ANIMAL ARK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Beautiful photos, with an impact heightened (sometimes to somewhat dizzying altitudes) by the accompanying words. (author's, photographer's notes) (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-12)"
The Newbery medalist matches bursts of poetic commentary to dozens of dramatic close-ups, mostly of creatures classified as endangered or threatened. Read full book review >
PATRICK AND THE PRESIDENT by Ryan Tubridy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A bit histrionic for easy belief, but meeting the president is always going to be a memorable moment, whoever's holding the office. (historical note with photos and itinerary) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
It's not every day that an Irish lad gets to shake hands with the president of the United States. Read full book review >

WILD CARDS by Jeff Szpirglas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A good choice for emergent readers who might like to promote improvements to their schools. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The kids in Matt's class love to play with Monster Zap cards during recess, but now their principal has banned them, leaving the child scrambling to find a solution for recess despair. Read full book review >
SAM THE MAN & THE RUTABAGA PLAN by Frances O’Roark Dowell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Readers will be happy to spend time with Sam the Man. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Sam is saddled with a rutabaga as his vegetable for the next two weeks in second-grade science. Read full book review >
CALICO GIRL by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"At once heartbreaking and uplifting, a gentle, lyrical story of a determined black girl's journey toward freedom during the Civil War. (afterword, bibliography, endnotes) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A young enslaved girl embraces the promises and uncharted world of freedom in the early days of the American Civil War. Read full book review >

CARNIVAL IN A FIX by Philip Reeve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"More cotton candy than substance, this book trades plot and character for a tour of an amusing setting and a series of mishaps. (Science fiction. 7-11)"
An extraterrestrial girl wants to become a repairwoman at a moon-based amusement park. Read full book review >
NOT QUITE NARWHAL by Jessie Sima
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A slim, feel-good story, as light and airy as the rainbows that grace its pages. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Being true to yourself means embracing differences and striding (or paddling) fearlessly into the world. Read full book review >
YOU DON'T WANT A UNICORN! by Ame Dyckman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Best seen as a joke gift for a unicorn lover. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A child ignores the advice of an unknown narrator and learns by experience why a pet unicorn is a bad idea. Read full book review >
ARTHUR AND THE GOLDEN ROPE by Joe Todd-Stanton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"With picture books seeming to hew to ever more minimalist approaches, this retelling of a Norse myth, rich with adventure and mystery in a wonderfully picturesque package, comes as an opulent treat. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An unlikely hero rescues his Icelandic village in this picture-book retelling of "The Binding of Fenrir." Read full book review >
ONE AMAZING ELEPHANT by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Interesting but uneven. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A middle-grade friendship and family story plays out against a circus backdrop. Read full book review >
WE'RE GOING ON AN EGG HUNT by Laura Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Intriguing illustrations, classic story structure, and irresistible rabbits add up to a winning Easter-themed treat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Four rabbits hunt for Easter eggs in this variation on the familiar children's call-and-response game about going on a bear or lion hunt. Read full book review >
KEITH HARING by Kay Haring
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This sanitized treatment does a disservice to both subject and readers. (author's note, index of art works) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Artist Keith Haring draws and draws, from childhood to adulthood. 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 >