do what they love.”–Kirkus, starred review

“Mallko and Dad” by Gusti — “…”At first I did not accept him,” Gusti candidly admits, but time will change that, and it’s soon obvious that he has come to love his son, whom he now calls “the greatest.” This unusual book offers a glimpse of their quotidian life together, along with the boy’s mother and older brother, who loves his little brother unconditionally. In form, the book resembles a scrapbook with its text often hand-lettered and filled with the artist’s naive illustrations, sketches, and the occasional small photograph showing Mallko playing, bathing, drawing, eating (or refusing) breakfast–doing, in short, all of the daily things children do….. the book’s implicit theme is a universal one: the power and importance of love.” Michael Cart. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018.

“Standing Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII” by Mary Cronk Farrell — “Farrell brings in the voices of the women, which provides clarity and understanding of what they experienced. She also highlights the role of black newspapers in keeping the community informed about the difficulties they often faced. The text is richly supported with archival photographs. The importance of this story is amplified by the inspiring foreword by Maj. Gen. Marcia M. Anderson, Army (Ret.), who makes a direct link between the determined struggles of those described and the achievements of African American women in today’s U.S. military. The stories in this valuable volume are well worth knowing.” — (Kirkus Reviews)

JUVENILE FICTION

“Genesis Begins Again” by Alicia D. WIlliams — “With a name like Genesis, it’s hard to be the ‘new girl’ at school and remain unnoticed in a suburban classroom, especially if you are self-conscious about how you look. Teenaged Genesis struggles to accept both her skin color and her place in her complicated family. Alicia D. Williams skillfully develops a character who—with the help of friends, teachers, and some awesome bluesy music—learns to love herself and her family as she realizes that black is indeed beautiful. I really loved this debut novel.” — (Sharon M. Draper, author of the New York Times bestseller Out of My Mind)

“The Light Jar” by Lisa Thompson — “Thompson’s eerie story is tense and threaded with mystery, and readers will recognize that Nate’s fears are legitimate ones born of an unsafe, fractured home. Thompson adeptly draws the storylines into a cohesive whole that rewards readers with a satisfyingly hard-won resolution.” — Booklist

“The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise” by Dan Gemeinhart — “Every mile of the road trip inexorably brings Coyote closer to confronting her past, and its inevitable sadness, but Gemeinhart avoids any sense of mawkishness. He tempers Coyote’s grief with her triumphant growth from a girl whose sole purpose is keeping her father on an even keel to one who realizes that she alone must find, and even fight for, her own happiness.” ―Horn Book

“Secret in Stone (The Unicorn Quest) by Kamilla Benko — “Claire and Sophie’s traverse across the magical world of Arden continues in this exciting continuation of The Unicorn Quest series. Beginning right where book one left off, this sequel begins as the girls arrive at Stonehaven, the Gemmer (stone magic-wielders) guild’s school-citadel, hoping to get help. Instead, however, they learn that war is more of a looming reality than they thought. …With themes of patterns and history repeating itself, Benko’s novel uses foreshadowing to set the stage for a huge reveal. Everything the sisters thought was impossible has been turned on its head, and they must rely on each other more than ever before….” — Kristina Pino. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018.

“The Storm Keeper’s Island” by Catherine Doyle — “Doyle infuses every aspect of the novel with the richness of Irish folklore and culture: readers will be captivated by descriptions of the Island’s beauty and magical history . . . [a] modern yet timeless fantasy.” ―School Library Journal, starred review

“Turbo Racers: Trailblazer” by Austin Aslan — “Intense, impeccably paced, bonkers-awesome international race sequences provide clarity without sacrificing tension or becoming repetitive… With flash, spectacle, and tough character choices, an all-around, full-throttle read.” — (Kirkus Reviews)

JUVENILE NON FICTION

The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: The First Epic Novel by George Beard and Harold Hutchins “ by Dav Pilkey — “… Harold and George are caught in the act of skateboarding over ketchup packets in the gym and ordered by Principal Krupp to write an essay on good citizenship. After strict instructions against turning in another ‘Captain Underpants’ comic book, the boys decide to create a new superhero. When super power juice is sucked out of Captain Underpants by the evil Deputy Dangerous, it appears that all is lost. However, the potent liquid is ingested by a newborn baby and ‘Super Diaper Baby’ is born. In a plot to recapture the juice from the infant, Deputy Dangerous inadvertently becomes ‘Deputy Doo-Doo’ when he is turned into a giant ‘poop’ by his own invention. Where do the heroes take him? ‘Why Uranus, of course!’ Puns, jokes about bodily functions, and ludicrous misspellings will keep children who enjoy this level of comedy suitably entertained. (‘What’s the difference between boogers and broccoli? Kids won’t eat broccoli.’) ” — Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, . CAHNERS PUBLISHING, c2002.

“A Child Through Time: The Book of Children’s History” by Phil Wilkinson — “Publisher Annotation: An original look at history that profiles 30 children from different eras so that children of today can discover the lives of the cave people, Romans, Vikings, and beyond through the eyes of someone their own age.”

“A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks” by Alice Faye Duncan — “In her smoke-filled neighborhood in Chicago’s South Side, eight-year-old Gwendolyn Brooks wonders if the pink flowers outside her home can grow without sunlight. The flower metaphor continues in this picture-book biography of the award-winning poet. Duncan’s own blues-style free verse recounts young Gwendolyn beginning to write snappy rhymes in dime-store journals. Even as a teacher accuses her of plagiarism and she doubts herself, her parents believe in her gift for poetry. When Gwendolyn gains confidence, she studies influential poets, ‘paints poems with paintbrush words,’ and eventually becomes the first black American to win the Pulitzer Prize. …Samples of Brooks’ poems throughout give children a true sense of the poet’s rhythm and appeal, while an author’s note provides more details about her life.” —Booklist

“To the Moon and Back: My Apollo 11 Adventure” by Buzz Aldrin — “… Aldrin relates his experiences during the Apollo 11 mission in this fact-filled pop-up. The first pop-up spread is among the most impressive, and readers will certainly be thrilled when a fully suited astronaut and cone-shaped vehicle float above the page and a large photo of Earth. Various text blocks reveal that this is a scene from Aldrin’s Gemini 12 space flight, which helped prepare him for his journey to the moon. The next spread offers information on the Apollo missions and how they helped fine-tune the Saturn V rocket–exploding from the page!–that would launch Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Mike Collins into space. The book goes on to detail the mechanics and feeling of rocketing into space, orbiting, and, of course, landing on the moon and returning to Earth. Aldrin’s expertise and firsthand experience make for an exciting and fascinating read. Mini pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, and pull tabs (revealing facts about the Space Race and reflections from Aldrin’s family) add context and extra interactive appeal to this out-of-this-world book.” — Julia Smith. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018.

YOUNG ADULT

“Insurgent” by Veronica Roth — “Insurgent explores several critical themes, including the importance of family and the crippling power of grief at its loss. A very good read.” (School Library Journal)

“The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo — “The force and intensity behind her words practically pushes them off the page, resulting in a verse novel that is felt as much as it is heard. This is a book from the heart, and for the heart.” — (New York Times Book Review)

“The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater — “A book with cross-appeal to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure, this seems to have a shot at being a YA blockbuster.”
Booklist, Starred Review

“A Torch Against the Night” by Sabaa Tahir — “Tahir proves to be a master of suspense and a canny practitioner of the cliffhanger, riveting readers’ attention throughout.…[An] action-packed, breathlessly paced story.” —Booklist, starred review