RAVENOUS by MarcyKate Connolly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A fantastical adventure fortified by its flawed heroine. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
Greta—one of the girls sold to Belladoma as fodder for the sea monster who threatens monthly floods in Monstrous (2015)—makes a dangerous deal with a witch to save her brother.Read full book review >
THE EXTINCTS by Veronica Cossanteli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A mostly enjoyable British import that should be better than it is. (glossary) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Animals—mythical and extinct—abound in George Drake's hometown, Squermington. Read full book review >

BRAMBLEHEART by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Nestled in a small trim size, this is an appealing and accessible genre blend. (Fantasy. 6-10)"
A young chipmunk finds his path. Read full book review >
TREE by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"This unassuming story is an intergenerational delight. (Picture book. 3-10)"
Like the stealthy spider quietly spinning its web on a low bough, life around and on the apple tree is never static. Read full book review >
NEVER INSULT A KILLER ZUCCHINI by Elana Azose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"All in all, more fun for the science-fair judges than the participants. (Picture book. 8-12)"
An alphabetical walk through the exhibits in a school science fair is the backdrop to one killer zucchini's vendetta. Read full book review >

SHADOW WRACK by Kim Thompson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A story whose idea has potential but that needs characters with real depth and a more complex and consistent plot to have impact. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
The peculiar residents of Eldritch Manor return. Read full book review >
SWEATERWEATHER by Sara Varon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Varon shows a knack for both verbal and visual storytelling, but this showcase is likely to be of more interest to confirmed fans and budding graphic artists than to general readers. (Graphic short stories. 8-11)"
The graphic novelist updates her first solo collection (2003) with additional art, commentary, and minicomics. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS by Cory Putman Oakes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Deft stimulus for both brains and funny bones. (appendix of scientific references) (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Sawyer Bronson's spiky stegosaurus tail provides both help and hindrance in a rescue flight to the red planet that takes on solar system-wide significance. Read full book review >
SWEET HOME ALASKA by Carole Estby Dagg
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Cozy, charming, and old fashioned, but in a good way; fine for curling up and reading under the covers—in Alaska or elsewhere. (author's notes, recipes) (Fiction. 10-14)"
If Laura Ingalls Wilder had lived in Alaska, she might have written this novel. Read full book review >
PAX by Sara Pennypacker
Kirkus Star
by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Moving and poetic. (Animal fantasy. 9-13)"
A motherless boy is forced to abandon his domesticated fox when his father decides to join soldiers in an approaching war. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF LETTIE PEPPERCORN by Sam Gayton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"There's plenty of action and creative plotting, but some readers may find it difficult to warm up to the offbeat characters and thus be reluctant to follow Lettie all the way to the grand finale. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This British import combines familiar fantasy elements and quirky details to create a tale filled with transformation and danger. Read full book review >
VALKYRIE by Kate O'Hearn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An interesting premise that never comes together. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
As a Valkyrie, Freya is charged with bringing the chosen warriors to Valhalla, where they spend the afterlife drinking, feasting, and battling, but she finds violence horrifying and longs for a different life. 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 >