WARRIOR BRONZE by Michelle Paver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A shining conclusion to a stunning series. (Historical fantasy. 8-12)"
Hylas and Pirra travel to Messenia and Lykonia to find Issi, Hylas' sister, and retrieve the dagger of Koronos from the evil Crow army. Read full book review >
A SEASON TO BEE by Carlos Aponte
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Little fashion bugs deserve better. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Fashion Week starring insects. Read full book review >

RIVERS OF SUNLIGHT by Molly Bang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A handsome invitation to earth science. (notes) (Nonfiction. 4-10)"
The way that the warmth of our sun creates the ebb and flow of water among Earth, its atmosphere, its oceans, and land is the subject of this latest edition to Chisholm and Bang's gorgeous series. Read full book review >
THE HARLEM CHARADE by Natasha Tarpley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A story that motivates justice and inspires kindness, this will have readers hoping for another outing with these appealing protagonists. (author's notes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
The worlds of three Harlem kids collide in an intriguing historical mystery. Read full book review >
THIRD GRADE MERMAID by Peter Raymundo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Generally amusing, if readers can look past the only mildly critiqued focus on beauty. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
The titular mermaid must ace a spelling test to get back on her swim team and in doing so learns a lesson about inner and outer beauty. Read full book review >

LESSER SPOTTED ANIMALS by Martin Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This ambitious nonfiction picture book uncovering extraordinary, rarely spotlighted creatures is both informative and funny—quite a feat. (glossary, key) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Meet the numbat, fairy armadillo, zorilla, banded linsang, hirola, and a world of lesser-known animals. Read full book review >
GRUMPY FEET by Lisa Stubbs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Stubbs tackles an evergreen topic and does it very well. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bear steps out of a drawing to chase away a bad mood. Read full book review >
FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP by Laura Atkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 30, 2017

"This first book in the Fighting for Justice series is a must-read for all civics classrooms. (resources for activism, note from Karen Korematsu, bibliography) (Blended nonfiction/historical fiction. 8-14)"
When Fred Korematsu, a young Japanese-American man, defied U.S. governmental orders by refusing to report to prison camps during World War II, he and his allies set in motion a landmark civil liberties case. Read full book review >
OTTER LOVES EASTER! by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A holiday tie-in that fails to deliver. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Garton continues his popular series about roly-poly Otter (I Am Otter, 2014, etc.) with this simple story about the joys of eating Easter candy and sharing (or not) with others. Read full book review >
MITFORD AT THE HOLLYWOOD ZOO by Donald Robertson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A light-spirited visual romp and potential inspiration for fashion-minded youth. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Fashion's favorite giraffe comes to the rescue again. Read full book review >
THE ETHAN I WAS BEFORE by Ali Standish
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"This is the sort of melodramatic story that relies on the characters never telling each other the whole truth; add that to being yet another book about a tragic medical situation for a miss. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A grieving boy befriends an unconventional girl in a small Southern town in Standish's debut. Read full book review >
THE SOMEDAY BIRDS by Sally J. Pla
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Hopeful, authentic, and oddly endearing. (Fiction. 8-12)"
While serving as a journalist in Afghanistan, a widowed father of four is injured, leaving him hospitalized and his children without a parent. 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 >