BESTSELLERS

ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016
Artful, original, insightful. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >
SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Feb. 2, 2016
Heartbreaking, historical, and a little bit hopeful. (author's note, research and sources, maps) (Historical fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >

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 >
TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Jan. 1, 2016
Epic adventure and steamy smooches make for a crowd-pleasing formula. (Fantasy. 13-18)Read full book review >
PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Jan. 5, 2016
Long but intriguing, and sometimes exciting—the payoff is in the future. (Fantasy. 12-18)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 >
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 >
ON TOUR by Zoe Sugg

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 20, 2015
Cool clothes, trendy music, and matters of the heart make for a pleasant sequel. (Fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >
SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 2015
Readers hoping for non-Western fantasy alternatives need to look elsewhere. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
TRAFFICK by Ellen Hopkins

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Nov. 3, 2015
Less startling than its predecessor; a hopeful aftermath tale for readers already attached to these characters. (Verse fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >
FAST BREAK by Mike Lupica

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 3, 2015
Nothing groundbreaking here, but Lupica delivers solid sports action and character growth. (Fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
THE AMAZING BOOK IS NOT ON FIRE by Dan Howell
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
A loud, cynical cash grab—far from amazing. (Nonfiction. 12-16)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 >