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RISE OF THE WOLF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016
Fast-moving fun with broad audience appeal, especially recommended for reluctant readers, Rick Riordan fans, and pedal-to-the-metal adventure aficionados. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time. (Historical fiction. 9-14)Read full book review >

THE TERRIBLE TWO by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
Fluffy, fast, fun reading for fans of Clueless McGee and the Wimpy Kid. (Fiction. 7-11)Read full book review >
THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015
Set against a backdrop of war and sacrifice, Ada's personal fight for freedom and ultimate triumph are cause for celebration. (Historical fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
THE TERRIBLE TWO GET WORSE by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016
This revenger's comedy, dotted with references to classic plays and philosophical concepts, will be a joy for pranksters and seekers of a good-hearted laugh. (Fiction. 8-11)Read full book review >

FINDING WINNIE by Lindsay Mattick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
Beautiful but bifurcated, with the two stories in one making it a challenge to determine the audience. (photo album) (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY OLYMPICS by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016
Dewey like this? Of course, and so will upper-elementary and middle school readers and gamers alike. (Fiction. 9-14)Read full book review >
THE HIRED GIRL by Laura Amy Schlitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015
Tons of period details, especially about clothing, round out a highly satisfying and smart breast-clutcher from this Newbery-winning author. (Historical fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
AUGGIE & ME by R.J.  Palacio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Not only a companion to Wonder, but a wonder in itself. (Fiction. 8-14)Read full book review >
THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE by Emily Winfield Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015
Wonderful, indeed. (Picture book. 1-4)Read full book review >
CIRCUS MIRANDUS by Cassie Beasley
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015
A delicious confection and much more: it shows that the human heart is delicate, that it matters, and that it must be handled with care. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH SANTA by Jean Reagan
by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
Maybe these kids should try babysitting Santa. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >