AUDACITY JONES TO THE RESCUE by Kirby Larson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Clever, funny, and sweet in equal measures. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Audacity travels to Washington, D.C., where she foils a kidnapping plot at the White House. Read full book review >
BUNNY VS. MONKEY by Jamie Smart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"More fun—and silliness—than a barrel of monkeys. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)"
A gentle rabbit and his forest friends are thrown into upheaval when a mischievous monkey moves into their home. Read full book review >

SPIRIT WEEK SHOWDOWN by Crystal Allen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Nuanced depictions of friendship coupled with larger-than-life and fully three-dimensional characters make this delightful book at once thoughtful and a riot to read. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Allen deftly explores the evolving friendships of Mya Tibbs as she and her Spirit Week partner compete for VIP tickets to the Fall Festival. Read full book review >
FRANKENCRAYON by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"With very careful repeat reads, this challenging tale may pay off, especially if readers choose to put on a play of their own. (dramatis personae) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Personified crayons and a pencil, thespians all, re-enact the cancellation of their book, while Hall fills his story within a story with intrigue, theater, and a whole lot of silly. Read full book review >
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON by Cynthia Levinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A respectful, insightful, and inspiring portrait of a fiercely ambitious, remarkably successful woman who has changed the face of American politics. (photos, notes, bibliography) (Biography. 8-12)"
An admiring biography chronicles the life and many remarkable accomplishments of Hillary Rodham Clinton, from childhood to her campaign to become the Democratic candidate for U.S. president in 2016. Read full book review >

PUGS OF THE FROZEN NORTH by Philip Reeve
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A madcap, magical blend of fluff and other good stuff. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Two kids and their 66 pugs enter a magical dog-sled race. Read full book review >
GIRL & GORILLA by Rick Walton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Text and art play well together here—just as well as Girl and Gorilla do. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Resourceful Girl and exuberant Gorilla navigate their way through a venturesome day. Read full book review >
DILL & BIZZY by Nora Ericson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Not-so-opposites attract in an exuberant, eccentric tale of emerging BFFs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Despite initial appearances, a regular duck and a flamboyant bird have a lot in common. Read full book review >
HENRY WANTS MORE! by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"This toddler and his insatiable appetite for stimulation will charm readers of almost every age. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Henry is a bundle of toddler energy who enters into every activity with great enthusiasm. Read full book review >
WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A HUSH AND A SHUSH by Emma J. Virján
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"The ending, complete with a change of sleeping venue, will bring a chuckle to lap listeners and new readers alike. Zzzzzzzz. (Early reader. 3-7)"
Virján's porcine protagonist is back in another rollicking, rhyming bedtime book (What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig, 2015). Read full book review >
NANUK THE ICE BEAR by Jeanette Winter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"As in other books by the author, big issues are presented in an accessible manner and subtly enough that adults can guide children to an age-appropriate understanding of them. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The story of a female polar bear provides an overview of the species' life cycle and includes the mention of environmental changes that threaten their existence. Read full book review >
WITCH WARS by Sibéal Pounder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A sweet little magical tale with at least one sequel on the way. (Paranormal comedy. 8-12)"
A girl dives down a drainpipe to discover a world of witches, and everybody there thinks she's one too. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >