MADAME BADOBEDAH, by Sophie Dahl, illustrated by Lauren O’Hara, Walker Books/Candlewick Press

What does an older mysterious woman have in common with a young resident of a Mermaid Hotel?

DON’T WORRY, LITTLE CRAB, by Chris Haughton, Candlewick Press

From the award-winning creator of Shh! We Have a Plan comes a vibrantly colorful story about mustering the courage to try something new.Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny rock pool near the sea. Today they’re going for a dip in the big ocean. “This is going to be so great,” says Little Crab, … Continue reading DON’T WORRY, LITTLE CRAB, by Chris Haughton, Candlewick Press

THE DOG WHO LOST HIS BARK, by Eoin Colfer, Illustrated by P.J. Lynch, Candlewick Press

A warm, uplifting story about a boy, his dog, and the healing power of music marks a first-time collaboration between two former Irish Children's Laureates, Eoin Colfer and P.J. Lynch. Patrick has been desperate for a dog of his own for as long as he can remember, and this summer, with his father away, he … Continue reading THE DOG WHO LOST HIS BARK, by Eoin Colfer, Illustrated by P.J. Lynch, Candlewick Press

THE KING’S WITCH, Frances Gorges Trilogy, Book One, by Tracy Borman, Atlantic Monthly Press

In March of 1603, as she helps to nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth of England, Frances Gorges dreams of her parents’ country estate, where she has learned to use flowers and herbs to become a much-loved healer. She is happy to stay at home when King James of Scotland succeeds to the throne. His court … Continue reading THE KING’S WITCH, Frances Gorges Trilogy, Book One, by Tracy Borman, Atlantic Monthly Press

SHADOW WEAVER, by Marcy Kate Connolly, Book One, Duology, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and The Night Gardener will devour Shadow Weaver, the first in a dark middle-grade fantasy duology that's filled with shadows, danger, magic, and has the feel of a new classic. Emmeline's gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the rest of the world, but she's grown to … Continue reading SHADOW WEAVER, by Marcy Kate Connolly, Book One, Duology, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

THE RIFT, by Nina Allan, Titan Books

Selena and Julie are sisters. As children they were close, but as they grow older, a rift develops between them. There are greater rifts, however. Julie goes missing aged seventeen. It will be twenty years before Selena sees her again. When Julie reappears, she tells Selena an incredible story about how she has spent time … Continue reading THE RIFT, by Nina Allan, Titan Books