A CONCERT IN THE SAND by Tami Shem-Tov
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A solid addition to the small collection of Zionist picture books. (historical note, photographs) (Picture book. 4-7)"
A fictionalized account of the first public performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1936. Read full book review >
THE GREAT EASTER RACE! by Craig Manning
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A sweet if slightly fluffy Easter treat with a sprinkle of kindness on top. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Familiar characters from the Sesame Street television show join a rabbit and a turtle in an Easter morning race and celebration. Read full book review >

HOW TO CATCH THE EASTER BUNNY by Adam Wallace
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"This bunny escapes all the traps but fails to find a logical plot or an emotional connection with readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The bestselling series (How to Catch an Elf, 2016, etc.) about capturing mythical creatures continues with a story about various ways to catch the Easter Bunny as it makes its annual deliveries. Read full book review >
TAD LUCAS by Laura B. Edge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A different take on women's prowess and accomplishments that equine lovers will find appealing. (author's note, photograph) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
A daredevil woman wins fame on the 20th-century rodeo circuit. Read full book review >
MUMBO JUMBO, STAY OUT OF THE GUMBO by Johnette Downing
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"'I root for the chicken!' writes Downing. Readers with good eyesight, even carnivorous ones, will too. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-8)"
It's Fat Tuesday, and the bubbling gumbo needs some meat! Or does it? Read full book review >

MODERN ART MAYHEM by Susie Hodge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A potentially entertaining but challenging venture into the complex world of modern art that will have students and teachers reaching frequently for their reference books. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Get ready for a fast-paced art-themed scavenger hunt in which a tousle-haired white preteen follows clues back and forth throughout the book. Read full book review >
THE OWL AND THE LEMMING by Roselynn Akulukjuk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"This Arctic spin on a familiar folkloric theme, while uneven, offers a glimpse of a landscape too little seen in children's books. (Picture book/folklore. 4-7)"
Pride goeth before the fall. Or, in this case, the leap. Read full book review >
MAYDAY MOUSE by Seb Braun
by Seb Braun, illustrated by Seb Braun
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A tiny tale with a tiny protagonist that is full of big values. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this picture book, Capt. Mouse overcomes sailing mishaps to bring her brother a birthday present. Read full book review >
FAMOUS FAILS! by Crispin Boyer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An unusual and satisfying collection, and who will quibble with the Chicago Cubs' 'Lesson Learned': 'Believe you will succeed!'? (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
If at first you don't succeed, then at least enjoy the epic failures of others, for as well as the pleasures of schadenfreude, there are lessons to be learned. Read full book review >
THE PASSOVER COWBOY by Barbara Diamond Goldin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A Seder and cowboy clothes are beautifully woven together. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Russian Jews settle in Argentina—a little-known but timely fact. Read full book review >
MATZAH by Allison Ofanansky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"The combination of concise, easy-to-understand text and copious photography presents an accessible understanding of Passover and matzah. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
All about that flat, unleavened holiday food—from dough to desert. Read full book review >
THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF NILS by Selma Lagerlöf
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An artistic showcase that also serves as a teaser for a once-popular, and not entirely dated, children's classic. (map) (Fiction. 7-9)"
Intricate cut-paper overlays highlight the art that accompanies this abbreviated version of the travels of a peripatetic young Swede. 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 >