MAE AND JUNE AND THE WONDER WHEEL by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite moments of charm, the story and characterization are not compelling enough to save this offering. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Making a new friend is always a good thing—and one who appreciates your canine buddy and joins in your imaginative games with gusto is even better! Read full book review >
THE CASTLE IN THE MIST by Amy Ephron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sequel is suggested; beguiled readers will hope it happens. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Although contemporary in setting, adult author Ephron's (Loose Diamonds, 2011, etc.) first children's book is a paean to classical English children's books of yore. Read full book review >

DRAGON CAPTIVES by Lisa McMann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An unfortunate revival. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old twins Thisbe and Fifer's magical abilities are far greater than their brother Alex's. But in the 10 years since the great battle that cost him the use of his arm, Alex, leader of Artimé, has become fearful and overprotective. Read full book review >
STINKBOMB & KETCHUP-FACE AND THE BADNESS OF BADGERS by John Dougherty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A study in parodic mayhem. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Upon orders from the king of Great Kerfuffle, white siblings Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face embark on a taleworthy quest to rid their home of mischievous badgers. Read full book review >
SAMSON by Tadgh Bentley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Young readers will be hooked. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A piranha who dreams of dining in the finest restaurants? Not your usual fish tale! Read full book review >

IF I HAD A LITTLE DREAM by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Easy on the eyes and ears; excellent for bedtime. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Rhyming stanzas explore the notion of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, each one beginning with the words, "If I had a little…." Read full book review >
TONY by Ed Galing
Kirkus Star
by Ed Galing, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will hear the 'clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop' in every image of this astonishing book. (Picture book. 2-12)"
Poet Galing (1917-2013) leads Tony, a dairy delivery horse, through the veil of memory, encantatory phrasing—circling and repetitious—calling him plodding from pre-dawn into the present, his sturdy flank barely expanding with the effort. Read full book review >
ABC PASTA by Juana Medina
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Younger kids are not likely to recognize many of the lesser-known types of pasta, but what a toothsome way to have fun with them. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Get your forks ready—this salute to pasta via the ABCs is truly entertaining, as the subtitle states. Read full book review >
SOMETIMES IT'S STORKS by L.J.R. Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"While the myth of stork delivery has recently been repopularized elsewhere, this visually stunning work stands apart. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A stork-delivery mishap leads a baby across the globe before uniting with family. Read full book review >
SKATEBOARDS by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Radical. (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Part minibiography, part DIY guide, this engaging book chronicles the making of handmade skateboards by a lifelong aficionado. Read full book review >
EVERYWHERE, WONDER by Matthew Swanson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Whether this has children writing their own stories or not, its expansive exhortation should definitely get them noticing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture-book call to dream and to create. Read full book review >
LAUNDRY DAY by Jessixa Bagley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"This tale of badger mischief is excellent both as a read-aloud and as a book for beginning readers. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The energetic badger boys, Tic and Tac, agree to hang laundry while Ma Badger goes to market—and Ma receives a shock when she returns. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >