COMICS SQUAD #2 by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"One rotten apple aside, a second helping of tasty treats. (Graphic anthology. 7-12)"
The Comics Squad moves from Recess! (2014) to an even more popular theme with a fresh set of minicomics created by a (mostly) fresh slate of artists.Read full book review >
STUDY HALL OF JUSTICE by Derek Fridolfs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Not much more than a vehicle created to spotlight middle school versions of DC Comics heroes and baddies, but fans, at least, will enjoy catching the references. (Graphic fantasy. 9-11)"
Young students with oddly familiar names team up to investigate the nefarious agenda of their school's administration in this batty series opener. Read full book review >

TO CATCH A CHEAT by Varian Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A doctored video showing Jackson Greene and his eighth-grade friends sneaking in to clog Maplewood Middle School toilets pulls the former prankster and his crew into an elaborate set of strategies to catch the perpetrator and foil a couple of would-be cheaters in the process. Read full book review >
CLEO EDISON OLIVER, PLAYGROUND MILLIONAIRE by Sundee T. Frazier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A funny, compassionate tale. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Future entrepreneur Cleo, unlike most fifth-graders, has her career path laid out; a new school assignment gives her the opportunity to jump-start her plans. Read full book review >
SOME KIND OF COURAGE by Dan Gemeinhart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Poignant and real. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Joseph Johnson searches the Northwest frontier for his missing horse and a new family. Read full book review >

RISE OF THE WOLF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Fast-moving fun with broad audience appeal, especially recommended for reluctant readers, Rick Riordan fans, and pedal-to-the-metal adventure aficionados. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Nic enjoys training as a charioteer—not that he has a choice—for his grandfather, Radulf, but the uneasy family détente is shattered when Nic learns the Praetors have taken his mother hostage in Volume 2 of this series set in Imperial Rome's turbulent third century. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"The book doesn't dwell long enough on the smallest moments, but each of them feels like meeting the baseball legend—and maybe, sometimes, even better than the real thing. (historical note, photos) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Brooklyn Dodgers fan Steve's life is changed when Jackie Robinson and his family move into his Jewish neighborhood in 1948. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >
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 >