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 >
ESCAPING THE NAZIS ON THE KINDERTRANSPORT by Emma Carlson Berne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A powerful, insightful perspective on the Holocaust. (photos, timeline, glossary, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Making considerable use of primary sources, Berne tells the affecting story of the Kindertransport, a rescue effort that brought thousands of mostly Jewish children to Great Britain from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >