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RIGHT BEHIND YOU by Lisa Gardner

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
With its shaky armchair psychology and excessive plot threads, this is a series low point. Read full book review >
THE YOU I'VE NEVER KNOWN by Ellen Hopkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017
A page-turning exploration of independence, powerlessness, and secrets, with groundbreaking representation of bisexuality and queerness. (Verse fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >

DU IZ TAK? by Carson Ellis
Kirkus Star
by Carson Ellis, illustrated by Carson Ellis

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 18, 2016
Following the minute changes as the pages turn is to watch growth, transformation, death, and rebirth presented as enthralling spectacle. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
I DISSENT by Debbie Levy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 20, 2016
Read this and be inspired to work for justice through the legal system. (author's note, photographs, notes on Supreme Court cases, bibliography, quotation sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)Read full book review >
INSANE CLOWN PRESIDENT by Matt Taibbi
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 16, 2017
A lively set of dispatches that shows how even the harshest skeptic in the pundit class can be blindsided. Read full book review >

FATAL by John Lescroart

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017
Lescroart manages the first movement of this cautionary tale by mixing his pitches with exquisite control. Once the homicide investigation kicks in, things become altogether more routine, though he still has a few nifty surprises in store for fans who'd expect nothing less. Read full book review >
THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017
Prediction: the Ron Howard movie, already in the works, will be much better than the book. Read full book review >
CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Jan. 17, 2017
Brimming with plot twists and highly likely to please Roth's fans. (Science fiction/fantasy. 14 & up) Read full book review >
AUDACITY by Jonathan Chait
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017
Chait offers a well-organized, clearly written case that will be valuable to future historians in their assessments. The question is whether readers with different opinions about Obama's performance will alter those opinions. Read full book review >
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP by Michael Eric Dyson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 17, 2017
The readership Dyson addresses may not fully be convinced, but it can hardly remain unmoved by his fiery prose. Read full book review >
ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
A rich, atmospheric story that readers will be hard-pressed to put down. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
I AM JIM HENSON by Brad Meltzer

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 10, 2017
Nearly every child will know his work already: here's at least a superficial glimpse of his character. (photos, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 3-6)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >