BESTSELLERS

THE PLAYBOOK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017
This will appeal to fans of Alexander's previous middle-grade novels as well as young sports fans. (Nonfiction. 10-12)Read full book review >
MIGHTY, MIGHTY CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017
Sure to be a hit with fans of the prior title even if they wonder about that odd-looking building. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >

DRAGON CAPTIVES by Lisa McMann

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017
An unfortunate revival. (Fantasy. 8-12)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 >

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 >
THE WITCH'S VACUUM CLEANER  by Terry Pratchett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017
Bravery shows up almost as often as buffoonery in these satiric bits and bobs. (Fantasy/short stories. 10-12)Read full book review >
WORD OF MOUSE by James Patterson
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 12, 2016
With smart witticisms to launch each quick-paced chapter, Isaiah is truly a mouse that roars. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH AN ELF by Adam Wallace
by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016
A forgettable effort that fails to capture any of the magical charm of Santa's story. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
TAKE HEART, MY CHILD by Ainsley Earhardt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2016
This treacle-sweet book feels like an extended greeting card. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly  Barnhill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 9, 2016
Guaranteed to enchant, enthrall, and enmagick. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
NANETTE'S BAGUETTE by Mo Willems
Kirkus Star
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016
Laugh-out-loud fun for all. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 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 >