THE TIN SNAIL by Cameron McAllister
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"An unusual, mostly successful wartime adventure. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A tiny rural village does its part for the war effort by hiding what could be the greatest car ever invented. Read full book review >
CHLOE IN INDIA by Kate Darnton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Blonde American Chloe's perspective gives Western readers a way into this tale of inequality in a foreign culture, mitigating some of the stereotyping. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Chloe is not happy about leaving her shady, green Boston home for life in oppressively hot Delhi, India, especially since she stands out as the only blonde American in her grade. Read full book review >

BLUE IN THE FACE by Gerry Swallow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A surprising heroine fulfills her destiny in this rollicking version of Mother Goose. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
After throwing a terrible tantrum, a horrid 11-year-old wakes up in a parallel world and discovers her true self. Read full book review >
THE EXTRA YARD by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"For football fans, what's not to like? (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Cinderella theme plays out for middle school football fans in this second book in the Home Team series. Read full book review >
LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY by Cheryl Blackford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Skip. (Historical fiction. 8-10)"
Sibling evacuees find a seemingly abandoned baby on a Yorkshire dale. Read full book review >

SOAR by Joan Bauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An outstanding, tender exploration of courage and the true nature of heroism and, for good measure, a fine homage to America's game, as well. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Jeremiah has a lot of heart, which is a little ironic, since the heart that beats in his chest is a transplanted one.Read full book review >
THE MCVENTURES OF ME, MORGAN MCFACTOID by Mark S. Waxman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An antic-filled romp through the trials and tribulations of a young inventor's exciting life. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Morgan McCracken combats bullying by using his head instead of his fists. When this fails him, he runs. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A fair wealth of good information too often obscured by what feels like a desperate need to be liked. (Collective biography. 9-12)"
A dozen vest-pocket profiles of notorious fugitives—good, bad, and, in the case of Typhoid Mary, ugly. Read full book review >
SCIENCE STUNTS by Jordan D. Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Magical science that's amazing, astounding, and sure to appeal to middle-grade and middle school readers. (biographies, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Showman Dr. Dazzleberry and his friends Galileo, Newton, and Einstein demonstrate and explain 25 astonishing science tricks. Read full book review >
TO THE STARS! by Carmella Van Vleet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This welcome addition to the field of female fliers will be informative as well as inspirational for girls. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
This biography of Kathy Sullivan joins the ranks of picture books about women who have taken to the air. Read full book review >
HILLARY by Jonah Winter
by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Raúl Colón
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This book's audience will select itself; red staters will avoid it, but Clinton's fans will love it. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
She is a powerful force in current American politics and immediately identifiable by her first name. Read full book review >
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON by Michelle Markel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Go-girl power and a good read. (timeline, artist's note, selected bibliography) (Picture books/biography. 7-10)"
The strong roots of a presidential hopeful. 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 >