STRANGE FRUIT by Gary Golio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A must-read, must-discuss that will speak to children and linger with adults.(Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Lynching: a strange and difficult but important topic for a song—and for this picture book. Read full book review >
PORCUPINE'S PICNIC by Betsy R. Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Poor science and poor storytelling make for a poor combination. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Porcupine's picnic grows ever larger as new animals arrive with their own food choices until an unexpected guest alters the camaraderie. Read full book review >

THE GREEN UMBRELLA by Jackie Azúa Kramer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"The lesson about sharing and generosity is elegantly wrapped around lovely language. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pink elephant emotionally attached to an umbrella finds the same object has many uses for a series of animals he encounters one rainy day. Read full book review >
YOURS TRULY by Heather Vogel Frederick
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Truly's fans cheer the return of the likable sleuth in this family-oriented mystery in which past and present collide. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Following Absolutely Truly (2014), this second Pumpkin Falls Mystery follows middle schooler and gumshoe Truly Lovejoy as she tackle mysteries surrounding a local feud and a family secret. Read full book review >
THE ROOSTER WHO WOULD NOT BE QUIET! by Carmen Agra Deedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This subtle, modern multicultural tale is a must-have: 'Kee-kee-ree-KEE!' Indeed! (Picture book. 4-9)"
The streets of the village of La Paz ring with song, both the musical kind and the symphony of life. Read full book review >

MARY POPPINS UP, UP AND AWAY by Hélène Druvert
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Too thin to fly as either tour or tribute but a memorable showcase nonetheless for a talented French paper artist. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Silhouettes, both printed and laser-cut, add sparkle to a quick tour of London sites and starry skies conducted by Mary Poppins. Read full book review >
BUNNYBEAR by Andrea J. Loney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A nice addition to the identity and acceptance bookshelf. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A sweet story of friendship and acceptance. Read full book review >
STILL A FAMILY by Brenda Reeves Sturgis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A sensitive and necessary picture book to provide comfort and raise awareness and empathy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A preschool-age girl copes with living in a homeless shelter with her mother and without her father, who is housed in a different shelter. Read full book review >
ARTEMIS by George O'Connor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Admire her—from a distance—and don't dis her or her mom. (notes, character profiles, discussion questions, reading lists) (Graphic mythology. 8-14)"
O'Connor offers a portrait of the Wild Goddess of the Hunt as probably the last of the Olympians you'd want to cross. Read full book review >
AUDACITY JONES STEALS THE SHOW by Kirby Larson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A suspenseful little mystery with heart. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Audacity Jones returns for her next adventure, this time helping Harry Houdini in his quest to make an elephant disappear. Read full book review >
CLEO EDISON OLIVER IN PERSUASION POWER by Sundee T. Frazier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Cleo's an engaging, effervescent original whose story unfolds with humor and insight, probing weighty issues with a light touch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In her latest business venture (creating personalized barrettes), the pint-size entrepreneur harnesses the power of social networking, fifth-grade style. Read full book review >
WATERSONG by Tim McCanna
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Beautiful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A red fox seeks shelter as a rainstorm builds in intensity. 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 >